jjzucal's profile

Name: J.J. Zucal
Location: Richland, NJ
ZIP: 08350
Member since: April 28, 2005
Last visit: October 02, 2015

jjzucal has posted 68 links and 753 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 2 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

Memorable: at age 7, booing Henry Aaron in Connie Mack Stadium (I must have been a young commie back then).

College: Rider '86.

Occupation: Former sports writer, now a news editor.

Hobbies: Fantasy soccer and hockey; soccer simulation game called Trophy Manager.

Fan: Philadelphia professional teams plus the English Southern League club Slough Town through membership in the My Football Club organization (former majority owners of Ebbsfleet United in England).

Recent Links

Strahan, Brooks lead NFL Hall of Fame class: Michael Strahan and Derrick Brooks led a group of seven players who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Marvin Harrison, however, was not elected. Brooks will enter as a first-ballot HOFer, and punt Ray Guy finally gets in through the veterans' committee.

posted by jjzucal to football at 07:55 PM on February 01 - 2 comments

Govt. shutdown halts sports at military academies: The Department of Defense has suspended athletic events at the military academies due to the government shutdown.

posted by jjzucal to other at 07:08 PM on October 01 - 0 comments

Lower-level clubs oust 5 EPL sides in FA Cup: With apologies for posting one of my articles, the Premier League took a bit of a hit, and almost near-annihilation, by lower-level clubs in the FA Cup's fourth round.

posted by jjzucal to soccer at 07:38 PM on January 27 - 5 comments

Jets fire GM, but Ryan will return: Mike Tannenbaum was fired as the Jets' general manager after a 6-10 season, but the club announced head coach Rex Ryan will return next season.

posted by jjzucal to football at 10:11 PM on December 31 - 7 comments

Josh Harding diagnosed with muscular dystrophy: Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding said he will continue to play as an inspiration to others with the disease.

posted by jjzucal to hockey at 06:08 PM on November 29 - 5 comments

Recent Comments

Fantasy Premier League, Week Seven

My heart (and team) sank when I saw Wilson fall sideways - it screamed "severe" knee injury. Of course, there was the big fat zero from defense and Joe Hart.

posted by jjzucal at 04:06 PM on October 02

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Going with a couple of shockers:

Pittsburgh by 12

Miami by 16

Atlanta by 11

Buffalo by 3

Oakland by 3

Kansas City by 10

Indianapolis by 20

Tampa Bay by 5

Philly by 14

San Diego by 7

Denver by 18 (Chop Lock of the Week)

St. Louis by 2

Green Bay by 6

New Orleans by 17

Seattle by 5

posted by jjzucal at 03:59 PM on October 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

As we try to stay out of the relegation zone we've escaped:

Ottawa by 5

Hamilton by 7

Edmonton by 5

BC by 13

posted by jjzucal at 11:22 AM on October 01

Fantasy Premier League, Week Six

Zero points from the defense and GK. Messrs. Kolarov, Sagna, Gomes and Hart: thank you for playing. We have some nice parting gifts backstage.

posted by jjzucal at 03:27 PM on September 27

Fantasy Premier League, Week Six

That works for the overall but possibly not if you're in head-to-head leagues or when cup matchups begin.

Just looked at the overall, and I see I'm in an area in which I've never been: top 6 percent of the world. MUHAHAHA!

posted by jjzucal at 07:47 PM on September 25

Ole Miss Fan's Jaw Broken After Win at Alabama

Ah, the good old days when winning fans would shout at losing fans who walked with their heads bowed in defeat. Further, this was a nice lesson the (presumably) father taught the children: if someone ticks you off, beat the hell out of them ... knives and guns also work.

With such a large crowd, it'll be unlikely the guy will be found.

posted by jjzucal at 09:52 AM on September 25

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: Indy's Bad Luck Edition

N.Y. Giants by 15

Oakland by 4

Dallas by 10

Indy by 13

Pittsburgh by 17

Minnesota by 3

New England by 20 (Front Door Lock of Week)

Philly by 11 (if Bradford can stay alive given the O-line)

Baltimore by 7

Tampa Bay by 5

San Francisco by 10

Miami by 6

Chicago by 2

Denver by 19

Green Bay by 10

posted by jjzucal at 08:20 PM on September 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Calgary by 12

Edmonton by 17

Ottawa by 3

Montreal by 12

posted by jjzucal at 08:14 PM on September 23

Fantasy Premier League, Week Six

I believe the options are one-time only in the season. I won't be using the bench-scoring this week; my 3 players haven't played much, but I've been tinkering with the starting XI for a few weeks. I'll go looking now, especially since I have 9 million in the bank.

posted by jjzucal at 07:39 PM on September 22

Fantasy Premier League, Week Six

I had Pelle, too. Finished with 72 points (no Monday players). That Man Chitty game will haunt me for a while.

As for Costa, I'd be curious to see if he gets retroactive punishment. Oh, it's Chelsea ... had it been a Bournemouth player, he'd be banned for a few matches, but it's Chelsea so all's cool. Don't want to get Jose's panties in a bunch!

posted by jjzucal at 03:53 PM on September 20

Fantasy Premier League, Week Six

I used my triple captain on Mahrez - 33 points, but ...

Guess who had Hart, Kolarov and Sagna (4 points combined) AND Cazorla (minus-1 with the red card) on the pitch? With the MC players, I guess that's the danger of having three players from one club, especially on the defensive side.

posted by jjzucal at 06:33 PM on September 19

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Teddy Bridgewater Fail Mary Edition

Denver by 10
Buffalo by 7
Green Bay by 11
Seattle by 10
Jets by 6
Miami by 15 (Lock 'Em Up!)
Cleveland by 3
Kansas City by 17
New Orleans by 3
San Diego by 12
Denver by 13
Oakland by 2
Tennessee by 14
Giants by 5
Philadelphia by 9
San Francisco by 14

posted by jjzucal at 06:00 PM on September 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Calgary by 5

Hamilton by 13

Saskatchewan by 3

Montreal by 7

posted by jjzucal at 05:56 PM on September 17

James Blake reportedly thrown to the ground, cuffed and detained by several NYPD officers.

It gets dumber. Apparently the guy police were after also was "misidentified." That means the officer attacked an innocent man while looking for an innocent man.

I don't know if these rogue officers who attack and shoot non-violent people were taught to intimidate through force or voice, or "roid rage," or just that they're a**holes who slipped through background checks.

I only wish the 99-plus percent of officers ("good cops") would ignore the "blue wall of silence" and speak out against those who tarnish their badges. It could be by speaking privately to council members, or being an "anonymous source" to the media, but more of them need to inform people about these bastards.

posted by jjzucal at 05:52 PM on September 12

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 1: Win One for the Duke

NE by 15 (Book 'em, Dan-O Lock o' the Week)

Ind by 5

GB by 7

Sea by 12

J-E-T-S! by 3

Mia by 10

Car by 17

KC by 13

Ari by 2

SD by 10

Den by 20

Oak by 3

TB by 3

Dal by 15

Phi by 6

SF by 12

posted by jjzucal at 09:14 PM on September 09