Archive for December, 2007

Distant Replay

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

I’m replaying the 1953 World Series with the APBA Pro Baseball game. The Yankees took the first game, 10-1 (in real life, they had won that game 9-5) and looked to go up 2-0 in game two at Yankee Stadium on the first day of October. (more…)

Of Dice and Men

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

APBA BASEBALLI recently bought a new edition of the APBA Baseball game which I played (a lot) as a teenager, and will be replaying the 1953 World Series just for fun over the next few days. In real life, the Yankees beat the Dodgers in six games – what will happen in the replay? Watch this space for game stories and stats. First up, the series opener.

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Old School Stripes

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

An NFL official circa late 1970s

I recently found an old PRO! magazine (the NFL’s old gameday program) from 1979. It had a fascinating photo feature on the officials (“The Third Team”) which shows how different the NFL officials of the late 1970s look compared to those of today. Actually, if you go back only a couple of years, that timeless black-and-white striped look was still pretty familiar, having undergone mere tweaks in some 40 years – that is, until the NFL overhauled its officials’ uniforms prior to the 2006 season.

Enjoy these photos (all by someone named Ross Lewis and used without permission) and see if you can spot how many differences there are between the stripes of yesterday and those of today. (more…)

And so, This is Christmas….

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

John LennonOr, it will be in a few days. I doubt I’ll be able to talk to y’all between now and then as I’ll be traveling, spending time with friends and family and calling the Chicago Storm-Detroit Ignition MISL game that will air on Friday the 29th at 8:00pm ET on Fox Soccer Channel.

Have a happy and safe holiday, whatever your personal holiday may be.

Okay, This is Just Wrong

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Hockey uniforms with too many adverts on them

She Said, He Said

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Well, Greg Ryan has kept quiet for long enough, I guess.

EDIT:  I didn’t realize Solo was speaking again, though her interview with the San Diego Union Tribune is devoid of any vitriol towards Ryan.

If Solo and Ryan are both in WUSA2 next year, that’ll be interesting the first time their teams meet (because you know they’re not going to be part of the same organization).

Somewhere, Hugh Culverhouse is Chuckling

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Bill ParcellsSeriously, is there anyone in sports who combines the “qualities” of being a complete jerk with being completely dishonorable as well as Bill Parcells?

Parcells, who was quoted Wednesday as saying he would likely become the Atlanta Falcons’ new football operations czar (saying “I don’t expect any real deal-breaker. I don’t think there will be any major hangups.”), has told the Falcons “Thanks, but no thanks.”

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And, in the Interest of Equal Time…

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

…some women behaving badly as well:

  • Jamie Lynn Spears, who, at 16, is pregnant by her 19-year-old boyfriend. This came as a total shock to Mother of the Year candidate Lynne Spears, who said, “I didn’t believe it, because Jamie Lynn’s always been so conscientious. She’s never late for her curfew. I was in shock.” (Note to Mom: You can get pregnant in the afternoon, you know.)
  • Philadelphia TV anchor Alycia Lane, who appears to be a complete nutjob based on her body of work, will be persona non grata for a while after allegedly striking a cop.

Men Behaving Badly

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

I’m Only Five World Cup Wins Shy…of Five World Cup Wins

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

My Brazilian soccer name - Tomiano

My Brazilian soccer player name is Tomiano. What’s yours?