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February 12, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Prohibited Expression of Interest Edition: This week's national slate of NBA games is shortened by All-Star Weekend. It begins tonight when the Celtics visit the Sixers on TNT. In the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, I won the week with 49, pulling to within a point of NoMich. Howard_T hangs on to third. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:49 AM - 12 comments

February 10, 2019

Alliance of American Football Kicks Off (with No Kickoffs): The Alliance of American Football began play Saturday night with a regional game broadcast on CBS. I saw the Steve Spurrier-coached Orlando Apollos defeat the Atlanta Legends 40-6. The game had better ratings than an excellent Rockets/Thunder matchup on ABC. The league positions itself as a development league for the NFL and brought some new innovations: no kickoffs, extra point kicks or onside attempts; no blitzing by more than five players; live audio of the replay official making a decision; and games that end in a tie after both teams have one offensive series beginning at the opponent's 10-yard-line.

posted by rcade to football at 04:50 PM - 6 comments

February 07, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Thank You For Trading Dennis Edition: There are five NBA games to pick this week, starting Friday night when Denver visits Philadelphia and ending Monday when Houston drives to Dallas. In the Pace Mannion, the awkwardness of leading a contest I'm running is over. NoMich has passed me to go up by 10 with a week-best score of 49. Howard_T is in third 60 points off the lead. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:33 AM - 8 comments

February 02, 2019

Marathoner Carries Lost Puppy for 30 Kilometers: At the 12-kilometer mark of a marathon in Thailand, runner Khemjira Klongsanun noticed a puppy who appeared to be abandoned with no houses around. She carried the dog for the remaining 30 kilometers, searched unsuccessfully for owners afterwards and has now adopted him.

posted by rcade to general at 09:08 AM - 4 comments

February 01, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Super Bowl 0x35 Edition: The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams meet Sunday in Super Bowl 0x35. In our contest, Howard_T jumps into first place with a 25-point week, followed by Tahoemoj in second and Jagsnumberone in third. For the chance to don the pants of a champion, pick the Super Bowl winner, the spread, 10 prop bets and a tiebreaker. Remember to bubble your answers in fully. Don't pick up your pencils until I say begin. Begin!

posted by rcade to football at 10:24 AM - 15 comments

January 29, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Don't Trade Dennis Edition: There are eight national NBA games to pick this week, stretching from Wednesday to Sunday. The first game is Pacers/Wizards on ESPN tomorrow. In the Pace Mannion, I remain in the lead by 7 over NoMich after tying Bender and Ufez for the top weekly score of 13. Tron7 holds on to third. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:40 AM - 10 comments

January 25, 2019

The World According to Ray Ratto: "Something awful happened to Ray Ratto. It isn't that he lost his job. It's worse than that: A lot of people have been telling Ratto how much they like him. Ratto's sportswriting stock-in-trade is the insult. Praise makes him suspicious. 'I think when you want to say something nice about somebody, it should be private,' Ratto told me. 'When you want to say something shitty, everybody should see it.'"

posted by rcade to general at 03:05 PM - 2 comments

January 24, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 15: Harden in the Garden Edition: There are five NBA games to predict this week, beginning Friday night with Raptors/Rockets on ESPN. In the Pace Mannion my lead has suffered grievous harm. NoMich won the week with 56 and cut my lead from 45 to 4. Tron7 is in third. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:35 AM - 9 comments

January 19, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Conference Championship Round: Pick the winners of Sunday's conference championships -- Rams/Saints, Patriots/Chiefs -- and the game's spread along with five props. In the contest, the top three are new: Bender in first at 49, Gridironarizona 2 back in second and Ic23b 3 back in third.

posted by rcade to football at 04:20 PM - 16 comments

January 16, 2019

Only Japan-Born Sumo Grand Champion Retires: In January 2017, Kisenosato Yutaka became the first sumo wrestler born in Japan to attain the top rank of yokozuna in nearly 20 years. After an unprecedented string of eight straight losses, Kisenosato has retired from the sport at 32, leaving only Hakuho Sho and Kakuryu Rikisaburo of Mongolia at the grand champion rank. Yokozuna are expected to retire if they cannot maintain their level of performance. Japan Times writer John Gunning writes, "The great irony of course is that Kisenosato — the ultimate iron man over the first 15 years of his career, missing just a single bout out of 1,123 — fell apart physically upon reaching the mountaintop and was never able to properly enjoy the fruits of his labors."

posted by rcade to other at 11:35 AM - 3 comments

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: I Have a Hoop Dream Edition: There are nine national TV games to pick this week in the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, starting Thursday night with Sixers/Pacers and Lakers/Thunder on ESPN and ending Monday with a three-game MLK Day slate on TNT. In the contest my lead narrows as NoMich outscores me by 3 and Tron7 climbs into third by winning the week with 32.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:05 AM - 10 comments

January 11, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Divisional Round: Pick this weekend's winners -- Colts/Chiefs, Cowboys/Rams, Chargers/Patriots, Eagles/Saints -- and the game's spread. Pick five props. Prosper. After week one of the contest, Tahoemoj leads with 23 over Jagsnumberone at 20 and Tommytrump at 18.

posted by rcade to football at 06:39 PM - 19 comments

January 10, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: Tank for Zion Edition: There are six national games to pick this week, beginning with two tonight on TNT. In the Pace Mannion the leader has not changed but NoMich has pulled 10 points closer. Howard_T is in third. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:33 PM - 19 comments

January 04, 2019

Enter the SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: The NFL Playoff Pick 'Em is back. Pick the four teams that will win this weekend's games along with five prop bets. The first prize this year to the winner is completely pants.

posted by rcade to football at 08:31 PM - 21 comments

January 03, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Champion: Tron7: In one of the most competitive contests we've ever run on SportsFilter, the NFL Pick 'Em regular season champion is Tron7, who overcame a four-point deficit to pass Truthhurts in the final week and won the contest by 12. Tron7 led the pick 'em for 10 weeks before being passed by Truth in week 14. All hail Tron7! The first prize of an official NFL Game Football is spiraling towards you.

posted by rcade to football at 05:01 PM - 9 comments

January 02, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 12: Russell Westbrick Edition: The NBA begins the new year with a six game ESPN/TNT/ESPN slate that begins tonight when the Timberwolves visit the Celtics. In the Pace Mannion, Christmas was like Christmas for the leader Rcade, who got an exact dunk on Milwaukee's 109-95 win over New York which carried him to a week-best 40. Howard_T is 55 back in second and NoMich 58 back in third. Make your picks and be on the lookout for Russell Westbrook's missing jump shot.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:46 PM - 15 comments

December 28, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: All the Marbles Edition: Every game in the NFL's final week is played Sunday. In SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em, only four points separate first-place Truthhurts and second-place Tron7. Ic2b is in third 112 back after winning the week with 133. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to football at 05:21 PM - 13 comments

December 24, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 11: Happy Hoopmas Edition: There are five NBA games on Christmas Day and another two on Thursday. In the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, I'm in first and Tron7 has narrowed the lead to 33 with a week-best score of 38. Returning champion Howard_T holds third at 207. Make your picks and check them twice.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:23 AM - 11 comments

December 21, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Ask Me About My Fantasy Team Edition: The second-to-last week of the NFL season begins Saturday at 4:30 p.m. when Washington visits Tennessee. Show up early and Washington may let you start at quarterback. Things just got interesting in the SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em. Tron7 won the week with 76 and cut the lead of Truthhurts by 30. Only 14 points now separate them. Ic23b is in third place 39 back. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to football at 07:06 PM - 16 comments

December 18, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 10: Close to Vlade Edition: A slim national slate of four NBA games has been supplemented by two from NBA TV. Games to pick begin Wednesday night out west when Oklahoma City visits Sacramento, the land of love and positivity where everyone is close to Vlade Divac. As close as one can be to a 7-foot-1 Serbian colossus. There was absolute carnage in the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em last week, which Bender won with 0 points. I remain in first by 20, over Howard_T and NoMich. Make your selections.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:25 PM - 14 comments

José Mourinho Sacked by Man United: José Mourinho has been fired by Manchester United after the team's worst start in 28 years. The Reds' 3-1 loss at Liverpool left them 19 points below the leader and in sixth place in the table. Sportswriter Barney Ronay's assessment of the Special One's final game: "This was beyond dire – dire squared, dire football played in dire fashion by a dire selection. Imagine a bad plan, enacted badly, by someone not very good at enacting bad plans. Imagine a negative approach, applied with extreme negativity by a group of players feeling negative about the actual merits of all this negativity. Why would anyone want to keep doing this?"

posted by rcade to soccer at 09:20 AM - 2 comments

December 13, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition: With only three weeks left in the NFL season, the Chargers visit the Chiefs tonight and two more early games are played Saturday. In SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em, Truthhurts climbs to a 44-point lead on a week-winning 64, followed by Tron7 and Ic23b. If you're having trouble believing you can still win this, keep this number in mind: 99.9%. It's the Patriots' win probability before the final play against Miami Sunday. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to football at 02:17 PM - 23 comments

December 11, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: His Name is Luka Edition: There are six national NBA games this week, beginning Wednesday night on ESPN when the first-place Thunder visit the Pelicans and ending Friday when they visit the Nuggets. In the Pace Mannion, I won the week and expanded my lead to 19, doing my best impression of a Slovenian in crunch time. NoMich ascends to second at 203 and Howard_T third at 199. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 02:45 PM - 12 comments

'I Would Strike Out Babe Ruth Every Time': "I had an argument with a coach in Triple-A about Babe Ruth's effectiveness in today's game. I said, 'Babe Ruth, with that swing, swinging that bat, I got him hitting .140 with eight homers.' "He was like, 'Are you nuts? Babe Ruth would hit .370 with 60 homers,' and I'm like, 'I would strike Babe Ruth out every time.'" -- Colorado Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino

posted by rcade to baseball at 02:09 PM - 6 comments

December 06, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition: Week 14 of the NFL season begins tonight with a game I will always view as a revenge opportunity for the 1999 AFC Championship Game: Jaguars vs. Titans. There's a new leader in the SportsFilter Pick 'Em for the first time in 10 weeks -- Truthhurts scored 72 to take an 11-point lead over Tron7. Ic23b stays in third. Jagsnumberone wins the week with 74. Make your picks and never get in a yelling match with a man who was born ornery and only got worse from there.

posted by rcade to football at 12:27 PM - 21 comments