Recent Comments by billsaysthis

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

Obama Proposal Could End Taxpayer-Subsidized Pro Sports Stadiums

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

Yahoo Tourney Pick'em Pool

In. Thanks Grum.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:28 AM on March 17

SF 49er rookie Chris Borland retires at age 24 due to worries about his future health from concussions.

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Not to mention that Qatar is hardly much better on this kind of scorecard.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:35 AM on March 13

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

@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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The price of distraction in front row seats.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:43 PM on March 12

The NFL free-agency period begins with a slew of major moves

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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Grum, that is outstanding.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:04 PM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

UNC's Legendary Coach Dean Smith Dies

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

Former Portuguese footballer Luis Figo joins crowded field looking to unseat Sepp Blatter as President of FIFA.

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Fair enough, rcade. I meant historically speaking.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:46 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

49ers job is worse than Oakland, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, and Buffalo?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:59 AM on January 19

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

Who starts for Ohio State next season, assuming all three QBs are healthy?

posted by billsaysthis at 03:37 PM on January 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

Hard hitting preview of the upcoming Cowboys/Lions wildcard game.

That is sick. But I like the Jerry getting blown bit ;)

posted by billsaysthis at 08:28 PM on January 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

"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

New Jersey Devils Will Have 3 Coaches

Umm...

posted by billsaysthis at 10:42 PM on December 28

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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

How Boxing Day Became a Highlight of the Sports Year

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

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

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

Oklahoma Judge Asked to Overturn High School Playoff Game

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."

OMG people!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:33 AM on December 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

Texans' Andre Johnson Takes At-Risk Kids on Toys 'R Us Shopping Spree

+1^max

posted by billsaysthis at 11:32 AM on December 04

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Carson Palmer cried like a baby:

  • Friday: signs three year, $50M contract with extension ($20.5M guaranteed)
  • Sunday: tears ACL, out for remainder of season

What's in a shirt?

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

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 6

As long as I stay level or ahead of @rcade, I'm happy.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:51 PM on October 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Jersey Represent!

posted by billsaysthis at 09:51 PM on October 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

Why no one wants to host the 2022 Olympics

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Daily Show goes deep on the Washington Footballers.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:10 AM on September 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Vikings U-Turn on Peterson after numerous sponsors and politicians give the high sign.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:54 AM on September 17

Atlanta Hawks to be sold after owner reveals racist email

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

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

I beez in. Belatedly.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:41 PM on September 05

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Maybe the likes of Tebow are there to improve the gene pool?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:28 AM on September 04