Archives for October 2019

October 31, 2019

The Montreal Expos, er, Washington Nationals have won the World Series!:
At 19-31 in late May, with a less than 1% chance of even making the playoffs, the Nationals have come roaring back to win the franchise's first ever World Series championship, and the first one for D.C. baseball team in over 90 years.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 12:41 AM - 15 comments

October 30, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One: It's the final week and everything's wrapped up save the most important outcome: the Costanza. That, and Calgary could finish anywhere between first and seventh. Roll the dice and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:15 PM - 14 comments

Deadspin is Revolting: After getting a heavy-handed "stick to sports" edict from new owner G/O Media, Deadspin has been in open revolt. Longtime contributor Barry Petchetsky was fired as deputy editor and seven staffers have quit. It's looking like the biggest sports media brand to come from the blogging era is going to be driven into the ground by the private equity firm that bought it along with other former Gawker sites The Root, Gizmodo and Jezebel.

posted by rcade to general at 09:03 PM - 9 comments

Piffle, or not piffle?: Perhaps through the use of the Sports Machine, George F. Will references English common law, epidemiology, and the plays of Alan Bennett while sadly entreating the kids to put their bats down and get off his lawn. At least they weren't wearing denim.

posted by Mookieproof to baseball at 05:51 PM - 5 comments

NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Woeful Warriors Edition: There are six national TV games this week on ESPN and TNT, beginning tonight with Bucks at Celtics. In SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em, Goyoucolts opens in the lead with a 62-point week, followed by Florida Man at 49 and Ufez Jones at 38. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:48 AM - 12 comments

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: San Francisco 51ers Edition: The San Francisco juggernaut heads to Arizona Thursday to begin the ninth week of the NFL season. In a week of massive point scores, Jagsnumberone keeps first place with a second-best 141 and now leads Cixelsyd by 41. Tron7 keeps third 51 back and Cl wins the week with 59. Make your picks, prognosticators.

posted by rcade to football at 08:44 AM - 18 comments

October 29, 2019

October 28, 2019

Belichick Notches Win 300, May Coach Into His 70s: Bill Belichick said a decade ago he didn't plan to coach into his 70s. Now he's 67 and just won his 300th game, putting him 47 behind Don Shula's all-time record, and is having a rethink. "When I said it, maybe I didn't know what 70 felt like," he said on his weekly WEEI radio show. "So I'm not really sure if that's an accurate statement today or not. At the time, I didn't feel that way. Now that I'm closer to that age, I don't know."

posted by rcade to football at 07:08 PM - 2 comments

October 27, 2019

October 26, 2019

'The French Olympic logo tumbles out of bed on a Parisian morning.': The Paris journalist Megan Clement had the best take on the newly unveiled 2024 Olympics logo, which was launched with the words "The medal, the flame, Marianne."

posted by rcade to olympics at 07:29 PM - 3 comments

October 25, 2019

October 24, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty: Two weeks left, and we have a breakout performance in our standings. (In the CFL West, not so much.) Grab your fainting couch and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:06 PM - 10 comments

Tim Donaghy Claims Mavericks, Kings Was Robbed: "There’s no doubt in my mind that the Mavericks should have a ring from 2006. And the Sacramento Kings should have a ring from 2002. And if it wasn’t because of the officiating and the officials on the floor for certain games and the supervisor of officials back in 2006, I think they would have a ring and they should have a ring." -- former NBA referee and convicted gambling conspirator Tim Donaghy

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:51 PM - 0 comments

October 23, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Seeing Ghosts Edition: Washington visits Minnesota Thursday night as the NFL nears the halfway turn. In our contest Jagsnumberone keeps the lead, but Cixelsyd cuts the lead by six and is 22 back. Tron7 climbs into third. Tahoemoj wins the week with 77. Make your picks with the confidence of the New England secondary when Sam Darnold attempted a pass.

posted by rcade to football at 12:00 AM - 22 comments

October 22, 2019

Astros Exec Celebrated ALCS Win by Taunting Female Reporters: The start of the World Series is clouded by the way a Houston Astros assistant GM behaved in the clubhouse after the team beat the New York Yankees in the ALCS. Brandon Taubman shouted at three female reporters, "Thank God we got Osuna! I'm so f------ glad we got Osuna!" The Astros acquired closer Roberto Osuna at a bargain price from the Toronto Blue Jays while he was serving a 75-game suspension for alleged domestic violence. The flak Houston took for picking him up didn't sit well with Taubman, apparently. The Astros' denial that he taunted the women was refuted by two other reporters who witnessed the bizarre incident.

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:49 PM - 9 comments

High school cancels football season, fires every coach after suspended player suits up with different identity: A St. Louis high school has cancelled the rest of their football season and fired every coach on staff after a suspended player wore a different number and participated in a game.

posted by BornIcon to football at 10:50 AM - 4 comments

October 21, 2019

The San Francisco 49ers Are Mudders: "It takes you back to being a kid: You're out there, you're sloshing around and your shoes are full of water and mud. It's still a kid's game at the end of the day. Guys had a lot of fun slipping and sliding out there, but winning's always fun." -- Richard Sherman after San Francisco won a mud wrestling match with Washington

posted by rcade to football at 05:46 PM - 2 comments

October 20, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em Contest: The NBA season tips off Tuesday night, which means the return of the SportsFilter Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em for a fifth year. The rules remain the same: Choose the winners of each game and the margin of victory. Make any game a slam dunk to double your points in victory or lose points in defeat. The champion wins an official NBA game ball (details inside).

posted by rcade to basketball at 07:27 PM - 11 comments

NBA GMs Expect a Clippers/Bucks NBA Finals: The yearly survey of NBA GMs predicts that the L.A. Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks will meet in the NBA Finals this season, with the Philadelphia 76ers and the L.A. Lakers as the second most likely teams in their conferences. Only 7% rank the Golden State Warriors as the best of the west. Asked who they would sign to start a franchise, 86% of GMs said Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks. There are far more nuggets in the 50-question survey, including 38% who voted that the NBA's best home-court advantage is in Denver.

posted by rcade to basketball at 05:53 PM - 2 comments

October 19, 2019

October 18, 2019

October 17, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen: Between the five of them, two of Calgary, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, tommytrump, and jagsnumberone will win the West Division and our little Pick 'Em. But which two? Your guess is as good as mine. Put on your thinking caps and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:55 PM - 11 comments

October 16, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: J-E-T-S Edition: The NFL week begins Thursday with a Chiefs visit to the Broncos that's a lot more interesting than it was two weeks ago. In our Pick 'Em, the top three remain the same: Jagsnumberone, Cixelsyd and Ic23b. Wfrazerjr wins the week with 68.

posted by rcade to football at 12:00 AM - 24 comments

October 15, 2019

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October 13, 2019

October 12, 2019

Eliud Kipchoge Breaks Two-Hour Barrier in Marathon: Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya has become the first human to run a marathon in under two hours, a feat that's unofficial but still incredible. A July 2019 study by Simon D. Angus of Monash University predicted it will happen in an official race in 2032. I like the under on that.

posted by rcade to olympics at 04:39 PM - 0 comments

A very analog hobby finds a way to thrive in the digital age: How Baseball Cards Got Weird : The Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani appeared on at least 2,700 distinct rookie cards manufactured by just two companies, Topps and Panini. That might not sound much like scarcity, but nearly all of the variants were produced in limited runs—the more limited, the more valuable the card. The rarest, most coveted Ohtani sold for $184,056 last September, before his rookie season was over.

posted by rumple to baseball at 12:45 PM - 1 comment

October 11, 2019

October 10, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen : The West is up for grabs, and so is first place in our little Pick 'Em. Well, as long as your name starts with either a "T" or a "J". Check your name tags and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:47 AM - 9 comments

October 09, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: One Less Gruden Edition: The New England Patriots will crush the New York Giants Thursday night to begin the sixth week of the season. In our pick 'em, Jagsnumberone wins the week with 69 and claims first place at 370. Cixelsyd ascends to second 24 back and Ic23b moves up to third. In other news I am mired in mediocrity. Make your selections.

posted by rcade to football at 12:00 AM - 20 comments

October 08, 2019

October 07, 2019

Jay Gruden Out as Washington Coach: Washington's NFL team has fired head coach Jay Gruden after an 0-5 start. He leaves with a 35-49-1 record and no postseason appearances.

posted by rcade to football at 04:25 PM - 5 comments

October 06, 2019

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October 04, 2019

October 03, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen: We have both a three-way tie for first in the West, and no longer a tie for first place in our standings. Grab your mirror and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:20 PM - 13 comments

October 02, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: 902 Passing Yards Edition: Week 5 of the NFL season begins Thursday night when Les Mouflons visit Blue-ish Men Group. In our NFL Pick 'Em, Grum@work retakes first place, followed by Jagsnumberone climbing to second and Cixelsyd holding at third. Boaz wins the week with 69. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to football at 12:00 AM - 22 comments

October 01, 2019