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Some quick hits before Russia rules the airwaves

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Some quick hits before Russia rules the airwaves

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I tossed around so many topics to write about today before landing on these. I probably could have gone on and on about a number of things, but I can’t focus on MLS when the World Cup is barely 2 weeks away. With that said, let’s take a look at some other stuff happening abroad. And some BS happening at home…

Real Madrid win again

Real Madrid just won the Champions League for the third year in a row, and the fourth time in five years. That’s insane.

Much can be said about the Sergio Ramos tackle on Mohamed Salah. Or the Loris Karius blunders. Or the absolute stunner Gareth Bale scored on an overhead kick for his first touch of the match. The fact is, Liverpool lost this for themselves just as much as Real won it.

As painful as it may be for my Liverpool friends, Mo had his arm locked around Ramos in the first place. Ramos may have gone in with what seemed to be a form tackle after the fact, but Salah started that contact, and it was an unfortunate result of two guys getting tangled up. It was pretty painful to see him crying in pain on the pitch after the injury though, Scouser or not. He flew to Spain to get shoulder surgery this weekend, and I hope he’ll be in good enough shape for the World Cup. It would be a real shame for him to miss any time and have Egypt’s chances hindered without their star player. All this said, I still think Ramos is a piece of shit.

Loris Karius has been a rock for Liverpool all season. He gave them stability they haven’t seen in some time (no, Simon Mignolet was/is not stable). That said, he had one of the worst games of his career. Benzema’s goal was a joke. True, there’s nothing you can do about Bale’s first goal, but Karius looked terrified of the shot that resulted in his second, awkwardly beating the ball back into the net with his forearm. I can’t show you the two botched plays because it hurts me to watch again, but here’s a stunner from a Welshman who’s unlikely to be living in Madrid much longer.

Even with the mistakes, you’re stupid to think Karius shouldn’t be between the sticks for the Reds next season. They’re a much better team with him in net and, if they can give Van Dijk a solid partner, that Liverpool team will be SCARY.

Fulham Returns

After a couple years in the Championship and near relegation to League 1, Fulham will become the 6th London team in the Premier League for the 2018/2019 campaign. After scoring early on, nothing truly exciting happened until the 70th minute, when Denis Odoi made a stupid challenge on Villa’s Jack Grealish, giving him a second yellow and sending him off for the match. Somehow the Cottagers were able to hold on for 20 minutes and stamp their ticket for promotion. Having been to Craven Cottage, I’m super excited for Fulham to be back up. They’re a small club with a lot of bite and they deserve to be playing top flight. Now if they’d just sell Ryan Sessegnon to Spurs…

I already miss Men in Blazers

If you’re not watching or following Men in Blazers, you should be. These guys are a perfect mix of knowledge and comedy. And they’re just what the doctor ordered to light a fire under the American people to support the beautiful game.

For me, I feel as though they came out of nowhere. But then again, so did NBC Sports. Their taking over the rights of the Premier League gave some prominence to soccer in the States. It’s infinitely better than Fox or having to watch a dodgy stream. With Rebecca Lowe, the two Robbie’s, Kyle Martino, Rog and Davo, they’re a force to be wreckin’ with.

They are relate-able. People look forward to their commentary. They really should be covering the World Cup. Speaking of covering the World Cup…

Fox is going to screw up World Cup Coverage

Fox ruins everything. They’re so damn cocky (a lukewarm take on Americans talking sports in general) that they’re not even sending all their commentary teams to Russia. They have 6 teams. Of those 6, only 2 of them are heading east. TWO. Where will the other 4 be, you ask? Surely you’d expect them to be nearby. Maybe calling from Germany or England for some crazy reason. Nope. They will be calling matches from Fox Sports studios in LOS ANGELES. This means the teams in LA could be calling matches as “late” as 11AM and as early as 3AM. Why do I appreciate Deadspin’s Laura Wagner? Because she’s managing a more scathing review than I am able to write for an audience not looking for me to drop an F-Bomb every other word.

I understand getting American media into Russia is going to be touchy, but come on. Get your shit together. This is an absolute joke. It’s one thing to have your halftime break down coming from the States, but the actual color commentary? Give me a break. Fox is going to prove, yet again, that it doesn’t belong covering soccer. With the exception of Stu Holden. I like Stu. Just look at him. He’s dashing. #SaveStu

If you care about their coverage at all, and you shouldn’t, you can find the World Soccer Talk breakdown here.

#GiveCoveragetoNBC #MartinoForPresident #PLEASEsaveStu #FoxSportsistheworst

Speaking of the World Cup, the US isn’t there…

That’s all. Just a reminder that I wrote this nearly 8 months ago and I’m still bitter. Bruce Arena should never coach again.

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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