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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 23, 2017

jjzucal has posted 72 links and 820 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

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

Hope Solo takes leave of absence: Hope Solo, who was suspended from the U.S. Women's National Team after the Olympics, has been granted a leave of absence from the NWSL's Seattle Reign.

posted by jjzucal to soccer at 07:55 PM on August 28 - 5 comments

Eagles fire Chip Kelly: Three days after the Philadelphia Eagles were eliminated from playoff contention, owner Jeffrey Lurie fired third-year head coach Chip Kelly.

posted by jjzucal to football at 09:12 PM on December 29 - 12 comments

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

Recent Comments

The Table Never Lies

Interesting that Brentford got rid of its academy. I understand the logic, but I would think eventually it would mean having to rely on transfers to pick up older teens to develop for the first team.

posted by jjzucal at 07:36 PM on February 23

Lincoln City bringing magic back to FA Cup

Agreed. I decided to look at Leagues 1 and 2 and compare to my remembrance of my time with My Football Club at Ebbsfleet United (2009-13) with some of the clubs that promoted and never returned: AFC Wimbledon, Crawley Town, Fleetwood Town, Stevenage, Cambridge United, Newport County; Gillingham was a few years before that.

It's not easy to return given there's just two promotion spots, but it may be easier now given relegated sides got an increase in parachute payments (100 percent of League 2 share in first year, 50 percent in second).

posted by jjzucal at 07:28 PM on February 23

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal 'mentally collapsed' against Bayern Munich

Reading huge Arsenal fan (and general blowhard) Piers Morgan on Twitter (@piersmorgan) was pure GOLD! He's wanted Wenger out for a few seasons.

As he put it before the match - chances of Arsenal winning were, "No Hope, Bob Hope and No Hope." He reminded everyone of that at 4-1.

If I'm not mistaken, haven't there been reports Wenger's been offered another 2-year contract?

posted by jjzucal at 12:19 AM on February 16

Total eclipse of the park

This is what's fun about minor-league sports. Have parents take the day off, bring the kids, get a game and a memorable experience, and get home with hours of sunlight to spare ... all at a reasonable cost.

posted by jjzucal at 03:49 PM on January 29

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

Nearly 12 years? In that time I've lived in five residences in New Jersey. Where has the time gone, indeed! I've learned a few things:

1. I'm lousy at picking winners.

2. I'm lousy at fantasy sports (which carries beyond SportFi).

3. I'm lousy at being active on the site (I hope I contribute positively when I post).

Thanks for keeping the site going, rcade. I've liked the mix of "news of the day" articles with those that are hidden under the radar or are thought-provoking.

posted by jjzucal at 10:14 PM on January 24

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

I can live with having less panic about the U.S. not making the World Cup.

It shouldn't be that difficult for the USA! USA! USA! if the proposed breakdown goes through: 6.5 spots for CONCACAF (out of 35 current full members). Likely would mean the Round of 12 would continue as two 6-team groups with top 3 in both advancing and fourth-place teams playing off to enter WC playoff.

Another proposal would be that any group-stage draw would go to (immediate?) penalties.

posted by jjzucal at 08:34 PM on January 11

Haslams apologize for 'disappointing year'

I dunno. Four full seasons, three head coaches, three general managers, 15-49 record. Awfully hard to "top" these numbers, though I can understand the sentiment given Kroenke plunged the knife deep into the city of St. Louis' back when he applied to relocate to Los Angeles.

posted by jjzucal at 10:16 PM on January 05

Divorcing Couple Go to Court Over Cubs World Series Tickets

Here's my problem: she probably never gave a damn about tickets prior to this (or we might have seen this story during the NLCS). Looks to be a case of someone wanting to be the "good parent" for one of the moments that will live in the kid's memory. This case, unfortunately, also will live in his memory as just another squabble between his parents.

posted by jjzucal at 10:50 AM on October 30

Raiders Stadium Backers To Las Vegas: Give Us $750 Million, Or Else

In the real world, city officials would say, "Buh-bye!" Given big spenders (and not-so-big-spending vacationers) come to Las Vegas, and the city was awarded an NHL franchise, I think city officials will bend over to get a tax plan through.

posted by jjzucal at 08:49 PM on August 29

Fantasy Premier League Week 2 Begins Today

Took a chance that Arsenal actually might score, so I went Foster for Schmeichel: 6 points lost. Guess I also need to find another real striker (Lukaku-Defoe-Ighalo).

posted by jjzucal at 06:51 PM on August 20

Hope Solo Calls Sweden 'Cowards' After U.S. Loses Quarterfinal

Looks like Pia Sundhage shoved it back in Hope's face: "It's OK to be a coward if you win."

Hope got a head start on the Olympics with her mocking of Brazil related to the Zika virus, including a selfie of her in a bug-screen helmet while holding a bottle of bug repellent.

posted by jjzucal at 02:21 PM on August 13

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

Automatically re-entered. Hopefully will not face a Palace-like season repeat: led at the New Year, collapsed in second half, crawled across finish line.

posted by jjzucal at 03:22 PM on August 08

The NBA officially pulls the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC

As for the issue, I am one who believes gender dysphoria is natural, something with which one is born. Is transitioning a "choice?" I'd say yes given the other option often is suicide. This law had nothing to do with "religious freedom" or keeping straight men, dressed as women, from raping females in women's rooms (media outlets have searched nationally and have found less than 5 cases in nearly a decade) - it simply was another state passing another anti-LGBT law, but it needed other stuff to make it not look like an anti-LGBT law ...

... thus, what owlhouse has posted should scare the hell out of North Carolina residents for it means that the state government can override anything that displeases them. Taking away a person's right to access the courts also may be considered unconstitutional in the federal sense.

Also, since it was addressed: corporations are people (the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed it) and the NBA is a corporation. If you believe this was a political action, the NBA's being upfront is better than many corporations who use "shell" organizations and political-action committees to express their opinion.

Sorry if I've gone overly political, but I don't know how this subject could be addressed without a political angle.

posted by jjzucal at 04:46 PM on July 24

Brazil Knocked Out of Copa Centenario by Handball Goal

Holden, don't make me cry about Fox Sports' handling of the CAC now that it has the upcoming World Cup.

As for the brouhaha, it happens far too often. I realize referees do not want to be the "focus" by issuing multiple cards (which potentially affects the match through second-yellow red cards then or later), but they need to take charge. The same needs to occur on fouls when multiple opponents run in and call for a yellow (which itself is supposed to be a yellow for unsportsmanlike conduct). It looks bad for the referee and the game.

posted by jjzucal at 01:30 AM on June 14

Chris Christie: Hot Female Tennis Players Are Hot

Before opening the link, two words came to mind: Craig Carton. Thank you for not disappointing me. Man is an incredible jerk.

posted by jjzucal at 12:25 PM on June 10