Recent Comments by rcade

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

His first girlfriend. Not the one who completed him.

posted by rcade at 11:48 AM on July 14, 2020

The Washington Redskins

SportsFilter cofounder Oliver Willis is a huge Washington fan. He weighs in on Twitter. I was wondering whether he had come around to supporting a name change.

posted by rcade at 06:17 PM on July 13, 2020

The Washington Redskins

I liked Americans as a replacement but it would still be received as a subtle reference to Native Americans, which wouldn't fully remove the problem of using Native Americans as a sports mascot.

Redtails is the runaway favorite on Twitter and looks great in the helmet and logo mockups somebody designed, but I wonder if the implicit reference to African-Americans through the Tuskegee Airmen is also inviting future problems.

I feel like Red Wolves or some other name that doesn't have these concerns is going to prevail. Washington, the NFL and NFL corporate sponsors are all going to be extremely risk averse about this change.

posted by rcade at 11:10 AM on July 13, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Because that's what it is. A job.

There's an implicit assumption here that if something is a "job" you must do it, no matter what sacrifices you and your family must make. But that's not the assumption anyone makes about their own job. People decide how far they're willing to sacrifice. That's true of common people just as much as millionaire athletes.

Few people would miss their child's birth for a job.

posted by rcade at 11:38 AM on July 11, 2020

Patriots Sign Cam Newton to 1-Year Deal

The irony of Newton leaving after last season is that he wasn't being overused on the run any more. Christian McCaffrey had finally given the Panthers a running option better than the QB but Newton wasn't able to enjoy it.

posted by rcade at 07:08 PM on July 01, 2020

What the Hell, Bill Simmons?

It seems like a serious breach of ethics to slam an idea that you were privately pitching to ESPN. It's also a breach to not disclose your attempted involvement in the broadcast, especially if it involved any money.

posted by rcade at 05:18 PM on June 29, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Seattle Kraken!

posted by rcade at 11:33 AM on June 27, 2020

Dak Prescott Will Sign Franchise Tag Today

I'm surprised there's any consideration to letting Prescott go. I remember too well the lean years at quarterback in Dallas between Aikman and Romo.

At 77, Jones has to be wondering if he'll live long enough to hoist another Lombardi. The team comes into 2020 liked by Vegas: These odds on ESPN have the Cowboys at 11-1 to win the next Super Bowl, which only trails 4-1 Kansas City, 8-1 Baltimore and 7-1 San Francisco.

posted by rcade at 07:15 AM on June 23, 2020

Premier League Returns Today

Small nit: Villa-Sheffield is at 12:55 PM EST.

Thanks for the correction.

posted by rcade at 12:17 PM on June 17, 2020

Premier League Returns Today

I didn't even recognize my Fantasy Premier League team any more when I loaded the site this morning. This isn't a bad thing. They're terrible!

Games will have five substitutions and water breaks.

posted by rcade at 12:17 PM on June 17, 2020

NFL says it was wrong in handling of protests over racial injustice, encourages players to do so peacefully

You can't be a Jaguars fan and think Colin Kaepernick has been kept out of the NFL because he isn't a good enough quarterback.

posted by rcade at 06:20 PM on June 06, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Thank you for bringing back that link, Holden. I had blocked it from memory, apparently, so I got to enjoy it all over again.

posted by rcade at 11:17 AM on May 30, 2020

Baseball Struggles to Reach a Deal to Return

If I was a player I'd raise hell about any scheme pitting players against each other, which is what the sliding scale does. Let the owners pull that now to their benefit and they'll keep playing that card in the future.

posted by rcade at 12:10 PM on May 28, 2020

NBA May Play Rest of Season at Disney World

I've been wondering why leagues don't move the games to a country that has the pandemic under control. South Korea is down to just 16 cases yesterday and its peak ended in March. They have aggressive contact tracing. You're much less likely to be catching it there than here.

posted by rcade at 11:12 AM on May 25, 2020

Monday Night Football Waives Tessitore, McFarland

I am probably shaming myself by saying this, but I liked the vibe of the old Mike Patrick/Joe Thiesman/Paul Maguire Sunday Night Football broadcasts on ESPN. It wasn't overdoing the pageantry or hype. It was mostly just a football game. The announcers weren't even calling that much attention to themselves, aside from the occasional Maguire bit like the times he was put in an elevated tower on the sideline in crap weather.

Give me a Monday night team that is more about that game and less about the legendary institution of Monday Night Football.

The person I'd pick for play-by-play is Scott Hanson of NFL Red Zone.

posted by rcade at 05:10 PM on May 13, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

If a large country reaches a point where it has a miniscule number of coronavirus cases, I am wondering about the feasibility of an American sports league to play all its games there.

posted by rcade at 06:52 PM on April 27, 2020

2020 NFL Draft

I'm hoping C.J. Henderson was overcome by emotion when he was selected by the Jaguars and not mortified.

posted by rcade at 10:07 PM on April 23, 2020

2020 NFL Draft

The Bengals aren't that far removed from being a regular 10-win team. That doesn't mean they're good now, but it suggests some organizational strength that we would've loved to have in Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuval.

posted by rcade at 08:35 PM on April 23, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Gronk is 30. His prime was 10 years ago when he was drafted? I think you have him confused with everyone the Jags have drafted at that position.

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Thanks, everybody! It's a party around here. Found a bag of unopened almonds in the fridge after everything better than that got eaten. AND WE HAVE TP!

posted by rcade at 04:50 PM on April 13, 2020

Opening Day Baseball in Taiwan

Rainout! Aaargh!

posted by rcade at 03:02 PM on April 12, 2020

Wimbledon Bought Pandemic Insurance

When informed that someone had made these rule changes, all Victoria Azarenka had to say was, "Whoooooooooooooo? Whoooooooooooooooo?"

posted by rcade at 04:15 PM on April 09, 2020

Record-Breaking NFL Kicker Tom Dempsey Dies

When I was in elementary school in Richardson I would devour books from Scholastic Book Club on sports heroes. Tom Dempsey was one of my favorite subjects. Breaking a record the way he did and by such a margin was incredible.

posted by rcade at 01:57 PM on April 05, 2020

Everything to know about the Korea Baseball Organization, which hopes to start season by early May

I'm going to root for the Samsung Lions and hope Julio Franco rejoins the team.

posted by rcade at 05:30 PM on April 04, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I don't think Foles gave up much money. He had $20.1 million guaranteed under the Jags contract and has $21 million guaranteed. He gets years he can void and incentives that push up his current year and future years over the $8 million per year. The main thing he loses is a gaudy total number that he might never have collected anyway.

Here's one breakdown.

posted by rcade at 12:56 PM on April 03, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle


True story: Cavs cheerleader came up to me during 96 Knicks game. Said, "Are you Mike Wise from The NY Times? OMG, I read everything you write." I went to talk to her after game and she blew me off. I walked into locker room. Patrick Ewing looked up and smiled: "April Fools."

posted by rcade at 04:10 PM on April 01, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


posted by rcade at 08:59 PM on March 30, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I found out today I'm blocked on Twitter by sports columnist Mike Freeman. It's weird because we've never exchanged messages on there and I can't recall ever discussing him publicly. I thought during his short stint in Jacksonville over a decade ago he was kind of awful but I can't recall ever criticizing him in a public forum.

posted by rcade at 01:34 PM on March 30, 2020

Harlem Globetrotters' legend Curly Neal dies at age 77

Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal were peak Globetrotter for me. I think they were probably the first professional basketball players I could identify.

posted by rcade at 10:44 AM on March 29, 2020

Denny Hamlin Beats Dale Earnhardt in iRacing Race

At the level I follow Nascar -- side monitor while I'm doing work on the computer on the weekend -- this was just as enjoyable as the real thing.

posted by rcade at 06:01 PM on March 22, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 22: Social Distancing Edition

Sadly, no. But competitive League of Legends might be possible.

posted by rcade at 04:02 PM on March 22, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 22: Social Distancing Edition

Ignore "This Week's Games." I'm leaving those games in the database in case they're played later.

Provisional congratulations, Ufez!

posted by rcade at 03:31 PM on March 21, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The production value on that is hilarious. I can't believe I watched this one in full.

posted by rcade at 12:38 PM on March 16, 2020

NFL Players Approve New CBA Through 2030

I didn't want a 17-game season nor an expansion of the playoffs because of the increased damage it will inflict on players.

The deal expands rosters from 53 players to 55 and expands the practice squad from 10 to 14 players. The latter get $2,500 more a week ($10,500 total).

There should be more than a 3.5% increase in rosters to account for a 6% increase in regular season games is Rosters should increase to 60.

posted by rcade at 04:26 PM on March 15, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It reminds me of the end of the 1994 MLB season when, as a joke, I declared the Seattle Mariners champions because they won the last game of the 1994 season.

I can remember celebrating 1994 as the first AL West championship in Texas Rangers history. I attended the last game. They were 52-62!

posted by rcade at 11:39 AM on March 14, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has coronavirus. The team has postponed its weekend match and there's more rumbles the Premier League will suspend play.

posted by rcade at 10:49 PM on March 12, 2020

NBA Suspends Season Because of Coronavirus

MLS suspends season.

posted by rcade at 11:59 AM on March 12, 2020

NBA Suspends Season Because of Coronavirus

The Players is taking place today in Jacksonville Beach, though they just decided to disallow spectators.

posted by rcade at 11:44 AM on March 12, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 21: Minor Joint Capsule Edition

Denver by 6. Want to pick Dallas but not seeing it.
Sacramento by 4. Like them at home here.

posted by rcade at 10:56 AM on March 11, 2020

American Sports World Dragging Its Feet on Coronavirus

But I don't think it's a "cancel everything and buy up all the toilet paper" big deal.

If the U.S. had been testing aggressively so that we had a better idea of where COVID-19 is, I might agree with you. But we've been lagging far behind a lot of the world and Trump is more worried about the stock market than the health of the people. As of today we've only tested 5,000 people.

We have to flatten the curve so that our hospitals can handle the number of cases. If we experience a caseload like Wuhan at its peak, it will fill every ICU in America with a COVID-19 patient in critical condition, per Harvard epidemologist Marc Lipsitch.

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Let me know if logins and auto-login are starting to behave. I found a bug in the hostname setting for this server.

posted by rcade at 07:30 PM on March 10, 2020

American Sports World Dragging Its Feet on Coronavirus

My advice is to become hermits.

Too late to prevent extremely healthy twenty- and thirty-somethings from getting sick with something resembling the flu or RSV?

I don't think "mild" coronavirus cases are as mild as people think. But even if it's mild for the majority of healthy people in their 20s and 30s, it's not mild for their relatives over 70. It's causing a lot of deaths to people in their 70s and 80s.

But we can't just shut down the entire country for a virus with a three percent mortality rate.

Three percent of the U.S. population is nine million people. The flu's mortality is generally 0.05% to 0.10% -- 30 times lower.

The 3% mortality rate is based on being able to go to a hospital and get on a ventilator if you need it. When that's not true anymore because the hospitals are full and all the ventilators are taken, the mortality gets a lot worse.

For those who don't want to close public events, consider the example of Biogen. That company had a conference attended by 175 managers in Boston on Feb. 26-27. Two weeks later there are 70 cases of coronavirus that originated from that event.

The only way the U.S. avoids the kinds of problems Italy is experiencing is through extreme social distancing. We're beyond the approach of finding new isolated cases and checking all the people they came into contact with. Sporting events will be cancelled all over the place in the coming 2-4 weeks.

Italy isn't under lockdown because of hysteria. It's because they're seeing a "tsunami of patients" and the healthcare system is "one step from collapse," according to an ICU coordinator there.

posted by rcade at 05:06 PM on March 10, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 21: Minor Joint Capsule Edition

Dallas by 8. This would be the first sweep of the Spurs in Mavericks history.
L.A. Clippers by 12 (dunk). Golden State has struggled offensively and struggled defensively, but otherwise things are going well.

posted by rcade at 11:16 AM on March 10, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: The Bucks Stop Nowhere Edition

L.A. Lakers by 7

posted by rcade at 02:20 PM on March 08, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: The Bucks Stop Nowhere Edition

Golden State by 4. Gotta find a win somewhere.

posted by rcade at 08:34 AM on March 07, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: The Bucks Stop Nowhere Edition

New Orleans by 3. Waffled on this one for a while.
L.A. Lakers by 2. Gotta end on a buzzer beater.

posted by rcade at 12:07 PM on March 06, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I was planning to attend some spring training games and Orlando City FC games, but I'm not going to attend any. We're hypercautious about respiratory illnesses because of relatives with ashtma.

posted by rcade at 11:46 AM on March 06, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: The Bucks Stop Nowhere Edition

L.A. Clippers by 6. Clippers extend streak to 6.
Toronto by 13 (dunk). Playing Golden State is now a curative.

posted by rcade at 07:49 PM on March 05, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: The Bucks Stop Nowhere Edition

The Nets scored 51 points in the fourth to force overtime and held the Celtics to 2 points after that to win. Didn't see that coming.

Milwaukee by 6 (dunk). This is the first time all season the Pacers have been a double-digit underdog.
Dallas by 12 (dunk). Pelicans on the second day of a back to back.

posted by rcade at 11:49 AM on March 04, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: The Bucks Stop Nowhere Edition

Boston by 5. Nets keep it close.
L.A. Lakers by 10. This won't be pretty.

posted by rcade at 10:53 AM on March 03, 2020

MLS Soccer Begins 25th Season

I don't understand how Leonardo is upright instead of draped over the rows of fans.

posted by rcade at 09:28 AM on March 01, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I just watched 94 minutes of Sheffield Wednesday playing Derby County before I realized that the Wayne Rooney who is playing is the Wayne Rooney.

posted by rcade at 11:54 AM on February 29, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: Porzingis in the Paint Edition

Houston by 7
Utah by 6
Oklahoma City by 4
Denver by 9
Houston by 7
L.A. Clippers by 13
L.A. Lakers by 7 (dunk)

posted by rcade at 09:26 PM on February 26, 2020

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Jagsnumberone

Bender's pants are in the air.

Jagsnumberone must wait, because all sizes of Jaguars Zubaz pants are out of stock.

I feel like that says something about the city of Jacksonville and I like it.

posted by rcade at 04:47 PM on February 25, 2020

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Jagsnumberone

I hate to do this, but there was one more chad left to fall. Jagsnumberone's pick of Fuller to intercept a pass was not counted, giving him 106 to tie Bender. He wins on a tiebreaker.

So Jags is the winner, but SportsFilter is going to buy pants of consolation for Bender as well.

posted by rcade at 02:46 PM on February 24, 2020

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Jagsnumberone

I fixed last round's results, which were missing 10 of NoMich's prop points.

Super Bowl Props

FIRST FG: Robbie Gould (SF) -- cixelsyd, ic23b, prof, bender, rumple, NoMich, tron7, jagsnumberone

FIRST TD: Patrick Mahomes (KC) -- rumple

PASSING: Patrick Mahomes (KC), 286 -- tahoemoj, cixelsyd, ic23b, prof, tommytrump, gridironarizona, bender, rcade, rumple, NoMich, tron7, jagsnumberone

RUSHING: Damien Williams (KC), 104 -- rcade

RECEIVING: Tyreek Hill (KC), 105 -- tron7

SACK: DeForest Buckner, Jaquiski Tartt, Nick Bosa -- cixelsyd, ic23b, tommytrump, rcade, tron7, Earl Mitchell (SF); Frank Clark (KC) -- rumple, NoMich, jagsnumberone

INTERCEPTION: Tarvarius Moore, Fred Warner (SF); Bashaud Breeland -- bender, Kendall Fuller (KC) -- ic23b, jagsnumberone

OOPS: Jimmy Garoppolo interception (SF) -- tahoemoj, ic23b, tommytrump, gridironarizona, rcade, rumple, NoMich, tron7, jagsnumberone

MVP: Patrick Mahomes (KC) -- tommytrump, bender, rcade, rumple, NoMich, tron7, jagsnumberone

ADS: Jeep -- NoMich

TIEBREAKER: 51 (Jagsnumberone 69, Bender 87)

Final Standings

PlayerTotal ScoreProps

posted by rcade at 10:59 PM on February 23, 2020

XFL Has First Kick Return TD Under New Rules

I've watched a few games and I'm liking the new kickoffs. The full kickoff rules are summarized on Wikipedia.

posted by rcade at 07:31 PM on February 23, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

How do you pit with four laps to go when you're in the lead? Ryan Blaney did that in the Pennzoil 400 in Vegas. Joey Logano stayed out on old tires with seven other drivers and won without much of a challenge.

posted by rcade at 07:08 PM on February 23, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Elam Ending Edition

Philadelphia by 8 (dunk)
Houston by 10 (dunk)
Oklahoma City by 3
New Orleans by 6
Milwaukee by 8
L.A. Lakers by 10

posted by rcade at 06:19 PM on February 20, 2020

Daytona 500 Ends with Horrifying Airborne Crash

Ryan Newman walked out of Halifax Hospital today hand in hand with his daughters.

posted by rcade at 09:30 PM on February 19, 2020