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Viper last won the day on February 4 2013

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  • Birthday 12/28/1970

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    Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
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  1. 2018 MLS Kits

    I was at the Loons' kit reveal event (alas, the pics I got aren't as good as what's already been posted). It's a downgrade from last season, but it's not awful by any means. Hell, it was good enough for me to plunk down $120 for one. Note that they only revealed the primary and keeper kits, not the clash kit. Last year's white clashes were nothing special but still a nice and crisp design. I'd be happy if they just kept that. If they try to mimic this new design on a white clash kit I don't see how they could make it work.
  2. PyeongChang 2018

    (Olympic Athletes from) Russia's three-letter code this year is OAR. If they win any gold medals, this should be their anthem.
  3. North American Pro Soccer 2018

    The Loons have signed Cameroon international forward Frantz Pangop. Not the sort of acquisition I had hoped for to start the new year - Minnesota needs backline reinforcements some fierce - but still one I can get behind, especially if they play him as a second forward in tandem with Christian Ramirez. I've wanted Adrian Heath to switch to a two-striker set so opposing defenses can't just key in on Ramirez, and now they have enough attackers to make that possible. On the other hand Pangop may just be used as a replacement for Johan Venegas, who's been loaned back to Costa Rica in advance of the World Cup. And speaking of Ramirez, he's finally gotten a well-deserved USMNT call-up.
  4. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Yeah, Williams wasn't the only one who blew it for the Saints. Sean Payton and his DC share in the blame too. The Ringer's Rodger Sherman noted that one of their defenders was guarding the sideline near the line of scrimmage, where he was totally useless (no way Keenum was going to throw that short with so little time left). Meanwhile they had no one in deep coverage, to be the last line of defense in case a Vikings receiver got away - or better yet, to make that receiver think twice about going for the end zone in the first place. As it was, Williams was that last line of defense, and once he whiffed on his tackle the Saints' fate was sealed.
  5. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Here is the play, with Paul Allen's call.
  6. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    At the start of the drive, Vikings radio announcer Paul Allen said they needed a "Minneapolis Miracle". Naturally, after the TD that's exactly what he called it, twice in fact. Also, it turns out the play has a fitting name in the Vikings' playbook: "Buffalo right, seven heaven".
  7. San Diego Seals (NLL)

    San Diego's a big Navy town, so that probably has a lot to do with the name choice here.
  8. San Diego Seals (NLL)

    One of the NLL's new expansion teams for the 2018-19 season has revealed their identity today, including a repurposed nickname from a different sport within the same state. My first reaction to the logo: An interesting concept (a seal wearing an anchor-shaped crown) but poorly executed (with a black head on a black hexagonal shield, it looks as much like a domestic cat as a seal).
  9. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    And now, the biggest injury bombshell of the season: Aaron Rodgers breaks his collarbone again and is possibly out for the season. With that, the NFC North is wide open. Also, backup Brett Hundley, on the last year of his contract, is now playing for what could be a huge payday next season. If he can get the Packers back into the playoffs, some other team is going to make him a very rich man. On the other hand, if he keeps struggling going into the bye... Kaepernick?
  10. International Football 2017-2018

    Hell, even in Europe a few years ago some of the richest clubs were floating the idea of breaking away from their federations and forming a closed super-league. Nothing ever came of it, but the very fact it was even discussed suggests pro/rel isn't as sacrosanct as it's made out to be even in the sport's beating heartland.
  11. International Football 2017-2018

    Aaaaaannnnnnd the Panama game just went final too. USMNT is officially out of Russia.
  12. International Football 2017-2018

    HON 3:2 MEX just went final. Now we are reduced to rooting for Costa Rica to score late vs. Panama.
  13. International Football 2017-2018

    Aaaaannnnnnd it's over.
  14. International Football 2017-2018

    They've been recycling the same old crap for a reason: Other than Jurgen Klinsmann, it's not as though world-class coaches have ever exactly been beating a path to USSF's door even when the USMNT's been successful. If they don't qualify for Russia they could be back in the wilderness for a long time to come.
  15. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Two straight wins for the Loons, for the first time in their MLS history, after thrashing FC Dallas 4-1 tonight. FCD's freefall has now reached ten straight games. Meanwhile Minnesota's playoff prospects, amazingly, still have a pulse.