Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas - if you're like me, it was filled with good times with friends, family, and Cristiano Ronaldo jerseys under the tree.
*Speaking of Ronaldo, I received an extra present in the form of Comcast SportsNet broadcasting the December 23rd Manchester United-Everton match. Let me assure you that the stupid smile on face remained plastered to my face from 1:30-2:00pm as caught the final 20 or so minutes of the match. Much to my delight, it was Ronaldo himself that scored both ManU goals (one from the run of play, the other a penalty), which afforded me even greater Christmas joy.
*I feel like I should preface every sorry story of how I miss my football with "by the way, I don't have digital cable, and thus, I must brave the winter without regular EPL, La Liga, and Bundesliga matches on Fox Soccer and GolTV." But adding to the offseason blues is the fact that Cox Communications no longer broadcasts "The World Game" on channel 3 on Friday nights. Sure, the content was dated by three weeks, but the hour-long program allowed me to take a giant slurp of the global landscape, including lesser known Asian, African and Australian leagues. My Friday nights this winter are definitely duller without my weekly world football fix.
*I would have loved to have caught El Super Clasico on Sunday afternoon, but without GolTV, I consider myself lucky to have caught some highlights on ESPN while I jogged away on the treadmill at the gym. How about that goal-scoring sequence involving Ruud van Nistelrooy and Julio Baptista? The duo played the give-and-go, as Baptista fed it forward to van Nistelrooy, who played it right back to a gatecrashing Baptista inside the box, and volleyed the bouncing ball right into the back of the net. Sheer brilliance.
*Also wanted to give kudos to the guys at BlueBloodedJourno.com, a fantastic Revolution-related blog that has wonderfully morphed into a nice little newsite. I've updated the URL on "My Links" tab, so by all means, feel free to check it out. Tell them the Sunday Morning Striker sent you!