Uncle Popov LIVE!! (half assed)

OH SHIT!! UPDSR’s gonna live-blag the MLS allstars vs. ManU. Boom!

They’re interviewing Landon Donovan right now and whether or not he’s actually going to leave California full time and bother going to play sawker in Europe. Just do it you giant puss. You showed you belong during your stint at Everton, the People’s Club.

Its been a few weeks since the end of the World Cup but ALEXI LALAS IS STILL A LOATHESOME HUMAN BEING. Ugh…

Coverage started 20 minutes ago and they still haven’t bothered starting. I wonder what Matt Schaub is doing right now?

O/U on the times “Sir” is used in reference to Alex Ferguson, a title he received from a country we revolted from?: 58

And with that, at 7:53 PM CST we are underway!

1 minutes: HAHA. And HAHA. United have scored. Macheda pokes in after an awful pass back by whoever the fuck is defending for MLS.

5 minutes: Its settled down now but it can’t be understated how awful MLS look at the beginning. Something else just happened with the MLS goalkeeper that I couldn’t see because I essentially hunt and peck.

11 minutes: At this point, United will win this 5-0 at least. I actually hope it happens. I get so damn tired of MLS taking credit for beating English/Euro teams while they’re just beginning prep for the upcoming season.

And United score again. 2-0

14 minutes: Giggs called for a foul that he just doesn’t deserve that leads to a free kick from Juan Pablo Angel, ex Villa man, thats saved by Edwin Van der Sar.

20 minnutes: Not a lot going on. Some lobbing of the ball back and forth. I have to say that the turnout for this game seems to be very strong.

I attended this game in 2006 when MLS Allstars played Chelsea in Chicago and the game didn’t fill 20,000 seat Toyota Park. Good for MLS and soccer in the US as a whole.

24 minutes: I’m also pecking out a new rant to be published later in the evening. The topic? Who cares?!?

26 minutes: MLS keeps trying to steal a goal but it just isn’t going to happen, and I’m pretty damn sure I don’t see Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand out there, which is even more embarrassing. United will score AT LEAST another goal before half. MLS will not.

30 minutes: This game sucks and I may not do UP LIVE!! during the second half. I still hope United win 10-0.

GK shirt for United seems to have Zubaz-inspired sleeves.

33 minutes:: Rob Stone is filling us in on SIR Alex!!

34 minutes: Think I just saw the crowd doing the damn wave. Thats when I sign off. I fucking hate the wave.

39 minutes: Meh.

42 minutes: UP LIVE!! was a mistake for this garbage game. To hell with it. And to hell with the MLS. Darren Fletcher with a scorcher off the bar right there. What is anyone gaining from this game? Its like watching a damn And-1 bball game.

44 minutes: Nothing.

And thats it. I’ll never start another one of these for some garbage ass soccer game in July. We all learned something from tonight, no?

Uncle on Sabbatical

As some of you have noticed, the frequency of posts here has diminished.  Personally, I am shifting focus for the time being to finishing up my research.  Trust me, my head is full of sports thoughts that I would love to share to the tens of you that read — from Tiger to the NFL Draft to the Rays hot start to the collapse of the Capitals — but I must focus my attention elsewhere for the time being.

Of course, our absentee blogger showed up for a couple of decent posts, then went back to hiding in seedy bars and ducking the authorities.  Our newest blogger, Rabbit, has yet to figure out this blogging thing (he promised to wow me with his awesome insight).

So, we will return stronger than ever closer to football season.  There might be a nugget or two here or there, but do not count on it.  For now, peruse the archives.  Or, go to YouTube and watch Mr. T Snickers commercials.

–Uncle

The U.P. Top 25 [week 10]

This is the tenth Uncle Popov Top 25, based on week fourteen of the college football season.

RANK TEAM POINTS LAST WK
1 Florida (1) 72 3
2 Texas 71 1
3 Alabama (1) 70 2
4 TCU (1) 69 4
5 Boise State 62 5
6 Cincinnati 61 6
7 Oregon 55 9
8 Ohio State 52 10
9 Iowa 48 12
10 Georgia Tech 47 7
10 Penn State 47 12
12 Pittsburgh 40 8
13 Oregon State 37 18
14 BYU 35 14
15 Houston 25 19
15 LSU 25 20
15 Virginia Tech 25 21
18 Oklahoma State 24 11
19 Miami (FL) 16 NR
20 Nebraska 15 NR
21 Clemson 12 15
21 Stanford 12 NR
23 Central Michigan 11 25
24 Utah 10 17
25 California 9 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Southern California (8); West Virginia (8); Troy (6); Wisconsin (2); Ohio (1)

Dropping Out: Temple, North Carolina, Navy, Mississippi

Conference Breakdown:

  • ACC: four
  • Pac-10: four
  • Big Ten: three
  • Big 12: three
  • Mountain West: three
  • SEC: three
  • Big East: two
  • Conference USA: one
  • MAC: one
  • WAC: one

Voting for Week 10

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RANK

TEAM

POINTS

LAST WK

1

Florida

72

3

2

Texas

71

1

3

Alabama

70

2

4

TCU

69

4

5

Boise State

62

5

6

Cincinnati

61

6

7

Oregon

55

9

8

Ohio State

52

10

9

Iowa

48

12

10

Georgia Tech

47

7

10

Penn State

47

12

12

Pittsburgh

40

8

13

Oregon State

37

18

14

BYU

35

14

15

Houston

25

19

15

LSU

25

20

15

Virginia Tech

25

21

18

Oklahoma State

24

11

19

Miami (FL)

16

NR

20

Nebraska

15

NR

21

Clemson

12

15

21

Stanford

12

NR

23

Central Michigan

11

25

24

Utah

10

17

25

California

9

NR

College Football Routinely Gets it Wrong.

My dear Uncle brought up the problem and didn’t expand on it: that college football has part time refs making $500 a game. Aren’t we passed that now? We got rid of leather helmets didn’t we? The SEC, as an institution, is shameful. This is just one example. A conference that, while generating millions of dollars in revenue, employs part time referees and pays them essentially cab fare/bar money for the rest of the weekend. And we get what they pay for:

We're awful.

I hope

-I hope the AP splits the National Championship.

-I hope the ratings for tonight’s BCS game (Texas/OSU) are absolutely *HORRIBLE*.

-I hope next year’s Winter Classic is at Fenway.

-I hope the SEC gets 6 teams into the NCAA tournament.

-I hope everyone has a great 2009.