Recent Comments by rcade

Iroquois Nationals No More

I didn't know Iroquois was derogatory and thought it was a cool sounding word. Haudenosaunee is pretty good on that front too. Glad they're using the name change to educate the public.

posted by rcade at 10:08 AM on June 30, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 4: Canada Day Edition

My picks:

Lions by 10
Tiger-Cats by 28 (lock)
Roughriders by 6
Blue Bombers by 13 (lock)

Toronto's attendance these days is looking dire.

posted by rcade at 09:23 PM on June 29, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 4: Canada Day Edition

Current Standings

Link to make picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/cfl-pickem

posted by rcade at 09:10 PM on June 29, 2022

Basebrawl Includes Actual Punches in Mariners-Angels

Archie Bradley is described as "Heavily bearded Bradley" by an unnamed AP reporter in the linked story. Is this intended to suggest that the beard was so weighty it threw off his balance?

posted by rcade at 08:56 PM on June 29, 2022

Basebrawl Includes Actual Punches in Mariners-Angels

Jomboy delivers.

posted by rcade at 06:31 PM on June 28, 2022

Basebrawl Includes Actual Punches in Mariners-Angels

My favorite part of a basebrawl is when the old veterans pick a dance partner on the other team and hold each other so neither one has to fight.

posted by rcade at 10:13 AM on June 27, 2022

Basebrawl Includes Actual Punches in Mariners-Angels

No kidding. I'd throw a few haymakers myself unless one of you held me back.

posted by rcade at 08:42 AM on June 27, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 3: Dunnigan's Beard Edition

Revised picks:

Blue Bombers by 9 (lock)

Montreal scared me off this upset pick.

posted by rcade at 05:14 PM on June 24, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 3: Dunnigan's Beard Edition

My picks:

Roughriders by 9 (lock)
Tiger-Cats by 3
Stampeders by 13 (lock)
Lions by 4

One of the three 0-2 teams is going to win this week so I'm hoping it is Hamilton.

posted by rcade at 10:14 AM on June 22, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 3: Dunnigan's Beard Edition

Current Standings

Link to make picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/cfl-pickem

posted by rcade at 09:07 AM on June 22, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 2: Nathan Rourke is Rolling Edition

Current Standings

Link to make picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/cfl-pickem

My picks:

Argonauts by 8 (lock)
Redblacks by 3
Stampeders by 14 (lock)
Roughriders by 23 (lock)

This is the year I'm going to see a game won by a rouge on a missed field goal that ends up in the stands.

posted by rcade at 08:54 PM on June 15, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I am losing faith in the Celtics. They should be the better team but somehow the Warriors always have an answer for them. Even Curry missing all his threes wasn't enough last night.

posted by rcade at 08:38 AM on June 14, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Apologies for sending out two broken emails about the final round of the NHL pickem before the correct email. I need to improve that code.

posted by rcade at 08:15 AM on June 14, 2022

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals Round

My picks:

Lightning in 6
Top goals: Ondrej Palat
Top goalie (save %): Andrei Vasilevskiy
Team scoring 6 goals: Avalanche
Game 1 winner: Lightning
Top assists: Victor Hedman
Conn Smythe: Ondrej Palat
Top penalty minutes: Gabriel Landeskog
Tiebreaker: 29

Going whole hog Lightning here but I am ready for Not Tampa Bay to hoist the trophy this year. My picks reek of the desperation of a final round Costanza favorite.

posted by rcade at 06:42 PM on June 13, 2022

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals Round

Current Standings

Link to make picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nhl-playoff-pickem

posted by rcade at 06:40 PM on June 13, 2022

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The video of the end of that fight is disturbing. He becomes so confused he begins throwing punches at the air.

It has been a long time since I enjoyed boxing or any other similar sport. It's a bit hard to believe I ever did, but sportswriters elevated it into something glorious in the 1970s and I bought in.

posted by rcade at 05:59 PM on June 09, 2022

Enter the SportsFilter CFL Pickem

My picks:

Stampeders by 13 (lock)
Blue Bombers by 20 (lock)
Roughriders by 9
Lions by 11 (lock)

I still think it was a missed opportunity not to call them the Elk.

posted by rcade at 07:07 PM on June 08, 2022

Enter the SportsFilter CFL Pickem

Link to make picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/cfl-pickem/2022/1/24801

posted by rcade at 07:06 PM on June 08, 2022

The 17th Annual chicobangs Memorial CFL Pick ‘Em

Thank you for running the contest all these years and winning some converts to three-down football. I look forward to the CFL season each year because I finally started playing the pickem here. It's a great league and one of these days I'm going to travel north to see a game in person.

The NFL season comes so much more quickly when you watch Canadian football.

I hope you don't mind the pickem continuing for at least one season. I had started work on adding CFL support to the software I created for running pickem contests last year and took your news as inspiration to finish it.

posted by rcade at 06:56 PM on June 08, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Finals Round

I gave up on the game after the third quarter! Auugh.

posted by rcade at 09:37 AM on June 03, 2022

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The CFL returns in seven days. SportsFilter's CFL Pick Em turned me into somebody who notices this.

posted by rcade at 10:35 PM on June 02, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Finals Round

We have until tomorrow night, right?

Correct. I mistakenly said game 1 is tonight, but it's tomorrow.

posted by rcade at 10:12 PM on June 01, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Finals Round

I was certain the Mavericks would show these Warriors to be a pale imitation of their previous greatness. Instead the Mavs showed themselves to be less than advertised. They gave up so many easy points in the paint!

Still it was a season for Dallas that makes a future championship a genuine near-future possibility.

posted by rcade at 06:07 PM on June 01, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Finals Round

My picks:

Celtics in 6
Top point scorer: Jayson Tatum
Top rebounder: Al Horford
Top scoring team: Warriors
Team scoring 130: Warriors
Series MVP: Jayson Tatum
Top fouler: Jaylen Brown
Three-point shooter: Steph Curry
Winning team points last game: 111

I like Boston in this one -- and not just because I desperately want it to happen. The Warriors, I contend, are not that good. Change my mind.

posted by rcade at 04:07 PM on June 01, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Finals Round

Current Standings

Link to make picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nba-playoff-pickem

posted by rcade at 04:04 PM on June 01, 2022

NHL Playoff Pickem: Third Round

Revised picks:

Rangers in 7

posted by rcade at 08:23 AM on May 31, 2022

NHL Playoff Pickem: Third Round

My picks:

Avalanche in 7
Lightning in 6
Top goals: Conor McDavid
Top goalie (save %): Darcy Kuemper
Team scoring 6 goals: Avalanche
Team with shutout: Lightning

I can't see Andrei Vasilevskiy putting up another .981 save percentage in this round.

posted by rcade at 06:52 PM on May 30, 2022

NHL Playoff Pickem: Third Round

Current Standings

Link to make picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nhl-playoff-pickem

posted by rcade at 06:41 PM on May 30, 2022

Roger Angell's Life in Pieces

There's a MetaFilter discussion as well.

posted by rcade at 11:07 AM on May 23, 2022

Oh My! Mick Hubert Retires as Voice of the Gators

I've never been a Gators fan but this guy's calls are a UF tradition I'll miss.

Does anyone who follows college sports here still have their favorite school's legendary broadcaster doing games?

George Dunham, briefly my classmate at UNT, became the voice of the school calling football from 1990 to 2014. And we needed a great announcer because a lot of those years were not good ones on the field.

posted by rcade at 04:02 PM on May 22, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Finals Edition

Revised picks:

Top rebounder: Luka Doncic

posted by rcade at 07:13 PM on May 17, 2022

NHL Playoff Pickem: Second Round

Current Standings

Link to make picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nhl-playoff-pickem

My picks:

Panthers in 7
Avalanche in 6
Rangers in 6
Top goals: Johnny Gaudreau
Top goalie (save %): Fredrik Andersen
Team scoring 6 goals: Avalanche
Game 1 winner: Hurricanes

Jake Oettinger's 64 saves against the Flames Sunday night were the second-most in NHL game 7 history. It doesn't seem like 65 would've been asking too much.

posted by rcade at 07:21 PM on May 16, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Finals Edition

Current Standings

Link to make picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nba-playoff-pickem

My picks:

Celtics in 7
Mavericks in 6
Top point scorer: Luka Doncic
Top rebounder: Al Horford
Top scoring team: Mavericks
Team scoring 130: Mavericks

This is as wide open a conference finals round as I can remember. Nobody looks like the safe bet to advance.

posted by rcade at 05:34 PM on May 16, 2022

Greg Norman: LIV and Let LIV

Mickelson and Norman have really done a great job of making their new league the loveable upstart.

It is quite a feat to have their enormous career incomes and still want to sell their principles to the Saudis.

posted by rcade at 05:02 PM on May 12, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Myles Jack wasn't down.

posted by rcade at 06:58 PM on May 11, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

A second team in Dallas? Holy Lamar Hunt, Batman!

posted by rcade at 01:22 PM on May 10, 2022

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

I don't understand why the NHL values a team here so much. Atlanta only got 12 years before losing its team. Arizona has been around for 26 and is still a mess.

posted by rcade at 08:50 AM on May 02, 2022

Enter the SportsFilter NHL Playoff Pickem

I have fixed the Stars/Flames series and player picks.

When you always pick the Stars you don't care who their opponent is.

Go Stars!

posted by rcade at 08:29 AM on May 02, 2022

Enter the SportsFilter NHL Playoff Pickem

Link to make picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nhl-playoff-pickem

My picks:

Hurricanes in 6
Maple Leafs in 7
Wild in 6
Oilers in 5
Rangers in 6
Panthers in 4
Avalanche in 4
Stars in 7
Top goals: Johnny Gaudreau
Top goalie (save %): Fredrik Andersen
Team scoring 6 goals: Panthers
Game 1 winner: Hurricanes

posted by rcade at 08:53 PM on May 01, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Semifinals Edition

Going by the metric, anyone picking any of the top three scorers (Jokic, Butler, or Tatum) or top three rebounders (Valancunias, Giannis, or Jokic/Gobert [tied for third]) should get the five bonus points, no?

Oops. I thought it was top 1. It's now fixed.

posted by rcade at 05:45 PM on May 01, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Semifinals Edition

Ufez: The current standings for me are correct. I only hit on the 130-points prop.

posted by rcade at 03:50 PM on May 01, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Semifinals Edition

Just now saw that Boston vs Milwaukee game had already started. I didn't know that before my pick. Your Call.

The deadline to pick Celtics/Bucks and Warriors/Grizzlies isn't until Tuesday, so it's OK to factor game 1 into your thinking before you pick.

posted by rcade at 03:48 PM on May 01, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Semifinals Edition

My picks won't post, can I email you screenshots?

I had the wrong deadline time on the Submit button. It's fixed now.

On any contest, if someone can't submit picks due to a bug, feel free to email them to me as a screenshot or text.

posted by rcade at 02:51 PM on May 01, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Semifinals Edition

My picks:

Heat in 6
Mavericks in 7
Bucks in 7
Warriors in 6
Top point scorer: Jimmy Butler
Top rebounder: Giannis Antentokuonmpo
Top scoring team: Warriors
Team scoring 130: Grizzlies

Jonas Valanciunas pulling down 14 boards a game wasn't what I expected in round 1. It didn't hurt that the Lithuanian Lightning got 25 in game one against the Suns.

posted by rcade at 02:46 PM on May 01, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Semifinals Edition

Current Standings

Link to make picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nba-playoff-pickem

I was in the car all day Saturday helping my son move out of a dorm, so I couldn't start this round with at least 24 hours' notice.

Bucks/Celtics and Warriors/Grizzlies can be picked until the game twos on Tuesday.

posted by rcade at 02:01 PM on May 01, 2022

Star-Crossed Nets Bounced from Playoffs in Four Games

Here's another post-mortem with lots about Ben Simmons.

posted by rcade at 03:47 PM on April 26, 2022

Star-Crossed Nets Bounced from Playoffs in Four Games

If a star player is throwing their weight around all the time I'd rather have them admit they are co-managing the franchise than to scapegoat the owner and GM when things go badly.

So kudos for that, at least.

I wonder how many stars will decide it's more fun to not manage their franchises.

posted by rcade at 11:24 AM on April 26, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Amazing. So little time for that move.

posted by rcade at 10:36 PM on April 17, 2022

Enter the SportsFilter NBA Playoff Pickem

I've updated the form to remove the play-in losers. Two teams already scored 130 -- the Timberwolves and 76ers -- so that's reflected in the score.

posted by rcade at 11:27 AM on April 17, 2022

Enter the SportsFilter NBA Playoff Pickem

If your pick in the Miami Heat or Phoenix Suns series would change based on who wins tonight's play-in games, post that in a comment and I'll update your entry. (I can't imagine it would, though!)

My picks:

Mavericks in 7
Grizzlies in 6
76ers in 6
Warriors in 6
Heat in 5
Celtics in 7
Bucks in 5
Suns in 4
Top point scorer: Donovan Mitchell
Top rebounder: Giannis Antentokounmpo
Top scoring team: Suns
Team scoring 130: Timberwolves

posted by rcade at 10:23 AM on April 15, 2022

Steelers Quarterback Dwayne Haskins Fatally Struck by Car

Sorry you've lost friends like that. Tragic.

This local news story has a witness who saw Haskins minutes before the accident on that road. It's no less baffling to him why he was there.

posted by rcade at 11:23 AM on April 11, 2022

Steelers Quarterback Dwayne Haskins Fatally Struck by Car

I've been surprised that Gil Brandt was still in sports media at his age (he's now 90). His time as a top Dallas exec was 34 years ago.

But his age shouldn't be an excuse when he's a fixture on SiriusXM and NFL.Com. Sad way to cap off a legendary career in football.

posted by rcade at 08:24 PM on April 09, 2022

Steelers Quarterback Dwayne Haskins Fatally Struck by Car

Former Cowboys exec Gil Brandt made some terrible comments about Haskins on the radio today.

posted by rcade at 01:22 PM on April 09, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 25: All the Marbles Edition

NoMich: If you get all four slam dunks I didn't pick, that's a point gain of 40 to 80.

Add another 10 to 20 on the dunks I did pick.

That's 50 to 100 potential points gained.

But each missed dunk on a game I didn't pick is a point loss of -15 to -25.

And each missed dunk on a game I did pick is a point loss of -10.

posted by rcade at 05:36 PM on April 04, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 25: All the Marbles Edition

My picks:

Bucks by 8
Nets by 9
Clippers by 8
Celtics by 9
Warriors by 13
Pelicans by 9

I was hoping there'd be some tanking to count on this week but the scheduler wasn't having any of it. Even most of the playoff teams have something to play for.

posted by rcade at 03:03 PM on April 04, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 25: All the Marbles Edition

Current Standings

Link to make picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nba-pickem

posted by rcade at 03:02 PM on April 04, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 24: Embiid for MVP Edition

... that 2nd round sweep in 2011 exorcised some serious demons.

Yes it did. I can almost forget Derek Harper not shooting.

posted by rcade at 09:01 AM on April 01, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 24: Embiid for MVP Edition

Revised picks:

Celtics by 13

posted by rcade at 07:05 PM on March 30, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 24: Embiid for MVP Edition

My picks:

Celtics by 13 (slam dunk)
Suns by 10 (slam dunk)
Nets by 1
Jazz by 13 (slam dunk)
Suns by 9
Pelicans by 6
Bucks by 7
Nuggets by 6

Watching Dallas steamroll the Lakers without LeBron tonight at home. I wonder if fans ever chant "Beat LA!" any more like we did in the 1988 Western Conference Finals?

posted by rcade at 09:15 PM on March 29, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 24: Embiid for MVP Edition

Current Standings

Link to make picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nba-pickem

There will be six games to pick in the final week, ending April 9 with New Orleans at Memphis on NBA TV.

posted by rcade at 08:59 PM on March 29, 2022