jjzucal's profile

Name: J.J. Zucal
Location: Richland, NJ
ZIP: 08350
Member since: April 28, 2005
Last visit: July 23, 2015

jjzucal has posted 68 links and 721 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

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Hamilton by 5

Ottawa by 3

Saskatchewan by 11

Calgary by 17

posted by jjzucal at 08:01 PM on July 16

Colin Cowherd Leaving ESPN

First Bill Simmons, then Keith Olbermann, now Colin Cowherd. Maybe ESPN is looking at folks, like us, to do these shows at a fraction of what these guys got.

posted by jjzucal at 07:58 PM on July 16

What if we talked about NHL players the way the media talks about female athletes?

I'm sorry I can't open the link (damn computer!), but I think there should be a side argument: "What if we and the media treat female athletes like male athletes?"

If a professional or college sports player gets accused (not necessary arrested) of domestic violence, now they find themselves being released or suspended, but Hope Solo was arrested for domestic violence and America considers her a hero. Go figure.

posted by jjzucal at 05:34 PM on July 13

Serena Williams and the Fear of a Dominant Black Woman

I see this in comment sections of online articles:

"Gorilla" because of her body size (even though sister Venus, who's much thinner, gets the same racial treatment).

"She's a man" (unless one gets breast and hip augmentation, very few male-to-female transsexuals develop B-cup or larger breasts and wide hips).

"She's ugly" (even though she's attractive in tennis or regular clothing).

That her refusing to be "ashamed" to come from the inner city, she's one of many success stories to come out of our inner cities.

I believe the first one clearly is racial; the others are from those who want to criticize but don't want to be seen as racist.

posted by jjzucal at 01:06 PM on July 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Ottawa by 5

Winnipeg by 4

Saskatchewan by 7

Calgary by 12 (though I won't be upset if the beloved Argos win)

posted by jjzucal at 01:36 PM on July 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Has the UN High Commission on Rights arrived in Winnipeg because there were some serious human-rights violations during the first half. The Bombers could have had Tom Clements in his prime last night and it wouldn't have mattered.

posted by jjzucal at 03:34 PM on July 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Yes, Howard, it could be worse ... you could have been me last week.

Hamilton by 10

Calgary by 12

BC by 16

Toronto by 3

posted by jjzucal at 04:25 PM on July 02

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Got this from DirectTV guide: ESPN2 will show games June 29-30, July 2-3, 9-10 and 30-31. Guess I'm too lazy to go to the CFL website.

jagsnumberone, you bring back memories from the early ESPN days. It's when I became an Argos' fan; even though I'm in New Jersey, I used to listen to games on CFRB (AM) or CFRX (shortwave). Now I get only Ti-Cat games on CHML-AM.

posted by jjzucal at 01:17 PM on June 25

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Montreal by 17

Hamilton by 4

Edmonton by 11

Saskatchewan by 12

posted by jjzucal at 10:07 AM on June 23

Chicago Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup

Gary Bettman called this era's Blackhawks a "dynasty." Given today's NHL, with 30 teams, which makes it difficult to repeat, I believe 3 Cups in 6 years fits the term.

posted by jjzucal at 11:41 PM on June 15

Another NCAA member covers itself in glory

You've stated the major difference: she did not enter the business school while the FSU student did. Players are STUDENT-athletes, not just athletes. Allowing her to continue playing while not a student would open a large can of worms.

posted by jjzucal at 01:38 PM on October 04

Why no one wants to host the 2022 Olympics

I'm not sure the United States will get another Olympics. Any country that gets it likely would be required to chuck up billions of dollars for area and site infrastructures as well as the sites. Not too many American cities have velodromes or tennis centers or Nordic ski locations that are at Olympic standard, and other than the LA Coliseum (which likely would need rehabbing), I don't know of any cities that have an ample-sized stadium with an athletics track. That would be a few hundred million ($1 billion plus?) for a new stadium.

posted by jjzucal at 09:52 PM on October 03

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

A 5-run lead in the top of the 9th inning ... maybe. Two up in the fifth ... did someone test Lewis for psychotic drugs after the game?

posted by jjzucal at 11:55 AM on July 22