Rugby World Cup Sevens

August 15, 2018

The Rugby World Cup 7s series can be found here.

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USA v Russia women – doesn’t matter what sport and who is playing it is the true rivalry game.

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The Eagles women got the better end with a 33-17 win over Russia.

 

 

 

Rugby World Cup Sevens

August 14, 2018

The Rugby World Cup 7s series can be found here.

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Canada v France women – one of the most physically contested matches on the slate with the French 7s squeaking a 24-19 victory.

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Rugby World Cup Sevens

August 13, 2018

The Rugby World Cup 7s series can be found here.

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Samoa vs Uganda – a mix of the portfolio and instagram shots

Samoa v Uganda #rugby #rwc7s #attpark

Samoa v Uganda #rugby #rwc7s #attpark

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The Samoa team blew out Uganda 45-7 in this preliminary match.

Throwback-Flashback: SF Deltas

This edition takes us back to the 2017 season of the San Francisco Deltas, from the second incarnation of the North American Soccer League (NASL).  In this segment I’m providing the select shots from their only year.

A bit of a disclaimer: The idea of covering the second tier professional team at that time was to provide coverage via FootySF, and to get the historical record of their season.  Also, the main theme is to provide a portfolio and selection of shots that captured the play at that time. I did not anticipate it would turn out to be a one and done year.

The true approach was to see the team through a presser’s lens and setting aside every and any views otherwise in the true soccer outsider’s perspective.   The biggest surprise was the Deltas played a very entertaining brand of soccer that cumulated in the Soccer Bowl championship with many of the players coming from the international ranks and from MLS and other leagues.  The task was just to limit the coverage to at least one team’s visit with the exceptions being the New York Cosmos for historical reasons, Indy Eleven with former Quakes Jon Busch and Brad Ring, and Jacksonville Armada with the second match billed as “The Final Game”.

The selection from each game covered is presented here:

If only they were allowed to continue there could have been some fierce rivalries with both the San Jose Earthquakes and Sacramento Republic.  More matches  would have allowed for some interesting storylines be in league or cup play but that’s for another article.

The story is best preserved for the history of soccer and are lessons learned be the negatives or the positives.  I have my preferences but the Deltas were a pleasure and privilege to cover, especially from the vantage point of a media presser rather than a fan of the game, and the players and fans had unique character and heart. The club’s inspired effort made the players instant fan favorites.

The post-season was bonus coverage for the year:

There are more pictures from their only season in 2017 but that can be saved for another day.  Still, the story ought to be told, and until next time.

Sets from FootySF and 3pointsport.  Photos by Nap Badillo.

Indy Eleven (FootySF)

New York Cosmos (FootySF)

Jacksonville Armada (FootySF)

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at San Jose Earthquakes US Open Cup (FootySF) extra Facebook set

Puerto Rico FC (FootySF)

Miami FC (FootySF)

FC Edmonton  (3pointsport)

Jacksonville Armada (3pointsport) combined Facebook set of this game and FC Edmonton

North Carolina FC (postseason) (FootySF) original set

New York Cosmos (championship) (FootySF) original set

 

Previous Throwback-Flashback blurbs:

Arsenal

Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester United FC

USA MNT

Everton FC

 

 

 

 

This week 8-13-18

Your weekly buzz for the week of August 13, 2018.  The Quakes lose to Colorado 2-1 on a stoppage time goal.  Magnus Eriksson converted a penalty kick in the 58th minute to account for the team’s only goal. We’ll be back on the beat this weekend at San Jose.

Another one from quakesfan.com – worth following outside of the regular outlets.

Quakes Take Lead in Wooden Spoon Race

Also, a lecture on the book Red Card:  How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World’s Biggest Sports Scandal by Ken Bensinger is this Thursday August 16 at 7pm – Books Inc 1491 Shattuck Ave BerkeleyCA

 

Soccer Lecture

Books Inc in Berkeley is having a lecture on the book Red Card on Thursday August 16 at 7:00 pm at Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave BerkeleyCA.

From the Books Inc website:

Gerald Loeb Award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Ken Bensinger discusses his critically-acclaimed debut book, Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World’s Biggest Sports ScandalRed Card goes beyond the headlines to bring the real story to light, accompanying the determined American prosecutors and special agents who uncovered what proved to be not only the biggest scandal in sports history, but one of the biggest international corruption cases ever. And it is far from over. Ken will be in conversation with Leslie Caldwell, the top DoJ official that oversaw the FIFA case.

KEN BENSINGER with LESLIE CALDWELL at Books Inc. Berkeley