Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
For the last year I have been following English football. I was caught up in Manchester City run to the Premier League title. I was so close to following Manchester United. I mean I almost jumped on the bandwagon. Then I was thinking about following Chelsea. But everyone it seems follows those two.teams.
I read an amazing article about New York soccer in USSoccerPlayers.com.
A fellow by the name of Clemente wrote the article. We exchanged a few e-mails. I told him about trying to decide who to root for. He suggested Man City and Tottenham. So I decided to root for Tottenham Hot Spur.
On free time I have been watching clips of old matches from the 60's and 70's.
I'm about to read The Damned United and Fever Pitch. I have seen the movies, but now I want to read the books.
And I have been watching a lot of Fox Soccer and Goal TV. Yep, I'm obsessed!
Sunday, August 26, 2012
I never thought I would say this, but the Boston Red Sox gave up yesterday. But I think its for the better. The Red Sox traded Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to the LA Dodgers for James Loney and minor leaguers who were deemed untouchable. One of them was Jerry Sands. I hate to see him go, but there was no place for him in LA.
The Red Sox are going to save $250million and build for the future.
Josh Beckett thrives in new enviroments, so hopefully the change of scenery will do him some good. As for Carl Crawford, he won't be available until late 2013, as he has just had Tommy John surgery. I think there was too much pressure on him in Boston. He has time to get himself together physically and mentally.
The next move for Boston? Fire Bobby Valentine!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Brad Mills was fired yesterday. Based on his departing comments, he sounds relieved he's moving on. He is going to watch his son play minor league ball and spend time with his grand-children.
He was dealt a terrible hand during his tenure. A patch work roster, an owner not commited to winning, then an ownership change promising change wasn't the most comfortable situation to be in.
Well Brad can be assured of another major league managing job in his future. He won 171 games with a lousy baseball team. He gained experience that will make him successful for his next job.
His replacement, Tony DeFrancesco was the AAA manager for the local Sacramento River Cats for many years. I feel Tony will be very successful in Houston!
Sunday, August 12, 2012
I just came home from one of the biggest games of the year in Major League Soccer. Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara was the site for the San Jose Earthquakes versus the Seattle Sounders.
I have been following soccer on a day to day basis for a year now. I really like what I see on TV. I like the lively atmosphere, the chanting/singing, the continuous flow of action through out the game.
Its nice to see families in team gear walking around. It was a very family friendly enviroment.
I was quite interested in the section behind one of the goals, where the hardcore San Jose followers sat. They sang and cheered the loudest. They waved HUGE flags, threw streamers and confetti every chance they got. They even set of a smoke bomb after the national anthem!
Enough about the action in the stands, the best action was on the field. It was a defensive game for most of the night. Seattle just came off a US Open Cup loss to Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday. They played the backups to start with. Eddie Johnson, Fredy Montero and Mauro Rosales were resting on the bench.
From where I was sitting, I noticed how fast San Jose mid-fielder Marvin Chavez was. He can cover a lot of ground. The player of the game was Steven Lenhart, whose header in the 93rd minute won the game.
I had a great time. I'm looking forward to going back to another game before the seasons over. But next time I'll bring a seat cushion. Buck Shaw is antiquated, so the metal benches were not comfortable. Oh, the scenery was very nice. Lots of beautiful women everywhere!
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
I have always enjoyed the simple things in life. Life is getting too complex. Everything is massed produced and over hyped now a days.
The NFL is one such thing that has gotten so big and out of control.
I didn't even watch this years Super Bowl. It's almost a national holiday now. Pre-game coverage starts as soon as the sun comes up.
The season is too long I think.
But now its training camp season. Ever since I read Paper Lion for the first time many years ago, I love training camp. The players live in dorms, eat meals in a cafeteria, study the playbooks in a classroom setting, and practice in t- shirt and shorts. Football in a very simple setting.
The rest of the season I can do without. I'd rather watch practice than the actual games.