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SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

MikeWiseguy:

True story: Cavs cheerleader came up to me during 96 Knicks game. Said, "Are you Mike Wise from The NY Times? OMG, I read everything you write." I went to talk to her after game and she blew me off. I walked into locker room. Patrick Ewing looked up and smiled: "April Fools."

posted by rcade at 04:10 PM on April 01, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Whoa!

posted by rcade at 08:59 PM on March 30, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I found out today I'm blocked on Twitter by sports columnist Mike Freeman. It's weird because we've never exchanged messages on there and I can't recall ever discussing him publicly. I thought during his short stint in Jacksonville over a decade ago he was kind of awful but I can't recall ever criticizing him in a public forum.

posted by rcade at 01:34 PM on March 30, 2020

Harlem Globetrotters' legend Curly Neal dies at age 77

Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal were peak Globetrotter for me. I think they were probably the first professional basketball players I could identify.

posted by rcade at 10:44 AM on March 29, 2020

Denny Hamlin Beats Dale Earnhardt in iRacing Race

At the level I follow Nascar -- side monitor while I'm doing work on the computer on the weekend -- this was just as enjoyable as the real thing.

posted by rcade at 06:01 PM on March 22, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 22: Social Distancing Edition

Sadly, no. But competitive League of Legends might be possible.

posted by rcade at 04:02 PM on March 22, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 22: Social Distancing Edition

Ignore "This Week's Games." I'm leaving those games in the database in case they're played later.

Provisional congratulations, Ufez!

posted by rcade at 03:31 PM on March 21, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The production value on that is hilarious. I can't believe I watched this one in full.

posted by rcade at 12:38 PM on March 16, 2020

NFL Players Approve New CBA Through 2030

I didn't want a 17-game season nor an expansion of the playoffs because of the increased damage it will inflict on players.

The deal expands rosters from 53 players to 55 and expands the practice squad from 10 to 14 players. The latter get $2,500 more a week ($10,500 total).

There should be more than a 3.5% increase in rosters to account for a 6% increase in regular season games is Rosters should increase to 60.

posted by rcade at 04:26 PM on March 15, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It reminds me of the end of the 1994 MLB season when, as a joke, I declared the Seattle Mariners champions because they won the last game of the 1994 season.

I can remember celebrating 1994 as the first AL West championship in Texas Rangers history. I attended the last game. They were 52-62!

posted by rcade at 11:39 AM on March 14, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has coronavirus. The team has postponed its weekend match and there's more rumbles the Premier League will suspend play.

posted by rcade at 10:49 PM on March 12, 2020

NBA Suspends Season Because of Coronavirus

MLS suspends season.

posted by rcade at 11:59 AM on March 12, 2020

NBA Suspends Season Because of Coronavirus

The Players is taking place today in Jacksonville Beach, though they just decided to disallow spectators.

posted by rcade at 11:44 AM on March 12, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 21: Minor Joint Capsule Edition

Wednesday
Denver by 6. Want to pick Dallas but not seeing it.
Sacramento by 4. Like them at home here.

posted by rcade at 10:56 AM on March 11, 2020

American Sports World Dragging Its Feet on Coronavirus

But I don't think it's a "cancel everything and buy up all the toilet paper" big deal.

If the U.S. had been testing aggressively so that we had a better idea of where COVID-19 is, I might agree with you. But we've been lagging far behind a lot of the world and Trump is more worried about the stock market than the health of the people. As of today we've only tested 5,000 people.

We have to flatten the curve so that our hospitals can handle the number of cases. If we experience a caseload like Wuhan at its peak, it will fill every ICU in America with a COVID-19 patient in critical condition, per Harvard epidemologist Marc Lipsitch.

posted by rcade at 09:00 AM on March 11, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Let me know if logins and auto-login are starting to behave. I found a bug in the hostname setting for this server.

posted by rcade at 07:30 PM on March 10, 2020

American Sports World Dragging Its Feet on Coronavirus

My advice is to become hermits.

Too late to prevent extremely healthy twenty- and thirty-somethings from getting sick with something resembling the flu or RSV?

I don't think "mild" coronavirus cases are as mild as people think. But even if it's mild for the majority of healthy people in their 20s and 30s, it's not mild for their relatives over 70. It's causing a lot of deaths to people in their 70s and 80s.

But we can't just shut down the entire country for a virus with a three percent mortality rate.

Three percent of the U.S. population is nine million people. The flu's mortality is generally 0.05% to 0.10% -- 30 times lower.

The 3% mortality rate is based on being able to go to a hospital and get on a ventilator if you need it. When that's not true anymore because the hospitals are full and all the ventilators are taken, the mortality gets a lot worse.

For those who don't want to close public events, consider the example of Biogen. That company had a conference attended by 175 managers in Boston on Feb. 26-27. Two weeks later there are 70 cases of coronavirus that originated from that event.

The only way the U.S. avoids the kinds of problems Italy is experiencing is through extreme social distancing. We're beyond the approach of finding new isolated cases and checking all the people they came into contact with. Sporting events will be cancelled all over the place in the coming 2-4 weeks.

Italy isn't under lockdown because of hysteria. It's because they're seeing a "tsunami of patients" and the healthcare system is "one step from collapse," according to an ICU coordinator there.

posted by rcade at 05:06 PM on March 10, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 21: Minor Joint Capsule Edition

Tuesday
Dallas by 8. This would be the first sweep of the Spurs in Mavericks history.
L.A. Clippers by 12 (dunk). Golden State has struggled offensively and struggled defensively, but otherwise things are going well.

posted by rcade at 11:16 AM on March 10, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: The Bucks Stop Nowhere Edition

Sunday
L.A. Lakers by 7

posted by rcade at 02:20 PM on March 08, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: The Bucks Stop Nowhere Edition

Saturday
Golden State by 4. Gotta find a win somewhere.

posted by rcade at 08:34 AM on March 07, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: The Bucks Stop Nowhere Edition

Friday
New Orleans by 3. Waffled on this one for a while.
L.A. Lakers by 2. Gotta end on a buzzer beater.

posted by rcade at 12:07 PM on March 06, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I was planning to attend some spring training games and Orlando City FC games, but I'm not going to attend any. We're hypercautious about respiratory illnesses because of relatives with ashtma.

posted by rcade at 11:46 AM on March 06, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: The Bucks Stop Nowhere Edition

Thursday
L.A. Clippers by 6. Clippers extend streak to 6.
Toronto by 13 (dunk). Playing Golden State is now a curative.

posted by rcade at 07:49 PM on March 05, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: The Bucks Stop Nowhere Edition

The Nets scored 51 points in the fourth to force overtime and held the Celtics to 2 points after that to win. Didn't see that coming.

Wednesday
Milwaukee by 6 (dunk). This is the first time all season the Pacers have been a double-digit underdog.
Dallas by 12 (dunk). Pelicans on the second day of a back to back.

posted by rcade at 11:49 AM on March 04, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: The Bucks Stop Nowhere Edition

Tuesday
Boston by 5. Nets keep it close.
L.A. Lakers by 10. This won't be pretty.

posted by rcade at 10:53 AM on March 03, 2020

MLS Soccer Begins 25th Season

I don't understand how Leonardo is upright instead of draped over the rows of fans.

posted by rcade at 09:28 AM on March 01, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I just watched 94 minutes of Sheffield Wednesday playing Derby County before I realized that the Wayne Rooney who is playing is the Wayne Rooney.

posted by rcade at 11:54 AM on February 29, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: Porzingis in the Paint Edition

Houston by 7
Utah by 6
Oklahoma City by 4
Denver by 9
Houston by 7
L.A. Clippers by 13
L.A. Lakers by 7 (dunk)

posted by rcade at 09:26 PM on February 26, 2020

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Jagsnumberone

Bender's pants are in the air.

Jagsnumberone must wait, because all sizes of Jaguars Zubaz pants are out of stock.

I feel like that says something about the city of Jacksonville and I like it.

posted by rcade at 04:47 PM on February 25, 2020

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Jagsnumberone

I hate to do this, but there was one more chad left to fall. Jagsnumberone's pick of Fuller to intercept a pass was not counted, giving him 106 to tie Bender. He wins on a tiebreaker.

So Jags is the winner, but SportsFilter is going to buy pants of consolation for Bender as well.

posted by rcade at 02:46 PM on February 24, 2020

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Jagsnumberone

I fixed last round's results, which were missing 10 of NoMich's prop points.

Super Bowl Props

FIRST FG: Robbie Gould (SF) -- cixelsyd, ic23b, prof, bender, rumple, NoMich, tron7, jagsnumberone

FIRST TD: Patrick Mahomes (KC) -- rumple

PASSING: Patrick Mahomes (KC), 286 -- tahoemoj, cixelsyd, ic23b, prof, tommytrump, gridironarizona, bender, rcade, rumple, NoMich, tron7, jagsnumberone

RUSHING: Damien Williams (KC), 104 -- rcade

RECEIVING: Tyreek Hill (KC), 105 -- tron7

SACK: DeForest Buckner, Jaquiski Tartt, Nick Bosa -- cixelsyd, ic23b, tommytrump, rcade, tron7, Earl Mitchell (SF); Frank Clark (KC) -- rumple, NoMich, jagsnumberone

INTERCEPTION: Tarvarius Moore, Fred Warner (SF); Bashaud Breeland -- bender, Kendall Fuller (KC) -- ic23b, jagsnumberone

OOPS: Jimmy Garoppolo interception (SF) -- tahoemoj, ic23b, tommytrump, gridironarizona, rcade, rumple, NoMich, tron7, jagsnumberone

MVP: Patrick Mahomes (KC) -- tommytrump, bender, rcade, rumple, NoMich, tron7, jagsnumberone

ADS: Jeep -- NoMich

TIEBREAKER: 51 (Jagsnumberone 69, Bender 87)

Final Standings

PlayerTotal ScoreProps
bender10620
jagsnumberone10630
tron710030
NoMich9030
tommytrump8820
prof8410
cixelsyd7815
ic23b7725
rcade6725
gridironarizona6310
tahoemoj4810
rumple4130
Howard_T290
Boaz250
gloglu-40
grum@work-40

posted by rcade at 10:59 PM on February 23, 2020

XFL Has First Kick Return TD Under New Rules

I've watched a few games and I'm liking the new kickoffs. The full kickoff rules are summarized on Wikipedia.

posted by rcade at 07:31 PM on February 23, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

How do you pit with four laps to go when you're in the lead? Ryan Blaney did that in the Pennzoil 400 in Vegas. Joey Logano stayed out on old tires with seven other drivers and won without much of a challenge.

posted by rcade at 07:08 PM on February 23, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Elam Ending Edition

Philadelphia by 8 (dunk)
Houston by 10 (dunk)
Oklahoma City by 3
New Orleans by 6
Milwaukee by 8
L.A. Lakers by 10

posted by rcade at 06:19 PM on February 20, 2020

Daytona 500 Ends with Horrifying Airborne Crash

Ryan Newman walked out of Halifax Hospital today hand in hand with his daughters.

posted by rcade at 09:30 PM on February 19, 2020

Daytona 500 Ends with Horrifying Airborne Crash

Roush Racing just read a statement that Newman is in "serious condition" at the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

posted by rcade at 10:05 PM on February 17, 2020

Daytona 500 Ends with Horrifying Airborne Crash

Live broadcast of the end of the race.

posted by rcade at 09:29 PM on February 17, 2020

Daytona 500 Ends with Horrifying Airborne Crash

I'm listening to NASCAR radio. Joe Gibbs apologized for his team celebrating after Denny Hamlin's win and said they weren't aware of how serious the Ryan Newman crash was. (The celebration's understandable to me because it became muted within a few minutes, but Twitter is raging.)

Newman's on radio now. After expressing concern for Newman, he repeated a metaphor he used on Fox after the win about avoiding wrecks and "living to race another corner." Not the best word choice but I guess the reality of the situation hasn't sunk in yet.

posted by rcade at 08:36 PM on February 17, 2020

Daytona 500 Ends with Horrifying Airborne Crash

The driver's side hit after the car flipped was brutal.

It seems like the rescuers turned the car over with him still in it. I'm hoping that means there weren't head and neck injuries.

posted by rcade at 08:27 PM on February 17, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It was nice showmanship but his appearance made the interminable prerace even longer than normal. The race ended up getting postponed by rain after a tiny number of laps were completed.

posted by rcade at 07:06 PM on February 16, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: 12 Trade Edition

Philadelphia by 6
Boston by 6
Milwaukee by 4
L.A. Lakers by 8
Boston by 6

posted by rcade at 08:12 PM on February 11, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: 12 Trade Edition

You can see the week 15 results here. Ufez held on to first, NoMich narrowed the lead and Scooby won another week with 65.

I didn't really pick New Orleans. I needed at least one pick to make the page layout work, so I made a losing prediction.

posted by rcade at 10:37 AM on February 11, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Placeholder Edition

New Orleans by 12

posted by rcade at 10:31 AM on February 11, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'd love to see the place more active. For some reason Google isn't sending us new traffic any more. If any members have SEO kung fu skills I'd love some advice for how to make us more visible.

I don't think Jessamyn ever joined. Where was that meetup?

posted by rcade at 02:52 PM on February 08, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

There's no NBA Pick 'Em this week. Next week there will be 6 games to pick Tuesday through Thursday before the All-Star Game.

posted by rcade at 05:51 PM on February 07, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs Win Super Bowl 0x36

The biggest surprise in the commercials was the NFL ad that delivered the same message Colin Kaepernick took a knee for. How is he still blacklisted?

posted by rcade at 08:19 PM on February 03, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs Win Super Bowl 0x36

Another classic. This 538 tweet marked the point at which San Francisco had a 93.8% win probability.

posted by rcade at 10:55 PM on February 02, 2020

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x36 Edition

Kansas City by 4 (stone cold lead pipe lock)

FIRST FG: Harrison Butker

FIRST TD: Raheem Mostert

PASSING: Patrick Mahomes

RUSHING: Damien Williams

RECEIVING: Travis Kelce

SACK: Nick Bosa

INTERCEPTION: Tyrann Mathieu

OOPS: Jimmy Garropolo

MVP: Patrick Mahomes

ADS: Budweiser (for "Typical American")

Tiebreaker: 50 (27-23 Chiefs)

posted by rcade at 08:33 PM on February 01, 2020

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x36 Edition

Super Bowl Props

FIRST FG: Pick the kicker who scores the first field goal.

FIRST TD: Pick the player who scores the first touchdown.

PASSING: Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards.

RUSHING: Pick the player with the most rushing yards.

RECEIVING: Pick the player with the most receiving yards.

SACK: Pick a player who will get a sack or partial sack.

INTERCEPTION: Pick a player who will get an interception.

OOPS: Pick the player who commits the first turnover.

MVP: Pick the game's MVP.

ADS: Pick the brand/company that will win the USA Today Ad-Meter.

Tiebreaker

Pick the total score of the game. (If two players choose the same score, the one who posted it first wins.)

posted by rcade at 03:27 PM on January 31, 2020

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x36 Edition

Standings (with Props)

PlayerTotal ScoreProps
bender8115
cixelsyd735
jagsnumberone7110
prof6920
gridironarizona635
ic23b6210
tron7625
NoMich5010
tahoemoj485
tommytrump480
rcade325
Howard_T290
Boaz250
gloglu-410
grum@work-40
rumple-510

Props

Passer: Aaron Rodgers (GB), 326 yards -- bender, prof, jagsnumberone

Rusher: Raheem Mostert (SF), 220 yards -- none

Receiver: Davante Adams (GB), 138 yards -- gloglu, bender, prof, rumple, NoMich

Interceptions: Emmanuel Moseley (SF) -- gridironarizona, Richard Sherman (SF) -- ic23b, prof, rumple, NoMich

Tackles over 5: Blake Martinez (GB), 9 -- tron7, gloglu, rcade, jagsnumberone, tahoemoj, rumple; Logan Ryan (Ten), 10 -- ic23b, cixelsyd, bender; Daniel Sorensen (KC), 8 -- prof; Kamelei Correa (Ten), 10; Tyrann Mathieu (KC), 9; Damien Wilson (SF), 7; Darnell Savage (GB), 8; Jaquiski Tartt (SF), 8; K'Waun Williams (SF), 7; Dre Greenlaw (SF), 6 -- all others none

posted by rcade at 03:26 PM on January 31, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 15: Kobe Bryant Edition

Wednesday
Brooklyn by 13 (dunk)
Houston by 4

Thursday
Boston by 12 (dunk)
Denver by 4

Friday
Houston by 8 (dunk)
L.A. Lakers by 6

Saturday
Philadelphia by 4

Sunday
Houston by 7

Hope the surgery went well, Howard!

posted by rcade at 05:51 PM on January 29, 2020

Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

A terrible tragedy made so much worse by the loss of his daughter. Bryant was just in the news saying that some WNBA stars are good enough to play in the NBA. At the time I was struck by this part of the story: "While he has retired from the NBA, Bryant currently coaches his 13-year-old daughter Gianna's basketball team. Apparently, Gianna has her heart set on attending Taurasi and Moore's alma mater, the University of Connecticut, rather than following in her father's footsteps at UCLA."

posted by rcade at 06:41 PM on January 26, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Here Comes Zion Edition

Wednesday
Toronto by 9
New Orleans by 8

Thursday
L.A. Lakers by 8 (dunk)
Dallas by 6

Friday
L.A. Clippers by 13 (dunk)

Saturday
Philadelphia by 4

Sunday
New Orleans by 6

posted by rcade at 06:24 PM on January 22, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Here Comes Zion Edition

74 points in a week may be a record.

posted by rcade at 10:41 AM on January 22, 2020

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

Kansas City by 10 (lock)
San Francisco by 3 (lock)

Passer: Patrick Mahomes (KC)
Rusher: Derrick Henry (Ten)
Receiver: Travis Kelce (KC)
Intercepter: Kenny Vaccaro (Ten)
Tackler: Blake Martinez (FB)

posted by rcade at 07:32 PM on January 18, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The ads are wonky on here. They shouldn't be appearing in comments. I'll fix soon.

posted by rcade at 12:52 PM on January 18, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Chiefs won a game by 20 they trailed by 24. I wonder how many times an NFL game had a point difference exceeding both 20 and -20.

posted by rcade at 10:10 AM on January 18, 2020

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

Pick these five prop bets for the entire weekend (not for each game):

1. The quarterback with the most passing yards. +5 points

2. The player with the most rushing yards. +5 points

3. The player with the most receiving yards. +5 points

4. A player who will get an interception. +5 points

5. A player who will get more than 5 tackles. +5 points

posted by rcade at 09:36 AM on January 18, 2020

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

PlayerTotal ScoreProps
bender5615
jagsnumberone415
gridironarizona3810
cixelsyd3615
tommytrump350
tron73115
Howard_T295
ic23b265
Boaz250
tahoemoj2310
prof235
NoMich205
gloglu610
rcade110
grum@work-40
rumple-155

1. Passer: Deshaun Watson, 388 yards -- none

2. Rusher: Derrick Henry, 195 yards -- cixelsyd, tron7, rcade, bender

3: Receiver: Davante Adams, 160 yards -- none

4: Sacker: Danielle Hunter (Min) -- rcade, gridironarizona, jagsnumberone, NoMich; Nick Bosa (SF) -- cixelsyd, tahoemoj, Howard_T; Za'Darius Smith (GB) -- tron7, prof, bender; Arik Armstead (SF) -- ic23b; Jadaveon Clowney (Sea) -- rumple; Preston Smith (GB) -- gloglu; Stephen Weatherly (Min), Solomon Thomas (SF), DeForest Buckner (SF), Dee Ford (SF), Jurrell Casey (Ten), Harold Landry III (Ten), Kamalei Correa (Ten), Earl Thomas III (Bal), Gareon Conley (Hou), Rashad Fenton (Kan), Frank Clark (Kan), Dorian O'Daniel (Kan), K.J. Wright (Sea), Shaquem Griffin (Sea), and Kenny Clark (GB) -- none

5. Most points: Kansas City, 51 -- ic23b, cixelsyd, tron7, tahoemoj, gloglu, gridironarizona, bender

posted by rcade at 09:35 AM on January 18, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: Under Armour Embiid 1 Edition

Philadelphia by 9
Dallas by 2
L.A. Clippers by 10
L.A. Lakers by 5

posted by rcade at 08:23 PM on January 17, 2020