Recent Comments by rcade

The Great Heist: How Fox Paid for and Changed Football Forever

This story is great. I'm still working my way through it.

Fox getting the NFL wasn't even in the realm of the possible when it happened. The network was completely small time. I was a viewer of shows like The Simpsons, Tracey Ullman Show, Duet and The X-Files, but I thought it would never catch the other broadcast networks. The NFL changed that.

posted by rcade at 11:34 PM on December 14, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

Kansas City by 4

posted by rcade at 04:05 PM on December 13, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: His Name is Luka Edition

Oklahoma City by 5 (Wednesday)
Golden State by 8
Houston by 6
Dallas by 13 <-- dunk
Philadelphia by 11
Oklahoma City by 8 (Friday)

posted by rcade at 05:02 PM on December 12, 2018

'I Would Strike Out Babe Ruth Every Time'

If we accept that Babe Ruth undertook a nutrition and workout regime on par with today's Major Leaguers, is it a given that he'd derive enough benefit to be a world-class ballplayer?

Ruth was a freakish specimen in his era but I don't know that his natural physical gifts all translate to ours.

posted by rcade at 09:29 PM on December 11, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Washington by 6

I have a gift.

posted by rcade at 02:26 PM on December 09, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

I was referring to William Stephen Belichick, the pride of Annapolis High.

posted by rcade at 11:05 AM on December 08, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Jacksonville by 3 <-- lock

I have a gift.

posted by rcade at 10:12 AM on December 07, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Jacksonville by 3 <-- lock
Buffalo by 6
Carolina by 4
Green Bay by 1
Kansas City by 6
New England by 7
New Orleans by 7 <-- lock
Washington by 6
Houston by 5
L.A. Chargers by 12 <-- lock
Denver by 4
Dallas by 3
Pittsburgh by 9
Detroit by 3
L.A. Rams by 2
Seattle by 4

posted by rcade at 07:29 PM on December 06, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

I missed the early Sunday games and did that thing where you lock all the remaining games. It worked! Six for six with one exactamundo, Ralph Malph. This is where my climb to the championship began.

posted by rcade at 12:34 PM on December 06, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 8: Don Knobler Edition

Toronto by 8
L.A. Lakers by 12 <-- dunk
Boston by 16 <-- dunk
Utah by 5
Detroit by 6
Golden State by 8

posted by rcade at 07:57 PM on December 05, 2018

Chiefs Cut Kareem Hunt After Video of Violence Against Woman

If Al Davis was alive, would he have claimed Hunt off waivers? I think so, though he might have been concerned it would tarnish the move to Vegas.

posted by rcade at 11:27 AM on December 04, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Steelers fan brawl last night.

There ought to be a one-button feature on NFL team apps that summons security to your location. Fan violence drives off parents from bringing their kids.

posted by rcade at 11:20 AM on December 03, 2018

Chiefs Cut Kareem Hunt After Video of Violence Against Woman

PFT's Mike Florio writes, "Don't assume he'll be ostracized. Ray Rice never got back in primarily because he was widely believed to be washed up. Hunt has skills, and those skills will get him a second chance."

I don't think Rice was perceived as washed up. He was 26 the last season he played and had 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns. He was 27 when his suspension ended. Teams were afraid of how their fans would react to signing him.

posted by rcade at 08:37 AM on December 01, 2018

Chiefs Cut Kareem Hunt After Video of Violence Against Woman

It seemed all-but-certain that Hunt was facing a suspension for the rest of 2018 if not longer.

The quick decision to release him feels like an effort by the Chiefs to minimize a distraction that could have stalled a great season. I'm a bit surprised, though, because he's such a phenom on the field.

posted by rcade at 09:41 PM on November 30, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: So Dumb He Punched a Helmet Edition

Picking against your childhood team by 17 and seeing them do that is a shaming experience. The Ghost of Crazy Ray is not pleased.

That defense looks like last year's Jaguars. They are fun to watch.

posted by rcade at 11:08 AM on November 30, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: So Dumb He Punched a Helmet Edition

New Orleans by 17 <-- lock
Tennessee by 9 <-- lock
Kansas City by 13 <-- lock
New England by 7 <-- lock
Seattle by 10 <-- lock
L.A. Chargers by 3 <-- lock
Philadelphia by 7 <-- lock

posted by rcade at 07:50 PM on November 29, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 7: Dončič Means 'Nowitzki' in German

Would it be possible to get the post the day before games start for the week?

I'll try to start doing that again. It's how I'd like this to work.

posted by rcade at 06:07 PM on November 29, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: So Dumb He Punched a Helmet Edition

Your path to 122 was more dramatic than Truth's 120. Two busted locks! Three locked perfect scores!

posted by rcade at 03:05 PM on November 29, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: So Dumb He Punched a Helmet Edition

Truthhurts went 5-of-5 on locks with two close margins and one exactamundo. Pretty cool, Fonzie!

posted by rcade at 02:55 PM on November 29, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 7: Dončič Means 'Nowitzki' in German

Toronto by 12
L.A. Clippers by 6
San Antonio by 8
Portland by 13

posted by rcade at 01:11 PM on November 29, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 7: Dončič Means 'Nowitzki' in German

When a week has fewer than 6 games, would you like to see NBA TV games added to get to that number?

posted by rcade at 01:04 PM on November 29, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

No NBA games on national TV tonight?

The schedule I use has games starting tonight. A post is about to go up.

posted by rcade at 10:16 AM on November 29, 2018

The Complications Surrounding the Copa Libertadores Final Unlike Any Other

The footage of the attacks on the bus and the aftermath is absolutely appalling. I think a forfeit by River Plate is appropriate as well.

If the game comes to Miami, what person with any sense would go?

posted by rcade at 10:14 AM on November 29, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

What's the difference between & and &&? I've only been taught to use && in my intro-courses.

Using && instead of & will cause the second half of an expression to not be evaluated if the first part is false.

If an expression was if (x.foo() && y.bar()) and x.foo() was false, y.bar() would never be called.

The place I work makes heavy use of && in JavaScript. Here's a good Stack Overflow question on the subject.

posted by rcade at 05:20 PM on November 26, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Logged me out again too. Aargh!

posted by rcade at 08:07 AM on November 26, 2018

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Ottawa by 9

Trevor Harris

Under

613

posted by rcade at 12:14 PM on November 25, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Finding it was manual. There's a small block of PHP code that's loaded on all pages for things like auto-login and headers. I kept messing around with it until I saw the logic error.

My programming style is as mistake prone as a Jaguars passing scheme.

posted by rcade at 12:09 PM on November 25, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Bowl Edition

Jacksonville by 7
Cincinnati by 3
New England by 7 <-- lock
Philadelphia by 6
San Francisco by 3
Carolina by 3
Baltimore by 10
L.A. Chargers by 10 <-- lock
Pittsburgh by 7
Indianapolis by 6
Minnesota by 3
Houston by 7

posted by rcade at 12:07 PM on November 25, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I think the auto-login might be working now. I found a && that should have been a &.

posted by rcade at 11:52 AM on November 25, 2018

SportsFilter Has Moved to a New Server

Hey, now. That's a lot of memory for a Commodore 64!

posted by rcade at 08:58 AM on November 25, 2018

SportsFilter Has Moved to a New Server

It knows users are logged in but asks them to log in anyway. I've made a couple tries to fix it but no dice.

posted by rcade at 08:10 PM on November 23, 2018

SportsFilter Has Moved to a New Server

If you are still seeing "Not Secure" warnings, they should go away soon. The server's new IP address is propagating across the planet.

posted by rcade at 01:09 PM on November 23, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Bowl Edition

Detroit by 7
Dallas by 3
New Orleans by 7 <-- lock

posted by rcade at 08:27 AM on November 22, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: Vince Carter Edition

L.A. Lakers by 16 <-- dunk
Oklahoma City by 8

posted by rcade at 05:39 PM on November 21, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It was fantastic to watch. So many great plays on offense and even a few all-world plays on defense as well. The crowd was bonkers from the opening kickoff, both teams had huge followings in the stands and no lead was ever safe.

I know it's not the way the game has been played, but that's part of why it was so exciting. I want that matchup in this Super Bowl almost as much as I want the Jaguars to win a singledamngameisthattoomuchtoaskfor.

posted by rcade at 11:48 AM on November 20, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Simultaneous Possession Edition

Week total - 67
Overall total - 740

Correct. The standings are now current and your lead restored. If you did choose to take a week off I don't know that anyone would complain.

posted by rcade at 10:36 AM on November 18, 2018

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Ottawa by 9

Calgary by 13

Mitchell

Calgary

posted by rcade at 10:19 AM on November 18, 2018

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Kiffin's team decadenized the Mean Green twice last year, so this is sweet revenge.

Mason Football is a helluva quarterback. UNT did that thing where you find the overlooked too-short prep standout who broke all his state's records and he plays bigger.

posted by rcade at 09:31 AM on November 18, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Law enforcement agencies seem to avoid pressing charges for things that happen on the playing field or court.

This makes sense most of the time, but some actions are so egregious and outside the boundaries of normal play that they ought to be treated like a crime.

This is one of them. It's as bad as a player punching a ref.

posted by rcade at 08:18 PM on November 15, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Simultaneous Possession Edition

Green Bay by 3
Dallas by 3
Carolina by 7
Tennessee by 3
Tampa Bay by 6
Houston by 7
Pittsburgh by 10 (sigh)
Cincinnati by 7
Arizona by 7 <-- lock
L.A. Chargers by 10 <-- lock
New Orleans by 3
Chicago by 6
L.A. Rams by 4

posted by rcade at 07:42 PM on November 15, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Simultaneous Possession Edition

I'm still looking to make sure I got all the picks.

posted by rcade at 02:31 PM on November 15, 2018

NFL Moves Mexico City Game to L.A.

I'm surprised the EPL puts up with that.

posted by rcade at 10:25 AM on November 15, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: Tyson's Mighty Beard Edition

New Orleans by 4
L.A. Lakers by 10
Golden State by 4
L.A. Clippers by 9 <-- dunk
Toronto by 4
Milwaukee by 23 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 08:30 PM on November 14, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I would host there if I could visit my server.

posted by rcade at 08:33 AM on November 11, 2018

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semi-Finals Edition

B.C. by 3

Saskatchewan by 9

Lauther

Under

posted by rcade at 08:31 AM on November 11, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Belgian beers are the best on the planet. My favorite are from the monks at Roquefort.

posted by rcade at 06:03 PM on November 10, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Nick Mullens That's Who Edition

And FYI, my always pick Jacksonville didn't hurt me last week (they were on a bye/lol.)

I admire your policy. Every time I pick against the Jags I feel shame.

Does anyone else always pick their team to win on principle?

posted by rcade at 08:15 AM on November 09, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Nick Mullens That's Who Edition

Pittsburgh by 3
Chicago by 6
New Orleans by 3
Atlanta by 7 <-- lock
New England by 7
Jacksonville by 3
Kansas City by 10 <-- lock
N.Y. Jets by 7
Washington by 3
L.A. Chargers by 7 <-- lock
Green Bay by 7
L.A. Rams by 3
Philadelphia by 7
San Francisco by 6

posted by rcade at 01:59 PM on November 08, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Nick Mullens That's Who Edition

Truthhurts' score last week has been increased by 5 because he got the Indianapolis win correct.

posted by rcade at 12:25 PM on November 08, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: Unwritten Rules of Basketball Edition:

You see, the New Orleans Jazz are now called the Utah Jazz ...

When did this happen?

Yes, Friday's game is Boston-Utah, not Boston-New Orleans.

posted by rcade at 10:39 AM on November 08, 2018

EPL Player Won't Wear Poppy On His Jersey

Ha! Gotta love Brits taking the piss out of something.

posted by rcade at 10:31 AM on November 08, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Jose Mourinho is happy.

posted by rcade at 07:52 PM on November 07, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: Unwritten Rules of Basketball Edition:

Indiana by 6
L.A. Lakers by 10
Oklahoma City by 12
Golden State by 8 <-- dunk
Boston by 4

posted by rcade at 06:51 PM on November 07, 2018

EPL Player Won't Wear Poppy On His Jersey

I'm moved by Remembrance Day events but I have to applaud the strength of McClean's convictions.

McClean still has a career in his league, unlike Colin Kaepernick. Score that EPL 1, NFL 0.

posted by rcade at 06:49 PM on November 07, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: Nick Who Edition

Chucky can't beat a third-string quarterback. He made Nick Mullens look like Y.A. Tittle.

Chicago by 7 <-- lock
Kansas City by 13 <-- lock
N.Y. Jets by 3
Minnesota by 7
Washington by 3
Carolina by 9 <-- lock
Pittsburgh by 3
Houston by 3
Seattle by 3
New Orleans by 3
New England by 7
Dallas by 7

The Rams undefeated season ends here.

posted by rcade at 10:55 AM on November 04, 2018

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I went looking for more information on this and found that official towels are being sold on eBay for a limited time.

posted by rcade at 01:13 AM on November 04, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One

Ugh. I missed Friday's game.

Edmonton by 13

Hamilton by 18

Calgary by 12

posted by rcade at 01:48 PM on November 03, 2018

Documents Show Secret Plans for Elite League of Top Clubs

The thing I hate the most about this is the elimination of relegation.

I don't see how this would be workable. Do the best teams in Europe really want to put themselves into a league where being mid-table or worse is such a strong possibility? If Arsenal never cracked the top four of a new league how does that end up working out for them?

posted by rcade at 01:46 PM on November 03, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: Nick Who Edition

Oakland by 10

If Chucky can't beat a third-string quarterback ...

posted by rcade at 05:45 PM on November 01, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Houston We Have a Problem Edition

Indiana by 9
San Antonio by 11 <-- dunk
Boston by 8
Portland by 4
Oklahoma City by 8
Golden State by 12 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 04:02 PM on October 31, 2018