Recent Comments by cixelsyd

CFL Pickem Week 10: Gentille Alouette Edition

My picks:

Blue Bombers by 13 (lock)
Argonauts by 7
Lions by 10
Roughriders by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 10:48 AM on August 11, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Former Pistons GM Jack McCloskey gets recognition for fielding the comic book villain trio of Laimbeer, Rodman and Mahorn

Hated that team but certainly admired the way they understood their roles and played for each other and not themselves. I call those guys the "Flagrant 3" and Isiah was no angel either.

Completely different than a bunch of me-first superstars who figure they choose when and how hard they want to play and have coaches fired as they please.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:37 PM on August 09, 2022

Dallas Cowboys Worth More Than Any Team on Earth

Sports teams don't need to win to be valuable. The Leafs are another example of this. Jones and Leafs management know exactly what is important to the bottom line ... they focus on the money and not success.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:08 AM on August 09, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Really have to think Steve Nash is hoping the Nets trade or fire him. The Nets appear to have taken over the most dysfunctional sports franchise from the Lakers. And what team actually would want Kyrie Irving or Kevin Durant and all the baggage they bring? What a nightmare.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:03 AM on August 09, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 9: Big Tim is Watching You Edition

.. My TigerCats pick is by 3

posted by cixelsyd at 11:13 PM on August 04, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 9: Big Tim is Watching You Edition

My picks:

Blue Bombers by 10 (lock)
Stampeders by 7 (lock)
Tiger-Cats by
Lions by 7 (lock)

posted by cixelsyd at 01:33 PM on August 04, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 8: 10,000 Rushing Yards Edition

My picks:

Tiger-Cats by 7 (lock)
Lions by 10 (lock)
Blue Bombers by 3
Argonauts by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 10:27 AM on July 28, 2022

LIV Golfer Invites Sky Sports Reporter to Self-Fornicate

Pretty much everyone at some point in their life strives to have an occupation where their performance has no impact on remuneration .. all they need to do is show up and collect big money. Then they come to the realization money isn't entirely what motivates them.

Enjoy your paychecks, LIV members. Show up and cash your checks. Makes no difference how you perform as you are no longer competing in a sport against the best in the world. You are simply a pawn - a very well compensated pawn.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:37 PM on July 20, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 7: Yukon Cornelius Edition

My picks:

Redblacks by 3
Lions by 4
Blue Bombers by 9 (lock)
Argonauts by 7 (lock)

posted by cixelsyd at 10:18 PM on July 20, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 6: Touchdown Atlantic Edition

My picks:

Alouettes by 7 (lock)
Blue Bombers by 3
Argonauts by 7
Tiger-Cats by 10 (lock)

posted by cixelsyd at 10:26 AM on July 14, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 5: Thrown to the Lions Edition

My picks:

Stampeders by 9 (lock)
Roughriders by 7
Blue Bombers by 3

posted by cixelsyd at 09:55 PM on July 06, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Panthers are now on the hook for a portion of his salary. Why they even want an inaccurate and immobile QB with questionable leadership qualities is puzzling.

Cannot see the guy getting any playing time unless Carolina has plans to tank for a higher draft choice. The best part of the deal is they know the conditional draft pick will be a 7th rounder.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:36 PM on July 06, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 4: Canada Day Edition

My picks:

Lions by 13 (lock)
Tiger-Cats by 7
Roughriders by 7
Blue Bombers by 9 (lock)

posted by cixelsyd at 06:56 PM on June 30, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 3: Dunnigan's Beard Edition

My picks:

Roughriders by 7
Blue Bombers by 9
Stampeders by 17 (lock)
Lions by 3

posted by cixelsyd at 10:41 AM on June 22, 2022

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Hoping that was limited to the finals participants

posted by cixelsyd at 12:58 PM on June 16, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 2: Nathan Rourke is Rolling Edition

My picks:

Alouettes by 3
Blue Bombers by 9
Tiger-Cats by 7
Roughriders by 24 (lock)

posted by cixelsyd at 09:09 PM on June 15, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Wiggins is one of the most talented 2 way players in the league. He'll always deliver great defense and near double digit rebounds but he's also a guy with a switch when it comes to offense. If he misses 3 or 4 early shots he'll stop shooting. If he hits early pretty much guaranteed 20 plus points and near 60 percent from the field.

He is the key on this team. He plays almost the entire game and always is matched up against the other teams' superstar player. Even scoring only 10 or 12 he takes a huge load off of others. Check the finals stats: top 5 in points, steals, rebounds, blocks, and minutes. Don't know if there is a more underrated NBA player.

Here's an interesting stat: Tatum is a career 0.456 shooter. In this series Wiggins has him at 0.373. Tatum was 0.462 against Miami.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:11 PM on June 14, 2022

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals Round

My picks:

Avalanche in 7
Top goals: MacKinnon
Top goalie (save %): Andrei Vasilevskiy
Team scoring 6 goals: Avalanche
Game 1 winner: Avalanche
Top assists: Makar
Conn Smythe: Makar
Top penalty minutes: Hagel
Tiebreaker: 42

posted by cixelsyd at 10:21 PM on June 13, 2022

Commanders Fine Jack Del Rio $100,000 for Calling January 6 a 'Dust-Up'

Imagine being a Washington player.

The guy has zero credibility and will receive zero respect from players. Guess he must have plans to replacing the entire defense with Proud Boys.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:10 PM on June 13, 2022

Enter the SportsFilter CFL Pickem

My picks:

Stampeders by 7
Blue Bombers by 9
Tiger-Cats by 10
Lions by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 01:48 PM on June 09, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Finals Round

Yeah, Luka needs to getYeah, Luka needs to get in better shape in better shape

Kind of hate bangin' on the guy .. he's one of the best 5 players in the league. He's essentially the "Big Fundamental" at whatever position he plays. But a little conditioning and he would be even better. Scary thought.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:44 PM on June 02, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Finals Round

Still it was a season for Dallas that makes a future championship a genuine near-future possibility.

Luka has to attend the Mac Jones fatty tissue conversion camp.

Absolutely. Luka is a big guy with a body type that can never be transformed into a Giannis or Mailman type physique but he needs to work on conditioning. That was the key against the Warriors - they simply wore him out. And he needs to be able to play max minutes at top level. A few more athletic players who can eat minutes would also help. Fully expect the Mavs organization will address needs and the team will be even better next year.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:31 PM on June 01, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Finals Round

My picks:

Warriors in 7
Top point scorer: Curry
Top rebounder: Horford
Top scoring team: Warriors
Team scoring 130: Warriors
Series MVP: Curry
Top fouler: Williams (Bos)
Three-point shooter: Curry
Winning team points last game: 124

posted by cixelsyd at 10:17 PM on June 01, 2022

NHL Playoff Pickem: Third Round

My picks:

Avalanche in 6
Rangers in 6
Top goals: MacKinnon
Top goalie (save %): Igor Shesterkin
Team scoring 6 goals: Avalanche
Team with shutout: Rangers

posted by cixelsyd at 10:05 AM on May 31, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Finals Edition

My picks:

Celtics in 7
Warriors in 7
Top point scorer: Doncic
Top rebounder: Doncic
Top scoring team: Warriors
Team scoring 130: Warriors

posted by cixelsyd at 01:37 PM on May 17, 2022

NHL Playoff Pickem: Second Round

My picks:

Panthers in 6
Avalanche in 7
Hurricanes in 6
Flames in 7
Top goals: Draisaitl
Top goalie (save %): Jacob Markstrom
Team scoring 6 goals: Flames
Game 1 winner: Hurricanes

posted by cixelsyd at 01:32 PM on May 17, 2022

Greg Norman: LIV and Let LIV

For some nothing else matters but money.

"He only ordered 1 journalist dismembered .. that I know of", "He only tried to overthrow the government of 1 country after losing an election", and on and on.

Reality is anyone who aligns themselves with people like these end up paying for it dearly at some point.

posted by cixelsyd at 07:40 PM on May 12, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Jacksonville has actually been to a conference championship this century

Remember that game vividly. Lost the game because the coaching couldn't figure out a way of stopping the opponent running the same play 8 or 9 times during a single key possession. Thought they would grow and become stronger as they had a solid albeit superstar void lineup but they faded instead.

They were good enough to win a Superbowl that year otherwise.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:59 PM on May 10, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

As long as Jones owns the Cowboys 2 things aren't happening:

1 A second team in Dallas

2 A team from Dallas playing in the Superbowl

posted by cixelsyd at 05:54 PM on May 09, 2022

Arizona Coyotes Are Moving to a 5,100-Seat Arena

Certainly would not switch allegiance. But if they are hockey fans they would probably attend a few games when their northern/etc favourite teams travelled to Arizona.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:43 PM on May 02, 2022

Arizona Coyotes Are Moving to a 5,100-Seat Arena

So Jets attendance this year was limited by Covid controls. There were games with no fans and most of the season was limited to 50% attendance. Was only around the last 10 games where full attendance (for fully vaccinated) was allowed and by that time they were 10 or 12 points out of the race.

Arizona isn't ever going to draw well no matter how good they are. The NHL must be banking on the snowbirds attending Leafs, Habs, Flames, and Oilers away games during the winter. That team should be in Quebec City or possibly even Hartford.

It is still easier for Habs fans to buy tickets to see away games in Tampa and Florida than it is to see a home game in Montreal.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:19 AM on May 02, 2022

Enter the SportsFilter NHL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Hurricanes in 7
Lightning in 6
Wild in 6
Oilers in 6
Rangers in 7
Panthers in 5
Avalanche in 6
Flames in 5
Top goals: McDavid
Top goalie (save %): Igor Shesterkin
Team scoring 6 goals: Avalanche
Game 1 winner: Rangers

posted by cixelsyd at 10:08 AM on May 02, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Semifinals Edition

My picks:

Heat in 6
Suns in 6
Bucks in 6
Warriors in 6
Top point scorer: Curry (GS)
Top rebounder: Giannis
Top scoring team: Warriors
Team scoring 130: Warriors

posted by cixelsyd at 03:08 PM on May 01, 2022

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Baalke.

Guy could own picks 1 through 32, select all of the best talent, and still end up with a team that will miss the playoffs for his entire tenure.

He's .. just .. that .. bad.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:45 PM on April 29, 2022

Star-Crossed Nets Bounced from Playoffs in Four Games

I wonder how many stars will decide it's more fun to not manage their franchises

Those would be the stars who are happy making their $20Million plus per year and want to be part of a winning team. Stars who listen to their coach and make their teammates better players.

No decent coach wants to be associated with the current Nets or Lakers for traditional basketball reasons (money reasons only). Zero chance of having the least bit of impact on the team's performance and forced to play a roster consisting of a group of guys that don't pass, rebound, or defend.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:04 PM on April 27, 2022

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Remember seeing The Flower play against the original Jets waaaay back in the early 1980's. He got a rare penalty that game and I watched as he went to the box. Took off his gloves and actually had a smoke while there. Also remember the Habs crushed the Jets and he was a big factor before and after.

posted by cixelsyd at 07:59 PM on April 22, 2022

Enter the SportsFilter NBA Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Mavericks in 6
Grizzlies in 6
Raptors in 7
Warriors in 6
Heat in 6
Nets in 6
Bucks in 5
Suns in 5
Top point scorer: VanVleet
Top rebounder: Jokic
Top scoring team: Bucks
Team scoring 130: Heat

posted by cixelsyd at 12:30 PM on April 15, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Makes me wonder if this isn't another piece of Bill Self genius in choosing the basket / bench as home team.

posted by cixelsyd at 07:57 PM on April 05, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Bacot's late injury

So have played on a number of University courts where you had to know where the dead spots were but nothing as bad as that.

What a shame. Bacot was by far the best player in the F4. Outcome may have been different if he was still in the game defending Kansas' pivotal 2 interior baskets. We will never know.

But the NCAA is happy with all of the money they made playing in a venue built for football and monster trucks.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:34 PM on April 05, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Athletic has great sports coverage.

It also has a large number of writers based in the Greater Toronto Area. Jays have many good young players but pitching needs to come a long way.

Do watch them though. Especially if you like offensive 9-7 games.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:11 AM on April 05, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Entering Final Four weekend would have bet the house that a team wearing blue would win.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:02 AM on April 05, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Nova might have beaten Kansas if they were at full strength. Tough to say - 2 tremendous teams with great coaches.

Carolina's fortunes rest on Bacot's health. They absolutely need him to beat Kansas. And they will be in for a much tougher game vs Kansas. Bill Self makes great adjustments in game and Kansas squads have always played a complete team game on both ends of the court.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:24 PM on April 03, 2022

World Cup 2022 Draw

2

posted by cixelsyd at 04:08 PM on April 01, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Money.

Money ruins the men's game as well. In many ways.

As far as the NCAA Tournament goes the absolute worst is playing the Final 4 every year in a venue where Basketball is never otherwise played. Lousy courts that get rolled out once every 10 years, garbage sight lines for the players - it's why the Final 4 is always the worst part of the tournament.

But more money. That's all that matters.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:58 PM on March 31, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

we're just salty

Hey, not at all. Noticed that as well. Thought NCAA Women were supposed to play at the higher seed home. They played the game at a semi-neutral site but in Connecticut. Advantage for UConn fans for sure. NC State fans traveled and showed great support as well.

What was the logic for playing the game where it was? Were the other E8 games played is similar not so neutral sites?

posted by cixelsyd at 08:16 PM on March 30, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Bueckers was out for 3 months until late February and has only returned to her normal minutes the last 3 games. She's off the charts tremendous as far as a point guard goes: a pass first play maker who can score at will and shoots 55 percent from the field.

Have only coached men's BB but think the best approach with someone like her is to deny full court then play box and 1 on the defensive end. Keep the ball out of her hands and force someone else to beat you.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:28 PM on March 30, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

How was the game rigged?
Will say that was one heck of a game. Refreshing after having to watch the Duke and Carolina games on the weekend.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:28 PM on March 30, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Well I guess Hill gets the money he was after. But none of the Dolphin's QBs are a fit for his game like Mahomes was. He's in big trouble if the Dolphins stick with Tua and his tendency to lead his receivers directly into the defensive coverage. Might end up kicking back on the IR after 3 or 4 games.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:19 PM on March 23, 2022

Woman Files Suit Claiming Jerry Jones is Her Father

Jerry Jones would probably be one of the easiest people to get DNA from in the entire US

Love the heading from that linked ad:

"Introducing the Owners Package"

posted by cixelsyd at 11:30 AM on March 10, 2022

Woman Files Suit Claiming Jerry Jones is Her Father

Republican suing a Republican. Can't bode well for her professionally.

The only thing missing from the story is the link to her Givesendgo campaign to provide urgent funding for her legal battles / grift for personal gain.

Probably too harsh a comment about a child who grew up without a father. Maybe the whole lawsuit helps her deal with the situation. Or maybe she has council wanting a piece of Jerry's pie.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:48 PM on March 09, 2022

Deal Reached to Trade Russell Wilson to Broncos

Love this move. Broncos were competitive in a very good division and expect this elevates them to a playoff team. And it frees Wilson from Pete Carroll.

Haven't been out Seattle way in a number of years but cost of living was pretty reasonable when I was about 60 miles north in Everett years back. Certainly was a bargain when compared to the Santa Clara / San Jose / Santa Cruz area.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:36 PM on March 08, 2022

Russia and Belarus Suspended From International Hockey Play

Yachts and Jets ..

Everyone knows about LEO Satellites because of Starlink's success over the past 5 years. There are many LEO's that have been orbiting the earth for decades all for non-commercial applications such as weather "and other" research purposes.

Eye witness tracking is interesting but certain groups know where these yachts are at all times.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:11 PM on March 01, 2022

How's Your Month Going, Phil Mickelson?

His choice I guess.

And he chose money over everything else. Doesn't appear to care where the money comes from as long as he is getting his. He has no problem playing on courses owned by an American who played a key role in the execution of a journalist. Or a league owned by the people who ordered the execution.

Hope he realizes that selling your soul for financial gain is a very dangerous endeavor.

posted by cixelsyd at 07:53 PM on February 26, 2022

Troy Aikman Has One Foot Out the Door at Fox

Still prefer Romo as an analyst over Aikman and Collinsworth. Just comes across as less self serving and more genuine with a better read on the game.

Nobody will ever match John Madden. Ever.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:22 PM on February 24, 2022

Grambling State set to hire Art Briles as offensive coordinator

Briles never coached in the CFL. He was hired by a team as an assistant then fired a few hours later when details of his involvement at Baylor were uncovered.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:22 PM on February 24, 2022

Juwan Howard Takes Swing at Wisconsin Coach After Game

So Howard obviously has issues controlling his emotions and should be disciplined. But he is a pretty decent coach. He does not get premier talent and has a very good record in one of the 3 toughest conferences in men's basketball, the others being the Big East and Big 12. There are at least 2 other perennially overrated programs (hint: SEC and ACC) that have the top recruiting classes every single year but fail because of poor coaching.

Possibly Howard needs to take a step back and be an assistant for a good program. Have to add that Gard's move was complete douchebag material and he knows it.

posted by cixelsyd at 07:05 PM on February 21, 2022

Rams Win Super Bowl 0x38

No doubt there was significant focus on Kupp by the officials on that PI play and that factored into the call. Of course everyone on the field, in the stands, and around the world knew he would be the target as well. Same goes for the TD route. The guy is the most undefendable receiver since Jerry Rice with his route running and physical talent.

Would have liked to see a split MVP between him and Aaron Donald. If not for the huge stops he made on the last series it looked certain that Burrow would lead the Bengals to at least a tie if not a victory.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:33 PM on February 14, 2022

Harden-Simmons Swap Leads Day of NBA Trades

Just looked at the return. Sixers REALLY wanted to get rid of Simmons.

Seth Curry and Drummond are 2 guys who can provide some decent minutes as role players. The 2 first round draft picks to the Nets are huge even though they will be towards the bottom of the draft. Millsap is a better fit with the Sixers roster but only a spot player at this stage. Might not see much time at all.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:40 AM on February 11, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x38 Edition

My picks:

Rams by 9
Passer: Matthew Stafford
Rusher: Mixon
Receiver: Kupp
Player with interception: Bell (Cin)
Player with sack: Donald (Rams)
Player with first turnover: Burrow
Super Bowl MVP: Kupp
Tiebreaker: 49

posted by cixelsyd at 09:30 AM on February 11, 2022

Harden-Simmons Swap Leads Day of NBA Trades

Impossible to declare a winner in that trade without getting into the money aspect. Looks like a lose - lose. I suppose the Sixers get someone who shoots better than 0.167 from the 3 point line and Embiid can help defensively closer to the basket. Can't see Simmons ever getting out of the way of himself.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:18 PM on February 10, 2022