Recent Comments by rcade

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: J-E-T-S Edition

I've corrected Jagsnumberone's score to reflect the New England lock.

My pick tonight: Kansas City by 10 (lock)

posted by rcade at 11:08 AM on October 17, 2019

A very analog hobby finds a way to thrive in the digital age: How Baseball Cards Got Weird

This is depraved and I love it. Looks like I can get my Charlie Hough rookie card PSA Graded for $20.

posted by rcade at 05:14 PM on October 12, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

It's 3-3 in the first quarter. I'm throwing myself on the mercy of the court and picking Toronto by 13.

Saskatchewan by 5.

Montreal by 3.

Edmonton by 7.

posted by rcade at 07:39 PM on October 11, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: One Less Gruden Edition

New England by 14 (lock)
Tampa Bay by 3
Seattle by 7
Kansas City by 7
Washington by 3
Minnesota by 7
New Orleans by 3
Baltimore by 14 (lock)
L.A. Rams by 7
Atlanta by 3
Denver by 3
Dallas by 7 (lock)
L.A. Chargers by 7
Green Bay by 6

Cleveland being favored to beat Seattle is insane. I like Miami to win the Tua Bowl by losing to Washington at home. Otherwise I expect no surprises.

posted by rcade at 09:56 PM on October 08, 2019

Jay Gruden Out as Washington Coach

Jacksonville will trade Ramsey to any bad team that offers two first rounders. They might at this point take two first rounders from anyone now that he's claiming a dubious back injury that keeps him off the field.

posted by rcade at 11:54 AM on October 08, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: 902 Passing Yards Edition

L.A. Rams by 3
Arizona by 7
Buffalo by 3
Chicago by 7
New Orleans by 3
Minnesota by 7 (lock)
Philadelphia by 10 (lock)
Baltimore by 3
New England by 13 (lock)
Jacksonville by 3
Houston by 7
L.A. Chargers by 6 (lock)
Dallas by 7
Kansas City by 7 (lock)
Cleveland by 3

I can't pick Cincinnati after Monday night. Arizona in a convincing upset. I also like Cleveland to go to San Francisco and take a W home. Otherwise I'm light on underdogs.

On Yahoo Pick 'Em three teams have 3 percent or less of fans choosing them to win: Jets (at Eagles), Washington (at Patriots) and Colts (at Chiefs).

posted by rcade at 10:55 PM on October 01, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Edmonton by 8

Saskatchewan by 7

Montreal by 3

posted by rcade at 03:35 PM on September 28, 2019

Koharski's Donuts Returns on ESPN Fantasy Hockey

This is a good chance to join an NHL fantasy league that players care about. Rumple, my brother and I have played all of the seasons. Four other players have been around for four.

posted by rcade at 02:35 PM on September 26, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Minshew Mania Edition

grum and jjzucal, hedging your bets by taking the Chargers in both halves of the rare NFL doubleheader?

Ha! I've corrected the schedule to reflect that the Rams are playing the Bucs. Any Chargers/Bucs pick will be treated as a Rams/Buc pick unless you post a revision.

Why does L.A. deserve two good teams? In Florida we rarely get one.

posted by rcade at 01:30 PM on September 26, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Minshew Mania Edition

last season was a cruel tease for Browns' fans

Making matters worse, it seems like every Cleveland game is airing nationally.

posted by rcade at 10:29 AM on September 25, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Minshew Mania Edition

Philadelphia by 3
Atlanta by 4
New England by 7 (lock)
Kansas City by 13 (lock)
Indianapolis by 3
L.A. Chargers by 13 (lock)
Washington by 3
Baltimore by 7
Houston by 3
L.A. Rams by 10 (lock)
Seattle by 6
Chicago by 10
Jacksonville by 3
Dallas by 3
Pittsburgh by 7 (lock)

I don't care that Philly's an underdog. Green Bay is ready for a letdown with Aaron Rodgers continuing to be less formidable than his mustache would suggest.

Washington vs. N.Y Football Giants is a game that both teams should lose. Lacking that option I'm going with a Washington upset because Saquan is in street clothes. Daniel Jones was good in his first start but there will be setbacks for him. Not every team can roll out a peerless rookie like Gardner Minshew Deuce.

I'm picking Jacksonville at Mile High because I can't bear the alternative.

The game that's most dividing America is Minnesota at Chicago, with a 48% Vikings, 52% Bears split on Yahoo.

The one I most want to see is Buffalo smacking New England in the snoot, even though to oppose the Hoodie is to see all joy turn to ashes in your mouth.

P.s. These predictions are brought to you by a growler of Scurvy IPA from Green Room Brewing in Jacksonville Beach.

posted by rcade at 11:19 PM on September 24, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Quarterback Blues Edition

Last weeks pick third from the bottom you have me picking New England by 3 and gave me 5 points, that was actually New Orleans by 3 and New Orleans lost. You already correctly credited me 10 points for my New England lock victory the sixth game from the top.

Fixed. Thanks!

posted by rcade at 10:32 PM on September 24, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Quarterback Blues Edition

Kudos to Tommytrump for being the only player to get the New England line close enough for extra points in a 43-point massacre.

posted by rcade at 11:07 PM on September 17, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Quarterback Blues Edition

Only one upset came through for me last week: Atlanta topped Philadelphia. I'm picking the Falcons again as an underdog going into Indy to play the Luck-less Colts, but I don't see how Vegas is favoring Indianapolis. I've picked Atlanta as an upset winner all three weeks.

I also have the Cardinals as an underdog victor over the Panthers. I want to pick the Browns in a home upset over the Rams but can't commit. On Yahoo there's not much temptation to go against Los Angeles -- it's currently 90%/10%.

The game I'd most like to see is Kansas City hosting Baltimore.

The less said about my Cincinnati pick last week the better.

Jacksonville by 3
Buffalo by 3
Dallas by 23 (lock)
Green Bay by 7
Atlanta by 3
Kansas City by 10
Minnesota by 7
New England by 24 (lock)
Philadelphia by 7 (lock)
Arizona by 3
Tampa Bay by 7 (lock)
L.A. Chargers by 3
San Francisco by 9 (lock)
Seattle by 7 (lock)
L.A. Rams by 7
Chicago by 3

posted by rcade at 11:05 PM on September 17, 2019

Ben Roethlisberger Out for Season With Elbow Injury

Except for one quarter in which Nick Foles played, the Jaguars have always been in clear and undeniable need for Kaepernick. I challenge any other franchise to surpass our demonstrated mediocrity at the position.

posted by rcade at 10:13 PM on September 16, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

"See all the guys rubbing their jerseys? They're eligible receivers with ineligible numbers." -- James Lofton, calling the Jags/Texans game

posted by rcade at 03:33 PM on September 15, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Calgary by 13.

posted by rcade at 03:57 PM on September 14, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Broken Clavicle Edition

Carolina by 7
Cincinnati by 3
L.A. Chargers by 3
Minnesota by 7
Tennessee by 3
New England by 20 (lock)
N.Y. Giants by 6
Pittsburgh by 3
Dallas by 3
Baltimore by 10 (lock)
Houston by 7 (lock)
Kansas City by 7 (lock)
Chicago by 3
L.A. Rams by 3
Atlanta by 3
Cleveland by 3

I like the Vikings, Giants and Falcons as upsets this week, though Vegas flipped from Atlanta to Philly as favorite and it's still only a 1.5-point spread. I'm going sharply against Yahoo consensus by picking the Vikings and Bengals.

The most exciting game looks to be Saints at Rams. I can't believe New Orleans comes into this game 1-0, when all Houston had to do was play the receivers at the line! Brees was never going to throw a hail mary needing seven yards for field goal range and just enough time to call timeout for the kicker.

posted by rcade at 10:09 PM on September 10, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

CBS switched off of Jaguars/Chiefs in the third quarter. I couldn't remember a local game being switched off for a more competitive one, but it turns out we lost the game here because of technical difficulties. It's still off with two minutes in the game!

I can't remember that ever happening before. Gardner Minshew's greatest performance as a pro and we can't see it.

posted by rcade at 03:59 PM on September 08, 2019

Antonio Brown is a New England Patriot

This is a bizarre situation. Brown could have signed anywhere. He chose the Raiders and then immediately self-sabotaged the relationship with the team.

I know the Hoodie specializes in this kind of fixer upper but Brown seems wildly out of control and completely distracted from the business of playing football. I think the smart bet is on this not working.

posted by rcade at 10:26 AM on September 08, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

B.C. by 7.

Saskatchewan by 12.

Calgary by 4.

posted by rcade at 07:54 PM on September 06, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

That's the least Florida Man a Florida Man has ever been in the news. Awesome link.

posted by rcade at 10:50 PM on September 05, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

If you know any longtimers who aren't in the contest yet, please email them this link. The email I sent announcing this post got caught in my spambox and might have been caught there for others as well.

posted by rcade at 06:44 PM on September 04, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

So far, so good on Dorian. Having a fantasy football draft during a hurricane gives me a built-in excuse for mediocrity. I feel like the Knicks!

posted by rcade at 08:24 AM on September 04, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Chicago by 3
L.A. Rams by 7 (lock)
Philadelphia by 10 (lock)
Buffalo by 3
Atlanta by 3
Baltimore by 3
Kansas City by 6 (lock)
Cleveland by 7 (lock)
L.A. Chargers by 7 (lock)
Seattle by 13 (lock)
San Francisco by 3
Dallas by 4
Arizona by 3
New England by 3
New Orleans by 7 (lock)
Oakland by 3

I like the Bills, Falcons and 49ers as upsets, though I'm surprised San Fran is a 2.5-point underdog visiting Tampa Bay. The consensus on Yahoo's contest is 56% 49ers.

Homerism aside, the game I most want to see is Cleveland's opener. They seem like the real deal.

I want to believe the Jags D is up to the challenge of KC, but the 30-14 result last season and the expected shakiness of a new offense and quarterback deflate my excessive optimism. At least I don't have to pin my hopes on Bortles.

posted by rcade at 10:30 AM on September 02, 2019

CFL Pick ‘Em, Week Twelve

Saskatchewan by 10

Hamilton by 20

Calgary by 7

posted by rcade at 04:53 PM on September 01, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

When I hear "Gorian" I think of science fiction fans keeping women chained in their basements.

posted by rcade at 08:12 PM on August 31, 2019

Andrew Luck Retires from NFL at 29

This feels like a division of 9-7, 8-8 and 7-9 teams, though I'm tempted to predict a 10-win season for Jacksonville with Josh Allen looking like a monster and Big Dick Nick bringing competent quarterback play to Duuuuuuval for the first time since David Garrard.

posted by rcade at 06:38 PM on August 25, 2019

Andrew Luck Retires from NFL at 29

It's a shame to see Luck go but I can't fault any player, no matter how good or well-paid, for deciding the NFL is exacting too high a cost on their bodies. Doug Gottlieb and Dan Dakich deserve all the hell they're catching for bashing Luck over this.

As a Jaguars fan, I think the team's prospects of winning the AFC South just got a lot better, even though it seems like everyone is moving their predictions to the Texans now that a Colts fade is anticipated.

posted by rcade at 01:49 PM on August 25, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Winnipeg by 3.

Saskatchewan by 16.

Hamilton by 3.

Montreal by 6.

posted by rcade at 04:55 PM on August 23, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

The East is ... not good. The Schooners will feast!

posted by rcade at 07:18 PM on August 21, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Winnipeg by 14.

Ottawa by 3.

Calgary by 10.

posted by rcade at 07:41 PM on August 15, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That was an entertaining match. You could tell it was going to be lost on that deciding kick.

As someone who's watched far too much West Ham (because they're the local team on EastEnders; don't judge me), it was nice to see Adrian do well.

posted by rcade at 07:48 PM on August 14, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I'm confused: What is the UEFA Super Cup and why are Liverpool and Chelsea playing in it?

posted by rcade at 03:08 PM on August 14, 2019

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

Me too. With Salah and van Dijk on my team I'll be taking a big lead1

1. Against the tiny percentage of teams that don't include them.

posted by rcade at 03:34 PM on August 09, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

I picked all four games last week and missed all four. That's not easy.

Soldier on I must, eh?

Winnipeg by 7. I like the cut of Winnipeg's jib.

Saskatchewan by 6.

Edmonton by 3.

Hamilton by 16.

posted by rcade at 03:56 PM on August 08, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Winnipeg by 13.

Hamilton by 3.

Montreal by 9.

Edmonton by 3.

posted by rcade at 06:53 PM on August 01, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Ottawa by 6. This is where I get some points back. Go RedBlacks!

Edmonton by 12.

Winnipeg by 3.

Saskatchewan by 9.

posted by rcade at 06:04 PM on July 25, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Spam cleaned up.

I've got a lot I need to catch up on here. I'm sorry for that. It's work related.

posted by rcade at 11:27 AM on July 23, 2019

Aaron Boone Expresses Concern for Umpire's Day

I feel like Boone's rant is tame by historic standards. Billy Martin killed an ump once, buried him in left field and swore the crowd to secrecy.

posted by rcade at 05:15 PM on July 21, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

"To all the non-tennis-playing men who think they can win a point against Serena, watch this."

posted by rcade at 11:57 AM on July 20, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Calgary by 23.

posted by rcade at 06:45 PM on July 18, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Marisnick waving his team back to the dugout shows genuine contrition. Reports within baseball that he's a good guy seem to be legit, which to me backs up the idea that the collision was a mistake instead of malice.

But he could be an overall good guy yet he still decided to ring Lucroy up and get the run.

In any case I can't recall seeing a player wave back his team like that. It's an interesting moment in the history of the unwritten rules.

posted by rcade at 06:41 PM on July 17, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

After Jake Marisnick was plunked with a 90-mph pitch a little high for comfort, he took his medicine and then tried to keep the Astros in the dugout after things got heated.

posted by rcade at 12:18 PM on July 17, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

If you cover an NFL game, the league gives you a detailed game summary for your fact-gathering needs.

posted by rcade at 03:01 PM on July 16, 2019

England win Cricket World Cup

I don't understand that play. I'm probably not capable of understanding a simple explanation, though. Now that the U.S. is supposed to get eight cricket stadiums, including ones in Orlando and Atlanta, I'm starting to feel the temptation to debaffleize myself about this sport.

posted by rcade at 10:42 AM on July 15, 2019

Only 12% of Men Think They Could Win a Point Off Serena Williams

A new variant: How old would Roger Federer have to be for you to beat him at your current age?

I don't think the human lifespan is long enough for me to beat him at 52.

posted by rcade at 01:15 PM on July 13, 2019

Only 12% of Men Think They Could Win a Point Off Serena Williams

(As I'm writing this, Williams and Halep are trading howitzers. It's making 1-in-49 seem so much harder.)

Obviously people are being horrible with the question -- some of the worst people on Twitter have sports teams in their bio.

Here's a tennis pro: "I have been a tennis pro. The average tennis pro in the US could not win a game against Serena. Not one game. Male or female. The difference in skill between a US tennis pro and Serena Williams is 10,000%." Asked about 1-in-49: "Sure 1 point off a tennis pro, but definitely not one point off of man off the street bro."

What percentage of British men at their hypothetical best could play at tennis pro level?

posted by rcade at 09:56 AM on July 13, 2019

Only 12% of Men Think They Could Win a Point Off Serena Williams

Excellent information!

If your two example bad-asses couldn't risk a double fault for two entire sets, do you think that would have improved your odds of returning some shots against them?

In the hypothetical I'm playing at my very best. Ninety nine other random men are playing at their very best. Is it really bet-your-salary impossible any of us gets a point? It's not like all 100 are uniformly terrible. Maybe one of us played at the high school level and another won a local amateur tournament.

Because we're all British, where two million people play tennis regularly, that means only 3% play regularly in a country of 66 million. So 9% of us think we could win a point even though we don't play regularly.

posted by rcade at 11:58 PM on July 12, 2019

Only 12% of Men Think They Could Win a Point Off Serena Williams

This is being used on Twitter to characterize 12% of men as deluded misogynists.

Is it really required to be one or both of those things to think you could win a single point out of 49 in a 6-0, 6-0 defeat? I wouldn't expect Serena to ever double fault, since she can reduce the risk of that and still beat random man handily, but it seems like the hope of getting a single fluke shot in that many points is achievable.

posted by rcade at 07:05 PM on July 12, 2019

Grayson Allen Doesn't Play Well With Others

Can anyone enlighten me on why Allen is resorting to cheap shots instead of sating his appetite for destruction with hard-nosed basketball? Is he trying to be the Claude Lemieux of the NBA?

posted by rcade at 04:34 PM on July 12, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Edmonton by 7.

Winnipeg by 23.

Ottawa by 6.

Hamilton by 3.

posted by rcade at 06:22 PM on July 11, 2019

Marisnick Suspended 2 Games for Nose-Breaking Collision

I don't know if Marisnick meant it, but I support the suspension for the consequences of the hit. The NHL seems to punish players sometimes for causing injury even if it's an accident, and I think it helps promote safer play.

If Lucroy has talked about the incident I haven't seen it.

posted by rcade at 02:44 PM on July 11, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That's the first HR derby I've ever watched. That was epic.

posted by rcade at 05:09 PM on July 09, 2019

Jake Marisnick Clobbers Jonathan Lucroy at Home

This headline makes it sound like Marisnick went to his house and beat him up.

Howard_T: By the time Lucroy established a position inside, do you think Marisnick had the time to react and go outside? Marisnick taking the big step outside before heading inside suggested to me he was thinking slide and avoid, not Hulk smash.

posted by rcade at 03:17 PM on July 09, 2019

Jake Marisnick Clobbers Jonathan Lucroy at Home

I see Marisnick going inside right before Lucroy does, leaving him unable to avoid a bad collision.

This angle shows Marisnick stepping outside as Lucroy leans that way and then stepping inside, like two pedestrians on a sidewalk choosing the same side and messing up the effort to pass one another.

posted by rcade at 08:11 PM on July 07, 2019

USWNT blank Netherlands to claim second straight World Cup title

Greatest American soccer team of all time.

posted by rcade at 08:02 PM on July 07, 2019

L.A. Clippers Land Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

"For the first time in a long time, the NBA has no superteam. Had Kawhi signed with the Lakers, the league would be in a different place. For now, the Nuggets, Jazz, Lakers, Clippers, Bucks, Rockets, Warriors, 76ers, Nets, and more are in contention." -- SB Nation

This feels true to me. An NBA with five or more legitimate championship contenders would be great. I just wish Dallas was one of them.

posted by rcade at 05:53 PM on July 06, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Messi got a red card today for standing his ground after being repeatedly chest butted.

posted by rcade at 05:38 PM on July 06, 2019

L.A. Clippers Land Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

Had this deal gone down before the draft, would OKC have put Westbrook on the market too?

There are reports the Thunder talked to the Raptors about trading George and Westbrook.

posted by rcade at 01:07 PM on July 06, 2019