Archive for January, 2008
For the Uniwatchers: Next year’s Super Bowl logo.
I liked it at first. Now, the more I look at it, I can’t figure out what it’s supposed to be, or what it has to do with Tampa Bay or anything.
The news that the state of Pennsylvania is approving a funding package that should see a new soccer stadium (among other things) built in suburban Philadelphia means that Major League Soccer may get to its stated goal of 16 teams by 2010.
What if it looked like this at that point?
|New York||Kansas City|
I don’t personally think MLS would go with four-team divisions (and you’ll always hear the single-table enthusiasts chime in – I wouldn’t expect they’d do that with 16 teams, but you never know). I figure they’ll go with two eight-team conferences (which might break down as above, but with the Atlantic and Northern in the East and the Southern and Pacific in the West – thank you, PZ).
Then if the top four teams in each conference make the playoffs (as has been the case through most of the league’s history), you’re not facing a situation where “too many teams make the playoffs.” Seems manageable.
St. Louis looks like it’s the odd city out at the moment. That’s unfortunate. But I’ve long felt that St. Louis’ reputation as a soccer hotbed had a lot more to do with the great players that have come out of there and the love of playing and coaching the game that its residents have than about people actually ponying up to go watch it played at the professional level.
EDIT: Don Garber’s statement: â€œGovernor Rendellâ€™s announcement today is another very positive development toward bringing Major League Soccer to the Philadelphia area. The Philadelphia market just took a big step forward and is now well positioned to receive an MLS expansion team. The opportunity to be part of a large-scale urban-renewal project along the historic Chester waterfront remains extremely appealing to us. We are eager to continue our conversations with the potential ownership group to finalize an agreement and we will provide more details shortly.â€
This one is fourteen different kinds of awesome.
This one‘s fewer different kinds, but still awesome.
Speaking of jerseys (and I have to thank Dan for the tip on this one), DC United’s new look, to be worn by some new players:
The team that’s been Major League Soccer’s “most authentic” club over its first 12 years, the one that’s been the most subtle in its brand, the most understated (for the most part – until last year), first loses its iconic three stripes across the front of the shirt, then the league goes and changes the number and name font style on the back of the jerseys, and, yet, DC puts the word “TRADITION” right below the collar.
Are they still pinstripes if they’re horizontal, or do they have to be vertical? And if they’re wide apart, are they still pinstripes?
Anyway, here’s the new US Men’s National Team jersey:
And here’s the first thing I thought of when I saw it:
Look, USSF and Nike, seriously: quit screwing around with the uniform, okay? Pick a nice, classic, basic look and stick with it. I know you’re all gaga about all the cash we all dropped when we went to Germany in 2006, so we’re obviously fans. But quit coming out with new product we’re all supposed to buy every year lest we risk our reputation as true believers.
Time for a trip in the wayback machine, also known as www.paperofrecord.com, which lets you search old newspaper PDFs.
These baseball notes actually appeared in the October 2, 1976 issue of The Sporting News:
I’ve seen many an alternative football league announced only to crash and burn well before kickoff in the 30+ years I’ve been following the game as a fan and media type. I was a huge fan of the USFL and have a soft spot in my heart for leagues that take on the status quo and inject a little life into the proceedings (not that I think they could ever realistically compete with the NFL). Read the rest of this entry »
Maybe the worst person in the world plays in Tampa Bay, but it’s not Elijah Dukes of the Rays.
Maybe it’s Jerramy Stevens of the Buccaneers.
Just a vile, evil, bad guy.
And Bruce Allen gets a contract extension from the Bucs for moves like this, signing this complete waste of DNA and saying “I think Jerramy Stevens is a good young man.”
Of course you do, Bruce. It wasn’t your daughter he raped. Or your 92-year-old grandmother whose house he drove his truck into. Or your 17-year-old son whose face he stomped.
I was talking recently with a friend of mine (just for sake of argument, let’s call him, oh, Dan) about quarterbacks. We seem to be hearing a lot about quarterbacks lately, especially this week, what with Tom Brady of the Patriots poised to become one of the all-time greats (unless you believe total idiots like Bill Plaschke or Nick Canepa).
Somehow we got around to the guy you see above, Terry Bradshaw. Now, I wasn’t a huge Steelers fan, but they were the dominant team when I started following pro football in the mid-to-late 1970s (and I do have a Steelers #12 throwback jersey), and I respect that.
Dan and a lot of other folks don’t seem to respect ol’ TB, though. His name comes up a lot when you discuss the greatest quarterbacks and it seems like his name gets dismissed a lot (hey, how many Super Bowls does a guy have to win around here, anyway?) pretty quickly. This, despite the fact he was a first-ballot Hall of Famer, something only 13 other quarterbacks* can say. Read the rest of this entry »