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2007-10-17T13:35:05.630-04:00I’m not sure if it was a need for a change of scenery or if I just felt the neighborhood was better for my family, better schools or what, but my blog has now moved. Either way, I just got tired of Blogger. So, new name, new location...however, you’ll be happy (I hope) to know it’s still the rantings of the same degenerate soccer junkie.
2007-09-03T19:55:40.652-04:00I sure made the wrong career choice. ;)
2007-08-30T16:33:01.129-04:00It's Midnight, my team is losing and not looking like they'll do anything except give up a couple more goals in the second half so rather than be a zombie the next day at work, I decide to go to bed. I guess I missed a good second half. Or at least a valiant effort. My Twitter on the right gives a taste of my thought process at the time.
2007-08-08T08:30:11.201-04:00I'll probably stop laughing some time this afternoon.
Norwich players laid low after barbecue
Four Norwich City players were among 30 people taken ill following a barbecue at the club’s training ground, it emerged today. Delia Smith, the celebrity chef, is a director of the club but sources said outside contractors were employed to lay on the food to allow staff at Delia’s Catering Company to enjoy the event.
A statement from the club read: “City today confirmed a number of its staff, including four senior professional players, have been taken ill following a social event on Sunday.
“Players, staff and their families attended an annual informal summer event at the club’s Colney training centre, following which approximately 30 people who were at the event have suffered symptoms including sickness and diarrhoea.”
...and still my wife wonders why I won't allow her cookbooks in our house.
2007-08-02T12:24:41.367-04:00SPL refs will now be able to review match tapes and issue cards to those who cheat--ie dive. I've been saying this is needed for some time. It'll be interesting to see how it works out.
2007-08-01T13:42:14.794-04:00What the heck was that? Think about it, you score 4 goals in the first 20 minutes of a game on the road and still struggle to win? C'mon now, that was just crazy. Sure, it was entertaining but it was poorly played at the back for both teams. In the half-a-day or so since the match ended, I've read everything from, "it was the greatest MLS match ever," even though it wasn't an MLS match to," it was a sloppy mess and proof MLS is crap." Now, I'm not going to take either of those extremes...hey, I'm a moderate politically so why can't I be one here as well? But the match certainly touched on both ends on the spectrum.I'm sure those Dallas fans who showed up at PHP for the first time expecting to see that English guy were disappointed at first but had to have enjoyed the wild ride...and, hopefully, will be even more determined to use that discount they were offered for when the Becks Circus really does come to town.Now, I've used the baseball no-hitter analogy on numerous occations when confronted with the low-scoring argument from those who don't care for the sport. I guess you can use the other extreme after last night. Those high-scoring slug fests (with or without Bonds juice) are usually brought about by poor pitching. If baseball fans enjoy it, cool. Personlly, I've a hunch it's usually one pitch who's having an off night and one teams builds a huge lead and everyone (well, they do in LA) heads for the exits. Last night, both backlines just fell asleep. I remember the last time LA lit up the scoreboard in Dallas. Harut Karapetyan (had to look the spelling of his name up cuz it's been a while...I got it right first time) put three past Dallas in 5 minutes in 1998 on the way to an 8-1 for the good guys. It could have been worse as the game was stopped early cuz a storm was on the way or the ref decided the mercy rule was needed or something. My point is, that afternoon, LA did all the scoring and Dallas....well, they didn't.Anyway, now LA have another match to add to their already busy schedule. Looks like it'll be at the HDC as well. Will the new pitch have taken hold by then or will it tear apart and injure Becks again? Of course, if LA are playing Morelia, they may just play the match at the Q. Why not? Another town for the Beckham Circus to hit.One other point. Landon's goal celebration was silly and probably unnecessary, but he is an emotional player and I wouldn't wanna stifle that. Bottom line, it could have been worse.Ok, enough of that. The match was an anomaly and LA were fortunate to get through it.So, now LA return home for a couple days before heading to the Great White North for the first time. No one knows If Becks will be involved. Personally, if he does play on their plastic turf, it'll be as a sub late in the match...where have we seen that before? Well, the same TV network will be in attandance.Now, the fans up there have already had fun with a recent big name import.We'll see if they can come up with something different if Becks gets to take a corner.It looks like the move north hasn't changed the method of operation for the Jamacian Hatchet."TFC defender Tyrone Marshall, who started the season with L.A. before being traded to TFC in June, is hoping to see Beckham on the field."I'm definitely going to get over there and get a hit on him. For sure," Marshall said."That's my first priority. I'm going to welcome him to the league, and welcome him to Canada."Nice to see the higher tax rate hasn't mellowed him out.Well, that's enough for now. Tune in next wee....ah, never mind. Next week is sumer session finals. I'll be lucky if I find some time.[...]
2007-07-21T00:52:33.929-04:00I was on Beckham overload at the time...ok, I still overloaded. Anyway, here's a nice piece from a Sports Business News writer on whatshisname and MLS.
2007-07-20T13:11:07.285-04:00I've been defending MLS and US soccer for....well, a heck of a long time. I've defended it against Euros who still seem to think we'll make the goals bigger, play four quarters and so on. I've defended the sport against Americans who insist soccer is slow and boring--while watching a baseball game. However, the insanity of MLS/AEG reached new levels as I watch the Spiced Savior tell Rob Stone he'll probably not be playing against Chelsea while reading the scroll at the bottom of the screen claim an "insider" saying he would.
2007-07-14T09:31:41.610-04:00After watching the 'event' I came away with one burning question.
2007-07-13T09:36:30.629-04:00With all the silly media hype available everywhere you look right now (they even had news of his arrival in LA on the local morning news here) these silly Tank cartoons are a nice change and probably more accurate than 90% of the British Tabloid reports.
2007-07-11T23:44:54.098-04:00By the time he heads to Moscow, Becks could have played as many as three matches on the stuff. In typical England fashion, the media will completely over react to the surface and after the match the players will say it was no big deal.
2007-07-12T07:41:59.984-04:00I haven't read Tank in years...well, not on a regular basis. But I'm glad I stumbled on this.
2007-07-10T14:05:28.635-04:00I've been hearing rumors to the effect that Lalas and Yallop aren't exactly BFFs. It seems a lot of the recent trades (many of which I still don't understand) are all the work of the ginger one. Now I'm finally hearing about it from a reliable source.
2007-07-04T07:57:08.535-04:00Freddy Adu and the boys drop the hammer on Poland. Some sweet goals.
2007-06-30T08:20:41.716-04:00It seems like it was a million years ago. Yeah, we won the double since then but this one was sweet.
Thank you for all your advice on how to run the team. You really know what you're doing.
2007-06-13T15:11:01.008-04:00At first I was excited to see Yallops latest gamble was to bring Edson Buddle to LA. But then I noticed he was giving up Tyrone Marshall to do so. Further thought leaves me thinking the backline isn't the problem as much as LAs lack of goals. After all, isn't Abel Xavier already in town waiting for his work permit?
2007-06-12T12:31:38.615-04:00I've been too busy to write (or even watch) much lately. However, I saw this and had to share.
2007-06-07T08:49:02.328-04:00Just stumbled across this great photo compilation. Brought back a bunch of memories. I can still recognize all those players from the 70's/80's. Guess you don't forget the good stuff.
2007-06-01T01:29:31.779-04:00It's Thursday evening. I got lil' PZ to bed and figured I'd check out what game is on the deuce (does anyone still call it that?) tonight. Nothing.
2007-05-31T09:50:54.270-04:00First it was Chelsea with a YouTube site. Then the EPL decided to sue YouTube (I'm still not sure what they hope to accomplish) and now MLS has created their own YouTube site.