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Wouldn’t You Know It?

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Published on: June 7, 2011

I tweeted extensively from the FC Tucson matches this weekend, prompting two people to stop following me on Twitter.

I heard from them, and they both pointed out that they follow me for politics, not soccer.

I really don’t want to be an ass about this, but I exist outside of politics. Yes, I have other interests.

It’s shocking, I know.

The funny part is that that particular Twitter account rarely has political content. It’s my personal one. I’m far more likely to complain about the performance of the Revs or talk about the latest Corrin Tucker album than dish about Jan Brewer’s latest move on there.

It’s the Twitter account, by the way, that gets shown in the box on the left here.

I keep two accounts precisely so folks don’t have to read my ruminations on non-political topics. I don’t get why people who only know and care about me because of my political blogging would be the least bit interested in following my personal Twitter account. It’s even weirder that they would follow it and complain to me that what I’m writing there doesn’t interest them. Even better, a number of these folks follow both accounts. This means that they know there are two but somehow expect to read the same content in two places.

Okay, for future reference: my personal twitter account is @tedski. The twitter for political stuff is @3R_AZ.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

We Are Everywhere

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Published on: May 1, 2011

See that? Right there behind Jimmy Nielsen. It looks to be a Polish-Mexican flag.

I got a bit excited about this, so I went ahead and looked through the game video at the MLS site to see a good shot of it. It turns out that it is actually a Mexican flag with the eagle displayed sideways so the flag can be hung. For some reason, the green part of the flag was pulled up and couldn’t be seen. It can be seen at other times though.

Oh well.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

Because You Are All Dying for My Opinion

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Published on: November 20, 2009

Yep, the league did not get their Beckham/Donovan v Blanco/McBride showdown that would have made for easy promotion. Instead they have the Scruffy Underdogs v Glamor Boys contest.

Yep, this means Alan Gordon is now a glamor boy.

The commentary from LA fans I have read say they are worried about these “Underdogs” of Real Salt Lake. I dunno. There have only been two “scrappy underdogs” that I can think of that made it this far: New York (who weren’t so much scrappy as lucky) and Colorado. Both ended up losing in the end. My prediction for the final: 3 – 1 LA.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

Tay-Lor Twell-Man!

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Published on: June 7, 2009

Stats courtesy of American Soccer History Archives:

Archie Stark, Bethlehem Steel – 253
Johnny Nelson, Brooklyn Wanderers – 223
Giorgio Chinaglia, New York Cosmos – 193
Dave Brown, New York Giants – 189
Bill Patterson, various teams – 152
Andy Stevens, New Bedford Whalers – 150
Jerry Best, New Bedford Whalers – 138
Bart McGhee, various teams – 137
Harold Brittain, Fall River Marksmen – 135
Bobby Blair, Boston Wonder Workers – 131
Werner Nilsen, Boston Wonder Workers – 131
Alan Willey, Minnesota Kicks – 129
Karl-Heinz Granitza, Chicago Sting – 128
Tommy Florie, Providence/New Befford – 126
*Jaime Moreno, D. C. United – 126
Tec White, Fall River Marksmen – 124
Ron Futcher, Minnesota Kicks – 119
Bert Patenaude, Fall River Marksmen – 118
*Ante Razov, Chivas USA – 114
Mike McLeavey, New Bedford Whalers – 108
Jason Kreis, Dallas Burn, Real Salt Lake – 108
Herbert Carlson, New York Nationals – 107
*Jeff Cunningham, FC Dallas – 105
Paul Child, San Jose Earthquakes – 102
Illja Mitic, Dallas Tornado – 101
*Taylor Twellman, New England Revolution – 101
Steve David, various teams – 100

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

Short Note on Yesterday’s USA – HON Game

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Published on: June 7, 2009

That’s more like it.

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A Thought About US v Costa Rica

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Published on: June 4, 2009

Of the full squad for Costa Rica, fourteen play in their domestic league. There are a smattering of players that play in the US and Mexico, where they get plenty of playing time. Of the ones that play in Europe, they play in “second tier” leagues but I bet those guys are starters.

We, on the other hand, have a significant number of players who play for top flight European leagues, but who often get little playing time. We need to start asking if riding the pine, even if it is in a top league, is really good preparation for international play.

Hey, these players need to make their own decisions based on what they need from life. I know that. If a player can make many times more as a little used reservist in Portugal or England than being a regular starter for Columbus, it is hard to complain about the decision. But, the national team doesn’t have to play them. We seem to grant garanteed starting spots for these guys because of the resume. Maybe making these guys compete for a spot with a guy who plays and gets knocked around week after week would make them hungrier.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

Please, Leave that BS to the NFL

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Published on: February 18, 2009

The New England Revolution is holding tryouts for “Rev Girls.” In case any of you want to give them the benefit of the doubt, this is from the press release:

Girls must be at least 21 years old, and must bring positive identification with them. Prospective team members must also wear form-fitting clothing to the interview, and also bring both a headshot and a full-body image.

Great.

Other MLS teams engage in this silliness, most infamously Chivas USA (who at least have the excuse of having a Mexican parent club does the same thing), but the Revs have thankfully been free of this.

To make matters worse, it looks as though these aren’t cheerleaders. At least cheerleaders are, it can be argued, part of the game. From reading the press release, it seems that the Revs are following the “Chiva Girl” model: not cheerleaders, but ornaments.

What irks me here most of all is that cheerleaders, dance groups and other such nonsense in other sports are a vestige from the days when young women had no chance to participate in sports except to cheer on the guys. The Revs are a relatively new team without this antiquated baggage. Even more infuriating is that the Revs are part of a sport where women are full participants. Maybe this is hyperbole on my part, but I think it is disrespectful of the contributions of women to the sport here in the US for the men’s professional game to do things like this.

I don’t go to soccer games to gawk at women. I don’t even go to women’s games to gawk at women (Although, I have to admit that I have my faves for reasons that have nothing to do with skill). Come to think of it, the women’s game is pretty darned popular…and no one has thought to dress them up in “form-fitting clothing.”

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

Quick Take

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Published on: February 12, 2009

It is highly irresponsible for Bob Bradley to keep Michael Bradley on the roster. It is so obvious that Michael is only on the roster ’cause the coach is his dad.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

It Didn’t Help the Red Bulls Win, Though…

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Published on: November 24, 2008

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But What Team is Mozart’s Sister?

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Published on: April 24, 2008

Goal.com’s Starting XI column had a feature (ripped off of an earlier one in Four Four Two) on what different soccer teams would be if they were bands. DC United as Johnny Cash? Puhleeze.
Anyhow, our local boys Calexico earned a comparison to Chivas USA. Well, at least it wasn’t the Galaxy. Joey Burns would be Ante Razov, John Convertino would be Jonathan Bornstein, I suppose. Jacob Valenzuela would be…um…Brad Guzan? I dunno.

How long before residents of 10th Avenue spot Joey wearing a Claudio Suarez jersey?

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.
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