Recent Posts by rcade

April 22, 2019

Trump's Fed Pick Would've Been Banned from SportsFilter: Stephen Moore, picked by Donald Trump to be on the Federal Reserve Board, wrote some incredibly sexist and juvenile commentaries on sports for National Review which have been unearthed by CNN KFile. Moore wrote in 2002, "Here's the rule change I propose: No more women refs, no women announcers, no women beer vendors, no women anything. There is, of course, an exception to this rule. Women are permitted to participate, if and only if, they look like Bonnie Bernstein. The fact that Bonnie knows nothing about basketball is entirely irrelevant." He also said Bernstein should wear halter tops.

posted by rcade to general at 03:30 PM - 8 comments

April 21, 2019

Flyers Put Kate Smith Statue on Waivers: The unusual relationship between Kate Smith and American pro sports has hit its final note. The Philadelphia Flyers have removed the old-time radio star's statue outside the arena and will no longer play her version of "God Bless America" at games, a good-luck tradition that began in 1969. The New York Yankees also dropped her song. Smith's ouster was sparked by two songs she performed in the 1930s that are staggeringly racist today.

posted by rcade to hockey at 06:41 PM - 1 comment

April 16, 2019

Alex Ovechkin Knocks Out Chippy Opponent in Fight: In only the fourth fight of his storied NHL career, Alex Ovechkin squared up against Andrei Svechnikov and knocked out the 19-year-old winger, putting him out of the first-round playoff game and into the league's concussion protocol. Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour wasn't happy about what happened to Svechnikov. "He's played 90 games, he's never fought in his life, and I'm pretty sure Ovi knew that," he said. "That stuff bothers me." Later he softened his tone and said, "He said our guy challenged him, so if that's the case, it's a little different."

posted by rcade to hockey at 08:19 PM - 8 comments

April 14, 2019

Tiger Wins The Masters: His hope for another major left for dead by most of golf, Tiger Woods won The Masters Sunday afternoon. It's the 43-year-old's 15th major and first since 2008. It is his first win at a major where he trailed entering the final day. He was still trailing Francesco Molinari by 2 shots after 11. The catalog of iconic father-son moments after a Woods triumph now includes this boisterous hug of his son Charlie, who is 10 and never had a chance before to see him win like this.

posted by rcade to golf at 09:20 PM - 5 comments

April 12, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The NBA playoffs begin Saturday. Our annual NBA Playoff Pick 'Em has returned. Pick the eight teams that will advance out of the first round and the number of games each series will require along with four prop bets. The winner over the entire playoffs receives a New Era 59Fifty cap of their favorite NBA team.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:41 AM - 19 comments

April 10, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: The NHL playoffs begin Wednesday night with five games. Our annual NHL Playoff Pick 'Em has returned. Pick the eight teams that will advance out of the first round and the number of games each series will require along with four prop bets. The winner over the entire playoffs receives a New Era 59Fifty cap of their favorite NHL team.

posted by rcade to hockey at 01:17 AM - 36 comments

April 09, 2019

XFL May Have 44 Players on Field During Overtime: Before the league's 2020 launch, the XFL is testing an overtime where both teams have their offenses and defenses on the field during overtime at opposite ends. They each attempt five two-point conversions and defenses get one point for turnovers. League commissioner Andrew Luck's Dad compares this to soccer and hockey overtimes, which he calls "compelling."

posted by rcade to football at 05:37 PM - 1 comment

April 08, 2019

Deadspin Has Been Traded: The former Gawker media properties have been sold by Univision to a private equity group, putting the sports site Deadspin in new hands along with Gizmodo, Jezebel, The Onion and other properties. The sites will be known as G/O Media and run by former Forbes.com CEO James Spanfeller, who calls the new venture "the leader among digital media companies speaking to the 10-to-34-year-old market." Univision bought the sites for $135 million in a bankruptcy auction after the wrestler Hulk Hogan successfully sued Gawker for $140 million in a lawsuit secretly funded by billionaire Peter Thiel.

posted by rcade to general at 03:15 PM - 5 comments

April 06, 2019

FanDuel: All AAF Futures Bets Are Winners: Even though the season wasn't completed, if you made a bet with FanDuel on the Orlando Apollos to win the Alliance of American Football, you are a winner. If you made a bet on any other team to win, you also are a winner. The company announced, "We are also going to pay out straight future wagers for all AAF teams as winners."

posted by rcade to football at 02:49 PM - 2 comments

April 04, 2019

Gregg Popovich Ejected 1 Minute Into Game: San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected 63 seconds into Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets. This may be an all-time record for a coach, beating a Don Nelson ejection after 93 seconds leading the Dallas Mavericks in 2004. Pop missed a game in which the Spurs never led and scored a season-low 85 points. After the game, Popovich crashed Denver coach Michael Malone's presser.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:27 AM - 1 comment

April 03, 2019

From Last Place to Playoffs in 3 Months: The St. Louis Blues were dead last in the NHL on January 2 with 34 points. They have 94 points now and have clinched a playoff spot. "We’re a long way from being done," said coach Craig Berube, hired in November.

posted by rcade to hockey at 08:33 AM - 4 comments

April 02, 2019

Alliance of American Football Suspends Operations: The Alliance of American Football has shut down before completing its inaugural season, reports ESPN. Despite some surprisingly good week one TV ratings, a viewership of 400,000 to 500,000 per game and a pledge by Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon to invest $250 million, the league appears to be kaput.

posted by rcade to football at 03:50 PM - 5 comments

NBA Pick 'Em Final Week: All the Marbles Edition: This is the final week of the regular season Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, starting with tonight's TNT doubleheader and ending on April 10 with an ESPN doubleheader. Pick the 11 games and try to defeat Florida Man, who leads by 34 with NoMich and Howard_T in second and third.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:52 AM - 11 comments

John Oliver Takes on the WWE: John Oliver covered professional wrestling on his HBO show Sunday, devoting significant time to Vince McMahon's cruel and dubiously legal practice of calling pro wrestlers independent contractors so that the WWE doesn't have to provide health care, paid leave or other responsibilities of employment. Oliver convincingly portrayed himself as a wrestling fan while absolutely shredding McMahon. Oliver said, "Even the NFL, for all its massive faults, now offers players health reimbursement accounts and have established a legacy fund for older players who may be dealing with health issues. And when you have lost the moral high ground to the fucking NFL, you are morally subterranean."

posted by rcade to other at 11:21 AM - 1 comment

March 30, 2019

If You Play Golf With Trump He Might Touch Your Balls: “To say ‘Donald Trump cheats’ is like saying ‘Michael Phelps swims,'” writes Rick Reilly in the new book Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump, out Tuesday. “He cheats at the highest level. He cheats when people are watching and he cheats when they aren’t. He cheats whether you like it or not. He cheats because that’s how he plays golf … if you’re playing golf with him, he’s going to cheat.”

posted by rcade to golf at 10:02 PM - 7 comments

Steph Curry Taunts Refs, Then Dodgy Call Gives Warriors a Loss: Steph Curry sank an epic three with a half-second remaining to tie the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime at 130. But it didn't go to double overtime. Curry taunted referee Mark Kogut repeatedly after making the shot, even needing to be separated by a teammate. On Minnesota's desperate in-bound pass, another referee made a questionable foul call, giving the T-Wolves free throws that won the game 131-130.

posted by rcade to basketball at 07:37 PM - 6 comments

March 29, 2019

Farewell to 20th Century Baseball: Opening Day was the first without a player from the 20th century on an MLB roster since the 1920s, following the departures of Adrian Beltre and Bartolo Colon.

posted by rcade to baseball at 01:33 PM - 11 comments

March 28, 2019

There's Still One Perfect NCAA Bracket: There's a single perfect bracket left in March Madness among the millions played on Yahoo, ESPN, CBS, Fox, Sports Illustrated and NCAA.com.Gregg Nigl, a 40-year-old neuropsychologist from Columbus, Ohio, has picked 48 out of 48 on the NCAA's site. This is the best streak ever, beating 39 games in 2017. He has Gonzaga beating Kentucky for the national title with Duke and Virginia also in the Final Four. Nigl said, "It’s kind of a big deal."

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:20 AM - 6 comments

March 27, 2019

Dirk vs. Dwyane: Though Bleacher Report is generally mediocre, this feature on the Dwyane Wade-Dirk Nowitzki rivalry at the twilight of their careers is a nice read. Longtime NBA print beat writer Howard Beck recalls a relationship that included two NBA Finals and once had its share of mutual animosity. They place each other for the last time when their teams meet tomorrow in Miami.

posted by rcade to basketball at 03:08 PM - 1 comment

NBA Pick 'Em Second-to-Last Week: LeBron's New Normal Edition : There are two weeks left in the NBA regular season. The Pace Mannion Pick 'Em has six games to pick this week and 11 next week. Florida Man leads NoMich by 29 after hitting a Boston-over-L.A. lock exactly. Howard_T is in third. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:18 PM - 11 comments

Diamondbacks Outfielder Explodes Knee in Exhibition Game: Steven Souza Jr. was going to be the starting right fielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Opening Day Thursday. As he touched home to score a run Monday in a spring training game, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), lateral collateral ligament (LCL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and posterolateral corner (PLC). He'll miss the entire season.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:12 AM - 2 comments

March 25, 2019

Did Le'Veon Bell Make the Right Decision?: Deadspin staff writer Dom Cosentino digs into the numbers of Le'Veon Bell's contractual options to determine whether he did better or worse financially by losing a year of salary and signing with the New York Jets. Bell got more guaranteed money than the Pittsburgh Steelers were offering (advantage Bell), but if you treat year one of any big deal as implicitly guaranteed the math starts to look different. As Jason Fitzgerald of Over the Cap put it, "You're not paying someone $10 million to cut him before he steps foot on the field."

posted by rcade to football at 09:57 PM - 5 comments

March 24, 2019

Rob Gronkowski Retires: "It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today." -- Rob Gronkowski on Instagram Sunday afternoon.

posted by rcade to football at 07:28 PM - 6 comments

NFL May Make Pass Interference a Replay Challenge: The NFL is considering proposals to add pass interference to a coach's red-flag replay challenges. One proposal just adds interference. Another adds interference, roughing the passer and defenseless hits. A change requires 24 of 32 owners and could happen this week when they meet in Phoenix. Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II told the team's website, "There's more interest in looking at how we make sure that plays are getting corrected than in other years."

posted by rcade to football at 09:26 AM - 7 comments

March 15, 2019

Jazz Owner Asks Fans to Stop Being Jerks: Responding to a racially abusive heckler targeting Russell Westbrook (and implicitly the reputation of Utah fans for boorish behavior), Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller stood at center court and told fans to be respectful and report malefactors.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:13 AM - 3 comments