the tanner ba'

Odds & Ends: PERSONAL POWER Edition

Snake oil, anyone?

Snake oil, anyone?

  • A second team in L.A. (Chives USA) that was used as a minor league for another club (Chivas de Guadalajara) was a bad idea from the start.  “Giving” the Galaxy Beckham, and Donovan, and Keane, etc. while not giving anything to the “goats” doomed them, but still, I admire that Don Garber realized this and took the goat out behind the barn and well…no more goat.  There are probably a lot of serious footballing and financial issues surrounding the announcement of “L.A.F.C. 2017” that should probably receive my attention, but there’s something I just can’t get past.  Beyond the three “major” owners of the new franchise- Henry Nguyen, Peter Guber, Tom Penn, there is a fascinating laundry list of “minor” owners including Magic Johnson, the Garciaparra-Hamms (Hamm-Garciaparras?), the owners of AS Roma, QPR, and the Golden State Warriors.  And then there are the two that made me laugh out loud.  First, Brobdingnagian “self-help” guru Tony Robbins (above), and then Cardiff City and FK Sarajevo owner Vincent Tan.  I can only assume that the first “give away” night for L.A.F.C. will involve free copies of Awaken the Giant Within and that the club’s kits will feature belted shorts worn around the mid-chest.
  • Speaking of Nguyens, the New England Revolution’s Lee Nguyen was the MLS “Player of the Month” for October.  Nguyen led all of MLS with 5 goals in October (two match winners and one match…evener?) while the Revolution closed out the regular season with a 3-0-1 record and a second place finish in the Eastern Conference.  Nguyen finished the season with 18 goals (9 match winners, the most by a midfielder, and the most by an American in 2014) and 5 assists, becoming the club’s runaway MVP winner.  Now all that remains is for Jurgen Klinsmann to pick up the phone and make the call…
  • Am I the only one who loves that the television promos for the impending Manchester Derby are using the Smiths “How Soon Is Now?” as the background music?
  • With apologies to KC Gunner, was anyone really surprised to see Sporting KC go out of the playoffs in the first round?
  • Brazilian club Corinthians have joined Argentina’s Boca Juniors and several other South American clubs in offering “club specific” cemeteries where supporters can be buried next to their fellow fans as well as former players.  In case you think this is a “small” thing, Corinthians initial offering included 70,000 burial plots.  Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.
  • More tickets have been sold- 41,000- for the English Women’s National Team match against Germany on November 23 than were sold for the England Men’s National team match against Norway in September- 40,181.  I’ll let you make your own jokes.
  • Speaking of writing your own jokes, Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has become the principal shareholder in Rangers F.C. and loaned the club £2m.  I’m guessing nobody at Rangers did a straw poll to find out what Newcastle supporters think of Ashley’s time on Tyneside.
  • Speaking of Old Firm idiocy, Celtic’s Bulgarian midfielder Aleksandar Tonev has received a seven match ban for racially abusing Aberdeen defender Shay Logan during a match in September, because sometimes sectarianism just isn’t enough.
  • Here’s a conspiracy theory I just made up:  Thierry Henry might not return to NY Red Bulls next season and Steven Gerrard says it’s “up to Liverpool” if he’ll be back at Anfield next season.  So, I’m guessing Stevie G. will be apartment hunting in Manhattan pretty soon?
  • Finally, here’s how you make an impact coming off the bench:  Sheffield United striker Michael Higdon (who I remember from his time with Falkirk, St. Mirren, and Motherwell) entered the Capital One League Cup tie against MK Dons in the middle of the second half with his club down 0-1.  He scored in the 86th minute and the 93rd minute, propelling his League One side into the quarterfinals of the second-most prestigious cup competition in England.
  • Oh, right, my indoor soccer season starts Tuesday!!

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