Recent Comments by tahoemoj

NFL Pickem Week 12: Turducken Edition

My picks:

Cowboys by 13 (lock)
Vikings by 4
Browns by 6
Bengals by 4
Dolphins by 13 (lock)
Bears by 6
Commanders by 5
Broncos by 7
Ravens by 14 (lock)
Chargers by 12 (lock)
Seahawks by 7
Chiefs by 23 (lock)
49ers by 11 (lock)
Eagles by 7
Colts by 5

posted by tahoemoj at 12:58 PM on November 24, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 11: Jeff Sunday Edition

My picks:

Titans by 4
Bears by 6
Bills by 7
Eagles by 13
Jets by 3
Rams by 4
Lions by 6
Ravens by 17 (lock)
Commanders by 7
Raiders by 4
Vikings by 3
Chiefs by 7
Bengals by 14 (lock)
49ers by 7

posted by tahoemoj at 01:59 PM on November 16, 2022

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Agreed, cixelsyd. With the spotlight shining brightly on him, it was a golden opportunity to make a very strong, very public statement of contrition and commitment to work toward earning the trust of the NHL and its fans. My simple 3 step solution:

1. I unreservedly apologize to Isiah Myer-Crothers...insert some ownership of damage here.

2. I understand that what I did was wrong and WHY it was wrong...insert somthing to show you have made an effort to understand what the big deal is.

3. I commit $X of every NHL contract I sign and/or X hours of my time toward ending bullying.

Then wait.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:50 PM on November 10, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 10: J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets Edition

My picks:

Falcons by 13 (lock)
Seahawks by 6
Vikings by 4
Lions by 7
Titans by 8
Chiefs by 18 (lock)
Dolphins by 6
Giants by 13 (lock)
Saints by 7
Raiders by 12 (lock)
Cowboys by 14 (lock)
Cardinals by 7
49ers by 7
Eagles by 23 (lock)

Still within 100 of the leader...so you're telling me there's a chance!

posted by tahoemoj at 02:29 PM on November 10, 2022

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The whole Miller story is really problematic on a lot of levels. On one hand, he was clearly a horrible human being who made another young man's life a living hell for a very long time. In an adult, I'd say that his actions were unforgiveable. In a kid? It seems like there is a point at which there should be some forgiveness for his transgressions. Nothing I've read yet indicates that he has earned the privilege of forgiveness, but that path should exist on some level.

So the overall questions are (i) can he ever atone for his actions? and (ii) how?

posted by tahoemoj at 02:26 PM on November 10, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 9: Lost Vegas Edition

My picks:

Eagles by 17 (lock)
Chargers by 7
Dolphins by 13 (lock)
Bengals by 9 (lock)
Lions by 7
Patriots by 10 (lock)
Bills by 14 (lock)
Vikings by 13 (lock)
Raiders by 10
Seahawks by 6
Rams by 6
Chiefs by 18 (lock)
Ravens by 10 (lock)

posted by tahoemoj at 06:05 PM on November 03, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 8: Retirement Looking Pretty Good Edition

My picks:

Ravens by 14 (lock)
Jaguars by 6
Falcons by 7
Cowboys by 10 (lock)
Dolphins by 7
Vikings by 4
Raiders by 3
Jets by 4
Eagles by 17 (lock)
Titans by 7
Commanders by 6 (lock)
Rams by 7
Seahawks by 6
Bills by 23 (lock)
Bengals by 17 (lock)

posted by tahoemoj at 12:18 PM on October 27, 2022

Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Other Weirdos

Man, I sure hope that Joe Burrow doesn't turn into one of those (2022) guys. On the one hand, he's got the swagger and flash about him that screams "celebrity." On the other hand, he doesn't seem to to anything high profile that isn't team-oriented. Been with his girlfriend since LSU, social media presence limited mostly to Bengals stuff and his charitable foundation. We'll see what happens in '29 or so.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:35 PM on October 25, 2022

Panthers Trade Christian McCaffrey to 49ers

Maybe Lynch is just subscribing to the John Elway plan--fall ass backwards into success until the bills come due, then sneak off like Homer Simpson disappearing into the shrubs as the team founders for a decade.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:41 PM on October 21, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 7: Drag Russell Wilson Edition

My picks:

Saints by 4
Bengals by 13 (lock)
Cowboys by 7
Titans by 3
Commanders by 6
Buccaneers by 13 (lock)
Giants by 7
Ravens by 4
Jets by 6
Raiders by 7
Chargers by 16 (lock)
Chiefs by 24 (lock)
Dolphins by 8
Patriots by 13 (lock)

My picker is about as effective as Russell Wilson this season. I reckon we're both washed up.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:00 PM on October 20, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 6: Roughing the Passer Edition

My picks:

Commanders by 6
49ers by 10 (lock)
Browns by 4
Packers by 6
Jaguars by 7
Vikings by 7
Bengals by 17 (lock)
Ravens by 7
Buccaneers by 13 (lock)
Rams by 14 (lock)
Cardinals by 6
Bills by 7
Eagles by 6
Chargers by 13 (lock)

posted by tahoemoj at 12:58 PM on October 13, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I miss the old ones, especially the lion on the helmet.

Wait...they took the lion off the helmet? No sarcasm intended--I had no idea.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:53 PM on October 11, 2022

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Colts 12 Broncos 9

I was chatting with another dad at my kids' swim lessons who was watching the game on his phone. He had a feeling about that one and put in a $5 bet at 75-1 that there would be no touchdowns scored in the game. Not a bad way to pocket $375.

The oddsmakers had a feeling, too, as the "no TD" prop bet is usually around 300-1.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:08 PM on October 07, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 5: NFC Beast Edition

My picks:

Broncos by 4
Packers by 7
Bills by 24 (lock)
Chargers by 13 (lock)
Vikings by 14 (lock)
Lions by 6
Seahawks by 7
Dolphins by 6
Falcons by 4
Titans by 7
Jaguars by 13 (lock)
49ers by 14 (lock)
Rams by 6
Eagles by 8
Bengals by 4
Chiefs by 7

posted by tahoemoj at 01:34 PM on October 06, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Blake Bortles Joins the Quiet Quitting Movement

I thought he did that a few games after being drafted.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:27 PM on October 05, 2022

Keep it on the front page: Brett Favre is a creep

TBH--your link is to an article about another lying con artist of a former athlete. But I agree with you that we should be paying much more attention to this bullshit with Favre. What kind of scumbag uses his sports celebrity to funnel millions of dollars of COVID relief funds away from the neediest people in America to build a vanity project volleyball gym for his daughter's school? Serious, fuck that guy 1,000 times with a tablet displaying one of his unsolicited dick pics.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:26 PM on October 05, 2022

Jimmy Kimmel Was Once Banned from Monday Night Football

Sure was. I was also relieved that me from 15 years ago didn't completely embarrass 2022 me.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:43 PM on September 30, 2022

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I definitely like the new "white bengal" look. As far as not being a Prime member, beaver, you spared yourself repeated viewing of one of the scariest injuries I've seen. Tua had no business playing in that game, and the hit he took may very well have ended a very bright young career just as it was getting started. My random thoughts:

I feel really bad for Josh Tupuo, the Bengals' nose tackle who made the play that injured Tua. It was his first career sack, and a clean hit, so he was rightfully celebrating with his teammates when the realization hit that Tua was in bad shape.

I'm incredibly glad that the University of Cincinnati has a world-class trauma hospital less than 5 miles from the stadium, and Tua got there almost immediately.

I'm super proud of my hometown fans for 65,000 of them chanting "Tua, Tua" as he was wheeled off of the playing field. Showed a lot of respect for an opponent.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:33 PM on September 30, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 4: Fly Eagles Fly Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 3
Vikings by 6
Browns by 13 (lock)
Cowboys by 4
Lions by 7
Titans by 3
Giants by 4
Eagles by 6
Steelers by 4
Bills by 7
Chargers by 4
Cardinals by 6
Packers by 10 (lock)
Raiders by 7
Chiefs by 7
Rams by 12 (lock)

posted by tahoemoj at 02:27 PM on September 28, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 3: Jaguar Juggernaut Edition

Maybe the random Twitter folks intended to say that Herbert would play, but completely trip over his dick? Do you think that's what they meant to say?

posted by tahoemoj at 03:49 PM on September 26, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 3: Jaguar Juggernaut Edition

My picks:

Browns by 10
Texans by 4
Raiders by 6
Chiefs by 13
Bills by 3
Vikings by 6
Ravens by 14 (lock)
Bengals by 13 (lock)
Eagles by 17 (lock)
Saints by 7
Chargers by 13 (lock)
Cardinals by 6
Seahawks by 8
Packers by 4
49ers by 7
Cowboys by 3

posted by tahoemoj at 12:58 PM on September 22, 2022

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Enjoying the mental picture of Howard and the Beav rocking out at a hip-hop show. In my mind, you fellas look like Don Ameche and Jack Lemmon, but with sagged jeans, oversized Celtics jerseys and Pats snap backs turned sideways.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:54 PM on September 22, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 2: Are You Ready for Jeff Bezos Edition

My picks:

Chargers by 3
Browns by 7
Lions by 3
Saints by 6
Panthers by 4
Patriots by 3
Colts by 7
Ravens by 6
Rams by 7
Seahawks by 6
Bengals by 17 (lock)
Broncos by 8
Raiders by 7
Packers by 10
Bills by 14 (lock)
Vikings by 12 (lock)

posted by tahoemoj at 04:28 PM on September 15, 2022

The SportsFilter NFL Pickem is Back

Revised picks:

Vikings by 6

...as the result of jags observation.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:49 PM on September 08, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

On this day in 1979, ESPN started airing

Aussie rules football...

Darts...

college soccer...

Wow, have they come a long way!

posted by tahoemoj at 12:42 PM on September 07, 2022

The SportsFilter NFL Pickem is Back

My picks:

Bills by 6
Saints by 13
49ers by 14 (lock)
Bengals by 17 (lock)
Eagles by 4
Dolphins by 10
Ravens by 13 (lock)
Commanders by 3
Panthers by 6
Colts by 14 (lock)
Titans by 7
Packers by 6
Chiefs by 13 (lock)
Chargers by 4
Cowboys by 3
Broncos by 12 (lock)

posted by tahoemoj at 05:35 PM on September 06, 2022

Margaret Court: Serena Never Admired Me

Would she seriously have said "We were taught to honor our opponent. We respected one another" to a white tennis player?

With the understanding that your question was rhetorical, the answer is a loud "hell no."

And it's funny, you normally hear this form of racism directed at black athletes who are particularly flamboyant or have "too much fun" playing a game for a lot of money. I've always considered Serena to be all business and fairly taciturn in her approach. I know her dad alienated some people at the start of the sisters' careers by [correctly] predicting greatness for them both, but he soon let their playing do the talking. I know she had a high-profile meltdown at the French a few years back, but is generally reserved and respectful to the competition and is well-respected by her peers. So her thinly-veiled racist criticism isn't even particularly based in fact.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:32 PM on September 06, 2022

Police open investigations into 2003 and 2018 Canadian world junior teams

This story isn't getting much traction here in the States, but it sure seems to be gaining a head of steam in Canada. As a hockey fan, I always want to believe that hockey players are above the fray compared to other athletes when it comes to bullshit like sexual assault. I have no idea why, when the reality is that elite hockey players are no less entitled than elite athletes in other sports.

Also, as a Devils fan, I'm discouraged that Mikey McLeod (beyond being a huge reach in the draft) has been implicated in the 2018 event and has yet to break his silence on the matter. I would hope that he gets sent packing if these allegations can be substantiated, and it sure sounds like they will be.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:59 PM on July 22, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'd play some fantasy, too.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:06 PM on June 24, 2022

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I have no idea what this means.

It means that PT Barnum was 100% correct.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:13 PM on June 16, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

spurt swapping

Do yourself a favor, and DO NOT google this term.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:38 PM on June 14, 2022

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals Round

My picks:

Avalanche in 6
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: C. Perry
Tiebreaker: 29

Whooo! Look at that Costanza race!! I'm coming for you, rcade.

posted by tahoemoj at 07:14 PM on June 13, 2022

NHL Playoff Pickem: Third Round

On edit: sorry about your picks NoMich.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:39 PM on May 31, 2022

NHL Playoff Pickem: Third Round

My picks:

Avalanche in 6
Lightning in 5
Top goals: MacKinnon
Top goalie (save %): Andrei Vasilevskiy
Team scoring 6 goals: Avalanche
Game 1 winner: Lightning

Gotta make them picks to legitimize the Costanza!

posted by tahoemoj at 02:37 PM on May 31, 2022

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I've played the game since I was 4, and still skate in a couple of beer leagues at 51. I'm old enough to have watched (post-prime) Howe, Gretzky, Lemieux, Ovechkin, etc. I stand thoroughly convinced that McDavid is the greatest ever to lace em up.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:01 PM on May 27, 2022

NHL Playoff Pickem: Second Round

My picks:

Panthers in 6
Avalanche in 5
Hurricanes in 6
Flames in 7
Top goals: Draisaitl
Top goalie (save %): Antti Raanta
Team scoring 6 goals: Oilers
Game 1 winner: Hurricanes

posted by tahoemoj at 10:54 AM on May 17, 2022

Greg Norman: LIV and Let LIV

Phil--damn. Almost $100M in prize money and about $800M in endorsement money and the dude wants to cry poor. I used to really like Phil--remember when he defended playing golf with that goofy-ass smile on his face by saying "I get to golf for a job, and have a beautiful family-you'd be smiling, too"? I miss that Phil, even if it was just a veneer. Gambling is a hell of a drug.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:28 PM on May 13, 2022

Greg Norman: LIV and Let LIV

Well, I think what he meant to say was that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman won't be repeating his past mistakes. Sure, he had a journalist murdered and dismembered for being critical of his oppressive regime but that was almost 4 whole years ago! And the next time he has a critic murdered, he's going to be much more careful to cover his tracks! So c'mon guys! Let's all go play in Saudi Arabia and lend our tacit approval to the actions of a spoiled tyrant (who keeps the diesel flowing to our yachts)!

posted by tahoemoj at 04:43 PM on May 12, 2022

Weirdest Pitching Ejection Ever

I think I made slightly less eye contact with my wife when I asked her to marry me. Or at least I maybe blinked once or twice. Jebus.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:47 PM on May 05, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

My own approach to tattoos is simple: I'll get one after Howard gets one.

I got my first about 10 years back, and now I'm just trying to figure out how to get the rest of 'em. "We've only got so many years on this earth, I'm gonna get real weird with 'em."--Frank Reynolds, Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:25 PM on May 04, 2022

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

That'll never happen.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:31 PM on May 03, 2022

Enter the SportsFilter NHL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Hurricanes in 6
Lightning in 6
Wild in 7
Kings in 5
Rangers in 6
Panthers in 5
Avalanche in 4
Flames in 6
Top goals: Panarin (NYR)
Top goalie (save %): Darcy Kuemper
Team scoring 6 goals: Rangers
Game 1 winner: Avalanche

Devils in 6 (likely on a par-3).

posted by tahoemoj at 01:50 PM on May 02, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

shouldn't we get a "Marauding Bears On The Loose" update from tahoemoj?

Funny, I was sitting on my parents' deck in Incline Village (North Lake) on Easter Sunday with my 6- and 5- year olds, and a mama bear and her cub came strolling through the yard not more than 30' away from us. My kids got excited, the bears heard them, and mama looked over her shoulder at us as they crossed the street.

I love the Tahoe bears. I used to live in Kings Beach (also North Lake) at about 7,000'. We had a family of bears who came around every garbage day looking for unlatched bear boxes or stray scraps from cans. One day the little girl across the street, maybe 6 years old, told me "the bear kissed me!" Her mom said that, indeed, a bear cub had walked onto their deck while the little girl played and had licked her face in greeting. Pretty cute until you remember that mama is never too far away.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:30 PM on April 27, 2022

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

One of the greatest ever to lace them up, and an amazing human being off the ice according to anyone I've heard asked. Cancer sucks. RIP Blonde Demon.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:52 PM on April 22, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That's my fault. I was waiting for a pizza yesterday and walked over the the German bar next door for a litre of kolsch. BenjaminLeo must have seen me.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:45 PM on April 20, 2022

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm not sure why Brady would willingly enter the stacked AFC. Seems like the clearest path back to the Super Bowl wouldn't involve going through Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow, Russell Wiilson, Lamar Jackson, et al. Maybe he's just that cocky that he thought he could do it.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:00 PM on April 14, 2022

The untold story of the most dangerous player in college football history

This is a hell of a story. I have a thousand things to say about it, but no idea where to start. Just have to express a ton of admiration for those women and the strength they showed. Damn.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:07 PM on April 13, 2022

Steelers Quarterback Dwayne Haskins Fatally Struck by Car

Damn, that's sad. RIP, young man.

And ditto on Brandt.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:37 PM on April 09, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Everything about that meal sounds incredible. I gotta get back to working on my swing; I want summa that.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:37 AM on April 07, 2022

First known transgender athlete to win Division I national championship

I appreciate that there are reservations regarding transgender athletes, particularly those born in male bodies. I do. It's a complicated subject and not something that is intuitive to the cisgendered. That said, it's OK to ask questions. It's OK to want reassurance that allowing transgender women to compete won't alter the playing field. Really, I don't think it's disrespectful to be curious or even cautious.

That said, if you claim to care or claim to be curious, how about looking at the actual science rather than just defaulting to your own fears and bigotry? Instead of saying "she was born a boy, so she's bigger and stronger!", how about doing a little research into what changes a transgender woman's body goes through when she reassigns? Understand the facts regarding the trauma a body goes through to transition; understand testosterone levels; understand that the advantages you thought would arise don't.

But also, what Ms. Vaughn said. If you've never cared about women's sports before, why do you care now? If you're being honest, it probably because you're scared of the "others" who are being empowered by modern society to live their true lives.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:38 PM on March 24, 2022

Cleveland Browns Sell Their Soul for DeShawn Watson

The running gag among Bengals fans is that the Browns just sold their collective soul and mortgaged their future to keep having the 3rd best QB in the AFC North.

posted by tahoemoj at 10:10 PM on March 19, 2022

Stanley Cup Playoffs Get New Branding

I like the change. Of course, if I hadn't been told, I wouldn't even have noticed that the logo changed. But since it was helpfully pointed out to me, I vote yes.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:07 PM on March 08, 2022

MLB Will Ban the Defensive Shift

All of the above. Perhaps I risk being considered a free market capitalist (when it comes to baseball), but the solution to rid baseball of an unpopular strategy should be to make that strategy ineffective, not ban it.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:05 PM on March 08, 2022

Deal Reached to Trade Russell Wilson to Broncos

It might very well end up win-win, so long as (i) Wilson continues to play at a very high level for the next half dozen years and the Broncos draft extremely well on day 2 and 3; and (ii) Seattle can turn the picks it received into gold while Lock (or Geno?) holds down the fort. If I recall, Fant and Harris are starter quality, but not game changers in their own right.

But holy cow, Denver is definitely betting the farm that Wilson is the missing piece, and Seattle is betting the farm that it has the pieces and draft capital to avoid a complete teardown.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:02 PM on March 08, 2022

How Sports Are Dealing with Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

I have a Ukrainian on my beer league hockey team; I'm eager to hear his take on the current situation. We used to have a Russian, but (praise Jebus) I clipped him after last season because he was dead weight.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:50 PM on February 24, 2022

SportsFilter Playoff Pickem Champion: Ic23b

Cincy victory, and I'm rockin a new fleece. Rams victory, and it's congratulations' to ic23b. Cheers.

posted by tahoemoj at 09:50 PM on February 18, 2022

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Totally Vegas. All the way down to the $20 beers.

posted by tahoemoj at 07:55 PM on February 18, 2022

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Howdy, spofites! Just a note to say that I finally had a chance to go to a Vegas Golden Knights game on Wednesday (against the Avalanche). Holy shit have they created an electric atmosphere in Vegas. Bunch of food trucks in the Toshiba Plaza pre-game, the Knights Dancers and pep band come marching through and put on a pep rally on a stage outside the arena while you eat and drink. One you're inside, its as festive an atmosphere as you'll ever see, with the skating knights fighting pre-game, Vegas showgirls dancing behind the visiting team's goalie during warmups, local celebrities sounding the pre-period horn. I can see why Nevada is hockey crazy these days. Well done!

posted by tahoemoj at 02:38 PM on February 18, 2022

Rams Win Super Bowl 0x38

Little late to this party--I left for Vegas for a 4-day hearing on Monday morning and have not had time to chime in. This Bengals fan is extremely proud of the way the team played, and feel like our chances to make it back are pretty good.

Of course, the defensive holding penalty that kept that drive alive was extremely weak,

It was extremely weak, and it looked like Logan Wilson barely moved Kupp before batting the ball away. That said, by the strictest definition of defensive holding, it was technically the correct call. More concerning on that play was the fact that both Rams' tackles jumped the snap, but no false start was called.

Also, I would like to see more in-depth analysis on why Donald wasn't called for lining up in the neutral zone on the final 4th down play where he got to Burrow. His entire head was in the zone; it wasn't a particularly close call. It should have been flagged and the Bengals given a new set of downs. And if he hadn't lined up offside, there is a non-zero chance that Burrow has the extra .5 seconds he needed to see Chase streaking down the right side with Jalen Ramsey on the turf--Chase had beaten him cleanly and would have had a clear path to the end zone had he gotten the ball.

All of that said, the Bengals had their chances and didn't capitalize on enough of them to win. Whitworth is awesome and I'm happy to see him get his ring.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:31 PM on February 18, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x38 Edition

Worth the trip?

You know, I love me some Skyline cheese coneys and 4-ways (onion), but I don't feel compelled to recommend you travel with it as your destination. Maybe just make it a point to hit one up next time you're in the neighborhood.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:13 PM on February 11, 2022