Fred T. Jane

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  1. The other two are Army and Navy, both being Service Academies. Since they are ran by the government, money isn't that much of an issue and joining a conference wouldn't give them any more of an incentive then staying as an Indy.
    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. The other two are Army and Navy, both being Service Academies. Since they are ran by the government, money isn't that much of an issue and joining a conference wouldn't give them any more of an incentive then staying as an Indy.

    Sports is only at the Academies because it's a fun way to have some PT.

  3. I hate how Ohio State is always "THE Ohio State University" (tOSU). Penn State teams don't go off saying "THE Penn State University" or "THE University of Southern Cal"

    How many Ohio States are there?

    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. I just watched my recording of that match. I might as well not have bothered. "Sub-par" doesn't do it justice; Arsenal looked completely flat out there, against a side that lost to Hull - Hull! - in last week's opener, no less. That's the worst effort I've ever seen from the Gunners since I started following them in '06, and that includes their 4-0 drubbing by ManU in last year's FA Cup. Arsene Wenger needs to light a fire under their @$$es, and fast.

    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. You don't choose your club. Your club chooses you.

    Unless you're a big four bandwagoner or something.

    And don't forget that there are teams much closer to home (presuming you're in North America), and not just in MLS. The level may not be as high, but I'm a big believer in supporting your local team.

    Some of us were Arsenal supporters before there was a Big 4 ^_^

    Some clubs to consider watching:






  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. Arsenal lost to Fulham. Got outplayed for the whole 90 minutes, too. The Gunners have been sub-par, IMO, through their first three games. They didn't do as well as most expected against Twente (though a 2-0 victory is nothing to complain about), scored their only goal so far in the 4th minute of their first EPL game, and basically got dominated by Fulham. Auspicious start.

    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. Let's agree to pick this up. I'll be absolutely gobsmacked if he nets more than 10 for Pompey this year.

    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. I wouldn't count on it. Crouch got by with a lot of help from his Anfield "friends".

    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.

  11. Puahahahahaahahah...yeah, of course, puahahahahahahah!

    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:


  12. Damn, how did I miss this? This easily should have received a PotD nomination, at least.

    Good thing I'm back!

    1. Boston Red Sox

    2. regular season New England Patriots

    3. postseason New York Giants

    4. Detroit Red Wings

    5. Boston Celtics

    6. LSU football

    7. Kansas basketball

    8. Fresno State baseball

    But to get my post back on topic... no, I don't think bandwagon fans are getting worse.


    And if you don't mind Greg, belated RIP for Bernie Mac. :(

  13. Rumour has it (and not just from World Soccer Daily) that ESPN will buy Setanta and make ESPN 3 with just European sports on it.

    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.

  14. Not a rumour but an actual transfer is Spurs signing of Giovani Dos Santos, which adds to their collection of attackers while not addressing their need to shore up on the defensive end.
    I hope things go [horribly wrong] for him at Tottenham. He is a very good player and let's hope he can then move on to a better team.

  15. Euro 2000 ended in Golden Goal didn't it?

    Who cares about 2000. I just care about 1996 because the Germans won. :D

    And since I'll be out in the middle of the woods teaching n00bs how not to get lost in the woods for a week, my finals prediction (At least I'll be back in time to watch it):

    Germany over Holland 2-1.

  16. Can I just say for the 10,00th time that I can't think of a single reason why extra time shouldn't be sudden death?

    It's just insane that a sport with such limited goal scoring would allow a game to continue when someone scores in extra time.

    rant over.

    Because what transpired today is exactly why they don't.

    It also depends on the tournament, as in the 1990s international tournaments generally had Golden Goal (See: Euro 1996 Final) or around 2002 Silver Goal (If the tie is broken at the half time of Extra Time, the game is over), but seeing as most tournaments still went to penalties because both sides would simply put 10 men behind the ball throughout Extra Time to prevent a goal from being scored, the old system was restored after Euro 2004 when FIFA put the kibosh on Golden and Silver Goals.

  17. Youth has been Wenger's policy since he took over in 1996. And ho-hum for Nasri? Not hardly. Samir Nasri is considered by some to be the next Zinadine Zidane. He should fit in quite nicely and will be a dangerous winger for Woolwich Arsenal.

    Among the other Arsenal targets (Allegedly), the biggest are...

    Valencia's David Villa (Pricey before the Euros and even more 4 goals later)

    Zenit St. Petersburg's Dimitry Arshavin (Good, but a hopeless finisher)

    Blackburn Rovers' Roque Santa Cruz (Great season for Blackburn last seaon, but too injury-prone)

    Olympique Lyonnais' Hatem Ben Arfa (fantastic young talent, but probably not)

    Ajax Amsterdam's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Would be great, but probably need over £25 million to get him from Ajax)

    Bayern Munich's Lukas Podolski (Yeah, right.)

    Also of interest is Emanuel Adebayor and Alexander Hleb to FC Barcelona for £32 million and (possibly) Yaya Toure, the brother of Arsenal defender Kolo Toure.

  18. I suggest a book called "The League". It came out in 1985 and it is one of the best football history books ever written. It tells you about every back room deal that was made.

    One of my professors has a paper detailing how Russell Long essentially blackmailed the NFL in order to get the Saints in exchange for he and Lindy Boggs' role in brokering a settlement for the merger. Back room deals indeed.

    Lindy Boggs, Fred? It was her husband, Hale Boggs who was the majority whip in congress at the time of the Saints' inception. Lindy didn't take over the seat until 1973, after Hale Boggs' presumed death in a plane crash in Alaska.

    Yes, typing in a hurry last night whilst pretending to read soil reports for a meeting this morning.

    I forget what journal he had it published in, but Dr. Michael Martin was the author.

    And as far as the farm school in Baton Rouge, I've met the faculty at the history department there and I was impressed by their general mediocrity. With nearly unlimited funds, you'd think you guys could hire better professors. :P