Ricardo's profile

Homepage URL: http://www.stiffarm.com
Location: Raleigh, NC
Gender: Man
Member since: March 25, 2005
Last visit: February 23, 2014

Ricardo has posted 8 links and 337 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 8 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

Teams to watch: US Soccer teams (M & F) San Francisco 49ers Atlanta Braves Liverpool FC Boston Celtics Carolina Railhawks University of Virginia (football & soccer) Most memorable sporting event: almost 80,000 fans packed into Giants Stadium to see Juventus play Manchester United. Forlan misses a sitter from 3 yards with the keeper on the ground behind him. Almost most memorable sporting event: My uncle worked for Doubleday (who used to own the Mets) in the 80's and he got 4 tickets to Game 6 of the World Series that year. It was supposed to be me and my dad and him and my cousin. At the last minute he sold the other two tickets and off he and my dad went into baseball history. you haven't suffered until you've held season tickets to Virginia football

Recent Links

Password change: Asked about this a while back ... was it ever added anywhere?

posted by Ricardo to other at 02:45 PM on November 04 - 1 comment

Robbie Rogers comes out as gay: US Soccer player Robbie Rogers has stated on his blog that he is gay and will be taking a break from soccer to concentrate on life.

posted by Ricardo to soccer at 02:53 PM on February 15 - 9 comments

Password Change: Where can I change my password? I cant find anywhere on the site to do so.

posted by Ricardo to feature requests at 11:02 AM on September 26 - 2 comments

Liverpool Football Club board agree sale: The board of Liverpool has agreed to sell the club to the US owners of the Boston Red Sox baseball team despite protests from owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

posted by Ricardo to soccer at 06:15 AM on October 06 - 24 comments

Heartbreak for women's US soccer team.: As Brazil head to the World Cup final with Germany.

posted by Ricardo to soccer at 10:04 AM on September 27 - 52 comments

Recent Comments

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

I'm looking at group D as the hardest. One of England, Italy or Uruguay is going home early. That sounds more ominous than "The US will go home early".

posted by Ricardo at 11:50 PM on December 06

Panthers Edge Patriots, Win Sixth in a Row

Watch it again

I was indeed going through the slow-motion when I commented. The incidental contact I was talking about was number 59 putting his hand on Gronks shoulder pad. That in itself wasn't when the penalty occurred. That was when his hands went down and around him. The ball is about a split second away at that point. There is no way Gronk was making some kind of curl move there. In your video above, the first time he goes to plant is when his right foot hits (relatively) below the goal post. Even with the defender there hugging him, he never appears to be trying to go back against him.

I never argued this wasn't a penalty. I think it was probably defensive holding. What it wasn't was pass interference.

posted by Ricardo at 09:28 PM on November 19

Panthers Edge Patriots, Win Sixth in a Row

side note - Did anyone else catch Ray Lewis talking about why Ted Ginn was allowed to score? He kept saying the defender erred when he let Ginn to the outside and nobody could catch up to his speed. He said the defender needed to usher him to the inside where he would get help. Ginn caught the ball and hooked to the inside. Shoddy work Lewis.

posted by Ricardo at 04:08 PM on November 19

Panthers Edge Patriots, Win Sixth in a Row

The contact up until his right foot plants is VERY incidental (and quite mutual) and not enough to get the flag. At the point his right foot plants, he is probably almost 2 yards behind the defender who intercepted. There is no way he could have made up that ground before the ball got there.

posted by Ricardo at 04:06 PM on November 19

Panthers Edge Patriots, Win Sixth in a Row

I agree with tron ... I think Gronks momentum was carrying him too far to make the turn back to the ball. He didn't even try to as a matter of fact, which might have given the penalty more credence. The defender had him cornered and was definitely in contact with him, but there was no pressure going back towards the ball from Gronk.

As for the back judge being overruled, there's also a chance he threw the flag, realized what had happened as far as the play went, and told the ref as such. #wildspeculation

posted by Ricardo at 01:47 PM on November 19

Atlanta Braves plan to build new stadium in Cobb County

I wonder if part of this will be getting a MARTA line to the area. It's been needed for a long time.

posted by Ricardo at 10:45 AM on November 11

Red Sox Write Love Letter to Cardinals

Agreed JJ ... Remember when City put up a billboard "welcoming" Tevez to Manchester? Good stuff.

posted by Ricardo at 01:43 PM on November 06

Even after the NFL wised up, the Premier League still isn't sure concussions matter

Why should players be skittish of these collisions as opposed to the keeper being skittish? If a player makes an honest attempt on the ball and the keeper gets hurt (or the player for that matter), so be it. I don't agree with protecting one player over another without a genuine reason. What if Lukaku tries to spin out of the contact there and twists his knee or worse? Or even as it happened, it could've hurt his knee.

posted by Ricardo at 02:51 PM on November 04

Attending Your First Premier League Game

Cheers to my first high hope / bitter let down season

Ahhhh! 2008-2009 ... Liverpool lose only 2 games and still fall behind ManU by 4 points due to an abundance of ties. The memories.

posted by Ricardo at 08:35 AM on May 22

The story behind Jason Collins' story: How it happened

My reply was that it really isn't a big deal.

I think it's not necessarily a big deal on it's own, but should lead to the bigger promised land of the day when there are many athletes on many teams who have come out and don't feel the need to repress their sexuality because of the job they hold.

That is indeed a big deal.

posted by Ricardo at 04:36 PM on April 30

Explosions at Finish Line of Boston Marathon

I, for one, find humour to be a pretty good coping mechanism for a world that doesn't make a lot of sense sometimes

I totally agree. I have a friend who "joked" today by saying his decision to not run in marathons has now been justified. I cringed a little and found it in poor taste, but still a bit funny. And that humor doesn't make yesterday's events any more or less serious than they already are.

I feel a ton of empathy and sympathy for those involved and won't feel vindicated until whoever was responsible has a car battery attached to their nuts.

posted by Ricardo at 01:31 PM on April 16

Bills Receiver Asks North Korea to Bomb New England

Lighten up Francis

Any one of you homos touches my nukes, I'll kill you!!!

posted by Ricardo at 02:14 PM on April 05

Robbie Rogers comes out as gay

Here is a link to his website

posted by Ricardo at 02:55 PM on February 15

Two NASCAR Drivers Are Dating

Ah ... two racists in love. Beautiful story.

posted by Ricardo at 05:23 PM on January 25

Seattle Wins on What-the-Hell Mary

That may or may not have happened. We can't assume it didn't. For all we know, this ref was simply making a joke, albeit an inappropriate one.

posted by Ricardo at 01:15 PM on September 26