After my shameful Round 1 performance and comment in the other thread I clearly have no place in this august competition ;)
posted by billsaysthis at 06:53 PM on April 25
I hear what you're saying. But for me the hits and fights happen often enough to turn me off. I don't ignore the rest, I just wish there were more of them and less of this.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:33 AM on April 25
I can never understand why some hits are clean and some are obstruction. That's something I prefer about soccer, the contact is minimal and the point is to have skill in possession or out. The hits and the fights in hockey make the sport too much like boxing or MMA on ice, and just turn me off. Why are the hits okay in NHL but not international play?
posted by billsaysthis at 03:15 PM on April 22
Why are hits like that still legal? I guess the question explains why I can't watch too much hocky, eh?
posted by billsaysthis at 11:35 AM on April 21
Boston in 7
Pittsburgh in 4 +1
San Jose in 6
New York Rangers in 7 +1
St. Louis in 7 +1
Washington in 5 +1
Calgary in 6 (they have a center named Lazar!)
Chicago in 6
Top scorer: Ovechkin
posted by billsaysthis at 11:52 AM on April 12
Fleecing is right, this isn't socialism its thievery.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:44 AM on April 05
Why would some teams put themselves at a disadvantage?
posted by billsaysthis at 11:39 AM on April 04
There's also the six country playoff route, if Canada just miss out on the six.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:44 PM on April 01
Countdown to his being an ex-trustee probably pretty close to zero by now.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:42 PM on April 01
IMO: 48 teams is beyond absurd.
posted by billsaysthis at 01:03 PM on March 30
Playoff would be one team per region except UEFA and played in the November 2025.
As ESPN late night Sports Center talker said last night, cixelsyd, the NFL is a business and as a business there was no way they were leaving $750M of government money on the table. Raiders were the lowest grossing team in the league, taking in about 40-45% of what the Cowboys did and Vegas is much more likely to get the bottom line closer to Dallas.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:20 AM on March 28
Are the Blue Jackets that bad that they couldn't score a goal with a man advantage for nearly seven minutes?!?!
posted by billsaysthis at 11:40 AM on March 23
Hockey is on the decline, commercially, and if US Hockey were smart not only would they pay the women a reasonable wage, they'd promote the heck out of it. Look how well that's worked for women's soccer (though of course TPTB in the sport are also not paying the women what they should).
posted by billsaysthis at 11:12 AM on March 21
posted by billsaysthis at 02:10 PM on March 16
A bit more of the early timeline. And a look at a current LFC leader's journey from refugee to Anfield star.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:58 AM on March 15
I'm in the brackets. @rcade can you promote this to the front page?
posted by billsaysthis at 11:35 AM on March 14
Saw that this morning, struck me as very odd tone and poor journalism. Not something I'd expect from his past pieces nor the Guardian.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:49 AM on March 10
You are correct sir!
posted by billsaysthis at 11:53 AM on March 09
Sorry both those games were awesome watch! Although I wouldn't mind seeing Christian Pulisic with a goal and an assist for BVB today.
posted by billsaysthis at 06:25 PM on March 08
posted by billsaysthis at 11:29 AM on March 07
I had to fly down to California for work last week and again this week. Uggh!
posted by billsaysthis at 11:21 PM on February 28
Worst trade ever?
posted by billsaysthis at 11:18 AM on February 21
Big props to the Imps!
posted by billsaysthis at 10:56 AM on February 20
posted by billsaysthis at 11:37 AM on February 17
The Guardian on NHL relocation: Which NHL teams are moving? A guide to hockey's latest relocation rumors. Who knew? Despite all the constant rumors and discontent, the NHL is actually as stable as any of the USAian/Canadian major leagues.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:31 AM on February 14
ESPN was saying that Saban was okay with Sark leaving, that the one game was enough to see their styles didn't mesh.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:34 AM on February 08
My favorite SB memory was 1980. I was a freshman at Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh and my girlfriend was a freshman just down the road at Pitt, a local girl so we went to her folks' house to root for the Steelers' fourth. After the win things got a little messy downtown and we were on the other side of the city from school so I had no choice but to sleep over. LOL guest room LOL
posted by billsaysthis at 11:37 AM on February 06
Great essay, thanks Owlie!
posted by billsaysthis at 11:07 AM on January 30
Speaking of which, how does one edit his profile? I didn't see an edit link on that page.
posted by billsaysthis at 07:12 PM on January 24
Thanks @rcade! Life wouldn't be quite as good without my mostly daily dose of SpoFi.
Out of curiosity, do any other SpoFites live in the Portland area? We got burned out on Silicon Valley and moved up this month.
posted by billsaysthis at 07:10 PM on January 24
On the one hand, the UConn coach comes off like a dick; on the other, he only keeps his job by winning. Further, neither he nor the college (for him) given time to respond before this was published and since this was hardly a breaking news story I'm sure another day wouldn't have impacted the paper.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:14 AM on January 17
Sorry, poor sportsmanship comment removed
posted by billsaysthis at 02:40 PM on January 16
I'd much rather watch parkour than quite a few other "sports".
posted by billsaysthis at 11:34 AM on January 11
posted by billsaysthis at 11:31 AM on January 11
So, anybody watch that college football game last night? I think it was Clemson defeating Arkansas, or maybe Alabama.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:49 AM on January 10
I'll go with Grum on Leicester City and sentimentally add Liverpool reaching two cup finals.
posted by billsaysthis at 04:41 PM on January 06
Niners are leaving a few $10Ms on the table paying off coaching contracts at this point, everything else aside.
posted by billsaysthis at 04:39 PM on January 06
Sure one of the CSL clubs need a great central defender like M. Sakho!!
posted by billsaysthis at 04:37 PM on January 06
Oakland by 6
Seattle by 17
Pittsburgh by 13
New York Giants by 3
4. Karl Joseph
posted by billsaysthis at 04:33 PM on January 06
Why would the SEC want four more teams? Unless they plan to push out the less financially useful schools somehow...
posted by billsaysthis at 07:05 PM on December 30
Just for rivalry's sake I'd like to see the Niners take down the Seahawks but I don't imagine Pete Carroll will call up his practice squad to make that a possibility...
Lions win versus Packers
Titans win versus Texans
These two seem more unlikely (for both to happen) then the Racists-Giants to tie. Though not by much. Sorry Bucs fans.
posted by billsaysthis at 06:19 PM on December 27
How do we blame the Patriots for this?
Have you checked the Pats' org chart for a voodoo priest(ess) lately? Maybe a purchasing manifest for some lifelike dolls?
posted by billsaysthis at 01:41 PM on December 26
BeaverBoard, surely you remember the Peter Principle. Applies to coaches as much as any profession.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:59 AM on December 19
Fisher, Bradley... who's next? Make your predictions today!
Normally I'd go with Hue Jackson's 0-fer but he seems to have at least one more season of failure ahead. Chip Kelly seems a possibility, but I wonder if Trent Baalke will walk the plank instead.
I'll go with Mike McCoy, four seasons of mediocrity is sufficient. New home next season, ought to have a new man in charge as well.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:58 AM on December 19
MLS announces expansion process, including timeline and fees. Most interesting bits: Expansion fee is $150MM and expected startup costs, including that fee, are in the neighborhood of $300MM. Starting to think there's something to MLS/soccer moving ahead of NHL/hockey in the US of A.
posted by billsaysthis at 06:09 PM on December 15
What an a55wipe! How did he think it was okay to protest a female ref by doing that?!?!
posted by billsaysthis at 06:07 PM on December 15
Technically the playoffs are next year.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:41 AM on December 05
Going out on top is very nice but at 31 seems like he's leaving a few years of potential additional titles on the floor.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:42 AM on December 02
After many early season calls for his head (example), Clay Helton has turned his critics around and put any uncertainty on the shelf (for now at least).
posted by billsaysthis at 10:22 AM on December 01
posted by billsaysthis at 10:42 AM on November 29
Can they put eight past Legia Warsaw, Owlie?
posted by billsaysthis at 10:38 AM on November 23
I hope we don't go back to Arena. I'd rather see either of the other two rumored candidates, Peter Vermes or Tab Ramos.
This is the right time to boot Klinsmann, or maybe a bit late given the US performance at last year's Gold Cup.
posted by billsaysthis at 05:17 PM on November 21
The Ducks seem like they could use him, Beaverboard.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:40 AM on November 15
As a USC alum I quite enjoyed watching the Trojans deal with the Huskies. Darnold is turning into a smart, well put together QB and if he can grow over the next couple of seasons we may get back into the national title hunt.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:50 AM on November 14
Seeing the video I was less impressed. I thought he hit it through the dome, not through a hole in the roof.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:47 AM on November 14
In a rare bout of sanity, voters in San Diego rejected the tax which would've paid for the Charger's new stadium. Voters in Texas went the other way and approved the ballot measure for the Rangers new ballpark.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:30 AM on November 09
I found a Rebel Sports shop at lunch time but they were totally short on Glory gear. Seems odd since the season just started 10 days ago but the only thing in stock was a generic polo shirt. Lots of other club gear (Fremantle Dockers, English and Spanish soccer clubs). Didn't see an Australia test cricket jersey either, just Socceroos gear.
Will keep looking.
posted by billsaysthis at 04:31 AM on October 17
I can't believe not a single one of you picked the 49ers this week! I mean, you were all correct in picking the Bills although no one had the right margin (neener neener), but still!
posted by billsaysthis at 09:50 PM on October 16
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