Recent Comments by rcade

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

L.A. Clippers Land Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

To me it seems excessive unless you believe Leonard and George make you a team that's always in the conference finals or finals, where you're not building through the draft for an extended period anyway. But picks through 2026! Players are the new owners.

posted by rcade at 10:30 AM on July 06, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I want Cori Gauff's parents to be my parents. If for some reason this is not possible, I will settle for them watching me play tennis and cheering me on.

posted by rcade at 02:00 PM on July 05, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Does anyone else think the cockiness of the USWNT during this World Cup is great for women's soccer? Megan Rapinoe gave this tournament a major storyline from the best team from its most interesting player. Alex Morgan kept it going. Now we see the supremely confident U.S. team either win it all or go down in humbling defeat.

The cost of disappointing harrumphing scolds is lower than the heightened interest they've wrung from this tournament. Rapinoe's "are you not entertained?" is an iconic image that won't be forgotten.

posted by rcade at 11:11 PM on July 03, 2019

Another Total Knick Move

The Mavs getting Kristaps Porzingis made me pay more attention to the Knicks offseason. What a delight! Seeing James Dolan faceplant never gets old.

posted by rcade at 10:23 AM on July 01, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Edmonton by 3.

Hamilton by 19.

Calgary by 7.

Saskatchewan by 20.

posted by rcade at 03:54 PM on June 27, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Megan Rapinoe, are you excited about going to the White House?

posted by rcade at 07:42 PM on June 25, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Marta's post-game comments were Pattonesque.

posted by rcade at 07:00 PM on June 24, 2019

VAR Has One Job, And It's Failing Miserably At It

I've been generally supportive of VAR but I wish it had been introduced at earlier tournaments than the World Cup. It has detracted from this Cup more than it has improved it. The time delays and dubious decisions are removing a lot of excitement from the matches.

posted by rcade at 04:44 PM on June 24, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Thanks for the correction.

It was a beautiful kick. It made me wonder if Cameron had a better chance to stop the shot if their players were spaced evenly on the line.

posted by rcade at 01:24 PM on June 24, 2019

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