Monday, Monday. Can't trust that day.
So what did you do this weekend? On Saturday I watched my local NASL club, the Jacksonville Armada, fight off a horrible straight red call to draw with our local rival the Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-1. That night I sat on the edge of my seat as DeAndre Yeldin showed his immature side, forcing the USMNT to completely exhaust their fumes in a 1-0 defeat of Paraguay. I played a bit of soccer Sunday night. We won. My skill set is so rusty. I should never take a shot on goal again. After the match I came home to watch Brazil bow out of the COPA thanks to a grotesquely missed hand ball goal by Peru's Raul Ruidiaz.
Good for Wales. Why do the soccer gods hate England?
Amongst the glory that was this weekend of beautiful international play was the disappointing display by Russian and English fans. Then came Orlando. None of my friends or family were in the club, but it was a rough 24 hours getting information on who might have been there, and if they were safe. Thank you Facebook check-in application feature.
In the words of Forrest Gump: "And that is all I'm going to say about that." My happy place will be the images of the fans from Northern Ireland and Poland dancing together before their match. Isn't that what this is supposed to be about?
OK, let's kick the ball.
Steve McClaren: Why I failed at Newcastle
The former England boss says he failed to impose his will on the job, and compromised too much to the demands of the Newcastle hierarchy.
McClaren frustrated us all. Yet there was always something eating away at my frustration: What was he given to succeed? Much like Pardew I would argue they were both handcuffed by an inept front office. This piece makes that argument.
Steve McClaren shackled himself at Newcastle from the start - but Rafa Benitez was not as foolish
And this piece approaches McClaren's argument from a different perspective.
It was known from the very start that his title of ‘head coach’ weakened his own bargaining power, that he would only ever have a diluted input on transfers, and that his appointment to the ‘Football Board’ was almost a token move.
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Fans of Northern Ireland and Poland are dancing together in the streets
I can't mention it in the introduction then not give you the link. What kind of a person would do that? While the article notes "Soccer is a fun sport", I think it's better put to state "Soccer CAN BE a fun sport".
Newcastle United Quote Roma Big Asking Price For Midfielder
Newcastle fans have the strangest relationship with the Euros
This was fun to read. Hard, but fun. True, but fun.
The only direct interest Newcastle fans have, involves most supporters being desperate for their own player to fail. Is there any other club that comes anywhere close to this?
Championship at 10: latest transfer news including Derby County, Newcastle United, Fulham and Wolves
Some Championship transfer rumors, rather than just Newcastle. Have fun with this. Who is the player, and is it a transfer-in or transfer-out?
Monday's video had to be this. The universe imposed itself upon me. Sometimes you just don't fight it.