jjzucal's profile

Name: J.J. Zucal
Location: Richland, NJ
ZIP: 08350
Member since: April 28, 2005
Last visit: July 26, 2017

jjzucal has posted 76 links and 852 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

SCOTUS will hear New Jersey sports betting case: New Jersey has attempted, since 2011, to legalize sports betting in its state. This has included a voter-approved amendment to state constitution and legal action (all rejected) to overturn a 1992 federal law. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday it would hear arguments on this case during the 2017-18 session.

posted by jjzucal to other at 09:42 PM on June 27 - 4 comments

ESPN laying off 100, including on-air personalities: Citing a major loss in subscriber base and advertising revenue, ESPN spent Wednesday laying off approximately 100 people, about one-half of them having had an on-air presence.

posted by jjzucal to other at 01:13 PM on April 26 - 17 comments

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 - 5 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

Recent Comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Winnipeg by 5

Edmonton by 10

Toronto by 10

Calgary by 13

posted by jjzucal at 08:53 PM on July 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

I believe this is the first time I have led this merry bunch. Let's see if I can keep this up AND prepare for the EPL fantasy season.

Ottawa by 6

Edmonton by 23

Winnipeg by 5

Calgary by 13

Toronto by 17

posted by jjzucal at 08:25 PM on July 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Toronto by 4

Calgary by 10

Edmonton by 10

B.C. by 14

posted by jjzucal at 09:20 PM on July 12

Wayne Rooney Signs Two-Year Deal with Everton

It's a shame; I saw Rooney as one who potentially was a "legacy" player - someone who would have retired a United player. Van Gaal started Rooney's his drop when he brought in Dupay and Martial. Mourinho had him close to persona non gratis until Ibra was hurt, so he became a good insurance policy. Thought he might stay for that reason but better he go to where he'll play regularly.

I don't know if this was meant to be light-hearted or ages-long yearning to return, but he stated he has worn Everton pajamas since he went to United.

As for earnings, Everton likely would have been higher in recent seasons had it been able to qualify for Europe more than 2009-10 and 2014-15 Europa League.

posted by jjzucal at 11:12 PM on July 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Last week was probably the first week in which I was atop the leader board (albeit tied). We'll move on and begin our annual drop into mediocrity.

Montreal by 10

Winnipeg by 5

Toronto by 7

Saskatchewan by 13

posted by jjzucal at 09:04 PM on July 05

SCOTUS will hear New Jersey sports betting case

Latching onto Bill, what happens if multiple states permit sports betting relative to questions of contest-fixing? Would state boards conduct their own investigation if they believe one is warranted? Most countries (at least, maybe all) that permit sports betting are regulated at the national level.

Example: Chelsea -2.5 Brighton (expecting Chelsea 3-0, 4-1 win), but Brighton pulls 7-0 shocker. This likely would raise the eyes of British regulators. Switch the EPL clubs to MLS clubs of equal levels: are we to imagine that multiple state boards would look into this result. The only way I could see this work is with national regulators and staff who are highly knowledgeable at betting patterns and eyes for detecting "cheating" or "fixing."

On a side note, since I live in New Jersey: I'm 20 miles west of the Atlantic City casinos; I know they're struggling, but I don't like the idea of betting only at racetracks and casinos. It would put all sites on the east side of the state (AC, Freehold, Monmouth, East Rutherford); if one lives along the Delaware River, it's at least a 1-hour trip to place a bet. I can't see them doing online; I think the idea is to visit the sites and stay: bet on some horses race or play a few hands of poker.

posted by jjzucal at 06:39 PM on June 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

If Ottawa and Calgary tie again, it'll be decided on penalty kicks.

How about field goals ... by the linemen?

Calgary by 3

Toronto by 17

Edmonton by 6

Saskatchewan by 10

posted by jjzucal at 09:37 PM on June 27

Trump Runs Over the Biggest Rule of Golf Green Etiquette

What really matters, in the end: what did he shoot? I mean honestly, not counting mulligans?

Sadly, the president makes John Daly look physically fit.

posted by jjzucal at 09:28 PM on June 27

Ice Cube Begins 3-on-3 Basketball League

I'm not sure ... viewers may see this as a way to chance to see their former stars but as a novelty.

The IOC connection, however, would be interesting as the USA could be seriously challenged given a country needs only a couple of studs and doesn't have to go 9-10 deep.

posted by jjzucal at 08:30 PM on June 25

Soccer Rules Body Considers Timed 30-Minute Halves

I like it when your team needs a goal, extra time is well past the alloted number and your player passes it back instead of making a cross, causing the ref to blow the whistle.

And said team goes apoplectic when the whistle is blown. My point is that this proposed rule change would mean an offense could get into trouble, send the ball back, and try again to score. It would make Fergie Time seem laughable. A mushroom cloud would come from Ian Darke's head.

posted by jjzucal at 10:14 PM on June 19

Soccer Rules Body Considers Timed 30-Minute Halves

I sense the only item that might go through is the ABBA format (hereafter called the ABBA "The Winner Takes It All" format). While I understand the reasoning, the ideas seem too radical for traditionalists.

Timed halves: the most radical - fans have been used to 45 minutes, plus stoppage time, controlled by the referee, for 140-plus years. My gripes involve the referee - excessive time on free kicks, questionable amount of stoppage time relative to goals, cards and injuries. Late time-wasting actually is a minor part of the 90 minutes. There also is no mention as to how much time would be allotted for extra time: presumably two timed 10's?

Ending period when ball leaves touch/goal line: accepting this means time would be tacked onto the 30 minutes. Currently extra stoppage time ends when a club (usually seeking a tying or winning goal) passes the ball away from an attacking position. It would seem a club could retreat 30-35 yards out, reset, and attack multiple times before a defense could take the ball and put it out of play. This would need to be addressed.

Self-pass on free kicks: the excessive time often comes from defenders who stand over the ball until forced to retreat by the referee. The rule has been clear: 10 yards; start enforcing the rule. Inform defenders to move away immediately; if they stay, show a yellow card.

posted by jjzucal at 02:21 PM on June 19

Celtics Trade No. 1 Pick to 76ers

ESPN showed the Celtics-Lakers "30 For 30" series which, as a Sixers' fan, made me remember why I wished the Soviets had nuked Boston Garden (after Yankee Stadium; had to have priorities). Now, not only did we trade with them, we gave them a No. 3 AND future No. 1 just to move up two spots to No. 1? I feel like the Sixers' brass were saying, "Rob us some more."

I will agree with BB on Noel: the trade was stupid at the time ("The Process" has taken forever thanks to trades) and it now looks asinine.

posted by jjzucal at 06:11 PM on June 18

The 13th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Here's the TV schedule for TSN, RDS (including the ROUGE et NOIR) and ESPN. ESPN3 (online) is to carry all games.

Montreal by 10

Ottawa by 2

Edmonton by 11

Toronto by 13

posted by jjzucal at 10:16 PM on June 17

Girl's Soccer Team Banned from Tournament

If anyone is familiar with the American television show, "I Am Jazz," Jazz Jennings was born male in 2000, lived life as a girl since around kindergarten, but at age 8 was banned by her state youth soccer federation from playing with girls' teams. The U.S. Soccer Federation forced the state association to accept her in 2011 and adopted a transgender policy in 2013.

posted by jjzucal at 07:10 PM on June 06

Huddersfield Town have been promoted to the Premier League for the first time by beating Reading 4-3 on penalties at Wembley

I saw a Twitter joke as to how Huddersfield reached the Premier League: they spent 4 million on transfers this season. Throw in a couple of loans, retain much of last season's side, and you're suddenly walking onto the Anfield and Old Trafford pitches.

posted by jjzucal at 07:06 PM on May 30