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Name: Bill Lazar
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Location: mountain view, ca
ZIP: 94043
Gender: male
Member since: March 23, 2003
Last visit: August 01, 2014

billsaysthis has posted 177 links and 4686 comments to SportsFilter and 55 links and 1532 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

Brazilian soccername: Binhosa

Fan of:
- Liverpool FC
- USC Trojans (class of '83, except I had no class while in attendance)
- Original SJ Earthquakes, RIP
- Barcelona FC
- SJ Sharks
- 49ers
- NY Giants

Baseball seriously sucks, it's boring, they could shut down MLB tomorrow and I'd be happy especially since the channel that broadcasts the SF Giants games is a Fox affiliate and their games regularly screw up my viewing schedule.

I won the 2005 NFL Playoff Pool

Recent Links

World Cup 2015 Fantasy League is ON!: Pick your team and join in the fun.

posted by billsaysthis to fantasy at 09:31 PM on June 08 - 22 comments

RIP Earl: and Tito.

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 04:05 PM on April 25 - 1 comment

The all-time World Cup finals league table: Not surprise that Brazil top this table or that Germany is a close second, but a bit surprising for me the gap after that, both in points and goal difference. Spolier alert: USA are in 25th heading into next summer ;)

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 10:46 AM on December 12 - 1 comment

Don't Play Thailand: Many football fans will be scratching their heads to see Switzerland among the top seeds at next year's World Cup finals, while thoroughbreds like the Netherlands and Italy are not. The truth is that it could be down to the choices made by football administrators, not players.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 12:22 PM on November 29 - 5 comments

How the NFL Fleeces Taxpayers: Easterbrook lights into the NFL and politicians.

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 06:20 PM on September 24 - 6 comments

Recent Comments

Will Financial Fair Play kill youth development at larger clubs?

Since I don't believe coincidences this is weird but my carpool mate and I were discussing this just 30 minutes ago on the ride into work. He's from Ireland and a lifelong Liverpool fan so he hates Chelsea on principal but even so points to, say, Lukaku as an example of everything wrong with youth development today.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:00 PM on August 01

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I wonder if/hope the FA will take a stronger position on Morrison than the wusses at the NFL did on Rice.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:55 AM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Clubs cannot withhold players during official international dates, but I'd like to see what happens if a couple of the big ones try.

One scenario a friend puts out which might see this happen:

The big European clubs (RM, Barca, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Man U, Juventus, PSG, AC, Inter, etc..) decide enough is enough with losing players from injury or just being overtired from summer tournaments, as well as having to share the immense TV money with so many smaller clubs that they break off from UEFA and their naitonal FAs and finally launch the mooted Euro Super League.

This would be an American style league, no promotion/relegation, and destroy the TV value of all the domestic leagues and UEFA Champions League. The teams would be in a position similar to RM and Barca in Spain, only globally.

As this league is not sanctioned by FIFA/UEFA those august bodies tell the players that lining up for any of its games would disqualify them from playing for their national sides. Of course this is exactly what the teams planned for and they tell the players that the money will make it worthwhile.

An Irish friend and fellow Kopite says this will happen within 10 years, probably triggered by FIFA's insistence on staging 2022 WC in Qatar in the winter.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:23 AM on July 22

How is Qatar building a national team for the 2022 World Cup?

Sadly, as John Oliver said recently, football is a religion and no matter how disgusting FIFA are we won't stop rooting and watching our teams. Kind of like carte blanche for douchiness.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:15 AM on July 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


posted by billsaysthis at 10:27 PM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Congratulations to @holden for winning the SpoFi World Cup fantasy league, with @goddam a close second and--after a huge gap myself--third. @grum wins the Costanza.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:07 PM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Forget the Euros, the tournament of Summer 2016 will be the Copa America Centenario, which the US will win in thrilling final against Colombia*.

* Or so my daydreams claim, though sometimes we beat Chile

posted by billsaysthis at 12:04 PM on July 14

Liverpool Sells Luiz Suarez to Barcelona

And it will take a big bite of his La Liga season too. But he missed a relatively similar chunk this past season and faded towards the end and still was crucial to the second place by a hair finish.

Let's say Sturridge goes from 22 to 25 goals, Sterling goes from nine to say 15 goals, and Lallana puts in 12 (compared to the seven scored by Coutinho, Moses and Allen). That's 11 goals--who are LFC buying that plays in the front two (or three in a 4-3-3) that scores 20 times his first season in the EPL (or at least with LFC)? And that's assuming Gerrard gets so many PKs he scores 13 again, since Suarez drew quite a few of those.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:25 PM on July 12

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

If Lebron knew he had to "return home" why did he meet with seven other teams? Although not quite to the same extreme I'm with @phaedon on this one.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:19 PM on July 12

How (Not) to Survive the Running of the Bulls

I don't have to be faster than the bull, just faster than you amigo.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:13 PM on July 12

Liverpool Sells Luiz Suarez to Barcelona

The money would go a long way to replacing him if there were a player available that could actually replace him. Sanchez was one such and we did not get him; I'm not saying don't let Suarez go, although he ought to have been a man about it rather than biting Chiellini and using his father-in-law as a mouthpiece, but that LFC ought to have stood stronger to Barcelona.

Yes Sturridge, Sterling, Lallana, Coutinho are all very good but none can step in and scare central defenders for 90 minutes, with any movement taking the defenders' eyes off the ball. Yes we have plenty of cash to splash, but we had that anyway from the increased TV money and Champions League.

The issue is that qualifying for the Champions League next season will be crucial because that TV contract is going up massively and if you aren't in it next season you will be a have not for many years absent a ManU Moyesian slip up. Keeping Suarez one more season would have almost certainly ensured LFC qualify again, losing him makes that a much dicier proposition.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:12 PM on July 12

Liverpool Sells Luiz Suarez to Barcelona

I bit something this morning and wished it was a chunk of that turncoat's ear. Liverpool's management should be ashamed of themselves for not pressuring Barcelona to make Sanchez come the other way, too.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:40 AM on July 11

Argentina Faces The Netherlands for Spot in World Cup Final

Netherlands players with the exception of Kuyt and van Persie had the look of fear on them, and van Persie just looked exhausted. I couldn't believe that according to van Gaal the first two players he asked to take the first penalty wouldn't do it; also couldn't believe van Gaal told the press that.

Good luck, ManUre, hope you enjoy the fight for a top half place again.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:29 PM on July 10

Brazil Faces Germany for Spot in World Cup Final

The whole tournament when on attack the other players looked for Neymar and otherwise stood around aimlessly waiting on his moves, without Neymar they just stood around on attack and the Germans simply walked up and took the ball off their feet. Without Silva at the back they were exposed as a backline that only knows how to attack--Dante is an excellent center half but he had no integration with the team.

Scolari wanted one magician--Neymar-- and nine thugs and never imagined his one magician would miss a single minute of play, or maybe didn't want him thinking there was anyone challenging his place, so Scolari didn't bring a backup magician.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:02 PM on July 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

That is an awesome GIF, grum!

posted by billsaysthis at 12:16 PM on July 08