Thursday, October 23, 2008

Obama v McCain - The Dance-Off

14 comments:

Joel said...

Very funny stuff,the person created this video has some mad Final Cut Pro editing skills!

Any chance we can get some Premier League posts sometime soon.

WHU-0 ARSENAL-2

Should be a decent match on wed,

Man United-WHU

Go Hotspur's!!

Dan said...

Yeah, tough loss for the Hammers. They were 0-0 at the 75th minute. Man Utd should have no problem with the reeling Hammers. Is that on TV? It'd be nice to see WHU against a top form club, even in a loss.

Joel said...

where do you watch the games?

Dan said...

I watch the Champions League games at home because they're on the ESPN channels. I don't have FSC, so I usually don't watch Premier League games. A 4 PM kickoff of a West Ham v Man Utd match would be enough to drag me down to the Field or Phoenix Landing if it were on tv though. You?

fuge said...

Do places even open anymore for FSC broadcast games? I know PJ Ryans doesn't.

Dan said...

"This content has been removed!" bummer, that was a funny vid.

Phoenix Landing definitely opens for games.

Brendan said...

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Story?id=6099188&page=1

Maybe a future post for VTK.

Brendan

Dan said...

I just watched the fsn replay of the West Ham Arsenal match and I have to say that West Ham looked very much Arsenal's equal for the first 3/4 of the match. Then Arsenal took over like the elite team they are. Why did it take that long for them to put Adebayor in? He totally took over the game. Must have been injured. The TV schedule says that WHU and Man U will be on tv tomorrow, so if anyone has any interest in watching it at the Field or the Phoenix Landing, let me know. 4 PM.

Dan said...

Interesting article, Brendan. I'm certainly no apologist for the mainstream media. Though I would question the motives and timing of the author. My hunch is that he's a McCain fan or at least an Obama non-fan. I don't know him and haven't read his past articles, but I wonder why he didn't write this article when he had a problem with CNN's coverage of the Israel Lebanon warring. On that issue, has he never experienced pro-Israel biased media coverage in the US, Europe, or elsewhere? If he supported the firing of Dan Rather during his poorly-sourced reporting fiasco in the 04 election, did he also have a problem with Dan when he went on Letterman after 9/11 and said that he was a patriot first, a journalist second, and wherever the President wanted him to line up, he'd line up? Surely that's not objective journalism. And while we're on 9/11, has the mainstream media ever been more negligent, pussified, and un-watchdog-ish than it was after 9/11, during the ramp-up to the invasion of Iraq, and in the first year or so of the Occupation of Iraq?

There's nothing new about the shortcomings of the mainstream media. Nor is there anything consistently partisan about it. The label "mainstream media" is used to refer to wide range of sources which have leanings in different directions. In the US at least, they're all ultimately chasing dollars. Consequently, they'll speak to demographics that the market presents them.

fuge said...

As a fairly avid watcher of Arsenal matches, I say that this seems to be one of three ways their matches play out. Either they let teams stick around for most of the match, and then get a goal late, then they usually add two or three on top of that.

Or they let a lesser team hang around, give up a goal on a set play, which the announcer will say something along the lines of: as hard as it is to believe, "Team A" has the lead!....Arsenal will then scramble to tie, or often, like against Hull, will lose.

Finally, they have games, often in cups, or against everton, where they just destroy teams, and usually someone scores a hat trick. These like I said, take place in cups, or at the end of the season.

I'd say 95 percent of games fall into these three categories, with last years defeat in the FA cup to Man U, and a loss to Chelsea last year when they controlled play for most of the game, but gave up goals to Drogba to lose....in recent memory going against this trend.

That being said, Miguel Almunia apparently is getting his passport in 6 months, so I can celebrate a new "Englishman" to the team!

Dan said...

If you weren't before, you're now the official VTK Arsenal correspondent. Excellent analysis.

fuge said...

And look what happens...Arsenal goes up 4-2 against hated rival Spurs, only to give up two late goals to tie, it's ridiculous.

And if I can say something else...which I will, Theo Walcott is one year away from 20 goals. His pace down the wing is unmatched.

Dan said...

I hate to question the official VTK Arsenal correspondent, but haven't people been saying that about Theo Walcott for 5 years now?

West Ham was completely outclassed by Man Utd at Old Trafford yesterday. The score (which could have even been a goal closer in margin if one of the late Hammer flurries yielded a goal) did not do justice to the difference in quality between the two teams. The real crazy thing about playing teams like Man U and Arsenal is that they can afford to sit guys like Adebayor and Rooney and then bring them in with 20 minutes left for a major boost. Tough to compete when we're bringing in Freddy Sears and Boa Morte. Julien Faubert is the best player on the Hammers and he's totally wasted playing at right back. That's what you get for dumping Ferdinand and McCartney for chump change.

fuge said...

People have been saying it for a while...Remember, he's still only like 18 years old.

He had a hat trick in a full England International game, and he's been starting a lot on the wing for arsenal. He's currently looking for the pass too much, but he's had some sparkling runs, against West Ham in particular, he had a run/shot off the cross bar that would have been a goal of the year candidate had it gone in.

I'm thinking that next year, after a year of World Cup qualifications, FA Cup and Carling Cup, as well as Prem action (which he still doesn't start every game yet) and the probable departure of a striker (Adebayor, although he's doing himself no favors by not scoring at the rate he did last year) Walcott will be a much bigger factor next year. I'm saying he finishes with 17 to 19 goals...

And yes, I can understand frustrations of following teams that aren't in the (Big 4), because there is just a different quality of play. I personally think Arsenal can be criticized for it's lack of home grown talent, but it isn't like they are buying established sstars and paying them loads of money, they are buying young talent and grooming them into stars.

But other teams don't have that option...once they groom someone to a certain level, they are basically forced to sell them.