Today is a big day for us here at The Full 90. It's not just that it is St. Patrick's Day (though that does mean Shamrock Shake, which makes us happy). It's not even that it's also the first day of the NCAA Tournament (which makes us very, very happy). It's not even that the Ocho-sideshow means more exposure for the blog (which it already has and makes us very happy).
No, today is our anniversary. We turn 1 year old. Now, we're not one wax all nostalgic (but we are one to talk in the present plural tense, which is weird... we know), but it's kind of been a big year.
In one poorly constructed run-on sentence, I will try and surmise an entire year of covering soccer for The Kansas City Star...
Who are these guys?, 4-nil in the cold, Ryan Smith!, 90 Minutes of Hell, starting strong,Worst Miss of the Century , the goal drought begins, Sunil Chhetri and interest from India rises, Edgar Davids Without Glasses, Pablo Escobar?, more goal drought, PABLO ESCOBAR @#!, the stadium grows, Kei Kamara's Twitter feud with Nick Garcia, Roger Espinoza in the World Cup, this goal and this reaction , this game , haters, and a few more haters, Sunil Chhetri leaves and interest from India fade, rumors about Omar Bravo, Omar Bravo signs, Omar Bravo doesn't, Omar Bravo signs then goes on loan, great football, Jon Kempin sign Homegrown player deal, brilliant football, the stadium grows, THE BIRAHIM DIOP GAME!, the Comets return, Teal Bunbury's emergence, playoffs!, tepid football, the looming name change, this game , the stadium grows, the Seattle game, playoffs?, THE BIRAHIM DIOP GAME 2.0, crash, playoffs @#!, the rebrand party, the rebrand fall-out, the Twitter rebrand fall-out, Teal Bunbury's first US cap, silence, more silence, goodbye Jimmy and Josh, the SuperDraft, Kei Kamara starts a snowball fight, I like that BoonBooRee , training camp starts, the stadium looks like a real stadium for like real, Kevin Ellis signs as second Homegrown player, off to Phoenix, back from Phoenix, off to Phoenix, Bunbury's elbow, goodbye Jack, #giveKCajob, the Yanks are coming, Livestrong Sporting Park, Roger Esiponza's studs up brawl-starter, Media Day, Who are these guys?, Callum Williams ... and, finally, Chad Ochocinco.
Holy crap. Did I miss anything? That's one heck of a year. Thanks for keeping with us.
Now, on to recapping that Ochocinco news...Chad Johnson, and anyone who can cut it in MLS, deserves a shot Ochocinco will have a (real) trial with Sporting KC Idled in football, Chad tries futbol Five other NFL players who could make it in soccer
Chad's work as a kicker...
I personally think the Ocho-sideshow is a win-win-win for the team. First, if he actually is serious and has some talent and can ball, good. Second, the media circus is a good chance for the team to get much-needed publicity. Third, the team gets a chance to see what it is made of playing with a media circus in tow. Worst-case scenario? He's not very good and everyone moves on.
MLS looks at the effect of home-field advantage and what it could mean to a team starting the season with a road-trip
, like Sporting Kansas City.
Donovan headlines U.S. roster for upcoming exhibition games.
Perhaps seeing the error of their ways, CONCACAF will likely stick with a six-team final for 2014 World Cup qualifying.
Chelsea and Real Madrid are through the Champions League quarterfinals.
They'll join Barcelona, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Schalke 04 and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson gets five-match ban for ref rant.
And, finally, and very strangely: Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed is going to unveil a statue of Michael Jackson outside of Craven Cottage on April 3. Um, yes that Michael Jackson. Um, what?