Ricardo's profile

Homepage URL: http://www.stiffarm.com
Location: Raleigh, NC
Gender: Man
Member since: March 25, 2005
Last visit: May 17, 2018

Ricardo has posted 8 links and 372 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

Soccer Rules Body Considers Timed 30-Minute Halves

Giving a team that last corner and not blowing the whistle until the "attack" has failed is akin to a kickoff in football with 1 second left and playing the play out until it's dead.

I much prefer the excitement of the unknown time in soccer as opposed to the asinine way the clock is used in football and basketball. The longest 5 minutes is the last 20 seconds of an American sport.

posted by Ricardo at 09:20 AM on June 20

Aaron Hernandez found Not Guilty of double murder

Hernandez has been found dead in his cell this morning. Apparent suicide.

posted by Ricardo at 09:12 AM on April 19

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

Without taking goals scored into account, there are 27 possible outcomes in a group of 3 (3 games ending in 3 outcomes win, lose or draw) and 729 possible outcomes in a group of 4 (6 games, 3 outcomes). In the 3 team group, there are 3 ways in which all teams can be tied and 3 ways in which 2 teams can be tied for second place. This gives a 22% chance of needing some form of tiebreaker (6/27). In the 4 team group, there are 7 ways all teams would be tied, 20 ways 3 teams are tied for first, 12 ways 3 teams are tied for second, and 168 ways 2 teams will tie for second. This gives a 28% chance of needing some tiebreaker (207/729).

So it seems more likely to end up in the drawing of lots with 4 teams than 3. Of course this doesn't take into account that some teams will be more likely to win than others. And there are other possibilities when the top two teams tie where you would need to figure out which team comes out first and which comes out second.

posted by Ricardo at 02:53 PM on January 11

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Semifinals

Wales 3-1 (Bale)
Germany 4-1 (Muller)

posted by Ricardo at 02:19 PM on July 06

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

I missed yesterday's game, DAMMIT!

Belgium 3, Wales 1 (Lukaku)
Germany 3, Italy 1 (Muller)
France 3, Iceland 1 (Griezmann)

posted by Ricardo at 12:29 PM on July 01

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16

Switzerland 0 - 1 Poland - Milik
Wales 3 - 0 Northern Ireland - Bale
Croatia 1 - 0 Portugal - Peresic
France 3 - 0 Republic of Ireland - Payet
Germany 4 - 0 Slovakia - Muller
Hungary 1 - 3 Belgium - Lukaku
Italy 0 - 3 Spain - Morata
England 3 - 0 Iceland - Sturridge

posted by Ricardo at 03:11 PM on June 24

Brazil Knocked Out of Copa Centenario by Handball Goal

It was terrible how many times the ref motioned for the players to get away from him only to have two of them yelling in his face. He was unable to take control of them which turned a bad situation worse.

posted by Ricardo at 12:16 PM on June 13

SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em

Group A:
Player: Antoine Griezmann

Group B:
Player: Jamie Vardy

Group C:
Northern Ireland
Player: Thomas Muller

Group D:
Player: Nolito

Group E:
Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Group F:
Player: Christiano Ronaldo

posted by Ricardo at 01:21 PM on June 09

Manchester United Match Cancelled by Bomb Scare

I found their starting 11 on the offical united twitter page. It's pretty strong with Marcus Rojo injured in training the day before and Morgan Schneiderlin out with an illness.


It will be interesting to see how this compares to the starting 11 they field tomorrow.

posted by Ricardo at 10:29 AM on May 16

Manchester United Match Cancelled by Bomb Scare

I presume Man United was going to use a lineup of mostly kids and reserves considering the FA Cup final on Saturday

I would think not because this game was probably bigger to the club than the FA Cup final. They were going to more or less be playing for that last Champion's League spot. Now that the game has been postponed and they know the outcome of the City match, they know there is no hope of getting Champion's League football next season and can absolutely field a weakened team and save the heavier hitters for the cup final.

I assume they did it on purpose so they would know exactly how to handle this match (I don't really).

posted by Ricardo at 10:18 AM on May 16

Leicester City One Step Closer to Immortality

If you're looking for the nastiness, I would suggest watching the entire match over. There was quite a bit of it. I couldn't believe that game made it to the full 90 with 22 players still on the pitch.

posted by Ricardo at 12:06 PM on May 03

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