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Random Stuff for a Friday …

November 7, 2008 · No Comments

DC Uniteds Jaime Moreno had knee surgery on Wednesday.

DC United's Jaime Moreno had knee surgery on Wednesday.

… Ed here.

Hope everyone enjoyed the podcast with FSC’s Christopher Sullivan. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do - he provided a great breakdown of this weekend’s playoff action.

Moreno’s Surgery: DC United forward Jaime Moreno underwent knee surgery Wednesday. According to Soccernet, “Moreno had an articular cartilage cleaned and a meniscal defect removed during the procedure performed Wednesday. The club said the Bolivian striker will be ready for full participation in next year’s preseason.”

There were multiple points this season where I questioned Moreno’s effort - as it didn’t seem he was as willing to fight for possession, was losing possession to easily, and was not making runs when other players were in attacking position. Hopefully this is the result of him not being 100%, and we’ll see better next year if he is to remain a key part of this team. (more…)

Categories: DC United · International Soccer · MLS · Soccer · Sports · Television

Re-doing ESPN’s US Soccer Intro

October 30, 2008 · 3 Comments

Take a look at CBC’s newest intro for Hockey Night in Canada. Forget about the music, the players you don’t recognize, etc. and just look at how they weave together the stars of now, recent times and more distant times into one thread. It connects younger viewers, older viewers, even Francophone and Anglophone viewers. But the main point is that it connects the present with the past.

My point is why can’t ESPN do its US Soccer production like this? US Soccer actually has some history (and good history, at that), so why do we have to see an exploding soccer ball? Why does ESPN always have to make it look like American soccer was invented yesterday. (more…)

Categories: Soccer · Television

Setanta - my thoughts after two weeks of blissful subscribership

October 19, 2008 · 2 Comments

So, as one of the first American cable subscribers able to signup for Setanta, I did so… for journalistic reasons of course… so I could better tell you, my valuable readership, whether you need it for yourself….

Is anyone believing me?

Of course not, I got Setanta because, come on, it means more soccer available on my TV set. (more…)

Categories: Rugby · Soccer · Television

It’s the First-Ever Fighting Talk Podcast!

September 24, 2008 · 7 Comments

Ladies and gentlemen, tonight is the big night. It’s the first ever Fighting Talker Podcast. In tonight’s episode, Ed and Aaron take on such subjects as:

  • DC United’s struggles
  • The Crew - truly good or typically counterfeit
  • Fox Soccer Channel - the horror, the horror

We’re aware there are some issues:

  • It’s too long. That’s my fault. We may need to structure this more than I had originally intended.
  • The audio quality is strange. Maybe I should’ve spent more than $25 on a microphone because I sound even squeakier than usual. I am going to try and fix this for Show 2.

But it’s a start. It will surely get better.

We hope you enjoy it. Let us know what think by commenting below.

Categories: DC United · MLS · Podcasts · Soccer · Television

Champions League Thoughts

September 24, 2008 · 1 Comment

Theres nothing quite like a Champions League night in Bayamon.

There's nothing quite like a Champions League night in Bayamon.

Ed here. I watched a good bit of the CONCACAFAFAFAFAFAFAF Champions League matches last night on FSC and Galavision. Why? Well, because the Cubs weren’t on and Dirty Jobs was a repeat.

And, well, it’s soccer. So in some weird way, I feel compelled to watch - even if I’m completely convinced at this point that this tournament is going to treat DC United like a baby treats a diaper (old Cheers line there).

If you don’t want to know last night’s results because you taped them, DVR’ed them, Tivo’ed them, or whatever, then don’t read below the jump. I seriously doubt there are any of you out there that taped Cruz Azul/Saprissa to watch later - but hey, I don’t want to make anybody mad. So go on down there below the jump and read on as I reflect on last night’s results and note tonight’s action in the Champions League. (more…)

Categories: DC United · MLS · Soccer · Sports · Television

In Deeper Quicksand than We (Okay, I) Thought

September 18, 2008 · 3 Comments

Ed here.

Going into the CONCACAFAFAFAFAFAFAFAF Champions League, I had reasoned that if DC United collected 9 points from their 6 matches, I’d probably be happy with that, nabbing at least 5 at home, and skimming 4 on the road somehow, or maybe 7/2, whatever, you get the picture.

After watching United lose to Saprissa the other night (which, given our lineup, then the sending off of McTavish, I guess one can’t be too shocked at), then watching last night as Marathon of Honduras slapped Cruz Azul around like one of those crazy druggie guys in the middle of the night on “COPS,” I now sort of wonder where any of those points are going to come from. (more…)

Categories: DC United · MLS · Soccer · Sports · Television

A bit much from EPL Talk

September 2, 2008 · No Comments

EPL Talk goes in over the top a bit when discussing Fox Soccer Channel’s recent predilection towards plastering its sets with advertising.

I haven’t watched Fox Football Fone-In this season but in previous seasons the co-hosts and set have been kitted out in so many football shirts and associated gear that it looked the show and the hosts were prostituting themselves for the almighty dollar.

The channel risks turning the network into a joke. Let’s hope that they make the right decision by promoting advertisers in an appropriate and sensible manner that keeps the focus on the content of the show and not the brand names that sponsor the show.


Categories: Soccer · Television

Dear Christian Miles… you are an idiot.

August 30, 2008 · 2 Comments

Dear Christian Miles:

The slang term that you’ve chosen to obnoxiously use on Fox Soccer Match Day is pronounced stick.. not shtick… there’s a big difference.

Stick is another Britishism you’ve chosen to appropriate in your desperate attempt to sound like you know what you’re talking about. It’s par for the course for you as you annoy every viewer who subjects his or her early-morning brain to your mindless ramblings.

Shtick is someone doing comedy. It’s not what Curbishley is recieving from West Ham fans. It’s Yiddish.

Now Sid Caesar, that’s shtick.

Categories: Soccer · Television

My “twin” quits the Sun-Times

August 27, 2008 · 3 Comments

Not Aaron

Not Aaron

It looks like my celebrity lookalike Jay Mariotti has decided to quit his post as jerk, columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times. Good riddens. I have never met anyone as universally disliked by other writers the way Mariotti was.

Adios, jerk-face.

Categories: Media · Television

ESPN has an even worse idea than subjecting us to Chris Connelly

August 26, 2008 · 1 Comment

From the Big Lead:

We’re hearing that for months now, ESPN has been trying to secure a host for a late-night TV show it has in the works. Yes, a late-night TV show not unlike Letterman or Leno, but obviously centered around sports with a dollop of entertainment.

According to sources, three recognizable names have been approached about hosting the show, and all of them passed: ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd, Jason Whitlock of the KC Star, and 790 the Ticket radio host Dan LeBatard.

Can a show like this even work? With swings and misses on ESPN Hollywood and Stephen A. Smith’s show, is this crossover between sports and entertainment something that sports fans aren’t interested in watching? As for the host, if ESPN is forced to look in-house, does Bill Simmons have the TV experience for this? Rick Reilly?

So what have we learned? One, Cowherd, Whitlock and LeBatard all have reasonably competent agents, and two, it is extremely unlikely ESPN will be able to make a show like this both funny and acceptable to their sports overlords. Here’s why it could work, but never will. (more…)

Categories: Sports · Television