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Archive for September 2009

Time Capsule

Here’s a photo my mom unearthed of my grandparents, in 1933. Hopefully late 1933, as Prohibition wasn’t repealed until December 5 of that year. It doesn’t look like a real bar, though, so maybe it’s like one of those faux Old West novelty photos you can get where you dress up like it’s 1855.

Don’t Believe Everything They Tweet

Apparently Rodney Harrison‘s tweet war with the Jets’ Kerry Rhodes was fake on one end, so says Newsday’s Neil Best. But why did it take a week for that to come to light? Why didn’t Harrison address that on NBC last Sunday night? (EDIT: Now the account has been re-titled “Not Real Harrison” and the… (read more)

Back On The BTN

My man Richard Broad and I are reunited Sunday afternoon for the start of another season broadcasting college soccer on the Big Ten Network. We’ll be calling the men’s game between the last two conference champs, Ohio State (4-3-0 4-0-3) and Michigan State (4-1-1), which starts at 2:30pm ET but won’t air until 4pm ET… (read more)


Video to come, but this was a hilarious moment late in Chicago’s 17-14 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon as Jay Cutler walked straight into the hands of Referee Scott Green as Green was signaling time out. Knocked Cutler’s helmet clean off.

Because, Dammit, If It LOOKS Like Europe, It’ll Be As Good AS Europe

I missed this when it happened, but, luckily, Dan was there for me. “I’d scrap the playoffs and gladly take what projects out* to be tied for fourth place in the overall standings with Chicago,” Sacha Kljestan didn’t say. There’s this notion, perpetuated by people who have an insane love for how things are done… (read more)

Final 2009 USL-1 Attendance Numbers

Updated with the one missing game (thanks to USL’s hard-working Gerald Barnhart), here are my final unofficial attendance figures for USL-1 this year: Team G Total Avg. Median 2008 Change Montreal Impact 15 180,494 12,033 12,180 12,696 -5.22% Portland Timbers 15 146,008 9,734 9,157 8,567 13.62% Rochester Rhinos 15 96,425 6,428 6,381 7,313 -12.10% Vancouver… (read more)

All A-Twitter

Former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison and current Jets safety Kerry Rhodes are having a bit of a Twitter war stemming from Rhodes’ comments this week. It’s fun. Check it out. BTW, Harrison’s grammar is one thing, but Rhodes’ official site biography is unintentionally hilarious: “He stands at 6’3”. He is the eye of the storm…calm… (read more)

Things You Didn’t Know About WPS

Crunching some numbers and shaking them until they give up some useless information about the 148 players who played in Women’s Professional Soccer this season: Five players – Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Aya Miyama (Los Angeles Sol), Caroline Jonsson (Chicago Red Stars), Becky Sauerbrunn and Homare Sawa (Washington Freedom) all played every minute of every… (read more)

Meeting Halfway

There’s a month or so left in the 2009 Major League Soccer season, and six clubs (Chivas USA, Houston, Colorado, Columbus, Chicago and New England) still have a chance to win half of the games on their schedule. Don’t laugh. That’s more rare than you might think. In the 30-game, no-shootouts era (since 2003), only… (read more)