Recent Comments by billsaysthis

Manchester United Fires David Moyes

Still, very sad for fans of every other team that The Chosen One wasn't given another full season in charge.

One holds out hope, though, that the clamor to make Giggs' appointment permanent is loud enough to make that happen. Hilarity will ensue.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:46 AM on April 22

Manchester United Fires David Moyes

@rcade: Have you looked at the managerial changes in Argentina, Brazil and Italy? How can you even ask that?!?!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:38 AM on April 22

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Hugh, from your lips to the FA's ears.

posted by billsaysthis at 08:29 PM on April 20

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Jozy Altidore draws a penalty and Liverpool loanee Fabio Borini puts the PK past backup keeper Mark Schwarzer to hand Mourinho his first Premier League home loss in four seasons of bossing Chelsea. Angry Mourinho congratulates referees.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:34 PM on April 19

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Very nice, Howard!

posted by billsaysthis at 09:29 PM on April 18

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Sure, yerfatma, #5 and about 60% of the total payroll of #1 in their league.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:39 AM on April 16

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Manchester City top global pay table with average salaries of 5.3m a year and Liverpool aren't even in the Top 20 at an average of 3.4m.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:34 AM on April 15

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There's a difference between foreign ownership and pumping wads of cash into a club to buy trophies. And by wads of cash I mean somewhere north of $750 million net transfer spend in the few years since the current ownership took charge. Chelsea are the only other English club I'd put in this category. FYI, Arsenal, Aston Villa, and Fulham are owned or controlled by Americans too, but even Arsenal don't come close to Man City/Chelsea spending.

Let's compare Man City and my Red.

Look at Liverpool's starting X1:

- Gerrard, Sterling, and Flannigan are homegrown at the club, - Coutinho, Henderson, Mignolet and Sturridge were acquired as (relatively) unproven youngsters, with Coutinho and Sturridge not even getting regular minutes at Inter Milan and Chelsea, respectively, - Lucas, Skrtel, Agger and Suarez were doing well in second level leagues when acquired, and, - only Glen Johnson was a proven Premier League players when bought.

Man City have zero homegrown starting players except Joe Allen. Except for maybe Zabaleta and Kompany, none of the ten outfield starters were less than stars when purchased. You could quibble about Fernandinho but as he was already a regular for Brazil I wouldn't give that argument much weight. Silva, Nasri, Dzeko/Negredo, Aguero, Toure, De Michelis, Navas and Clichy were all proven starters and national team regulars

posted by billsaysthis at 09:49 PM on April 14

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Heartwarming "overcoming-the-odds" teams like Manchester City in the EPL

Seriously, what's heartwarming about a group of mercenaries backed by Middle East oil money?

As I understand it, Man City fans are a decent bunch (unlike their city neighbors) so I don't begrudge them a title or trophy but not sure how that makes two seasons ago heartwarming.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:48 PM on April 14

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Liverpool produce thrilling display on weekend of flags and flowers I'm getting really excited, first title since I started actively following them in the late '90s seems a real possibility after today's wonderful result.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:11 PM on April 13

Oops: Atlanta Braves Set Fire to U.S. Flag

That's what I call planning!

posted by billsaysthis at 12:12 PM on April 10

Abby Wambach: Players Didn't Get Coach Fired

I think the last sentence is the only explanation needed. Seventh for a team that has made or won pretty much every final since the late '90s and hadn't lost a game in about two years is not acceptable. The explanation that Sermanni is trying to develop a new generation of players doesn't work well since I couldn't see any consistency in selections; I read elsewhere that he averaged one new player every time he called the team together.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:12 PM on April 10

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I think Martinez is a very good manager and doing a good job at Everton. But:

- Lukaku and Barry, two of Everton's most important players, are on loan and unlikely to be back next season. - Ross Barkley, for better or worse, is in the same boat as say Wayne Rooney a decade ago and just as likely to be back at Goodison as Wayne was because Wainwright won't be able to resist the amount on offer. - Martinez is on the rise and whether he leaves this summer or in two or three, leave he will because he'll never realize his ambitions at the club.

Moreover the focus is on Wenger because:

- he's been so good for so long and this kind of late season breakdown is the opposite of his historical record, - his contract is expiring and he's hesitated to sign a new one (whereas Martinez is in the first year of his), and - Gooners have been slowly raising the heat on him for the last 24 months and a loss to Wigan or in the cup final will surely result in a lobstering.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:15 PM on April 07

American recruit scores first goal for the Swans

Definitely the opposite direction than the normal. Not sure how basketball prepares one for footy, except for the jump balls and of course being taller than average will help with balls up in the air.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:02 PM on April 07

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Wow, Arsenal are really just losing it. Can they get it together to beat second division Wigan next weekend?

posted by billsaysthis at 12:01 PM on April 06

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Chelsea aren't out of it but they no longer control their own destiny. Only Liverpool and Man City have that in hand, and I think the title goes to one of them. I know which one I WANT it to go to ;)

posted by billsaysthis at 09:43 PM on March 29

Detroit Tigers, Miguel Cabrera agree to 8 year extension

Come on SI, tell us how you really feel: "And of course, we now know that everything connected to A-Rod is dipped in sewage."

Still, despite Illitch's age and overweening desire to win the World Series I don't see how this contract gets him closer to that than waiting at least a year or offering similar per year money for 4-6 years.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:02 PM on March 28

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I love that ManUtd needed stewards to protect "The Chosen One" banner hanging at the Stretford End of Old Trafford last night. Football genius my ass and oh hey Sir Alex, who've you got for us next?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:49 AM on March 26

Barcelona Wins 7-Goal El Clasico Thriller

Wonderful to watch. Very amusing that Cry Baby Ronaldo was yakking about conspiracies against Real Madrid after the match, since of the three penalties the one he drew was the only bad call of the bunch.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:36 PM on March 24

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My favorite off-field moment from today's thrashing of the Vile: The huge banner reading "David Moyes is a football genius" counterposed with Sir Alex looking like a trickster had stolen his favorite lollipop.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:44 PM on March 16

Cowboys Release DeMarcus Ware

Bunch of big contracts tossed out the door this week, Julius Peppers, Darrelle Revis, Champ Bailey, Carlos Rogers.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:53 PM on March 11

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  • Hit people (legality irrelevant)
  • Hit people again (legality even less relevant cuz I like hitting people)
  • FTFY, Yerftma

    posted by billsaysthis at 02:33 PM on March 08

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    Everton under Martinez are not the Everton of years past, Fatty. Or at least not of the 13 years past. This squad did not sit back and defend to the exclusion of attack.

    posted by billsaysthis at 11:41 AM on February 24

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    How lucky were Chelsea today? One goal in the game and it comes off an at the very least questionable foul given. Otherwise Everton were very much up to the task of stopping Jose's boys, who themselves got off with a very home team level of thugball.

    posted by billsaysthis at 04:01 PM on February 22

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    "Well then, there will be a different coach because I won't exist any more, since you will have eaten me." That man is funny! Too bad he isn't a better coach ;)

    posted by billsaysthis at 11:52 AM on February 21

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    NBA needs to put (glass) walls around the court and make the walls in bounds. Talk about ShowTime!

    posted by billsaysthis at 12:09 PM on February 12

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    They need to add a 'covered in snow' rendering to the gallery.

    posted by billsaysthis at 10:36 AM on February 11

    Why Aren't More Americans Playing in Europe?

    Data point: Juventus just offered $1M for a 16 year old center back on the books of Sporting KC and the kid isn't (yet) a starter. Remember that Neven Subotic and Giuseppe Rossi both developed their games in the States, though Rossi went to Europe at about 13 or so.

    posted by billsaysthis at 02:58 PM on February 01

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    Thanks Fatty, looks like a source for many weekend projects!

    Anybody want to collaborate? I'm trying to get my head wrapped around Angular.js these days.

    posted by billsaysthis at 02:52 PM on February 01

    Pete Carroll: NFL Should Consider Medical Marijuana

    Considering marijuana is legal in the state where he lives, Carroll's response is fine by me. Using it in medically appropriate methods should be no more of an issue than aspirin or penicillin, it's hardly a PED and shouldn't be blocked on that ground.

    posted by billsaysthis at 12:12 PM on January 28

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    Clarence Seedorf says he's new AC Milan coach: Clarence is getting a historically weak Milan side but he was a huge favorite of mine--despite playing for Real Madrid and both Milan teams--as he has more brains than some entire squads put together (or so it seems to me) as well as a positive approach.

    Hope he manages to stay in place long enough to get the team back into competitive shape. Juve need more competition, Roma and Napoli sure aren't going to do it.

    posted by billsaysthis at 12:10 PM on January 14

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    Brady's done some quick kicks over the years too. Not exactly a punt but close enough so I agree its curious teams don't have their backup QB spend time practicing punts.

    posted by billsaysthis at 11:58 AM on January 14

    MMA fighter Joe Torrez kills armed intruder Sal Garces in New Mexico

    The problem is, as Adam West told Peter in the Family Guy rendition of Stand By Me, that (other) members of that gang can come back any time in the future and do what they want. To Toerrez's sister if he's not home especially.

    posted by billsaysthis at 01:34 PM on January 06

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    rcade, I think the NFL should use results like this to add video reviews for important missed calls.

    posted by billsaysthis at 12:20 PM on January 01

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    NFL publicly critiques the referees of last night's SD vs KC subs game but does nothing to correct the error. So Steelers, enjoy a January at home with family and friends.

    posted by billsaysthis at 12:46 PM on December 30

    Nicolas Anelka scored twice this weekend and celebrated in a way only Nicolas Anelka could

    Anelka... I want to leave a nasty insulting comment but will refrain out of respect to my fellow Spofites.

    posted by billsaysthis at 12:44 PM on December 30

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    Bynum "experiment" in Cleveland appears over.

    posted by billsaysthis at 03:20 PM on December 28

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    Not me.

    posted by billsaysthis at 03:18 PM on December 28

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    May 2014 be the best year of your lives so far and the least of the many still to come, my friends.

    And Santa, can I get a Premier League title this season for Liverpool? Haven't asked for anything else this year.

    posted by billsaysthis at 11:29 AM on December 25

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    I would think that to prevent one from making bucks on a bet you'd have to go forward in time, since I already know the result of, say, the 1960 USA-Russia hockey match. Finding someone to take the other side of the bet at the game shouldn't be too hard.

    In the Xmas spirit, though, I'll pick any of the Liverpool European Cup finals since I didn't see them on TV or the 1958 World Cup Final, just to watch the young Pele astonish the world.

    posted by billsaysthis at 08:49 PM on December 24

    Texas Rangers Land Shin-Soo Choo

    Not being a baseball fan I may be misunderstanding this but $130M/7 years seems high for a player with a 4.2 average WAR over the last five years (since he became a full time starter as best I can tell), with the two best of those being the two at the beginning of the range. And 31 years old, well, @rcade's comment seems appropo.

    posted by billsaysthis at 08:11 PM on December 22

    Glazer: Rex Ryan Told Team He's Likely Fired

    Why go to a college? Unless Texas comes calling what program would be a big enough school to interest Ryan? I think he either waits to see which other teams fire their coach or takes a coordinator job in hopes of earning another shot at the top job.

    posted by billsaysthis at 08:00 PM on December 22

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    Height: 5' 3", Weight: 375 lb. Man that is one short, squat shortstop!

    posted by billsaysthis at 11:42 AM on December 17

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    Yerfatma, I prefer to think of it as "Liverpool runs over team so hard the coach is spat out the other end." But I like your acronym-ish post too ;)

    posted by billsaysthis at 12:12 PM on December 16

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    NFL refereeing inconsistency: The Seahawk DBs play over the line as a matter of course and because that's "how they play" are rarely called for interference. Said a disgruntled 49er fan...

    posted by billsaysthis at 12:08 PM on December 16

    SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

    If Hudson could control his over the top language to maybe half the passes and shots and tackles in the game I'd be okay with it. But to hear it every minute for entire games, just too much.

    posted by billsaysthis at 10:43 AM on December 12

    Kirk Cousins to start for Redskins in Week 15

    AJ McCarron projects in the second round? Some team's getting a steal.

    posted by billsaysthis at 10:36 AM on December 12

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    I LOVECANNOT STAND listening to Ray Hudson clips.

    FTFY grum.

    posted by billsaysthis at 10:33 AM on December 12

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    No repeat of Brazil fans' violence at World Cup: FIFA because, er, money and (police) guns?

    "Three people were seriously injured when fans fought running battles at the Atletico Paranaense v Vasco da Gama match on Sunday and at least 30 people have been killed in incidents in and around Brazil's stadiums this year."

    posted by billsaysthis at 04:18 PM on December 09

    U.S. in World Cup's Group G (as in Grim)

    Cristiano Ronaldo is a big task but if he can be contained Portugal is beatable. After all they only finished second in their qualifying group and beat Sweden on CR7 scoring all six. Not saying the US defenders can do it but if they do USMNT should make it out of the group.

    Re: FIFA and its rules - FIFA never met a rule of their own they weren't happy to change or ignore as it suits the inner circle. Not only the France thing but also they've flat out ignored their rules on stadium readiness and construction standards for half of the Brazil venues.

    posted by billsaysthis at 12:38 PM on December 08

    U.S. in World Cup's Group G (as in Grim)

    USA in Group G with Germany, Ghana and Portugal. Group G runner up plays Group H winner (Belgium/Russia ?) in the first knockout round. Mexico got a decent draw with Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon.

    USA will have over 9,000 miles of travel during the group stage, plus however much to and from their staging location.

    Draw was a farce with how poorly balanced the groups are arranged. FIFA need to return to seeding all 32 teams.

    I do love that Spain play Netherlands in their first game, though.

    posted by billsaysthis at 12:22 PM on December 06

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    If Gerrard, Coutinho, Flannigan, and Henderson can show up this well every time, and Sturridge once healthy, the Reds can finish top 3. As long as Agger doesn't play too much.

    posted by billsaysthis at 03:57 PM on December 05

    USC Hires Steve Sarkisian

    As an alum I'd love to hear Haden's explanation for not going with Orgeron. The timing makes me wonder if he waited on the (f)UCLA result since if the Trojans had won he couldn't have not hired Coach O.

    posted by billsaysthis at 10:39 AM on December 03

    SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

    rcade wins the intertubes today, at least in this house!

    posted by billsaysthis at 08:15 PM on November 29

    Don't Play Thailand

    Journalists !== maths wizzes, methinks!

    posted by billsaysthis at 08:13 PM on November 29

    Baseball Hall of Fame ballot released.

    We know I'm not the biggest baseball fan here but still I keep in touch enough that I'd expect to at least be aware of every name on the ballot. But there are three I don't recognize at all and a few more that register a blip.

    Looking forward to the day someone's inducted I don't recognize because my divorce from the national pastime will be complete.

    posted by billsaysthis at 11:33 AM on November 27

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    The Super Bowl Shuffle it is not, gary!

    posted by billsaysthis at 12:15 PM on November 25

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    Jose should stop buying top international players if he's going to whinge about them constantly.

    posted by billsaysthis at 07:26 PM on November 24

    SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

    I was hoping Egypt could get past Ghana though after the first leg it was a foregone conclusion. Especially if USA got drawn against Egypt in the group so we could see Michael teach his dad a few lessons ;)

    Portugal is surely going to offer a field test of the Single Great Player hypothesis next summer, I think.

    posted by billsaysthis at 12:26 PM on November 20

    Orlando Lands Major League Soccer Team

    I think Miami and Atlanta are likely to be the next two. MLS owe Beckham from his contract and if King James puts in with the ownership group the league won't have a choice anyway. Atlanta would make sense, allowing West Coast teams to make two game road trips to the region, the Falcons new stadium is being shown in soccer-configurations and their NASL team has a strong local base, which follows the pattern we saw in Orlando, Montreal, Seattle, Portland and Vancouver.

    posted by billsaysthis at 12:22 PM on November 20