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  1. Yes. It's the plot to The Grapes of Wrath.
  2. It's not a complete disaster. The game in the States is in a WAY more secure spot than it was in 1986. So many more Americans have access to view and are becoming avid fans of EPL, the Bundesliga, La Liga, etc. MLS, for all its faults, is in a fairly secure place. The US will not have to build up awareness of the game from scratch. Yes, it is a pisser the US won't be in Russia, but it may be the rock bottom that the USSF needs to get its act together for the long term future of the men's team. P.S. - I love Timmy Howard, but can someone tell me the US has a goalkeeper available in the pipeline that isn't eligible to join AARP?
  3. Do people even take IQ tests anymore? I say make them look at a world map and point out different cities, countries, and oceans. There's no way Trump could point to Washington, DC, let alone Pyongyang or Berlin, on a map without assistance.
  4. This is correct. Australia will play CONCACAF 4th place team. US can secure 3rd place and qualification with a win tonight at Trindad & Tobago. A tie would get them to 13 points and virtually assure them through, as well, since they are +5 on goals. Panama (-2) and Honduras (-7) are both at 10 points and would need to win by ridiculous scores against Costa Rica and Mexico respectively to leap the US in that scenario. The nightmare scenario for the US would be losing to T&T, while Honduras and Panama both win to leapfrog up to 13 points. It's not out of the realm of possibility. Dammit, why did I just type that. Here's hoping the US squad that showed up in Orlando against Panama shows up at the Ato Boldon Stadium tonight. The track is flooded and players are piggybacking across the water to get to the pitch. Ahh, CONCACAF; never a dull moment.
  5. I'm pretty sure that was facetious, yes. When anyone tries to throw that Worship the Flag baloney, I ask them this question: "What is it that the president, soldiers, and other federal employees are sworn to protect and defend?" It ain't the flag. It's the Constitution. Recent meme that's been floating around with a Molly Ivins (RIP) quote: “I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag.” Spot on.
  6. Not during the national anthem. They knelt prior to it, then stood for it. I stopped watching the NFL about three years ago, but not because of protests during the anthem (too many commercial breaks, the Bears suck, my kids have soccer on Sunday afternoons, I've gotten hooked on Premier League in the mornings, etc). The over the top patriotism in American sports that escalated steadily since the first Gulf War is a buzzkill for me. I'm okay with playing the anthem, but field-sized flags, 7th inning stretch God Bless America, Salute the Troops month, Memorial Day uniforms with camouflage. It's ridiculous. I love my country, but don't need to be bashed over the head being told how to love it.
  7. Dave Stewart dressed as the caterpillar playing a sitar smoking a hookah pipe on top of a giant mushroom!
  8. Back in 1982 I obsessed over and waited for MTV to show the futuristic / post-apocalyptic video for "You Got Lucky." Petty figured out the visual side of things early on in the MTV days and the amazing thing is the songs always stood on their own without the videos. The song doesn't even start until well over a minute into the clip, but it instantly engaging. You Got Lucky
  9. Man, that little bass break by Entwistle halfway through always kills me. That song rules. And it wasn't even about my generation.
  10. Someone already got to "California Uber Alles," so I'll name check some other 80's protest songs. The decade had benefit records like "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and "We Are The World." These ideas, however, led Little Steven Van Zant to create the amazing Artists United Against Apartheid. "I Ain't Gonna Play Sun City" was a ten times better song with ten times cooler artists than those other benefits. Also, there were Peter Gabriel's "Biko" and The Specials' "Free Nelson Mandela." And Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" is basic protest music that gets misconstrued as patriotic for those who can't be arsed with listening to the verses. Maybe the most seen was the video for Genesis' "Land of Confusion." Edit to add: Would a protest song about family farms like Mellencamp's "Rain on the Scarecrow" ever see the Top 40 like it did in 1985? That song is bleak as hell.
  11. That's fine with me. Less meaning in the name means to live up to / live down. I understand and appreciate the heroic efforts of the "Greatest Generation," but how can any subsequent generation live up to or surpass that name? It's all marketing.
  12. As a X'er, I have always thought "Generation X" sounded bad ass, kind of like Speed Racer's long lost brother Rex was known as "Racer X." Also: Vague Billy Idol references. Back in the early '90's there was an article in The Atlantic that tried out the moniker "Thirteeners," as in we were somehow the 13th generation of Americans. I'll take Gen X any day over Thirteeners. And I love the number 13.
  13. I would love to see former Attorney General Loretta Lynch make some noise. Her Justice Department took down Sepp Blatter and a ton of his corrupt FIFA cronies when everyone one else around the world was like, "Hey, what're ya gonna do? FIFA gonna FIFA, amirite?"
  14. Grant Hart, drummer and half the singing/songwriting of Hüsker Dü, has passed away. I was too young to catch the band before they broke up, but my brother was at their penultimate show in 1987 where they tore through the entirety of their swansong album Warehouse: Songs and Stories. I wish I could have seen them. Bob Mould is the name that many know from Hüsker Dü, but Grant wrote and sang so many of their great songs. The sheer volume (both output and sound level!) in their short run remains breathtaking. RIP, Grant.
  15. What's wrong with selecting 18 or 20 participants and splitting them into two or three tribes without the themed b.s.? The phony story lines / plot structure are annoying. Once the game starts, players latch on to whatever tribal name they are given regardless of their backgrounds.