Recent Comments by billsaysthis

Nico Rosberg goes out on top

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

The Hot Seat is just lukewarm now

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

Brazilian Soccer Team Lost in Plane Crash


posted by billsaysthis at 10:42 AM on November 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Can they put eight past Legia Warsaw, Owlie?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:38 AM on November 23

Jurgen Klinsmann Out as U.S. Men's Soccer Coach

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Ducks seem like they could use him, Beaverboard.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:40 AM on November 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

Shohei Ohtani hits a ball out of a domed stadium.

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Will keep eyes peeled.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:45 PM on October 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

If anyone needs a Perth team jersey let me know, I'm here for the next week ;)

posted by billsaysthis at 10:09 PM on October 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm sorry but that blown field goal placement with 2:00 left by Chargers punter Kaster was just sad and captures about everything going wrong for the team so far this season.

posted by billsaysthis at 08:30 PM on October 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle


posted by billsaysthis at 10:54 AM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle


posted by billsaysthis at 10:53 AM on September 30

Mud and Glory

A linguistic masterpiece but semantic nightmare. Thanks!

posted by billsaysthis at 12:24 PM on September 20

NCAA pulls championship events from North Carolina over HB2

That Lt. Governor sure tries to put a whacky spin on it. "Didn't give us any warning" my a55.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:22 AM on September 13

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Nebraska, man that was a touching tribute!

posted by billsaysthis at 08:53 PM on September 04

Teddy Bridgewater Tears ACL, Will Miss Season

I wonder if its a matter of degree. Athlete takes hits of different types which individually have a small impact on the ligament and then there's the last hit that puts him or her over the line. That is, that tears the ligament. I know this is the case with lower back pain, everything is fine with the nerve compressed up to a certain amount and one day it gets compressed just abit more--boom, agony!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:57 AM on September 01

Raiders Stadium Backers To Las Vegas: Give Us $750 Million, Or Else

NFL franchise owners are by definition extremely rich, if not billionaires, and regardless of moral character shouldn't get fed at the public trough.

posted by billsaysthis at 07:13 PM on August 29

How Football Transfers Work

Good read though I was hoping for a bit more depth.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:04 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Last weekend we lost to f'ing Burnley 2-0!!!

posted by billsaysthis at 08:55 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Liverpool vs. Derby County in the next round of the League Cup. Will the Reds do the thrashing or will the underdogs prey on our inconsistency to dump us out???

posted by billsaysthis at 10:58 AM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I was thinking more of the emphasis, tron7. I totally agree that NBC execs are aa bunch of meshugas who should be replaced. Preferably by Grum and rcade, with Owlie for the international perspective.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:43 AM on August 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

@FLsportsman Is what you point to all that much different from past coverage? I don't think so, with minor exceptions such as the first (1992) Dream Team. Heck, this US women's basketball team was perhaps the most dominant squad in any team Olympic event in history and they hardly seemed to break through the noise.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:56 AM on August 22

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

grumble grumble Jim Thorpe grumble grumble

posted by billsaysthis at 10:49 AM on August 19

Jim Furyk Scores First 58 in PGA History

Saying "One worse than 57" is so golfer!

posted by billsaysthis at 12:13 PM on August 08

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League


posted by billsaysthis at 12:10 PM on August 08

FINA - as bad as FIFA?

Add USA Gymnastics to the list: A blind eye to sex abuse: How USA Gymnastics failed to report cases.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:12 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Cozy relationship between official US Olympic ticket vendor and USOC isn't raising eyebrows quite as much as one might expect in the post-Blatter era.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:39 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle


posted by billsaysthis at 10:35 AM on August 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

@sbacharach Sorry, wouldn't be at that game if I lived next door to the stadium :) However I will be at the Liverpool - AC Milan game at Levi's Stadium this Saturday in Santa Clara.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:33 AM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If you haven't gotten your emails, the EPL Fantasy League is back. Can whoever is the league owner (@rcade?) post the code to rejoin?

FYI the web app has been modernized and I can't say I like all of the, er, updates.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:37 AM on July 27

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Any of my fellow SpoFites going to tomorrow's Liverpool FC open training session at Stanford, or to next weekend's LFC v. AC Milan match at Levi's?

John Oliver on why you should f'ing go.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:43 AM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Wow, good for him.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:39 AM on July 23

The NBA officially pulls the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC

Hey JohnSoCal, do you leave the politics to the politicians? Clearly not, and plenty of businesses do the same because they're made up of people who have opinions on things. Sorry if this particular business decision isn't what you'd like but I'm guessing there are plenty which do.

And what NoMich said.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:26 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Aliens love cycling too!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:40 AM on July 19

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender

My score may be inauspicious but I'm not sure its correct as I don't understand where my finals points came from. @rcade?

Congrats, @bender!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:29 AM on July 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That is so funny!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:02 AM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I collapsed so bad in the Pick'em SFs that I put the final out of my mind. I mean, I actually forgot the game was being played yesterday until about 4 pm (PST). And since I'd have picked France and Griezemann, well, not any points there.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:16 AM on July 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

What a pair of disappointments! I so wanted to see Germany v. Wales.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:30 AM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Lionel Messi handed jail term in Spain for tax fraud, 21 months, but apparently terms under two years are served as probation only. Plus Eu3.5 million fine for him and his dad.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:14 AM on July 06

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Semifinals

Wales 2-1 Portugal, Bale
Germany 3-2 France, Griezemann

posted by billsaysthis at 11:10 AM on July 06

Kevin Durant signs with Golden State

Naive question: Does this mean the Warriors will go 98-0 (barring injuries)?

posted by billsaysthis at 12:20 PM on July 04

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

Poland 2, Portugal 1 (Lewandowski) I wouldn't root for Ronaldo if he somehow convinced FIFA to let him play for the USMNT.

Wales 2, Belgium 1 (Bale) Man drives the defenders to join a monastery and become ale makers. ;)

Germany 3, Italy 1 (Muller) Italy missing de Rossi is too much

France 2, Iceland 1 (Griezmann) Iceland we hardly knew ya.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:26 AM on June 30

Legendary University of Tennessee Basketball Coach Pat Summitt passes away at age 64.


posted by billsaysthis at 10:15 AM on June 29

Copa America Pick 'Em Champion: Rcade

Mascherano also had a yellow, rcade. Not that it would change the result... congratulations!

Still reeling from Messi skying the PK!

posted by billsaysthis at 02:10 PM on June 27

Lionel Messi retires from Argentina after Copa America final loss to Chile

Agree with Bender, more likely (some of) the current AFA execs will miss out.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:42 AM on June 27

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16

How did no one pick McAuley (og) for the Wales-NI match???

posted by billsaysthis at 06:50 PM on June 25

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals

Cards: Vidal (nb), Mascherano, Beausejour

(Thanks rcade)

posted by billsaysthis at 06:46 PM on June 25

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

What I heard was that officials have been instructed to pay more attention to that as well as goalies leaving the line early, mostly during shootouts.

posted by billsaysthis at 06:45 PM on June 25

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals

Argentina 3-1 Chile
Goals: Messi
Cards: Vidal (this is such a no-brainer ;))
First goal: 11:15

USA 2-1 Colombia
Goals: Dempsey

posted by billsaysthis at 01:22 PM on June 24

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals


posted by billsaysthis at 10:34 AM on June 24

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16

Switzerland 1 vs. Poland 2 - Lewandowski (ducks, breaks, eh)
Wales 2 vs. Northern Ireland 0 - Bale (but again JoePirlo Allen is Man of the Match)
Croatia 1 vs. Portugal 0 - Modric (the ref's final whistle blows and Ronaldo's head explodes)
France 3 vs. Republic of Ireland 0 - Payet (RoI fans serenade their players off the field)
Germany 3 vs. Slovakia 0 - Gomez (Ruthlessness returns)
Hungary 0 vs. Belgium 2 - Hazard (Sadly)
Italy 1 vs. Spain 2 - Morata (Spain remember, oh yes)
England 2 vs. Iceland 1 - Sturridge (I just wanna see him dance)

posted by billsaysthis at 10:33 AM on June 24

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich

rcade, are you truly surprised?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:48 AM on June 23

Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals

Argentina 4, USA 1 (Messi)
Chile 3, Colombia 1 (Sanchez)

posted by billsaysthis at 10:07 AM on June 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Speaking of Johnson: Why Dustin Johnson's US Open win was spoiled by the USGA's epic rules farce.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:46 AM on June 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I watched the last part of the first half of CHI v MEX and saw the second goal, then turned it on again towards the end of the second (at 6-0). I figured the TV tech managing the onscreen scoreboard made a typo but after the announcer mentioned it too I realized that one of my dreams was coming true.

I have nothing against Mexico as a country or any of its people but I do hate them as a soccer team! Does that make me a bad person? So be it.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:11 AM on June 19

Copa America Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

U.S. 3-1 Ecuador (Wood)
Peru 1-2 Colombia (Cardona)
Argentina 3-0 Venezuela (Messi) Venezuelans reach the hard wall
Mexico 2-3 Chile (Sanchez) But Chile will win due to favorable refereeing

posted by billsaysthis at 04:06 PM on June 16