Coronavirus Strikes The World

Please be safe:

First and foremost, please be intelligent and stay in. I know we all want to enjoy each others company and be watching soccer together. It is just not a plausible thing at the moment, as we don’t know who is and isn’t a carrier until way too late. Our friends know we love them and vice versa.

Second of all, there is so many places to find good soccer to watch and share this day and age. So many FIFA tournaments have kicked off if you’re into video games. NBC Sports just gave their NBC Sports Gold for free out, so you can watch the Premier League replays. A lot of teams and/or leagues are playing out classic games of their past. It’s all just as good as being there, to relive some glory soccer. Just Zoom, Houseparty, Google Duo…whatever you have to do to feel camraderie.

A little story telling:

This thing hit the company I work for first out of everything. I worked for a company that designs trade show booths. I was the lone inventory manager and was one of the first people to go. Along with me went the rest of our shipping department, within a couple weeks, they had a second lay-off session of almost 75% of the company. Who knows if I’ll ever be called back to that business. Honestly, the worst part, is we totally could have prepared for this. People just pushed off that it would actually “cancel everything”. It did, it cancelled every large show that our clients were tied into.

Currently, I’m collecting unemployment and hoping to go back, but still looking for other jobs. Meanwhile, writing, music, playing with my daughter and video games are my life. As you’ve probably seen from memes, I’m one of the videogamers that saw a “stay at home advisory” and clapped my hands together and said “lets do it! I’ve been training for this my whole life.”

Missing Soccer

I’ve literally been trying to catch as much soccer as possible in the form of replays that my teams are doing. Currently, the best game that I’ve taken the time out to watch was the Revs replay of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals Leg 1. Tonight is the replay of Leg 2. This was such a great time to be a Revs fan! I can’t wait to watch the awesome again. Juventus and Everton have also been replaying great games of their illustrious existences.

A good portion of my Riders family got together and played a few rounds of Jackbox games. It was very theraputic to laugh and enjoy time together like we would be every possible weekend. I recommend this to any supporter’s group or team. It is a worthwhile team building exercise! Also, if I didn’t have my Short Corners/ Riders family, I’m not sure that I would be sane enough to fight the stir-crazy.

Some Positive Poetry

For those who don’t know, I also write poetry, short stories and eventually would like to do that for a living at some point. I feel it due course to try to keep people in good spirits, so without further ado, my vocabulary flexing.

If we put our minds together,

And not our hands

We’ll fight this away forever,

people will understand.

You can’t forget the past,

You’ll need it in the future.

Sitting here at this computer

We network the most

So spread the intelligence

So then we can toast

To the end of this virus

Never taking things for granted

Or being over-desirous

Appreciate your friends

And all that they stand behind you for

They understand you completely

Directly to your core.

EPL Predictions From Some American Idiots

With the start of the Premier League around the corner, we’ll be sharing our picks. Chris Pierce (referred to as Pierce), Chris Creighton (referred to as Creighton) and Jeremy Goldenberg with our completely biased and uneducated predictions.

Pierce:

Relegation (in random order)

  1. Brighton and Hove Albion
  2. Southampton
  3. Burnley

My top 4 this season

  1. Liverpool
  2. Manchester City
  3. Arsenal
  4. Wolverhampton

Creighton:

Teams to be relegated this year: (in this order)

  1. Bournemouth (I’ve never been hot on them, and Billing is probably the only interesting prospect they have.)
  2. Watford (Welbeck can’t save ’em)
  3. Norwich City (Awesome green color in their badge, but that’s it)

None of these teams have struck me as teams that actually can pull the stops out at the end of the year to provide themselves with staying power. I might be wrong about Watford, a couple of their transfers this offseason were key. If not them, then definitely Brighton.

Teams I will force myself to put ahead of Everton in the Top 4:

  1. Tottenham (Yes, I know this is a long shot.)
  2. Liverpool (This pains me…)
  3. Man City (Just to piss off my United friends)
  4. Wolves (I want this to happen, so let it be so)

That being said, I think Everton are 5th this year. Their transfer window was amazing. Chelsea will be in 6th…because I said so. Mostly just to annoy the person who’s making their prediction below. ❤

Jeremy:

Simply put relegation will be way more entertaining than the top 4, in my opinon or at least the top 2. I still think there is a gap between Liverpool and Manchester City and the rest of the league, and if Spurs can actually finish off a season I think the only interesting place will be 4. The bottom three should be fun this year.

Top 4: 

  1. Manchester City
  2. Liverpool
  3. Tottenham (lord that hurts)
  4. Chelsea

Why Chelsea over Arsenal, United or a third party, well I honestly don’t think Arsenal did enough in the window to make up ground even with the defenders coming in. United I don’t trust Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. So why not Frank’s Chelsea. As for Everton, maybe top 8, if they get behind Marco Silva, not worried about who they brought in…

Relegation (in no particular order)

  1. Sheffield United (didn’t see enough in the window)
  2. Newcastle (don’t trust Steve Bruce or Mike Ashley)
  3. Brighton and Hove Albion (feels like with the loss of the manager that got them there and some of the players who left it’s gonna be a rough year)

Random People we know (don’t worry, we gave them code names) and asked: