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CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Saskatchewan by 15

Ottawa by 10

Edmonton by 6 (the "Johnny Football" Football Show will not be seen on ESPN this week)

Toronto by 5

posted by jjzucal at 02:39 PM on June 21, 2018

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Wait until Johnny learns how wonderful is Edmonton in October (BRRRR)!

Edmonton by 9

Saskatchewan by 12

Manziels by 6 (as per TSN/ESPN demand to league office)

British Columbia by 16

posted by jjzucal at 12:16 PM on June 14, 2018

Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavaliers for second straight title

Tim Legler is dead to me. The Sixers would do well to stay away from LeBron. My fear is that LeBron not only would harm the play of Ben Simmons, but also Joel Embiid. Wherever he goes, LeBron will demand to be "The Man" ... the Sixers have a nice set up with Simmons and Embiid heading a club with a good group of veteran role players. I believe LeBron would destroy that.

posted by jjzucal at 01:29 PM on June 11, 2018

Arsene Wenger is Leaving Arsenal

There aren't any managers left who are synonymous with a club.

Among the top four tiers, only one manager - Paul Tisdale at League 2 Exeter - remains of managers who took over their club in the 2000's. The longest tenured Premier League managers will be Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) and Sean Dyche (Burnley), who became their clubs' managers 18 days apart in October 2011.

posted by jjzucal at 09:32 PM on April 21, 2018

Arsene Wenger is Leaving Arsenal

With all the talk (distraction?) last season - will he or won't he sign a new contract? - I think this has become Exhibit A for someone staying one season too long.

It's being considered a resignation, not a retirement, but where would Arsene go? I couldn't see him staying in the Premier League: he's now likely "damaged goods" to the large clubs; the others couldn't/wouldn't pay him the salary he would demand. Maybe one of the large French clubs (his home nation)?

posted by jjzucal at 02:25 PM on April 20, 2018

MLB Execs Consider Wild 9th-Inning Batting Rule

This was a solution in search of a problem: the losing team had eight previous innings to NOT be the losing team but could get a "Get Out of Jail Free" card by selecting their starting hitters?

As for the quote, to cite "star" players in other sports is a flawed argument. Basketball, hockey and football have free substitution, so players could go to the bench for rest and return; thus, the "stars" often are in at game's end. Soccer doesn't have free substitution, so the "stars" must be physically able to go 90/120 minutes or potentially find themselves sidelined.

One beauty of baseball is "strategy" -- pinch-hitters, defensive replacements and relief pitchers are part of late-inning strategy. Here's the GOJF card: I pull my 25-HR, .300 hitting 3B in the 7th for defensive purposes, but I get to bring him back to hit in the 9th. If my new 3B hits just .240 (but is a vacuum with great range), I could skip him in the order, let my first 3B hit, then bring the defensive 3B back if the 10th inning is needed. No strategy there!

posted by jjzucal at 03:19 PM on February 23, 2018

MLB announces pace of play initiatives for '18

I'd love to see the period between innings trimmed to 1:30, but it means fewer commercials: less money that comes to the clubs. I really have a problem with the visits, especially since it includes players that "do not require either to vacate their position": an infield/pitcher meeting often is one to discuss strategy on defense or how to pitch to a batter; will infielders now have to yell strategy to the pitcher?

Why do I have a feeling much of this will be forgotten by the All-Star break? Sort of like defining the strike zone, then the strike zone returns to whatever umpires call.

posted by jjzucal at 09:37 PM on February 20, 2018

Vince McMahon plans to resurrect XFL

I was thinking about him: players must stand for National Anthem, no players with criminal backgrounds. It seems Vince is looking to attract the "Boycott NFL" folks but I believe he'll learn something quickly: that group is small (relative to all NFL fans) and will get smaller as more objectors return to watching the NFL by the end of 2019.

posted by jjzucal at 10:22 AM on January 27, 2018

NFL Pick 'Em Champion: Tron7

If only I remembered to post for two weeks ...

Many congrats, Tron; thanks, rcade ... now I'll sit for four months of SportFi Premier League fantasy "garbage time."

posted by jjzucal at 10:03 AM on January 05, 2018

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Gene Steratore's Index Card Edition

There's a bug that has jjzucal out of sort in the standings.

The "bug" was my brain going into massive lock mode. Didn't realize until Monday night I forgot to make my picks.

Baltimore by 13 LOCK

Minnesota by 12 LOCK

Chicago by 14 LOCK

Cincinnati by 5 LOCK

L.A. Rams by 6

Kansas City by 7 LOCK

New England by 23 LOCK

Atlanta by 3 LOCK

N.Y. Jets by 3

Washington by 10 LOCK

Carolina by 13 LOCK

San Francisco by 6 LOCK

Seattle by 5

Arizona by 10 LOCK

Philadelphia by 18 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 15 LOCK

posted by jjzucal at 10:07 AM on December 23, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Concussion Protocol Edition

Well, isn't this embarrassing! I just realized, as I saw the Patriots escape from Pittsburgh, that I missed these. Guess who won't be third any more!

posted by jjzucal at 07:26 PM on December 17, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Get Better Ryan Shazier Edition

Who raised that damn hurdle over which I tripped? ... I must have lost quadruple points for blowing two chances at an Eagles' NFC East championship.

Atlanta by 5

Buffalo by 14 LOCK

Cincinnati by 10 LOCK

Green Bay by 13 LOCK

Oakland by 7 (without penalties to extend the game)

Dallas by 20 LOCK

Tampa Bay by 9 LOCK

Minnesota by 5

San Francisco by 10

Denver by 3

Arizona by 6

L.A. Chargers by 7

Philadelphia by 16 LOCK

Seattle by 13 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 17 LOCK

New England by 21 LOCK

posted by jjzucal at 07:45 PM on December 07, 2017

Supreme Court to hear N.J. sports betting arguments Monday

According to many media outlets, it appears the justices may be inclined to overturn the federal ban.

posted by jjzucal at 05:17 PM on December 04, 2017

Supreme Court to hear N.J. sports betting arguments Monday

I was among those who voted against the referendum, not because of the betting, but because of the limitations on where bets could be placed. While betting parlors/offices and online betting are standard in many countries, New Jersey would limit betting sites to the racetracks and casinos, presumably to attract business to each.

Here's more background on the law and history.

posted by jjzucal at 04:42 PM on December 03, 2017

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Final Standings

I was out all day and got in just in time to see Shania Twain perform in a snowstorm ... which, I presume, she's never done.

Watching the blockers running with Cassius Vaughn's 109-yard fumble return, I had one thought: "Get out of the way!" Thankfully, one went for a block, the others gave room, and my frown turned to a smile. You know the rest of the story.

The Eagles went to 10-1 and the Argos won the Grey Cup. All in all, it was a terrific day!

posted by jjzucal at 07:26 PM on December 01, 2017

Are You Ready for Some Football?

A) The draw was conducted inside the State Kremlin Palace. B) Russia was the first ball selected. C) Russia received a fairly easy Group A. I'll go full-blown conspiracy theorist: did Putin play with the balls before the draw?

In Group B, who was the last team Portugal would have wanted to face? Diego Maradona now may be more hated in Portugal than in England.

Group G: England is England ... you could group England with Basingstoke, a SportFi club and 23 random players and they'd still figure a way to screw up.

posted by jjzucal at 03:53 PM on December 01, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: With the First Pick the Giants Take Edition

Washington by 13 LOCK (E-A-G-L-E-S win NFC EAST!)

Minnesota by 3 (Case Keenum: NFL's Some Guy Not Named Carson Wentz Offensive Player of the Month for November)

New England by 20 LOCK

Chicago by 15 LOCK

Tampa Bay by 6

Houston by 5

Miami by 7

Kansas City by 13 LOCK

Jacksonville by 17 LOCK

Baltimore by 11 LOCK

L.A. Chargers by 23 LOCK

Oakland by 20 LOCK (Say a prayer for Geno Smith)

New Orleans by 10 LOCK (Play the OVER)

L.A. Rams by 7

Philadelphia by 17 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 6 LOCK

posted by jjzucal at 08:21 PM on November 30, 2017

New York Giants bench Eli Manning, start Geno Smith

Mike Francesa is a few weeks from ending his career at WFAN-AM, but not before he issues a classic rant in McAdoo's direction.

posted by jjzucal at 07:12 PM on November 28, 2017

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Toronto by 10

S.J. Green

Over

623

posted by jjzucal at 11:52 AM on November 24, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Leg Award Edition

Minnesota by 13 LOCK

Dallas by 5

Washington by 17 LOCK

Atlanta by 10

Cincinnati by 20 LOCK

Tennessee by 9 LOCK

Kansas City by 15 LOCK

New England by 23 LOCK

Carolina by 10 LOCK

Philadelphia by 21 LOCK

Seattle by 7 LOCK

Oakland by 3

New Orleans by 8

Arizona by 3

Pittsburgh by 19 LOCK

Baltimore by 14 LOCK

posted by jjzucal at 10:36 PM on November 22, 2017

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

I went back to our predictions: five poor souls took Buffalo. They have our condolences.

posted by jjzucal at 07:33 PM on November 21, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

I'm no fan of Rowdy, whose proportions are weird and face kind of terrifying. But I can't call him the worst in a world where Boltman exists.

I stand corrected ... there's Sammy the Shrimp at Southend United.

posted by jjzucal at 11:46 AM on November 21, 2017

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

Opening of Bills' post-game article: "It was a bold decision by head coach Sean McDermott to start rookie Nate Peterman ..."

Erm, yeah.

Peterman to Bills' receivers - 6 completions, 66 yards. Peterman to Chargers' "receivers" - 5 completions, 84 yards, 1 TD.

posted by jjzucal at 10:28 AM on November 20, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Five Reasons to Hate the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday:
1) Jerry Jones
2) "America's Team"
3) That damn midfield star
4) League's dumbest mascot
5) Drew Pearson's NFL Draft speech
(Yes, I have been trolling Cowgirls' fans on Twitter)
(Yes, I am praying that doesn't blow up in my face)

Cleveland by 2 (Jags step into gopher hole)
Chicago by 9
Baltimore by 7
Tampa Bay by 10
L.A. Rams by 13 LOCK
New Orleans by 15 LOCK
Kansas City by 16 LOCK
Arizona by 6
L.A. Chargers by 10
Cincinnati by 20 LOCK
New England by 9 LOCK
Philadelphia by 24 LOCK
Atlanta by 6

posted by jjzucal at 08:24 PM on November 18, 2017

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Saskatchewan by 13

Calgary by 15

Never diminish Glenn Magic

Saskatchewan

posted by jjzucal at 10:21 PM on November 17, 2017

ESPN: NFL On Brink of Civil War

Cixelsyd, thank you. I'd venture Mr. Kraft and Mr. Jones would not have had the guts to go after Pete Rozelle. They have made Roger Goodell into a weak duck; now they want to go for the kill.

Would this conversation be occurring had the key suspensions been a second- or third-string quarterback or running back and not Tom Brady or Ezekiel Elliott? The owners would have had the lesser names serve their suspensions, then force their releases.

A final note: remember Lucky Whitehead? The Cowboys' wide receiver was released after reports of an arrest warrant in Virginia surfaced ... except one day later authorities stated the warrant was based on a false identity. Was he reinstated ... nope. It seems Jones' current whining makes him a hypocrite.

posted by jjzucal at 07:25 PM on November 17, 2017

CONCACAF unveils League of Nations

I read the UEFA plan. I'd fear what a flow chart would look like.

I see the benefit for the smaller countries, some of which are more "part-time" clubs with few international friendlies. I'm not sure about benefits for the larger countries other than these would replace what would reduced friendly availability in Europe.

posted by jjzucal at 03:48 PM on November 17, 2017

U.S. May Host New World Soccer Tournament

Would we have this discussion had the national teams (especially the U.S.) done their duty when it counted? Nope.

It should be noted that Soccer United Marketing is the for-profit marketing arm of Major League Soccer and controls media rights for the league and U.S. Soccer Federation. USSF, SUM ... and MLS would love for this to happen as all three win while some fans believe the winner actually can claim a "trophy."

posted by jjzucal at 06:20 PM on November 15, 2017

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semis Edition

Saskatchewan by 20

Edmonton by 5

Medlock

Over

posted by jjzucal at 01:43 PM on November 10, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Detroit Wins in Lambeau Edition

Last place last week ... just shows I'm not perfect!

Seattle by 10

New Orleans by 13 LOCK

Chicago by 17 LOCK

Detroit by 9 LOCK

Cincinnati by 5

Pittsburgh by 20 LOCK

Tampa Bay by 7

Washington by 10

L.A. Chargers by 4

L.A. Rams by 21 LOCK

Atlanta by 8

N.Y. Giants by 10 (if there was ever a game that deserved 0-0 ...)

New England by 23 LOCK

Carolina by 6

posted by jjzucal at 10:20 PM on November 08, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: That Was a Touchdown Edition

Buffalo at N.Y. Jets ABSENT

Baltimore by 10

New Orleans by 5

N.Y. Giants by 3

Philadelphia by 13 LOCK

Atlanta by 11

Cincinnati by 7

Houston by 6 LOCK

Arizona by 10 LOCK

Seattle by 7 LOCK

Dallas by 9 LOCK

Oakland by 7

Green Bay by 6 LOCK

posted by jjzucal at 09:17 AM on November 05, 2017

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

This has been like hanging with the pack until the bell lap. Now we're gasping for air.

Hamilton by 6

Calgary by 14

Edmonton by 5

Toronto by 18

posted by jjzucal at 11:32 AM on November 02, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Sacksonville Edition

Since I'm probably the most hated person on SportFi this week (you obviously haven't checked the EPL fantasy table), I'm calling this week from the Witness Protection Program:

Baltimore by 13 LOCK

Minnesota by 5

Oakland by 2

Cincinnati by 19 LOCK

New England by 20 LOCK

New Orleans by 14 LOCK

J-E-T-S by 6

Philadelphia by 23 LOCK

Tampa Bay by 7

Seattle by 3

Washington by 6

Pittsburgh by 13 LOCK

Kansas City by 10

posted by jjzucal at 07:24 PM on October 26, 2017

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Hamilton by 9 (weird upset, indeed)

Saskatchewan by 22

Winnipeg by 15

Calgary by 8

posted by jjzucal at 10:25 PM on October 25, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Brett Hundley Edition

I went back and checked ... hit 6 of 7 locks. Atlanta blew the perfect streak.

Oakland by 2

Buffalo by 3

Carolina by 13

Tennessee by 16 LOCK

New Orleans by 9 LOCK

Jacksonville by 17 LOCK

L.A. Rams by 3

Miami by 10 LOCK

Minnesota by 7

Dallas by 18 LOCK

Seattle by 14

Pittsburgh by 10 LOCK

Denver by 13 LOCK

New England by 13 LOCK

Philadelphia by 17 LOCK

posted by jjzucal at 08:15 PM on October 19, 2017

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Not to be a pain from last week (OK, I'm a pain!), I got the two extra points this week; I didn't get the two extra points for hitting Edm-Mtl spread the previous week.

Calgary by 15

Toronto by 10

Edmonton by 7

Montreal by 12

posted by jjzucal at 09:15 AM on October 19, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Undefeated Chiefs Edition

Philadelphia by 13 LOCK #FlyEaglesFly

Atlanta by 14 LOCK

Green Bay by 10

New Orleans by 7

New England by 9 LOCK

Washington by 16

Baltimore by 2

Houston by 10 LOCK

Arizona by 5

L.A. Rams by 13 LOCK

Oakland by 14 LOCK

Denver by 10 LOCK

Tennessee by 11 LOCK

posted by jjzucal at 07:45 PM on October 12, 2017

United States Eliminated from World Cup Qualification

The USA can join Wales, Scotland and Holland in a consolation cup. Everyone gets a participation trophy.

posted by jjzucal at 10:36 AM on October 12, 2017

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

(Takes a bow for Hamilton pick)

Should I have 2 more points for hitting Edmonton spread?

Calgary by 15

Saskatchewan by 10

Winnipeg by 6

Edmonton by 12

posted by jjzucal at 08:49 AM on October 12, 2017

United States Eliminated from World Cup Qualification

Four years ago, the USA crushed Panama's bid for the World Cup with two late goals in the final match. Payback came last night with a late Panama goal against Costa Rica (OK, and a phantom goal).

posted by jjzucal at 07:06 PM on October 11, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Cam Newton's Spoiled Yogurt Edition

Cincinnati by 13
J-E-T-S by 5 LOCK
Carolina by 14 (better question: how many questions will Cam take?)
San Francisco by 3
Tennessee by 6
N.Y. Giants by 3
Philadelphia by 6 LOCK
Pittsburgh by 17 LOCK
Oakland by 14
L.A. Rams by 20 LOCK
Green Bay by 3
Kansas City by 6
Chicago by 3

posted by jjzucal at 02:00 AM on October 07, 2017

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

OK, I'm game ... Hamilton by 4

Toronto by 10

B.C. by 15

Edmonton by 18

posted by jjzucal at 04:34 PM on October 05, 2017

The most important news about the NHL this season: Jagr will play!

Both Jagr & Keith Tkachuk were drafted in the 1st Round of the 1990 Draft.

Which begs the question: are there any SportFi'ers who were yet to be born in 1990? "Sit around, children, and let us tell you a story ..."

Damn, I'm getting old! (54)

posted by jjzucal at 07:24 PM on October 02, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: I Won't Stand for That Edition

Green Bay by 2 LOCK
New Orleans by 8
Atlanta by 14 LOCK
Cleveland by 3
L.A. Rams by 6
Detroit by 10
New England by 15 LOCK
Jacksonville by 11
Pittsburgh by 7 LOCK
Houston by 10
Arizona by 4 LOCK
Philadelphia by 17 LOCK
N.Y. Giants by 5
Oakland by 10 LOCK
Seattle by 15 LOCK
Kansas City by 12 LOCK

posted by jjzucal at 08:19 PM on September 28, 2017

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Saskatchewan by 3

Calgary by 10

Toronto by 7

Edmonton by 13

posted by jjzucal at 09:18 PM on September 27, 2017

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Saskatchewan by 3

Calgary by 10

Toronto by 7

Edmonton by 13

posted by jjzucal at 09:17 PM on September 27, 2017

NCAA Coaches, Adidas Executive Face Charges

Looking at the U.S. Attorney's press statement, I cannot see this as being the end. This looks like the activities of a large industry; I expect more schools and companies will be targeted.

posted by jjzucal at 04:34 PM on September 27, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Rushing Leader Kareem Hunt Edition

Near the bottom of the standings here. Checked our EPL league ... ditto. Maybe we could find a rugby league so I could hit the Trifecta of Suck?

L.A. Rams by 20 LOCK
Baltimore by 8
Denver by 14
Chicago by 3
Atlanta by 17
Cleveland by 7
Minnesota by 3
New England by 18
N.Y. Jets by 2
Philadelphia by 10
Carolina by 5
Tennessee by 7
Green Bay by 20 LOCK
Kansas City by 17 LOCK
Oakland by 10 LOCK
Dallas by 15 LOCK

posted by jjzucal at 05:07 PM on September 21, 2017

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Winnipeg by 13

B.C. by 20

Toronto by 3

Calgary by 16

posted by jjzucal at 05:01 PM on September 21, 2017

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

I'm presuming the points column wasn't changed?

Anyhoo, still within striking distance as the days grow shorter and the snow gets nearer.

Saskatchewan by 19

Toronto by 3

Calgary by 10

Montreal by 7

posted by jjzucal at 06:51 PM on September 14, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Jaguars Edition

Cincinnati by 13 LOCK
Baltimore by 12 LOCK
Carolina by 7
Arizona by 17 LOCK
Tennessee by 3
Philadelphia by 9
New England by 5
Pittsburgh by 6
Chicago by 7
L.A. Chargers by 7
Oakland by 13 LOCK
Dallas by 10
L.A. Rams by 6
Seattle by 2
Atlanta by 6
Detroit by 10

posted by jjzucal at 06:33 PM on September 14, 2017

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

1. Alex Smith picks New England's "lock."

2. Harry Kane scores twice after I transfer him for Firmino.

3. Hamilton won? Seriously?

Think I'll stay in bed tomorrow in case West Ham wins 6-0.

posted by jjzucal at 04:33 PM on September 10, 2017

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

B.C. by 18

Saskatchewan by 17

Ottawa by 12

Edmonton by 3

posted by jjzucal at 09:13 PM on September 07, 2017

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Rules? We don't need no stinkin' rules!

posted by jjzucal at 07:47 PM on September 07, 2017

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

New England by 17 LOCK
N.Y. Jets by 10
Philadelphia by 5
Oakland by 3
Houston by 13
Detroit by 2
Pittsburgh by 20 LOCK
Atlanta by 7
Cincinnati by 9
L.A. Rams by 3
Carolina by 13
Green Bay by 17
Dallas by 14
New Orleans by 6
Denver by 17

Since nothing for CFL this week has been posted, just for funsies: B.C. by 18, Saskatchewan by 17, Ottawa by 12, Edmonton by 3.

posted by jjzucal at 12:15 PM on September 07, 2017

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Montreal by 5

Saskatchewan by 15

Calgary by 14

Toronto by 7

posted by jjzucal at 04:49 PM on August 30, 2017

Turner Field is Now Georgia State's Football Stadium

The key words: "It survived." It would have been easy to sell the property to a developer, demolish the stadium and build a huge Olympic Tower with commercial space and luxury apartments.

posted by jjzucal at 10:27 AM on August 30, 2017

Edmonton Eskimos Face New Calls to Change Name

At least one Inuit leader called for a name change in 2015, calling it a "colonial legacy."

The Edmonton Journal editorial board was in agreement.

posted by jjzucal at 08:35 PM on August 24, 2017

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Montreal by 3

Edmonton by 23

B.C. by 17

Calgary by 10

posted by jjzucal at 09:46 PM on August 19, 2017

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Edmonton by 8

Ottawa by 13

Calgary by 10

Toronto by 7

posted by jjzucal at 09:33 AM on August 17, 2017