Recent Comments by jjzucal

Fantasy Premier League, Week Four

I had my best week with 59 points thanks to Sagna's two assists. I'm thinking about Mahrez given ... Milner, Hazard, Puncheon, Cazorla, thanks for playing 90 minutes, but not much else. At least my forwards Wilson, Vardy and Pelle scored.

Let's see how we do in two weeks ... international break this weekend.

BTW, Crystal Palace, Leicester and Swansea are 2-3-4; Chelsea is 13th and Spurs are 16th. It's a beautiful thing.

posted by jjzucal at 08:32 PM on August 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Hamilton by 5

Edmonton by 11

Winnipeg by 13

Not only will I take Saskatchewan ... Riders by 17

posted by jjzucal at 01:15 PM on August 27

Fantasy Premier League, Week Three

*Maplewood Town still crying*

Thank you, John Terry (red card, minus-3 points), for making a putrid weekend absolutely horrible! 33 points (4 guys left tomorrow) and left Wilson's 17 points on the bench.

I began the EPL's game seven seasons ago. I was in the top 10 percent worldwide in the first season; my ranking has sank every year since. I should be relegated to some lame-as-hell non-league fantasy game.

posted by jjzucal at 03:07 PM on August 23

Fantasy Premier League, Week Three

Saturday: guess who pulled Callum Wilson out of the lineup? Went from a 4-3-3 to 4-4-2; I went with Vardy and Pelle. *cries hysterically*

posted by jjzucal at 07:38 PM on August 22

ESPN Accidentally Fires Adam Schefter

ESPN is such a Mickey Mouse organization.

posted by jjzucal at 09:42 PM on August 21

Fantasy Premier League, Week Three

I finally put Cech on the bench, bringing in Joe Hart. With my luck, he'll give up three goals, and get a concussion from whacking his head on a post, within the first 30 minutes.

posted by jjzucal at 09:38 PM on August 21

Michael Sam Stepping Away from Football

I would agree about the ability to handle pressure. As a former sports writer (local/college, not pro), my concern is how the media handled him. They saw the word "gay" and covered Michael as a "gay football player" and not as a "football player."

posted by jjzucal at 02:27 PM on August 15

NBC Lands Premier League for Another 6 Years

Apparently games are also shown on some of NBC's other channels (USA, sometimes CNBC). I also didn't realize, until late last season, that DirecTV shows all the non-NBC network matches starting at Ch. 491 (next to the Rugby Channel at 488-490).

posted by jjzucal at 05:42 PM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Edmonton by 15

Toronto by 14

Hamilton by 18

Ottawa by 16

posted by jjzucal at 05:37 PM on August 11

Teammate Sucker Punches Geno Smith, Breaks His Jaw

In a related story, Jet fans take to the streets in celebration.

Jet fans hated Sanchez in his later years, hated Tebow and were merciless with Smith. God could quarterback this team and be despised.

posted by jjzucal at 05:29 PM on August 11

NBC Lands Premier League for Another 6 Years

I feel like I want to praise every religious god for this. There is no way I wanted the EPL back on Fox. I find NBCSN's studio show to be more informative than was Fox. "Men in Blazers" and the feature shows add to the enjoyment of watching NBCSN.

BTW, Rebecca Lowe or Warren Barton? Rebecca not only is attractive, she comes across as much more knowledgeable than Barton, who comes across as a bit pompous.

posted by jjzucal at 12:49 PM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Edmonton by 18

Ottawa by 6

Toronto by 4

Winnipeg by 5

posted by jjzucal at 12:38 PM on August 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Edmonton by 5

Montreal by 3

Toronto by 11

posted by jjzucal at 12:13 PM on July 31

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

I started in the EPL's game six seasons ago. I finished in the top 10 percent worldwide in my first season. If this game had a relegation zone, we'd have been gone a while ago. Flash in the pan ... one-hit wonder.

posted by jjzucal at 12:09 PM on July 31

Indiana Pacers to Wear "Hoosiers" Inspired Uniform

Now, on sale at! It's like the camouflage uniform shirts (to "honor veterans") and pink shirts, wristbands and shoes (for breast cancer awareness) athletes wear. The leagues likely make donations to associated organizations, but it's probably a small percentage of the revenue derived from the sales.

posted by jjzucal at 11:13 PM on July 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 15

Toronto by 1

Edmonton by 7

Hamilton by 5

posted by jjzucal at 11:08 PM on July 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Hamilton by 5

Ottawa by 3

Saskatchewan by 11

Calgary by 17

posted by jjzucal at 08:01 PM on July 16

Colin Cowherd Leaving ESPN

First Bill Simmons, then Keith Olbermann, now Colin Cowherd. Maybe ESPN is looking at folks, like us, to do these shows at a fraction of what these guys got.

posted by jjzucal at 07:58 PM on July 16

What if we talked about NHL players the way the media talks about female athletes?

I'm sorry I can't open the link (damn computer!), but I think there should be a side argument: "What if we and the media treat female athletes like male athletes?"

If a professional or college sports player gets accused (not necessary arrested) of domestic violence, now they find themselves being released or suspended, but Hope Solo was arrested for domestic violence and America considers her a hero. Go figure.

posted by jjzucal at 05:34 PM on July 13

Serena Williams and the Fear of a Dominant Black Woman

I see this in comment sections of online articles:

"Gorilla" because of her body size (even though sister Venus, who's much thinner, gets the same racial treatment).

"She's a man" (unless one gets breast and hip augmentation, very few male-to-female transsexuals develop B-cup or larger breasts and wide hips).

"She's ugly" (even though she's attractive in tennis or regular clothing).

That her refusing to be "ashamed" to come from the inner city, she's one of many success stories to come out of our inner cities.

I believe the first one clearly is racial; the others are from those who want to criticize but don't want to be seen as racist.

posted by jjzucal at 01:06 PM on July 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Ottawa by 5

Winnipeg by 4

Saskatchewan by 7

Calgary by 12 (though I won't be upset if the beloved Argos win)

posted by jjzucal at 01:36 PM on July 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Has the UN High Commission on Rights arrived in Winnipeg because there were some serious human-rights violations during the first half. The Bombers could have had Tom Clements in his prime last night and it wouldn't have mattered.

posted by jjzucal at 03:34 PM on July 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Yes, Howard, it could be worse ... you could have been me last week.

Hamilton by 10

Calgary by 12

BC by 16

Toronto by 3

posted by jjzucal at 04:25 PM on July 02

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Got this from DirectTV guide: ESPN2 will show games June 29-30, July 2-3, 9-10 and 30-31. Guess I'm too lazy to go to the CFL website.

jagsnumberone, you bring back memories from the early ESPN days. It's when I became an Argos' fan; even though I'm in New Jersey, I used to listen to games on CFRB (AM) or CFRX (shortwave). Now I get only Ti-Cat games on CHML-AM.

posted by jjzucal at 01:17 PM on June 25

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Montreal by 17

Hamilton by 4

Edmonton by 11

Saskatchewan by 12

posted by jjzucal at 10:07 AM on June 23

Chicago Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup

Gary Bettman called this era's Blackhawks a "dynasty." Given today's NHL, with 30 teams, which makes it difficult to repeat, I believe 3 Cups in 6 years fits the term.

posted by jjzucal at 11:41 PM on June 15

Another NCAA member covers itself in glory

You've stated the major difference: she did not enter the business school while the FSU student did. Players are STUDENT-athletes, not just athletes. Allowing her to continue playing while not a student would open a large can of worms.

posted by jjzucal at 01:38 PM on October 04

Why no one wants to host the 2022 Olympics

I'm not sure the United States will get another Olympics. Any country that gets it likely would be required to chuck up billions of dollars for area and site infrastructures as well as the sites. Not too many American cities have velodromes or tennis centers or Nordic ski locations that are at Olympic standard, and other than the LA Coliseum (which likely would need rehabbing), I don't know of any cities that have an ample-sized stadium with an athletics track. That would be a few hundred million ($1 billion plus?) for a new stadium.

posted by jjzucal at 09:52 PM on October 03

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

A 5-run lead in the top of the 9th inning ... maybe. Two up in the fifth ... did someone test Lewis for psychotic drugs after the game?

posted by jjzucal at 11:55 AM on July 22

This isn't The Onion : Championship League football owner cuts player from team because date of birth is unlucky.

There are idiots ... and there are idiots, too many of them (see Venky's at Blackburn) in English football.

posted by jjzucal at 11:59 AM on July 07

SpoFi's 2014 Fantasy Baseball League is Active!

I'm in; guess I should have read this before asking about keepers.

posted by jjzucal at 08:55 PM on February 02

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

I believe the Broncos left their offense in "OMAHA!"

posted by jjzucal at 08:52 PM on February 02

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

Just got home ... guess I already missed a bunch.

posted by jjzucal at 07:17 PM on February 02

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Super Bowl-a-Geddon Edition

Going off the beaten path on a couple:

1. Denver by 3

2. Rec. Yds: Welker

3. Rush Yds.: Lynch

4. 1st TD: Harvin

5. MVP: Lynch

6. Int.: Sherman

7. Sack/Part Sk.: Sherman

8. Ad Meter: Budweiser +1

9. Tiebreak: 79 points.

posted by jjzucal at 07:50 PM on February 01

"Right now the NCAA is like a dictatorship. No one represents us in negotiations."

I've seen cases in which courts have ruled college athletes are not employees. Also, I lean toward the traditional response in that most athletes receive a full or partial scholarship; in essence, they are being paid to play.

The Title IX angle is interesting given this proposed union only involves football players. How would this affect not only women's sports but the other sports, especially the non-revenue generators?

posted by jjzucal at 09:00 AM on January 29

Richard Sherman, the Man Behind the Mouth

Dyams, I had not thought of the situation in the way you did, but ... had Sherman not gone on his rant, there certainly wouldn't be the level of interest he's received, and will receive this week, from the media. Two interceptions and a game MVP and he'd become priceless: speeches, endorsements would become readily available.

posted by jjzucal at 08:59 PM on January 26

Ex-Agent: Ryan Leaf Blew Chance to Go No. 1

This was from a 2003 mock draft article about Charles Rogers:

"Rogers is expected to be the first receiver taken in the draft. He is big, fast, and has great hands. Rogers has been compared to Randy Moss of Minnesota without the off-field problems. Look for Charles Rogers, the Spartans' career receiving TD leader, to be a dominating force in the NFL. At the age of 21 at draft time, Rogers may sneak into the #1 pick if any team can swing a deal. "

Instead, Rogers lasted three seasons and has had many legal problems.

Oh, did we mention he was a Matt Millen draftee?

posted by jjzucal at 12:40 PM on January 22

Taro Tsujimoto's story

I see he has a Twitter account: @tarosays

Sabres draft pick. I never stepped foot on the ice and I'm bitter about it. Formally, the Sabres Unofficial Director of Potential Trades and Roster Moves #fired

One of his posts: Fun fact! I'll never get an #NHL media job because I'd be brutally biased. In my defense: That never stopped Mike Milbury.

posted by jjzucal at 07:41 PM on January 13

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

Seahawks by 10 (max. decibel level 127 dB) +2

Pats by 12 +1

Panthers by 6

Broncos by 19 +1

Rec. Yds: Decker

Rec. TD: Decker

D. Int/Fum: Sherman

posted by jjzucal at 07:40 PM on January 10

MMA fighter Joe Torrez kills armed intruder Sal Garces in New Mexico

New Jersey courts have had several decisions which follow the idea of "a man's home is his castle," meaning the owner has a right to protect him/herself and property. The question here may be in the amount of force used: beating and stabbing: would beating an intruder have been enough to produce injury and encourage the others to leave? Was a stabbing necessary?

In the end, I expect no criminal charges, but expect the "amount of force" to be an argument if a civil suit by the dead man's family is sought.

posted by jjzucal at 02:40 PM on January 06

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Wild-Card-a-Palooza Edition

It seems like I cannot edit ("edit" is not showing)

A total collapse of epic proportions on my side. Looks like the Bengals ruined a few 4-for-4 picks.

posted by jjzucal at 07:58 PM on January 05

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Wild-Card-a-Palooza Edition

Three games down and it has been a bloodbath! I have only Trent Cole's sack to avoid a shutout.

posted by jjzucal at 04:18 PM on January 05

Saints Edge Eagles on Last-Second Field Goal

I went to bed hoping this was all a bad dream. Thanks for letting me know it wasn't.

The idea for the next season is simple: if Chip continues to run a high-octane offense (which I enjoy), he needs to have defensive guys with the endurance to be on the field for 35 minutes of plays. That means locating them in the draft and observing the veterans during training camp.

posted by jjzucal at 02:28 PM on January 05

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Wild-Card-a-Palooza Edition

Chiefs by 7

Eagles by 17

Bengals by 4

Packers by 11

QB: Nick Foles

RB: Jamaal Charles

DEF: Trent Cole, +1

posted by jjzucal at 07:35 PM on January 03

Houston Texans Hire Bill O'Brien as Head Coach

That rant's a shame given O'Brien was brought in to bring the football program back from the NCAA sanctions. I believe he was doing a great job considering the circumstances, but there still will be some folks who believe Paterno was wronged by the university, and that's not O'Brien's fault.

posted by jjzucal at 04:58 PM on January 01

Eagles, Packers Advance to Playoffs

While I'm happy as an Eagles' fan, I feel for Orton - thrown into a win-or-out game after a season in which he had few snaps with the first team. If I were a Cowboys' fan, I think I would have preferred getting blown out - much easier to accept than blowing a winning chance late. Might even have changed Jerry Jones's mind and made the fans happy by firing Jason Garrett.

posted by jjzucal at 04:44 PM on December 31

Browns Fire Chudzinski After Only 1 Season

Schiano becomes another in a line of college coaches who could not find success in the pros. Other than Pete Carroll, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer, there aren't too many others who have achieved success.

posted by jjzucal at 09:32 PM on December 30

Nnamdi Asomugha Retires as an Oakland Raider

Agreed. He and Rodgers-Cromartie were supposed to be killers for us ... sigh

posted by jjzucal at 10:36 AM on December 27

Glazer: Rex Ryan Told Team He's Likely Fired

Since this was on the NFL's website, I'd say you could bet the ranch Ryan's gone. I don't know what to think: it would be understandable to let him go after three non-playoff seasons, but given the hand he was dealt this year, between injuries and being forced to start Geno Smith from the get-go, a firing might be considered brutal.

posted by jjzucal at 05:13 PM on December 22

Don't Get Andrew Luck Started on Soccer

Yet soccer detractors complain about the perceived lack of scoring and guys running around in shorts. I'd rather see that than football players, with pounds of equipment to prevent boo-boos, having to rest after running 20 yards.


Who are we? Who are we? West Brom-wich Al-bi-on, that's who we are!

posted by jjzucal at 08:54 PM on December 19

Three managers unanimously elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Clearly worthy, and it's nice they're going in together.

posted by jjzucal at 09:42 PM on December 09

Sporting KC Wins MLS Cup on 10th Round of Penalty Kicks

Knowing English non-league soccer, I think shootouts after 90 minutes occur only in low-level matches such as county cups. FA competition (Cup, Trophy, Vase) replays and league-promotion matches go the full 120 minutes before the shootout.

posted by jjzucal at 08:44 PM on December 09

Broncos' Prater Kicks Record-Breaking 64-Yard Field Goal

Yes, Grum, I believe the straight-toe shoe was banned in 1977, which included the "Dempsey rule" in which kickers missing part of their foot which mandated they wear regular shoes. Dempsey had to wear a regular shoe through the rest of his career, which ended in 1979.

posted by jjzucal at 08:37 PM on December 09

Ohio State Falls, Auburn Likely to Face Florida State

I think they'll need more than a handheld calculator to compute the over/under for the title game. Unless Auburn decides to play defense. Auburn gave up 40-plus twice, 38 once and 20-29 points four times. Florida State may have been helped by the ACC schedule, but it allowed only 17 points or less in 12 games (34 against Boston College).

posted by jjzucal at 10:14 AM on December 08

Sporting KC Wins MLS Cup on 10th Round of Penalty Kicks

You go back through the order again. This almost occurred last year when Huddersfield won promotion to the Championship when its keeper scored and Sheffield United's keeper skied his PK on the 11th kicks.

Bender, what would be your suggestion? The idea of continuing overtime, perhaps with a sudden-death goal after 120 minutes, is not appealing, especially on a day when it's freezing. As George Carlin stated about baseball, "We don't know when it's gonna end."

posted by jjzucal at 08:53 PM on December 07

UW Snaps Up Boise's Petersen

Agreed about the location as well as fans' reaction, Mothball. It's a shame, however, that USC took Sarkisian instead of promoting Orgeron, which opened the Washington job.

posted by jjzucal at 01:45 PM on December 07

No criminal charges for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston

I would separate the first case. Either way, Winston's reputation may have been shot. Too many people believe he was the rapist, and it likely will extend to some Heisman voters (I believe the voting deadline is Monday) even though the award is supposed to be based on his performance on the field.

Kudos to the prosecutors for not charging if they believed there wasn't enough evidence to charge Winston. A lot of prosecutors would have charged and forced a trial to get a feather in their cap because he's a nationally known football player.

posted by jjzucal at 01:40 PM on December 07

U.S. in World Cup's Group G (as in Grim)

The last thing you want is a bunch of pissed off lusophones.

At least they wouldn't respond with vuvuzelas (though I liked them).

I cannot see the USA getting into the knockout stage: at best, a win over Ghana and draws against Germany and Portugal -- only 5 points, and that might be overly confident.

posted by jjzucal at 11:34 PM on December 06

Rogers reaches 12-year broadcast deal with NHL worth $5.2-billion

I remember TSN buying the HNIC song ... really PO'd Canadians.

The question now is: will TSN attempt to purchase games from Rogers, as per the example you gave.

posted by jjzucal at 03:14 PM on November 26

FCS School Passes for 0 Yards, Beats Florida

$550,000 guarantee? Don't you love when guarantees like this explode in a program's face?

posted by jjzucal at 03:19 PM on November 25