Recent Comments by billsaysthis

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Wow. Liverpool sure reverted to their end of last season form today, which is strange since half the starters either weren't at the club then or played in different positions. Talk about blowing up a strong start to the season!

posted by billsaysthis at 12:02 PM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Chelsea: We appeal to your inner woman

posted by billsaysthis at 12:31 PM on August 28

Fantasy Premier League, Week Three

Somebody did get mangled yesterday (he wrote, four hours before his team's kickoff)

posted by billsaysthis at 10:26 AM on August 24

Fantasy Premier League, Week Three

Guzan, not a good day as he gave up two goals to Palace... Shaw, well, I guess the cleansheet is worth a couple of extra points but given Newcastle also kept a cleansheet doubt he was worth much more.

United, one goal after three games, boy they are lucky to be on seven points is all I will say.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:06 PM on August 22

NBC Lands Premier League for Another 6 Years

Yes, this season most Saturdays will have a second 7am PST/10am EST game on USA Network.

posted by billsaysthis at 07:37 PM on August 11

NBC Lands Premier League for Another 6 Years

If only because NBC is making sure all games are available live over the web, this is terrific! But also appreciate Rebecca and the Two Robbies.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:26 PM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

That pranks video was outstanding!

posted by billsaysthis at 08:52 PM on August 07

Texans RB, Arian Foster Publically Declares Himself an Atheist

@yerfatma: Buddhism "is a nontheistic religion or philosophy" so I'm not sure that's incompatible with his statement. If correct (that he said it).

posted by billsaysthis at 08:47 PM on August 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I read the report a half hour ago and am still not certain I understood the result. All out for 60?!?!?! Is this the same team which pretty much tore up the World Cup four months ago or are the English that much better playing at home?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:36 AM on August 06

7 Days to Start of Premier League Season

But, yay seven days!!!

posted by billsaysthis at 07:09 PM on August 02

7 Days to Start of Premier League Season

One could reasonably think that Clyne is a significant upgrade on Glen Johnson and Javier Manqiullo and so Liverpool are far less likely to be leaking goals. Not to mention no more Gerrard as DM which, club legend or not, he was a horror at last season, so again, probably less goals given.

Hard to take site called "London24" too seriously about a Liverpool player, in any case.

posted by billsaysthis at 07:09 PM on August 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Much more imaginative than asshat, Owlie, I like it.

I actually came here thinking to post about Goodes, because I'm saddened by it. To paraphrase myself on the book of face, hate doesn't make you happy so stick with the things which do.

posted by billsaysthis at 06:16 PM on August 01

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Problem with his temper? Sure. Racist, not sure how you get that unless you know more than what the linked article said.

posted by billsaysthis at 06:08 PM on August 01

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

Not to editorialize but I think Goodell and Brady should both sit in the corner for a year, or until they grow up and can stop acting like idiots play nice.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:26 PM on July 29

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

I thought it was interesting that Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaunessy wrote a piece today titled Deal with it Tom Brady and the Patriots are cheaters. Looking for that link again I see the Globe is reporting that Brady has also sued the NFL in US District Court in Minneapolis on Wednesday evening, arguing that Brady's four-game suspension violates binding rulings from the Adrian Peterson lawsuit earlier this year, "and gives the back of the hand to the fundamental arbitral principles concerning procedural fairness and arbitrator bias."

posted by billsaysthis at 09:24 PM on July 29

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

I'd already taken Clyne and Benteke, plus Couinho to make my LFC three. Also, Kane, curious to see if he can do it two seasons running. 10.5 days until Reds kick off, I might explode first (but only virtually).

posted by billsaysthis at 09:17 PM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Did Hazard score after that great slalom, or did Azpilecuta make an own goal? I can't tell from that video. Yuck yuck yuck.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:12 PM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Admin request: Can whoever 'owns' the SpoFi EPL Fantasy League please renew it for this season? TIA

posted by billsaysthis at 12:37 PM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

After the nonsense ending to the MEX-PAN Gold Cup semi-final, Concacaf did the obvious thing: Penedo banned for pushing official, team fined. But "The confederation takes these claims extremely seriously and will look into them immediately" though not seriously enough to do something meaningful such as awarding the game to Panama.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:39 PM on July 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Costa Rico should've been playing last night, Panama should be playing Sunday. Mexican Soccer should tell CONCACAF they can't accept the gifts.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:23 PM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Steve Smith and Mitchell Johnson leave England on the rack at Lord's, with Smith hitting the first Aussie Ashes double century in England since before WWII. England are fighting back, up to 266 for 7, but...

posted by billsaysthis at 10:27 AM on July 18

USA 1-1 Panama

@beaverboard ???

@ricardo Hard to argue with you, though if the ref makes the offside call on Panama's goal and Bedoya being brought down just outside the box (with yellow/red card to defender) I can probably try.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:55 PM on July 14

USA 1-1 Panama

Standing out like an overripe piece of fruit on a white marble counter, though, was an amazingly biased performance from referee Ricardo Garcia who overlooked critical calls over most of the 90 minutes. CONCACAF need to explain why a Mexican referee was assigned to an important USA game.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:56 AM on July 14

British Strongman Sets Record By Lifting 1,018.5 Pounds

"This video is private"

posted by billsaysthis at 12:54 PM on July 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle


posted by billsaysthis at 10:51 AM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Go positive, with the latter. Throw some confetti for me!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:30 AM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Feel similar about Copa America. Chile won but only IMO because the referees were afraid to properly discipline the host team players. Physical, fine, but Chile were over the line far too much in the knockout rounds of this tournament. Hell, Jara wasn't even banned until the outcry grew so loud they heard if over the mountains at CONMEBOL HQ.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:36 PM on July 05

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

It's like deja vu: Brazil go out of the Copa America on penalties to Paraguay for the second straight time. Especially surprising that Dunga put on Ribeiro for his goalscorer Robinho in the 88th minute, presumably for his PK skills, only to have Ribeiro push the ball wide right when Paraguay's Villar went left.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:37 PM on June 27

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I was not expecting it but what a great weekend of football this turned out to be! Starting with Serbia/Brazil in the U-20s World Cup Final, then all the matches from Copa America and Women's World Cup plus Earthquakes beating (a down bleeding, to be fair) Sounders in MLS, well, wow.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:37 AM on June 22

Brazil's World Cup Stadiums, One Year Later

@rcade I believe your OP answers your question. The corruption is precisely why these stadiums were built.

posted by billsaysthis at 08:55 PM on June 19

U.S. Beats Nigeria, Wins World Cup's "Group of Death"

Bad officiating has been the hallmark of this tournament, which is really saying something IMO considering the level at, say, last year's MWC. Not offside, a handball, not a handball.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:46 AM on June 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Excellent Guardian look back at the team that launched modern soccer in America, the 1990 World Cup squad.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:22 PM on June 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

US lose to Serbia on PKs ending a solid run at the Under-20s World Cup in New Zealand. Despite missing four starters, the American boys held a larger, physically imposing team scoreless for 120 minutes. GK Zach Steffan, the team's Man of the Match, did his part by holding on to the 9th round of kicks, with 17 year old CB Cameron Carter-Vickers a dominant presence in front of him.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:49 AM on June 14

Enter the Women's World Cup Confidence Pool

As in the past, I'm happy to lend my JS skills to the project. Which, to be clear, is what I do at my day job.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:43 AM on June 09

U.S. Women Impress in World Cup Opening Win Over Australia

Agree, US passing was very weak and back four were incohesive. The team created a lot of turnovers but turned many of them right back to the Matildas; as Oguchi Onyewu said a few years ago it isn't enough to win the ball, you have to convert it into an offensive opportunity. Back four did not seem to have a great understanding of each other, especially Klingenberg who I think wasn't used to having to defend so deep so quickly as the US have generally been winning the midfield battles in games she's played.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:36 AM on June 09

Enter the Women's World Cup Confidence Pool

@rcade I took that meaning from your text on the page, thanks for fixing it.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:37 PM on June 07

Barcelona Wins Champions League, Completes the Treble

Terrific match to watch--once Barcelona scored early Juventus couldn't stay with the Catennacio plan and had to come out, meaning that if Barca's finishing had been a bit better the game could've been over inside 15 minutes.

Juve held on and climbed back in but for all the talk beforehand of Pogba and Vidal they were no match for the opposition midfield, who constantly dispossessed them and broke up attacking moves. MSN were constantly harassing Barzagli and Bonucci, who must have been giving thanks to the grounds crew, but for me the real men of the match were Iniesta and Busquets for how well they stifled and starved Tevez and Morata.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:35 PM on June 07

Enter the Women's World Cup Confidence Pool

In, go USAians!

posted by billsaysthis at 04:37 PM on June 05

Warriors Win Game 1 of Finals Despite LeBron's 44 Points

No wonder the salary cap is going to $90 million!!!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:38 AM on June 05

Arsenal Dismantles Aston Villa in FA Cup Final

Was out Saturday morning so I taped this and the Copa del Rey. I made it through 44 minutes of the latter, blocking the bottom news crawl each time soccer came around, before the idiot commentator spoiled the FA Cup result. Which is just as well since I enjoyed my day much more without seeing that, should've realized I was never going to enjoy it.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:31 AM on June 01

Henchmen arrested, but the Joker is still at large

Europe won't be unified on this--Putin is all in for Blatter, denouncing US actions as interventionist, and while Platini called for Blatter's resignation the French FA chief is still voting for Blatter because he "doesn't know" Prince Ali.

Curiously, I've not read that Jeffrey Webb has been removed from his CONCACAF presidency...

posted by billsaysthis at 10:45 AM on May 28

Henchmen arrested, but the Joker is still at large

Considering the corruption likely goes much further, and that Blatter is the king of the stuffed brown paper bag, I'm not sure this will change the election. Note that all of the men arrested or charged are Western Hemisphere nationals, even though there were widespread rumors of deals with plenty of FIFA/national org officials in many other geographies.

On the plus, side the Swiss have also opened a criminal investigation and today seized lots of material from the FIFA HQ offices which are, after all, in Switzerland. And since Blatter is a Swiss national, I don't think the Swiss police would've arrested him on an American extradition warrant, but one can hope their own charges will include his lying, sleazy ass.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:49 AM on May 27

Is Manuel Neuer the template for future goalkeepers

I dunno, rcade. You need the right kind of scheme and players in front of the keeper to make this work and not everyone can play like his team(s).

posted by billsaysthis at 10:41 AM on May 27

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Today was pitiful from my Reds. Sorry but last week and this make me question Brendan Rogers' ability to prepare a team for the game because in both the squad fell down immediately after giving up a goal.

posted by billsaysthis at 07:15 PM on May 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I don't think the columns are wide enough for the full season, the federal income tax will overflow. But day-um!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:38 AM on May 23

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

Not sure about the lost ticket sales angle: Brady jersey sales spike post-Deflategate.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:08 AM on May 13

NFL Took Millions from U.S. Government to Salute the Troops

Waiting for the first team to announce they're returning the cash. I am a patient man, you see...

posted by billsaysthis at 12:51 PM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

rcade, that table came out a month or more ago.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:32 PM on May 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Denise McCluggage: 1927-2015

posted by billsaysthis at 11:03 AM on May 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Owlie, hard to think of better words. Will be wearing my Messi jersey today like the god among men he is.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:54 AM on May 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

100+ goals for MSN this season, with half a dozen games or so still to play. Liverpool's four strikers (Balotelli, Lambert, Borini, Sturridge) have eight. Liverpool don't miss Suarez, no not at all.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:56 AM on April 29

Rangers Close to Trade with Angels for Josh Hamilton

That is a wild deal, which, as much sense as it might make for everyone, still strikes me as setting a bad precedent. Can't the Rangers throw in a utility player or their 5th best minor league prospect? A couple of draft picks??

posted by billsaysthis at 02:15 PM on April 26

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Kreskin? Helen Keller could've called that one. McLellan got them up the hill but instead of reaching the peak he stumbled and fell. Ownership not interested in putting Humpty together again.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:44 AM on April 22

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

As a 12-13 year old I truly appreciated the weekly visit to Hee-Haw. Buck and Barbi #ftw.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:03 PM on April 19

U.S. Men Win 2-0 Over Mexico in San Antonio

We were missing plenty of first choice players too. This wasn't an international date so both teams mainly selected domestic league players.

Dos a Cero!!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:19 AM on April 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

You guys!

posted by billsaysthis at 12:04 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Not sure I read this correctly but somehow I seem to have won the SpoFi NCAA Tourney bracket. Like IBM, never seems to be wrong to buy Duke.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:03 AM on April 07

Australia bowls out New Zealand on 183

For sure fun to watch.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:51 AM on March 31

Australia bowls out New Zealand on 183

Pretty enjoyable for me to be able to watch the semis and the finals live while I'm down here.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:33 AM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

We were at dinner (in Brisbane) last night and I was having a tough time not constantly updating my phone to see the score. Very happy to see the Kiwis pull it out, hope that the Aussies can do the business tomorrow to set a real local final.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:36 AM on March 25