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Archive for May 2010

USA vs. England, v4.5 (1976)

Any soccer fan knows of the USA’s historic 1-0 win over England in the 1950 World Cup (and if you don’t, you’ll be hearing enough about it in the next two weeks to fill you in). But, 34 years ago today, an American team of sorts played the English in a little-known, little-remembered game that’s… (read more)

The World Was Not Enough

I was just thinking the other day that I’m about ready for some football. But for the next couple of months, we’ll have to be content with other things. Here’s a great recent find, though – the end of a World Football League game between the Chicago Fire and the Jacksonville Sharks at Soldier Field… (read more)

More On Athletica’s Folding (Updated)

From an actual reporter on the ground, and not just bloggers and fans who let the hurt blind them to simple explanations, we get this from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Tom Timmerman. The different fates for the men’s and women’s teams happened because of different decisions by their leagues. The WPS board of governors, which… (read more)

The Things You See Sometimes

I’ve been collecting these photos in my phone. Saw this wine in Costco. Really? Seriously? Are you like seventh-graders who just discovered what that means? Hey, only one of you ladies at a time! This 3D-ish poster of former Lions quarterback Joey Harrington was at the local 99¢ store. I thought of getting it for… (read more)

Arrivederci, Athletica

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch confirms and Women’s Professional Soccer is supposed to officially announce soon the demise of Saint Louis Athletica for financial reasons. The tandem of Athletica and AC St. Louis has been under severe pressure recently after overseas investors supposedly pulled their support of the clubs. Now, there’s no way to spin this… (read more)

Landon Donovan’s This Is Sportscenter Commercial

I’m not a huge fan of ESPN or Sportscenter and I think these promos largely jumped the shark years ago, but this one made me chuckle, and Landon Donovan did a nice job with it. That’s much better than Donovan’s Mexican Lottery spot, though not as unintentionally comedic.

Best Goal Of The Weekend

I have lots to write about our trip to Las Vegas this weekend, but before I (finally) go to bed, this dramatic ending to one of the semifinal matches at the National Team Handball Championships. Quick scene-set: The New England Freeze (in white) and their regional/league rival and defending national champion New York City Team… (read more)