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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: October 29, 2014

billsaysthis has posted 178 links and 4711 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

Diego Simeone gets eight match ban: Although Athletico Madrid started off the season with a trophy, winning the Spanish Super Cup will cost their manager a spell off the sidelines as he behaved very poorly when the assistant ref was slow in allowing his fullback back on the pitch after treatment for a bloody nose. Simeone was suspended for four games for tapping the back of the assistant referee's head, two games for protesting, one game for applauding his sending off, and one game for remaining in the stands instead of going to the changing room after his expulsion. Atletico assistant coach German Burgos will take charge in his absence.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 12:13 PM on August 25 - 2 comments

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

Recent Comments

What's in a shirt?

Excellent graphics presentation, though a link to a table would have been useful too.

But look at the top five, Man City running last in that group at over GBP50M/year, and Everton at 7th and under GBP20M/year. FFP my a55! That difference is enough to have four or five next level of quality higher players, and makes me wonder how any club can hope to break into the top six other than one of the big boys falling down (such as ManU last season and Liverpool the season before).

posted by billsaysthis at 10:38 AM on October 29

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 6

As long as I stay level or ahead of @rcade, I'm happy.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:51 PM on October 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Call me crazy but... Will Catalonian independence spur knock on effects in world football? FC Barcelona said today that independence is more important than the threat of expulsion of La Liga. But where would the team play if not Spain? Catalonia could hardly support a domestic league with enough quality to keep Barca among European elite.

Instead, would such a change be the last straw needed to push the G14 to break away and form the European super league that almost came about in the early '90s? UEFA was able to head off the change with the Champions League, but recent comments from the likes of AC Milan execs about "big clubs" needing a way to have European football regardless of domestic form make me think it's no longer sufficient.

FIFA (and UEFA) would likely try to block an ESL since it could destroy domestic leagues--imagine Span without Barca and Real, Italy without Juventus and Milan, Germany without Bayern and Dortmond. FIFA threatens to blacklist any players from FIFA-sanctioned matches (e.g., World Cup) but the clubs wave enough money at them and the players play.

No more problems about World Cup '22 in Qatar, eh?

posted by billsaysthis at 12:20 PM on October 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Jersey Represent!

posted by billsaysthis at 09:51 PM on October 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Mourinho knew he was in the wrong on that and so was uncharacteristically silent about it during the post-game presser.

+1 for temp subs. I saw that Twellman piece this morning and wondered WTF the physio didn't insist on removing Courtois.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:22 PM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Wow, goddam, that story, well, I just am not sure what but it threw me for a bad loop. BillSaysThis isn't speechless often, as you well know.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:18 PM on October 07

Why no one wants to host the 2022 Olympics

Forget the IOC, would you really want the Olympics held where you live? I know I don't, when there was a movement to have SF--with the Olympic Village to be built at Moffett Field in Mountain View, a mile from my house--I was one of many who told the organizers what they could do with the bid.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:35 AM on October 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Daily Show goes deep on the Washington Footballers.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:10 AM on September 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Vikings U-Turn on Peterson after numerous sponsors and politicians give the high sign.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:54 AM on September 17

Atlanta Hawks to be sold after owner reveals racist email

One wonders if the league will hand out, er, consequences for Ferry and others in the know who didn't report this.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:20 PM on September 07

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

I beez in. Belatedly.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:41 PM on September 05

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

How do I join the league? I registered on the site but the league search shows nothing for SportsFilter.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:49 AM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Maybe the likes of Tebow are there to improve the gene pool?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:28 AM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Radamel Falcao to ManU, one year loan for nearly $10M and an option to buy him next Summer for 43.5m. Without questioning the Colombia striker's fitness for task or value for money, one does wonder why he was signed. Especially if they have another striker on the books good enough to play for Real Madrid.

Will Rooney be happy dropping deeper to play behind van Persie and Falcao? Where does this leave $100M man Angel di Maria and 37M price tagged Juan Mata, much less the emerging star Adnan Januszi and England winger Ashley Young?

More importantly, how does Falcao solve ManU's biggest problem of having a miserable defensive core--all that dosh to splash but not a central defender to fit the bill?

posted by billsaysthis at 02:24 PM on September 01

St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam

Very disappointing, I thought he would've made the cut.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:26 PM on August 30