jjzucal's profile

Name: J.J. Zucal
Location: Richland, NJ
ZIP: 08350
Member since: April 28, 2005
Last visit: November 26, 2015

jjzucal has posted 68 links and 787 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

Big league baseball beneath Big Ben?

I'm puzzled as to how baseball games could be played at Olympic Stadium. I've seen some photos that look like the track is being replaced with seating so that lower-level fans will sit closer to the field (or pitch, if you prefer). When MLB was in Australia in 2014, games were played at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Unless the seating is retractable, I can't see playing there unless a high temporary fence was installed (presumably in left field), much like the L.A. Coliseum had when the Dodgers played there before their stadium was ready.

posted by jjzucal at 11:13 AM on November 26

Meet Leroy Stolzfus, the Amish Marathoner

Judging by the sole of the shoe, I'm guessing basketball shoes. I can't imagine him running in work shoes/boots. Perhaps Nike, adidas or another sport-clothing company could outfit him with solid black running shoes to match his slacks.

posted by jjzucal at 03:04 PM on November 23

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 13

Seems I don't have the "edit" link on my screen, so ...

Good news: Hart (2 pts) got ripped. Bad news: Cech (1 pt) also lost and Hart getting shredded meant Kolarov (3 pts) and Sagna (0 pts) also got smacked.

posted by jjzucal at 04:45 PM on November 21

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 13

For this week, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is most-added and West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet most-dropped.

I made that switch along with Smalling for Mertesacker, so I now have seven top-three (starred) players on the pitch.

I'm still with Mahrez as captain given Vardy has a hip problem (75% chance of playing), and Cech finally gets a start for us.

posted by jjzucal at 05:06 PM on November 20

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Ottawa by 11

Edmonton by 5



posted by jjzucal at 06:10 PM on November 19

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

Tennessee by 20

Atlanta by 13

Chicago by 10

Oakland by 14

Dallas by 3

Philadelphia by 17

Carolina by 11 (Threw Away My Keys Lock)

St. Louis by 2

N.Y. Jets by 14

Kansas City by 7

Minnesota by 6

San Francisco by 7

Cincinnati by 10

New England by 15

posted by jjzucal at 06:05 PM on November 19

Bill Belichick Refuses to Be NFL's Fashion Model

If Tom Landry, Vince Lombardi, Hank Stram and Dick Nolan were alive and on the sidelines, would they wear this stuff? No way in hell. I haven't read or heard of any blowback with Belichick; then again, the NFL receives millions in revenue just from Patriot hooded sweatshirts.

October had pink for breast cancer awareness and November is the camouflage for the veterans. Maybe December will have red, green and white in honor of Christmas, perhaps sell the items to help Toys for Tots and other children's organizations. Of course, Goddell would have to explain why there would be nothing for Hanukkah.

posted by jjzucal at 05:58 PM on November 19

Holly Holm Knocks Out Ronda Rousey in Huge UFC Upset

Yes, behind the left ear.

posted by jjzucal at 04:31 PM on November 15

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Toronto by 10

Calgary by 2



posted by jjzucal at 09:40 PM on November 14

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

Buffalo by 11

Green Bay by 21 (you know this could be bad when Tron's the only one with a single-digit spread)

Carolina by 10

St. Louis by 6

Philadelphia by 3

Dallas by 15

New Orleans by 3

Baltimore by 14

Oakland by 10

Denver by 12

New England by 17 (we'll keep Master Locking here until Brady chokes)

Arizona by 17

Cincinnati by 20

posted by jjzucal at 07:08 PM on November 12

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 12

Usually I'd feel pretty good being in the top 3.4 percent (120,761st place) worldwide. Then I realized Hillbilly (29,813rd place) is in the top 0.8 percent.

My question: do I keep Mahrez as captain or do I move Vardy up from assistant against Watford? Eventually Vardy has to be blanked in a match while Mahrez can get goals and assists. I also could use scoring from ighalo.

I guess I'll keep Hart in goal - watch Aston Villa pump 3 past him while Cech blanks Spurs.

posted by jjzucal at 06:46 PM on November 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Toronto by 7

Hamilton by 15

B.C. by 5

Saskatchewan by 13

posted by jjzucal at 07:33 PM on November 05

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Blaine Gabbert Edition

Cincinnati by 15

Miami by 4

Minnesota by 19

New England by 10 (Lock It)

New Orleans by 11

Jacksonville by 10

Pittsburgh by 2

Carolina by 3

San Francisco by 6

New York Giants by 12

Denver by 11

Philadelphia by 3

Chicago by 7

posted by jjzucal at 07:31 PM on November 05

U.S. TV viewers for the Premier League broken out by club

I presume Man City haven't been on NBC: the Twitter chart notes NBC appearances. The others should be NBC-related channels.

It doesn't take into account who watches what matches on Goal Zone. I have it on DirecTV and find myself watching Bournemouth a lot (as well as bouncing around the other channels). They're like Burnley last season: enjoyable to watch but they just can't get the points.

posted by jjzucal at 02:58 PM on November 04

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 11

I still have Vardy as my assistant captain. After scoring in 7 straight games, he's due for a duck. Hopefully Mahrez (captain, oh my captain!) will have a wonderful match.

Other than Vardy, Mahrez and Ighalo, the rest of my guys are playing clubs in the bottom half.

posted by jjzucal at 07:28 PM on October 30