Recent Comments by rcade

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Montreal by 4.

Calgary by 10.

posted by rcade at 08:17 PM on June 22, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The timing of Donovan doing that commercial is nice, given the ongoing demonization of Mexico and Mexicans in this country by Trump and his enablers. For that reason I'm willing to give him a pass.

posted by rcade at 11:45 AM on June 18, 2018

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I started to like Perez-Navarro's insanity after a while. He's everybody's overexcitable soccer friend.

posted by rcade at 07:37 PM on June 16, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

What a shot!

posted by rcade at 11:57 AM on June 15, 2018

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Edmonton by 13. You're not in South Dakota any more, Chris Streveler.

Toronto by 9. Because my late grandmother's nurse was James Wilder Jr.'s aunt (and presumably still is).

Calgary by 13. I did not have Calgary by 59 last year.

British Columbia by 6. The Alouettes, like the Jaguars, always suffer out west.

Ottawa by infinity.

posted by rcade at 08:24 PM on June 14, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Why did Robbie Williams just flip off the television audience at the end of his performance during the World Cup opening ceremony?

posted by rcade at 10:53 AM on June 14, 2018

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

Group A: Russia, Uruguay, scorer Edinson Cavani

Group B: Portugal, Spain, scorer Cristiano Ronaldo

Group C: France, Peru, scorer Antoine Griezmann

Group D: Argentina, Croatia, scorer Lionel Messi

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, scorer Neymar

Group F: Germany, Mexico, scorer Timo Werner

Group G: Belgium, England, scorer Romelu Lukaku

Group H: Poland, Colombia, scorer Radamel Falcao

Most goals: Brazil

Least goals allowed: Germany

Red cards: 9

0-0 scores: 5

Goal every match: Colombia

posted by rcade at 09:10 PM on June 13, 2018

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

Group Stage Rules

1. Pick the two teams that will advance out of each group (5 points each).

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay.

Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran

Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark

Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia

Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea

Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England

Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

2. Pick a player in each group and get 1 point for each goal he scores.

Group A player:

Group B player:

Group C player:

Group D player:

Group E player:

Group F player:

Group G player:

Group H player:

3. Pick the team that will score the most goals in the group stage (5 points).

4. Pick the team that will allow the least goals in the group stage (5 points).

5. Pick the total number of red cards in the tournament (closest 3 get 5, 3 and 1 points, respectively).

6. Pick the total number of 0-0 scores in regulation in the tournament (closest 3 get 5, 3 and 1 points, respectively).

7. Pick a team that will score a goal in every match they play (penalty kicks excluded) (5 points).

Post your picks in this discussion.

posted by rcade at 06:33 PM on June 13, 2018

Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavaliers for second straight title

I thought the two seven-game series that preceded the Finals suggested that the Warriors and Cavaliers might be just as competitive. That was the most boring Finals in a long time in terms of the matchup. I don't know if LeBron can still carry a team all the way. That era may be over.

posted by rcade at 04:57 PM on June 10, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The players all pointing to her cracks me up.

Hockey players are more situationally aware of women in the stands than players in any other team sport. I've been at NHL games where there were quite a few good-looking women sitting down low in groups that seemed to be just women. While there might be unexpected reservoirs of NHL fandom in women 20-29, I figured that the appeal of the players was broader than pure athletic accomplishment.

posted by rcade at 05:31 PM on June 08, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion Wins on Tiebreaker

Someday I'll remember that the Conn Smythe is awarded for the entire playoff run, not just the Final. Picking Washington and not picking Ovechkin is prognosticative malpractice. That point gets me into the tiebreaker. I still lose, but ...

posted by rcade at 09:29 AM on June 08, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion Wins on Tiebreaker

The scores are in the previous discussion.

Results

Winner: Washington (tommytrump, geneparmesan, grum@work, MrFrisby, rcade, tahoemoj)

Number of games: 5 (no one)

The longest game: No OT (rumple, cixelsyd)

First player to score a goal: Colin Miller, Vegas (no one)

Conn Smythe winner: Alex Ovechkin, Washington (tommytrump, tahoemoj)

Player to score the most goals: 3 from Alex Ovechkin, Washington (geneparmesan, cixelsyd, grum@work, ic23b, MrFrisby, tahoemoj); Tomas Nosek, Vegas (no one); Reilly Smith, Vegas (no one); Devante Smith-Pelly, Washington (no one)

Player with the most penalty minutes: Erik Haula, 21 (no one)

Starting goaltender with the best save percentage: Braden Holtby .916 (no one)

Standings

ic23b1152119
cixeysyd1151219
geneparmesan832518
rcade923418
MrFrisby444517
rumple1042117
tommytrump813517
tahoemoj631616
grum@work531615
Johnson9199---9

The tiebreaker was the total goals scored in the series, which was 34. ic23b was 2 away at 36 and cixelsyd 8 away at 26, so ic23b is our champion. grum@work takes home one of the least deserving Constanzas ever over tahoemoj, with both tying as the week's best performers.

posted by rcade at 12:09 AM on June 08, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I watched this live last night. The way Jessie Warren jumped from nowhere was amazing.

posted by rcade at 11:21 PM on June 05, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm writing code for a World Cup contest. I envision the following rules:

1. Pick the teams that will advance out of each group.

2. Pick a player in each group and get points for his goals.

3. Pick the winners of each knockout game.

4. Pick a player in each knockout game and get points for goals.

5. Pick some props in the final.

The points for picking a game winner will go up by 1 in the quarterfinals, 1 in the semifinals and 2 in the finals.

Any comments?

posted by rcade at 03:17 PM on June 05, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The Finals

1. Winner: Cleveland

2. Number of games that team will require: 7

3. MVP: LeBron James

4. Player to score the most points in the series: LeBron James

5 .Player to collect the most rebounds in the series: Draymond Green

6. Player to score the least points in the series with at least 10 minutes played: Ante Zizic

7. Player to score the most points in a game: Kevin Durant

8. Largest margin of victory in a game (come within +/- 5 points): 22

Tiebreaker: Highest single-team score in a game: 135

posted by rcade at 05:35 PM on May 31, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The Finals

The scores are in the previous discussion.

Results

Cleveland in 7, top scorer LeBron James with 235 (everybody), bottom scorer Guerschon Yabusele of Boston with 1 (GoYouColts).

Golden State in 7, top scorer Kevin Durant with 213 (Howard_T, GoYouColts, grum@work, NoMich, Ufez Jones, bottom scorer Ryan Anderson of Houston with 0 (grum@work, NoMich).

Standings

Week 1Week 2Total
NoMich166729
grum@work147627
Goyoucolts184426
Howard_T155424
rcade136423
Ufez Jones145423
ic23b136322
cixelsyd142117
Johnson91915--15
Peakify-1-1

1. Winner: Cleveland or Golden State (4 points)

2. Number of games that team will require (4 points)

3. MVP (1 point)

4. Player to score the most points in the series (1 point)

5 .Player to collect the most rebounds in the series (1 point)

6. Player to score the least points in the series with at least 10 minutes played: 1 point

7. Player to score the most points in a game: 1 point

8. Largest margin of victory in a game (come within +/- 5 points): 1 point

Tiebreaker: Highest single-team score in a game. Closest to actual value wins, and if two players pick the same tiebreaker, the one who posted it first wins.

posted by rcade at 08:01 AM on May 31, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Great find.

It's amazing that the NBA gets a big name in every Finals. What other sports could come even close to saying that?

The 1994 Finals between the Rockets and Knicks was a seven-game thriller that featured Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon and Pat Riley, so it wasn't without star power either.

posted by rcade at 11:44 AM on May 29, 2018

SportsFilter Has Switched to HTTPS

I opened a bug request post for the auto-login problem as well.

posted by rcade at 11:14 AM on May 29, 2018

SportsFilter Has Switched to HTTPS

I've opened a post in the Locker Room for the password change form request. I'll be working on adding that this week.

posted by rcade at 11:11 AM on May 29, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final Round

(I see some strikethroughs already)

Colin Miller blew everybody up on that pick.

posted by rcade at 08:49 AM on May 29, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final Round

Not that it matters at all but why don't I get the +1 for Ovechkin?

I didn't recognize the nickname. You move one point up, which could be huge in the Costanza.

posted by rcade at 08:44 PM on May 28, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final Round

Glad I tuned in to that pregame. I've never seen anything quite like that before in sports.

posted by rcade at 08:23 PM on May 28, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final Round

1. Washington +4

2. 6

3. 2OT

4. Jon Marchessault

5. Evgeny Kuznetsov

6. Evgeny Kuznetsov

7. Brooks Orpik

8. Marc-Andre Fleury

Tiebreaker: 28

posted by rcade at 07:47 PM on May 28, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final Round

The scores are in the previous discussion.

Results

Washington in 7

Goals: 4 by Evgeny Kuznetsov (Washington), Alex Ovechkin (Washington) and Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay)

Points: 10 by Evgeny Kuznetsov (Washington)

Vegas in 5

Goals: 4 by Jon Marchessault (Vegas)

Points: 7 by Jon Marchessault (Vegas)

Standings

ic23b115218
cixeysyd115117
rumple104216
rcade92314
geneparmesan83213
MrFrisby44412
tommytrump81312
tahoemoj63110
grum@work5319
Johnson9199--9

Stanley Cup picks

1. Winner: Washington or Vegas (4 points)

2. Number of games that team will require (4 points)

3. The longest game (in OT periods or none) (1 point)

4. First player to score a goal (1 point)

5. Conn Smythe winner (1 point)

6. Player to score the most goals (1 point)

7. Player with the most penalty minutes (1 point)

8. Starting goaltender with the best save percentage (minimum 2 starts) (1 point)

Tiebreaker: Total goals scored in the series. If two players pick the same tiebreaker, the one who posted it first wins.

posted by rcade at 01:17 PM on May 28, 2018

LeBron James Lifts Cavs to NBA Finals Over Celtics

I went into this game expecting LeBron to be tired. He played every minute and was the impossible physical force he's always been.

His postgame quote on the court was nicely phrased: "I'm trying to squeeze this orange till there's no more juice left."

But it is a shame these upstart Celtics have to stop playing.

posted by rcade at 12:06 AM on May 28, 2018

John Harbaugh's Idea to Save the Kickoff

This is an intriguing idea, but wouldn't it end up creating a rouge element in American society?

I see what you did there, but it took me a while.

posted by rcade at 08:15 AM on May 27, 2018

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

That was a final for the ages. The Bale wonderstrike and the two Loris Karius blunders were so insane that for once I found myself wishing Ray Hudson was on the call.

posted by rcade at 07:34 PM on May 26, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I upgraded the Drudge Retort a year ago to HTTPS and have been planning to move the rest before Google marks HTTP as "Not Secure" in July.

I don't admonish people for not doing it. I admonish the tech experts who are engaged in a FUD campaign against the push to HTTPS and making publishers think it isn't a good idea. Google and Mozilla aren't doing this to take over the web.

But yes, I should have gotten it all done sooner.

posted by rcade at 12:05 PM on May 25, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

While fixing these things in the never-ending battle, I found out that Chrome now scares the crap out of people who try to sign up here. You start picking a password and Chrome pops up a dialog right below the field: "This connection is not secure. Logins entered here could be compromised."

Clearly I need to upgrade to HTTPS.

posted by rcade at 11:47 AM on May 25, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Spammers were signing up here just to get a homepage link on their member page. They got that link even before they verified their email address, so I put an end to that earlier this week.

Our Polish spammer figured this out and created 35 more accounts then verified the email address.

Homepage links now only appear on member pages when you are logged in. Search engines will never see them. I think this removes the incentive to join just for that link.

I also added the admin ability to ban some domains from being used at signup in an email address. This is unlikely to affect any legitimate users, but if you ever have trouble changing your email address let me know.

Services that create throwaway email accounts such as yopmail.com will be banned.

posted by rcade at 11:44 AM on May 25, 2018

NFL to Punish Players Who Don't Stand During Anthem

It is pretty North Korean.

Sometimes I feel like the NFL is trying everything it can to make me stop watching.

posted by rcade at 06:29 PM on May 23, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I don't know why the spammer, who is from Poland based on his throwaway email addresses, is so attached to us. But we are a delight.

posted by rcade at 07:26 AM on May 21, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I've made a change to make this place less attractive to spammers.

Users cannot join the site and immediately make a front-page post. You have to be here for a while. Users can comment right away.

I also made some changes to the signup process and profile pages to deter a spammer who has created 5,000 accounts over the years.

posted by rcade at 08:40 PM on May 20, 2018

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Starting to get a little fired up about the upcoming CFL season.

posted by rcade at 12:46 PM on May 19, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I'm working on some code to restrict new users from posting front-page links for a set amount of time. While testing this I hosed the first visit date for every user. I will be fixing that from a backup.

In the meantime, if you cannot post a front page link let me know in a comment.

posted by rcade at 01:47 PM on May 18, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

The bottom scorer must play at least 10 minutes in the series.

Anyone who has not picked a bottom scorer for Celtics/Cavs can do so today.

posted by rcade at 11:49 AM on May 14, 2018

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Thanks. Our spammers are getting cheeky.

posted by rcade at 11:45 AM on May 14, 2018

SportsFilter Fantasy Premier League 2017-2018 Final Standings

I am pleased that my team was not in the relegation zone. I was such a neglectful owner that supporters should be demanding to take over the team.

Congrats on your second place finish!

posted by rcade at 11:44 AM on May 14, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Brooks Koepka hit an albatross on 16 at TPC Sawgrass today, only the second in the 37 years the Players has been held there.

posted by rcade at 06:46 PM on May 13, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

LOL.

posted by rcade at 11:18 AM on May 13, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Cleveland in 6 +1

Top scorer: LeBron James +1

Bottom scorer: Cedi Osman

Golden State in 7 +2

Top scorer: James Harden

Bottom scorer: Zaza Pachulia

posted by rcade at 11:18 AM on May 13, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Goyoucolts: Don't forget to pick the bottom scorer.

If people need help with that, here's a good place to do research.

posted by rcade at 09:00 AM on May 13, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Some fun stats:

Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant both scored 139 in their second-round series, so they both earned a point for players.

In round one, both Goyoucolts and grum@work picked 8 out of 8 top scorers.

posted by rcade at 11:06 PM on May 12, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Scores are in the previous discussion.

Standings

Week 1Week 2Total
Goyoucolts18422
NoMich16622
grum@work14721
Howard_T15520
ic23b13619
rcade13619
Ufez Jones14519
cixelsyd14216
Johnson91915-15
Peakify-11

posted by rcade at 10:54 PM on May 12, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

I have no idea where that second post from me came from!

Oops. That was me. I was testing something and needed to jump into another account to see a non-admin view. I will fix it.

posted by rcade at 08:09 PM on May 12, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Washington in 7 +2

Goals: Ovechkin +1

Points: Kucherov

Winnipeg in 7

Goals: Stasny

Points: Wheeler

posted by rcade at 03:10 PM on May 11, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Cixelsyd: Email to you is bouncing. Could you update your account with a new one?

posted by rcade at 12:57 PM on May 11, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

The scores are in the previous discussion. Geneparmesan also got an extra first-round point that was overlooked.

Standings

ic23b11516
cixeysyd11516
rumple10414
rcade9211
geneparmesan8311
Johnson9199-9
tahoemoj639
tommytrump819
grum@work538
MrFrisby448

The top goal scorers in each series were Mark Schiefele of Winnipeg with 7, Jon Marchessault of Vegas with 4, Patrice Bergeron of Boston with 5 and Jake Guentzel of Pittsburgh with 4. Only Ic23b got a bonus point, choosing Guentzel.

posted by rcade at 12:41 PM on May 11, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

I hate to be that guy, but I think I should be on 8 points, with the extra point for the Ovechkin pick

I'm glad you were that guy. Message board math is hard. Fixed.

posted by rcade at 12:03 PM on May 11, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I found this song on an old computer backup. I'm assuming someone at SportsFilter is responsible for telling me about it.

Guy Lafleur's "Scoring" is Frankie Says Relax translated to Canadian.

posted by rcade at 05:32 PM on May 01, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Yep. It's weird that spammers find us and web searchers don't.

posted by rcade at 05:58 PM on April 29, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Houston in 6 -- Donovan Mitchell +1

Golden State in 5 -- Kevin Durant +2 +1

Philadelphia 76ers in 6 -- Joel Embiid

Cleveland Cavaliers in 6 -- LeBron James +1 +1

posted by rcade at 07:42 AM on April 28, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Scores are in the previous discussion.

Standings

Goyoucolts18
NoMich16
Howard_T15
Johnson91915
cixelsyd14
grum@work14
Ufez Jones14
ic23b13
rcade13

posted by rcade at 07:38 AM on April 28, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Winnipeg in 6, Filip Forsberg +1

San Jose in 6, Evander Kane

Tampa Bay in 6, Nikita Kucherov +1

Pittsburgh in 7, Alex Ovechkin

posted by rcade at 12:02 AM on April 26, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Individual scores are in the previous discussion.

Standings

ic23b11
cixeysyd11
rumple10
rcade9
Johnson9199
geneparmesan8
tommytrump8
tahoemoj6
grum@work5
MrFrisby4

The top 3 goal scorers were Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel with 6 and three more players tied with 5: Sean Couturier, Nikita Kucherov and Alex Ovechkin. Only geneparmesan got a point for this by selecting Ovechkin.

posted by rcade at 11:33 PM on April 25, 2018

Arsene Wenger is Leaving Arsenal

I got into the Premier League in 2006 so I managed to miss Wenger's run of greatness. I still am sad to see him go. There aren't any managers left who are synonymous with a club.

posted by rcade at 05:47 PM on April 20, 2018

College Football Modifies Kickoffs for Player Safety

I don't think it would take long to get used to the game without kickoffs.

posted by rcade at 07:51 AM on April 16, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Saturday

Houston in 4 (James Harden) +1 +1

Oklahoma City in 7 (Russell Westbrook) +1

Portland in 6 (Damian Lillard)

Golden State in 5 (Kevin Durant) +2 +1

Toronto in 5 (DeMar DeRozen) +1 +1

Cleveland in 5 (LeBron James) +1 +1

Philadelphia in 6 (Goran Dragic) +1

Boston in 4 (Giannis Antetokounmpo) +1 +1

posted by rcade at 09:48 PM on April 14, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Saturday

I was late getting the word out, so entries will be accepted through the end of Sunday's games.

Anyone who has already submitted picks can make changes 'til that deadline as well.

posted by rcade at 09:06 PM on April 14, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Tonight

Tampa Bay in 6 +1

Boston in 7 +2

Columbus in 6

Pittsburgh in 5 +1

Nashville in 4 +1

Winnipeg in 5 +2

Vegas in 5 +1

San Jose in 7 +1

Goals: Patrik Laine (Winnipeg)

posted by rcade at 09:49 PM on April 11, 2018