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Cleveland Ex-Indians Unveil New Name

I think the letters are supposed to evoke the lettering on the bridge. The "C" on caps is based on the Guardian bridge font.

posted by rcade at 08:11 PM on July 23, 2021

Cleveland Ex-Indians Unveil New Name

Some Twitter randos are upset that Guardians only makes sense if you know something about the statues in Cleveland. They think a name needs to appeal to people who know nothing.

Which brings me to the Toronto Raptors choosing their name because velociraptors were cool in a movie in 1993. I never thought that would age well.

I do like Kraken though.

posted by rcade at 02:19 PM on July 23, 2021

Cleveland Ex-Indians Unveil New Name

I was hoping for Spiders but the Guardians name is growing on me. It's not used anywhere else in sports to my knowledge and the statues are amazing.

posted by rcade at 11:54 AM on July 23, 2021

Cleveland Ex-Indians Unveil New Name

Watch the video first if you don't know the name yet.

posted by rcade at 11:02 AM on July 23, 2021

NBA Playoff Pickem, Finals Edition

My picks:

Suns in 6
Top point scorer: Chris Paul
Top rebounder: Deandre Ayton
Top scoring team: Bucks
Game 1 winner: Suns
Series MVP: Chris Paul
Top technical fouler: P.J. Tucker
Three-point shooter: Khris Middleton
Winning team points last game: 123

I'm digging the lack of predictable teams and stars but I wish Giannis was fully healthy. Won't be the same if he misses significant time after game 1.

posted by rcade at 01:00 PM on July 06, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

SMU's D helmet borrows the City of Dallas logo. I'm a huge fan of that helmet, to the degree that I can be a fan of anything about that school.

One of my favorite memories of going to UNT games is a brawl that began at halftime when we hosted SMU. Half the teams and most of the coaches were throwing haymakers.

posted by rcade at 03:44 PM on July 05, 2021

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

My picking the Canadiens in 6 is starting to look a little iffy.

posted by rcade at 08:49 AM on July 03, 2021

The Washington Football Team Has Been Fined $10 Million For Workplace Misconduct

Not buying it, Snyder.

posted by rcade at 10:57 AM on July 02, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The sign holder who crashed the entire peleton has been caught.

posted by rcade at 02:19 PM on June 30, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

You too can turn a $15 bet into $1.36 million if you're insane.

posted by rcade at 05:39 PM on June 29, 2021

NHL Playoff Pickem, Stanley Cup Edition

Tahoemoj's picks have been added and we have a new leader!

posted by rcade at 05:03 PM on June 28, 2021

NHL Playoff Pickem, Stanley Cup Edition

Looks like I got voted off the pick 'em island.

What the? I will look for you.

posted by rcade at 03:30 PM on June 28, 2021

NHL Playoff Pickem, Stanley Cup Edition

Revised picks:

Tiebreaker: 26

posted by rcade at 01:56 PM on June 28, 2021

NHL Playoff Pickem, Stanley Cup Edition

My picks:

Canadiens in 6
Top goals: Tyler Toffoli
Top goalie (save %): Carey Price
Team scoring 6 goals: Lightning
Game 1 winner: Canadiens
Top assists: Nikita Kucherov
Conn Smythe: Tyler Toffoli
Top penalty minutes: Pat Maroon

Keep the Cup in Florida where it belongs!

posted by rcade at 01:53 PM on June 28, 2021

NHL Playoff Pickem, Stanley Cup Edition

Current Standings

posted by rcade at 01:52 PM on June 28, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I read a great feature last year about a PGA golfer's difficult path to making the tour. It emphasized his regular journeyman guy cred. Anyone remember that story or the golfer?

posted by rcade at 11:34 AM on June 28, 2021

Camera-Seeking Fan with Sign Causes Enormous Pileup at Tour de France

Somebody replaced the real audio with joke audio.

posted by rcade at 11:13 PM on June 26, 2021

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It likes the É plenty as long as it's encoded as a number.

posted by rcade at 01:45 PM on June 25, 2021

UEFA Drops Away Goals as Knockout Tiebreaker

The big clubs are loaded with talent they wouldn't even be playing without the heavy schedule.

Perhaps I'm biased because my club doesn't even have enough players for one squad, much less two.

posted by rcade at 02:59 PM on June 24, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Sorry for the downtime today. Someone hit us with a DDOS attack and I had to ban the IP.

posted by rcade at 09:58 PM on June 22, 2021

Enter the NBA Playoff Pickem Round 3

Current Standings

Last round

Bucks in 7
Suns in 4
Hawks in 7
Clippers in 6

Scorers: Kevin Durant (35.4 ppg), Donovan Mitchell (34.8 ppg)
Rebounders: Nikola Jokic (13.3 rpg), Giannis Antentolounmpo (12.9 ppg)
Scoring team: Suns (121.5 ppg)
Team scoring 130: Clippers (132 game 3, 131 game 5)

My picks:

Suns in 6
Bucks in 6
Top point scorer: Giannis Antentokounmpo
Top rebounder: Giannis Antentokounmpo
Top scoring team: Suns
Team scoring 130: Clippers

Every round I think the Clippers are going to disappoint and they survive. That bodes poorly for the Suns.

posted by rcade at 12:44 PM on June 22, 2021

NHL Playoff Pickem: Conference Finals Edition

My picks:

Golden Knights in 6
Lightning in 7
Top goals: Nikita Kucherov
Top goalie (save %): Marc-Andre Fleury
Team scoring 6 goals: Golden Knights
Team giving up 0 goals: Islanders

No matter how many times they go deep into the playoffs I'm still having trouble believing there's an NHL team in Las Vegas.

posted by rcade at 09:55 AM on June 14, 2021

NHL Playoff Pickem: Conference Finals Edition

Current Standings

Top goal scorers: Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, Jonathan Marchessault, 5 goals

Top goalie: Carey Price, .942 SV%

Teams scoring 6: Lightning (jagsnumberone), Avalanche (tahoemoj, rcade, tommybiden, MrFrisby, grum@work, ic23b, rumple), Golden Knights, Islanders

Teams allowing 0: Canadiens, Lightning (rcade, grum@work)

posted by rcade at 09:51 AM on June 14, 2021

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Grasping at straws, but someone on Twitter claimed a medic gave someone a thumbs up. And Kaspher Schmeichel seemed to be giving good news to a woman in the brief glimpse of their interaction.

posted by rcade at 01:08 PM on June 12, 2021

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Christian Eriksen's collapse during the Euro 2020 match is terrifying. Hope that he is OK.

posted by rcade at 01:01 PM on June 12, 2021

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Flu Game is 24 today. A performance I think about all the time, especially if I'm feeling sick and trying to work through it.

posted by rcade at 10:09 PM on June 11, 2021

Enter the European Soccer Pick'em on SportsFilter

Fourteen players in the group. Not a bad showing.

Having the percentages of who made a pick really encourages herd mentality. I shifted to Switzerland to win Group A. Take that, 96 percenters!

posted by rcade at 12:28 PM on June 11, 2021

Enter the European Soccer Pick'em on SportsFilter

Here's the full rules and the invitation link to join.

The first stage is to pick the teams winning each group along with five prop bets and a tiebreaker.

posted by rcade at 11:02 AM on June 10, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The newly unveiled statue of Rafa Nadal at Roland Garros is great. He looks like a messy tornado.

posted by rcade at 08:32 AM on June 10, 2021

NHL Playoff Pickem Round 1 Leader: Cixelsyd

Top goal scorers: Nathan MacKinnon with 6 goals (Jjzucal); William Nylander and Sebastian Aho with 5 goals

Top goalie SV%: Connor Hellebuyck, .950 (Cixelsyd)

Teams that scored 6 goals: Panthers, Lightning (Cixelsyd, Jagsnumberone), Golden Knights (Bender), Avalanche (Tahoemoj, Tommybiden, Ic23b)

Teams with a shutout: Jets, Maple Leafs, Lightning, Hurricanes (Jjzucal, Rcade), Wild (Tahoemoj, Jagsnumberone, NoMich, Tommybiden), Golden Knights (Cixelsyd)

posted by rcade at 04:15 PM on June 07, 2021

Edmonton Ex-Eskimos Unveil New Name

I think they chose Elks over Elk to be closer to Esks.

I read somewhere that if it's a proper noun the plural rules go out the window and are established by the creator, which is why there's no Toronto Maple Leaves.

posted by rcade at 01:21 PM on June 07, 2021

Enter the NBA Playoff Pickem Round 2

Current Standings

Top scorers: Luka Doncic, 35.7 PPG (Howard_T); Damian Lillard, 34.3 PPG (Cixelsyd, NoMich, Jjzucal); Nikola Jokic, 33.0 PPG

Top rebounders: Giannis Antentokuonmpo, 15.0 RPG (Howard_T); Clint Capela, 13.4 RPG (NoMich); Rudy Gobert, 13.0 RPG (Rcade)

Top scoring team: 76ers, 124.0 PPG

Teams that scored 130: Bucks, 132 in game 2 (Howard_T); 76ers, 132 in game 3; Trail Blazers, 140 in game 5; Nuggets, 147 in game 5; Jazz, 141 in game 2

My picks:

Nets in 7
Suns in 7
76ers in 5
Clippers in 6
Top point scorer: Joel Embiid
Top rebounder: Tobias Harris
Top scoring team: Nets
Team scoring 130: Nets

posted by rcade at 12:57 PM on June 07, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I am watching as well. Pretty entertaining through 83 minutes. On corners we have air superiority.

posted by rcade at 11:17 PM on June 06, 2021

Falcons Trade Julio Jones to Titans

The AFC South just got tougher.

Yeah, I wasn't happy to see that either. The Texans are in a deep hole and the Colts are unproven under Wentz, so I was feeling pretty good about the Jaguars chances in the South. Not to win it this season but perhaps 2022.

posted by rcade at 02:43 PM on June 06, 2021

NHL Playoff Pickem: Pick the Canadiens/Jets Series

Only Rumple and Bender picked the Canadiens to beat the Leafs, both in seven games.

Jets/Canadiens picks are in the last pickem discussion.

posted by rcade at 12:53 PM on June 02, 2021

Enter the NHL Playoff Pickem Round 2

Revised picks:

Jets in 6

posted by rcade at 12:44 PM on June 02, 2021

Majors May Disqualify Osaka for Refusing to Do Interviews

The majors are getting hammered over this but I'm not 100% Osaka on this.

If the problem is bad or invasive questions, there's a better way to handle that than allowing athletes to opt out of post-match interviews. The ATP and WTA could exclude reporters who ask them.

Tennis would lose if athletes could skip interviews. The sport has become big not just because of on-court action but because of the rooting interest that comes from getting to know the personalities of the top players.

posted by rcade at 10:37 AM on June 01, 2021

Majors May Disqualify Osaka for Refusing to Do Interviews

And now I'm watching Serena in an empty arena. What the?

posted by rcade at 03:17 PM on May 31, 2021

Majors May Disqualify Osaka for Refusing to Do Interviews

Osaka withdrew, which is probably a better option than fighting over media availability. A shame she's not going to have a shot to shut up her doubters about clay this year.

I'm watching a lot of the French Open and it's nice to see crowds again.

posted by rcade at 02:20 PM on May 31, 2021

Majors May Disqualify Osaka for Refusing to Do Interviews

I don't think the majors can leave this alone. It's giving Osaka an advantage and other players would use it as a precedent.

posted by rcade at 12:47 PM on May 31, 2021

Majors May Disqualify Osaka for Refusing to Do Interviews

This will definitely get people to stop talking about her performance on clay.

posted by rcade at 11:15 AM on May 31, 2021

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The CFL is planning to begin the regular season on August 5. The late start is making the NFL off-season seem so much longer, which I should enjoy as a Jags fan since the trouble always begins when they start playing games. We're in a good place right now.

posted by rcade at 11:20 AM on May 29, 2021

Enter the NHL Playoff Pickem Round 2

Current Standings (not final)

My picks:

Islanders in 7
Lightning in 5
Avalanche in 6
Top goals: Sebastian Aho
Top goalie (save %): Philipp Grubauer
Team scoring 6 goals: Avalanche
Team giving up 0 goals: Lightning

posted by rcade at 10:05 AM on May 29, 2021

A-Rod Has Something to Hide

Welcome to the Shark Tank. I can offer $100,000 for a 40% stake in the company.

Big Makeup won't stop until men take forever in the bathroom too. And not because we brought the sports page in there.

I'd like to be a fly on the wall at the marketing meetings where they discuss how to make A-Rod seem relatable.

posted by rcade at 09:29 AM on May 29, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Ha! Now I'm pondering the DFW version.

posted by rcade at 06:50 PM on May 27, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The calliopes can be heard from here to Sewickley.

posted by rcade at 02:08 PM on May 27, 2021

Enter the NBA Playoff Pickem

Who won the regular season?

I'll be posting that later today. I am hoping it is me.

posted by rcade at 11:55 AM on May 25, 2021

Enter the NBA Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Nets in 5
Lakers in 6
Mavericks in 7
76ers in 6
Hawks in 7
Jazz in 6
Bucks in
Trail Blazers in 7
Top point scorer: Bradley Beal
Top rebounder: Rudy Gobert
Top scoring team: Nets
Team scoring 130: Nets

I keep doing a mental doubletake at the presence of the Knicks in the playoffs.

posted by rcade at 10:46 AM on May 25, 2021

Enter the NHL Playoff Pickem

Sorry about starting this late. I didn't realize the playoffs were here until the weekend and I had a bunch of other stuff I had to do first. Go Stars!

posted by rcade at 02:27 PM on May 18, 2021

Enter the NHL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Capitals in 6
Hurricanes in 5
Oilers in 6
Blues in 7
Lightning in 6
Islanders in 6
Maple Leafs in 6
Golden Knights in 5
Top goals: Taylor Hall
Top goalie (save %): Alex Nedeljkovic
Team scoring 6 goals: Hurricanes
Team giving up 0 goals: Hurricanes

posted by rcade at 01:55 PM on May 18, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

A fixed camera at a local high-school baseball playoff game did a really nice job of telling the story.

posted by rcade at 10:21 AM on May 16, 2021

Leicester City Wins FA Cup Over Chelsea

Excellent!

posted by rcade at 10:19 AM on May 16, 2021

Leicester City Wins FA Cup Over Chelsea

After they won the Premier League and FA Cup, I decided it was time to figure out where Leicester City is.

posted by rcade at 09:44 PM on May 15, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 21: End of Season Edition

My picks:

Heat by 10 (slam dunk)
Lakers by 10 (slam dunk)
Hawks by 10 (slam dunk)
Jazz by 10 (slam dunk)
Heat by 10 (slam dunk)
Suns by 10 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 10 (slam dunk)

posted by rcade at 01:09 PM on May 11, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 21: End of Season Edition

Current Standings

posted by rcade at 01:04 PM on May 11, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 20: Pittsburgh Pisces Edition

I think about that movie all the time. Especially Magic Mona and Setshot. Saw it at the Valley View Mall theater.

They were way ahead of their time on decorating your court.

posted by rcade at 08:03 PM on May 06, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 20: Pittsburgh Pisces Edition

Current Standings

My picks:

Mavericks by 7
Clippers by 13 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 20 (slam dunk)
Lakers by 8
Celtics by 10 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 11 (slam dunk)

posted by rcade at 10:05 AM on May 06, 2021

Aaron Rodgers Wants Out of Green Bay

It's pretty weird for Rodgers' team to let this out -- presuming it was them -- hours before the draft. There'd be no time to make a deal. Were they hoping it would keep a team from drafting a QB?

posted by rcade at 09:00 AM on April 30, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The thing that kills me about the NFL Draft is the certainty. Every top draft pick is a can't miss -- especially a quarterback. There's almost never any expression of uncertainty, even when somebody talks about how the team needs a quarterback to replace a can't miss quarterback who isn't even 24 yet.

posted by rcade at 06:27 PM on April 29, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 19: Knicks on Fire Edition

Current Standings

My picks:

Warriors by 6
Lakers by 10 (slam dunk)
Suns by 9
Warriors by 16 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 9
Bucks by 7
Warriors by 10 (slam dunk)
Nuggets by 3

The Orlando Magic should be relegated.

posted by rcade at 09:33 PM on April 26, 2021