June 29, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 4: Canada Day Edition: Week 4 of the nascent CFL season features a Thursday night opener between high-scoring British Columbia and low-scoring Ottawa. Our contest is led by me with Scooby only four singletons back. Make your picks and enjoy some beaver tails on Friday.

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June 22, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 3: Dunnigan's Beard Edition: Week 3 of the CFL season kicks off tomorrow night when undefeated Saskatchewan goes to winless Montreal. Our contest leader continues to be noted Canadian football expert rcade, 10 up on jjzucal. Make your picks while introspectively stroking your face foliage.

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June 15, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 2: Nathan Rourke is Rolling Edition: Week 2 of the CFL begins Thursday night when the Montreal Alouettes help the Toronto Argonauts kick off their season. I am leading our pickem after one week, 5 ahead of Jjzucal because I locked the Lions. Make your picks.

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June 10, 2022

Commanders Fine Jack Del Rio $100,000 for Calling January 6 a 'Dust-Up': Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has been fined $100,000 by the team for idiotic comments referring to the Jan. 6, 2021, as a minor "dustup" and saying attention should instead be focused on "riots, looting, burning" during George Floyd protests six months earlier. Head coach Ron Rivera said, "As we saw last night in the hearings, what happened on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 was an act of domestic terrorism. A group of citizens attempted to overturn the results of a free and fair election, and as a result lives were lost and the Capitol building was damaged."

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June 08, 2022

Enter the SportsFilter CFL Pickem: The Canadian Football League season begins Thursday night when Montreal travels to Calgary. Though the chicobangs Memorial has ended after 16 epic years, there will be a new contest to succeed it this season. Pick each game's winner and margin of victory, then decide whether to make each pick a lock to double your points or increase your agony of defeat. Good luck!

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June 07, 2022

We Were Promised Schooners: The CFL begins its 2022 season on Thursday night. Where is the Atlantic Schooners expansion team? The July 16 game between Saskatchewan and Toronto in Wolfville may be the last chance to revive the effort, writes the CFL blog 3 Down Nation.

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May 11, 2022

Tarik Cohen's Letter to His 17-Year-Old Self: Tarik Cohen's rise to the NFL as a running back for the Chicago Bears is only part of the story. The rest is heartbreaking. He tells it on Players' Tribune.

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April 11, 2022

The untold story of the most dangerous player in college football history: Before Jerry Sandusky, there was Todd Hodne. Before the serial sexual predator who ended Paterno's career, there was the serial sexual predator who left his career untouched. WARNING: Extremely disturbing content.

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April 09, 2022

Steelers Quarterback Dwayne Haskins Fatally Struck by Car: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins has died after being hit by a car Saturday morning in south Florida. He was 24. Haskins was an Ohio State standout who threw for 4,831 passing yards and 50 touchdowns in his only season as the starter, both Big Ten records. He entered the NFL draft and was picked 15th overall by Washington.

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March 31, 2022

Bruce Arians Steps Down as Bucs Coach, Todd Bowles Steps Up: An NFL offseason full of big news just got another stunner: Bruce Arians has stepped down as Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach and will be replaced by his choice of successor, team defensive coordinator and former New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles. The iconoclastic Arians feared if he quit later a different coach might come in and fire a lot of the staff. "My wife is big on not letting all those families down," Arians said.

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March 21, 2022

Massage Therapist Describes Session with Deshawn Watson: Sports Illustrated interviewed a massage therapist who hasn't sued him but does accuse him of highly inappropriate sexual behavior during a session. She said, "There are so many people that are against us, saying, ‘Why would he do that? He has no reason to do that. He has a beautiful girlfriend; he has this, this, this and this.’ All of those things are true, but fame doesn't create character."

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March 19, 2022

Cleveland Browns Sell Their Soul for DeShawn Watson: After a grand jury decided not to charge Deshaun Watson, the embattled quarterback auditioned new teams to see who could sink lower in their pursuit of him. The Cleveland Browns won. Or lost, depending on how you look at it.

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March 16, 2022

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman Take Over Monday Night Football: ESPN is bringing longtime Fox duo Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to Monday Night Football. The most esteemed broadcast booth in the NFL when Al Michaels and John Madden left in 2006, MNF has seen Joe Theismann, Tony Kornheiser, Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden, Sean McDonough, Jason Witten, Booger McFarland, Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick shuffle through.

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March 09, 2022

Woman Files Suit Claiming Jerry Jones is Her Father: A 25-year-old woman has filed a lawsuit claiming Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is her dad and he paid $375,000 to her mother to require her to never reveal this fact. Per the suit Jones found love at the American Airlines ticket counter in Little Rock. Alexandra Davis wants to be recognized as his kid and freed from the confidentiality agreement.

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March 08, 2022

Deal Reached to Trade Russell Wilson to Broncos: The Seattle Seahawks are trading quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos for a "massive haul" of two first-round picks, two second-round picks, a fifth-round pick, quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant and defensive lineman Shelby Harris.

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March 05, 2022

New York Governor Backs New Bills Stadium: A deal for a new Buffalo Bills stadium should be reached by the end of March, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said. The new stadium will cost an estimated $1.3 billion to build and the Bills want the public to pay 60 percent of it. There's no stadium design decided yet for the facility that could open in 2026. The Buffalo News covered some possibilities in December.

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February 24, 2022

Troy Aikman Has One Foot Out the Door at Fox: Troy Aikman is likely to leave Fox to become the main analyst for Monday Night Football on ESPN, the New York Post reports. Al Michaels is close to joining Amazon Prime's Thursday Night Football and hoped Aikman would join him. There's a lot of talk about other moves these would cause and so far none of them involve Chris Collinsworth.

posted by rcade to football at 03:37 PM - 4 comments

Grambling State set to hire Art Briles as offensive coordinator: Briles was fired as head coach of Baylor University in 2016 after an external investigation found that he and other University officials had suppressed information and failed to take action regarding a years-long string of alleged sexual assaults committed by football players. In the time since he was fired from Baylor, Briles has coached at the High School level and served stints in the CFL and an Italian Football league, but up to this point he had been considered untouchable by NCAA programs.

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February 19, 2022

Steelers Hire Brian Flores as Assistant Coach: The Pittsburgh Steelers have hired Brian Flores as senior defensive assistant in charge of linebackers, a move that comes as a surprise because he's currently suing three NFL teams and the league for discrimination. Flores alleges discrimination in league hiring practices. Some legal experts say his case has an uphill battle in court but could be devastating to the league even if he loses.

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February 18, 2022

SportsFilter Playoff Pickem Champion: Ic23b: The NFL Playoff Pickem was won in a rout by ic23b, who took the lead from tahoemoj after the conference championships and never gave it back. Congratulations! The coveted costanza is claimed by bender. Thus ends our football prognostication until the CFL kicks off on June 9.

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February 14, 2022

Rocket Mortgage Wins Super Bowl USA Today Ad Meter: The Rocket Mortgage commercial where Anna Kendrick helps Barbie beat out other doll buyers to land her Dream House won the USA Today Ad Meter for Super Bowl 0x38, edging out the Amazon ad where the Echo not only spies on Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson but can read their minds.

posted by rcade to football at 09:20 AM - 9 comments

February 13, 2022

Rams Win Super Bowl 0x38: A last-minute touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Cooper Kupp led the Los Angeles Rams to a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl 0x38. Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals had reached midfield when a game-clinching drive was ended by Aaron Donald grabbing Burrow while he tried a futile desperation heave that fell incomplete on fourth and one. Kupp was named Super Bowl MVP.

posted by rcade to football at 10:57 PM - 10 comments

Never Won a Super Bowl Club Meeting: Twelve NFL teams have never won a Super Bowl. Four teams have never even reached one. CBS Sports was there when the 12 teams held their most recent meeting.

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February 11, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x38 Edition: The Cincinnati Bengals host the visiting Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 0x38 at SoFi Stadium on Sunday night. After three rounds of our pickem, Ic23b takes the lead at 108 over Tahoemoj at 101 and your correspondent at 85. Pick the game winner, the score, seven props and a tiebreaker. And tell us what you'll be eating and drinking during the game.

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February 09, 2022

A Bettor Will Win at 3,000-to-1 if Evan McPherson Scores First TD in Super Bowl 0x38: Circa Sports in Vegas is offering odds on nearly every player scoring the first touchdown in Super Bowl 0x38 on Sunday. Somebody took the bet on kicker Evan McPherson at 3,000 to 1. "If he scores the first touchdown, we're going to get clobbered," sportsbook manager Chris Bennett said. The favorites are Cooper Kupp and Joe Mixon.

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February 07, 2022

Saints Have 5 Candidates to Succeed Sean Payton: The New Orleans Saints are one of the last two teams with a head coaching vacancy along with the Minnesota Vikings. Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune says these are the five candidates, ranked from most to least likely: Saints defense coordinator Dennis Allen, Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy, Saints special teams coordinator Dennis Rizzi and former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores.

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February 02, 2022

Hail to the Washington Commanders: Washington's football team has announced the adoption of the new name Commanders and new uniforms that include a black alternate jersey and second helmet. The logo is a W, which gave the team a burgundy and golden opportunity to wax poetic about fonts: "[T]he W's angled cuts, bolded lines and serifs signify forward movement and progress. The slanted elements of the stripes bordering the 'W' are inspired by military rank insignia, helping to infuse the familiar mark with elements of the team's new identity."

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February 01, 2022

Accidental Bill Belichick Text Messages At Center Of Brian Flores Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against NFL, Giants: Bill Belichick texted the wrong Brian to congratulate him for getting the Giants’ head coaching a job, according to a lawsuit filed by former Dolphins head coach and former Patriots assistant coach Brian Flores. As a result, Brian Flores has filed suit against the NFL and its franchises and it's a helluva read (PDF).

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Tom Brady Retires: After 22 seasons, Tom Brady is taking his seven Lombardi trophies, five Super Bowl MVPs, three NFL MVPs, six All-Pros, 15 Pro Bowls, most touchdown passes and most passing yards and going home.

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January 31, 2022

Rams Have Perilous Future So They Better Win Now: No current regime in the NFL has treated the draft the way the Los Angeles Rams have -- which makes it that much more crucial for them to win Super Bowl 0x38. They've traded away every first-round pick from 2017 to 2023, given up second- and third-rounders for 10 weeks of Von Miller and are $14 million over the salary cap. "Instead of saving for retirement, they're buying that damn yacht and living it up in Marina del Ray," writes Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News.

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January 30, 2022

Super Bowl 0x38: Bengals vs. Rams: The Cincinnati Bengals will face the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 0x38 after coming back from a 21-3 deficit on the road to the Kansas City Chiefs. Joe Burrow's team are underdogs for the third playoff game in a row. The Rams beat the San Francisco 49ers with their own comeback from 17-7 in the fourth quarter. They open as 3.5-point favorites in a game that will be played at their home stadium.

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January 29, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 3: 13 Seconds Edition: The AFC and NFC conference championships kick off tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. In our contest, Tahoemoj leads by 2 over NoMich and Ufez Jones by 7. The_Black_Hand wins the week with 20. Make your picks and never kick it deep to the Chiefs with 13 seconds remaining.

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Flag Football Wants to Be in the 2028 LA Olympics: Flag football is making a bid to be in the Summer Olympics in six years and will be one of 30 sports at the World Games this July in Birmingham. Here's a game from last year's world championships if you'd like to get an idea of what the sport is like at the top level.

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January 28, 2022

Remember the Niners' Gold Satin Jacket?: At one point in the 1980s, a small company begun in Anniston, Alabama, was making 80,000 jackets a day for sports teams. The best known was the iconic gold satin jacket of the Joe Montana-era San Francisco 49ers. Chalk Line had 1,000 employees in five states and millions in profits. Then came the leveraged buyout.

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January 26, 2022

Mike McDaniel is WHAT??!! -- Deadspin: "We learned after the publication of this article that 49ers OC Mike McDaniel, whom we describe as a 'white guy,' is in fact biracial. The article's original text remains below. We regret the error."

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January 25, 2022

Sean Payton Quits as Saints Coach: After 16 seasons, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has announced he's leaving the job. Payton took over a franchise so woe begotten that it took 34 years to win a playoff game. He convinced Drew Brees to sign as a free agent a few months into the job and led the Saints to 161 wins, including Super Bowl 0x2C.

posted by rcade to football at 03:04 PM - 7 comments

Horror-themed Super Bowl LVI: Grisly Super Bowl LVI logo design fail can never be unseen

posted by NoMich to football at 08:18 AM - 4 comments

January 24, 2022

'13 Seconds' Joins 'Wide Right' and 'Music City Miracle': The Buffalo Bills have a new addition to their catchphrase ring of misery. Patrick Mahomes only had 13 seconds to drive the Kansas City Chiefs down the field for a game-tying field goal and deny the Bills a trip to the AFC Championship game.

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January 21, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 2: Hand the Ref the Ball Edition: The divisional round of the NFL Playoffs begins Saturday at 4:30 p.m. when the Bengals face the Titans. Our contest leaders at the first turn are NoMich and Tahoemoj with 51 points. When you pick, make better choices than Dak Prescott.

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January 17, 2022

NFL Pickem Champion: Tahoemoj: The SportsFilter NFL Pickem was won by Tahoemoj, who beat me (sad trombone) by only 4 points after getting the 49ers over the Rams and Seahawks over the Cardinals in the final Sunday's afternoon block. That's at least the second pickem crown for Tahoemoj, who also won last season's NHL Playoff Pickem. Congratulations!

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