jjzucal's profile

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

jjzucal has posted 68 links and 713 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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Yes, Howard, it could be worse ... you could have been me last week.

Hamilton by 10

Calgary by 12

BC by 16

Toronto by 3

posted by jjzucal at 04:25 PM on July 02

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Got this from DirectTV guide: ESPN2 will show games June 29-30, July 2-3, 9-10 and 30-31. Guess I'm too lazy to go to the CFL website.

jagsnumberone, you bring back memories from the early ESPN days. It's when I became an Argos' fan; even though I'm in New Jersey, I used to listen to games on CFRB (AM) or CFRX (shortwave). Now I get only Ti-Cat games on CHML-AM.

posted by jjzucal at 01:17 PM on June 25

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Montreal by 17

Hamilton by 4

Edmonton by 11

Saskatchewan by 12

posted by jjzucal at 10:07 AM on June 23

Chicago Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup

Gary Bettman called this era's Blackhawks a "dynasty." Given today's NHL, with 30 teams, which makes it difficult to repeat, I believe 3 Cups in 6 years fits the term.

posted by jjzucal at 11:41 PM on June 15

Another NCAA member covers itself in glory

You've stated the major difference: she did not enter the business school while the FSU student did. Players are STUDENT-athletes, not just athletes. Allowing her to continue playing while not a student would open a large can of worms.

posted by jjzucal at 01:38 PM on October 04

Why no one wants to host the 2022 Olympics

I'm not sure the United States will get another Olympics. Any country that gets it likely would be required to chuck up billions of dollars for area and site infrastructures as well as the sites. Not too many American cities have velodromes or tennis centers or Nordic ski locations that are at Olympic standard, and other than the LA Coliseum (which likely would need rehabbing), I don't know of any cities that have an ample-sized stadium with an athletics track. That would be a few hundred million ($1 billion plus?) for a new stadium.

posted by jjzucal at 09:52 PM on October 03

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

A 5-run lead in the top of the 9th inning ... maybe. Two up in the fifth ... did someone test Lewis for psychotic drugs after the game?

posted by jjzucal at 11:55 AM on July 22

This isn't The Onion : Championship League football owner cuts player from team because date of birth is unlucky.

There are idiots ... and there are idiots, too many of them (see Venky's at Blackburn) in English football.

posted by jjzucal at 11:59 AM on July 07

SpoFi's 2014 Fantasy Baseball League is Active!

I'm in; guess I should have read this before asking about keepers.

posted by jjzucal at 08:55 PM on February 02

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

I believe the Broncos left their offense in "OMAHA!"

posted by jjzucal at 08:52 PM on February 02

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

Just got home ... guess I already missed a bunch.

posted by jjzucal at 07:17 PM on February 02

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Super Bowl-a-Geddon Edition

Going off the beaten path on a couple:

1. Denver by 3

2. Rec. Yds: Welker

3. Rush Yds.: Lynch

4. 1st TD: Harvin

5. MVP: Lynch

6. Int.: Sherman

7. Sack/Part Sk.: Sherman

8. Ad Meter: Budweiser +1

9. Tiebreak: 79 points.

posted by jjzucal at 07:50 PM on February 01

"Right now the NCAA is like a dictatorship. No one represents us in negotiations."

I've seen cases in which courts have ruled college athletes are not employees. Also, I lean toward the traditional response in that most athletes receive a full or partial scholarship; in essence, they are being paid to play.

The Title IX angle is interesting given this proposed union only involves football players. How would this affect not only women's sports but the other sports, especially the non-revenue generators?

posted by jjzucal at 09:00 AM on January 29

Richard Sherman, the Man Behind the Mouth

Dyams, I had not thought of the situation in the way you did, but ... had Sherman not gone on his rant, there certainly wouldn't be the level of interest he's received, and will receive this week, from the media. Two interceptions and a game MVP and he'd become priceless: speeches, endorsements would become readily available.

posted by jjzucal at 08:59 PM on January 26

Ex-Agent: Ryan Leaf Blew Chance to Go No. 1

This was from a 2003 mock draft article about Charles Rogers:

"Rogers is expected to be the first receiver taken in the draft. He is big, fast, and has great hands. Rogers has been compared to Randy Moss of Minnesota without the off-field problems. Look for Charles Rogers, the Spartans' career receiving TD leader, to be a dominating force in the NFL. At the age of 21 at draft time, Rogers may sneak into the #1 pick if any team can swing a deal. "

Instead, Rogers lasted three seasons and has had many legal problems.

Oh, did we mention he was a Matt Millen draftee?

posted by jjzucal at 12:40 PM on January 22