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They Should Have Had Tebow Proofread It

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Nice headline in the Gainesville Sun on the one thing that apparently isn’t perfect about Tim Tebow.

Seriously…I know craigslist took away a lot of your ad revenue, and you’re shedding people left and right because of it, but can you at least keep the editors and proofreaders around? They’re kind of important if you want people to trust you and not mock you. You’re only hastening your demise.

EDIT: They apparently fixed it at some point.

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July 31st, 2009 at 10:47 am

Blast From The Past

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I found this while I was cleaning out a closet last night – a letter to the editor of ESPN The Magazine from December 14, 1998. This was five years before I became an official, and was in response to an article that suggested the NBA re-hire referees who had been indicted for tax fraud because their replacements were inexperienced and it was messing up the games.


The refs were reinstated by NBA Commissioner David Stern. Shows how much pull I have.

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July 31st, 2009 at 8:26 am

Remiss I Have Been

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Sorry you’ve not heard from me in a while. I was in an auto accident over the weekend and I’m focusing on getting everything sorted with that.

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July 30th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

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Fun Exchange Between Bill Simmons and Seth Meyers…

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July 24th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

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Playoffs? You’re Talking About Playoffs?

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The Los Angeles Sol have clinched the regular-season title in the inaugural season of Women’s Professional Soccer and they’ll host the championship game on Saturday, August 22. They’ll have just over three weeks to sell tickets to the final (tickets aren’t even on sale until July 29 – I guess they either figured “Why give ourselves as much time as possible?” or the fact they were going to clinch here sometime soon snuck up on them, seeing as how they were only 11 points clear of everybody else going into last night’s 0-0 draw with FC Gold Pride).

Nobody else is officially out of the running for the four-team playoffs just yet, though Chicago and FC Gold Pride could be eliminated this weekend and St. Saint Louis and Boston could clinch spots.

This part of the story on WPS’ website did make me laugh, though:

With one of the most dominant regular season performances for any professional sports team, no less a first-year team in a new league, the Los Angeles Sol captured the WPS Regular Season title on Thursday evening with a 0-0 draw against FC Gold Pride at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

The Sol are 11-2-5 at this writing and have outscored their opponents 24-6. That’s certainly dominant. Just not “one of the most dominant regular season performances for any professional sports team.” The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the Yankees of 1927 and 1998, the 1948 Cleveland Browns, 2007 New England Patriots (do you see what I’m getting at?) are on line two, better pick up.

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July 24th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

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Here’s Why The Internet Is Awesome

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US National soccer team forward Brian Ching can take a photo of the New York Red Bulls’ under-construction stadium from his seat on the airplane and post it to TwitPic. People following him on Twitter can see said picture. One of them (me) can take said photo and put it on his blog and you can see it. All within less than 90 minutes.

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July 24th, 2009 at 11:08 am

The Only Thing We Don’t Yet Know If Tim Tebow Can Do

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He’s obviously not counting the sensual massage he received from Thom Brennaman.

(Kudos to the excellent and I hope it’s at least slightly tongue-in-cheek Tim Teblog.)

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July 24th, 2009 at 9:54 am

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EA As Sport – It’s Not In The Game

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I don’t even want the cheap pageviews that would come from using her name or running her picture. You know who I’m referring to – it’s the top story in the sports blogosphere, even if ESPN won’t admit it by conveniently misplacing their pandering “Blog Buzz” for a few days.
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July 23rd, 2009 at 1:57 pm

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And The Open Cup Final Just Got A Little More Interesting

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In this corner, Seattle Sounders FC honcho Adrian Hanauer (right), the new kid on the block with the hot sports car.

In the other corner, DC United head man Kevin Payne (left), the paterfamilias of MLS top men, who’d prefer that Hanauer got off Payne’s lawn and stayed on his artificial one in Seattle.

Gentlemen, start your sniping.

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July 23rd, 2009 at 1:19 pm

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I Love This Story

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Once a man lived by the river. He heard a radio report that the river was going to rush up and flood the town, and that all the residents should evacuate their homes. But the man said, “I’m religious. I pray. God loves me. God will save me.”

The waters rose up.

A guy in a rowboat came along and he shouted, “Hey, hey you! You in there! The town is flooding! Let me take you to safety!”

But the man shouted back, “I’m religious. I pray. God loves me. God will save me.”

A helicopter appeared overhead, and a guy inside with a megaphone shouted, “Hey, hey you! You down there! The town is flooding! Let me drop this ladder and I’ll take you to safety!”

But the man shouted back that he was religious, that he prayed, that God loved him and that God will take him to safety.

Well, of course, the man drowned.

And standing at the gates of St. Peter, he demanded an audience with God.

“Lord,” he said, “I’m a religious man, I pray. I thought you loved me. Why did this happen?”

God said, “I sent you a radio report, a helicopter, and a guy in a rowboat. What the hell are you doing here?”

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July 23rd, 2009 at 10:36 am