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August 21, 2007 at 8:53 am | Posted in Jackie Manuel | Leave a comment

Men’s soccer preview. Here is the schedule.  Gridiron recruiting updates. Basketball dates to look forward to.

Sp*rs still suck. Guess the Adu headline? A.J Feeley?Not a real sport. FO on week two. Holy Cow.

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August 20, 2007 at 8:40 am | Posted in Jackie Manuel | Leave a comment

Goddard is hungry. Yates will need help. Davis pleased. UNC 1-1 ND

Grant Wahl on the best MLS game ever? I watched the game on Sunday morning and it was pretty good stuff. Best team in Manchester? Highlights from the premiership weekend. TOP recaps. Flight. TNR on sports culture. Kid to watch in the U-17 WC. Not a good start for the Junior Nats. Pure class. Selfish power.

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August 17, 2007 at 8:49 am | Posted in Jackie Manuel | Leave a comment

T.J. wins starting job for JMU. THF with brief analysis. David Glenn with 5 questions. Memphis the early fav?

Stacheman! Weekend previews. Brady sucks! Railhawks win cup? Are you ready for some football (gridiron)?

Sp*rs Announce New Shirt Sponser

August 16, 2007 at 1:27 pm | Posted in Football, Jackie Manuel | 4 Comments

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Jackie Manuel tip to BS poster Lanesra 

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August 16, 2007 at 8:34 am | Posted in Jackie Manuel | 2 Comments

QB to be announced today? Roy battles vertigo. Know Little.

Citeh for real? Beckham arrives. Nat roster for Sweden. CL QF roundup. Premiership roundup. Rutgers to sue? Donaghy document. Dodgers win….but lose too. Dan Shaughnessy is the bee’s knees. Football (gridiron) Outsider’s fantasy mailbag.  Green can finally complete passes to KC receivers. TOP’s Round 2 wrap-up. Bobby’s best. Holley Mangold…hero.

Ned’s Dodgers are done (and always were)

August 15, 2007 at 1:36 pm | Posted in Baseball, Jackie Manuel | Leave a comment

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“Oh, right…I’m playing in a baseball game.”

It is 7-4 Astros in the bottom of the 9th. Two on, one out, and Brad Lidge is in the game. Any Dodger fan still watching has put up with an average Brett Tomko start and the usual poor fielding and big opposition inning. Shea Hillenbrand is on second and Mark Sweeney is on first. Juan Pierre is up. I don’t need to tell you what happened but just for giggles he popped up 7 feet behind home plate and Mark Sweeney forgot how many outs there were and was thrown out for the final out of the game. Matt Kemp, who had earlier homered, was on deck. You’d think that I would be numb by now. After all, in just three short weeks, the Dodgers have gone from NL West leaders to having just a 10% chance of making the playoffs. Remarkable really. I managed not to get too upset about the Scott Proctor deal, didn’t freak out when the snakes swept us, or even throw anything when we were shut out by David Weathers, Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo, Mike Stanton, Jared Burton, Brandon Webb in three straight games. Last night…I lost it. Tomko, Proctor, Saenez, Pierre, Gonzo, Sweeney, and Shea were just too much for me to handle at one time.

Too much for the Dodgers to overcome too. Sure, the kids have slumped too and injuries to Schmidt (who could have seen that coming), Kuo, Furcal, Lowe, and Wolf have taken their toll on an overworked staff. That said, only three Dodgers have more than 15.0 VORP and the 3b (Nomar) , CF (Pierre), and LF (Gonzo) have been disasters. JP might be is my least favorite Dodger of all time. Its not just that I don’t crush on 30+ year old CFs who can’t get on base, don’t (EVER) hit home runs, and whose defense and speed are rapidly declining. It’s his moaning about wanting to play every day. He’s apparently never going to benched, despite being out hit by Brad Penny. Seriously. I’m stuck with him for 4 more years…..every day.

I thought this year’s team wouldn’t have enough hitting to compete and they don’t, but the kids are promising and there is much hope for the Dodgers next season and beyond…at least there would be if Ned Colleti was fired. His signings of Shea and Sweeney are SO Brain Sabean. The next off-season will be huge. We need a starting pitcher and more importantly no crappy -10 signings that will block the kids. We just have to hope Ned learned from the off-season of Nomar, Gonzo, Pierre, and Schmidt. The last three weeks don’t make me feel very good about that.

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August 15, 2007 at 8:40 am | Posted in Jackie Manuel | Leave a comment

Robert Pickeral writes on the nuances of the hybrid H-back. Greg Barnes had that idea too. Tar Heel Fan rips SI. Hokie website previews the Heels. Basketball schedule taking shape.

No need to panic with Dawson and King due back soon, but I’m not sure that 4-3-3 is going to work. The Toffee midfield was all over Sp*rs. Grant Wahl’s mailbag. Champions League roundup and preview. Adu’s first night in Europe. Arsenal with a tough game tonight. Slate on the stathead quest for answers. Computer chat with Joe. Keane wore the pants. Railhawks win a league game and get a cup? You can’t manufacture a rivalry or derby, you have to let it develop. Stuff like this makes it harder to support the local side….maybe I’m just grouchy this morning. (angry bitter Dodger post coming later) Offerman gets a hit!

RIP Rizzo.

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August 14, 2007 at 9:14 am | Posted in Jackie Manuel | 1 Comment

Richie Rich the man?

Royals fan explains 0-0 is not boring. Why do I exist?, is not one of them. Brummie babes. Handcuffs a good idea? Me too. How did we get here? Ned is now f*cking with the future too?  SHEA HILLENBRAND??? Pre-season analysis!

Flopping Dookie Karaoke.

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August 13, 2007 at 9:11 am | Posted in Jackie Manuel | Leave a comment

All kinds of words on the scrimmage….here , here, and here. Charlotte Observer’s preview. Palus (the good one) behind. Marvin Austin interview.  THF blogs on the QBs. Huh? Reyshawn update.

Johnny O’Top? Premierhaiku. Deadspin Sunday recap. TOP does that too.

Even funnier . Game Over? Spurrier and Duke  together again. Remember, that poll is actually used to determine college football’s champion…..not a real sport is it? Pam O knows. R-hawks lose again. My teammate.

Premiership Preview: Jackie’s Final Table

August 10, 2007 at 1:35 pm | Posted in Football, Jackie Manuel | Leave a comment

1. Chelsea

2. Manchester United

3. Arsenal

4. Liverpool

5. Aston Villa

6. Tottenham

7. Newcastle

8. Manchester Citeh

9. West Ham

10. Reading

11.  Blackburn

12.  Everton

13.  Birmingham

14.  Pompey

15.  Bolton

16. Fulham

17. Sunderland

18. Middlesbrough

19. Derby County

20. Wigan

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