worldcup2002's profile

Name: wc, wc2k2, that's what people like to call me here
Location: Bay Area, part of the 5th largest economy in the world
Gender: Neutral
Member since: May 31, 2002
Last visit: June 21, 2011

worldcup2002 has posted 535 links and 2,923 comments to SportsFilter and 142 links and 2,852 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

I am grateful that billsaysthis convinced me to revert to a more family-friendly profile.

Recent Links

Martin O'Neill resigns as Aston Villa manager : Just five days before the start of the Premier League season. Why did he do it? Where is he off to?

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 01:38 PM on August 09, 2010 - 9 comments

SportsFilter is a sponsor of Ben Saunders's Scott Antarctic Expedition 2011-2012: About three years ago, I put up a 100 bucks in SportsFilter's name for Saunders SOUTH expedition (unpowered walk from Antarctica to the South Pole and back) in 2008. When that was postponed, I was offered get a refund but chose to maintain the donation for the expedition, whenever it occurred. I've been keeping tabs since then and just discovered that SOUTH is now the Scott Antarctic Expedition 2011-2012. We're a sponsor for Mile 27, which means that SportsFilter's name will be printed on the team's sledges and the flag that will be planted on the South Pole, and the front page of the expedition site will display the SportsFilter name on the day that the team is on mile 27 of the 1800-mile journey. Second time lucky?

posted by worldcup2002 to navel gazing at 05:54 PM on July 13, 2010 - 4 comments

I invented the vuvuzela.: Meet Freddie Maake.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 03:24 PM on July 13, 2010 - 4 comments

Obama is a soccer fan.: West Ham invite Obama to watch a game at Upton Park. Apparently, he watched a Hammers game in 2003 while visiting his half-sister in London (article doesn't say if it was live, home, away or on the telly). Obama's older daughter plays on a soccer team. Change we can believe in.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 04:25 PM on November 07, 2008 - 10 comments

Mo' bugs, Mo' problemz.: Just some functional and usability stuff I'm seeing as I get back into using the site.

posted by worldcup2002 to bugs at 01:29 PM on October 07, 2008 - 23 comments

Recent Comments

Shaq Announces His Retirement

Here you go, Debo270:

That was fuh-nny!

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:48 PM on June 03, 2011

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


Please swallow your beverage before you watch this clip.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:01 PM on December 20, 2010

The Sporting World's Dark Secret: Everyone Poops

That was a really shitty thing to post.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:10 AM on October 11, 2010

Liverpool Football Club board agree sale

Hey, Liverpool fans, check out The Tomkins Times for some great analysis by a passionate Reds fan. Just found it today and was pleasantly surprised by the excellent quality of the writing, depth of research and original thinking, and fan's dedication without fanaticism. There's a bit of pay wall stuff, too, but enough good stuff for free.

posted by worldcup2002 at 03:00 AM on October 07, 2010

Spain win the World Cup

No more US announcers for futbol games until they become more knowledgeable about the history, players and tactics of the game. They seem to have dialed back on Americanisms like "inbounds pass" so I'll give them that. But, Lalas has to go. He just came off as a smug, ignorant dork. Having him in the center of the screen was the most annoying thing to watch. I wasn't too bothered by Harkes because I didn't see him, missed most of the matches where he was commentating, and he seemed to not talk that much. (I saw the complaints about his stating the obvious, but I never witnessed it myself.)

btw, what happened to Andres Cantor, the GOOOOOOOOOOL guy? He would've been another great announcer for these games. Speaks both English and Spanish fluently, has great knowledge of the game, passion and that trademark call.

Finally: THIS.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:19 PM on July 12, 2010

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Thierry Henry to NY Red Bulls? His buddy Steve Nash thinks so.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:48 AM on July 11, 2010

Four Days Until Germany Meets Spain

I say Spain are the romantic favorites but, by Marlene's moustache, Germany have been the best team at this Cup. Disciplined organization, smooth movement, ruthless finishing. Everything done with a minimum of fuss. Still, I want to see Spain win, especially with that quick-passing move to create the winner against Paraguay. That's going to be the way to unlock Germany. Viva tiki-taka!

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:59 PM on July 05, 2010

Nigerian Leader Bans Team from International Play

Goodluck and Goodnight Jonathan.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:16 AM on July 03, 2010

When the World Wept for Algeria

I still don't get how Schumacher and Germany walked away without getting a yellow (or red) card or giving a penalty away. Battiston was in the hospital after that "collision." If Schumacher was going for the ball, I'm guessing both of them would've been flat out. Protecting the goalkeeper is one thing, but that play and the resulting non-call were travesties.

This post and that video pretty much nails why I root against the German team.

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:37 PM on June 14, 2010

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


posted by worldcup2002 at 03:09 PM on June 14, 2010

Designer Defends Jabulani World Cup Ball

The ball specification isn't airtight.

posted by worldcup2002 at 03:03 PM on June 14, 2010

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yeah, Lalas should shut up. Empty vessels...

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:53 PM on June 14, 2010

FPP Yanked?

Obama had it yanked to placate the British after the BP kerfuffle.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:33 PM on June 14, 2010

Designer Defends Jabulani World Cup Ball

I'm with you on this, afx237vi, but I wonder if it isn't the altitude (air thinness, pressure?) or the ball or both?

Ten games in and no goals from direct free-kicks. In fact, they haven't even come close. No real bend, no hitting the post, no saves, none on target, not even close. We're talking about kicks from Argentina and England, who have well-known specialists. I'm watching for even one on-target free-kick (let alone a free-kick goal) from Spain, Portugal and Brazil.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:30 PM on June 14, 2010

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

btw, I'm chuffed that the US channels, specifically ESPN/ABC, have realized they need actual quality in the booth and the studio, and have raised the quality of commentators by hiring people like Martin Tyler, Ruud Gullit, and the like. Not just good commentators, but people with knowledge of the game and its history, people who've played and coached at the highest level. (The English accent and usage of "proper" football terms don't hurt either.) Really excellent coverage so far by ESPN. FSC had to up their game, even though they only get to do previews and highlights. Best part: No more Max Bretos.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:17 PM on June 14, 2010