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Archive for November 2008

Rising Unsteadily On Wobbly Legs

Okay, I have a blog back up and running. Now I have to figure out how to get all the old posts and comments into this new format. Anybody who can help with that, please let me know. Else we’re going to be starting from scratch, and I’m not sure I want to do that…. (read more)

Actually, I Don’t Hate It

  The name of St. Louis’ new Women’s Professional Soccer team is actually growing on me, the more I hear it. Athletica. Different, but really different. Not corny, not comical, not trendy or cartoonish. Kind of Hellenic, which makes sense in a way. I kinda like it. I think this gives us the seven names… (read more)

Ratings Game

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand reports that the overnight rating for MLS Cup was a 0.7*, which is pretty much what the overnight has been for the last few years, if memory serves. It’s also fitting because Heistand trots out his same old “soccer is the sport of the future – and always will be” laugh… (read more)

Il A Dit, Il A Dit

Montreal Impact boss Joey Saputo gives his side of the story as to why their bid for an MLS team in 2011 is (apparently) no more.

Men Of Steel

  There’s a big office building going up right across the street from my office. Right out my office window, in fact. When I started working here, I had a great view of the north Valley. Now, not so much. When the new building is completed, I’ll have a great view of….an office building.

So…Crisis Averted, Right?

We’re good now, right? New York didn’t win, the world is still on its axis? The team with the best record in the regular season actually went through the byzantine playoff structure so many decry and turned in an emphatic performance in winning MLS Cup 2008? Whew. That’s a relief. (On a side note – Shawn… (read more)

Cup Day!

Somehow I don’t get the feeling it’s quite the holiday it is in other countries. Anyway, I’ll be watching, and here are a few thoughts on that and recent announcements: Columbus should win. They’re the better team. I can’t believe New York has all of a sudden discovered how to play the game when a… (read more)

Don Discord

I’m going to guess that MLS Commissioner Don Garber will take the chance to amend, extend and clarify his comments of yesterday (as reported by Nick Green) in today’s State of the League address. I’m also guessing that Mr. Green’s piece is a little heavier-handed than it deserves to be, and that Garber’s big point… (read more)

Irony, Thy Name Is Sigi

Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune has a really good story on the deliciousness of Columbus Crew coach Sigi Schmid returning to LA four years after he was dumped by the Galaxy. The Crew hadn’t exactly been a model of excellence under Schmid before this year, but there he is, leading his club into… (read more)