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Viper last won the day on February 4 2013

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  1. North American Pro Soccer 2018

    Good news for the Loons: They have a winning record for the first time in their MLS history after a flawed but solid showing in their home opener vs. Chicago Fire. Bad news: Their next two games (at RBNY, then home to AUFC) look to be considerably harder to get points from. More bad news: Playmaker Kevin Molino is done for the year with a torn left ACL suffered in the Orlando City game (he's now had that injury in both his knees). More good news: Adrian Heath is reportedly flying down to Panama midweek to watch and possibly meet with Colombian striker/wingman Darwin Quintero, who could soon become the club's first DP signing (having whiffed on Quintero's countryman Nico Benedetti a few weeks ago). That things are far enough along for Heath to fly down there during a game week suggests he's serious about bringing him to Minnesota, and has been well before Molino's injury.
  2. North American Pro Soccer 2018

    In last year's opening weekend Atlanta suffered a close loss while Minnesota got thrashed. This time the roles were reversed. Turnovers killed the Loons tonight, especially the two that led to the Quakes' first two goals. Still, thanks to Kevin Molino's two late goals they managed to stay in it to the end.
  3. PyeongChang 2018

    USA Curling is Stone Gold.
  4. PyeongChang 2018

    Not sure if it's the lack of NHL players or the South Koreans just aren't that into ice hockey, but most NLL teams routinely pull in bigger crowds than the one at last night's USA-CZE quarterfinal - or tonight's women's gold medal game, for that matter.
  5. North American Pro Soccer 2018

    As I've said many times over the years, the only way I can see MLS going for pro/rel is as a strictly internal model; i.e. creating an MLS II which has pro/rel with MLS I, but both are under the MLS banner, revenue-sharing agreements, TV contracts, etc. and there are no outside clubs brought in or existing member clubs dropped. That said, given the recent rate of MLS expansion, I wonder if this isn't exactly what MLS has in mind a few years down the road.
  6. PyeongChang 2018

    No doubt, a good many people were convinced the IOC was begging for something like this to happen when they let Russian athletes compete under the OAR banner... and now it has.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Here is the play, with Paul Allen's call. http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=22100627
  12. 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".
  13. San Diego Seals (NLL)

    San Diego's a big Navy town, so that probably has a lot to do with the name choice here.
  14. 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).
  15. 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?