jjzucal's profile

Name: J.J. Zucal
Location: Richland, NJ
ZIP: 08350
Member since: April 28, 2005
Last visit: August 27, 2015

jjzucal has posted 68 links and 734 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 Ten

Hamilton by 5

Edmonton by 11

Winnipeg by 13

Not only will I take Saskatchewan ... Riders by 17

posted by jjzucal at 01:15 PM on August 27

Fantasy Premier League, Week Three

*Maplewood Town still crying*

Thank you, John Terry (red card, minus-3 points), for making a putrid weekend absolutely horrible! 33 points (4 guys left tomorrow) and left Wilson's 17 points on the bench.

I began the EPL's game seven seasons ago. I was in the top 10 percent worldwide in the first season; my ranking has sank every year since. I should be relegated to some lame-as-hell non-league fantasy game.

posted by jjzucal at 03:07 PM on August 23

Fantasy Premier League, Week Three

Saturday: guess who pulled Callum Wilson out of the lineup? Went from a 4-3-3 to 4-4-2; I went with Vardy and Pelle. *cries hysterically*

posted by jjzucal at 07:38 PM on August 22

ESPN Accidentally Fires Adam Schefter

ESPN is such a Mickey Mouse organization.

posted by jjzucal at 09:42 PM on August 21

Fantasy Premier League, Week Three

I finally put Cech on the bench, bringing in Joe Hart. With my luck, he'll give up three goals, and get a concussion from whacking his head on a post, within the first 30 minutes.

posted by jjzucal at 09:38 PM on August 21

Michael Sam Stepping Away from Football

I would agree about the ability to handle pressure. As a former sports writer (local/college, not pro), my concern is how the media handled him. They saw the word "gay" and covered Michael as a "gay football player" and not as a "football player."

posted by jjzucal at 02:27 PM on August 15

NBC Lands Premier League for Another 6 Years

Apparently games are also shown on some of NBC's other channels (USA, sometimes CNBC). I also didn't realize, until late last season, that DirecTV shows all the non-NBC network matches starting at Ch. 491 (next to the Rugby Channel at 488-490).

posted by jjzucal at 05:42 PM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Edmonton by 15

Toronto by 14

Hamilton by 18

Ottawa by 16

posted by jjzucal at 05:37 PM on August 11

Teammate Sucker Punches Geno Smith, Breaks His Jaw

In a related story, Jet fans take to the streets in celebration.

Jet fans hated Sanchez in his later years, hated Tebow and were merciless with Smith. God could quarterback this team and be despised.

posted by jjzucal at 05:29 PM on August 11

NBC Lands Premier League for Another 6 Years

I feel like I want to praise every religious god for this. There is no way I wanted the EPL back on Fox. I find NBCSN's studio show to be more informative than was Fox. "Men in Blazers" and the feature shows add to the enjoyment of watching NBCSN.

BTW, Rebecca Lowe or Warren Barton? Rebecca not only is attractive, she comes across as much more knowledgeable than Barton, who comes across as a bit pompous.

posted by jjzucal at 12:49 PM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Edmonton by 18

Ottawa by 6

Toronto by 4

Winnipeg by 5

posted by jjzucal at 12:38 PM on August 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Edmonton by 5

Montreal by 3

Toronto by 11

posted by jjzucal at 12:13 PM on July 31

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

I started in the EPL's game six seasons ago. I finished in the top 10 percent worldwide in my first season. If this game had a relegation zone, we'd have been gone a while ago. Flash in the pan ... one-hit wonder.

posted by jjzucal at 12:09 PM on July 31

Indiana Pacers to Wear "Hoosiers" Inspired Uniform

Now, on sale at NBA.com! It's like the camouflage uniform shirts (to "honor veterans") and pink shirts, wristbands and shoes (for breast cancer awareness) athletes wear. The leagues likely make donations to associated organizations, but it's probably a small percentage of the revenue derived from the sales.

posted by jjzucal at 11:13 PM on July 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 15

Toronto by 1

Edmonton by 7

Hamilton by 5

posted by jjzucal at 11:08 PM on July 23