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MAY 17, 2009 2:48PM

Torquay at Wembley - LIVE!

Watching Torquay live from Wembley – well, the match is in London, I’m at the Globe Pub in Chicago.





Wish I was there. Looks like a bright sunny day in London (same here in Chicago and I’m in a dark pub). Friends in London are gathering… Read full post »

MAY 17, 2009 8:24AM

Torquay United at Wembley Sunday

The Gulls are back at Wembley!

Today Torquay United (and all their supporters) visit the new Wembley Stadium in London to face Cambridge United at 16:00 BST. The winner of this Conference (aka Blue Square Premier League) Playoff Final will be promoted to the English Football League. They will be… Read full post »

MAY 15, 2009 3:42AM

WPS Weekly Review

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Due to technical difficulties – okay I messed up recording the match, twice – I was unable to watch the Chicago v Sky Blue FC match from Sunday. As it was Mother’s Day, I wasn’t at Toyota Park either so I can&rs… Read full post »

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MAY 13, 2009 3:46AM

Stanley Cup Playoffs - Game 7 - 2nd Round


The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is drawing to a close and we have three Game 7s to watch.

As I previously mentioned, there is something very special about a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

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MAY 7, 2009 2:09AM

WPS - Daniela's Injury

As a follow up to my Weekend review post, the extent of Daniela's injury (seen in the video recap) is now known. ESPN's Jacqueline Purdy writes about Abby Wambach's regret in regard to Daniela's season ending injury (broken tibia & two damaged ligaments) in the article linked to below. Inclu/… Read full post »

MAY 5, 2009 3:04AM

WPS Weekend Review

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Another weekend of WPS action is in the books and it appears that the play on the field is reaching a consistent level of entertainment. Hopefully fans will start to respond and the attendance figures will pick up as the season moves… Read full post »

MAY 3, 2009 4:35PM

OS Bloggers - for you

For KoB and all the dedicated delightful bloggers here at OS, I salute you and offer you a little ditty from Joan Jett.
Every once in awhile a group takes a cheesy little song and turns it into an anthem. Likewise, you OS bloggers can take a small idea and… Read full post »
MAY 3, 2009 10:19AM

NHL - Original Six Final?

Vancouver, Carolina, Pittsburgh, Washington, Anaheim – help us out!

   Things you learn when watching the NHL Network crawl at 4:00 in the morning: 

The last time two or more of the Original Six hockey teams played in the semifinals (Conference Finals) of the St… Read full post »

Liverpool plays Newcastle at Anfield today in an English Premier League match. Liverpool is hanging onto slender hopes of overtaking Manchester United to win this season’s league title. Newcastle, on the other hand, is battling to avoid relegation, that dismal drop into a lower divisio… Read full post »

APRIL 29, 2009 9:37PM

BBC's Survivors

As we get more and more information (and speculation) about the Swine Flu (or do you call it the H1N1 flu?), there’s usually some conjecture & fear about the potential for widespread pandemic outbreaks – especially if you watch cable news channels.

Now that sort of conjecture is not e… Read full post »

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APRIL 28, 2009 12:50AM

Stanley Cup Playoffs - Game 7

1971 Stanley Cup Final - Game 7 - Montreal at Chicago

In North American professional sports, it’s hard to beat a playoff series Game 7 for intensity and drama. Each sport has its own unique Game 7 feeling but the way hockey transitions from offense to defense in the blink… Read full post »

APRIL 27, 2009 4:47PM

WPS - Weekend Review

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Chicago Red Stars v Boston Breakers.

Previously I said that the WPS league was entering a critical period after the initial kick off hoopla. I thought that the week to week intensity would have to remain high if fans were to get… Read full post »

APRIL 24, 2009 11:14PM

Visit to Wrigley

First things first. I’m a White Sox fan. I’m not one of those Sox fans who hate the Cubs, their fans, their ball park and everything else in Cubdom.


No, I have friends who are Cubs fans and I feel their pain. My daughter who secured my tickets to this… Read full post »

APRIL 22, 2009 9:09PM

WPS - Crunch Time Already




In football leagues around the world, it is crunch time.


It’s the critical time of the season when championships are won, promotions are attained, survival becomes a reality and relegation is endured. Tears of joy, tears of sadness, and sometimes ju… Read full post »

APRIL 7, 2009 10:53AM

OS Fantasy - Baseball, That Is


Okay. Okay.I know what you're thinking. Playing fantasy baseball is one of the nerdiest things going, right next to being a congressional policy wonk.

It's not exactly something you want to admit to most stable adults. I’ve noticed though that Open Salon is a place where people feRead full post »

APRIL 5, 2009 10:11AM

WPS - It's Not About The Bra


Women’s professional soccer returns to the Bay Area today when FC Gold hosts the Boston Breakers at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. (6pm ET / 3pm PT on FSC)..


Back in the first season of the previous women’s league, WUSA, the San Jose CyberRays (!) won the… Read full post »

APRIL 4, 2009 7:07PM

Tweet in the Back of the Net!

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The Chicago Red Stars of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league make their debut in about an hour’s time when they play at St. Louis. I wasn’t able to make the trip down there to watch and so, I’m faced with a 21st Century dilemma/… Read full post »

APRIL 4, 2009 9:47AM

Hockey Night in Canada Alert

For those of us who are hockey fans south of the border, who grew up in the days before cable and satellite television, Hockey Night in Canada (HNIC) remains a special part of hockey lore that we envy. 


Oh yes, we did have Peter Puck appearances during NBC’s coverage in… Read full post »

APRIL 4, 2009 9:10AM

Opening Day of Another Sort

Saturday will mark the Opening Day for the second Alan Shearer Era at Newcastle United.


The first era started in August of 1996 when Shearer signed with Newcastle for a then world record £15 million. He had rejected an offer to join perennial English champion Manchester United to play in/… Read full post »


Back in the ‘60s before internet on demand movies, DVDs, and VCRs, watching movies at home was a dicey proposition. We were very limited in our “choices”. Television networks and local channel programmers gave us our at home choices. We had few options. When that TV Gu… Read full post »

When the President was asked for his pick in tonight's England v Ukraine World Cup qualifier, he replied: 

"The last thing I'm going to do is wade into European football," Obama said, using the European name for the game known as soccer in the United States. "That would be a mistake. IRead full post »

APRIL 1, 2009 4:23AM

WPS - First Impressions

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The Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league started off Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles with the big stars in attendance. Not only were Marta and Abby Wambach ready to highlight their soccer skills but Mia Hamm was also there to… Read full post »

APRIL 1, 2009 2:21AM

Local Hero Returns!



What’s the big story in England today? Is it President Obama's arrival in London? Nah!


It’s the sheet metal worker’s son's return to St. James’s Park! Can Alan Shearer save the day for Newcastle United and the Toon Army? Will this be another c… Read full post »

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MARCH 30, 2009 11:19PM

Weekend of Soccer

What a weekend of soccer (futbol, football, etc)!


There was so much to watch (sadly on television only) with plenty of World Cup qualifiers, the MLS in the full swing of Week 2 and the first match of the WPS season (more on that in another post).


It all started (for… Read full post »

MARCH 30, 2009 6:56PM

Musical Meanderings 2

The vinyl exercise started last week with a nod toward Dire Straits and more specifically Mark Knopfler and his “Theme from Local Hero” from the Local Hero soundtrack. I then decided upon “Making Movies” from the band’s output.


After reading Kind of Blue

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