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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

NBA Playoff Pickem: Make Your Conference Finals Picks

My picks:

Celtics in 7
Top point scorer: LeBron James
Top rebounder: Anthony Davis
Top scoring team: Lakers
Team scoring 130: Lakers

Looking forward to seeing if Howard's Celtics can pull this off.

posted by rcade at 07:36 PM on September 14, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

As plans go, it's better than "beat 'em with Bortles."

posted by rcade at 01:09 PM on September 14, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The first pick was a terrible throw. He didn't plant his feet correctly and just side-heaved a soft pass into a crowd.

posted by rcade at 10:34 AM on September 14, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Jags won despite giving up 200 more yards than the Colts and never forcing the Colts to punt.

posted by rcade at 10:16 AM on September 14, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The penalty kill in the third was a series-defining moment. The Stars positioning during the 5-on-3 was fantastic, though I feel like they were helped by a Golden Knights team that was less aggressive than it could have been. They seemed to be waiting for the perfect pass.

posted by rcade at 12:42 PM on September 13, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner took a shot to the neck Saturday night. A hit in that unprotected area reminded me of the cricketer who got killed by a pitched ball to the neck a few years ago. The NHL should reassess whether the lack of neck protection is wise.

posted by rcade at 12:25 PM on September 13, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Picking the Celtics has put Howard_T in front in the NBA Playoff Pickem. NoMich went with Boston also and both of them had the series going 7.

posted by rcade at 02:27 PM on September 12, 2020

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pickem

Revised picks:

Bills by 10 (lock)

posted by rcade at 03:36 PM on September 11, 2020

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

The deadline to make changes to your roster has changed from 60 minutes before the week's first game to 90 minutes.

posted by rcade at 11:09 AM on September 11, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Stars scored 31 seconds into overtime to take a 2-1 series lead over the Golden Knights. Jamie Benn found Alexander Radulov impossibly open and he zinged a long shot off the bar and in. Dallas is playing well but Anton Khudobin had to keep them in this one with some amazing contortionism.

posted by rcade at 09:00 AM on September 11, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I just renewed the league and added a post with an invite link. Looking forward to the season!

posted by rcade at 02:28 PM on September 08, 2020

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pickem

Everybody loves Howard. Would you really use per-pick comments if they were possible?

posted by rcade at 07:52 PM on September 07, 2020

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Round 2 Leader: Geneparmesan

Revised picks:

Lightning in 7

posted by rcade at 06:54 PM on September 07, 2020

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pickem

Please use the new form to make your picks and post a comment if you experience any problems.

posted by rcade at 06:07 PM on September 07, 2020

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pickem

Click this link to make your picks


My picks:

Chiefs by 7 (lock)
Seahawks by 3
Bills by 7 (lock)
Lions by 2
Vikings by 3
Patriots by 4 (lock)
Eagles by 10 (lock)
Panthers by 3
Jaguars by 3
Ravens by 7 (lock)
Chargers by 3
Saints by 3
49ers by 9 (lock)
Cowboys by 3
Steelers by 7
Titans by 7

I don't understand how anybody has the confidence to bet money on these games. The only certainty I have is that the Jags will have a long season.

posted by rcade at 05:47 PM on September 07, 2020

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Round 2 Leader: Geneparmesan

Canucks also had a shutout in Round 2

Fixed. Thanks! This revealed a scoring error in team shutouts which also has been fixed. Check your scores.

posted by rcade at 03:40 PM on September 06, 2020

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Round 2 Leader: Geneparmesan

Use these links to see the round 1 results and round 2 results.

Round 2 props

Top three goal scorers: Nathan McKinnon, Alexander Radulov, Ondrej Palat (5 goals)

Top goalie: Andrei Vasilevskiy (.936 SV%)

Teams with shutouts: Golden Knights (games 1, 4, 7), Islanders (games 1, 7)

Teams with 6 goals: Avalanche (6 in games 3 and 5), Lightning (7 in game 3)

My picks:

Stars in 7
Lightning in 6
Top goals: Ondrej Palat
Top goalie (save %): Andrei Vasilevskiy
Team scoring most goals: Stars
Team giving up 0 goals: Lightning

I'm glad the Stars advanced but wish the Stars and Avalanche could play each other in this round too. What a series!

posted by rcade at 10:40 AM on September 06, 2020

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Round 1 Leaders: Cixelsyd and Howard_T

Round 1 scores are here. I corrected some scoring errors for number-of-games predictions in each series.

posted by rcade at 05:06 PM on September 03, 2020

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Round 1 Leaders: Cixelsyd and Howard_T

In the first round, the top scorers were Donovan Mitchell (36.3 PPG), Kawhi Leonard (32.8) and Jamal Murray (31.6).

The top rebounders were Giannis Antentokounmpo (14.6 RPG), Jarrett Allen (14.8) and Joel Embiid (12.3).

Teams that scored 130 were the Nuggets (135 in game 1), Raptors (134 in game 1, 150 in game 4), Clippers (130 in game 3, 133 in game 4, 154 in game 5), Mavericks (135 in game 5) and Lakers (135 in game 4, 131 in game 5).

The top-scoring team was the Clippers (126.7 PPG).

posted by rcade at 02:40 PM on September 03, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The NBA decision to play games from the next round while the current round is still going on drives me crazy.

posted by rcade at 02:14 PM on September 03, 2020

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Round 1 Leaders: Cixelsyd and Howard_T

Revised picks:

Lakers in 6

posted by rcade at 02:08 PM on September 03, 2020

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Round 1 Leaders: Cixelsyd and Howard_T

Revised picks:

Clippers in 5
Top point scorer: Kawhi Leonard
Top scoring team: Clippers
Team scoring 130: Clippers

posted by rcade at 08:25 PM on September 02, 2020

Jaguars Release Leonard Fournette

I didn't expect that the rest of the league wouldn't think Fournette was worth a 7th round pick or a waiver claim at age 25. His $4 million salary is around 16th among running backs. If there was any belief at all in his abilities to be an RB1 I think a team would've claimed him. Instead he'll be picked up at a serious discount that makes it easy to cut him loose.

posted by rcade at 11:45 PM on September 01, 2020

Jaguars Release Leonard Fournette

Fournette should join the Steelers. He obliterated them twice in 2017.

posted by rcade at 04:03 PM on September 01, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Does anyone here know if there's a way to renew the SportsFilter Fantasy Premier League league without creating my team first?

posted by rcade at 03:41 PM on September 01, 2020

Jaguars Release Leonard Fournette

The best part about missing on Henry is that he was legendary in this area. Yulee's close to Jacksonville and he set a national all-time high school rushing record there with 12,144 yards (almost seven miles).

posted by rcade at 10:17 AM on August 31, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The battle in the crease before the fourth goal was hilarious. One of the Avs was trying to plant Corey Perry's face deep into the ice. He scrambled up just in time to be a distraction as the goal was scored.

Throughout the series the Stars have found an extra gear at times.

posted by rcade at 08:43 AM on August 31, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

In the Stars-Avs game last night, defenseman Cale Makar made a blunder I've never seen before in a hockey game. He was collecting the puck behind his own goal while the last Stars goal to make it 5-3 was announced. It got away from him, went in front of the goalie whose back was turned and Denis Gurianov tapped it in through the goalie's legs. That ended up being the deciding goal. You can see it here at 3:30.

posted by rcade at 08:27 AM on August 31, 2020

Jaguars Trade Ngakoue to Vikings for 2nd- and 5th-Round Picks

Ngakoue would've made $40 million in 2019 and 2020 if he signed with the Jaguars. Now he'll make $15 million for those two years. In case you're wondering why he recently fired his agent.

posted by rcade at 09:24 PM on August 30, 2020

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Round 1 Leaders: Cixelsyd and Howard_T

Revised picks:

Bucks in 6
Top rebounder: Giannis Antetokounmpo

posted by rcade at 05:22 PM on August 30, 2020

Jaguars Trade Ngakoue to Vikings for 2nd- and 5th-Round Picks

This is another thing to blame on Tom Coughlin, who ended up driving off two of the best defensive players he ever drafted in Ngakoue and Jalen Ramsey. I'm skeptical the latter would've stayed in Duuuval even if he was happy, because his ego was too big for a small market. But still, this is such a fall from the defense that took the field in 2017.

For 2020 the Jags have lost so much on the defensive line that they are likely the worst in the league even with Josh Allen. And they couldn't stop the run at all when they had a better line last year.

My ability to approach a new Jags season with optimism is being sorely tested.

posted by rcade at 09:23 AM on August 30, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

You can now get your name on the base of the CFL's Grey Cup for $399 (with $50 off if you own season tickets).

posted by rcade at 05:04 PM on August 29, 2020

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Round 1 Leaders: Cixelsyd and Howard_T

Howard_T: Just to confirm, those players are the ones you'd pick even if all four series were starting, correct?

posted by rcade at 02:58 PM on August 29, 2020

Brian Urlacher slammed over posts apparently dismissing NBA protest, advocating to 'free' shooting suspect

These comments are disgraceful. I wonder if he would've said them if he was still awaiting potential NFL Hall of Fame induction.

posted by rcade at 02:56 PM on August 29, 2020

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Round 1 Leaders: Cixelsyd and Howard_T

The props are up because some players might want to select teams and players from the Celtics/Raptors series. They can only be chosen before game 1 starts (though the form doesn't enforce this limit).

posted by rcade at 02:47 PM on August 29, 2020

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Round 1 Leaders: Cixelsyd and Howard_T

My picks:

Raptors in 7

posted by rcade at 02:37 PM on August 29, 2020

Milwaukee Bucks Boycott Game 5 of Playoff Series

Doesn't look good that my Orlando City SC played.

posted by rcade at 01:08 AM on August 27, 2020

Milwaukee Bucks Boycott Game 5 of Playoff Series

The NBA's in uncharted territory here. Unless this is accepted as a one-game-only situation, how do the players say they've seen enough to justify returning to play?

posted by rcade at 06:41 PM on August 26, 2020

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Round 1 Scores (in Progress)

The scores have been updated with the Heat and Raptors series victories and some more 130-plus games.

posted by rcade at 05:59 PM on August 25, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich

Nice! I'll find one.

posted by rcade at 02:00 PM on August 22, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich

This is the second championship for NoMich, who also won in 2017-18. There have been no other repeat winners. Congratulations!

Drop me an email for where you'd like the prize.

posted by rcade at 01:39 PM on August 22, 2020

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Round 2

NoMich: Please enter those picks in the form also.

Just so people know, there was one prop that changed in this round. Instead of picking a team that gets 6 or more goals, it's the team that scores the most total.

posted by rcade at 01:15 PM on August 22, 2020

Over Two Minutes of MLB Players Cursing in Empty Stadiums

I'm deducting points for the reliance on the same few profanities. These players need to watch Deadwood.

posted by rcade at 12:32 PM on August 22, 2020

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Round 2

The top goalscorers of round 1 were Bo Horvat, Anthony Beauvillier, Nazem Kadri, Denis Gurianov and Joe Pavelski with 6 goals. The top goalie was Carter Hart with a .944 save percentage.

The Stars, Canucks and Avalanche all scored 6 or more goals in a game. The Avalanche got 7 in games 4 and 5. The Stars got 7 in game 6 and the Canucks got 6 in game 6.

Five teams got shutouts: The Avalance, Canadiens, Flames, Flyers and Islanders.

My picks:

Stars in 7
Flyers in 5
Lightning in 6
Golden Knights in 7
Top goals: Joe Pavelski
Top goalie (save %): Carter Hart
Team scoring most goals: Stars
Team giving up 0 goals: Lightning

At least one Stars/Avalanche game will go to overtime tied at 7.

posted by rcade at 12:12 PM on August 22, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Cixelsyd leads the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em with 59 points.

posted by rcade at 08:42 PM on August 21, 2020

Thom Brennaman Makes Anti-Gay Comment on Hot Mic During Reds Game

I love a good Wizard of Id take.

"Your highness, the peasants are revolting."

"I agree."

posted by rcade at 08:29 PM on August 21, 2020

Thom Brennaman Makes Anti-Gay Comment on Hot Mic During Reds Game

I'm waiting for that part of the apology where he directly seeks the forgiveness of the LGBT community.

Not doing that while calling himself "a man of faith" was a curious decision. Maybe he lacked the composure to apologize well as his career was imploding before his eyes. Or maybe he's comfortable talking like that and doesn't genuinely care if it hurt anybody.

posted by rcade at 12:28 PM on August 20, 2020

NHL Playoff Pickem Round 1 Scores (in Progress)

Everybody liked at least one of the Lightning or Golden Knights. I'm still working on the formatting but it should be readable on mobile.

posted by rcade at 06:23 PM on August 19, 2020

Body cam and long distance camera footage released showing Masai Ujiri's run-in with Almeda County sheriff deputy.

It shouldn't be up to Ujiri to fight this fraudster alone. The cop's actions (and county sheriff's initial recommendation charges be filed) hurt the league by putting bad publicity on a barrier-breaking exec whose team had just reached the pinnacle of success. The NBA should do everything it can to see that the cop faces repercussions for lying and faking injury.

posted by rcade at 02:43 PM on August 19, 2020