Recent Posts by billsaysthis

August 09, 2019

Transfer deadline day signings take Premier League spending to £1.41bn: Overall a pretty quiet window where the biggest rumored deals failed to materialize. Pogba to Real Madrid/Juventus, Erikson to Real Madrid, Gareth Bale to ManUtd/Liverpool/China, nope nope nope. Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich? Oops. American wunderkind Christian Pulisic finally makes his debut Sunday.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 11:43 AM - 0 comments

July 30, 2019

Jill Ellis to Step Down as U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach: Ellis will depart as the first coach in history to win two Women’s World Cups (Italy’s Vittorio Pozzo did it over 80 years ago on the Men's side) after the team's five match Victory Tour this fall. Ellis has an overall record of 102-7-18, and won 13 World Cup matches, drew once and never lost with the USWNT.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 05:28 PM - 1 comment

Robot umps now!: MLB to adopt in five years or less? (original WSJ paywalled article)

posted by billsaysthis to baseball at 11:18 AM - 10 comments

July 07, 2019

USWNT blank Netherlands to claim second straight World Cup title: With driving force Rose Lavelle as player of the match and Megan Rapinhoe winning the Golden Boot, the US Women shut down the Netherlands to capture the 2019 WWC.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 03:09 PM - 3 comments

June 03, 2019

Project: Phenom: Is 13-year-old Olivia Moultrie the grand experiment that American women’s soccer needs right now?

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 08:07 PM - 4 comments

May 27, 2019

Packers legend Bart Starr passes away at age 85: RIP to one of the greatests QBs, winner of Super Bowl I and II.

posted by billsaysthis to fantasy at 12:23 PM - 4 comments

May 22, 2019

UEFA's messing up: First, UEFA attempts to hide its ticketing incompetence at the Women's World Cup, which kicks in less than three weeks Fans who spent thousands on Women’s World Cup tickets irate to learn seats are not together.

Second, UEFA attempts to hide its cup final selection incompetence:
1. Arsenal's Henrikh Mkhitaryan to miss Europa League final against Chelsea because Armenia and Azerbaijan are locked in a political death match and Mkhitaryan and Arsenal have legit safety concerns.
2. Arsenal and Chelsea set to return half of their Europa League final allocations because Baku's airport cannot accommodate the flights necessary.



posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 11:20 AM - 4 comments

May 07, 2019

Liverpool reach Champions League final after incredible turnaround: Braces from Divock Origi (only playing because Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah were injured) and Gini Wijnaldum (on as a substitute for the injured Andy Robertson) and a stifling defense that barely gave Barcelona's attack sniffs at the goal resulted in an extremely unlikely outcome - the Reds will play in the Finals a second year running. The fans and the team singing You'll Never Walk Alone afterwards.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 07:00 PM - 13 comments

March 08, 2019

US women's national team take legal action over discrimination: After their 2016 complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission went exactly nowhere, all 28 members of the USWNT put their names down to ask for equal pay for equal work. Or better work, given their results relative to the USMNT.

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 07:05 PM - 7 comments

February 16, 2019

High Flying Bird shows athletes are more powerless and powerful than they know: Steven Soderbergh's latest looks straight into the NBA owner/player racial divide. Streaming on Netflix, shot on iPhones.

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 11:32 AM - 0 comments

November 28, 2018

The Complications Surrounding the Copa Libertadores Final Unlike Any Other: After massive violence by River Plate fans led to the second leg being postponed, CONMEBOL and the clubs are struggling to find a way to get the game played. Will it even be played at all?

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 11:19 AM - 2 comments

November 02, 2018

Documents Show Secret Plans for Elite League of Top Clubs: People have been talking about this since at least the late '80s, and the possibility was the direct cause of UEFA creating the Champions League in '92, but the documents leaked here suggest the big boys are not yet satisfied with their share of the money. Hoo boy!

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 06:57 PM - 4 comments

October 12, 2018

Usain Bolt scored two goals in his first professional soccer start: The first goal came from his speed but also featured a nice awareness of positioning, nutmegging the defender and going near post where the goalie was unsighted. Seems like he may have earned a contract!

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 11:48 AM - 4 comments

June 09, 2018

May 31, 2018

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid after third Champions League title: After winning nine of 14 trophies in less than three full seasons and four days out from breaking Liverpool hearts, Zizou walks away only saying the team needs a change. Gabe Marcotti on the real why, such as it is.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 10:54 AM - 1 comment

May 24, 2018

Abby Wambach, Remarks as Delivered: Stunning commencement address to Barnard College.

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 12:32 PM - 3 comments

May 14, 2018

SportsFilter Fantasy Premier League 2017-2018 Final Standings: Congratulations to our winner, Kaf Kaesque, and the other top four finishers (me, Tom Clancy, and Drew Meger). full table

posted by billsaysthis to fantasy at 11:40 AM - 1 comment

April 26, 2018

Wembley: Football Association offered £800m to sell national football stadium: Are Jaguars moving to London? Even if the Jags don't come, the English national team would no longer call Wembley home, so Woy isn't in favor.

posted by billsaysthis to football at 03:59 PM - 2 comments

February 26, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics are over and Norway won: With a record-setting 39 medals (14 gold), Norway surely overachieved at these games. USA were the main gifters, I'd say, finishing fourth with 23 (9 gold). Esther Ledecka (Czeck Republic) was my favorite medalist at these Games, the first two win gold in two different sports at the same Olympiad, winning in both snowboarding and skiing. Tokyo is just over two years away, hey hey!

posted by billsaysthis to olympics at 11:25 AM - 5 comments

December 08, 2017

Sorry celestial Sachin but Virat Kohli has taken command of the space fleet: Kohli is close to being the first batter to rank top for Test, ODI and 20/20 formats simultaneously. "Kohli is in the middle of something extraordinary, performing at an all-format plateau beyond the reach of any other player in the current era."

posted by billsaysthis to other at 07:22 PM - 1 comment

November 17, 2017

CONCACAF unveils League of Nations : This will be second formal platform for regional national team competition, after UEFA announced the first one last month. There's even talk of a global format! No more meaningless friendlies, ever ;)

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 11:54 AM - 2 comments

September 08, 2017

Premier League clubs brave move may be ruined by elite European predators: The Premier League voted to close its Summer transfer window on the Thursday before the opening weekend of the season beginning next season. Now they'll have to wait to see if any of the other big leagues follow, or else wait to see how many players get picked off in the two weeks or so the window remains open for Spain, Germany, France and Italy. Mourinho and Conte aren't worried... Popocorn not included

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 11:38 AM - 0 comments

August 09, 2017

Mexican soccer legend Rafael Marquez Alvarez among 22 sanctioned for alleged ties to drug trafficking: Not a lot of detail here yet but: "The Treasury says in a statement that it will also sanction 43 entities in Mexico, including a soccer team and casino."

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 04:48 PM - 0 comments

July 23, 2017

DEMPSEY STRIKE TIES ALL-TIME MNT GOALS RECORD, CAPS USA'S 2-0 GOLD CUP SEMIFINAL WIN VS. COSTA RICA: They'll face the winner of tonight's Mexico-Jamaica match. While Dempsey was definitely the super-sub, Jozy Altidore had a strong night in which he wasn't bitten even once and Darlington Nagbe was probably man of the match. Coach Bruce Arena now has the team unbeaten in 13 matches since taking over last Fall.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 10:58 AM - 1 comment

June 16, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo 'wants to leave' Real Madrid after being accused of tax fraud: It's silly season for soccer as the rumors go deep into the crazy. Real Madrid may pay as much as 135 million for 18 year old French striker Kyian Mbappe (who's started only since November for Monaco). Arsenal, Liverpool or PSG may go in for Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with bids nearing $100M. Another 18 year old, keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma tells AC Milan he will not renew contract before it expires next Summer, so he may go for a fee far exceeding the current record for a goal-minder. And Roman Abramovich will sack Antonio Conte if Chelsea boss continues behaviour despite running away with the Premier League in his first season.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 11:37 AM - 2 comments