Recent Comments by billsaysthis

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Vikings U-Turn on Peterson after numerous sponsors and politicians give the high sign.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:54 AM on September 17

Atlanta Hawks to be sold after owner reveals racist email

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

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

I beez in. Belatedly.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:41 PM on September 05

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Maybe the likes of Tebow are there to improve the gene pool?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:28 AM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam

Very disappointing, I thought he would've made the cut.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:26 PM on August 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

@rcade site search seems busted.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:31 AM on August 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

The Premier League Season Kicks Off Tomorrow

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Two days before the season, what was the chairman thinking?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:41 AM on August 15

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Blatter: I double dare you to run against me, Michel!

posted by billsaysthis at 06:52 PM on August 09

NCAA Loses O'Bannon Suit...for now.

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

Donovan to Retire at the end of this MLS season

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

Will Financial Fair Play kill youth development at larger clubs?

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

How is Qatar building a national team for the 2022 World Cup?

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

ROFL

posted by billsaysthis at 10:27 PM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

Liverpool Sells Luiz Suarez to Barcelona

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

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

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

How (Not) to Survive the Running of the Bulls

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

Liverpool Sells Luiz Suarez to Barcelona

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

Liverpool Sells Luiz Suarez to Barcelona

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

Argentina Faces The Netherlands for Spot in World Cup Final

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

Brazil Faces Germany for Spot in World Cup Final

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

That is an awesome GIF, grum!

posted by billsaysthis at 12:16 PM on July 08

U.S. Falls to Belgium Despite Epic Tim Howard Performance

One would think so, Yerfatma.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:10 PM on July 04

This isn't The Onion : Championship League football owner cuts player from team because date of birth is unlucky.

Coudn't Kenny have just told him to consider his birthday May 16b?

posted by billsaysthis at 12:58 PM on July 04

U.S. Falls to Belgium Despite Epic Tim Howard Performance

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

Mexico Faces The Netherlands in Round of 16

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

Colombia Faces Suarez-Less Uruguay in World Cup Knockout

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

Luis Suarez Banned 9 Games for Biting Opponent

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

Portugal Ties U.S. in Final Seconds of Match

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

Luis Suarez Pushes England to Brink of World Cup Elimination

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

SportsFilter World Cup Confidence Pool Standings

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

SportsFilter World Cup Confidence Pool Standings

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

Enter SportsFilter's World Cup 2014 Confidence Pool

Fixtures will do for sample data.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:38 AM on June 13

World Cup 2015 Fantasy League is ON!

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:

http://en.mcdonalds.fantasy.fifa.com/leagues/1783

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

Enter SportsFilter's World Cup 2014 Confidence Pool

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

Enter SportsFilter's World Cup 2014 Confidence Pool

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

World Cup 2015 Fantasy League is ON!

OMG I am so dense, I think the password is spofi2014.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:12 PM on June 11

World Cup 2015 Fantasy League is ON!

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

World Cup 2015 Fantasy League is ON!

Weird--I used Chrome browser, maybe try a different browser?

posted by billsaysthis at 12:11 PM on June 09

World Cup 2015 Fantasy League is ON!

Password for the league is spofi2015.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:31 PM on June 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Grandpa Shark?!?!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:35 AM on June 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Annoyingly teams and leagues cannot be setup until Sunday on the FIFA fantasy site.

On the plus side your logins from four years ago (if you had one) are still in the system.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:45 PM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Guys, I think we had enough interest to do a World Cup fantasy league. If okay, I can set one up at http://en.mcdonalds.fantasy.fifa.com/ unless someone knows of a better choice.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:00 PM on June 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

@grum, the new Real Madrid away jerseys are pink so that would be a nice addition for you.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:57 PM on June 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Scudamore remains Premier League chief executive as league review determines "no disciplinary action is required or justified." Other commentators disagree.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:36 PM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

By custom do you mean double wide pallet?

posted by billsaysthis at 03:32 PM on May 19