Football

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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January 14, 2022

Enter the NFL Playoff Pickem: The NFL Playoff Pickem has returned for another glorious season of postseason football. First prize is a Zubaz NFL men's sherpa fleece pullover (that's a lot of adjectives). Pick the game winners, the spreads, and a series of props. Go big or go home.

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January 09, 2022

Three NFL Coaches Fired: Zimmer, Nagy, Fangio: The offseason coaching carousel has begun in the NFL with the firings of head coach Vic Fangio by the Denver Broncos, Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings and Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears. The Vikings also fired general manager Rick Spielman.

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January 08, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 18: All the Marbles Edition: The final week of the NFL season begins today at 4 p.m. when the Chiefs visit the Broncos. Our contest is led by Florida Man, who takes the lead back from Tahoemoj by only two points with Tommybiden 19 behind. Make your picks, prognosticators.

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December 31, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 17: Streaky Dolphins Edition: Week 17 of the NFL season has 15 games on Sunday and one more on Monday night. Our contest is led again by Tahoemoj, who scored 89 to take a five-point lead over your correspondent. The_Black_Hand wins the week with 92, getting close in locks on the Bucs and Chiefs blowouts and hitting four more. Make your picks and see you next year.

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December 26, 2021

The NFL's Jackie Robinson: Kenny Washington broke the NFL's color barrier a year before Jackie Robinson did the same in baseball. Slate asks: Why has America forgetten him?

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December 23, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 16: Cincinnati Nightlife Edition: The NFL's third-to-last week starts tonight when the San Francisco 49ers drop in on the Tennessee Titans. No one is more surprised that I am still leading the contest. I won the week with 95 and lead Tahoemoj by 21. Make your picks and be glad if there's "not a ton to do" in your team's city.

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December 16, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 15: Don't Kick Your Kicker Edition: The first week of the post-Urban Meyer era of the NFL begins with the Kansas City Chiefs visiting the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football. Our new leader is me after I won the week with 109 points and took a six-point lead over Ic23b. Make your picks.

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December 14, 2021

NFL Covid Numbers Skyrocket: After several LA Rams players went into Covid protocols shortly before the team's MNF contest against the Arizona Cardinals, the number of players testing positive league-wide rose to 75 over the last two days. The Rams and Browns have been hit particularly hard, while the Dolphins now have only one available running back left on their 53-man roster. Stay safe, friends

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December 10, 2021

Denver Broncos Great Demaryius Thomas Dies: Demaryius Thomas, a standout wide receiver for the Denver Broncos who was on the team's Super Bowl 0x32 winning squad, has died from medical complications following a car accident. He was 33. A former first round draft pick, Thomas had 9,055 receiving yards and 60 touchdown catches for Denver and made five consecutive Pro Bowls. When Demaryius was 11, police raided his home and arrested his mother and grandmother for crack distribution, giving both long prison sentences.

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December 09, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 14: Franco Harris Edition: The fourteenth week of the NFL season begins tonight with a rematch of Super Bowl IX. The Vikings will be looking to avenge that 16-6 loss to Pittsburgh in blustery Tulane Stadium. In our contest, ic23b climbs into first place over tahoemoj, who falls to third with tommybiden jumping to second. Rumple wins the week with 99, hitting an exact lock in the Chiefs-Broncos and four other locks besides. Make your picks.

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December 02, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 13: Jacksonville vs. Jalen Edition: The luckiest week of the NFL season starts tonight with a pretty nice matchup as Dallas plays New Orleans. Our contest leader tahoemoj has only a 5-point lead after ic23b scored 51 more points in week 12. The week's winner is rumple with 66. Make your picks. You know Jalen will.

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November 24, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 12: Turkey Bowl Edition: The Lions, Cowboys and a primetime interloper host NFL games on Thanksgiving Day. Our contest leader Tahoemoj took a larger lead on an 83-point week and Jagsnumberone won the week with 92. Make your picks and remember to gorge responsibly.

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November 21, 2021

Florida Fires Dan Mullen: Dan Mullen is out as head coach of the Florida Gators after losing 9 of his final 15 games. He was set to begin another five-year deal at the beginning of 2022 -- a deal reached this year -- but will instead have only the solace of a $12 million buyout. Florida lost to Missouri in overtime Saturday 24-23 after getting the ball at their 29 with 1:04 seconds left in a tie game and making no attempt to get into field goal position, keeping it on the ground in a 3-and-out.

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November 18, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 11: Cam Newton is Back Edition: Week 11 of the NFL season begins tonight with the do-they-have-to-be-good-again-already New England Patriots playing the not-even-competitive-mostly Atlanta Falcons. Tahoemoj holds on to the lead in our pickem despite being one of six players to score 0 points. Make your picks.

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November 12, 2021

Adam Schefter: Journalist?: Got a narrative you want to pitch? Just call in a Schefty Bomb!

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November 10, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 10: That Wasn't Taunting Edition: Week 10 of the NFL season kicks off Thursday night with the Baltimore Ravens vacationing at the Miami Dolphins. Our contest continues to be led by the sagacious Tahoemoj but I have managed to pull to 30 back. We collectively scored -95 on the Bills/Jaguars game with the steadfast Jagsnumberone as the only one in the win column. Make your picks and feel free to trash talk the opposition for all the NFL players who can't.

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November 04, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 9: Mike White Edition: The midpoint of the NFL season kicks off tonight when the New York Jets play the Indianapolis Colts. Tahoemoj continues to bogart first place in the NFL Pickem at 600 points, 30 ahead of Ic23b. Bender wins the week with 92. Make your picks.

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October 31, 2021

How Nippert Stadium Got Its Name: The Cincinnati Bearcats have played at Nippert Stadium since 1924, making it one of the oldest fields in college football. It's named for Jimmy Nippert, a player who didn't notice a cut on his leg he received during a muddy game on Thanksgiving in 1923 and died on Christmas of septicemia. His family funded the stadium and required that "a fully equipped dispensary be a part of the bowl, to insure that expert and immediate attention be given any student injured on the football field."

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October 28, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 8: Bungles No More Edition: There's an uncharacteristically great Thursday NFL game to start week 8 tonight as the Packers visit the Cardinals. In our contest, tahoemoj leads by 18 over ic23b. The week is won by cixelsyd with 82. Make your picks.

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October 21, 2021

The Raiders Had More Black Players Than Any NFL Team: Then Jon Gruden Took Over The Roster.

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NFL Pickem Week 7: Thanks Brocephus Edition: It's the broadcast brouhaha of the bros tonight as the Broncos meet the Browns to broach the seventh week of the NFL season. In our NFL Pickem, tahoemoj broadens their lead with Ufez Jones, ic23b and rcade within 32. Ufez wins the week with 90. Make your picks, broody brothers.

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October 14, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition: Week 6 of the NFL season begins tonight when the Tampa Bay Bradys visit the Philadelphia Hurts. The contest continues to be led by tahoemoj with the ineffable rcade 22 back. The week is won with a staggering 125 by ic23b, who hit seven locks and had two within the spread and another exact. Whoa! Make your picks and never say anything in email you're not willing to see on the front page of the Washington Post.

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October 11, 2021

Raiders Fire Gruden Over Bigoted Emails: The Las Vegas Raiders have parted ways with head coach Jon Gruden after the exposure of emails in which he made racist, misogynist and homophobic remarks. The emails surfaced in an NFL investigation of workplace harassment that didn't involve Gruden.

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October 06, 2021

University of Northern Colorado Assistant Coach to Purchase JNCO Jeans in the Future: A Northern Colorado football coach got angry during a game, broke a clipboard, chucked it into the crowd, and apparently hit a fan...because another fan was heckling him over "how small his pants were" So many things to pull from the incident: The coach? Max McCraffrey, offensive coordinator of Northern Colorado and brother of Panthers running back extraordinaire Christian McCaffrey. The object he threw? According to Northern Colorado's AD, it was a souvenir. The taunt that led to the throwing of the broken clipboard? Hey coach, maybe you should focus on how small your pants are, rather than breaking a clipboard. The play that led to the breaking of the clipboard? Panthers running back extraordinaire's other sibling, Dylan McCraffrey and Northern Colorado's QB, threw an interception. At the present, it is still unknown how many times the word "pants" is in the police report of the incident.

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October 05, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition: The Los Angeles Rams visit the Seattle Seahawks to kick off week 5 of the NFL Thursday night. In the NFL Pickem, Tahoemoj's lead narrows to 9 as Ufez Jones scores 71 to climb into second. Boaz wins the week with 79 without using any locks. Make your picks and don't disgrace the Jaguars organization.

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September 29, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 4: 66 Yard Edition: The Jacksonville Jaguars return to primetime Thursday night to play the Cincinnati Bengals and open the fourth week of the NFL season. Tahoemoj continues to lead in our pickem contest with Rcade 18 points back. Moder8 wins the week with 101, hitting 8-of-8 locks. Make your picks.

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September 22, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 3: Cardiac Cardinals Edition: The third week of the No Taunting Football League begins Thursday when the Houston Texans host the Carolina Panthers. Tahoemoj continues to hold first place in our NFL Pickem with NoMich 20 points in arrears. Tron7 wins the week with 108, hitting locks on the Browns, Rams, 49ers and Bucs. Nobody picked the Panthers over the Saints. Make your selections.

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September 14, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 2: Pay Chandler Jones the Money Edition: The second week of the NFL season begins Thursday when the New York Giants visit the quarterback-cursed Washington Undetermineds (Fitzmagic was dispelled by a hip subfluxation). Tahoemoj leads our pickem contest with 87 points, hitting all games but Steelers over Bills, Cardinals over Titans, Texans over Jaguars and Broncos over Giants. Make your picks.

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September 07, 2021

ESPN Simulates NFL Season 20,000 Times: The ESPN Football Power Index (not sure what that is but it sounds important) ran 20,000 simulations of the NFL season and decided to write about one in which the Jacksonville Jaguars make the playoffs, the Seattle Seahawks start 0-9, the Indianapolis Colts have the NFL's best record and the Super Bowl winner is a first timer.

posted by rcade to football at 07:40 AM - 1 comment

Play the SportsFilter NFL Pickem: The NFL returns for the 2021 season Thursday night when the Dallas Cowboys visit the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their Gen X quarterback Tom Brady. The SportsFilter NFL Pickem is also back: Pick the 16 game winners and the margin of victory, locking any game to raise the stakes. First prize is a Wilson official NFL football.

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September 04, 2021

Who Holds the College Football Belt?: The College Football Belt website disappeared a few years ago, but the Lineal National Championship tracks the same thing -- the team that is champion by beating the last champion, just like boxing. Alabama has been the champ since beating Auburn last season and puts the belt on the line this afternoon against Miami.

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August 31, 2021

Patriots Cut Cam Newton: Former league MVP Cam Newton was cut by New England Tuesday as the team goes with rookie Mac Jones as the starter. Newton's preseason was marred by him losing practice time due to inadequate Covid tests -- which were only necessary because he was unvaccinated.

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August 30, 2021

Bishop Sycamore, Patron Saint of Football: Awful Announcing has the story of ESPN getting scammed into showing a high school(?) football game between a college football prep school and a completely fake school.

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August 24, 2021

Tom Coughlin: From Coach to Caregiver: Former NFL coach and exec Tom Coughlin has written a poignant essay in the New York Times revealing his wife Judy's decline from an incurable brain disorder. He writes, "I’ve spent my entire life preparing for some of the biggest games a person could play, but nothing can prepare you to be a caregiver who has to watch a loved one slip away."

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August 17, 2021

Mom, Dad, Let's Talk About Tackle Football: A public service ad from the Concussion Legacy Foundation.

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July 01, 2021

The Washington Football Team Has Been Fined $10 Million For Workplace Misconduct: The nearly year-long investigation, led by independent counsel Beth Wilkinson, uncovered frequent instances of bullying, intimidation, and reports of sexual harassment.
Snyder: "I have learned a lot in the past few months about how my club operated, and the kind of workplace that we had."

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June 06, 2021

Edmonton Ex-Eskimos Unveil New Name: The CFL's Edmonton franchise has dropped a video to announce its new name and logo.

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