Recent Comments by The_Black_Hand

NFL Pickem Week 13: Jacksonville vs. Jalen Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 18 (lock)
Cardinals by 17 (lock)
Bengals by 10
Vikings by 3 (lock)
Dolphins by 15 (lock)
Eagles by 9 (lock)
Colts by 13 (lock)
Washington by 8
Rams by 14 (lock)
Ravens by 10
Seahawks by 5
Chiefs by 8
Bills by 9

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:17 AM on December 05, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 7: Blazing Suns Edition

My picks:

Celtics by 10
Clippers by 15 (slam dunk)
Knicks by 9
Trail Blazers by 8
Hawks by 14
Clippers by 8

posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:44 AM on December 01, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 12: Turkey Bowl Edition

My picks:

Bears by 4
Cowboys by 15 (lock)
Bills by 7 (lock)
Bengals by 10 (lock)
Colts by 3
Dolphins by 5
Patriots by 9
Eagles by 5
Jaguars by 3
Texans by 4
Chargers by 6 (lock)
Rams by 7
49ers by 6
Ravens by 8
Washington by 7

This is going to be one ugly week of football.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:07 AM on November 25, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 11: Cam Newton is Back Edition

My picks:

Patriots by 20 (lock)
Bills by 6 (lock)
Ravens by 3 (lock)
Lions by 3
Titans by 16 (lock)
Vikings by 6
Dolphins by 9
Eagles by 7
Panthers by 12
49ers by 10 (lock)
Bengals by 20 (lock)
Cowboys by 6
Steelers by 3
Buccaneers by 18 (lock)

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:03 PM on November 18, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Hey, can we still submit columns?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:29 PM on November 17, 2021

Adam Schefter: Journalist?

Oh, ESPN most certainly will not fire him, because he's a microcosm of the network itself. Just an echo chamber run by the leagues and the agents. They'll still do the occasional serious, thought-provoking piece to give a nod to actual journalism, but that's just to preserve appearances and fill up the trophy case with awards not named after themselves.

They're just another Disney money machine.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:14 PM on November 17, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Monty by 15

Eddie by 9

Hammy by 5

Winny by 2

Hiya Doc!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:09 PM on November 17, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 5: Happy Birthday Bol Bol Edition

My picks:

Bucks by 15 (slam dunk)
Mavericks by 8
Celtics by 12 (slam dunk)
Suns by 4

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:04 PM on November 17, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Hammy by 5 BC by 2 Winny by 3 Sassy by 10

posted by The_Black_Hand at 12:14 AM on November 12, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 10: That Wasn't Taunting Edition

I don't think I've ever been so happy after getting a pick wrong. #FinsUp

posted by The_Black_Hand at 12:08 AM on November 12, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 10: That Wasn't Taunting Edition

My picks:

Ravens by 15 (lock)
Cowboys by 8 (lock)
Titans by 4
Colts by 8 (lock)
Patriots by 2
Bills by 10 (lock)
Lions by 4
Buccaneers by 9 (lock)
Panthers by 3
Vikings by 10
Eagles by 6
Packers by 8
Raiders by 3
Rams by 15 (lock)

posted by The_Black_Hand at 02:02 AM on November 11, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 4: Big Honey Drops the Boom Edition

My picks:

Bucks by 6
Trail Blazers by 8
Pistons by 4
Heat by 10 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 6
Warriors by 18 (slam dunk)

I am oddly tempted to dunk that ugly-ass Pistons/Rockets game.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:29 AM on November 09, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 9: Mike White Edition

My picks:

Colts by 9
Bengals by 12
Cowboys by 10 (lock)
Dolphins by 3
Saints by 6
Giants by 3
Panthers by 5
Bills by 18 (lock)
Ravens by 5
Eagles by 2
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
49ers by 4
Rams by 10 (lock)
Steelers by 3

It pains me as a Dolphins fan that it took me as long as it did to make that pick.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 12:58 PM on November 04, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Sorry, I totally forgot how to do this.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:15 PM on November 03, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Ernie Johnson's adopted son, Michael, passes at 33 years old, and the NBA on TNT crew pays tribute.
https://sports.yahoo.com/shaquille-o-neal-kenny-smith-charles-barkley-pay-tribute-after-death-of-ernie-johnsons-son-014700560.html

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:14 PM on November 03, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 3: Non-Basketball Move Edition

rcade is just footloose and fancy-free with the dunks.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:10 PM on November 03, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 3: Non-Basketball Move Edition

My picks:

Heat by 12 (slam dunk)
Suns by 20 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 6
Warriors by 20 (slam dunk)
Heat by 4
Trail Blazers by 6

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:08 PM on November 03, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 8: Bungles No More Edition

My picks:

Cowboys by 3
Chiefs by 15

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:57 PM on October 31, 2021

Play the SportsFilter NBA Pickem

My picks:

Bucks by 12
Lakers by 8
Celtics by 10
Nuggets by 7
Hawks by 6
Clippers by 4
Nets by 16 (slam dunk)
Suns by 6

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:11 PM on October 18, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Bills by 16 (lock)

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:09 PM on October 18, 2021

Chiefs Reach Super Bowl 0x37 for Chance to Repeat

Prepare for two weeks of beating the "young guy vs. old guy" narrative to death.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:35 PM on January 24, 2021

2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics to be cancelled.

And then there's the sex...

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:22 PM on January 23, 2021

Philip Rivers Retires After 17 Seasons

If "Number of Offspring" was a HOF category, he'd be a lock.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:00 PM on January 23, 2021

Is This the End of the New England Patriots Dynasty?

As a lifelong (and long-suffering) Dolphins fan, it brought me great pleasure to see Miami stick the final knife in the King.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:04 PM on December 22, 2020

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pickem

Nets by 12

Clippers by 8

Celtics by 8

Mavericks by 15 (slam dunk)


Christmas Day
Heat by 18 (slam dunk)

Bucks by 10

Celtics by 5

Lakers by 8

Nuggets by 3

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:43 PM on December 22, 2020

Matt Patricia is gone, and so is the GM who ran Jim Caldwell out of town to give Patricia the job.

Flores bringing Caldwell on staff in Miami was a great decision.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:05 PM on November 28, 2020

Sarah Fuller Suits Up for Vanderbilt Against Missouri

I wondered if they did that on purpose, just to keep her out of a possible contact situation in the case of a return.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:34 PM on November 28, 2020

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

So, I missed the setup, but I'm here for the punchline, if that's allowed.

Celtics in 5.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:31 PM on September 14, 2020

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

Hate the bubble, not the Association.

That was a sad paraphrase, and I'm worse for executing it.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:59 PM on September 14, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

His performance last year epitomized the "hanging on too long" trope for me. I watched that 4-int game against the Chiefs and just felt bad for everybody involved. I was somewhat surprised to see Reich so enthusiastic about bringing Rivers to the Colts; I know they have history, but I thought Reich would be more critical in his evaluation.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:37 PM on September 14, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If Bortles could have grown a decent mustache, he might still be in the league.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:35 PM on September 14, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I almost posted that one, but really didn't want it to be my "return to Sportsfilter" post.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:42 PM on February 16, 2017

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Greg Maddux steps away from serial murder to prank Kris Bryant

I hope I'm doing this right. It's been a long time.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:40 PM on February 16, 2017

Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Dies in Boating Accident

2016 has been a banner year for losing very entertaining and gifted performers in all areas. It can stop now.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:27 PM on September 26, 2016

Urban Meyer's Florida Gators Arrested Often

How else were we supposed to balance the piety of The Tebow?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 01:19 PM on July 12, 2013

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 3

I arrive fashionably late, as always...I figured I'd spot you guys a head start, just to make it fair.

Montreal by 9 Hamilton by 5 B.C. by 12

posted by The_Black_Hand at 01:14 PM on July 12, 2013

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

All those guys talking about Randy Johnson being "intimidating?" They obviously don't remember Maddux wearing another guy's face at the 1995 World Series celebration.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:24 AM on July 02, 2013

Patriots Release Aaron Hernandez

Or, make a little scratch off that jersey. After all, nothing increases profitability like a murder or three.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:11 AM on July 02, 2013

Rajon Rondo Tears ACL, Out for Season

So, if the season becomes a wash, do the Celtics blow up the team and ship out Pierce and KG?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:37 AM on January 28, 2013

Accountant Signs With Dolphins

As a Dolphins fan, this actually gives me something to cheer about heading into the season. And, as a Dolphins fan, at this point, I'll take just about any reason to cheer I can get...

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:06 AM on April 26, 2012

Man-Down Chelsea Buries Barcelona

We should open a series of SpoFi theme taverns in various locations

I will happily open the Clam Shot here in South Bend...

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:28 AM on April 26, 2012

Panthers President Too Important for Twitter Critic

I'm upset at the number of people on the internet who haven't apologized to me yet as well, particularly professional sports franchise owners and senior management. These fuckers need to get on the ball, metaphorically speaking.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:26 AM on April 26, 2012

Completely unsurprisingly, Terry Francona does not want to be part of Fenway's 100th Birthday

Do you accept their offer to attend the company barbeque 6 months later to make them look good?

Depends...are they serving Johnsonville brats?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 01:40 AM on April 13, 2012

Arkansas Lays Down Petrino

If Petrino weren't such an absolute douchebag, maybe the penalties wouldn't be so harsh. Unfortunately for him, he doesn't seem to inspire a lot of respect from people lately.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 12:12 AM on April 11, 2012

SpoFi Fantasy Baseball 2012

The Chuck Norrises are gonna straight up murder your asses.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 01:44 AM on March 23, 2012

Tebow Traded to New York Jets

All I know is, my evil plan to get David Garrard to Miami for the highly anticipated quarterback competition with Matt Moore has finally come to fruition. Quake with fear, tiny mortals!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 01:35 AM on March 23, 2012

Prep Soccer Team Punished for Doing the Bernie

They shouldn't be punished for doing the dance as much as they should be punished for actually watching Weekend at Bernie's II. Come to think of it, sitting through that movie was probably punishment enough.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 02:50 PM on November 10, 2011

Plane crash kills ‘majority’ of KHL team Lokomotiv

"Though it occurred thousands of miles away from our home arenas, this tragedy represents a catastrophic loss to the hockey world -- including the NHL family, which lost so many fathers, sons, teammates and friends who at one time excelled in our League," said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. "Our deepest condolences go to the families and loved ones of all who perished."

Jesus...awful, horrible news.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 02:22 PM on September 07, 2011

NHL enforcer Wade Belak found dead

No, Weedy. You liked Wade Belak.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:00 PM on September 02, 2011

61-year-old Vietnam vet makes the cut as a small-college kicker

Yeah, I'm sure he wanted his college education interrupted by the Vietnam War. Didn't everybody? That war was so popular, I can't understand why they had a draft.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:47 PM on September 02, 2011

Get Out There And Hit Somebody!

Not sure how that happened, Fraze...setup was the same as last year, and we didn't have any problems.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:37 PM on September 02, 2011

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Winny by 20

Hammy by 7

Gary by 15

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:36 PM on September 02, 2011

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Tory by 14

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:35 PM on September 02, 2011

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt diagnosed with dementia

As a UF grad, I absolutely hate UT. Hate 'em with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns. That being said, I cannot adequately voice my heartfelt support and immense respect for Pat Summitt. I've always admired her for her professionalism and the success she's achieved, while not really paying much attention to the kind of human being she is. I am more impressed with Coach Summit than ever, and wish her and her family the best as they deal with this heartbreaking situation.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:37 PM on August 25, 2011

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9

Hammy by 17 Monty by 20

posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:09 PM on August 25, 2011

The Worst At-Bat in MLB History?

I would've been tempted to hit him on the fourth pitch, if I were Ceda. Screw it, he's taking his base either way.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:41 PM on August 16, 2011

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Yeah, I wouldn't read too much into it either, especially given that it was a rookie QB's first start.

Especially considering he almost got his head forcibly removed...

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:35 PM on August 13, 2011

Get Out There And Hit Somebody!

Sorry for your loss, Terrapin. Glad to have you! Welcome back, Tahoe! As always, we can work on draft time if it's inconvenient for too many people.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:32 PM on August 13, 2011

Get Out There And Hit Somebody!

Your enthusiasm is infectious!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:40 PM on August 13, 2011

Get Out There And Hit Somebody!

And, if there was any doubt, The Chuck Norrises are in, and we're gonna straight up murder your ass...

posted by The_Black_Hand at 02:30 PM on August 13, 2011