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?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Another Ballboy Incident

As we recall a couple of years ago in "Five Match Ban ... Due to (Ball) Tosser" we had a ball boy, Charlie Morgan, son of a director at Chelsea, who made contact with then Chelsea player Eden Hazard.

As we recall Hazard was sent off in the 80th minute for violent conduct (not serious foul play) for his contact with the boy.

Of course we have come to find out that Morgan, who was appropriately maligned for his outrageous behavior of intentional time wasting, tweeted out BEFORE the match he was going to waste time for his home side was embellishing the contact with the Chelsea star.

Not the brightest bulb in the scoreboard clearly ...

Enter Ex Chelsea player Kevin De Bruyne, who recently cussed at a ballboy and was fined just over $30K for calling a ballboy a Mother F*&%er. You can see (and hear) the whole interaction here.

My question is where is the suspension? Hazard was suspended for 3 matches for his conduct, yet De Bruune is just fined? Did the ball boy get a cut of this?

On a side bar, talk about stinging ... imagine if a player or coach had to cut a check not to the league, but the person they offended be it a player, fan, ball boy .... yipes ...

Should the league do more here? Is a fine enough? What of the referee heard it? Do we send him for Foul and Abusive language? Or do we seek to let that one go?

Are actions more "actionable" than words?

Should they be?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"Thugs cannot be martyrs"

Dozens dead in Egypt soccer stampede

Violence erupted Sunday in Cairo when police used tear gas to disperse fans trying to enter an army-owned stadium
At least 40 people were killed and dozens injured Sunday after clashes broke out in Cairo between police and supporters of the Zamalek soccer club, Egyptian medical sources said.

Violence erupted Sunday night when police tried to set up barricades and used tear gas to disperse fans trying to enter an army-owned stadium in the city's northeast on Sunday, witnesses said.

The fans accused security forces of a "massacre,” but police denied using violence to try and pacify the crowd. Many of the dead appeared to have died of suffocation after a stampede erupted. ...

See the whole story here, courtesy of Aljazeera.

Kicking Back Comments:
I am often reminded that football is far more than just a game to most of the world. It is also a reflection of social, economic, and political affiliations.

In this way MLS can never compare to the rest of the world as while there is passion regarding each MLS team ... there is frankly not the other flavor contained in the American Game (at the club level) that exists in the rest of the world.

Not yet anyway ...