Recent Comments by billsaysthis

Bruce Arena Resigns as USMNT Manager

As has been said by many he was hired to get the team to Russia and was never staying longer than that. I'm wondering who will take over (Peter Vermes, Tab Ramos?) or if US Soccer will put in a caretaker until after the Feb. election for a new president.

But I'm not upset at this change, he made too many poor choices. Why bring Geoff Cameron all the way over and then not play him when the team HAD TO HAVE A RESULT?

posted by billsaysthis at 01:56 PM on October 13

United States Eliminated from World Cup Qualification

jjzucal, I like your thinking!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:50 AM on October 12

United States Eliminated from World Cup Qualification

I watched whole game wondering how the US played so soft and sloppy, the horror growing even after Pulisic's fine goal to start the second half. Time after time a defender or Bradley just gave the ball back to T&T and until the last 10 minutes no one other than Dempsey and Pulisic played with any urgency. Then the scores came in from the other games, like a nailgun through my chest.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:34 AM on October 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

College football player at D-III Albright kicked off team for protesting during anthem

posted by billsaysthis at 11:29 AM on October 11

Christian Pulisic is Pretty Good at the Soccer

After the second goal I told my wife I know what I want for Hanukah!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:38 AM on October 09

Steve Jobs' Widow Buys Big Stake in Wizards, Capitals

Seems to be doing this for good reasons (the "double bottom line") and not just ego, which would be a nice change.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:49 PM on October 04

The most important news about the NHL this season: Jagr will play!

LOL

posted by billsaysthis at 11:57 AM on October 03

SportsFilter Server Move

LOL, from work I am so use to apps using their multitude of services I can't keep all the names straight. Fortunately that's no my job. #uirulez!

posted by billsaysthis at 04:34 PM on October 02

The most important news about the NHL this season: Jagr will play!

Yeah, tommytrump, let me know when Jagr plays with his own son (or two).

posted by billsaysthis at 04:33 PM on October 02

SportsFilter Server Move

What AWS services are you using? #justcurious

posted by billsaysthis at 12:20 PM on October 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Carlo Ancelotti: Bayern Munich sack Italian manager. Expectations were he was going in the summer, with a year left on his contract, but he just seems have lost all interest and so I'm not surprised by the earlier departure. Will Bayern find a way to get Julien Nagelmann now or leave Willy Sagnol in charge for the season?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:20 AM on September 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

./LOL @beaverboard

posted by billsaysthis at 11:17 AM on September 28

NCAA Coaches, Adidas Executive Face Charges

What I read said this is the tip of the iceberg, that these indictments are going to be used as probable cause for warrants and maybe a grand jury. The Assistant US Attorney in charge of the case said that anyone involved in these hijinks should come talk to him before he comes to them. Add on the serious penalties coming any month now for North Carolina...

posted by billsaysthis at 02:23 PM on September 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Old white guy shows true colors in response to anthem protests.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:17 AM on September 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

U.S. charges four college basketball coaches in bribery scheme, all assistants at major universities.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:15 AM on September 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

How Chelsea became the world's best (and most controversial) selling club

posted by billsaysthis at 02:16 PM on September 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I had to watch that video many times, still could not grasp its reality.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:14 PM on September 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Is Irving the second coming of Daryl Dawkins or something?!?!

posted by billsaysthis at 12:13 PM on September 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Lifetime is pretty much always showing something like that...

posted by billsaysthis at 11:13 AM on September 18

Ross Barkley Nixes Move to Chelsea on Transfer Deadline Day

This was one of the weirder transfer dramas of which I'm aware. Did Barkley actually have a medical or not? Guess it depends on who you believe.

The open questions for me are Alexis Sanchez and (sob) Philip Coutinho. Neither got the move they really wanted and now I wonder if either or both will pull a Diego Costa-like sulk, or at least be a huge dressing room drag.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:00 PM on September 01

Justin Verlander Traded to Houston Astros

For a pitcher of his quality and age why do the Tigers need to pay so much of his salary?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:57 AM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Matthew Stafford signs richest NFL deal ever, $135M all told, $90+M guaranteed, and yet fairly cap-friendly. Because of course he deserves more than Aaron RodgersTom BradyDerick Carr.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:58 PM on August 29

Harvey Impacts LSU/BYU Game in Houston on Saturday

Maybe LSU should take the hint and stop playing football before the storms it's causing shred the entire southeastern United States?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:38 AM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Colin Kaepernick Isn't Being Blackballed Because He Knelt for the Anthem

posted by billsaysthis at 01:56 PM on August 17

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

LOL

posted by billsaysthis at 12:33 AM on August 13

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

I seem to have been automatically entered, as have a bunch of the players from last season. Game on, bitches!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:58 AM on August 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

ditto

posted by billsaysthis at 11:14 AM on August 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Come over to the Red side, rcade. You'll never walk alone!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:33 AM on July 27

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From the Perhaps-a-bit-on-the-nose-department: Forever an owner's league: why NFL superstars are never truly free.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:41 AM on July 19

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NoMich, I assume you'd use clip starting around 55 seconds when Coleman starts his solo? Not sure MLB would be down with that kind of Jazz...

posted by billsaysthis at 11:42 AM on July 15

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The worst 20 seconds of top-level soccer ever?

posted by billsaysthis at 04:36 PM on July 12

Wayne Rooney Signs Two-Year Deal with Everton

From a Red perpsective

posted by billsaysthis at 10:16 AM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Saw some of the end of this during lunch just now. Not quite Seven Days in Hell but heck of a lot longer than one would've expected.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:20 PM on July 10

What football will look like in the future

I saw this and was thinking of linking it but then incredibly strange animation threw me off. Didn't even see how to read the actual article...

posted by billsaysthis at 04:17 PM on July 10

Tennis Player Suffers Terrible Knee Injury at Wimbledon

Holy crap, that's terrible! Hope she's back on the court as soon as reasonable.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:17 PM on July 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That is not a good track record.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:55 PM on July 04

SCOTUS will hear New Jersey sports betting case

How much of the take will be set aside for match fixing investigation and enforcement if, as the article implies, many states in addition to NJ will legalize after a SCOTUS win.

Wonder if Vegas is taking bets on the outcome...

posted by billsaysthis at 10:56 AM on June 28

Celtics Trade No. 1 Pick to 76ers

LBC will wind down at some point? Unless he's a really clever android...

posted by billsaysthis at 08:19 PM on June 19

Soccer Rules Body Considers Timed 30-Minute Halves

Agree with the complaints on lax timekeeping but I lover @beaverboard's rant!.

posted by billsaysthis at 08:18 PM on June 19

Cristiano Ronaldo 'wants to leave' Real Madrid after being accused of tax fraud

And past summers keep on giving... as Sunderland are forced to pay over $10M for a failed, strange transfer.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:14 PM on June 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Ex-Buffalo Bills WR James Hardy found dead after being missing for 10 days.

posted by billsaysthis at 07:38 PM on June 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

-1

posted by billsaysthis at 11:31 AM on June 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The second half of the Champions League yesterday shocked me. I mean, after conceding just three goals in the entire competition WTF?!?! The way Modric and Isco broke down the Juve defense was surprising enough but Buffon too? Two of the goals only likely going in because they were deflected counts for something... By injury time I was like, blow the whistle, blow the whistle, end the misery.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:53 PM on June 04

1860 Munich suffer double relegation to amateur leagues after owner refuses to pay license fee

I was curious about the ownership thing too. According to Wikipedia Ismaik bought 60% of the shares but has only 49% of the voting rights due to DFL regs. When buying the club, he "claimed that his aim was to safeguard the survival of the club that was one of the founding members of the German national Bundesliga." Alright Alright Alright.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:58 AM on June 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Yerfatma, I was thinking more of his second spell over there which was more a way to move to the LA Galaxy than anything else.

Holden, we could add Bradley Wright-Phillips and Gio Dos Santos to your list.

deflated, I can only think of Jermaine Defoe as one who came and went back successfully ;)

There looks like some hope for better results with the new generation of Americans playing in Europe: Christian Pulisic for sure, Cameron Carter-Vickers looks likely, Emerson Hyndeman had a successful loan in Scotland this season, Josh Sargent will sign for Werder Bremen after turning 18 in the new year, and Jordan Morris seems probably if he continues to grow and has a good showing at Russia '18. Probably at least two more from the U-20 team will make the trip after the tournament too.

Overall, have to agree that on a percentage basis (just counting say youth national team players) the US is not producing anywhere near the level of countries like Chile, Netherlands or Sweden. For now.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:41 AM on June 02

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Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Brad Friedel, and Kasey Keller all went from MLS to the Premier League and did well. Jozy Altidore, Eddie Johnson, Michael Bradley (loan to Aston Villa), not so much.

Landon Donovan was a total bust in Germany and there are of course a bunch of German-Americans and Pulisic who never played in MLS but are all starter in the Bundesliga.

Of current young MLS players I've read that Cyle Larin is perhaps going to move to the Premier League this summer and US U-20 striker Josh Sargent will sign for Werder Bremen next winter after turning 18, but not seeing too many other rumors.

I think Jordan Morris, Giovinco, Erick Torres, Walker Zimmerman and maybe a few more could make the squad with at least a bottom half Premier League club.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:40 AM on June 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

+1 @beaverboard

posted by billsaysthis at 11:25 AM on May 26

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

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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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Tonight

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

National Review Takes on NFL Relocation Shakedowns

Fleecing is right, this isn't socialism its thievery.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:44 AM on April 05

NHL will not officially release players to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Why would some teams put themselves at a disadvantage?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:39 AM on April 04

World Cup 2026: Fifa reveals allocation for 48-team tournament

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

Penn State Trustee 'Running Out of Sympathy' for Victims

Countdown to his being an ex-trustee probably pretty close to zero by now.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:44 PM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

+1, NoMich

posted by billsaysthis at 12:42 PM on April 01

World Cup 2026: Fifa reveals allocation for 48-team tournament

IMO: 48 teams is beyond absurd.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:03 PM on March 30

World Cup 2026: Fifa reveals allocation for 48-team tournament

Playoff would be one team per region except UEFA and played in the November 2025.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:03 PM on March 30