Archive for February, 2008

Yes, We Really Did Think This Way Once

Friday, February 29th, 2008

A 1943 guide to hiring women

It may not be this year, but the day is coming when the US will have a female president. Which will no doubt really tick off the authors of this 1943 primer in Transportation Magazine (assuming they’re still alive).  Click on the image for the full version.

Phil-Harmonic

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Philadelphia Atoms courtesy philadelphiaatoms.comTwo posts on this topic in, and already I’m running out of Philadelphia headlines. This doesn’t bode well.

Anyway, the league that’s never going to survive will have grown 60% from 2004 to 2010, thanks to today’s announcement that Philadelphia will be Major League Soccer’s 16th club.

They didn’t announce the name, colors or anything else today, and when they do, I doubt very seriously that “Atoms” will get any consideration at all. That’s a shame, in a way, because the Atoms are an interesting part of American soccer history (a part that’s chronicled extremely well on my man Steve Holroyd‘s site, philadelphiaatoms.com).

Some People Collect Stamps….

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Antonio Sutton Bobblehead

The latest addition to my collection of American soccer bobbleheads is Antonio Sutton of the California Cougars, courtesy of my man Greg Young, Jr. This is actually my second Sutton bobblehead – they made one of him when he was with the Cleveland Force.

Anyway, speaking of adding to one’s collection, I hear rumors that New Jersey Ironmen coach Omid Namazi is close to adding another one of his former players to his roster for the stretch run of the MISL season. After a great start, Jersey is 11-10, fifth in the league, but not in a very secure position with 9 games to go. (more…)

Cheesy

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

It’s commercials like this that sometimes make me wish I was still working in advertising, just for the laughs.



What’s In This Name?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Wrigley Field

The reports that inappropriate douchebag maverick owner Sam Zell would have no problem selling naming rights to Wrigley Field have caused, let’s say, plenty of consternation in Chicago and the baseball world. (First off, let’s be honest here: is this really a surprise? Any guy who will tell an employee “F*** you” – now with video goodness – and have that not be the most inappropriate thing that’s come out of his mouth would likely sell Personal Seat Licenses around Buckingham Fountain.)

But as for this notion that the people of Chicago “would never let this happen” or that they’d “rise up in anger against it,” let’s get real. (more…)

I Thee Wed(nesday)

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Things that have caught my eye today while wondering if the founding fathers really saw this one coming:

  • Myron Cope has died at the age of 79. While I wasn’t a fan (it’s a Pittsburgh thing, I reckon), I can appreciate the impact he had on a generation or two of Steeler fans and can understand their sadness today. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
  • If you wanted a good-looking husband, why didn’t you marry one? [Philly Daily News]
  • I love it when people turn the tables on local TV newsies [The Pitch]
  • Poker? I just met ‘er. [NBC 10]
  • Couple of different looks for MLS teams this year: Columbus and Dallas [DuNord]
  • The people of Arlington, Oregon apparently don’t appreciate having a mayor with a smokin’ bod. [Radar Online]
  • And this is from yesterday, but thanks again for the love from Uni Watch [Uniwatchblog.com]

Guess I’m Not the Only One

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Sean Salisbury out as ESPN football analyst.

There are Those Who Call Him…Tim?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Tim Holt from USLSoccer.comOne of the highlights of the time I spent working for a club in the United Soccer Leagues system was getting to work with Tim Holt, who’s now the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the whole shebang. Even back in 1999, it was obvious he was a sharp guy going places – I didn’t honestly expect him to stay at USL for ten years. But whatever measure of growth and stability USL has achieved over the last decade has been due in no small part to his vision, his intelligence and his passion for the game and for seeing things done the right way.

Tim has an honest and interesting Q and A on USL’s site. Give it a tumble.

I mentioned that I didn’t expect him to stay at USL as long as he has. This week they’re going to announce the new MLS team in Philadelphia, which is Tim’s hometown. The folks running the show in Chester would be well-advised to consider Tim for a prominent spot in their new world order.

Told U

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

UFL logoI said the United Football League would never play a game.

It looks more and more likely that that’s the case, now that their kickoff has been pushed back to 2009 and their big announcement to “late March” after it was originally supposed to be in the first week of February.

They’re supposed to announce a national TV deal? Unless it’s with Mark Cuban‘s HDNet, I’m skeptical. Networks are no longer in the habit of taking flyers on these alternative leagues (at least not in a way that makes any type of financial windfall for the league itself possible).

The woods are littered with the bones of people who’ve tried to start competing or alternative sports leagues, especially in football. Add these people’s bones to the pile.

Cact-Eye

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Attendance Geek here again…with numbers from the 2007 Cactus League season from this morning’s Arizona Republic:

Team G Total Average
Chicago Cubs (Mesa) 16 175,891 10,993
San Francisco (Scottsdale) 14 148,988 10,642
Seattle (Peoria) 16 126,137 7,884
San Diego (Peoria) 14 100,061 7,147
Los Angeles Angels (Tempe) 15 105,869 7,058
Oakland (Phoenix) 14 95,058 6,790
Arizona (Tucson) 14 94,291 6,735
Texas (Surprise) 14 86,864 6,205
Chicago White Sox (Tucson) 15 86,397 5,760
Kansas City (Surprise) 14 78,747 5,625
Milwaukee (Maryvale) 14 61,888 4,421
Colorado (Tucson) 15 57,359 3,824
CACTUS LEAGUE 175 1,217,550 6,957

I have tickets to three Cubs games at HoHoKam Park (and to another in Peoria), and definitely plan to check out the Padres, Mariners and Brewers, who all train near me. It’s amazing how much of a big business Spring Training has become over the years.Al Lopez Field

My friends and I used to go to games at Al Lopez Field (right) in Tampa back in the day and it was nothing like it is today. Al Lopez was one of those old-time, utilitarian ballparks (it had been built in the mid-1950s, so it was already old by the time we started going there), but it was the site of a lot of memories. I hopped over the railing from a first-row seat next to the dugout to wrestle a foul ball away from a ballboy (I still have the ball, which came off the bat of Dave Concepcion) in 1983. My best friend and I saw the Ft. Lauderdale Yankees beat the Tampa Tarpons in the 1982 Florida State League championship there (I snagged George Steinbrenner‘s autograph that night, and still have that).

I’d be amazed if Spring Training games back in dinosaur days drew more than a few thousand folks, on average.