Friday, November 26, 2010

A brief editorial note

Some of you (well, one of you) has pointed out that all seven (now eight) of my previous posts have been on "meta" media issues. No, this wasn't an accident on my part. It's now my intention now to make AMSL your number one blog for media issues in football, with a slight North American bent.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Access is overrated

Following up on yesterday, so far I've read two major criticisms of my call for more journalism, less forum banter from MLS blogs. The first is that MLS bloggers would write more interesting stories on MLS if they had the time/resources/access. The second is that MLS is an inherently uninteresting league and therefore no amount of good storytelling is going to save the league from its synthetic self. Today I'll deal with the first argument.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The weird, wonderfully small world of MLS

The stadium wasn't full, it was cold (Ian Darke used the word "tundra" at least once in describing the local "Toronto weather"), the two finalists didn't exactly get the heart racing, it was either chippy, scrappy, scrapey, or crappy depending on whichever adjective you prefer to describe what to my mind was a fairly typical MLS Cup final, and, in all honesty, why is a league with MLS' modest set-up designating neutral hosts?

Still, I'm glad it was held in Toronto, for selfish reasons.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sporting KC is nothing new as far as Europhilia goes in US Soccer

Couple of items of business today. First, a hearty thank you for your responses yesterday; I'm glad to know you haven't all signed up to some sort of football news reading technology that made you USSF D-2 geniuses in a matter of seconds. I'd be a little ticked if I'd missed out on that.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

How do you get your football news?

Right now for example, I'm so dysfunctional that I basically look at the Guardian mainpage before skimming through some of my usual blog picks on a tab on my browser. I gave up using Google Reader ages ago.

And while I hate to do a drive-by post (the exact thing I said I wouldn't do), I'm legitimately curious: how/where/which sites do you read for your football information? Do you have a list of must-reads in the morning? Are they part of a giant, Hegelian-esque castle in the sky RSS feed? Or do you have them all bookmarked? Or do you go to one main newspaper site and read there and then sort of google your way to whatever you're looking for? Or are you some sort of freak and just watch GolTV news all day?

Doesn't matter if you're a fan, blogger, American, English, whatever. Let me know.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Attention All Toronto-Bound Soccer Blogger Types!

Please feel free to drop me a line if you are planning to come and see the potentially less-than-thrilling 2010 MLS Cup and have time for a meet-up, beer, whatever. I haven't decided whether I'm going to attend or not (accredited? No. For some reason MLSE doesn't let writers in the glass treehouse unless they work for a proper, non-DIY-in-your-backroom-home-office-affair), but I might change my mind if an army of you show up on my doorstep, smashing my windows in and scaring my friendly neighbours (don't do that).

Monday, November 15, 2010

Signs of Life in the Canadian Soccer Blogoglobe.

Yes, blogoglobe. Add that to your dubious collection of future OED entries.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

MOTD Nightmare: Journalists in the Studio

There was a debate recently on Twitter over whether players are the only people qualified to properly analyze a football match on television. While the answer should be obvious (a resounding, "of course you stupid idiot!"), some journalists think that watching countless matches over several decades in different countries and continents, in professional leagues and international tournaments and friendlies, qualifies them to intelligently comment on soccer games even though they never played it, at least professionally. It's my sincere hope that the following transcript—a nightmarish vision of a horrible future in which journalists are permitted to speak about football on live television—will put this terrible notion to rest. Thank you.