Recent Comments by billsaysthis

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Chelsea: We appeal to your inner woman

posted by billsaysthis at 12:31 PM on August 28

Fantasy Premier League, Week Three

Somebody did get mangled yesterday (he wrote, four hours before his team's kickoff)

posted by billsaysthis at 10:26 AM on August 24

Fantasy Premier League, Week Three

Guzan, not a good day as he gave up two goals to Palace... Shaw, well, I guess the cleansheet is worth a couple of extra points but given Newcastle also kept a cleansheet doubt he was worth much more.

United, one goal after three games, boy they are lucky to be on seven points is all I will say.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:06 PM on August 22

NBC Lands Premier League for Another 6 Years

Yes, this season most Saturdays will have a second 7am PST/10am EST game on USA Network.

posted by billsaysthis at 07:37 PM on August 11

NBC Lands Premier League for Another 6 Years

If only because NBC is making sure all games are available live over the web, this is terrific! But also appreciate Rebecca and the Two Robbies.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:26 PM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

That pranks video was outstanding!

posted by billsaysthis at 08:52 PM on August 07

Texans RB, Arian Foster Publically Declares Himself an Atheist

@yerfatma: Buddhism "is a nontheistic religion or philosophy" so I'm not sure that's incompatible with his statement. If correct (that he said it).

posted by billsaysthis at 08:47 PM on August 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I read the report a half hour ago and am still not certain I understood the result. All out for 60?!?!?! Is this the same team which pretty much tore up the World Cup four months ago or are the English that much better playing at home?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:36 AM on August 06

7 Days to Start of Premier League Season

But, yay seven days!!!

posted by billsaysthis at 07:09 PM on August 02

7 Days to Start of Premier League Season

One could reasonably think that Clyne is a significant upgrade on Glen Johnson and Javier Manqiullo and so Liverpool are far less likely to be leaking goals. Not to mention no more Gerrard as DM which, club legend or not, he was a horror at last season, so again, probably less goals given.

Hard to take site called "London24" too seriously about a Liverpool player, in any case.

posted by billsaysthis at 07:09 PM on August 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Much more imaginative than asshat, Owlie, I like it.

I actually came here thinking to post about Goodes, because I'm saddened by it. To paraphrase myself on the book of face, hate doesn't make you happy so stick with the things which do.

posted by billsaysthis at 06:16 PM on August 01

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Problem with his temper? Sure. Racist, not sure how you get that unless you know more than what the linked article said.

posted by billsaysthis at 06:08 PM on August 01

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

Not to editorialize but I think Goodell and Brady should both sit in the corner for a year, or until they grow up and can stop acting like idiots play nice.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:26 PM on July 29

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

I thought it was interesting that Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaunessy wrote a piece today titled Deal with it Tom Brady and the Patriots are cheaters. Looking for that link again I see the Globe is reporting that Brady has also sued the NFL in US District Court in Minneapolis on Wednesday evening, arguing that Brady's four-game suspension violates binding rulings from the Adrian Peterson lawsuit earlier this year, "and gives the back of the hand to the fundamental arbitral principles concerning procedural fairness and arbitrator bias."

posted by billsaysthis at 09:24 PM on July 29

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

I'd already taken Clyne and Benteke, plus Couinho to make my LFC three. Also, Kane, curious to see if he can do it two seasons running. 10.5 days until Reds kick off, I might explode first (but only virtually).

posted by billsaysthis at 09:17 PM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Did Hazard score after that great slalom, or did Azpilecuta make an own goal? I can't tell from that video. Yuck yuck yuck.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:12 PM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Admin request: Can whoever 'owns' the SpoFi EPL Fantasy League please renew it for this season? TIA

posted by billsaysthis at 12:37 PM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

After the nonsense ending to the MEX-PAN Gold Cup semi-final, Concacaf did the obvious thing: Penedo banned for pushing official, team fined. But "The confederation takes these claims extremely seriously and will look into them immediately" though not seriously enough to do something meaningful such as awarding the game to Panama.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:39 PM on July 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Costa Rico should've been playing last night, Panama should be playing Sunday. Mexican Soccer should tell CONCACAF they can't accept the gifts.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:23 PM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Steve Smith and Mitchell Johnson leave England on the rack at Lord's, with Smith hitting the first Aussie Ashes double century in England since before WWII. England are fighting back, up to 266 for 7, but...

posted by billsaysthis at 10:27 AM on July 18

USA 1-1 Panama

@beaverboard ???

@ricardo Hard to argue with you, though if the ref makes the offside call on Panama's goal and Bedoya being brought down just outside the box (with yellow/red card to defender) I can probably try.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:55 PM on July 14

USA 1-1 Panama

Standing out like an overripe piece of fruit on a white marble counter, though, was an amazingly biased performance from referee Ricardo Garcia who overlooked critical calls over most of the 90 minutes. CONCACAF need to explain why a Mexican referee was assigned to an important USA game.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:56 AM on July 14

British Strongman Sets Record By Lifting 1,018.5 Pounds

"This video is private"

posted by billsaysthis at 12:54 PM on July 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle


posted by billsaysthis at 10:51 AM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Go positive, with the latter. Throw some confetti for me!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:30 AM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Feel similar about Copa America. Chile won but only IMO because the referees were afraid to properly discipline the host team players. Physical, fine, but Chile were over the line far too much in the knockout rounds of this tournament. Hell, Jara wasn't even banned until the outcry grew so loud they heard if over the mountains at CONMEBOL HQ.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:36 PM on July 05

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

It's like deja vu: Brazil go out of the Copa America on penalties to Paraguay for the second straight time. Especially surprising that Dunga put on Ribeiro for his goalscorer Robinho in the 88th minute, presumably for his PK skills, only to have Ribeiro push the ball wide right when Paraguay's Villar went left.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:37 PM on June 27

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I was not expecting it but what a great weekend of football this turned out to be! Starting with Serbia/Brazil in the U-20s World Cup Final, then all the matches from Copa America and Women's World Cup plus Earthquakes beating (a down bleeding, to be fair) Sounders in MLS, well, wow.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:37 AM on June 22

Brazil's World Cup Stadiums, One Year Later

@rcade I believe your OP answers your question. The corruption is precisely why these stadiums were built.

posted by billsaysthis at 08:55 PM on June 19

U.S. Beats Nigeria, Wins World Cup's "Group of Death"

Bad officiating has been the hallmark of this tournament, which is really saying something IMO considering the level at, say, last year's MWC. Not offside, a handball, not a handball.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:46 AM on June 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Excellent Guardian look back at the team that launched modern soccer in America, the 1990 World Cup squad.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:22 PM on June 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

US lose to Serbia on PKs ending a solid run at the Under-20s World Cup in New Zealand. Despite missing four starters, the American boys held a larger, physically imposing team scoreless for 120 minutes. GK Zach Steffan, the team's Man of the Match, did his part by holding on to the 9th round of kicks, with 17 year old CB Cameron Carter-Vickers a dominant presence in front of him.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:49 AM on June 14

Enter the Women's World Cup Confidence Pool

As in the past, I'm happy to lend my JS skills to the project. Which, to be clear, is what I do at my day job.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:43 AM on June 09

U.S. Women Impress in World Cup Opening Win Over Australia

Agree, US passing was very weak and back four were incohesive. The team created a lot of turnovers but turned many of them right back to the Matildas; as Oguchi Onyewu said a few years ago it isn't enough to win the ball, you have to convert it into an offensive opportunity. Back four did not seem to have a great understanding of each other, especially Klingenberg who I think wasn't used to having to defend so deep so quickly as the US have generally been winning the midfield battles in games she's played.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:36 AM on June 09

Enter the Women's World Cup Confidence Pool

@rcade I took that meaning from your text on the page, thanks for fixing it.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:37 PM on June 07

Barcelona Wins Champions League, Completes the Treble

Terrific match to watch--once Barcelona scored early Juventus couldn't stay with the Catennacio plan and had to come out, meaning that if Barca's finishing had been a bit better the game could've been over inside 15 minutes.

Juve held on and climbed back in but for all the talk beforehand of Pogba and Vidal they were no match for the opposition midfield, who constantly dispossessed them and broke up attacking moves. MSN were constantly harassing Barzagli and Bonucci, who must have been giving thanks to the grounds crew, but for me the real men of the match were Iniesta and Busquets for how well they stifled and starved Tevez and Morata.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:35 PM on June 07