Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tuesday Backpasses: The first of two stars

Answers on why the away US qualifiers look so poor on TV [NY Times]
West Ham rumored to be inking new shirt sponsor [Daily Mail]
Ljungberg to Seattle? [Examiner]

Should Podolski move to the EPL? [Kornheiser's Cartel]
Ruud Gullit seems to be a bit peeved over his time in the USA [Goal.com]
WPS (why no L?) signs a TV deal with FSC [Biz Journals]
Brazil had a shitty trip back from Venezuela [Soccernet]
Pro Evo meets The Sims? [Tech Radar]

And, finally:
The Offside has a new Aberdeen page. Your author is happy [The Offside]

8 comments:

jjf3 said...

u75,
I almost sent the link, but figured you saw it not much later than I did...I lucked on it just after it hit the front page...

Andrew said...

The WPS link reminds me: can we please have an open thread for the William & Mary- VCU women's game on Thursday?

Please?

jjf3 said...

Oh, and Ruud is full of shit (though having Alexei around as a GM does buy him some minimal credibility). I would not be surprised if the big 3 sports are working diligently trying to cut down MLS's network deals, but MLS's management is the problem, not the sport as a whole...this country will follow football if its presented properly - shit, my parents loved Euro 2008, and what they know about football wouldn't fill a nanotube...

ü75 said...

@jjf3-
TFA saw it and passed it along to me, for which I am grateful.

@Andrew-
Just pile into whatever thread we have at the top and give us your analysis. I'm guessing that someone will come along and commiserate with you.

Mike Georger said...

"this country will follow football if its presented properly "

disagree wholeheartedly. the reason a small amount of people in this country who dont care about soccer watch the world cup and the euros is the allure of a nations competition.

people dont give a shit about swimming or gymnastic on tv 1458 weeks of every four years, but those two weeks theyre at the forefront. all the snazzy packaging in the world isnt going to make people care about it the rest of the time.

even if you could package the mls in a way that was more penetrating, its not like you can present it anywhere near the level of what you can for nation competitions.

england/argentina or poland/germany just carries a bit more bystander weight than 'hey the dynamo are playing the revs .... who?'

gramted i dont believe the mls will ever catch on here on as a national sport. even if the us team gets good (ifs and buts were candies and nuts), because then all the best players would fuck off to europe to make a living

jjf3 said...

Mike,
I can't seriuosly address this right now...but this was my window into the sport...
and my parents are 65 year old
s who never played soccer in their lives...

Just to give you an idea where I'm coming from...

Regardless, I'll respond in the morning when I can actually think straight... (I'm a miserably unhappy person right now...)

Joe

Mike Georger said...

most people need to sleep on it before they respond to my idiocy


on an unrelated note, im glad foxsoccer decided to go with this incredibly homoerotic picture from brazil training. eyes are on the prize indeed.

King Garry I Of Swandanavia said...

The guy who writes the new Aberdeen blog at The Offside also does Inside Left.

A nice guy, nice enough to let me put a couple of pieces up, at least.

He's been whoring his Dons blog for a couple of weeks now. Looks good though.