13 April 2007

Lost My Shape, Trying to Act Casual

KC-EVE: Woo! The day before a game, and that means there's a lot to get to. We got a match briefing to write, see if we can find a special guest, catch up on the news.... Yeah.

THURSDAY NIGHT'S DEBUT - PRETTY GOOD: Caught the debut of Thursday night soccer last night, and was entertained. FC Dallas and LA played a game that was enjoyable to watch for a neutral, if not particularly skilled. If every game is as enjoyable as last night's, then I think ESPN should get a nice return on their money. A few notes though:

  1. Famous Daves: Kill the Dave O'Brien voice-over, it sucks. That being said, Dave called a mediocre game last night. Probably his best call since he started. I think the problem with Dave is that he feels the play-by-play role should be a voice of authority on behalf of the game. That allows the color guy to be the voice representing the players. I think Dave lacked knowledge and credibility when he started to take on that persona: It would have been interesting if he had taken a different track and learned the game publicly, allowing new viewers someone to identify with. Instead, he felt he had to be The Voice of the Man. You'll note that Dave never talks about "learning something new" but rather tells you facts. I'd like to see him talk about more of the former, even if it stuff we already know.
  2. Graphics: If you have this fancy new offside marker, use it. LA had an offside call in the final four minutes go against them right at the death, and they seemed upset about it. Would have been a natural time to take a look. The thing is, you need to go right to that replay and get back to the game. I feel like perhaps that technology takes time to cue it up, which probably renders it useless for anything but half-time recaps.
  3. Officiating: Terry Vaughn called a decent first hour, then swallowed his whistle. MLS Refs need to dish out yellows for persistent infringement. Yes, I know that Ben Olsen would get some of those. Doesn't matter, the laws exist for a reason. You can't just feel like you have control of a game, you need to keep it. That being said, the opening 60 minutes was officiated decently, and I agree with the PK given to FCD.

IDIOT WATCH: Thanks for the 2-nil win over Atlanta, you Charm City Asshat. Oh, and your point might have been stronger if you noted the success of the Blast in MISL the past few years, but you probably can't even keep track of that.

FAR REACHING INTERVIEWS: If you missed the ThroughBall interview with (as DuNord says) fellow freak Mark McClure of the Far Post, you should read it. Mark comes off very well, and Josh allows him to shine quite nicely. Good stuff.

THE IRONY OF "THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME...": MLSNet Water-carrier Dave Lifton on DC United returning home. Key graf:

Soehn agrees with that assessment. "I could see blank stares, and you don't often see that with our guys. You hit a stretch of two weeks of traveling and sleeping in different beds, and it just wears on you. You miss your family, you miss your home. All that goes away fast once you get back."

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At 13 April, 2007 10:34, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Classic Dave O'Brien (paraphrase): "And isn't it a surprise to see United wearing white here in Colorado for this game against the Rapids."

And then of course restate five minutes later his amazement at seeing United in their away uniforms for an away match.

At 13 April, 2007 11:14, Anonymous Bill Urban said...

IDIOT WATCH: Thanks for the 2-nil win over Atlanta, you Charm City Asshat.

I glance at that, and first thought is:
"When did United play the Silverbacks?"

Hopeless, although I did pick up a primetime pejorative in compensation for public admission of horrible cultural naivete...

At 13 April, 2007 11:15, Blogger Doug said...

Thank you for planting that Talking Heads song in my head. I think the key lyric is "They're back!-to explain their experience"

At 13 April, 2007 12:51, Anonymous bdr said...

Can't stop. Might end up in the hospital.

At 13 April, 2007 12:53, Blogger EdTheRed said...

Facts are simple and facts are straight
Facts are lazy and facts are late
Facts all come with points of view
Facts don't do what I want them to
Facts just twist the truth around
Facts are living turned inside out
Facts are getting the best of them
Facts are nothing on the face of things
Facts don't stain the furniture
Facts go out and slam the door
Facts are written all over your face
Facts continue to change their shape

At 13 April, 2007 12:53, Blogger D said...

Facts are useless in emergency.

At 13 April, 2007 13:28, Blogger I-66 said...

I miss JP Dellacamera.


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