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  1. 1 year at $4 mil is hardly "back to their old ways"....it's about the same as what they signed Straka to last season... A Devils fan lecturing someone on fiscal responsibility in the "new NHL" is kinda humorous...how much are you guys paying Mogilny & McGillis to play for Lowell again? And for that matter, how much are y'all payin Malakhov to sit on his butt and do nothing?
  2. Italy had more chances? Are you drunk? From what I saw through the 2nd half and in the Extra Time, the French were pushing the play forward a LOT more than Italy was... That being said, the French couldn't finish to save their lives (Henry had a chance early in the 2nd and couldn't convert...Ribery came close to burying one, but put it wide in OT...and then there was the Zidane header that Buffon turned aside in what was the save of the game, IMO).. The only real chance Italy had was negated by an obvious offside....other than that, the Azzuri were playing the football equivalent of a neutral zone trap the rest of the way...especially when it was late in the 2nd half in in the OT periods. As for the Zidane incident, who the hell knows what Materazzi said to him, but it must have been something that set Zidane off to get a reaction like that. But then again, the Italians did JACK when they had the man advantage...they just sat back and packed their zone....not that that's shocking seeing a lot of teams do the same thing when the situation arises. But, when it came down to it, the Italians converted their PKs....and they should have been kissing that crossbar after Trezeguet's shot off of it that proved to be the margin of victory....
  3. 23 here Only ones I couldn't get are 6, 8, 10, 13, 14, 18, & 24
  4. A nice little what-if thanks to a play that was missed in the 2002 World Cup... Caught Red Handed Frings' Handball Costs Germany, Helps Propels USA to Semis June 21, 2002 ULSAN, Korea -- For a while, it looked as if Germany had their tickets punched for the semi-final round of the 2002 World Cup, especially after Michael Ballack blasted a shot past Brad Friedel late in the first half. However, those dreams came crashing down in a hurry after a massive blunder gave the United States new life. German midfielder Torsten Frings was called for a handball in the box and given a red card by referee Hugh Dallas. US striker Brian McBride converted the penalty kick, just beating German keeper Oliver Kahn. The game completely turned the US's way as they pressed their man advantage and wore down the Germans. Kahn came up with some key saves to keep the Germans alive, but was finally beaten in injury time by a strike by Landon Donovan from just outside of the 18. The 2-1 win advances the US to the World Cup Semifinals for the first time since the inaugural event in Uruguay in 1930. They will meet the winner of tomorrow's match betwee South Korea & Spain for the right to advance to the Finals. ======================================== June 25, 2002 NEXT STOP, YOKOHAMA! US Ousts Korea, Advances To Finals SEOUL, Korea -- The 2002 World Cup has seen it's share of surprises so far, starting with Senegal's stunning win over France in the opening match and continuing with the stunning play of some sides that weren't highly regarded going into the tournament. Two of the more remarkable teams met up tonight in Seoul as the United States met up with co-hosts South Korea in an improbable semifinal match. In an evenly matched game, much like their encounter in group play Daegu just 2 1/2 weeks ago, the Koreans and Americans both played patiently and waited to exploit a mistake by their opponent. In the 75th minute, the US took advantage of a breakdown in the defense for Korea and made the most of it as Claudio Reyna converted a free kick just outside of the box and gave the US a lead they would never relinquish. The 1-0 win advances the US to the Finals of the World Cup for the first time ever, marking a strong recovery from their lackluster performance in France just 4 years ago. ===================================== So Close.... Ronaldo Too Much For US June 30, 2002 YOKOHAMA, Japan -- In the end, the brilliance of one player changed the complexion of everything. The United States, who weren't even favored to make it out of their group when the tournament began a month ago, saw their Cinderella run come to an end, falling to Brazil 2-0. Brazil's superstar striker Ronaldo notched both goals, giving him 8 for the tournament and securing the Golden Boot (top scorer in the World Cup) and Golden Ball (World Cup MVP) awards. The victory gave Brazil their 5th World Cup and their 2nd in the last 3. However, the young American team has nothing to hang their heads about according to coach Bruce Arena. "We surprised a lot of the experts this time around," he stated in the post-game press conference. "Coming into the tournament, nobody expected us to last in a group that had Portugal and Poland among the competition. Then, nobody really gave us a shot against Mexico in the round of 16. Then it was supposed to end against Germany in the quarters. Nobody thought we'd be able to defeat Korea in front of 60,000+ in Seoul either. Getting to the Finals was a major accomplishment and it's no dishonour to lose to a side like Brazil. They're the champions for a reason." Even the world champion Brazilians were impressed by their opposition. "They played imaginatively throughout the entire tournament," commented Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. "It wouldn't have been a dishonour to lose them if the results were reversed." "The US has come a long way," Brazilian captain Cafu commented, "They're going to be a force in world football for a long time." As a consolation, the media covering the World Cup elected goalkeeper Brad Friedel, midfielder Claudio Reyna, and midfielder Landon Donovan to the All-World Cup team. Also, Friedel captured the Lev Yashin Award as the tournament's top keeper. As a final consolation, the United States were judged to be the Most Entertaining Side of the tournament by the media.
  5. Hell yes! I'll second that... ALLEZ LES BLEUS! Be nice to see Zizou go out in style.
  6. Freddy Adu has said he's seriously considering playing for Ghana rather then the USofA. He can't, as he has already played for the US in a World Cup qualifying match. Muahaha On Sportsnet they said he could still opt toplay of Ghana, seeing as he never played a second for the US in the World Cup Finals. Right, I remember him saying on PTI that he would play for the US or Ghana. I do think that Ghana is on the rise in terms of international soccer, and how they made it to the round of 16, unlike the US. So maybe Freddy would be more inclined to play for Ghana since they had a better World Cup than the US. Well, there's something else to it as well... Adu & Bruce Arena didn't see eye to eye on a bunch of things, which kinda brought the whole "I could play for Ghana" thing into play. However, seeing Arena's probably on his way out, I think there's a chance Adu will be playin for the US in 2010... Besides, he's only 17 for cripes sake...very very very rare to see someone that young on a team (and even still, it's even rarer for them to play....how many minutes did Theo Walcott play for England in this World Cup? Thought so...) Anyways, getting back to players being able to play for multiple nationalities, it's not that uncommon... Examples: --Owen Hargreaves (stalwart in England's midfield, born in Canada) --Deco (Portuguese striker, originally from Brazil) --Alex (Brazilian born, but naturalized Japanese citizen) --Joao Ricardo & Figureido (Portuguese citizens, but both chose to play for the place they were born...Angola (as in they were born there when it was still a colony of Portugal, but left after indepenence in 1975).) --Miro Klose & Lukas Podolski (German stars, but both born in Poland) Heck, a good chunk of Australia's roster could have played for Croatia and vice versa.
  7. Half right... Righetti threw the no-no... The last out was Wade Boggs.
  8. Nope...it's Der Kaiser himself, Franz Beckenbauer... That's quite funny especially in light of what happened in Dortmund today
  9. The dark jersey is alright... The new home jersey? GAWD AWFUL! That template (the Isles 3rd) just doesn't work out that well to be honest on a white base. I've seen the BST use the orange tiger before (they've had special jerseys that aped the Isles set...to be honest, the new tiger woulda looked pretty good on the white version of the Isles jersey)... And yeah, jab hit it on the head...the Tiger name was in honor of PT Barnum, who called Bridgeport home (and Bethel is a Danbury suburb...it's about 30-35 min. north of BPT)...the Sound portion is b/c Bridgeport sits right on Long Island Sound (seeing there's a regular ferry from there to Port Jefferson in Suffolk County)...
  10. Makes sense...every other minor pro, major junior, and college league already mandates shields or full cages. It'll happen in the NHL soon enough...heck, you woulda thought it woulda happened after the Bryan Berard incident a few years ago.
  11. Ugh...the Nets are trying to do their best to make me actually care about them.... First they picked up Cliff Robinson during the season...now they draft Marcus Williams & Josh Boone... Hell, they might as well rename themselves the New Jersey Huskies at this point.
  12. Germany v. Argentina: GERMANY Italy v. Ukraine: DRAW (Italy wins on PKs in probably the most boring match ever) England v. Portugal: ENGLAND Brazil v. France: BRAZIL
  13. Guess he was going with the old addage of "if I'm gonna get tossed, I might as well make it worth my while" It's like a bad car wreck on the highway, you can't help looking at it... Yeah, he'll get suspended by the league...that's a given. I don't think there's any debate there...if the team wants to tack on, that's their perogative. However, the comments afterwords? Pure comedy gold...
  14. Yea, why would Neill even go to his feet. He should know that a slide tackle in the box is a penalty kick, why take the risk. It was a questionable call, but Italy was eliminated on a horrible call in 2002. Plus Australia got to play a man up for the final 40 minutes (on a bad red card call). What's with all the hate for Italy on these board? I haven't noticed where they are "flopping" any more than most other teams. Is it because of the gambling scandal? That reminds me.... Oh and.... BRASIL ALL THE WAY!!!! No, it's just because Totti LITERALLY flopped on his way down. Even Marcello Balboa applauded Totti for creating the penalty kick by diving. I thought if you dove, that would mean a foul the other way, but apparently not. I heard about Italy flopping, but now that I've seen it for myself in 2 games (US, and this one.), they are indeed the most famous divers I have ever seen. The weird thing is, Australia got hacked all over the place in the box, and yet "Play On" was called. Australia got robbed, IMO. Just a brutal call...it's a call that would probably get made anyway in this World Cup , but the timing of it was just awful. And yes, the card the Italian player got was as much of a joke as a few of the other reds handed out in this tournament. In contrast, even though the Ukraine/Switzerland game was about as thrilling as watching paint dry (can't blame the Swiss for playing the footy equivalent of the Four Corners...I'd want to keep Shevchenko from getting the ball too), the ref (who's from Mexico) did a pretty solid job...only 1 yellow card in that game...and it was a good call. Getting back to the Azzuri.... Italy's pretty lucky to be as far as they are now....Outside of beating down an undermanned and demoralized Czech Republic in the final match of group play, they haven't impressed me that much at ALL during this tourney (especially in the game with the US...10 v. 9 for pretty much the 2nd half and all they could manage was a tie? What a joke!) They might get past Ukraine in the Quarters, but the ride ends in the Semis...seeing I think either Germany or Argentina would eat them for lunch...and don't count on a 3rd place finish for em either, seeing they'll probably get either England, Portugal, or Brazil in Munich for that match....