Archives for January 2016

January 31, 2016

January 30, 2016

January 29, 2016

Here's to You, Mister Curtain of Distraction Guy: Arizona State fans used the "curtain of distraction" Thursday night to good effect, unveiling Michael Phelps wearing gold medals and a speedo in the basketball game against Oregon State.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:52 AM - 3 comments

"A Guy Like Me": John Scott on his All Star Experience. He definitely has my vote after reading this piece.

"Because, while I may not deserve to be an NHL All-Star, I know I deserve to be the judge of what my kids will — and won’t — be proud of me for."

posted by yerfatma to hockey at 09:28 AM - 1 comment

January 28, 2016

Ranking the Super Bowl MVPs: Kind of a strange list to me as it favors players who won in blowouts.

posted by yerfatma to football at 08:31 AM - 7 comments

January 27, 2016

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 13: Six national NBA games this week, beginning tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern with Houston at San Antonio on ESPN. ABC has two games -- San Antonio at Cleveland Saturday night and Chicago at L.A. Clippers Sunday afternoon.

posted by rcade to basketball at 02:53 PM - 13 comments

The Beginning of the End for Pitch-Framing?: (via this post at Balloon Juice)

posted by NoMich to baseball at 11:26 AM - 2 comments

January 26, 2016

January 25, 2016

January 24, 2016

Carolina Demolishes Arizona to Roll Into Super Bowl 50: The Carolina Panthers got 7 turnovers off the Arizona Cardinals, including four interceptions and two fumbles by quarterback Carson Palmer, in a 49-14 romp to win the NFC Conference Championship and reach Super Bowl 50. Cam Newton threw for 235 yards and one touchdown and ran for two more.

posted by rcade to football at 06:54 PM - 8 comments

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50: The Denver Broncos defense bottled up quarterback Tom Brady for three quarters, then had a crucial two-point conversion stop with 12 seconds left to win the AFC Championship Game 20-18 over the New England Patriots. Brady threw for 310 yards but had three interceptions, including one on the conversion attempt with 12 seconds left. Peyton Manning, a backup a month ago, will play in his fourth Super Bowl.

posted by rcade to football at 03:12 PM - 39 comments

January 23, 2016

January 22, 2016

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round: The NFL conference championship games pit Arizona against Carolina and New England against Denver. Tommytrump holds the lead in our contest by six points, but there are more bonus-point opportunities this time around. Pick the winners, choose bonus players and teams and make any game a stone-cold lead-pipe lock.

posted by rcade to football at 02:31 PM - 34 comments

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 23: The Premiership kicks off with an early Saturday match taking Norwich to Liverpool. Hillbilly F.C. wins the week to retake the lead from Liquid Football in SportsFilter's contest by a razor-thin margin of six points. Top pickups: Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum (7.0), Man City forward Sergio Aguero (13.3) and defender Bacary Sagna (5.7).

posted by rcade to soccer at 01:45 PM - 2 comments

January 21, 2016

Lleyton Hewitt Ends Singles Career at Australian Open: Twenty years after his first appearance at the Australian Open, local hero Lleyton Hewitt has ended his singles career there following a second-round loss. Hewitt, 34, became the youngest male ever ranked No. 1 at age 20. He won the 2001 U.S. Open and 2002 Wimbledon singles titles and another 28 tournaments. In a nicely written remembrance, Russell Jackson of The Guardian notes that Hewitt finished at Rod Laver Arena and declares, "They’ll never need to scatter his ashes here -- he's spilled so much sweat on center court that his DNA will surely linger for eternity."

posted by rcade to tennis at 06:55 PM - 3 comments

January 20, 2016

James Fallows Learns Something about British Soccer and Sarcasm: James Fallows, a writer for The Atlantic, didn't get the message that British soccer matches are broadcast on NBC sometimes on Saturday mornings. When he encountered one on his tele-visual apparatus, his shock led him to post this sarcastic joke on Twitter: "We are having English pro soccer on a mainstream US TV network on Sat afternoon? Maybe Cruz/Trump are right. Give us back 'our' America." Guess how it went over.

posted by rcade to soccer at 06:23 PM - 4 comments

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 12: Seven national NBA games this week, beginning tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern with Golden State at Chicago on ESPN. ABC joins the mix Saturday with Chicago visiting Cleveland. In our contest, Tron7 wins the week and Howard_T keeps first place.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:56 AM - 11 comments

January 19, 2016

Super Bowl hero wishes he never played pro football.:
Randle El, who retired in 2010 and is now 36 years old, has trouble walking down stairs and experiences memory lapses, the Post-Gazette reported.

posted by grum@work to football at 11:56 PM - 2 comments

January 18, 2016

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results: The #1 and #2 seeds in both the NFC and AFC have advanced to the conference championships for the first time since the 2004-05 season. The NFC title game pits the Arizona Cardinals (the oldest team in the NFL) against the Carolina Panthers (the most recent expansion team that wasn't a replacement franchise) in each team's quest for its first Super Bowl victory after being in one apiece. On the AFC side, the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos will meet to see which first-ballot-HOF quarterback will go to Santa Clara.

posted by Etrigan to football at 03:28 PM - 17 comments

January 17, 2016

Tennis match fixing: Evidence of suspected match fixing revealed: Secret files exposing evidence of widespread suspected match fixing at the top level of world tennis, including at Wimbledon, can be revealed by the BBC and BuzzFeed News.

posted by NoMich to tennis at 06:26 PM - 2 comments

January 16, 2016

January 15, 2016

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round: After a crazy weekend in which Seattle and Pittsburgh saved their seasons with dramatic last-minute wins, Tommytrump leads the contest on SportsFilter to win a copy of Gregg Easterbrook's The Game's Not Over: In Defense of Football. Pick the winners and spreads of the divisional round playoff games and four bonus categories. Make any game a stone cold lead pipe lock to double your points.

posted by rcade to football at 03:00 PM - 32 comments

January 14, 2016

NFL Network Airs 'Lost' Super Bowl on Friday: On Friday night at 8 p.m. Eastern, NFL Network will air the first ever rebroadcast of Super Bowl I between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs. The game is pieced together from multiple sources and includes all 145 plays. Play-by-play comes from a radio broadcast by George Ratterman and Jim Simpson (who died Wednesday)."Given that no full version of the game exists anywhere and that it is the first Super Bowl ever played, I think it's great that we finally have a full record of the game, even though it wasn't competitive by the end of the third quarter," said NFL Films senior producer David Plaut. (How 'bout a spoiler warning, dude?)

posted by rcade to football at 05:26 PM - 13 comments

49ers Hire Chip Kelly as Head Coach: Sixteen days after he was fired by the Philadelphia Eagles, Chip Kelly has been hired to coach the San Francisco 49ers. Kelly had a 26-21 overall record and a playoff appearance in his three seasons with the Eagles. I also hear he did some coaching in college.

posted by rcade to football at 03:41 PM - 12 comments

Golfer linked to multi-million dollar coke deal.: Coca-Cola’s link to golf dates to a sponsorship connection with Bobby Jones in the late 1940s. Now it is a key partner of the Tour Championship in Atlanta, which marks the lucrative conclusion to the FedEx Cup series.

posted by JJ to golf at 05:15 AM - 3 comments

January 13, 2016

NFL Approves Rams Move to Los Angeles, Chargers Invited to Join: In a deal brokered by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, NFL owners voted 30-2 to approve the move of the St. Louis Rams back to Los Angeles, where they will play in the $2 billion Inglewood stadium planned by Rams owner Stan Kroenke. The San Diego Chargers have a year to work out a deal with Kroenke to join him in L.A., after which the Oakland Raiders get a shot. The St. Louis Post Dispatch quotes several owners after the vote, including a giddy Jones, who is a business partner of Kroenke in non-NFL ventures.

posted by rcade to football at 09:50 AM - 11 comments

January 12, 2016

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 11: There are nine nationally televised NBA games this week, including an MLK Day tripleheader. Howard_T expands his lead in our contest. Indiana and Boston start things off on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:54 AM - 10 comments

January 11, 2016

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 21: The Premier League returns Tuesday with three games, followed by seven more a day later. Liquid Football holds on to first place by 10 points over Maplewood Town. Players get two free transfers this week. The most popular adds are midfielders Willian of Chelsea, Bamidele Alli of Tottenham and Marko Arnautovic of Stoke City.

posted by rcade to soccer at 05:07 PM - 7 comments

Alabama Wins College Football Championship: The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Clemson Tigers 45-40 in the College Football Playoff National Championship, giving head coach Nick Saban his fourth title in only seven years. A 95-yard kickoff return by Kenyan Drake in the fourth quarter broke the game open for the Crimson Tide, giving them an 11-point lead with just 7:47 to go. Earlier in the quarter Alabama tied the game at 24, recovered a masterfully executed onside kick and got a 51-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Jake Coker to receiver O.J. Howard. The Tigers rallied late with a touchdown but the onside kick attempt failed.

posted by rcade to football at 04:33 PM - 10 comments

January 10, 2016

Steelers Coach Should've Been Flagged for Being on Field: The officials should have thrown a 15-yard penalty on Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebackers coach Joey Porter for being on the field at the end of last night's wild card game with the Cincinnati Bengals. Only trainers are allowed on the field to treat an injury. Coaches have to seek permission. Porter verbally engaged Bengals players and Adam Jones was flagged for confronting him, setting up a 35-yard field goal by the Steelers with 18 seconds left.

posted by rcade to football at 10:26 AM - 26 comments

January 09, 2016

January 08, 2016

Tennis Player Throws Racquet, Hits Ball Boy: At the ASB Classic in New Zealand, women's player Jelena Ostapenko threw her racket and struck a ball boy, which her opponent Naomi Broady argued was deliberate and should have resulted in her disqualification. See the video on YouTube, along with discussion of similar incidents that did result in a DQ. In 1995, Tim Henmen was disqualified with his doubles partner at Wimbledon when he hit a ball in anger and it struck a ball girl in the ear.

posted by rcade to tennis at 04:32 PM - 3 comments

January 07, 2016

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest: SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em has returned and is awarding a prize this year -- a copy of Gregg Easterbrook's new book The Game's Not Over: In Defense of Football. To play, predict the winner and spread of each playoff game. Make any game a stone cold lead pipe lock to increase your score at risk of dropping points.

posted by rcade to football at 02:47 PM - 48 comments

January 06, 2016

Baseball Hall of Fame adds "The Kid" and the catcher in 2016.:
With 99.3% of the vote (the highest percentage ever), Ken Griffey Jr. (the second best left-handed outfielder born on November 21st in Denora Pennsylvania) is easily inducted by the 440 baseball writers. Mike Piazza also clears the 75% hurdle with 83% of the vote.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 06:37 PM - 17 comments

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 10: Our contest resumes with six nationally televised NBA games that begin at 7 p.m. tonight on ESPN when the New York Knicks visit the Miami Heat. First prize is an official ABA game ball, which Howard_T currently has a solid grip on. New entrants welcome.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:33 AM - 9 comments

January 05, 2016

Rafael Benítez sacked by Real Madrid with Zinedine Zidane taking over: Florentino Perez, soccer clown extraordinaire, knifed Benitez in the back after just seven months (Okay, Rafa Benítez was not the solution for Real Madrid – he never had been, but still!). Can Zidane manage the superstar egos? Gab Marcotti and Graham Hunter have doubts.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 12:06 PM - 1 comment

January 04, 2016

NFL Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Grum@work: After 17 weeks, SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em contest has been won by a margin of just one point. Grum@work is victorious over Ic23b in second place and 22 other players. Grum wins The Duke, an official NFL game ball. Congratulations! A playoff pick 'em will begin later this week.

posted by rcade to football at 03:28 PM - 14 comments

January 03, 2016

TCU Keeps College Football Belt with 31-Point Comeback : Down 31-0 at halftime to the Oregon Ducks in the Alamo Bowl, the TCU Horned Frogs tied the game 31-31 late in regulation and won 47-41 in the third overtime to keep the College Football Belt. The sport's only championship that has always been settled on the field, the Belt now has been in the Big 12 for four straight years. The next challenge will be against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Sept. 3, 2016.

posted by rcade to football at 01:45 PM - 1 comment

January 02, 2016

January 01, 2016

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Last Chance Saloon Edition: The final week of the NFL season will crown a winner in SportsFilter's season-long Pick 'Em Contest. Grum@work leads by 2 points in the race to win The Duke, an official NFL football. The games all will be played Sunday. Make your picks, lock your locks and (with one exception) experience the agony of defeat.

posted by rcade to football at 07:32 PM - 31 comments

Tide open as TD favorites vs. Tigers: Clemson blew out Oklahoma and Alabama shut out Michigan State to set up the CFB National Championship game.

posted by billsaysthis to football at 11:56 AM - 7 comments