jjzucal's profile

Name: J.J. Zucal
Location: Richland, NJ
ZIP: 08350
Member since: April 28, 2005
Last visit: May 18, 2017

jjzucal has posted 75 links and 837 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

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

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

Recent Comments

England Adds Post-Match Bans for Diving

In other football news, sigh.

Or you're happy for a club whose wage bill is in the bottom 6 of the Championship.

Side note: there have been 10 "City" clubs in the Premier League; should Huddersfield Town win, it would become just the third "Town" after Ipswich Town and Swindon Town.

posted by jjzucal at 05:58 PM on May 18

Forest Green Rovers: The village team that reached the English Football Leagu

Glad to see them finally get through, but one concern: they now will be subject to Financial Fair Play regulations. How much more debt will the club be able to add on top of what was a total of 5.4 million after the 2014-15 season (can't find anything for 2015-16)?

posted by jjzucal at 02:10 PM on May 15

Golf's Army of TV Rules Tattletales Just Lost Some Power

Followed by Mr Sane ... we demand a Dubious Penalties Committee and that they give Middlesbrough a 2-1 win.

Oh, have we gone off-topic?

posted by jjzucal at 07:52 AM on May 01

Golf's Army of TV Rules Tattletales Just Lost Some Power

I understand these changes, but I wish it would go all the way: rules questions will come only on the course. There is absolutely no reason why tournament / tour officials should accept telephone calls, emails and SMS postings about alleged rules' violations from outside sources. If a course official oir golfer doesn't spot or declare it, move on.

posted by jjzucal at 08:52 PM on April 30

Joey Barton in trouble - again

I'm thinking more of his antics; this gave me a bit of knowledge on both sides - from his upbringing to Question Time (I did not know much about the latter, though I do follow him on Twitter).

posted by jjzucal at 10:18 AM on April 29

Joey Barton in trouble - again

1) Betfair went to The FA. Was there a potential this story would come out, snagging the company in the process, so the company gave the notification? Betfair obviously looks much better now than had this story been "breaking news."

2) I wonder how many players have accounts with these companies: surely some of them place bets on soccer matches?

3) Joey Barton will NEVER be confused with a Mensa member.

posted by jjzucal at 02:43 PM on April 28

ESPN laying off 100, including on-air personalities

It's interesting how some of the competition - The Longhorn Network and SEC Network - were created with the assistance of ESPN/Disney. Sort of like being your own worst enemy.

Interesting, also, that it appears many of the NFL folks are getting bumped the day before the draft. I presume, instead of working on a team basis, fewer remote analysts might handle coverage on a division basis?

posted by jjzucal at 04:14 PM on April 26

MLB *Play of the Year* is pretty much locked up by Chris Coghlan after this bit of insanity.

9.65 ... points lost for hitting Molina's helmet.

I was curious as to when Coghlan thought about the flip. Crashing and sliding weren't going to be successful options; flipping looked to be a spur-of-the-moment decision.

posted by jjzucal at 01:19 PM on April 26

Brighton and Hove Albion promote to EPL

Newcastle defeated Preston North End 4-1 to get the second automatic promotion spot and return to the PL at the first call.

posted by jjzucal at 09:20 PM on April 24

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