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NHL Playoff Pickem: Conference Finals Edition

From the Sunday Huddle:

Lightning in 6 and Vegas in 5.

Goals: B. Point

G: Vasilevskiy (just like every round)

Shutout: TB

posted by tahoemoj at 03:08 PM on June 15, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I seem to keep whiffing on NHL pick 'em deadlines. Please mark me down for the Lightning in 6 and Vegas in 5.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:15 AM on June 13, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Sickening hit on the Canadiens' Jake Evans by the Jets' Mark Scheifele last night.

In the result--absolutely. But I'm just having a hard time condemning Scheifele for anything other than the result. As someone who has played the game my whole life, I really don't see an intent to hurt Evans there.

--I see Scheifele busting his ass to get back in an attempt to give his team any hope at all of tying that game--he was selling out completely to try to prevent the empty netter. There was a minute left in the game, plenty of time for Winnipeg to score the equalizer. It's not like there were 3 seconds on the clock and he was just trying to punish Evans.

--I also see Evans selling out completely to put the game away, and he did it. Head up or not, he had to assume that he'd be hit, and hit hard, like any player trying to wrap around the net. But he went for it to put the playoff game out of reach.

The circumstances were just right for that kind of sickening collision. There is no denying that Scheifele went 100% for the body, which every hockey player would do in that circumstance (IMO). He stopped striding at the blue line, tucked his elbow down, and hit Evens squarely in the chest. Evans was stretched out, low, and exposed, and the hit resulted in a hell of a lot of force. Evans flew back and hit his head on the ice, and a nasty injury resulted. Evans is a bright young player, and I sure hope he can recover.

I also think Scheifele deserves the benefit of the doubt. He's been in the league for a decade, and has never faced supplemental discipline. His reputation is as a solid two-way player and goal scorer, and he has never been accused of being a dirty player (that I can remember). Sometimes, in an extremely fast-moving game when the stakes are really high, bad shit happens. And it sounds to me like Scheifele is accepting the consequences for the result, intended or not.

tl;dr--the result of the play sucked, and I hope Evans is ok. I just can't jump on the Scheifele hate train.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:46 PM on June 04, 2021

Enter the NHL Playoff Pickem Round 2

I thought I picked this? Can I take Winnipeg in 7?

posted by tahoemoj at 03:27 PM on June 04, 2021

Enter the NHL Playoff Pickem Round 2

My picks:

Lightning in 7
Avalanche in 6
Top goals: MacKinnon
Top goalie (save %): Andrei Vasilevskiy
Team scoring 6 goals: Avalanche
Team giving up 0 goals: Bruins

Hope I'm not too late. Maybe I can throw in a pick for the Islanders in 7?

posted by tahoemoj at 12:41 PM on May 30, 2021

Phil Mickelson Did What?

As a fellow 50-year old whose body seeks to betray him at every opportunity, I think that's just amazing. You can be in "great shape for a 50-year old," which is pretty much garbage when compared to a 30-year old who is also on a strict diet and exercise regimen, as most of the PGA players are nowadays. So I heartily congratulate Phil on the accomplishment.

Looking forward to him gambling all of his winnings away and then blaming the government

But that piqued my interest. Should I use the google machine, or do you care to fill me in?

posted by tahoemoj at 03:53 PM on May 24, 2021

Enter the NHL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Bruins in 7
Hurricanes in 5
Oilers in 6
Avalanche in 5
Lightning in 5
Islanders in 7
Maple Leafs in 6
Golden Knights in 6
Top goals: Draisaitl
Top goalie (save %): Andrei Vasilevskiy
Team scoring 6 goals: Avalanche
Team giving up 0 goals: Wild

posted by tahoemoj at 12:49 PM on May 19, 2021

Babe Ruth's Letter to Mistress Auctioned for $200K

I really appreciate where this thread went. I also am embarrassed for laughing so hard at "can of corn"

posted by tahoemoj at 07:03 PM on April 13, 2021

Peyton Manning Will Host Revival of 1950s Game Show

Howard, we shared a minor (although my course of study probably involved inhaling much more marijuana smoke than yours).

I think Peyton can be low-key charming when placed in the right situation. A 90% scripted show where he can riff with college students much smarter than himself for the other 10% just might work. I wish him luck.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:58 PM on April 13, 2021

NHL Dumps Referee After Open-Mic Admission of Bias

Man, I'd sure love to hear the real reason he wanted to get a penalty called on Nashville early. I can think of a ton of possible reasons ranging from shady as hell (e.g. wanting to get Detroit an early PPG to change the tone of the game) to pretty innocuous (e.g. wanted to send a message that he would call a tight game).

That said, Dude! You're on a hot mic! Maybe it's best to keep ypour thought process internal.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:39 PM on March 24, 2021

Drew Brees Retires from NFL

Bad non-call, but there's been similar that have resulted in teams winning the Superbowl.

And without that bad call, we would have been deprived of the single most boring Super Bowl in the history of the game...possibly the most boring football game ever played outside of the Ivy Leagues at the turn of the last century. Who wants to watch Brees, Thomas, and Kamara when you can watch...[I can't name a Ram].

posted by tahoemoj at 01:28 PM on March 15, 2021

NHL, ESPN reach seven-year U.S. broadcast deal

At the gym this morning ... looks like ESPN is already reinforcing its commitment to the NHL. On SportsCenter they actually bumped up their NHL coverage from 27 seconds to 34! I mean, it was wedged in between 6 minutes of analysis of what Luka Doncic had for lunch last Thursday and an interview with Jerry Jones' housekeeper's nephew. But still...

posted by tahoemoj at 04:12 PM on March 11, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem Champion: Rumple

Nicely done, rumple and thanks a bunch rcade! Y'all are going to have to do your homework to keep me from repeating, as that was an inspired Costanza performance.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:16 PM on February 19, 2021

Bucs Win Super Bowl 0x37

Yep. Tends to add a smidgen of credibility to the crackpots' who accuse the NFL of being as scripted as pro rasslin'.

posted by tahoemoj at 08:20 PM on February 07, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x37 Edition

Revised picks:

Tiebreaker: 52

posted by tahoemoj at 03:45 PM on February 05, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x37 Edition

My picks:

Chiefs by 16 (lock)
Passer: Patrick Mahomes
Rusher: L. Fournette
Receiver: M. Evans
Player with interception: B. Breeland
Player with sack: F. Clark
Player with first turnover: T. Brady
Super Bowl MVP: P. Mahomes
Tiebreaker: 34-18

posted by tahoemoj at 03:44 PM on February 05, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x37 Edition

I'd like to correct my score please. I should have received -10 points for my atrocious performance last round. If you give me a break by just calling it a zero, I'll never learn anything.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:56 PM on February 05, 2021

Baseball icon Hank Aaron dead at age 86

RIP. Damn.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:55 PM on January 22, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Conference Championship Round

My picks:

Packers by 10 (lock)
Bills by 13 (lock)
Passer: Aaron Rodgers
Rusher: L. Fournette
Receiver: S. Diggs
Player with interception: Amos (GB)

...watching the leaders' taillights disappear in the distance...

posted by tahoemoj at 12:54 PM on January 22, 2021

Philip Rivers Retires After 17 Seasons

I like to think it's karmic payoff for drafting Ryan Leaf.

Bengals fan here. Karma still owes us a fuckton for David Klingler and Akili Smith. Are you saying that Burrow is the real deal, and we are due for a line of success?

posted by tahoemoj at 05:03 PM on January 21, 2021

New Mets GM Fired for Sending Dick Pic to Reporter

My phone and I agree on one thing: we would much rather be sent a photo of a penis than Grayson Allen.

Sir, I'll implore you not to sully the good name of Dick Grayson, aka Robin, aka Boy Wonder, aka Nightwing, defender of justice and paragon of virtue by conflating him with Grayson Allen, scourge of Tobacco Road and serial elbower and flopper.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:57 PM on January 21, 2021

New Mets GM Fired for Sending Dick Pic to Reporter

Man, I just will never understand the "dick pic" phenomenon. I was a crotchety old Gen-Xer when I went back to law school at 38. The things my female millennial friends would show me on their phones were mind blowing. The story was always the same--they'd go out for a couple drinks, meet a seemingly nice guy, chat for a while, maybe dance for a couple of songs. He'd ask for their number, and they'd oblige with the expectation of being asked out on a future date. They'd start getting dick pics soon thereafter - sometimes in the cab on the way home. The dick pic would sometimes be a precursor to an invitation to go out, almost like the dude was offering it up as "full disclosure of who you'd be dating."

Of course, now that I'm 50 and a partner at a high-profile law firm, I do get a kick out of texting dick pics to my wife. Usually I send her a pic of Nixon or Chaney, but sometimes I throw in a Van Dyke or Grayson.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:55 PM on January 20, 2021

Who knew there was a

But...a Par 6!? Yardage be damned, if you can hit a drive 540 out of 700 yards, there is no way that should be a Par 6, is there? Alternatively, the fact that he is the first person to do it says something. Where's JJ when we need him?

posted by tahoemoj at 02:14 PM on January 18, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Divisional Round

My picks:

Packers by 4
Ravens by 6
Chiefs by 13 (lock)
Saints by 6
Passer: Patrick Mahomes
Rusher: L. Jackson
Receiver: T. Hill (KC)
Player with interception: Amos (GB)

posted by tahoemoj at 12:31 PM on January 15, 2021

Enter the NFL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Bills by 6
Seahawks by 4
Buccaneers by 7
Ravens by 4
Saints by 10
Steelers by 3
Passer: Ben Roethlisberger
Rusher: D. Henry
Receiver: S. Diggs
Player with interception: M. Williams (NO)

My closet always needs more Zubaz!!

posted by tahoemoj at 04:18 PM on January 08, 2021

NFL Pickem Champion: Truthhurts

Anybody know if Guiliani is available for a challenge to the results?

Congrats on a hell of a finish, truthhurts.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:15 PM on January 04, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 17: Mason Rudolph Edition

My picks:

Bills by 3 (lock)
Bengals by 6 (lock)
Browns by 7 (lock)
Vikings by 12 (lock)
Jets by 6 (lock)
Cowboys by 14 (lock)
Buccaneers by 7 (lock)
Bears by 3 (lock)
Broncos by 6 (lock)
Colts by 13 (lock)
Chiefs by 6 (lock)
Rams by 6 (lock)
Seahawks by 13 (lock)
Saints by 6 (lock)
Texans by 8 (lock)
Eagles by 7 (lock)

No prizes for second place, boys.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:26 PM on January 01, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I don't see Chara's departure as problematic from an on-ice standpoint. Sure, he still brings leadership and toughness to any blue line, but his days as a #1 D man are well behind him. I'm sure the B's would rather he retire than go to an Eastern Conference rival, but that is mostly for the sake of legacy. Today's smaller, quicker skaters have been torching Z on the open ice for several years now. In front of the net, well, that's a different story...

posted by tahoemoj at 12:06 PM on December 31, 2020

Jaguars Clinch First Overall Pick in NFL Draft

... and an ownership that tolerates absymal performance from the front office and coaches longer than any other team in the NFL.

Well, that's only because the Bengals don't have a "front office." Unless you count the Brown family's foyer.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:23 PM on December 29, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 16: J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets Edition

My picks:

Saints by 6
Buccaneers by 12 (lock)
Cardinals by 13 (lock)
Dolphins by 6
Chiefs by 17 (lock)
Browns by 17 (lock)
Colts by 6
Bears by 14 (lock)
Ravens by 13 (lock)
Texans by 10
Chargers by 9 (lock)
Panthers by 3
Cowboys by 6
Seahawks by 14 (lock)
Packers by 3
Bills by 10 (lock)

posted by tahoemoj at 01:07 PM on December 24, 2020

Is This the End of the New England Patriots Dynasty?

So how long does Belichick have (and how long does he even want) to turn this around? He could (a) spend some of his well-deserved capital and deference and try to rebuild a team from the rubble. If successful, he would only cement his already-unimpeachable place in the pantheon of the greats. If unsuccessful, he's still had a career that is unlikely to be matched; or (b) he can walk after this year, count his money, and relax on the beach in his very best hoodie and leave the headaches to the younger fellas.

posted by tahoemoj at 10:44 AM on December 22, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 15: Packers Tiebreaker Edition

Steelers by 20 (lock)

This. This is my FAVORITE. BUSTED. LOCK. EVER.

posted by tahoemoj at 10:39 AM on December 22, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 15: Packers Tiebreaker Edition

My picks:

Bills by 10 (lock)
Packers by 12 (lock)
Buccaneers by 9
49ers by 7
Titans by 6
Colts by 7
Dolphins by 4
Vikings by 10
Seahawks by 6
Ravens by 13 (lock)
Rams by 10 (lock)
Cardinals by 9
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Browns by 10 (lock)
Steelers by 20 (lock)

At least when I miss a game, I would have gotten it wrong anyway. :-/

posted by tahoemoj at 01:55 PM on December 18, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 14: You Caught That Tyreek Edition

My picks:

Rams by 4
Texans by 13 (lock)
Cowboys by 6
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Giants by 3
Vikings by 3
Broncos by 4
Titans by 6
Raiders by 4
Seahawks by 10 (lock)
Packers by 14 (lock)
Saints by 10 (lock)
Falcons by 4
Washington by 6
Bills by 6
Ravens by 4

posted by tahoemoj at 01:17 PM on December 10, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 13: 269 Receiving Yards Edition

My picks:

Falcons by 4
Lions by 6
Browns by 7
Dolphins by 6
Vikings by 10
Raiders by 13 (lock)
Texans by 6
Rams by 6
Seahawks by 13 (lock)
Packers by 7
Patriots by 6
Chiefs by 17 (lock)
Steelers by 12 (lock)
Bills by 7
Ravens by 4

posted by tahoemoj at 01:50 PM on December 04, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 12: Turducken Edition

My picks:

Washington by 4
Steelers by 6
Raiders by 10
Bills by 13 (lock)
Giants by 16
Titans by 6
Vikings by 10 (lock)
Cardinals by 7
Dolphins by 6
Browns by 13 (lock)
Saints by 10 (lock)
Rams by 3
Chiefs by 13 (lock)
Packers by 6
Seahawks by 8

posted by tahoemoj at 01:08 PM on November 26, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 11: Hail Murray Edition

Ummmm

Well, that's just not a fair comparison, tommyt. I can't expect someone who is really, really, REALLY bad at it to recognize my own futility. /cheers, fellow futilitarian.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:40 PM on November 20, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 11: Hail Murray Edition

My picks:

Seahawks by 3
Browns by 6
Falcons by 4
Bengals by 6
Lions by 3
Steelers by 13 (lock)
Ravens by 14 (lock)
Texans by 3
Dolphins by 4
Chargers by 8
Packers by 6
Vikings by 7
Chiefs by 4
Rams by 6

Has anybody else noticed that I'm really, really bad at this?

posted by tahoemoj at 12:00 PM on November 19, 2020

The Miami Marlins make history with hiring of Kim Ng as general manager

I hope she kicks ass.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:04 PM on November 13, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 10: What Happened to the Bucs Edition

My picks:

Browns by 3
Buccaneers by 6
Eagles by 7
Packers by 13 (lock)
Washington by 3
Raiders by 7
Chargers by 4
Bills by 3
Seahawks by 7
Steelers by 4
Saints by 10 (lock)
Ravens by 13 (lock)
Vikings by 7

Missed Thursday! Probably saved myself <10> points!

posted by tahoemoj at 06:01 PM on November 13, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 9: Undefeated Steelers Edition

My picks:

Packers by 10 (lock)
Broncos by 3
Seahawks by 6
Titans by 4
Ravens by 13
Chiefs by 10
Lions by 3
Washington by 4
Texans by 6
Raiders by 8 (lock)
Steelers by 17 (lock)
Cardinals by 4
Saints by 3
Patriots by 7

posted by tahoemoj at 12:28 PM on November 05, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

If our friend hokkajens offered Danish pastries on his site, I would be all over it.

Giving me flashbacks to my time in Santa Barbara. Our next door neighbor was a Dane--detective on the SBPD of all things--who also made the most incredible baked goods I have ever had this side of Austria. He used to stop by at least twice a week with whatever treats he had whipped up that day. I kinda miss that neighborhood.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:26 PM on November 03, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 8: Don't Score Todd Edition

My picks:

Falcons by 3
Bills by 12
Titans by 14
Browns by 3
Lions by 6
Packers by 8
Chiefs by 17 (lock)
Rams by 12 (lock)
Ravens by 3
Chargers by 9 (lock)
Saints by 14 (lock)
Seahawks by 6
Eagles by 13 (lock)
Buccaneers by 17 (lock)

I thought I locked the Chargers last week.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:06 PM on October 29, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 7: Tank for Trevor Edition

My picks:

Eagles by 6
Falcons by 3
Browns by 7
Titans by 3
Saints by 10
Bills by 17 (lock)
Washington by 7
Packers by 4
Seahawks by 7
Chiefs by 10
Patriots by 3
Chargers by 13 (lock)
Buccaneers by 6
Rams by 7

posted by tahoemoj at 11:54 AM on October 22, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chase Claypool Edition

My picks:

Titans by 7
Bengals by 4
Vikings by 13
Patriots by 17 (lock)
Washington by 4
Ravens by 13 (lock)
Browns by 4
Bears by 6
Lions by 7
Dolphins by 6
Packers by 7
Rams by 10
Chiefs by 6
Cardinals by 4

posted by tahoemoj at 11:18 PM on October 17, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Miss me?

Yes. Where 'ya been?

posted by tahoemoj at 03:23 PM on October 16, 2020

Reggie Cannon: "FC Dallas wanted apology for responding to fans"

Yes, Reggie. By all means, you should apologize to those racists because you chose a non-violent avenue to shine a light on their racism.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:09 AM on October 14, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 5: Undefeated Bills Edition

OK. We'll buy your explanation this time. But we're watching you "prof" (if that is your real name).

posted by tahoemoj at 06:09 PM on October 09, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 5: Undefeated Bills Edition

Prof is clearly cheating.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:52 AM on October 09, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 5: Undefeated Bills Edition

I'm not telling you how to do your job, rcade, but why are we spotting certain players between 10 and 70 points before the coin is tossed on the Thursday game?

posted by tahoemoj at 03:58 PM on October 08, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 5: Undefeated Bills Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 13 (lock)
Panthers by 3
Bills by 7
Chiefs by 10
Cardinals by 14
Steelers by 13 (lock)
Rams by 13 (lock)
Ravens by 13 (lock)
Texans by 4
49ers by 10
Browns by 14 (lock)
Cowboys by 10 (lock)
Broncos by 3
Seahawks by 8
Chargers by 3

posted by tahoemoj at 03:54 PM on October 08, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 4: Let Russ Cook Edition

My picks:

Jets by 3
Bears by 6
Bengals by 10
Browns by 3
Saints by 7
Titans by 3
Seahawks by 13 (lock)
Buccaneers by 6 (lock)
Ravens by 10 (lock)
Cardinals by 6 (lock)
Texans by 5
Rams by 10 (lock)
Chiefs by 17 (lock)
Bills by 6
49ers by 7
Packers by 13 (lock)

posted by tahoemoj at 04:06 PM on September 30, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 3: Pay Dak Prescott Edition

My picks:

Jaguars by 3
Falcons by 8
Bills by 4
Browns by 3
Titans by 7
Raiders by 6
49ers by 7
Bengals by 4
Steelers by 7
Colts by 6
Chargers by 7
Buccaneers by 13 (lock)
Cardinals by 6
Seahawks by 4
Packers by 4
Ravens by 3

Holy crap, there's some great games this week! Makes for tough pick 'em though.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:17 PM on September 24, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

that was actually Jerry Casale with that Bob Feller-esque delivery.

Ah, thanks. Please don't tell anyone about my mistake; I've got everything riding on my knowledge of 1980's rock n' roll trivia.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:12 PM on September 24, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Is anyone else semi-shocked to learn that Mothersbaugh is a lefty?

posted by tahoemoj at 02:28 PM on September 23, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pickem

My picks:

Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Seahawks by 4
Bills by 7
Lions by 6
Vikings by 10
Dolphins by 3
Eagles by 6
Raiders by 4
Colts by 13 (lock)
Ravens by 10
Bengals by 3
Saints by 4
49ers by 3
Cowboys by 7
Steelers by 6
Titans by 6

Much like my beloved Bengals, I insist on believing that this is my year until it is proven to be false (usually about mid-September).

posted by tahoemoj at 02:10 PM on September 09, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Disagree, LionIndex.

posted by tahoemoj at 07:50 PM on August 26, 2020

Over Two Minutes of MLB Players Cursing in Empty Stadiums

These players cocksuckers need to watch Deadwood.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:36 PM on August 24, 2020