Archives for October 2015

October 31, 2015

October 30, 2015

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 11: Premier League play begins early Saturday with Chelsea at Liverpool. In the SportsFilter league PoloXI holds onto first place for a third week, 12 points ahead of Hillbilly F.C. Hagfish scores a week-best 72 with nine of the starting 11 scoring 5 or more. Top pickups this week: Spurs forward Harry Kane, Leicester forward Jamie Vardy and West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet. I just picked up Vardy, which is a bad omen for his future success.

posted by rcade to soccer at 02:37 PM - 1 comment

Grantland is dead: "Grantland distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun. So we're junking it."

posted by DrJohnEvans to culture at 02:19 PM - 4 comments

October 29, 2015

The Rugby World Cup Final is on Saturday: between Australia and New Zealand at Twickenham. After over a month of pool matches, quarter finals and semi finals, the best two teams in the world get to slug it out. The winner will be the first three-time holder of the Webb Ellis trophy. Trans-Tasman rivalry at it's finest.

posted by owlhouse to general at 11:50 PM - 8 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen: Two weeks left and the races are red-hot. Who will take second? Who will take the Costanza? Did anyone notice when Kevin Glenn got traded to the Alouettes? So many questions left to answer. Put on your thinking caps and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 04:28 PM - 17 comments

Jewelry Store Locks Doors at Sight of NBA Player: After signing a $44-million contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, 24-year-old NBA player John Henson wanted to buy his first Rolex watch so he called Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, to see what time they closed. They called 911 and claimed the call was suspicious, then locked their doors. He went back three days later. They saw him and locked their doors again. "I don't want them to see me out there," a worker said during a 911 call. "We're pretending like we're closed."

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:31 AM - 9 comments

GM Alex Anthopolous leaving Blue Jays after rejecting extension.:
According to sources, the new president of the team (Mark Shapiro) scolded AA and his staff for trading away so many prospects this season.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 08:57 AM - 7 comments

October 28, 2015

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight: Waitin' All Week for Sunday Night: We're nearing the halfway point in the regular season and the NFL Pick 'Em contest. The eighth week begins with the suddenly feisty Miami Dolphins going to New England on Thursday night. London draws another sub-par American export as 2-5 San Diego faces 1-6 Detroit. On Sunday night, Green Bay visits Denver for only the fourth meeting of 6-0 (or better) teams in NFL history. Make your picks and lock your lock.

posted by rcade to football at 09:22 PM - 32 comments

Sepp Blatter: Russia 2018 World Cup 'agreed before vote': The suspended FIFA chief continues to crash and burn on his way out, to the extent that I wonder if he will force the destruction/replacement of FIFA by the Feb. 26 vote for his replacement; Marina Hyde calls for exactly that today. Meanwhile, here are your seven muppets candidates to replace Blatter.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 01:52 PM - 0 comments

October 27, 2015

October 26, 2015

Play SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em, Win Best Basketball Ever: SportsFilter is launching the first annual Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em contest, a game to pick the winners of nationally televised games on TNT, ESPN and ABC. The season starts Tuesday when Cleveland plays Chicago on TNT. First prize is an official ABA game ball.

posted by rcade to basketball at 12:31 PM - 11 comments

October 25, 2015

Al Golden Out at Miami: After suffering the worst loss in school history, the University of Miami has relieved head coach Al Golden of duties, effective immediately.

posted by Etrigan to football at 06:36 PM - 2 comments

Flip Saunders Passes Away at 60: Cancer sucks.

posted by TheQatarian to basketball at 02:14 PM - 4 comments

October 24, 2015

Chargers Will Apply to Move to L.A.: The San Diego Chargers have declared their intention to relocate to Los Angeles for the 2016 season, expressly to get the jump on a potential Raiders or Rams move.

posted by Etrigan to football at 11:30 AM - 6 comments

October 23, 2015

U.S. Will Host 2016 Copa America Centenario: The United States will host the centennial 2016 Copa America, soccer's governing bodies for the Americas announced Friday afternoon. The tournament from June 3-26, 2016 will feature the 10 nations in South America's CONMEBOL along with invitees U.S. and Mexico. This is the first time the U.S. has ever hosted the event.

posted by rcade to soccer at 06:21 PM - 2 comments

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 10: This week's Premiership has no early Saturday game, so five games kicking off at 10 a.m. Eastern begin the festivities. In our league PoloXI stays in first, increasing his lead over Hillbilly F.C. from 6 to 19 points. Dover Divers scores a week-best 79 because of Arsenal midfielders Alexis Sanchez (a captain-doubled 20) and Mesut Ozil (12) and Leicester forward Jamie Vardy (13). The London tabloid Metro found somebody who had Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum as vice captain and Daniel Sturridge as captain on a triple captain week. Sturridge sat and Wijnaldum scored 25 with four goals (20), 90 minutes (2) and a bonus -- so the lucky bastich nets 75 points.

posted by rcade to soccer at 02:03 PM - 5 comments

October 22, 2015

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen: We're in the thick of the home stretch with three weeks left to play. Twelve games times three points means that anybody could win, provided they nail every single game remaining. (Except owlhouse. Sorry owlhouse.) Buy your baby a new pair of shoes and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 02:07 PM - 20 comments

Don Mattingly Out as Dodgers Skipper: The Los Angeles Dodgers won three straight division titles under manager Don Mattingly, but that wasn't enough without deeper playoff runs. He's out as manager in a decision being described as mutual. Mattingly had a .551 winning percentage in five years (446-363). There was talk he'd be traded to the Miami Marlins, who reportedly have interest in Donnie Baseball.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:54 AM - 0 comments

Howard Kendall, the former Everton player and manager, died last week. : This isn't just about him, though. Some of these stories shared by Guardian readers have a way of getting in and warming your soul.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 05:40 AM - 3 comments

October 21, 2015

New York Mets Back in the World Series: The New York Mets swept the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS, advancing to the World Series for the first time since 2000. In an 8-3 victory, Mets infielder Daniel Murphy hit a homer for the sixth straight postseason game -- something no one has ever done before in Major League Baseball. The Mets were so dominant they never trailed in the series. Good luck to the Kansas City Royals or Toronto Blue Jays.

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:57 PM - 8 comments

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven: Don't Snap It, Griff Edition: The seventh week of the NFL season begins Thursday when Seattle battles San Francisco for the chance to fall to 2-5. On Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern, Buffalo and Jacksonville give London the NFL's version of West Brom vs. Sunderland. Pick this week's winners, the spread and up to one lead pipe lock, May all your gates be swinging.

posted by rcade to football at 03:56 PM - 28 comments

October 20, 2015

October 19, 2015

NBA Pick 'Em, Anyone?: If SportsFilter ran an NBA Pick 'Em of the nationally televised games on TNT and ESPN, would you be interested in playing?

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:45 PM - 6 comments

October 18, 2015

October 17, 2015

October 16, 2015

Fantasy Premier League, Week Seven: The Premier League returns from international break Saturday with an early match taking Spurs to face the new heavy metal Liverpool at Anfield in manager Jurgen Klopp's debut. In the SportsFilter league, PoloXI takes first place for the first time with an 110-point week, lifted by captain-doubled Sergio Aguero's 50 points (5 goals!). Hillbilly F.C. stays close in second with 104 points led by captain Kevin De Bruyne's 30 (1 goal, 2 assists). Man City might be good at the soccer.

posted by rcade to soccer at 12:52 PM - 2 comments

October 15, 2015

October 14, 2015

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen: Metric tonnes of Thanksgiving drama played out last week, from Tuesday kickoffs to holiday Monday pumpkin pie. I'm sure many of you scored points last week, but I haven't quite got around to that part of the gig yet. Do not adjust your set, but please do continue to make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 07:28 PM - 18 comments

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 6: Mike Tomlin/Tom Osborne Edition: Week six of the NFL season starts Thursday night when Atlanta takes its 5-0 record to New Orleans, but the most anticipated game of the weekend has to be Sunday night when Tom Brady and the 4-0 New England Patriots go to Indianapolis with a chance to deflate the 3-2 Colts. Pick the winners and spreads with one optional stone cold lead pipe lock.

posted by rcade to football at 03:11 PM - 32 comments

October 13, 2015

Matthew Stafford: the $53m mistake costing the Detroit Lions dearly: The former No1 overall pick has been in decline for years, and has wasted his access to a strong defense and one of the game’s great receivers. Stafford is destined to replace Scott Mitchell in the hearts of Lions fans everywhere, if he hasn't already.

posted by billsaysthis to football at 08:39 AM - 13 comments

October 12, 2015

Tom Brady Calls Coca Cola 'Poison for Kids': New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called Coke "poison for kids" during a radio interview Monday. While defending his personal exercise and diet guru Alex Guerrero, who has been called a "glorified snake-oil salesman" in the media, Brady said, "You'll probably go out and drink Coca-Cola and think,'Oh yeah, that's no problem.' Why? Because they pay lots of money for advertisements to think that you should drink Coca-Cola for a living? No, I totally disagree with that. And when people do that, I think that's quackery. And the fact that they can sell that to kids? I mean, that's poison for kids. But they keep doing it." (Pepsi is the official soft drink of the NFL.)

posted by rcade to football at 08:40 PM - 8 comments

The Hot Seat: The college football head coach carousel is starting to claim victims, with Maryland's Randy Edsall getting the boot after a 2-4 start (and losing that fourth one after it was already an open secret that he was gone), North Texas's Dan McCarney getting the boot after the worst FBS loss to an FCS team in history, Rutgers' Kyle Flood's three-game suspension probably going permanent at some point, and USC's Steve Sarkisian very likely gone pending a temporary leave of absence to deal with alcohol issues.

posted by Etrigan to football at 12:45 PM - 13 comments

California Bans Use of 'Redskins' as Sports Mascot: California became the first state to ban schools from using the "Redskins" team name or mascot Sunday, a move the National Congress of American Indians said should be a "shining example" for the rest of the country. The law, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed Sunday morning, goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017. "They have set a shining example for other states across the country, and for the next generation, by demonstrating a commitment to the American ideals of inclusion and mutual respect," said the National Congress of American Indians.

posted by rcade to general at 09:35 AM - 2 comments

October 11, 2015

Chase Utley Safe at Second Without Touching Second: Second baseman Chase Utley broke shortstop Ruben Tejada's leg with a rough slide into second Saturday night in the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 victory over the New York Mets in the NLDS. Even though Utley never touched second, he was called safe. The New York Post explains why replay made that strange call.

posted by rcade to baseball at 07:54 PM - 7 comments

October 10, 2015

Hawks Player Cleared Of All Charges in Police Nightclub Altercation: Thabo Sefolosha, the Atlanta Hawks player whose leg was broken in an incident involving New York City police outside a nightclub during the playoffs, has been acquitted of all charges. He had rejected a no-jail, no-criminal record deal because he wanted to show in the trial that police roughed him up and broke his leg for no reason. Sefolosha wept after the verdict and said, "This is just an incredible moment -- to be able to clear my name."

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:33 AM - 2 comments

October 09, 2015

October 08, 2015

Texas Rangers take game one 5-3 against the Toronto Blue Jays: in a game that sees Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and Adrian Beltre leave with injuries. David Price has lost six straight post-season starts (four of those losses coming against Texas) and Rangers 2B Rougned Odor became the 2nd youngest player* to score three runs in a playoff game, twice after being hit by Price and once via a solo home run in the top of the 7th inning. Game two features a pitching match-up of trade deadline acquired Cole Hamels against late-season-emerging-after-tearing-an-ACL Marcus Stroman.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 07:36 PM - 12 comments

Fifa Suspends Blatter and Platini: Fifa has provisionally suspended its president Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jerome Valcke and vice-president Michel Platini for 90 days.

posted by NoMich to soccer at 07:13 AM - 7 comments

October 07, 2015

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Batted Ball Edition: The fifth week of the NFL season sees Indianapolis in Houston for Thursday night action, four teams on bye and Joe Philbin updating his resume. Make your picks, including up to one stone cold lead pipe lock.

posted by rcade to football at 03:33 PM - 32 comments

The NHL Season Begins Anew!: It's October, memories of Summer are fading as there is a nip in the air, the leaves are turning color, the weather is perfect for! The new NHL season is upon us and [your_team] is still mathematically in the playoff hunt. What could be better in life? What's new and different this season? What is going to happen this season? Who is going to win it all? I NEED 30 BOLD PREDICTIONS! Go team!

posted by NoMich to hockey at 08:42 AM - 9 comments

October 06, 2015

How Do You Find Live Sports on TV?: SportsFilter is looking into the possibility of adding TV schedules of sporting events that could be customized by users per sport, per team and other criteria. It would be helpful to know this: How do you find out when to watch your favorite sports and teams on the tube? If you use specific sites and apps for this, what are they?

posted by rcade to general at 08:02 PM - 7 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16: Nail biters and blowouts dominated Week 15 action in the CFL! But Week 16 is a five-game week as Thanksgiving promises Monday afternoon football. Get your drumstick ready and make your picks inside!

posted by Reever to fantasy at 11:47 AM - 19 comments

October 05, 2015

Miami Dolphins Fire Coach Joe Philbin: A 1-3 start was enough for the Miami Dolphins to decide they've had enough of head coach Joe Philbin. He was fired Monday after going 24-28 since taking over the team in 2012. The team ranks last in the NFL in rushing defense despite signing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for six years and $114 million in free agency.

posted by rcade to football at 11:58 AM - 14 comments

Washington Nationals Fire Matt Williams: A year after being named National League Manager of the Year, Matt Williams has been fired as skipper of the Washington Nationals. The team finished 83-79 and did not make the playoffs. A week ago closer Jonathan Papelbon choked star outfielder Bryce Harper in the dugout during a game and Williams didn't notice. He sent Papelbon back out to pitch the ninth. Altered to the altercation by reporters later, Williams watched video and told them, "I'm livid about it."

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:42 AM - 0 comments

Liverpool part ways with Brendan Rogers: In a move that was either four months too late or six months early, another lackluster 1-1 result was the end of a 3+ season tenure for Rogers. Jurgen Klopp, rested after a four month break, is rumored to be first choice to take over after receiving a positive report on LFC from the team's German former midfielder Didi Hamann.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 11:15 AM - 4 comments

If Quebec builds a stadium, will the Nordiques come?: The long-suffering supporters of the Quebec have a shiny new stadium in which to enjoy their national sport. The only problem? Until the league awards the city a new franchise they still don't have a team to play there.

posted by NoMich to hockey at 08:41 AM - 6 comments

October 04, 2015

October 03, 2015

October 02, 2015

Coke, Bud, McDonald's and Visa Demand Sepp Blatter Quit Immediately: Four of international soccer's major sponsors -- Coca Cola, Budweiser, McDonald's and Visa -- have demanded that FIFA President Sepp Blatter step down immediately, following the news he's under investigation for corruption in Switzerland. "Every day that passes, the image and reputation of FIFA continues to tarnish," Coca-Cola said in a statement. "FIFA needs comprehensive and urgent reform, and that can only be accomplished through a truly independent approach." Blatter has announced his plan to leave when a successor is named in February and his lawyer says he won't resign.

posted by rcade to soccer at 06:52 PM - 6 comments

Fantasy Premier League, Week Seven: The Premier League begins early Saturday with seventh-place Crystal Palace visiting West Brom. FC Gallifrey's back atop the Spofiship with a 75-point week, topped only by an 87-point explosion by new second place team EAV FC that should be remembered in song. This feat was accomplished by having Alexis Sanchez (11.1m) as captain on a week he scored 20 points (3 goals, 90 minutes, 3 bonus) and a front line of Olivier Giroud (8.8m), Graziano Pelle (8.0m) and Jamie Vardy (6.6m) who put up 25. There's a lot of carnage on the injury front, with Vincent Kompany (6.3m), Yaya Toure (8.9m) and Callum Wilson (5.8m) all out and Christian Benteke (8.3m) doubtful -- and that's just my team. Sigh.

posted by rcade to soccer at 10:51 AM - 7 comments

October 01, 2015