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Tuesday Kickaround

*D.C. United is in Mexico and Columbus in Puerto Rico for crucial CONCACAF Champions League matches.

*Americans abroad:
D Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday vs. Preston North End
MF DaMarcus Beasley and Rangers vs. Unirea Urziceni (Romania)

*In preparation for its World Cup playoff opener at Costa Rica on Nov. 14, Uruguay will set up training camp in Guatemala. (Carlos Ruiz as special advisor for diving and theatrics?)

*USA national team midfielder Carli Lloyd, a free agent, signed with WPS champion Sky Blue after playing for Chicago in the league's inaugural season.

*Maryland (9-3-1) hosts Seton Hall (4-6-3) tonight in College Park.

*Soccer on TV:
Euro Champions League, Liverpool-Lyon 2:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, Fox SportsNet
Euro Champions League, Inter Milan-Dynamo Kiev 2:30 p.m. FSC
Euro Champions League, AZ Alkmaar-Arsenal 2:30 p.m. (live) Setanta; 5 p.m. FSC
Euro Champions League Barcelona-Rubin Kazan 2:30 p.m. (live) Fox Sports Espanol; 6:45 p.m. Setanta
CONCACAF Champions League, Toluca-DCU 8 p.m. FSC, Telefutura
CONCACAF Champions League, Saprissa-Cruz Azul 10 p.m. Telefutura
CONCACAF Champions League, Puerto Rico-Columbus 2 a.m. FSC

In salute to Greece's participation in the Euro World Cup playoffs and the 40th anniversary of "Monty Python's Flying Circus," we present a classic skit featuring the Greek philosophers vs. German philosophers on the pitch (courtesy of former William & Mary coach Al Albert):

By Steve Goff  |  October 20, 2009; 8:54 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF Champions League , College Soccer , D.C. United , Greece , History , MLS , TV  
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Comments

I loved the "Eureka!" when the Greeks finally start playing. Good stuff.

Posted by: schmuckatelli | October 20, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

It's a shame when players are marginalized at the end of their careers. I'm glad Ruiz has found the perfect outlet for his skills. I'm sure he'll dive right into his duties and put on a good show.


(Hey, you want GOOD comedy, go to a comedy club. For free, this is what you get.)

Posted by: mmathai1 | October 20, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Confucius, he say, "Name Go In Book"....

Epic...

Posted by: JkR- | October 20, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

This remains the greatest Monty Python skit ever. EVER.

Posted by: Hoost | October 20, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

BRILLIANT!!

Posted by: soccerman | October 20, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

There's absolutely nothing more electric than a Central and North American Night...

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | October 20, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

SG--great job pulling up Monty Python. Greatest skit every? Not quite, but still a fine one as well as a beautiful spoof of the beautiful game.

Posted by: JoeW1 | October 20, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

"And Marx is claiming he was offside"

Nice.

Plenty of other, better clips . . Lumberjack, Cheese Shop, Every Sperm is Sacred, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Witch Village . . the list goes on and on, really

http://www.youtube.com/user/MontyPython#p/a

Posted by: delantero | October 20, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Off the current topic but:
United WILL WIN tonight.

VAMOS UNITED!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | October 20, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

On the Python skit, it is even better--if you look at the video replay, Marx was right--he WAS offside.

The other great Python football sketch is the Bournemouth Gynocologists versus the Long John Silver impersonators. Here's the link:

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

Posted by: macheath | October 20, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The only thing I know about Greek philosophers is that they are nvts. N.V.T.S. nuts.

Posted by: Reignking | October 20, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Carlos Ruiz had a big play last night.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt5IyXufiV4

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | October 20, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

How many WPL players were on one-year contacts Mitts, Lloyd?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 20, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Is Lloyd serious? She's moving because of her personal trainer? What's his name again? Rasputin? Eugene Landy?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 20, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

LOVE that MP clip.

For more Brit football humor by some of the Python gang, check out "Golden Gordon" from the Ripping Yarns series. My favorite bit is what I'll call "it's not about the shorts":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGzcH5Nfd6w&feature=PlayList&p=4CF252C4B74F587F&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=13

Posted by: Modibo | October 20, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I think they were all on one season contracts, and then the teams could protect a limited number of players in the expansion draft. But I'm not sure.

Lloyd attributes the elevation in her game to the trainer. It's not crazy. Although I think he's as close to Philly as he is to Sky Orange Land. It clearly wasn't Greg Ryan's work. And the coach in Chicago didn't seem to do too much with what she had.

Leslie Osborne was also on the unprotected list.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 20, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Lloyd's Brazilian Death Blow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1ikAgkb31I

Posted by: OWNTF | October 20, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

How many WPL players were on one-year contacts Mitts, Lloyd?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 20, 2009 10:45 AM


You know, I think we're going to have develop Soccer Insiders Bingo. You get to block off a square everytime one of the following happens:

I-270 mentions Heather Whatshername

DadRyan mentions bicycles or scantily clad women

Fischy promotes his liberal agenda

Joedoc posts song lyrics

Chest posts more than four paragraphs

BaRRD mentions she just got back from Old Trafford or some other Eurosnob reference

JkR (if memory serves me) over eggs the pudding

Reignking freaks out over "irregardless"

I'm sure there are more, but my card is already full.

We get little enough work done as it is because of this blog, why not completely give into our obsessions?

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | October 20, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I just thought of another:

OWNTF posts thoughtful comments about soccer amidst inanity about python, politics, and Playboy Bunnies.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | October 20, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Did someone say "liberal"?!

"Now watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical
a liberal,
a fanatical, criminal.
Won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable!"

SuperTramp, "The Logical Song," circa late 70s

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 20, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Did someone say bicycle?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 20, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Did someone say "liberal bicycles"?!

http://jschumacher.typepad.com/photos/abandoned_bikes/

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 20, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Get yer fantasy CL lineups set...

Posted by: Reignking | October 20, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Who wants an early Fifa 10 review?

Passing is excellent, shooting is dang hard. The new "skill dribble" is nearly impossible to defend. Scoring is much harder, very tough to get accurate shots from distance. Defending is generally more active, and proactive. Automatic slides and jumps to block shots/crosses. The new dribbling engine is fun, but tough getting used to.

The USMNT is still just 3 and 1/2 stars, but the starters have generally all improved their ratings (and will make you miss Charlie Davies all over again).

DC United is still a two star team, but all the starters seemingly have higher ratings than last year. Highest on the team is Emilio, with a 72. Pontius is a 64 and Wallace a 62. I was able to control possession against my brother playing as Seattle with limited effort, as the passing skills of the starters in the midfield and forwards are all pretty good.

Generally, the game itself is much more smooth, and our favorite teams to play as are less frustrating to play with.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 20, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Played the demo for a bit; didn't seem like anything different.

Posted by: Reignking | October 20, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Reignking | October 20, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

To paraphrase Stephen Colbert: Monty Phython, overrated comedy or most overrated comedy?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 20, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Goff....we need your player ratings from the Python skit!

Posted by: dayface | October 20, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Socrates 3, he was just a shadow of his perfect form.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 20, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Kant 9, he was simply transcendental.

It was impossible for Kant to combine with Nietszche in the same 11 though, and Nietzsche gets a 3, he was not his usual Superman. What does not kill him makes him stronger, though, so look for a strong bounce-back.

Schopenhauer also a 3 as he seemed to have lost his basic will.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 20, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

How many WPL players were on one-year contacts Mitts, Lloyd?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 20, 2009 10:45 AM
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There must be others. I read somewhere that Weimer is moving along from Old Pride to Boston.

Posted by: universityandpark | October 20, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

That didn't kill me, but it didn't make me stronger either.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 20, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Holy wacky starts in the Champions League!

Posted by: Kev29 | October 20, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow. My man Kuyt so close to really earning me some points!

Posted by: DadRyan | October 20, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Gerrard pulled after 24 minutes!?!Offfffff.

Posted by: DadRyan | October 20, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Gerrard pulled after 24 minutes!?!Offfffff.

Posted by: DadRyan | October 20, 2009 3:10 PM

Sky tell us that he's still struggling with his groin.

:-D

Posted by: Kev29 | October 20, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DadRyan | October 20, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Nice! I cut injured Ribery for Cesc.

Posted by: Reignking | October 20, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I love the name "Squillaci".

Posted by: Reignking | October 20, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Prediction for Tonight's game:
First Half:
Toluca 3 DCU 0

Second Half:
After 10 yellow cards and 9 red cards between DCU and Toluca, DCU manages to tie the game.

Final Score: Toluca 4 DCU 4

Posted by: fedster | October 20, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I love that I have "Squillaci" on my team (especially with so many injuries).

Posted by: RedDevil1 | October 20, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The Heat Map on uefa.com tells you everything you need to know about the Barca match. Look at Rubin Kazan's CF v. Ibrahimovic.

Posted by: Reignking | October 20, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

BINGO!

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 20, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

BINGO!

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 20, 2009 3:39 PM


Darn. Not to over-egg the pudding, but I was one "irregardless" away from winning.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | October 20, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow, these games are insane. Inter, Barca and Unirea all score in the opening minutes of the second half of their matches.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | October 20, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DadRyan | October 20, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Atleast we'd have a speedy striker upfront, no?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 20, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

...Wow.

Posted by: B_A_ | October 20, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Rangers are completely collapsing, three own goals and losing 4-1.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | October 20, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Barca down 2-1. Wow.

Posted by: Reignking | October 20, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Rangers are completely collapsing, three own goals and losing 4-1.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | October 20, 2009 4:10 PM

Not the proper Rangers...

Queens Park Rangers 2 - 0 Reading

Posted by: Kev29 | October 20, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely fantastic matches going on all over Europe this evening. Soccer is boring!

:-D

Posted by: Kev29 | October 20, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Lyon!

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | October 20, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable, AZ score, Barca hit the post and Inter think they score a goal but it's offside.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | October 20, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Squillaci is nice, but Jesus walks on water.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 20, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

uhmmm Ruiz after MLS has done pretty solid. Went to paraguay with Olimpia (very good and historic team) and was top scorer and is currently in the Mexican league which dominates the area (including MLS) and is doing very well...thank you very much!!!

Posted by: silentbat | October 23, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

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