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Shaq Announces His Retirement

Here you go, Debo270:

That was fuh-nny!

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:48 PM on June 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


Please swallow your beverage before you watch this clip.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:01 PM on December 20

The Sporting World's Dark Secret: Everyone Poops

That was a really shitty thing to post.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:10 AM on October 11

Liverpool Football Club board agree sale

Hey, Liverpool fans, check out The Tomkins Times for some great analysis by a passionate Reds fan. Just found it today and was pleasantly surprised by the excellent quality of the writing, depth of research and original thinking, and fan's dedication without fanaticism. There's a bit of pay wall stuff, too, but enough good stuff for free.

posted by worldcup2002 at 03:00 AM on October 07

Spain win the World Cup

No more US announcers for futbol games until they become more knowledgeable about the history, players and tactics of the game. They seem to have dialed back on Americanisms like "inbounds pass" so I'll give them that. But, Lalas has to go. He just came off as a smug, ignorant dork. Having him in the center of the screen was the most annoying thing to watch. I wasn't too bothered by Harkes because I didn't see him, missed most of the matches where he was commentating, and he seemed to not talk that much. (I saw the complaints about his stating the obvious, but I never witnessed it myself.)

btw, what happened to Andres Cantor, the GOOOOOOOOOOL guy? He would've been another great announcer for these games. Speaks both English and Spanish fluently, has great knowledge of the game, passion and that trademark call.

Finally: THIS.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:19 PM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Thierry Henry to NY Red Bulls? His buddy Steve Nash thinks so.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:48 AM on July 11

Four Days Until Germany Meets Spain

I say Spain are the romantic favorites but, by Marlene's moustache, Germany have been the best team at this Cup. Disciplined organization, smooth movement, ruthless finishing. Everything done with a minimum of fuss. Still, I want to see Spain win, especially with that quick-passing move to create the winner against Paraguay. That's going to be the way to unlock Germany. Viva tiki-taka!

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:59 PM on July 05

Nigerian Leader Bans Team from International Play

Goodluck and Goodnight Jonathan.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:16 AM on July 03

When the World Wept for Algeria

I still don't get how Schumacher and Germany walked away without getting a yellow (or red) card or giving a penalty away. Battiston was in the hospital after that "collision." If Schumacher was going for the ball, I'm guessing both of them would've been flat out. Protecting the goalkeeper is one thing, but that play and the resulting non-call were travesties.

This post and that video pretty much nails why I root against the German team.

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:37 PM on June 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


posted by worldcup2002 at 03:09 PM on June 14

Designer Defends Jabulani World Cup Ball

The ball specification isn't airtight.

posted by worldcup2002 at 03:03 PM on June 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yeah, Lalas should shut up. Empty vessels...

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:53 PM on June 14

Designer Defends Jabulani World Cup Ball

I'm with you on this, afx237vi, but I wonder if it isn't the altitude (air thinness, pressure?) or the ball or both?

Ten games in and no goals from direct free-kicks. In fact, they haven't even come close. No real bend, no hitting the post, no saves, none on target, not even close. We're talking about kicks from Argentina and England, who have well-known specialists. I'm watching for even one on-target free-kick (let alone a free-kick goal) from Spain, Portugal and Brazil.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:30 PM on June 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

btw, I'm chuffed that the US channels, specifically ESPN/ABC, have realized they need actual quality in the booth and the studio, and have raised the quality of commentators by hiring people like Martin Tyler, Ruud Gullit, and the like. Not just good commentators, but people with knowledge of the game and its history, people who've played and coached at the highest level. (The English accent and usage of "proper" football terms don't hurt either.) Really excellent coverage so far by ESPN. FSC had to up their game, even though they only get to do previews and highlights. Best part: No more Max Bretos.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:17 PM on June 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Blight of the Bumblebees.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:57 PM on June 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It would be lovely to have a whole stadium full of droning didgeridoos. For a little change. C'mon, Australia!

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:29 PM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

On the topic of team names, France's les Bleus and NZ's All-Whites continue in the boring obvious color trend. I think Serbia is the Amazing Yankovices.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:07 PM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Go Socceroos!

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:17 AM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This Serbia v Ghana game is so boring I'm resorting to making fun of Serbian surnames like Yankovic and Pantelic and Stankovic ... Waitaminute, did you know Stankovic is the first player to play for three countries in the World Cup? My God, this is excruciating.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:01 AM on June 13

Obama is a soccer fan.

Correction: Even if someone would challenge him in the paint, the Secret Service would have him in a throwdown, lockhold, guns drawn. And, then, yes, Obama's going to get the call.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:58 AM on November 12

Obama is a soccer fan.

Obama takes it to the hoop.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:09 PM on November 10

Tottenham Hotspur Clean House, Dump Coach Juande Ramos

So, does Tony Adams get Redknapp's spot at Portsmouth, or is it caretaker until they hire, oh I dunno, Ramos? Allardyce (doubt it)?

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:58 PM on October 27

Tottenham Hotspur Clean House, Dump Coach Juande Ramos

MrB: I was just wondering how that "director of football" role has affected, yea, damaged, Spurs this season. How much say did Ramos have in selling his three top goalscorers, and buying one untested striker to replace them, based on the Euro championshop? (How many successful Russians in the EPL can anyone name?) I really think this director of football role is crap. See how well it worked out and continues to work out at Newcastle.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:32 AM on October 27

The comedy club of Newcastle Utd F.C

Fuck off, you slimy cunts!

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:18 PM on October 07

Build your sportfolio on

Also, they're completely missing out on the soccer "market".

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:56 PM on October 02

Build your sportfolio on

Sorry, Drood. I didn't have any particular business interest in it. Thought people might explore it and bring their take on it.

I'm more interested in finding out if they're regulated.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:55 PM on October 02

Spofi EPL Pool 08-09 Week 4 Update

Oh good grief.

CSS peeplz hope us!

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:34 PM on September 26

Spofi EPL Pool 08-09 Week 4 Update

How about you just post the first table (with the arrows and nice color bars) here and continue to post the whole thing offsite?

As for more serious matters: I'm a-movin' on up!

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:04 AM on September 26

Spofi EPL Pool 08-09 Week 4 Update

Week 5, you mean?

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:02 AM on September 26

Nigerian businessmen bid for Newcastle

Or giant American investment banks and insurance companies. What?

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:41 PM on September 22

"Now that you, the American taxpayer, more or less own insurance giant AIG,

Unrelated: ManU's season keeps going from bad to worse, dunnit?

What's that I hear? ManU for the drop?

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:32 PM on September 21

"Now that you, the American taxpayer, more or less own insurance giant AIG,

As a Liverpool fan, and part-owner of Man Utd's main sponsor, if is part of my fiduciary responsibility to recommend that ManU's sponsorship be cancelled.

So as to ensure AIG's financial health, of course.

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:31 PM on September 21

Spofi EPL pool 08-09

Movin' on up!

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:35 PM on September 17

Manchester City make it the Big Five.

Also, yeah, to salmacis's point, Liverpool looks to be playing catch-up now.

Per the article in my previous comment, ADUG had considered Arsenal (shareholders won't sell), Newcastle (400m valuation too high) and Liverpool (expenditure for new stadium scared them off), in addition to Man City.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:17 PM on September 02

Spofi Fantasy EPL 08-09 Week 3 Update

I'm verklempt.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:15 PM on September 02

Manchester City make it the Big Five.

Man, you should check this BBC article.

Sheikh Mansour, a member of Abu Dhabi royalty, is the purported real power behind ADUG. Money is nothing to this guy. The supposed 200m pounds to buy City is a drop in this guy's oil bucket. The article says if the price of oil goes up just $1, this guys gets an extra $500m (250m pounds) _that day_! And his family's combined wealth is estimated at US$1 TRILLION (yes, with a T, a thousand billion, 500 billion pounds). Abramovich can suck his balls!

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:10 PM on September 02

Manchester City make it the Big Five.

What a week for Citeh.

Second 3-0 win on the trot, moving up to third in the league and 2 points ahead of United (albeit with one more game played), the return of Shaun Wright-Phillips with 2 goals, new financially stable ownership, an audacious late 34 million-pound bid for Berbatov and the record-breaking arrival of Robinho.

If I were a City fan, I'd be throwing back a few pints.

posted by worldcup2002 at 08:49 PM on September 01

Spofi EPL pool 08-09

Well, what looked like a promising start to the season has rapidly deteriorated. One might say this season is going to Hull.

posted by worldcup2002 at 07:11 PM on August 31

Spofi EPL pool 08-09

maybe they should make strikethrough the visited state.


posted by worldcup2002 at 08:19 PM on August 26

Video: Olympic Taekwondo Competitor Kicks Referee in Head

I feel a kick to the head coming on ...

posted by worldcup2002 at 08:16 PM on August 26

Spofi EPL pool 08-09

It's interesting to see etrader took a whopping 20-point penalty (that's five extra trades that week), but still ended up top scorer by 11 points. I may have to reconsider this over-trading thing.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:09 PM on August 26

Spofi EPL pool 08-09

I totally sucked this week.

Movin' on...

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:07 PM on August 26

Island Breeze: The dominance of Caribbean (Jamaican) Sprinters

I thought it was the reefer that made them FLYYYYYYYYYY.

Everythiang gonna be irie!

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:03 PM on August 26

Spofi EPL pool 08-09

And I'm talking about the space between comments, not FPPs (which look lovely btw - that's what the comments should be aiming for).

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:03 AM on August 22

Spofi EPL pool 08-09

That trunk still needs more junk.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:01 AM on August 22

Spofi EPL pool 08-09

I find the comments are much harder to read now. The spacing between comments and "posted by" information is identical, which makes it hard to easily scan from one comment to the next. A little more spacing from the bottom of the "posted by" to the top of the next comment would help. More leading! More bottom padding!

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:33 PM on August 21

Spofi EPL pool 08-09

How about just the deltas? % or absolute change from one week to the next? Or just fun trivia that'll get us riled up? (worst week, etc., all that good stuff you did)

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:16 PM on August 20

Spofi EPL pool preseason update

Actually, I did an auto-pick for my team. So, I can thank the server for my Agbonlahor pick. Also, shows how much I know about picking teams. I'm leaving it all to the computer from now on.

btw, how's everyone doing on their Head-to-Head Leagues? As luck would have it, billsaysthis and I are in the same one. Any other SpoFites in our league? I couldn't recognize anyone besides bill. My team narrowly lost by 8 points and we're stuck in the bottom half. Some team that almost half what I did, still managed to win their match because of their opponents even suckier score. This should be interesting.

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:56 PM on August 18

Bolt wins Olympic 100m and breaks the world record

BOLT. Was there a more aptly-named athlete?

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:11 PM on August 18

Olympic Traitor?

I think the US women's ping-pong player is from China. Goose, gander, blah blah.

And World Cup soccer's already seen this. In fact, US men's team has a French defender, or did. And you'll find a Brazilian playing for Japan, etc., etc.

Horse, barn, blah blah.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:18 PM on August 18

Spofi EPL pool preseason update

I had Agbonlahor. So you guys can suck it!

But instead of making Aggie captain, I chose Friedel. So, I can suck it, too!

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:09 AM on August 18

Spofi EPL pool preseason update

Bless you, gspm.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:26 PM on August 11

FootballFilter 2.0

Some comments: The thumbnail pics looked like decoration at the beginning. Some visual differentiation would help with pics vs videos as well as sourcing (this row of stuff is from dailymotion, this row is from bbc, etc.). I think we only need to include EPL feeds from the injury blogs ( and the like) and the site would be complete! ;-)

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:03 PM on July 31

FootballFilter 2.0

That's awesome, terrapin. I'm getting rid of all my soccer bookmarks.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:33 AM on July 31

Rob Green: 21 days that changed my life.

If the 'Pool's not playing, I'll be cheering for Green and the Hammers.

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:28 PM on July 17

EPL Fantasy 08-09 Open for business

Even outside of the league, you still find a way to crush my hopes and dreams. Damn you, squealy! Damn you to heeeelllllllll!

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:55 PM on July 14

EPL Fantasy 08-09 Open for business

I'd say the admin should eject squealy. It's the only chance I'll get to win.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:03 PM on July 14

EPL Fantasy 08-09 Open for business

I'm in. Red Dragons are back!

posted by worldcup2002 at 10:09 PM on July 09

Dara Torres, 41, qualifies for Olympics, rewrites swimming records.

Woops. That resistance stretching link shoulda gone to this site instead.

posted by worldcup2002 at 10:19 PM on July 07

Christian News Site Turns Athlete Homosexual

The plane that dropped the first atom bomb, called "Little Boy", was the Enola Homosexual. Now You Know.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:56 AM on July 01