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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: July 05, 2015

billsaysthis has posted 184 links and 4775 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

Messi goal puts Barcelona past the post: Winning 1-0 over Atletico Madrid, last season's champions, at the Vincente Calderon, clinches the season title despite Real Madrid's 4-1 win today. This is their seventh title in ten years, with the Copa Del Rey and Champions League finals still to play.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 03:43 PM on May 17 - 0 comments

Aaron Hernandez convicted of 1st-degree murder: Unsurprising but still a tragic disappointment. Maybe they can room Hernandez and Phillips together...

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 10:59 AM on April 15 - 2 comments

Australia bowls out New Zealand on 183: Loving the 93,000-strong support the Aussies made short work of their neighbors to win the Cricket World Cup for the fifth time yesterday. The Kiwis had a difficult start, losing three wickets early but then had a run to 150 when disaster hit and they lost three more for almost no runs. The home side had a terrific innings from captain Michael Clarke and (his replacement as captain?) Steve Smith, needing only five batsmen to run down the win. There were, of course, a few afters ;)

posted by billsaysthis to other at 02:33 AM on March 30 - 9 comments

Lewis Hamilton wins with ease in Australia as only 11 cars finish: "Mercedes were in a race of their own at the front" as Hamilton and Rosborg finished more than 30 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettle, who finished third in a Ferrari. This is after the Mercedes cars' won 16 from 19 and took 18 of 19 poles last season. Many of the 11 non-finishers either didn't start or went out in the first few laps; guess some teams need a longer off-season.

posted by billsaysthis to auto racing at 03:25 PM on March 15 - 1 comment

Wigan owner makes controversial comment about Jews: Will the English get their own Donald Sterling moment? Kick It Out think so, and Wigan's shirt sponsor has already cancelled their deal over Mackay's hiring.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 06:53 PM on November 20 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Feel similar about Copa America. Chile won but only IMO because the referees were afraid to properly discipline the host team players. Physical, fine, but Chile were over the line far too much in the knockout rounds of this tournament. Hell, Jara wasn't even banned until the outcry grew so loud they heard if over the mountains at CONMEBOL HQ.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:36 PM on July 05

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

It's like deja vu: Brazil go out of the Copa America on penalties to Paraguay for the second straight time. Especially surprising that Dunga put on Ribeiro for his goalscorer Robinho in the 88th minute, presumably for his PK skills, only to have Ribeiro push the ball wide right when Paraguay's Villar went left.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:37 PM on June 27

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I was not expecting it but what a great weekend of football this turned out to be! Starting with Serbia/Brazil in the U-20s World Cup Final, then all the matches from Copa America and Women's World Cup plus Earthquakes beating (a down bleeding, to be fair) Sounders in MLS, well, wow.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:37 AM on June 22

Brazil's World Cup Stadiums, One Year Later

@rcade I believe your OP answers your question. The corruption is precisely why these stadiums were built.

posted by billsaysthis at 08:55 PM on June 19

U.S. Beats Nigeria, Wins World Cup's "Group of Death"

Bad officiating has been the hallmark of this tournament, which is really saying something IMO considering the level at, say, last year's MWC. Not offside, a handball, not a handball.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:46 AM on June 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Excellent Guardian look back at the team that launched modern soccer in America, the 1990 World Cup squad.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:22 PM on June 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

US lose to Serbia on PKs ending a solid run at the Under-20s World Cup in New Zealand. Despite missing four starters, the American boys held a larger, physically imposing team scoreless for 120 minutes. GK Zach Steffan, the team's Man of the Match, did his part by holding on to the 9th round of kicks, with 17 year old CB Cameron Carter-Vickers a dominant presence in front of him.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:49 AM on June 14

Enter the Women's World Cup Confidence Pool

As in the past, I'm happy to lend my JS skills to the project. Which, to be clear, is what I do at my day job.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:43 AM on June 09

U.S. Women Impress in World Cup Opening Win Over Australia

Agree, US passing was very weak and back four were incohesive. The team created a lot of turnovers but turned many of them right back to the Matildas; as Oguchi Onyewu said a few years ago it isn't enough to win the ball, you have to convert it into an offensive opportunity. Back four did not seem to have a great understanding of each other, especially Klingenberg who I think wasn't used to having to defend so deep so quickly as the US have generally been winning the midfield battles in games she's played.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:36 AM on June 09

Enter the Women's World Cup Confidence Pool

@rcade I took that meaning from your text on the page, thanks for fixing it.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:37 PM on June 07

Barcelona Wins Champions League, Completes the Treble

Terrific match to watch--once Barcelona scored early Juventus couldn't stay with the Catennacio plan and had to come out, meaning that if Barca's finishing had been a bit better the game could've been over inside 15 minutes.

Juve held on and climbed back in but for all the talk beforehand of Pogba and Vidal they were no match for the opposition midfield, who constantly dispossessed them and broke up attacking moves. MSN were constantly harassing Barzagli and Bonucci, who must have been giving thanks to the grounds crew, but for me the real men of the match were Iniesta and Busquets for how well they stifled and starved Tevez and Morata.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:35 PM on June 07

Enter the Women's World Cup Confidence Pool

In, go USAians!

posted by billsaysthis at 04:37 PM on June 05

Warriors Win Game 1 of Finals Despite LeBron's 44 Points

No wonder the salary cap is going to $90 million!!!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:38 AM on June 05

Arsenal Dismantles Aston Villa in FA Cup Final

Was out Saturday morning so I taped this and the Copa del Rey. I made it through 44 minutes of the latter, blocking the bottom news crawl each time soccer came around, before the idiot commentator spoiled the FA Cup result. Which is just as well since I enjoyed my day much more without seeing that, should've realized I was never going to enjoy it.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:31 AM on June 01

Henchmen arrested, but the Joker is still at large

Europe won't be unified on this--Putin is all in for Blatter, denouncing US actions as interventionist, and while Platini called for Blatter's resignation the French FA chief is still voting for Blatter because he "doesn't know" Prince Ali.

Curiously, I've not read that Jeffrey Webb has been removed from his CONCACAF presidency...

posted by billsaysthis at 10:45 AM on May 28