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Your loser update: week 10, 2013.

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

NFL teams that still have a chance to go 0-16:


I can almost, but not quite, understand Miami losing to Tampa Bay. Surely the Incognito situation was a distraction. But still, Tampa Bay stinks.

As far as Jacksonville beating Tennessee, that’s just baffling.

Anyway, thus ends the loser update for the 2013 season. See you again in 2014, assuming we’re all still here.

Your loser update: week 9, 2013.

Monday, November 4th, 2013

NFL teams that still have a chance to go 0-16:

Jacksonville (bye week)
Tampa Bay

(What the heck, Seattle?)

Your loser update: week 8, 2013.

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

NFL teams that still have a chance to go 0-16:

Tampa Bay

Your loser update: week 7, 2013.

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

NFL teams that still have a chance to go 0-16:

Tampa Bay

Your loser update: week 6, 2013.

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

NFL teams that still have a chance to go 0-16:

NY Giants
Tampa Bay

In other news: sigh. Sigh.

Your loser update: week 5, 2013.

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

NFL teams that still have a chance to go 0-16:

Pittsburgh (bye week)
NY Giants
Tampa Bay (bye week)

And Cleveland is 3-0 after the trade from hell?


Your loser update: week 4, 2013.

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

NFL teams that still have a chance to go 0-16:

NY Giants
Tampa Bay

And Cleveland has won two games in a row, which foils my plan to offer them Matt Schaub for next year’s first round draft pick.

In other news, the Astros played their last game of the season this afternoon, took the Yankees to 14 innings…and lost, 5-1. Houston finishes at 51-111, with a .315 winning percentage and having lost the last 15 games in a row.

Memos from the Sports Desk.

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

It is kind of early for a Sunday morning – I haven’t had breakfast yet, or even coffee – but I wanted to get these up before I wandered out in the rain (Yes! Actual rain!) in search of both.

Lane Kiffin out as USC football coach. USC lost 62-41 to Arizona State yesterday; if other reports are to be believed, Kiffin was fired before the plane even got back to LA.

Kiffin was 28-15 overall. So far this year, the team is 3-2 and 0-2 in conference.

And the Astros have hit the 110 loss mark with one game left in the season. Right now, the team is at .317. .300 is sort of the bar for Wikipedia’s “List of worst Major League Baseball season records”, so the 2013 Astros won’t make that list. But I do still find this achievement refreshing.

Your Houston Astros, ladies and gentlemen.

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

109 losses, and 13 in a row.

But wait, it gets better!

Comcast SportsNet Houston, the cable network that carries the Astros games – the cable network that recorded a 0.0 Nielsen rating for last Sunday’s Astros game – is in a nasty dispute with various affiliates and with the Astros. According to the HouChron, CSN hasn’t paid rights fees to the Astros for the past five months three months. (Edited to add 9/29: I swear the article said “five months” when I read it Saturday morning, but everyone says “three months” now. I’m not sure if the HouChron got it wrong and corrected it, or if I misread the article originally.) The affiliates are unhappy because they believe “structural issues” are keeping CSN from expanding.

CSN Houston is available in only about 40 percent of Houston’s 2.2 million TV households and has not been able to negotiate carriage agreements with DirecTV, Dish Network, Suddenlink, AT&T U-verse or Verizon FiOS.

And thus, the Comcast/NBC Universal affiliates have filed an involuntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition against CSN, apparently in an attempt to address these “structural issues”.

It just hasn’t been a good year for the Astros. Good thing I didn’t bet on them to win the World Series.

You spin me right round baby right round…

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

The Astros have broken their team record, and are now at 108 losses.

The team is off tonight, and starts their final series against the Yankees on Friday. Remember, the Astros have to win 2 out of 3 in order to avoid 110 losses.

And by the way, the Yankees won’t be playing in the post-season. I note this here just because it will make this guy unhappy.

And as the sun sinks slowly in the AL West…

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

the Astros have tied the franchise record of 107 losses.

There are four games left, so the team has to go .500 to avoid the magic 110 loss mark. The Astros play at the Rangers tonight, then play the Yankees at home for the final three games. Cool Standings is projecting 109.5 losses; I’m thinking the Astros should at least break their loss record, and 110 losses is definitely in play.

Random notes: September 24, 2013.

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Paul Bergrin is going to spend the rest of his life in prison with no possibility of parole. Unless his conviction is overturned, or his sentence is reduced on appeal. (Previously on WCD.)

According to the HouChron and Nielsen, nobody in the Houston area watched the Astros game against Cleveland on Sunday. (Of course, that game was on opposite the Texans game, the Astros are getting closer to 110 losses this season, and there’s some margin for error in Nielsen’s calculations.)

While I was digging out the Bergrin posts, I stumbled across this old post about Hot Wheels, Legos, and imaginative play. The discussion of Legos, and their emphasis on pre-packaged sets tied to pop culture events, reminded me of something I saw over the weekend: LEGO Lone Ranger sets. I kind of like the Constitution Train Chase but I don’t like it $100 worth (or $81.40 worth, for that matter): I look forward to seeing these sets being blown out at Wal-Mart for $10 or less. (Heck, I might even go $20 for the train.)