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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

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

Please doublecheck your scores. I'm working on a MacBook for the first time in my life and my fingers are all thumbs.

posted by rcade at 09:52 AM on February 12, 2019

Alliance of American Football Kicks Off (with No Kickoffs)

All AAF players earn $250,000 for a non-guaranteed three-year contract they can break to sign with the NFL.

posted by rcade at 05:53 PM on February 10, 2019

Alliance of American Football Kicks Off (with No Kickoffs)

I was actually regretting that last night, dementedly enough. I'll start one if enough members say they will play.

posted by rcade at 05:26 PM on February 10, 2019

Alliance of American Football Kicks Off (with No Kickoffs)

I loved hearing the female replay official as she deliberated over a decision.

Hearing the players and coaches is cool, but I don't like hearing the play call before it happens. It ruins some suspense and would allow a fan close to the field to yell out the play.

The lack of kickoffs, 35-second play clock and fewer commercials really sped up the broadcast.

Some people on Twitter hate the uniforms, but most of them look pretty good to me. The all-black Birmingham Iron uniform and Orlando Apollos helmet are nice.

I'm curious about the five-player blitz limit. Is that to make quarterbacks look like they are better and help the marketability of the league?

posted by rcade at 04:54 PM on February 10, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Thank You For Trading Dennis Edition

Friday
Philadelphia by 8
New Orleans by 10 <-- dunk

Saturday
Houston by 4

Sunday
Philadelphia by 10 <-- dunk
Golden State by 16 <-- dunk

Monday
Houston by 13 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 09:22 PM on February 08, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The NBA would be more competitive if they took away the incentive to tank. Teams in the bottom half wouldn't be so quick to dump their good players.

posted by rcade at 09:19 PM on February 07, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Watch the video atop this story. Jalen Rose has a funny personal anecdote about being traded.

I dream of a baseball trade between games of a doubleheader in which two players swap locker rooms and play the next game.

posted by rcade at 11:12 AM on February 07, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I don't think the salary cap era allows a team to keep an expensive player whose best attributes were "being a community leader or an example for his younger teammates." But if that' was true of Barnes, why does Sacramento want him long-term?

As a fan it's a kind of a bummer to see trades that are entirely about cap space. "Hooray! We have future salary flexibility!"

posted by rcade at 10:04 AM on February 07, 2019

Las Vegas Oakland Raiders of San Francisco

The 49ers have a right to veto this plan since it's in their turf. Guess who didn't secure their agreement before announcing this?

posted by rcade at 08:41 AM on February 06, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Patriots were so hurt by being blown out in 1986 that they insist on keeping all their Super Bowl games close.

posted by rcade at 04:07 PM on February 05, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It was a near thing, and had he fallen his injuries would have been severe.

Something tells me that Edelman would have returned from this terrible injury stronger than ever and won some extra Super Bowls.

I miss the Pat the Patriot helmet era, when the best New England could hope for was a single Super Bowl appearance and the Chicago Bears beat them into next week.

posted by rcade at 11:41 AM on February 05, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I don't mind a defensive struggle but the Rams only scoring 3 feels like a collapse, not a good team facing a great defense. Brady was also misfiring most of the game. I think the level of excitement from Nantz and Romo over the record-breaking longest punt ever summed up how much of a slog this was.

posted by rcade at 02:03 PM on February 04, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Super Bowl 0x35 Edition

Rams by 10

FIRST FG: Stephen Gostkowski

FIRST TD: Robert Woods

PASSING: Jared Goff

RUSHING: Sony Michel

RECEIVING: Robert Woods

SACK: Aaron Donald

INTERCEPTION: Marcus Peters

OOPS: Tom Brady

MVP: Jared Goff

ADS: Budweiser

Tiebreaker: 44

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

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Super Bowl 0x35 Edition

Standings with Props

PlayerTotal ScoreThis Week
Howard_T5525
tahoemoj526
jagsnumberone505
bender490
gridironarizona470
tron7460
rcade4210
tommytrump385
werty310
ic23b26-20
truthhurts23-15
grum@work18-10
rumple1815
holden130
cixelsyd8-2
NoMich0-20
moder800

Last Week's Props

1. Passing yards: Tom Brady, 348 (rumple, Howard_T)

2. Rushing yards: Sony Michel, 113 (rumple, Howard_T, bender)

3. Receiving yards: Sammy Watkins, 114 (no winners)

4. Points: New England, 37 (Howard_T)

5. Sack or partial sack: Cameron Jordan, New Orleans (truthhurts); Trey Flowers, New England (rumple, jagsnumberone, bender); Ndamukong Suh and Dante Fowler Jr., L.A. Rams (no winners); Kyle Van Noy, Lawrence Guy, John Simon, New England (no winners)

This Week's Game

Pick the winner and spread.

This Week's 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 10:28 AM on February 01, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Don't Trade Dennis Edition

Indiana by 3
Portland by 4
Toronto by 8
Golden State by 4 (Thursday)
Boston by 16 <-- dunk (Friday)
Denver by 8
Golden State by 13 (Thursday)
Boston by 4 (Sunday)

posted by rcade at 06:49 PM on January 30, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Don't Trade Dennis Edition

Weird how Golden State won for everyone last night except me :).

Glad you caught that! When the same team plays on multiple nights I have to include the date of the game for a player to get credit for picking that team.

posted by rcade at 01:54 PM on January 29, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Even in childhood it was unnerving to see him smile.

posted by rcade at 08:46 AM on January 29, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 15: Harden in the Garden Edition

Houston by 6
Boston by 4 (Saturday)
Oklahoma City by 5
Golden State by 13 <-- dunk (Monday)
L.A. Clippers by 7 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 06:14 PM on January 25, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The phantom roughing the passer call was bad, but it was on second down with seven minutes left and New England trailing by 4. New England was so good on third down in that quarter it seems unlikely that Kansas City stops that drive at that point absent the penalty.

posted by rcade at 02:22 PM on January 21, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Tony Romo was in the zone tonight. He was spotting everything and anticipating audibles like few announcers I've ever seen.

posted by rcade at 10:37 PM on January 20, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Conference Championship Round

Rams by 3 <-- lock

Chiefs by 6 <-- lock

1. Passer: Drew Brees

2. Rusher: Todd Gurley

3. Receiver: Mike Thomas

4. Points: Rams

5. Sacker: Aaron Donald

posted by rcade at 05:05 PM on January 19, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Conference Championship Round

Standings with Props

PlayerTotal ScoreThis Week
bender4936
gridironarizona4734
ic23b4631
tahoemoj4623
tron74651
jagsnumberone4525
truthhurts3830
tommytrump3315
rcade3226
werty3131
Howard_T3030
grum@work2813
NoMich2025
holden130
cixelsyd1227
rumple318
moder800

Last Week's Props

1. Passing yards: Brady, 343 (no winners)

2. Rushing yards: Michel, 129 (Howard_T)

3. Receiving yards: Thomas, 171 (jagsnumberone, tahoemoj, bender, werty)

4. Quarterback with interception: Rivers (NoMich, tron7, rumple), Foles (jagsnumberone), Brees (tommytrump)

5. Most points: New England, 41 (no winners)

This Week's Props

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. The team that will score the most points. +5 points

5. A player who will get a sack or partial sack. +5 points

posted by rcade at 04:26 PM on January 19, 2019

Only Japan-Born Sumo Grand Champion Retires

I fell in love with sumo in the 1980s when I used GEnie. There was a small forum for people outside Japan who were interested. The only time I ever saw it was highlights on Today's Japan at nights on a PBS station.

That was a great time for the sport. A few Americans became yokozuna and there were still some other great champions.

When explaining the sport to someone doubting its appeal, I tell them to imagine that NFL linemen created a sport for themselves.

posted by rcade at 08:36 PM on January 18, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Norman Gunston interviews Muhammad Ali.

posted by rcade at 09:56 AM on January 18, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: I Have a Hoop Dream Edition

Thursday
Indiana by 7
Oklahoma City by 12 <-- dunk

Saturday
Oklahoma City by 4
Houston by 10

Monday
Memphis by 7
Philadelphia by 8
Golden State by 12 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 07:24 PM on January 17, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: I Have a Hoop Dream Edition

Well, the dates mixup potentially cost me points for the first two games because it looked like they had already passed when I came to make my picks so I didn't pick them, but I wouldn't say anything can be done about that.

Sorry. I put the dates in as 2018, not 2019.

posted by rcade at 07:35 PM on January 16, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: I Have a Hoop Dream Edition

There are two national games tonight on ESPN that aren't being used in the contest: Raptors/Celtics and Pelicans/Warriors. You are still allowed to watch them.

If my confusion last week over where the Jazz play or the dates of the games cost you points, let me know so it can be addressed.

posted by rcade at 11:09 AM on January 16, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Divisional Round

Howard: I'm not seeing that here, so it isn't coming from this site. Go into your browser and turn off any add-on or plug-in you don't need.

posted by rcade at 08:16 AM on January 12, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Divisional Round

Kansas City by 10 <-- lock
Dallas by 3
L.A. Chargers by 3
New Orleans by 7 <-- lock

Passing: Mahomes

Rushing: Gordon

Receiving: Hill

Interception: Goff

Points: Kansas City

posted by rcade at 07:50 PM on January 11, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: Tank for Zion Edition

I took Boston out of my Thursday picks because I posted two hours after tip.

posted by rcade at 07:37 PM on January 11, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: Tank for Zion Edition

Many thanks to Ufez Jones for helping to cure rcade's temporary case of cranial rectumitis. (Just throwing a little bit of shade here. Don't take it personally, please.)

That shade was well-deserved. I keep putting the Jazz in New Orleans! I guess the '70s NBA made a bigger impression on me than I realized. My only memories of those pre-Dallas Mavericks days are following the great John Havlicek and being shamed when he was the only athlete to ever fall into the pool on the Superstars obstacle course.

posted by rcade at 07:31 PM on January 11, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Divisional Round

Standings (With Props)


PlayerTotal ScoreThis Week
tahoemoj2323
jagsnumberone2020
tommytrump1818
ic23b1515
grum@work1515
bender1313
gridironarizona1313
holden1313
truthhurts88
rcade66
moder800
Howard_T00
werty00
NoMich-5-5
tron7-5-5
rumple-15-15
cixelsyd-15-15

Last Week's Props

1. Passing yards: Trubisky, 303 (no winners)

2. Rushing yards: Mack, 148 (no winners)

3. Receiving yards: Robinson, 143 (no winners)

4. Interception: Kenny Moore II (Ind.), Brandon Dunn (Hou), K.J. Wright (Sea), Adrian Phillips (LAC), Adrian Amos and Roquan Smith (Chi) (no winners)

5. Most points: Dallas, 24 (tahoemoj)

This Week's Props

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 quarterback who will throw an interception. +5 points

5. The team that will score the most points. +5 points

posted by rcade at 07:05 PM on January 11, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: Tank for Zion Edition

Thursday
San Antonio by 4

Friday
Indiana by 13 <-- dunk
Utah by 8 <-- dunk

Saturday
Oklahoma City by 4

Sunday
L.A. Lakers by 14 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 09:03 PM on January 10, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: Tank for Zion Edition

Sorry about the late start, folks. I went to see Vice yesterday and forgot to post the update. (Review: Good but not great. Bale's excellent as Lord Vader.)

posted by rcade at 01:37 PM on January 10, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Black market kidneys are my new business model.

posted by rcade at 12:26 PM on January 09, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I want a 30 for 30 on the drafting of the new rule "we know this was a fumble but no one bothered to pick it up so we're calling it an incomplete pass."

posted by rcade at 12:08 PM on January 07, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Would rule 3 favor fans of a favorite team most likely to keep a lock or least likely? An always-lock on the Lions would be busted more often than an always-lock on the Pats.

I guess that would be OK. But would the computer be deciding on locks?

We could potentially make the random picks all non-locks.

An alternative to rule 2 would be to give a player who missed a week a score 1 below the lowest-scoring player of that week who selected all the games.

posted by rcade at 11:33 AM on January 06, 2019

Enter the SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em

Houston by 3
Dallas by 3
L.A. Chargers by 7
Chicago by 7 <-- lock

Passing: Philip Rivers
Rushing: Ezekiel Elliot
Receiving: Keenan Allen
Interception: Eddie Jackson
Points: L.A. Chargers

posted by rcade at 09:40 AM on January 05, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

For next year's NFL Pick 'Em, I'd like to float a few cockamamie ideas and see what players think.

1. What if you picked each week against another player in the game and amassed a W-L record?

2. What if every pick you didn't make was made by the computer picking at random?

3. What if your favorite team was always a lock with no -10 penalty for being wrong?

The thinking behind 1 or 2 would be to keep players in the game even if they accidentally missed a week or two. No. 2 is crazier, but I'd like to find some way to encourage everybody to stick with the game.

posted by rcade at 09:07 PM on January 04, 2019

Enter the SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em

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. The team that will score the most points. +5 points

posted by rcade at 08:42 PM on January 04, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Champion: Tron7

An NFL Playoff Pick 'Em will go up tonight.

posted by rcade at 05:18 PM on January 03, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 12: Russell Westbrick Edition

Wednesday
Boston by 9 <-- dunk
Oklahoma City by 12 <-- dunk

Thursday
Toronto by 7
Golden State by 12 <-- dunk

Friday
Boston by 4
Oklahoma City by 7

posted by rcade at 02:12 PM on January 02, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

As it is written, so it is banned.

My dog is so freaked out by fireworks we give her Benadryl.

Happy New Year, my brothers in sport!

posted by rcade at 11:26 AM on January 01, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: All the Marbles Edition

Lock 'em all, myself!

Buffalo by 3
Green Bay by 5
New England by 15
New Orleans by 13
Dallas by 4
Atlanta by 1
Houston by 6
L.A. Chargers by 4
Kansas City by 14
L.A. Rams by 12
Minnesota by 2
Pittsburgh by 11
Seattle by 14
Philadelphia by 5
Baltimore by 10
Tennessee by 3

Tiebreaker: 45

posted by rcade at 05:29 PM on December 28, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: All the Marbles Edition

For a first-place tiebreaker, pick the total number of points scored in the Colts/Titans game on Sunday night. If two players pick the same total and end up in a tie, the one who picked it first wins.

posted by rcade at 05:26 PM on December 28, 2018

Plays of The Year?

Jack's tackle attempt is bizarre when you consider his normal level of effort and skill.

posted by rcade at 02:52 PM on December 28, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Nice find. Is there a trapdoor under each locker too?

posted by rcade at 02:50 PM on December 28, 2018

Plays of The Year?

That doesn't seem like enough of a facemask to be called.

posted by rcade at 09:20 AM on December 27, 2018

Plays of The Year?

The Derrick Henry 99-yard touchdown run where he stopped three times to beat up Jaguars, then resumed the mad scamper. I hated to see Tony Dorsett share that record but it was an epic feat.

posted by rcade at 07:49 PM on December 26, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 11: Happy Hoopmas Edition

Happy Holidays, Rogers. Thanks again for keeping SpoFi alive and running the pick ems.

You're welcome!

I wonder how many of us watch these games. For some reason the NBA hasn't been able to crack my Christmas schedule, unlike Thanksgiving that is now wall-to-wall NFL with occasional brief interludes of expressing warm regards for relatives.

Tuesday
Milwaukee by 14 <-- slam
Oklahoma City by 6
Boston by 4
Golden State by 8
Utah by 9 <-- slam

Thursday
Houston by 7
Utah by 9

posted by rcade at 02:49 PM on December 24, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Ask Me About My Fantasy Team Edition

For the record I did not check out tron's picks before doing mine

That's an interesting dilemma. When I'm in the lead near the end of a contest I usually pick early, figuring that anybody who checks my picks will see a slate heavy on selecting favorites, forcing them to take a risk on more underdogs.

When I'm close to the lead I usually avoid looking at the leader's picks to keep from going for too many underdogs.

This season I've avoided such concerns, so I just pick according to whims. I'm on a 3- or 7-point lock 'em all gimmick.

posted by rcade at 09:31 AM on December 24, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 11: Happy Hoopmas Edition

Happy holidays, everyone!

posted by rcade at 11:36 AM on December 23, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 11: Happy Hoopmas Edition

This Week's Games

Milwaukee at New York on ESPN (Tuesday)
Oklahoma City at Houston on ABC (Tuesday)
Philadelphia at Boston on ABC (Tuesday)
L.A. Lakers at Golden State on ABC (Tuesday)
Portland at Utah on ESPN (Tuesday)
Boston at Houston on TNT (Thursday)
Philadelphia at Utah on TNT (Thursday)

Teams playing more than once: Boston, Houston, Philadelphia, Utah

posted by rcade at 11:27 AM on December 23, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Ask Me About My Fantasy Team Edition

Tennessee by 7 <-- lock
L.A. Chargers by 3 <-- lock
Cleveland by 7 <-- lock
Dallas by 7 <-- lock
Minnesota by 7 <-- lock
Indianapolis by 7 <-- lock
Miami by 7 <-- lock
New England by 7 <-- lock
N.Y. Jets by 7 <-- lock
Houston by 3 <-- lock
Atlanta by 7 <-- lock
L.A. Rams by 7 <-- lock
Chicago by 7 <-- lock
New Orleans by 3 <-- lock
Kansas City by 3 <-- lock
Denver by 7 <-- lock

posted by rcade at 11:03 AM on December 22, 2018

MLB and MLBPA announce a deal with the Cuban Baseball Federation that allows Cuban baseball players a safe and legal way to sign with a MLB club.

This is cool. Maybe there's hope yet for an MLB team someday in Havana.

posted by rcade at 10:31 AM on December 21, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 10: Close to Vlade Edition

Tron7: I see a Dallas slam but no Denver slam. I applaud your Florida-style efforts to catch me, but my lead is nigh insurmountable.

posted by rcade at 09:38 AM on December 20, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 10: Close to Vlade Edition

Oklahoma City by 7
Houston by 9
L.A. Clippers by 6
Milwaukee by 12
L.A. Lakers by 7
Philadelphia by 8

posted by rcade at 07:45 PM on December 19, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Watch what Washington player Byron Marshall (#34) does at the 25 yard line near the end of this Dede Westbrook touchdown punt return Sunday.

posted by rcade at 02:01 PM on December 18, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 10: Close to Vlade Edition

Next week's games begin Tuesday on Christmas Day. I will preview the slate of games in a Saturday post for people on the road during the holidays.

posted by rcade at 01:31 PM on December 18, 2018