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Archive for May 2007

Mark Cuban: Out of His Frigging Mind

Dallas’ maverick owner asks, “Is it crazy to try to compete with the NFL?” Why, yes, Mark. Yes, it is. Interesting concept. Good luck with it. You’ll never play a game. Let’s look at what Cuban says about why the UFL is a good idea:


Soccer is a cruel game, and professional sport is a cruel business. Riding high in April, shot down in May and all that. Such is the case for the Chicago Fire and head coach Dave Sarachan, whose club has gone winless in its last five matches. After the most recent one, a 0-0 draw with… (read more)

Elevation, Homes

FIFA bans high-altitude international matches (ESPNsoccernet). In case you’re wondering, Mexico City is 7,349 feet above sea level. Missed it by that much.

Personal Responsibility Takes Strike Three, Looking

You knew this was coming, right? “As administrator of his son’s estate, Dean Hancock said he has an obligation to represent the family on all issues, ‘including any legal actions necessary against those who contributed to the untimely and unnecessary death.’” One might think those who contributed to his untimely and unnecessary death would include… (read more)

A Little Bit of Becks

So, let’s see….when David Beckham signed with the LA Galaxy in January, the common wisdom went something like this: He can’t play in Europe anymore; He’ll never play for England again; and His club team, Real Madrid, hadn’t won anything since he’d been there and wasn’t likely to. Since then, Real has admitted they should… (read more)

I Like Our Chances

This missive came today from US Soccer: “The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has been drawn into Group E with Belgium, Tunisia and Tajikistan for the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea, which will take place from August 18-September 9.” I think we’ll do quite well if we send our U-20s to the… (read more)

Reality Bites

Thanks to my man Luis Arroyave, we know that Danny Dichio does, in fact, bite. The Fire really needs to spring for 10,000 sets of those plastic vampire teeth and hand them out July 7 when Toronto FC comes to Toyota Park. Something tells me this red card (the suspension for which Dichio will serve… (read more)

Jivin’ with Clive

This came out a couple of weeks ago, and I missed it until now. You know I’m an NASLophile, and though I’ve been told it’s a bit disappointing, I’m looking forward to reading Clive Toye’s book, A Kick in the Grass (the rat stole the title I was going to use for a book about… (read more)