Fighting Talker

You know you want it. You know you need it. It’s the Fighting Talker Superliga Preview!

Posted in DC United, MLS, Soccer by Aaron S. on July 10th, 2008

It’s made for TV. It’s on at weird times. It inevitably means that DC will play Chivas. It’s the Superliga, America’s favorite made-for-TV money grab that has occasional moment of compelling action. It gets underway this weekend, here are my thoughts on the clubs involved. Today we discuss Group A.   (more…)

Fans whine about media coverage… I am shocked

Posted in Baseball, Football, Media, Sports, Television by Aaron S. on July 10th, 2008

Militant Nats fans want to do this to the Post

Of course, I am not shocked, sports fans always whine about the coverage of their favorite teams. I bet somewhere there are even Yankee fans complaining about their own network, YES, which covers them the same way Radio Havana covers Cuba. (All hail our Líder Máximo Derek Jeter!)

But at the urging of peeved Nats fans, Dan Steinberg over at the Sports Bog has investigated the matter of local teams (Part I, Part II) under served by the media and found that the Nats have nothing to complain about other than the team on the field.  (more…)

Blanco Update - DC has sent video of incident to USSF, MLS

Posted in DC United, MLS, Soccer by Aaron S. on July 9th, 2008

Kyle Sheldon, DC United’s Manager of New Media and Public Relations, has confirmed to Fighting Talker that United possesses video of Blanco’s post-game actions and are providing it to US Soccer and Major League Soccer.

That takes away one potential excuse for MLS/USSF inaction.

(Update to the Update) Soccer Insider has the same info plus a quote from DC PR honcho Doug Hicks. (more…)

Chicago ghosts busted in Open Cup match

Posted in DC United, MLS, Soccer by Aaron S. on July 9th, 2008

Sounds like I missed a thriller last night at the Soccerplex. Conference calls at work that go for 3 hours, 57 minutes tend to ruin well-laid plans, as so happened last night with me. I’ve already commented on the Blanco’s alleged misbehavior, so let’s focus on the match.

Great to see Namoff and Doe find their way into the scorebook. I imagine United will put up video of the goals today, as they did for the Rhinos game, but until then let me say… I am still not sure DC actually scored on a corner kick. It might have been a mirage. It might have been some kind of false-flag goal actually scored on a soundstage in Burbank. It might have been pushed in by an invisible member of the Trilateral Commission. Did anyone see Henry Kissinger or someone looking like Agent K quietly skulking around the goals?

Come on, all that is just as likely as DC scoring a big goal off a corner.

Anyway, if DC goes on to beat Chicago in the playoffs and rid ourselves entirely of Chris Armas juju, curse, or whatever that Chicago has had over us, I will be curious to see if this match is mentioned as some kind of turning point. Even, not having been there, it kind of feels that way.

Has Cuau lost his marbles?

Posted in DC United, MLS, Soccer by Aaron S. on July 9th, 2008

I did not make it to last night Open Cup triumph over Chicago, so my comments on it are coming later on. Turns out some of the most serious action may have been off-the-field.

It’s from From MLS Rumors, to take it as you wish:

According to multiple reports, Chicago Fire midfielder, Cuauhtemoc Blanco may finally have gone off the deep end in what many describe as an assualt on a stadium employee after being red carded in tonight’s US Open Cup Quarterfinal match at DC United. We are still trying to gather more information on just what happened and would love any of you who have photos, or video of the incident to contact us. Did you witness the event? If so share your thoughts in the comments section. Here are some eyewitness reports: (more…)

The best broadcast in all of televised sports is… the Tour de France, and no I am not kidding

Posted in Media, Sports, Television by Aaron S. on July 5th, 2008
Paul Sherwen and Phil Liggett

Paul Sherwen and Phil Liggett

I spend a lot of time trashing various elements of television sportscasting, but I wanted to just take a moment to pay tribute to the best sports telecast on American TV - the Tour de France.

It’s true. The single best broadcast in American sports broadcasting is Versus’ telecast of the Tour de France. (more…)

Sounders getting a little ahead of themselves

Posted in MLS, Soccer by Aaron S. on July 5th, 2008

The Seattle Sounders have yet to play a single MLS match, and yet, they are starting to talk about playing in CONCACAF competitions.

Today, Kansas City. Tomorrow, Man United?

Sure, it’s early. But just think: Tuesday’s match between the USL Sounders and the Wizards could have a lot to say about whether international competition awaits Seattle Sounders FC in the autumn of 2009.

Beginning this year, U.S. Soccer has declared that the winner of the U.S. Open Cup will earn an automatic berth in the following year’s CONCACAF Champions League. So, if Seattle should win its quarterfinal game next week at Qwest Field, Adrian Hanauer will be asking federation officials, ‘What if Seattle goes all the way?’ (more…)

NYRB fans crying in their Taurine

Posted in MLS, Soccer by Aaron S. on July 5th, 2008

Some highlights from the Red Bull fans on Bigsoccer after their 4-0 embarrassment at Colorado.

Portraits of Loyalty:

I was in that regrettable place that a sports fan finds him or herself in sometimes. I was actually rooting for the Rapids to score on a couple more of their breakaways in the second half to make the final score even more stark.

Maybe we should give up on this team along with its owners and start following when the stadium is completed (they’ll have to lure in spectators with something better than an average USL-2 quality team) (more…)

The more things change, the more they stay the same

Posted in MLS, Soccer by Aaron S. on July 5th, 2008

Sure the Crew might have exciting players, compentant coaching, and have returned to MLS respectabilty, but it’s still not surprising to hear the visiting Chicago Fire fans completely outsinging the Crew fans in Columbus.

Though to be fair, either the Crew have painted the yellow bleachers different colors or those are actual fans sitting there, possibly even supporting the Crew. That’s different.

Worst Website Ever

Posted in Media, Sports by Aaron S. on July 5th, 2008
Worse website ever.

Worse website ever.

While searching the web for some Olympics-related sites to add to my blogroll, I attempted to access the official Beijing 2008 web site and found it to be the worst site for a major sporting event I have ever come across. Basic information about the competition is almost inaccessible, the site design is byzantine in its complexity and media/spectator/visitor information is all interspersed with no organization whatsoever.