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So Long, Simão Sabrosa…

June 30, 2010

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So long Simao SabrosaWell, at least to your World Cup days (most likely). Yes, one of the most recognizable and prolific Portuguese players of his generation, Simão will be pushing 35 years of age by the time we reach Rio in 2014.  Now, that doesn’t mean a 3rd World Cup appearance — a 4th if not for an injury in 2002 — for the former Sporting, Barcelona, Benfica and current Atlético Madrid star is impossible, but it’s gonna be a rather steep uphill battle, especially given he plays primarily as a winger.

So, given Portugal’s elimination at the hands of their Iberian neighbors, Spain, yesterday, I figured now would be a perfect time to bid Simão’s days gracing soccer’s biggest stage, “adeus” — and in as grandiose a manner possible. I’m talking, of course, about Univision Fútbol play-by-play man extraordinaire Pablo Ramirez, and his apparent oral infatuation with Simão.

Seriously, whether we’re talking about having a foot in golazos; exquisite runs both on and off the ball; drawing fouls; or even just casually switching play across the pitch, if Simão is involved, you can bet your bottom peso that Ramirez is aroused, or something.  I mean, I guess it really does roll quite nicely off the tongue, right? Perhaps a bit too easily for Ramirez, but pretty dang exciting nonetheless.

Check out this fantastic compilation from the 2006 World Cup, and be on the look out for anything from 2010. There’s been several gems, I just can’t seem to find any clips…

Many thanks to The Hurricane for the video.

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How cool is that new Nike World Cup ad?

May 20, 2010

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Wowzers…just friggin fantastic. Nike is definitely good at soccer commercials.

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U.S. Soccer Officially Announces 30-Man Preliminary Roster For World Cup 2010

May 11, 2010

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Bob Bradley announced 30-man preliminary roster for World Cup 2010

Sorry, kids, “The Bob” left out Freddy Adu.  No Santino Quaranta either — despite that lovely piece ESPN did on him last week during the D.C. United-Kansas City match — and, of course, sad as it is, Charlie Davies couldn’t quite get fit in time to make the trip to South Africa.

There’s still one final cut to go.  This list of 30 has to be trimmed to 23 on June 1st, and, though there’s probably only a handful of truly “open” spots, I’m sure nearly every player on here will have a chance to make an impression during USA’s World Cup warm-ups against the Czech Repulic (May 25th, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN) and Turkey (May 29th, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN 2).

We plan on taking a slightly more in depth look at the U.S. squad once the final roster is determined, but for now you can find the 30 players set for training camp after the jump…


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Frump Day Links: 5/5/2010

May 5, 2010

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Frump Day Links 5/5/2010

Better late than never for today’s Frump Day links.  As usual, spreading the Hump Day love, one link at a time…

  • It’s never too early to throw back a White Russian.  Even at age 2. (Brahsome)
  • How’s Dat Pack looking at the end of Spring (Dave from Carter-Finley)
  • Bobby Cox?  Pffft.  It’s “Bobby Cocks.” (No Guts, No Glory)
  • Looking for a solid, comprehensive World Cup Group D preview?  Look no further. (Sparty and Friends)
  • Statefans told you so.  No, really.  They did.  They told you about Lee Fowler. (Statefansnation)
  • It’s Cinco de Mayo, for Christ’s sake. Don’t blow up the beer! (Tasty Booze)
  • This one is completely random…25 ridiculous pinatas. (Holy Taco)
  • If you think the Bulls are the last team John Calipari will be enjoying a summer fling with, you’re probably wrong.  (The Big Lead)
  • Jamarcus Russell may or may not be a binge eater.  May or may not explain a lot.  (Larry Brown Sports)
  • Should Nebraska join the Big 10?  Hey, everyone else is, right? (The Scores Report)
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