Recent Comments by rcade

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I became a regular soccer viewer in 2006 when I channel flipped to Fox Soccer and got stuck there for days. England-Cameron is the first time I've seen an indirect free kick.

posted by rcade at 11:49 AM on June 23, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Ottawa by 9.

Toronto by 3.

posted by rcade at 07:26 PM on June 20, 2019

The Tampa Bay Expos? The Montreal Rays?

The Snowbirds.

posted by rcade at 03:59 PM on June 20, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Thanks for the clarification.

I've known the magic of a visit to Jacksonville, Texas. They had a Godfather's Pizza.

posted by rcade at 09:41 AM on June 18, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Security video shows David Ortiz being shot (not graphic but disturbing).

posted by rcade at 06:25 PM on June 13, 2019

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Picking CFL games while the Raptors are still playing basketball is strange.

Hamilton by 10. Go Tabbies!

Edmonton by 15.

Ottawa by 6.

Winnipeg by 9.

posted by rcade at 05:19 PM on June 13, 2019

St. Louis Blues Win First Stanley Cup

I think the Stars gave the Blues the most trouble in the playoffs.

posted by rcade at 11:29 AM on June 13, 2019

Fan Who Shoved Raptors Player is a Warriors Owner

The only thing more Jacksonville would be if he'd made it in bumper nuts.

posted by rcade at 10:40 AM on June 07, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Coaches and trainers should go to jail over this athlete heatstroke death.

posted by rcade at 10:10 PM on June 06, 2019

Fan Who Shoved Raptors Player is a Warriors Owner

The weird shove reminds me of how British soccer fans react when an opposing player tumbles into the crowd. They always look murderous.

This past season Sunderland's Luke O'Nien was kicked by a Portsmouth fan. O'Nien declined to press charges. He said after the game it was "just a bit of handbags" and added, "I've seen my little cousin hit harder than that."

posted by rcade at 04:06 PM on June 06, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

LOL. Always wanted to throw an epic managerial fit like the guy who crawled at second base and pretended he was throwing grenades at the pitcher's mound.

posted by rcade at 12:56 PM on June 05, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The college softball World Series ended on a great play, but it made me wonder whether it would've qualified as catcher interference if it turned out differently.

posted by rcade at 09:46 AM on June 05, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Pascal Siakam made 11 straight field goals, the longest streak in an NBA Finals game in 20 years.

posted by rcade at 08:28 PM on May 31, 2019

Pirates broadcaster complains about Reds player and goes too far.

Using the dead grandfather card to enforce unwritten etiquette is amazing. If you don't start being more polite and respectful I'll burn down your house and kill you!

Wehner's only 51. That's pretty young to have developed world-class crotchetiness.

posted by rcade at 05:17 PM on May 30, 2019

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Championship Round

My pick was a tribute to his determination.

posted by rcade at 03:20 PM on May 30, 2019

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Championship Round

Revised picks:

Top point scorer: Steph Curry
Top rebounder: Kawhi Leonard

posted by rcade at 03:19 PM on May 30, 2019

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Championship Round

Revised picks:

Game 1 winner: Warriors
Most points single game: Warriors
Most technical fouls: Draymond Green
First Durant game: Game 4

posted by rcade at 12:47 PM on May 30, 2019

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Championship Round

Revised picks:

Warriors in 6
Top point scorer: Kawhi Leonard
Top rebounder: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Series MVP: Steph Curry
Winning team points last game: 113

Go Raptors!

posted by rcade at 12:46 PM on May 30, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Almora was a wreck. There's a fan photo of him breaking down in the arms of an usher after inquiring about the child and being told she was OK.

There should be a lot more netting for screaming line drives. Baseball won't do it until somebody dies.

When my kids were little we were at a Jacksonville Suns game behind third base next to a walkway. An absolutely torched foul ball hit the concrete in front of my son. It had already caromed off the concrete and was 20 feet away before I reacted. We moved and I never picked seats like that again. Believing you can react in time is wrong, even if you're paying close attention.

posted by rcade at 09:39 AM on May 30, 2019

Bill Buckner, All-Star slugger best known for his '86 World Series error, is dead at 69

None of this is true.

I'm not clear on what you're disputing. I said he had celebratory moments in Boston including tossing out the first pitch at a game after the World Series win, which happened in 2008 according to Time. I said there's a "Boston forgives Buckner" idea I found distasteful, which we seem to agree on.

I didn't mention it, but I was motivated specifically by this Lowell Sun headline: "Bill Buckner, forgiven by many fans, dies at 69."

I can give the media most of the blame for "Boston forgives Buckner" but some of what sticks in my craw are fans who picked that notion up and ran with it. When Boston won in 2004 I recall seeing on TV a group of fans behind third base running with a "We Forgive Bill Buckner" sign. (This photo from 15 years ago may be the sign.)

It's interesting to revisit a discussion we had in 2004 after Buckner expressed his bitterness when happy Red Sox fans told him he was forgiven. I mentioned an interview Buckner gave where he was still so aggrieved he avoided ever visiting the city of Boston and refused to do anything ceremonial for the team.

posted by rcade at 11:38 PM on May 29, 2019

Bruins Take Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

That was quite a sequence of events. I question Perron not getting a penalty more than Krug.

posted by rcade at 12:09 PM on May 29, 2019

Bill Buckner, All-Star slugger best known for his '86 World Series error, is dead at 69

It's cool Buckner got some big celebratory moments in Boston in recent years, such as tossing out a first pitch the season after a Series win. Part of me still hates the "Boston forgives Buckner" idea, though. The question I cared about was whether he forgave Boston.

posted by rcade at 05:25 PM on May 28, 2019

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final

Good point. That pregame was looooooooooooong.

posted by rcade at 08:08 AM on May 28, 2019

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final

Revised picks:

Blues in 7

posted by rcade at 11:10 AM on May 27, 2019

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final

My picks:

Top goals: Jaden Schwartz
Top assists: Alex Pietrangelo
Top goalie (save %): Jordan Binnington
Top penalty minutes: Jaden Schwartz
Game 1 winner: Blues
Team giving up 0 goals: Blues

Tiebreaker: 53

I'm all-in on Blues. It's reverse psychology. Go Bruins!

posted by rcade at 11:10 AM on May 27, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Indian mountaineer Nihal Bagwan died on Mount Everest while waiting in a long line to the summit. The other fatalities this week were on the way back down.

posted by rcade at 09:25 AM on May 26, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Let's try that again: Game of Thrones costar Aaron Rodgers on the series finale.

posted by rcade at 11:11 AM on May 23, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Aaron Rodgers has a hot sports opinion about the Game of Thrones ending.

posted by rcade at 10:29 AM on May 22, 2019

Mike Trout's No. 1 Fan

After 45 years, it's time for me to start dressing like Jeff Burroughs again.

posted by rcade at 09:28 AM on May 21, 2019

Enter Round 3 of the NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Revised picks:

Bucks in 7

posted by rcade at 02:04 PM on May 14, 2019

Enter Round 3 of the NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Warriors in 6
Raptors in 7
Top point scorer: Kawhi Leonard
Top rebounder: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Top scoring team: Bucks
Team scoring 130: Bucks

posted by rcade at 12:45 PM on May 14, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Vladimir Putin, hockey legend.

posted by rcade at 11:03 AM on May 11, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

An NFL player who refuses to play owes the team a pro-rated portion of his signing bonus. By quitting Telvin Smith might be on the hook to the Jaguars for $8.4 million.

posted by rcade at 07:37 PM on May 09, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The final two finishers in the Pittsburgh Marathon held hands.

posted by rcade at 02:52 PM on May 09, 2019

Enter Round 3 of the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

I added McElhinney to the goalie options. When picking Mrazek or McElhinney note that there's a two-start minimum to win best save percentage.

posted by rcade at 11:40 AM on May 09, 2019

Enter Round 3 of the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

Revised picks:

Top goalie (save %): Peter Mrazek

posted by rcade at 11:39 AM on May 09, 2019

Enter Round 3 of the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

Revised picks:

Top goalie (save %): Curtis McElhinney

posted by rcade at 11:39 AM on May 09, 2019

Enter Round 3 of the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Hurricanes in 7
Sharks in 7
Top goal scorer: Logan Couture
Top goalie (save %): Peter Mrazek
Team scoring 6: Hurricanes
Team with shutout: Hurricanes

I'll post scores after work today, assuming my work actually ends today. ServiceNow is my life. My entire life.

posted by rcade at 11:33 AM on May 09, 2019

Liverpool reach Champions League final after incredible turnaround

What a match! The crowd never let up. The sneaky last goal was the stuff of legend.

posted by rcade at 11:03 PM on May 08, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

With four hours head start?

posted by rcade at 03:06 PM on April 27, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Snuck up on me. I hate these round 1/round 2 combo days.

posted by rcade at 11:29 AM on April 27, 2019

Enter Round 2 of the NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Revised picks:

Warriors in 5

posted by rcade at 11:28 AM on April 27, 2019

Enter Round 2 of the NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

76ers in 7
Celtics in 6
Warriors in 6
Trail Blazers in 7
Top point scorer: Damian Lillard
Top rebounder: Joel Embiid
Top scoring team: Warriors
Team scoring 130: Trail Blazers

My rooting interest in these playoffs is for the Warriors to lose.

posted by rcade at 11:25 AM on April 27, 2019

Enter Round 2 of the NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

You can pick the undecided series now and change that pick up until the first game's tipoff on Monday.

Prop bets are open until that game money, but don't pick a player or team after their series has begun.

posted by rcade at 11:19 AM on April 27, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

In the battle of the NFL draft experts:

Mike Mayock's Raiders picked Clelin Ferrell at No. 4.

Mel Kiper had Ferrell going to New England 28 picks later.

posted by rcade at 03:41 PM on April 26, 2019

Celtics Great John Havlicek Dies

John Havlicek was my first favorite NBA player. Dallas didn't have a team yet and I loved the team he played on with Jo Jo White and Dave Cowens.

I can't find proof it happened, but on the ABC Superstars competition he was the only athlete I ever saw who fell in the water on the obstacle course. To my chagrin this became part of the opening credits.

posted by rcade at 10:41 AM on April 26, 2019

Enter Round 2 of the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

The "team scoring 6" header in comments is incorrect. It should be "Team with most goals."

posted by rcade at 12:57 PM on April 25, 2019

Enter Round 2 of the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

Life is pain and everything sucks.

When I put the comment box on the form I didn't expect it to elicit weltschmerz. I approve.

posted by rcade at 11:32 AM on April 25, 2019

Enter Round 2 of the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Bruins in 6
Stars in 7
Hurricanes in 7
Sharks in 6
Top goal scorer: Brad Marchand
Top goalie (save %): Ben Bishop
Team scoring 6: Sharks
Team with shutout: Stars

posted by rcade at 10:23 AM on April 25, 2019

Enter Round 2 of the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

I'll post the scores for round one after work. The prop bets are open until the last playoff series of the round begins tomorrow night at 10 p.m., but you shouldn't pick a team or player after their series has begun.

posted by rcade at 10:19 AM on April 25, 2019

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