November 24, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 12: Turducken Edition: NFL week 12 begins with three games on Thanksgiving: two turkeys (Washington/Dallas and Houston/Detroit) and a nightcap sending Baltimore to 10-0 Pittsburgh. There's a new leader in our NFL Pickem, as Cixelsyd scores 65 to go seven points over Rcade. NoMich is in third down 32. Bender wins the week with 80. Make your picks.

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November 18, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 11: Hail Murray Edition: Week 11 of the imperiled NFL season begins Thursday night with the Arizona Cardinals visiting the Seattle Seahawks. Our contest is led by Rcade (who?) with 697. Cixelsyd is 10 back and NoMich 30 back. Make your picks, prognosticators.

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November 11, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 10: What Happened to the Bucs Edition: Week 10 of the NFL season starts Thursday night when the Colts visit the Titans. Make your picks!

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November 05, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 9: Undefeated Steelers Edition: The second half of the NFL season begins tonight with the Packers at the Niners. In our contest, the top three are Cixelsyd, myself (1 back) and Jagsnumberone (24 back). Make your picks.

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October 28, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 8: Don't Score Todd Edition: Week 8 of the NFL season kicks off Thursday night with the Atlanta Falcons visiting the Carolina Panthers. In our contest, Cixelsyd leads with 533 over Rcade at 512 and Truthhurts at 488. Make your picks.

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October 21, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 7: Tank for Trevor Edition: The seventh week of the NFL season begins Thursday night with the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles meeting as two of the league's seven one-win teams. Only the winless New York Jets are winless. Make your picks.

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October 17, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chase Claypool Edition: Week 6 of the NFL begins on Sunday, three days later than planned, with the slate of early games at 1 p.m. Eastern. Cixelsyd continues to lead our contest with 415, followed by me at 406 and Jagsnumberone at 371. Make your picks.

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October 07, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 5: Undefeated Bills Edition: Week 5 of the NFL season kicks off Wednesday night when Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit some unsatisfying quarterback's Chicago Bears. Our contest is led by Cixelsyd with 364, followed by Tron7 and Rcade with 338. Make your picks and don't hug anybody.

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September 30, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 4: Let Russ Cook Edition: Week 4 of the infectious NFL season begins tonight as the 0-3 Denver Broncos visit the 0-3 New York Jets. Make your picks.

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September 24, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 3: Pay Dak Prescott Edition: Week 3 of the injurious NFL season begins tonight when the Dolphins visit the Jaguars on Thursday Night Football. In our contest, Truthhurts moves into first with 192, going 7-out-of-7 on locks. NoMich falls to second with 186 and Jagsnumberone is in third with 184. Tron7 wins the week with 116, getting every game except for the Colts over the Vikings. Make your picks.

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September 23, 2020

Chargers Team Doctor Punctured Tyrod Taylor's Lung: Broadcasters during the Chargers/Chiefs game on Sunday were mystified by the last-minute absence of quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who wasn't on the injury list but did not make the start. Coach Anthony Lynn revealed that Taylor missed the game because the team doctor accidentally punctured his lung while administering a painkiller injection for Taylor's cracked ribs. He's out indefinitely.

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Gale Sayers, Bears Hall of Fame running back, dies at 77: RIP to a great human being.

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September 20, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition: The second week of the undercrowded NFL season begins Thursday night when the Cincinnati Bengals play the Cleveland Browns. In the SportsFilter NFL Pickem, NoMich opens in the lead with 90, followed by Jagsnumberone with 89 and Bender with 81. Ic23b's week was the stuff of nightmare with five broken locks. Make your picks.

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September 15, 2020

The Analyst Behind the Analyst in an NFL Broadcast Booth: The Ringer covers an aspect of sports broadcasting I'd never heard about before -- the use of spotters who give the booth crew an extra set of eyes. "In 2003, [Gary] Danielson flipped on [David] Moulton’s Fort Myers, Florida, sports radio show when he was caught in traffic. He was struck by how Moulton broke down a game that Danielson had called on TV that weekend. 'I go, Wow, this guy knows a lot,' Danielson said. In 2006, he gave Moulton a one-week tryout in the CBS booth. Moulton has stood at Danielson’s right ever since."

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September 13, 2020

Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 Marseilles: Neymar was one of five players sent off after an injury-time brawl as Marseille beat Paris St-Germain in Ligue 1. Florian Thauvin scored the only goal as PSG lost their opening two Ligue 1 games for the first time since 1984-85.

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September 07, 2020

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pickem: The NFL regular season begins Thursday night when the Houston Texans visit the Kansas City Chiefs. SportsFilter's NFL Pickem has returned with a first prize of an official NFL game ball ($120 value). Pick the winners and margins of victory on all 16 opening games and make as many as you dare into stone cold lead pipe locks. Good luck to all teams, but especially Jacksonville.

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August 31, 2020

Jaguars Release Leonard Fournette: For a year I've been waging a one-man campaign to convince people on the Internet that Leonard Fournette wasn't that bad really. That was for naught. The Jacksonville Jaguars waived Fournette today, getting nothing in return for the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft. The team's running backs are Chris Thompson, Ryquell Armstead and Devine Ozigbo.

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August 30, 2020

Jaguars Trade Ngakoue to Vikings for 2nd- and 5th-Round Picks: The Jacksonville Jaguars finally found a buyer for defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. The Minnesota Vikings picked him up for a second-round pick in 2021 and a fifth-round pick in 2022 that becomes a fourth-round pick if he makes the Pro Bowl and a third-round pick if the Vikes win the Super Bowl. Ngakoue had 37.5 sacks for Jacksonville, putting him second all time for the team despite playing just four seasons.

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August 28, 2020

Ravens Make Statement, Demands for Social Justice: With yet another example of racial discrimination with the shooting of Jacob Blake, and the unlawful abuse of peaceful protesters, we MUST unify as a society. It is imperative that all people – regardless of race, religion, creed or belief – come together to say, 'Enough is enough!'

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Brian Urlacher slammed over posts apparently dismissing NBA protest, advocating to 'free' shooting suspect: The linebacker compared Brett Favre playing in an NFL game after his dad's death to NBA players protesting against police brutality.

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August 17, 2020

CFL Cancels 2020 Season: The Canadian Football League has cancelled its 2020 season after the government of Canada refused to loan the league $30 million to offset expected losses if it operated without fans in attendance. A 2021 return is planned. The CFL, unlike the NFL, is highly dependent on ticket sales for revenue.

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August 12, 2020

Big Ten nixes fall college football season, eyes spring: Big Ten conference presidents and chancellors voted Tuesday to postpone all fall sports seasons, including football, amid the coronavirus pandemic with the hopes of playing in the spring.

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August 03, 2020

The Rock Just Bought the XFL: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and an investor group have purchased the XFL for $15 million. The league filed for bankruptcy in April. Vince McMahon invested $200 million in the league's 2020 relaunch, which drew 1.9 million TV viewers per game.

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August 01, 2020

Monday Night Football Has New Crew: If there's a season in 2020, ESPN's Monday Night Football will feature Steve Levy calling the games with Brian Griese and Louis Riddick on color commentary.

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July 19, 2020

CFL's Edmonton Eskimos Will Change Their Name: The Edmonton Eskimos will be changing the name it has used since 1949, despite saying the opposite as recently as Wednesday. Two sponsors, Belairdirect and Sports Book Direct, said publicly they would end their association with the team absent a name change. Warren Moon, who led the team to five Grey Cups before moving to the NFL, supports the decision. Mostly. "It’s probably best to go ahead and make the change even though the name Eskimos to me just means pride and it means winning," he said.

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July 13, 2020

The Washington Redskins:
Redskins to retire team name Monday; new name to be revealed later.

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June 30, 2020

Patriots Sign Cam Newton to 1-Year Deal: The New England Patriots have never beaten Cam Newton, a curious statistic that will persist now that he's playing for the team. Newton signed a one-year incentive-stuffed deal. Of the likely starters in the NFL this season, Nick Foles and Lamar Jackson are the others to never lose to New England. Both are 1-0 and Newton 2-0. "Under Belichick, the Patriots have loved to sign players whom they struggled playing against," writes Nora Princiotti of The Ringer.

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June 22, 2020

Dak Prescott Will Sign Franchise Tag Today: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will sign his $31.1 million franchise tag deal on Monday, which obligates him to report to camp but also pressures Dallas to sign him to a long-term deal by July 15 or see his salary rise to $37.7 million in 2021, ESPN reports. "They would have to gut their team to keep him then," a source told the Beast of Bristol.

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May 09, 2020

Monday Night Football Waives Tessitore, McFarland: ESPN is not keeping Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland on Monday Night Football next season. The shortlist of replacements includes Steve Levy, Dan Orlovsky, Louis Riddick, Brian Griese, Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit.

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CFL Commissioner Says Season Likely to Be Cancelled: Canadian Football League commissioner Randy Ambrosie told a government committee Thursday that the league's 2020 season is "very much in jeopardy" and cancellation is likely. He requested up to $150 million in government assistance for the CFL, which makes most of its revenue from ticket sales. The league's teams lost $20 million last year.

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April 25, 2020

49ers Get Trent Williams, Lose Joe Staley to Retirement: After San Francisco acquired Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams for a 2020 fifth-round pick and 2021 third-round pick, news broke that longtime 49ers left tackle Joe Staley is retiring at age 35 for health reasons. He told the team his plans ahead of the draft.

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April 23, 2020

2020 NFL Draft: For the first time in over a month, a live sporting event of significance is airing on television: the NFL Draft.

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April 05, 2020

Record-Breaking NFL Kicker Tom Dempsey Dies: Tom Dempsey, who held the record for the NFL's longest field goal at 63 yards from 1970 to 2013, died Saturday at a retirement home in New Orleans from complications of coronavirus. He was 73. Dempsey was an unlikely record breaker, using an old-school, straight-ahead kicking style and missing the toes on his right foot. He set the record on the New Orleans Saints against the Detroit Lions in the final seconds of the game. It was 7 yards longer than the previous mark set by Bert Rechichar. It was broken by Matt Prater's 64-yarder in Denver.

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March 19, 2020

Los Angeles Rams Release Todd Gurley: To avoid paying him $10.5 million in guaranteed money, the Los Angeles Rams released star running back Todd Gurley. In his five seasons with the team, the 25-year-old Gurley rushed for 5,404 yards and 58 touchdowns, leading the NFL in touchdowns in 2017 and 2018. He's tied with Marshall Faulk for the most rushing TDs in team history. Gurley's production waned last season and doubt increased about the health of his knee.

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March 18, 2020

NFL Offers Game Pass for Free Through May 31: If you'd like to rewatch NFL games from the past ten years, the NFL is making Game Pass free for the next 10 weeks. The archive includes the playoffs, Super Bowl and preseason.

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March 17, 2020

Tom Brady Says Goodbye to New England Patriots: Tom Brady posted a goodbye letter Tuesday to the only team he's played for in his legendary 20-year NFL career. "I wanted to say thank you to all of the incredible fans and Patriots supporters," it began. He didn't say which team he's signing for.

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March 15, 2020

NFL Players Approve New CBA Through 2030: The NFL Players Association voted to approve a new collective bargaining agreement with the league that extends through at least 2030. The CBA expands the regular season to 17 games and expands the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams, among many other provisions. Players still aren't getting 50% of league revenue. It bumps from 47% to 48.5% after the 17-game season begins.

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February 23, 2020

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Jagsnumberone: The chads are no longer hanging. The scores have been tallied and the winner of the SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em is Jagsnumberone in a tiebreaker over Bender. The coveted Costanza goes to Rumple, who heroically dug out from a -20 score after wild card weekend. Jagsnumberone, you must now end our community's NFL pick 'em season with the choosing of the pants.

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XFL Has First Kick Return TD Under New Rules: As part of efforts across football to make kickoffs less dangerous, the fledgling XFL football league has different kickoff rules than the NFL. Both teams line up five yards apart in the receiving half at the 30- and 35-yard-lines and keeping still until the returner touches the ball. The league's first kick return for a touchdown occurred Sunday when Joe Powell of the St. Louis Battlehawks ran 90 yards against the New York Guardians.

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February 02, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs Win Super Bowl 0x36: Down 10 points with 6:13 remaining in the game, the Kansas City Chiefs rallied to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 to win Super Bowl 0x36, 50 years after the team won the NFL's ultimate game. Patrick Mahomes was named the game's MVP.

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