Friday, November 11, 2005

VIVA LA REVOLUTION!

Thank God for the Revolution. Hopefully New England will add to the local championships here with a big W on Sunday against the L.A. Galaxy. L.A.? Hey, they are EASY to hate.: Kareem, Magic, Cooper, Rambis, Jamaal Silks Wilkes. Now that I am built up to a frothing lump of hatred, I just need to transfer that to that cocky Landon Donovan and the rest of the Galaxy crew. BRING IT ON! CHAPIONSHIP TIME ON SUNDAY!

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WHAT IS IN MY HEAD OTHER THAN THE LION KING SOUNDTRACK:

Javier Vazquez wants out of Arizona and wants to go to an east coast team. Hmmm. Who is the GM out in Arizona? Josh Byrnes? Time to call in the favors. How sweet would that be: ending up with Vazquez and Schilling. (I can picture the grimace and the veins popping on the forehead of Georgie Porgie Steinbrenner).

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Pats were 4-4 (and 5-5) in 2001 before winning the Super Bowl - in case anyone is out on a ledge.

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Dear Bill: Time to call T. Buck. -Hal

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Nick Kazcur: Not too shabby for a third-round pick out of Toledo starting at left tackle. I do not care how much help he had, he pitched a shut-out against the most overrated defensive end in football, Dwight Freeney.

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The camera phone is simply the greatest invention of my lifetime.

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Anyone skipping out on the Celtics have no idea what they are missing right now. This team is so much better than anyone seems to realize and should win the East easily this year, adn be a force to be reckoned with down the road.

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Speaking of the Celtics, my Princess, Emmalee (all of 2), just LOVES Ricky Davis. Not qute as excited about the Celtics as my boy HalDawg, the ONLY member of the Jiri Welsch Fan Club when Jiri played in Boston, but she LOVES Ricky.

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Brigs, if Bob Kraft buys into Liverpool FC are we required to support the local team?

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My best guess right now is Jed Hoyer. But I really like the idea of Wayne Krivsky. Do not get me wrong, I have no problem wiht Dayton Moore or Dave Wilder. (If you have no idea about these potential Next Theos have no fear. Heck, most people before 2003 probably thought Theo Epstein was the old guy they sat next to on the Red Line.)

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Really, considering what the New England Patriots franchise went through in the seventies, eighties, and early nineties, we should be reaching out to all the Minnesota Vikings fans out there.

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T.O. to the Raiders to line up with fellow head-case Randy Moss just makes too much sense.

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Things not so Keane in Man U

The trend seems to be towards a lot of EPL personalities acting like babies. First, I'll talk about Roy Keane. Roy, whom you may or may not remember threw a temper tantrum when his world cup manager for Ireland declared he "was just happy to be in the elimination field," has lost it again and gone ranting and raving about members of his own team and their poor play.

An interview of Keane, the Man United captain, on MUTV had to be pulled by Sir Alex Ferguson because Keane's criticisms were so venomous. The Terrell Owens of EPL publicly criticized fan favorite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his missed goals in recent matches, and has also criticized Dutch phenom and prettyboy Ruud van Nistelrooy saying he should concentrate on scoring instead of "fiddling with your hair." This behaviour is nothing new to the whining Irishman. In Man U's past swoons, he has accused his colleagues of complacency.

Well, first of all, I don't see Roy Keane lighting up the pitch either. Also, old man mouth ought to realize that he is up for contract soon. Putting himself out of favour could put him on a one-way bus out of Old Trafford. However, it seems as Keane has carte blanche to rail on and on about his teammates as history has shown that he ain't gettin' disciplined for these outbursts, other than having his interviews pulled from MUTV.

It's too bad a team brimming with talent has to endure such attitude and such arrogance from their captain. But, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said in reply to Keanie's comments, "he's the skipper" which I guess means Keane is getting away with his mouth again.

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Arsene the Arse from Arsenal

Childlike behaviour isn't limited to the players of top English clubs. The Arsenal Gunners manager, Arsene Wenger and Chelsea's manager, Jose Mourinho have been trading words back and forth as often as their teams have been trading goals back and forth. Mourinho was quoted as saying that Wenger is "a voyeur" and that he has "a sickness" regarding his supposed obsession with Chelsea. There's a new twist to this which has the potential to take it above just two child-like managers bickering. Wenger has threatened to sue Mourinho over his "personal attacks." This seems a bit extreme does it not? I mean did John Chaney threaten to sue John Calipari during the days of Temple and UMass rivalry? No, Chaney just threatened to beat the heck out of Calipari, that's all. Perhaps Wenger and Mourinho could take a page out of the book of our finest college basketball coaches.

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In EPL non-tabloid news

Birmingham's manager Steve Bruce is on the hot seat for his squad's dismal start which finds them at the bottom of the table. It is a shame, as injuries have riddled the club this year. Bruce has asked that the board reserve its judgement until after the match vs. the Bolton Wanderers in a week. He feels the squad should be closer to full strength by then.

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Man City, the city of men

Hal, in answer to your question, "Are Man City for real?" The answer is a resounding no. Look at their wins so far this season. Probably the most impressive run started with consecutive wins away vs. the struggling Birmingham and the Coca Cola Championship league luckys Sunderland Black Cats. They were lucky to escape with a draw against Man United. Your Toffees have since put Man City in their place. I make the prediction that Man City will be relegated to the Championship league and battling Cardiff and Plymouth by 2007. And that's me being conservative with my estimations...

- Christopher J. Brigham, Footy Senior Writer & Head Columnist

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