Recent Comments by trox

World Cups Awarded to Russia in 2018, Qatar in 2022

Money talks in both cases. Both countries were the biggest risks.

posted by trox at 11:14 AM on December 02

Neftali Feliz, Buster Posey Rookies of the Year

Jason Heyward was robbed.

posted by trox at 03:23 PM on November 17

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, World Series Edition

Giants in 7

Aubrey Huff



posted by trox at 11:46 AM on October 25

Once Brothers

I saw this when it aired, and I'd highly recommend it.

posted by trox at 10:12 AM on October 19

Rooney to leave Manchester?

My guess is he's off to Madrid.

posted by trox at 10:26 AM on October 18

You'll Never Walk Alone, Sweet Caroline

This soap opera finally appears to be over. Apparently, the deal is structure in such a way as to almost eliminate Liverpool's debt, which should go a long way to helping them on the pitch.

posted by trox at 11:50 AM on October 15

Atlanta Braves Name Gonzalez as Manager

If he had Hudson, Hanson, and Jurrjens, it would have helped there too. (I couldn't bring myself to include Lowe despite his fantastic final performance this season).

posted by trox at 11:49 AM on October 15

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, LCS Edition

Ouch, but did my first round prognostication really, really suck. Here we go again:

Yankees in 6 Giants in 7 Lee Lincecum Over

posted by trox at 03:41 PM on October 13

Giants Defeat Braves, Send Cox into Retirement

The Braves are announcing Fredi Gonzalez as Cox's replacement right now.

posted by trox at 02:23 PM on October 13

Giants Defeat Braves, Send Cox into Retirement

I had more fun watching this Braves team than possibly any other since I've lived in Atlanta. Ultimately, the losses of Jones, Prado, and Wagner were just too much to overcome. As for Bobby, what else can be said.... until he hears welcome to Cooperstown.

posted by trox at 10:39 AM on October 12

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, LDS Edition

Tampa in 4

Minnesota in 5

Cincinnati in 5

Atlanta in 4

Jason Heyward

NL +6

posted by trox at 05:19 PM on October 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I thought part one handled Atlanta's run and the Yankees multiple world series pretty well. I'm thinking that slobbering over these may have rankled quite a few.

posted by trox at 01:57 PM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

You're probably right grum, but that was a moment that sort of leapt out at me while watching it, and enjoying it greatly.

posted by trox at 12:40 PM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

In Ken Burn's documentary, The 10th Inning, last night, Thomas Boswell let slip what sounded like a potential bombshell about a current hall of famer. Wezen-ball investigates.

posted by trox at 11:33 AM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Will concussions kill football?

posted by trox at 02:25 PM on September 21

Vince Young on Bush's Heisman: 'I Definitely Want It'

I admire his honesty at the very least.

posted by trox at 11:08 AM on September 14

Fantasy Champions League

I'm in as FC MLK.

posted by trox at 10:11 AM on September 10

NFL Official Moves to Broadcast Booth

This should be an interesting addition to the play-by-play analysis if he doesn't toe the company line and calls them like he sees them.

Side note: rcade, you appear to be posting from the future.

posted by trox at 04:06 PM on September 09

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Can't find a link, but lots of news here that the Braves have traded prospects for Derrick Lee.

posted by trox at 09:43 PM on August 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

JJ: You have a future in tabloid headlines. I'm glad I wasn't drinking coffee when I read it.

posted by trox at 10:39 AM on August 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Lou Gehrig may not have had Lou Gehrig's disease after all.

posted by trox at 02:52 PM on August 17

Martin O'Neill resigns as Aston Villa manager

I saw this from arsereview on Twitter, which may shed some light on this:

"According to 5live, O'Neill resigned because Villa wanted to sell Friedel to Fulham to let them sell Schwartzer to Arsenal. Interesting."

As an Arsenal fan, I approve of anything that prevents Flapianski and Almunia from starting.

posted by trox at 04:12 PM on August 09

Martin O'Neill resigns as Aston Villa manager

My guess is that he wasn't getting the money to spend he thought Villa needed to compete. The whole Milner to City saga (ongoing) probably helped push him too.

posted by trox at 02:04 PM on August 09

China Trying to Buy Liverpool FC

Gillette and Hicks have been an unmitigated disaster for Liverpool. Aren't there any Englishmen/women with money that can take them on? Paging Richard Bransom.

posted by trox at 11:10 AM on August 06

'Dear Tiger... I thought you'd like some good news'

Strangely enough, this is the same tempo that I used to learn to cast a fly rod. 3 counts back cast, 1 count forward cast.

posted by trox at 11:44 AM on July 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I saw that Henry goal coming the minute it was announced that he make his first start against Spurs. He has a history of doing that (and the look on their faces was priceless).

posted by trox at 11:33 AM on July 23

Tigers Outfielder Falls Through Bullpen Door

The description of the video leaves a bit to be desired:

7/18/10: Ryan Raburn can't corral Jhonny Peralta's fly ball to center, resulting in an inside-the-park home run that scores three.

No mention of a door anywhere.

posted by trox at 01:14 PM on July 20

Fantasy Premier League

The code to join the original league is 14824-52750.

posted by trox at 10:32 AM on July 19

Fantasy Premier League

I'll delete the first league and we'll use the the old league. Sorry for the inconvenience for those joining the original league.

posted by trox at 10:30 AM on July 19

Fantasy Premier League

Once you have logged in and entered your team, click on the 'Leagues' link you can find on the right of the page. Now enter the code 14824-41777 to join the private league.

I'm looking forward to finishing somewhere other than my usual mid-table mediocrity.

posted by trox at 10:11 AM on July 15

Germany, Spain One Win from World Cup Final

Spain are reminding me of Italy last time around, not with style of play but starting slowly and then just getting the job done.

The exact same thing can be said for the Netherlands.

posted by trox at 11:54 AM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

And Barca still think they can afford Fabregas?

posted by trox at 11:52 AM on July 08

Germany, Spain One Win from World Cup Final

The big difference between Spain and Argentina/England is they have a midfield that is absolutely stacked with talent (and bodies). I don't expect Germany to be able to break them down as easily as they did their previous opponents. That said, I also expect Germany to hold the ball a little more than any opponent that Spain has had thus far. Should be an interesting game.

I expect Spain to do just enough to progress.

posted by trox at 01:11 PM on July 07

Uruguay-Netherlands Play for Spot in World Cup Final

Historic background. Two time winners versus the best team never to win the cup. Forlan may be the best player thus far in the competition, but I can't see Uruguay overcoming Holland without Suarez.

posted by trox at 02:38 PM on July 06

Bob Bradley's Future Uncertain as US Coach

If I were Gulati, I probably wouldn't fire Bradley or request his resignation. He took the US to where they should have been: the second round with a chance to advance. He made some mistakes along the way, but what coach doesn't.

That said, I definitely don't want him to be the coach for the next four years. The last time we tried that, it didn't work out so well (see 2006). The team needs some new ideas to continue moving forward..

posted by trox at 03:16 PM on June 29

Africa’s Last World Cup Hope Is Ghana

So far, we're the only favorite to lose this round.

I never thought the US were favorites in this match. I saw it as a true toss up since Ghana was playing on African soil.

posted by trox at 11:47 AM on June 28

Phantom Foul Referee Back to Work

I'm still pissed. What a disgrace. At least he didn't have a chance to bottle it today.

posted by trox at 01:27 PM on June 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Forlan had a couple for himself yesterday too.

And what a stupid thing to do, Keita. That's always going to be a red card. Probably cost your side all three points.

posted by trox at 01:19 PM on June 17

Sound the Vuvuzelas!

And let's not forget Tshabalala's cracking opener. That was a rocket.

posted by trox at 12:48 PM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Zonal Marking is a great site, but is mistaken about Beasley being a starter. His role will be a sub if anything.

posted by trox at 01:55 PM on June 10

SpoFi FIFA World Cup Fantasy League

I'm in: Second Round or Bust.

posted by trox at 04:13 PM on June 08

Chelsea win the Premier League

Happy St. Totteringham's day!

posted by trox at 10:02 AM on May 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I can report that Turner Field went mental when Heyward hit his shot on his third major league pitch. Most energy I've seen there in a long time.

posted by trox at 11:45 AM on April 06

The Top 50 world Cup Goals

I also had the Bergkamp goal as my number 1.

posted by trox at 12:44 PM on March 15

Are teams getting better at playing with ten men?

If FIFA 2007 is any indication, then yes. Every time someone on the opposition receives a red card, I seem to lose. That's not scientific though.

All humor aside, it's something to think about. Based on the minute by minute of the ManU game yesterday, it seemed like they were by far the more threatening team, even with 10 men.

posted by trox at 01:00 PM on February 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I watched part of the Chelsea/Burnley game at lunch on Saturday in HD, but I think it was on a Satellite service.

posted by trox at 05:50 PM on February 01

NFL Playoff Pick'em - SuperBowl Round

Saints by 3 Over Saints Offense Saints

posted by trox at 04:23 PM on February 01

NFL Playoff Pick 'em - ProBowl Round

NFC by 12. NFC

posted by trox at 11:15 AM on January 25

NFL Championship Round Playoff Pick 'Em

Colts 21 Saints 19

New York 47 solo tackles

posted by trox at 03:17 PM on January 18

NFL Division Round Pick 'em

New Orleans by 9 Indianapolis by 14 Minnesota by 5 San Diego by 17

Ravens 225

posted by trox at 12:09 PM on January 12

NFL Wild Card Weekend Pick 'em

Cincinnati by 5 Philadelphia by 10 New England by 3 Green Bay by 7

STP: Philadelphia - 8

posted by trox at 04:09 PM on January 06

Winter transfer window about to open

Apparently Belenses have let Freddy Adu go as well. He'll be looking to hook up with a team somewhere (can't find the link right now since I heard it on Twitter).

Hmm Luca Toni might look good in Red and White.

posted by trox at 06:07 PM on December 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'll second terrapin's "Woot!". Andrey is a genius.

posted by trox at 01:44 PM on December 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I'm confident that you'll enjoy it bill. Knowing just a bit of the history made for an interesting watching experience, as I knew what happened next.

posted by trox at 01:43 PM on December 14

Agent: It's Over for Barry Bonds

In other news, the sky is still blue.

posted by trox at 12:51 PM on December 10

The World Cup draw

This is a very doable group from the US point of view (and England's for that matter).

posted by trox at 02:22 PM on December 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Silverdome has been sold for a song.

posted by trox at 06:11 PM on November 17

Extra Time

owlhouse, they could treat that like they do a last second shot in basketball.

posted by trox at 09:58 AM on September 22

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Multipost is most likely a sponsor of the team. I believe some teams in the Dutch league place a second sponsor where we'd expect to see a name.

posted by trox at 02:36 PM on September 17

Adebayor Taunts Arsenal Fans, Nearly Sparks Riot

Oh, I do think Eduardo make a meal of that, but why should he be the first diver banned.

posted by trox at 07:31 PM on September 15