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#1364892 MLS, Red Bulls and Coronavirus

Posted by Rybka on 18 April 2020 - 09:15 PM

long island news12 interview with Tim Parker



#1364653 MLS, Red Bulls and Coronavirus

Posted by Rybka on 10 April 2020 - 08:34 AM

Rocco Commisso Stadium converted to field hospital:

I thought it is an outdoor stadium. Perhaps they put a dome over the artificial turf in the cold weather and use it for the football team's winter training.

#1363907 MLS, Red Bulls and Coronavirus

Posted by Rybka on 18 March 2020 - 11:00 AM

Stop the bickering, instead let's use our computers to fight the disease:




it is my understanding, that to specifically fight the corona virus, you need a computer with a GPU

#1363548 French left back Jason Pendant

Posted by Rybka on 12 March 2020 - 08:10 AM

With the new travel restrictions in effect, we should call him "Jason Pending".

#1363389 French left back Jason Pendant

Posted by Rybka on 10 March 2020 - 07:07 PM

Péguy Luyindula

#1362587 DC sucks donkey balls

Posted by Rybka on 29 February 2020 - 03:58 PM

Loss with 30 seconds left in stoppage time. Beautiful.

#1361153 The de Grandpre Tarps

Posted by Rybka on 09 February 2020 - 08:06 PM

Maybe one day the "The de Grandpre Tarps" will become as well-known as the "La Brea Tar Pits".

#1361107 Some people discuss gentrification

Posted by Rybka on 08 February 2020 - 09:19 AM

Gentrified neighborhoods in Brooklyn (and New Jersey, Queens and perhaps the South Bronx) are a result of these areas being close to the economic hub of Manhattan. Some people think it is good that the economic hub is expanding because it brings in tax money and employment. Others who have been or will be pushed out of their neighborhood are unhappy. Obviously this is the Amazon HQ debate.


But keeping Amazon out is not going to stop gentrification. The areas surrounding Manhattan will keep getting gentrified by the people who have high paying jobs in the expanding Manhattan economic hub. It is amazing to me that so many big businesses, including all the sports leagues, want to be in Manhattan or close by. This is in spite of the very high NYC and NYS income taxes.

#1360311 Danish GK David Jensen, English RB Mandela Egbo

Posted by Rybka on 30 January 2020 - 01:17 PM


Say that to a Danish person 


#1358265 Preseason in Florida and Arizona

Posted by Rybka on 26 December 2019 - 12:21 PM

After winning for the last 5 years, BWP will not be defending the Brian Kelly Memorial Preseason Scoring Trophy. I wonder who will win it this year.

#1356459 I see a US World Chess Champion on the Horizon

Posted by Rybka on 02 November 2019 - 10:07 AM

Shelby Lyman, the PBS tv host of the great Fischer-Spassky match of 1972, passed away this past August. Only Fischer did more to popularize chess in the US. Like Fischer, he was originally from Brooklyn.


I read several tributes to his life. This one from the "Atlantic" is one of the best:


Another chess master who was central to the Fischer story also died last month: Shelby Lyman. Though not a world-class player, Lyman did more to popularize chess in America than anyone not named Bobby Fischer. He was teaching chess in New York when one of his students, a TV executive, tapped him to host a PBS show covering the Fischer-Spassky match. Lyman proved a natural showman, explaining densely complicated chess positions to TV viewers, many of whom thought of a fork only as an eating utensil. (In chess, it’s a move where a single piece makes at least two simultaneous attacks.) Like tons of other kids at the time, I’d turn to Channel 13 in New York that summer and follow Lyman’s commentary move by move, sparking a lifelong interest in the game. After becoming a journalist, I wrote about Lyman, and from time to time we’d talk about the match.

“I had no concept of TV,” he told me. “I never watched television. I had no idea how a talk show host should act.” But, he added, “chess is a dramatic event. You could hear the swords clang on the shields with every move. They went at each other. The average person is turned onto chess when it’s presented right. Trying to figure out the next move is a fascinating adventure—an adventure people can get into.”

With his bushy brown hair and endearing miscues (in that low-tech era, he’d fumble for the pieces he used to shove onto demonstration boards), Lyman became a mini-celebrity, while interest in the ancient game boomed. In the year before the match, membership in the U.S. Chess Federation was about 27,000. A year after Fischer won the title, it had more than doubled, to about 59,000. “Shelby was the face of chess in America,” Bruce Pandolfini, the coach and author who was played by the actor Ben Kingsley in the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer, told me.

#1349330 The Cosmos is no longer a team

Posted by Rybka on 17 July 2019 - 12:08 PM

The politics of today will not support a taxpayer gift to a profit-making company. See Amazon in nearby western Queens. If it happens then I think it would be great for MLS and NYCFC, but I doubt it happens.

#1349209 EPL Interest in Aaron Long

Posted by Rybka on 15 July 2019 - 09:57 AM

The more guys we send to Europe with big contracts, the more attractive it will be to play here. It's a revolving door, and it affects results negatively, but it's not the worst situation. Young  players will continue to want to play for us. Certainly Long is capable of playing in the EPL for a non-top6 team.

#1347290 Development around the Arena

Posted by Rybka on 07 June 2019 - 09:58 AM

Semi-related, but I wonder if the second half of the new PATH station will be open by the Chicago match? In January they said May or June and it looks pretty much ready to go.

60 to 90 days.

#1346765 Xanadu American Dream Mall

Posted by Rybka on 28 May 2019 - 07:55 AM

IIRC, there was an attempt to build a soccer arena for the MetroStars adjacent to Giants Stadium on Meadowlands property. Anyone recall that?