from MediaFile:

Fox vs Time Warner Cable: Soccer channels go dark for a bit, coincidence?

December 22, 2009


We were not completely surprised when Fox Soccer Channel went dark on Sunday afternoon while we were watching West Ham take on Chelsea. (It's not that the cable bills hadn't been paid). Seemed the most likely cause was the  really bad snowstorm here in New York and the rest of the U.S. northeast.

from Left field:

Five defining moments from a decade of sport

December 21, 2009

As the decade draws to a close, we pick five sporting moments which have defined the last 10 years.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

I can never play soccer again!

November 23, 2009

Blog Guy, I know all contact sports have risks. Boxing, football, fencing, they can all take their toll. Is there any threat that is especially common to soccer players?

from Africa News blog:

Soccer match creates Arab diplomatic rift

November 20, 2009











In scenes more akin to a prelude to war than a soccer match, Algeria won Africa's last place in next year's World Cup finals in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Wednesday.

from Left field:

Sportswrap: redemption special

November 13, 2009

Click on the video above for our latest look at the week's sporting highlights, including an interview with Andre Agassi (in full Edith Piaf mode), the thoughts of Michael Phelps on his trial by textile and the almighty scrap for the last nine World Cup places.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Oh, my love my darling, I’ve hungered for your touch…

November 5, 2009

Blog Guy, what do you think of the huge musical news for this season?

It's amazing, huh?

I'll say! Who ever would have thought, a Bob Dylan Christmas CD!

Oh, that. I thought you were talking about those European soccer coaches recording all the great Righteous Brothers hits - "Unchained Melody," "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'," etc... Those coaches can really belt it out.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Teargas tennis, lobbing and sobbing…

October 26, 2009

Blog Guy, I hate to complain, but you used to do a much better job of covering stupid sports around the world. Many of us come here to see athletic events that are too twisted and ignorant for other media to cover. Anything new?

from Photographers' Blog:

South African grannies’ got game

October 23, 2009

South African grannies catch World Cup feverBy Ndundu SitholeTZANEEN, South Africa (Reuters) - World Cup fever has spread to South African grannies, with hundreds of poor, elderly women in aprons and skirts fighting for the ball in township games.Twice a week they swap domestic chores for football, donning soccer boots instead of their usual rubber sandals to play in local matches.The 35 women on the Vakhegula Vakhegula squad -- meaning 'Grannies' in the local Xitsonga dialect -- range from 40 to more than 80 years old and live in a township near Tzaneen, 600 kms north of Johannesburg.Competition is fierce among the eight teams in the region and the women say soccer is the best exercise, much better than their usual manual work at home and in the fields."I like to play soccer because it helps us. We were sick, but now our temperatures, our blood pressures...have gone down ...even our doctors are amazed when we go for a check-up," said 47-year-old Nari Baloyi, one of the youngest on the team.Nora Makhubela has suffered six strokes yet the 83-year-old great-grandmother said kicking a ball around had given her strength she did not think she still had."My life has really changed...if I were to run with you I would beat you even though I'm much older," she said, smiling.NEW PURPOSEMakhubela dreams of being around long enough to watch the one-month World Cup finals in South Africa starting on June 11 next year."I pray every day to God to keep me alive until 2010. I would really love to watch the games," she told Reuters.The team have proposed playing a curtain raiser before one of the first-round World Cup matches and said national soccer authorities had told them they would consider the idea.Community worker Beka Ntsanwisi said she started the team three years ago to help older women exercise all their limbs and to give them a new purpose in life."Some of them couldn't even walk properly and if they did something in their free time they would be knitting or sewing and sitting all the they run, shout, fight with keeps them young," she said.Coach David Maake said working with the women had given him greater satisfaction than any other coaching job."With young boys you need more money to achieve many, I may come with my stress...but I will laugh so much until I forget everything," he said.NOISY TRUMPETSThe team lacks proper funding, with each woman pitching in around $1 a month for soccer balls, kit and travel to their bi-annual competitions with teams from other regions.Ntsanwisi, who uses her own money to help fund the teams, hopes one day to attract sponsors.Dozens of local fans support the grannies' games, cheering and blowing vuvuzelas -- noisy, plastic trumpets that create a cacophony of noise that is unique to South African soccer."I feel good when the (grannies) play soccer so that they can be fit and strong," said 13-year-old Chamelius Bayani.Winning seems secondary. Some of the grannies look as if they are struggling to keep going during a game after a long day of housework.Most come to practice straight from cleaning their houses and cooking meals or after selling food along the township's streets.Missing a practice is unheard of, however, they say."I was too I can run and teach my grand-kids how to kick. I feel great," Baloyi said.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

A miracle cure? No chants!

October 20, 2009

Blog Guy, I need to get some medical advice from you in the strictest confidence. I am a very famous person. You may just call me Ronaldo.

from Left field:

Sportswrap’s Hollywood ending

October 18, 2009

Join Owen Wyatt and myself for our look back at the week in sport. Our focus is on Diego Maradona and the 2010 World Cup qualifying situation in South America, with a quick detour to Celtic Manor to consider next year's Ryder Cup golf.