Recent Comments by billsaysthis

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition

I was too busy Thanksgivinging to pick, oh well, doubt I'd have gotten any points except for the Panthers.

Minnesota by 6 Cincinnati by 13 Oakland by 10 Indianapolis by 3 Kansas City by 11 N.Y. Jets by 7 N.Y. Giants by 17 Jacksonville by 4 Houston by 6 Arizona by a lot, how high can we pick? 30! Lock this in the trash. Pittsburgh by 8 New England by 17 Baltimore by 3 (i think this may end up a tie, right through OT, but come on, Browns?)

posted by billsaysthis at 09:55 PM on November 28

Tiger Woods to be a Ryder Cup vice captain in 2016

Holden, that would be an awesome improvement.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:30 PM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Something strange in Dodgerland?

posted by billsaysthis at 02:17 PM on November 19

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

Tennessee by 4
Atlanta by 9
Chicago by 3
Oakland by 13
Miami by 7
Philadelphia by 10
Carolina by 17 lock it up Supes!
Baltimore by 1
N.Y. Jets by 13
Kansas City by 9
Minnesota by 4
Seattle by 11
Cincinnati at Arizona
Buffalo at New England

posted by billsaysthis at 10:44 AM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

And he wasn't even 0-11 to start the season, like another coach we could name.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:41 AM on November 18

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

N.Y. Jets by 7
Green Bay by 13
Carolina by 17
St. Louis by 4
Philadelphia by 10
Pittsburgh by 16
Tampa Bay by 2
New Orleans by 8
Baltimore by 6
Oakland by 11
Denver by 17
New England by 17
Seattle by 7
Cincinnati by 24

posted by billsaysthis at 12:21 PM on November 12

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Liverpool once again loses to a poorly defended corner, Firmino forgetting the ball is still live after the initial header, and because they couldn't convert any of the many more chances they had (compared to Crystal Palace).

Can only hope Sakho isn't injured seriously and that we can make it to January in the top 8 or so.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:57 PM on November 08

"Shuttering of Grantland Hints at Corroding ESPN Culture, Competency, and Gumption"

Stratechery has a nice piece on this event.

posted by billsaysthis at 08:08 PM on November 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Maybe it wasn't just Matt Millen...

posted by billsaysthis at 01:19 PM on November 05

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Blaine Gabbert Edition

Cincinnati by 34
Miami by 3
Minnesota by 7
New England by 38 (TieLock you mother down)
New Orleans by 7
Jets by 8
Oakland by 7
Green Bay by 14
San Francisco by 3
New York Giants by 13
Denver by 24
Dallas by 4
San Diego by 13

posted by billsaysthis at 10:27 AM on November 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Bolding also runs on the field in street clothes to jump into a scrum.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:56 PM on November 04

Titans Fire Ken Whisenhunt, Make Mike Mularkey Interim Coach

If Tomsula, injuries and retirements weren't screwing the Niners so badly I'd be laughing at Grum's analysis.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:51 PM on November 04

U.S. TV viewers for the Premier League broken out by club

Everton has Tim Howard, probably helps a lot with their ratings.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:49 PM on November 04

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Positively Lynchian, rcade.

But what a pair of goals from Coutinho.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:02 AM on October 31

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight: Waitin' All Week for Sunday Night

Was on a plane yesterday from 8 am so missed the Patriots game. Too bad since I of course would've taken them. Oh well.

Kansas City by 10
Atlanta by 17
Minnesota by 3
Arizona by 13 lock de lock
St. Louis by 13
New York Giants by 8
Pittsburgh by 4
Baltimore by 10
houston by 7
Oakland by 7
Seattle at Dallas
Green Bay at Denver
Indianapolis at Carolina

posted by billsaysthis at 08:59 AM on October 30

The Rugby World Cup Final is on Saturday

That said, I'm going for a narrow Aussie win. Because didgeridoo!

posted by billsaysthis at 08:53 AM on October 30

The Rugby World Cup Final is on Saturday

Wish we could watch it in the US without paying $40+ PPV. Isn't cricket big enough for one of the nets to buy World Cup rights, or YouTube?

posted by billsaysthis at 08:52 AM on October 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

President of Trabzonspor locked four match officials in the stadium overnight for failing to award his team a penalty, only to release them under escort from special forces after a phone call from President Tayyip Erdogan.

Making matters worse, Ibrahim Haciosmanoglu said "If we're going to die, we'll die like men, we won't live like women. No one has the power to make us live like women."

posted by billsaysthis at 08:51 AM on October 30

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 10

Cannot believe I finally switched from Kane as captain so of course he gets a hat trick.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:31 PM on October 26

Chargers Will Apply to Move to L.A.

I guess the fact that Raiders fans were far more in evidence yesterday should not surprise me.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:29 PM on October 26

Flip Saunders Passes Away at 60


posted by billsaysthis at 12:25 PM on October 26

Al Golden Out at Miami

I am so glad I don't work in the public eye.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:25 PM on October 26

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 10

16th, wtf?!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:38 AM on October 24

U.S. Will Host 2016 Copa America Centenario

Levi Stadium should host the USMNT for the first time I think. Bay Area draws very well for teams from Central and South America and the Bay Area hasn't had a competitive US match for years now.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:36 AM on October 24

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Oh man you did not go there Fatty, did you?

posted by billsaysthis at 09:02 PM on October 22

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven: Don't Snap It, Griff Edition

San Francisco by 3
Buffalo by 9
Minnesota by 14
Atlanta by 17 (Locked up like Marriota's knee)
Indianapolis by 4
Pittsburgh by 8
St. Louis by 21
Miami by 3
New England by 10
Washington by 7
Oakland by 4
New York Giants by 10
Philadelphia at Carolina
Baltimore at Arizona

posted by billsaysthis at 11:32 AM on October 22

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

From Der Spiegel: Report: Germany paid FIFA members bribes for 2006 World Cup.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:39 AM on October 16

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 6: Mike Tomlin/Tom Osborne Edition

Atlanta by 6
Cincinnati by 10
Denver by 17
Chicago by 10
Miami by 3
Minnesota by 4
New York Jets by 7
Arizona by 8
Jacksonville by 2
Carolina by 4
Green Bay by 17 - Lock it down, baby!
San Francisco by 3
New England by 13
New York Giants by 7

posted by billsaysthis at 10:43 AM on October 15

Matthew Stafford: the $53m mistake costing the Detroit Lions dearly

My blood is available for a price, beaverboard.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:41 AM on October 15

Matthew Stafford: the $53m mistake costing the Detroit Lions dearly

Hey, the Mitchell comparison was from the article not me. I don't even remember Mitchell as a player.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:07 PM on October 14

The Hot Seat

Kiffin might be a good head coach if he can learn from his mistakes and from being around Saban. Or he might be the next Norv Turner or Wade Wilson.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:30 AM on October 13

The Hot Seat

Geez, I wonder if Spurrier is ill because why else retire abruptly in mid-season? Hope that isn't the case for the Old Ball Coach.

posted by billsaysthis at 08:36 AM on October 13

California Bans Use of 'Redskins' as Sports Mascot

Four high schools will need to change their team names due to this, and the state will send $$ to help make the change. The Tulare High website reads, "As Redskins, we are a part of a long and proud tradition dating back to 1890." So yes, just because a racist name was chosen back when racism wasn't really recognized as such you should get to keep it forever.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:15 AM on October 12

Hawks Player Cleared Of All Charges in Police Nightclub Altercation

@jjzucal I wonder if the aggressive behavior by a small fraction of the police is coming from the same place as other similar acts (e.g., the school shootings), given that the number of police officers in the US is large enough to be a relatively reasonable sample size of the overall population. Possibly even slightly more weighted towards people willing to use violence in a given situation or on a given day.

Note: I am not a sociologist or psychologist nor do I play one on TV. Just on the Internet.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:26 AM on October 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If Infante (not to speak ill of the departed) had gotten better results and therefore not had the same high draft picks, most likely neither team would've gotten the QB it did.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:00 AM on October 10

Fifa Suspends Blatter and Platini

Apparently FIFA is discussing delaying the presidential election due to the suspensions. WTF? If anything, the suspensions should force FIFA to bring the elections closer!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:39 AM on October 09

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Batted Ball Edition

Look who's climbing the table, oh yeah!

Houston by 3
Atlanta by 10
Seattle by 8
Green Bay by 11
Buffalo by 3
Kansas City by 12
New Orleans by 17
Jacksonville by 7
Baltimore by 7
Arizona by 17
New England by 24 - Lock Ness Monster
Denver by 3
San Francisco at New York Giants
Pittsburgh at San Diego

posted by billsaysthis at 10:33 AM on October 08

Fifa Suspends Blatter and Platini

Related: Premier League offers excellent value according to Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:26 AM on October 08

How Do You Find Live Sports on TV?

SBI Soccer usually has a good soccer on TV post on Thursday or Friday for the weekend and Tuesday for midweek (e.g., yesterday).

posted by billsaysthis at 09:59 AM on October 07

Liverpool part ways with Brendan Rogers

As well-known here I'm a long time Red and I come down on the four months late side of that question. What, I'd like to know, was the point of giving Brendan $100M+ to spend and only 11 games to make the team work? Especially when Benteke, Sturridge, Henderson and Firmino have all missed games from injury meaning Rogers really never got to put out a first choice starting XI, much less give that group time to jell.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:18 AM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

+1 @Etrigan

posted by billsaysthis at 11:17 AM on October 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Big men, big... waste?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:30 AM on October 02

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Baltimore by 8
New York Jets by 3
Atlanta by 7
New York Giants by 3
Oakland by 11
Cincinnati by 4
Indianapolis by 13 (LOCK LOCK. Who's there? Locky McLock Lock)
Carolina by 8
Philadelphia by 3
San Diego by 10
Denver by 14
Arizona by 3
Green Bay by 24
New Orleans by 3
Seattle by 17

posted by billsaysthis at 10:47 AM on October 01

Ole Miss Fan's Jaw Broken After Win at Alabama

LOL, beaverboard!

Similar crap happening out here. Levi's Stadium is talking about cutting off alcohol sales after two recent fan-on-fan beatings.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:35 PM on September 25

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: Indy's Bad Luck Edition

New York Giants by 4
Oakland by 3
Atlanta by 1
Indianapolis by 7
St. Louis by 9
Minnesota by 3
New England by 17 Lockerrific!!
New York Jets by 3
Carolina by 8
Baltimore by 7
Tampa Bay at Houston <-- really, this is a game?
Houston by 2
San Francisco by 3
Miami by 10
Seattle by 14
Denver by 10
Green Bay by 8

posted by billsaysthis at 09:00 AM on September 24

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Lewandoski, OMG, that fifth goal especially was amazing! Pep's reaction is totally understandable.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:53 AM on September 23

Fantasy Premier League, Week Six

FA have charged Costa, three game ban and all. Roman's clearly not paying the right people or they were distracted by all the oinking in London today.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:06 PM on September 21

Fantasy Premier League, Week Six

I keep forgetting to use one of the new options. D'oh!

posted by billsaysthis at 09:24 PM on September 19

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Teddy Bridgewater Fail Mary Edition

Okay Buffalo, don't make me a two-time lock-loser, revert, revert!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:57 AM on September 19

Fantasy Premier League, Week Six

LOL I think he scores this weekend.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:05 PM on September 18

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Teddy Bridgewater Fail Mary Edition

Denver by 6
New England by 13: Locky McLock Lock
Arizona by 10
Cincinnati by 3
Tennessee by 17
Minnesota by 1
New Orleans by 8
New York Giants by 3
San Francisco by 11
St. Louis by 17
Carolina by 3
Baltimore by 10
Miami by 13
Dallas by 6
Green Bay by 3
Indianapolis by 8

posted by billsaysthis at 12:53 AM on September 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yerfatma, was that the play Ramos hurt his shoulder on?

posted by billsaysthis at 12:04 PM on September 16

James Blake reportedly thrown to the ground, cuffed and detained by several NYPD officers.

Are we really at the point in our society where identity thieves any suspects need to be taken down bodily if they're not even running?

FTFY, Etrigan.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:14 PM on September 10

Cheating in Sports

This is where the chessboxing mashup would make a huge difference!

posted by billsaysthis at 12:12 PM on September 10

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 1: Win One for the Duke

New England by 3
Indianapolis 16 (lock of the week)
Green Bay by 13
Seattle by 6
N.Y. Jets by 2
Miami by 10
Carolina by 13
Kansas City by 4
Arizona by 6
San Diego by 1
Denver by 10
Oakland by 4
Tennessee by 9
N.Y. Giants by 5
Atlanta by 3
San Francisco by 6

posted by billsaysthis at 10:39 AM on September 09

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

Hope your recovery is swift and complete, Howard!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:47 AM on September 08

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

If they're cutting Tebow I wonder why they traded Matt Barkley.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:52 PM on September 05

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

Well sheeeiitttt!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:48 AM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

In a complete comedy of errors, David de Gea's transfer to Real Madrid misses the deadline by just. this. much. Madrid blame United for sending them computer files they couldn't open, while others speculate this was Ed Woodward's revenge for stringing them along on Sergio Ramos.

Victor Valdes' move to Turkey also fell through, though at least the last of last season's keepers, Anders Lindgaard, did get his transfer done. As it was to West Brom, one does wonder though.

Meanwhile van Gaal will have to manage two unhappy keepers for at least 3-4 months and wind up with nothing to show for one of the world's best keepers, who can sign a pre-contract in January to move next summer for zero dollars down and zero in add-ons.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:47 AM on September 01

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