Raider Nation may have stayed together through the LA move and back, but Al Davis had a way of making you want to get behind the team. I don't think many fans will follow Mark out of town ... and expect a good amount of empty seats in Oakland before then.
posted by jjzucal at 04:28 PM on March 27
I remember AFC Wimbledon during my days with My Football Club - tragic loss to them in 2010 FA Cup first round replay (goals at 90+ and 120+). It was in the midst of their 5-promotion in 10-year run.
Wimbledon has high hopes as it's looking at constructing a 20,000-seat stadium after selling Kingsmeadow to Chelsea.
The ultimate laugh: MK Dons is just six points above the drop zone. Imagine the Wimbledon party if MK Dons relegate a second consecutive time.
posted by jjzucal at 07:53 PM on March 16
Interesting that Brentford got rid of its academy. I understand the logic, but I would think eventually it would mean having to rely on transfers to pick up older teens to develop for the first team.
posted by jjzucal at 07:36 PM on February 23
Agreed. I decided to look at Leagues 1 and 2 and compare to my remembrance of my time with My Football Club at Ebbsfleet United (2009-13) with some of the clubs that promoted and never returned: AFC Wimbledon, Crawley Town, Fleetwood Town, Stevenage, Cambridge United, Newport County; Gillingham was a few years before that.
It's not easy to return given there's just two promotion spots, but it may be easier now given relegated sides got an increase in parachute payments (100 percent of League 2 share in first year, 50 percent in second).
posted by jjzucal at 07:28 PM on February 23
Reading huge Arsenal fan (and general blowhard) Piers Morgan on Twitter (@piersmorgan) was pure GOLD! He's wanted Wenger out for a few seasons.
As he put it before the match - chances of Arsenal winning were, "No Hope, Bob Hope and No Hope." He reminded everyone of that at 4-1.
If I'm not mistaken, haven't there been reports Wenger's been offered another 2-year contract?
posted by jjzucal at 12:19 AM on February 16
This is what's fun about minor-league sports. Have parents take the day off, bring the kids, get a game and a memorable experience, and get home with hours of sunlight to spare ... all at a reasonable cost.
posted by jjzucal at 03:49 PM on January 29
Nearly 12 years? In that time I've lived in five residences in New Jersey. Where has the time gone, indeed! I've learned a few things:
1. I'm lousy at picking winners.
2. I'm lousy at fantasy sports (which carries beyond SportFi).
3. I'm lousy at being active on the site (I hope I contribute positively when I post).
Thanks for keeping the site going, rcade. I've liked the mix of "news of the day" articles with those that are hidden under the radar or are thought-provoking.
posted by jjzucal at 10:14 PM on January 24
I can live with having less panic about the U.S. not making the World Cup.
It shouldn't be that difficult for the USA! USA! USA! if the proposed breakdown goes through: 6.5 spots for CONCACAF (out of 35 current full members). Likely would mean the Round of 12 would continue as two 6-team groups with top 3 in both advancing and fourth-place teams playing off to enter WC playoff.
Another proposal would be that any group-stage draw would go to (immediate?) penalties.
posted by jjzucal at 08:34 PM on January 11
I dunno. Four full seasons, three head coaches, three general managers, 15-49 record. Awfully hard to "top" these numbers, though I can understand the sentiment given Kroenke plunged the knife deep into the city of St. Louis' back when he applied to relocate to Los Angeles.
posted by jjzucal at 10:16 PM on January 05
Here's my problem: she probably never gave a damn about tickets prior to this (or we might have seen this story during the NLCS). Looks to be a case of someone wanting to be the "good parent" for one of the moments that will live in the kid's memory. This case, unfortunately, also will live in his memory as just another squabble between his parents.
posted by jjzucal at 10:50 AM on October 30
In the real world, city officials would say, "Buh-bye!" Given big spenders (and not-so-big-spending vacationers) come to Las Vegas, and the city was awarded an NHL franchise, I think city officials will bend over to get a tax plan through.
posted by jjzucal at 08:49 PM on August 29
Took a chance that Arsenal actually might score, so I went Foster for Schmeichel: 6 points lost. Guess I also need to find another real striker (Lukaku-Defoe-Ighalo).
posted by jjzucal at 06:51 PM on August 20
Looks like Pia Sundhage shoved it back in Hope's face: "It's OK to be a coward if you win."
Hope got a head start on the Olympics with her mocking of Brazil related to the Zika virus, including a selfie of her in a bug-screen helmet while holding a bottle of bug repellent.
posted by jjzucal at 02:21 PM on August 13
Automatically re-entered. Hopefully will not face a Palace-like season repeat: led at the New Year, collapsed in second half, crawled across finish line.
posted by jjzucal at 03:22 PM on August 08
As for the issue, I am one who believes gender dysphoria is natural, something with which one is born. Is transitioning a "choice?" I'd say yes given the other option often is suicide. This law had nothing to do with "religious freedom" or keeping straight men, dressed as women, from raping females in women's rooms (media outlets have searched nationally and have found less than 5 cases in nearly a decade) - it simply was another state passing another anti-LGBT law, but it needed other stuff to make it not look like an anti-LGBT law ...
... thus, what owlhouse has posted should scare the hell out of North Carolina residents for it means that the state government can override anything that displeases them. Taking away a person's right to access the courts also may be considered unconstitutional in the federal sense.
Also, since it was addressed: corporations are people (the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed it) and the NBA is a corporation. If you believe this was a political action, the NBA's being upfront is better than many corporations who use "shell" organizations and political-action committees to express their opinion.
Sorry if I've gone overly political, but I don't know how this subject could be addressed without a political angle.
posted by jjzucal at 04:46 PM on July 24
Holden, don't make me cry about Fox Sports' handling of the CAC now that it has the upcoming World Cup.
As for the brouhaha, it happens far too often. I realize referees do not want to be the "focus" by issuing multiple cards (which potentially affects the match through second-yellow red cards then or later), but they need to take charge. The same needs to occur on fouls when multiple opponents run in and call for a yellow (which itself is supposed to be a yellow for unsportsmanlike conduct). It looks bad for the referee and the game.
posted by jjzucal at 01:30 AM on June 14
Before opening the link, two words came to mind: Craig Carton. Thank you for not disappointing me. Man is an incredible jerk.
posted by jjzucal at 12:25 PM on June 10
MSNBC usually shows "prison porn" (life for prisoners behind bars) on weekend nights, but last night it re-aired its studio coverage from the morning, then aired several documentaries - I believe one was "Rumble in the Jungle."
When Mike Tyson was in his prime, pounding opponents within a few rounds, people would think I was nuts when I'd state Ali would beat Tyson. It wouldn't necessarily be by a knockout but, if Tyson tried to overwhelm Ali early, Ali would have let him wear out (as Foreman did in Zaire). Ali's brain over Tyson's brawn probably would have resulted in a 4- or 5-point decision across the cards.
posted by jjzucal at 01:10 PM on June 05
Group A: Colombia (winner), United States, Rodriguez.
Group B: Brazil (winner), Ecuador, Coutinho.
Group C: Uruguay (winner), Venezuela, Cavani.
Group D: Argentina (winner), Chile, Higuain.
As for last night, I got a few "likes" on Twitter from Villa fans when I noted "It is the first time Guzan played with a real defense since ..." (Fill in the blank with any match date in the past few seasons) About eight minutes later, I added, "Never mind."
I don't drink alcohol, but that would have been a damn good time to start.
posted by jjzucal at 04:29 PM on June 04
I saw this a few days ago: I did not know Akinfenwa had spoken with several MLS clubs before re-signing with AFC. It's a shame ... he could have helped some of the lower performers and would have been a crowd-pleaser.
posted by jjzucal at 04:45 PM on June 03
At least he was told days prior, so he would have been released win or lose.
Rcade's line, however, is appropriate. I feel sorry for those who bust a seam to win promotion (especially to the Prem or Champ) only to be told they're not good enough for the next level. Occasionally you hope for the player to "pull a Vardy" and defy the naysayers.
Next season's ties come as AFC fans enjoy some large slices of schadenfreude: promotion followed MKD's relegation from the Championship.
posted by jjzucal at 05:10 PM on June 01
Unfortunately, they will go into League One without "The Beast" as club icon Adebayo Akinfenwa was told a week before the final he would be released.
posted by jjzucal at 09:05 AM on June 01
We were tops at New Year's; top 3 percent worldwide. Everything looked rosy. Then, like Crystal Palace, we started a slow collapse. Held on to Ighalo far too long; Lukaku and Barkley were worthless; and I finally grabbed Kane and Lloris just in time for the nuclear meltdown.
At least we pulled a Big Sam and avoided the drop into the second division (which could have been called SpoFi for Losers). Maybe we should have hired Rafa to save us from ourselves.
posted by jjzucal at 09:21 PM on May 19
I referred to a shirt as a "jersey" (such as a hockey jersey), and, oh, the responses were nasty!
I presume Man United was going to use a lineup of mostly kids and reserves considering the FA Cup final on Saturday; presumably that will be more so since the match will be played Tuesday night.
As for the device being left after a security training session, that is head-shaking. One would think all objects used, and their sites, would have been accounted. The Twitterverse was insane: "Someone can bring in a package, but I can't bring in a bottle of water."
posted by jjzucal at 07:43 PM on May 15
According to the school district, majority of the bond projects are for district schools. Presumably that's why it passed with 66 percent of the vote.
posted by jjzucal at 08:49 PM on May 10
I realize it is only a minor-league team, and presumably no one thought of a sale possibility during the five-year period, but even a 10-percent payout -- $3.4 million -- might have been enough to make a prospective owner deal with the city during the process. City officials and taxpayers became an afterthought at $100,000.
posted by jjzucal at 08:48 PM on May 06
The Guardian's Fiver column discusses Leicester's "ragbag assortment of cast-offs, journeymen and bargain basement buys" as well as Danny Rose's "apology" after the Spurs' match.
posted by jjzucal at 07:31 PM on May 03
The fight around the tunnel after the final whistle was a nice touch too.
Aw, I was like Ranieri ... I had a doctor's appointment so I didn't see the match! Guess I'll have to stumble upon some videos.
posted by jjzucal at 02:10 AM on May 03
Yet, it Tottenham fail to win, Claudio Ranieri may be the last to know his side's the Premier League champion. Nice to know he still has his priorities in order.
posted by jjzucal at 05:12 PM on May 01
I've thought about using the Canadian version of having the choice of kickoff or scrimmage, only extending it to include after touchdowns (since the rule covers only field goals).
Teams with good return men might want to have the scoring team kick off; a team which needs to score late (as in a 2-minute drill) might want to take possession immediately. Keep the start at the 20-yard line.
posted by jjzucal at 08:08 PM on April 20
As one who was part of an organization (MyFootballClub) that now gives financial support (and material given we spent money to put match commentary on the Internet) to Slough Town FC, I take great umbrage at relating Slough (7th tier) to Aston Villa. Aston Villa performs like it'd have trouble in the Southern League Premier.
posted by jjzucal at 05:12 PM on January 21
Thanks for the heads-up - I now have something interesting to watch tomorrow.
My first Super Bowl was Super Bowl VII: Miami over Washington in 1973 when Garo Yepremian saw his only "pass" (the ball slipped from his hand as he attempted to pass) be returned for a touchdown. I find it hard now to watch the games - they're so stretched out time-wise, especially with the halftime concert. I might pop in around 10 p.m. ET - if it's close, I'll watch it; if not, I'm sure I can find a history or science show to watch.
posted by jjzucal at 07:30 PM on January 14
According to a former colleague (from back in the 1980's), Kelly may have been chopped by the general manager who fired the previous personnel director and likely was dissed when Kelly became coach and personnel director.
How would Tennessee fans react if Chip Kelly and Marcus Mariota were reunited with the Titans?
posted by jjzucal at 03:11 PM on December 30
Ignore what I previously wrote because karma bit me in the ass. When Cresswell is your leading scorer, it's a bad day.
I don't know what's worse, that we scored only 43 points or did it as I played the All-Out option.
posted by jjzucal at 09:21 PM on December 26
On this Christmas Day ...
Dear Mr. Ranieri:
Thank you for your early Christmas present of having Mahrez take two penalties last week. It helped me have my best week (100 points) in the six seasons in which I've played the EPL's game. It also put me near the top 2 percent worldwide and, ahem, atop the SportFi league.
(I only wish that Smalling's header hadn't gone off the crossbar)
posted by jjzucal at 02:24 PM on December 25
I'm puzzled as to how baseball games could be played at Olympic Stadium. I've seen some photos that look like the track is being replaced with seating so that lower-level fans will sit closer to the field (or pitch, if you prefer). When MLB was in Australia in 2014, games were played at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Unless the seating is retractable, I can't see playing there unless a high temporary fence was installed (presumably in left field), much like the L.A. Coliseum had when the Dodgers played there before their stadium was ready.
posted by jjzucal at 11:13 AM on November 26
Judging by the sole of the shoe, I'm guessing basketball shoes. I can't imagine him running in work shoes/boots. Perhaps Nike, adidas or another sport-clothing company could outfit him with solid black running shoes to match his slacks.
posted by jjzucal at 03:04 PM on November 23
Seems I don't have the "edit" link on my screen, so ...
Good news: Hart (2 pts) got ripped. Bad news: Cech (1 pt) also lost and Hart getting shredded meant Kolarov (3 pts) and Sagna (0 pts) also got smacked.
posted by jjzucal at 04:45 PM on November 21
For this week, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is most-added and West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet most-dropped.
I made that switch along with Smalling for Mertesacker, so I now have seven top-three (starred) players on the pitch.
I'm still with Mahrez as captain given Vardy has a hip problem (75% chance of playing), and Cech finally gets a start for us.
posted by jjzucal at 05:06 PM on November 20
Ottawa by 11
Edmonton by 5
posted by jjzucal at 06:10 PM on November 19
Tennessee by 20
Atlanta by 13
Chicago by 10
Oakland by 14
Dallas by 3
Philadelphia by 17
Carolina by 11 (Threw Away My Keys Lock)
St. Louis by 2
N.Y. Jets by 14
Kansas City by 7
Minnesota by 6
San Francisco by 7
Cincinnati by 10
New England by 15
posted by jjzucal at 06:05 PM on November 19
If Tom Landry, Vince Lombardi, Hank Stram and Dick Nolan were alive and on the sidelines, would they wear this stuff? No way in hell. I haven't read or heard of any blowback with Belichick; then again, the NFL receives millions in revenue just from Patriot hooded sweatshirts.
October had pink for breast cancer awareness and November is the camouflage for the veterans. Maybe December will have red, green and white in honor of Christmas, perhaps sell the items to help Toys for Tots and other children's organizations. Of course, Goddell would have to explain why there would be nothing for Hanukkah.
posted by jjzucal at 05:58 PM on November 19
Yes, behind the left ear.
posted by jjzucal at 04:31 PM on November 15
Toronto by 10
Calgary by 2
posted by jjzucal at 09:40 PM on November 14
Buffalo by 11
Green Bay by 21 (you know this could be bad when Tron's the only one with a single-digit spread)
Carolina by 10
St. Louis by 6
Philadelphia by 3
Dallas by 15
New Orleans by 3
Baltimore by 14
Oakland by 10
Denver by 12
New England by 17 (we'll keep Master Locking here until Brady chokes)
Arizona by 17
Cincinnati by 20
posted by jjzucal at 07:08 PM on November 12
Usually I'd feel pretty good being in the top 3.4 percent (120,761st place) worldwide. Then I realized Hillbilly (29,813rd place) is in the top 0.8 percent.
My question: do I keep Mahrez as captain or do I move Vardy up from assistant against Watford? Eventually Vardy has to be blanked in a match while Mahrez can get goals and assists. I also could use scoring from ighalo.
I guess I'll keep Hart in goal - watch Aston Villa pump 3 past him while Cech blanks Spurs.
posted by jjzucal at 06:46 PM on November 06
Toronto by 7
Hamilton by 15
B.C. by 5
Saskatchewan by 13
posted by jjzucal at 07:33 PM on November 05
Cincinnati by 15
Miami by 4
Minnesota by 19
New England by 10 (Lock It)
New Orleans by 11
Jacksonville by 10
Pittsburgh by 2
Carolina by 3
San Francisco by 6
New York Giants by 12
Denver by 11
Chicago by 7
posted by jjzucal at 07:31 PM on November 05
I presume Man City haven't been on NBC: the Twitter chart notes NBC appearances. The others should be NBC-related channels.
It doesn't take into account who watches what matches on Goal Zone. I have it on DirecTV and find myself watching Bournemouth a lot (as well as bouncing around the other channels). They're like Burnley last season: enjoyable to watch but they just can't get the points.
posted by jjzucal at 02:58 PM on November 04
I still have Vardy as my assistant captain. After scoring in 7 straight games, he's due for a duck. Hopefully Mahrez (captain, oh my captain!) will have a wonderful match.
Other than Vardy, Mahrez and Ighalo, the rest of my guys are playing clubs in the bottom half.
posted by jjzucal at 07:28 PM on October 30
New England by 17
Kansas City by 10
Atlanta by 6
Minnesota by 3
Arizona by 10 LOCK ' EM UP!
St. Louis by 13
N.Y. Giants by 7
Pittsburgh by 12
San Diego by 7
Tennessee by 14
Oakland by 2
Seattle by 9
Denver by 13
Carolina by 6
posted by jjzucal at 09:09 PM on October 29
Four points and still in the relegation zone.
Toronto by 11
Calgary by 17
Hamilton by 5
Edmonton by 13
posted by jjzucal at 09:04 PM on October 29
It's Sunday night ... 65 points ... and JOE HART GOT A CLEAN SHEET! I'm still debating about picking up Adrian from West Ham and chucking Hart or Cech.
posted by jjzucal at 10:06 PM on October 25
Seattle by 17 ... wait ... oh
Buffalo by 7 (On behalf of American football fans, I wish to apologize to The FA for sullying the long history of Wembley by sending low-quality competition)
Minnesota by 10
Tennessee by 3
New Orleans by 13
Pittsburgh by 10
St. Louis by 11
Miami by 15
New England by a LOCK BLOCK at 16 points
Washington by 3
San Diego by 13
N.Y. Giants by 9
Arizona by 2
posted by jjzucal at 02:38 PM on October 23
Hamilton by 13
Ottawa by 7
Edmonton by 17
posted by jjzucal at 02:30 PM on October 23
If Klopp moves his arm like a tomahawk, would the headline read, "Klopp Chops Kop?" When the inevitable comes, would it read, "Mop-Top Kop Chops Flop Klopp (Rodgers Returns for Second Stint)?
posted by jjzucal at 10:00 PM on October 16
Atlanta by 17
Denver by 15
Tennessee by 19
Kansas City by 6
N.Y. Jets by 13
Pittsburgh by 7
Jacksonville by 11
Seattle by 14
Green Bay by 4
San Francisco by 5
New England by 24 (Throw Away the Key Lock)
Philadelphia by 10
posted by jjzucal at 12:13 AM on October 15
Another week of no games on ESPN2 so they can bring the important match-up between Northern Jibbip State and Whatsamatta University. Sigh.
Ottawa by 8
Edmonton by 11
Hamilton by 3
posted by jjzucal at 12:08 AM on October 15
This is just another of the long list of what could be considered police misconduct cases. It goes back before Eric Garner's death, back before "stop and frisk" under Giuliani, and has not been limited to blacks and Latinos. Police also went after whites in Occupy Wall Street marches and Republican National Convention in 2008.
I don't know if they're taught to be aggressive, are naturally aggressive, or it's "'roid rage." Someone has to lasso in these guys.
posted by jjzucal at 08:03 PM on October 10
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
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