Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Happy Clicks

Sometimes, there is something so beautiful that "captures the spirit of the thing" so well, I simply must rush right over and share it. Today, we have two such items. WaPo's Jeff Maurer kindly explains my own ever-swirling feelings about the Jurgen Klinsmann reign in the drollest of manners, while NSC pal Ryan O'Hanlon clarifies how much covering the USMNT means to our national stable of soccer scribes.

I rather wish they were both much longer articles. Enjoy.



- Greg Seltzer

25 comments:

Unknown said...

"hyperbaric Geospere"

I laughed out loud at that. Great article Jeff Mauerer. You said what we wre all thinking.

Tony M said...

Jeff Mauerer's piece should be required reading...

Matt said...

Perfect Twitter fodder.

Good reads.

Matt said...

And, something I've been meaning to say for some time -- I find it highly amusing, Greg, that you resist Twitter. There was a time -- not that long ago -- when people said the exact same things they say about Twitter about why blogs were irrelevant sources of navel-gazing.

So I love that we have this discussion in the comments section. Of a blog.

Greg Seltzer said...

I'm just weird. I dance to the beat of my own beatbox.

Matt said...

I can totally get down with that argument. And, to be clear, I'll stop come to the site 6 times a day, either way.

Greg Seltzer said...

I consider it when a window approaches. And then I think, yeah, but I will write things other than soccer, and who would want that? I'm not very good at being much else besides 100% me, so then there's just more stuff out there for someone to misconstrue or get all offended or start shit with me. Plus, as you all know, I like to interact when someone speaks to me, soooo it also seems like a lot more work.

Matt said...

I think your audience has a pretty good idea of what to expect these days. You'll get the occasional wing-nut starting shit, but Twitter is mainly a one-way medium, so I don't necessarily think you'll be dealing with more of an unruly mob than you are now.

If it's not clear, you're a trusted soccer resource (Mr. Big Time, aren't you), and when you recommend stories I'm guessing most of us go read them. And Twitter is perfect for that...

Greg Seltzer said...

I'm aware that my rep for playing things straight with news info is pretty good, and that is extremely important to me. And I do greatly enjoying shining a light on peers that deserve attention.

But I'm also aware that I could be considered a pretty odd character by even the friendliest of people. As I've said many times, I think... who would want to hear every random thought I have? Who wants to sift through every hiphop dance video link and lovingly described foodgasm I blurt?

And though it has not been mentioned yet this time, me vs. Twitter does come with a nice rebel alliance vs. empire feeling inside. Han Solo, baby.

Brian B said...

Guys, help me out.

I live in Buffalo, NY. Eastern time zone.

What time is the game tomorrow?

I'm seeing conflicting times reported. ESPN says 4pm(?)

Sorry, I'm an ass.

Greg Seltzer said...

4 PM ET

And stop apologizing. This blog is run by an ass. You're home now.

Paul Poenicke said...

Nice to see another Buffalo resident posting. If my modal logic course got out earlier, I would be at Més Que for the 4 pm kick.

Greg, admitting you are an ass gives further credence to a certain conspiracy theory: you are blogging under the identity of dikranovich to add more "color" to the blog. It's really the most rational explanation for why you put up with his trolling. (Every garden has its gnome, but keeping a raving troll around is quite dangerous.)

dikranovich said...

Brian b. the game is not on ESPN though. It is on bein sports and is live at 3pm central time. Would someone tell me what time, if at all the replay is, thank you very much.

Bein is not an easy channel to access, unless you have the directv soccer package. Sports bars in buffalo, I don't know, it's 50/50, No 40/60 that they will have it.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Paul: Your theory only works if you also consider dikranovich a trusted source. So much for that.

So, no, I am absolutely not a fake persona type of person. I hate that stuff.



dikranovich said...

Paul dude, why do you wanna shut down valuable soccer opinion? It does not make any sense. It ain't like the comment section here runs a hundred comments deep, which means that every comment gets read and understood. You go to Matt's house and you get lost trying to read the comments, or at soccer by summers Ives

Actually I should retract something. A lot of people comment without reading or understanding what others are trying to say. that happens often. I read every comment, that everyone writes, and I think about it before I respond.

I promise everyone. Greg is wherever the heck he is today and I'm in Jackson hole Wyoming doin it up like a mega villain.

Brian B said...

Pauly,

I'll see you at Mas Que @ 4pm.

Just seemed like such an odd kickoff time, being 3:00pm Honduras local time.

I guess school and work hardly matter on a day recently classified a national holiday over there, though.

Come on, Barack! Throw us a bone here!

Paul Poenicke said...

@ Greg-Ah, you are correct: from the principle of indiscernibility of identicals-–that if two objects are in fact one and the same, they have all the same properties–-one would conclude that you and dikranovich have all the same properties, namely, being a trusted source. But, since this property is not shared....

@dikranovich-I have no problem with valuable opinions, and I agree that this blog has limited comments, which allows for a dialogue unmatched in other parts of the web. However, you have to admit that your comments can be rather crazy at times. Sometimes you get so interested in crafting a funky phrase that it detracts from your argument. But I do admit that your work is valuable in this context (and not just in the way that manure is valuable to fertilize crops), usually by providing an unorthodox response to various issues.

@ Brian-I wouldn't worry about the game if you go to Més Que. It's a specialized soccer bar that has ordered enough channels to catch games from across the globe.

Have a beer for me. I won't get out of class (@ UB's North Campus) until after 4.50. I might watch the game in my office, or wander out to a bar near the North Campus (not too many of those).

The last game I watched in the office was the US win in Mexico. I cheered so loud when we scored that my prof, who was the only one in the department, ran to my door and asked me if I was okay.

Timmy said...

dikranovich - Showtimes on BeIN are as follows (all times Eastern):
Tomorrow:
Live at 4pm,
Replay at 11pm.
Thursday:
Replay at 9pm.

Honduras has chosen the kickoff time to make conditions as tough as possible for the US Men.

dikranovich said...

Timmy, thank you. These replays are not live, but now There are some options. Since Johnny Bornstein is president of Honduras. I expect him to allow the national holiday, but at the same time, every Honduran knows why they qualified for South Africa .

Matt said...

@Paul & Brian: Nice to see Buffalo well represented here. Though we live in San Fran now, my wife is from Buffalo so we are there often (near Cafe Aroma on Elmwood), might have to have an NSC east gathering for some late fall USMNT game some time.

Hope it's not too cold out there. And way to bring some actual academic logic to these parts. Class up the joint.

Alex Larsen said...

Do you know if the game is televised in Europe Greg?

Greg Seltzer said...

That depends... where are you in Europe?

dikranovich said...

Macedonia

Alex Larsen said...

Berlin

Greg Seltzer said...

It's on a channel called "sportdigital" in Germany.