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Congratulations To Jay….Gurden?

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Nicely done by Washington’s NFL team on their own website:


So when who I can only presume is Jay Gruden is announced this afternoon as the new head coach of the team, it’ll shift the list of the 100 NFL Head Coaching Hires I talked about the other day.

So with Gruden’s hiring (he was Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator), 65 of the last 100 NFL head coaching hires have been NFL assistant coaches (17 promoted from within). The average age of the last 100 has been 48.76, and the median age has been right on 48. (They’re getting slightly younger – the last 50 averaged 48.04 as of their date of hire, the previous 50 were about a year and a half older.)

60 of the last 100 have been fired, and in an average of 3.49 years. The trigger is getting quicker, too. The most recent 30 firings happened in an average of just 2.8 years, while the previous 30 lasted 4.1 years.

These numbers will shift a bit again when the last few remaining openings are filled, but the takeaways are these: Being an NFL assistant coach is far and away the number one way to become an NFL head coach and you’d better win pretty quickly because owners have little patience.

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January 9th, 2014 at 11:22 am

Text? Who Needs Text? We’re Running A Newspaper Here

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Great story in the Vancouver Province today.

Vancouver Province story with no text

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May 29th, 2013 at 11:38 am

“I Gotta Get On That Internet, I’m Behind On EVERYTHING.”

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A Cosmos fan shows he doesn't know what he's talking about

I love this moment, where a(n alleged) Cosmos fan shows he needs to brush up on current events. (H/T to Nico, originally happened here.)

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May 7th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Any Publicity….

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It’s cool that Phoenix FC got some play on CBS5 news here in Phoenix this morning.

It’s not so cool that CBS5 used a(n outdated) W-League logo as part of the graphic.

(Not surprising…just over a year ago, CBS5 used an NFL logo that was four years out of date.)

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March 12th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Oooh, I Know This One!

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Syracuse soccer fans
Syracuse Silver Knights president Tommy Tanner, who famously said his MISL team would “sell out every game” before it played one, is perplexed about why they haven’t actually sold out every game. Or come close, even.

“We’re still not where we need to be,” said Tanner, who vowed there will be, at least, a third campaign for his bunch. “We got about 2,000 a game last year and we’re getting about 2,000 a game this year. It’s almost exactly the same. And I can’t explain that. I really can’t.”

Well, I can explain it: you seem to think tickets just sell themselves. You seem to have two people charged with selling group tickets, which is great, but you need a lot more people selling all sorts of tickets if you’re going to average more than the 3,424 announced that is ahead of only Wichita and Chicago in the seven-team MISL.

Team G Total Average Median High Low
Rochester Lancers *11 68,546 6,231 5,365 10,320 4,191
Baltimore Blast 12 65,697 5,475 6,248 7,060 3,038
Milwaukee Wave 11 51,303 4,664 4,934 5,602 3,733
Missouri Comets 11 47,204 4,291 4,518 5,481 3,026
Syracuse Silver Knights 11 37,664 3,424 3,376 4,567 2,617
Wichita Wings 13 37,318 2,871 2,600 4,500 2,200
Chicago Soul *10 23,659 2,366 2,212 3,488 1,572
MISL TOTAL 79 331,391 4,195 3,919 10,320 1,572
*=Missing one game

What’s really strange is Tanner’s assertion that they were getting “about 2,000 a game last year and… about 2,000 a game this year.” The Silver Knights announced an average of 2,951 per game (sixth out of seven teams) last year and have announced an average of 3,424 this year (an increase of 16 percent). So they appear to be growing.

Unless you’re going to tell me that indoor soccer teams aren’t entirely truthful about their attendance figures. Which, come on.

(All this said…I don’t know who he is, but Syracuse’s play-by-play announcer is really good. REALLY good. Great description of the game, just the right amount of enthusiasm, knows the terminology, keeps up with the action, good voice. I don’t know how he got good, but he’s good.)

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February 19th, 2013 at 11:23 am

Yeah, No Kidding

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The future starts now, all right. Thursday, February 7, 2013 is next Thursday. This announcement comes to you from the local USL Pro team, the Phoenix FC Wolves, who have their first home game in less than 60 days, and are kind of behind the 8-ball. They haven’t announced ticket prices yet, haven’t hired anyone in sales and marketing yet, have no one in the organization who has ever actually sold a ticket, and have six home games by Memorial Day. I hope they do well, but everything I’m hearing (except from local fanboys) is head-scratching.

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January 31st, 2013 at 8:50 am

Bucs Trade Aqib Talib to New England

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Old and Busted: Greg Schiano, October 16, 2012, after cornerback Aqib Talib was suspended for four games by the NFL: “He’s going to be back with us. You’ve got to just trust us on this one.”

New Hotness: Yeah, he’s not going to be back with us.

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November 1st, 2012 at 2:20 pm

New York, New York

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Looks like it was quite the ordeal for whatever intern is responsible for content on the front page of a major metropolitan newspaper as well.

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August 3rd, 2012 at 7:58 am

Because It Never Gets Old

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From the June 27, 1994 issue of The Sporting News comes this story on the new soccer league that would start up less than two years later.

From The Sporting News June 27, 1994

Yeah, loud wrong.

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June 27th, 2012 at 8:21 am

Our Situation Has Not Improved

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You may member an indoor soccer team called the Phoenix Monsoon (the one that listed me as its play-by-play announcer despite not actually, you know, consummating a deal with me). This was its maiden season in the PASL, and they had big plans for it. Well, the original owner was out before Christmas and the new owners have changed the name of the team to the Arizona Storm.

The above is what you see when you go to the team’s new website. So, yeah.

“Storm” may be the single most-used name for a soccer team ever. Just off the top of my head, I remember the St. Louis Storm, the Memphis Storm, the Chicago Storm and now the Arizona Storm indoors and the New Orleans Storm, Seattle Storm and Sacramento Storm outdoors. I’m sure there have been others.

Oh, and after winning their first game ever, they’ve lost their last nine and are now on their third home field since Halloween. Surely, things are trending upward.

EDIT: They’ve now noticed their typo.

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January 15th, 2012 at 8:48 pm