Recent Comments by billsaysthis

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

And no suspension, just upgraded to a Flagrant 2. Big save for the Dubs.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:11 AM on May 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


posted by billsaysthis at 10:48 AM on May 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Holy moly, I root for the Warriors but that is terrible. Someone's surely missing Game 4 and perhaps more.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:46 AM on May 23

Premier League Fantasy 2015-16 final results

+1 Holden.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:36 PM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I cannot even tell you how upset I was after that goal on the restart, I was at a pub with several co-workers and nearly lost my lunch. Seems to have done a similar number on most of the Reds.

I don't understand, though, how the ref didn't give a single one of the three handball PKs in the first half but had he done so the result might have been very different.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:49 AM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Suarez hat-trick hands Barcelona La Liga title and makes Suarez the first player not named Lio Messi or Christiano "Don't I look pretty in my underwear" Ronaldo to win the Pichichi since 2009.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:56 PM on May 14

'So, let’s build a pro soccer team from scratch ...'

+1 for pro/rel in the US. As a longterm Premier League and startup guy (LOL) I agree with Crowley about the value of incentives for good play and management, for sure.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:19 AM on May 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

1 four-pitch unintentional walk

How is a four pitch walk unintentional? Is the pitcher that bad?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:55 AM on May 09

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Sadly I have to drop out. Too much away from the computer for the weekend.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:36 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Beaverman, don't be throwin' that shit. You'd be missed.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:57 AM on April 27

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Stars in 7
Lightning in 6
Capitals in 6
Sharks in 5

Goal scorer: Ovechkin
Save percentage: Bishop
Top PP percentage: SJ Sharks
Most goals/game: Capitals

posted by billsaysthis at 10:54 AM on April 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Big deal! Titans to trade No. 1 overall draft pick to Rams. Details of the deal: The Titans send their No. 1 pick to the Rams for LA's No. 1 (15th overall), two second-rounders (No. 43, No. 45), and a third-rounder (No. 76). Tennessee also gets the Rams' first- and third-round picks in the 2017 draft. The Rams also get the Titans' fourth-round (No. 113) and sixth-round (No. 177) selections this year.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:31 PM on April 14

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!

(1) Cleveland in 6
(2) Toronto in 7
(6) Charlotte in 6
(5) Boston in 5

(1) Golden State in 4
(2) San Antonio in 5
(3) Oklahoma City in 7
(5) Portland in 7

Bonus Points:
- What will be the highest single game point total a team reaches in the first round? 125
- What will be the highest single game point total a player will score in the first round? 44

posted by billsaysthis at 02:29 PM on April 14

SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Panthers in 6
Red Wings in 7
Capitals in 4
Penguins in 7

Stars in 6
Blues in 7
Ducks in 5
Sharks in 6


posted by billsaysthis at 10:43 AM on April 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I knew de Jong would bring the stupid to LA when his signing was announced, and I'm still puzzling on why Bruce Arena did it. This is Nigel's second vicious tackle in a season only a month old and, with any luck, the league will slam him with a six game ban. Even so, previous punishments have clearly done nothing to stop his animalistic nature so I expect more before the season ends.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:47 AM on April 12

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

Having been to both I can agree with that comparison. I wonder what academic institution might be in New Haven to attract your visit...

posted by billsaysthis at 10:41 AM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

No upset, no worries, Owlie. What a ridiculously dominant team!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:39 AM on April 06

The Chicago Cubs Will Not Win the World Series

I'm with Beaverboard. Or at least I better be if I want to stay married ;)

posted by billsaysthis at 10:38 AM on April 06

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

Wrong coast, Owlie! Do you have a layover in SF on the way?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:11 AM on April 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Simpson came out for Villanova last night. And Smithers came out too ;)

posted by billsaysthis at 10:18 AM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

How did the England bowler just serve up four balls in a row! like that?! I knew the outcome but when I saw West Indies needed 19 from seven I was wondering if I my memory was working.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:15 AM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Anyone see a good April Fool's prank today? I've not hit the office yet but this Daily Star piece had me breathless for a moment.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:27 AM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Filed under WTF?!: Brewers will start season short a reliever because Will Smith tore a ligament in his right knee while taking his spikes off after a game. Manager Craig Counsell said Smith will miss "significant time."

posted by billsaysthis at 03:07 PM on March 26

Tennis Tourney Exec: Women Ride Men's Coattails, But They're Attractive

T20 for tennis?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:48 AM on March 24

Tennis Tourney Exec: Women Ride Men's Coattails, But They're Attractive

Is there a reason, other than historical precedence, why women's tennis is best of three and men's is best of five? In any case if the women's tour wanted to go to best of five sets surely there would need to be a transition since the current players have a trained to use their energy up in a shorter span.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:39 AM on March 23

Rebecca Lowe Leaving NBCSN Premier League Desk for a While

I think this would be more of a thing if Rebecca Lowe's husband were the US face and he decided to take parental leave at this point. I mean, the woman actually giving birth doesn't have much choice that I can see nor should she want to; IMO neither should the father who is, after all, the coach of an American soccer club.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:59 AM on March 21

Tennis Tourney Exec: Women Ride Men's Coattails, But They're Attractive

To add to the, er, offensive quality of the weekend, Novak Djokovic questions equal prize money in tennis.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:55 AM on March 21

March Madness 2016: Printable NCAA tournament bracket

WTF? The NCAA site wants permission to "manage your contacts" if you sign in with Google?!?!

posted by billsaysthis at 12:52 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If MSU won their conference, how are they the #2 to Virginia who, after all, lost the conference (regular season and tournament) to North Carolina?

posted by billsaysthis at 12:50 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Wow, very cool. Hope he makes it to the bigs.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:43 AM on March 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Love it!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:29 AM on March 01

Wenger's Arsenal

Rumor has Liverpool playing the Galaxy down your way, so that is an option too as we will most definitely be there.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:41 AM on February 18

Wenger's Arsenal

sbacharach, SpoFi meetup for the All-Star game?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:08 AM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Perhaps a medical team had slapped an oxygen mask on him and were just getting out the chest paddles.

Just glad we don't get Mr. Hudson on the English SAP audio for BeIn HD channel. Incredibly glad.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:25 PM on February 15

Wenger's Arsenal

Are you sure the Gunners are coming here? During the game I saw sideboard ads for "Arsenal in Sydney Summer 2016"...

posted by billsaysthis at 10:45 AM on February 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Tony Stewart hurt his back racing dune buggies at the beach.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:45 AM on February 05

U.S. Soccer Lawsuit Reveals Home Addresses of USWNT Players

The money numbers revealed by the lawsuit are disheartening too--the 18 USWNT players get a whole $72,000 for an NWSL season, the remaining six $51k and the rest of the league $36k. At least the national team players also earn for those games with some bonus money for making the World Cup and Olympic squads and medalling in the tournaments.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:44 AM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Just mix it with my Metamucil and slug it down for the cause. The powder mixes better with cold liquids for some reason.

Thanks for the tip, will file it away on the (can't come soon enough) retirement wiki.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:13 AM on January 26

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 23

Howard, the studio guy (Robbie Mustoe?) was right and I say that as a dedicated Liverpool fanatic. Both defenses were horrific and most of the goals should never have been scored. But I was happy/relieved after the last goal, that's for sure.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:37 AM on January 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

MLB TV reaches settlement on fan lawsuit, will allow purchase of single team packages. MLB lawyers said "they were planning to make the same changes to their television packages as the National Hockey League made when it settled its side of the lawsuit last year. The NHL also agreed to let fans buy single-team packages."

posted by billsaysthis at 11:46 AM on January 19

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

Expected outcome or not, most of the games were entertaining for neutrals. Fresh face from the NFC versus HoF-lead from the AFC seems a decent storyline for SB50.

Note: I am not looking forward to that weekend since I expect Mountain View--the nearest train from SF stop--to be overrun with people in for the game. SFO is expecting 175,000 extra travelers per day that week and many will pass through this city at some point.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:25 AM on January 19

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Brady went to Serra High in San Mateo, why does it surprise you he grew up a Niners fan (or that his folks were fans and took him to a game)?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:19 AM on January 15

NFL Network Airs 'Lost' Super Bowl on Friday

I was around for I but the first I remember is III, being an eight year old in Jersey of course Namath was The Man for my school group. Especially since the Giants were crap for most of the '60s and '70s. What a coat he wore!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:16 AM on January 15

NFL Approves Rams Move to Los Angeles, Chargers Invited to Join

Kroenke is the biggest shareholder in Arsenal, which says everything right there. Doesn't it?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:46 AM on January 14

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 21

Jonjo Shelvey to Newcastle for $17M, what is Steve McLaren drinking these days?!?!

posted by billsaysthis at 09:49 PM on January 12

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Kansas City by 9 - LOCK
Pittsburgh by 6
Seattle by 10 - LOCK
Green Bay by 3

Most passing yards - Aaron Rodgers
Most rushing yards. - Adrian Peterson
Most receiving yards. - Antonio Brown (Steelers)
Player who will record a sack or partial sack. - J.J.Watt

posted by billsaysthis at 09:19 PM on January 07

NFL Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Grum@work

Congrats Grum!

I thought this was fun and am happy to have the proposed changes or none. What I'd like is more banter in the threads ;)

posted by billsaysthis at 11:56 AM on January 05

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Last Chance Saloon Edition

At least I finished ahead of one other player, triumph!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:42 AM on January 04

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Last Chance Saloon Edition

Atlanta by 10
N.Y. Jets by 13
Chicago by 3
Cincinnati by 18
Pittsburgh by 7
Washington by 21
Tennessee by 3
New England by 24
N.Y. Giants by 6
Houston by 11
Denver by 10
Kansas City by 17
Arizona by 7
San Francisco by 3
Carolina by 21
Green Bay by 10

posted by billsaysthis at 12:25 PM on January 03

Tide open as TD favorites vs. Tigers

Only caught a little of the latter but sure seemed like boys against men to me. The margins of victory in the two games definitely caught me by surprise, especially for Clemson since I thought Oklahoma would show the Tigers up easily.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:57 AM on January 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Leeds United ban Sky TV cameras from Elland Road after whacky "owner Massimo Cellino told staff to ban the cameras as he feels the team feature on TV too often, causing a negative effect on attendances." Umm, pretty sure this is laid out in the broadcast contract, Massy.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:13 PM on December 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Barcelona's Sergi Guardiola sacked after offensive tweets hours after dream signing.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:08 PM on December 28

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Airing of Grievances Edition

Oakland by 7
Philadelphia by 8
Carolina by 25
Buffalo by 14
San Francisco by 7
Tennessee by 1
Kansas City by 20
Miami by 7
N.Y. Jets by 3
Tampa Bay by 11
Pittsburgh by 13
Jacksonville by 4
Arizona by 10
Seattle by 17
Minnesota by 3
Cincinnati by 7

posted by billsaysthis at 10:29 AM on December 24

Chelsea Sacks Jose Mourinho

Mourinho will destroy United if he goes there; the players are too fragile for his grind'em until they break strategy. Look at how much game time the players have missed under the much less relentless LvG.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:58 AM on December 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Blatter and Platini get lengthy bans, as in eight years each. No chance Michele runs for FIFA president now...

posted by billsaysthis at 01:48 PM on December 21

Chelsea Sacks Jose Mourinho

+1 @goddam

posted by billsaysthis at 01:42 PM on December 21

Chelsea Sacks Jose Mourinho

You know what's weird? Here we are the day before and no news from Stamford Bridge on who will be in charge of the team tomorrow.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:20 AM on December 18

Chelsea Sacks Jose Mourinho

I think if Special1 TV had continued, Mourinho would still be Chelsea boss. What a show!!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:16 AM on December 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: I Miss the Big Sombrero Edition

St. Louis by 7 (worked last week)
N.Y. Jets by 3
Houston by 3 (neither has a QB but Texans have a JJ)
Minnesota by 10
New England by 25
N.Y. Giants by 1 (get that loss out of the system already)
Buffalo by 4
Jacksonville by 11
Kansas City by 17
Oakland by 7
Seattle by 27
Denver by 3
Miami by 10
Cincinnati by mumblety-mumblety
Arizona by 17 L-O-C-K in the USA
New Orleans by 6

posted by billsaysthis at 12:57 PM on December 17

Chelsea Sacks Jose Mourinho

Third season is almost always the last for Mourinho, though usually not early 3rd.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:49 PM on December 17