NYC manager Kreis responds to Yankee worries about stadium grass


The Yankees’ concerns about their stadium’s grass in the wake of NYCFC’s inaugural season being played at the ballpark are most justified. Nicholas Mendola has more.

Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

The New York Yankees know that New York City FC is about to do a number on the Yankee Stadium grass, and they’ll deal with that.

Asked about their concerns, NYCFC manager Jason Kreis said he can’t really comment on it. After all, he’s never played baseball at that high of a level.

[ MORE: JPW talks soccer with Kreis ]

And he says it’s not his place to talk.

From Empire of Soccer:

“My reaction [to the WSJ report] is one of non-understanding to be frank with you because I have never played baseball at that level,” Kreis said Wednesday afternoon. “I don’t know what it means for the grass to be a certain way in baseball.  I certainly know what it means to want the grass to be a certain way in soccer.  We want the field to be as pristine as we can.  Natural grass…

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Here’s An Early Frontrunner For Dumbest Mike Francesa Call of 2015


Wow… just wow.

Originally posted on The Big Lead:

Whatever your personal opinion is on Mike Francesa, try to set it aside for two minutes and 14 seconds in order to enjoy the clip posted above. In it, a caller to Francesa’s show asks — arguably — the most mind-numbing, insane and, as New York’s No. 1 puts it himself, “maybe the weirdest questions I’ve gotten in a long time.”

The caller, Dan in Warwick, ask if the San Francisco Giants ever do anything with the New York Giants when they visit the Big Apple since the two teams used to call Gotham home and share a name. It’s actually quite brilliant in its stupidity. It’s hard to even think how someone could come up with such a question in the first place, call up a radio show and wait on hold to ask it.

Naturally Francesa is initially baffled by the call, but then remembers who he is and…

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A Northwestern player dunked in warmups and broke the shot clock


Never heard this one before.

Originally posted on For The Win:

The Northwestern Wildcats went a little too hard in warmups at Carver-Hawkeye Arena before falling to Iowa Saturday. A pregame dunk toppled over the shot clock atop the basket, causing a slight delay as the basket needed to be lowered to put the clock back in position.

(Thanks to SB Nation for sharing this story.)

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


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:

#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


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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