Big Game Sunday: Live Commentary

Too many good ones starting now to name.

Always a big one...

15 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by kaya on 2011/09/18 at 8:16 AM

    Decided to give foxsoccer dot tv a try… and the Man U v Chelsea game is delayed online by an hour. Great start.

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    • Posted by kaya on 2011/09/18 at 9:29 AM

      Umm. sorry, I thought it was starting at 11:59 *AM* EST that I’d be able to watch it… but no, it’s 11:59 *PM*! I saw a few others wondering about the service in another thread so I thought I’d make the PSA that it’s definitely no espn3. At least when ESPN carries soccer matches, they’re always available live online.

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      • Posted by dth on 2011/09/18 at 9:33 AM

        I’ve always thought it strange when people call for more Fox in soccer. The two operations are barely comparable at all–ESPN, for all its faults, is vastly superior in any sport it broadcasts.

        And ESPN is a lot better about embracing new media–with ESPN3 and ESPN.com, they’ve got the best of the internet stuff of any big media outlet.

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        • dont get me started on that ridiculous fox soccer PLUS….
          seriously? $10 a month for one more channel.. get over it.
          take a hint from ESPN.

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    • Posted by Jared on 2011/09/18 at 11:38 AM

      I will never get that service again. Had it a few different times over the years and it never worked well for me for the big matches. Worse than some pirated streams out of a guy’s basement. Truly embarrassing. Compared to ESPN3 it’s not even close in terms of quality. Not to mention that I get ESPN3 without having to pay any additional fees.

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  2. Posted by dth on 2011/09/18 at 8:37 AM

    I’d like to see a United-Barca rematch, pls.

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/09/18 at 8:50 AM

      That Phil Jones surge from the backline sort of confirms a theory I’ve nursed for a while–the Laurent Blanc-style ball-playing central defender who can range out of central defense is the wave of the future.

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      • Posted by Martin on 2011/09/18 at 3:02 PM

        “That Phil Jones surge from the backline sort of confirms a theory I’ve nursed for a while–the Laurent Blanc-style ball-playing central defender who can range out of central defense is the wave of the future.”

        It’s a wave that has come and gone several times since at least the early 70’s when Beckenbauer was developing his “libero” position and the Dutch were attacking with everyone from everywhere on the field.

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  3. Posted by crow on 2011/09/18 at 11:14 AM

    A shame Dallas didn’t put the Red Bulls out of their misery. Well we officially have a logjam at the top of the East.

    The more I think about it, I think Amobi Okugo would be perfect for the #6 role. He’s rangy, is a good shut down defender, AND is proficient at making the first positive pass to start the attack. I can’t wait to see him in the Olympics.

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/09/18 at 1:14 PM

      Yeah, his on-the-ground passing is very nice. He can even get creative from time to time–that through ball to Conor Doyle against Guatemala was ++ excellent.

      The trouble, right now, is when he has to put air under it. His diagonal balls need work, as do his switch-the-field balls. Sometimes he doesn’t spot them and sometimes it’s poor execution. I’d rather have someone whose first instinct and ability is to keep it on the ground, but you need to be able to air the ball out as a complement.

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  4. Posted by dth on 2011/09/18 at 1:20 PM

    So Fox in my area decided to show Redskins pregame show instead of Chelsea-United. Instead, they’ll be showing it in the afternoon slot of NFL at 4:30. Of course, when it gets terrible ratings, they’ll be able to claim that soccer just doesn’t get good ratings.

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    • Posted by Jared on 2011/09/18 at 1:31 PM

      Well, Fox did leave themselves some wiggle room by stating they would air it at 2 or 4:30.

      I have no idea what they expect the ratings to be for this game. I think I heard about the airing on Fox until Thursday. It’s tough to get much for ratings when you don’t make a real push with advertising and with very little notice.

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      • Posted by BernieBernier on 2011/09/18 at 4:43 PM

        I don’t understand who they expected to watch the game. If you are interested in soccer you likely watched it at 11 (or at least knew the results). Sports on replay hasn’t worked since the 70s.

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        • i agree
          BUT
          there are many families across america that only get the “free” channels over the air, and when you only get fox games you leave it on the channel all day, so the soccer game comes on, and maybe they recognize the name rooney or something, and then they dont change the channel.. who knows…

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  5. Posted by Soccernst on 2011/09/18 at 10:06 PM

    Beasley quietly putting together a nice season. As I said int the depth chart thread, he could be a real option on the left probably behind Shea atm. Pulling for him.

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