Recent Comments by jjzucal

Fifa Suspends Blatter and Platini

At least there may be one good thing from all of Sepp's work: Guam (2-1-1) has a legitimate shot at Asian World Cup qualifying second round. Thanks for looking out for the little people (even if they are U.S. territories).

posted by jjzucal at 11:46 PM on October 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

Toronto by N/A

Hamilton by 7

Edmonton by 11

BC by 6

Toronto by 15

posted by jjzucal at 11:19 PM on October 08

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Batted Ball Edition

Indianapolis by N/A

Atlanta by 5

Cincinnati by 10

St. Louis by 3 (sorry, Cheeseheads)

Tennessee by 12

Chicago by 17

Philadelphia by 6

Tampa Bay by 3 (might be 3-0 final)

Baltimore by 11

Detroit by 2

New England by 20 Master Lock

Denver by 7

San Francisco by 10

San Diego by 4

posted by jjzucal at 11:17 PM on October 08

Fifa Suspends Blatter and Platini

May I nominate, for the FIFA positions and board, us? Surely we couldn't harm the world in the way this crew has.

posted by jjzucal at 10:43 AM on October 08

The NHL Season Begins Anew!

Lemme guess ... the one Leafs' goal tonight or were they more interested in the Leafs than the Blue Jays?

posted by jjzucal at 10:49 PM on October 07

The NHL Season Begins Anew!

I don't know about cable systems, but DirecTV is showing a preview of NHL's Center Ice package starting tonight through Oct. 27.

posted by jjzucal at 05:44 PM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Meanwhile, England's women won the 2014 rugby World Cup and were third in the 2015 FIFA World Cup. I guess success means not having a penis?

posted by jjzucal at 06:14 PM on October 05

Fantasy Premier League, Week Seven

Forgot to mention: transferred Ighalo in for Wilson. I'm a bit embarrassed to accept the 4 points for his goal (thanks, Mr. Boruc!).

posted by jjzucal at 06:10 PM on October 05

Fantasy Premier League, Week Seven

65 points; I'll get 9 more from Vardy (alt. captain since Mahrez didn't play), could have had 6 more had I put Mertesacker above Cresswell in subs (Mertesacker was "questionable").

I gagged when I saw the 164-point team. Used Aguero as the triple captain.

posted by jjzucal at 05:34 PM on October 04

Coke, Bud, McDonald's and Visa Demand Sepp Blatter Quit Immediately

I can't call up the article (I think my computer is in its death throes), so I don't know if this was mentioned in it.

If he doesn't go, will the companies ditch at the end of their contracts? Will Coca-Cola allow Pepsi to get in? MasterCard instead of Visa? Heineken instead of Budweiser?

Nothing will happen, Sepp will serve until the election, and these companies will continue to reap the financial benefits.

posted by jjzucal at 04:35 PM on October 04

Fantasy Premier League, Week Seven

My heart (and team) sank when I saw Wilson fall sideways - it screamed "severe" knee injury. Of course, there was the big fat zero from defense and Joe Hart.

posted by jjzucal at 04:06 PM on October 02

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Going with a couple of shockers:

Pittsburgh by 12

Miami by 16

Atlanta by 11

Buffalo by 3

Oakland by 3

Kansas City by 10

Indianapolis by 20

Tampa Bay by 5

Philly by 14

San Diego by 7

Denver by 18 (Chop Lock of the Week)

St. Louis by 2

Green Bay by 6

New Orleans by 17

Seattle by 5

posted by jjzucal at 03:59 PM on October 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

As we try to stay out of the relegation zone we've escaped:

Ottawa by 5

Hamilton by 7

Edmonton by 5

BC by 13

posted by jjzucal at 11:22 AM on October 01

Fantasy Premier League, Week Six

Zero points from the defense and GK. Messrs. Kolarov, Sagna, Gomes and Hart: thank you for playing. We have some nice parting gifts backstage.

posted by jjzucal at 03:27 PM on September 27

Fantasy Premier League, Week Six

That works for the overall but possibly not if you're in head-to-head leagues or when cup matchups begin.

Just looked at the overall, and I see I'm in an area in which I've never been: top 6 percent of the world. MUHAHAHA!

posted by jjzucal at 07:47 PM on September 25

Ole Miss Fan's Jaw Broken After Win at Alabama

Ah, the good old days when winning fans would shout at losing fans who walked with their heads bowed in defeat. Further, this was a nice lesson the (presumably) father taught the children: if someone ticks you off, beat the hell out of them ... knives and guns also work.

With such a large crowd, it'll be unlikely the guy will be found.

posted by jjzucal at 09:52 AM on September 25

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: Indy's Bad Luck Edition

N.Y. Giants by 15

Oakland by 4

Dallas by 10

Indy by 13

Pittsburgh by 17

Minnesota by 3

New England by 20 (Front Door Lock of Week)

Philly by 11 (if Bradford can stay alive given the O-line)

Baltimore by 7

Tampa Bay by 5

San Francisco by 10

Miami by 6

Chicago by 2

Denver by 19

Green Bay by 10

posted by jjzucal at 08:20 PM on September 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Calgary by 12

Edmonton by 17

Ottawa by 3

Montreal by 12

posted by jjzucal at 08:14 PM on September 23

Fantasy Premier League, Week Six

I believe the options are one-time only in the season. I won't be using the bench-scoring this week; my 3 players haven't played much, but I've been tinkering with the starting XI for a few weeks. I'll go looking now, especially since I have 9 million in the bank.

posted by jjzucal at 07:39 PM on September 22

Fantasy Premier League, Week Six

I had Pelle, too. Finished with 72 points (no Monday players). That Man Chitty game will haunt me for a while.

As for Costa, I'd be curious to see if he gets retroactive punishment. Oh, it's Chelsea ... had it been a Bournemouth player, he'd be banned for a few matches, but it's Chelsea so all's cool. Don't want to get Jose's panties in a bunch!

posted by jjzucal at 03:53 PM on September 20

Fantasy Premier League, Week Six

I used my triple captain on Mahrez - 33 points, but ...

Guess who had Hart, Kolarov and Sagna (4 points combined) AND Cazorla (minus-1 with the red card) on the pitch? With the MC players, I guess that's the danger of having three players from one club, especially on the defensive side.

posted by jjzucal at 06:33 PM on September 19

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Teddy Bridgewater Fail Mary Edition

Denver by 10
Buffalo by 7
Green Bay by 11
Seattle by 10
Jets by 6
Miami by 15 (Lock 'Em Up!)
Cleveland by 3
Kansas City by 17
New Orleans by 3
San Diego by 12
Denver by 13
Oakland by 2
Tennessee by 14
Giants by 5
Philadelphia by 9
San Francisco by 14

posted by jjzucal at 06:00 PM on September 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Calgary by 5

Hamilton by 13

Saskatchewan by 3

Montreal by 7

posted by jjzucal at 05:56 PM on September 17

James Blake reportedly thrown to the ground, cuffed and detained by several NYPD officers.

It gets dumber. Apparently the guy police were after also was "misidentified." That means the officer attacked an innocent man while looking for an innocent man.

I don't know if these rogue officers who attack and shoot non-violent people were taught to intimidate through force or voice, or "roid rage," or just that they're a**holes who slipped through background checks.

I only wish the 99-plus percent of officers ("good cops") would ignore the "blue wall of silence" and speak out against those who tarnish their badges. It could be by speaking privately to council members, or being an "anonymous source" to the media, but more of them need to inform people about these bastards.

posted by jjzucal at 05:52 PM on September 12

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 1: Win One for the Duke

NE by 15 (Book 'em, Dan-O Lock o' the Week)

Ind by 5

GB by 7

Sea by 12

J-E-T-S! by 3

Mia by 10

Car by 17

KC by 13

Ari by 2

SD by 10

Den by 20

Oak by 3

TB by 3

Dal by 15

Phi by 6

SF by 12

posted by jjzucal at 09:14 PM on September 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

As we try to escape the relegation zone ...

Toronto by 4

Winnipeg by 12

Edmonton by 9

BC by 10

posted by jjzucal at 09:05 PM on September 09

Surprise military reunions at NFL games reach peak Bullsh*t

We more than have enough military promotion in life: I see personnel, in full equipment, at major train stations (I presume they're also at major airports). I see commercials, both armed forces and private companies, highlight the military. It has been this way since the World Trade Center towers fell.

We have camouflage uniforms, air flyovers, sections of stadiums reserved for military personnel and their families (who likely were given tickets by the host club) and personnel throwing out first pitches. The NFL's Salute to Service military promotion (with accompanying website to sell uniforms) is the worst of the major sports.

I wish we could go back to the days when we honored America and its military personnel by simply playing the national anthem. I don't believe that will hapen, though.

posted by jjzucal at 06:33 PM on September 05

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Montreal by 4

Saskatchewan by 6

Hamilton by 11

Edmonton by 7

posted by jjzucal at 07:19 PM on September 02

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