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Bulldog Ben

  • joined Jan 24, 2011
  • last login Aug 27, 2014
  • posts 101
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I'm a Colorado Rapids fan, originally from New England before I got traded out here to sunny Boulder.

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  • EPL Chelsea
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User Blog

Depth, Depth, and yet more DEPTH

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Another article about depth and why it's so important. Abounds with positives.

New American Character (USMNT): The Good, the Bad, and Canada

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Recap of the USMNT's first three friendlies prior to WCQ games.

Chalk Talk: These injuries are KILLING us... or are they?

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How are injuries affecting the Colorado Rapids right now? Less than you might think in some areas.

Chalk Talk: A Goal Scorer by any Other Name...

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Some number crunching about the Colorado Rapids and their many, many goal scorers this season.

Chalk Talk - Colorado and DC United Preview

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Look, it's Martin Rivero eating a giant invisible cheeseburger.Anyway, there wasn't a game this weekend for the Colorado Rapids, but there was one for our competition at midweek, D.C. United.Here's...

Don't Give Up on me, Sexy Football

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Is the new 4-4-2 in Colorado a means to mourn the loss of 'sexy football'? Bulldog Ben doesn't think so.

Game Recap: Real Salt Lake 2 Colorado Rapids 0

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Hide the sharp objects, people. The first leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup 2012 is in the history books, Rapids faithful, and it's a 2-0 win by Real Salt Lake. In other news, the Colorado Rapids have...

FC Denver Review of First Kick

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FC Denver writer Daniel Valenzuela offers his take on First Kick action. The item most of interest to Rapids fans will be his analysis of the Rapids performance in their 2-0 over the Crew, quoting Valenzuela: "The Colorado Rapids earned a victory but they were less than impressive against an awful Columbus Crew. The players don’t recognize the timing, decision making, and pace necessary play in Pareja’s system. Clearly, the team is a work in progress and isn’t ready for the likes of Real Salt Lake or the Los Angeles Galaxy. However, they aren’t far away. Coach Oscar Pareja needs a few more pieces for his vision to be realized in Colorado. Luckily, the Crew were so bad that Pareja pocketed three points, some easy credibility for his system, and confidence for his team." What do you guys think? Is Valenzuela being harsh or is he just being frank? How much work do you think the Burgundy still has to do to pick up what Papi is laying down in Commerce City?

Rapids make Huge Roster Cut before Hawai'i Trip

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In a story that may have been missed in the hooplah surrounding Hawai'i, the Rapids cut a number of hopefuls this week. Including, interestingly enough, Jefferson Angulo. That one raised a few eyebrows, as Angulo seemed to be getting a good look from Colorado.

Rapids 1-2 San Jose Earthquakes (Preseason)

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There's the result, and I wish there was more to tell, but due to technical difficulties the video feed was cut out early on in the game after Jaime Castrillon opened his account with a great...

Oscar Pareja Interview by the Denver Post with Fan Questions

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You know I just had to get a couple shots in there. Guess if I'm satisfied with his answer.

PREDICTION for 2012 UZ :: Tony Cascio Skip Bayless :: Tim Tebow FACT

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PREDICTION for 2012 UZ :: Tony Cascio Skip Bayless :: Tim Tebow FACT

Jeff Plush is out one day & he sees an old lady struggling with shopping bags trying to cross the...

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Jeff Plush is out one day & he sees an old lady struggling with shopping bags trying to cross the road. Feeling public sprited he asks 'can you manage?' to which the pensioner replies 'you're not getting me with that one, I don't want the job!'

Watch Minnesota Stars and Fort Lauderdale Strikers NASL Championship 2nd Leg TONIGHT

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If anyone wants to watch some NASL, tonight would be the time to tune in. Minnesota takes on Fort Lauderdale in the last leg of the Championship tie.

Putting it in my Perspective: Gary Smith and Paul Bravo

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Bulldog Ben explains why keeping Gary Smith would be better than keeping Paul Bravo in the feud between the two.

This is the best thing. The answers just get better and better as he goes along.

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This is the best thing. The answers just get better and better as he goes along.

Colorado Rapids shock Philadelphia Union at home. Win 2-1.

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The Colorado Rapids not only shocked the Philadelphia Union, they shocked me as well. My prediction was that at best we'd end up with an entertaining 2-2 draw. But after a Pablo Mastroeni golazo...

KLINSY IS IN!!!

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WISHES DO COME TRUE. A day after my first wish was granted, my second wish comes true. I can't believe I'm writing this right now: Jurgen Klinsmann has been named the Head Coach of the United States Men's National Soccer Team. Someone get me a drink, preferably something German.

YES! I GET TO SAY THIS FIRST!!

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Ladies and gentleman, it has happened. It has truly happened. BOB BRADLEY HAS BEEN FIRED.

Union vs. Rapids - Match Preview

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The keyword in this entire post is going to be: Defense. You're going to read it until you've got a hatful of sick and an excuse to leave work early. I've done a lot of analysis in the past few...

If we get all the points available in July, I will shave my head and run down 16th street wearing a...

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If we get all the points available in July, I will shave my head and run down 16th street wearing a gorilla suit screaming "CONOR CASEY IS MY PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR" - UZ

Oh Waiter? Please take back these grapes, they are a bit too sour...

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Sour Tim Howard calls the Spanish in the Gold Cup Ceremony a "disgrace". You know what? Win the damn Cup, and bring more than 50% of the fans to the stadium, and then we'll have the winning ceremony entirely in English.

MLS Chalkboard, or: the best thing to happen to me since I started drinking

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This is seriously the best thing I have ever seen on MLSsoccer.com. Stat-head like myself will be eagerly watching this feature every game. The stats that the guys at Opta Sports have come up with here are so in depth it's just absurd. You literally can get anything you want out of this. It's an amazing tool for commentators and spectators alike, please check it out and I'm sure you'll agree!

Decent Article on Brian Mullan's return by Nick Firchau

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Good interviews here with Gary Smith and Brian Mullan himself, most important quote is below: "I love to win, love to play hard, love to give it all," Mullan said. "These last two months have given me an even greater appreciation for that. So I'll go out there like I've done my whole career and do whatever the team needs me to do."

Great Article from Burgundy Dazed on the Galaxy Herbalife Fiasco

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I don't like to dwell, but Class VI summed up a lot of feelings and frustrations that I had.

After Rapids Home Farce, the Question of Danny Earls is once again Begged

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You knew it was coming, didn't you? As soon as you saw the lineup including a left flank of Wells Thompson and Danny Earls, you knew it would be bad. As soon as you saw a lineup that didn't include...

Best Match of the Weekend

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PORvNYRB has to be, hands down, the match of the weekend. High drama. High scoring. And that Rapids didn't lose. All of which are good points. Frustrated that Portland only got a draw. But what a game!

Friends Forever!

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"It’s not going to change anything with me," Califf said with a smile. "I get paid to run around and kick people."

On Creativity

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On Creativity

Simon Borg: The World's Worst Spin-Master

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In this article, Drew Moor explains how the Rapids are determined to fight on in spite of injuries and fatigue from a rough road schedule. And Simon Borg then decides to instead highlight the exhaustion as opposed to the fighting spirit. Thus making it seem like the Rapids are already prepared with an excuse.

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