Swappin’ and shoppin’ on a Wednesday while taking in all this Champions League as joyness fills my heart, here's what I'm buying and selling:
The 4-2-3-1 formation. I’m watching these lineups in UEFA Champions League matches and I keep seeing teams roll out the 4-2-3-1. (
This referee in the Werder Bermen-Sampdoria match: Dude just had the cojones to do what most referees won’t – give a penalty kick for one of these ceaseless penalty area assaults that happen on re-starts.
Hype over the home grown: Maybe I’m just a fuddy-duddy, but I just can’t get overly excited with the signing of these home grown players. MLS sides want to make a big ol’ honkin’ deal about them, and I really do understand the bigger picture here, about how graduating players out of these youth teams is such an important part of the domestic game’s overall development. Still, when it comes to the individual announcement that the clubs want everyone to be so geeked about, I always say the same thing: let me know when they get a regular place in the lineup or when they score a couple of goals.
Kyle Martino’s new show: I like Kyle as an announcer; he’s knowledgeable and personable. And I understand that his show is new and they probably need time to grown into it. So, I’ll leave it there for now, full of faith that Fox Soccer Channel’s new talk show will find its way.
ATT U-verse: Not only for some comically abysmal customer service I received recently (and repeatedly over about three weeks), but also because they don’t offer Fox Soccer Channel Plus or FSC in HD.