Recent Comments by billsaysthis

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


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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

NFL team owners approve Raiders' move to Vegas

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

Here’s Why the US Women’s National Hockey Team Is Going on Strike

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

AFC Wimbledon Still Not Over MK Dons Taking Club


posted by billsaysthis at 02:10 PM on March 16

Happy 125th Birthday, Liverpool FC

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm in the brackets. @rcade can you promote this to the front page?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:35 AM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

You are correct sir!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:53 AM on March 09

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


posted by billsaysthis at 11:29 AM on March 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Worst trade ever?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:18 AM on February 21

Lincoln City bringing magic back to FA Cup

Big props to the Imps!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:56 AM on February 20

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal 'mentally collapsed' against Bayern Munich


posted by billsaysthis at 11:37 AM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Great essay, thanks Owlie!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:07 AM on January 30

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

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

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

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

The Worst Time to Lose a Scholarship Offer

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

Packers Hold Off Cowboys in Thriller, Advance to NFC Championship

Sorry, poor sportsmanship comment removed

posted by billsaysthis at 02:40 PM on January 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'd much rather watch parkour than quite a few other "sports".

posted by billsaysthis at 11:34 AM on January 11

NFL Pick 'Em Champion Crowned

Yay Ufez!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:31 AM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

San Francisco 49ers Fire Chip Kelly After 1 Season

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Sure one of the CSL clubs need a great central defender like M. Sakho!!

posted by billsaysthis at 04:37 PM on January 06

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Wild-Card Edition

Oakland by 6
Seattle by 17
Pittsburgh by 13
New York Giants by 3

1. Manning
2. Bell
3. Beckham
4. Karl Joseph

posted by billsaysthis at 04:33 PM on January 06

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

Jacksonville Jaguars Fire Gus Bradley

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

Jacksonville Jaguars Fire Gus Bradley

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Technically the playoffs are next year.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:41 AM on December 05

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