Archive for August, 2011

Highlights: High School Football

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

With only one more soccer game left for me this season (USL Pro championship, Saturday, September 2, 7:00 pm ET, FOX Soccer), I’m back to calling high school (American) football on The season started here in Arizona last night and here are highlights of the Kellis/Centennial game:

(And, just as an aside, if you think it’s fun and easy to call football with no analyst, no monitor, no replays, no commercials and a 45-point blowout, try it sometime.)

DirecTV Isn’t Even Trying Anymore

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Saw this while channel-surfing on DirecTV last night. If you’re not familiar with the film in question, it wouldn’t be a surprise, given how awful its reviews were. I just had to laugh because I not only saw it, I paid to see it in the theater when it came out. And because we have something like 14 million unemployed people in this country, and whoever wrote this synopsis actually has a job.

Oh, Donna…..

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Irony, from the latest issue of ESPN: The Magazine. In a story on tOhio State University President Gordon Gee, you will find this gem:

“At Miami, president Donna Shalala personally hires each coach. She studies the NCAA rulebook and weekly compliance reports. During football games, she scours the sidelines for suspicious guests. ‘I’m on alert all the time,’ she says.”

Yeah. Sure she was. All the time.

Highlights: USL Pro Game Of The Week

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

The final USL Pro playoff berth wasn’t decided until the final whistle of last Friday’s USL Pro Game of the Week on FOX Soccer. Here are the highlights of the Charleston Battery’s 4-3 win over the Charlotte Eagles, one that included a two-goal, Player of the Week performance by the Battery’s Mike Zaher:

The playoffs begin Friday, with Rochester hosting Pittsburgh, Wilmington hosting Richmond and Los Angeles traveling to Harrisburg. On Saturday, regular season champ Orlando hosts Charleston. The USL Pro Championship is Saturday, September 3 at 7pm ET on FOX Soccer.

Highlights: USL Pro Game of the Week

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Here are highlights of last Friday night’s USL Pro Game of the Week, in which the Wilmington Hammerheads defeated the Los Angeles Blues 2-1 in front of a Legion Stadium record crowd of nearly 6,000.

Our final regular-season telecast, this Friday at Charleston, could determine the eighth and final playoff spot for 2011. Unless the Charlotte Eagles beat the Harrisburg City Islanders at home Wednesday night, they’ll go to Charleston Friday needing at least a draw to secure an American Division playoff berth. If Harrisburg (who can still win the National Division) can win Wednesday, we’ll have a dramatic setting Friday at Blackbaud Stadium (8pm ET, Fox Soccer).