I’ve really got to work on tightening up my titles, making them more thematic. Till then, though, expect sprawling lists…
– Naturally, people are following up today on last night’s draw between FC Dallas and Chivas USA, though no one took quite so much offense to Brian Hall as I did…probably on the logic than bad calls from American refs are the norm. Then again, Ian Plenderleith seized a bit of dudgeon at a blown offside call that nullified a legitimate goal by Francisco Mendoza. Now, Plenderleith has this right on three critical levels: 1) it was a blown call, 2) that no righteous anger followed, and 3) refs really don’t read the rule correctly. And he’s correct in pointing out that these calls both cheapen the game and that they somewhat mysteriously roll right off our backs; I mean, I didn’t remember the blown call till this morning. What did I remember? That Mendoza later missed a close-range header…that and Arturo Alvarez’s hair’s-breadth miss in injury time.
In other news from last night, Chivas’ Ante Razov left the field wounded, a tough break for Chivas, especially with Galindo operating at less than full strength. Also, as MLSnet.com’s write-up on the game pointed out, Adrian Serioux doesn’t look so bad in Dallas’ midfield. You know who doesn’t look so good? Denilson, as alluded to in the Fullback Files post-game wrap under the section titled “Send in the clowns.” More to the point, think of where Dallas looked more effective last night: Arturo Alvarez’s right side or Denilson’s left…or, less euphemistically, the place where promising attacks go to die? The Brazilian stoops low as the worst DP signing so far.
– Speaking of which, a couple reports suggest that the league is considering adding a second DP slot for each of MLS’s teams (credit (or fault) Luis Bueno for finally getting this issue in my head). The conversation so far consists of a Jeff Carlisle piece that dubs the rule “a clear success” and a Pat Walsh article that’s is less satisfied and leans against the league doubling down on the rule. I line up behind Pat Walsh and question the use of “clear success” – at least on the field. The only designated player I would accept as a clear improvement over the general MLS mob would be Cuauhtemoc Blanco – all the others come with a variety of qualifiers (e.g. Luciano Emilio, a non-DP, stacks up just fine against Juan Pablo Angel; both Claudio Reyna and David Beckham have suffered on-off availability, though Beckham definitely delivered the dinero; Denilson does a poor imitation of Arturo at – what? – five times the cost?). Basically, most of MLS’s best haven’t been DPs; if I had a vote, I’d say just raise the cap (as Steve Goff says seems likely about 4/5th the way down the page) and hold off on adding another DP slot.
– Looks like LA’s deal with the devil is still working: Toronto FC comes into this weekend’s game with a mix of youngsters, absentees, and gimpy players. Hmmm…on second thought, change “pennies from heaven” into “Nickels Kissed by Satan.”
– Looks like we have a stupid-good weekend ahede
– I’ll end with a bit of fun. Hearing about (the now-unemployed) RSL defender Jack Stewart’s inclusion among Cosmo’s 50 Hottest Bachelors, the Chicago Tribune’s Luis Arroyave responded by posting a bachelor profile of his own…one that suggests eerie similarities between his personality and mine (especially the pick-him-up pointer). Still, differences exist so, in hopes of moving this concept to the amateur soccer ranks, here’s my Cosmo profile (sorry, ladies; profile aside, I’m a taken man):
Name: Jeff “Balding Adonis” Bull
Hometown: Portland, OR
Occupation: Office Pinky at undisclosed location, though not an employee of Dick Cheney.
Personality Profile: Mildly paranoiac, often silent due to the parade of unmentionable thoughts rattling through brain, and I make me laugh, though no one seems to join in.
Girlfriend Must-Have: General and profound stores of patience because the many, many pointless thoughts in my head distract me from the business of daily life; a willingness to endure aforementioned parade of unmentionable thoughts – I recommend a steady diet of drugs and booze to facilitate the latter.
Pick-Him-Up-Pointer: A total absence of ambiguity in communication and courtship.
Favorite Female Body Part: The body, by which I mean the whole woman; I find disembodied parts off-putting.
Turn-Him-On-Tactics: Anything this side of active or passive shunning.
Why Do Women?: I know exactly zero women who do anything that Cosmo purports their readers do. That’s in spite of having three sisters (and no brothers), one wife, and two daughters. All of them continually amaze me with their superior talents for functioning on a day-to-day basis.
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