Grum, that is outstanding.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:04 PM on February 19
Jackie Robinson West stripped of U.S. Little League title for cheating. The adults, that is, not the kids.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:47 AM on February 11
Peruvian team make standstill protest against violence: As a protest against fans' assault on players, the Alianza Lima squad did not move for 20 seconds after the starting whistle. Fortunately this confused the opposition, who simply passed the ball between their defenders until the Alianza players started playing.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:44 AM on February 11
Growing up in NJ, which has great high school and poor college hoops, I was a big fan of the UNC/Duke rivalry in large part because of Smith. One team might be having an off year (rare) but for these games all that was out the window.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:21 AM on February 09
Something like five major sponsors have already left FIFA as contracts expired but I don't see any sign of change.
Instead I see Real Madrid taking $500M for putting Abu Dhabi in the name of the Bernabeau.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:13 AM on January 30
Fair enough, rcade. I meant historically speaking.
posted by billsaysthis at 03:46 PM on January 20
49ers job is worse than Oakland, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, and Buffalo?
posted by billsaysthis at 11:59 AM on January 19
Who starts for Ohio State next season, assuming all three QBs are healthy?
posted by billsaysthis at 03:37 PM on January 13
I know this is a couple of days late but I've been waiting 30+ years to say this: Lazar scores the winner for Liverpool!
posted by billsaysthis at 11:39 AM on January 12
Is there a Bieber curse? I mean, I hope so, it would be really cool if there is.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:21 AM on January 05
That is sick. But I like the Jerry getting blown bit ;)
posted by billsaysthis at 08:28 PM on January 03
"My feet were so cold I couldn't tell the difference between Rogers' feet and the turf" will be 2015's "Ooh baby baby, push it good."
posted by billsaysthis at 12:52 PM on December 31
posted by billsaysthis at 10:42 PM on December 28
Devils replace DeBoer with 3-headed coaching staff. GM Lamoriello said he'll "go on the bench to make sure it works for now" and "until I feel comfortable with the situation."
posted by billsaysthis at 12:44 PM on December 27
Would be even more awesome-sauce if the Premier League could schedule rivalry games on Boxing Day. Burnley-Liverpool (don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled to get three points today), West Brom-Man City, Leicester-Tottenham, Man Utd-Newcastle, Everton-Stoke, etc... don't really stir the blood.
Boxing Day should be derbies where possible, something meaningful as second choice and best remaining for the rest. I know there are lots of scheduling constraints but this should be practical.
Happy Boxing Day to all the SpoFi tradesmen and servants!
posted by billsaysthis at 03:13 PM on December 26
I guess I'm not going with the crowd. When I moved to the Bay Area I took on the 49ers and Sharks as my teams and never really gave the Giants or Devils much of a second thought, though I was happy for them when they won Super Bowls and Stanley Cups.
Have always been a Liverpool FC mainliner, courtesy of a college roommate from there. If you put me in isolation and said I could only watch games involving one team I wouldn't hesitate before answering LFC. #ynwa!!
Life is a journey, IMO, and if we're supposed to grow and learn along the way (or vice versa) then I don't see the fan for life thing being important. If TS1 and I do move Down Under (as we keep talking about) then I'm sure I'll adopt the local AFL and A League sides too and I see no problem with that.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:01 PM on December 18
This is the opposite end of the pendulum swing of how many of us experienced childhood 30-60 years ago in terms of parental involvement.
Hopefully. Because if the court actually takes the case rather than dismissing out of hand we are in for a whole world of trouble.
"Ooh, you handed out a curriculum that didn't mention every single reading assignment and project." "Oh the rules say the clock restarts on a receiving team player carrying the ball into the field."
posted by billsaysthis at 11:33 AM on December 09
Barry Hearn whirlwind hits home in Scottish football's Hampden HQ. Mr. Snooker'n'Darts goes for the SPFL's, er, bullseye.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:02 PM on December 04
posted by billsaysthis at 11:32 AM on December 04
Those 14 year olds showed some terrific one touch football. Sign them up for Liverpool!
posted by billsaysthis at 07:15 PM on November 15
Carson Palmer cried like a baby:
posted by billsaysthis at 05:40 PM on November 10
Excellent graphics presentation, though a link to a table would have been useful too.
But look at the top five, Man City running last in that group at over GBP50M/year, and Everton at 7th and under GBP20M/year. FFP my a55! That difference is enough to have four or five next level of quality higher players, and makes me wonder how any club can hope to break into the top six other than one of the big boys falling down (such as ManU last season and Liverpool the season before).
posted by billsaysthis at 10:38 AM on October 29
As long as I stay level or ahead of @rcade, I'm happy.
posted by billsaysthis at 03:51 PM on October 13
Call me crazy but... Will Catalonian independence spur knock on effects in world football? FC Barcelona said today that independence is more important than the threat of expulsion of La Liga. But where would the team play if not Spain? Catalonia could hardly support a domestic league with enough quality to keep Barca among European elite.
Instead, would such a change be the last straw needed to push the G14 to break away and form the European super league that almost came about in the early '90s? UEFA was able to head off the change with the Champions League, but recent comments from the likes of AC Milan execs about "big clubs" needing a way to have European football regardless of domestic form make me think it's no longer sufficient.
FIFA (and UEFA) would likely try to block an ESL since it could destroy domestic leagues--imagine Span without Barca and Real, Italy without Juventus and Milan, Germany without Bayern and Dortmond. FIFA threatens to blacklist any players from FIFA-sanctioned matches (e.g., World Cup) but the clubs wave enough money at them and the players play.
No more problems about World Cup '22 in Qatar, eh?
posted by billsaysthis at 12:20 PM on October 10
posted by billsaysthis at 09:51 PM on October 08
Mourinho knew he was in the wrong on that and so was uncharacteristically silent about it during the post-game presser.
+1 for temp subs. I saw that Twellman piece this morning and wondered WTF the physio didn't insist on removing Courtois.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:22 PM on October 07
Wow, goddam, that story, well, I just am not sure what but it threw me for a bad loop. BillSaysThis isn't speechless often, as you well know.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:18 PM on October 07
Forget the IOC, would you really want the Olympics held where you live? I know I don't, when there was a movement to have SF--with the Olympic Village to be built at Moffett Field in Mountain View, a mile from my house--I was one of many who told the organizers what they could do with the bid.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:35 AM on October 03
The Daily Show goes deep on the Washington Footballers.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:10 AM on September 26
Vikings U-Turn on Peterson after numerous sponsors and politicians give the high sign.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:54 AM on September 17
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
I beez in. Belatedly.
posted by billsaysthis at 09:41 PM on September 05
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
Maybe the likes of Tebow are there to improve the gene pool?
posted by billsaysthis at 10:28 AM on September 04
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
Very disappointing, I thought he would've made the cut.
posted by billsaysthis at 05:26 PM on August 30
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
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
@rcade site search seems busted.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:31 AM on August 23
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
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
Two days before the season, what was the chairman thinking?
posted by billsaysthis at 10:41 AM on August 15
Blatter: I double dare you to run against me, Michel!
posted by billsaysthis at 06:52 PM on August 09
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
posted by billsaysthis at 10:27 PM on July 14
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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