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About dbailey62

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  1. Players you expect to see in the CPL

  2. Players you expect to see in the CPL

    I believe that's called learning from past mistakes. We know what went wrong in the CSL and the CPL will not repeat those past mistakes just as MLS is not repeating the blunders of the true NASL.
  3. Players you expect to see in the CPL

    Or Pesch in Toronto or Alex in Hamilton or Onstad in Winnipeg etc etc etc. Now they may very well have found alternate routes they and Jason being special players but nobody knows that for certain. The league fulfilled it's role and perhaps with a more sympathetic CSA, it might have been able to continue to do so.
  4. Players you expect to see in the CPL

    Oh wasn't that something. I was sitting at the base of the stairs to the press box and saw the door slam shut. For those not in on the story, Justin Fashanu was an openly gay player which opened him up to a lot of abuse and on occasion he got tired of it and on this occasion, at Centennial Park in Etobicoke, as the Blizzard hosted the Hamilton Steelers (the team owned by Mario DeBartolomeo), he elbowed a defender in the schnoz. He got him good. He was red carded and as he started to make the trek to the dressing room, Mario started screaming at him from the press box calling Justin "f-ck-ng f-gg-t" and so on. Justin stopped his walk, looked up at the press box and changed direction at which point I said "uh oh". He clambered up into the stands and jogged up the stairs at which point the door slammed shut. Justin tried to get in and peered in through the glass. Later, when asked just why he went up there, Justin said something to the effect of "I just wanted to tell him to stop using that kind of language as there were lots of kids in the stands." .... and yes, Mario was league President. It was very, very shabby behaviour. Great story though.
  5. Zambrano out!

    I wish we had played the home game vs Mexico not to lose. We went out and tried to play with them and got hurt badly. It should have been park the bus with the occasional counterpunch and hope to luck out with a goal. If only we had played to win in ES. We win on the road there and we were in the hex. Mexico didn't matter! That lack of CONCACAF experience sure did show in WCQ. A spot in the Hex was there for the taking.
  6. Players you expect to see in the CPL

    Sorry, in regards to number of home games, in an eight team league, do we go with a one division balanced schedule of two home and two away versus all seven teams for a 28 game schedule/14 home games? I'd say yes! The thought of two four team conferences and playing the home conference rivals six times in a season (3H/3A) while playing the other conference clubs only twice (1H/1A) makes me queezy although it would make for a 26 game schedule. I'd vote no! Sorry folks. I think we need a new thread to discuss business scenarios. This isn't the thread for it. I got carried away.
  7. Players you expect to see in the CPL

    Of course it is and I've had this kind of discussions with friends who have declared MLS more popular than the NHL because of a higher average attendance not taking into account number of fixtures, facility capacity and the most important thing of all IMO, gross revenue. That said, whether people accept it or not, the CFL is the rarest of rare things, an all-Canadian franchise pro sports league and it is surviving reasonably well. Let's not knock its success as, on a national basis, soccer can only dream of matching it's success at this point in time. In my post though, more important than attendances are the tv numbers and the tv contract if any. CPL won't be making money from TV. They may end up having to buy time and subsidize the production costs ... or totally self-produce and go with an online model with, perhaps, a handful of games on broadcast television via Sportsnet or CBC. Canadian content is still very important to the broadcasters. Hopefully, one day, it can be a source of revenue but initially at least, the CPL will need paying bums in seats! I can certainly envision some markets struggling and owners getting frozen tootsies. I hope all are going in with their eyes wide open!
  8. Players you expect to see in the CPL

    That is realistic! If people come, those numbers can rise. Gotta be prudent. We don't need teams over extending right off the opening match.
  9. Players you expect to see in the CPL

    Well, in respect to the CFL, in an overall sense, if in ten years we can have a CPL that: ... receives $40 million per year in tv money from TSN with most clubs in the black as a result (recently extended through 2021) ... averages 4.2 million viewers for its cup final with nearly 10 million tuning in at some point ... regularly draw in the range of 500k viewers for a league fixture and 1 million for the divisional finals ... averages > 24k attendance per regular season match I think the CPL would be considered a roaring success. Even half that would be an absolutely incredible achievement. Don't get me wrong, the CFL has its problems too but per match, it numbers are quite reasonable when we compare it to La Liga (27k), Liga MX (26k), Seri A (24k) or even MLS (22k). All I'm saying is let's not be too quick to eat our young.
  10. Players you expect to see in the CPL

    Seeing as he played all of five games for TFC scoring three goals in those five games and looking quote decent, I was a bit surprised when they dealt him to Mtl. His time with Mtl was poor no doubt. In regards to CPL, his experience alone would give him the nod in my books. Let's not pretend CPL will be anywhere close to MLS in level of quality. If the league was kicking off in 2018, signing Issey would be a no brainer. As I said above, I'd love to see Ottawa give him a shot to see what he can do at the USL level. He might surprise us.
  11. Players you expect to see in the CPL

    I wonder what Issey has planned. He just left his Malaysian club by mutual consent after having scored 32 goals in 61 appearances since 2015 and leading them to promotion to the Super League, a very nice strike rate. I'd love to see him in Ottawa! I really liked him in his short spell with TFC.
  12. Herdman new head coach

    Agreed. Performance is what matters and that's why we need to support Herdman because if he succeeds, Canada succeeds and that's what counts! Bring on the League of Nations!
  13. Players you expect to see in the CPL

    ..... and that guy with the second most assists had ten goals! Hamilton is not a reject! He's young and has skills. Given playing time as a sub and spare, he could probably score 6-10 goals in MLS. You're right though as he could be a star in the CPL.
  14. Herdman new head coach

    Is this link still active? Not working for me!
  15. Zambrano out!

    You're having a tough time tonight.