As long as I stay level or ahead of @rcade, I'm happy.
posted by billsaysthis at 03:51 PM on October 13
Call me crazy but... Will Catalonian independence spur knock on effects in world football? FC Barcelona said today that independence is more important than the threat of expulsion of La Liga. But where would the team play if not Spain? Catalonia could hardly support a domestic league with enough quality to keep Barca among European elite.
Instead, would such a change be the last straw needed to push the G14 to break away and form the European super league that almost came about in the early '90s? UEFA was able to head off the change with the Champions League, but recent comments from the likes of AC Milan execs about "big clubs" needing a way to have European football regardless of domestic form make me think it's no longer sufficient.
FIFA (and UEFA) would likely try to block an ESL since it could destroy domestic leagues--imagine Span without Barca and Real, Italy without Juventus and Milan, Germany without Bayern and Dortmond. FIFA threatens to blacklist any players from FIFA-sanctioned matches (e.g., World Cup) but the clubs wave enough money at them and the players play.
No more problems about World Cup '22 in Qatar, eh?
posted by billsaysthis at 12:20 PM on October 10
posted by billsaysthis at 09:51 PM on October 08
Mourinho knew he was in the wrong on that and so was uncharacteristically silent about it during the post-game presser.
+1 for temp subs. I saw that Twellman piece this morning and wondered WTF the physio didn't insist on removing Courtois.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:22 PM on October 07
Wow, goddam, that story, well, I just am not sure what but it threw me for a bad loop. BillSaysThis isn't speechless often, as you well know.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:18 PM on October 07
Forget the IOC, would you really want the Olympics held where you live? I know I don't, when there was a movement to have SF--with the Olympic Village to be built at Moffett Field in Mountain View, a mile from my house--I was one of many who told the organizers what they could do with the bid.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:35 AM on October 03
The Daily Show goes deep on the Washington Footballers.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:10 AM on September 26
Vikings U-Turn on Peterson after numerous sponsors and politicians give the high sign.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:54 AM on September 17
One wonders if the league will hand out, er, consequences for Ferry and others in the know who didn't report this.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:20 PM on September 07
I beez in. Belatedly.
posted by billsaysthis at 09:41 PM on September 05
How do I join the league? I registered on the site but the league search shows nothing for SportsFilter.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:49 AM on September 04
Maybe the likes of Tebow are there to improve the gene pool?
posted by billsaysthis at 10:28 AM on September 04
Radamel Falcao to ManU, one year loan for nearly $10M and an option to buy him next Summer for 43.5m. Without questioning the Colombia striker's fitness for task or value for money, one does wonder why he was signed. Especially if they have another striker on the books good enough to play for Real Madrid.
Will Rooney be happy dropping deeper to play behind van Persie and Falcao? Where does this leave $100M man Angel di Maria and 37M price tagged Juan Mata, much less the emerging star Adnan Januszi and England winger Ashley Young?
More importantly, how does Falcao solve ManU's biggest problem of having a miserable defensive core--all that dosh to splash but not a central defender to fit the bill?
posted by billsaysthis at 02:24 PM on September 01
Very disappointing, I thought he would've made the cut.
posted by billsaysthis at 05:26 PM on August 30
I'm in the league and would of course join a new league.
And frankly out of those two I'm happy for the result since Utd get the manure piled on heavier (watch out for Burnley this weekend chaps) and MK get more attention paid to their origin rather than less (as their gaffer forlornly suggested at the post-match presser).
posted by billsaysthis at 12:43 PM on August 27
No, not my league sorry. I posted a message to the league forum, hopefully the owner gets emailed when this happens.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:35 AM on August 26
@rcade site search seems busted.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:31 AM on August 23
Tan's revenge costs Ian Moody his job and Malky Mackay what seemed likely to be his next one.
Apparently you can't do anything electronically and be certain it will stay private, who'da thunk it.
posted by billsaysthis at 03:26 PM on August 21
Title: Man City
Top Four:City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton
Relegated: Crystal Palace*, Burnley, QPR
Top Scorer: Sturridge
Most Assists: Lallana **
Most clean sheets: Chelsea
* What the frak were they thinking firing a manager of the year two days before kickoff?!?!
** Those goals gotta come from somewhere
I'd love to hear the reasoning behind picking ManUtd in the top four, given they were seventh and haven't really strengthened the squad or cured their glaring deficiencies. Three at the back and you have Smalling, Jones and Evans, with a zero experience backup, your (shiny new) left back is injured for the first month plus, your defensive MF is out until Thanksgiving, I could keep going but LvG has done exactly what since arriving?
posted by billsaysthis at 09:58 PM on August 15
Two days before the season, what was the chairman thinking?
posted by billsaysthis at 10:41 AM on August 15
Blatter: I double dare you to run against me, Michel!
posted by billsaysthis at 06:52 PM on August 09
The thesis from the plaintiffs was a joke; if it reflected reality football and basketball coaches would make a bit more than other sports but not order of magnitude more and the training facilities would be similarly balanced.
Even the Olympics gave up on amateurism years ago, the NCAA et al insisting otherwise is a hypocritical joke.
posted by billsaysthis at 01:58 PM on August 09
TL;DR: Respect his contribution for USMNT over the last dozen+ years, but as a person I'm not a huge fan.
If Donovan hadn't taken his sabbatical due to thinking like Owlies' would his play been good enough? Either his head is in the right place to play or he doesn't play.
I think his second short German stint was a complete sham though, just a way to get out of his Earthquakes contract and down to LA without costing the Galaxy any compensation.
posted by billsaysthis at 01:55 PM on August 09
Goodell defends the Ray Rice suspension so Olbermann calls for Goodell to resign: "This is enough," Olbermann said. Agreed!
posted by billsaysthis at 02:36 PM on August 03
Since I don't believe coincidences this is weird but my carpool mate and I were discussing this just 30 minutes ago on the ride into work. He's from Ireland and a lifelong Liverpool fan so he hates Chelsea on principal but even so points to, say, Lukaku as an example of everything wrong with youth development today.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:00 PM on August 01
I wonder if/hope the FA will take a stronger position on Morrison than the wusses at the NFL did on Rice.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:55 AM on July 31
Clubs cannot withhold players during official international dates, but I'd like to see what happens if a couple of the big ones try.
One scenario a friend puts out which might see this happen:
The big European clubs (RM, Barca, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Man U, Juventus, PSG, AC, Inter, etc..) decide enough is enough with losing players from injury or just being overtired from summer tournaments, as well as having to share the immense TV money with so many smaller clubs that they break off from UEFA and their naitonal FAs and finally launch the mooted Euro Super League.
This would be an American style league, no promotion/relegation, and destroy the TV value of all the domestic leagues and UEFA Champions League. The teams would be in a position similar to RM and Barca in Spain, only globally.
As this league is not sanctioned by FIFA/UEFA those august bodies tell the players that lining up for any of its games would disqualify them from playing for their national sides. Of course this is exactly what the teams planned for and they tell the players that the money will make it worthwhile.
An Irish friend and fellow Kopite says this will happen within 10 years, probably triggered by FIFA's insistence on staging 2022 WC in Qatar in the winter.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:23 AM on July 22
Sadly, as John Oliver said recently, football is a religion and no matter how disgusting FIFA are we won't stop rooting and watching our teams. Kind of like carte blanche for douchiness.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:15 AM on July 15
posted by billsaysthis at 10:27 PM on July 14
Congratulations to @holden for winning the SpoFi World Cup fantasy league, with @goddam a close second and--after a huge gap myself--third. @grum wins the Costanza.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:07 PM on July 14
Forget the Euros, the tournament of Summer 2016 will be the Copa America Centenario, which the US will win in thrilling final against Colombia*.
* Or so my daydreams claim, though sometimes we beat Chile
posted by billsaysthis at 12:04 PM on July 14
And it will take a big bite of his La Liga season too. But he missed a relatively similar chunk this past season and faded towards the end and still was crucial to the second place by a hair finish.
Let's say Sturridge goes from 22 to 25 goals, Sterling goes from nine to say 15 goals, and Lallana puts in 12 (compared to the seven scored by Coutinho, Moses and Allen). That's 11 goals--who are LFC buying that plays in the front two (or three in a 4-3-3) that scores 20 times his first season in the EPL (or at least with LFC)? And that's assuming Gerrard gets so many PKs he scores 13 again, since Suarez drew quite a few of those.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:25 PM on July 12
If Lebron knew he had to "return home" why did he meet with seven other teams? Although not quite to the same extreme I'm with @phaedon on this one.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:19 PM on July 12
I don't have to be faster than the bull, just faster than you amigo.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:13 PM on July 12
The money would go a long way to replacing him if there were a player available that could actually replace him. Sanchez was one such and we did not get him; I'm not saying don't let Suarez go, although he ought to have been a man about it rather than biting Chiellini and using his father-in-law as a mouthpiece, but that LFC ought to have stood stronger to Barcelona.
Yes Sturridge, Sterling, Lallana, Coutinho are all very good but none can step in and scare central defenders for 90 minutes, with any movement taking the defenders' eyes off the ball. Yes we have plenty of cash to splash, but we had that anyway from the increased TV money and Champions League.
The issue is that qualifying for the Champions League next season will be crucial because that TV contract is going up massively and if you aren't in it next season you will be a have not for many years absent a ManU Moyesian slip up. Keeping Suarez one more season would have almost certainly ensured LFC qualify again, losing him makes that a much dicier proposition.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:12 PM on July 12
I bit something this morning and wished it was a chunk of that turncoat's ear. Liverpool's management should be ashamed of themselves for not pressuring Barcelona to make Sanchez come the other way, too.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:40 AM on July 11
Netherlands players with the exception of Kuyt and van Persie had the look of fear on them, and van Persie just looked exhausted. I couldn't believe that according to van Gaal the first two players he asked to take the first penalty wouldn't do it; also couldn't believe van Gaal told the press that.
Good luck, ManUre, hope you enjoy the fight for a top half place again.
posted by billsaysthis at 01:29 PM on July 10
The whole tournament when on attack the other players looked for Neymar and otherwise stood around aimlessly waiting on his moves, without Neymar they just stood around on attack and the Germans simply walked up and took the ball off their feet. Without Silva at the back they were exposed as a backline that only knows how to attack--Dante is an excellent center half but he had no integration with the team.
Scolari wanted one magician--Neymar-- and nine thugs and never imagined his one magician would miss a single minute of play, or maybe didn't want him thinking there was anyone challenging his place, so Scolari didn't bring a backup magician.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:02 PM on July 09
That is an awesome GIF, grum!
posted by billsaysthis at 12:16 PM on July 08
One would think so, Yerfatma.
posted by billsaysthis at 01:10 PM on July 04
Coudn't Kenny have just told him to consider his birthday May 16b?
posted by billsaysthis at 12:58 PM on July 04
We might not see Timmy, although 39 isn't too old for a top class keeper these days, but Brad Guzan is showing with Aston Villa he ought to be an able replacement.
I love how well the USMNT did in the tournament after so many pundits forecast going home with perhaps one point in the group, well done mates!
Still, I wonder what might have been without Jozy's hamstring going blam. I'm not convinced Jurgen made the right choice to start Dempsey at the top rather than make a straight swap (positionally) for Wondo or Johannsen.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:32 PM on July 02
Whether coaches should be allowed to speak with players on a water break, and I don't see the problem since the ref calls for the break, both coaches have the same opportunity and Herrera not taking advantage is on him, not van Gaal.
As for the clock, given that wireless integration of the referee's watch and the stadium clock is trivial technically (and therefore inexpensive, a stated FIFA consideration) I don't see why they don't stop the clock for anything that would generate injury time. Maybe a button for an extra, say, 10 seconds for when the ref takes a beat to decide it's happened.
posted by billsaysthis at 01:10 PM on July 01
For all the goalscoring, there have been some truly outstanding performances by keepers. Costa Rica, now Algeria, can't blame Rais for the loss in any way.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:48 AM on July 01
Liverpool should get the biggest check they can from Barca by, say, July 15 so they can turn around and buy a couple of replacements. Lailana and Lambert are great additions but neither is taking Suarez's place.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:45 AM on July 01
rcade, Monaco is owned by a Russian oligarch so unless that 2.7B Euro divorce settlement did more to his bank account than expected I doubt it.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:13 AM on June 29
Why do Liverpool pay the big price for a bit of idiocy done in an Uruguay shirt? And why is this punished more harshly than headbutting? FIFA BS, that's why.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:03 PM on June 26
Jurgen Klinnsman has done a lot of good things as US coach but putting Timmy Chandler on at left back in injury time was not one of them. Timmy f'ing Chandler!
posted by billsaysthis at 10:46 AM on June 23
Suarez did to Cahill, Jagielka and Hart what he did to EPL defenses all season. Yes, Gerrard tipped the ball to him but that was still well out of scoring range, it was the defenders who just don't know how to deal with Suarez.
As a fellow Red (waves to Ricardo) I am very much looking forward to the new season.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:24 AM on June 21
How about that Swiss defense. Looks like Mr. Cheese was the backline coach for today's match because, well, holes.
posted by billsaysthis at 09:56 PM on June 20
Rooney, corner kicks go in the direction of the field, not behind it. Just saying...
posted by billsaysthis at 11:58 AM on June 16
Three days and not one has gone as I'd expected, even Brazil who I expected to beat Croatia only did so with help from the ref buying Fred's dive. Uruguay without Suarez was like birthday cake without chocolate frosting--just not worth eating.
posted by billsaysthis at 08:37 PM on June 14
That game yesterday left me speechless, and if you know me, that's just never happening. RvP's header was magnificent but afterwards Xavi and Co just collapsed. Six goals in the 19 games of the last three tournaments total, five in the first here; Spain may or may not be done and dusted but that loss was one for the ages.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:38 AM on June 14
Fixtures will do for sample data.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:38 AM on June 13
I used the send an invite function and here's the details:
BillSayThis invites you to join his/her group, SpoFi 2015, for McDonald's FIFA World Cup' Fantasy!
Build your fantasy team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup'.
Strategise, select starting XIs, buy and sell players and score points. Manage your team to the top of the match day or overall leaderboard and win massive prizes.
Please click on the following link to join BillSayThis's group:
Here is the private password you need to join: spofi2015
If you still can't join, uggh!!!
posted by billsaysthis at 10:44 AM on June 12
Yes, @rcade, jQuery would do the trick. Do you plan to post the code to, say, Github?
posted by billsaysthis at 10:34 AM on June 12
Would be great if the picks page had a list on the right that was updated as you selected teams on the left. Or even updating the dropdown list to remove the selected teams. I could write you some JS if you like.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:34 PM on June 11
OMG I am so dense, I think the password is spofi2014.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:12 PM on June 11
I set up a league for people at my office and one person has got the same error from trying to join that league :(
I did submit a support ticket but I'm not feeling positive that anything will get done in time.
So great that they only allowed signups four days before the opening kick!
posted by billsaysthis at 06:15 PM on June 09
Weird--I used Chrome browser, maybe try a different browser?
posted by billsaysthis at 12:11 PM on June 09
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