the tanner ba'

Odds & Ends: Kent “Flounder” Dorfman Edition

"Fat, Drunk, and Stupid is no way to go through life, son."

“Fat, Drunk, and Stupid is no way to go through life, son.”

  • So, that’s three matches for the New England Revolution, two losses in which they were shutout and a nil all draw in the home opener.  I guess that means the defense is getting better?  Seriously, folks, I don’t know if I can go through another season of the defense holding the opponents to 2 or fewer goals and the club coming away from three matches with only a single point- at home!!  Allow me to suggest to you at this early juncture that the offense isn’t actually the problem.  The problem is the offensive players having to help out so much on defense.  Sure, all that help keeps the opposition from scoring, but you don’t get points for losing by “less.”
  • Ross County F.C. likely should have Fir Park with a precious away point yesterday but instead, two goalkeeping blunders for Mark Brown (side note:  If you’re a professional goalkeeper looking for work you might want to send your highlight package to the club ahead of the 2014-2015 season…) sent them home with a 2-1 loss and no points.  Luckily all of the teams they are competing against in the lower half of the table lost as well.  It would have been better to gain ground than to simply hold it, but then again, we’re not one match closer to the end of the season and safety from relegation.
  • There is currently only one American player in Scotland- Kevin Dzierzawski, a 22 year old midfielder with Championship side Queen of the South F.C..
  • If my math is right Heart of Midlothian F.C. could become the first club in the Premiership to be relegated if they lose the Edinburgh Derby to Hibernian this weekend.  Sad news for a club with such a long, rich history, but allow me commend the club on a few things.  First, I give all the credit in the world to manager Gary Locke- a native son and former longtime Jambo- for taking this thankless job and making the absolute most that could be made of it under the circumstances.  Second, hats off to the team that they made it this far into the season without being relegated.  This is amazing given that they are essentially a U23 side with a few over age players and have only two foreign born players (and one of those is on loan).  Sometimes it’s hard to fight when you know you can’t win, but fight they have.  Finally, well done to the club’s supporters.  The past few years have been rough on them, the worst (relegation) is yet to come, and yet they’ve still come out in their numbers (Tynecastle has been about 75% full for most home matches) all season.
  • Do you think Clint Dempsey regrets his decision to return to MLS yet?
  • I have a bruised left heel and I broke my right big toe (for the millionth time) at the end of our match last Tuesday.  Will I play this Tuesday?  Damn right.

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