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Everything posted by nfitz

  1. And the timing was horrid. It was about 8:45 pm on a Tuesday night, in the middle of the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games. Two days earlier the Canadian Men's Pan Am team played Brazil, and 2 days later then played Panama. And the day before the senior women's team had played Ecuador! The media was very pre-occupied ... and if that wasn't enough, the game was at the same time as the Baseball all-star game in Cincinnati! I'm amazed that they got 17K out anyways!
  2. It used to be ... it was part of even the most basic cable package. But lately I've noticed a couple of months ago that my very basic digitial cable package (which has TSN1 and Sportsnet Ontario, but not much else) no longer has TLN. Which is a shame, as they had started carrying beautifully restored to HD M*A*S*H in the late evening after the kids went to bed! They did a great pan-and-scan job to make them widescreen - normally I shudder at such things, but it looked very good!
  3. Well it is if you quote it now, because I've since fixed it.
  4. nfitz

    CPL General

    You know what else I like in Rugby? If the injury doesn't look serious, they just let medics come on and deal with it, while they play on. That would end the flip-flopping in the corner of the pitch, that is simply trying to delay the game.
  5. With the beginning of the season approaching, and being about to leave for a couple of weeks vacation, I thought I'd pop in and find out the update on how I'll actually be watching these games. Is there any actual information buried in all the bickering?
  6. While there are plans to sew about 3% artificial fibres into the 100% grass pitch, BMO has never had a hybrid pitch yet - unless it's been done in the last few days. TFC posted this image today.
  7. If the Cuba games are indeed home and away, I'm not sure why anyone thinks we'd do differently than play where Canada always plays similar home games. Bradenton Florida. ... I'll get my coat ...
  8. I'm pretty sure it's 10pm EDT not 10pm EST. It's 7 pm local time isn't it ... and Nevada is on PDT currently. Or is it on MST like Arizona? Though either way, that's a 3-hour difference to EDT rather than the 2-hour difference to EST.
  9. You are correct. Curacao might still slip out of the top 6. But Wikipedia also looks correct when I check https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019–20_CONCACAF_Nations_League_qualifying#Standings - is there another page that's wrong? I don't see any recent edits. That's one of the problems with Wikipedia - anyone can edit it. Though it's also it's strength! Edit - oh, I see. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019–20_CONCACAF_Nations_League#League_A is wrong ... I'll fix.
  10. Good point. I have TSN 1, TSN 3, TSN 4 and TSN 5 with my basic Rogers cable package. TSN 2 (and Sportsnet 1) cost another $7 each a month.
  11. Not sure we can even 100% predict that Qatar won't have been bombed into the stone age by Saudi Arabia by 2022!
  12. nfitz

    CPL bilingualism

    Pragmatically, surely bilingualism is not going to be there significantly until there teams from any French-speaking areas, such as Ottawa, New Brunswick, or Quebec. There's some French speakers elsewhere - particularly in Toronto and around Winnipeg. Though typically if you look at the census data, these speakers also speak English. Personally, I do hear a fair amount of French on the street (or more likely streetcar) in Toronto - perhaps because there's a large French elementary school nearby where I live. More often than not though, it's European French I hear and not Canadian French! Put teams in Quebec and Ottawa, and this will follow naturally. They are the horse - the cart will follow.
  13. TVA is listed as having Euro 2020 rights (and no one else so far). But I don't think that includes qualifiers, which were sold separately for 2016. No one has them as far as I can tell - so presumably like UEFA Nations league, it won't be available legally in Canada.
  14. Only about 10 days away, and still not sure how we are going to watch this. TSN schedules all show tennis and basketball. The game is still listed at oz.com - which is how we watched the away matches. But the last home match was blacked out in Canada. https://www.oz.com/concacafgo/video/9f40ee09-9a55-46d2-b559-d87398a5069b
  15. If the league that's unquestionably number 2 in Concacaf is a pathetic excuse of a soccer league, I hate to think what that says about the leagues that are ranked lower!
  16. Not sure where you are getting 3, 4, or even 5 from .. that's a lot of assumptions not in evidence.
  17. The regulations from 2018 are at https://www.concacafleague.com/en/regulations Really, they don't say much. The Entry Criteria is on page 8. The key bits are:
  18. Surely we know the (official) answer to this question. Because they didn't exist before 2018. If there's a question to be asked, it's something else.
  19. We most certainly don't unanimously think the decision is terrible! The decision seems pragmatic enough to me - and I'm amazed that anyone thinks this even compares to more serious issues - like the dreadful meat pie shortage at some stadiums! I expect most people don't give a shit to be honest. Some Voyageurs don't even care or follow CPL, some don't even follow Canadian club soccer. Don't pretend there's unanimity here!
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    CPL Season Schedule

    Perhaps ... though given that FC Edmonton (not to mention Ottawa and even Montreal briefly) played in the modern NASL, that seems surprising. And that ignore that the top league in North America also uses this ... If true, perhaps it says more about how little the person commenting knows about soccer ...
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    CPL Season Schedule

    Perhaps why afterwards, they went to semi's as well, and made sure the top overall team(s) were part of it too. But there's always an exception if you dig far enough back. The question I suppose is why did Atlanta performance lag in fall 2013? And as I said, it can be mitigated (with semi's, etc.).
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    CPL Season Schedule

    The past is probably the best way to predict the future. Looking at the NASL, Miami FC won the Spring in 2017, and then won the Fall too. In 2016 Indianapolis won the Spring, and finished number 2 in the Fall In 2015 Cosmos won the spring, and were still number 3 in the Fall (which Ottawa won). In 2014 Minnesota won the spring, and then were number 2 in the Fall. Though how one seeds playoffs may help mitigate this as an issue. But hang on - I haven't been following close enough ... I thought someone high-up had said this would be something that's new for North America ... and the split season certainly isn't! Do we know that it's a split season?
  23. I wish there was as much passion for important soccer issues. Like the lack of meat pies at BMO Field. Have we heard anything about Hamilton or King City CPL food options yet? Haven't decided who to cheer for yet ...
  24. Uh ... I did. That's how we started this messy discussion. Perhaps I should have stressed the distances more. While it's only a relatively short hop to Bermuda (which is also in the Caribbean Football Union), the distance from Halifax (for example) to some of these further nations (like French Guiana) is as far as flying to the UK! Even Toronto to Havana (Cuba) is less than half the distance than that to the furthest CFU city. If Victoria is making noise, then it's further to some CFU locations than it is to Tokyo! And unlike TFC, I doubt they'll be chartering their own planes, so it's going to be some ugly connections to some locations - recall that with TFC's brief visit to Tegucigalpa Honduras in 2010 even with their chartered plane, what a travel nightmare it was - and I think the guy running CPL knows this . I'm curious who'll be funding all the international travel! Comments I saw in years past, was that TFC was footing the bill for the specially chartered flights, based on sarcastic comments from management of some poorer MLS clubs. Don't get me wrong though - I think that CPL teams in this tournie is great! I think a year 1 detail about who gets in is trivial, and not very significant in the greater scheme of things. And I hope to see one of these games one day in the GTHA!
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