04 December, 2010

Special 1 TV (S. 2 Ep. 6)

Special 1's take on the Real Madrid v Barca whooping and the England loss of the WC 2018 bid.

Video: BBCComedy

The Beautiful Game (Pt. 20)

Part of the Dreamfields Project to give youths new cleats during a tournament in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa.

Photo: CSMonitor

02 December, 2010

We Told You So...

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we were right. Very right. The US isn't getting the WC 2022, and neither is England.

In a move that surprised nobody here at TSI, Russia has won the bid for the 2018 World Cup while Qatar has won 2022.

Do you think Putin knew he had it in the bag when he bothered not to even show up for the bidding? Or do you like the fact that Al-jazera news reported Qatar as the winner of the 2022 bid, 10 minutes before the official announcement?

Smell that? It smells like Blatter.

I, for one, am not surprised that Blatter went with the money, but the question is, how will a country that by their own law doesn't allow alcohol, and is rated an extreme safety risk by FIFA to most of Europe/the US fans, successfully host a WC? Couple the fact that daytime temps will be reaching nearly 118F outside the stadium and you have some strict crowd control and some serious tensions between fans and Qatari nationals that could happen.

Congratulations to them, but I'm as usual disappointed in FIFA and their shenanigans. Did you notice that Korea pulled 5 votes on the voting, and that the US only barely edged them out for the finals to host the 2022 WC? Or that England got only 2 votes and were the first eliminated from 2018 bidding? Funny, since right up to the BBC report, they were in a close 2nd to Russia. Consider this your slap on the wrist England, and never cross FIFA and it's power again.

Photo: ronblackradio

01 December, 2010

BBC Panorama Report That Caused All The Fuss

Got a spare 30mins? This is what got FIFA and the FA's knickers in a bunch. Either way, Paddy Power betting service still has Russia as the 2018 bid winner, both before and after the broadcast, so I think the overreaction on the FA's part is all semantics. Good stuff by the BBC and glad that someone wants to make FIFA more transparent even if FIFA bows to no one.

Part 1

Part 2

Video: BBC/megaspliffster

Mourinho Gets Meaningless Ban and Fine

After an inquiry by FIFA that for once wasn't "found to be groundless" (we're looking at pretty much any investigation of their ExCo), FIFA has found Mourinho guilty of advising Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos to get a yellow so as to sit out their final group stage match in CL play as that would wipe the slate clean of their yellows for the elimination rounds.

30 November, 2010

Carling Cup: Man U v West Ham Highlights

How to you get the monkey off your back? Some take up a new hobby, others drown their sorrows in drink, West Ham's Spector (who really hasn't produced for club or country much in recent months) has come out swinging.

Spector puts in two in the first half against a still pretty strong Man U side while Cole finishes them off in the 2nd half with another two. Amongst the snowflakes, West Ham took Man U out back of the shed and took them to town.

Guess the Red Devils really didn't want the "meaningless" trophy and wanted to put all their eggs in the CL/League title. Good luck with that.

Video: zebrapublicacoes

Question of the Day

So if an older late addition to the US squad got dropped to his team's B team, should we still call him up?

That's the question you have to ask yourself as Jermaine Jones got dropped to the 4th Div, Schalke B team today for "poor attitude during matches," on the heels of a 5-0 loss to Kaiserslautern. While his play and aggressiveness has been among the best in the Bundesliga over the last few years (injuries aside), his tumultuous relationship with his coach is well documented. Of note is his recent strife with the coach over his prolonged injury concerns when he couldn't manage to get healthy.

Now, it's not like we are short of quality players in our midfield, especially, younger ones such as Edu, Bradley Jr., and others, so it's not like we are desperate for a guy who most likely will be too old for a call up during the next WC.

What's your take?

Photo: theoffside

28 November, 2010

EPL: Chelsea v Newcastle Highlights

Chelsea blow it late in stoppage to lose the 3pts yet again. The 1-1 draw drops them to 2nd in the standings after breaking out of the gate early in the season.

Video: todayfoot21

EPL: Liverpool v Tottenham Highlights

Skrtel scores twice while Defoe misses another pk and Lennon seals the deal in this 2-1 Tottenham win. What? You didn't know Skrtel was on the Spurs books? Better check again, cause he's all about scoring for Tottenham.

Skrtel's goals


Video: todayfoot21, brutalmessi

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