EURO 2004 PREVIEW – GROUP A

European Championship 2004 – GROUP A Preview by Bill Barnwell INTRODUCTION The European Championship is a kinda sentimental event on the soccer calendar for me. My first exposure to international soccer was the ’94 World Cup — and sure, I fell for the absolute pugnacious mediocrity of the Bora Express, winning sheerly on the power of 90,000 total rubes cheering […]

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EURO 2004 PREVIEW – GROUP C

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2004 PREVIEW – GROUP C by Bill Barnwell   Group C BULGARIA The fact that Bulgaria made it to the semifinals of the 1994 World Cup will astound everyone who didn’t see it happen for the remainder of time. They haven’t played at a major international tournament since the 1998 World Cup, and I’m not really sure how […]

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EURO 2004 PREVIEW – GROUP B

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2004 PREVIEW – GROUP B by Bill Barnwell GROUP B CROATIA Croatia is one of those teams that, to me, looks like they’re on the fence for this tournament — not the fence between barely qualifying and staying off that Russia and Wales were fighting over, but on the fence between being just happy to be here and […]

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EURO 2004 PREVIEW – GROUP D

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2004 PREVIEW – GROUP D by Bill Barnwell Group D CZECH REPUBLIC I think you’re made aware of a team’s confidence by subtle things nowadays — not how they’re confident of giving their all and defeating the opposition like every player or coach says to answer a journalist’s question, but in the way they answer other questions. The […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – CORY SNYDER

CORY SNYDER (by ED AGNER) Eww, the mid-to-late-80’s. The mall hair. Ozzy was evil instead of doddering. Chuck D scared a nation instead of bored it. Jason Priestly had an acting career. The..uh…well, that whole era is pretty much a blur to me. I’m certain there’s more. But I really don’t care to rehash all that, thank you. Oh, so […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – DAVID NIED

David Nied (by Bill Barnwell) Let’s start off with a table. Richmond Braves Ages IP K/9 BB/9 ERA Steve Avery 20 82.1 7.54 2.30 3.39 Tom Glavine 20-21 190.1 4.87 3.92 3.83 Kevin Millwood 22 60.2 6.82 2.37 1.93 Jason Schmidt 22-23 161.2 7.57 3.73 2.34 David Nied 23 168.0 8.52 2.36 2.84 Which pitcher would you want if you […]

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CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER MOMENTS

Both Bill and I play(ed) multiple versions of Championship Manager (or eventually Football Manager – stupid weird brand splits). Bill was smart enough to randomly screen cap things over the years. I was smart enough to finally find the file buried in the deep recesses of the site’s FTP. This is just a sampling of what will turn out to […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – ERIC HILLMAN

Eric Hillman (by Bill Barnwell) When the baseball-reference sponsorship scheme started, there was one item I felt I absolutely needed to get. For a year, yes, I was the sponsor of the 1993 New York Mets, the worst team (excluding those who were Huizenga’d) of the 90’s. A team so bad that it inspired mediocre New York beat writers to […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – SERGE ZWIKKER

SERGE ZWIKKER (by Bill Barnwell) We at VP hate on basketball a little bit because, well, it is easy to hate basketball. My own natural doubts about the game are reinforced by the media telling me, often at the same time, why I shouldn’t care (most middle-aged columnists) and why I should (Stephen A. Smith, Bob Ryan, all other columnists), […]

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