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Meet Leroy Stolzfus, the Amish Marathoner

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

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 13

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

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 13

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

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Ottawa by 11

Edmonton by 5



posted by jjzucal at 06:10 PM on November 19

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

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

Bill Belichick Refuses to Be NFL's Fashion Model

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

Holly Holm Knocks Out Ronda Rousey in Huge UFC Upset

Yes, behind the left ear.

posted by jjzucal at 04:31 PM on November 15

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Toronto by 10

Calgary by 2



posted by jjzucal at 09:40 PM on November 14

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

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

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Toronto by 7

Hamilton by 15

B.C. by 5

Saskatchewan by 13

posted by jjzucal at 07:33 PM on November 05

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Blaine Gabbert Edition

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

Philadelphia by 3

Chicago by 7

posted by jjzucal at 07:31 PM on November 05

U.S. TV viewers for the Premier League broken out by club

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

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 11

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

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight: Waitin' All Week for Sunday Night

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

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

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 10

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

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven: Don't Snap It, Griff Edition

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

Philadelphia by 17

Arizona by 2

posted by jjzucal at 02:38 PM on October 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Toronto by 10

Hamilton by 13

Ottawa by 7

Edmonton by 17

posted by jjzucal at 02:30 PM on October 23

Fantasy Premier League, Week Seven

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

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 6: Mike Tomlin/Tom Osborne Edition

Atlanta by 17

Cincinnati by 10

Denver by 15

Chicago by 10

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

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

Toronto by 10

Edmonton by 11

Hamilton by 3

posted by jjzucal at 12:08 AM on October 15

Hawks Player Cleared Of All Charges in Police Nightclub Altercation

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

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