Recent Comments by rcade

Trump's Fed Pick Would've Been Banned from SportsFilter

If I was doling out money to women's and men's tennis players based on my level of interest, it would be 75/25 women. I find their matches more watchable because there are better volleys.

posted by rcade at 06:14 PM on April 23, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Ovechkin's sarcastic applause didn't look like a 10-minute misconduct to me. There's 68 seconds left and the game is 5-2. Swallow the whistle.

posted by rcade at 12:41 PM on April 23, 2019

Trump's Fed Pick Would've Been Banned from SportsFilter

Most of his argument isn't economic, though. It's just sexist asshattery like his dismissive response about Bernstein. I have a low opinion of National Review but I'm still a little surprised it ran this hyuk-hyuk stuff. And the right wonders why it has trouble with women.

posted by rcade at 12:36 PM on April 23, 2019

Alex Ovechkin Knocks Out Chippy Opponent in Fight

As much as I loved celebrating Ryan's pugilism, I believe that Ventura decided halfway to the mound that he couldn't punch a legend but couldn't turn around either.

posted by rcade at 11:20 AM on April 18, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

A Duke assistant and his wife got Zion Williamson to deliver a gender reveal dunk.

posted by rcade at 08:40 AM on April 18, 2019

Alex Ovechkin Knocks Out Chippy Opponent in Fight

I don't question Ovechkin accepting a challenge to fight.

But the idea you can choose to fight somebody in hockey while not wanting to hurt them seems pretty dubious to me. It would be more honest if Ovechkin said "you don't want to see a guy get seriously hurt" than "you don't want to see a guy get hurt."

He wanted to hurt Svechnikov. Svechnikov wanted to hurt him. That's the whole point of punching somebody repeatedly in the head.

Hockey fights haven't yet become baseball fights. There are genuine punches thrown and they often continue until somebody is getting creamed.

posted by rcade at 02:19 PM on April 17, 2019

Alex Ovechkin Knocks Out Chippy Opponent in Fight

"Back in my era, no one ever apologized for a fight. That's kind of the stock thing that Ovi did, now you say, 'Oh, I hope he's all right.' Every hit from behind, every big-time hit in the middle of the ice, players are saying, Well, I hope he's okay.' Well, I never sent a text, I never sent a thank you, I never sent a letter. I never had anyone visit me when they hurt me, so, you know what, it happened." -- ex player-turned-broadcaster Alan May

posted by rcade at 08:25 PM on April 16, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

This form works nicely, rcade, how did you come by it?

I wrote it using Bootstrap 4, PHP and Smarty.

I'd like to find a way to save your dissertations. They're a fine tradition.

posted by rcade at 11:47 PM on April 12, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Ufez: Do that on the form. When you save it again it will post a comment here about the change.

posted by rcade at 04:29 PM on April 12, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It's funny how close in format the NHL and NBA playoffs are. If you like one you're bound to like the other if you follow both sports.

posted by rcade at 12:54 PM on April 12, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

76ers in 5
Raptors in 5
Warriors in 4
Nuggets in 7
Celtics in 6
Thunder in 6
Bucks in 4
Jazz in 7
Top point scorer: James Harden
Top rebounder: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Top scoring team: Bucks
Team scoring 130: Warriors

posted by rcade at 11:48 AM on April 12, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

Revised picks:

Sharks in 6

posted by rcade at 08:10 PM on April 10, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

Get well soon, ic23b!

The score-6 pick for Lightning is looking pretty good after one period of one game.

posted by rcade at 07:59 PM on April 10, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

Revised picks:

Lightning in 6

posted by rcade at 02:18 AM on April 10, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

Revised picks:

Stars in 6

posted by rcade at 01:22 AM on April 10, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Stars in 5
Jets in 6
Avalanche in 7
Golden Knights in 6
Lightning in 5
Bruins in 6
Capitals in 7
Islanders in 6
Top goal scorer: Steven Stamkos
Top goalie (save %): Ben Bishop
Team scoring 6: Lightning
Team with shutout: Stars

I'm showing a lot of restraint by not picking Dallas for top scorer too.

posted by rcade at 01:21 AM on April 10, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Use this link to make your picks, which will be posted in this discussion when you submit them. Make changes up until the game time of each series (or the first series on prop bets).

There's a Comment field at the bottom of the form that you can use to talk about your prognostications.

Unlike past contests, picks posted as comments won't work. You have to use the form. I tried to make it easy and mobile friendly.

The first game is at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Make sure to get your props in by then.

posted by rcade at 01:19 AM on April 10, 2019

Budweiser's Emotional Ad Shows How Dwyane Wade Has Touched People's Lives

That's a nice way to honor his contributions. I didn't know his mom had been in prison.

posted by rcade at 05:37 PM on April 09, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Johnny Manziel now goes by John, but the bigger news at this link is that he still thinks he can make an NFL team. Surely that ship has sailed after he crashed out of the CFL.

posted by rcade at 12:20 PM on April 09, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Sioux City Plaintiffs.

posted by rcade at 08:23 AM on April 06, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm afraid to talk about the Plaintiffs for fear I'll jinx it.

posted by rcade at 11:02 AM on April 05, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A team in Morocco was so busy taking a selfie after scoring a goal that play resumed with most of the team on the sideline. You'll never guess what happened next.

posted by rcade at 11:01 AM on April 05, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I just heard on the Rockies radio broadcast that Bobby Cox has been hospitalized for a possible stroke

posted by rcade at 02:00 PM on April 03, 2019

Alliance of American Football Suspends Operations

The NFL should start a second-tier league for the biggest cities without franchises and play in the off season. Despite this early fumble by the AAF, I think the public appetite for pro football is bigger than the supply.

posted by rcade at 03:52 PM on April 02, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Final Week: All the Marbles Edition

Oklahoma City by 9
Denver by 9
Philadelphia by 4
Golden State by 10
Indiana by 7
Portland by 8
Oklahoma City by 8
Washington by 6
Oklahoma City by 8
Orlando by 7
Denver by 9

posted by rcade at 12:18 PM on April 02, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The only 40-or-older player currently active in baseball is Fernando Rodney.

At least until Julio Franco returns.

posted by rcade at 06:09 PM on March 31, 2019

Steph Curry Taunts Refs, Then Dodgy Call Gives Warriors a Loss

Curry did enough to get a technical after tying the game. I know most refs wouldn't call one at that moment for fear of what the league office would do to them, but his actions were ridiculous. I think I would enjoy a Warriors defeat this post-season.

If the subsequent call was motivated by animus, the ref would've done better to wait until double-OT for that kind of shenanigan. It was a pretty bad call.

posted by rcade at 11:54 AM on March 31, 2019

If You Play Golf With Trump He Might Touch Your Balls

I can never set my expectations for Trump low enough to match the reality.

Golf cheats are common, but I've never heard of one who throws somebody else's good shot into a bunker when they aren't looking.

Trump is the worst famous American who hasn't personally murdered somebody. But there I go again setting expectations.

posted by rcade at 11:37 AM on March 31, 2019

Farewell to 20th Century Baseball

This was unnecessarily confusing.

Yeah, "from the 20th century" is too broad. However it is explained, the idea that nobody left in baseball played in the 20th century is mind-blowing.

It feels like another reason to lament the passing of my dad two years ago. I miss him a little more than usual every Opening Day, and I'm really going to miss him the day the Rangers fire Jon Daniels. Nobody hated Daniels more than my dad. Sometimes on phone calls I'd mention Daniels just to hear the 10-minute tirade it always sent him on.

posted by rcade at 07:18 PM on March 30, 2019

Farewell to 20th Century Baseball

Ugh! I didn't check that. Corrected.

posted by rcade at 02:34 PM on March 29, 2019

Farewell to 20th Century Baseball

I'm trying to find the first player from the 20th century to make a roster to no avail. So far the 1901 births are leading me to players who appeared in 1920 or 1921 but opening day information isn't as easy to find.

posted by rcade at 01:34 PM on March 29, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Elvis Andrus is walking up to Baby Shark.

posted by rcade at 08:41 AM on March 29, 2019

There's Still One Perfect NCAA Bracket

Thanks to Purdue, it is perfect no more.

posted by rcade at 10:07 PM on March 28, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I heard former Rangers pitcher Mike Bacsik on a pre-game show today. I was curious what he was up to these days and looked him up on Google, where I found this tweet: "I don't believe we evolved from apes. I've had that thought for a while, why the other apes won't evolve like we did. Because I believe God created man and God created ape."

Thus ends my curiosity about Mike Bacsik.

posted by rcade at 03:04 PM on March 28, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Is anyone going to a game on Opening Day? I'm sorely tempted to drive to Tampa to see the Astros play the Rays at The Trop, the best worst MLB stadium of all time.

posted by rcade at 11:28 AM on March 28, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Second-to-Last Week: LeBron's New Normal Edition

Oklahoma City by 8
Utah by 10 <-- dunk
Houston by 9
Indiana by 4
Philadelphia by 8 <-- dunk
Golden State by 10 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 07:59 PM on March 27, 2019

Diamondbacks Outfielder Explodes Knee in Exhibition Game

This incident made me wonder whether a painted home plate would work and whether fans and players could accept it. I'm far removed from tapping a bat on the plate as I dig in to the box, but I'd miss that anyway.

posted by rcade at 02:19 PM on March 27, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Second-to-Last Week: LeBron's New Normal Edition

I know! That's why I'm rooting for NoMich.

posted by rcade at 01:57 PM on March 27, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Second-to-Last Week: LeBron's New Normal Edition

Player scores for the last week of picks are here.

Next week's picks to decide the champion begin on Tuesday April 2 and stretch all the way to the final day of the season eight days later.

posted by rcade at 01:26 PM on March 27, 2019

Did Le'Veon Bell Make the Right Decision?

RBs are in their prime from the age of 24 to 28 .. and he skipped one of these years.

Shouldn't this extend his prime by a year, though? He went a year without getting hit.

posted by rcade at 03:46 PM on March 26, 2019

Rob Gronkowski Retires

Here's a nice remembrance.

posted by rcade at 11:45 PM on March 24, 2019

Rob Gronkowski Retires

Big loss for the Pats. He didn't have a great postseason, but the Chiefs game was close enough that his absence could've been enough to send New England home.

posted by rcade at 09:16 PM on March 24, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Texas Rangers: Jason Hammel, you're going to make the team!

Jason: Then you've left me no choice! I retire.

posted by rcade at 09:15 AM on March 24, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Elite running backs fall off a cliff at 31 (if they haven't fallen off already). When do elite wide receivers reach the cliff?

posted by rcade at 08:38 PM on March 10, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The age difference is worth considering, but as a Cowboys fan I'd rather have Brown than Cooper because Brown is already a world-class receiver.

posted by rcade at 03:07 PM on March 10, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Amari Cooper is worth a first round pick and Antonio Brown is worth third- and fifth-round picks?

posted by rcade at 12:19 PM on March 10, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 21: Knicks Win Knicks Win Edition

Wednesday
Philadelphia by 5
Denver by 8 <-- dunk

Thursday
Indiana by 7
Portland by 9

Friday
Houston by 7
Golden State by 8

Saturday
Boston by 13 <-- dunk

Sunday
Philadelphia by 8

posted by rcade at 09:45 PM on March 06, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 21: Knicks Win Knicks Win Edition

Results for week 19 are here. Apologies for missing last week's post. I thought I had done it but it was that kind of week.

(The Orlando game above and my pick are bogus. I had to put a game in the missing week to keep the CSS formatting from going all to hell.)

posted by rcade at 02:12 PM on March 05, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: Skipped Week Edition

There were no picks last week because I forgot to post this.

posted by rcade at 02:09 PM on March 05, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Bryce Harper vowed to "bring a title back to D.C."

posted by rcade at 06:41 PM on March 02, 2019

Witten Ends Retirement; Returning to Cowboys

The salary's kind of high, isn't it?

posted by rcade at 03:52 PM on February 28, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Howard_T

Congratulations, Howard! Do I assume correctly you will be selecting this fetching color combination?

posted by rcade at 10:08 PM on February 24, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Howard_T

PlayerTotal ScoreThis Week
Howard_T7621
gridironarizona6518
jagsnumberone6515
ic23b6135
tron76115
tahoemoj575
bender545
rcade5715
rumple4325
tommytrump435
werty310
truthhurts23-15
grum@work3820
cixelsyd135
holden130
NoMich55
moder800

New England by 10 (7 < 10 < 13)

Props

FIRST FG: Stephen Gostkowski

FIRST TD: Sony Michel

PASSING: Tom Brady

RUSHING: Sony Michel

RECEIVING: Julian Edelman

SACK: Jonathan Jones, Kyle Van Noy and Dont'a Hightower of New England; John Franklin-Myers of L.A. Rams

INTERCEPTION: Stephon Gilmore, New England; Cory Littleton, L.A. Rams

OOPS: Tom Brady

MVP: Julian Edelman

ADS: NFL

See the last post for props winners.

posted by rcade at 10:06 PM on February 24, 2019

Warrant issued for Patriots owner Robert Kraft for soliciting prostitution in Florida

The State of Florida doesn't make its law enforcement plans public, so one doesn't expect to be the costar in a reality porn flick.

There are enough crackdowns here on AMPs and prostitution that he would have known if he bothered to look. You can't see one of these places and not think it's sketchy as hell.

posted by rcade at 05:01 PM on February 24, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Does anyone here use React? I'm learning it for work and will likely use it for a complete front-end redesign here.

posted by rcade at 03:19 PM on February 22, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: He Blew Through His Shoe Edition

Toronto by 12
Oklahoma City by 4
Golden State by 8
Denver by 10 <-- dunk
San Antonio by 12 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 03:12 PM on February 22, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: He Blew Through His Shoe Edition

Ufez: I fixed your missing lock from last week.

posted by rcade at 03:11 PM on February 22, 2019

Warrant issued for Patriots owner Robert Kraft for soliciting prostitution in Florida

Adam Schechter says Kraft isn't the biggest name ensnared in this.

If Kraft was a player the criminality and disgrace of this would bring a huge and rapid punishment from Goodell.

posted by rcade at 02:30 PM on February 22, 2019

Manny Machado to Padres in surprise end to endless saga

I'd rather have Harper over Machado, but this seems like a good deal for the Padres if they can make something of themselves the next few years.

posted by rcade at 02:55 PM on February 19, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Prohibited Expression of Interest Edition

Philadelphia by 5
Golden State by 12 <-- dunk (Tuesday)
Minnesota by 6
Golden State by 8 (Wednesday)
Oklahoma City by 12 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 10:11 PM on February 12, 2019