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NFL to Flag Celebratory Goal Post Dunks

Starting next season, the NFL will no longer allow players to dunk the ball over the goal post crossbar in celebration of scoring a touchdown. Insert obligatory joke about the NFL standing for the “No Fun League” here. Awful acronym jokes aside, I am disappointed that I won’t be seeing any celebratory dunks this coming […]

Connelly’s Top Ten – Patriots Stink but Exciting; Poor Gronk

1. Patriots Gift of interference evens out the non-fumble call at beginning of game, which was a 10-point swing and changed the entire complexion of the game Scoring * Failed to score in the first quarter six times this year * Didn’t score a touchdown in the first half six times this year * Failed […]

The New American Soccer Fan, Thanks to France and Algeria

With the World Cup coming to a close, it is clear that soccer fever is finally sweeping the country. The best players in the world are on display throughout American living rooms and bars in record numbers. Is it for real or just a four-year novelty?  Even though the United States has been knocked out, […]

The Couch Potato Report: World Cup, Wimbledon, and Weiners!

Off we go on a holiday weekend edition of “The Couch Potato Report,” C.P.R. for your sports-lovin’ heart. Now, the Fourth of July is meant for many things. Fireworks. Cookouts. Freedom. Flags. But unfortunately, watching TV really isn’t something that people look forward to doing on Independence Day. As much of a TV junkie as […]

U.S.A.’s Performance is Heartbreaking, Predictable

Sorry it’s taken so long to write this postmortem but since Saturday, I’ve been in a state of indescribable agony and basking in the wretched misery of mourning. The U.S. lost to Ghana in what might have been their worst performance of the tournament and probably since that thrashing they took from a young Czech […]

The Couch Potato Report: Soccer Kicks, Draft Picks, and Get Your Jacko Fix

Another sports-filled weekend is upon us, as June wraps up having featured a crap load of highly entertaining, enjoyable, and in some cases heartbreaking, sports programming. This weekend should add to that, as nearly every sport has something big going on, either on or off the field, from soccer to hockey to tennis, and everything […]

U.S.A Stuns Algeria 1-0, Wins Group

Wow. What an absolute stunner eh? That was a magnificent win for a team that just won’t be denied this World Cup. I have to admit, however, I had my doubts throughout the game. For starters, Bob Bradley’s choice to start Herculez Gomez is a head scratcher to say the least. Throughout the World Cup, […]

Video: Landon Donovan Goal Vs. Algeria, World Cup Group C

If you saw the U.S. – Algeria game, you saw Landon Donovan score in the 92nd minute to lift the Americans to a 1-0 win. The U.S. has won their group for the first time since 1930. (Video has good quality…hopefully it stays on YouTube!)

Disallowed Goal In U.S.-Slovenia Game is Just One Example of Bigger Problem

Yes, it was gross. A blatant awful call that cost the U.S. a 3-2 victory over Slovenia. Had the goal been allowed, the U.S. would have been sitting atop the group looking almost certain to qualify for the knock-out stage. However, even with that brutal call, I still like that the U.S. controls their own […]

The Couch Potato Report: Manny, Monkeys, and More Vuvuzelas!

We’re down in the dumps. We’re beaten. We’re depressed. Bostonians over the last five weeks have had to suffer through not one, but two epic defeats, after Thursday night’s disappointing loss by the Celtics out at Staples Center in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, at the hands of bitter rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers. […]

The Couch Potato Report: C’s, Sox, and Soccer Goes Global

Another sports-filled weekend is upon us, and of course, all eyes are focused on South Africa, where the world’s most popular sport takes center stage in the biggest tournament of them all, the World Cup. Locally, Americans don’t hold this event nearly in as high a regard as the rest of the world, but with […]

Know Nothing About the World Cup? That’s OK, You Can Fake It.

You and I aren’t all that different. We both spent a summer month back in 2006 getting caught up in the fervor of World Cup soccer. We were impressed by the traditions and histories. We learned the players’ names and styles. We were enchanted by the beauty and fluidity of the game. We made a […]

Questionable Referee to Call USA/England Game

Saturday’s game between England and the U.S.A. is already chock full storylines. It’s a rematch of the 1950 stunner when the U.S. pulled out a 1-0 win over the Brits in Brazil. England is sending arguably their most talented team ever to the tournament. Expectations are sky high across the pond so you know they’ve […]

The Couch Potato Report: Supersized Long Weekend Edition

UPDATE: Celtics Advance to NBA Finals, Beat Magic 96-84 Memorial Day weekend has finally arrived. As the unofficial start of summer, at least in my book, this weekend will surely be loaded with outdoor barbecues, families taking the covers off their swimming pools, and parades down the main streets of towns everywhere. Mother Nature is […]

Czech Republic Beats USA 4-2: Analysis

There weren’t many positives coach Bob Bradley or the U.S.A fans could take from the 4-2 loss to the Czech Republic Tuesday night in Hartford. The most promising aspect was that neither Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore, or Carlos Bocanegra had anything to do with the thrashing the very young Czech’s handed […]