That's On Point Archives for January 2008
Anyone like that old chestnut -- what day is it in England on the Fourth of July? Well, apply that
to Thanksgiving. Let that be my ultra-lame excuse for no witty lead-in to the game guesses this
weekend. At least Sunday features a double-header of must-watch games. Ok, one little kernel...does
Tim Howard invite his Everton teammates over for a big roasted turkey?
If you're an astute listener of early 1990s pop-metal, than you'll recognize today's post title as
a song from 1991's "Use Your Illusion II" from Guns 'N Roses. It's oddly appropriate
since Sunday the followup to that album -- Chinese Democracy was finally released after years of
madness from Axl Rose.
Considering Thanksgiving is less than a week away, maybe I ought to serve myself a nice piece of
pie. No, get your minds out of the gutter all you old WWF fans of The Rock. The pie on the menu
today is humble pie. (Mmm...you can taste the nutmeg.) This morning most of the 2009 fixture list
for the U.
It should come as no surprise that when I finally received my December issue of 'FourFourTwo'
rating the mag's top 100 players in the world, there was nary an American to be seen. I'd wager a
safe bet that aside from Aston Villa keeper Brad Freidel there wasn't a Yank within sniffing
distance. Maybe that will change when Landon Donovan sets the Bundesliga on fire with his receding
USA 2, Guatemala 0 That was ... fun, I guess. Would have been nice to see it end up in the 4-0
range, but why split hairs on a night Freddy Adu scored his first senior international goal. And
what a nice goal it was. Hopefully that picture perfect free kick from the edge of the penalty area
finds its way into ESPN rotation.
Hey, anyone want to offer any thoughts on this upcoming USMNT/Guatemala scenario Wednesday night?
(8 p.m., ESPN Classic) Sorry about saying scenario. Even though he sold out and went to Sirius
radio I can't get the Mad Dog Russo nomenclature out of my mind. Saying things like, "a bad
job by me" or "big spot" roll off the tongue like a James Hetfield bark.
Sorry this was a little later than usual this week. Extremely busy Sunday left my head spinning and
not in the right mind to write. Later is better than nothing, so where do we want to start? The
latest Arsenal yo-yo? The return of Ronaldo? The New York Red Bulls playing in the MLS Cup Final?
Actually let's take a second to look at our own American top flight competition.
So, yeah, I finally beat "Fallout 3", which was all-consuming my day-to-day activities.
As my friend Doyle allegedly said, if the game was a drug "grind it up and smoke it." In
its wake something is going to have to fill my addictions, hopefully it'll be the wide world of
soccer. As luck would have it, I'll probably have to cover a high school soccer state championship
Saturday morning instead
"Pose, patience, penetration" -- Martin Tyler on Samir Nasri's second goal in Arsenal's
2-1 victory at the Emirates over Manchester United. Okay, let's get the joke out of the way right
away -- that's what she said. Feel better? Me too. Actually, that's a lie. For what seems the
umpteenth weekend I'm sitting here Sunday night trying to find some semblance of order in the
Consider this question, which would take more of a toll on your body over the long haul: a) Running
into a brick wall once a week for four months? b) Running a marathon once a week for 11 months of
the year? Naturally, neither are that tempting a proposition. You'd think the marathon option would
be more appealing, but not when your factor in the idea of joint pain and that occasional heart
No way to sugar coat this one truthers. Due to a couple of weekend committments -- namely a college
football game and a playoff softball game -- there was no way to curl up on the couch and dig into
the Premier League this weekend. Damn. Sounds like I missed some serious goings-on -- including a
Hayley's Comet-like Michael Carrick goal.