MLS Strike: Players have resolve, if not upper hand, in labor negotiations

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Latest on MLS CBA negotiations. Will First Kick be on time this season?

Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

source:  MLS and the Players Union have reached an impasse as CBA talks continue down to the wire.

With just over two weeks to go until the start of the 2015 Major League Soccer season, the MLS Players Union (MLSPU) and the league have hit in an impasse with regards to agreeing on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Time is ticking as the current CBA deal, agreed on back in 2010, ran out on Jan. 31. Last week a mediator was appointed to act on behalf of both sides, however the increasing feeling is that the players hold supreme power in the CBA talks of 2015 and are willing to strike to get what they want.

[ RELATED: Cameron on the CBA talks ]

Speaking to various stars around the league, past MLS players and the head of MLSPU, one thing is clear: change is needed. And it is needed now as MLS…

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The 2015 Anti-Valentine’s Day Post!

Ah, Valentine’s Day: A day of romance, a day of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, a day of love. It’s also a day I don’t want any part of whatsoever.

Every February 14, I see couples being all lovey-dovey right in front of me. Hey, there’s a time and place for that. If you folks wish to get amorous, you can still do that, just not in the general direction of me.

Another aspect of Valentine’s Day which I really freakin’ abhor is the heart-shaped box of chocolate. You don’t need candy stuffed with pinkish goo in order to profess your love to the one you love.  If your valentine loves chocolate, get them a bag of Hershey’s Miniatures or a couple of Twix bars. (As an aside, wish I had some Twix bars now.)

Oh, yeah, there’s also the matter of those cheap-ass greeting cards on Valentine’s Day. In my opinionation, nothing says “I love you, Marge” less than a $5 Hallmark card. If you really want to express how you feel about the one you love in writing, go for the oldest trick in the playbook: compose a letter. If it worked for you back in high school, chances are it’ll work again for you on Saturday.

In short, Valentine’s Day is basically a day for the greeting card and chocolate companies, as well as the friendly neighborhood florists, to cash in on wannabe Romeos desperately trying to impress their potential Juliets.

I think nothing sums up my feelings about this farce of a holiday more than comedian Jim Gaffigan’s commentary from last weekend’s CBS News Sunday Morning, in which he suggests abolishing Valentine’s Day. This year, February 14 is just another day on the calendar for me, which is the way I like it. If you haven’t seen the Gaffigan piece from last Sunday, here it is:

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/jim-gaffigan-on-valentines-day/

#NFLDraft Round One Order Fully Set after Super Bowl

Well, the smoke is now cleared from Super Bowl XLIX, but not before the controversial decision to have Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to throw a pass on 2nd and goal from the New England Patriots’ 1-yard line. More on that later. With New England’s win, the picking order for the first round of the April 30-May 2 NFL Draft is now set. Here is that order:

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  2. Tennessee Titans
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars
  4. Oakland Raiders
  5. Washington Redskins
  6. New York Jets
  7. Chicago Bears
  8. Atlanta Falcons
  9. New York Giants
  10. St. Louis Rams
  11. Minnesota Vikings
  12. Cleveland Browns (original pick)
  13. New Orleans Saints
  14. Miami Dolphins
  15. San Francisco 49ers
  16. Houston Texans
  17. San Diego Chargers
  18. Kansas City Chiefs
  19. Cleveland Browns (via last year’s draft night trade with the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo used Cleveland’s original first round draft pick in 2014 on wide receiver Sammy Watkins.)
  20. Philadelphia Eagles
  21. Cincinnati Bengals
  22. Pittsburgh Steelers
  23. Detroit Lions
  24. Arizona Cardinals
  25. Carolina Panthers
  26. Baltimore Ravens
  27. Dallas Cowboys
  28. Denver Broncos
  29. Indianapolis Colts
  30. Green Bay Packers
  31. Seattle Seahawks
  32. New England Patriots

Who will your team pick, or will your team even keep its original selection? Round one of the draft is Thursday, April 30 on ESPN and NFL Network.

MLS honors Landon Donovan, names MVP trophy after him

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Landon Donovan new namesake of MLS MVP trophy.

Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

Landon Donovan’s incredible career was honored by Major League Soccer ahead of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, as the U.S. national team legend had the MLS MVP award named after him.

[ RELATED: Donovan’s legacy ]

Donovan, 32, retired from soccer at the end of the 2014 MLS season after becoming the all-time leading goalscorer in the league’s history after winning five MLS Cup titles.

The former LA Galaxy superstar was delighted to have the award named in his honor.

“As a child, soccer was merely an outlet for me — a way to express myself,” said Donovan. “To have this prestigious award named after me is truly unimaginable. Thank you to Commissioner Garber, Major League Soccer and all of the people that have supported me along the way. I am extremely humbled by and proud of this honor.”

Donovan is the all-time leader in goals (144) and assists (136)…

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Major League Soccer reveals full 2015 schedule with couple of key changes

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MLS to add “Rivalry Week” and increase postseason field to 12.

Originally posted on MLSGB:

The 2015 season for Major League Soccer looks set to be the most memorable ever as the league prepares for its landmark 20th campaign, and today saw the full schedule released with less than two months until it all gets underway.

There will be 20 teams in MLS this year as expansion clubs New York City FC and Orlando City SC will both join the Eastern Conference. There will be 10 teams in each conference.

The 20 teams in MLS will each play 34 games during the regular season. Clubs will play each team in the opposing conference once for five home and five away matches, each of their nine conference opponents at least twice (one home, one away) and six additional intra-conference games – three home and three away versus different opponents.

The first key change for this season is that 12 teams will make the playoffs as opposed to…

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R.I.P., Stuart Scott

OK, this post’s going to be tough to write, so bear with me here.

For 21 years, ESPN viewers counted on a sportscaster with a unique brand of wit, personality, and sense of humor to entertain and inform them on the latest scores and highlights on the day’s biggest events every night on SportsCenter.

That man was Stuart Scott, a 21-year veteran of ESPN and SportsCenter. Eight years ago, Scott first endured the battle that was tougher than any sporting event he covered over the two decades at ESPN: cancer. Scott was fortunate enough to overcome his fights with cancer, doing so on three occasions.

Unfortunately, though, Scott couldn’t hang in there for a fourth victory over the dreaded disease. Earlier Sunday, Scott, a 49-year-old native of Chicago, passed away from the ailment in Avon, Connecticut.

In his two decades of service to The Worldwide Leader in Sports, Scott provided a bevy of catchphrases to the sports world, many of which have since entered the present lexicon, such as “Boo-yah!”, “He’s as cool as the other side of the pillow,” and”Holla at a playa when you see him in the street.”

Those catchphrases are what made Stuart Scott so unique as a broadcaster and what made him an absolute joy to watch over the years. When word of his passing spread earlier this morning, tributes up and down the sports and media world began to pour in, the most poignant of which came from NFL Network’s Rich Eisen, Scott’s former SportsCenter co-anchor.

After analyzing the Detroit/Dallas NFC Wild Card Game with the rest of the NFL GameDay Morning panel, Eisen took time out to deliver the news that Scott had passed on, shedding tears over his fallen colleague’s death. Here is that on-air tribute from this morning’s pregame show: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000453849/Rich-Eisen-remembers-Stuart-Scott

ESPN itself released a 15-minute video honoring Scott’s legacy, narrated by former SportsCenter and current Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, herself a cancer survivor. Much like Eisen’s tribute to Scott, hers is also very well done.

Stuart Scott’s Legacy

Even President Barack Obama weighed in on Stuart Scott’s legacy, saying “I will miss Stuart Scott. Twenty years ago, Stu helped usher in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day’s best plays. For much of those twenty years, public service and campaigns have kept me from my family – but wherever I went, I could flip on the TV and Stu and his colleagues on SportsCenter were there. Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us – with courage and love. Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and colleagues.” That’s how much he was loved by people across the nation.

Growing up, when I had a lousy day at school, I’d often go home at night, retreat to my room, turn on SportsCenter, and just sit there and watch Stuart Scott and his colleagues deliver the best damn possible hour of television, and you know what? My day wasn’t lousy anymore.

Scott wasn’t limited to SportsCenter. Throughout his years at ESPN, he was also a co-anchor and substitute host on NFL Primetime and NFL Countdown, in addition to being the full-time Primetime host in 2006, when the show moved to Monday nights prior to Monday Night Football coverage. He’d also host Monday Night Countdown as either the studio host or on-site host for much of its run, as well as ESPN’s NBA coverage.

Stuart Scott was a credit to sportscasters everywhere, both current and aspiring. I would have liked to meet him, but unfortunately I now know that I will never get that chance. Stuart Scott was taken from us way too soon. He’ll be missed by sports fans everywhere. May he rest in peace, and may God bless him.

Stuart Orlando Scott

July 19, 1965-January 4, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Hey, Drew Zuhosky here. I just want to take a quick moment to wish all of my readers a very happy, safe, healthy, and prosperous new year. May you all have good fortune over these next 12 months. May your year be productive and fruitful.

May you continue to stop right here for the latest hot takes, et cetera, et cetera, blah-blah-blah in the world of sports as well as other subject matters. That’s it for this year. I’ll be back later this week to kick off 2015.

Drew

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