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Notes: Sorry for not posting lately

There are a few reasons why I have posted so little in 2022.

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Notes: Google AdSense and a labor of love

My ISP Dreamhost tweeted about Google AdSense recently.

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Notes: Best and Worst soccer movies in 2021

2021 was a little better than 2020. The availability of vaccinations helped us get back to semi-normal, but shockingly there is a small segment of the world’s population that refuses to get vaccinated. So the pandemic continues to rage on.

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Notes: Soccer movies need a streaming site

Keith Phipps recently lamented in The Ringer that sports movies as a genre have generally lost their way to the multiplex. Space Jam: A New Legacy, whose theme is to tie big brands together into one movie, is an example of where the genre might be heading. But Phipps notes that the new economics of streaming might open up more opportunities for independent films.

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Notes: Best and Worst soccer movies in 2020

2020 has been a year we all want to forget. Many of us are isolating at home while the pandemic rages around most of the world. The market for home entertainment seemed to increase the number of soccer movies that were available online.

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Notes: The Garcia Report details FIFA corruption on every page

It is incredibly unfortunate that media like the Washington Post and the NY Times downplayed the 2014 Garcia Report, with headlines saying that there was “no smoking gun”. Virtually every page in this independent report from Michael Garcia’s Investigatory Chamber details FIFA’s corrupt methods in selecting the sites for WC 2018 and WC 2022.

I’ve reviewed several movies about FIFA corruption, but this document clearly lays out  in business details and email flows, the operational procedures that comprise FIFA’s corrupt practices, and how an investigator breaks it all down.

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Notes: Soccer in the year of COVID-19

We are all struggling to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, as lives are lost and normalcy is completely disrupted. If you have been affected, I hope that you recover from your grief and trauma. If you are sheltering in place like I am, then I hope that holding onto something you enjoy gives you some respite from the world’s troubles. May this website be a small diversion for you.

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Notes: Best and Worst soccer movies in 2019

Best and Worst soccer movies in 2019
The 43+ soccer movies I reviewed in 2019

2019 was a Womens World Cup year, but unlike with the Men’s side, few producers timed their theatrical releases to the tournament. However, interest in football films and soccer movies continues to grow rapidly, so that my list of movies to watch grows much faster than the movies that are available to me. My to-watch list now numbers almost 600 whereas 2-3 years ago it was around 400.

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Amazon Prime soccer movies not worth your time

In the big battle for your streaming attention, Amazon Prime has licensed quite a few independent international movies related to football (soccer). I find less than half of these foreign films are OK, and the rest can be quite laborious to watch.

Rather than bail water in a sinking ship, I don’t want to spend a few hours researching and reviewing a film that’s not worth my time. Instead, I am going to just list those films here, in alphabetical order. I will update this post as other films arrive on Amazon.

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Notes: The Sea Life Guide to 2019 MLS Coaches

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This list is a metaphor for 2019 MLS coaches expressed as various forms of sea life. I was inspired to write this after listening to Andrew Wiebe interview many MLS coaches for the @ExtraTimeRadio podcast.

  • Peter Verdes = Aquaman 🧜‍♂️🔱
  • Mike Petke & Brad Friedel = Killer Whales 🦈
  • Gio Savarese & Marc Dos Santos = Sharks 🦈
  • Brian Schmetzer & Jim Curtin = Dolphins 🐬
  • Caleb Porter = a Shark 🦈pretending to be a Dolphin 🐬
  • Chris Armas = the #Gulliest Seagull 🐦🐣
  • Matías Almeyda = an Octopus = a sentient being 🐙
  • GB Schelotto = a Premium Lobster 🦞
  • Bob Bradley = a massive Sea Turtle 🐢
  • Frank de Boer & Domènec Torrent = Whales in danger of extinction 🐳
  • Greg Vanney = Kelp 🌿
  • Adrian Heath = a Starfish hanging on tight ⭐️
  • James O’Connor = a Shrimp 🦐
  • Anthony Hudson = a Flounder 🐟

I originally posted this on twitter

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Notes: Best and Worst Soccer Movies of 2018

2018 was a World Cup year, with Russia hosting possibly the most entertaining World Cup ever broadcast. Many producers and creators plan football film releases during a WC year, when interest in soccer is intense. Thus I was pleasantly surprised at the number of films that were shown on cable and streaming sites, as well as in theatres.

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Notes: San Jose Earthquakes stadium articles

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I had to clean out my desk and get rid of all my paper files. I found a few stadium-related articles I had saved from 2002-2007. That was a really dark time for Quakes fans. AEG couldn’t get the stadium deal it wanted, so MLS let them move the team to Houston.

I wanted to save these newspaper clippings, so I scanned them (so to speak) and created an 8.3 MB PDF. It’s too big to post on BigSoccer, so I’m putting the archive here for posterity.

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Notes: Matt Doyle gets Medieval on Juan Carlos Osorio as USMNT coach

This is my transcript from the ExtraTime Radio podcast of Jun-25-2018 where Matt Doyle gave a ballistic and convincing rant on why Juan Carlos Osorio should not be USMNT coach. Go to 1:03:35 in the podcast. I wanted to preserve this brilliant rant for posterity. It reminded me of Ned Beatty’s Oscar-winning speech in the movie Network. My transcript is close but not perfect, and I’ve used some abbreviations…

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Notes: The Problems with Football Agents

The 2011 film Soka Afrika got me wondering, how does a player in Africa find the right agent? How do players avoid scams by fraudulent football agents that will turn them into victims of human trafficking?

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Notes: The Slavery Side of World Cup Soccer

If you follow soccer at all, you probably agree that FIFA is synonymous with corruption.

As we’ve learned since the FIFA Scandal erupted in 2015, much of the income of the so-called “non-profit” went into the pockets and personal bank accounts of its officers and those of the football associations that represent the 209 member nations. For a great summary of 40 years of FIFA corruption, watch Planet FIFA.