For sure fun to watch.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:51 AM on March 31
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
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
Heart rules the head, dfleming, as an economist I'm sure you understand that better than me. Add in the politicos' fundraising requirements and there's just no contest, sadly.
The real way to contest government spending on sports facilities is to find a way to make a similar emotional/pocketbook connection for that same money. Viral videos of cute babies who seamlessly transition to little kids sitting in, say, messed up classrooms, or the like. Who knows, I'm an engineer.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:31 AM on March 19
In. Thanks Grum.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:28 AM on March 17
For sure a hammer blow to the Niners but I have to respect a guy for passing up several million to avoid the possibility of debilitating injury.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:20 AM on March 17
Not to mention that Qatar is hardly much better on this kind of scorecard.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:35 AM on March 13
@ufez, and once again the northwest is completely ignored despite the brand new Levis Stadium and the packed houses you always get in Seattle and Portland.
posted by billsaysthis at 04:44 PM on March 12
The price of distraction in front row seats.
posted by billsaysthis at 04:43 PM on March 12
As a Niner fan I'm just in ConfusionLand. One of my co-workers was on Andrew Luck's O line and had a cup of coffee with the 49ers and yesterday at lunch he just had no explanation for the team's moves. Only that we won't be challenging the Seahawks for the division title but the Rams for the cellar.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:51 AM on March 11
Calling it "one of the things that makes football a tough business," the Colts released Reggie Wayne yesterday. Sad day for Indy, especially if his knee is recovered enough for him to go out and feature for another team.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:41 AM on March 07
I'm glad the Mets and MLB are doing this but as Alderson says there's more to be done. Murphy's comments are odd but then his command of English is apparently not as strong as his ball playing, net net his stance is far more welcoming than I'd have expected. (Example to the contrary: AL county stops issuing all marriage licenses.)
posted by billsaysthis at 11:41 AM on March 04
Grum, that is outstanding.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:04 PM on February 19
Jackie Robinson West stripped of U.S. Little League title for cheating. The adults, that is, not the kids.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:47 AM on February 11
Peruvian team make standstill protest against violence: As a protest against fans' assault on players, the Alianza Lima squad did not move for 20 seconds after the starting whistle. Fortunately this confused the opposition, who simply passed the ball between their defenders until the Alianza players started playing.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:44 AM on February 11
Growing up in NJ, which has great high school and poor college hoops, I was a big fan of the UNC/Duke rivalry in large part because of Smith. One team might be having an off year (rare) but for these games all that was out the window.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:21 AM on February 09
Something like five major sponsors have already left FIFA as contracts expired but I don't see any sign of change.
Instead I see Real Madrid taking $500M for putting Abu Dhabi in the name of the Bernabeau.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:13 AM on January 30
Fair enough, rcade. I meant historically speaking.
posted by billsaysthis at 03:46 PM on January 20
49ers job is worse than Oakland, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, and Buffalo?
posted by billsaysthis at 11:59 AM on January 19
Who starts for Ohio State next season, assuming all three QBs are healthy?
posted by billsaysthis at 03:37 PM on January 13
I know this is a couple of days late but I've been waiting 30+ years to say this: Lazar scores the winner for Liverpool!
posted by billsaysthis at 11:39 AM on January 12
Is there a Bieber curse? I mean, I hope so, it would be really cool if there is.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:21 AM on January 05
That is sick. But I like the Jerry getting blown bit ;)
posted by billsaysthis at 08:28 PM on January 03
"My feet were so cold I couldn't tell the difference between Rogers' feet and the turf" will be 2015's "Ooh baby baby, push it good."
posted by billsaysthis at 12:52 PM on December 31
posted by billsaysthis at 10:42 PM on December 28
Devils replace DeBoer with 3-headed coaching staff. GM Lamoriello said he'll "go on the bench to make sure it works for now" and "until I feel comfortable with the situation."
posted by billsaysthis at 12:44 PM on December 27
Would be even more awesome-sauce if the Premier League could schedule rivalry games on Boxing Day. Burnley-Liverpool (don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled to get three points today), West Brom-Man City, Leicester-Tottenham, Man Utd-Newcastle, Everton-Stoke, etc... don't really stir the blood.
Boxing Day should be derbies where possible, something meaningful as second choice and best remaining for the rest. I know there are lots of scheduling constraints but this should be practical.
Happy Boxing Day to all the SpoFi tradesmen and servants!
posted by billsaysthis at 03:13 PM on December 26
I guess I'm not going with the crowd. When I moved to the Bay Area I took on the 49ers and Sharks as my teams and never really gave the Giants or Devils much of a second thought, though I was happy for them when they won Super Bowls and Stanley Cups.
Have always been a Liverpool FC mainliner, courtesy of a college roommate from there. If you put me in isolation and said I could only watch games involving one team I wouldn't hesitate before answering LFC. #ynwa!!
Life is a journey, IMO, and if we're supposed to grow and learn along the way (or vice versa) then I don't see the fan for life thing being important. If TS1 and I do move Down Under (as we keep talking about) then I'm sure I'll adopt the local AFL and A League sides too and I see no problem with that.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:01 PM on December 18
This is the opposite end of the pendulum swing of how many of us experienced childhood 30-60 years ago in terms of parental involvement.
Hopefully. Because if the court actually takes the case rather than dismissing out of hand we are in for a whole world of trouble.
"Ooh, you handed out a curriculum that didn't mention every single reading assignment and project." "Oh the rules say the clock restarts on a receiving team player carrying the ball into the field."
posted by billsaysthis at 11:33 AM on December 09
Barry Hearn whirlwind hits home in Scottish football's Hampden HQ. Mr. Snooker'n'Darts goes for the SPFL's, er, bullseye.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:02 PM on December 04
posted by billsaysthis at 11:32 AM on December 04
Those 14 year olds showed some terrific one touch football. Sign them up for Liverpool!
posted by billsaysthis at 07:15 PM on November 15
Carson Palmer cried like a baby:
posted by billsaysthis at 05:40 PM on November 10
Excellent graphics presentation, though a link to a table would have been useful too.
But look at the top five, Man City running last in that group at over GBP50M/year, and Everton at 7th and under GBP20M/year. FFP my a55! That difference is enough to have four or five next level of quality higher players, and makes me wonder how any club can hope to break into the top six other than one of the big boys falling down (such as ManU last season and Liverpool the season before).
posted by billsaysthis at 10:38 AM on October 29
As long as I stay level or ahead of @rcade, I'm happy.
posted by billsaysthis at 03:51 PM on October 13
Call me crazy but... Will Catalonian independence spur knock on effects in world football? FC Barcelona said today that independence is more important than the threat of expulsion of La Liga. But where would the team play if not Spain? Catalonia could hardly support a domestic league with enough quality to keep Barca among European elite.
Instead, would such a change be the last straw needed to push the G14 to break away and form the European super league that almost came about in the early '90s? UEFA was able to head off the change with the Champions League, but recent comments from the likes of AC Milan execs about "big clubs" needing a way to have European football regardless of domestic form make me think it's no longer sufficient.
FIFA (and UEFA) would likely try to block an ESL since it could destroy domestic leagues--imagine Span without Barca and Real, Italy without Juventus and Milan, Germany without Bayern and Dortmond. FIFA threatens to blacklist any players from FIFA-sanctioned matches (e.g., World Cup) but the clubs wave enough money at them and the players play.
No more problems about World Cup '22 in Qatar, eh?
posted by billsaysthis at 12:20 PM on October 10
posted by billsaysthis at 09:51 PM on October 08
Mourinho knew he was in the wrong on that and so was uncharacteristically silent about it during the post-game presser.
+1 for temp subs. I saw that Twellman piece this morning and wondered WTF the physio didn't insist on removing Courtois.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:22 PM on October 07
Wow, goddam, that story, well, I just am not sure what but it threw me for a bad loop. BillSaysThis isn't speechless often, as you well know.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:18 PM on October 07
Forget the IOC, would you really want the Olympics held where you live? I know I don't, when there was a movement to have SF--with the Olympic Village to be built at Moffett Field in Mountain View, a mile from my house--I was one of many who told the organizers what they could do with the bid.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:35 AM on October 03
The Daily Show goes deep on the Washington Footballers.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:10 AM on September 26
Vikings U-Turn on Peterson after numerous sponsors and politicians give the high sign.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:54 AM on September 17
One wonders if the league will hand out, er, consequences for Ferry and others in the know who didn't report this.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:20 PM on September 07
I beez in. Belatedly.
posted by billsaysthis at 09:41 PM on September 05
How do I join the league? I registered on the site but the league search shows nothing for SportsFilter.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:49 AM on September 04
Maybe the likes of Tebow are there to improve the gene pool?
posted by billsaysthis at 10:28 AM on September 04
Radamel Falcao to ManU, one year loan for nearly $10M and an option to buy him next Summer for 43.5m. Without questioning the Colombia striker's fitness for task or value for money, one does wonder why he was signed. Especially if they have another striker on the books good enough to play for Real Madrid.
Will Rooney be happy dropping deeper to play behind van Persie and Falcao? Where does this leave $100M man Angel di Maria and 37M price tagged Juan Mata, much less the emerging star Adnan Januszi and England winger Ashley Young?
More importantly, how does Falcao solve ManU's biggest problem of having a miserable defensive core--all that dosh to splash but not a central defender to fit the bill?
posted by billsaysthis at 02:24 PM on September 01
Very disappointing, I thought he would've made the cut.
posted by billsaysthis at 05:26 PM on August 30
I'm in the league and would of course join a new league.
And frankly out of those two I'm happy for the result since Utd get the manure piled on heavier (watch out for Burnley this weekend chaps) and MK get more attention paid to their origin rather than less (as their gaffer forlornly suggested at the post-match presser).
posted by billsaysthis at 12:43 PM on August 27
No, not my league sorry. I posted a message to the league forum, hopefully the owner gets emailed when this happens.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:35 AM on August 26
@rcade site search seems busted.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:31 AM on August 23
Tan's revenge costs Ian Moody his job and Malky Mackay what seemed likely to be his next one.
Apparently you can't do anything electronically and be certain it will stay private, who'da thunk it.
posted by billsaysthis at 03:26 PM on August 21
Title: Man City
Top Four:City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton
Relegated: Crystal Palace*, Burnley, QPR
Top Scorer: Sturridge
Most Assists: Lallana **
Most clean sheets: Chelsea
* What the frak were they thinking firing a manager of the year two days before kickoff?!?!
** Those goals gotta come from somewhere
I'd love to hear the reasoning behind picking ManUtd in the top four, given they were seventh and haven't really strengthened the squad or cured their glaring deficiencies. Three at the back and you have Smalling, Jones and Evans, with a zero experience backup, your (shiny new) left back is injured for the first month plus, your defensive MF is out until Thanksgiving, I could keep going but LvG has done exactly what since arriving?
posted by billsaysthis at 09:58 PM on August 15
Two days before the season, what was the chairman thinking?
posted by billsaysthis at 10:41 AM on August 15
Blatter: I double dare you to run against me, Michel!
posted by billsaysthis at 06:52 PM on August 09
The thesis from the plaintiffs was a joke; if it reflected reality football and basketball coaches would make a bit more than other sports but not order of magnitude more and the training facilities would be similarly balanced.
Even the Olympics gave up on amateurism years ago, the NCAA et al insisting otherwise is a hypocritical joke.
posted by billsaysthis at 01:58 PM on August 09
TL;DR: Respect his contribution for USMNT over the last dozen+ years, but as a person I'm not a huge fan.
If Donovan hadn't taken his sabbatical due to thinking like Owlies' would his play been good enough? Either his head is in the right place to play or he doesn't play.
I think his second short German stint was a complete sham though, just a way to get out of his Earthquakes contract and down to LA without costing the Galaxy any compensation.
posted by billsaysthis at 01:55 PM on August 09
Goodell defends the Ray Rice suspension so Olbermann calls for Goodell to resign: "This is enough," Olbermann said. Agreed!
posted by billsaysthis at 02:36 PM on August 03
Since I don't believe coincidences this is weird but my carpool mate and I were discussing this just 30 minutes ago on the ride into work. He's from Ireland and a lifelong Liverpool fan so he hates Chelsea on principal but even so points to, say, Lukaku as an example of everything wrong with youth development today.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:00 PM on August 01
I wonder if/hope the FA will take a stronger position on Morrison than the wusses at the NFL did on Rice.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:55 AM on July 31
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