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Name: J.J. Zucal
Location: Richland, NJ
ZIP: 08350
Member since: April 28, 2005
Last visit: April 17, 2019

jjzucal has posted 82 links and 929 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 2 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

Memorable: at age 7, booing Henry Aaron in Connie Mack Stadium (I must have been a young commie back then).

College: Rider '86.

Occupation: Former sports writer, now a news editor.

Hobbies: Fantasy soccer and hockey; soccer simulation game called Trophy Manager.

Fan: Philadelphia professional teams plus the English Southern League club Slough Town through membership in the My Football Club organization (former majority owners of Ebbsfleet United in England).

Recent Links

NFL finally going to Tottenham: Not White Hart Lane 2 (also known as Tottenham Hotspurs' new stadium) and Wembley will host two NFL games during the 2019-20 season, NFL officials announced Wednesday. Mexico City will receive the other game on its international schedule.

posted by jjzucal to football at 01:22 PM on April 17, 2019 - 0 comments

Vince McMahon plans to resurrect XFL: WWE founder and chairman Vince McMahon announced Thursday he plans to bring back the XFL in 2020 ... though it won't be like the wild and crazy 2001 season.

posted by jjzucal to football at 04:01 PM on January 25, 2018 - 3 comments

Supreme Court to hear N.J. sports betting arguments Monday: New Jersey's law to permit betting on sporting events, passed by voters in 2011, will get its hour before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

posted by jjzucal to other at 07:20 PM on December 01, 2017 - 5 comments

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster: Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott's decision to bench Tyrod Taylor explodes in his face in just one half.

posted by jjzucal to football at 07:43 PM on November 19, 2017 - 10 comments

Ticats prove they're not only bad, but clueless: The train wreck known as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats took their ineptitude to a higher level this week with the Monday hiring of controversial former Baylor head coach Art Briles to be an assistant coach, the reversing of Briles' signing by club officials on Tuesday, and the confirming of media reports that former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel received a tryout in Buffalo last week.

posted by jjzucal to football at 10:43 PM on August 31, 2017 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

Enter SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Stars in 6
Jets in 5
Flames in 5
Golden Knights in 4
Lightning in 6
Maple Leafs in 7
Capitals in 6
Islanders in 7
Top goal scorer: Gaudreau
Top goalie (save %): Marc-Andre Fleury
Team scoring 6: Lightning
Team with shutout: Blues

Someone has to show the Maple Leaves some love!

posted by jjzucal at 10:12 AM on April 10, 2019

XFL May Have 44 Players on Field During Overtime

Do we tell Oliver Luck most knockout soccer matches have penalty kicks after 30 minutes of overtime?

I thought Vince McMahon told us the XFL would be "football" ... here comes the gimmicks.

posted by jjzucal at 10:08 AM on April 10, 2019

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

Everyone laughed at me when I started Joe Hart over Ederson (I expected Arsenal to score). I'll accept the Burnley clean sheet, thank you very much!

posted by jjzucal at 09:28 PM on August 14, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Last season: cruising with the front pack.
This season: trailing well behind the peloton.

Toronto by 5

Edmonton by 10

Montreal by 15

Calgary by 17

posted by jjzucal at 12:37 PM on August 02, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

There is no truth to the rumor that ESPN has offered a payment to the Alouettes in return for a Manziel start. And yet ...

Montreal by 9

Winnipeg by 12

Saskatchewan by 14

posted by jjzucal at 12:40 PM on July 26, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Surely I deserve bonus points for being the only one with guts to go with B.C.

Hamilton by 5
B.C. by 18
Toronto by 6
Calgary by 17

posted by jjzucal at 02:08 PM on July 19, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Now that I've spotted everyone a week's advantage, the comeback begins here?

Calgary by 15

Edmonton by 6

British Columbia by 13

posted by jjzucal at 04:16 PM on July 12, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Calgary by 18

Winnipeg by 10

Edmonton by 6

Saskatchewan by 22

Germany by ... never mind.

posted by jjzucal at 02:44 PM on June 28, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Saskatchewan by 15

Ottawa by 10

Edmonton by 6 (the "Johnny Football" Football Show will not be seen on ESPN this week)

Toronto by 5

posted by jjzucal at 02:39 PM on June 21, 2018

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Wait until Johnny learns how wonderful is Edmonton in October (BRRRR)!

Edmonton by 9

Saskatchewan by 12

Manziels by 6 (as per TSN/ESPN demand to league office)

British Columbia by 16

posted by jjzucal at 12:16 PM on June 14, 2018

Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavaliers for second straight title

Tim Legler is dead to me. The Sixers would do well to stay away from LeBron. My fear is that LeBron not only would harm the play of Ben Simmons, but also Joel Embiid. Wherever he goes, LeBron will demand to be "The Man" ... the Sixers have a nice set up with Simmons and Embiid heading a club with a good group of veteran role players. I believe LeBron would destroy that.

posted by jjzucal at 01:29 PM on June 11, 2018

Arsene Wenger is Leaving Arsenal

There aren't any managers left who are synonymous with a club.

Among the top four tiers, only one manager - Paul Tisdale at League 2 Exeter - remains of managers who took over their club in the 2000's. The longest tenured Premier League managers will be Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) and Sean Dyche (Burnley), who became their clubs' managers 18 days apart in October 2011.

posted by jjzucal at 09:32 PM on April 21, 2018

Arsene Wenger is Leaving Arsenal

With all the talk (distraction?) last season - will he or won't he sign a new contract? - I think this has become Exhibit A for someone staying one season too long.

It's being considered a resignation, not a retirement, but where would Arsene go? I couldn't see him staying in the Premier League: he's now likely "damaged goods" to the large clubs; the others couldn't/wouldn't pay him the salary he would demand. Maybe one of the large French clubs (his home nation)?

posted by jjzucal at 02:25 PM on April 20, 2018

MLB Execs Consider Wild 9th-Inning Batting Rule

This was a solution in search of a problem: the losing team had eight previous innings to NOT be the losing team but could get a "Get Out of Jail Free" card by selecting their starting hitters?

As for the quote, to cite "star" players in other sports is a flawed argument. Basketball, hockey and football have free substitution, so players could go to the bench for rest and return; thus, the "stars" often are in at game's end. Soccer doesn't have free substitution, so the "stars" must be physically able to go 90/120 minutes or potentially find themselves sidelined.

One beauty of baseball is "strategy" -- pinch-hitters, defensive replacements and relief pitchers are part of late-inning strategy. Here's the GOJF card: I pull my 25-HR, .300 hitting 3B in the 7th for defensive purposes, but I get to bring him back to hit in the 9th. If my new 3B hits just .240 (but is a vacuum with great range), I could skip him in the order, let my first 3B hit, then bring the defensive 3B back if the 10th inning is needed. No strategy there!

posted by jjzucal at 03:19 PM on February 23, 2018

MLB announces pace of play initiatives for '18

I'd love to see the period between innings trimmed to 1:30, but it means fewer commercials: less money that comes to the clubs. I really have a problem with the visits, especially since it includes players that "do not require either to vacate their position": an infield/pitcher meeting often is one to discuss strategy on defense or how to pitch to a batter; will infielders now have to yell strategy to the pitcher?

Why do I have a feeling much of this will be forgotten by the All-Star break? Sort of like defining the strike zone, then the strike zone returns to whatever umpires call.

posted by jjzucal at 09:37 PM on February 20, 2018