Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Where Even Richard Nixon Has Got News

-I wanted to start today by giving a shout to a few of the people who visit regularly from these institutes:
U Georgia
Columbia U
United Airlines
U Minnesota
Housing & Urban Development
West Publishing
Wesleyan College
Government Accounting Office
Best Buy
U Cal Berkley
Boston College
Wells Fargo
U Virginia
Lewis & Clark College
Merced College
Thanks for the patronage, I love you all.
-My Minnesota Thunder have named former player and assistant coach Amos Magee as the new head man. Magee was endorsed to take over as coach by the outgoing legendary coach Buzz Lagos. His getting the job was confirmed for me in a funny way. I was out last night at the St Paul watering hole known as the Muddy Pig when who should walk in but Amos himself. We knew he was a candidate for the job, and we knew there was a press conference scheduled for 11am today to name the new coach. One of my pals asked Amos if the job was his. Amos replied that his lips were sealed, which was good enough of a tip off right there. But I decided to take it one step further, so I stuck out my hand for him to shake. I did so with a big smile, and he asked me what that was for. I congratulated him and told him it was fantastic (leaving out any details on what that meant). I was just looking for his reaction. He got a huge smile and thanked me graciously. That confirmed it in my book. Good luck Amos, you are the right man for the job!
-Our most excellent friend Kevin A. of Portland has dropped a note to let us know his town is trying to line up an MISL team. I guess they are to be known as the Portland Campaign. Odd name for a team if you ask me. On the other hand I like odd, so I think the team name is great. Check em out now.
-Getting on to real teams in Portland though, the Portland Timbers have fired coach Bobby Howe, while General Manager Jim Taylor has resigned.
-Tune in tonite at 7pm central on ESPN2 for USA v Panama live from Boston. The game means nothing.
-I think the best game in all of World Cup Qualifying today would have to be Bosnia-Herzegovina v Serbia & Montenegro. That has so many implications its almost surreal. The winner is IN. The loser goes to the playoffs. The politics will remain insane. I hope you get to see it somewhere.
-The other WCQ's that really matter:
ASIA & AFRICA - all places setttttttled
CONMEBOL - Uruguay (22 points), Colombia (21 points) and Chile (21 points) all battling for the final spot and a chance to take on Australia in a 2 game playoff.
Uruguay v Argentina
Chile v Ecuador
Paraguay v Columbia
CONCACAF - Trinidad & Tobago (10 points) and Guatemala (8 points) fight it out for the 4th spot and the chance to play the winner of Uzbekistan v Bahrain in a 2 game playoff.
Guate v Costa Rica
T&T v Mexico
Group 8 has Croatia (23 points) leading Sweden (21 points) for first place.
Sweden v Iceland
Hungary v Croatia
Group 4 has four teams alive. Israel leads with 18 points but are done playing. Ireland (16 points), Switzerland (17 points) & France (17 points) are also still sitting with a chance to win the group and qualify.
Ireland v Switzerland
France v Cyprus
Group 7 has Serbia & Montenegro (19 points) and Spain (17 points) on top battling for #1.
Serbia & Montenegro v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Spain v San Marino
-JB stirring more great insider type USA and MLS juiciness. One thing he talks about is Nikes new USA fans logo. Not bad. Don't Tread On Me. And Definitely Don't Tread On The Beas.
-Here is something that I don't know how I feel about. The two previous links were to images created by Nike for USA soccer fans etc. Which is fine, cuz its marketing for their products. But now they have a "Weblog" too (called This Is American Soccer). They hired a guy to write it, and I am sure he will give us some interesting views on Team USA, but we all know there is no way he will ever criticize them or be derogatory in a funny way, or any of the other stuff that makes weblogs so great. Read it for yourself and see how you feel.
-DC United are in the best position to win the MLS Reserve Division title. Here are the standings & other details with one match left.
-You can be happy that you are not taking penalty kicks for Cameroon.
-USA Today writes Team USA stories about Taylor Twellman and the left back hole.
-US Soccer has a video for the Panama match preview with Brian Carroll and Coach Arena.
-Grant Wahl gives out his MLS 2005 Best & Worst awards. Great stuff as always.
-Here's a man after my own heart. On a personal note: Me and Demko also plan to win the lottery, buy an MLS team, and build our own stadium called Jackass Memorial Coliseum. We are fighting over the placement between Minneapolis and St Paul. It will be settled with a dance contest.
-In a friendly for Real Madrid our hero-hippy Jonathan Woodgate scored another own goal. Two in two matches. He did not get sent off this time though. Not bad duuuude. Now stop bogarting the reefer.


Anonymous Mike said...


Great blog; I recently started reading and anxiously await your daily posts.

Little Trivia: Amos Magee is a graduate the same high school- Staples, in Westport, Ct., as Kyle Martino.

12:00 PM  
Blogger D said...

1) I finally scooped you on something, even if I did get it wrong at first. I'm heading to the RFK training pitch Sunday to watch DCU Reserves close it out.

2) Are we absolutley certain that NDL is JB? I've thought about writing something like that occasionally myself, but not being 100% sure I've passed on it.

3) Sitemeter is fun, until you see that "FBI.GOV" address, and you start to worry even though you know you've done nothing wrong.

4) This is American Soccer -- I think it's a good blog, and I am always for analyzing potential biases, I do notice that MLS is somewhat neglected in terms of links and the like. How something can be American soccer without MLS is a question I do wonder about. But this might be because MLS is considered an Adidas product, so I should just let that go.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Scratch that- Amos is not a Staples Alum...just a crazed fan.

My bad!

1:08 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

yeah - amos magee is a graduate of st paul academy where he is currently head coach!

thanks for saying those nice things mike, i really appreciate it

as for jb and lr - i have no factual data regarding his identity, but it just all fits nicely - regardless though of who is writing it, the info is priceless

the thing with that blog being nike owned is exactly why they would never touch an adidas product like mls
the guy just wrote a great 3 part story on martin luther king high school in nyc and how much you wanna bet that the teams coach has a nike endorsement and gets shoes and stuff for his players
thats what bugs me (but the story is great)

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

You can see a bit of Nike merch in Adam's photos. The endorsement thing at MLK hadn't occurred to me.

I also don't think a blog about American soccer has to be MLS-focused... but its near-total absence over there is conspicuous.

Adam, are you there? Want to add your two cents? Can you write about what you want, or is Nike giving you assignments, or what?

2:14 PM  
Blogger D said...

Joe -- Agreed. I'm not saying that TiAS must focus on MLS, but it should acknowledge that MLS is a significant part of the American Soccer Scene.

2:37 PM  
Blogger D said...

You know, rather than gossip about him here, perhaps I should go ask him at his place. So I'm off to TiAS.

2:45 PM  
Blogger D said...

Okay, I've written directly at his blog, but apparently comments are moderated, so we'll see if it gets through.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Zathras said...

Amos indicated today that he wants to stay involved at SPA but cannot continue to do it as well if he's thunder coach, so he would like to stay involved as "an assistant coach, advisor or fan; however they want me."

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

It'll get through. He's a gentleman and a scholar.

3:20 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

i love gentlemen
and scholars
and a dumbass or two
hooray beer!
and again the mlk story is great

4:21 PM  
Blogger D said...

I hope it gets through. I tried to be polite as possible, and never used phrases like "corporate tool" Also, I indicated that if MLS is off-limits due to the Adidas thing, that's cool with me, I understand it, and certainly doesn't reflect poorly on his work in any way.

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Maybe Adidas will now sponsor me to write a blog about MLS that ignores US Soccer.

No, that would be wrong. Up to a certain price.

9:49 AM  

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