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Nowak's suit against the Union


In case anyone hasn't seen it, from Jonathan Tannewald at The list of allegations meriting dismissal levied by the Union is intriguing: 1. various material breaches of League Rules (including the League's Collective Bargaining Agreement), including physical confrontations with players and officials during a Team game resulting in a fine and multi-game suspension, interfering with the rights of Team players to contact the players' union with concerns, subjecting Team players to inappropriate hazing activities and engaging in behavior that put the health and safety of Team players at risk. 2. material breaches of the Employment Agreement, including engaging in discussions regarding, and otherwise actively seeking, employment by other professional soccer teams in Europe and making disparaging remarks to third parties regarding Club, its management and its ownership. 3. demonstrating gross negligence, including putting the health and safety of Team players at risk by requiring injured players to participate in strenuous training activities, not allowing players to have water during such activities despite temperatures in excess of 80 degrees, ignoring the advice of the head athletic trainer regarding which players are healthy enough to play in games and participate in training sessions and creating an atmosphere where medical issues should be hid from medical staff and not treated. 4. committing actions that have reflected in a materially adverse manner on the integrity, reputation and goodwill of Club and the Team (in the eyes of the League, U.S. Soccer, current and potential Team players, sponsors and fans), including the unusually harsh treatment of players described above, actions during Team games that have resulted in fines and suspensions, the multiple breaches of League Rules and a discussion (by you or your agent on your behalf) with the head of U.S. Soccer that was in very poor taste and left a very bad impression with U.S. Soccer. 5. multiple incidents of insubordination with respect to the Club's Chief Executive Officer, including claiming at one point (in direct contradiction to the terms of the Employment Agreement) that he does not report to the Club's Chief Executive Officer. 6. various material breaches of Team Rules, including creating a hostile work environment and culture of fear for Team players and other front office employees by orally berating and physically intimidating fellow employees.

Union hosting S04


As a fan of Borussia Dortmund (don't worry -- it predates their championship,) this will be . . . interesting. (Dortmund and Schalke are heated rivals -- it's the most significant derby in Germany.) As Dortmund can't make it, however (playing for the German Cup three days later - Schalke won last year), the U will have to thrash them in their place. In all seriousness, it's good to see one of the better Bundesliga teams, a regular Champion's League participant, make it over here, and I hope there are more. It's an outstanding and very entertaining league. And I hope the Union humiliate them. ;) Will be interested to see what kind of roster they bring, as this will be right after the current BL season ends, as opposed to during the preseason, as with most of these friendlies.

UniWatch does Mets


Interesting Mets-centric post on Paul Lukas' UniWatch today researching the unveiling of the Mets' first uniforms Oh, and DITCH THE BLACK! That is all.


Can we depose the 'Pons?

They're destroying our team.  Since Fred's gang took over from Doubleday, they've brought nothing but sorrow, stopgap signings, black uniforms, nepotism, cronyism, Ponzi schemes, Mo Vaughn,...

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