Trip to Argentina was great - hope to have a writeup soon. And the best part of going 0-4 is being in another country and not seeing any of the games, so I was spared the agony of things like "shit - Zona had 1st and goal at the 4 and didn't score, which would have covered the number", which are invariably your lingering memories from close bets lost (Zona, Miami).
On the other end of close, we had UT-Cal, which was so dominant that it rendered hilarious my pregame analysis that "It's pretty simple, Cal is just better", while at the same time destroying the spirit of A10 and friends to document their trip to Nash Vegas and replacing it with only numbing despair. Sorry, boys, but now you know how I felt after my trips to Neyland in 1993 and 1997.
Thanks to the wonderful VHS efforts of Mom & Dad, I was greeted Sunday at Hartsfield with a tape of the Carolina-UGA game, which I watched late Sunday night on my couch (kind of bizarre seeing Alan Vigil Ford commercials sitting on my couch in SF I must say). Good stuff all things considered, except for the University of Georgia promo commercial, which unlike the usual "looks like it came out of a High School AV club" appearance, this year has the production value of a Junior High school AV club. It's downright embarrassing.
After 3 plays you could tell that Stafford will be the real deal. His throws look like Elway's passes on Tecmo Bowl - darts (Joe T's aren't quite Jack Truedau/Tecmo Bowl like, but the difference was immediately clear). Like Theo Walcott, it looks like he very well may live up to the massive hype after all. In time, of course.
Watching Arsenal-Middlesboro in Buenos Aires on Saturday was like watching the movie Groundhog Day, except that it was in Spanish. Boro scored early and Arsenal needed a penalty to get a 1-1 draw in a match where they outshot Boro 24 to 1. It was the opener against Villa all over again.
If you ever have the opportunity to watch a Premiership match on Fox Sports World Espanol then do it: every time a goal is scored the announcer breaks out into a freestyle song about the player/tem/goal which just occurred, which lasts a solid 1 to 2 minutes as the replays are being shown. I have no idea what dude was saying except when he mentioned player/team names, but it was one of the funniest things I have ever heard. There was music as well - it was like Sabado Gigante mixed in with the match- awesome.
So 2 points from a possible 9 against 3 totally average teams to start the season. Not good, but they are really dominating - hopefully they can actually score some freaking goals. Away to Manchester United this Sunday is next up, so hopefully they can sort themselves out.
Yesterday Arsenal travelled to Hamburg and won 2-1 in the first match day of the 06-07 Champions. They were lucky to be awarded a penalty and have the opposing keeper sent off early, and then went 2-0 up on a wonderstrike by Thomas Rosicky that was reminiscent of his goal that killed off the Czech-US game at the World Cup this summer. Hopefully his teammates took notice that you can't score if you don't shoot; they have been trying to walk it in a bit too much so far this year.