Recent Comments by The_Black_Hand

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Finals Edition

My picks:

Celtics in 7
Warriors in 6
Top point scorer: Luka
Top rebounder: Bam
Top scoring team: Warriors
Team scoring 130: Mavericks

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:10 PM on May 16, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Semifinals Edition

Nevermind, I guess.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 02:37 PM on May 01, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Semifinals Edition

My picks:

Heat in 5
Suns in 5
Celtics in 7
Warriors in 7
Top point scorer: Giannis Ant
Top rebounder: Bam Adebayo
Top scoring team: Suns
Team scoring 130: Heat

posted by The_Black_Hand at 02:37 PM on May 01, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Semifinals Edition

My picks won't post, can I email you screenshots? Also, Celts-Bucks started today.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 02:36 PM on May 01, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I watched the Celtics build a lead, but in the back of my mind, kept hearing the old SportsCenter adage, "It's the NBA, everybody makes a run." I really thought Brooklyn had stolen it until that madcap last 10 seconds.

What a game. This series is going to cause an absurd amount of palpitations.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:15 AM on April 18, 2022

Enter the SportsFilter NBA Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Mavericks in 6
Grizzlies in 5
76ers in 6
Warriors in 6
Heat in 5
Celtics in 7
Bucks in 6
Suns in 4
Top point scorer: Jayson Tatum
Top rebounder: Rudy Gobert
Top scoring team: Celtics
Team scoring 130: Suns

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:51 PM on April 15, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

NoMich, the Basketball Illuminati podcast found that, between the men's and women's tourneys, the #2 seed traveled an average of (going from memory, so don't quote me) 1,000 miles.

Except UConn, which took a leisurely 79-mile day trip.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:12 PM on April 04, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 25: All the Marbles Edition

My picks:

Bucks by 9 (slam dunk)
Nets by 22 (slam dunk)
Suns by 18 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 5 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 20 (slam dunk)
Grizzlies by 17 (slam dunk)

My late season push, alas, has fallen short. Although, there's still time to drive to Ufez' house and cut his internet...

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:04 PM on April 04, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 24: Embiid for MVP Edition

That Lakers - Pelicans matchup is certainly worthy of Dr. Naismith's legacy.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:07 PM on March 30, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 24: Embiid for MVP Edition

My picks:

Celtics by 12 (slam dunk)
Suns by 10 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 17 (slam dunk)
Jazz by 20 (slam dunk)
Grizzlies by 6 (slam dunk)
Lakers by 5 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 14 (slam dunk)
Nuggets by 20 (slam dunk)

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:04 PM on March 30, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

At this rate, Baker's going to lead the league in commercials featuring a backup QB.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:12 PM on March 22, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 23: NBA Inside Stuff Edition

My picks:

Hawks by 9 (slam dunk)
Nuggets by 10 (slam dunk)
Grizzlies by 14 (slam dunk)
76ers by 20 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 22 (slam dunk)
76ers by 16 (slam dunk)

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:55 PM on March 21, 2022

Massage Therapist Describes Session with Deshawn Watson

Well, that was gross.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:50 PM on March 21, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 22: Lime Green Timberwolves Edition

My picks:

Nets by 14 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 6 (slam dunk)

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:02 PM on March 15, 2022

Woman Files Suit Claiming Jerry Jones is Her Father

cixelsyd beat me to it. Damn.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:15 PM on March 10, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 21: Respect Rudy Gobert Edition

My picks:

Grizzlies by 15 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 12 (slam dunk)
Suns by 6 (slam dunk)
Jazz by 6 (slam dunk)
76ers by 4
Warriors by 9 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 10 (slam dunk)
Nets by 22 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 10 (slam dunk)
Suns by 16 (slam dunk)
76ers by 8 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 5 (slam dunk)

posted by The_Black_Hand at 12:16 AM on March 08, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 20: 13 Games in 5 Days Edition

My picks:

Suns by 18 (slam dunk)
Grizzlies by 6 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 8 (slam dunk)
Bulls by 4 (slam dunk)
Suns by 22 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 14 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 5 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 9 (slam dunk)
Cavaliers by 16 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 22 (slam dunk)

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:24 PM on March 02, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 19: Pattern of Behavior Edition

My picks:

Celtics by 6 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 22 (slam dunk)
Heat by 20 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 9 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 12 (slam dunk)
76ers by 16 (slam dunk)
Suns by 9 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 7 (slam dunk)
Lakers by 4 (slam dunk)

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:18 PM on February 23, 2022

SportsFilter Playoff Pickem Champion: Ic23b

Thanks rcade. If only the Bengals could have held on...I'd have finished in fourth place and still not won crap.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:16 PM on February 23, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I pretty reliably seem to be missing the early game on the day of the post. I would respectfully request 24 hours when possible.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:03 PM on February 21, 2022

SportsFilter Playoff Pickem Champion: Ic23b

Hey guy, Von Miller had two sacks.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:56 PM on February 21, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 18: Unofficial Points Edition

My picks:

Suns by 14 (slam dunk)
Nets by 18 (slam dunk)
Jazz by 10 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 5 (slam dunk)

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:43 PM on February 15, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x38 Edition

The main event will be the smoked mullet.

It's been that way since I was a kid growing up in St. Pete. Smoked mullet, and fishing for sheepshead with my grandpa.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 01:45 PM on February 13, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x38 Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 3 (lock)
Passer: Matthew Stafford
Rusher: Joe Mixon
Receiver: Tee Higgins
Player with interception: Logan Wilson
Player with sack: Von Miller
Player with first turnover: Matthew Stafford
Super Bowl MVP: Joe Burrow
Tiebreaker: 33 pts total

posted by The_Black_Hand at 01:40 PM on February 13, 2022

Never Won a Super Bowl Club Meeting

I really thought it was going to be Annie Agar.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 01:34 PM on February 13, 2022

Lakers Fans Beg Russell Westbrook Not to Shoot

Russ has always been an inefficient player, but had the legs to overcome it. Not so much anymore.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:20 PM on February 08, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 17: Crooked Rim Edition

My picks:

Bulls by 12
Warriors by 16
Nets by 20 (slam dunk)
Suns by 3
Warriors by 19 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 14 (slam dunk)

posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:12 PM on February 08, 2022

Ducks Hire Pat Verbeek as General Manager

If you want me to read cricket, just tell me.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:20 AM on February 04, 2022

Hail to the Washington Commanders

Ricardo, Washington FC would have had a nice ring.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:44 PM on February 02, 2022

Accidental Bill Belichick Text Messages At Center Of Brian Flores Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against NFL, Giants

I doubt that the lawsuit has any realistic chance of succeeding, but the discovery phase is going to be the greatest soap opera we've ever seen.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:16 AM on February 02, 2022

Hail to the Washington Commanders

Agreed on the players' numbers on the helmets. Thought that was a nice throwback touch. I'm still amazed that the team agreed to leave the old name behind without any sort of contingency plan except just calling themselves the Football Team. Then again, it's Dan Snyder, so nothing should be surprising.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:13 AM on February 02, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 16: Steph's Gonna Steph Edition

My picks:

Bucks by 16 (slam dunk)
Suns by 12 (slam dunk)
Grizzlies by 12 (slam dunk)
Jazz by 6
Suns by 20 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 4
76ers by 8
Lakers by 6
Mavericks by 10

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:11 PM on February 01, 2022

Accidental Bill Belichick Text Messages At Center Of Brian Flores Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against NFL, Giants

Holy shit, Flores is just gonna try to burn the whole fucking facade down.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:03 PM on February 01, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 3: 13 Seconds Edition

Jimmy G could have at least had the decency to let Aaron Donald get that sack, then throw the winning TD on the next play. Bum.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:55 PM on January 30, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 3: 13 Seconds Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 4 (lock)
49ers by 6 (lock)
Passer: Patrick Mahomes
Rusher: Joe Mixon
Receiver: Cooper Kupp
Player with sack: Aaron Donald

I still can't believe the last three minutes of that Chiefs-Bills game.

I am also extremely happy I never have to see Tom Brady on a football field again.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:25 PM on January 29, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 15: Kobe and Gianna Edition

My picks:

76ers by 10
Warriors by 20 (slam dunk)
Hornets by 5
Bucks by 20 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 14 (slam dunk)

posted by The_Black_Hand at 12:37 PM on January 27, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Sports? Filtered. Popes? Squatted.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:33 AM on January 26, 2022

Sean Payton Quits as Saints Coach

Man, I'd love to see him in Miami. He could pull in a fantastic staff, and he's used to dealing with a smaller guy at QB with less-than-elite arm strength, but good accuracy.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:30 AM on January 26, 2022

David Ortiz First Ballot Hall of Famer

If Bonds and Clemens had gotten shot in the guts, they might have made it.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:26 AM on January 26, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The last three minutes of KC - BUF, just...

*chef's kiss*

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:11 PM on January 24, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 2: Hand the Ref the Ball Edition

And why didn't they squib that last kickoff in regulation?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:14 PM on January 23, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 2: Hand the Ref the Ball Edition

Holy crap, what a game. NFL overtime rules suck so hard.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:59 PM on January 23, 2022

Penny Hardaway's Effing Mad at the Media

No way we could have seen this coming.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:01 PM on January 23, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 2: Hand the Ref the Ball Edition

Three of my dogs have paid off so far. Now I'm sweating the Bills.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:30 PM on January 23, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 2: Hand the Ref the Ball Edition

Change my rusher to Henry, please.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:33 PM on January 22, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 2: Hand the Ref the Ball Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 7 (lock)
49ers by 4 (lock)
Rams by 12 (lock)
Bills by 12 (lock)
Passer: Tom Brady
Rusher: Deebo Samuels
Receiver: Jamarr Chase
Player with interception: Chidobe Awuzie

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:02 AM on January 22, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 14: Mona Mondieu Edition

My picks:

Celtics by 10 (slam dunk)
Nuggets by 6
Mavericks by 9 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 22 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 14 (slam dunk)

Totally forgot my picks last week. Not that I might have done any better than zero points, but still.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 02:42 PM on January 19, 2022

Enter the NFL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Bengals by 14 (lock)
Patriots by 4 (lock)
Buccaneers by 19 (lock)
Cowboys by 22 (lock)
Chiefs by 22 (lock)
Rams by 9 (lock)
Passer: Derek Carr
Rusher: Najee Harris
Receiver: Chase
Player with interception: Diggs

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:45 PM on January 14, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 18: All the Marbles Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 3 (lock)
Lions by 3 (lock)
Vikings by 7 (lock)
Washington by 12 (lock)
Colts by 16 (lock)
Steelers by 4 (lock)
Titans by 22 (lock)
Saints by 17 (lock)
Bills by 21 (lock)
49ers by 6 (lock)
Dolphins by 5 (lock)
Cardinals by 18 (lock)
Buccaneers by 19 (lock)
Raiders by 6 (lock)

posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:06 AM on January 09, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 12: Can Kyrie Play Edition

My picks:

Celtics by 12
Suns by 8
Hawks by 14

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:04 PM on January 05, 2022

I Investigated Bonds and Clemens. Yes, They Belong in Cooperstown

rcade, to me, that's the most confounding part of it. Guy was a legit 5-tool player when he came up, and very likely would be in the HoF today just based on natural talent.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:26 PM on January 04, 2022

I Investigated Bonds and Clemens. Yes, They Belong in Cooperstown

You know, if they hadn't been such massive douchebags personally, they probably would have been voted in already. Like it or not, personality goes a long way, and the baseball writers who vote on the HOF can be a vindictive bunch with long memories.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:04 PM on December 31, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 17: Streaky Dolphins Edition

My picks:

Bills by 14 (lock)
Bears by 3
Bengals by 2
Dolphins by 5
Colts by 10 (lock)
Patriots by 4 (lock)
Buccaneers by 18 (lock)
Eagles by 12 (lock)
Rams by 17 (lock)
Chargers by 7
49ers by 12 (lock)
Cowboys by 14 (lock)
Saints by 3
Lions by 4
Vikings by 8
Browns by 1

Damn Chargers cost me a 100-point week. My homerism for the Phins might bite me, but I'm riding the streak, baby. Happy new year, Spofites!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:57 PM on December 31, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 10: Merry Hoopmas Edition

Rumple with a hyper-aggressive approach to Christmas week. Hope that doesn't end in a stocking full of coal.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:41 PM on December 23, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 10: Merry Hoopmas Edition

Rumple with a hyper-aggressive approach to Christmas week. Hope that doesn't end in a stocking full of coal.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:41 PM on December 23, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Please, beav, no. Living in the Midwest, the Colts are on all the time, and they are as boring as white paint. Not even glossy white paint. Matte.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:38 PM on December 23, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 16: Cincinnati Nightlife Edition

My picks:

49ers by 9
Packers by 18 (lock)
Colts by 4
Lions by 3
Bengals by 5
Rams by 12 (lock)
Bills by 3
Jaguars by 2
Eagles by 9 (lock)
Buccaneers by 19 (lock)
Chargers by 14 (lock)
Bears by 6
Chiefs by 20 (lock)
Raiders by 1
Cowboys by 9 (lock)
Dolphins by 4

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:34 PM on December 23, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I used to really enjoy boxing on TV; that's where I first saw Earnie Shavers, Ali, Larry Holmes, Leon Spinks, Frazier, Foreman, et al. Later, when welterweights became big, I remember Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Livingstone Bramble, Boom Boom Mancini, Hector Camacho, Barry McGuigan, Aaron Pryor, and more. They were compelling characters, electrifying fighters, and they were on network TV. I believe I watched heavyweights on NBC, and the welterweights on CBS.

Pay-per-view is what lost me, particularly during the rise of Tyson, when a main event was over in five rounds or less, and there was no compelling undercard to hold my interest. The latest craze in celebrity combat sports holds absolutely no interest for me, although that likely speaks more to a generational thing than the quality of the combat.

Still, the way that Woodley appeared to blatantly throw that last fight to Paul was shocking, even to somebody who grew up during the bad ol' days of Don King-type corruption and thievery.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:29 PM on December 21, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 10: Merry Hoopmas Edition

My picks:

Heat by 10 (slam dunk)
Suns by 12 (slam dunk)
Hawks by 9
Bucks by 15
Warriors by 6
Nets by 10 (slam dunk)
Jazz by 20 (slam dunk)

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:50 PM on December 21, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 15: Don't Kick Your Kicker Edition

My picks:

Chiefs by 12
Raiders by 4
Colts by 6
Bills by 16 (lock)
Cardinals by 20 (lock)
Dolphins by 8 (lock)
Cowboys by 18 (lock)
Eagles by 10
Steelers by 6
Jaguars by 3
Bengals by 9
49ers by 5
Rams by 12
Packers by 7
Buccaneers by 12 (lock)
Vikings by 4

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:51 AM on December 16, 2021