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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: April 18, 2014

billsaysthis has posted 175 links and 4634 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

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

Dos a Cero, Again: The US Men's National Team beat Mexico 2-0 for the fourth time in a row in Columbus last night and, with Honduras getting a draw against Panama, became one of five teams to qualify for the World Cup Finals next summer. With the loss, Mexico assured themselves of a tough road simply to qualify.

Joining the US in Brazil will be Argentina, Costa Rica, the Netherlands and Italy, while Jordan won a playoff to, well, playoff against the fifth place team from South America. Fomer USMNT coach Bob Bradley's Egypt side finished their AFC group stage a perfect 6-0 with a 4-2 over Guinea.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 10:38 AM on September 11 - 10 comments

EPL Fantasy Football: Just a reminder since the league starts Saturday morning. If you were in the SpoFi league last season you're automatically re-entered once your team is setup.

posted by billsaysthis to fantasy at 10:39 AM on August 15 - 7 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Very nice, Howard!

posted by billsaysthis at 09:29 PM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Sure, yerfatma, #5 and about 60% of the total payroll of #1 in their league.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:39 AM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Manchester City top global pay table with average salaries of 5.3m a year and Liverpool aren't even in the Top 20 at an average of 3.4m.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:34 AM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

There's a difference between foreign ownership and pumping wads of cash into a club to buy trophies. And by wads of cash I mean somewhere north of $750 million net transfer spend in the few years since the current ownership took charge. Chelsea are the only other English club I'd put in this category. FYI, Arsenal, Aston Villa, and Fulham are owned or controlled by Americans too, but even Arsenal don't come close to Man City/Chelsea spending.

Let's compare Man City and my Red.

Look at Liverpool's starting X1:

- Gerrard, Sterling, and Flannigan are homegrown at the club, - Coutinho, Henderson, Mignolet and Sturridge were acquired as (relatively) unproven youngsters, with Coutinho and Sturridge not even getting regular minutes at Inter Milan and Chelsea, respectively, - Lucas, Skrtel, Agger and Suarez were doing well in second level leagues when acquired, and, - only Glen Johnson was a proven Premier League players when bought.

Man City have zero homegrown starting players except Joe Allen. Except for maybe Zabaleta and Kompany, none of the ten outfield starters were less than stars when purchased. You could quibble about Fernandinho but as he was already a regular for Brazil I wouldn't give that argument much weight. Silva, Nasri, Dzeko/Negredo, Aguero, Toure, De Michelis, Navas and Clichy were all proven starters and national team regulars

posted by billsaysthis at 09:49 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Heartwarming "overcoming-the-odds" teams like Manchester City in the EPL

Seriously, what's heartwarming about a group of mercenaries backed by Middle East oil money?

As I understand it, Man City fans are a decent bunch (unlike their city neighbors) so I don't begrudge them a title or trophy but not sure how that makes two seasons ago heartwarming.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:48 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Liverpool produce thrilling display on weekend of flags and flowers I'm getting really excited, first title since I started actively following them in the late '90s seems a real possibility after today's wonderful result.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:11 PM on April 13

Oops: Atlanta Braves Set Fire to U.S. Flag

That's what I call planning!

posted by billsaysthis at 12:12 PM on April 10

Abby Wambach: Players Didn't Get Coach Fired

I think the last sentence is the only explanation needed. Seventh for a team that has made or won pretty much every final since the late '90s and hadn't lost a game in about two years is not acceptable. The explanation that Sermanni is trying to develop a new generation of players doesn't work well since I couldn't see any consistency in selections; I read elsewhere that he averaged one new player every time he called the team together.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:12 PM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I think Martinez is a very good manager and doing a good job at Everton. But:

- Lukaku and Barry, two of Everton's most important players, are on loan and unlikely to be back next season. - Ross Barkley, for better or worse, is in the same boat as say Wayne Rooney a decade ago and just as likely to be back at Goodison as Wayne was because Wainwright won't be able to resist the amount on offer. - Martinez is on the rise and whether he leaves this summer or in two or three, leave he will because he'll never realize his ambitions at the club.

Moreover the focus is on Wenger because:

- he's been so good for so long and this kind of late season breakdown is the opposite of his historical record, - his contract is expiring and he's hesitated to sign a new one (whereas Martinez is in the first year of his), and - Gooners have been slowly raising the heat on him for the last 24 months and a loss to Wigan or in the cup final will surely result in a lobstering.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:15 PM on April 07

American recruit scores first goal for the Swans

Definitely the opposite direction than the normal. Not sure how basketball prepares one for footy, except for the jump balls and of course being taller than average will help with balls up in the air.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:02 PM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Wow, Arsenal are really just losing it. Can they get it together to beat second division Wigan next weekend?

posted by billsaysthis at 12:01 PM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Chelsea aren't out of it but they no longer control their own destiny. Only Liverpool and Man City have that in hand, and I think the title goes to one of them. I know which one I WANT it to go to ;)

posted by billsaysthis at 09:43 PM on March 29

Detroit Tigers, Miguel Cabrera agree to 8 year extension

Come on SI, tell us how you really feel: "And of course, we now know that everything connected to A-Rod is dipped in sewage."

Still, despite Illitch's age and overweening desire to win the World Series I don't see how this contract gets him closer to that than waiting at least a year or offering similar per year money for 4-6 years.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:02 PM on March 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I love that ManUtd needed stewards to protect "The Chosen One" banner hanging at the Stretford End of Old Trafford last night. Football genius my ass and oh hey Sir Alex, who've you got for us next?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:49 AM on March 26

Barcelona Wins 7-Goal El Clasico Thriller

Wonderful to watch. Very amusing that Cry Baby Ronaldo was yakking about conspiracies against Real Madrid after the match, since of the three penalties the one he drew was the only bad call of the bunch.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:36 PM on March 24