Archive for June, 2008
A soccer fan from Miami (of all places) has come up with this design for a potential new logo for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, the new USL-1 club that will begin play in 2010 with the same name and colors as the legendary NASL team of the 1970s and 1980s.
I quite like it. I don’t know if what the owners are coming up with will be any better or what, but they could do a lot worse. The peaks are the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (officially the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge), a local landmark that (unfortunately) only barely touches Hillsborough County waters and doesn’t connect Tampa to anything. Still, it’s recognizable and makes a good design element. The sun is there, too, and the font is a more modern one than the circus-like traditional font (but it’s still unique and fun).
I’m on record as saying that “1975” doesn’t really belong in the new club’s logo or anything – the king is dead, long live the king and all that – but that’s a quibble.
I’ll be interested to see what the actual logo/badge looks like. Hopefully we’ll find out soon.
It’s time to check in on disciplinary problems in MLS again. Here’s the latest chart showing the most “popular” cautions and reasons for ejections:
|Tackle From Behind||61||17.3%|
|Delaying A Restart||14||4.0%|
|Interference GK or Throw-in||1||0.3%|
|Serious Foul Play||10||33.3%|
|Denied Goalscoring Opportunity||1||3.3%|
San Jose’s Daniel Hernandez leads the league in the league-leading “Reckless Foul” category with 4, while there’s a three-way tie for the lead in the “Tackle From Behind” category (Gonzalo Martinez and Santino Quaranta of DC and Sinisa Ubiparipovic of NY). Toronto’s Maurice Edu is Mr. Professional Foul (with 3) and, to no one’s surprise, Chicago’s Cuauhtemoc Blanco leads the league in Dissent yellows with 3.
Kansas City’s Roger Espinoza and San Jose’s James Riley are the only two MLS players to be red carded twice this season.
Baldomero Toledo has handed out the most cards (43), with almost a third (13) for Reckless Foul, and has also sent the most players off (6).
|Shots on Goal||72||10.3||996||10.0|
Reckless Foul (6): Corrales (SJ), Deuchar (RSL), Goldthwaite (NY), Gutierrez (CHI), Thorrington (CHI), Tudela (LA)
Tackle From Behind (6):Â Kljestan (CHV), Marshall (TOR), Ricchetti (DAL), Segares (CHI), Serioux (DAL), Stammler (NY)
Professional Foul (6): Bornstein (CHV),Â Denton (SJ), Edu (TOR), Ekpo (CLB), Gray (SJ), Prideaux (CHI)
Dissent (4): Donovan (LA), Guevara (TOR), Kovalenko (RSL), Robert (TOR)
Pushing/Holding (3): Iro (CLB), Saragosa (DAL), Sassano (NY)Â Â Â Â Â Â
Game Disrepute (3): DeRosario (HOU), Gallardo (DC), Razov (CHV)Â
The camera can’t do it justice like your eye can, but a wildfire (sparked by lightning) that’s been burning in southwest Phoenix for the last couple of days put a blanket of smoke and ash over parts of downtown Thursday afternoon. It turned the sun into a perfect blood-red disc. A passerby asked me “Does this happen often?” Hell, I don’t know, I just got here.
Wow. Jay Mariotti thinks Chicago is a better place without Mike North.
Chicago was unavailable for comment because it was too busy laughing hysterically at the idea of Mariotti saying that North’s departure from WSCR-AM could be “the beginning of decency, professionalism and couth in Chicago sports radio.”
Because, God knows, if there’s one guy whoÂ embodies decency, professionalism and couth, it’s Jay Mariotti. And if there’s one medium that’s ready to be decent, professional and civil, it’s sports radio.
Especially if that man is…you know…that LA Galaxy midfielder.
(Thanks to Goff.)
On the one hand, I’ve long been skeptical of forecasts of doom.
On the other hand, this will be the 11th straight day where the highÂ temperature here in the ValleyÂ will be over 110.
Last week’s announcement that the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ name and colors would be returning to the American soccer scene touched off quite a bit of nostalgia and plenty of excitement (especially in this space). Of course, there are critics as well (as there always are).
Now that the confetti has all fallen and it’s some 22 months until the first game, let’s get real for a minute. Read the rest of this entry »
Saw this yesterday in the parking lot at the local movie theatre:
One of my earliest pop culture memories, from when I first started to become cognizant of the world past my back yard, was listening to my mom’s George Carlin albums (Class Clown and AM & FM were, I believe, the first two I was exposed to). I knew they were a bit naughty, and later I would come to realize the meaning of words like iconoclastic and irreverant, but to a kid of about eight or nine* all I really grasped was that they were funny.
Now Carlin’s dead, at the age of 71. Ignoring for a moment the idea that when the icons of your youth start to die off, you get a serious dose of perspective on your own impending mortality, this is a loss for the genre and the culture. Yes, if you asked anyone under about 35 to list their favorite comedians, he probably wouldn’t be on a lot of lists. And, while he was still performing and still drawing crowds, his most influential days were behind him.
Yet, he’s a giant of comedy. A comedic genius. Mount Rushmore of Comedy stuff. It’s easy to pigeonhole him as just a guy who swore a lot on stage (something that barely fazes us now), but to the end, Carlin asked us to re-examine why we thought the way we did about things and made us laugh during the examination.
He was his own man, and to the kid who became a grownup (and whose sardonic outlook on life was no doubt shaped by those 33 1/3 vinyl discs) he’ll always be an icon.
*Yes, my mom was either a bit progressive or neglectful, depending on your point of view. In 1973, maybe letting your eight-year-old listen to George Carlin wouldn’t get you Parent of the Year, but I seem to have turned out all right, yeah?