It has been said that the first day of any league’s season feels like Christmas Day. If that hasn’t been said, well, I’m saying it here. The thing is, this cuts both ways: much like with Christmas, you find an avalanche of obligations on top of you before you know it, never mind being prepared.
I seriously need to write team-specific previews for both the Columbus Crew (here) and the Colorado Rapids (there) before the season starts. But I’ve got a couple big items I promised myself I’d do prior to the start of the season as well. But because I take the verb “need” seriously, I’ll be cranking out the Rapids and Crew previews over the next two days.
By way of format, I’ll break down each team in the two vaguest possible ways: defense and offense. And I think that’s appropriate: midfield complicates position-by-position reviews because what is a midfielder but a forward playing farther from goal or a defender pushing the bubble of safety further upfield? Don’t answer that, by the way. It’s just rhetorical justification.
So, look for previews of both team’s defenses tomorrow and for both team’s offenses on Friday. The Big Picture stuff – conference previews and the ever-dodgy preseason power rankings – come before Thursday next week, just in time for First Kick. And there’s more CONCACAF Champs’ Cup stuff to do before this week is over.
One last thing: the Daily Sweeper won’t be daily for the next couple weeks, especially on the days I’m doing Major League Soccer Links for Laurie on The Offside while she’s away.
OK, that’s it. Daily Sweeper coming later.
– From Fark.com comes this reminder of how geeks shared their geeky obsessions before the Web: fanzines. The page displays covers from old Sci-fi fanzines inspired by Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr. Who, hell, even Quantum Leap (“I am Scott Bacula! I’ve come to suck your blood! Bleh!”). The Star Wars covers are the most, um, out there.
– How long do friggin’ Tuataras live? (Fark.com)