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posted by billsaysthis at 02:33 PM on March 08
Everton under Martinez are not the Everton of years past, Fatty. Or at least not of the 13 years past. This squad did not sit back and defend to the exclusion of attack.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:41 AM on February 24
How lucky were Chelsea today? One goal in the game and it comes off an at the very least questionable foul given. Otherwise Everton were very much up to the task of stopping Jose's boys, who themselves got off with a very home team level of thugball.
posted by billsaysthis at 04:01 PM on February 22
"Well then, there will be a different coach because I won't exist any more, since you will have eaten me." That man is funny! Too bad he isn't a better coach ;)
posted by billsaysthis at 11:52 AM on February 21
NBA needs to put (glass) walls around the court and make the walls in bounds. Talk about ShowTime!
posted by billsaysthis at 12:09 PM on February 12
They need to add a 'covered in snow' rendering to the gallery.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:36 AM on February 11
Data point: Juventus just offered $1M for a 16 year old center back on the books of Sporting KC and the kid isn't (yet) a starter. Remember that Neven Subotic and Giuseppe Rossi both developed their games in the States, though Rossi went to Europe at about 13 or so.
posted by billsaysthis at 02:58 PM on February 01
Thanks Fatty, looks like a source for many weekend projects!
Anybody want to collaborate? I'm trying to get my head wrapped around Angular.js these days.
posted by billsaysthis at 02:52 PM on February 01
Considering marijuana is legal in the state where he lives, Carroll's response is fine by me. Using it in medically appropriate methods should be no more of an issue than aspirin or penicillin, it's hardly a PED and shouldn't be blocked on that ground.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:12 PM on January 28
Clarence Seedorf says he's new AC Milan coach: Clarence is getting a historically weak Milan side but he was a huge favorite of mine--despite playing for Real Madrid and both Milan teams--as he has more brains than some entire squads put together (or so it seems to me) as well as a positive approach.
Hope he manages to stay in place long enough to get the team back into competitive shape. Juve need more competition, Roma and Napoli sure aren't going to do it.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:10 PM on January 14
Brady's done some quick kicks over the years too. Not exactly a punt but close enough so I agree its curious teams don't have their backup QB spend time practicing punts.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:58 AM on January 14
The problem is, as Adam West told Peter in the Family Guy rendition of Stand By Me, that (other) members of that gang can come back any time in the future and do what they want. To Toerrez's sister if he's not home especially.
posted by billsaysthis at 01:34 PM on January 06
rcade, I think the NFL should use results like this to add video reviews for important missed calls.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:20 PM on January 01
NFL publicly critiques the referees of last night's SD vs KC subs game but does nothing to correct the error. So Steelers, enjoy a January at home with family and friends.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:46 PM on December 30
Anelka... I want to leave a nasty insulting comment but will refrain out of respect to my fellow Spofites.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:44 PM on December 30
Bynum "experiment" in Cleveland appears over.
posted by billsaysthis at 03:20 PM on December 28
posted by billsaysthis at 03:18 PM on December 28
May 2014 be the best year of your lives so far and the least of the many still to come, my friends.
And Santa, can I get a Premier League title this season for Liverpool? Haven't asked for anything else this year.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:29 AM on December 25
I would think that to prevent one from making bucks on a bet you'd have to go forward in time, since I already know the result of, say, the 1960 USA-Russia hockey match. Finding someone to take the other side of the bet at the game shouldn't be too hard.
In the Xmas spirit, though, I'll pick any of the Liverpool European Cup finals since I didn't see them on TV or the 1958 World Cup Final, just to watch the young Pele astonish the world.
posted by billsaysthis at 08:49 PM on December 24
Not being a baseball fan I may be misunderstanding this but $130M/7 years seems high for a player with a 4.2 average WAR over the last five years (since he became a full time starter as best I can tell), with the two best of those being the two at the beginning of the range. And 31 years old, well, @rcade's comment seems appropo.
posted by billsaysthis at 08:11 PM on December 22
Why go to a college? Unless Texas comes calling what program would be a big enough school to interest Ryan? I think he either waits to see which other teams fire their coach or takes a coordinator job in hopes of earning another shot at the top job.
posted by billsaysthis at 08:00 PM on December 22
Height: 5' 3", Weight: 375 lb. Man that is one short, squat shortstop!
posted by billsaysthis at 11:42 AM on December 17
Yerfatma, I prefer to think of it as "Liverpool runs over team so hard the coach is spat out the other end." But I like your acronym-ish post too ;)
posted by billsaysthis at 12:12 PM on December 16
NFL refereeing inconsistency: The Seahawk DBs play over the line as a matter of course and because that's "how they play" are rarely called for interference. Said a disgruntled 49er fan...
posted by billsaysthis at 12:08 PM on December 16
If Hudson could control his over the top language to maybe half the passes and shots and tackles in the game I'd be okay with it. But to hear it every minute for entire games, just too much.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:43 AM on December 12
AJ McCarron projects in the second round? Some team's getting a steal.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:36 AM on December 12
I LOVECANNOT STAND listening to Ray Hudson clips.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:33 AM on December 12
No repeat of Brazil fans' violence at World Cup: FIFA because, er, money and (police) guns?
"Three people were seriously injured when fans fought running battles at the Atletico Paranaense v Vasco da Gama match on Sunday and at least 30 people have been killed in incidents in and around Brazil's stadiums this year."
posted by billsaysthis at 04:18 PM on December 09
Cristiano Ronaldo is a big task but if he can be contained Portugal is beatable. After all they only finished second in their qualifying group and beat Sweden on CR7 scoring all six. Not saying the US defenders can do it but if they do USMNT should make it out of the group.
Re: FIFA and its rules - FIFA never met a rule of their own they weren't happy to change or ignore as it suits the inner circle. Not only the France thing but also they've flat out ignored their rules on stadium readiness and construction standards for half of the Brazil venues.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:38 PM on December 08
USA in Group G with Germany, Ghana and Portugal. Group G runner up plays Group H winner (Belgium/Russia ?) in the first knockout round. Mexico got a decent draw with Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon.
USA will have over 9,000 miles of travel during the group stage, plus however much to and from their staging location.
Draw was a farce with how poorly balanced the groups are arranged. FIFA need to return to seeding all 32 teams.
I do love that Spain play Netherlands in their first game, though.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:22 PM on December 06
If Gerrard, Coutinho, Flannigan, and Henderson can show up this well every time, and Sturridge once healthy, the Reds can finish top 3. As long as Agger doesn't play too much.
posted by billsaysthis at 03:57 PM on December 05
As an alum I'd love to hear Haden's explanation for not going with Orgeron. The timing makes me wonder if he waited on the (f)UCLA result since if the Trojans had won he couldn't have not hired Coach O.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:39 AM on December 03
rcade wins the intertubes today, at least in this house!
posted by billsaysthis at 08:15 PM on November 29
Journalists !== maths wizzes, methinks!
posted by billsaysthis at 08:13 PM on November 29
We know I'm not the biggest baseball fan here but still I keep in touch enough that I'd expect to at least be aware of every name on the ballot. But there are three I don't recognize at all and a few more that register a blip.
Looking forward to the day someone's inducted I don't recognize because my divorce from the national pastime will be complete.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:33 AM on November 27
The Super Bowl Shuffle it is not, gary!
posted by billsaysthis at 12:15 PM on November 25
Jose should stop buying top international players if he's going to whinge about them constantly.
posted by billsaysthis at 07:26 PM on November 24
I was hoping Egypt could get past Ghana though after the first leg it was a foregone conclusion. Especially if USA got drawn against Egypt in the group so we could see Michael teach his dad a few lessons ;)
Portugal is surely going to offer a field test of the Single Great Player hypothesis next summer, I think.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:26 PM on November 20
I think Miami and Atlanta are likely to be the next two. MLS owe Beckham from his contract and if King James puts in with the ownership group the league won't have a choice anyway. Atlanta would make sense, allowing West Coast teams to make two game road trips to the region, the Falcons new stadium is being shown in soccer-configurations and their NASL team has a strong local base, which follows the pattern we saw in Orlando, Montreal, Seattle, Portland and Vancouver.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:22 PM on November 20
Congrats, Yerfatma! Many years of health and happiness to her, and decades of paranoia for you my friend ;)
posted by billsaysthis at 11:47 AM on November 16
France, would not be unhappy to see them sat at home next Summer. Lovely bunch of guys who perhaps need a bit of a nappy.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:44 AM on November 16
@JoeyMichaels, I got the same feeling about Fenway when we went for the Liverpool - Roma match summer before last. You just walk across the boulevard and up a block, boom!
ATT Park doesn't do the same for me though this may be because my first job when I moved to the Bay Area in '96 was officed in China Basin Landing. This was before ATT Park so after work people would go up on the roof and hit golf balls into the dirt and weeds.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:04 PM on November 14
Heard John Madden on the radio this morning talking about Christensen, I hadn't realized he was about the first H-back (in the modern era?). TC was a running back in college and left Dallas and the Giants quickly when both tried to convert him to tight end but Tom Flores realized he had a better way to utilize such a big man with speed and great hands. Also helped that the Raiders had two first class tight ends on the squad already.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:58 AM on November 14
Have to say, I was very disappointed and concerned a few months ago when my sister told me her eight year old son had signed up for full contact/pads and helmet football.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:55 AM on November 14
In the post-game comments Rick Reilly called last night's Giants-Vikings the worst game of pro football he'd ever seen. I could only watch bits here and there but still have difficulty disagreeing. How bad are the Vikings that AP could only get 28 yards on the ground against an 0-6 team and that Freeman started less than two weeks after signing on, throwing ~50 passes. Most of which were uncatchable.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:44 AM on October 22
@jjzucal: I highly doubt that happens unless and until United step up their game massively. Outside of Dero in his prime I doubt any of the current roster would be able to make the 18 any Saturday at the San Siro.
If anything I think it's probably good for the team if Thohir creates strong relationships between the clubs at the management and coaching levels. Several MLS clubs have similar arrangments: the Rapids with Arsenal through Stan Kroenke, the Red Bulls are connected to Red Bull's European clubs through Gerard Houllier, and of course the new NYC FC is building it in from the start with Man City.
posted by billsaysthis at 04:10 PM on October 18
Panama didn't deserve the win, sorry. Both times as soon as they took the lead the players did everything possible to waste time and at the end (in injury time) most of them seemed to stop playing--certainly their movements were lethargic and passing aimless, which led to both of the late US goals.
I was among the many USMNT fans ambivalent about the result--in the 89th minute I was thinking, okay, I'd rather have a W every time out but we haven't played good tonight and if this score means no Mexico next summer that's a decent result. The Panamanians forgot the old adage of You play until the whistle blows and so will be sitting watching their TVs next July.
posted by billsaysthis at 04:05 PM on October 18
Main link is a really nice, detailed, dispassionate but friendly review of Moratti's ownership tenure. Thanks Yerfatma!
posted by billsaysthis at 03:51 PM on October 17
Wait, JJ, they let you in the US on a business visa?!?!
posted by billsaysthis at 12:34 PM on October 07
Other reports indicating that Shahid Khan is looking at his Fullham staff to see if one can be his English Ted Lasso, come over and give the Jags a kickstart.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:19 PM on October 02
I was fortunate enough to be there for the Marcus Allen years. Lots of good times in the sun.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:43 AM on October 01
I think he was fired at LAX because (a) Haden wanted to teach him a little humility and (b) Haden was concerned as to just why Kiffin planned to ride the team bus, since he never does. Maybe from the look on Kiffin's face he thought an epic tirade might be about to blow, and didn't want the players to hear it.
@Etrigan: You too? I'm class of '83 school of journalism.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:20 PM on September 30
Tell me, who here thought the Packers and Niners would be 1-2? One of them would have to have a loss since they played each other week one and Seahawks in Seattle were always going to be tough at home. But SF losing so badly to Indy and the Pack to Cincy?
posted by billsaysthis at 11:38 AM on September 23
No, Etrigan, but you could argue there was illegal motion/false start on the offense and I think they showed a Niner was offside... However my bottom line is that his center shouldn't have snapped the ball, if he had any doubt just take the five yards for delay of game.
posted by billsaysthis at 09:26 PM on September 16
Richard Knight, you'll never walk alone! Oh wait, he supports the Toffees, so, fair play mate.
posted by billsaysthis at 09:04 PM on September 14
I especially like this pic for the children walking men to their doom effect.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:51 AM on September 13
posted by billsaysthis at 10:23 AM on September 12
Owlie, you're correct. Left off the word more in my excitement. Looking forward to thrashing your boys in the group stage ;)
posted by billsaysthis at 10:21 AM on September 12
What I don't get is that the USMNT didn't appeal the card. Maybe only reds can be appealed? I doubt they'd have let it slide if the option was available but still, Campbell should get a suspension for simulation.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:25 AM on September 11
goddam goddam, wish I could get to Columbus!
posted by billsaysthis at 11:31 AM on September 08
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