jjzucal's profile

Name: J.J. Zucal
Location: Richland, NJ
ZIP: 08350
Member since: April 28, 2005
Last visit: May 19, 2016

jjzucal has posted 69 links and 800 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

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

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

Recent Comments

Premier League Fantasy 2015-16 final results

We were tops at New Year's; top 3 percent worldwide. Everything looked rosy. Then, like Crystal Palace, we started a slow collapse. Held on to Ighalo far too long; Lukaku and Barkley were worthless; and I finally grabbed Kane and Lloris just in time for the nuclear meltdown.

At least we pulled a Big Sam and avoided the drop into the second division (which could have been called SpoFi for Losers). Maybe we should have hired Rafa to save us from ourselves.

posted by jjzucal at 09:21 PM on May 19

Manchester United Match Cancelled by Bomb Scare

I referred to a shirt as a "jersey" (such as a hockey jersey), and, oh, the responses were nasty!

I presume Man United was going to use a lineup of mostly kids and reserves considering the FA Cup final on Saturday; presumably that will be more so since the match will be played Tuesday night.

As for the device being left after a security training session, that is head-shaking. One would think all objects used, and their sites, would have been accounted. The Twitterverse was insane: "Someone can bring in a package, but I can't bring in a bottle of water."

posted by jjzucal at 07:43 PM on May 15

Texas City Will Build $62.8 Million High School Football Stadium

According to the school district, majority of the bond projects are for district schools. Presumably that's why it passed with 66 percent of the vote.

posted by jjzucal at 08:49 PM on May 10

AHL Team Soaks Portland for $34M for Arena Renovations, Leaves After Two Years

I realize it is only a minor-league team, and presumably no one thought of a sale possibility during the five-year period, but even a 10-percent payout -- $3.4 million -- might have been enough to make a prospective owner deal with the city during the process. City officials and taxpayers became an afterthought at $100,000.

posted by jjzucal at 08:48 PM on May 06

Leicester City One Step Closer to Immortality

The Guardian's Fiver column discusses Leicester's "ragbag assortment of cast-offs, journeymen and bargain basement buys" as well as Danny Rose's "apology" after the Spurs' match.

posted by jjzucal at 07:31 PM on May 03

Leicester City One Step Closer to Immortality

The fight around the tunnel after the final whistle was a nice touch too.

Aw, I was like Ranieri ... I had a doctor's appointment so I didn't see the match! Guess I'll have to stumble upon some videos.

posted by jjzucal at 02:10 AM on May 03

Leicester City One Step Closer to Immortality

Yet, it Tottenham fail to win, Claudio Ranieri may be the last to know his side's the Premier League champion. Nice to know he still has his priorities in order.

posted by jjzucal at 05:12 PM on May 01

Giants' John Mara: NFL May Dump Kickoffs

I've thought about using the Canadian version of having the choice of kickoff or scrimmage, only extending it to include after touchdowns (since the rule covers only field goals).

Teams with good return men might want to have the scoring team kick off; a team which needs to score late (as in a 2-minute drill) might want to take possession immediately. Keep the start at the 20-yard line.

posted by jjzucal at 08:08 PM on April 20

James Fallows Learns Something about British Soccer and Sarcasm

As one who was part of an organization (MyFootballClub) that now gives financial support (and material given we spent money to put match commentary on the Internet) to Slough Town FC, I take great umbrage at relating Slough (7th tier) to Aston Villa. Aston Villa performs like it'd have trouble in the Southern League Premier.

posted by jjzucal at 05:12 PM on January 21

NFL Network Airs 'Lost' Super Bowl on Friday

Thanks for the heads-up - I now have something interesting to watch tomorrow.

My first Super Bowl was Super Bowl VII: Miami over Washington in 1973 when Garo Yepremian saw his only "pass" (the ball slipped from his hand as he attempted to pass) be returned for a touchdown. I find it hard now to watch the games - they're so stretched out time-wise, especially with the halftime concert. I might pop in around 10 p.m. ET - if it's close, I'll watch it; if not, I'm sure I can find a history or science show to watch.

posted by jjzucal at 07:30 PM on January 14

Eagles fire Chip Kelly

According to a former colleague (from back in the 1980's), Kelly may have been chopped by the general manager who fired the previous personnel director and likely was dissed when Kelly became coach and personnel director.

How would Tennessee fans react if Chip Kelly and Marcus Mariota were reunited with the Titans?

posted by jjzucal at 03:11 PM on December 30

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 17

Ignore what I previously wrote because karma bit me in the ass. When Cresswell is your leading scorer, it's a bad day.

I don't know what's worse, that we scored only 43 points or did it as I played the All-Out option.

posted by jjzucal at 09:21 PM on December 26

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 17

On this Christmas Day ...

Dear Mr. Ranieri:

Thank you for your early Christmas present of having Mahrez take two penalties last week. It helped me have my best week (100 points) in the six seasons in which I've played the EPL's game. It also put me near the top 2 percent worldwide and, ahem, atop the SportFi league.

(I only wish that Smalling's header hadn't gone off the crossbar)

Love, J.J.

posted by jjzucal at 02:24 PM on December 25

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