Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Preview of USA vs Belgium

Some items of note heading into the USMNT game:
Sunday, June 15, 2014

What I Think You Should Know About The USMNT

Needless to say, it's been a great World Cup thus far. The USMNT having some success would be awesome.
Friday, December 6, 2013

Welcome to the Group of Death

The World Cup draw has finally been completed and the United States finds itself in a group with Germany, Ghana and Portugal. The early reaction is that it's the Group of Death and reviewing the other groups pretty much confirms it. Group B isn't exactly a cakewalk, with Spain, Netherlands, Chile, and Australia, while Group D is also tough with Uruguay, England, Italy and Costa Rica. Had the United States been drawn into any of these groups, we'd surely be calling that one the Group of Death.
Sunday, June 24, 2012

EURO 2012 Quarterfinal #4 Prediction: American Style

Three wins without a loss in quarterfinals predictions so far, but today's game is the toughest to predict because there is very little separating the two teams.
Saturday, June 23, 2012

EURO 2012 Quarterfinal #3 Prediction: American Style

2-0 in the quarterfinals, so far. However, the next two games are significantly harder to pick than the previous two. Today reigning champion Spain faces off against the, until recently, undefeated French since the 2010 World Cup. The key to the game will be, like in all games against Spain, how much ball possession can France muster? Spain is so good at playing keep away and nullifying any attacking threat on the field. The winner of the possession game will win the game.
Friday, June 22, 2012

EURO 2012 Quarterfinal #2 Prediction: American Style

Yesterday's prediction was pretty much spot on and today should be no different.
Thursday, June 21, 2012

EURO 2012 Quarterfinal #1 Prediction: American Style

Now that Euro 2012 is in the America-friendly "win or go home" stage of the tournament, it's only fitting for us to compare each team to an American Sports team, starting with today's combatants: Czech Republic and Portugal. And yes, there's a LeBron James reference.
Saturday, August 13, 2011

Premier League opening day a bit of a let down

Two scoreless draws, a bunch of bottom-of-the-table teams playing against one another and an absolute dismantling of newly promoted Norwich City by Bolton made for a sleepy first day of the Premier League season.
Sunday, April 17, 2011

Fire Thomas Rongen!

Who is he? Read on my friend...
Friday, March 11, 2011

Come On You Royals!!!

     No, not the Kansas City Royals, I am writing about Reading's Royals and this is not an article about a minor-league baseball or hockey team it is about my favorite club soccer team on the precipice of playing on England's biggest stage. Reading Football Club, currently fighting to get back in the playoff hunt in England's second division, are poised to face Premiership giants Manchester City Football Club on Sunday, March 13th.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Your Premier League update

With a scattered schedule, and frankly, with my focus on the Super Bowl and Michigan actually having a relevant basketball team this year, I've lost focus a little bit on the Premier Leauge. When you wake up at noon on Saturday, that doesn't help either...
Monday, January 17, 2011

Premier League Wrap

Ravens vs. Steelers, Pats vs. Jets?  Not bad, but those match-ups don't come anywhere near the Liverpool/Everton, Aston Villa/Birmingham or Sunderland/Newcastle clashes that the weekend held in the English Premier League.
Thursday, December 30, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year in the Premier League

Remember in school, the token assignment on the first day back from Christmas vacation was the "what I did on my Christmas break." As much as the assignment stunk, it was a chance to reflect on the crazy going-ons that the holidays can be.
Sunday, December 12, 2010

Crazy Weekend in England Hasn't Ended Yet

It was a weekend with loads of on-the-field drama, and things off the field were just as intense in what was the craziest weekend so far in the Premier League season....and it's not over yet, with Manchester United and Arsenal set to battle for the top spot in the Premiership on Monday.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Premier League Roundup

After Arsenal seized first place on the strength of two incredible goals by Samir Nasri on Saturday, West Ham grabbed the headlines on Sunday for all the wrong reasons.
Sunday, November 21, 2010

What We Learned in the Premier League This Weekend

Man City may be the new sheriff in town, while Tottenham proves again that they can play with anybody on the planet.
Monday, November 15, 2010

MLS Doesn't Get What They Want

FCD and Colorado fans don't want to hear it, but their MLS Cup final is a nightmare outcome for Major League Soccer. 
Monday, November 8, 2010

Strange Conference Final Pairings in MLS

On Saturday, Colorado, of the Western Conference, will take on San Jose, of the Western Conference, in the Eastern Conference Finals...Seriously. 
Sunday, July 11, 2010

World Cup: Awards Banquet

Also inside: Spain won the final in extra time. The ref handed out more cards than your typical businessman at a Vegas convention.
Thursday, July 8, 2010

World Cup: Rain on Spain, Revisited

Before the tournament started, I wrote about a lot of money I took in on Spain for, um, *cough* "entertainment purposes". Here's the update piece with Spain in the final, and my customers counting their chickens already. The biggest chicken? Yours truly.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

World Cup: Spain Superior in Sleepy Semi

The better team won, but the first 70 minutes was a complete waste of time.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010

World Cup: Dutch Treat foils Oscar the Grouch

Holland looked good advancing to the final. Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez should heed advice from Yogi Berra next time: it really isn't over until the final whistle.
Saturday, July 3, 2010

World Cup: Old, Fat, Public Nudity Averted

Argie manager Diego Maradona promised to run naked through the streets of Buenos Aires if Argentina won the World Cup. We've been spared.
Friday, July 2, 2010

World Cup: Holland edges Cowdenbeath FC

There's a semi-pro team in the Scottish first division that rather dryly calls themselves "The Blue Brazil". Brazil played in their blue shirts Friday, a rare occasion. Brazil's second half against Holland was so shockingly poor, Cowdenbeath FC is going to just call themselves "The Miners" from now on so as not to be associated with Felipe Melo & Co.

In the other game, Uruguay marched on after penalty kicks and a little help from the Hand of God. Well, Luiz Suarez is a god in Uruguay tonight, even if he's suspended.


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

World Cup: I Said, You Said

Several people went out on limbs with World Cup predictions. Let's give the tree a shake: the results are largely impressive. 
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

World Cup Tuesday: Super Spain Pip Portugal

In other news, Homeland Security called. They want a tape of the Paraguay--Japan match. They're going to ship it to Guantanamo Bay and use it in the interrogations of some of the hard cases.
Monday, June 28, 2010

Monday World Cup: Favourites Win

It was pretty predictable in the end, but the reward is a Holland--Brazil quarterfinal showdown.
Sunday, June 27, 2010

World Cup Sunday: Refs cook England, Mexico

The final scores were lopsided, but both England and Mexico were crushed by bad officiating when the scores were close. Argentina and Germany were better teams, but the losers have every right to complain that matters might well have finished differently if the refs had gotten it right.
Saturday, June 26, 2010

World Cup Saturday: Uruguay and Ghana Triumph

The USA fell in extra time. Was soccer's profile raised in America?

Observations Of The U.S.A.'s Final World Cup Game

My thoughts on today's game.

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