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jjzucal
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Name: J.J. Zucal
Location: Richland, NJ
ZIP: 08350
Member since: April 28, 2005
Last visit: April 21, 2017

jjzucal has posted 74 links and 828 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

Aaron Hernandez found dead in prison; conviction will be voided: Five days after being acquitted of two additional murders, Aaron Hernandez was found dead by hanging in his prison cell. After the acquittal, Hernandez was returned to prison to continue serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder. According to Massachusetts law, Hernandez will be considered as having died an innocent man; under a legal principle, as he had not exhausted legal appeals, the conviction will be voided.

posted by jjzucal to football at 12:50 PM on April 19 - 9 comments

Brighton and Hove Albion promote to EPL: Brighton and Hove Albion will become the 48th club to play in the Premier League after it clinched promotion Monday with a 2-1 win over Wigan. It will be the first time in 34 years that BHA will play in England's top flight.

posted by jjzucal to soccer at 11:26 PM on April 17 - 4 comments

Lincoln City bringing magic back to FA Cup: National League (fifth-tier) side Lincoln City's run to the FA Cup's quarterfinals is a sign the FA Cup is not dead, says its manager.

posted by jjzucal to soccer at 12:37 PM on February 19 - 4 comments

Haslams apologize for 'disappointing year': Cleveland Browns' owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam apologized in a letter sent to season ticket holders after the club's 1-15 season. The letter also was posted on the team's website.

posted by jjzucal to football at 07:20 PM on January 05 - 7 comments

Hope Solo takes leave of absence: Hope Solo, who was suspended from the U.S. Women's National Team after the Olympics, has been granted a leave of absence from the NWSL's Seattle Reign.

posted by jjzucal to soccer at 07:55 PM on August 28 - 5 comments

Recent Comments

Aaron Hernandez found dead in prison; conviction will be voided

Hernandez's family will donate his brain to Boston University's CTE Center for study.

posted by jjzucal at 09:26 PM on April 20

Aaron Hernandez found dead in prison; conviction will be voided

Judging by the Washington Post's reference to the Kenneth Lay - Enron trial, it looks like both (civil trial evidence and Patriot/NFL compensation) are possible.

posted by jjzucal at 04:34 PM on April 19

Aaron Hernandez found Not Guilty of double murder

A twisted "Good News, Bad News" scenario:

Good News: you've been found not guilty.

Bad News: you're going back to prison.

posted by jjzucal at 04:22 PM on April 15

Tony Romo heading into broadcasting with CBS

It may. I've seen several articles that state the Cowboys have previously converted base salary into signing bonus money paid throughout the contract. That gave them cap relief earlier, but they'll likely take a good-sized hit this season.

posted by jjzucal at 04:00 PM on April 04

World Cup 2026: Fifa reveals allocation for 48-team tournament

New Zealand would go straight through. It's likely the loser of the OFC final would go into the playoffs along with COMEBOL 7th place and CONCACAF 4th-place playoff winner (if 2 groups) also should be in the mix.

posted by jjzucal at 09:44 PM on March 30

World Cup 2026: Fifa reveals allocation for 48-team tournament

I would have preferred 40 teams, but in five-team groups. Would have extended the tournament only a few days but would have prevented losing the first match from being nearly a death sentence.

I'm glad Oceania finally gets a full spot. If South America can have 6, I would like to see Oceania get two ... but I realize it would require getting a number of countries to move from the more lucrative AFC.

Let's see if UEFA will keep it simple and go with 8 groups (current format: 9 groups). As for CONCACAF, 6 teams gives the mid-level sides a major chance to sneak in. Take the fourth round, turn it into two six-team groups, and maybe Canada or Guatemala steals positions.

posted by jjzucal at 07:00 PM on March 30

NFL team owners approve Raiders' move to Vegas

Raider Nation may have stayed together through the LA move and back, but Al Davis had a way of making you want to get behind the team. I don't think many fans will follow Mark out of town ... and expect a good amount of empty seats in Oakland before then.

posted by jjzucal at 04:28 PM on March 27

AFC Wimbledon Still Not Over MK Dons Taking Club

I remember AFC Wimbledon during my days with My Football Club - tragic loss to them in 2010 FA Cup first round replay (goals at 90+ and 120+). It was in the midst of their 5-promotion in 10-year run.

Wimbledon has high hopes as it's looking at constructing a 20,000-seat stadium after selling Kingsmeadow to Chelsea.

The ultimate laugh: MK Dons is just six points above the drop zone. Imagine the Wimbledon party if MK Dons relegate a second consecutive time.

posted by jjzucal at 07:53 PM on March 16

The Table Never Lies

Interesting that Brentford got rid of its academy. I understand the logic, but I would think eventually it would mean having to rely on transfers to pick up older teens to develop for the first team.

posted by jjzucal at 07:36 PM on February 23

Lincoln City bringing magic back to FA Cup

Agreed. I decided to look at Leagues 1 and 2 and compare to my remembrance of my time with My Football Club at Ebbsfleet United (2009-13) with some of the clubs that promoted and never returned: AFC Wimbledon, Crawley Town, Fleetwood Town, Stevenage, Cambridge United, Newport County; Gillingham was a few years before that.

It's not easy to return given there's just two promotion spots, but it may be easier now given relegated sides got an increase in parachute payments (100 percent of League 2 share in first year, 50 percent in second).

posted by jjzucal at 07:28 PM on February 23

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal 'mentally collapsed' against Bayern Munich

Reading huge Arsenal fan (and general blowhard) Piers Morgan on Twitter (@piersmorgan) was pure GOLD! He's wanted Wenger out for a few seasons.

As he put it before the match - chances of Arsenal winning were, "No Hope, Bob Hope and No Hope." He reminded everyone of that at 4-1.

If I'm not mistaken, haven't there been reports Wenger's been offered another 2-year contract?

posted by jjzucal at 12:19 AM on February 16

Total eclipse of the park

This is what's fun about minor-league sports. Have parents take the day off, bring the kids, get a game and a memorable experience, and get home with hours of sunlight to spare ... all at a reasonable cost.

posted by jjzucal at 03:49 PM on January 29

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

Nearly 12 years? In that time I've lived in five residences in New Jersey. Where has the time gone, indeed! I've learned a few things:

1. I'm lousy at picking winners.

2. I'm lousy at fantasy sports (which carries beyond SportFi).

3. I'm lousy at being active on the site (I hope I contribute positively when I post).

Thanks for keeping the site going, rcade. I've liked the mix of "news of the day" articles with those that are hidden under the radar or are thought-provoking.

posted by jjzucal at 10:14 PM on January 24

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

I can live with having less panic about the U.S. not making the World Cup.

It shouldn't be that difficult for the USA! USA! USA! if the proposed breakdown goes through: 6.5 spots for CONCACAF (out of 35 current full members). Likely would mean the Round of 12 would continue as two 6-team groups with top 3 in both advancing and fourth-place teams playing off to enter WC playoff.

Another proposal would be that any group-stage draw would go to (immediate?) penalties.

posted by jjzucal at 08:34 PM on January 11

Haslams apologize for 'disappointing year'

I dunno. Four full seasons, three head coaches, three general managers, 15-49 record. Awfully hard to "top" these numbers, though I can understand the sentiment given Kroenke plunged the knife deep into the city of St. Louis' back when he applied to relocate to Los Angeles.

posted by jjzucal at 10:16 PM on January 05