Basner

Teacher, Professional Phila DOOPer, Expat-in-training

Initial Thoughts on Califf to Chivas

The trade for Califf to Chivas seems to be all but finished. But after watching Coach Nowak’s press conference, not feeling any better about it. Too many unanswered questions and issues surrounding it.

Return on Investment

Califf has been a solid center defender for us and is a Union Original. Nowak says we’ll be getting a player and “something else”. Juan Pablo Angel would be a nice player to have. He’s good in the air, a solid player up top, and will add to the overall Colombianishness of the team. But the lad is expensive, he’s up there in age, and has gotten knocked around his fair share. Incidentally, there’s zero guarantee that it would be JPA.

Also, getting quite cross at all the moves for allocation money. (See: Seba). The whole point of getting allocation money is to be able to use it on something or someone. It’s not like Scrooge McDuck where we make mountains of shiny coins; it has to be put to good use. I’m happy that we’re doing well on the business end of things (although with Chester City Council’s plans for taxes, who knows if that’ll last), but if we’re not using it to make our team better, what’s the point of having allocation money?

Whatever and whoever we get has to make our team better than it was before.

Is there a plan?

There seems to be a few schools of thought when it comes to Coach Nowak at the moment. Either he has no idea what he’s doing, he does know what he’s doing and we don’t understand it, or he knows what he wants to do and it’s not working the way he wants it to.

As much flak as we’ve given him over the season and the last few years (much of it deserved for a variety of reasons), the man has been a player and a coach for several decades. He’s the only person to win the MLS cup as a player and a coach. You don’t get to those points in your career if you don’t know what you’re doing.

I really hope that there is a plan and that it does work out. I want to have faith, but it’s hard when the only reason you’re not last is because of Toronto. And when we’ve lost so many solid people like Le Toux, Harvey, Mondragon, Paunovic, and now Califf, it gets harder. We were a playoff team last year, and now we can’t even win at home. Something is very wrong here…

We’ll miss you, Danny Boy.

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Starting pt 2

So who can the internet blame and/or thank for my latest foray into typing angrily and/or joyfully about all manner of things that will likely enthrall a grand total of a handful of people?

Twitter. 

And Ed Welsh. 

Those of you who are of a unionist persuasion likely have happened upon the site that he writes for, Union Dues. (Side note: I once tried to create a chart/article about refereeing forecasts for the site. It got so hideously complicated that my brain abandoned it. Sorry, Murph.) 

A few weeks ago, ESPN was nice enough to show the Manchester Derby on its main channel, not relegated to ESPN 47. And lo, it was good, save for the fact that Manchester City won. Not too long after that, Deadspin decided to show a sampling of tweets which vehemently disagreed with showing soccer on regular ESPN for a variety of reasons. Chief among them: it was un-American and/or “gay”. 

I took to twitter to vent my frustrations. Ed asked if I could gather those tweets into an article.

This was the result. 

We’ll see how intelligently I can type. I’ll do my best not to turn emo, unless the situation clearly calls for it. The European soccer season is almost over, save for the Champions league final this Saturday. Afterwards, we have EURO 2012 coming up before the London Olympics. The EURO’s will be on ESPN and ESPN2. No doubt we’ll see all kinds of vitriol online, but we’ll deal with it or ignore it as we go.

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A fresh new beginning (yet again)

In the middle of avoiding things I probably should be doing, I suddenly get the idea to check up on my old wordpress sites that I’ve made over the course of a few years. A few of them, like these three, were made for grad classes that I’ve taken. 

I’ve also tried to make teacher sites. Given my profession and trade, one would think it’d be easy to keep one up. In fact, this site used to be a teacher site only. My goal was to create a site for my teaching endeavours. It was to be complete with resources, archived lessons, and most importantly, et cetera.

Sadly, it was not to be.

It may still come to fruition again. Future teacher sites will have the benefit of experience. Or the knowledge of what has gone wrong so many other times, which is much the same thing.

I look forward to getting back into blogging as a hobby. I used to use livejournal, but that eventually turned facebook-ish just with longer status updates. Maybe, just maybe, this will be different. I look forward to embracing some of the great loves of my live: soccer and travel chief among them.

As I write this, sadly, both of my great loves are in  shambles. My beloved Philadelphia Union are facing uncertainty, panic, and a dearth of points. My travel plans have been put on hold for lack of American dollars. 

Mayhaps with this fresh new beginning, we may yet again see the light at the end of the tunnel.

DOOP!

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