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Gale Sayers, Bears Hall of Fame running back, dies at 77

Now taking the field for the Celestial Bears, Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers. It is good to think that they are united once again, each in possession of his full health. RIP, Gale Sayers.

posted by Howard_T at 12:50 PM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Forgive this question from an old fart whose music listening is limited to the Symphony Channel on Sirius XM, but who or what is DEVO? Whatever the answer, by first pitch standards, that was a good one.

posted by Howard_T at 12:44 PM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I want to see Jokic throw out a first pitch...from shallow center field.

Then want to see Josh Allen throw one in from the warning track.

posted by beaverboard at 10:28 AM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

What are all those people in the seats for?

I mean .... real, live, people used to go to baseball games?

posted by tommytrump at 09:46 AM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It was eight years ago today that DEVO threw out the first pitch at a Tampa : Bay Rays game. That was the moment that the universe peaked.

posted by NoMich at 07:50 AM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

PRIME TIME IN JACKSON: Deion Sanders hired as JSU head coach

posted by BornIcon at 01:43 PM on September 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Also, the Patriots' epic comeback against the Falcons in the Super Bowl has been one upped. The Cowboys came from 20 down to beat the birds.

The Falcons reaction to the Cowboys' onside kick has surpassed Cam Newton in the "I Don't Want That Football" category of Double Jeopardy.

posted by beaverboard at 09:24 PM on September 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Have to give credit to the NFL in-game audio producers (who I assume are all graduates of the Atlanta Falcons Pump It In School of Crowd Noise):

During the Rams - Eagles game, when the Rams scored TD's, there was a mild rendition of authentic Philly booing in an attempt to recreate a semblance of actual gameday conditions.

Wonder if the Phillies will take this as a realism challenge and raise the stakes by having a cardboard cutout fan vomit on a cutout off duty cop.

posted by beaverboard at 09:15 PM on September 20

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

Revised picks:

Bears by 3 (not locked)
Cowboys by 10 (not locked)
Packers by 7 (lock)
Jaguars by 3 (not locked)
Vikings by 7 (lock)
Bills by 13 (lock)
49ers by 7 (lock)
Eagles by 3 (not locked)
Steelers by 7 (lock)
Buccaneers by 3 (not locked)
Cardinals by 7 (not locked)
Chiefs by 3 (not locked)
Ravens by 10 (lock)
Seahawks by 7 (not locked)
Raiders by 3 (not locked)

Picking the Jaguars to win because I can't bear the alternative.

posted by rcade at 12:42 PM on September 20

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Bears by
Cowboys by
Packers by
Jaguars by
Vikings by
Bills by
49ers by
Rams by
Broncos by
Buccaneers by
Cardinals by
Chiefs by
Texans by
Seahawks by
Saints by

posted by Boaz at 12:34 PM on September 20

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Bears by 3
Falcons by 2
Packers by 7 (lock)
Jaguars by 6
Vikings by 3
Bills by 4
49ers by 14 (lock)
Eagles by 3
Steelers by 7
Buccaneers by 3
Cardinals by 6
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Ravens by 10 (lock)
Seahawks by 7
Saints by 7 (lock)

posted by jagsnumberone at 03:40 AM on September 20

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

(I tried in both Firefox and effing Edge, but couldn't get the form to work. Anyhow, I did get it posted before the puck dropped :) )

Let's go Stars.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:38 PM on September 19

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

I dunno if it's an issue with my laptop or not, but my picks are:

Stars in 5
Top goals: Benn
Top goalie (%) Khudobhin
Team winning game 1: Stars
Team giving up 0 goals: Lightning (I can see it happening)
Top assists: Seguin
Conn Smythe: Khudobin
Tiebreaker 22

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:36 PM on September 19

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

My picks:

Lightning in 5
Top goals: Point
Top goalie (save %): Andrei Vasilevskiy
Team winning game 1: Lightning
Team giving up 0 goals: Lightning
Top assists: Hedman
Conn Smythe: Point
Tiebreaker: 24

posted by rumple at 03:51 PM on September 19

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

My picks:

Lightning in 7
Top goals: Point
Top goalie (save %): Andrei Vasilevskiy
Team winning game 1: Lightning
Team giving up 0 goals: Lightning
Top assists: Klingberg
Conn Smythe: Point
Tiebreaker: 32

posted by cixelsyd at 12:44 PM on September 19

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

I bowed out of the Pick-em after my 1st round performance but excited to watch the Cup Finals start tonight :)

posted by prof at 12:44 PM on September 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Tadej Pogacar stuns Primoz Roglic, set to win Tour de France.

I have only watched the last half of this Tour de France but today was exciting with all the story lines.

  • Roglic had less than a minute lead over Pogacar at the start of today's time trial.

  • Roglic team had been dominate all week in the mountains

  • Roglic and Pogacar are friends from Slovenia

  • Pogacar will win the yellow jersey (general classification), the white jersey (best young rider), and the polka dot jersey (King of the Mountain)

  • Pogacar will turn 22 on Monday

  • Porte, started day 4th and in his likely last Tour, will finish on podium in 3rd place. Again shows how close this tour was
  • posted by prof at 12:41 PM on September 19

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

My picks:

Stars in 5
Top goals: Joe Pavelski
Top goalie (save %): Anton Khudobin
Team winning game 1: Stars
Team giving up 0 goals: Stars
Top assists: Miro Heiskanen
Conn Smythe: Joe Pavelski
Tiebreaker: 25

posted by bender at 12:36 PM on September 19

St. Louis City SC Sells 50,000 Season Ticket Deposits in 24 Hours

They should begin play as soon as possible, as Saint Lou can get brutally hot in the summer and it would help condition fans for the upcoming Qatar experience.

posted by beaverboard at 10:14 AM on September 19

St. Louis City SC Sells 50,000 Season Ticket Deposits in 24 Hours

The deposits were $50 each and that amount could reserve up to eight seats for you. Absolutely no-brainer to throw down that money just in case season ticket prices were within your budget.

posted by NoMich at 09:37 AM on September 19

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

My picks:

Stars in 6
Top goals: D. Gurianov (Stars)
Top goalie (save %): Anton Khudobin
Team winning game 1: Stars
Team giving up 0 goals: Stars
Top assists: M. Heiskanen (Stars)
Conn Smythe: A. Khudobin (Stars)
Tiebreaker: 30

posted by NoMich at 09:31 AM on September 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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posted by maxwellmarco at 06:36 AM on September 19

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

My picks:

Lightning in 6
Top goals: Point (Lightning)
Top goalie (save %): Andrei Vasilevskiy
Team winning game 1: Lightning
Team giving up 0 goals: Lightning
Top assists: kucherov (lightning)
Conn Smythe: Kucherov (Lightning)
Tiebreaker: 34

posted by jagsnumberone at 01:43 AM on September 19

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

My picks:

Lightning in 5
Top goals: Point
Top goalie (save %): Andrei Vasilevskiy
Team winning game 1: Lightning
Team giving up 0 goals: Lightning
Top assists: Kucherov
Conn Smythe: Vasilevskiy
Tiebreaker: 30

posted by geneparmesan at 11:43 PM on September 18

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

My picks:

Stars in 7
Top goals: Joe Pavelski
Top goalie (save %): Anton Khudobin
Team winning game 1: Stars
Team giving up 0 goals: Lightning
Top assists: Miro Heiskanen
Conn Smythe: Miro Heiskanen
Tiebreaker: 23

If this was a normal year I'd be getting tickets to at least one of the games in Tampa to see my Dallas Stars. But if it was normal would the Stars be playing this final? Dallas is thriving in the bubble. Never underestimate how hard a team will play to avoid the Texas heat in August and September.

posted by rcade at 11:12 PM on September 18

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

Revised picks:

Bears by 9 (not locked)
Cowboys by 7 (not locked)
Packers by 13 (lock)
Jaguars by 3 (not locked)
Vikings by 10 (not locked)
Bills by 13 (not locked)
49ers by 17 (lock)
Eagles by 7 (not locked)
Steelers by 7 (not locked)
Buccaneers by 3 (not locked)
Cardinals by 9 (not locked)
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Texans by 4 (not locked)
Seahawks by 14 (lock)
Saints by 7 (not locked)

posted by rumple at 09:26 PM on September 18

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

After diligent research, consulting a water dowser and local Wiccan, and my trusty flipping coin, Murray and Jokic are the consensus.

Please pardon the duplication. I blame the Department of Redundancy Department.

posted by Howard_T at 06:48 PM on September 18

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

Revised picks:

Top point scorer: Jamal Murray
Top rebounder: Jokic

After diligent research, consulting a water dowser and local Wiccan, and my trusty flipping coin, Murray and Jokic are the consensus.

posted by Howard_T at 06:47 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Pretty impressive debut against what was a top 10 NFL passing defense in 2019. Behind an O Line ranked 31st none the less. Hopefully management has learned from Indy's failure and finds the guy some protection before they waste what appears to be a franchise QB.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:35 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

This Bengal fan is very impressed by Burrow so far. Gotta speed up a few of those reads a bit (having a proper line would help, too), but he sure seems to make the right choice most of the time, and executes once he has made his decision.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:46 PM on September 18

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Bears by 3
Cowboys by 6
Packers by 17
Titans by 9 (lock)
Vikings by 13 (lock)
Bills by 6
49ers by 12 (lock)
Eagles by 4
Steelers by 7
Buccaneers by 3
Cardinals by 7
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Ravens by 10 (lock)
Seahawks by 4
Saints by 7

Missed last night's game (for which I would have scored 0 points). Alas. Just going to keep riding that "lock against the Jags" wave--it's been very effective so far.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:43 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

C.J. Anderson Retires from NFL After 7-Year Career, Plans to Pursue Coaching

posted by BornIcon at 02:35 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Award is.....MADE

Buck is.....IN

(The older that Joe Buck and Matt Ryan get, the more interchangeable looking they become.)

posted by beaverboard at 01:28 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Mayfield might end up being the weak link in that offense

Might?

If the Browns could identify 3 or 4 routes he can execute consistently, ensure he sticks to those, and limit the number of passing plays to around 20 a game they might win 6 or 7 games. Of course they won't be up against anything close to the Bengals running D for the majority of their games but they are still better to bank on their RBs than a raw QB who thinks he's a superstar but hasn't adapted to the NFL level of play yet.

Burrow is a raw rookie but showed some impressive potential. From limited exposure he appears to be intelligent and not the type to let his ego get in the way of development.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:14 PM on September 18

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

Revised picks:

Lakers in 5
Top scoring team: Lakers
Team scoring 130: Lakers

Rebounder and scorer to be added later.

posted by Howard_T at 12:50 PM on September 18

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Browns by 3

posted by rumple at 10:36 AM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It looks like the Browns have got themselves a beastly Byner and Mack 2.0 RB combo. Chubb and Hunt are going to be hard to stop for 4 quarters.

Mayfield might end up being the weak link in that offense.

Meanwhile, Joe Burrow is holding the ball about a half second too long, but that's to be expected at this stage of his pro development. He can squeeze it into tight windows and thus far looks like a proper atonement for the drafting of Akili and Klingler.

posted by beaverboard at 10:20 AM on September 18

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

Revised picks:

Lakers in 6
Top point scorer: L. James (LAL)
Top rebounder: A. Davis (LAL)
Top scoring team: Lakers
Team scoring 130: Lakers

posted by NoMich at 08:29 AM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Celestial.

With the forces of nature currently ravaging the continent, it seems like the Cup should be contested by the Flames and Hurricanes.

posted by beaverboard at 11:52 PM on September 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Welp, the Bay Lightning staved off an Islanders surge and have advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals where the Stars have been awaiting their next foe.

posted by NoMich at 11:15 PM on September 17

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

Revised picks:

Bears by 4 (not locked)
Cowboys by 7 (not locked)
Packers by 10 (lock)
Titans by 10 (lock)
Colts by 3 (not locked)
Dolphins by 2 (not locked)
Jets by 3 (not locked)
Rams by 7 (not locked)
Steelers by 12 (lock)
Buccaneers by 4 (not locked)
Cardinals by 7 (not locked)
Chiefs by 5 (not locked)
Texans by 8 (not locked)
Seahawks by 7 (not locked)
Raiders by 4 (not locked)

posted by bender at 10:46 PM on September 17

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

Revised picks:

Lakers in 6
Top point scorer: Jamal Murray
Top scoring team: Lakers
Team scoring 130: Lakers

posted by cixelsyd at 07:55 PM on September 17

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Browns by 3

posted by rumple at 07:41 PM on September 17

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Browns by 3

posted by rumple at 07:41 PM on September 17

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

Revised picks:

Lakers in 5

posted by rcade at 06:54 PM on September 17

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 3
Bears by 6
Cowboys by 9
Packers by 14
Titans by 7
Vikings by 6
Bills by 6
49ers by 12
Eagles by 10 (lock)
Steelers by 10
Buccaneers by 11
Cardinals by 7
Chiefs by 20 (lock)
Ravens by 15
Seahawks by 6
Raiders by 3

Note to self: Stop locking the Eagles.

posted by cl at 04:29 PM on September 17

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Browns by 6
Bears by 6
Cowboys by 9 (lock)
Packers by 7 (lock)
Titans by 3
Vikings by 3
Bills by 7
49ers by 3 (lock)
Rams by 3
Steelers by 3
Buccaneers by 3
Cardinals by 7
Chiefs by 7 (lock)
Ravens by 10 (lock)
Seahawks by 3
Saints by 7 (lock)

posted by tron7 at 03:50 PM on September 17

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Browns by 2
Giants by 1
Cowboys by 2
Packers by 10
Titans by 3
Colts by 2
Bills by 4
49ers by 14
Eagles by 2
Steelers by 3
Buccaneers by 6
Cardinals by 7
Chiefs by 11
Ravens by 6
Seahawks by 8
Saints by 4

posted by forrestv at 03:33 PM on September 17

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Browns by 2
Bears by 6 (lock)
Cowboys by 3
Packers by 4
Titans by 6 (lock)
Vikings by 3
Bills by 4 (lock)
49ers by 6 (lock)
Rams by 3
Steelers by 3
Buccaneers by 2
Cardinals by 3
Chiefs by 5 (lock)
Ravens by 7 (lock)
Seahawks by 2
Saints by 3

posted by prof at 10:00 AM on September 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Buccaneers roster note:

Since 2013, only three QB's have thrown a pick six in three straight games.

Two of them are Tom Brady and Blaine Gabbert.

posted by beaverboard at 09:31 AM on September 17

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Browns by 4

posted by bender at 08:37 AM on September 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Buckle Up Baby, the widely memed two-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins fan, is still mad for hockey six years later and even played a game during intermission at a Pens game this season.

posted by rcade at 06:49 AM on September 17

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Browns by 3
Bears by 7
Falcons by 6
Packers by 14 (lock)
Titans by 3
Vikings by 7
Bills by 10 (lock)
49ers by 7 (lock)
Rams by 6
Steelers by 9
Buccaneers by 6
Cardinals by 7
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Ravens by 7
Seahawks by 3
Raiders by 5

posted by MeatSaber at 05:00 AM on September 17

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Browns by 8
Bears by 3
Cowboys by 7
Packers by 10 (lock)
Titans by 14 (lock)
Colts by 4
Bills by 7
49ers by 10 (lock)
Eagles by 3
Steelers by 7 (lock)
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Cardinals by 7
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Ravens by 10 (lock)
Seahawks by 3
Saints by 7

posted by truthhurts at 07:56 PM on September 16

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Browns by 8
Bears by 3
Cowboys by 7
Packers by 10 (lock)
Titans by 14 (lock)
Colts by 4
Bills by 7
49ers by 10 (lock)
Eagles by 3
Steelers by 7 (lock)
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Cardinals by 7
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Ravens by 10 (lock)
Seahawks by 3
Saints by 7

posted by truthhurts at 07:56 PM on September 16

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 3
Bears by 4
Falcons by 3
Packers by 14
Titans by 10
Vikings by 6
Bills by 10 (lock)
49ers by 24 (lock)
Rams by 10
Steelers by 11 (lock)
Buccaneers by 7
Cardinals by 14 (lock)
Chiefs by 20 (lock)
Ravens by 21 (lock)
Patriots by 3
Raiders by 3

The year of the Lions is over. AGAIN.

posted by ic23b at 06:25 PM on September 16

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 7
Bears by 22
Falcons by 11
Packers by 19
Jaguars by 2
Vikings by 15
Bills by 8
49ers by 21
Rams by 9
Steelers by 6
Buccaneers by 11
Cardinals by 17
Chiefs by 8
Texans by 5
Seahawks by 6
Saints by 16

posted by tommytrump at 06:22 PM on September 16

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

I didn't see any miscues Sunday because I only watched the Jaguars.

posted by rcade at 05:41 PM on September 16

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 6
Giants by 9
Cowboys by 3
Packers by 12 (lock)
Titans by 8 (lock)
Vikings by 10 (lock)
Bills by 3
49ers by 13 (lock)
Rams by 7
Steelers by 9 (lock)
Buccaneers by 12
Washington by 6
Chiefs by 17 (lock)
Ravens by 11 (lock)
Seahawks by 7
Saints by 9

Week 1 showed me nothing except how unprepared most of the teams were. Poor execution, bad penalties, and general sloppiness were the norm. This makes it hard to predict Week 2 results, because the question becomes "who can correct their miscues soonest". I guess I did so badly in Week 1 that my picks were not even listed in the standings.

posted by Howard_T at 05:00 PM on September 16

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Browns by 3
Bears by 7
Cowboys by 5
Packers by 12 (lock)
Titans by 8
Vikings by 7
Bills by 14 (lock)
49ers by 14 (lock)
Eagles by 3
Steelers by 12 (lock)
Buccaneers by 3
Cardinals by 6
Chiefs by 16 (lock)
Ravens by 6
Seahawks by 8
Saints by 6

posted by NoMich at 03:59 PM on September 16

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Browns by 3
Giants by 7
Cowboys by 7
Packers by 10 (lock)
Titans by 7
Vikings by 7
Bills by 3
49ers by 7 (lock)
Rams by 3
Steelers by 7
Buccaneers by 7
Cardinals by 3
Chiefs by 17 (lock)
Ravens by 10 (lock)
Seahawks by 3
Saints by 7 (lock)

posted by cixelsyd at 03:54 PM on September 16

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

Week 1 standings.

posted by rcade at 03:43 PM on September 16

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Browns by 7

posted by rcade at 03:36 PM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That would not be a ratings monster

I suppose that LA and Boston are 2 of the larger markets but for the true BB fan nothing has been better this playoff year than watching the rise of Murray, The Joker, Butler and Bam, and the "Bitch Assed White Boy". Bring on the Heat-Nuggets series.

Another great thing about this year's playoffs is that the bubble has made a great impact on eliminating the normal garbage home bias of the officiating that always makes a larger impact on the outcome than players do.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:12 PM on September 16

The Analyst Behind the Analyst in an NFL Broadcast Booth

Good read.

posted by BornIcon at 11:54 AM on September 16

The Analyst Behind the Analyst in an NFL Broadcast Booth

Always wondered about this kind of thing.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:49 AM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Clippers have no one but themselves to blame for worst playoff collapse in NBA history

posted by BornIcon at 11:27 AM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

TV execs must be having nightmares about a possible Heat-Nuggets title round.

That would not be a ratings monster.

Neither would Celtics-Nuggets. But LeBron and the Lakers going against his old Miami team would generate some buzz.

posted by beaverboard at 10:52 AM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The super-slow-mo of Adebayo's block on Tatum is amazing.

(the sound, however, is nightmare fuel)

posted by grum@work at 10:12 AM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

a half year behind its normal time and in a different country

In 2009, the Indian Premier League was played entirely in South Africa following the terrorist attack on the touring Sri Lankan team in March of that year.

posted by owlhouse at 12:29 AM on September 16

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

That last comment is me fixing the problem.

posted by rcade at 07:51 PM on September 15

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

My picks:

Celtics in 6

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:50 PM on September 15

Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 Marseilles

Haven't seen Neymar in a while. I miss his 1080-degree flops when another player's sleeve lightly brushes the hairs on his arm.

posted by rcade at 07:41 PM on September 15

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

I'm getting a weird glitch where I can't make my picks via the form (in multiple browsers and log-out/log-in)

So anyways: Celtics in 6

I feel pretty good about saving the rest of my picks for the WCF.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:22 PM on September 15

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

I'm getting a weird glitch where I can't make my picks via the form (in multiple browsers and log-out/log-in)

So anyways: Celtics in 6

I feel pretty good about saving the rest of my picks for the WCF.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:22 PM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The NHL Playoff Pickem is updated with the Dallas Stars' five-game victory over the Vegas Golden Knights to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Geneparmesan leads with 127 over Cixelsyd with 118. Being Dallas homers hasn't helped Ufez and I make a serious challenge to the leaders.

posted by rcade at 06:37 PM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Belichick sent Nick Folk back to the practice squad after Sunday's game leaving the Patriots active roster without a kicker.
Fans began to wonder how much worse off things could be with the New England kicking game.

They got their answer last night when former Pats PK Stephen Gostkowski stunk up the thin air in Denver, the placekicker's promised land. Home of the Prater & McManus moon shots.

If Gostkowski had stayed on the Patriots' roster and kicked like that, he'd be cleaning latrines in Guantanamo today.

posted by beaverboard at 02:37 PM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Indian Premier League is set to begin the 2020 season a half year behind its normal time and in a different country. This year, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, the matches will be played in the United Arab Emirates.

posted by NoMich at 11:03 AM on September 15

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

My picks:

Heat in 7
Top rebounder: Anthony Davis

posted by cixelsyd at 10:50 AM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Some sports yakkers are trying to whisper Roethlisberger into the erosion discussion along with Brady, Brees and Rivers, but he doesn't look ready to join the club just yet. What mobility he had is gone - he actually looks less mobile than Brady - and the accuracy needs to be a bit sharper, but tonight his arm was in pretty good form.

posted by beaverboard at 12:42 AM on September 15

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

My picks:

Celtics in 7
Top scoring team: Lakers
Team scoring 130: Lakers


posted by rumple at 11:36 PM on September 14

Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 Marseilles

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.

Neymar is a twat.

posted by owlhouse at 10:45 PM on September 14

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

So, I missed the setup, but I'm here for the punchline, if that's allowed.

Celtics in 5.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:31 PM on September 14

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

My picks:

Celtics in 7

posted by NoMich at 09:20 PM on September 14

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

My picks:

Celtics in 6

Making the Conference Finals is a slight overachievement for Celtics. Advancing to the Finals will be a major one, but as they have progressed it looks more probable. I BLEED GREEN.

posted by Howard_T at 08:40 PM on September 14

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Hate the bubble, not the Association.

That was a sad paraphrase, and I'm worse for executing it.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:59 PM on September 14

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

I thought that by the conference finals the NBA would stop doing this for competitive fairness reasons. It risks having one conference champion getting significantly more rest time than the other.

posted by rcade at 07:47 PM on September 14

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His performance last year epitomized the "hanging on too long" trope for me. I watched that 4-int game against the Chiefs and just felt bad for everybody involved. I was somewhat surprised to see Reich so enthusiastic about bringing Rivers to the Colts; I know they have history, but I thought Reich would be more critical in his evaluation.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:37 PM on September 14

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

My picks:

Celtics in 7
Top point scorer: LeBron James
Top rebounder: Anthony Davis
Top scoring team: Lakers
Team scoring 130: Lakers

Looking forward to seeing if Howard's Celtics can pull this off.

posted by rcade at 07:36 PM on September 14

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If Bortles could have grown a decent mustache, he might still be in the league.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:35 PM on September 14

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This is true

posted by NoMich at 01:22 PM on September 14

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As plans go, it's better than "beat 'em with Bortles."

posted by rcade at 01:09 PM on September 14

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So, their game plan is to dare the other team to win? "We ain't doing anything. The field's all yours. WE DARE YOU TO WIN!" And the other team just melts under the power of that heat?

posted by NoMich at 10:45 AM on September 14

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The first pick was a terrible throw. He didn't plant his feet correctly and just side-heaved a soft pass into a crowd.

posted by rcade at 10:34 AM on September 14

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Painful to watch Philip Rivers "pick" up where he left off last season.

It's not just that Frank Reich and Chris Ballard saw possibilities in Rivers, it's that they went after him wholeheartedly and were ecstatic to get him ("this is our guy").

What was it they saw in his 2019 film that led them to believe that his arm still had something left in it?

Another year of a good OL in jeopardy of being wasted.

posted by beaverboard at 10:25 AM on September 14

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The Jags won despite giving up 200 more yards than the Colts and never forcing the Colts to punt.

posted by rcade at 10:16 AM on September 14

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You guys are alright.

posted by bender at 09:06 AM on September 14

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How?! Haven't they released 75% of their team? How did they win today's game? And don't get me started on the stupid Lions.

posted by NoMich at 08:53 PM on September 13

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rcade will advise you not to spend much time pondering the Bucs name question, as the Jags are currently the state's only relevant team.

posted by beaverboard at 08:01 PM on September 13

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Ask the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:51 PM on September 13

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