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NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Finals Edition

My picks:

Celtics in 6
Mavericks in 6
Top point scorer: Jimmy Butler
Top rebounder: Bam A.
Top scoring team: Mavericks
Team scoring 130: Mavericks

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:35 PM on May 17, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Semifinals Edition

My picks:

Heat in 5
Suns in 6
Celtics in 6
Warriors in 5
Top point scorer: Steph Curry
Top rebounder: Giannis
Top scoring team: Suns
Team scoring 130: Warriors

posted by Goyoucolts at 02:58 PM on May 01, 2022

Star-Crossed Nets Bounced from Playoffs in Four Games

The "managing this franchise" line really rubbed me the wrong way. Players play the game on the court, coaches play the game on the whiteboard, executives play the game in the draft war room and trade markets. Everyone plays to their strengths. The Nets were a really fun team pre-KD and Irving, a team going in the right direction, a team building a winning culture the hard way. Now, they have two famously esoteric stars (three if you want to count Harden or Simmons) who have been calling the shots and they've achieved... what, exactly? Certainly not success. How has courting NBA headliners and kowtowing to their personnel demands (DeAndre Jordan, Harden, Blake Griffin) made this team better?

I have not enjoyed the player empowerment era.

posted by Goyoucolts at 10:13 AM on April 26, 2022

Enter the SportsFilter NBA Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Mavericks in 7
Grizzlies in 5
76ers in 6
Warriors in 5
Heat in 6
Celtics in 6
Bucks in 4
Suns in 5
Top point scorer: Donovan Mitchell
Top rebounder: Rudy Gobert
Top scoring team: Bucks
Team scoring 130: Bucks

Really looking forward to Doncic returning in Game 3 and leading Dallas on a series comeback.

posted by Goyoucolts at 03:41 PM on April 15, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'll sleep easier at night knowing Indy avoided The Baker Experience.

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:11 PM on March 22, 2022

Cleveland Browns Sell Their Soul for DeShawn Watson

Couple notes here that I find interesting.

*The ENTIRE contract is guaranteed. This has never happened in the NFL at this scale before. Second place on the guaranteed money list is Mahomes... $141,481,905. Watson is almost 100m clear of that number. Eye-popping stuff.

*The Browns restructured Watson's deal so that he is only making $1m in salary this year. That way, when he serves his suspension, he's only losing out on a minimal amount of money -- games missed to suspension mean that he'd be losing game checks, but those game checks are artificially small now. This was absolutely done intentionally, and is the first time I can recall a team working with a player to deliberately circumvent a fine/fiscal punishment

*I strongly suspect that this was an act of desperation by Cleveland after botching this the first time around -- once Baker demanded a trade and they denied his request, I think they realized they'd forced their own hand and went back to Watson with sacks of guaranteed dollars.

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:04 PM on March 19, 2022

New York Governor Backs New Bills Stadium

I will never understand why taxpayers foot the bill for fancy new football stadiums. Just don't get it, conceptually.

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:25 PM on March 06, 2022

Juwan Howard Takes Swing at Wisconsin Coach After Game

That's two of these sorts of interactions from Howard in the last two to three years, by my hazy count. Completely unacceptable behavior. Zero excuse, either -- I've watched the tape a dozen times and the Wisconsin coach barely touches his wrist when Howard walks by and stiffs the handshake.

And the "I felt threatened" language is laughable. You're a giant of a man, with three or four people standing in front of you who you had to stretch over to throw that punch/slap... what exactly was threatening you??

posted by Goyoucolts at 12:00 AM on February 21, 2022

Steelers Hire Brian Flores as Assistant Coach

Honestly a little shocked he got the gig, and I wonder if he is too. Figured he knew when he filed suit that he was going to get Keap'd. Good for him.

BTW, this almost assuredly means that Watson is getting traded to Pittsburgh, right? Flores and him are almost a package deal, the Steelers need a new QB, Watson remains young and very talented and, well... Let's just say Big Ben remained popular in that city.

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:17 PM on February 19, 2022

SportsFilter Playoff Pickem Champion: Ic23b

Congratulations, ic23b! Well earned.

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:11 PM on February 19, 2022

Rams Win Super Bowl 0x38

Happy for so many of the Rams players who landed a ring, but perhaps most for Eric Weddle, who came off the couch a month ago after two years of retirement to bolster the Rams defense on the way to the Super Bowl, then ruptured his pec in tonight's game and played all four quarters anyway. What a Herculean effort.

posted by Goyoucolts at 01:31 AM on February 14, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x38 Edition

My picks:

Rams by 4 (lock)
Passer: Matthew Stafford
Rusher: Akers
Receiver: OBJ
Player with interception: Jessie Bates III
Player with sack: Donald
Player with first turnover: Joe Mixon
Super Bowl MVP: Donald
Tiebreaker: 27-23

posted by Goyoucolts at 05:31 PM on February 12, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 3: 13 Seconds Edition

Just to confirm, that's a sack and not an interception, correct?

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:35 PM on January 29, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 3: 13 Seconds Edition

My picks:

Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Rams by 6 (lock)
Passer: Patrick Mahomes
Rusher: Eli Mitchell
Receiver: Tee Higgins
Player with sack: Nick Bosa

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:33 PM on January 29, 2022

'13 Seconds' Joins 'Wide Right' and 'Music City Miracle'

I don't think the squib kick helps the Bills.

Kicking it short was really the play. Plop the ball inside the 5-yard line and KC either fair catches and has an extra 20 yards to go or tries to turn up field and kills about 4 seconds while ending up right back at the same 25-yard line that the Chiefs got after the touchback anyway.

Either way, the choice to go with a soft, prevent-style defense was absolutely killer. KC just needed a FG, why are you defending the home run?!

Excited to see these two teams battle it out for the next decade.

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:06 AM on January 25, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 2: Hand the Ref the Ball Edition

Well, Bates didn't make me wait long. First play from scrimmage lmao.

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:35 PM on January 22, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 2: Hand the Ref the Ball Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 3
Packers by 6 (lock)
Rams by 4
Bills by 6
Passer: Josh Allen
Rusher: Devin Singletary
Receiver: Davante Adams
Player with interception: Jessie Bates III

posted by Goyoucolts at 10:06 PM on January 21, 2022

Enter the NFL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Buccaneers by 6 (lock)
49ers by 3
Chiefs by 22 (lock)
Rams by 6

posted by Goyoucolts at 03:46 AM on January 16, 2022

Play the SportsFilter NFL Pickem

My picks:

Buccaneers by 3 (lock)
Eagles by 3
Bills by 6 (lock)
Vikings by 7 (lock)
49ers by 13 (lock)
Titans by 4 (lock)
Seahawks by 4
Chargers by 6
Jets by 4
Texans by 1
Chiefs by 4
Patriots by 9
Packers by 10 (lock)
Broncos by 8
Rams by 10 (lock)
Ravens by 4

posted by Goyoucolts at 09:18 AM on September 08, 2021

Enter the European Soccer Pick'em on SportsFilter

In. Go England!

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:56 PM on June 10, 2021

Falcons Trade Julio Jones to Titans

The AFC South just got tougher.

posted by Goyoucolts at 01:32 PM on June 06, 2021

NBA Pickem Champion: Goyoucolts

Thanks y'all, and a special thank you for hosting these contests, rcade. First time I have won one!

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:50 PM on May 28, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 21: End of Season Edition

Revised picks:

Heat by 5
Trail Blazers by 3

posted by Goyoucolts at 05:57 PM on May 13, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 21: End of Season Edition

Revised picks:

Hawks by 4 (slam dunk)
Trail Blazers by 6

posted by Goyoucolts at 05:00 PM on May 12, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 21: End of Season Edition

Revised picks:

Heat by 6 (slam dunk)
Lakers by 6

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:06 PM on May 11, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 21: End of Season Edition

My picks:

Heat by 8
Lakers by 6 (slam dunk)
Wizards by 3
Jazz by 6
76ers by 11 (slam dunk)
Suns by 7 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 5

posted by Goyoucolts at 03:09 PM on May 11, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 20: Pittsburgh Pisces Edition

My picks:

Bulls by 5
Trail Blazers by 7 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 6 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 7 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 09:17 AM on May 07, 2021

Aaron Rodgers Wants Out of Green Bay

I'm struggling to believe this was anything more than Rodgers attempting to bully the Green Bay front office into drafting a weapon for him on offense. And, since they took a corner instead, I guess it failed.

posted by Goyoucolts at 12:25 PM on April 30, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 19: Knicks on Fire Edition

My picks:

Warriors by 5
Lakers by 6
Clippers by 7
Warriors by 11 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 5 (slam dunk)
Nets by 8
Warriors by 3
Lakers by 6

posted by Goyoucolts at 09:43 PM on April 26, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 18: 7 A.M. at a Strip Club Edition

Revised picks:

Nets by 6

posted by Goyoucolts at 01:24 PM on April 25, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 18: 7 A.M. at a Strip Club Edition

Revised picks:

Bucks by 11 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 03:13 PM on April 24, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 18: 7 A.M. at a Strip Club Edition

Revised picks:

Nets by 5 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 01:19 PM on April 23, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 18: 7 A.M. at a Strip Club Edition

Thanks, rcade!

posted by Goyoucolts at 09:45 PM on April 22, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 18: 7 A.M. at a Strip Club Edition

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posted by Goyoucolts at 02:32 PM on April 22, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 18: 7 A.M. at a Strip Club Edition

My picks:

76ers by 6
Lakers by 3
Celtics by 5
Knicks by 7
Bucks by 7
Mavericks by 5
Celtics by 12
Suns by 9

posted by Goyoucolts at 02:30 PM on April 22, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 18: 7 A.M. at a Strip Club Edition

When you go 12-1 and lose ground in the standings. Lol.

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:50 AM on April 22, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 17: Everybody Hates the Play-In Edition

Revised picks:

Lakers by 5 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:30 AM on April 17, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 17: Everybody Hates the Play-In Edition

Revised picks:

76ers by 7 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 05:47 PM on April 16, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 17: Everybody Hates the Play-In Edition

My picks:

Celtics by 8 (slam dunk)
76ers by 5
Mavericks by 9 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 12 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 6
Clippers by 7
Knicks by 3
Jazz by 6
Celtics by 7
Knicks by 2
Nets by 7
76ers by 6
Jazz by 4

posted by Goyoucolts at 09:04 PM on April 13, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 16: Pittsburgh Pisces Edition

Revised picks:

Heat by 7 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 12:13 PM on April 08, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 16: Pittsburgh Pisces Edition

Revised picks:

Nets by 6 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 03:45 PM on April 07, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 16: Pittsburgh Pisces Edition

My picks:

76ers by 5
Bucks by 11 (slam dunk)
Nets by 6
Jazz by 3
Heat by 7
Suns by 5
Nets by 8
Lakers by 2
Nuggets by 7

posted by Goyoucolts at 09:47 PM on April 05, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 15: Orlando Traded Everybody Edition

My picks:

Mavericks by 5
Bucks by 12 (slam dunk)
Nets by 14 (slam dunk)
Nuggets by 7 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 8 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 02:24 AM on March 31, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 14: High Ankle Sprain Edition

My picks:

Pelicans by 12 (slam dunk)
76ers by 8
Bucks by 9 (slam dunk)
Jazz by 14 (slam dunk)
Trail Blazers by 7
76ers by 16 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 6
Warriors by 5

posted by Goyoucolts at 03:32 PM on March 22, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 13: 17-Point 6-Minute Comeback Edition

My picks:

Jazz by 10 (slam dunk)
Hornets by 4
Mavericks by 8 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 12:21 PM on March 18, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 11: Never Shut Up Edition

My picks:

Clippers by 5 (slam dunk)
Lakers by 6
Nets by 12 (slam dunk)
Trail Blazers by 4
Pelicans by 8

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:19 PM on March 02, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 10: Dr J Takes the Shot Edition

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posted by Goyoucolts at 05:37 PM on February 25, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 10: Dr J Takes the Shot Edition

Revised picks:

76ers by 3 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 05:37 PM on February 25, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 10: Dr J Takes the Shot Edition

My picks:

Mavericks by 7 (slam dunk)
Nuggets by 5 (slam dunk)
Pacers by 4
Jazz by 13 (slam dunk)
76ers by 3
Bucks by 5
Celtics by 6
Trail Blazers by 2
Nets by 7
Clippers by 8
Lakers by 5

posted by Goyoucolts at 12:13 PM on February 23, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 9: Rebuild the Pistons Edition

My picks:

Pelicans by 7
Suns by 4
76ers by 11 (slam dunk)
Heat by 5
Bucks by 2
Nets by 6 (slam dunk)
76ers by 9 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 4 (slam dunk)
Heat by 3
Celtics by 6
Clippers by 7

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:12 PM on February 15, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 7: Fan Interaction Edition

My picks:

Bucks by 15 (slam dunk)
Suns by 7
Mavericks by 8
Nuggets by 6
Nets by 16 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 5
Warriors by 6

posted by Goyoucolts at 10:21 PM on February 02, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 6: Damian's New Kicks Edition

Updated pick for tonight:

Clippers by 7 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 05:45 PM on January 28, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 6: Damian's New Kicks Edition

My picks:

Heat by 5 (slam dunk)
Trail Blazers by 7
Bucks by 8 (slam dunk)
Mavericks by 7
Lakers by 12 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:25 PM on January 28, 2021

Tom Brady Leads Buccaneers to Super Bowl 0x37

Every year that the NFL threatens to become enjoyable ("Wow, three teams I don't hate made the semifinals, including the three best teams in the league this year! What could go wrong??), they snatch it back with some awful narrative-based shenanigans. Another Super Bowl I'll be skipping.

posted by Goyoucolts at 09:01 PM on January 24, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 5: N-E-T-S Nets Nets Nets Edition

My picks:

Suns by 9 (slam dunk)
Lakers by 7
Pelicans by 11
Celtics by 8 (slam dunk)
Nuggets by 4

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:51 PM on January 20, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 4: Here Comes Cancellations Edition

My picks:

Nets by 8
Clippers by 11
Heat by 6
Nuggets by 13
Bucks by 16 (slam dunk)
Lakers by 5 (slam dunk)
Suns by 7
Bucks by 6
Warriors by 3

posted by Goyoucolts at 03:43 PM on January 12, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 3: Buy the Timberwolves Edition

Celtics by 11 lock
Clippers by 7 lock
Nets by 5
Mavericks by 8
Pelicans by 15 lock
Clippers by 6

posted by Goyoucolts at 10:17 AM on January 05, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 3: Buy the Timberwolves Edition

My picks:

Celtics by 11 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 7 (slam dunk)
Nets by 5
Mavericks by 8
Pelicans by 15 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 6

posted by Goyoucolts at 10:16 AM on January 05, 2021

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pickem

My picks:

Nets by 7
Clippers by 5
Bucks by 9
Suns by 3
Heat by 6
Bucks by 11 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 4
Mavericks by 2
Clippers by 13 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:35 PM on December 22, 2020

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pickem

Let's go with:

Nets by 7
Clippers by 5
Bucks by 9
Suns by 3
Heat by 6
Bucks by 11 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 4
Mavs by 2
Clippers by 13 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 12:54 PM on December 22, 2020