Ricardo's profile

Homepage URL: http://www.stiffarm.com
Location: Raleigh, NC
Gender: Man
Member since: March 25, 2005
Last visit: May 02, 2016

Ricardo has posted 8 links and 361 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

NBA Approves Advertising on Uniforms

Soccer is my first love and as a longtime Liverpool supporter, I can't remember a time when this wasn't the case over there. So I agree with rcade. This won't bother me because I barely (subliminally) notice it anymore.

posted by Ricardo at 09:15 AM on April 18

The Fall

Soccer is one of the most free flowing games in the world and replay could change it drastically. I dislike diving myself but do see it as part of the game. I wouldn't mind if blatant dives were punished after the fact. Marcel's shenanigans in yesterdays Real Madrid-Wolfsburg match were ridiculous.

posted by Ricardo at 02:09 PM on April 07

NFL Adds Rule for Automatic Ejections After 2 Personal Fouls

They already throw a yellow flag. They just need to throw a red one immediately after for a second offense. And of course, change coach's challenge flags to a different color.

Also, I agree with grum. Yellow and red cards, as well as penalties are too steep a price beyond the norm and are the reason flopping permeates soccer.

posted by Ricardo at 02:20 PM on March 23

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

Shouldn't her first place take be higher than someone like Victoria Azarenka or Simona Halep?

Being a higher draw usually equates to skill level (although not 100% of the time). Factor in long term winnings, appearance fees and endorsements typically given to a higher draw and she is paid more. It isn't as simple a separation either. And I agree tennis isn't the right sport. From my limited knowledge of it, the sexes are pretty equal as far as draw and popularity, in which case I would advocate the pay to reflect as much.

posted by Ricardo at 08:30 AM on March 23

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

Don't mistake my arguments for sports related pay to mean I don't believe in equal pay in the real world. I am very liberal and absolutely feel women in the work force should be paid as equals.

posted by Ricardo at 09:55 PM on March 22

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

On what specific grounds should men be paid more for that tournament?

I'm not saying any specific sport or tournament should pay men more, or women more for that matter. I'm saying each should be paid according to the revenue they generate. If they generate the same revenue, pay them the same. I don't know whether they do or not. But we can take a different example. The NBA generates WAY more money than the WNBA and for that reason, NBA players should be paid more.

posted by Ricardo at 09:15 PM on March 22

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

From your link ...

1. Female tennis players work just as hard as men.
Lower ranked male players work just as hard as Djokovic and Nadal. This doesn't mean they should be paid the same.

2. Longer contests are not worthy of higher pay.
I agree here. Length of the contest shouldn't play into it.

3. It's a myth that fans are always more interested in men's tennis.
I also agree here. I watch many women's sports and often enjoy them more than the male counterpart.

4. Men get paid the same as women in figure skating and gymnastics.
Why should this matter? The counter argument (which is also incorrect) is that women get less than men in other sports. I would argue the reason behind this is that women's gymnastics and figure skating draw a similar or larger audience than the men's does. And their pay should reflect that.

5. The fact that women's sports are (sometimes) less popular is a vicious cycle.
I'm not sure this is true. There are plenty of women's sports that thrive, tennis being one of them.

posted by Ricardo at 01:02 PM on March 22

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

Etrigan, I don't think it has anything to do with equality. If you look at a sales job which is based off commission, then one salesperson is going to get paid more than the next person because he or she is selling more. I don't think men should be paid more by default. I think whoever is generating revenue should be paid accordingly.

posted by Ricardo at 09:22 AM on March 22

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

I don't think Djokovic is entirely out of line. While I wholeheartedly agree anyone doing the same job should get paid as equals, I think sports are a different thing altogether. These people are revenue generators and if any group generates more revenue than another, the pay should reflect that. I don't see that as sexist and I would say if a woman's sport brings in more cash than the men's equivalent, then they should make more than those men. I don't really know the breakdown as far as tennis goes, but if it is correct that more people watch the man's game than the women's game, how can you justify equal pay. In everyday life is where this needs to be corrected, not on the field.

posted by Ricardo at 12:19 AM on March 22

Liverpool part ways with Brendan Rogers

It's more likely it was due to the international break than getting a draw at Goodison. As another long time Red, I agree with Bill ... four months (at least) late. We've done almost nothing with the Suarez and Sterling money.

posted by Ricardo at 09:09 AM on October 06

USA 1-1 Panama

What's worse than not winning? Not deserving to win. Although Tejada may have been offside when Perez gave him the ball before scoring, we didn't play well enough on the night to warrant anything better than a draw and may not have warranted that much. Guzan was big for us.

posted by Ricardo at 11:41 AM on July 14

U.S. Wins Women's World Cup

The sun on the third goal is a stretch. The defender was angled away from it for the most part. It looked more like just a tricky bounce.

posted by Ricardo at 04:26 PM on July 06

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

I thought maybe Johnston's hand was on the shoulder but not applying any real pressure. Not the smartest move but when the German went down the ref didn't have much choice. IF the ref saw it that way as well, it might explain the yellow as opposed to red. It easily could've been a red though and I think we were a bit lucky on both PKs. I can see why the ref gave the second one as I thought she was a yard into the box watching live. And I too would've liked to see how we handled France.

posted by Ricardo at 08:44 AM on July 01

U.S. Women Impress in World Cup Opening Win Over Australia

I think that headline is a bit generous. We didn't impress until Australia ran out of juice in the second half of the second half. It seemed like the midfield couldn't complete most of their passes before that. We couldn't even take throw ins very well. Australia did a great job pressing. Also, what the hell are the refs wearing under their shirts? Inner tubes?

posted by Ricardo at 10:16 AM on June 09

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

I bet the Las Vegas bookies aren't very happy.

I think bookies could care less who wins any sporting event. Bets are usually hedged and they win regardless. Probably not always, but in most cases.

posted by Ricardo at 03:31 PM on January 13