Ricardo's profile

Homepage URL: http://www.stiffarm.com
Location: Raleigh, NC
Gender: Man
Member since: March 25, 2005
Last visit: June 24, 2015

Ricardo has posted 8 links and 348 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. 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

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

After seeing some pictures of the marks left, I'd say it's more than any 4 year old should receive.

posted by Ricardo at 10:40 PM on September 16

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

I was under the impression domestic corporal punishment is still legal in the US. I understand there's a line where it crosses into child abuse, but where is it drawn? And how do we know whether it was crossed in this case?

I am not playing devil's advocate here, I just don't think I understand the facts well enough.

posted by Ricardo at 04:15 PM on September 16

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

It saddens me that she married him.

posted by Ricardo at 12:20 PM on September 08

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

You seem to have made up your mind without much evidence.

posted by Ricardo at 10:32 PM on August 10

Liverpool Sells Luiz Suarez to Barcelona

Behavioral issues aside, Suarez has been a fantastic servant on the pitch for Liverpool. He's played so well that we made 50 million pounds on him. He carried us to second place last year. Tied the EPL goal scoring record. He almost single handedly gave us a much needed title. blah blah blah ...

I fear if the coming few years will be another decline from 2nd place and hope we can find someone to replace half of Suarez.

Go in peace Luis. YNWA!

posted by Ricardo at 01:59 PM on July 11

Mexico Faces The Netherlands in Round of 16

but at the end of the first half Robben was kicked in the box by two separate Mexicans and got nothing for it

I didn't think he got fouled on either of those back to back falls. Simply dove over the opposition legs both times. I think out of all the serial divers in the game, Robben is one of the worst. The penalty itself was probably a foul and he probably deserved a penalty in the first half, so it all evens out.

I've decided I'm rooting against the Dutch the rest of the way unless Robben is red carded at some point.

posted by Ricardo at 08:39 AM on June 30

Luis Suarez Banned 9 Games for Biting Opponent

but Liverpool has EPL title aspirations. Losing Suarez for 23 percent of their season is huge.

Agreed. When he was out the first 5 games of last season, we dropped 5 points ... and lost the title by 2 points.

posted by Ricardo at 09:48 AM on June 27

Luis Suarez Pushes England to Brink of World Cup Elimination

and has done absolutely nothing remotely controversial in Brazil.

The guy that said this is an idiot

posted by Ricardo at 02:19 PM on June 24

Luis Suarez Pushes England to Brink of World Cup Elimination

As a Liverpool fan, it was tough to see the Liverpool-heavy England team lose regardless of who beat them. I take some solace that Suarez looked brilliant as usual and enjoyed the consolations he appeared to give Gerrard after the match.

And in what way is Suarez a pantomime villian of this World Cup? He seemed to clean up much of the nonsense this past EPL season and has done absolutely nothing remotely controversial in Brazil.

posted by Ricardo at 11:11 AM on June 21

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