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2017-18 Championship: Some big clubs down here

Discussion in 'Breakfast with Gazza (with Sachmoneious Bullcrap)' started by Dummy Hoy, Jun 3, 2017.

  1. Dummy Hoy

    Dummy Hoy Angry Pissbum SoSH Member

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    I really was hoping that someone else would start the thread this season, but it wasn't to be. We had some quality action in this thread last season, helped by the addition of our Geordie friends I think. They're gone along with a well deserving Brighton squad and a fairy tale Huddersfield story. We welcome Hull, Middlesbrough, and (finally) Sunderland from the promised land, while we welcome back Sheffield United, Bolton, and Millwall, who replace Rotherham, Wigan, and Blackburn.

    There are 30 British top flight titles, 33 FA trophies, and 19 League Cups between the teams, with 12 stadiums with capacities over 30K. We've got a bunch of quality derbies (Steel City Derby for the first time since Wednesday smashed the pigs in 2012), quality managers, a variety of playing styles, and a bunch of owners who are willing to spend the cash. 46 brutal games from Sunderland to Cardiff and from Ipswich to Bolton. This league is awesome and I hate it so fucking much.

    There's a lot to cover and go over (and we have a lot of time), but I thought I'd start with this great piece on Sunderland's downfall. Well worth the read.

    @americantrotter @Investor 11 @Mr Poon 14 @thehitcat @Stanley Steamer @markinlondon @Smiling Joe Hesketh and a few others I'm sure I've forgotten- Good luck.
     
  2. Dummy Hoy

    Dummy Hoy Angry Pissbum SoSH Member

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    Turns out Millwall fans are good for something: The Lion of London.

    My favorite part of the read?

    Or maybe the part where they interview his mother:

    Edit: Despite the quote I did not link to the Sun. I'm not an animal.
     
  3. fletcherpost

    fletcherpost sosh's feckin' poet laureate Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Justin you do a great job covering the second tier stuff with first tier enthusiasm mate. I didnt watch too many EPL games last year, i watched more SPL games. And i caught a few championship games, partly cos i wanted to see the Owls go up.
     
  4. Dummy Hoy

    Dummy Hoy Angry Pissbum SoSH Member

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    It's my league mate. And as I said in the 1st post- it's awesome and I hate it.
     
  5. Seven Costanza

    Seven Costanza Fred Astaire of SoSH SoSH Member

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    My wife pointed me to that Millwall story last night. Every time I think of it I can't help from chuckling. What a fucking animal.

    I just said this in V&N, but they ought to name a stand after this guy at the Den. (I'm half serious). At the very least, I'm sure the club will do something.
     
  6. jkempa

    jkempa Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Gives me another excuse to post a picture of this amazing piece of graffiti from a Crystal Palace pub:

    ImageUploadedBySons of Sam Horn1496845229.200051.jpg
     
  7. Titans Bastard

    Titans Bastard has sunil gulati in his sights Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    BeIn out, ESPN in for the coming season.



     
  8. OilCanShotTupac

    OilCanShotTupac Sunny von Bulow Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    That's awesome. The Championship is the bomb.

    Wasn't Wigan playing for the FA Cup a couple of years ago? That's brutal.
     
  9. Infield Infidel

    Infield Infidel teaching korea american SoSH Member

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    Wow that's so good for the Championship. And really for ESPN as well, it's cheap live sports.
     
  10. swiftaw

    swiftaw Member SoSH Member

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    Not just playing for the FA Cup, they won it, and were in the Europa League the following season.
     
  11. InstaFace

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    Great news for the Championship, given the fraction of viewers who have BeIn vs those who have ESPN.

    But even more than that, great for MLBAM (sorry, the NHL bought a stake... uh, "BAMtech"). MLBAM is second only to the porn industry when it comes to advancing the technology used to bring video to you over the internet. They're the reason streaming doesn't suck. They taught Netflix a thing or two, and as most here know, kept baseball like a decade ahead of other sports technologically (can you believe GameDay was launched in 2001?). You couldn't ask for a better tech partner to carry your brand.
     
  12. americantrotter

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    Holy shit. A real network behind the championship. We'll probably get better coverage than the brits.

    Love my manager, lots of comings and goings. No idea what to expect. Just happy to be in a decent league again.

    Oh and our away jerseys are purple. No idea why we've tried it a few times but it's my favorite color so roll on the season.
     
  13. ninjacornelius

    ninjacornelius Member SoSH Member

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    Thanks to your friend and mine, Roberto Martinez!

    Among Wigan's starting XI in the FA Cup final were future Everton luminaries Joel Robles, Arouna Koné, and Antolin fucking Alcaraz.

    That off-season was the rare time when corresponding managerial moves sunk the mid-term fortunes of three different squads: Man United got Moyes, Everton got Martinez, and Wigan got Owen Coyle who didn't even make it to Christmas.
     
  14. Jimy Hendrix

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    Nice to see I can continue my morbidly fascinated checking-in on "we're fucking shit" Sunderland.

    It's a nasty habit I picked up from the Yedlin loan and I just can't seem to shake.
     
  15. Domer

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    According to the ESPN spokesman quoted in the article, "Beginning August 4, as part of a separate agreement ESPN reached with BAMTech, ESPN will have live and replay coverage of weekly matches from the EFL. Currently, the plan is for the matches to be carried on ESPN3." So it looks like no EFL games will be on linear television this year. I can't say I'm all that interested in watching second division soccer considering all the great inventory Americans can access, but it does include EFL Cup matches which can be interesting. Since those are mostly weeknight games in England, I'd often DVR them, so I'd prefer Bein over ESPN3 in that respect. (Not sure how good ESPN3 is for replays.) Otherwise, I guess the differences between linear and online television are shrinking, especially for a niche product such as Championship matches.
     
  16. steeplechase3k

    steeplechase3k Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    They've been my English team since 2005 when they came for their preseason tour to Vancouver (BC), Seattle and Portland. I had such a great time hanging out with their fans that had traveled here, that I went there in the spring of 2006 for a few matches. They were crap then, and are crap now, but they are my team.
     
  17. Jimy Hendrix

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    I want to have a soft spot for them and kinda do, at least for the fans, but the actual club and players and executives seem so consistently and thoroughly appalling, like in a 1970s/1980s Yankees way but with even more fascism.
     
  18. InstaFace

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    Arguably it will now be easier to watch English second-division games - particularly on replay/on-demand - than English first-division games. If you're the EFL negotiators on this, you're taking the rest of the week month off.
     
  19. the1andonly3003

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    Whoa, just saw this news. Pretty bad timing for NBC to introduce a pay option for those smaller clubs in the EPL.

    What rights does ESPN carry now: domestic cups? 2nd through 4th divisions in EFL plus EFL Cup
     
  20. Titans Bastard

    Titans Bastard has sunil gulati in his sights Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    ESPN doesn't have much these days, compared to years past.

    TV:
    USMNT (split with Fox)
    MLS
    US Open Cup
    UEFA World Cup qualifiers (split with Fox)
    apparently Fox has sublicensed some Champions League games this season?

    Streaming:
    Championship/League One/League Two
    EFL Cup
    NASL
    USL
    DFB Pokal
    Copa del Rey final
    A-League


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_broadcasting_contracts_in_the_United_States#Soccer
     
  21. the1andonly3003

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    ah, forgot about Euros and Euros Qualifying too.

    Not to derail this thread, but it will be nice to be able to keep tabs on who may promote to EPL by season's end. I am stoked!
     
  22. Dummy Hoy

    Dummy Hoy Angry Pissbum SoSH Member

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    You watch MLS which isn't as good.
     
  23. Dummy Hoy

    Dummy Hoy Angry Pissbum SoSH Member

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    I've been so lax on this thread this year that it's devolved into a discussion of streaming v televised footy viewing.

    You know what? I needed a goddamn summer off from Wednesday. Two straight years of 9 months of roller coaster ending with me trying not to projectile vomit rage and confusion and fucking sorrow out of my gut. All while a fan base that has always been supportive and resilient and hilariously self deprecating in that special Yorkshire way gets swallowed by that same negative emotion and turns on itself, the coach, and the players.

    I spent the offseason quietly singing the songs and feeling the pure love that I somehow have for this strange club that I have no reason for deep emotional connection. And now that's its starting again I'm just angry.

    I'm angry at so many Wednesday fans for being overly negative and reactionary. I'm angry at pundits for mindlessly blowing Fulham despite the fact that they ship goals and couldn't score when someone shut down shop on them. I'm pissed I have to deal with the fucking Pigs and their absurd and delusional fans. I'm mad that no one fucking respects this league even though it is amongst the most interesting, entertaining, and challenging leagues in the world. I'm angry at parachute payments and FFP and entitled moaners from more fortunate clubs who don't get what this shit is about. And maybe, just maybe, I'm most angry at myself for opening my fucking heart up again for another trip on this roller coaster of human excrement.

    I may have some time today to throw a little season preview together. If not, in a few days.

    UTO
     
  24. Dummy Hoy

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    Sunderland/Derby kicking off on ESPN3 before what is hopefully just a late arriving crowd.

    Stirring Bradley Lowery tribute to start.
     
  25. Domer

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    That's at best debatable, and the matches are not on at the same time. Championship matches take place while Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, and Serie A games are on. The Championship may be barely better than MLS, but it's a far behind those products.
     
  26. the1andonly3003

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    Sunderland fans are not supporting the team now? I think Sunderland needs the fans.

    I never realized that Jon Champion spend most weekends shuttling between EPL and Championship (per WorldSoccerTalk).
     
  27. Jimy Hendrix

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    80min and a strange lack of substitutions for an increasingly gassed Sunderland team.

    They've looked like a potentially solid Championship team though, if James Vaughn is less of a dud than he looks so far.
     
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    Yeah, DH, I think I understand. Wednesday has come really close the past two years, but there's no telling if they will challenge again, or slip back into oblivion. The odds in this nut punch of a league favor the latter.
    Anyway, I'll look forward to your preview if/when your anger abates. Usually, it's good stuff.
    I'm cautiously optimistic for Leeds this season. They made good progress last year, though unfortunately Garry Monk walked out on them (for Middlesborough? Seriously?) But they've kept most of their players, added several potentially decent ones, and their inexperienced manager is saying the right things. Their new owner is as well. He has made it his goal to get LUFC promoted within 5 years, and has managed to buy back Elland Road for the club. And, to top it off, we're undefeated, baby!! Who else in this league will be able to beat Bolton away?
    So it begins.
     
  30. Dummy Hoy

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    1. Cardiff
    2. Wolves
    3. Forest
    4. Ipswich
    5. Hull
    6. QPR

    Just how everyone drew it up.

    Edit: and @Stanley Steamer - you know how I feel about Leeds, but congrats on the Elland Road (re)purchase. That's a really big deal and a good sign that things are pointed in the right direction.
     

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