Archive for April, 2009

Four At The Back – Episode 6

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

The plight of last year’s MLS Cup finalists, John Carver‘s departure from Toronto FC, the short and long-term future of the United Soccer Leagues and the first month of the Women’s Professional Soccer season are the topics on the latest episode of Four At The Back, America’s fastest-growing soccer podcast*.

Tim Holt, USL VP, is our special guest on this week’s show – thanks to Tim for agreeing to join us. Thanks go out to all of you who have been listening to the show and subscribing to it on iTunes. Send us your feedback – let us know what you like, what you don’t like, what topics you think we should cover or just how much you like my partner, Dan Loney.

*I have no idea if this is true. But we have had a good first month, so thank you, one and all.

Window To The World

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Window washers outside my building

I saw these guys on the building under construction across the street this morning and had to get a shot of them.

Okay, Maybe THIS Is The Greatest Goal Ever

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Vancouver’s Willie Johnston does little to dissuade anyone of the notion that the NASL was a beer league in this clip from 1979.

Talk about calling your shot. No, seriously, that’s awesome. The Whitecaps even went on to win the title that year (grrrrrrrrrr). I was unaware of this little bit of NASL history. But that’s righteous.

Idol Speculation: Rats!

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Last week was Disco Week on American Idol, honoring an era which occurred before most of the contestants were born, so this week they went even deeper into the archives for Rat Pack Week. I was dealing with burning eyes and a fever while this was on, so this entry will be brief – thankfully there are only five of these people left – but just snarky enough, hopefully. Performance reviews, subjective scores and made-up rankings follow after the jump.


Simple As That

Monday, April 27th, 2009

This is certainly the quote of the week and maybe of the year, and it came from Saint Louis Athletica midfielder Daniela in reference to her team’s lack of scoring through its first two WPS matches:

“The ball does not want to go in.”

It still didn’t want to go in Saturday. Athletica (I don’t know if it should be “the” Athletica) drew 0-0 with league-leading Los Angeles.

At the moment, LA and Chicago look like the class of the league (it’s still early, though). Even though it’s only a 7-team league, the Sol and Red Stars don’t face each other until early June.

Early on, WPS average attendance is steady and about within where they expected to be (5,598 through 13 games). Going at things from an austere budget standpoint, they may be all right.

No Joshin’

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up to pick Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman in the first round of the NFL Draft yesterday – a move met with some derision around Buc Nation, apparently.

Look – sure, there are plenty of needs on this team. One of them is – and has been for a while – the quarterback position. The last several signings or draft picks have largely been “bridge” guys – to get you from one guy to The Guy. Only there hasn’t been A Guy. Just a succession of other guys. If Josh Freeman is The Guy, great. They can stop stop-gapping and prepare for his era to start.

Just for grins, let’s look at the other 22 quarterbacks the Bucs have drafted since day one:


Four At The Back – Episode 5

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

The USL-1 season has begun, Bob Lenarduzzi clues us in on Vancouver’s new MLS franchise, Seattle comes back to Earth and whither Bruce Arena‘s career? It’s all on the new episode of Four At The Back.

Download the latest show here, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and send us your feedback so we know what you like and don’t like, or what you want to hear.

Four At The Back is a weekly soccer podcast featuring LA-based soccer-blogger and chiropodist to the stars Dan Loney and myself. Hundreds of people download it every week – you should, too!

Kinnick Stadium: Yes, We Can!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

I told you two weeks ago about US Soccer’s preliminary list of stadiums that could potentially host World Cup matches if the USA won a bid for the 2018 or 2022 Finals. That list is down to a much more manageable 58 now after some said “No, thank you” and a couple others jumped in.

It’s probably not surprising that the 11 who said “No” were all college football stadiums, seven of those in the south (two others – Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida and Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman are “pending,” but I wouldn’t expect the USSF to be holding a spot for them for too long). But Iowa’s Nile Kinnick Stadium is totally down with hosting. (This will make my man Dan Loney very happy.)

Las Vegas, Raleigh-Durham and Salt Lake City have jumped in, though SLC’s bid facility is Rice-Eccles Stadium, which Real Salt Lake couldn’t get away from fast enough.

I largely stand behind the list I went through two weeks ago. You and I both know Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville has no shot, but it’s nice to have a bunch of stadiums from which to choose. Anybody in Zurich who sees this list isn’t going to know Doak Campbell from Neve Campbell anyway.

Paging Dr. Blanco

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Yes, that’s Chicago Fire Star Cuauhtemoc Blanco in his new role as pitchman for the Spanish-language Yellow Pages. The story here.

He will not be appearing in a series of ads promoting this year’s US Open Cup, however.

Idol Speculation: The Ladies’ Underwear Caper

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

After Saving Private Giraud last week, American Idol was still at seven contestants for Disco Night last night. During which we discovered that Donna Summer recorded at least 43% of all the songs during the Disco Era. Seriously, people. Do you spend more than eight seconds choosing songs?

As always, the contestants follow, in order of their performances, with their songs in parentheses and a subjective rating at the end.