ten words or less #95

New Tottenham signing Federico Fazio

The much loved — and maligned — summer transfer window will be slamming shut over the weekend, which means we’ll see a bevy of rumors either materialize into reality or fail to come to fruition. And for that reason, supporters around the globe will either be praising the arrivals of new saviors or end up cursing the chairmen for their supposedly penny-pinching ways. Rule number one over the next few days: don’t believe everything you read. Or at bare minimum, be sure to take them with a sizable grain of salt.

So with all of the stress that’s sure to come to pass over the next few days, I’m going to do my best to avoid transfer stories in this latest links round up. Keen observers will notice I did slip one in there, though we can blame its presence on me opting to take a dig at my favorite club’s rival supporters.

In the madness, dont’ forget that there’s also a full slate of European and domestic action on the docket this weekend, too. So there should be more than enough to distract you from dealings of your favorite club.

Sitting in the wrong section requires tremendous restraint. – telegraph.co.uk

My favorite ‘Jermaine Jones to MLS Saga’ reaction. – hottimeinoldtown.com

The last sentence in paragraph one should terrify Arsenal supporters. – si.com

Chris Rolfe needs to join the FFA. – washingtonpost.com

A ranking of every generation of Nike’s Mercurial line. – sneakerreport.com

People will still talk about analytics… it’ll just be commonplace. – 21stclub.com

How exactly does spraying teammates with piss build camaraderie? – kob.com

Puma learns a lesson in internet trolling. – eveningstandard.co.uk

Paul Carr did an increasingly-rare, excellent Reddit AMA. – reddit.com/

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WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 3

WSOTP Pond - Season 2 Episode 3

Transfers were on our minds as we recorded the third episode of the season of the WSOTP Podcast. Big names on the move, both domestically and abroad, dominated our conversation this week. And Jeremy and D.J. not only pontificate on the merits of quite a few those big ones, but also on who should and shouldn’t be making some last minute moves before the European window slams shut next week. That being in addition to the usual thoughts on the weekend action in England and America. Too, they once again nominated their Winners and Wankers from the past week and answered some questions from some of our faithful listeners. So grab a drink and saddle up for another edition of your favorite podcast.

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WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 2

WSOTP Pod - Season 2 Episode 2

louis van gaal’s first match in charge of manchester united may have had him wondering, “what did i get myself into?”

The first weekend of the Premier League now in the books, Episode 2 of the season sees the guys offer their thoughts on the results and some of the surprises that worked their way in. We also take some time to pick our favorite and least favorite kits for the season — though we didn’t have time to read the entirety of listener Mel B’s epic rundown of her thoughts on the top 6 sides’ kits. Also on tap: the bounty of goals provided by the weekend MLS action, a few listeners questions answered sprinkled within, this week’s Winners and Wankers and Jeremy and D.J. fessing up to their Fantasy failures.

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WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 1

WSOTP Podcast - Season 2 Episode 1WE’RE BAAAAAACK! That’s right soccer audio lovers: the Wrong Side of the Pond Podcast is back. And we’ve made our return from our summer break just in time to offer you D.J. and Jeremy’s takes on the upcoming 2014/2015 Premier League season, including: top four predictions, relegation candidates, award winners and story lines to watch out for. We also delve into the recent headlines from MLS, as well as reveal some of our findings from the “American Soccer Fandom” survey many of you filled out for us over the summer.

Season 2 on the WSOTP Pod will also offer — thanks to input from listeners — some overall changes from the first, too. We’ve introduced a new weekly segment entitled “Wankers & Winners” where the guys will offer up their nominations for those deserving of such titles from the previous week’s football news. Too, we’ll be reaching out for some outside opinion on a more frequent basis, with guests ranging from professional players to professional pundits. And though we didn’t hold to this on the first episode this season, we’ve also answered calls to keep things a little more brief this time around: most podcasts will not exceed an hour in length. Of course, we’re still more than happy to field questions from listener base as well. So hit us up at contact[at]wrongsideofthepond[dot]com and you might just hear us dish on air.

Anyway, without further delay, enjoy the first episode of season 2.

 

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WSOTP pod: episode 39

Well, this first season of the Wrong Side of the Pond podcast has been one crazy ride.

WSOTP Podcast - Season 1 Episode 39

on the season finale of the podcasdt, the guys talk city capturing their second title in three years and allow a liverpool fan to eulogize the season.

So on this week’s episode, we look back at our very first predictions at the beginning of the season, and take a team-by-team look at how every club in the Premier League fared this year. We also found time to sing the praises for NBC’s stellar broadcasting efforts this season, review last week’s MLS action and more.

And just in case you’re still in the dark, this week’s episode is actually the grande finale for this first go around. After 39 straight weeks of recording, I’m pretty sure Jeremy and D.J. deserve the break, if for no other reason than to appease their very generous and understanding wives. But worry not, listeners. We’ll undoubtedly be back again for the start of the next European campaign for Season 2 of the WSOTP Pod. Plus, we’re planning on doing a few special edition World Cup episodes in the summer to tide you over — some of which will potentially be recorded live on Fountain Square ahead of our USMNT watch parties! Stay tuned for further details.

So to all of you out there, thanks so much for listening in to our first season and we look forward to talking to you all again next season… cheers!

 

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WSOTP pod: episode 34

Everton's Ross Barkley vs Arsenal's Mikel Arteta

could everton find themselves in the top four at season’s end at arsenal’s expense? the guys debate that and more on this week’s podcast.

With the Premier League season entering the final stretch, just about every match has taken on some sort of importance, either contributing to the title race, the fight to make the top four and/or the relegation scrap. And this weekend’s matches most definitely checked all of those boxes, meaning Jeremy and I had a lot of games to offer up our opinions on. Of course, there was also MLS “Rivalry Week” to contend with, including a thrilling Cascadia Cup tie between the Timbers and Sounders and a Trillium Cup match up between the conference-leading Crew and big spending Toronto. And let’s not forget about last midweek’s USA-Mexico game and this midweek’s Champions League matches that will also need to be chewed upon. You’ll get all that and more on the latest episode of the WSOTP Pod.

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WSOTP pod: episode 33

WSOTP Podcast - Season 1 Episode 33

justin meram’s late heroics and the crew’s red-hot start are talking points on episode 33 of the podcast.

For the third week running, Jeremy and I talk about new US national team recruit Julian Green — this pick the over/under for the minutes the German will see in this week’s US-Mexico game in Phoenix. But Green wasn’t the only topic of conversation on this week’s episode of the podcast. We talked of the misery the guys shared after both Spurs (nothing new) and Chelsea (definitely new) dropped vital points this weekend. The rest of last week’s Premier League action was also glanced over — including Moyes out banners being dragged around above Old Trafford and Liverpool going top — as is the weekend’s MLS play — with special attention paid to the Crew’s big last-gasp victory over Seattle.

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i’ve had enough

after yet another embarrassing loss, i consider my future as a spurs supporter.

After yet another obliteration at the weekend, I think I’ve had enough.

To be fair, I bought into the propaganda this past summer. I wanted to believe that selling off our most valuable asset for a gargantuan pile of dirty Spanish money which would then be used to retool a deeper team would strengthen our chances of a top four run. Chairman Daniel Levy, a man whose voracious business acumen had guided Spurs within a hair of conquering that task in the past two seasons — all while maintaining a profit no less — believed it would work. So why shouldn’t I?

He seemed to be backing our young, ambitious manager with a plan — André Villas-Boas — with significant funds to bring in all of the pieces. A striker of quality was finally bought. A creative midfield player came in that we’ve lacked since Modrić and van der Vaart departed for pastures greener. Danny Rose and Andros Townsend were recalled after successful loans. And on top of further midfield and defensive reinforcements being purchased, the club also went and splurged on a young Argentine starlet who had the potential to make us all forget about the Welshman.

It all seemed the perfect plan… until the horrid results started piling up.

A 0-3 home loss to the lowly Hammers in October got things started. A 0-6 battering at the hands of Manchester City at the Lane was quickly followed by a 0-5 slaughtering at home by Liverpool just a few weeks later in mid December. The later loss was enough to see Villas-Boas’ head roll, despite his club record points tally from the season before. His replacement, youth team coach Tim Sherwood, arrived with a deceptive string of improved results. But another murdering by City at the Etihad came in January, that time a 1-5 scoreline. Chelsea put us to the sword a few weeks back at Stamford Bridge with a 0-4 loss. And now another humbling at Liverpool this past weekend is almost enough to make me forget about three separate losses to Arsenal this season.

These were blowout losses to the teams we were supposed to compete directly with this season. We supposedly share their ambition, or at least that’s the story we’ve been sold. Now Spurs sit perilously close to mediocrity again, the place we’ve tried so hard to escape over the past ten years.

I didn’t sign up for mid-table finishes, lame duck managers or under-performing, over-priced players pissing away my glory. My friends all get to be frustrated over missing out on trophies, while I sit here miserable because Spurs can’t even win the so-called “4th place trophy”. It’s like the club don’t even care that laughter rains down on me from friends and complete strangers each weekend at the pub. The mocking text messages are just the icing on the cake. Meanwhile, Daniel Levy and Joe Lewis and the rest of their ENIC pals are more than content to line their pockets with yearly profits as Spurs yo-yo between periods of relevancy and the fan base loses their minds.

So since they’ve given up on me, I’m giving up on Spurs. Twenty years of support is a long enough time to give a club to turn the corner.

I want a club that has some sort of stability; a club that will stand by their man even when results aren’t quite there. As long as the promise of future success is there, I can live with the continuity. Supposedly that’s what AVB offered Tottenham, but the club clearly weren’t convinced considering how quickly they dispatched of him and his “long-term” philosophy.

I want a club that has a defined playing style and an ethos committed to attractive football. Spurs’ long-standing tradition of playing swashbuckling offensive football was one of the many reasons I originally fell for the team. But being on the receiving end of frequent shellackings like they have been this year shows that philosophy has also gone out the window.

I want a club that achieves something more than mediocrity and that challenges for titles. Regular Champions League football doesn’t seem like too much to ask for, does it? One deep run into the competition a few years back and a couple narrow misses on the tournament aren’t enough to pacify me. Even if we don’t always win those trophies, I need to at least know that we’re competing regularly.

I want to celebrate victories with my fellow fans at the bar and for once not be in the minority. At best, I’m one of just a handful of Tottenham Hotspur supporters at most pubs I frequent. Most times I’m the only one. But even in the times that I do stumble across other forsaken souls who follow the Lillywhites, everyone is still laughing at us for doing so.

Spurs can’t give me any of that, and that’s been clearly evident this season.

So I’m jumping the ship before it sinks. And I’ll climb on one that’s more capable of delivering those needs.

It shouldn’t be too hard to find a club with a long-term manager, a defined offensive playing style and that regularly competes in the highest of competitions and a large number of supporters here in the States. Right?

Come to think of it, there’s a club that is just a short drive down the road from White Hart Lane in North London that checks all of those boxes. They might be Spurs’ biggest rivals, but if Sol Campbell can make the jump from one side to another… why can’t I?

Because like I said earlier, I’ve had enough. And the grass on the other side of the fence looks at least slightly greener.

WSOTP pod: episode 32

WSOTP Podcast - Season 1 Episode 32

green’s switch to the USMNT has brought both joy and ruffled feathers.

Without a doubt, podcast Episode 32 is an absolute doozie. There was just slightly more than a boatload of football on since we last recorded, and finding time to talk about all of it was quite the task. In fact, we didn’t even get to talk about the weekend’s thrilling Clásico match up. But we did find time to run down all of the midweek Champions League matches and subsequent quarterfinal draw, plus the entirety of the weekend Premier League action. On this side of the pond, we dove through an interesting week of MLS headlines — including the Crew’s red-hot start and the odd timing of their dismissal of the club’s president — and talked about Julian Green’s official switch to representing the US National Team. We even squeezed the listener questions into the mix, too. So sit back, grab a pint and enjoy the latest edition of the WSOTP Pod.

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WSOTP pod: episode 31

 

WSOTP Podcast - Season 1 Episode 31

its dark times at old trafford for david moyes; but is there anyone who could turn the dark to light?

In a week chock full of delectable action — including some enjoyable match ups in the UEFA Champions League, a handful of intriguing games in Major League Soccer, and even some entertaining CONCACAF Champions League fixtures — the Premier League stole the show once again. And between a nine-man Chelsea meltdown, a frustrating North London Derby, and an under pressure David Moyes falling to Liverpool at home, Jeremy and D.J. had more than enough to chew on in the English ranks alone. But worry not, we had enough time in this week’s podcast to hit on all of that and more. 

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