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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

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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


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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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


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