Recent Comments by squealy

Steven Wells: a few memories of a unique and acerbic voice

Dragged me back to Sportsfilter Swells. A real star. So long and thanks for all the memories.

posted by squealy at 10:24 AM on June 28

Baseball versus Cricket

Shame they didn't do the experiment in reverse too.

posted by squealy at 08:53 AM on October 08

Spofi Fantasy EPL 08-09 Week 3 Update

Just played my wildcard; not that the team were doing badly just there's money to be made in the long gameweek, and I hate having the fecking wildcard and want rid of it.

posted by squealy at 05:09 PM on September 03

Spofi EPL pool preseason update

Though having said that I suppose as you're both Americans you probably signed up whilst the vast majority of the most likely entrants (Brits) were fast asleep.

posted by squealy at 07:10 PM on August 19

Spofi EPL pool preseason update

btw, how's everyone doing on their Head-to-Head Leagues? As luck would have it, billsaysthis and I are in the same one.

That's an astonishing coincidence unless you picked your teams in unison. As I understand it the Head to Head leagues are just each 20 entrants in order of registering their teams.

posted by squealy at 07:00 PM on August 19

The Yankees ban sunblock at the stadium.....to fight terrorism

The concession stands sold both bottled water and bottled beer, however the staff had to take the bottle caps off for you, presumably so you wouldn't have a heavy object to throw.... I'm assuming these are plastic bottles? Now don't quote me on this but I have been told that the reasoning behind removing the caps is that empty bottles dumped in the aisles with their caps on represent a hazard. A bottle without it's cap will crush easily under your foot but one with it's cap on won't. Could be bullshit but that's what I was told by a steward at a Premiership football game.

posted by squealy at 02:46 PM on July 24

It's Salford City Reds and Celtic Crusaders!

I saw this story on BBC Breakfast whilst half asleep this morning and I must admit it did seem a little strange that established teams like Widnes and Wakefield had been overlooked in favour of two teams I'd never even heard of. But then I suppose I don't follow rugby league that closely. However despite my relative lack of interest in the eggchasing I second the suggestion of a rugby category as it's a perfectly cromulent sport whatever the code.

posted by squealy at 03:19 AM on July 23

Terrell Owens is a sweet, sweet man.

I don't even really know who this bloke is but he's clearly not very popular on SpoFi. However, he did the right thing for which he deserves credit.

posted by squealy at 03:01 AM on July 22

EPL Fantasy 08-09 Open for business

Fine by me as I always run out of mini-leagues. You still wouldn't win though.

posted by squealy at 04:16 PM on July 14

EPL Fantasy 08-09 Open for business

So there are two Spofi leagues as it stands now: the incumbent auto-renewing one and the new one. Are we going to keep both? I'd say keep the incumbent auto-renewing one as it's less effort for the participants. Newbie players can request the code to join.

posted by squealy at 08:46 AM on July 14

EPL Fantasy 08-09 Open for business

Yeah, I'm in. Who f-n told squealy? No one told me. The admin of last year's league chose to reactivate the old league. I did this myself for another league that I admin. This automatically puts all those teams who were in the league last season into this season's league as soon as they set up their team. Those who don't want to take part in this reactivated league have to opt out themselves. Boy that was confusing.

posted by squealy at 08:43 AM on July 14

The ultimate soccer pick-up game this evening (5:30) in Manhattan.

I'm sure Barca will be chuffed that Henry's agreed to play. Not that I have the faintest idea what a pick-up game is.

posted by squealy at 06:05 PM on June 25

Remi Gaillard, soccer prankster (video)

I was particularly impressed by how he bravely turned his tail and fled every time he was confronted.

posted by squealy at 06:04 PM on June 25

AFI names its top 10 sports movies

Pfft. Where's Escape To Victory? Fecking septics ain't gotta clue.

posted by squealy at 01:18 PM on June 19

Manchester United Complete Double

Good game. I don't really understand all the Terry hatred. He took a penalty, lost his footing, hit the post and because of Anelka's miss was upset that he'd contributed to his team losing the final. That's about all there is to it really.

posted by squealy at 06:50 PM on May 22

Manchester City qualify for UEFA Cup based on good behavior.

It's not like it's a tournament that anyone gives a shit about though.

posted by squealy at 06:36 PM on May 22

FINAL update for the 07-08 Spofi EPL fantasy footie.

Thanks for all your hard work gspm.

posted by squealy at 06:36 AM on May 20

Cardiff's FA Cup Run... in Lego.

Who says the Welsh are insane?

posted by squealy at 02:39 PM on May 17

Week 23 update for the Spofi EPL fantasy footie.

When did you say you were sending my new trophy? Or should I just inscribe my name on this old one? Again. Thanks for all your efforts gspm.

posted by squealy at 06:46 AM on May 09

Wigan coach and former Man U captain Bruce vows 100% effort against former boss Ferguson.

Live on Sky Sports 1. What do you mean what's Sky Sports 1? My lot are struggling to avoid the drop. Even a win might not be enough. Looks like we're on our way back down to the Fizzypop League again. No one to blame but ourselves though.

posted by squealy at 06:40 AM on May 09

"This fella, Ronaldo, he's a cod"

It's difficult to dislike a player who has contributed so much to my Fantasy Football team over the past few seasons, but somehow I still do. Less so than before as he tends to cheat less nowadays though he can still be a dirty, diving cheat as he ably demonstrated during the Barca match. Stay on yer feet son and try to pass the ball occasionally rather than either throwing yourself to the floor or trying some ludicrous effort on goal. You'd be a lot more popular.

posted by squealy at 06:04 AM on April 28

Week 32 update for the EPL Fantasy Footie

Did I Tex? Did I?

posted by squealy at 07:04 PM on April 16

"Tech doping"? How Speedo's LZR suit breaks swim records

Nations sponsored by Speedo, then, are gaining an unfair advantage, some charge. American swimmers will be wearing Speedo. Same old septics. Always cheating. ;-)

posted by squealy at 03:14 AM on April 16

Week 32 update for the EPL Fantasy Footie

Early deadline this week. Don't get caught out.

posted by squealy at 06:00 PM on April 14

Basqueing in Glory:

Good article. I watch a lot of La Liga and I'm always pulling for Athletic to do well due to their basque only policy. Aren't they in 10th now? That's hardly relegation threatened.

posted by squealy at 01:36 PM on April 14

Week 32 update for the EPL Fantasy Footie

Gameweek 33 is not going very well at all.

posted by squealy at 03:11 AM on April 07

Week 28 Update for the Spofi EPL fantasy footie

Lampard!!! 50 points this week for anyone who had him as captain. I didn't even have him in my squad.

posted by squealy at 07:27 AM on March 13

Sports Club Stats.

Squealy, if you mouse over your team's name in the list on the side, it will hilight their line in the charts. Cheers bender but it was the tables underneath I was talking about. Doesn't matter now anyway as the site owner is going to fix it - thanks Ken. All hail the power of SpoFi.

posted by squealy at 02:47 PM on March 11

You can take the dog out of the track

I find it hard to believe there'd be enough of a crowd to make a discernible noise at a game between Blackpool Reserves and Burnley Reserves, though I suppose it is a local derby. The story was obviously big news in Blackpool though if Bo's link is anything to go by.

posted by squealy at 10:47 AM on March 11

Sports Club Stats.

Apparently Birmingham City have no chance of winning the Premiership this season. I'm heartbroken. Good site though. One slight grumble is that it's difficult to follow the teams' data line across the tables, which could easily be fixed by shading or adding gridlines.

posted by squealy at 09:14 AM on March 11

Week 27 update for the Spofi EPL fantasy footie.

Fernando my son, I owe you a pint.

posted by squealy at 04:15 AM on March 06

Hot dogs at halftime, and other bizarre athlete food and drink tales.

I don't exercise so I can eat MORE salad. Fuck that. Bravo! Those are exactly my sentimonies.

posted by squealy at 03:28 AM on March 04

Week 27 update for the Spofi EPL fantasy footie.

I hope Torres pulls the cat out of the bag on Wednesday or I'll have made a very, very stupid double transfer unbalancing my team for no reason. He was bloody hopeless against Bolton. Irony was is that I was going to ignore the Liverpool double gameweek and swap idiot Petrov for Cahill but got greedy. Will I never learn?

posted by squealy at 04:51 AM on March 03

Week 26 update for the Spofi Fantasy EPL

Crap week for me. This week was far better. Aside of course from that petulant idiot Petrov getting sent off in the last minute of injury time.

posted by squealy at 10:01 AM on February 26

Arsenal's Eduardo Da Silva injured in outrageous tackle, possibly ending his career.

A similar injury didn't seem to do Henrik Larsson much long-term harm.

posted by squealy at 09:41 AM on February 26

Arsenal's Eduardo Da Silva injured in outrageous tackle, possibly ending his career.

What you don't know is that the infamously lunatic thug Martin Taylor was lurking by his hospital bed threatening to break his other leg if he didn't say that.

posted by squealy at 07:16 AM on February 26

Arsenal's Eduardo Da Silva injured in outrageous tackle, possibly ending his career.

This would be the notoriously vicious central defender Martin Taylor who in a ten year professional career has been booked a grand total of six times? Yeah ban him for life the thug. Sheesh.

posted by squealy at 06:32 AM on February 26

Asian Football Confederation joins growing backlash against EPL globalization plan.

Do exhibition matches in foreign countries get TV coverage? They can do over here in England yes. Particularly if they're part of a mini-tournament like for instance the annual Amsterdam one. Normally the summer football tours of the bigger English clubs will get a showing too. The whole idea of this 39th game abroad is bizarre. I can't believe that it even got to the drawing board let alone beyond it.

posted by squealy at 03:59 AM on February 13

Feck off to Vile Park

That piece really did hit the nail on the head.

posted by squealy at 05:34 AM on February 12

EPL Makes Pitch for International Audience

The final nail in the coffin of "the people's game". Top five clubs seeded? Fabulous, unless you have to play Man Utd or Arsenal three times in a season when your relegation rival gets to play three games against one of the lesser teams.

posted by squealy at 12:22 PM on February 07

A late week 24 and and on time week 25 update for the Spofi EPL fantasy footie.

Can't shake that pesky garfield off my tail so I'll just have to copy his team instead. Mwahahaha.

posted by squealy at 09:34 AM on February 05

Week 23 update for the Spofi EPL fantasy footie.

I should concentrate on my own game and stop giving tips to my opponents.

posted by squealy at 09:44 AM on January 25

"We're in heaven, we've got Kevin"

It'll end in tears.

posted by squealy at 06:18 PM on January 16

Week 22 update for the Spofi EPL fantasy footie.

I've warmed to him somewhat, which wasn't difficult seeing as my perspective after he got Rooney sent off was glacial. He coped well with the grief he got after that, a little like Beckham's pathetic sending off against the Argies proved to be a turning point. He's even started doing post-match interviews now and comes across as a self-effacing, modest young man. And he plays with a smile on his face, which is always good to see. He's still a twat though.

posted by squealy at 06:26 PM on January 15

Week 22 update for the Spofi EPL fantasy footie.

No kiddin'. 83 points and not a hint of color. And I did it without Ronaldo, no less! That's admirable, and I like the look of your team. Fact is though you'll do shit all in this game without Ronaldo. He's the new Henry.

posted by squealy at 01:27 PM on January 15

Week 22 update for the Spofi EPL fantasy footie.

Thanks CRon.

posted by squealy at 03:08 AM on January 15

RIP Sir Edmund Hillary

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posted by squealy at 05:03 PM on January 13

Week 21 Update for the EPL Fantasy Footie

Keep aiming your sights low while I snack on some jellyfish, hamburglar, ardley (?!) and phatcat! I'll eat dem for breakfast! What's wrong with calling my team Ardley Athletic?. Probably NSFW.

posted by squealy at 10:16 AM on January 05

Week 18 update for the Spofi EPL Fantasy footie.

I need to get Ronaldo back in to my team somehow or other. It was a schoolboy error to underestimate him and overestimate Fat Frank.

posted by squealy at 09:20 AM on December 24

Week 17 update for the Spofi EPL fantasy footie.

Even at that rate, there aren't enough weeks left in the season for me. You never know. It is possible to make huge jumps in the standings just by getting your captaincy choice right a few times. As if that were any easy thing to do. Must dash, I've got 3.2m to spend on squad strengthening to avoid the traditional Xmas carnage with rested players and the like.

posted by squealy at 07:11 AM on December 19

Everlasting Run

That was a good read. Thanks for posting it.

posted by squealy at 08:32 AM on December 17

Fabio Capello to be crowned as England manager.

More likely to go: Reporter: Fabio, I mean, Mr, I mean Signore Capello, what do you think of the England team? Fabio: Non parlo inglese.

posted by squealy at 06:35 AM on December 13

Jack talks to Golf Digest

I enjoyed reading that for some reason despite my only interest in golf being watching the last day of the Open. Cheers.

posted by squealy at 04:08 PM on December 11

Week 16 update for the Spofi EPL fantasy footie.

Tevez (c) lift me up where I belong Where the Red Devils fly on a mountan high Tevez (c) lift me up where I belong Far from the numpties below Where the clear winds blow

posted by squealy at 12:45 PM on December 11

Six great soccer books.

He missed All Played Out by Pete Davies. Easily the best book about football that I've ever read. Though perhaps that's coming from the perspective of an England fan who lived and breathed Italia '90.

posted by squealy at 01:27 PM on December 07

The Real Frozen Tundra

Interesting read and some great photos. Thanks for posting it dbt.

posted by squealy at 06:14 AM on December 04

Police hunt for laser-toting fan.

The bloke was clearly an expert with the old laser pointer.

posted by squealy at 06:04 AM on December 04

World Cup 2010 qualifiers offer England revenge against Croatia.

Confusing enough for ya? It's not even vaguely confusing from a European perspective.

posted by squealy at 01:58 PM on November 26

McLaren drops Robinson and Beckham for final Euro 2008 qualifying group match.

Sound bet there JJ. I wouldn't underestimate England's potential to feck it up royally.

posted by squealy at 07:48 AM on November 21

Spofi EPL fantasy footie

Congratulations gspm. Football's a daft game anyway.

posted by squealy at 06:03 PM on November 14