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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 19, 2014

billsaysthis has posted 177 links and 4692 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

The Premier League Season Kicks Off Tomorrow

Title: Man City

Top Four:City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton

Relegated: Crystal Palace*, Burnley, QPR

Top Scorer: Sturridge

Most Assists: Lallana **

Most clean sheets: Chelsea

* What the frak were they thinking firing a manager of the year two days before kickoff?!?!

** Those goals gotta come from somewhere

I'd love to hear the reasoning behind picking ManUtd in the top four, given they were seventh and haven't really strengthened the squad or cured their glaring deficiencies. Three at the back and you have Smalling, Jones and Evans, with a zero experience backup, your (shiny new) left back is injured for the first month plus, your defensive MF is out until Thanksgiving, I could keep going but LvG has done exactly what since arriving?

posted by billsaysthis at 09:58 PM on August 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Two days before the season, what was the chairman thinking?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:41 AM on August 15

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Blatter: I double dare you to run against me, Michel!

posted by billsaysthis at 06:52 PM on August 09

NCAA Loses O'Bannon Suit...for now.

The thesis from the plaintiffs was a joke; if it reflected reality football and basketball coaches would make a bit more than other sports but not order of magnitude more and the training facilities would be similarly balanced.

Even the Olympics gave up on amateurism years ago, the NCAA et al insisting otherwise is a hypocritical joke.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:58 PM on August 09

Donovan to Retire at the end of this MLS season

TL;DR: Respect his contribution for USMNT over the last dozen+ years, but as a person I'm not a huge fan.

If Donovan hadn't taken his sabbatical due to thinking like Owlies' would his play been good enough? Either his head is in the right place to play or he doesn't play.

I think his second short German stint was a complete sham though, just a way to get out of his Earthquakes contract and down to LA without costing the Galaxy any compensation.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:55 PM on August 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Goodell defends the Ray Rice suspension so Olbermann calls for Goodell to resign: "This is enough," Olbermann said. Agreed!

posted by billsaysthis at 02:36 PM on August 03

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