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CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Winnipeg by 12

Ottawa by 3

BC by 6

posted by Reever at 07:36 PM on October 15

Dodgers Beat Giants in Deciding Game 5

Just don't make the call if it's this dang borderline.

When the plate umpire points at you and yells "did he go?", you have no option. You have to make a call; shrugging your shoulders and saying that you aren't sure will have you umpiring in a T-ball league. Right or wrong, sure or unsure, you give it your best judgment and sell the call like you are absolutely certain. The checked swing call usually appears perhaps 2 or 3 times in a game. Rarely does it happen in the circumstances of Dodgers vs Giants. To make it a reviewable call would eventually lead to some sort of review of balls and strikes. Perhaps an electronic strike zone with a chip in the ball and bat could be done. I hope not. Baseball is played by humans and should be officiated by humans. Neither players nor umpires are perfect, and that is as it should be. A game played by robots, or even worse, played by images on a screen is no game at all.

posted by Howard_T at 06:19 PM on October 15

Dodgers Beat Giants in Deciding Game 5

First of all, the call was difficult to make. You are 100 feet away, trying to determine the position of a moving object, and you have only a few milliseconds to do it.

To me, this is the issue. Why should a team's season come down to a decision affected by these variables? Just don't make the call if it's this dang borderline.

posted by NoMich at 05:59 PM on October 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

bombers by 18

redBlacks by 3

Stampeders by 4

posted by argoal at 05:01 PM on October 15

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Dolphins by 5
Packers by 9
Bengals by 13
Colts by 14 (lock)
Rams by 12 (lock)
Chiefs by 6 (lock)
Vikings by 2 (lock)
Ravens by 6
Cardinals by 3
Broncos by 7
Cowboys by 10 (lock)
Steelers by 3
Bills by 18 (lock)

posted by jjzucal at 04:01 PM on October 15

Dodgers Beat Giants in Deciding Game 5

Looking at the play from the side, it's easy to see that the swing was checked. I would like to see what Flores saw. He was (or should be) 15 or so feet behind 1st base and a foot or two in foul territory. It's the only practical place from which to call swing or no swing, it's far from ideal. The plate umpire's vision is directed to the ball and the strike zone. Judging the swing, unless it's fairly obvious, is very difficult for him. So it's up to the 1st base blue, and his judgment.

Let's first look at what determines a swing. Back in the day, if the batter "broke his wrists", it was a swing. As video analysis became more common, one could see that the bat would be well into the zone where contact might be made before the batter's wrists snapped. Thus the criteria changed from wrists to whether or not the bat head crossed the plate. This is more difficult to judge than a batter's wrists. Flores could see that batter's shoulders moved toward the ball and were in a position such that arm movement alone would bring the bat to the hitting zone. Flores would also have seen the arms continue moving in the swing. How well he could see the bat makes the difference. To Flores it appeared that the bat was far enough over the plate to constitute a swing. Right or wrong, it's a judgment call.

It's the final out of the last inning of an elimination game. Do you change your criteria for a call because of the situation? All I have been taught tells me that if in my judgment it's a swing in the 2nd inning, it's a swing with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th. You shouldn't apply situation to judgment. Once you do that you need to build yourself a table of how much you change your call versus the game situation. Since the situations will have subtle differences, you will soon find yourself questioning every call you make, based on your feeling for the situation rather than the accepted interpretation of the rules. Yes, I know that the strike zone tends to expand or contract depending on the count, but the immediate consequence is another pitch. This gives both pitcher and batter the chance for a satisfactory outcome. It doesn't end an at bat nor a game or even a season.

Will the call by Flores go down in baseball history as one of the worst ever? Probably not. First of all, the call was difficult to make. You are 100 feet away, trying to determine the position of a moving object, and you have only a few milliseconds to do it. Compare it with Don Denkinger's call at 1st base in the 1985 World Series. The play happened right in front of him and wasn't close. He still got it wrong, and in the days before replay had to live with it. He admitted his error, and all players and knowledgeable fans understood and forgave him. Flores said that he saw the play as a swing. Given the difficulties involved in the call, it is easily understood. Can it be forgiven? That's not up to me, but I will bet it already has been.

posted by Howard_T at 02:43 PM on October 15

Dodgers Beat Giants in Deciding Game 5

Watched from about the 4th inning onwards. Home plate ump ball and strike calls were also horribly inconsistent.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:28 PM on October 15

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

Revised picks:

Jaguars by 3
Packers by 7
Bengals by 8
Colts by 6
Rams by 23 (lock)
Chiefs by 13 (lock)
Vikings by 7
Ravens by 6
Browns by 4
Broncos by 7
Cowboys by 13 (lock)
Steelers by 5 (lock)
Bills by 14 (lock)

posted by tahoemoj at 02:12 PM on October 15

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

I've never met him in person, never even exchanged notes on FB, but I read one of his books last year and enjoyed it a lot, so when his name showed up on "People You Might Know," I sent a friend request.

The Jaguars have been losing watchably this season. You get to see good plays from Trevor Lawrence, James Robinson and the rest of the offense for two quarters and good plays from the opponent's offense for all four quarters.

posted by rcade at 10:00 AM on October 15

Dodgers Beat Giants in Deciding Game 5

Didn't watch the game, so the video is the first that I'm seeing of the swing, and wow, terrible call by the first base ump. That was borderline, at best, and in a situation like that, you gotta give a tiny bit of leeway. What an awful way to have your season end.

posted by NoMich at 09:22 AM on October 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Winnipeg by 28
Montreal by 6
Calgary by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:02 AM on October 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Corrected standings:

SpoFiteOTT @ TORSEDM @ WPGSCGY @ SSKSOTT @ MTLSTOR @ HAMSPointsTotal Points
argoalToronto Winnipeg Montreal 328
ic23bToronto13Winnipeg21 Toronto 527
cixelsydToronto Winnipeg Montreal 325
tommybidenToronto14Winnipeg Montreal 425
DrJohnEvans Winnipeg19 Montreal5 425
rcadeToronto17Winnipeg Calgary 423
Reever Montreal Toronto 221
jagsnumberoneToronto Winnipeg Montreal 320
Howard_T 019

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:01 AM on October 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

You're quite right tommy - the total points is correct but I had a typo in the "this week" section. Will post corrected standings below.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:00 AM on October 15

Dodgers Beat Giants in Deciding Game 5

Here's a nice comparison of why the vagaries of the check swing rule are a pain in the backside

posted by rcade at 08:48 AM on October 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Dr. J., I think I only scored 4 points last week, if you want to doublecheck?

Winnipeg by 19

Ottawa by 8

Calgary by 4

posted by tommybiden at 09:12 PM on October 14

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Eagles by 3
Dolphins by 4
Packers by 12 (lock)
Bengals by 5
Colts by 8 (lock)
Rams by 6
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Vikings by 5
Ravens by 12 (lock)
Cardinals by 2
Broncos by 10
Patriots by 3
Steelers by 3
Titans by 7

posted by bender at 07:00 PM on October 14

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 21
Dolphins by 14
Packers by 7
Bengals by 7
Texans by 10
Rams by 3
Chiefs by 6
Panthers by 7
Chargers by 10
Browns by 5
Raiders by 3
Patriots by 7
Seahawks by 14
Titans by 10

posted by Boaz at 06:08 PM on October 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Winnipeg by 17

Ottawa by 4

Calgary by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 05:24 PM on October 14

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 7 (lock)
Dolphins by 3
Packers by 6
Bengals by 3
Colts by 8 (lock)
Rams by 10 (lock)
Chiefs by 7 (lock)
Vikings by 3
Ravens by 3
Browns by 3
Broncos by 8
Cowboys by 6
Steelers by 6
Bills by 10 (lock)

posted by tron7 at 04:54 PM on October 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Winnipeg by 18

Ottawa by 6

Calgary by 7 (coin landed heads up)

posted by ic23b at 04:31 PM on October 14

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 12

posted by tahoemoj at 03:41 PM on October 14

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 13 (lock)
Jaguars by 6
Bears by 6
Bengals by 10 (lock)
Colts by 3
Rams by 17 (lock)
Chiefs by 7
Panthers by 6
Ravens by 7
Browns by 3
Broncos by 7
Patriots by 6
Steelers by 4
Bills by 11 (lock)

Thanks for looking into the scoring, rcade. I'm taking the Jags in your honour :)

posted by rumple at 03:40 PM on October 14

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Eagles by 2
Dolphins by 4
Packers by
Bengals by
Colts by (lock)
Rams by 28 (lock)
Chiefs by (lock)
Vikings by
Chargers by
Browns by
Broncos by
Cowboys by
Steelers by
Bills by (lock)

posted by moder8 at 03:39 PM on October 14

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 10
Dolphins by 3
Packers by 7
Bengals by 7
Colts by 17 (lock)
Rams by 17 (lock)
Chiefs by 7
Panthers by 3
Ravens by 3
Browns by 4
Broncos by 7
Cowboys by 7
Steelers by 6
Bills by 7

posted by truthhurts at 03:07 PM on October 14

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 14 (lock)
Jaguars by 7 (lock)
Packers by 4 (lock)
Bengals by 3 (lock)
Colts by 8 (lock)
Rams by 17 (lock)
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Panthers by 3
Chargers by 3
Cardinals by 4
Broncos by 7
Patriots by 5
Steelers by 4
Bills by 7

posted by jagsnumberone at 02:42 PM on October 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Winnipeg by 23

Ottawa by 4

BC by 7

posted by jagsnumberone at 02:39 PM on October 14

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 17 (lock)
Jaguars by 3
Bears by 4
Bengals by 11 (lock)
Colts by 6
Rams by 21 (lock)
Chiefs by 17 (lock)
Panthers by 3
Ravens by 3
Browns by 4
Raiders by 7
Cowboys by 14 (lock)
Steelers by 3
Bills by 8 (lock)

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:28 PM on October 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Toronto rides a big third quarter to a win over Ottawa. Winnipeg absolutely shuts down the Elks. And the big week wrapped up with three last-minute wins: Calgary shocks the Rider faithful, Montreal completes the two-minute drill, and Toronto absolutely stuns the Ti-Cats.

OTT @ TOREDM @ WPGCGY @ SSKOTT @ MTLTOR @ HAM
ResultToronto by 19Winnipeg by 27Calgary by 3Montreal by 4Toronto by 1
Margin of Error13 to 2519 to 352 to 43 to 51 to 1

ic23b notches five points to close the gap with argoal.

SpoFiteOTT @ TORSEDM @ WPGSCGY @ SSKSOTT @ MTLSTOR @ HAMSPointsTotal Points
argoalToronto Winnipeg Montreal 328
ic23bToronto13Winnipeg21 Toronto 527
cixelsydToronto Winnipeg Montreal 325
tommybidenToronto14Winnipeg Montreal 525
DrJohnEvans Winnipeg19 Montreal5 425
rcadeToronto17Winnipeg Calgary 423
Reever Montreal Toronto 221
jagsnumberoneToronto Winnipeg Montreal 320
Howard_T 019

A nice, gentle three-game week gives us all a break.

WEEK 11

Winnipeg @ Edmonton (Friday, October 15)
First-place Winnipeg is 8-1 and last-place Edmonton is 2-6. Need I say more?

Montreal @ Ottawa (Saturday, October 16)
I was ready to write off this year for Ottawa, but with Montreal QB Vern Jr out for a while, the Als may just be vulnerable.

Calgary @ B.C. (Saturday, October 16)
Ladies and gentlemen, here it is: your official Coin Toss Of The Week.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:16 PM on October 14

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

If the NFL really wants to expand their market abroad, they may want to consider offering a game over there that is more appealing to watch than a colonoscopy video. Just a thought.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:47 PM on October 14

Raiders Fire Gruden Over Bigoted Emails

Then there's Urban.

Yeah, he should be back in college ball next season.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:43 PM on October 14

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 9 (lock)
Jaguars by 6
Bears by 7
Bengals by 12 (lock)
Colts by 16 (lock)
Giants by 6
Chiefs by 13 (lock)
Panthers by 9
Ravens by 7 (lock)
Cardinals by 3
Raiders by 6
Patriots by 3
Steelers by 10
Bills by 16 (lock)

posted by Howard_T at 12:43 PM on October 14

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 16 (lock)
Dolphins by 10
Packers by 11 (lock)
Bengals by 7
Colts by 6
Rams by 14 (lock)
Chiefs by 13 (lock)
Panthers by 4
Chargers by 7
Cardinals by 4
Raiders by 7
Cowboys by 9
Steelers by 9
Bills by 9

posted by tommybiden at 12:26 PM on October 14

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 9 (lock)
Dolphins by 3
Packers by 7
Bengals by 9 (lock)
Colts by 7
Rams by 10 (lock)
Chiefs by 7 (lock)
Panthers by 3
Chargers by 7
Cardinals by 7
Raiders by 3
Cowboys by 7
Bills by 14 (lock)

posted by cixelsyd at 11:49 AM on October 14

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 17 (lock)
Jaguars by 3
Packers by 10
Bengals by 3
Colts by 13
Rams by 21 (lock)
Chiefs by 17 (lock)
Panthers by 6
Chargers by 4
Cardinals by 10
Broncos by 14
Patriots by 3
Steelers by 3
Bills by 17

posted by ic23b at 11:35 AM on October 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Happy Bat Flip Day!

It's not an official holiday in Toronto/Ontario/Canada...yet.

posted by grum@work at 11:09 AM on October 14

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 7
Dolphins by 5
Packers by 7
Bengals by 7
Colts by 7
Rams by 14 (lock)
Chiefs by 7
Panthers by 5
Ravens by 5
Browns by 5
Broncos by 5
Cowboys by 5
Steelers by 4
Bills by 7

posted by NoMich at 11:03 AM on October 14

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Jaguars by 3
Packers by 7
Bengals by 3
Colts by 6
Rams by 13 (lock)
Chiefs by 7
Panthers by 3
Ravens by 3
Cardinals by 7
Broncos by 3
Cowboys by 3
Steelers by 3
Bills by 7

Seattle opened as favorites on the road but the line's now Pittsburgh by 5. The bookmakers were slow to get the news that Geno Smith is starting for the Seahawks.

posted by rcade at 10:51 AM on October 14

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

Click this link to make your picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nfl-pickem

Current Standings

I still need to doublecheck the week by week scores to make sure the total scores are correct. Rumple's scorekeeping went wonky in recent weeks.

Don't forget that the Jags/Dolphins game starts at 9:30 a.m. because it's in London.

posted by rcade at 10:45 AM on October 14

Uni Watch: The Official 2021-22 NHL Season Preview

The Wild's ultimate strategy is to get admitted to the WNBA.

posted by beaverboard at 04:33 PM on October 12

Raiders Fire Gruden Over Bigoted Emails

The most widely disliked people find redemption in college ball.

Lane Effin' Kiffin is only one win behind Saban in the SEC column.

And Mike Leach is only one win and one loss behind Kiffin.

Schiano was welcomed back by Rutgers.

Meanwhile, Jim Leavitt has been a coordinator for an age and a half. Someone needing a HC will come calling eventually. Maybe it'll be Denton.

Then there's Urban.

posted by beaverboard at 01:39 PM on October 12

Uni Watch: The Official 2021-22 NHL Season Preview

The Wild's Winter Classic throwback unis are so great I can almost forgive the franchise for choosing such a strange noun as the team name.

posted by rcade at 01:24 PM on October 12

Raiders Fire Gruden Over Bigoted Emails

If Gruden wants to coach college ball, there's probably a program that's willing to hire him.

I think it would take a year, but a G5 program mired in mediocrity would hire him. I will not be identifying any particular program in such shape so don't even ask. #MeanGreen

posted by rcade at 12:35 PM on October 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Too late--rcade, hit this guy with the banhammer for providing too much valuable insight! I don't want to know the rules and the nuances to those rules; I just want to argue about the call.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:09 PM on October 12

Raiders Fire Gruden Over Bigoted Emails

I think we have to give Gruden some credit here for coming up with one of the all-time great excuses in "Rubber Lips." I mean, seriously, can you imagine having the balls to tell people that you've always used "rubber lips" as a term meaning "liar"? And expecting anyone to believe it?!?!

That's the kind of thing that can get you a gaslighting lifetime achievement award. So, kudos, Chucky.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:05 PM on October 12

Raiders Fire Gruden Over Bigoted Emails

If Gruden wants to coach college ball, there's probably a program that's willing to hire him. Bobby Petrino is still hanging in there, going from job to job.

I don't know. Was Petrino seen as a racist asshole? I don't see players wanting to commit to a Gruden-led program

posted by NoMich at 11:39 AM on October 12

Raiders Fire Gruden Over Bigoted Emails

One interesting Twiiier comment I saw on a news site mentioned that the emails all were written while Gruden was employed by ESPN. Makes one wonder about ESPN's email policies.

posted by Howard_T at 10:59 AM on October 12

Raiders Fire Gruden Over Bigoted Emails

If Gruden wants to coach college ball, there's probably a program that's willing to hire him.
Bobby Petrino is still hanging in there, going from job to job.

The hope is that the broader reporting surrounding the Gruden situation will force the league to go after Daniel Snyder and his organization with greater fervor. The Washington Post is doing their part. They realize that Goodell might not act unless critical information is made public. Especially when the action involves one of the most valuable franchises in the league.

posted by beaverboard at 10:55 AM on October 12

Raiders Fire Gruden Over Bigoted Emails

Gruden has lost the job and the cushiest landing place for NFL coaches who lose their jobs -- the announcing booth. He's radioactive.

posted by rcade at 09:32 AM on October 12

Raiders Fire Gruden Over Bigoted Emails

Source: Jon Gruden out as Las Vegas Raiders head coach

posted by NoMich at 09:31 PM on October 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The umpiring nazi in me has been aroused. It's not the umpiring, the crew on the field at Fenway got it right, but the broadcasters and post game analysts were misleading at best.

First the situation. With a runner on 1st base, the batter hits a long line drive to right field. The ball bounces on the ground in front of the low wall, hits the wall, deflects back toward the fielder, hitting him, and then caroms off the fielder's body and over the wall. At this point the ball has gone out of play. What is your ruling? The announcers and almost every fan call this a ground rule double, and while this accurately describes the result of such a play, it does not describe why it is ruled. The play in last night's game confuses the ruling because the ball hit the fielder before going out of play. Here's where the analysts mislead everyone.

First of all, there's no such thing as a ground rule double. When a ball in play goes out of play, there are rules that specify the placement of any runners. If a fair batted ball crosses any boundary after touching the ground, the batter and all runners are awarded 2 bases from their position on base at the time of the pitch. There is no umpire discretion involved. Two from the time of the pitch, that's it. It doesn't matter that the ball went out of play after contacting a fielder. As long as the baseball was not thrown out of play by the fielder, it's still 2 from the time of the pitch.

What if the ball had been thrown out of play in an attempt to stop play and deprive runners from further advancement? Here the rule is clear, but there is still some limited umpire discretion involved. If the throw was intentional, it is still a 2 base award, but the award is given from the position of the runners at the time of the throw. The umpires must now determine where the runners were when the ball went out of play and place them correctly. Other than being aware of where the runners are when the ball became dead there is no discretion available to the umpires. The analysts on the post game were insisting that the umpires could place the runners, but I don't think they understood the subtle difference between an award from time of the pitch and time of the throw and when each applies.

I could give you another 500 words defining time of the pitch, but I will pass before rcade drops the banhammer. I will say that you should pay attention; there will be a quiz.

posted by Howard_T at 04:23 PM on October 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Tampa Bay began its NFL life in the AFC West, moving to the NFC Central the next season.

Seattle began in the NFC West and moved to the AFC West.

This was planned so that the teams could play each other twice and every other NFL team once during their first two seasons.

posted by rcade at 01:56 PM on October 11

Pitch Invader Joins Brawl at San Jose-Cruz Azul Friendly

Friendlies make more sense in leagues where they accumulate far more players than they need.

posted by rcade at 12:53 PM on October 11

Pitch Invader Joins Brawl at San Jose-Cruz Azul Friendly

I know the answer is money but these in-season friendlies always struck me the wrong way.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:31 PM on October 10

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

Revised picks:

Patriots by 7

posted by rcade at 01:01 PM on October 10

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

Revised picks:

Jets by 4
Packers by 9
Vikings by 10 (lock)
Steelers by 3
Buccaneers by 12 (lock)
Saints by 4
Panthers by 7
Titans by 10 (lock)
Patriots by 8 (lock)
Raiders by 6
Chargers by 4
Cowboys by 6
Cardinals by 9
Chiefs by 4
Ravens by 7

Rams-Seahawks and Jets-Falcons picks previously submitted prior to game time.

posted by beaverboard at 10:04 AM on October 10

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Jets by 4

More picks to follow.

posted by beaverboard at 09:07 AM on October 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

I cant even believe I missed three games this week! GAH!

Montreal by 8

Toronto by 3

posted by Reever at 09:56 PM on October 09

Pitch Invader Joins Brawl at San Jose-Cruz Azul Friendly

Wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo

posted by beaverboard at 08:27 PM on October 09

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

Revised picks:

Falcons by 3
Bengals by 5
Vikings by 12 (lock)
Broncos by 3
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Washington by 5
Panthers by 14 (lock)
Titans by 3
Texans by 2
Raiders by 7
Browns by 3
Cowboys by 12 (lock)
Cardinals by 5
Chiefs by 3
Ravens by 14 (lock)

posted by bender at 10:48 AM on October 08

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Falcons by 6 (lock)
Bengals by 3
Vikings by 19 (lock)
Steelers by 5
Buccaneers by 15 (lock)
Washington by 7
Eagles by 2
Titans by 10 (lock)
Texans by 3
Raiders by 10 (lock)
Chargers by 5
Cowboys by 14 (lock)
Cardinals by 12 (lock)
Chiefs by 5
Ravens by 10 (lock)

posted by jjzucal at 10:00 PM on October 07

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Rams by 10

posted by beaverboard at 07:59 PM on October 07

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Seahawks by 3
Jets by 3
Packers by 7
Vikings by 10 (lock)
Broncos by 6
Buccaneers by 17 (lock)
Saints by 4
Panthers by 9 (lock)
Titans by 6
Patriots by 6
Raiders by 7
Chargers by 3
Cowboys by 21 (lock)
Cardinals by 9
Bills by 6
Ravens by 3

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:10 PM on October 07

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

rcade - I've been stuck on the same total score (178 points) for a couple of weeks despite having weekly points listed?

I'd be honoured to win another Costanza but I want to earn it the old fashioned way :)

posted by rumple at 05:14 PM on October 07

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Seahawks by 9
Falcons by 7
Packers by 7
Vikings by 6
Broncos by 4
Buccaneers by 13 (lock)
Saints by 9
Panthers by 7
Jaguars by 3
Patriots by 14
Raiders by 13 (lock)
Chargers by 7
Cowboys by 9
Cardinals by 17 (lock)
Chiefs by 10
Ravens by 13 (lock)

posted by rumple at 05:09 PM on October 07

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Seahawks by 3
Falcons by 3
Packers by 7 (lock)
Vikings by 7 (lock)
Broncos by 3
Buccaneers by 14 (lock)
Saints by 3
Panthers by 4
Titans by 3
Patriots by 10 (lock)
Raiders by 3
Browns by 3
Cowboys by 10 (lock)
Cardinals by 3
Chiefs by 3
Ravens by 9 (lock)

posted by tron7 at 04:59 PM on October 07

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Rams by 9
Falcons by 7
Packers by 7
Vikings by 9
Steelers by 3
Buccaneers by 14 (lock)
Saints by 7
Panthers by 7
Titans by 9
Patriots by 7 (lock)
Raiders by 7 (lock)
Chargers by 7 (lock)
Cowboys by 9 (lock)
Cardinals by 3
Bills by 7
Ravens by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 02:59 PM on October 07

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Rams by 10
Falcons by 7
Packers by 7
Vikings by 10
Broncos by 3
Buccaneers by 9
Saints by 10
Panthers by 14
Titans by 7
Patriots by 11
Raiders by 21
Browns by 3
Cowboys by 7
Cardinals by 10
Chiefs by 3
Ravens by 7

posted by Boaz at 02:54 PM on October 07

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Rams by 21 (lock)
Falcons by 7 (lock)
Packers by 4
Vikings by 5
Broncos by 4
Buccaneers by 9 (lock)
Saints by 3
Panthers by 7 (lock)
Titans by 12 (lock)
Patriots by 3
Raiders by 8 (lock)
Chargers by 6 (lock)
Cowboys by 10 (lock)
Cardinals by 10 (lock)
Bills by 2 (lock)
Ravens by 7 (lock)

posted by moder8 at 02:42 PM on October 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Winnipeg by 19
Saskatchewan by 9
Montreal by 5
Hamilton by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:55 AM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I decided to stop organizing a biscuits and gravy emotional support fundraiser for Lions fan NoMich when I found out that his Panthers had acquired Stephon Gilmore.

posted by beaverboard at 08:42 AM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Dodgers and Giants will meet in the MLB playoffs for the first time in the modern era. Seems inconceivable until you remember how nearly impossible it was to make the post season in the MLB until recent times.

posted by NoMich at 08:01 AM on October 07

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Rams by 13
Falcons by 10
Packers by 23 (lock)
Vikings by 16 (lock)
Broncos by 3
Buccaneers by 27 (lock)
Saints by 10
Panthers by 7
Titans by 6
Patriots by 13 (lock)
Raiders by 3
Chargers by 9
Cowboys by 17 (lock)
Cardinals by 16 (lock)
Bills by 3
Ravens by 6 (lock)

posted by ic23b at 01:17 AM on October 07

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Seahawks by 10 (lock)

posted by bender at 11:11 PM on October 06

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Seahawks by 6
Falcons by 12 (lock)
Bengals by 10
Vikings by (lock)
Steelers by 14 (lock)
Buccaneers by 13 (lock)
Saints by 6
Panthers by 10
Titans by 5
Patriots by 14
Raiders by 8 (lock)
Chargers by 9 (lock)
Cowboys by 13 (lock)
Cardinals by 10 (lock)
Chiefs by 6
Ravens by

Cure or kill week. 8 locks selected. If I go down, the flames will be bright.

posted by Howard_T at 09:43 PM on October 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Toronto by 17

Winnipeg by 13

Calgary by 6

posted by rcade at 06:56 PM on October 06

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"It feels great to be in Ohio. Visit the grandkids."

I guess I'm glad that I don't have any grandkids.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:07 PM on October 06

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Rams by 7
Falcons by 6
Bengals by 3
Vikings by 7
Broncos by 10
Buccaneers by 13 (lock)
Saints by 3
Panthers by 6
Titans by 14 (lock)
Patriots by 13 (lock)
Raiders by 7 (lock)
Browns by 6
Cowboys by 17 (lock)
Cardinals by 7
Bills by 4
Ravens by 17 (lock)

posted by tahoemoj at 01:05 PM on October 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Toronto by 13

Winnipeg by 21

Saskatchewan by 7

Ottawa by 3

Toronto by 6

posted by ic23b at 12:05 PM on October 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Toronto by 10

Winnipeg by 14

Saskatchewan by 9

Montreal by 9

Hamilton by 3

posted by cixelsyd at 11:55 AM on October 06

University of Northern Colorado Assistant Coach to Purchase JNCO Jeans in the Future

The Onion, of course: Cool Guy From Middle School Still Sporting Phat Pair Of JNCOs

posted by NoMich at 11:06 AM on October 06

University of Northern Colorado Assistant Coach to Purchase JNCO Jeans in the Future

Being an old fart, I wasn't aware of JNCO jeans.
Of course I had to go check them out.
The first thing that crossed my mind when I saw them was "Michigan Fab Five". Down to the ankles.

I think I'll remain a Relaxed Fit Lee jeans customer.
If I went any baggier than that, me walking down the street would get the same reaction as Urban Meyer walking out of a team meeting.

posted by beaverboard at 10:57 AM on October 06

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Rams by 3
Falcons by 3
Packers by 3
Vikings by 10 (lock)
Steelers by 3
Buccaneers by 14 (lock)
Saints by 7
Panthers by 5
Titans by 5
Patriots by 10
Raiders by 6
Chargers by 3
Cowboys by 10 (lock)
Cardinals by 7
Chiefs by 3
Ravens by 10

posted by truthhurts at 10:53 AM on October 06

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Urban Meyer: "It feels great to be in Ohio. Visit the grandkids."

As fate would have it, he got caught on video in the midst of an ongoing large scale sting operation dubbed "Operation Ohio Knows".

To borrow from the late Dr. John:
"I was in the wrong place, and it must have been the wrong time".

posted by beaverboard at 10:45 AM on October 06

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Rams by 4
Falcons by 5
Packers by 5
Vikings by 14 (lock)
Steelers by 5
Buccaneers by 14 (lock)
Saints by 4
Panthers by 5
Titans by 7
Patriots by 12 (lock)
Raiders by 7
Chargers by 7
Cowboys by 7
Cardinals by 7
Chiefs by 4
Ravens by 8

posted by NoMich at 10:41 AM on October 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Toronto by 9

Winnipeg by 15

Saskatchewan by 2

Montral by 6

Argonauts just don't have any luck in pussy town. Tabbies by 3

posted by argoal at 10:29 AM on October 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Happy Thanksgiving!

Toronto by 14

Winnipeg by 14

Saskatchewan by 14

Hamilton by 14

Montreal by 14

posted by tommybiden at 08:24 AM on October 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Toronto by 9

Winnipeg by 17

Saskatchewan by 3

Montreal by 6

Hamilton by 10

posted by jagsnumberone at 11:18 PM on October 05

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Rams by 7
Falcons by 3
Bengals by 3
Vikings by 10 (lock)
Steelers by 4
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Washington by 3
Panthers by 6
Jaguars by 13 (lock)
Patriots by 14 (lock)
Raiders by 17 (lock)
Chargers by 5
Cowboys by 6 (lock)
Cardinals by 9
Chiefs by 7
Ravens by 6

Yes, you read that correctly. I "locked" the Jaguars over the Titans. And no, I'm not drunk/lol. Just have a "hunch".

posted by jagsnumberone at 11:16 PM on October 05

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Ottawa jumps on the Elks early and rides their way to their second win. The Bombers march into B.C. and hammer the Lions to keep their streak rolling. High drama in Hamilton as the Alouettes' defence keeps them in the game, only to see Hamilton tie it up with a time-expiring field goal, only to win it in overtime. Meanwhile out west, Calgary hangs tough at home to beat the Riders and keep the West standings close.

EDM @ OTTWPG @ BCMTL @ HAMSSK @ CGY
ResultOttawa by 10Winnipeg by 21Montreal by 3Calgary by 6
Margin of Error7 to 1315 to 272 to 44 to 8

Three upsets make for tough sledding, but some movement in the bottom half means that everyone's got a shot at the top.

SpoFiteEDM @ OTTSWPG @ BCSMTL @ HAMSSSK @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
argoal Winnipeg 125
cixelsyd Winnipeg 122
ic23b Winnipeg20 222
tommybiden Winnipeg Montreal 221
DrJohnEvans Winnipeg Calgary5321
rcade 019
Howard_T Winnipeg16 219
Reever Winnipeg Montreal2 319
jagsnumberone Winnipeg 117

It's a Thanksgiving Two-fer as the Argos bookend the week.

WEEK 10

Ottawa @ Toronto (Wednesday, October 6)
Adrenaline vs stamina: Ottawa's finally notched their second win, but the Argos are coming off a much-needed bye week after a grueling first half.

Edmonton @ Winnipeg (Friday, October 8)
Last vs first: the Bombers look unstoppable while the Elks can't seem to keep it together.

Calgary @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, October 9)
If my memory is correct, these two teams have played only each other since Week 3. I may double-check that with the official schedule.

Ottawa @ Montreal (Monday, October 11)
Despite a miserable season so far, an Ottawa win would put them into a tie for a playoff spot.

Toronto @ Hamilton (Monday, October 11)
Meanwhile, the Argos have a golden opportunity to go up 4 points on Hamilton. But with two games in one week, I'd call that a Thanksgiving miracle.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:08 PM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

My selections for the CFL Pick 'Em

Happy Thanksgiving!

Toronto by 14

Winnipeg by 14

Saskatchewan by 14

Hamilton by 14

Montreal by 14

posted by tommybiden at 08:01 PM on October 05

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Rams by 5
Falcons by 3
Packers by 5
Vikings by 3
Steelers by 8
Buccaneers by 21 (lock)
Saints by 6
Panthers by 9
Titans by 17
Patriots by 4
Raiders by 11
Browns by 2
Cowboys by 13
Cardinals by 6
Bills by 2
Ravens by 8

posted by tommybiden at 07:58 PM on October 05

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

Click this link to make your picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nfl-pickem

Current Standings

My picks:

Rams by 3
Falcons by 3
Packers by 7
Vikings by 10 (lock)
Broncos by 3
Buccaneers by 13 (lock)
Saints by 3
Panthers by 7
Titans by 14 (lock)
Patriots by 6
Raiders by 7
Chargers by 3
Cowboys by 7 (lock)
Cardinals by 4
Chiefs by 7
Ravens by 13 (lock)

Urban Meyer picked the worst possible time to desperately need a win -- a game against Yulee's own Derrick Henry.

posted by rcade at 07:23 PM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I don't know how many people thought that the Lions chose the right HC for the job. I know I wasn't one of them.

Goff hadn't been bad the first 3 weeks and they've had chances to win, but his crotch fumble against the Bears may become more infamous than the Sanchez butt fumble.

posted by beaverboard at 05:36 PM on October 05

NFL Pickem Week 4: 66 Yard Edition

Boy, that Saints-Titans double whammy cost a whole lot of blown lock points.

From moder8's initial picks: Jets by 10 (lock) This would have been the single-greatest pick in the history of the pick-em, had it not been in error and later corrected.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:36 PM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Please let this go on and on for the rest of the football season. Anything to distract me from how terrible the Lions are and how the Panthers have lost their best players to injury. But alas, I'm afraid that because winning cures all ills, the Jaguars are going to cease to be a joke. After all, the Coach Meyer just said that from watching game video, he can see a marked improvement with the team's play from week 1 to week 4. He was referring to *game* video, right? ZIIIIING!! /sigh the Lions suck

posted by NoMich at 01:00 PM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's that resplendent time of year when they begin announcing the Nobel Prize winners and MacArthur Fellows.

In order to preserve the gleam of the moment, I decided it would be unwise to mention that Trent Baalke will soon be named the 2021 Bobby Petrino Award winner for Excellence in Head Coaching Hires.

posted by beaverboard at 12:35 PM on October 05

Play the SportsFilter NFL Pickem

I made a mistake in my last comment. You guys picked teams and I don't understand. Belfast

posted by DanDaji at 08:04 PM on October 04

NFL Pickem Week 4: 66 Yard Edition

Revised picks:

Washington by 4
Bills by 12 (lock)
Lions by 10
Cowboys by 4
Dolphins by 5
Vikings by 7
Saints by 12 (lock)
Titans by 9 (lock)
Chiefs by 4
Rams by 7
49ers by 6
Broncos by 4
Packers by 9
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Chargers by 2

posted by beaverboard at 11:56 AM on October 03

NFL Pickem Week 4: 66 Yard Edition

Revised picks:

Falcons by 2
Bills by 14 (lock)
Bears by 7
Cowboys by 5
Colts by 3
Browns by 3
Saints by 14 (lock)
Titans by 10 (lock)
Chiefs by 4
Rams by 5
Seahawks by 3
Ravens by 7
Packers by 12 (lock)
Buccaneers by 5
Raiders by 4

posted by bender at 10:43 AM on October 03

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Chest Chronicles:

Les Miles doesn't know how to mold presence, strength and durability through relentless pressure and focused impact.

But Gunner Kiel does.

posted by beaverboard at 03:41 PM on October 02

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