Archives for February 2008

February 29, 2008

New home not so sweet for CFL?: The Canadian Football League's move solely to cable network TSN is apparently not all roses.

posted by Spitztengle to football at 05:17 PM - 9 comments

Vivian Stringer reaches 800 wins: Stringer joined Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt as the only women's basketball coaches to win 800 games as No. 4 Rutgers beat DePaul 60-46 on Wednesday night.

posted by curlyelk to basketball at 12:01 PM - 9 comments

Russia Is Luring Back NHL Stars:: "the Soviet Union [was] a hockey superpower for decades that was bleeding talent profusely. The sport had all but disintegrated there by the early 1990s as the empire that spawned one of the most successful sporting industries in the world melted into decrepitude. Most hockey players of international merit left Russian clubs, which began to fester in an atmosphere of poverty, gangsterism and occasional violence."

But thanks to a national economy that's starting to regain its footing, as well as the exodus of former NHLers like Oleg Tverdovsky and Alexei Yashin, the Russian Super League is beginning to bring hockey back to the forefront of the Russian sporting landscape.

posted by chicobangs to hockey at 10:20 AM - 20 comments

February 28, 2008

Yahoo Fantasy Baseball: The Head to Head league currently has an odd number of teams so we're looking for at least one more player. More details inside.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to fantasy at 02:01 PM - 8 comments

Stuggling Ottawa Senators fire head coach Paddock, Murray takes over: "I would hope that they're embarrassed by the way they've played lately," said Murray.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 10:46 AM - 5 comments

Over the Top: An article on some very disturbing incidents that have occurred at some recent college basketball games. When does it go too far?

posted by gfinsf to basketball at 04:34 AM - 29 comments

February 27, 2008

"The chief executive officer of Tribune Company says he won't hesitate to sell the naming rights to Wrigley Field: -- even if baseball purists don't like the idea. Zell has a suggestion for the makers of DoubleMint and Juicy Fruit.

'Perhaps the Wrigley Company will decide after getting it for free for so long that's time to pay for it,' he said."

posted by mr_crash_davis to baseball at 08:36 PM - 48 comments

Michael Turner is ready for his chance to shine.: After four years of being the back up to the greatest running back in the game, Michael Turner is ready for his chance to recieve the bulk of the carries. Turner might not be L.T., but he's better than many of the halfbacks who started around the league last year.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to football at 02:29 PM - 29 comments

Steeler announcing great dies at 79: He was Pittsburgh's Harry Carry. You loved or hated him. Very rarely did he make sense but more times then not, you found youself turning down the TV and turning up the radio to hear Cope announce the game. He was a legend in Pittsburgh and he will not soon be forgotten. If you never heard him, you missed a great one. Pop open an Iron City at Cope's Cabana and drink to one of the greats.

posted by Debo270 to football at 01:14 PM - 19 comments

Leave the @!$#&^% kids at home.: The Onion's AV Club rates the top 15 proudly profane sports films.

posted by NoMich to culture at 01:02 PM - 8 comments

February 26, 2008

Basketball's Best Kept Secret: Revealed.: While cruising Amazon one day, I found something curious: a 1994 hip-hop album from Immortal Records called Basketball’s Best-Kept Secret featuring the flows of ten of the day’s brightest NBA stars.... In the Pantheon of Hilariously Bad Athlete Rap, it’s the missing link between “The Super Bowl Shuffle” and Kobe Bryant’s abysmal “Thug Poet.” Is there anything musically redeeming about it? Not at all. Is it worth listening to if you’re an NBA fan? Absolutely. Features playable sound clips from such awesome MCs as Dana Barros, Brian Shaw, and Gary Payton.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 06:26 PM - 6 comments

A Crushing Blow to Yao Ming and the Rockets: The future of the Houston Rockets is back on spin cycle. The player some believe plays like Bill Walton is now threatening to have a career like ... Bill Walton.

posted by justgary to basketball at 04:24 PM - 9 comments

The Epic of Craig Biggio: You ever go to a movie, it' s pretty good for about an hour and a half but then the story is over but it's like the director can't find the ending so it goes on for another half-hour looking for some way to tie things together? That's kind of Biggio's career; it was over, and then it went on for quite awhile.

posted by justgary to baseball at 09:38 AM - 18 comments

You can help ease New Orleans' pain: David Stern saw a city in pain, and I think he wanted to help, and I think he wouldn't have been able to forgive himself if he didn't help.

posted by justgary to basketball at 09:35 AM - 11 comments

Football Filter: is a new "online community a la digg that concentrates on quality links on the world of football (soccer)". via Metafilter Projects.

posted by rumple to soccer at 12:54 AM - 15 comments

February 25, 2008

Forsberg returns to Avs: Peter the Great to help Avs in playoff push.

posted by tahoemoj to hockey at 05:06 PM - 8 comments

Happy 25th, USFL!: (or what could've been).

posted by Ufez Jones to football at 04:23 PM - 15 comments

Tony Kornheiser Hates Sportsfilter: If a huge dumpster landed on their mother's house, and got all the way into the basement and crushed them, nobody would care. Nobody would miss them. They provide nothing good, no service that's any good at all.

posted by justgary to general at 03:56 PM - 54 comments

February 24, 2008

The Ten Best Individual Sports Rivalries: Men's Vogue lists what they believe are the ten greatest individual sports rivalries in history.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to general at 03:59 PM - 47 comments

February 23, 2008

Arsenal's Eduardo Da Silva injured in outrageous tackle, possibly ending his career. : A truly horrific injury, broken pieces of bone were sticking out of his sock as he was stretchered of the field. This is the sort of injury that you never truly recover from (See Alex Smith). I hope the FA bans Martin Taylor for life.

posted by Goyoucolts to soccer at 01:12 PM - 73 comments

February 22, 2008

Overpaying a player once is OK, as long as you learn from it.: Going into the 2008 season, 124 baseball players hold contracts with an annual salary of $8 million or more. Getting a contract of that value generally means a player has shown his worth with great performances or long-term durability. Teams, however, sometimes overpay for past performance.

posted by BoKnows to baseball at 08:45 PM - 9 comments

Week 26 update for the Spofi Fantasy EPL: Took a long time to post it, but still before the next update is needed. Phwew.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 07:54 PM - 13 comments

Blackhawks to play in the Friendly Confines?: The Chicago Blackhawks are gunning for an outdoor game and it looks as if they want to play it at Wrigley Field. [via]

posted by NoMich to hockey at 07:23 PM - 22 comments

March Madness: Yahoo Fantasy League. Join up!! League name is: Spofi Password is: sportsfilter

posted by BoKnows to fantasy at 11:11 AM - 31 comments

Hockey players east of Edmonton set world record for longest game: 2 teams of 20 played for 241 continuous hours, raising $300,000 for pediatric cancer research. The weather was bone chilling at the start of the 10 day marathon, with wind chills making it feel like -35 degrees Celcius.

posted by tommytrump to extreme at 01:13 AM - 6 comments

February 21, 2008

Cavs Acquire Ben Wallace and Wally Alphabet for Playoff Run. : Eleven player, three team deal between Cleveland, Chicago and Seattle. TrueHoop's thoughts.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 05:11 PM - 20 comments

Sampson Reportedly Out at Indiana: An official announcement is expected from the school tomorrow. Fox Sports is calling it a firing, while WTHR-TV in Indianapolis says it could be a buyout. Assistant Coach Dan Dakich, who started the season in an administrative position, but was pressed into service following the resignation of former Assistant Coach Rob Senderoff after allegations of improper phone calls to recruits, is likely to finish the season as Head Coach.

posted by The_Black_Hand to basketball at 03:22 PM - 13 comments

Keyshawn working out, mulls NFL return: Keyshawn Johnson has the desire to strap on the pads, but does he have the moves?

posted by aMAIZEd Mark to football at 11:24 AM - 17 comments

February 20, 2008

Bill James marches to different drummer on sports statitics.: Bill James has made the sports world a better place.

posted by Nakeman to general at 06:21 PM - 3 comments

February 19, 2008

Manuel Almunia hears dead people.: "ARSENAL goalkeeper Manuel Almunia’s house is being HAUNTED by the ghost of a monk. The star’s wife spotted the ghoul at their swish pad on the site of an old asylum. Spaniard Almunia, 30, has also heard chains rattling and had stereos turning on at full volume on their own." Looks like he and Lehmann are competing for the Goofy Gooner Goalie award.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 11:46 PM - 7 comments

February 18, 2008

It's a tragic occasion. It's God's will. : said Mike Keenan, head coach of the Calgary Flames upon hearing of Flames prospect Mickey Renaud's death. "This is the biggest tragedy in Windsor Spitfire history" said general manager Warren Rychel......"Words alone cannot describe our pain at this point."

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 08:02 PM - 4 comments

Phillies hot-doggin' the trade market: A rare spring-training move sees Kyle Kendrick traded to the Yomiuri Giants in exchange for Kobayashi Iwamura.

posted by DrJohnEvans to baseball at 03:25 PM - 11 comments

Q&A: Will Leitch: An interview with the founder of

posted by justgary to general at 03:05 PM - 5 comments

Floyd Irons paid so they could play.: An interesting article about one of the most successful big-school basketball coaches in Missouri state history. Note: For those not familiar with the region, the city of Alton (mentioned in the article), is in Illinois. Google map here.

posted by BoKnows to culture at 12:48 PM - 19 comments

Belichick and Pioli speak out.: A Boston Globe report on Walsh's videos and his firing. Also Belichick speaks about why he taped other teams and it's prority in his preparation.

posted by gfinsf to football at 04:55 AM - 116 comments

Kidd to Dallas: Take Two: In a revised deal that includes the semi-retired Keith Van Horn, Jason Kidd appears to be heading to the Dallas Mavericks after all. Does Kidd give them enough to win it all?

posted by brainofdtrain to basketball at 01:45 AM - 6 comments

February 17, 2008

Pavlik beats Taylor. Again.: Kelly Pavlik won a unanimous decision over Jermain Taylor. This was the second time they fought.

posted by Clevelander32 to boxing at 12:27 PM - 6 comments

February 16, 2008

ZEUS: is a computer program that analyses NFL coaches based on the plays they call across the season. Belichek's notorious 4 & 13 call in the superbowl was the right choice, but coaches lose their teams 0.5 to 1.5 games a year on blown calls. Interesting interview with the programmers. via kottke

posted by rumple to football at 08:30 PM - 3 comments

Liverpool bundled out of FA Cup by Barnsley.: Championship League side Barnsley came to Anfield and did the unthinkable, scoring a last-gasp winner 30 seconds from the end to knock out Liverpool, a team currently 29 places above them. Will Rafa Benitez walk alone after this?

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 11:05 AM - 13 comments

February 15, 2008

After almost 30 years, Thurman Munson still has a place in Yankee history.: His widow, Diane Munson, wonders what will happen to his locker when the Yankees move to a new stadium. His locker is kept empty in his honor.

posted by steelergirl to baseball at 04:01 PM - 17 comments

February 14, 2008

February 13, 2008

Fast and the Furious: In a sport historically slow to adapt to any but the slightest change, basketball programs at every level from high school to the NBA are embracing a whole new way of playing the game. Stranger yet, the architect of this change has never coached above Division ll.

posted by irunfromclones to basketball at 05:20 PM - 11 comments

The NY Times real time blog of the Clemens hearings.: The NY times blogs today's hearings. A follow up story from the Times is here.

posted by cjets to baseball at 03:24 PM - 103 comments

Jason Kidd traded to the Mavs.: ESPN reports that discussions are ongoing. But Yahoo is reporting its a done deal. The official word is that the teams agree on the deal "in principle" pending league approval.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 02:51 PM - 32 comments

Italian to lead the Irish.: Don Giovanni Trappatoni (late of Juventus, AC and Inter Milan, and now the mighty Red Bulls Salzburg) will become Ireland manager in May. With Don Fabio in charge of England, when will the other Home Countries get on the bandini wagon?

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 12:45 PM - 4 comments

Scandal Hits Indiana Hoops: Sampson may finally get his haircut permanently by the Delilah from NCAA.

posted by irunfromclones to basketball at 12:34 PM - 19 comments

February 12, 2008

Asian Football Confederation joins growing backlash against EPL globalization plan.: [Follow-up to an earlier post ...] Reacting to the EPL's proposal to play an extra week of league matches outside of England (beginning January 2011), the AFC head said, "With relation to the overall principle, it is my belief that it is not a good idea to organise domestic leagues in territories other than their own." The US Soccer Federation has already said the same thing. Australia, Japan and Korea FAs also echoed the sentiment. The English FA is grilling EPL chairman Richard Scudamore today on the proposal.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 01:40 PM - 15 comments

Why do African teams need European coaches?: Paul Doyle reflects on the African Cup of Nations.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 07:24 AM - 7 comments

February 11, 2008

Jayvee Hoops at Carolina: No lottery picks here. Just hoopsters.

posted by BlueCarp to basketball at 10:42 PM - 5 comments

Yahoo! Head to Head Fantasy Baseball: Registration is now open for Yahoo! fantasy baseball and I've renewed Sportsfilter's annual head to head league. More details inside.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to fantasy at 05:17 PM - 6 comments

Hurricanes/Senators in Four Player Deal.: Hurricanes send Cory Stillman and Mike Commodore to the Senators for Joe Corvo and Patrick Eaves.

posted by NoMich to hockey at 01:52 PM - 6 comments

No Jokinen, Zednick's Throat Slashed During Hockey Game.: Florida Panthers' forward Richard Zednik had his throat slashed by teammate Olli Jokinen's skate in Buffalo Sunday night while playing against the Sabres. Zednik is in stable condition following surgery to repair a "deep gash" in his neck, and the Panthers are flying his wife Jessica to Buffalo to be with him.

posted by The_Black_Hand to hockey at 10:02 AM - 62 comments

February 10, 2008

What does $9,999 get you?:

posted by grum@work to hockey at 10:25 AM - 22 comments

February 09, 2008

World Press Photos of the Year.: Here is the winner for Sports Action. Here is the winner for Sports Features.

posted by NoMich to culture at 10:08 AM - 7 comments

February 08, 2008

Open wheel racing in the US may finally be united again.: For the first time in 12 years, there are real efforts afoot to bring together the Champ Car series and the IRL.

posted by machaus to auto racing at 06:10 PM - 4 comments

CEOs get serious at Pebble Beach Pro-Am.: Top bosses are competing at the pro-am tournament this week, and some of them have notably low handicaps. If you want, you can even check out your boss's scores at the USGA's Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN). I leave the inevitable jokes and questions to you.

posted by worldcup2002 to golf at 01:54 PM - 5 comments

Feck off to Vile Park: is a favourite response to opinions that may be unkind to my chosen team on the various message boards that I frequent. It's the same on every other board, apparently. This is a great article which one or two on here might relate to.

posted by Fat Buddha to soccer at 11:28 AM - 6 comments

Pedro Martinez, Juan Marichal filmed at cock fight: A video of Martinez and Marichal at a cockfight was posted this week on YouTube and it showed the two laughing before releasing the roosters. They took part as honourary "soltadores," the word used to describe the person who puts the animal to fight. The fight takes place in their home country, the Dominican Republic, where cockfighting is legal and popular. It is banned throughout the United States

posted by BornIcon to culture at 06:12 AM - 67 comments

February 07, 2008

A Fight to the Death: CBC program The Fifth Estate investigates the effects of undiagnosed concussions in WWE wrestler Chris Benoit's tragic demise. Also relevant to other SpoFi threads about NFL disability pensions, etc.

posted by Spitztengle to general at 09:13 PM - 6 comments

If it's not one thing, it's another. : Curt Schilling isn't just wrassling with Congress, he's now engaged in a dispute with his employer, the Boston Red Sox, over his readiness to start the '08 season. The issue: a bum shoulder. The disagreement: what to do about it -- and whether Schilling's condition would allow the Red Sox to void his one-year contract.

posted by lil_brown_bat to baseball at 04:48 PM - 10 comments

2 men shot in Houston's Reliant Stadium parking lot after the US and Mexico play to a thrilling 2-2 draw.: In a sick sort of way, is it possible this shooting is good for soccer in America? This "friendly" was played before 70,103 fans and the nosie was so loud the players couldn't communicate with each other or hear the official's whistle.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY to soccer at 02:20 PM - 15 comments

We Tried Baseball and It Didn't Work : Excellent example of true geek humor, so of course baseball fans will probably hate this one.

posted by billsaysthis to baseball at 10:20 AM - 24 comments

EPL Makes Pitch for International Audience: Beginning in 2011, England's Premier League may play matches in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Miami and Shanghai during the season. One football supporters' group was none too pleased. "Are we going to see local derbies played in a foreign country thousands of miles away?" asked Football Supporters' Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke. "Are supporters supposed to accept missing the biggest games of their season because it's being played on the other side of the planet?" Foreign TV viewership of the league has skyrocketed during this decade. Though it's likely a vast overstatement, the article repeats a claim that one billion people watched Arsenal's match with Manchester United last November.

posted by rcade to soccer at 10:12 AM - 14 comments

February 06, 2008

The league is back!: Yahoo opened fantasy baseball for business. Last year's league was renewed and all managers should have gotten an invite link.

posted by YukonGold to fantasy at 08:31 PM - 38 comments

"Sought after" prep player: duped into paying for his recruitment. 6'5" 290lb offensive lineman Kevin Hart involves the police after giving an undisclosed amount of money to someone who helped to facilitate his recruitment to Cal over Oregon. Oregon denies interest as does Cal. Nearby Reno PD launches a full blown investigation just as Kevin Hart decides to come clean - he made it all up.

posted by geekyguy to football at 06:44 PM - 10 comments

Nolan Ryan leaves the Astros for the Rangers, again.: Nearly 20 years after leaving the Astros for the Texas Rangers, Nolan Ryan is headed back to Arlington.

posted by texasred to baseball at 03:12 PM - 7 comments

A Buried Past: It's a chance to honor a woman whom history has mostly forgotten. But it's also an opportunity to revisit a most curious slice of Ruth's most curious life.

posted by justgary to baseball at 02:40 PM - 4 comments

Munich disaster for Manchester United - 50 years ago today. A day of remembrance: Eight Busby Babes, including Duncan Edwards, died in the air crash. Manager Matt Busby was pronounced dead twice before rising to lead the team into the next decade, winning the European Cup in 1968. Many English clubs came to the aid of United, providing players so United could continue their season.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY to soccer at 12:28 PM - 3 comments

Katz finally gets his Oilers: Enter billionaire Darryl Katz, a born and raised Edmontonian who has persued this team with Sutter-like tenacity, who finally gained hold of the team Tuesday, for the purchase price of $200-million. The Edmonton Investors Group, a noble and community minded bunch who saved the city from a fate similar to Winnipeg or Quebec City, begrudgingly moved over so that the Rexall Pharmacies billionaire may take things from here.

posted by tommytrump to business and law at 11:32 AM - 5 comments

From Exeter City to the 2010 World Cup... via Singapore?: After struggling to forge a professional career in the lower leagues of English football, John Wilkinson was about to pack it all in and quit the sport. Then the Singaporean FA came calling, and he now has a realistic chance of competing at the next World Cup in two years time.

posted by afx237vi to soccer at 10:10 AM - 9 comments

Least Likely Super Bowl XLIII: Miami vs. Atlanta: According to oddsmakers Keith Glantz and Russell Culver, the Dolphins are a 250-to-1 longshot to reach the next Super Bowl in Tampa, while the Falcons join the Oakland Raiders at 200-to-1. Winning XLII hasn't done much for the New York Giants, who at 12-to-1 are behind five teams. The early favorite: The New England Patriots at 2-to-1.

posted by rcade to football at 10:03 AM - 10 comments

Suns go from Run and Gun to Ground and Pound: Heat trade Shaquille O'Neal to Phoenix for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks, pending an MRI of Shaq's left hip.

posted by dusted to basketball at 09:04 AM - 28 comments

February 05, 2008

Harry Caray's Been Gone For 10 Years: It's been ten years since Harry passed away. A Hall member and one of the all time great baseball announcers, Harry made every game exciting. He worked for the St Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, and Chicago Cubs where he is still beloved by all. Whether the game was 1-0 or 15-2, you just had to keep listening. He wasn't a cookie cutter announcer like is so prevalent today. I loved him and miss him. This Bud's for you Harry. God Bless You.

posted by Shotput to baseball at 07:12 PM - 15 comments

New leash on life: Raiders' Cooper dedicates himself to care of abused and mean dogs at animal shelter.: A heartwarming story about an undeniably dedicated volunteer.

posted by evixir to football at 05:45 PM - 6 comments

Steroids vs Tobacco: Teens at risk.: With the recent increase of media coverage of steroids, have we ignored and forgotten the risks involved with teens and chewing tobacco? Here's my story and some disturbing statistics.

posted by BoKnows to commentary at 12:28 AM - 0 comments

February 04, 2008

Bob Knight Resigns: from Texas Tech in midseason after 902 career wins.

posted by TheQatarian to basketball at 09:03 PM - 65 comments

South Korean soccer players dislocate their shoulders to become draft dodgers: Why bother with serving your country when the U.S is there as your minders? Makes me reminisce of my days eating kimchi and swigging ginseng from the bottle.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY to soccer at 03:40 PM - 10 comments

February 03, 2008

Colorado wouldn't mind having Peter the Great back.: According to ESPN, Forsberg will not play for Modo next season and is training for a Feb. 26 return to the NHL.

posted by HATER 187 to hockey at 11:58 PM - 10 comments

2007 NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Final Results

posted by apoch to fantasy at 09:18 PM - 22 comments

All the goals from the world's major footie leagues, as YouTube-like Flash video highlights. : The interface is in Spanish, but navigation is straightforward. Premiership, La Liga, Calcio, Bundesliga and much, much more. Eat my goal!

posted by Abiezer to soccer at 05:58 AM - 3 comments

February 02, 2008

Damn, why didn't I think of this?: Fringe prospect the Indians farm system sells $36,000 worth of stock in himself in exchange for a cut of his potential big league earnings. Legitimate idea or not? What do you think?

posted by erkno11 to business and law at 10:52 PM - 4 comments

The Globalization of Sport.: David Stern has made efforts to grow the NBA into a global league. The British Empire exported soccer so well that it is often called The World's Game. Simon Kuper contrasts the ways the British and American empires have exported their sports.

posted by Steve-o to soccer at 03:26 PM - 15 comments

White men can't jump: 10 myths about race and sports.: A quiz from the American Anthropological Association.

posted by rumple to culture at 02:54 PM - 2 comments

Undersized Pat's story raises interesting question...: who is the most unlikely player to be starting in the Super Bowl given their background? On one level it could be Tom Brady - college backup / 6th rounder. But this article shows at least one other to consider - Stephen Neal, the Pat's offensive linemen didn't play college football (he was an NCAA championship wrestler and NFL "walk-on"). Who do you suggest? Doesn't need to be this year.

posted by endorfin to football at 08:05 AM - 1 comment

February 01, 2008

Chris Berman provides good case for destroying video tape: as he asks the question, "hasn't anyone here worked in TV before?"
He - could - go - all - the - way....

posted by endorfin to general at 08:40 PM - 13 comments

Pau Gasol headed to the Lakers.: The Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a trade that will send the disgruntled Spaniard to LA for Kwame Brown, rookie point guard Javaris Crittenton, a couple of first round draft picks, and the rotting corpse of Aaron McKie's career.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 02:56 PM - 31 comments

Senator Wants SpyGate Testimony Before Congress: Sen. Arlen Specter, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee and an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, wants NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to explain to Congress why the league destroyed evidence related to spying by the New England Patriots. "The NFL has a very preferred status in our country with their antitrust exemption," Specter said. "The American people are entitled to be sure about the integrity of the game. It's analogous to the CIA destruction of tapes. Or any time you have records destroyed."

posted by rcade to football at 11:05 AM - 52 comments

Puerto Rico: Emerging Caribbean Soccer Power?: With over two years of inactivity at the international level, Puerto Rico had sunk to a lowly ranking of 196 of 207 prior to this last two week’s return to action with successful warm-up friendlies against Bermuda and Trinidad & Tobago. The seeds of a renaissance were planted in 2004 with the birth of the Puerto Rico Islanders in the USL First Division . Now, as Puerto Rico heads toward World Cup qualifying, the island’s top club team and National Team are on the cusp of becoming regional powers.

posted by BoriQa to soccer at 07:18 AM - 6 comments