Category Archives: Things that by themselves don’t necessarily justify their own category but that I’d like to talk about anyway

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One is silver and the other’s gold

Almost no sooner did Bill favorably namecheck me in comparison to Nate Silver than his formula over at ESPN is used to cheer up American soccer fans everywhere.  Apparently the United States has just shy of a 40% chance to escape from its group – odds of the USMNT being …

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Death to Promotion and Relegation

I know there’s other stuff going on.  There are the big games this weekend, and there’s the looming World Cup draw.  And boy, is that SOB ever looming.  You’ve run through the simulators too, and they look pretty terrifying. But I’m still giddy over Orlando entering MLS.  Tuesday, November 19 …

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160 not out

When Abby Wambach went out of her way to thank Dan Borislow for flying her family all the way from Rochester to Harrison to see her beat the living hell out of the all-time international goal-scoring record, my first thought was “Boy, I’m sure glad Borislow refuted all those terrible …

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CONCACAF qualifying – Six of the best, four on the floor

With both home teams at the top of the table winning, not a whole hell of a lot changed Tuesday.  But let’s update the charts anyway. The home and away chart: United States: +1 Costa Rica: -1 Mexico: -4 Honduras: -5 Panama: -6 Jamaica: -10 And, with Jamaica as cupcake: …

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Time to cross the line

Speaking of things we’re way, way behind on.  But with all the sad news about Boston hitting recently, I received a timely reminder about what the Revolution’s Kevin Alston is going through: If they want to help this kid, go to marrow.org. Get registered. Get tissue-typed & be a donor. It …

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Breaking Away – show them all, and let God sort them out

Now that you can see How you groove with me What else can I do To get closer to you We both are here to have the fun So let it whip - NBC Sports, as interpreted by the Dazz Band (because the Devo reference was too easy, and the …

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Let’s Read

I’m excited about the upcoming MLS season, not least because I think my favorite team is gonna win again, but I did want to provide something to people who hated MLS or wanted something to read. Except both “Finding the Game” by Gwendolyn Oxenham and “This Love Is Not For …

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Disparate But Not Serious

TOPIC ONE: In which fan bases who are so prone to rectoencephaly that they would dare to compare their region to Catalonia, Tibet and Palestine are completely on the side of truth and right So, who owns your supporters club? The answer to that used to be “Who cares, it’s …

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After Everyone’s Gone – MLS 1.0 is within measurable reach of its end

I’ve decided not to get upset about Adrian Hanauer having to campaign for his job.  If they want to make a mockery of the democratic process in order to get some cheap positive PR, well, take it from your old pal Stinky Wizzleteats – that’s something the Seattle Sounders did not invent.  …

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GOL-TV’s Phil Schoen suffers through his worst interview ever; or, all these cups are yours except Europa – attempt no landings there

Yes, I’m aware that I haven’t previewed MLS – well, now it’s technically a view.  And yes, I’m aware of what happened tonight in Carson and Ciudad Laguna.  I’ll get to those, too, unless something unforeseen happens, like a shiny object. Right now, though, it’s time to talk about Phil …