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Gunning for Nothing

The match between Arsenal and Tottenham will be a game that will forever be played over and over again due to the sheer magic that was displayed in the second half.

Unfortunately for me and my Gunners, this sucks.

Within 45 minutes it went from a cakewalk to a meltdown, with a great first goal, a stupid penalty for the second, and my man of the match heading in from a great free kick.  What does this all mean for Arsenal?  For Tottenham?  For the league?  Who knows, because quite frankly, no one seems to want to win it.

If Arsenal wants to win it, then they have got to shut up and play.  Too many times the media, the team, and Arsene Wenger hypes things up, only for the team to throw a game away or half-ass it throughout the match.  The first half was fantastic, but not the best.  The second half, well it was pathetic to say the least.  The team lacks someone to drive them forward, they lack discipline, and the fans deserve better.  They deserve better than for the team to say “we will learn from this” because it is getting old.  The first goal for Tottenham was because someone wasn’t man enough to head the ball away, only instead to let it bounce and then Tottenham trounces us.  The second was stupidity and immaturity from our “captain” Fabregas, who thought that it would be a great idea to stick out his arm and block the kick with the ref right in full view.  A captain of a team no less, someone who is to set and example and lead us, and here he is blowing the game for us.  Pathetic.  Crap.  Stupid.  But lazy is probably the best way to put it.  No guarantee that kick was going in, but not like he cares.  Not like the team cares.  They have given up 9 points at home, a place they want to make a fortress out of, and yet the fans keep coming back and watching the same bull crap.  We the fans deserve better than this.

No Arsenal player or manager will ever see this, but my frustrations are not alone.  It can be seen over in London, with all the Arsenal fans in the stadium leaving under 2 minutes.  I know it is only November, and we are still 2 points from first in the league, but to play the way this team plays at home, we won’t win the league.  Not like this.

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Ivory Coast v Portugal Review

After watching the match today between two teams who are looking to try to become that second team to move on past the group stage with Brazil, it became clear to me just how one of these teams can advance. I also was able to make some key distinctions about the two teams, so first I will start with Portugal:

Cristiano Ronaldo is NOT a captain

The first thing that I recognized is that Portugal needs a new captain, someone like Deco or Ricardo Carvalho. Ronaldo, for one thing, is ruining the sport by flopping like he has just been shot by a sniper. He falls too easily and whines like a little school girl. Don’t get me wrong, he is of such great talent, but he doesn’t utilize it when he starts to get frustrated. His only bright spot was hit screamer that hit the post, but other than that he was of no factor. The sad part is, is that without him trying to make some impact on the game, the team starts to struggle. Yes he is the driving force of the team, but a captain should not carry himself in the manner in which he is carrying himself as (diving, whining, trying to get the players on the other team yellow cards, etc.).

No Simao?

The absence of Simao Sabrosa was a huge shock, due to his great year at Atletico Madrid and his stellar performance in the World Cup qualifiers for Portugal. When he came on the field, he made an immediate impact on Portugal (however it was spoiled thanks to the introduction of Didier Drogba for the Ivory Coast). Whether there was locker room issues, or whether he was to be used as a super sub to begin with, or whether if Danny did better in training before the match, whatever the case may be, Simao was hugely missed in the first half.

For the Ivory Coast:

Gervinho

Gervinho

Gervinho was probably the best player on the field on either side. He was a constant threat and used his pace and skill to abuse the Portugal defense. Him being substituted at the end of the match must be to keep him fresh for the next match, as I can’t think of any other reason. While Drogba was out, Gervinho was the one to step up, and the 23 year old certainly did. Be sure to look out for Gervinho during the two matches, because if the Ivory Coast is to score whether Drogba is on or off the field, it will be provided or assisted by Gervinho.

Early Crosses/More in the Box

It was clear that the Ivory Coast was the most dangerous during the match, but if I was Sven, I would be very upset with the lack of crosses in the box. While it is fine to try to beat an opponent a few times, it is unacceptable, and sometimes unnecessary, to try to beat the whole team by yourself. Salomon Kalou is one of the players that comes to mind. Many times he could have either passed it off or put the ball in the box, but instead he opted to try and dribble his way into the box. Early crosses was lacking in the side, but that also could have been because there was, most of the time, only two players in the box to receive the cross.

The last thing for the Ivory Coast is simple: shoot the ball. Too many times the Ivory Coast had opportunities to shoot the ball from far out, but instead they tried to dribble the ball in the box. I believe I only say Yaya Toure and Kalou try to shoot the ball from outside the 18. That’s easy for any defense, so some things are needed to be changed.

While I know this was the first game, it is clear that these teams are the only other team to advance with Brazil (sorry North Korea, although they did do very well today).

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MLS Roundup 5/1

Edson Buddle and the Galaxy kept up it’s fine run of form this weekend. Continue reading to get the weekend roundup. Continue reading

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Tim Tebow: Probably Not the Broncos Savior

How awkward are Tim Tebow’s new mechanics?  Every time I see a clip of him throwing, it looks like he is thinking, “Don’t bring the ball low.  Don’t bring the ball low.”  I’d be shocked if he made a significant contribution to the Broncos, or any other NFL team for that matter.  I tend to believe that a natural style of throwing, running, shooting, jumping, etc., rarely should be completely overhauled, as it was in the case of Tebow.  If a player displays these extremely awkward tendencies, unless they are otherwise phenomenal, they, simply put, just don’t quite have “it.”

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Philadelphia Union acquire Orozco on loan

ESPN Soccernet has reported that newly-created MLS team Philadelphia Union has acquired Michael Orozco on loan from Mexican First Division side San Luis FC.  Orozco is a U-23 Mexican American defender who has spent his last three years playin with San Luis FC.  It is a great addition for this new team, especially someone who is American.  However, the Union had to send allocation money to the New York Red Bulls for the Red Bulls’ top spot in the MLS allocation order.

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Yankees Win!! Yankees Win!!

Congratulations to the New York Yankees on winning their 27th World Series title. The Yanks finished off the defending champion Phillies in 6 games, and hoisted the trophy in front of their own fans in the New Yankee Stadium. Light bulbs flashed vigorously as Mariano Rivera threw the final pitch that was hit toward first base and was flipped to Mark Teixeira for the 3rd and final out. Congratulations to Hideki Matsui who was named MVP of the series after putting in a stunning performance last night.

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Need A Good Laugh??

You know what he did…

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