WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 31

WSOTP Podcast - Season 2 Episode 31

Premier League recap? Yep. Champions League wrap? Uh huh. A look at domestic matters ranging from the US Open Cup field finally being set, Minnesota United’s impending announcement as the 23rd MLS club and the media frenzy swirling about one of the investors in the potential Miami franchise? Oh you better believe that’s in here, too. There was a lot on the #Pondcast team’s plate this week — including Winners & Wankers, Fantasy Update and the Championship Watch — and the boys did well to stomp their way through it all in a manner that only Steven Gerrard could appreciate.

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pic of the week 3/16-3/22

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Mario Balotelli Being Held Back by Liverpool Supporters

There were probably a dozen images that could have earned this week’s Pic of the Week plaudits, and about half of them came directly from the Liverpool-Manchester United derby that took place yesterday morning. And I’ll be honest, Gerrard seeing red just 37 seconds after stepping on the pitch was a really hard candidate to turn down. But there was really only on moment that could possibly earn the honors. That moment? When the already cautioned substitute Mario Balotelli had to be restrained by his own supporters at Anfield after a clash near the touchline with United’s Chris Smalling.

Tensions were high as Liverpool were already reduced to playing with ten men and had pulled one back just ten minutes earlier. And when he appeared as a substitute, it only seemed inevitable that Mario would make his way on to the pitch and then see red himself. After picking up a needless yellow for clipping a heel moments before, we nearly saw further fireworks — if not for the quick thinking of the nearby Liverpool faithful.

Only Mario, right?

WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 30

WSOTP Podcast - Season 2 Episode 30

After spending all day Saturday emceeing Cincinnati’s downtown St. Patrick’s Day party, it was a tad tricky for the Pondcast team to take in most of this weekend’s action. They made do, however, by huddling around a tiny laptop stream for hours on end to catch it all so that we could provide you with the adequate coverage on this week’s podcast. And in this week’s episode, we delve into matches across, Major League Soccer, the English Premier League and UEFA Champions League. And in addition to weekly segments like Winners & Wankers and Championship Watch, we also made room to tackle the debate surrounding the American Outlaws and the furor that’s caused. So saying this episode is jammed tight is putting it lightly.

Questions made it back into this week’s podcast, and we’re hoping to field them next week too. So make sure to send your’s our way by email  (contact[at]wrongsideofthepond[dot]com) or by social media using links at the bottom of the page. Also, if you haven’t yet subscribed, be sure to do so using the links below to get the WSOTP Podcast on your favorite mobile device automatically.

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WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 28

WSOTP Podcast - Season 2 Episode 28The third “WSOTP Podcast Derby”of the season took place on Sunday, and this time a trophy was on the line between D.J.’s Tottenham and Jeremy’s Chelsea in the Capital One Cup Final. So you can expect that to feature prominently on this week’s Pondcast, alongside the shuffle in and around the Champions League spots that took place during this weekend’s Premier League action. Additional Champions League action also gets some talk time, as did the beginnings of our 2015 MLS season preview — expect much more of that on next week’s Episode 29, even if we don’t have a league to watch at that point. And yes, our normal weekly segments made it in there too.

Don’t forget that we want to talk about questions and topics. So if you have one or two for us, don’t be shy: shoot us an email at contact[at]wrongsideofthepond[dot]com or reach out using the social media links at the bottom of the page. And be sure to subscribe using the links below to receive the WSOTP Podcast on your favorite mobile device.

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WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 27

WSOTP Podcast - Season 2 Episode 27

Back in one location after last week’s remote episode, the latest episode of the Pondcast is a very Euro-centric episode. A dramatic weekend unfolded in the Premier League, at least as far as the refereeing went. There was jostling in the European places and relegation zone that needed to be discussed too, along with the (hilarious) return of Tim Sherwood. The UEFA Champions League returned to action as well, and D.J. & Jeremy devoted some time to review last week’s intriguing results and previewed this week’s fixtures. That’s all in addition to the weekly Fantasy Update, Championship Watch and Winners & Wankers segments. So grab your phone, ipod or laptop, plug in your headphones and strap in for another week on the WSOTP Podcast.

If you have a question or topic you want the guys to touch on next week, feel free to shoot us an email at contact[at]wrongsideofthepond[dot]com, or reach out using the social media links at the bottom of the page, or in the comments below. And don’t forget to subscribe to automatically receive the Pondcast on your favorite mobile device.

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WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 26

WSOTP Podcast - Season 2 Episode 26

Despite suffering numerous technical difficulties this week, surviving a “horrible” snowstorm and seeing confusing midweek English fixtures throwing everyone’s schedules off, the #Pondcast is back this week and better than ever. Not only do the guys discuss the latest Premier League action, FA Cup 6th Round Draw and preview the return of the Champions League, but we also welcome back Reckless Challenge‘s Chad Hollingsworth (@ChadHoll) to talk about all the headlines streaming out of the newly rebranded third division — or is it second division? — USL. And of course, Fantasy Update, Championship Watch and Winners & Wankers are all back again to keep you in the loop, too.

We also broke new ground on the Pondcast this week, as this was the first time we ever recorded with D.J. and Jeremy in separate locations. Though we actually physically got together on Sunday night and recorded as normal, the Macbook Pro on which we do our recording decided to eat the audio file — thus forcing us to re-record on Monday night, which was taking place in the middle of a snowstorm. So if things sound a little different, our apologies.

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WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 25

WSOTP Podcast - Season 2 Episode 25

There was no shortage of tantalizing soccer to enjoy this weekend — both the men’s and women’s national team’s friendlies, the African Nations Cup Final, plus a full round of Premier League action — and the Pondcast team took it all in. The last of those included a pair of derbies, with the second editions of the North London and Merseyside Derbies drawing considerable attention. And with your normal installments of Fantasy UpdateWinners & Wankers and a newly re-branded Championship Watch, there’s plenty stuffed into this week’s WSOTP Podcast.

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the reasons for my nightmares

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For those who have followed Wrong Side of Pond for any length of time longer than a week or two, you’re probably well aware of my deep love for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Longer-time followers are probably also familiar with my obsession with former Lillywhites star and current Real Madrid galáctico Gareth Bale.

Admittedly, it was pretty rough watching Bale depart for the Spanish capital two seasons ago. Okay, it downright sucked. But given time, it’s at least been a pill that could swallow.

I understand Bale’s ambition to play for arguably the greatest club of all time. He “dreamed” of playing for them as a schoolboy. Since his move to Iberia, he’s achieved tremendous success too. Those successes have ranged from seemingly less impressive feats such as holding down a spot in their starting XI — a much harder task at Madrid than it might seem — to scoring the winning goal to help Madrid lift their long-sought tenth Champions League trophy. Too, it’s not like he went to a direct rival and Spurs did receive a pleasant sum of Euros for parting ways with him. So for all of those reasons, I’ve been able to accept his successes even though he’s not been enjoying them while wearing a Spurs’ shirt.

However, with rumors of Bale moving on to Manchester United refusing to go away, I’ll admit that’s a pill I’m less inclined to take.

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ten words or less #105

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You might have noticed the slight uptick in activity on the site over the last week, with four new posts going up. That’s not that busy, but it is when compared to the previous few barren weeks that preceded it. Things have finally slowed down a bit at work after the turn of the new year, and my now 13-month-old daughter has become slightly more self-sufficient. As such, I finally have time to write again. Which has been nice.

And honestly, he timing of this slight increase in free-time couldn’t have been any better. A hot-ticket weekend of derbies in Europe — and of course, WSOTP will once again be hosting further watch parties at Cincinnati’s Rhinehaus bar for the North London and Merseyside Derbites this weekend! MLS preseason is also in full-swing now too, meaning the trickling faucet of stories on the domestic front has suddenly morphed into a busted, gushing fire hydrant. I already have a half dozen articles in the works, so hopefully you’ll see the fruits of those labors in the coming days.

In the mean time, be sure to come join us this weekend for the Derby action if you happen to be in Cincinnati. If you’re not, the latest links round up will have to suffice.

Me, every Super Bowl. – foxtrot.com

Well this is awfully crappy of Manchester United. – thesportsbible.com

Why expanding the MLS playoffs is a bad idea. – soccergods.com

Qatar’s World Cup template had a Beta version in handball. – slate.com

The MLSPU’s take on the ongoing collective bargaining agreement talks. – orlandosentinel.com

Someone get me all of these sneakers, please. Thanks. – theoriginalwinger.com

Maybe something is finally brewing in Miami… – miamidade.gov

Watching someone’s greatest moment ever is fun. – vine.co/FilGoal

The story behind Toronto landing Giovinco. – torontosun.com

WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 24

WSOTP Podcast - Season 2 Episode 24Last week, the guys foolishly took the week off from the #Pondcast as they licked their wounds after seeing both of their sides tumble out of the FA Cup. This week they’re being made to pay for it with a fortnight’s worth of football to cover. So what exactly is on deck for this week? How about a recounting of the FA Cup third round, a look at how both Spurs and Chelsea recovered in the midweek to advance to the Capital One Cup final, a virulent weekend in the Premier League’s battle for the European places, an examining of Major League Soccer’s CBA woes and — oh yeah — a little diddy called Transfer Deadline Day. Plus your weekly Fulham Watch and Winners & Wankers segments make their usual appearances too. It’s a lot, and we know you’re at least a little more excited than Aaron Lennon is about his move to Everton.

Was there a topic we glanced over that you want us to cover next week? If so, or you have a question you want D.J. and Jeremy to tackle, hit us up at contact[at]wrongsideofthepond[dot]comju or by using the social media links at the bottom of the page.

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