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Not over here in "Soccer" country. DAMMIT. Seriously pissed off...if ESPN is carrying it over there, why aren't they streaming it on ESPN3 online at least? This is all I get: Moreirense vs Benfica. Fantastic.

 

It sucks over here sometimes. Every place in the world has it's drawbacks, and the US is no exception. And it might seem like an idiotically small thing in contrast to other issues, but the whole "bag on football" thing is pretty irritating...people openly scoff at football fans, and I don't get it. The game is scintillating...it's the beautiful fucking game for god's sake! I mean...if baseball (which I do enjoy) isn't too boring, then how can someone say that football is with a straight face? Watch the 3-2 victory over Chelsea this year, and tell me it isn't thrilling. (Or the Cisse goal Chelsea game from last year, for that matter. Still pissed about that Tiote cheap shot!)

 

Bah. I'm preaching to the choir here. But the first half of this year was brutal...no two ways about it. Now all of the sudden we have all kinds of cause for hope. Obviously the French imports and Sissoko, but also Cabaye coming back and Ben Arfa (finally!), Krul continuing to show why he's worthy of international respect with consistent upper tier form. Cisse continues to sputter a bit, but this Newcastle club is a hell of a lot more fun to watch. Aston Villa and Chelsea were rousing, and really, you can't get that mad about Bale performing magic for the Spurs in that loss. So I want to watch every single game. I feel like the second half of league play and what is hopefully another handful of additional European matches will show us evolve and become increasingly more cohesive, paving the way for a dangerous squad next year. (Disclaimer: I am prone to optimism that occasionally might not be ironclad but screw it, I prefer that to only focusing on flaws. :lol:)

 

Our midfield, if we retain everyone, is scary. Cabaye, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Tiote? That's a rough looking assignment. If we can nab a dangerous striker (preferably a few viable scoring threats) and maybe shore up some defensive depth, and, obviously, keep Krul...damn. That's pretty solid. And winning today would be another huge step forward...this team has legitimate talent. Just need to keep nabbing some positive results to help reinforce that and bolster confidence among the players.

 

Worst of all: Tottenham, Chelsea, and Atletico Madrid all have their Europa games on TV over here. (Naturally.) I'm seriously considering just trying to find a pay stream just so I can watch, and I'm broke as shit.

 

EDIT: I wrote that like Sissoko isn't one of the French imports, which obviously isn't the case. I just singled him out for what I tentatively would call fairly obvious reasons. He's that good and only 23? Yeah...nothing not to like there.

 

It can be hard enough finding somewhere to watch it over here sometimes. Especially the 3pm Saturday Kick offs.

 

prediction: I reckon we'll nick it 2-1

 

I like your profile pic btw

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Not over here in "Soccer" country. DAMMIT. Seriously pissed off...if ESPN is carrying it over there, why aren't they streaming it on ESPN3 online at least? This is all I get: Moreirense vs Benfica. Fantastic.

 

It sucks over here sometimes. Every place in the world has it's drawbacks, and the US is no exception. And it might seem like an idiotically small thing in contrast to other issues, but the whole "bag on football" thing is pretty irritating...people openly scoff at football fans, and I don't get it. The game is scintillating...it's the beautiful fucking game for god's sake! I mean...if baseball (which I do enjoy) isn't too boring, then how can someone say that football is with a straight face? Watch the 3-2 victory over Chelsea this year, and tell me it isn't thrilling. (Or the Cisse goal Chelsea game from last year, for that matter. Still pissed about that Tiote cheap shot!)

 

Bah. I'm preaching to the choir here. But the first half of this year was brutal...no two ways about it. Now all of the sudden we have all kinds of cause for hope. Obviously the French imports and Sissoko, but also Cabaye coming back and Ben Arfa (finally!), Krul continuing to show why he's worthy of international respect with consistent upper tier form. Cisse continues to sputter a bit, but this Newcastle club is a hell of a lot more fun to watch. Aston Villa and Chelsea were rousing, and really, you can't get that mad about Bale performing magic for the Spurs in that loss. So I want to watch every single game. I feel like the second half of league play and what is hopefully another handful of additional European matches will show us evolve and become increasingly more cohesive, paving the way for a dangerous squad next year. (Disclaimer: I am prone to optimism that occasionally might not be ironclad but screw it, I prefer that to only focusing on flaws. :lol:)

 

Our midfield, if we retain everyone, is scary. Cabaye, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Tiote? That's a rough looking assignment. If we can nab a dangerous striker (preferably a few viable scoring threats) and maybe shore up some defensive depth, and, obviously, keep Krul...damn. That's pretty solid. And winning today would be another huge step forward...this team has legitimate talent. Just need to keep nabbing some positive results to help reinforce that and bolster confidence among the players.

 

Worst of all: Tottenham, Chelsea, and Atletico Madrid all have their Europa games on TV over here. (Naturally.) I'm seriously considering just trying to find a pay stream just so I can watch, and I'm broke as shit.

 

EDIT: I wrote that like Sissoko isn't one of the French imports, which obviously isn't the case. I just singled him out for what I tentatively would call fairly obvious reasons. He's that good and only 23? Yeah...nothing not to like there.

 

Dear pissed off in the US, every Newcastle game this season has been shown on the telly. Today is no exception as the game is live on FS+. Along with all the english clubs involved.

 

Nowt like a rant when you don't know what you are on about to make yourself look stupid.

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Hoping it's a

Krul,

Simpson, Mapou Y-M, Colo, Haidara,

Anita, Cabaye, Sissoko,

Marveaux,

Cisse, Ameobi

 

thinking it's a

Krul,

Simpson, Mapou Y-M, Colo, Haidara,

Anita, Cabaye, Sissoko,

Cisse -------------------------------Marveaux

Ameobi

 

 

If the latter is the case at least we could push Anita wide right and go a straight 4-4-2?

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