Premier League weekend recap? We got that. Yeah, we’ve got some hot takes on Norwich City vs Liverpool, and Arsenal-Chelsea, too. You know we’ve got that transfer window gossip, plus some thoughts on the movers and shakers since last week. And for a change, we decided to ask you guys — our listeners — a question that we wanted you to answer: how much soccer is too much soccer to follow or support. The boys offer up their opinions on the matter, but we got some great responses as well. Those weekly segments haven’t gone away either.
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A long weekend after a long week of footballing activity both domestic and abroad has left us with yet another episode chock full of content. In addition to two crammed rounds of Premier League football — including a complete lack of clubs trying to make the top spot their own — the January transfer window has finally started to come to life. On the domestic front, youngster Jordan Morris has dominated the transfer talk despite an entire MLS SuperDraft taking place last week, too. Worry not, both get airtime on this week’s #Pondcast.
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If you worried there wouldn’t be a new #Pondcast this week since there haven’t been any Premier League games since our last episode, worry no longer… we still managed to squeeze out a full program for you last night. So what’s on the agenda in lieu of the league? The most exciting round of the FA Cup — the third round — gifted us a number of surprising results. We bet you’d like to talk about the FIFA Gala/Ballon d’Or. There’s the January transfer window to keep an eye on, too. The US Men’s National Team also announced their January camp, so we dive in there as well. And despite it being the offseason, it’s been a surprisingly busy week all around the American domestic leagues, too. So trust us when we say there’s plenty to talk about.
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If someone asks one to think of soccer, most people will envision the actual acts of players running about a field and kicking around of a ball. Some, too, might envisage the electric atmospheres that supporters often bring to games. But I’d wager few immediately visualize the managers standing on the touchlines when you ask them to think about the sport.
Unless you’re talking about the 2015/16 season, that is.
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but managers are all the rage these days. Open up the papers or glance at your website of choice, and you’re likely to find just as likely to see the man who picks the team each weekend staring back at you as you are the star names they’re picking.
Not that managers getting attention is a particularly new thing. For those bosses steering their clubs in the wrong direction, there’s always the sack watch to keep an eye on. Sir Alex has been making headlines of his own for ages. And there was a great little spell a few years back where Mourinho, Ferguson, Wenger and Benitez were regularly exchanging barbs with one another in the press.
But unlike in most years past, of what’s transpired of the 2015/16 season so far, the spotlight has been most brightly shone on the managers.
Caught you’re attention with that title, didn’t we? Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone, so long as you listen in to our first ever three-person #Pondcast. So who was our lucky third? D.J. and Jeremy welcomed in their former Cincinnati Saints intern, current editor of Ohio University’s Post Sports, and Norwich City supporter Charlie Hatch (@charliehatch_) to join them for a look back at the weekend Premier League action. We were even so hospitable as to letting him join in on the action of weekly segments of Fantasy Update, League 2 Watch and Winners & Wankers — like a proper threesome, everyone’s involved in everything.
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We know this latest #Pondcast is coming to you a little later in the week than normal Tuesday drop day. But we figured it was totally worth waiting if it meant we could cram in both full rounds of action that took place on Boxing Day and the last few days. As such you get our takes on all of the holiday action thus far — minus the New Years Day fixtures that we’re due to get tomorrow, which will get covered on the next episode dropping on Tuesday next week. The guys also offer up their halfway awards for the Premier League, plus the normal weekly bits.
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The ax now fallen on Mourinho at Chelsea, we spend a sizable chunk of this week’s #Pondcast talking about the chain reaction of hirings and firings that we’ll possibly see around the upper echelons of European football that José’s firing will spark. A few of England’s other top clubs struggled this past weekend as well, and we were sure to discuss that detail in our Premier League whiparound. And too, the guys tackled the trouble in the upper reaches of FIFA as well, as Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were given heft bans for their nefarious activities. Plus, the normal weekly segments were still there to help fill in the gaps.
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I know the title of this week’s episode of the #Pondcast is a bit cringe worthy, but I just couldn’t help it. The draw of using the awful pun — inspired by us welcoming on the first ever FC Cincinnati signing, Cincinnati-native Austin Berry — was just too much. Sorry Austin, we owed you better.
Also “berry special” on this week’s pod is the much anticipated “WSOTP Holiday Gift Buying Guide”, where the guys each offer up three great and three not-so-great gift ideas for the soccer loving friends and family in your holiday gift exchanges. For the lazy, we’re working to get that into a link-centric separate blog post later this week, too. Also on tap are looks around another chaotic week in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League draw. The normal weekly segments are in there, too.
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OMG! OMG!! OM f’ing G!!! I’m not sure if you can tell, but the fact that MLS Cup will be hosted less than 60 miles away from WSOTP World Headquarters has me just a tad excited. That my favorite MLS team is the one doing the hosting? Yeah, that has me even more excited. So as you might expect, we spent more than a few minutes on this week’s podcast talking over the looming final between Columbus Crew SC and the Portland Timbers. And to help us get a feel on the current mood in Ohio’s capital, we welcome on longtime friend Morgan Hughes of the Massive Report Podcastas a guest this week.
In addition to domestic matters, we also did our normal rounds through the Premier League, including focuses on the “Vardy Party” in Leicester, Arsenal’s renewed injury woes, and City stumbling back to top of the table. Plus the normal weekly segments too.
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Two and a half years ago — despite nothing more to go than an occasional Twitter interaction and a fleeting encounter watching Wigan play at a podunk little high school — two guys that barely knew each other started a soccer podcast. Now into their third season and 100 episodes later, they’re somehow still making it happen.
To celebrate our 100th episode, D.J. and Jeremy welcome on longtime friend of the blog, Dayton native and DC United frontman Chris Rolfe to reflect on the 2015 season, talk Eastern Conference finalists Columbus and New York, and his famous hair/headband. The guys also did their normal Premier League rounds — including Leicester City and Jamie Vardy’s rise to the top, Chelsea remembering how to win and Spurs hot run of form. Too, D.J. recounts his freezing but pleasing trip to Columbus for the Crew-Red Bulls first leg, and your League 2 Watch and Winners & Wankers weekly segments are in there, too.
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