Saturday, January 17, 2009

Love or Hate: Manchester United Number 7

Nike strikes it rich again with another great ad campaign. No player brings up the emotion that Ronaldo does, people either love him or hate him and Nike understands that. The shoe giant has come up with a great ad campaign for Ronnie.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Next Ronnie

Madin Mohammad is six years old and boy does he have the moves a new Ronnie. I hope that United move quickly for the youngster.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A 100 million pounds is not bad

During the summer the soccer world was held hostage by the on going Ronaldo saga, will he go to the Real Madrid or will he stay at United. Now during the winter transfer window, the soccer world will be held hostage by the possibility of Kaka swapping the red and black of AC Milan for the sky blue of Manchester City.

During the course of the last couple of days, City have offered at least a 100 million pounds for the Brazilian play makers, it appears that AC Milan might be in the position to accept it and that would be the best for the future of the club.

Sure Kaka has lead Milan to a ton of trophies during his time at Milan, but at this point with an aging squad a 100 million pounds would go a long way to rebuilding it. That type of money would allow the board to go and get a proven goal scorer like Villarreal striker Giuesseppi Rossi to team up with Pato up from and that would only cost approximately $20 million.

With Kaka gone, Milan could then recall Yoann Gourcuff from Bordeaux to be the play making midfielder. In addition to the recall Milan could then reinvest some of the Kaka money to be a speedy winger like Ryan Babel from Liverpool. Those are a couple of a number of moves that Milan could make to reduce their age and make this a young attacking team.

Its hard to say good bye to a player like Kaka, but in the long run this might be the best move for Milan and their fans cause a 100 million pounds is a ton of money, especially in these economic times.

ESPN showing its hand

For years ESPN has done ok with their soccer coverage but that appears to be changing.

First last summer the four letter decided to go out and get Sky Sports pundit Andy Gray to help with their EURO 2008 coverage, which was a great success. Then they decided to added a Soccernet Press Pass show once a week to ESPN Classic. Add all of that to this weekend, when ESPN showed extended highlights of the United Chelski game during their prime time Sports Center special focusing on the NFL. The network has also started showing scores from the Barclay's Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A. Don't forget the network has been covering the UEFA Champions League for more then a decade.

So why after years has the network decide to commit to the beautiful game, its simple the network is trying to position its self to get the rights to the BPL. The right are due to come up in the next couple of years and the network might be tipping its hand to show that they can do a good job covering the league.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Save our show

Please save our show, sign this petition to bring the guys back.

It's all over

Please say it ain't so, the greatness of the show is over as the Special One does what he does best walk out on a team. Thanks for the last year or so, it was Fantastic. Pure Brilliance.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Really Super Sunday

Some sports days are better then others and Sunday was one of them. United vs. Chelski, Eagles vs. Giants in the divisional round, and then North Carolina vs. Wake Forest. With all of the games it will be a three shirt day. Here is a time line of the days events:

9:19: Church is over pregame meal time.
9:59: Pregame meal finished. Ihop country fried stake skillet. Can not beat that.
10:30: Just finished skimming the Sunday papers, its only an half an hour till the day gets rolling.
11:00: A sign at the Theatre of Dreams: Viva John Terry. Surprised by Neville seeing the field today.
11:05: Really Ian Dowie, no Robbie Earle. This is not good at all.
11:21: Ashley Cole is a bitch. Very simple
11:32: This is starting to really kick off.
11:43: Chelski seem like they are starting to get going
11:50: We got our goal, Vidic and Really Super Saturday is off to a good start.
Noon: Half time got the bathrooms trip out of the way and got the drink. Ready for the second half of United/Chelski.
12:27: The Rooney with the goal. But Park has been our best player, his work rate is amazing.
12:35: Drogba blows another chance. What a shock.
12:45: I wonder what the Special One thinks of the Gene Hakman, Big Phil.
12:55: Berba, 3-0. Change shirt, change location. Good start to the Really Super Sunday.
1:20: Second round under way and Eagels get a good hold. My hands are shaking not a good sign.
1:30: Birds have the lead. This is going well. Almost too well.
1:45: So good. Wow you could not ask for a better start for the birds.
1:50: Now the giants fans at the place I'm at, are starting to get pissed, gotta love the tag of favorites.
2:06: Wow the birds could not play worst and still have the lead.
2:45: Wow they have been terrible and still have the lead. I can not believe that. What the hell.
3:20: I really should have taken up something different for a hobby. This way to stressful. Eagles have the lead back. This is nuts. Heart rate on verge of going off the chart.
3:50: Birds up two scores and feel nervous. This is not healthy.
4:10: Wow three weeks a going to the NFC Championship Game seemed like a pipe dream. Now its a reality.
5: For some reason I have no emotional involvement in the Chargers v. Steelers game and just saw a quick kick, what an amazing day.
6:20: Third shirt of the day, North Carolina, is on and ready to go. Let's hope the Heels do what United and the Eagles have already done. Win.
8:00: Carolina vs. Wake Forest in HD. This day is getting better and better.
8:22: Wow this Wake team is better then I thought. Saw them during one of the Thanksgiving time and they were ok never, not this good. Jeff Teague is a player.
8:54: The Heels finally got the lead. Have not played well but now have the lead.
9:20: The second half of the final game is underway. Let's go Heels.
9:34: Starting to show affects of the day but trying to hang in there till the end.
9:45: Wow is Jeff Teague is reminding me of the performance of Randolph Childress put in at ACC Tournament a bunch of years ago.
10:08: So the Heels are not going with the plan today. But two out of three ain't bad.

Wow what a day, lots of yelling at the TV and text messages on the Blackberry but in the end it has been well worth it with United showing that they are not going to give up their Barclay's Premier League title and the Birds going to the NFC title game. Wow.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Arizona here we come

This season has been full of twist and turns, but now the birds are one step away from the Super Bowl. I really feel this has all been a dream from the benching to now this, what else is next. The Philly Daily News sums it up perfectly.