Monthly Archives: October 2010

Seattle 0 – LA 1

October 31, 2010
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Seattle 0 – LA 1

It turned out to be a fun game to watch. Seattle was not outclassed and can feel a little unlucky to have come out of this one with nothing. Both teams had good spells; LA spent most of the evening with five across the midfield and did a good job at spoiling the through balls to the Seattle attackers. LA’s tactics in neutralizing Seattle were more effective than most other teams. They packed midfield and man-marked Alonso in the middle. This made it difficult to get onto any balls passed to the attackers on the outside. The LA keeper Donovan Rickets had an outstanding game, very solid when Seattle managed to get the ball into the channels. Seattle had the ball in the net in the first minute of play. Alonso let his marker with a cut back and got space for a shot. Zakuani got onto the rebound and put it away. Unfortunately Zakuani was offside and the flag went up. Shortly before half time Edson Buddle turned Pat Ianni around and made a wonderful lob that gave Keller no chance. That was the only score of what was an entertaining game. The ref had a poor night,...

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Freaks and drunks – Halloween in Seattle

October 31, 2010
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Last night was an interesting evening, being Halloween the freaks and drunks were out in force in Seattle. Lots of first class people watching. A group of us ended up at the Comet Tavern for some good live music, it’s the first time I’ve been there and it’s a perfect music/dive bar and hearing Bob Dylan played by a cover band dressed as Kiss is quite the way to spend the evening. Before the club we went to dinner, conversation turned to where parts of our personality come from. I know exactly the two moments where my love of loud, metal and hard rock comes from. First was Status Quo Live at the NEC on the BBC (I’ve talked about this before, click here if you are interested). Second was school friend of mine, Angus (real name Keith, but lets face it not nearly as cool), lending me a cassette of Iron Maiden’s “Number of the Beast Album” in 1983. I listened to it, said “that’s fucking awesome”, Angus said “yes I know” and 27 years later a significant part of my taste in music is still rooted in that moment. It’s quite a moment to look back on,...

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Another big night at RBP

October 30, 2010
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Another big night at RBP

I agree with many, the current MLS play off structure does not make much sense; unquestionably the West is the far stronger conference compared the East. The seeding system obviously does not work with 6 teams from the west and only two from the East moving on to the post season. This weekend Seattle plays the top-seeded Los Angeles Galaxy in the first round of the playoffs, even though the Sounders were the No. 6 seed (of the 8 sides that qualify). So what would I do? Nice of you to ask, but I think a single combined table is the way to go with the top 8 qualifying. Every team plays every other home and away in a balanced schedule. It’s going to be the same next year; my season ticket invoice says 17 league games so it’s staying as a balanced schedule despite the addition of Vancouver and Portland. This year the top eight teams in the standing have qualified, so it’s worked in that respect, but I don’t understand the aversion to a single table rather than the East/West conference that the league insists on. So lets say we have a single table, with the teams...

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True meeting quotes – #3490 in a series of millions…

October 30, 2010
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“Just because we’ve used the phrase “vendor assist” in the presentation, it doesn’t me we will actually help.”

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The toughest thing

October 29, 2010
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In the slightly bigger picture, over the last couple of months I’ve received a number of comments to this blog, always posted anonymously under the same name “davehasnofriends”. There is no such thing as anonymous on the Internet and the trail of breadcrumbs is not hard to follow to its source (Google Analytics is awesome). The most “voracious” of the anonymous posters is Jeanette Higgins who currently lives in Portland (but has sent messages from Peoria, AZ and Veradale, WA too) and visits this blog at least 4 times a week, sometimes daily. It’s interesting that a woman who is “looking out for others” feels the best way to do that is accuse me of abusing kids. She is supposed to be a mandatory reporter, which means that if she suspects any abuse she is required to report it to CPS, she has not done that. If she feels it’s true there is a significant breach of professional ethics. If it’s not true then it’s slander. Which for someone who wants to get her license to practice in Washington State is not a good move. When I called out the “fat ugly troll last” last week it was her...

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Zakuani for England?

October 29, 2010
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It’s not a particularly complementary about the MLS, but the Mirror claims Zakuani is appearing on the radar of the England national team. He’s got a huge upside and I do believe his playing future lays in Europe. He’s certainly good enough, but even with the real issues England has on the left it seems a little bit of a stretch today. Anyway, here is the link:- http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/opinion/columnists/john-cross/Meet-Steve-Zakuani-the-Major-League-Soccer-Seattle-Sounders-sensation-who-could-play-for-England-John-Cross-Column-article614667.html

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Colorado 1 – Columbus 0

October 28, 2010
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The MLS playoffs started this evening with Colorado hosting Columbus. During the first half Columbus looked rather out of sorts, did not do a good job keeping their shape and the distribution of the final ball is poor. On the other side Colorado was playing some very, very nice football, have a nice passing game going on and are using that to really stretch Columbus down the sides. I think Colorado considered themselves unlucky to been only 1-0 up at half time. Columbus seemed to work out what was the problem was and did a far better job in the second half. Colorado were limited to one or two chances, while Columbus were the more creative side and brought a couple of really good saves from goalkeeper Matt Pickens late in the game. Colorado lead the series 1-0, it’s not much of a lead to take to Crew Stadium next week. It’s a very open series and Columbus is very much in it. Perhaps most notable was the mostly empty stadium. I get that I’m spoilt in Seattle with the game day atmosphere and 31 sold out league games in a row. Having said that I’ve been in Qwest...

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An awfully long tour…

October 27, 2010
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On Friday the England cricket team leave for Australia. The first game is next week and the final game is not until February 6th. Between now and then they will be playing 19 games, and a total of 47 days of cricket. An awfully long tour. The first test match between England and Australia was in 1877, the Ashes date to 1882. That year the teams played one test at the Oval in London and England were beaten by the Australians for the first time in England. After the game legend says one of the bails (part of the wicket) was burned, it’s ashes put in a small perfume bottle. A few days later an obituary was put into a British newspaper that read: In Affectionate Remembrance of ENGLISH CRICKET, which died at the Oval on 29th AUGUST 1882, Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances R.I.P. N.B.—The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. And “the Ashes” were born. The teams played a three test series over the following winter (1882-83) in Australia. The England captain Ivo Bligh promised that the “ashes would be regained”. Over the next 20 or 30 years...

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So what’s wrong with cricket?

October 26, 2010
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So what’s wrong with cricket?

Spent a morning sitting the George and Dragon with a couple of other ex-pats on Sunday. The idea was to go and watch the football and enjoy breakfast (and the G&D does a great full breakfast), and we got onto the subject of cricket. It’s not secret I really enjoy the game, especially the full five-day test matches. I’ve always loved the way the spectacle slowly unfolds in front of you. Additionally there are a lot of great memories of spending time with dad learning about the game. At its best it’s beautiful to watch, no mater if it’s witnessing a great batting performance, a spell of devastating bowling or a beautifully balanced game going into the final day. There is something very unique about the game. When I was in England in March and April dad and I spent a number of afternoons watching the 20/20 version of the game from the IPL, very spectacular and fun to watch. No question about that, but if you listened carefully the buzzing noise was WG Grace and The Don spinning in their graves as they hear of Steve Waugh playing in Silver pajamas. Back to the George and Dragon, with...

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Thank you, I remembered to breath again.

October 26, 2010
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Sometimes as adults, we tend to get wrapped up in all the craziness of everyday life. It does no matter if it’s a small irritation or a life-changing event. We all have moments when we can all loose perspective on what’s really important. So much so, that we forget to take a moment to breathe and appreciate some of the little things that make life so worth living. This evening I went through my e-mail, comments and stats and I’m just overwhelmed and not sure what to say. In the last 48 hours my site has had its biggest two days ever with over 3700 uniques (that’s uniques, not hits). I’ve received over 100 e-mails and comments from people I’ve never met in support of what I’ve had to say, and one e-mail and two anonymous comments that think I’m the spawn of the devil and are very liberal with the F-bombs. Thank you, it’s made a difference to my day. Yeah I fucked up and I own that, but other people need to do the same. I’m tired of this bullshit, it’s all going to be in the hands of my lawyer

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