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      We’re still doing this?  Absolutely!  Despite all the compelling reasons to just let everyone go home and enjoy and extended offseason, this is not an option.  The games must be played, and therefore we the long-suffering fans will feel compelled to watch.  Even games no reasonable football fan would choose to watch like, for example, today’s Redskins Jets game.   

      Today’s convergence of sadness features the 30th ranked scoring offense (Jets 14.4 ppg) versus the 32nd (Redskins 12.0 ppg).  The first team to 15 wins!  With no playoff aspirations the compelling story lines for this game are largely limited to watching young players (hopefully) develop.  Dwayne Haskins gets his first home start and Derrius Guice is back from injury.   
       
      My, reasonable, goals for today’s game:  
      1- Score a touchdown 
      2- Score more than 17 points.   
      3- Haskins throws for 200 yards or more with no interceptions  
      4- Guice runs the ball at least 10 times and finishes at 3.5 yards per carry and healthy.  
       
      Hoping for a win at this point feels like setting myself up for disappointment, so I’m happy to settle for an entertaining loss.  
       
      Special thanks to @pez for some excellent Guinness beef stew.  If you absolutely have to stand in a frozen parking lot at 9am, the best place to do it is at the Extremeskins Tailgate with Pez and @Huly.  Great fans, great people. 
       
      The Redskins have declared for the following players as inactive: 
      Paul Richardson  
      Colt McCoy 
      Deshazor Everett 
      Chris Thompson  
      Ross Pierschbacher 
      Vernon Davis  
      Tim Settle  
       
      The Jets declared the following players as inactive  
      Nate Hairston  
      Darryl Roberts  
      Paul Worrilow 
      Matthias Farley  
      CJ Mosley  
      Jordan Willis  
      Leo Koloamatangi 
       
      1st Quarter - Redskins 0 - 6 Jets
      If you wanted to sit in the cold and watch a football game with some Jets fans at FedEx, but were worried that there were not enough seats available, I have good news.  There’s plenty of space available, so come on down and prove you’re a real fan by sitting though this in person.
       
      Jets dominated the 1st quarter even though they only scored 6 points.  The reason being that Washington managed only 13 yards of offense and a single first down.  
       
      Question: Is it still a check down pass if the QB never looks at anyone else?
       
      2nd Quarter - Redskins 3 - 20 Jets
      The Jets have achieved an insurmountable 13 point lead early in the 2nd quarter.  All hope is lost.

      Is there a more perfect example of the Redskins offense than their first scoring drive in the 2nd quarter?  Interception gives the Redskins the ball on the Jets 16 yard line.  They proceed to march 10 yards backwards before kicking a field goal from the Jets 26.  It's perfect.  Two or three more field goals we can call it a day. 

      The Jets score again and if feels like they are are just piling on at this point.  Three touchdowns in the first half for them, just three points for the redskins.  Our streak of no touchdowns has now extended to 15 quarters. 
       
      3rd Quarter - Redskins 3 - 20 Jets
      There is a spider slowly descending from the ceiling in the press box and it's the most interesting thing that's happened during the third quarter of this game. 
       
      I have decided to allow the spider to live, provided it does not touch me.  I'm off to get some more caffeine. 

      4th Quarter - Redskins 17 - 34 Jets
      The first wave of Redskins fans, the few that are here, started streaming towards the exits after that 4th Jets touchdown.  As if the Jets didn't have this game wrapped up in the 2nd quarter. 
       
      Jet have now more than doubled their average points per game and have matched their season high of 34 points (and they missed two field goals in this game). 
       
      TOUCHDOWN REDSKINS!  THE DROUGHT IT OVER!  Guice took a short pass from Haskins  all the way to the house.  2 point conversion is successful on a pass from Haskins to Quinn. 
       
      The Redskins score another touchdown!  This feels like an embarrassment of riches, even if we are still certain to lose this game. 
       
      End of Game.
       
      Let's review those reasonable goals I mentioned earlier:
       
      1- Success.
      2- Close enough, I'm counting it
      3- Haskins did throw for over 200, but unfortunately did have an interception. 
      4- Guice was not given the opportunity to run the ball ten times today.  He did however score on a 45 yard TD pass and finish the game healthy.  I'll take it.
       
      Even though the Redskins lost, it was good to see the offense show some faint signs of life and end the streak of games without a TD.  The team looked competitive for much of the second half, and perhaps they could have made this a fun game if they carried that same energy throughout.  It was good to see Guice and Mclaurin show out today.  I think both of them have a future with this team that I look forward to seeing. 

       
       

       
       
       
       
       
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Bolton and the London Chest Hospital have issued an updated statement:

"Bolton Wanderers can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has been admitted to the heart attack centre at London Chest hospital where he is currently in a critically ill condition in intensive care," read a statement on the club's official website.

"No further information will be issued at this stage. The club has requested the media to respect his family's privacy at this time."

http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11672/7605478/Muamba-critically-ill-

Godspeed Fabrice. You'll be in my prayers tonight. 23 years old with his whole life ahead of him. And now fighting for it. Puts a complete dampner on the Stoke game tomorrow.

Hail.

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I was watching Spurs-Bolton live when Fabrice collapsed. I have to commend the TV crew for the perfect manner in which they handled it. They used everyone's reactions to convey how serious the situation was without useless chatter. Incredibly professional and respectful, which also goes for the crowd at WHL. I got chills when they kept chanting his name over and over.

I think its a miracle he is still alive and pray for him to make it through this.

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I was watching Spurs-Bolton live when Fabrice collapsed. I have to commend the TV crew for the perfect manner in which they handled it. They used everyone's reactions to convey how serious the situation was without useless chatter. Incredibly professional and respectful, which also goes for the crowd at WHL. I got chills when they kept chanting his name over and over.

I think its a miracle he is still alive and pray for him to make it through this.

There's unconfirmed reports from quite a few prominent analysts here that his heart stopped as much as four times. Miracle isn't the word.

And agreed. Massive kudos to the crowd in particular for realising just how serious this fast became, and reacting in a dignified and emotional manner.

Hail.

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http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11672/7609583/Muamba-shows-improvement

Muamba shows improvement

Bolton player's heart beating without medication

Last Updated: March 19, 2012 3:54pm

Fabrice Muamba remains critically ill on Monday afternoon but is showing 'small signs of improvement' and his heart is now beating without the help of medication.

The Bolton midfielder collapsed before half-time in Saturday's FA Cup match against Tottenham and it was later confirmed that he had suffered a cardiac arrest.

He was taken to the London Chest Hospital and has been in intensive care at the heart attack centre since Saturday evening.

Messages have been pouring in from across the football world wishing Muamba well and the latest statement has offered cause for encouragement.

"Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care at The London Chest Hospital, where today he is showing small signs of improvement," read the joint statement from Bolton, Barts and the London NHS Trust.

"His heart is now beating without the help of medication and he is also moving his arms and his legs.

"However, his long-term prognosis will remain unclear for some time.

"He is still critically ill and will continue to be closely monitored and treated by staff in The London Chest Hospital's intensive care unit."

ANY positive has to be a major positive around now right? Keep fighting man. The soccer World's prayers are behind you.

Hail.

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How does this even happen?

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/world-of-sport/park-team-suffers-record-58-0-defeat-114458686.html

That's not even cutely funny. A goal against every 1 minute 4 seconds. Absolutely ridiculous. WHATEVER the level or circumstance.

And one week on, Fabrice Muamba is mercifully slowly recovering. He recognised his manager and family as the week went on and had brief conversations with them. Still in a seriously bad way, but no longer critical. Baby steps.

Keep fighting man.

Hail.

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To any Liverpool/ Tottenham fans out there:

A pre-season friendly (exhibition) game has all but been arranged as part of L'pool/ Tottenham's tour to the States this summer (Ahhh, the joys of having American owners); Saturday, July 28th at M&T Bank in Baltimore:

http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/blog/morning-edition/2012/03/tottenham-liverpool-near-deal-to-play.html

It also looks like Liverpool will be playing Roma on the 25th in Boston at the owners Red Sox stadium but that's yet to be confirmed. A planned game at the Yankee's stadium in NY look's like it's off now due to early Europa League qualifiers. But that could change if L'pool where to win the FA Cup and bump up a qualifying round.

Figured that may interest some of you guys.

Hail.

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To any Liverpool/ Tottenham fans out there:

A pre-season friendly (exhibition) game has all but been arranged as part of L'pool/ Tottenham's tour to the States this summer (Ahhh, the joys of having American owners); Saturday, July 28th at M&T Bank in Baltimore:

http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/blog/morning-edition/2012/03/tottenham-liverpool-near-deal-to-play.html

It also looks like Liverpool will be playing Roma on the 25th in Boston at the owners Red Sox stadium but that's yet to be confirmed. A planned game at the Yankee's stadium in NY look's like it's off now due to early Europa League qualifiers. But that could change if L'pool we're to win the FA Cup and bump up a qualifying round.

Figured that may interest some of you guys.

Hail.

I believe this is also part of the reason for Tottenham coming to Baltimore: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12685894

I sure hope the new kits turn out better than this crap Under Armour designed for Toluca

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Good for Baltimore, though. They've had awesome turnout at previous international friendlies.

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Oh, and in other news, the US U-23's managed to lose 2-0 to Canada this weekend in Olympic qualifying.

And DC United is still looking pretty bad, though they did get a point in Vancouver.

Finally, skip to 1:02 for a nice goal by the Mexico (barf) U-23's

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=steFhwIvI4c

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Talking of new kits, FSG have signed a whopping deal with Warrior Sports to take over from Adidas producing Liverpool's kit from next year.

Aside from this saddening me as the Germans do produce top quality sports wear; having never heard of 'Warrior Sports', and subsequently investigating them; they've mainly produced hockey and lecrosse gear to-date. So heck knows what designs they'll come up with for a soccer shirt.

But the deal is so large that I guess it won't really matter to the financial guys concerned.

Hail.

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warrior sports is owned by new balance. It's interesting, but I feel like they're going to come out with a clumsy attempt their first time out. Should be intersting when the Reds come out in running shorts. It'll really look like the glory days of the 80s!

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I'm sorry but these international friendlies here are such a crock. Expensive ass tickets to watch a scrimmage. BUT, if you're a fan of these teams, than I can totally see why you would want to go. I went to the Chelsea - AC Milan game in 08 I think it was and was BORED beyond belief.

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I'm sorry but these international friendlies here are such a crock. Expensive ass tickets to watch a scrimmage. BUT, if you're a fan of these teams, than I can totally see why you would want to go. I went to the Chelsea - AC Milan game in 08 I think it was and was BORED beyond belief.

The Man UTD-Barcelona friendly was awesome at Fedex. Truly a experience I'll remember for a long time especially since United won. :)

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I'm sorry but these international friendlies here are such a crock. Expensive ass tickets to watch a scrimmage. BUT, if you're a fan of these teams, than I can totally see why you would want to go. I went to the Chelsea - AC Milan game in 08 I think it was and was BORED beyond belief.

ALL pre-season friendlies are a 'such a crock', domestic or international. There nothing more than glorified kick-about's, with players just going through the motions. (Which is pretty much what Liverpool's league games are like to the utter disgrace of players only interested in the Cup for the remainder of this season, but I digress ..... ) And often filled out with youngsters and squad players. And as you noted, ridiculously priced.

As a Liverpool fan, I hate the idea of the club jetting off half way around the World for a pre-season friendly in Asia or now America. But sadly, money rules all, and this is now the way of the World for big clubs. Talking to Ian Ayre, LFC's commercial director (and an A1 *****, but that's another story) in Norway last summer, we won't entertain a pre-season first team game now unless we're getting paid at least a cool million pounds. (Around $1.6 million bucks.). Which goes a long way to explaining why tickets are so ridiculously priced. It's ALL about money now in soccer my friend sadly above ANYTHING else.

On the plus side, as half-hearted as these affairs are, as you noted, at least it gives fans in other Country's a chance to see their teams they'd maybe never get.

Hail.

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Talking of new kits, FSG have signed a whopping deal with Warrior Sports to take over from Adidas producing Liverpool's kit from next year.

Aside from this saddening me as the Germans do produce top quality sports wear; having never heard of 'Warrior Sports', and subsequently investigating them; they've mainly produced hockey and lecrosse gear to-date. So heck knows what designs they'll come up with for a soccer shirt.

But the deal is so large that I guess it won't really matter to the financial guys concerned.

Hail.

on the Liverpool site, there are some 'leaked' twiter photos. The looked pretty good, a nod to the 80's with a thick white v-neck. But they were leaked photos on a message board, so take that for what it's worth

---------- Post added March-27th-2012 at 01:43 AM ----------

I'm sorry but these international friendlies here are such a crock. Expensive ass tickets to watch a scrimmage. BUT, if you're a fan of these teams, than I can totally see why you would want to go. I went to the Chelsea - AC Milan game in 08 I think it was and was BORED beyond belief.

I don't care...I'm going to see Stevie G

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Pathetic.

I have a sad feeling that we will never be good at soccer. Just not in our culture.

It's simple. The best athletes in this country don't play soccer. Never have. Never will. The US will always stink at this sport. Can't believe so many people still don't understand this.

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Pathetic.

I have a sad feeling that we will never be good at soccer. Just not in our culture.

The USA teams seem to make basic mistakes too often. The way in which the ball is turned over at low tempo of play in MLS makes it unwatchable to me. It's like watching women's soccer.

There needs to be much more practice on fundamentals.

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I only watched the first half, but that was an absolutely embarrassing showing by the US last night.

This is just before El Salvador's second goal:

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Not one, not two, but THREE US defenders literally just standing in the box staring at the ball while two Salvadorian players are wide open to make runs straight for the goal. And I believe that's Perry Kitchen on the far end, looking the worst of them all. 95% of soccer is what you do off the ball. This is an excellent example of that. Here's the

. The goal starts around 0:50. I paused it when both Salvadorian players were in the field of view, but it looks even worse if you watch a second later.

I only watched the first half last night (thank god), but it seriously looked like this team had never played together before. And what the **** is Mix Diskerud doing taking corner kicks? He doesn't even have enough power to get the ball in front of the goal. And half his kicks don't even carry above waist-level.

There was also a series last night where 2-3 US passes in a row went right to (and luckily bounced off of) Salvadorian players. Atrocious. That's not to mention seeing our own players fight each other for the ball a couple times.

And how about that Freddy Adu (I think that was him playing right wing) taking about 500 touches every time he got near the goal. JUST TAKE A ****ING SHOT!

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i think Kitchen needs to take a seat behind Saragosa until he can learn to stop sucking (when he comes back to DCU)

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