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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: February 02, 2014

jjzucal has posted 68 links and 705 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

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

Taro Tsujimoto's story

I see he has a Twitter account: @tarosays

Sabres draft pick. I never stepped foot on the ice and I'm bitter about it. Formally, the Sabres Unofficial Director of Potential Trades and Roster Moves #fired

One of his posts: Fun fact! I'll never get an #NHL media job because I'd be brutally biased. In my defense: That never stopped Mike Milbury.

posted by jjzucal at 07:41 PM on January 13

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

Seahawks by 10 (max. decibel level 127 dB) +2

Pats by 12 +1

Panthers by 6

Broncos by 19 +1

Rec. Yds: Decker

Rec. TD: Decker

D. Int/Fum: Sherman

posted by jjzucal at 07:40 PM on January 10

MMA fighter Joe Torrez kills armed intruder Sal Garces in New Mexico

New Jersey courts have had several decisions which follow the idea of "a man's home is his castle," meaning the owner has a right to protect him/herself and property. The question here may be in the amount of force used: beating and stabbing: would beating an intruder have been enough to produce injury and encourage the others to leave? Was a stabbing necessary?

In the end, I expect no criminal charges, but expect the "amount of force" to be an argument if a civil suit by the dead man's family is sought.

posted by jjzucal at 02:40 PM on January 06

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Wild-Card-a-Palooza Edition

It seems like I cannot edit ("edit" is not showing)

A total collapse of epic proportions on my side. Looks like the Bengals ruined a few 4-for-4 picks.

posted by jjzucal at 07:58 PM on January 05

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Wild-Card-a-Palooza Edition

Three games down and it has been a bloodbath! I have only Trent Cole's sack to avoid a shutout.

posted by jjzucal at 04:18 PM on January 05

Saints Edge Eagles on Last-Second Field Goal

I went to bed hoping this was all a bad dream. Thanks for letting me know it wasn't.

The idea for the next season is simple: if Chip continues to run a high-octane offense (which I enjoy), he needs to have defensive guys with the endurance to be on the field for 35 minutes of plays. That means locating them in the draft and observing the veterans during training camp.

posted by jjzucal at 02:28 PM on January 05

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Wild-Card-a-Palooza Edition

Chiefs by 7

Eagles by 17

Bengals by 4

Packers by 11

QB: Nick Foles

RB: Jamaal Charles

DEF: Trent Cole, +1

posted by jjzucal at 07:35 PM on January 03

Houston Texans Hire Bill O'Brien as Head Coach

That rant's a shame given O'Brien was brought in to bring the football program back from the NCAA sanctions. I believe he was doing a great job considering the circumstances, but there still will be some folks who believe Paterno was wronged by the university, and that's not O'Brien's fault.

posted by jjzucal at 04:58 PM on January 01