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Sarah Fuller Suits Up for Vanderbilt Against Missouri

Is she still making history if Vanderbilt has no chance of getting into field goal range?

posted by rcade at 01:15 PM on November 28, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 12: Turducken Edition

3rd week in a row that my score was wrong. I should have 8 points for the colts game not 5

I corrected two weeks of scores last week after finding an error in how I was entering the results.

You can see old weeks by going to past posts for the contest. Each week has the scores for that week (along with the total season score) on it.

The Colts won by 3. The spread for getting more points is 0 (30% of 3 is 0.9 and that's rounded down). I kept that rule from past seasons. A game has to be won by 4 or more to have a spread that awards more points.

I need to add the game results and the margins back to the results so this is clearer and it's easier to spot errors.

This is the first NFL season with the new code. If anyone else has scores they think are messed up let me know and I'll recheck them.

posted by rcade at 11:03 PM on November 24, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 12: Turducken Edition

My picks:

Lions by 3
Cowboys by 3
Steelers by 3

This is a pretty competitive Turkey Day slate of games. Houston is 3-7 and Detroit 4-6 and the Cowboys and Football Team are a half-game out of the NFC East lead despite being 3-7.

posted by rcade at 09:39 PM on November 24, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I was reading about Preston North End's stadium before the match today against Sheffield Wednesday and found an incredible sports photograph I'd never seen before: Preston legend Tom Finney in 1956, sliding through a waterlogged pitch at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in 1956.

The photo by John Horton of PA was the sports photograph of the year, according to The Guardian. It was so iconic that it inspired a splash fountain outside Preston's Deepdale Stadium.

posted by rcade at 06:02 PM on November 21, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

If it hasn't been spoiled for you yet, watch the Orlando City SC-New York City FC shootout that just ended.

posted by rcade at 04:01 PM on November 21, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 11: Hail Murray Edition

Here are the current standings.

posted by rcade at 06:56 PM on November 20, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 11: Hail Murray Edition

Current Standings

My picks:

Seahawks by 3
Browns by 3
Saints by 3
Washington by 3
Lions by 3
Steelers by 3
Ravens by 3
Dolphins by 3
Chargers by 3
Colts by 3
Vikings by 3
Chiefs by 3
Buccaneers by 3

posted by rcade at 08:01 PM on November 18, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Justin Herbert is no longer Justin Hairbert.

posted by rcade at 04:00 PM on November 18, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I fixed scoring problems in weeks 8 and 9 of the NFL Pickem.

posted by rcade at 12:08 PM on November 15, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 10: What Happened to the Bucs Edition

Revised picks:

Browns by 6
Buccaneers by 7 (lock)
Eagles by 3
Packers by 14 (lock)
Lions by 3
Raiders by 7
Dolphins by 3
Bills by 3
Rams by 3
Steelers by 10 (lock)
Saints by 7 (lock)
Ravens by 7
Bears by 3

posted by rcade at 11:38 AM on November 15, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 10: What Happened to the Bucs Edition

I am checking the results before announcing the leaders. Which is a shame since I'm allegedly in first place.

My picks:

Colts by 3

posted by rcade at 10:10 PM on November 11, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm watching the NFL Today on CBS and they're promoting The Move, a dramatization of the Colts moving in the middle of the night to Indianapolis set to air during Super Bowl Sunday. A scene was shown of young movers gathered at Baltimore's locker room being told not to ask questions and load everything that wasn't nailed down onto trucks. The movers looked distraught.

This seems interesting but what the hell is going on here? Why would the NFL's signature event feature one of the most reviled events in league history, drawing criticism to relocation when it that trend continues today and leaves some fan bases embittered and alienated from the sport?

posted by rcade at 12:43 PM on November 08, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 9: Undefeated Steelers Edition

Revised picks:

Falcons by 3
Seahawks by 3
Titans by 7
Ravens by 7
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Vikings by 3
Washington by 3
Texans by 10 (lock)
Raiders by 3
Steelers by 13 (lock)
Cardinals by 7 (lock)
Buccaneers by 3
Patriots by 10

The site I check for betting odds had Cowboys open -3.5 vs. Steelers. That can't be right, can it? The line's now Steelers -14.5.

posted by rcade at 12:03 PM on November 08, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

LOL to Tubbs and Beaverboard. I don't think I saw the Tubbs moment the first time around. The crowd's delighted roar is one for the ages.

posted by rcade at 11:40 AM on November 08, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 9: Undefeated Steelers Edition

Standings

My picks:

Packers by 8 (lock)

posted by rcade at 09:03 AM on November 05, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 8: Don't Score Todd Edition

Revised picks:

Bills by 4
Titans by 7 (lock)
Browns by 3
Colts by 3
Packers by 10 (lock)
Chiefs by 17 (lock)
Rams by 3
Ravens by 3
Chargers by 3
Saints by 3
Seahawks by 3
Eagles by 7 (lock)
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)

Vegas has the Eagles by 3.5 while FiveThirtyEight's model has them by 11. I'm going to split the difference. Even without Dak the Cowboys shouldn't be this mediocre.

posted by rcade at 12:04 PM on November 01, 2020

Chicago White Sox Hire Tony La Russa as Manager

La Russa didn't like Fernando Tatis Jr. swinging at 3-0 in a blowout, so now he's trying to walk that back.

posted by rcade at 12:01 PM on October 30, 2020

Chicago White Sox Hire Tony La Russa as Manager

Why be ageist?

I was referring to another entity currently choosing a leader between two people in their 70s.

But more seriously I think La Russa, like anyone in his age bracket, is going to face the strong perception that he can't relate to today's athletes. Any discipline he enacts that meets with resistance will be covered through this lens. It will make it tough for him to succeed.

I compare this to Tom Coughlin, whose stern old school ways as the shadow GM were fine during the early period of amazing success in Jacksonville. Then times got tough and it quickly became a poisonous dynamic between the old guy and the young players. Jacksonville watched most of its talent leave and the franchise became a complete tear-down.

The White Sox must think they're pretty close to success before La Russa comes in. Otherwise I don't see how this works if they struggle for a while.

posted by rcade at 08:28 AM on October 30, 2020

Chicago White Sox Hire Tony La Russa as Manager

You can't hire someone in their 70s to take over an organization.

Unless all the other prospects for the position are also in their 70s.

posted by rcade at 02:26 PM on October 29, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 8: Don't Score Todd Edition

Standings

My picks:

Falcons by 3

My inattention to the NFL season aside from Jaguars and Cowboys games is paying off for me so far. I'm reminded of how my CFL Pickem success dropped as I learned more about the league. I won it as a noob and never got close again.

posted by rcade at 10:01 PM on October 28, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 7: Tank for Trevor Edition

Revised picks:

Lions by 3
Browns by 7
Titans by 3
Saints by 13 (lock)
Bills by 14 (lock)
Cowboys by 3
Packers by 7
Seahawks by 3
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Patriots by 3
Chargers by 7 (lock)
Raiders by 3
Rams by 7

Talk in Jacksonville is that Minshew could be benched for Mike Glennon as early as today's game if he plays poorly. My heart will go on.

posted by rcade at 12:25 PM on October 25, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 7: Tank for Trevor Edition

NoMich: When you asked if you scored 0 points in a week, I think you were looking at the Total field on an old post. It always reflects your season total, even if you look at week 1. But I'll check your scores again.

posted by rcade at 09:11 PM on October 21, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 7: Tank for Trevor Edition

[Standings to Come]

My picks:

Eagles by 7

The NFC Least is back!

posted by rcade at 09:09 PM on October 21, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chase Claypool Edition

Standings After Week 5

My picks:

Titans by 7
Colts by 13 (lock)
Falcons by 3
Patriots by 10 (lock)
Giants by 3
Ravens by 14 (lock)
Browns by 3
Panthers by 7
Jaguars by 3
Dolphins by 7
Packers by 3
Rams by 7
Chiefs by 7
Cardinals by 7

posted by rcade at 02:44 PM on October 17, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

As the mayor of Jaguars nation (sorry Jagsnumberone) I had no idea that Mountain Dew and Doritos Cupcakes were a thing. I will gladly accept donuts after the victory.

posted by rcade at 01:00 PM on October 17, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

He didn't have to save it for long.

posted by rcade at 10:36 PM on October 11, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

He didn't have to save it for long.

posted by rcade at 10:36 PM on October 11, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 5: Undefeated Bills Edition

Revised picks:

Falcons by 7
Bills by 3
Chiefs by 7 (lock)
Cardinals by 10 (lock)
Steelers by 7 (lock)
Rams by 17 (lock)
Ravens by 10 (lock)
Texans by 13 (lock)
49ers by 3
Browns by 3
Cowboys by 7
Seahawks by 7 (lock)
Chargers by 3

posted by rcade at 11:39 AM on October 11, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 5: Undefeated Bills Edition

I'm not telling you how to do your job, rcade, but why are we spotting certain players between 10 and 70 points before the coin is tossed on the Thursday game?

It looks like locked picks are awarding points before the game has taken place.

Fortune favors the bold.

posted by rcade at 12:17 PM on October 09, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 5: Undefeated Bills Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 7 (lock)

posted by rcade at 02:12 PM on October 08, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 5: Undefeated Bills Edition

That was all kinds of messed up. I set people who picked the Chargers in the Washington game to Rams. I also set people who picked the Texans in the Dolphins game to the 49ers. I didn't edit the comments here. Recheck your picks.

posted by rcade at 10:48 AM on October 08, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 5: Undefeated Bills Edition

Standings

posted by rcade at 05:45 PM on October 07, 2020

NHL Playoff Pickem Champion: Geneparmesan

Top goals: Brayden Point (5)
Top goalie (save %): Andrei Vasilevskiy (.911, only .001 over Anton Khudobin)
Team winning game 1: Stars
Team giving up 0 goals: Lightning
Top assists: Nikita Kucherov (7)
Conn Smythe: Victor Hedman (5)
Tiebreaker: 33

posted by rcade at 08:37 PM on October 06, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I needed to process my grief. I've updated the game and the winner is ...

posted by rcade at 08:34 PM on October 06, 2020

NHL Playoff Pickem Champion: Geneparmesan

Congratulations! You must now undertake the victor's choosing of the cap. What team and cap style do you want?

posted by rcade at 08:33 PM on October 06, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

A Trump supporter assaulted someone at the Denton Buc-ees gas station Saturday afternoon. Video shows a violent sucker punch without provocation, but former ESPN Radio host Tony Bruno had this reaction. On Twitter it isn't easy to stand out as a shitty human being, but Bruno managed it here. I didn't know he'd fallen so far.

posted by rcade at 08:53 PM on October 03, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The NFC East had big media markets and strong teams. The Cowboys derived some of their popularity from the conference and some from being really good for a long time. They had the highest all-time regular season winning percentage as of the end of last season, which is amazing considering they haven't been good enough to reach a Super Bowl in 25 years.

Put the Cowboys in another conference and they might have won even more games.

To me the biggest disadvantage of being in the West instead of the East would have been all those Pacific time zone games. It's not as TV friendly and Dallas got a lot of love from television.

posted by rcade at 04:31 PM on September 30, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 4: Let Russ Cook Edition

My picks:

Jets by 3
Colts by 7 (lock)
Jaguars by 3
Cowboys by 3
Saints by 3
Steelers by 3
Seahawks by 13 (lock)
Buccaneers by 3
Ravens by 9 (lock)
Cardinals by 7 (lock)
Texans by 7
Rams by 17 (lock)
Chiefs by 7 (lock)
Bills by 2
Eagles by 3
Packers by 7 (lock)

The Broncos-Jets game is one of those games where you want to pick both to lose.

posted by rcade at 08:26 AM on September 30, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 4: Let Russ Cook Edition

[Standings to Come]

posted by rcade at 08:20 AM on September 30, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Ha! In my defense, the factoid isn't as interesting now.

posted by rcade at 07:38 PM on September 29, 2020

NBA Playoff Pickem: NBA Finals Lakers vs. Heat

Revised picks:

Top point scorer: LeBron James

posted by rcade at 09:53 AM on September 29, 2020

NBA Playoff Pickem: NBA Finals Lakers vs. Heat

Standings

In the last round, Anthony Davis was the top scorer with 31.2 PPG, Bam Adebayo the top rebounder with 11.0 RPG and the top-scoring team was the Lakers with 113.6 PPG. No team reached 130 in a game.

My picks:

Lakers in 7
Top point scorer: Anthony Davis
Top rebounder: Anthony Davis
Team winning first game: Lakers
Top scoring team: Lakers
Series MVP: Anthony Davis
Most technical fouls: Goran Dragic
Most three-pointers: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Winning team points last game: 121

posted by rcade at 09:28 AM on September 29, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

This is the first Stanley Cup won in Canada since 1993.

posted by rcade at 10:55 PM on September 28, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

We just had a Polish spammer who joined November 15, 2014, post for the first time on September 27, 2020. Nearly six years of lurking before they sprung.

posted by rcade at 12:40 PM on September 27, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Vince Carter's Dunk of Death is all over Twitter this morning. It was interesting to read this 2015 story about the life of the player he death-dunked, Frédéric Weis.

The Knicks drafted him in the first round, he elected not to sign and play another year in France, and somehow the Knicks managed to never let him know they wanted him to play summer league for them the next two years even as he continued to make the French all-star game. They let a first rounder twist in the wind.

posted by rcade at 11:53 AM on September 25, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 3: Pay Dak Prescott Edition

Take a look now, Rumple. There was a problem with duplicate entries being saved for you. I've rerun the week's scoring calculator.

posted by rcade at 08:38 AM on September 25, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Zlatan: "I tested negative to Covid yesterday and positive today. No symptoms whatsoever. COVID had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea."

posted by rcade at 11:08 AM on September 24, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 3: Pay Dak Prescott Edition

My picks:

Jaguars by 3
Falcons by 7 (lock)
Bills by 3
Browns by 7
Vikings by 3
Patriots by 3
49ers by 3
Eagles by 7
Steelers by 3
Colts by 10 (lock)
Chargers by 7 (lock)
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Cardinals by 3
Seahawks by 3
Saints by 7
Ravens by 3

Monday night gets the best game of the week. I feel like Baltimore wants this one more and Opera Man will decide it with a 54-yarder.

posted by rcade at 08:46 AM on September 24, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 3: Pay Dak Prescott Edition

Standings

posted by rcade at 08:41 AM on September 24, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

Revised picks:

Bears by 3 (not locked)
Cowboys by 10 (not locked)
Packers by 7 (lock)
Jaguars by 3 (not locked)
Vikings by 7 (lock)
Bills by 13 (lock)
49ers by 7 (lock)
Eagles by 3 (not locked)
Steelers by 7 (lock)
Buccaneers by 3 (not locked)
Cardinals by 7 (not locked)
Chiefs by 3 (not locked)
Ravens by 10 (lock)
Seahawks by 7 (not locked)
Raiders by 3 (not locked)

Picking the Jaguars to win because I can't bear the alternative.

posted by rcade at 12:42 PM on September 20, 2020

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

My picks:

Stars in 7
Top goals: Joe Pavelski
Top goalie (save %): Anton Khudobin
Team winning game 1: Stars
Team giving up 0 goals: Lightning
Top assists: Miro Heiskanen
Conn Smythe: Miro Heiskanen
Tiebreaker: 23

If this was a normal year I'd be getting tickets to at least one of the games in Tampa to see my Dallas Stars. But if it was normal would the Stars be playing this final? Dallas is thriving in the bubble. Never underestimate how hard a team will play to avoid the Texas heat in August and September.

posted by rcade at 11:12 PM on September 18, 2020

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

Revised picks:

Lakers in 5

posted by rcade at 06:54 PM on September 17, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Buckle Up Baby, the widely memed two-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins fan, is still mad for hockey six years later and even played a game during intermission at a Pens game this season.

posted by rcade at 06:49 AM on September 17, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

I didn't see any miscues Sunday because I only watched the Jaguars.

posted by rcade at 05:41 PM on September 16, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

Week 1 standings.

posted by rcade at 03:43 PM on September 16, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Browns by 7

posted by rcade at 03:36 PM on September 16, 2020

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

That last comment is me fixing the problem.

posted by rcade at 07:51 PM on September 15, 2020

Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 Marseilles

Haven't seen Neymar in a while. I miss his 1080-degree flops when another player's sleeve lightly brushes the hairs on his arm.

posted by rcade at 07:41 PM on September 15, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The NHL Playoff Pickem is updated with the Dallas Stars' five-game victory over the Vegas Golden Knights to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Geneparmesan leads with 127 over Cixelsyd with 118. Being Dallas homers hasn't helped Ufez and I make a serious challenge to the leaders.

posted by rcade at 06:37 PM on September 15, 2020

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

I thought that by the conference finals the NBA would stop doing this for competitive fairness reasons. It risks having one conference champion getting significantly more rest time than the other.

posted by rcade at 07:47 PM on September 14, 2020