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January 30, 2012

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 20 comments

Nike has reworked the Carolina Panthers logo.

posted by rcade at 02:06 PM on January 30

Women's Professional Soccer has cancelled the 2012 season because of litigation with a former owner.

posted by rcade at 02:07 PM on January 30

The owner, Borislow seems like an awesome person.

posted by yerfatma at 02:15 PM on January 30

Here's an official statement from the Panthers regarding the logo change. Nothing really earth-shattering, but it's nice to see the the new logo and type on a same page with the original logo and type.

posted by NoMich at 02:33 PM on January 30

I didn't even notice the difference until they were side-by-side.

posted by bperk at 03:52 PM on January 30

I need to move to the Pacific Northwest strictly for soccer #1 #2. I wish this kind of stuff would spill into pro football. There's some of it in college (more).

posted by rcade at 07:43 PM on January 30

The new Panthers logo is an improvement. Bit of Kane/Batman aesthetic there - it will show better on TV, etc.

The wordmark is a dud. Looks like something a mid-major college hoops program would have.

Most of all, though, they got to rename the frickin' stadium. When you say BOA, you're taking the country's name in vain.

posted by beaverboard at 12:26 AM on January 31

Women's Professional Soccer has cancelled the 2012 season because of litigation with a former owner.

'sfunny, I was discussing the women's game on an English club board -- the standard "which level of the men's game could the best women play against and not be humiliated" stuff -- and I made the point that the lack of a viable league system holds back the development of players in the very best national squads.

WPS was meant to avoid the fate of WUSA, which folded after three seasons, but the whole magicjack deal to keep the league going in 2011 seems in retrospect like a devil's bargain. The scuttlebutt is that Borislaw wants to set up what's best described as an all-star travelling exhibition team, and he has the support of Abby Wambach (who appears to be... hmm, a bit thick) but my guess is that FIFA will stamp on that very very hard with the threat of removing players' international eligibility.

What next? I think the sensible move is to consolidate around the W-League and WPSL for the moment, and rethink the whole league strategy, perhaps consolidating around regional clusters, or seeking out partnerships with MLS franchises.

posted by etagloh at 12:46 AM on January 31

Dunk of the year.

posted by tron7 at 01:09 AM on January 31

I hope they can save the WPS. It's strange for Wambach to continue to speak up for a guy who is clearly one of the worst owners in sports history. While he ran the MagicJack they had no website and no ticket office to call. The Dolphins wanted to honor their U.S. Women's Soccer players after the World Cup and had no way to contact the team.

posted by rcade at 08:27 AM on January 31

I'm not a soccer fan, but I hope they can find some way to get the season reinstated, or at least get back on track for 2013. Can't some eccentric millionaire step in and bankroll ... the ...

Oh yeah, nevermind.

posted by wfrazerjr at 09:36 AM on January 31

I need to move to the Pacific Northwest strictly for soccer #1 #2.

That's awesome, rcade. I see Scotland striker Kris Boyd moved to the Timbers today.

I might be tempted to some Revolution or Red Bull games if the atmosphere was frequently like that.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:00 PM on January 31

I might be tempted to some Revolution or Red Bull games if the atmosphere was frequently like that.

If you ever want to come out to a Red Bulls game in the supporters section let me know. I'm an ESC member (on the board of directors for the club as well). Our style is different than what you'll see in Portland or Seattle. More of a Latin American influence.

If you need to tempted further I can find some videos. And I can promise you a sangria at our pre-game bar.

posted by goddam at 01:10 PM on January 31

Does the sangria have Red Bull in it?

posted by yerfatma at 01:34 PM on January 31

Does the sangria have Red Bull in it?

No. Sunny Delight.

posted by goddam at 01:41 PM on January 31

Kids must love it!

posted by yerfatma at 03:59 PM on January 31

I see Scotland striker Kris Boyd moved to the Timbers today.

Hmm. He's a pure goal-poacher, but was rubbish at Middlesbrough, and regarded by fans as the epitome of the awful Gordon Strachan era. Since he was shopping himself in England and Scotland, I'll assume nothing was forthcoming, but the Timbers' coach, like Boyd, is ex-Rangers, so it might be a better fit.

posted by etagloh at 11:23 PM on January 31

It surprised me, but he could score goals in his sleep in Scotland, so if his motivation is present I expect him to fill his boots in the MLS and he's young enough to win a move back into England somewhere if he goes bananas.

I'd have him up front for Ipswich without hesitation.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:36 PM on January 31

"If you ever want to come out to a Red Bulls game in the supporters section let me know. I'm an ESC member (on the board of directors for the club as well). Our style is different than what you'll see in Portland or Seattle. More of a Latin American influence.

If you need to tempted further I can find some videos. And I can promise you a sangria at our pre-game bar."

I'm tempted... I'm in CT. Is it an easy ground to drive to, or should I go to somewhere like New Haven and get the train?

Also, if it doesn't cost you more than a couple bottle of Sunny D, I could probably encourage some New York friends to come too... Some people at work really got into things at the last World Cup, but haven't totally bought into the MLS yet. This could be their tipping point.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:39 PM on January 31

Is it an easy ground to drive to, or should I go to somewhere like New Haven and get the train?

Depends on how comfortable you are driving in Jersey. It's not far off of the NJ Turnpike. Our bar is a half mile away in Newark (you can see the stadium from the patio) and has free parking. It tends to get full but if you're there early enough getting a spot isn't a problem. The train is close as well. Maybe a .5 mile to our bar (with more bars along the way) and another .5 mile from the bar to the stadium.

As long as they don't mind standing for 90 minutes bring whoever you want.

posted by goddam at 01:27 AM on February 01

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