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  1. "Mais les vrais voyageurs sont ceux-là seuls qui partentPour partir; coeurs légers, semblables aux ballons,De leur fatalité jamais ils ne s'écartent,Et, sans savoir pourquoi, disent toujours: Allons!" "But the true voyagers are solely those who departJust to be departing; hearts light, like balloons,They never turn aside from their fatalityAnd without knowing why they always say: 'Let's go!'" Charles Baudelaire, "Le voyage", Les fleurs du mal (1861)
  2. I love boxed kites. Could you pass me your wife's personal phone number, and a picture?
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    Usually a pre-season friendly can be a simple scrimmage, and if there is no CSA ref involved officially, designated by them or by a provincial association, they should not really have anything to say in the matter. Which makes me wonder: have the Caps not properly registered their u-23 team, do they not have CSA authorisation to play? Or is there some defect related to players' insurance or the like? Since the CPL teams are properly sanctioned, and all requisites are 100% fulfilled, perhaps even for trialists, I am assuming the problem has nothing to do with FC Edmonton. So I am thinking that the Caps have not properly gone about sanctioning and/or fulfilling CSA conditions for their u-23 players.
  4. I agree, there is a big high school right beside. And out there, instead of always having to dream up something to do with kids, you have it nearby. It could mean a few hundred in any case, which I think is fine. Folks underestimate just how many teams are actually supported by immediate neighbourhoods.
  5. If he plays in top flight Egypt, after 4 games he is ahead of half the players you name, maybe more. I can't for the life of me figure out what team he is with, what sort of updates are these?
  6. Come on you chickens, wins, draws, losses! Let it hang!
  7. I think you simply have to make the standard decision to not sell certain sections, leave them empty, or cover over unsold areas with advertising, like the upper part of the lower bowl at BC Place. Not seeing empty seats actually does put them out of mind. By overarticulating pricing by section, which I think is an error, you expose yourself to these sorts of gaps, as I see it. My opinion is that in larger stadiums, you have to reduce the variations, while in smaller stadiums, close to being sold out (at Wanderers, at Cavalry, hopefully Pacific), you can do more detailed variations on price by section.
  8. Okay, here goes. Pacific FC, best, 13 W 8 D 7 L = 47 points Cavalry, worst, 7 W 8 D 13 L = 29 points I don't really believe this, but if I had to bet, that'd be it. I am betting on parity this year.
  9. Even numbers would be more attractive for fans, though clearly, the more teams we have, the less an odd number matters. But I think the key is readiness. If a team is in a situation close to Winnipeg or Hamilton in terms of a stadium, that is a huge step. If the ownership group has deep pockets and can prove they can move effectively on all fronts, another plus. If the proposed club has a parallel supporters group, not set up by them but spontaneous and enthusiastic, another plus. My view is that all groups were speculating this first year, on the basis of a dream. A good part of what we have started as shots in the dark. From now on, all teams will have a much clearer path, with a lot of the groundwork for accurate financial metrics done for them. They will walk into existing fan knowledge, overall and specific league and club experience, media deals, digital support. So I say we have to ask a bit more from them: a lot more. And I am not talking about franchise fees, though I do believe that something has to be paid into the pot to benefit the general good, as part of the league's seed money (this has to be handled right, as asking too much, when the value of the next 5-7 teams is very high for the benefit of all, would be rash and counterproductive).
  10. I was looking for pictures, and saw that the Westshore Rebels pointy-ball team will be playing out of the stadium this summer as well. It is going to get a high use in the end.
  11. If you check the CPL twitter you can see they are creating a lot of content in the Dominican Republic, sometimes through CPL media (Kurt Larson), sometimes, apparently, through press related to clubs (Sandor), but now, also Media Pro Canada, like in this tweet below. Their twitter feed, https://twitter.com/mediaprocanada, refers to the CPL content team, while they are just now referring those interested in their content to One Soccer, apparently their outlet. It'll be interesting to see whether Larson, the clubs' media people and Media Pro share content and collaborate and to what degree.
  12. It is a matter of two things, success, and longevity. First you need to win, otherwise the narratives are off-colour, with exceptions like for youth (Davies), or someone doing something exception (like getting over a cancer while active as a player). Then, on top of winning, have players with consistency doing so, to associate them over a longer term with the success. If we win the Voyaguers Cup and Felipe scores the late winner, there you are. If the run in Concacaf Champions goes deep and Felipe continues playing well, all the better.
  13. Can we get Ted or a few more Lake Side Buoys to make a foray out into the western hinterland and give us a few picks of what is going on? Was also thinking that in the 2nd week of May we have rugby there as well, so it has to be right asap. edit: I just changed my post to react to Ted laughing, so basically I lost what I said originally. This looks like it is to make Ted look silly for laughing, but it is just because I screwed up.
  14. As I see it, you have 18 clubs raring to go, with stadiums to be in the top flight, and a fan base, and of course the money to cover basic costs, and the tv pie---well that is a damn good 34 game season, balanced schedule. I'd stick with it. I'd prefer 18 teams in one top division, to 14 and then another, 2nd with 10 teams, where most likely the tier would not warrant you paying a living wage to your players. The only way to set up promotion and relegation, is to set it up at the amateur level by decree at the lower levels of the game, and then create a wide base of ambitious amateur teams who want to dream about making the CPL, even if they only have a 2300 capacity stadium and can't really compete on salary (exactly the same as all leagues the world over, with your Bournemouths and Huescas). The reason promotion and relegation is great is because it a true expression of meritocracy and the wonders of competition. But as we stand, if we get to near 20 clubs, we have an amazing league for players and fans in Canada--and we don't really have a motivation to start with the complications of a second tier.
  15. I am going to make a prediction. We will never have a properly speaking CPL second division, and there will never be promotion/relegation in CPL. The clubs we end up with, 12-14, will simply not have the balls to risk the consolidation of their market positions by adding the variable of poor performance as a definitive factor in forced downsizing. Promotion and relegation has to be driven from the bottom up, not top down. What drives the system is ambition of those below, not the monopolistic interests of those sitting on top. We will have equivalents to L1O Ontario, feeding CPL teams. Hopefully in more provinces in the country. That's it. Hopefully that will also mean more amateur teams in the Voyageurs Cup.
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