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Name: Rogers Cadenhead
Member since: January 23, 2002
Last visit: July 01, 2020
Status: editor

rcade has posted 2,962 links and 12,761 comments to SportsFilter and 87 links and 689 comments to the Locker Room and 8 columns.

Sports Bio

I follow the teams from Dallas-Fort Worth because I grew up with them, but I've adopted the Jacksonville Jaguars, the only pro team my new hometown is ever likely to get. The most memorable sporting event I attended live was game 6 of the NBA Western Conference finals in 1988 at Reunion Arena -- Mavericks vs. Lakers -- when Mark Aguirre and his prodigious caboose received half the game MVP award, and the 17,007 fans in attendance received the other half.

Recent Links

Patriots Sign Cam Newton to 1-Year Deal: The New England Patriots have never beaten Cam Newton, a curious statistic that will persist now that he's playing for the team. Newton signed a one-year incentive-stuffed deal. Of the likely starters in the NFL this season, Nick Foles and Lamar Jackson are the others to never lose to New England. Both are 1-0 and Newton 2-0. "Under Belichick, the Patriots have loved to sign players whom they struggled playing against," writes Nora Princiotti of The Ringer.

posted by rcade to football at 08:52 AM on June 30, 2020 - 3 comments

What the Hell, Bill Simmons?: The idea for LeBron James' The Decision broadcast came from a reader email published by Bill Simmons. Simmons pitched the idea enthusiastically to ESPN executives and James' team (something he never told his readers), was left out of the actual event and wrote hours before it occurred that it was a terrible idea, calling it "an hour-long show in which he picked his next team and tainted his legacy in the process."

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:53 AM on June 28, 2020 - 3 comments

Novak Djokovic Has Coronavirus After Ill-Advised Tournament: Men's tennis world No. 1 Novak Djokovic organized a charity tennis tournament last week in Zadar at which social distancing wasn't followed, including by the participants who shook hands, embraced and later danced close together at a nightclub. Now Djokovic, several other players and his wife Jelena all have coronavirus. "We were wrong and it was too soon," he said.

posted by rcade to tennis at 05:45 PM on June 23, 2020 - 0 comments

When the Media Owns the Teams It Covers: The way TSN buried the news of Auston Matthews testing positive for coronavirus has Ed Willes worried about media ownership of teams they cover, since the network and the Toronto Maple Leafs share common owners. "The lines between teams and the people who report on them have been blurred beyond recognition," he writes.

posted by rcade to general at 07:45 AM on June 23, 2020 - 1 comment

Dak Prescott Will Sign Franchise Tag Today: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will sign his $31.1 million franchise tag deal on Monday, which obligates him to report to camp but also pressures Dallas to sign him to a long-term deal by July 15 or see his salary rise to $37.7 million in 2021, ESPN reports. "They would have to gut their team to keep him then," a source told the Beast of Bristol.

posted by rcade to football at 08:41 AM on June 22, 2020 - 7 comments

Recent Comments

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