Recent Comments by billsaysthis

Lionel Messi retires from Argentina after Copa America final loss to Chile

Agree with Bender, more likely (some of) the current AFA execs will miss out.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:42 AM on June 27

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16

How did no one pick McAuley (og) for the Wales-NI match???

posted by billsaysthis at 06:50 PM on June 25

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals

Cards: Vidal (nb), Mascherano, Beausejour

(Thanks rcade)

posted by billsaysthis at 06:46 PM on June 25

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

What I heard was that officials have been instructed to pay more attention to that as well as goalies leaving the line early, mostly during shootouts.

posted by billsaysthis at 06:45 PM on June 25

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals

Argentina 3-1 Chile
Goals: Messi
Cards: Vidal (this is such a no-brainer ;))
First goal: 11:15

USA 2-1 Colombia
Goals: Dempsey

posted by billsaysthis at 01:22 PM on June 24

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals


posted by billsaysthis at 10:34 AM on June 24

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16

Switzerland 1 vs. Poland 2 - Lewandowski (ducks, breaks, eh)
Wales 2 vs. Northern Ireland 0 - Bale (but again JoePirlo Allen is Man of the Match)
Croatia 1 vs. Portugal 0 - Modric (the ref's final whistle blows and Ronaldo's head explodes)
France 3 vs. Republic of Ireland 0 - Payet (RoI fans serenade their players off the field)
Germany 3 vs. Slovakia 0 - Gomez (Ruthlessness returns)
Hungary 0 vs. Belgium 2 - Hazard (Sadly)
Italy 1 vs. Spain 2 - Morata (Spain remember, oh yes)
England 2 vs. Iceland 1 - Sturridge (I just wanna see him dance)

posted by billsaysthis at 10:33 AM on June 24

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich

rcade, are you truly surprised?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:48 AM on June 23

Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals

Argentina 4, USA 1 (Messi)
Chile 3, Colombia 1 (Sanchez)

posted by billsaysthis at 10:07 AM on June 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Speaking of Johnson: Why Dustin Johnson's US Open win was spoiled by the USGA's epic rules farce.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:46 AM on June 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I watched the last part of the first half of CHI v MEX and saw the second goal, then turned it on again towards the end of the second (at 6-0). I figured the TV tech managing the onscreen scoreboard made a typo but after the announcer mentioned it too I realized that one of my dreams was coming true.

I have nothing against Mexico as a country or any of its people but I do hate them as a soccer team! Does that make me a bad person? So be it.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:11 AM on June 19

Copa America Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

U.S. 3-1 Ecuador (Wood)
Peru 1-2 Colombia (Cardona)
Argentina 3-0 Venezuela (Messi) Venezuelans reach the hard wall
Mexico 2-3 Chile (Sanchez) But Chile will win due to favorable refereeing

posted by billsaysthis at 04:06 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Thank you Ticos.

I thought so at the time you posted this but now I'm not so sure I wouldn't rather have the Friday match against Peru with the extra day rest.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:29 PM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Lebron should've got a suspension for that one situation alone but Green has been naughty too...

posted by billsaysthis at 12:27 PM on June 13

Brazil Knocked Out of Copa Centenario by Handball Goal

I'm amazed the ref didn't whip out multiple cards, especially for the two captains. But Bender is spot on, scoring a bunch against Haiti was nothing, and clearly Dunga has work to do to get anywhere in Russia. Assuming he does better at the Olympics and keeps his job.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:26 PM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Wow, that was some defensive strategy from the Czech Republic! As best I could tell, whenever Spain had the ball all 11 CR players were within 15 yards of the 18 yard box, or closer. Even the best passers in the world had a tough time breaking through but in the end the Magician made his magic and La Furia Roja got their three points.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:23 PM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Spain goalkeeper David de Gea denies forced sex party claim, years ago but just coming out at some porn baron's trial.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:13 PM on June 10

SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em

@flannelenigma, you have Wales as two of your qualifiers ;)

posted by billsaysthis at 11:57 AM on June 10

SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em

Group A France, Switzerland, Griezmann

Group B England, Wales, Kane

Group C Germany, Poland, Mueller

Group D Spain, Croatia David VillaF. Torres Nolito

Group E Belgium, Italy, Origi

Group F: Portugal, Austria, Ronaldo

Qualifiers: Sweden, Northern Ireland, Russia, Romania

Beer: St. Sebastiaan Golden, who could resist the monk on the label?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:56 AM on June 10

"Mr. Hockey", Gordie Howe, has passed away at age 88.

An unbelievable player. And I think its great he came out of retirement just to team up with his kids!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:43 AM on June 10

SportsFilter Copa America Centenario Pick 'Em

What's with the beverage selection? Not being as much of a craft beer aficionado I'll go with Blue Moon white. After last night I need a large, large serving.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:47 AM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Did the US men play pitifully last night or what? The first goal was not terrible but afterwards they played like the Colombians had kicked them repeatedly in the head and gut! No life in the play, no creativity and very poor passing. Especially from Michael Bradley, who gave the ball away all night including one which lead directly to the penalty; if Klinsmann was a better coach he would start Nagbe or Beckerman against Costa Rica instead.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:45 AM on June 04

The Greatest is gone.


Agree with all the above. Beyond the fighting he was a major force for good, raising over $100 million for Parkinson's research alone.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:40 AM on June 04

SportsFilter Copa America Centenario Pick 'Em

@rcade my selections are in order of finish as far as group winner indication goes.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:25 AM on June 03

SportsFilter Copa America Centenario Pick 'Em

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D
Alexis Sanchez

@holden: I think (Luis) Suarez is injured and won't play the opening round, maybe not even the first knockout game.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:07 PM on June 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Let's test-drive this format for both Copa America and Euros!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:04 AM on May 31

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

And no suspension, just upgraded to a Flagrant 2. Big save for the Dubs.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:11 AM on May 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


posted by billsaysthis at 10:48 AM on May 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Holy moly, I root for the Warriors but that is terrible. Someone's surely missing Game 4 and perhaps more.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:46 AM on May 23

Premier League Fantasy 2015-16 final results

+1 Holden.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:36 PM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I cannot even tell you how upset I was after that goal on the restart, I was at a pub with several co-workers and nearly lost my lunch. Seems to have done a similar number on most of the Reds.

I don't understand, though, how the ref didn't give a single one of the three handball PKs in the first half but had he done so the result might have been very different.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:49 AM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Suarez hat-trick hands Barcelona La Liga title and makes Suarez the first player not named Lio Messi or Christiano "Don't I look pretty in my underwear" Ronaldo to win the Pichichi since 2009.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:56 PM on May 14

'So, let’s build a pro soccer team from scratch ...'

+1 for pro/rel in the US. As a longterm Premier League and startup guy (LOL) I agree with Crowley about the value of incentives for good play and management, for sure.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:19 AM on May 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

1 four-pitch unintentional walk

How is a four pitch walk unintentional? Is the pitcher that bad?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:55 AM on May 09

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Sadly I have to drop out. Too much away from the computer for the weekend.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:36 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Beaverman, don't be throwin' that shit. You'd be missed.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:57 AM on April 27

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Stars in 7
Lightning in 6
Capitals in 6
Sharks in 5

Goal scorer: Ovechkin
Save percentage: Bishop
Top PP percentage: SJ Sharks
Most goals/game: Capitals

posted by billsaysthis at 10:54 AM on April 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Big deal! Titans to trade No. 1 overall draft pick to Rams. Details of the deal: The Titans send their No. 1 pick to the Rams for LA's No. 1 (15th overall), two second-rounders (No. 43, No. 45), and a third-rounder (No. 76). Tennessee also gets the Rams' first- and third-round picks in the 2017 draft. The Rams also get the Titans' fourth-round (No. 113) and sixth-round (No. 177) selections this year.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:31 PM on April 14

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!

(1) Cleveland in 6
(2) Toronto in 7
(6) Charlotte in 6
(5) Boston in 5

(1) Golden State in 4
(2) San Antonio in 5
(3) Oklahoma City in 7
(5) Portland in 7

Bonus Points:
- What will be the highest single game point total a team reaches in the first round? 125
- What will be the highest single game point total a player will score in the first round? 44

posted by billsaysthis at 02:29 PM on April 14

SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Panthers in 6
Red Wings in 7
Capitals in 4
Penguins in 7

Stars in 6
Blues in 7
Ducks in 5
Sharks in 6


posted by billsaysthis at 10:43 AM on April 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I knew de Jong would bring the stupid to LA when his signing was announced, and I'm still puzzling on why Bruce Arena did it. This is Nigel's second vicious tackle in a season only a month old and, with any luck, the league will slam him with a six game ban. Even so, previous punishments have clearly done nothing to stop his animalistic nature so I expect more before the season ends.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:47 AM on April 12

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

Having been to both I can agree with that comparison. I wonder what academic institution might be in New Haven to attract your visit...

posted by billsaysthis at 10:41 AM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

No upset, no worries, Owlie. What a ridiculously dominant team!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:39 AM on April 06

The Chicago Cubs Will Not Win the World Series

I'm with Beaverboard. Or at least I better be if I want to stay married ;)

posted by billsaysthis at 10:38 AM on April 06

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

Wrong coast, Owlie! Do you have a layover in SF on the way?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:11 AM on April 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Simpson came out for Villanova last night. And Smithers came out too ;)

posted by billsaysthis at 10:18 AM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

How did the England bowler just serve up four balls in a row! like that?! I knew the outcome but when I saw West Indies needed 19 from seven I was wondering if I my memory was working.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:15 AM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Anyone see a good April Fool's prank today? I've not hit the office yet but this Daily Star piece had me breathless for a moment.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:27 AM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Filed under WTF?!: Brewers will start season short a reliever because Will Smith tore a ligament in his right knee while taking his spikes off after a game. Manager Craig Counsell said Smith will miss "significant time."

posted by billsaysthis at 03:07 PM on March 26

Tennis Tourney Exec: Women Ride Men's Coattails, But They're Attractive

T20 for tennis?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:48 AM on March 24

Tennis Tourney Exec: Women Ride Men's Coattails, But They're Attractive

Is there a reason, other than historical precedence, why women's tennis is best of three and men's is best of five? In any case if the women's tour wanted to go to best of five sets surely there would need to be a transition since the current players have a trained to use their energy up in a shorter span.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:39 AM on March 23

Rebecca Lowe Leaving NBCSN Premier League Desk for a While

I think this would be more of a thing if Rebecca Lowe's husband were the US face and he decided to take parental leave at this point. I mean, the woman actually giving birth doesn't have much choice that I can see nor should she want to; IMO neither should the father who is, after all, the coach of an American soccer club.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:59 AM on March 21

Tennis Tourney Exec: Women Ride Men's Coattails, But They're Attractive

To add to the, er, offensive quality of the weekend, Novak Djokovic questions equal prize money in tennis.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:55 AM on March 21

March Madness 2016: Printable NCAA tournament bracket

WTF? The NCAA site wants permission to "manage your contacts" if you sign in with Google?!?!

posted by billsaysthis at 12:52 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If MSU won their conference, how are they the #2 to Virginia who, after all, lost the conference (regular season and tournament) to North Carolina?

posted by billsaysthis at 12:50 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Wow, very cool. Hope he makes it to the bigs.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:43 AM on March 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Love it!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:29 AM on March 01

Wenger's Arsenal

Rumor has Liverpool playing the Galaxy down your way, so that is an option too as we will most definitely be there.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:41 AM on February 18

Wenger's Arsenal

sbacharach, SpoFi meetup for the All-Star game?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:08 AM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Perhaps a medical team had slapped an oxygen mask on him and were just getting out the chest paddles.

Just glad we don't get Mr. Hudson on the English SAP audio for BeIn HD channel. Incredibly glad.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:25 PM on February 15