Sunday, July 13, 2014

For Orlando City's supporters, it's not purple that's off-color

Saturday night at glorious Disney Lion Stadium (or whatever Orlando City's calling the field out back at ESPN Wild World) was much like any other of the soccer matches there this season.

The Boys in Purple were unrelenting on the soggy pitch. Fans came out in droves despite both lousy weather and I-4 traffic on a buggy, humid, damp weekend night.

But in the beleaguered supporters section, it wasn't about what USL PRO scoring leader Kevin Molino was going to create (he almost created a score in the 60th minute), or if Oviedo's own Dennis Chin would excite the crowd by scoring a goal (he did, and he did 33 minutes in), or if the Lions would keep their unbeaten league match streak intact, now up to 17 games. It was how the Iron Lion Firm and the Ruckus would react to a rough week.

Friday, January 3, 2014

A much needed siesta after the Fiesta

So who's up next for UCF?

Wait, what, it's over?

As much as Knights fans probably want to take on Stanford or Oklahoma or whoever wins tonight's Orange Bowl (or, hell, line up against FSU when they get back from their little party in California to play for Florida supremacy), that 52-42 win over Baylor that we're STILL trying to believe happened is the end of the line.

That's kinda good -- gives the weaker members of the Black and Gold to catch up on their supplies of Tums, Pepto Bismol and nitroglycerine.

After over a day to think about the Fiesta Bowl win, there's a few great things about it.

Monday, September 16, 2013

When TV gives you a noon kickoff, fry eggs. And chicken.

By now you've heard the kickoff time for the UCF-South Carolina game at Bright House Networks Stadium as finally been set.

And you've groaned that, as dictated by the TV networks, it's going to be a noon kickoff. In September. In Orlando, Florida. (I'm groaning again.)

Take it as it comes, Knights fans. C'mon, would you trade a 3:30 or 4:30 or 7 p.m. start for the win Saturday at Penn State? Thought not.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

City of Orlando as big a winner as Orlando City

The Orlando City Lions looked good ... real good ... 7 goals good ... in winning their 2nd USL Pro League championship in three seasons. Dom Dwyer scored four goals and Oviedo's Dennis Chin added two more as the purple-clad lads defeated the Charlotte Eagles, 7-4.

But to me, the real winners were the fans and the Orlando soccer scene. A crowd of 20,886 -- yes that is a crooked first number in a five-digit total -- came out either to support their team or to check out what all the hype was about. And, note to the Orlando Sentinel, there legitimately 20 thousand folks there, I was stuck behind every one of them trying to reach the media lot.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

A bona-fide championship on the line tonight at Citrus Bowl.

Yes, I understand there is football on today, and the SEC Game of the Century of the Week (South Carolina at Georgia) kicks off soon. But is anybody playing for a championship today?

A purple clad team is playing tonight right in your backyard, Orlando, and either the Orlando City Lions or the Charlotte Eagles will walk away with USL Pro League trophy.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Inaugural 2013 football column: Presenting the Picks of the Weak

We've heard about football just about long enough.
More specifically, we've heard about people who play football doing things that aren't football.
Aaron Hernandez. Riley Cooper. Johnny Manziel.
Snap the damn ball already!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

A 'slam dunk' for Orlando sports NOT delivered by the Magic

Orange County and Orlando city leaders have curried favor with those who control the purse strings on the county's Tourist Development Tax money. That industry will be funding added improvements to the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center and renovations to the Citrus Bowl.

Oh, you thought that it was only Orlando City Soccer Club approaching politicians with their hats off and hands out asking for public money for their playpens?

Friday, August 2, 2013

Riley Cooper: victim?

That's right. I'll be the first person in the country, after the Philadelphia sports blog created a viral stir posting a video of Eagles' WR Riley Cooper dropping the n-bomb at a Kenny Chesney concert, to attach the word "victim" to his name.
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