Recent Comments by rcade

CFL Pickem Week 6: Salute to Percy

My picks:

Alouettes by 9 (lock)
Blue Bombers by 6 (lock)
Lions by 10 (lock)
Elks by 6 (lock)

Molson Golden was my beer in college. Now I drink IPAs and the occasional kettle sour. Lock 'em all!

posted by rcade at 11:33 AM on July 11, 2024

CFL Pickem Week 6: Salute to Percy

Current Standings

posted by rcade at 11:13 AM on July 11, 2024

Cyclist Fined for Kissing Wife During Tour de France Time Trial

Video of the kiss and another where cyclist Magnus Cort turns himself in for the same offense.

posted by rcade at 10:08 AM on July 06, 2024

Kyle Filipowski Drafted By Utah Jazz After His Brother Says He Was Groomed By Mormon Culture

I am not finding the idea of a 20-year-old dating a 27-year-old weird or suspicious. They began dating when he was 18.

Same for him cutting off his family. If my brother and mom kept calling my girlfriend a "groomer" I'd be pissed at them too.

posted by rcade at 11:12 AM on July 04, 2024

CFL Pickem Week 5: Streveler Time

My picks:

Argonauts by 3
Blue Bombers by 3
Alouettes by 14 (lock)
Lions by 17 (lock)

The Blue Bombers are killing my score. I've only picked them to lose once so far.

posted by rcade at 11:00 AM on July 04, 2024

CFL Pickem Week 5: Streveler Time

Current Standings

Since today is a holiday and some people might miss this post, if any player doesn't pick tonight's game it won't count in the pickem.

posted by rcade at 10:58 AM on July 04, 2024

CFL Pickem Week 4: Montreal is Rolling

My picks:

Lions by 10 (lock)
Argonauts by 3
Blue Bombers by 3
Redblacks by 7

Kristina Costabile is the only expert on CFL.ca picking the Argonauts to beat the Alouettes. Make that two experts: I'm going with the big offense over the big defense and some revenge for Toronto. I also like Winnipeg to finally get a W and Zach Collaros to get his first touchdown pass of 2024.

posted by rcade at 10:19 AM on June 27, 2024

CFL Pickem Week 4: Montreal is Rolling

Current Standings

posted by rcade at 10:05 AM on June 27, 2024

CFL Pickem Week 3: No Wins in Winnipeg

My picks:

Alouettes by 10 (lock)
Lions by 3
Argonauts by 14 (lock)
Roughriders by 3

The greatest quarterback in New Orleans Breakers history comes back up north to play against the team he led to a 2022 Grey Cup victory. McLeod Bethel-Thompson will return home with the warm regards of the Toronto fans and the cold taste of defeat. Hamilton and Saskatchewan get an immediate rematch and the same outcome.

posted by rcade at 10:06 PM on June 19, 2024

CFL Pickem Week 3: No Wins in Winnipeg

Current Standings

posted by rcade at 09:55 PM on June 19, 2024

Giants Legend Willie Mays Dies at 93

Does anyone have memories of seeing Mays as a player at his games? My baseball memories begin in 1974 when the Texas Rangers had an infield of Mike Hargrove-Dave Nelson-Toby Harrah-Lenny Randle and Jeff Burroughs became the MVP. So I knew Mays as one of the greats of the game but never got to see him except in past highlights.

posted by rcade at 10:58 AM on June 19, 2024

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

He's worth it because that's the going rate for your forever quarterback and will look like a discount soon enough.

Lawrence isn't a generational quarterback like Peyton Manning, but he's a really good one. I think he could have a career like Philip Rivers, though I hope he doesn't have the same lack of Super Bowls to show for it.

posted by rcade at 12:15 PM on June 14, 2024

Lots of Grousing About Refs as Celtics Take 3-0 Finals Lead

The swim move Jaylen Brown put on Luka Doncic in the first half of game 1 should be hung in the Louvre.

I'm pretty sure Al Horford was playing when I was a Celtics fan in the 1970s because Dallas had no team. John Havlicek used to kick it out to him in the corner for those pointlessly long twos.

posted by rcade at 09:00 PM on June 13, 2024

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I drove to Fort Lauderdale and back yesterday. I knew there was rain in the forecast, but wasn't expecting 14 inches of rain to fall and I-95 southbound to close because of water on the highway. That closure was one exit south of where I was going!

posted by rcade at 12:28 PM on June 13, 2024

Lots of Grousing About Refs as Celtics Take 3-0 Finals Lead

This is two games in a row where the Mavericks are on the cusp of completing a comeback and a ref's decision puts an end to it. In game 2, a Jaylen Brown push of P.J. Washington directed his momentum under the rim and spoiled a dunk that would've tied the game, but doesn't get called. Now the Doncic call gets deemed a foul on him instead of a charge.

I feel like Boston defenders are being allowed a lot more physical contact in this series than Dallas. It might still be 3-0 anyway, but it's making the end of games a drag. I'd rather the Mavs get beat when both teams are playing well and the refs aren't in the forefront.

Some of the contact might admittedly be because players like Brown are really really good defending in crunch time. But I keep finding myself complaining about non-calls as much as Luka, and that doesn't make for fun viewing.

posted by rcade at 12:01 PM on June 13, 2024

CFL Pickem Week 2: Welcome Back Otter

My picks:

Blue Bombers by 10 (lock)
Alouettes by 9 (lock)
Lions by 13 (lock)
Tiger-Cats by 3

I hope the Dru Brown era in Ottawa is better than the Dominique Davis, Caleb Evans and Nick Arbuckle eras. The sportsbooks like Hamilton this week a lot better than the fans on CFL.ca. I do too, but not enough to lock them.

posted by rcade at 09:20 AM on June 13, 2024

CFL Pickem Week 2: Welcome Back Otter

Current Standings

posted by rcade at 08:33 AM on June 13, 2024

RIP The Logo, Mr Clutch

I heard yesterday that when West finally won an NBA title as a player after all those bitter losses to the Celtics, his reaction was "is that all there is?"

posted by rcade at 07:42 AM on June 13, 2024

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The local sports radio station 1010XL in Jacksonville gives its weekends over to one of the syndicated sports betting networks. Because of this I was very excited about Bad Larry to win number 9 at Saratoga. He would have been a scratch if the race was on turf but something changed and it wasn't going to be.

Fortunately my excitement did not extend to making a bet. He finished in third.

posted by rcade at 04:46 PM on June 11, 2024

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I don't like any of those names. Bees would have been a decent choice for the Beehive State.

posted by rcade at 10:37 AM on June 07, 2024

Enter the CFL Pickem

No prize this time around. I need to grow the contests to bring them back, so in the meantime lording your success over your inferiors is the reward.

posted by rcade at 08:58 AM on June 06, 2024

NBA Playoff Pickem: NBA Finals

My picks:

Mavericks in 7
Top point scorer: Luka Doncic
Top rebounder: Luka Doncic
Game 1 winner: Mavericks
Team scoring most points in game: Celtics
Series MVP: Luka Doncic
Top fouler: Derrick Jones Jr.
Top three-point shooter: Luka Doncic
Winning team points last game: 111

You might detect a bit of homerism in my picks. The Mavs beat three of the top four seeds in the West to get here so they know how to topple giants. They have a better chance to win this thing than convention wisdom would suggest. I grew up watching Mark Aguirre use his caboose to knock back defenders in the low post to make room for his shot. Luka Doncic is the same weight and an inch taller but he's got the speed and skills to create anywhere!

posted by rcade at 10:34 AM on June 05, 2024

NBA Playoff Pickem: NBA Finals

Current Standings

If you pick later than the form will allow, post your selections as a comment and throw yourself on the mercy of the (basketball) court.

posted by rcade at 10:24 AM on June 05, 2024

Bill Walton dead at 71

Great memories, BB.

There's a promo by Bill Walton that airs regularly on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports in which he quips that fantasy sports "sounds like my life." Every time I heard it I was reminded what a welcome presence he was in the world of basketball whenever he popped up somewhere.

posted by rcade at 08:01 AM on June 05, 2024

Enter the CFL Pickem

My picks:

Blue Bombers by 10
Tiger-Cats by 3
Roughriders by 6
Lions by 9

Going with Winnipeg in the Grey Cup rematch because they're at home and salty about the championship loss. Ka'Deem Carey will look good in double blue but I'm picking B.C. to take one on the road. The other games are coin flips. My dream of Mean Green great Mason Fine tearing up the CFL suffered a bit of a setback when he was cut this week by Saskatchewan.

posted by rcade at 07:51 AM on June 05, 2024

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

Now you sound like Mrs Moj

Ha!

posted by rcade at 08:09 AM on June 04, 2024

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

My picks:

Oilers in 7
Top goals: Zach Hyman
Top goalie (save %): Sergei Bobrovsky
Team scoring 6 goals: Oilers
Game 1 winner: Oilers
Top assists: Connor McDavid
Conn Smythe: Connor McDavid
Top penalty minutes: Darnell Nurse
Tiebreaker: 35

Canada is going to win this thing. Edmonton's penalty kill was smothering against Dallas and they have so many talented scorers. Conor McDavid's goal yesterday was so good my Stars fan group text couldn't even get mad about it.

posted by rcade at 05:34 PM on June 03, 2024

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

Current Standings

For previous rounds, I added in picks for players who missed the deadline but picked while the series openers were still 0-0. If this is a bad idea blame Tahoemoj.

posted by rcade at 05:26 PM on June 03, 2024

NHL Playoff Pickem: Conference Finals

My picks:

Panthers in 6
Stars in 6
Top goals: Carter Verhaeghe
Top goalie (save %): Jake Oettinger
Team scoring 6 goals: Oilers
Team shutout: Rangers

Nothing better than your team starting a series this big on their own ice. Go Stars!

posted by rcade at 01:51 PM on May 22, 2024

NBA Playoff Pickem Round 3: Conference Finals

Revised picks:

Top rebounder: Rudy Gobert

Was really feeling good about that Portis pick until I learned he's golfing.

posted by rcade at 04:28 PM on May 21, 2024

NBA Playoff Pickem Round 3: Conference Finals

I would like to slam dunk my picks, please.

I don't think we've ever had slam dunks in series pickems. Am I misremembering?

posted by rcade at 04:27 PM on May 21, 2024

NBA Playoff Pickem Round 3: Conference Finals

I retired the "team scoring 130" prop. It is now the team that has the best defensive clampdown in a single game.

posted by rcade at 10:23 AM on May 21, 2024

NBA Playoff Pickem Round 3: Conference Finals

My picks:

Celtics in 7
Mavericks in 7
Top point scorer: Luka Doncic
Top rebounder: Bobby Portis
Most points per game: Pacers
Team giving up fewest points: Timberwolves

This has been a good year to be a Dallas homer.

posted by rcade at 10:20 AM on May 21, 2024

NBA Playoff Pickem Round 3: Conference Finals

The Current Standings are still being compiled this morning.

posted by rcade at 10:17 AM on May 21, 2024

Social Dist...err...Scottie Scheffler - Prison Bound

I was surprised he did not withdraw from the tournament. Dragging a cop to the ground with your reckless driving is a serious allegation.

posted by rcade at 09:21 PM on May 20, 2024

NHL Playoff Pickem: Second Round

If anyone has problems saving their team picks to the form post them here and let me know.

posted by rcade at 04:21 PM on May 06, 2024

NHL Playoff Pickem: Second Round

Revised picks:

Stars in 6
Oilers in 5
Top goalie (save %): Jake Oettinger

posted by rcade at 04:20 PM on May 06, 2024

NHL Playoff Pickem: Second Round

Revised picks:

Stars in 6
Oilers in 5
Top goalie (save %): Jake Oettinger

Going all the way back to Eddie Belfour, I head into every Dallas Stars playoff series believing the goalie is world class and will steal at least one game.

posted by rcade at 04:19 PM on May 06, 2024

NHL Playoff Pickem: Second Round

Revised picks:

Panthers in 6
Team shutout: Bruins

posted by rcade at 04:09 PM on May 05, 2024

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Has anyone else gone so deep into the jungle of fantasy football that they draft best ball teams? The Football Diehards hosts on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports got me into them. I'm on draft number six.

posted by rcade at 03:54 PM on May 05, 2024

NHL Playoff Pickem: Second Round

Try it now. I had the wrong day of month but now series one is open through the game start at 2024-05-04 16:00:01 EDT.

posted by rcade at 04:23 PM on May 04, 2024

NHL Playoff Pickem: Second Round

Revised picks:

Top goals: Valeri Nichushkin
Team scoring 6 goals: Oilers

posted by rcade at 03:56 PM on May 04, 2024

NHL Playoff Pickem: Second Round

My picks:

Rangers in 7

posted by rcade at 03:51 PM on May 04, 2024

NHL Playoff Pickem: Second Round

Current Standings

posted by rcade at 03:46 PM on May 04, 2024

NBA Playoff Pickem: Second Round

Revised picks:

Mavericks in 7
Celtics in 5
Top point scorer: Luka Doncic
Most points per game: Timberwolves
Team scoring 130: Timberwolves

That 130-point prop is going to be retired after these playoffs. No teams are hitting it.

posted by rcade at 03:23 PM on May 04, 2024

Lakes Fire Coach Darvin Ham After 2 Seasons

LeBron turns 40 next season and there's still talk about where he'll go to lead a team to a title. By that age Michael Jordan was going through the motions playing on a bad Washington Wizards team and taking on a sixth man role because his body couldn't handle a full regular season.

posted by rcade at 11:12 AM on May 04, 2024

NBA Playoff Pickem: Second Round

The Knicks-Pacers series can now be picked on the form.

posted by rcade at 11:23 AM on May 03, 2024

NBA Playoff Pickem: Second Round

Revised picks:

Knicks in 6

posted by rcade at 11:23 AM on May 03, 2024

NBA Playoff Pickem: Second Round

Revised picks:

Top rebounder: Nikola Jokic

posted by rcade at 11:22 AM on May 03, 2024

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

There was a split in the NBA Playoff Pickem between the Pacers and Bucks, with three players choosing Milwaukee to advance. This is the second first-round exit in a row for Milwaukee, which is Algonquin for "the good land."

posted by rcade at 11:12 AM on May 03, 2024

NBA Playoff Pickem: Second Round

My picks:

Nuggets in 7

posted by rcade at 10:07 PM on May 02, 2024

NBA Playoff Pickem: Second Round

Current Standings

posted by rcade at 10:06 PM on May 02, 2024

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Oilers beating the Kings was good news in the NHL Playoff Pickem to everybody but Geneparmesan.

posted by rcade at 11:20 AM on May 02, 2024

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Everybody in the NBA Playoff Pickem had the Celtics winning over the Heat and three of us said it would take 5 games.

posted by rcade at 11:17 AM on May 02, 2024

What Happened to Deion's Colorado Castoffs?

Deion is spending his offseason needling former players on social media.

The funniest thing about driving off so many players last year is that Deion brought his star quarterback son with him and then caused the entire offensive line to transfer out. Not funny to his son I'd imagine.

posted by rcade at 09:07 AM on May 02, 2024

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The NHL Playoff Pickem standings now include the Hurricanes and Avalanche both advancing in 5 games.

posted by rcade at 11:05 AM on May 01, 2024

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The NHL Playoff Pickem standings are also updated with the Rangers sweep and Panthers 4-1 victory in the battle of Florida. We finally had a shutout with the Oilers blanking the Kings Sunday night.

posted by rcade at 10:48 AM on April 30, 2024

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The NBA Playoff Pickem standings are updated with the Timberwolves, Nuggets and Thunder advancing. Nobody expected Oklahoma and Minnesota to sweep.

posted by rcade at 10:35 AM on April 30, 2024

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Absolute insanity. But I guess if Penix continues to be injury prone they'll be have another quarterback who's already earning starter's money so they won't have to renegotiate with him?

posted by rcade at 12:22 AM on April 27, 2024

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Winnipeg and Colorado both hit the six goal prop in game 1's 7-6 Jets victory. This outcome helped no one in the pickem.

posted by rcade at 01:46 PM on April 22, 2024