Recent Comments by cixelsyd

NBA Pickem Week 21: End of Season Edition

My picks:

Heat by 4 (slam dunk)
Lakers by 12 (slam dunk)
Hawks by 4 (slam dunk)
Jazz by 6 (slam dunk)
76ers by 10 (slam dunk)
Trail Blazers by 8 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 8 (slam dunk)

posted by cixelsyd at 01:09 PM on May 11, 2021

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

All 10 year deals are ... unless the signature on the contract is Mike Trout's.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:41 PM on May 07, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 20: Pittsburgh Pisces Edition

My picks:

Nets by 6
Clippers by 8
Celtics by 8 (slam dunk)
Trail Blazers by 6
Celtics by 8
Clippers by 14 (slam dunk)

posted by cixelsyd at 10:21 AM on May 06, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Sounds like the Rangers need to consider the Nuclear Option

posted by cixelsyd at 02:20 PM on May 05, 2021

Aaron Rodgers Wants Out of Green Bay

Rodgers has had a stellar career playing for an organization that seems to intentionally piss away any opportunity it has. Bad drafting, brutal coaching, and somehow the guy still delivers wins. Hard to blame him for wanting out.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:35 PM on April 30, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

It's better to be viewed as a decent QB in College than a superstar in almost all draft years. Teams that draft in the top 10 picks always have major weaknesses throughout their roster unless the draft position was obtained via trade. High draft picks in other positions can often be rushed into the roster early as they are rarely the focus of every offensive or defensive play, mistakes are expected during their growth, and they can be substituted when necessary. A CB who becomes a solid starter in his 4th year is seen as a genious draft pick; a QB on a team that hasn't turned a 3-13 team into a playoff contender in year 2 rarely gets another opportunity in the league.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:27 PM on April 30, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 19: Knicks on Fire Edition

My picks:

Warriors by 6 (slam dunk)
Lakers by 6 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 8 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 4
Clippers by 10 (slam dunk)
Nets by 7 (slam dunk)
Pelicans by 4 (slam dunk)
Lakers by 6 (slam dunk)

posted by cixelsyd at 10:23 PM on April 26, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Pretty solid player when healthy. A bit small for the position he played but really read plays well.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:53 PM on April 26, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 18: 7 A.M. at a Strip Club Edition

My picks:

76ers by 4
Mavericks by 6
Celtics by 4
Raptors by 6
Bucks by 4
Mavericks by 4
Celtics by 10 (slam dunk)
Suns by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 10:02 AM on April 22, 2021

Will a 'Super League' blow up global soccer? Here's what we know after bombshell announcement

Don't forget the WHA trying to step up against the NHL back in the 1970s

Remember that well. WHA teams were 28-13 vs NHL teams in the 2 years prior to the "merger" in which the WHA teams were forced to give the "big league" NHL teams the majority of the talent on their rosters. If not the result would have been a New England or Quebec vs Winnipeg or Edmonton Stanley Cup in the first year.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:23 PM on April 20, 2021

MLB Gets Minor League to Move the Mound Back 1 Foot

Might give the hitter an extra few milliseconds to read the pitch and react. Possibly advantage hitter on fastball and pitcher on breaking ball.

Opens the door for a Tim Wakefield comeback.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:22 AM on April 15, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Happy BD, you old dog, and thanks for creating this place.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:05 PM on April 13, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 17: Everybody Hates the Play-In Edition

My picks:

Clippers by 8 (slam dunk)
Trail Blazers by 6 (slam dunk)
76ers by 8
Mavericks by 6
Bucks by 12 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 4
76ers by 4
Mavericks by 6 (slam dunk)
Jazz by 4
Celtics by 6 (slam dunk)
Pelicans by 6
Nets by 4
76ers by 10 (slam dunk)
Jazz by 6 (slam dunk)

posted by cixelsyd at 10:33 AM on April 13, 2021

Alex Rodriguez, Mark Lore Buying Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx

Minny is a market that will support a team. Just need some organizational strength.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:46 PM on April 11, 2021

Former NFL Player Suspected in South Carolina Mass Shooting

Sadly yet another on Wednesday

posted by cixelsyd at 03:47 PM on April 08, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Fact still remains that laws are for people without wealth and connections. And not limited to California.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:40 PM on April 07, 2021

ESPN Strips Paul Pierce of Pundit Gig

Fortunately they did not Strip Paul before he had some fun.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:11 PM on April 07, 2021

Baylor Bears Win First NCAA Basketball Championship

Good to see another program (actually 2) focused on building a team rather than banking on getting lucky on the 1 and done lottery have success.

Suggs early foul trouble pretty much killed any hope the Zags had but probably would not have changed the final outcome. Gonzaga's other key players were physically outmatched by their Baylor opponents.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:36 AM on April 06, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 16: Pittsburgh Pisces Edition

My picks:

76ers by 10 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 8 (slam dunk)
Pelicans by 4
Jazz by 10 (slam dunk)
Heat by 6 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 6 (slam dunk)
Nets by 4 (slam dunk)
Lakers by 8 (slam dunk)
Nuggets by 6 (slam dunk)

posted by cixelsyd at 10:24 PM on April 05, 2021

Jets Trade Sam Darnold to Panthers

Wow. Saleh already had pretty much a blank canvas to work with in NY but they just moved out one of the few workable pieces. Guess maybe 2-15 without Darnold is easier to digest for the organization than 3-14 with him.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:36 PM on April 05, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Got to think Cronin will be around for a while. UCLA typically attracts some pretty decent talent and he has done a marvelous job getting this year's squad to play strong defensively. I do think their run ends next game and they benefited from Michigan missing their best player.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:07 PM on March 31, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 15: Orlando Traded Everybody Edition

My picks:

Celtics by 9
Bucks by 4
Nets by 5 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 4 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 4 (slam dunk)

posted by cixelsyd at 10:05 PM on March 30, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

USC has a chance to upset Gonzaga

Evan Mobley is the best forward and Suggs the best guard in college hoops this year. USC has an advantage from playing a tougher schedule (astoundingly the PAC12 was fairly strong this year). It will be interesting to see how well the Zags big men fare against top level competition but USC will need a Danny Manning level domination from Mobley to win. Also think Mark Few is a tremendous coach and I expect him to use as many fouls as required from his over abundance of big men to impact Mobley's game .. if they are quick enough to stay with him. Suggs will be tested against a quality senior guard but he thrives in the biggest moments.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:27 PM on March 30, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Zags are built like teams a few decades ago were. The team rarely ever gets top 100 recruits and typically depends heavily upon developed junior and senior players. This year they do have a lock lottery pick in freshman Suggs to complement the older players as well as some key transfers. They are as good a bet to run the table as there ever was.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:47 PM on March 23, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 14: High Ankle Sprain Edition

My picks:

Lakers by 6
76ers by 8 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 6
Jazz by 8
Trail Blazers by 6
76ers by 6
Bucks by 8
Warriors by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 03:04 PM on March 22, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 13: 17-Point 6-Minute Comeback Edition

My picks:

Bucks by 6
Clippers by 6
Jazz by 10 (slam dunk)
Lakers by 10 (slam dunk)
Trail Blazers by 8 (slam dunk)

Bailed on the NOP-Portland game in the 3rd .. bad move. Pelicans have a good looking young team. They are a quality guard away from being ready to make some noise. Kyle Lowry just sold his TO house ...

posted by cixelsyd at 10:59 AM on March 17, 2021

Drew Brees Retires from NFL

...[I can't name a Ram]

Interesting .. not a huge follower of either team but can name more Rams than Saints from that season. But I'm with you .. Brees probably makes that game more interesting on his own.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:51 PM on March 16, 2021

Drew Brees Retires from NFL

the Saints were cheated out of a trip to the Super Bowl by the officiating in the NFC title game against the Rams

Bad non-call, but there's been similar that have resulted in teams winning the Superbowl. To me the worst thing that happened to the Saints was the coaching staff being suspended during the peak of their window of opportunity. Self inflicted.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:09 PM on March 15, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 12: Embiid for MVP Edition

My picks:

Nets by 8
Clippers by 14 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 8 (slam dunk)
Nets by 14 (slam dunk)
Lakers by 8 (slam dunk)

posted by cixelsyd at 11:12 AM on March 11, 2021

Cowboys Reach 4-Year, $160 Million Deal with Dak Prescott

Good to see Jerry rewarding his performers. Hard to tell last year because of the injuries and all but really did not like the coaching direction. And Jim Caldwell would be a great fit.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:32 PM on March 08, 2021

New League Takes on NCAA, Offers $100K Salaries to Prep Stars

The top 30 are already receiving better compensation from Kentucky, Duke, and others. There would be no TV contract or televised games. Sounds like another ludicrous Ball empire play.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:00 AM on March 08, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 11: Never Shut Up Edition

My picks:

Clippers by 10 (slam dunk)
Lakers by 6 (slam dunk)
Nets by 6 (slam dunk)
Trail Blazers by 6 (slam dunk)
Pelicans by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 02:57 PM on March 02, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Imagine if Iginla had any type of supporting cast like the other greats of his era: Kurri/Anderson/Messier, Malkin/Lemieux. He did have solid support in goal but otherwise had to carry the Flames every night. Certainly top 10 all time.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:27 PM on February 28, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Julien was not the problem in Montreal. He had the Canadiens playing a solid team game at a high level on a regular basis. The problem is Bergevin and his failure to build a roster. Price is still the league's best goaltender and the Weber deal worked out well but the cupboard is pretty empty otherwise. They essentially have a forward group that would at best be pretty decent 3rd line material on any other team in their division.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:56 AM on February 24, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 10: Dr J Takes the Shot Edition

My picks:

Celtics by 4
Trail Blazers by 6
Warriors by 8
Jazz by 6 (slam dunk)
76ers by 4
Bucks by 6
Celtics by 9 (slam dunk)
Trail Blazers by 6
Nets by 6
Clippers by 6
Lakers by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 09:57 AM on February 23, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Hard to blame him.

The land of opportunity, where the extremely wealthy have a lot of opportunity that others do not. Really, he'd be a fool not to grab free money, right?

posted by cixelsyd at 12:16 AM on February 19, 2021

Eagles Trade Carson Wentz to Colts

The Jags getting Trevor Lawrence

.. Is probably a big mistake. There are better QBs in the draft. There are much better QBs in the league playing in bad situations. And it's not like the Jags have a killer O line that Lawrence could step in early and be successful.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:10 AM on February 19, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 9: Rebuild the Pistons Edition

My picks:

Pelicans by 5
Suns by 9 (slam dunk)
76ers by 11 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 6 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 12 (slam dunk)
Lakers by 6
76ers by 14 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 7 (slam dunk)
Lakers by 8 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 6
Clippers by 4 (slam dunk)

posted by cixelsyd at 06:37 PM on February 15, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Sheriff's deputy drops lawsuit against Masai Ujiri from NBA Finals altercation

I'm guessing Ujiri could sue this loser and his entire supporting department into bankruptcy if he wished to, although I would not expect him to: this is a true class vs ass situation. I can see the Raptors at least filing to recoup legal costs.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:25 PM on February 11, 2021

Pittsburgh hires Ron Hextall to be their new G.M. Brian Burke as President of Hockey Operations

Probably the same reason some companies create multiple levels of management .. which is no tangible reason.

Aside from his luck in landing both Sedins in Vancouver Burke has been a mistake swiftly erased by every team that has hired him.

From Wikipedia:

"A president of hockey operations is not to be confused with a team's president. A president of hockey operations sits between president (or owner) and general manager within a club's hierarchy. It is an advisory position assuming little to no direct responsibility for team decisions."

Hextall knows how to build a successful team through draft and develop. Burke on the other hand trades away futures based on his man-crush for players like Phaneuf and Kessel. Have to wonder if Hextall knew they planned to hire Burke prior to accepting the job.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:44 PM on February 10, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 8: Bucks Are Back Edition

My picks:

Pelicans by 6
Celtics by 8
Mavericks by 9
Bucks by 4
Rockets by 6
76ers by 6
Mavericks by 8
Lakers by 14 (slam dunk)
Nets by 6
Trail Blazers by 8
Nuggets by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 09:12 PM on February 08, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x37 Edition

My picks:

Chiefs by 9 (lock)
Passer: Patrick Mahomes
Rusher: Fournette
Receiver: Hill (KC)
Player with interception: Mathieu (KC)
Player with sack: Sneed (KC)
Player with first turnover: Brady
Super Bowl MVP: Mahomes
Tiebreaker: 57

posted by cixelsyd at 02:09 PM on February 05, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Thanks. Realistically JPP could and probably would have been MVP of that game if not for the string of massive plays Eli made towards the end.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:26 PM on February 05, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

any of the others from that day say the same?

JPP was a force in that game.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:02 PM on February 04, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 7: Fan Interaction Edition

My picks:

Clippers by 8
Celtics by 6
Bucks by 10 (slam dunk)
Suns by 6
Mavericks by 8
Lakers by 8
Nets by 5
Clippers by 7
Warriors by 3

posted by cixelsyd at 10:44 AM on February 02, 2021

I Don't Want Cooperstown, I want Shaughnessy

Some people never make mistakes, rcade. It's always someone else to blame. In fact for these people the whole act of deflecting responsibility becomes empowering to them.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:38 PM on January 27, 2021

Chiefs Reach Super Bowl 0x37 for Chance to Repeat

I bet on Mahomes being around 70 percent healthy and Bills defense getting to him on a few plays. As always every bet I've made against Mahomes has been a losing proposition.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:08 PM on January 26, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 6: Damian's New Kicks Edition

My picks:

Lakers by 8
Warriors by 10 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 12 (slam dunk)
Trail Blazers by 8
Bucks by 9
Jazz by 6
Lakers by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 09:35 AM on January 26, 2021

Tom Brady Leads Buccaneers to Super Bowl 0x37

Following up: the Bucs managed to beat Washington (2), New Orleans(4), and Green Bay(9) with defensive rankings in (). That is crazy impressive. The Chiefs are ranked 16th with their rush defense being the weakest facet. Truly the key to beating the Chiefs is to run the ball and to keep Mahomes off the field. The Bills game provides evidence of what happens if you give the Chiefs, Mahomes, and Andy opportunities on offense.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:39 PM on January 25, 2021

Tom Brady Leads Buccaneers to Super Bowl 0x37

Still not buying the Bucs but they managed to do enough well against GB: got some huge running plays when they needed and focused their passing game on their best receivers (except Fournette who dropped twice as many balls as he caught). Limiting looks to Gronk, and Brown when he plays, is their best approach. I don't give them much chance against KC if Arians continues to let Brady toss up wounded ducks in a tight game. Will say that route and throw to end the first half was pretty, but for the most part any throw over 15 yards looked like a prayer for a pass interference call at best.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:17 AM on January 25, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Conference Championship Round

My picks:

Packers by 10
Bills by 4
Passer: Aaron Rodgers
Rusher: Jones (Packers)
Receiver: Diggs (Bills)
Player with interception: Mathieu (KC)

posted by cixelsyd at 10:17 AM on January 22, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 5: N-E-T-S Nets Nets Nets Edition

My picks:

76ers by 7
Rockets by 8
Lakers by 6
Pelicans by 9
76ers by 8
Suns by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 10:08 AM on January 19, 2021

Jaguars Hire Urban Meyer as Head Coach

The formula for success in the College Football head coaching ranks is 80 percent salesmanship and managing to land the more top recruits than other schools. The 20 percent coaching ability rarely if ever is a factor at that level.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:59 PM on January 15, 2021

Jaguars Hire Urban Meyer as Head Coach

Will help the Jags sell tickets .. for a year.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:21 PM on January 15, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Divisional Round

My picks:

Packers by 7
Bills by 4
Chiefs by 7 (lock)
Saints by 7 (lock)
Passer: Aaron Rodgers
Rusher: Akers (Rams)
Receiver: Diggs (Bills)
Player with interception: Mathieu (KC)

posted by cixelsyd at 10:25 AM on January 15, 2021

Brooklyn Nets land James Harden

Early in the season I thought if somehow Nash could reel in Irving and to a lesser extent Durant they might be the team to beat. Over the last 2 weeks I developed serious doubts the circus could be controlled. Now I'm certain: they have zero chance of winning a championship.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:34 PM on January 13, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Jets won't be so hasty to ditch Darnold

There are several HOF QBs who looked bad in their first opportunities.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:42 PM on January 12, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 4: Here Comes Cancellations Edition

My picks:

Nets by 8
Clippers by 9
76ers by 4
Nuggets by 8
Bucks by 9
Lakers by 14 (slam dunk)
Suns by 7
Bucks by 8
Lakers by 10 (slam dunk)

posted by cixelsyd at 10:12 AM on January 12, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Many of the places I go, the employees feature the partially dropped face mask look. Hardware store, pizza shop, etc.

Why we follow our "leaders" and not the direction of medical professionals and scientists is crazy: lives could be saved.

Bill just became less evil

posted by cixelsyd at 10:12 PM on January 11, 2021

Enter the NFL Playoff Pickem

UFI! Tyrann Mathieu is not playing this week

and ... Cooper Kupp plays offence.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:44 PM on January 08, 2021