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NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

I've never met him in person, never even exchanged notes on FB, but I read one of his books last year and enjoyed it a lot, so when his name showed up on "People You Might Know," I sent a friend request.

The Jaguars have been losing watchably this season. You get to see good plays from Trevor Lawrence, James Robinson and the rest of the offense for two quarters and good plays from the opponent's offense for all four quarters.

posted by rcade at 10:00 AM on October 15, 2021

Dodgers Beat Giants in Deciding Game 5

Here's a nice comparison of why the vagaries of the check swing rule are a pain in the backside

posted by rcade at 08:48 AM on October 15, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Jaguars by 3
Packers by 7
Bengals by 3
Colts by 6
Rams by 13 (lock)
Chiefs by 7
Panthers by 3
Ravens by 3
Cardinals by 7
Broncos by 3
Cowboys by 3
Steelers by 3
Bills by 7

Seattle opened as favorites on the road but the line's now Pittsburgh by 5. The bookmakers were slow to get the news that Geno Smith is starting for the Seahawks.

posted by rcade at 10:51 AM on October 14, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

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

Current Standings

I still need to doublecheck the week by week scores to make sure the total scores are correct. Rumple's scorekeeping went wonky in recent weeks.

Don't forget that the Jags/Dolphins game starts at 9:30 a.m. because it's in London.

posted by rcade at 10:45 AM on October 14, 2021

Uni Watch: The Official 2021-22 NHL Season Preview

The Wild's Winter Classic throwback unis are so great I can almost forgive the franchise for choosing such a strange noun as the team name.

posted by rcade at 01:24 PM on October 12, 2021

Raiders Fire Gruden Over Bigoted Emails

If Gruden wants to coach college ball, there's probably a program that's willing to hire him.

I think it would take a year, but a G5 program mired in mediocrity would hire him. I will not be identifying any particular program in such shape so don't even ask. #MeanGreen

posted by rcade at 12:35 PM on October 12, 2021

Raiders Fire Gruden Over Bigoted Emails

Gruden has lost the job and the cushiest landing place for NFL coaches who lose their jobs -- the announcing booth. He's radioactive.

posted by rcade at 09:32 AM on October 12, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Tampa Bay began its NFL life in the AFC West, moving to the NFC Central the next season.

Seattle began in the NFC West and moved to the AFC West.

This was planned so that the teams could play each other twice and every other NFL team once during their first two seasons.

posted by rcade at 01:56 PM on October 11, 2021

Pitch Invader Joins Brawl at San Jose-Cruz Azul Friendly

Friendlies make more sense in leagues where they accumulate far more players than they need.

posted by rcade at 12:53 PM on October 11, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

Revised picks:

Patriots by 7

posted by rcade at 01:01 PM on October 10, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Toronto by 17

Winnipeg by 13

Calgary by 6

posted by rcade at 06:56 PM on October 06, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

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

Current Standings

My picks:

Rams by 3
Falcons by 3
Packers by 7
Vikings by 10 (lock)
Broncos by 3
Buccaneers by 13 (lock)
Saints by 3
Panthers by 7
Titans by 14 (lock)
Patriots by 6
Raiders by 7
Chargers by 3
Cowboys by 7 (lock)
Cardinals by 4
Chiefs by 7
Ravens by 13 (lock)

Urban Meyer picked the worst possible time to desperately need a win -- a game against Yulee's own Derrick Henry.

posted by rcade at 07:23 PM on October 05, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 4: 66 Yard Edition

Question: I accidentally placed the wrong team as a "lock". How do I get back in to the selector to change the selection?

Looks like you found it.

The current NFL Pickem link is always here: https://sportsfilter.com/game/nfl-pickem

posted by rcade at 05:35 PM on September 30, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 4: 66 Yard Edition

My picks:

Jaguars by 3
Falcons by 8
Bills by 21 (lock)
Bears by 3
Cowboys by 6
Dolphins by 3
Vikings by 3
Saints by 14 (lock)
Titans by 7
Chiefs by 6
Rams by 3
49ers by 3
Ravens by 3
Packers by 7
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Chargers by 6

Josh Gordon is on a roster again. Can Justin Blackman be far behind?

posted by rcade at 08:11 PM on September 29, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 4: 66 Yard Edition

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

Current Standings

Lots of blown locks on the Chiefs. The two players picking the Jaguars were looking like geniuses after Jamal Agnew's 106-yard missed field goal return and a third quarter James Robinson touchdown put Jacksonville up 19-10. Then reality intruded.

posted by rcade at 08:05 PM on September 29, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Edmonton by 14. I may never pick Ottawa again. Now I'm going to go look up who Mason Fine plays for, as I do every week.

posted by rcade at 06:59 PM on September 28, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 3: Cardiac Cardinals Edition

Revised picks:

Buccaneers by 3
Packers by 3

posted by rcade at 12:04 PM on September 26, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 3: Cardiac Cardinals Edition

Revised picks:

Bills by 14 (lock)
Browns by 6
Cardinals by 10 (lock)
Broncos by 11

posted by rcade at 11:35 AM on September 26, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Tommybiden: You have Winnipeg winning tonight's game. Maybe I don't understand the CFL well enough yet but that seems unlikely.

posted by rcade at 05:58 PM on September 22, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Hamilton by 23. The Redblacks remind me of "Le Rouge et Le Noir," a motto The Nation magazine used when I read it in my formative years. I think it was because the magazine had a red and black logo. I could look it up but where's the fun in that?

Montreal by 3

B.C. by 7

posted by rcade at 05:57 PM on September 22, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 3: Cardiac Cardinals Edition

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

Current Standings

Perfect locks this week: Broncos by 10 (tahoemoj, rcade), Browns by 10 (jagsnumberone), and finally an are-you-kidding-me pick by ic23b of Buccaneers by 23.

My picks:

Panthers by 8
Bills by 7
Browns by 3
Ravens by 10 (lock)
Titans by 7
Chiefs by 3
Saints by 3
Giants by 7
Steelers by 3
Cardinals by 13 (lock)
Raiders by 6
Rams by 3
Vikings by 3
49ers by 3
Cowboys by 6

Trevor Lawrence has the longest average pass and most uncatchable balls this season. But they are spiraling beautifully, just like the Jaguars season.

posted by rcade at 10:45 AM on September 22, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 2: Pay Chandler Jones the Money Edition

Revised picks:

Seahawks by 9 (lock)

posted by rcade at 11:01 AM on September 19, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Calgary by 6, giving Hamilton its first home loss since November 2018.

Saskatchewan by 7, though I seem to lose more points on Toronto games than any other team.

B.C. by 7. I want to play CFL Fantasy Football just so I can draft Lucky Whitehead

Winnipeg by 10, and I hope Elks fans are calling their new quarterback Yukon Cornelius.

The lean on the league's official pickem:

Calgary 60%
Saskatchewan 79%
Montreal 58%
Winnipeg 91%

posted by rcade at 05:21 PM on September 17, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 2: Pay Chandler Jones the Money Edition

My picks:

Giants by 7
Bears by 8
Browns by 17 (lock)
Rams by 7
Bills by 6
Patriots by 9
49ers by 7
Steelers by 9 (lock)
Saints by 7
Broncos by 10 (lock)
Cardinals by 8
Buccaneers by 16 (lock)
Chargers by 7
Seahawks by 9
Chiefs by 7
Packers by 14 (lock)

Trevor Lawrence looks like the real deal but there may not be a slower defense than Jacksonville.

posted by rcade at 04:25 PM on September 14, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 2: Pay Chandler Jones the Money Edition

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

Current Standings

Only Boaz had the Steelers beating the Bills, while nine players locked Buffalo and took one in the nards. Jjzucal scored a perfect lock on Seahawks by 12.

Will there be another week this season where 16 players pick the Jaguars? On behalf of Duuuuuuval I apologize.

posted by rcade at 04:18 PM on September 14, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Marlon Humphrey had an interception in his hands last night and didn't realize it.

posted by rcade at 11:43 AM on September 14, 2021

Qualifier Emma Raducanu Wins U.S. Open

I can't think of anything in the Open era (1968-) to compare to this. She didn't win it on a fluke, either. She was completely dominant.

My sister flew to New York City to see early rounds (and was part of the crowd caught in the hurricane). I've never watched the US Open as much as I have Wimbledon, but this was a great time. There's nothing better than a close match that reaches the final set before a fired-up Open crowd. Leylah Fernandez had several of them in a row.

posted by rcade at 10:17 PM on September 11, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Hamilton by 10

Saskatchewan by 6

Calgary by 4

B.C. by 13

Win likelihoods on the official contest:

Hamilton: 70%
Winnipeg: 66%
Edmonton: 51%
B.C. 94%

posted by rcade at 06:30 PM on September 09, 2021

Play the SportsFilter NFL Pickem

Revised picks:

Buccaneers by 9 (lock)
Rams by 10 (lock)

posted by rcade at 06:20 PM on September 09, 2021

Play the SportsFilter NFL Pickem

Washington plays the Giants in Week 2 on Sept. 16.

posted by rcade at 12:10 PM on September 08, 2021

Play the SportsFilter NFL Pickem

No monday night pick em?

Thanks for catching that. I've fixed the bug that caused Monday night's Ravens at Raiders game to be omitted from the form.

Everyone should return to the form and make a pick in that game.

posted by rcade at 03:13 PM on September 07, 2021

Play the SportsFilter NFL Pickem

Revised picks:

Raiders by 3

posted by rcade at 03:12 PM on September 07, 2021

Play the SportsFilter NFL Pickem

My picks:

Buccaneers by 9
Falcons by 7
Bills by 8
Vikings by 4
49ers by 10 (lock)
Titans by 5
Seahawks by 4
Chargers by 5
Panthers by 6
Jaguars by 5
Chiefs by 9 (lock)
Patriots by 6
Saints by 4
Giants by 4
Rams by 10

The Trevor Lawrence-led Jaguars couldn't ask for a gentler introduction to the AFC South. The Titans are mighty but the Colts and Texans both have giant question marks at quarterback. I am hoping for 6, nay 7, wins.

posted by rcade at 07:06 AM on September 07, 2021

Ryan Fitzpatrick Out for Game 17 After Positive Covid Test

My picks:

Buccaneers by 6 (lock)
Falcons by 4 (lock)
Bills by 5 (lock)
Vikings by 2 (lock)
49ers by 7 (lock)
Titans by 2 (lock)
Colts by 2 (lock)
Chargers by 2 (lock)
Panthers by 3 (lock)
Jaguars by 2 (lock)
Chiefs by 6 (lock)
Patriots by 3 (lock)
Saints by 1 (lock)
Giants by 1 (lock)
Rams by 7 (lock)

Testing out the form.

posted by rcade at 06:56 AM on September 07, 2021

Play the SportsFilter NFL Pickem

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

posted by rcade at 06:50 AM on September 07, 2021

Who Holds the College Football Belt?

I want one of these for the EFL. I think it would have to start with Preston North End in 1888-89, the first season of the Football League. They were the only team never to lose that year, finishing with 18 wins and four draws. If they beat everybody once, any other opening day champion would've given it to them.

posted by rcade at 12:49 PM on September 04, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

I couldn't figure out why a guy named Mark had possession of a holiday weekend in Canada.

Montreal by 9. No Abdul Kenneh means no joy in Ottawa.

Winnipeg by 7

Hamilton by 4. I will always get this team confused with the ThunderCats.

Edmonton by 10

posted by rcade at 06:58 PM on September 03, 2021

Patriots Cut Cam Newton

Aside from the non-vaccination I like Newton. I have been surprised at how much the Internet seems to be enjoying him being cut by the Pats.

Dallas seems like an interesting landing place.

posted by rcade at 11:09 AM on September 02, 2021

Bishop Sycamore, Patron Saint of Football

Before this happened I still had the impression that high schools playing on ESPN were all real schools. But there are a lot that seem more like traveling teams than actual educational institutions.

posted by rcade at 02:22 PM on August 31, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Official pickem consensus:

B.C: 77%
Winnipeg: 88%

posted by rcade at 09:27 AM on August 28, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Montreal by 10

B.C. by 7

Winnipeg by 13

posted by rcade at 07:48 PM on August 27, 2021

Nerlens Noel is suing former agent Rich Paul

Ouch. Let this be a lesson for all NBA players to never turn down a big contract from the Mavericks.

posted by rcade at 01:57 PM on August 26, 2021

Tom Coughlin: From Coach to Caregiver

Sad news about Coughlin's wife. It reminds me of what my mom had to do when my grandmother suffered cognitive loss in her final decade. Full-time caregiving has to be one of the hardest things any person could be asked to do.

Of all the sports figures in Jacksonville while I've been here, Coughlin may loom the largest in my imagination. I loved seeing him dourly patrol the sidelines during his years as head coach. Nothing ever seemed to please him. He reminded me of a Catholic priest and I nicknamed him Father Tom.

His comeback as an exec brought one dream season and several nightmare ones.

The real Tom seems to be a lot warmer than my perception of him. He created the Jay Fund Foundation charity to support families battling childhood cancer in honor of his Boston College player Jay McGillis, and even when he was coaching New York he ran a big Jay Fund charitable golf tournament here every year that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for the cause.

posted by rcade at 09:51 AM on August 24, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Winner predictions on the league's pick 'em:

B.C.: 80%
Montreal: 73%
Winnipeg: 84%
Saskatchewan: 94%

posted by rcade at 06:45 PM on August 19, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

B.C. by 6. Edmonton continues to be the best offense that can't find the end zone.

Montreal by 3. Stamps rookie QB Jake Maier is described as somebody willing to take a hit to make a play. This was how Byron Leftwich was described in Jacksonville and it meant watching a quarterback get murdered every week.

Winnipeg by 5. Another #ForTheW for the defending champs.

Saskatchewan by 11. Ottawa's kind of my team until the Schooners arrive, but this tilt is all melon.

posted by rcade at 06:39 PM on August 19, 2021

Pitcher Throws No-Hitter in First Major League Start

I was able to catch the final inning, thanks to MLB Network picking it up. Harold Reynolds and the rest of the crew did their own commentary instead of carrying another feed. Seeing Gilbert's dad becoming an emotional wreck was fun.

posted by rcade at 01:03 PM on August 15, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Winner predictions on the league's pick 'em:

Winnipeg: 85%
Edmonton: 69%
Saskatchewan: 80%

posted by rcade at 06:56 PM on August 13, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Going 0-for-everything was a kick in the loonie. But soldier on I must.

Calgary by 16. I just learned the Calgary Dinos are a thing when alumnus Charlie Moore blocked a punt last week.

Winnipeg by 9. Sorry to McLeod and the rest of the Bethel-Thompsons but this will be another road loss for the Argos.

Edmonton by 8. 161 total yards for James Wilder Jr. last week. He'll make Montreal wish it had another bye.

Saskatchewan by 10. I'm all out of Canadian insights for this one. Almost picked Hamilton.

posted by rcade at 06:38 PM on August 11, 2021

Luka Doncic Signs $207 Million, 5-Year Extension

I blew my $207 on Ruben Amaro Jr. rookie cards.

If you know anybody who wants a Ruben Amaro Jr. rookie card ...

posted by rcade at 12:21 PM on August 10, 2021

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Is it just me or does the spaghetti couple look pleased in their mugshots?

posted by rcade at 04:07 PM on August 07, 2021

The 16th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Winner predictions on the league's pick 'em:

Winnipeg: 52%
Saskatchewan: 86%
Calgary: 87%
Edmonton: 88%

posted by rcade at 06:44 PM on August 05, 2021

The 16th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

It has been too long, CFL. I look forward to relearning all of your rules.

Hamilton by 9. Even winning the Grey Cup in the Before Time isn't enough to make me pick the Blue Bombers here.

B.C. by 7. Rooting hard for former Dallas Cowboy and current Lion Lucky Whitehead, the only CFL player who once had to pay a ransom to get his dog back.

Calgary by 20. In football Toronto is the Jacksonville of the north. Calgary should keep rollin' rollin' rollin' rollin'.

Edmonton by 9. I've been hearing about Elks running back James Wilder Jr. since he was a freshman at Florida State, thanks to his aunt who was one of my grandmother's home-care nurses.

posted by rcade at 07:20 PM on August 04, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Just saw this: Nobody sleeps on Papas.

posted by rcade at 04:54 PM on August 04, 2021

NBA Playoff Pickem Champion: NoMich

Top scorer: Giannis Antetokounmpo, 35.2 PPG
Top rebounder: Giannis Antetokounmpo, 13.2 PPG
First game winner: Suns (NoMich, rcade, cixelsyd)
Top scoring team: Bucks, 123 (game 5)
Series MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Top technical fouler: Bobby Portis, 2
Three-point shooter: Khris Middleton and Jae Crowder, 16
Tiebreaker: 105 (NoMich was 1 off)

We're not a group that believes in hedging our bets. We all went big for the Suns and CP.

posted by rcade at 12:30 PM on August 02, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

OIympics gold medal women's rugby haka.

posted by rcade at 09:58 PM on August 01, 2021

Reports: Lakers agree to Russell Westbrook trade

This seems like an odd move to me. Westbrook doesn't help the Lakers get better at three-point shooting and he needs the ball a lot to make good things happen. It's hard to see it as a former MVP-quality improvement to the team when he and LeBron are sharing the court.

posted by rcade at 05:48 PM on July 30, 2021

NHL Playoff Pickem Champion: Tahoemoj

Sorry for the delay in posting this. I was on vacation in Dallas when the series ended.

Game 1 winner: Lightning (tahoemoj, tommybiden, NoMich, MrFrisby, grum@work)
Top goals: Nikita Kucherov, 3
Top assists: Cole Caulfield (tahoemoj), Barclay Goodrow, Ondrej Palat, Ryan McDonagh, Brayden Point, all 3
Top goalie: Andrei Vasilevskiy, .943 SV% (tahoemoj, tommybiden, NoMich, MrFrisby, ic23b)
Conn Smythe winner: Andrei Vasilevskiy (tommybiden)
Most penalty minutes: Corey Perry, 18
Team scoring 6 goals: Lightning, game 3 (tahoemoj, tommybiden, NoMich, MrFrisby, rcade, ic23b, cixelsyd, jjzucal, grum@work)
Tiebreaker: 25 goals (rcade and cixelsyd 1 off)

Congrats, Tahoemoj!

posted by rcade at 09:20 AM on July 29, 2021

How Fear Affects the Mental Health and Physical Safety of Elite Gymnasts

There are a lot of people going for the gold in the Idiot Olympics with their hot takes on Simone Biles' withdrawal. It's like people don't get at all that these athletes have to draw upon incredible mental capabilities in addition to physical ones, and if the mental side isn't there they can't just ignore that and perform at their peak.

posted by rcade at 01:19 PM on July 28, 2021

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