Friday, January 19, 2007

COM: Blogarithmic #202

Old Vistan Kyle McGee is doing the Texas music thing lately himself. He has a chance for a recording deal if he gets enough votes. Check him out and vote here.

Went to see Children of Men last night. Very interesting film, worth seeing, but i'm still chewing over what i saw. It has some wonderful character arcs, it has a storyline, it has some twists along the lines of you-never-know-who-to-trust-when-the-world-has-come-to-an-end, it has some mid-apocalyptic landscapes more similar to what i would envision than the average apocalyptic film. But i'm not sure it has a plot. It's more like one long scene from beginning to end. You know how and where it will end. It seems to be just about the ride getting there. So, i'm still thinking about it and how i might rank it among the other big films of the year (CoM has been getting much press as an Oscar-contender that will likely be overlooked). At least the fauna was appropriate (lots of background from Jackdaws, Carrion Crows, and Curlews).

Saw John Holt yesterday in Kerrville. Haven't seen him in a year and a half, and it was nice to run across him. Also saw Nathan Tiedemann in town. They'd just finished beating Memorial for their first district win. They're at Fredericksburg tonight. Everyone has back to back games because of the ice storm earlier this week.

Also stopped in for a brief look at Nobody's Perfect at The Point. Very definitely has potential. Sarah Tacey is directing, Justin Shotts, Emily Houghton, Graydon Vaught, Sloan Frierson and Charles Bryant make up the cast.

Also saw Ingram lose a tough one last night to Llano 42-37. They played well in spurts, but just couldn't overcome those five points. I thought Jeff Achee (who played all but a couple minutes) had an exceptional game, scoring six or eight points for ITM.

Mike Quinn did another of his fine services to Texas Lepidoptery with this nice website on Day-flying Moths.

Here's a note from Dana Cooper:
Just a quick message about Dana's new dates here at the beginning of 2007. (Happy New Year, by the way!!) Also included are a couple of Songwriting Workshops - a great opportunity to see the process behind Dana's award winning songs. Enjoy group sessions, as well as the chance to ask questions one on one. There's not much time left to register for the Dallas Songwriters Association workshop, so hurry up before the spots fill up! (Call 214-750-0916 ext 2 for reservations) These workshops are great for beginners and seasoned pros alike!

1/19 at 9:30pm Bluebird Cafe/Alive Hospice Benefit
w/Kim Carnes, Matraca Berg and Friends Nashville, TN
1/25 at 7pm Americana Unplugged at the La Ville Inn Davis, OK
1/27 at 8pm Labyrinth Walk Coffee House Dallas, TX
1/27 at 12pm Workshop/Dallas Songwriters Association Dallas, TX
1/28 at 8pm The Blue Door Oklahoma City, OK
2/2 at 9pm BB Rovers Austin, TX
2/2 at 4pm Austin Bergstrom Int'l Airport
Hill Country Bar Austin, TX
2/3 Private Party Houston, TX
2/20 at 9pm The Bluebird Cafe
w/Annika Fehling, and Jesse Winchester Nashville, TN
2/22 at 8pm The Coffee Gallery Backstage Alta Dena, CA
2/24 at 8pm Trinity Backstage Santa Barbara, CA
2/25 at 1pm Santa Barbara Songwriting Workshop Series 2007 Santa Barbara, CA

Some soccer news from Soccer America and the National Team Players Association:
Ohio Wesleyan men's coach Jay Martin received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Honor Award at the NSCAA's Awards Banquet held on Friday in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

In his 30 years as coach of the Battling Bishops, Martin has led his teams to seven NCAA semifinals, a pair of runner-up finishes and the 1998 national championship. He reached the 500-win milestone faster than any other men's coach.

Martin (career record: 515-99-41) also served as the chair of the Department of Physical Education for 17 years and as athletic director for 19 years. He also coached lacrosse for eight years, posting a 104-34 record with six NCAA tournament bids. He was the NSCAA president in 1996 and became editor of the NSCAA's magazine, Soccer Journal, in 2003, becoming only the third person to hold the title in the 51-year history of the publication.

Other coaches honored for their long-term contributions to soccer:

Anson Dorrance, University of North Carolina (Bill Jeffrey Award)
Bill Holleman, Peachtree Ridge, High School, Ga. (Robert W. Robinson Award)
John Ellinger, Real Salt Lake (Youth Long-Term Service Award)
Jeff Vennell, Cranbrook School, Mich. (Mike Berticelli Award)
Lothar Osiander, San Ramon United, Calif. (Walt Chyzowych Award)

CONCACAF U-20 QUALIFYING: Akpan hat trick ignites USA

Harvard University freshman Andre Akpan scored a hat trick as the USA defeated, Haiti, 4-1 Wednesday night in their opening match of the 2007 CONCACAF Under-20 Qualifying Tournament in Panama City, Panama.

Akpan scored on passes from Anthony Wallace and U-20 veteran Danny Szetela in the first half and from Heerenveen rookie Robbie Rogers in the second half. Akpan's dummy set up Wallace, the FC Dallas draftee, for the fourth goal on a pass from Rogers in the 49th minute.

Haiti's lone goal came in the 74th minute when Etienne Yveson scored a penalty that was awarded for a foul by U.S. right back Quavas Kirk in the penalty area.

Host Panama was held to a 1-1 tie by Guatemala in the second game. The USA faces Guatemala on Friday (TV: GolTV, live, 6:30 ET) and Panama on Sunday (TV: GolTV, delay, 7 pm ET).

Jan. 17 in Panama City
USA 4 Haiti 1. Goals: Akpan 26, 40, 62, Wallace 49; Yveson pen. 74.
USA -- Seitz, Kirk, Sturgis, Valentin (Igwe, 85), Ward, Wallace, Szetela (Beltran, 75), Adu, Zizzo, Smith (Rogers, 67), Akpan.
Haiti -- Occenat, Exume, Aveska, Natouz, Siri (Scifaite, 71), Saitilus, Saul, Maddy, Norde (Renaud, 90), Yveson, Walson (Joseph, 63).
Referee: Lee Davis.

Madrid chief slammed for Beckham comments
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MADRID, Spain (AP) - Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon was criticized Wednesday for making a series of comments about David Beckham and the rest of the team a day earlier.

Sections of the Spanish media called for Calderon to resign, describing his outburst as "an unforgivable mistake" and "the umpteenth time he has put his foot in his mouth."

Calderon, with coach Fabio Capello and sports director Predrag Mijatovic, met with players after Wednesday's training to explain his remarks.

In a statement on its Web site, Madrid said the players had offered their reactions, while Calderon had replied that his words had been taken out of context and "in no way corresponded to his thoughts or his real sentiments."

Madrid said the team's captains would hold a news conference about the matter on Friday.

Calderon's remarks came Tuesday during a visit to university students that was broadcast by national radio station Cadena COPE without his knowledge.

He said Madrid's players displayed "egotism and vanity," were uncultured and believed they were all "superstars."

"They don't pay anywhere they go and they earn €12 million (US$15.5 million)," he said.

Calderon said Beckham was a Hollywood movie-star hopeful who only agreed to join the Los Angeles Galaxy after being spurned by most of the world's top soccer teams.

"The proof that our technical staff was correct not to retain him has been borne out by every other technical staff in the world not wanting him even though he was out of contract," he said.

Calderon also said midfielder Jose Maria Gutierrez had failed to capitalize on his ability, while he used goalkeeper Iker Casillas' €9 million (US$11.6 million) annual salary as an example of the "enormous gulf" in wages at the club.

Calderon also criticized Madrid's fans for failing to get behind the team and suggested former club president Florentino Perez had deliberately obstructed a bid to sign AC Milan midfielder Kaka in the offseason.

In a statement on its Web site earlier Tuesday, Madrid criticized Cadena COPE for making Calderon's comments public.

The president later apologized for his remarks, saying they "could have caused annoyance."

However, it didn't assuage the media reaction to his outburst.

"This demonstrates that Ramon Calderon is completely unsuited to preside over a club like Real Madrid," Jesus Alcaide of daily El Mundo said.

Julian Redondo of newspaper La Razon said Calderon's role was supposed to be as a pacifier, "not to raise storms."

"He should consider the possibility of resigning and leaving but I know he doesn't want to," Redondo added.

Calderon's position is also threatened by a dispute over postal votes which overshadowed his election victory last July.

Allegations of vote-rigging persuaded a judge to provisionally disallow 10,511 postal votes two days before the poll brought Calderon to the presidency. But a legal hearing to decide whether these votes will count in the result will be held on Jan. 29.

If these are included, Calderon could be replaced.

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