Recent Comments by rcade

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

Well, Bates didn't make me wait long. First play from scrimmage lmao.

That's a Real Men of Genius moment.

posted by rcade at 09:37 PM on January 22, 2022

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

Revised picks:

Rusher: Joe Mixon
Receiver: Tyreek Hill
Player with interception: Jordan Whitefield

Go Bills!

posted by rcade at 04:12 PM on January 22, 2022

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

My picks:

Titans by 3
Packers by 10 (lock)
Buccaneers by 7
Bills by 3
Passer: Aaron Rodgers
Rusher: Derrick Henry
Receiver: Davante Adams
Player with interception: Jalen Ramsey

How do you end a game on a quarterback sneak anywhere other than the 1-yard line? Dallas is a quarter century past greatness.

posted by rcade at 09:55 PM on January 21, 2022

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

Contest Standings

It was a rough week for props. Only Patrick Mahomes and his 404 passing yards won some points for players.

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

posted by rcade at 09:31 PM on January 21, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 14: Mona Mondieu Edition

My picks:

Celtics by 6
Nuggets by 24 (slam dunk)
Mavericks by 3
Warriors by 19 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 14 (slam dunk)

posted by rcade at 01:46 PM on January 19, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 14: Mona Mondieu Edition

Current Standings

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

posted by rcade at 01:40 PM on January 19, 2022

NFL Pickem Champion: Tahoemoj

That was fun. I had an 11-point lead when the Rams and Cardinals were dominating their games and figured that if I could just get one of them I would be the champeen.

I still would've won in the final game of the NFL season if the Chargers had scored an overtime-ending touchdown to win by 6 instead of kicking a field goal to tie before ultimately losing. That's how close this season was!

posted by rcade at 03:27 PM on January 17, 2022

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Bills beating the Patriots like this in the playoffs is one for the ages.

posted by rcade at 11:11 PM on January 15, 2022

Enter the NFL Playoff Pickem

Revised picks:

Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Cowboys by 7
Cardinals by 3

posted by rcade at 02:27 PM on January 14, 2022

Enter the NFL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Bengals by 7
Bills by 5
Buccaneers by 9 (lock)
Cowboys by 3
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Rams by 4
Passer: Patrick Mahomes
Rusher: Sony Michel
Receiver: Cooper Kupp
Player with interception: Trevon Diggs

Is it wrong to be looking forward to the playoffs while also glad I will soon have my Sundays back?

posted by rcade at 02:25 PM on January 14, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 13: MLK Day Edition

Current Standings

Use this link to make picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nba-pickem

My picks:

Mavericks by 3
Bulls by 7
Bucks by 10
Nuggets by 13 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 3
Grizzlies by 7
Grizzlies by 7
Bucks by 12 (slam dunk)

I think it was a database creation accident that set minimum weekly scores to 0, but it's probably good for the contest. I've had some weeks that went so badly on locks I required counseling.

posted by rcade at 12:44 PM on January 12, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Tahoemoj leads by 4 and only a Chargers win by 3 would save me.

posted by rcade at 07:44 PM on January 09, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 18: All the Marbles Edition

I thought Burrow's absence and the Browns being at home would be the deciders.

posted by rcade at 03:04 PM on January 09, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 18: All the Marbles Edition

My only gamesmanship is to lean harder on favorites and post early when I'm ahead late in a pickem contest, but I didn't do that this time because we're practically tied.

The big should-I-have-done-that is choosing the Lions.

posted by rcade at 01:05 PM on January 09, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 18: All the Marbles Edition

Revised picks:

Lions by 3
Colts by 24 (lock)
Patriots by 3

Making some changes after reading about playoff situations.

In his first 20 starts, Tua Tagovailoa has nine games with a 70% or higher completion percentage. That's tied for most-ever at that point, which is weird to me since I've been thinking of him as a bust.

posted by rcade at 12:00 PM on January 08, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 18: All the Marbles Edition

Whoa! I need to check the database. Jagsnumberone even got extra points on a 40-point win by the Pats against a team I'll neglect to mention.

posted by rcade at 10:46 AM on January 08, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 18: All the Marbles Edition

My picks:

Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Cowboys by 3
Browns by 3
Packers by 3
Vikings by 7
Washington by 10 (lock)
Colts by 14 (lock)
Ravens by 3
Titans by 10 (lock)
Saints by 3
Bills by 17 (lock)
Rams by 7
Patriots by 7
Cardinals by 7
Buccaneers by 7
Chargers by 3

This is one of the closest pickems I can remember at the end of a season. I bet it gets decided by which playoff teams rest their starters.

posted by rcade at 10:19 AM on January 08, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 18: All the Marbles Edition

Current Standings

Use this link to make picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nfl-pickem

posted by rcade at 10:12 AM on January 08, 2022

Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic Can't Enter Australia

How do you spend your whole career trusting doctors and having surgeries as needed to get back to playing form -- like Novax and Aaron Rodgers -- and then not trust them for something like a vaccine?

posted by rcade at 03:55 PM on January 06, 2022

Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic Can't Enter Australia

Was Novax Djokovic too easy of a joke for you?

Ha! Even Justin Tucker has missed a PAT.

posted by rcade at 09:25 AM on January 06, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 12: Can Kyrie Play Edition

My picks:

Warriors by 9
Jazz by 7
Knicks by 4
Suns by 13 (slam dunk)
Nets by 8
Lakers by 12 (slam dunk)

posted by rcade at 09:14 AM on January 05, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 12: Can Kyrie Play Edition

Current Standings

Use this link to make your picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nba-pickem

posted by rcade at 09:14 AM on January 05, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 17: Streaky Dolphins Edition

I also added Tommybiden's picks and he scored 82, putting him in sixth.

posted by rcade at 03:52 PM on January 01, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 17: Streaky Dolphins Edition

My picks from last week we're not counted and are in the the Thursday huddle

I've added your picks and you scored 70, putting you in third place.

posted by rcade at 03:44 PM on January 01, 2022

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

They were so great that they became two of the players best known for using PEDs. If this keeps them out of the hall that seems like a fitting outcome to me. It's a Fall of Icarus. In the PED era they were the ones who rose closest to the sun.

Bonds was great, though. He may be the best player I ever saw in person. I was in San Francisco for one day and went to see him play at Candlestick. I had a perfect angle on the third base side to see him hit a Roy Hobbs-like shot that rose and never stopped rising. It may have left orbit.

posted by rcade at 02:25 PM on January 01, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 17: Streaky Dolphins Edition

Current Standings

Use this link to make your picls: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nfl-pickem/

My picks:

Bills by 14 (lock)
Bears by 3
Chiefs by 4
Titans by 3
Colts by 10 (lock)
Patriots by 17 (lock)
Buccaneers by 11 (lock)
Eagles by 3
Rams by 7
Chargers by 3
49ers by 10 (lock)
Cowboys by 3
Saints by 7
Seahawks by 14 (lock)
Packers by 10 (lock)
Steelers by 3

posted by rcade at 02:11 PM on December 31, 2021

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Final Standings

The Jaguars needed this to be a year when teams would offer a huge haul to get the first overall pick. Instead they'll probably end up keeping it and take one of the mighty edge rushers hoping he won't lose the adjective in the Florida humidity.

posted by rcade at 12:34 PM on December 29, 2021

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Final Standings

I figured out how to stop losing ground while picking every game winner correctly.

Congratulations, jagsnumberone! If you shifted your allegiance to the CFL what would your username become?

posted by rcade at 03:58 PM on December 28, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 16: Cincinnati Nightlife Edition

Revised picks:

Bengals by 13 (lock)

posted by rcade at 02:55 PM on December 25, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 10: Merry Hoopmas Edition

Revised picks:

Knicks by 10 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 7
Suns by 9
Lakers by 3
Jazz by 15 (slam dunk)

posted by rcade at 09:33 AM on December 25, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 16: Cincinnati Nightlife Edition

Revised picks:

Packers by 10 (lock)
Cardinals by 3
Falcons by 1
Bengals by 3
Vikings by 7
Patriots by 9 (lock)
Jets by 14 (lock)
Eagles by 7
Buccaneers by 7 (lock)
Chargers by 14 (lock)
Seahawks by 3
Chiefs by 7 (lock)
Raiders by 3
Cowboys by 10 (lock)
Dolphins by 3

posted by rcade at 11:55 AM on December 24, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 16: Cincinnati Nightlife Edition

Saints v Dolphins game? I don't see it in your list.

Fixed. Thanks. Everyone who has already submitted picks should make sure to pick this Monday night game.

posted by rcade at 03:56 PM on December 23, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 16: Cincinnati Nightlife Edition

My picks:

49ers by 3

posted by rcade at 01:32 PM on December 23, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 16: Cincinnati Nightlife Edition

Current Standings

Use this link to make your picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nfl-pickem

posted by rcade at 01:31 PM on December 23, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 10: Merry Hoopmas Edition

My picks:

Pacers by 7
Suns by 10 (slam dunk)

Happy holidays! Asked Santa for the Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle. AGAIN.

posted by rcade at 05:38 PM on December 21, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 10: Merry Hoopmas Edition

Current Standings

Use this link to make your picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nba-pickem

posted by rcade at 03:03 PM on December 21, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Those are great references, Howard. Haven't heard of the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports in a while. That would've been a good name for this site.

posted by rcade at 11:45 PM on December 20, 2021

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

Revised picks:

Raiders by 13 (lock)

posted by rcade at 01:34 PM on December 20, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I've reopened the NFL Pickem on the three games delayed to Monday or Tuesday.

posted by rcade at 01:20 PM on December 20, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I hate boxing and never watch the sport. I grew up on Muhammad Ali and stuck around through Mike Tyson but the brutality became too much for me.

So when I find myself caring enough to click a link about the bouts of Jake Paul, it amazes me that the influencer dope pulled me in.

posted by rcade at 10:34 AM on December 19, 2021

Coach Kicks Kicker

I don't know if Khan realized that he was getting a coach who would commit public acts of adultery and kick a player, because I didn't expect Meyer to do those things.

I have 1010XL on all the time and that sports radio station is full of UF graduates and journalists who covered Meyer there. A lot of them had concerns about his past antics but they've acted like the incidents here were on a new level.

The one major thing they brought up often was him looking the other way while an assistant at UF and then Ohio State was a domestic abuser who had sex toys sent to his work address and took dic pics of himself at every major event the team attended (including a White House visit). The book on Meyer, according to them, seemed to be that he was a bit of a phony who could be willfully blind to things going on at his program but was talented at building teams.

Khan should have known what he was getting though. It's another strike against an organization that has been deeply flawed in his tenure.

posted by rcade at 03:51 PM on December 17, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Sports fans on social media are spectacular morons. Absolutely magnificent. I am dumber this evening having been exposed to their thinking -- and calling it that is generous.

posted by rcade at 11:43 PM on December 16, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

There's an enormous amount of anger over what Buck said, judging by the 17,000 views my tweet is getting.

If Fox fails to apologize during this broadcast, it's one more sign of willfully ignoring the seriousness of the situation.

posted by rcade at 10:44 PM on December 16, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If you're watching TNF, Donald Parham Jr. suffered a concussion or more serious brain injury hitting the back of his head on the turf trying to complete a touchdown catch. His arms stuck out in what is called a fencing response. Several minutes later his arms were still in an unnatural position and shaking as he was stretchered off the field.

Later in the first half, Fox News callously showed the final seconds of Parham being taken off in slow motion. Joe Buck then suggested that it was cold on the field in Los Angeles and that might be why he was shaking.

I can't believe he could be so ignorant and was never told Parham's movements were signs of what could be exceptionally serious.

I haven't been a Buck basher but I'm starting now. That demonstrated sheer idiocy on a subject that Buck could only know that little about if he's intentionally avoided learning anything about brain injury risk in football. I think he should be fired for this.

posted by rcade at 09:23 PM on December 16, 2021

Coach Kicks Kicker

I expected Meyer to adjust his approach for the NFL at some point after taking his lumps.

I didn't think he would throw tantrums over losing, which to my amazement he began doing in the preseason.

I'm used to team execs making bad decisions in Jacksonville. I'm not used to them being emotional wrecks who become disengaged from the job.

Meyer is a weird dude.

posted by rcade at 03:29 PM on December 16, 2021

Coach Kicks Kicker

The national media was enjoying the idea he would fail. The local media was supportive until the dysfunction and the losing and the weird disinterest in his own roster and the downturn of Trevor Lawrence became too much to ignore.

A question I kept having to ask myself was whether Meyer really wanted to be here. That shouldn't be in doubt in a new coach's first season when he just got Lawrence with the first overall pick.

I didn't think Shahid Khan would fire him after he kept Gus Bradley for 62 games while he was amassing a record so dismal that his winning percentage is the third-worst of all-time among NFL coaches.

But after the Ohio adulterous shenanigans on a weekend he didn't fly back with the team, I can see why kicking the kicker was the final nail in the coffin.

Even though, oddly, it occurred in August and Lambo's agent told the team's legal counsel a day later -- which the team has confirmed.

posted by rcade at 02:05 PM on December 16, 2021

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

My picks:

Chiefs by 3
Raiders by 3
Colts by 7
Bills by 13 (lock)
Cardinals by 10 (lock)
Dolphins by 10 (lock)
Cowboys by 7
Washington by 3
Steelers by 3
Jaguars by 3
Bengals by 3
49ers by 14 (lock)
Rams by 10 (lock)
Packers by 7 (lock)
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Vikings by 2

After kicking Josh Lambo during practice and yelling at him to make his kicks, Urban Meyer later told Lambo he was offended that Lambo criticized him in front of everybody instead of voicing his concerns privately.

posted by rcade at 09:47 AM on December 16, 2021

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

Current Standings

Use this link to make your picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nfl-pickem

posted by rcade at 09:38 AM on December 16, 2021

Coach Kicks Kicker

After this trainwreck of a season I can't believe Urban Meyer won anywhere.

posted by rcade at 09:13 AM on December 16, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Yes and for a while it seemed possible. Friggin' Nagy.

posted by rcade at 07:57 PM on December 13, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 9: Covid Protocols Edition

My picks:

Warriors by 16 (slam dunk)
Trail Blazers by 3
Lakers by 8
Jazz by 13 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 7
Lakers by 8

I caught four extra hours sleep this Saturday but I didn't score any triple-doubles.

posted by rcade at 07:55 PM on December 13, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 9: Covid Protocols Edition

Current Standings

Use this link to make your picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nba-pickem

posted by rcade at 07:49 PM on December 13, 2021

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Nice! I thought it began at 6 p.m. but I didn't want to check because I've got it set on my DVR.

posted by rcade at 06:49 PM on December 12, 2021

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Too late, but I'm picking Hamilton by 3 anyway.

MVP: Evans

Under

417

posted by rcade at 06:13 PM on December 12, 2021

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I found out today that I'm blocked by sports columnist Mike Freeman on Twitter.

The only time I discussed him there was to tell somebody that it wasn't a HIPAA violation for Freeman to report in early 2020 that Tony Boselli was hospitalized with Covid. HIPAA only regulates what medical professionals can reveal, not journalists. He likely didn't even hear it from a doctor or nurse, since a lot of people in Jacksonville sports seemed to know it before his report.

So I am guessing that what got me blocked was this comment on a 2012 Huddle.

posted by rcade at 03:05 PM on December 10, 2021

Denver Broncos Great Demaryius Thomas Dies

This news was so shocking two of us posted it at the same time even though it was after midnight. Hard to believe he was still that young. He burned brightly and fast in the NFL.

He was one of my favorite players of his era. That Denver offense was unstoppable.

Uprooted at 11. Drafted at 22. Dead at 33.

posted by rcade at 09:04 AM on December 10, 2021

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

I've gotten used to CFL differences but that one breaks my brain a little. Scott Norwood shoulda moved north.

I thought I'd be able to pick the Atlantic Schooners next year but that ain't looking good.

posted by rcade at 06:08 PM on December 09, 2021

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

I picked Winnipeg last weekend and that's not shown above. Somehow I've managed to get all four games right and still be in the Costanza zone. That takes talent.

I learned watching the semifinals that a singleton is scored when a kicker misses but it goes into the stands.

Doesn't this mean that in a tie game with seconds remaining, the kicker can just boom it to victory as long as it doesn't bounce off an upright?

posted by rcade at 04:02 PM on December 09, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 14: Franco Harris Edition

Current Standings

Correct link to make your picks: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nfl-pickem

Apologies for the confusion last week. I entered several players' picks manually from comments here and email. If I missed your picks let me know.

My picks:

Vikings by 3
Browns by 3
Titans by 7 (lock)
Chiefs by 7 (lock)
Jets by 3
Cowboys by 7
Falcons by 4
Seahawks by 13 (lock)
Broncos by 7 (lock)
Chargers by 10 (lock)
49ers by 3
Buccaneers by 7
Packers by 14 (lock)
Cardinals by 3

posted by rcade at 09:13 AM on December 09, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 8: Norman Dale Edition

My picks:

Nets by 4
Lakers by 8
Heat by 12 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 14 (slam dunk)
Nets by 6
Suns by 8
Warriors by 3

posted by rcade at 10:17 PM on December 06, 2021