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Name: Mike Goetz
Location: Vancouver, BC
Gender: Male
Member since: May 19, 2009
Last visit: March 18, 2020

geneparmesan has posted 2 links and 38 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

I'm a Canadian who enjoys following hockey, Canadian football, and baseball. When I moved to England I started following British football and enjoyed a whole new experience of being a sports fan
Unlike my experience in Canada, where you feel you are there to be entertained and you applaud when the team performs to expectation, in football the supporters genuinely believe that they have an impact on the match; that their responsibility is to support the team and in doing so can influence the result. It is an amazing thing to see a team's performance improve as it coincides with the supporters raising their voice.
I'm back in Canada now and I follow the Vancouver Canucks, Seattle Mariners, Ipswich Town FC, BC Lions, and English cricket.

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Sedin twins play their last home game before retirement; combine to score twice in a storybook finish: Being from Vancouver it's difficult to have perspective, but as Henrik and Daniel Sedin retire there is talk that these are two generational players; the best to have ever played for Vancouver. Certainly they have been the best pair of players for the Canucks, truly a combined value that is more than the sum of their parts. And the way they finished out their last home game of the season was virtually scripted. A typical magic goal of intricate passing in the second period, and a long possession power play goal to win the game in overtime. Unassuming and unlikely stars for one team in their 18-year careers, blighted only by the lack of a championship (though they came within one game in 2011)

posted by geneparmesan to hockey at 04:21 PM on April 06, 2018 - 1 comment

Sepp Blatter is at it again: The head of FIFA has sparked huge controversy (especially in England) with ill-judged comments that minimize the extent and impact of racism in soccer. With his previous gaffes about homosexuality and women's football, it's a wonder that anyone is surprised.

posted by geneparmesan to soccer at 10:51 AM on November 17, 2011 - 5 comments

Recent Comments

Man City Banned from Champions League for Financial Breaches

In this case, what Man City did was claim that the exorbitant money they received from their shirt sponsorship was all coming from the Emirates airline company, and could thus be counted as revenue. Financial Fair Play rules essentially require you to maintain a reasonable overall profitability, so if your expenditures are very high then your revenues have to be very high to compensate and not create a culture where you're just using your owner's deep pockets to buy a championship.

Except that's what City did, because it turns out that the bulk of the shirt sponsorship money was being paid by the club's owner out of his own pocket, instead of Emirates (which he also owns). There may be some more nuance to in the details, but my understanding is this essentially was the scam which UEFA have charged them for.

I think this is good, and I hope that City fail to get their punishment reduced (but I'm not holding my breath). In this case, any cash penalty would be meaningless. But banning the club from the Champions League not only punishes them financially, it also punishes them competitively. Unlike WADA and their attempts to punish nations for orchestrated doping, this punishment has real teeth that might actually cause other big clubs to take notice and to observe the FFP rules

posted by geneparmesan at 07:02 PM on February 17, 2020

England win Cricket World Cup

For those who don't understand cricket perhaps a layman's explanation from a baseball perspective might be helpful.

In cricket, the bowler (think pitcher) delivers the ball to one of two batsmen. When the batsman hits the ball, he and the other batsman run between the two wickets (bases). It would be like hitting a baseball and then running to first base, but at the same time you have a man on first who is running to home plate.

The fielding team can get you out if they throw the ball back to the infield and dislodge the bails before you cross the batting line (very similar to tagging a runner out).

So on the play linked above, New Zealand needed two runs to win. Guptill hit the ball and he and Neesham completed one run. They then turned and tried to complete a second run, but Roy was able to throw the ball back in, and Buttler dislodged the bails before Guptill crossed the line. Guptill is out.

Because Guptill was out, the second run was not completed so they only scored one. New Zealand needed two runs to win, so by only scoring one the game was tied (again). As NoMich mentioned, they went to the next tiebreaker to determine the winner (both teams knew that England would win if the scores were tied, which is why they celebrated when they got Guptill out).

As a Canadian who lived in England and got into cricket, this was without doubt the most exciting conclusion to a cricket match I've ever seen. That it would happen in the world cup final was all the more amazing. Finals in any sport are so often anti-climactic, but this was one for the ages " it will never be duplicated. The slow build of tension that culminated in the last hour of play was excruciating

posted by geneparmesan at 02:57 PM on July 16, 2019

Enter Round 2 of the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Islanders in 6
Sharks in 6
Top goal scorer: Marchand
Top goalie (save %): Tuuka Rask
Team scoring 6: Islanders
Team with shutout: Stars

posted by geneparmesan at 04:48 AM on April 26, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Predators in 6
Blues in 7
Flames in 5
Golden Knights in 7
Lightning in 4
Bruins in 6
Capitals in 6
Penguins in 6
Top goal scorer: Ovechkin
Top goalie (save %): Andrei Vasilevskiy
Team scoring 6: Lightning
Team with shutout: Predators

posted by geneparmesan at 02:36 PM on April 10, 2019

SportsFilter World Cup Pickem Final: Make Your Picks

France 2 - 1 Croatia

Goals: Mbappe

Cards: Mandzukic

Golden Ball: Mbappe

First Card: 50th minute

Added Time: 5 minutes

posted by geneparmesan at 03:58 AM on July 15, 2018

SportsFilter World Cup Pickem Semifinals: Make Your Picks

France 2 - Belgium 2 (France wins on penalties)

England 2 - Croatia 1

Goals: Griezmann, Kane

Cards: Pogba, Rebic

posted by geneparmesan at 11:56 PM on July 08, 2018

SportsFilter World Cup Pickem Quarterfinals: Make Your Picks

1. France, Mbappe, Suarez

2. Belgium, Lukaku, T Silva

3. England, Kane, Henderson

4. Croatia, Modric, Ignasevich

Most Goals: Belgium

No Goals: Russia

posted by geneparmesan at 12:16 AM on July 06, 2018

SportsFilter World Cup Pickem Round of 16: Make Your Picks

Gah; I missed the deadline and the France game is over. Hopefully my picks will still be valid, but I will mark the first game as void


Uruguay, Suarez, Pepe

Spain, Costa, Pique

Croatia, Modri, Chorluka

Brazil, Neymar, Casemiro

Belgium, Lukaku, De Bruyne

Sweden, Toivonen, Larsson

England, Kane, Henderson

Shootouts: 1

posted by geneparmesan at 02:09 PM on June 30, 2018

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

A: Uruguay, Russia; Cavani

B: Spain, Portugal; Ronaldo

C: France, Denmark; Griezmann

D: Argentina, Croatia; Messi

E: Brazil, Switzerland; Neymar

F: Germany, Mexico; Werner

G: Belgium, England; Kane

H: Colombia, Poland; Lewandowski

Score Most Goals: Portugal

Conceded Fewest Goals: Germany

Red Cards: 5

0-0 Scores: 3

Goal in each match: Brazil

posted by geneparmesan at 08:20 PM on June 13, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final Round

Washington in 6 +4

Longest: Game 2

First goalscorer: Kuznetsov

Conn Smythe: Fleury

Most goals: Ovechkin +1

PIM: Brayden McNabb

Goalie SV%: Fleury

Total goals: 30

posted by geneparmesan at 01:42 PM on May 28, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Washington in 6; Ovechkin (goals), Stamkos (points) +1 +1

Winnipeg in 6; Shiefele (goals), Wheeler (points)

posted by geneparmesan at 03:56 PM on May 11, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Nashville in 7; Forsberg

Vegas in 6; Karlsson +2

Tampa Bay in 6; Stamkos +1

Pittsburgh in 6; Crosby

I hate to be that guy, but I think I should be on 8 points, with the extra point for the Ovechkin pick

posted by geneparmesan at 12:48 PM on April 26, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Tonight

Winnipeg in 6 +1

Pittsburgh in 5 +1

Vegas in 7 +1

Tampa Bay in 4 +1

Toronto in 6

Washington in 6 +2

Nashville in 5 +1

Anaheim in 7

Ovechkin +1

posted by geneparmesan at 08:54 PM on April 11, 2018

Leicester City One Step Closer to Immortality

As a fan of a lower-division English club (Ipswich), Leicester's Premiership win is the kind of dream that you thought died when the Premiership started in 1992. In a country where fans understand their lot in life and are seemingly satisfied with it, Leicester's success is all the more outrageous when you consider they did it with a relatively small squad and a relatively low spend.

And kudos to the culture of English football that "winning the league" is considered the pinnacle of achievement -- more significant than the FA Cup or other elimination-style tournaments. With the league and cup competitions running concurrently and culminating at the same time, Leicester don't have to trot out the weak line that "this is all well and good but what we really want to win is the Cup/Playoffs". They have shown they are the best team over the course of 10 months, playing everyone else home and away -- no fluke, no luck, just success richly deserved

posted by geneparmesan at 05:36 PM on May 02, 2016

James Fallows Learns Something about British Soccer and Sarcasm

I guess Fallows also hasn't heard of Poe's Law

posted by geneparmesan at 02:44 PM on January 27, 2016