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Odds & Ends: Back From Vacation Edition


  • Look, there’s no other way to say it:  Scotland’s 6-1 UEFA Championship win over newbies Gibraltar was as boring a match as you could ever sit through.  That being said, it lifted Scotland to joint second on points in their group, though they drop down to third on goal differential.  Next up is Germany in September.
  • What did I buy in Scotland?  I bought this shirt for half price.  These shorts (red) for £3 (they were last year’s), and, in my greatest score, this entire kit for only £5 more than the shirt alone was supposed to cost.  I’m well-pleased.  You probably hate it, but I think it’s so bad that it’s not just good, but awesome!
  • Normally I’d try to say something more intelligent and in-depth to this wonderful development, but instead I’ll just say this to the English F.A. and the British Olympic Committee:  Suck it.
  • The New England Revolution won their first match of the season this past weekend behind two goals from Kelyn “Man Bun” Rowe.  If this kid gets hot again like he was in 2013 the Revs could be pretty tough to beat this season.  Oh, and Jermaine Jones will be healthy soon.  And they have two open Designated Players spots now (long story, the failure named “Jerry Bengston” is no longer one- it’s a long story…), and the Kraft Family appears to be moving ahead with plans for- finally- a soccer specific stadium.
  • Bolton Wanderers F.C., currently wallowing in the bottom third of the English Championship announced that they are £173m in debt.  I don’t even…how is that possible?  Unless they paid a lot more for Emile Hesky than I thought they did.
  • Speaking of the Championship, AFC Bournemouth look likely to play in the Premiership next season and I love it.  It will be their first season ever in the top flight, their home stadium, Dean Court, is over 100 years old and holds only 12,000 people, and they have only two players you’ve ever heard of- Kenwyne Jones (on loan from Cardiff City) and Artur Boruc (on loan from Southampton), and one that I’ve heard of, recent Scotland call-up Matt Ritchie.  Good luck to the Cherries!

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