jjzucal's profile

Name: J.J. Zucal
Location: Richland, NJ
ZIP: 08350
Member since: April 28, 2005
Last visit: November 20, 2017

jjzucal has posted 79 links and 899 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

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster: Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott's decision to bench Tyrod Taylor explodes in his face in just one half.

posted by jjzucal to football at 07:43 PM on November 19 - 7 comments

Ticats prove they're not only bad, but clueless: The train wreck known as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats took their ineptitude to a higher level this week with the Monday hiring of controversial former Baylor head coach Art Briles to be an assistant coach, the reversing of Briles' signing by club officials on Tuesday, and the confirming of media reports that former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel received a tryout in Buffalo last week.

posted by jjzucal to football at 10:43 PM on August 31 - 2 comments

Ezekiel Elliott suspended by NFL: Ezekiel Elliott was suspended for six games Friday by the National Football League. The league said the suspension followed a year-long investigation into domestic violence allegations made by a former girlfriend.

posted by jjzucal to football at 08:03 PM on August 11 - 9 comments

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

Recent Comments

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

Opening of Bills' post-game article: "It was a bold decision by head coach Sean McDermott to start rookie Nate Peterman ..."

Erm, yeah.

Peterman to Bills' receivers - 6 completions, 66 yards. Peterman to Chargers' "receivers" - 5 completions, 84 yards, 1 TD.

posted by jjzucal at 10:28 AM on November 20

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Five Reasons to Hate the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday:
1) Jerry Jones
2) "America's Team"
3) That damn midfield star
4) League's dumbest mascot
5) Drew Pearson's NFL Draft speech
(Yes, I have been trolling Cowgirls' fans on Twitter)
(Yes, I am praying that doesn't blow up in my face)

Cleveland by 2 (Jags step into gopher hole)
Chicago by 9
Baltimore by 7
Tampa Bay by 10
L.A. Rams by 13 LOCK
New Orleans by 15 LOCK
Kansas City by 16 LOCK
Arizona by 6
L.A. Chargers by 10
Cincinnati by 20 LOCK
New England by 9 LOCK
Philadelphia by 24 LOCK
Atlanta by 6

posted by jjzucal at 08:24 PM on November 18

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Saskatchewan by 13

Calgary by 15

Never diminish Glenn Magic


posted by jjzucal at 10:21 PM on November 17

ESPN: NFL On Brink of Civil War

Cixelsyd, thank you. I'd venture Mr. Kraft and Mr. Jones would not have had the guts to go after Pete Rozelle. They have made Roger Goodell into a weak duck; now they want to go for the kill.

Would this conversation be occurring had the key suspensions been a second- or third-string quarterback or running back and not Tom Brady or Ezekiel Elliott? The owners would have had the lesser names serve their suspensions, then force their releases.

A final note: remember Lucky Whitehead? The Cowboys' wide receiver was released after reports of an arrest warrant in Virginia surfaced ... except one day later authorities stated the warrant was based on a false identity. Was he reinstated ... nope. It seems Jones' current whining makes him a hypocrite.

posted by jjzucal at 07:25 PM on November 17

CONCACAF unveils League of Nations

I read the UEFA plan. I'd fear what a flow chart would look like.

I see the benefit for the smaller countries, some of which are more "part-time" clubs with few international friendlies. I'm not sure about benefits for the larger countries other than these would replace what would reduced friendly availability in Europe.

posted by jjzucal at 03:48 PM on November 17

U.S. May Host New World Soccer Tournament

Would we have this discussion had the national teams (especially the U.S.) done their duty when it counted? Nope.

It should be noted that Soccer United Marketing is the for-profit marketing arm of Major League Soccer and controls media rights for the league and U.S. Soccer Federation. USSF, SUM ... and MLS would love for this to happen as all three win while some fans believe the winner actually can claim a "trophy."

posted by jjzucal at 06:20 PM on November 15

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semis Edition

Saskatchewan by 20

Edmonton by 5



posted by jjzucal at 01:43 PM on November 10

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Detroit Wins in Lambeau Edition

Last place last week ... just shows I'm not perfect!

Seattle by 10

New Orleans by 13 LOCK

Chicago by 17 LOCK

Detroit by 9 LOCK

Cincinnati by 5

Pittsburgh by 20 LOCK

Tampa Bay by 7

Washington by 10

L.A. Chargers by 4

L.A. Rams by 21 LOCK

Atlanta by 8

N.Y. Giants by 10 (if there was ever a game that deserved 0-0 ...)

New England by 23 LOCK

Carolina by 6

posted by jjzucal at 10:20 PM on November 08

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: That Was a Touchdown Edition

Buffalo at N.Y. Jets ABSENT

Baltimore by 10

New Orleans by 5

N.Y. Giants by 3

Philadelphia by 13 LOCK

Atlanta by 11

Cincinnati by 7

Houston by 6 LOCK

Arizona by 10 LOCK

Seattle by 7 LOCK

Dallas by 9 LOCK

Oakland by 7

Green Bay by 6 LOCK

posted by jjzucal at 09:17 AM on November 05

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

This has been like hanging with the pack until the bell lap. Now we're gasping for air.

Hamilton by 6

Calgary by 14

Edmonton by 5

Toronto by 18

posted by jjzucal at 11:32 AM on November 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Sacksonville Edition

Since I'm probably the most hated person on SportFi this week (you obviously haven't checked the EPL fantasy table), I'm calling this week from the Witness Protection Program:

Baltimore by 13 LOCK

Minnesota by 5

Oakland by 2

Cincinnati by 19 LOCK

New England by 20 LOCK

New Orleans by 14 LOCK

J-E-T-S by 6

Philadelphia by 23 LOCK

Tampa Bay by 7

Seattle by 3

Washington by 6

Pittsburgh by 13 LOCK

Kansas City by 10

posted by jjzucal at 07:24 PM on October 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Hamilton by 9 (weird upset, indeed)

Saskatchewan by 22

Winnipeg by 15

Calgary by 8

posted by jjzucal at 10:25 PM on October 25

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Brett Hundley Edition

I went back and checked ... hit 6 of 7 locks. Atlanta blew the perfect streak.

Oakland by 2

Buffalo by 3

Carolina by 13

Tennessee by 16 LOCK

New Orleans by 9 LOCK

Jacksonville by 17 LOCK

L.A. Rams by 3

Miami by 10 LOCK

Minnesota by 7

Dallas by 18 LOCK

Seattle by 14

Pittsburgh by 10 LOCK

Denver by 13 LOCK

New England by 13 LOCK

Philadelphia by 17 LOCK

posted by jjzucal at 08:15 PM on October 19

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Not to be a pain from last week (OK, I'm a pain!), I got the two extra points this week; I didn't get the two extra points for hitting Edm-Mtl spread the previous week.

Calgary by 15

Toronto by 10

Edmonton by 7

Montreal by 12

posted by jjzucal at 09:15 AM on October 19

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Undefeated Chiefs Edition

Philadelphia by 13 LOCK #FlyEaglesFly

Atlanta by 14 LOCK

Green Bay by 10

New Orleans by 7

New England by 9 LOCK

Washington by 16

Baltimore by 2

Houston by 10 LOCK

Arizona by 5

L.A. Rams by 13 LOCK

Oakland by 14 LOCK

Denver by 10 LOCK

Tennessee by 11 LOCK

posted by jjzucal at 07:45 PM on October 12