ten words or less #44

barcelona's lionel messi wins the 2011 fifa ballon d'or

george castanza approves of messi's velvet suit.

Now that I’m sort-of fully settled into 2012 — I am admittedly still having trouble accidentally writing 2011 on everything, an annual challenge for sure — it’s time to ring in some minor changes around the blog. The largest of the changes is a new, fancy “Featured Posts” section, which highlights some of my bloggings that fall outside the realm of the standard essays on current events in and around the game. This new page is part of an overall effort I’ve undertaken to help improve site navigation and search… something nobody was complaining about yet I still felt the need to address.

OCD and ADD: it’s a powerful combination. Enjoy some links, now in doses of 10:

A forgotten hero fades into the dark. – nj.com

If there wasn’t football: Hodgson, Rooney, Mick, Gerrard, Rio, Beckham. – theoriginalwinger.com

Unique re-thinks of national team logos, by Pelé Sports. – creativeroots.org

The decision that saved MLS in 2002: contraction. – mlssoccer.com

Lesson learned? I still shouldn’t play in face paint. – inbedwithmaradona.com

The first foosball table I’ve wanted in 20 years. – 11thegame.com

This guy is buying everyone’s drinks this weekend. – timesofindia.com

Challenge for my buddy currently vacationing in Bogotá: find this. – domusweb.it

Like the Super Bowl Shuffle, but 100 times worse. – youtube.com

The question remains, how is Eto’o’s coverage compared to Verizon? – kckrs.com

ten words or less #35

bastian schweinsteiger in lederhosen

nothing gets me more geared up for fall than soccer and oktoberfeest.

Autumn weather has finally descended upon the Ohio Valley at the tail end of this week, and it’s got me all psyched out.

First off, this weekend is Oktoberfest here in Zinzinnati — one of the best reasons to live in this very German city — so I’ll be spending a majority of my weekend partaking in many fine craft brews and wearing lederhosen.

But secondly, the onset of fall also has me totally fiending for footy (then again, what doesn’t?). Breathing in the crisp, cool air this morning had me reminiscing of early morning weekend games growing up, playing under the lights on Saturday’s nights in high school, and getting up in the still morning hours during college to watch Premier League matches before my mid-day games. Although to be honest, I still do all of those things now, so I’m not really sure why I’m “reminiscing.”

So to get you amped up as much as I am for the weekend, I’ve thrown together some of my favorite links from the last week for the latest installment of TWOL.

A Tottenham fan trains with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Legend. – kckrs.com

Qatar 2022: what a spectacular waste of money. – soccernet.com

Playing Devil’s Advocate: if they go, will anyone join them? – guardian.co.uk

If they made me wear these, I’d relinquish my scholarship. – twitter.com/MarylandMSoccer

On this day, Joey Barton was my hero. – dirty tackle @ yahoo.com

Buying one of these seems a little… grim. – mlsgear.com

One Legged Football — Let’s give this documentary… some legs. – youtube.com

Rich ass Michael Owen built a pool for his horses. – twitter.com/themichaelowen