Fred T. Jane

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  1. Psst. Army is a member of Conference USA, even if they never win a game in conference play.Erm, they USED to be a member of Conference USA, they dropped out in football a few years ago. *whistles innocently*
  2. Sports is only at the Academies because it's a fun way to have some PT.
  3. Or Pennsylvania State University, for that matter--but then, that'd be strange enough in itself. Come to think of it, when thinking of the proper names of many of the short-forms we all know and use so regularly, a good number of schools would end up sounding strange or weird or out-of-place. Think about it... ...When was the last time you heard anyone refer to Ole Miss as "the University of Mississippi"--or even "Mississippi", for that matter? Or how about the University of California? Nevada-Las Vegas? (Or California-Los Angeles, for that matter.) Or how about this one here...the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University? Sounds like some nerdy-place to go for them super-smart people, don't it? Listening at it said that way, I'm sure there are some people who probably couldn't connect that and the Hokies athletic teams to each other. Or how about the Georgia Institute of Technology? Of course, unlike the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Georgia Institute of Technology ain't abbreviated as "GIT"--nah, it's the more recognizeable Georgia Tech. I'm sure there are other examples...but those are the preeminent ones in my mind. There's always The Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College.
  4. Meh, it'll get better when Fabregas is in the midfield orchestrating things. With that said, a solid holding midfielder would be nice (Denilson isn't one and Eboue sure isn't), and so the low-level rumours of Xabi Alonzo or Gareth Barry going to the Emirates continue their sinister rumblings. And once again, it would make life a lot easier for everyone if Arsenal would actually shoot. This is why I love Samir Nasri joining up with the club: the boy loves to shoot.
  5. Some of us were Arsenal supporters before there was a Big 4 Some clubs to consider watching: Everton Sunderland Portsmouth Fulham Middlesborough
  6. Quick answer: The constituent nations of the UK compete independently pretty much only in cricket, rugby, and soccer (I think there's constituent teams for floor ball for some reason, but that doesn't count.). Why you ask? Tradition. The IRB was started by Rugby Union organizations from Wales, Scotland, and Ireland (England joined later), the ICC was started by England as the Imperial Cricket Council, and as a result allowed participation of councils from constituent areas within the British Empire, and FIFA was started by the French, who were boycotted by the Home Nations, who had their own organization, the International Football Association Board (IFAB). FIFA was leaving the Home Nations all by their lonesome with new nations joining FIFA and not playing the Home Nations, so they joined FIFA on the condition that they join as the constituent nations and they could keep control of the Laws of the Game. The arrangement has been in place ever since.
  7. Eh, 3 points out of six isn't auspicious. BTW, among the rest of today's matches Stoke won a thriller over Aston Villa and Spurs lost (again!)
  8. If 'Arry starts him regularly and doesn't succumb to the temptation of a 4-5-1 with Jermain Defoe up top, ten-twelve in all competitions should be about what he picks up. He's not the Second Coming of Alan Shearer, but the idea that he's completely useless is just as silly of an opinion.
  9. Spurs lose in their first match of the season... again! They fell to Middlesborough 2-1 with their only goal not from the players they spent Eleventy billion pounds on this summer, but rather an own goal. And in other European Football action, Arminia Bielefeld drew with Bundesliga Title hopefuls Werder Bremen 2-2 in a pulsating match with a double by local legend Artur Wichniarek!
  10. Is "le Huit" to be stood up soon afterward?
  11. Not hardly. Crouchie, when he isn't eating his nachos, is a scoring threat on his own and never needed any help from that most offencively anemic of big clubs. Heck, he scored for England with consistency, which in the modern era of English football generally requires a player to be (literally) hamstrung. Back to the rumours... Andrei Arshavin's price tag has dropped according to some sources, which will allow Tottenham Hotspur to sign him away from Zenit St. Petersburg by next week. This would bolster an already impressive attack (on paper), but despite everyone slobbering over him since April, I'll still stand by my statement from page one and point out his career goal total (1 goal every 4.6 matches) is pretty paltry for someone that everyone swears is the hottest thing going. Perhaps I should have made myself some easy cash by joining a national team and scoring two goals for a Cinderella team in a big tournament.
  12. I suppose you prefer tossing Vespas off of the upper deck in terms of footballing pleasure? Back on topic... Arminia Bielefeld continues to flaunt the fashion police with their home strip You've been warned:
  13. Good thing I'm back! And if you don't mind Greg, belated RIP for Bernie Mac.
  14. If that gets it off a pay per view-like tier, I'm all for it. I really enjoyed the Setanta preview week they had earlier this year, staying up some nights literally until 4am to watch things like the Irish Hurling finals or international rugby, but I couldn't justify ponying up an extra $15/month for it. Here's how I guess it would go down based on what I know about Setanta and ESPN outside of the US: ESPN is looking for a true foothold in Europe, as there is ESPN Europe already, but it's really limited in scope and can't bring US programming to Europe because Setanta owns most of the rights (save the NFL) to American sports in the US, which runs them through their own network called NASN (North American Sports Network). Setanta basically runs Setanta North America on a shoestring by tossing bits of programming from their UK operations without much of any presence here in the States. As a result, they run on the pay-per-view basis. If ESPN were to buy Setanta, they would buy it lock, stock, and barrel, enabling them to change NASN into ESPN Europe and get the foothold they have been wanting, and get into the burgeoning market for European sports in the US. ESPN, through its international operations, already has broadcasting rights for this as well as commentators, analysts, etc. for these sports. They would take what Setanta already has the rights to and use their own resources on this new network. From there is the Big Fish: The English Premier League rights come up in 2010 and Setanta's rights are subcontracted from Fox (shown on Fox Soccer Channel). If ESPN can outbid Fox for those rights, they'd really be in business.