The Sports Dude Goes To Mexico City and Lives To Write About It

Monday, August 17th, 2009

A few months ago, Bill Simmons had ESPN soccer announcer Rob Stone as a guest on his radio show to talk soccer - a rarity on the Sports Guy's show. Listening to Simmons trip over soccer concepts and names made ardent soccer supporters cringe. But he admitted during the segment, ...

Lucy Pinder Picture and Today’s Links

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Lucy Pinder is a big fan of Southampton's football team. In honor of "Soccer Day" here on Rumors and Rants, she's bringing you the links. And the above photo is just about the tamest one we could find of Lucy. Good lass. That's a fantastic sign. Stay classy, Ronaldo - The ...

Join Or Die: U.S.-Mexico Live Blog!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Game time is fast approaching (4 p.m. EST, Telemundo/mun2), and I'm getting amped. Even though the game isn't on the ESPN family of networks, the Worldwide Leader is actually doing a good job of hyping the game and breaking it down. Bob Ley and Alexi Lalas are actually in Mexico City ...

Join Or Die Tomorrow For U.S.-Mexico Live Blog!

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

The U.S. soccer team’s inevitable trip to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa has its biggest test so far when it travels to Mexico City for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier. The Americans’ troubles south of the border have been well documented. (The U.S. is 0-22-1 on Mexican dirt.) Mexican winger Andres ...

Cape Of Good Hope-ing To Get Out Alive

Monday, July 13th, 2009

If you plan on going to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup, understand this - you’re going to die. You’re going to get murdered or contract HIV and then die later. Either way, you’re dead. For the first time in the competition’s history, the World Cup will be played in ...

FIFA, We Have A Problem

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Anyone remember during the 2006 World Cup in Germany how there were whispers that South Africa might not be ready to host its own World Cup by 2010? Concerns about construction delays, the political mess the country is in and an overall lack of security had most of the soccer ...

Yes We Can!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

OK, so on Monday the U.S. lost to Italy in its opening game of the Confederations Cup, a tuneup for next year’s World Cup in South Africa. The Americans hung with the defending world champions - much like they did in the 2006 World Cup - and took a lead into ...

U.S. Soccer Takes A Dump On My Chest

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

What the hell was that? U.S. Soccer, are you kidding me? Wednesday night’s World Cup Qualifier against Costa Rica was an absolute disgrace. As former U.S. captain and current broadcaster John Harkes said mid-telecast, “I’m angry.” Damn right. And he should be.  The Americans got absolutely buzzsawed 3-1 by the Ticos (a consolation late ...