Monday, March 2, 2015

FIFA Resists!?!?

FIFA resists video help for refs, then red-card issue in EPL

HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland (AP) — Faced with soccer's "biggest decision ever," FIFA said on Saturday it would not be rushed into approving — or even testing — video technology to improve the accuracy of referees' decisions.

But an incident in the English Premier League then highlighted just why the English Football Association pushed FIFA to embrace technology beyond existing goal-line aids, at a meeting of the game's rule-makers on Saturday. ...

See the whole story here, courtesy of USA Today.

Kicking Back Comments: My threshold comment is FIFA resisting doing anything is a good thing. While my tongue is clearly in my cheek I do happen to believe this. Now this article cites the recent ManU v. Sunderland match where there was a consensus that Wes Brown should have been, and ultimately was, sent off ... however not everyone saw it that way.

Listen folks, I hate to break to everyone but referees are fallible (my comment is not in reference to the ManU match) and video review, reading it in the most positive light, will correct those rare errors.

Now, the reality is I fear it will invite inappropriate meddling. While the NFL uses this to good effect, that game is designed for such reviews ... stop and go ... commercials and "chalkboard" analysis.

Our game has no such interruptions and can not and should not be held for a review of ANY type. It just invites too much of an interruption.

Of course I am nonplussed on the intrusion of the referee team ability to manage a match as well. Guess what ... cameras don't catch everything either and when someone is stepping up to take a penalty, we can't wait 5 minutes for a decision that may never come from a video review.

I'm glad FIFA is not rushing into a decision ... but would like it better if they dropped it all together.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Live Long And Prosper

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A voice to say one can be their own person yet excel just like everyone else.
May he rest in peace.

See also:
President Obama, J.J. Abrams, Zachary Quinto Pay Tribute to Leonard Nimoy

Saturday, February 14, 2015

... and Speaking of Lawsuits ...

Soccer governing body sues over player images

A dispute over U.S. soccer players' images has landed in federal court.

U.S. Soccer Federation Inc. filed a lawsuit against the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association this month asking a judge in Chicago to loosen some constraints on the use of players' images.

The Chicago-based federation is U.S. soccer's governing body. The association is the union for the men's national team. ...

See the whole story here, courtesy of

Kicking Back Comments: I am actually glad to see this. While like anything else of this type it is about money, it demonstrates a shift to me that there is pecuniary value for the rights of the intellectual property of American players.

While often reserved to the "other major sports" in the US, it is pleasing to see folks "fighting" over the use of players images.

While I am sure not worth what a Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers image is, the fact there is a (no doubt expensive) lawsuit over the topic speaks volumes.

Friday, February 13, 2015


Another hobby of mine is playing with words. It is rare (to say the least) getting a chance to trot out a nine (9) syllable word!!

Here it is folks for this Friday the 13th. Meaning and history are here from Wikipedia (for as much as you can trust it).

So to put a soccer bent on this, I found it very interesting that Liverpool and Arsenal do not have any a #13 jersey. Too unlucky.

Then again, many clubs do, including the USWNT. To see a partial list of notables wearing the #13, take a look here.

For an unbelievable historical look at who wore what number, why, and just random cool football number facts, look here at

For those who are Friggatriskaidekaphobic, good luck today =)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

I went to a fight last night and a basketball game broke out

High School Basketball Game Derailed By Brawl Involving Fans And Players

Check it all out here, courtesy of Deadspin.

Dunno folks, here is a good example of the referee doing everything right in the moment, and still a full scale brawl breaks out.

If they don't want to play, there is little you can do.

Question then becomes, how do you get them to play?