Recent Posts by billsaysthis

May 15

Forest Green Rovers: The village team that reached the English Football Leagu: The Nailsworth-based club, who once played in the Stroud League, beat Tranmere 3-1 at Wembley and next season fans from Coventry City, Swindon Town and Port Vale will be weaving through the Gloucestershire countryside to reach their New Lawn home.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 11:21 AM - 1 comment

May 11

THE PATRIOTS, TOM BRADY AND THE GATHERING STORM: Today, on the three-year anniversary of the Patriots drafting Jimmy Garoppolo, the Jimmy over Tommy possibility remains real.

posted by billsaysthis to football at 12:26 AM - 4 comments

April 29

Dele Alli, Twitter loneliness and the cautionary tale of Renato Sanches: Lovely writing from Barney Ronay... "The Bayern midfielder increasingly looks a candidate for the title of most startlingly strange meteoric 24-month first-team career ever. Wonderkids beware"

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 01:02 PM - 0 comments

March 30

World Cup 2026: Fifa reveals allocation for 48-team tournament: Asia doubles count, Africa nearly does, CONMEBOL gets six places (out of 10 nations), CONCACAF also six (no more Hex?), Oceania gets a full spot, UEFA goes from 13 to 16 and there would be a new six nation playoff for the 48th spot.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 01:02 PM - 12 comments

March 15

Happy 125th Birthday, Liverpool FC: On March 15, 1892, John Houlding famously broke from the board of Everton to form a new club - Liverpool.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 11:52 AM - 2 comments

March 08

Lox to advance: How Israel's WBC team engineered the greatest Jewish miracle since the oil burned for eight days. It's not nothing, if you know what I mean.

posted by billsaysthis to baseball at 06:27 PM - 0 comments

February 15

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal 'mentally collapsed' against Bayern Munich: Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal. Can Wenger keep his job this Summer when by his own admission his team are losing and dropping points due to mental errors and poor preparation, or will another Top 4 finish make him think "if I put in on more year we will take the big prize?"

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 08:43 PM - 6 comments

January 26

Hosting fees, race length and streaming: what is F1’s future under Liberty?: Bernie the Despised is gone, how are the new rulers of the twisty track circuit getting on?

posted by billsaysthis to auto racing at 11:33 AM - 0 comments

November 29

How the Chicago Bears became NFL's most untroubled losers: This season will be the ninth of the last 10 in which the Bears have missed the playoffs. And yet there seems little urgency to correct matters.

posted by billsaysthis to football at 10:57 AM - 4 comments

September 28

Sam Allardyce: Ex-England boss says entrapment has won: Big Sam heads overseas after being filmed telling a couple of "Far East businessmen" how to get around third party ownership rules. Plus making fun of Roy Hodgson's speech impediment and Roy's assistant Gary Neville. Not sure which but one of those things got him fired after 67 days in charge? Sam says he was foolish but entrapped. Was this really a firing offense?

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 10:09 AM - 2 comments

May 26

Baylor fires Art Briles over criminal coverups: Details are still a bit thin but apparently Coach Briles protected multiple players on his Baylor football team from sexual assault cases. Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr is now just Chancellor, athletic director Ian McCaw has been sanctioned and placed on probation but Briles' assistant coaches all remain in place, at least for now, including Kendall Briles. The details are nauseating so I'll leave them out of the post.

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 01:39 PM - 2 comments

May 19

Premier League Fantasy 2015-16 final results: Congratulations to Red Loop, who easily outpaced Holden for this year's title. Sadly, it's another Europa League finish for myself while third and fourth went to the colorfully-named Tuscaloosa Dumplings and Lovren's Clown Shoes.

posted by billsaysthis to fantasy at 09:56 AM - 7 comments

May 11

Turning Prodigious into Pros: The Oak Hill Story

posted by billsaysthis to basketball at 12:24 AM - 0 comments

April 14

LA Rams Trade to Acquire 1st Pick in NFL Draft: The Los Angeles Rams have received the first overall pick in this year's NFL Draft in a trade with the Tennessee Titans, giving up a first round pick this year at No. 15; two second-round picks and a third round pick this year; and a first- and third-round pick in 2017. The Rams get the first pick and a fourth- and sixth-round pick this year. The move makes it appear likely the Rams will begin their return to Southern California with either Carson Wentz or Jared Goff as their quarterback. The trade could have been made out of concern the Cleveland Browns would take the Rams' preferred choice of quarterback at No. 2.

posted by billsaysthis to football at 05:41 PM - 7 comments

February 22

Bayer Leverkusen's game descended into chaos after coach Roger Schmidt refused to be sent to the stands: And sure enough, Schmidt is under investigation, as is his boss Rudy Voller. I was actually watching this and, thanks to Fox Deportes not having English SAP, had no idea what was happening until after the game; a very surreal experience.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 12:14 PM - 0 comments

February 11

The Wow Factor: Few could have guessed that the league's return would become so bloody, bitter and, most of all, emblematic of how power in the NFL truly works. From Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr. at ESPN.

posted by billsaysthis to football at 04:45 PM - 3 comments

January 05

Rafael Benítez sacked by Real Madrid with Zinedine Zidane taking over: Florentino Perez, soccer clown extraordinaire, knifed Benitez in the back after just seven months (Okay, Rafa Benítez was not the solution for Real Madrid – he never had been, but still!). Can Zidane manage the superstar egos? Gab Marcotti and Graham Hunter have doubts.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 12:06 PM - 1 comment

January 01

Tide open as TD favorites vs. Tigers: Clemson blew out Oklahoma and Alabama shut out Michigan State to set up the CFB National Championship game.

posted by billsaysthis to football at 11:56 AM - 7 comments

November 09

Athletics doping: Wada commission wants Russia ban: The report says London 2012 was "sabotaged" by "widespread inaction" against athletes with suspicious doping profiles. Russia was also accused of running a "state-supported" doping program.

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 04:30 PM - 1 comment

October 28

Sepp Blatter: Russia 2018 World Cup 'agreed before vote': The suspended FIFA chief continues to crash and burn on his way out, to the extent that I wonder if he will force the destruction/replacement of FIFA by the Feb. 26 vote for his replacement; Marina Hyde calls for exactly that today. Meanwhile, here are your seven muppets candidates to replace Blatter.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 01:52 PM - 0 comments

October 13

Matthew Stafford: the $53m mistake costing the Detroit Lions dearly: The former No1 overall pick has been in decline for years, and has wasted his access to a strong defense and one of the game’s great receivers. Stafford is destined to replace Scott Mitchell in the hearts of Lions fans everywhere, if he hasn't already.

posted by billsaysthis to football at 08:39 AM - 13 comments

October 05

Liverpool part ways with Brendan Rogers: In a move that was either four months too late or six months early, another lackluster 1-1 result was the end of a 3+ season tenure for Rogers. Jurgen Klopp, rested after a four month break, is rumored to be first choice to take over after receiving a positive report on LFC from the team's German former midfielder Didi Hamann.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 11:15 AM - 4 comments

September 25

Blatter faces criminal investigation: Totally unexpected, eh? Amusingly, one of the indicated counts involves a $2M "disloyal payment" to Michel Platini; Platini said the money was legit and "relates to work which I carried out under a contract with Fifa" and he had clarified matters with the authorities. Of course.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 02:40 PM - 1 comment

July 24

NFL limits Junior Seau's daughter to video voiceover at HoF induction: Wow. Because why would the league want to give a voice to the child of one of it's greatest players?

posted by billsaysthis to football at 09:33 PM - 2 comments

July 14

USA 1-1 Panama: The US Men were pretty poor across the board last night but having already clinched their group the result itself was unimportant.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 10:56 AM - 5 comments