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Archive for September 2008

You’re Up, You’re Down

Now that the 2008 baseball regular season is (nearly) over, here’s a look at who did the best and worst jobs at improving themselves over 2007. Teams are ranked in each league by their number of games improvement (or lack thereof) over their 2007 marks.* NL Team 2007 2008 Diff Houston 73 89 .451 86… (read more)

I Remember…Doin’ The Timewarp…

First it was the amazing look-into-the-future Real Salt Lake webcam, now there’s this from US Soccer’s Communications folks about the Futsal World Cup: THE TOURNAMENT BEGINS: The U.S. Futsal National Team kicks off the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup against Paraguay on Sept. 30 at the Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Kickoff for the… (read more)

Monday Melange

Future shock: Look at the timestamp in the upper left hand corner of the webcam photo on the website for Real Salt Lake’s new stadium (Rio Tinto Stadium? WTF?) It’s tomorrow’s news today! The 49ers are going to retire Steve Young’s #8. I hear he’s pissed that he had to wait until Joe Montana had his… (read more)

10 Things I Learned This Weekend

1. Cheese curds are good. Real good. 2. Cheese curds also suffer from a marketing/image problem. If anything needs a rebranding, it’s cheese curds. I haven’t eaten them until now because I was skeptical about anything named a curd. I see now what I missed. 3. There’s a major highway between Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin!… (read more)

Welcome To Wisconsin

I saw a bunch of the Badger State last night. Well, as much as you can see at 1 in the morning. Turns out Mapquest, for some unknown reason, completely ignored the major highway that runs from Milwaukee to Madison and sent me on a 100-mile tour (complete with two detours!) of Wisconsin’s unincorporated hamlets…. (read more)

It Was…A Very Good Year

Ray Bentley, first quarter, Michigan State at Indiana on ESPN: “This is vintage Spartan football…at least in 2008.”

More on USL-1 Attendance

Here are the all-time average attendance standings (1994-2008) for each of the 47 different clubs in USL-1 (and the A-League/APSL prior to that): ALL-TIME USL-1 ATTENDANCE BY CLUB (Active Clubs in Gray) Club G Total Avg. Rochester Rhinos 192 1,962,192 10,220 Montreal Impact 191 1,316,637 6,893 Syracuse Salty Dogs 28 185,806 6,636 Portland Timbers 114… (read more)

Meanwhile, Elsewhere in Europe…

England might make changes to its rules on the line of succession to the throne. We are not amused. And you really couldn’t blame Landon Donovan for wanting to give Germany another try.

It’s a Numbers Game

UEFA is going to expand the European Championships from 16 teams to 24 in 2016. “The European Championships will not lose any quality by that,” said Franz Beckenbauer. Remember, 24 of 53 UEFA members in their championship (45%) are not too many, but 8 of 14 (57% and sure to drop next year and the year… (read more)

Final USL-1 Attendance Numbers

Unofficial, of course. Montreal leads the league for the fourth straight year. Miami was up almost 100%, but still at the bottom of the league. Atlanta continues to prove that a new stadium alone doesn’t get it done. Minnesota got a bit of a bump moving from St. Paul back to Blaine. Portland had an… (read more)