Matthew McCabe's European Football Fan Profile

Brief description

Bringing an honest opinion to the world of sports

Who am I?

I am a 2006 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor's degree (B.S.) in Sport Studies: Sport Management. I grew up engulfed in sports and have kept myself involved ever since. I played soccer growing up, but I have a great interest in sports beyond just the one I was successful in. I enjoy the NFL and MLB very much, and I also devote a good deal of time to following European football.

I have been a stay-at-home Dad to my daughter since she was born in late 2007. Nothing brings me more satisfaction in life than having a hand in shaping my daughter as a human being. The greatest things I've seen to date in my life have been the milestones she's reached. Our family is an on the go bunch, very active. Aside from physical activity we are on the go in pursuit of my wife's career goals. My wife is a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force and is working towards a career as a navigator. In 2 years of marriage we've lived in Minnesota, California, and now in Texas.

My goal is to bring an honest opinion and analysis to the world of sports. I won't hide behind anything, I will always write what I feel, and I will never backdown from what I think. That being said, I feel there is always room for another opinion. Consider my thoughts those of the average sports fan.

Interests

European Football, MLB, MLS, NCAA Football, NCAA Hockey, NFL

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US Soccer Team come out winners even in defeat posted on 06/28/2009

The eyes of the soccer world were on South Africa Sunday as the upset minded US National Team took on powerhouse Brazil in the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup. The Americans, on life support after the first two games of the tournament, were looking to complete their stunning turn around with a victory over Brazil in the final. The US had taken down the World's #1 team, Spain, on Wednesday and were looking to pull off another huge upset over Brazil who beat host South Africa to reach the final. For 45 minutes the US had the World wondering, could it be?

Through the first half the US was clearly the better team, led by Tim Howard who put in one of the best performances of his career. At the halftime whistle the Americans were ahead 2-0 and holding the Brazilian offense in check. In the 2nd half the US did all they could, Howard in particular, to keep the Brazilians off the board. Slowly but surely, however, you could see the Brazilians beginning to wear down the Americans, beginning to find a groove offensively. Brazil would fire in 3 goals in the later portion of the 2nd half, the final dagger coming in the 84th minute, to steal victory from the US with a 3-2 comeback win.

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Momental victory for US National team, but what does it really mean? posted on 06/25/2009

The United States National Team scored a monumental victory yesterday in the FIFA Confederations Cup, defeating world #1 Spain 2-0 in the tournament's semi-final game. Spain had been on an amazing streak heading into yesterday's game against the U.S. Spain was riding a 35 match unbeaten streak, one short of the all time record, and was also riding a world 15 game winning streak. None of that made a difference yesterday as Spain and its roster of world class footballers fell to the U.S.

All things considered, yesterday was a fantastic moment for the U.S. National Team as they pulled off one of international football's most stunning upsets. Spain is loaded with talented players who play for some of the best teams, in the best leagues in European football. Iker Casillas is perhaps the best goalie in the world right now, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, and Sergio Ramos comprise one of the best defenses in the world, and Fernando Torres and David Villa might be the most deadly 1-2 combination up front. The U.S. on the other hand is a very young, very green team with little depth and few veteran leaders. The majority of the U.S. players play at home in the less impressive MLS, and those who play abroad play in some of Europe's lesser leagues or see little playing time.

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Which Manny Ramirez will return to Los Angeles? posted on 06/23/2009

As the baseball world awaits the return of Manny Ramirez in a little over a week, many are wondering which Manny Ramirez will return after a 50 game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's steroid policy. This evening Ramirez begins a stint with the Albuquerque Isotopes, the AAA affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, to help rid himself of nearly 2 months of rust and prepare to return to the Dodgers next Friday. The question remains though, which Manny will we see when Ramirez takes the field in San Diego next week?

Most baseball fans are used to a brash, confident (even over confident), and constantly smiling Manny doing and saying what he wants. Manny being Manny as they say. Ramirez is no stranger to controversy and has no doubt heard his fair share of boos and jeers in stadiums around the country. Manny has long been accused of being perhaps the laziest, if not most over-rated, outfielder in MLB. Manny's redeeming quality was his ability with a bat in his hand. His home-runs and RBIs, and clutch hitting allowed the Boston Red Sox to look past several Manny being Manny behaviors like constant trade demands, taking time off in between (or worse in the midst of) innings in the outfield, and then of course pushing around a Red Sox employee who wouldn't allow him to abuse player ticket allowances by demanding more.

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Jose Canseco to bring full circus to court, plans to sue MLB and MLBPA posted on 06/22/2009

Disgraced former MLB slugger Jose Canseco apparently has one more trick left up his sleeve to help keep himself in the limelight, well beyond his 15 minutes of fame. Canseco wants to get together with fellow disgraced steroid users Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro to file a lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the Players Association to seek compensation for loss of wages and defamation of character.

Canseco stated in a telephone interview that:

"Because I used steroids and I came out with a book, I was kicked out of the game, but I have not been inducted into the Hall of Fame. A lot of these players have not been inducted into the Hall of Fame: Mark McGwire and so forth. They're losing salaries, because obviously when you're inducted into the Hall of Fame, you get asked to do certain, you know, appearances and shows and so forth, which incorporates income. So there is a major income loss. Not even that, baseball blackballs you from their family, meaning you can't have a future proper reference from them, a job, no managerial jobs, no coaching jobs, nothing. They completely sever you."

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Another "hero" falls, Slammin' Sammy busted posted on 06/19/2009

The country was captivated in the summer of 1998 by the home-run chase as Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs and Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals simultaneously chased Roger Maris' single season home-run record. As the season neared a close the two managed to keep the pressure on each other night in and night out to go yard. America was hooked on baseball, tuning in each night to see these two sluggers battle it out to see who would be the new long ball champion.

Fast forward a decade and the fog of greatness is slowly disappearing around many of baseball's former greats as the steroid scandal that has gripped MLB over the past few years is showing no prejudice in who it tears down. In 2005 when interest in steroid use shot up, McGwire, Sosa, and Rafael Palmeiro went in front of Congress to declare their innocence and deny knowledge of other "juicing". All three players sat in front of Congress and swore under oath they had never used steroids, ever. By this time many had begun wondering if McGwire and Sosa's chase in 1998 was steroid propelled. After all, both men had rather large physiques and were big time hitters.

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