Posted 05 July 2014 - 11:49 AM
I would say, as a Twins fan who loved Gomez's phantom "hit by pitch" in Game 163 (when at most a button was grazed)...I understand why at the top levels of competition you take what you can get when you can get it, in utterly irrelevant matches between bottom feeders though, that's an unpleasant business.
Posted 08 July 2014 - 10:51 PM
Germany was really good and Brazil desperately missed Silva and Neymar.
Posted 12 August 2014 - 07:51 AM
Baseball will always be my favorite sport, but soccer is up there too. I'm wondering if there is any other people out there that share these two sports passions. I mainly follow the English Premier League and my team is Tottenham. And with the EPL starting this weekend, I thought I'd see if there are any like minded people out there.
Posted 12 August 2014 - 10:15 AM
I've discovered that I love soccer thanks to this year's World Cup.I have no idea why it took this year's version to do so because I've paid some attention during the last couple World Cups previously, but this one got me to actively watch soccer once it was over, unlike previous Cups.Soccer has the most electrifying moment possible in any sport I pay any attention to.No touchdown, basket, homerun, etc... can match the excitement of a goal in soccer, and the complete lack of commercial breaks is wonderful.
Being American, I'm trying to be supportive of MLS.I've heard all the disparaging talk of the quality of the league, but honestly I think it's fairly entertaining.It still has a ways to go, but it's got a lot more good players than I had been led to believe, and it's still in such a startup mentality trying to stabilize the league that I can only expect it to continue improving.Living in Fargo, ND doesn't leave me a local team, unfortunately, so for now I've gone with Sporting Kansas City as the nearest team geographically.I'm psychologically incapable of rooting for a team anywhere on the East coast, Chicago, Texas, or Los Angeles, and probably Canada, so SKC works out pretty well.My wife is a Microsoft employee, so I sort of feel like I should be a Sounders guy, but I'm just not a Dempsey fan, something about him rubs me wrong.SKC play a pretty decent possession-based offense as opposed to just bombing the ball down the field hoping a forward can hold it until everyone else gets there.It's also nice that they have a couple current and one former USMNT players.
As for the EPL, I'm looking forward to the season, but being brand new to the soccer fandom, I'm not sure where I'm leaning.Everton (Tim Howard) and Stoke City (Geoff Cameron and I suppose Brek Shea if he ever actually plays) will certainly be a somewhat sentimental pick, but I think I may actually choose Swansea City due to the fact I got to watch them play a match in person against Minnesota United from the NASL a month ago.Starting to sound like Tottenham may pick up DeAndre Yedlin from the Seattle Sounders (and USMNT), though he'll apparently be loaned back to Seattle til the end of the MLS season, so I'll be interested in them as well.I'm really hoping for one of Everton or Tottenham to break into the top 4, as none of Man U, Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, or Chelsea do anything for me, and I'm not sure who else will have much chance to.
Edited by ericchri, 12 August 2014 - 10:17 AM.
Posted 12 August 2014 - 11:10 AM
I just moved back to MN from KC. I was there for 3 years, so I got to see the MLS ASG, 2 USMNT WCQ, and an MLS Cup victory. SKC will always be my MLS team, even if MN gets one. Tottenham is my team because I went to a game at White Hart Lane in 2013 when Dempsey and Bale were on the team. It was awesome.
I think there are some similarities between baseball and soccer, mainly neither game is the most fast-paced game, but there is a lot of strategy involved that can be missed by the uninitiated viewer.
Posted 12 August 2014 - 11:52 AM
I hope Minnesota manages an MLS team, but I'm not sure it's a better option right now than Sacramento or San Antonio (and I'll ignore the possibility of Las Vegas, ugh).The Twin Cities are just spread too thin with sports options for a market that size with the "big 4" sports already, and then the U of M (FB, BB, Hockey) on top of that.Throw in the Lynx and a modicum of interest in the U women's BB and Hockey teams and it'll be rough to draw the support the other two markets will for soccer.Selfishly I want Minnesota, but for the league I suspect someplace else might be a better option for now.I think a team would do fine in Minnesota, but I think it'd do better in Sac or SA.
Very jealous, I'd love to be able to attend SKC games.And seeing Tottenham in person when they had that roster would have been fabulous.Bale at RM just seems weird.Ireland has always been tops on my list of places I'd like to visit (for no specific reason that I can think of, just a weird urge), so seeing the USMNT playing a friendly in Dublin in November has me thinking ridiculous thoughts about somehow catching that and then also popping over to catch an EPL game somewhere as well.Two kids in school makes that pretty much impossible, but it's fun to dream.
Definitely agree on the pace of game similarities.Soccer pretty much didn't exist for me growing up, so I'm really just starting to get a grasp on it, but there's a lot of subtle little things I really enjoy.I love the thumbs-up for great passes that somebody can't quite make a play on, and taking the risk of pulling up your defense to get an offsides call is weirdly entertaining for me (probably because when it fails it leads to a great goal chance).My interest in basketball has tanked over the last few years, and (American) football is fading for me as well, so finding a new sport to follow along with baseball has been really fun.
Posted 16 August 2014 - 08:15 AM
I'm quite excited to be on point with writing and chatting with fellow sports fans throughout the promise of an entire season (even if I've dropped cable and so will only be able to follow through on-line recaps and--maybe--the occasional live stream).
It sounds like the general interest of this thread is the Premiership and particularly Tottenham and Everton (unless I'm missing something--and I must say, both seem very Twins-ish)--with some fondness reserved for Sporting KC and MN Utd (obviously)...are there any other fans lurking on this opening day? Some La Liga people frothing for a Classico? Someone who actually likes Serie A? People who latch on to a team from the family homeland (with family from Eastern Scotland, I'm keeping an eye on both Ross County and Hibernian).
Whatever you like and whatever you're into, I'm excited to hear more from this thread (especially as baseball winds down, and futbol/saacaar heats up).
Posted 18 August 2014 - 08:39 AM
I'm going to try and get behind Swansea this year but wasn't feeling it yet. Watching the victory over Man U sure helped. I could get behind Swansea.
Been looking for a replacement team since Portsmouth fell to their death. I was a big Portsmouth fan when Redknapp was coaching them.
I still check Portsmouth scores but you can't watch them on TV in League 2 and games against Dag and Red don't excite many.
So... Swansea? Maybe? Go... Umm.... Swans?
Posted 02 September 2014 - 09:53 AM
So far, so good, go Swansea!Showdown with Chelsea (the only two 3-game winners so far) in a couple weeks.Swansea is probably 1/4 of the way to safely staying up in the Premier League with 35 games still to play.And they didn't sell off Bony.Hooray for random acts delivering a good pick for favorite team.
SKC forgot how to play defense somehow in the last few weeks though, ugh.
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