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Mad Men: Signal 30

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: A meditation on marriage, fidelity, and personal loyalties, “Mad Men”’s episode 5 of season 5 stirred our minds with some disturbing dialogue, an office fist fight, and Don Draper in a plaid sport jacket (that he could not have looked more uncomfortable in if he had tried). This week’s episode was full of moments that felt tightened and tense, between the country dinner party with Trudy and Pete’s friction and Lane Pryce’s search for a solid identity being a British immigrant enthralled by Americanism to the degree that he is allowed.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I think this might have been the strongest episode of the season to date. No argument with anything Sonia said, but I’d like to highlight a few other points of note. Continue reading

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Euro 2012 Draw in Review

MIKE CUMMINGS: For me, the two storylines from Friday’s Euro 2012 draw were Groups A and B. Group B is the all-time, nastiest of the nasty, the one Group of Death to rule them all. Group A? Well, my rec league team could win Group A, and our median age is somewhere north of 40.
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Thoughts on England-France

MIKE CUMMINGS: Heading into international week, the England-France friendly looked more like a matchup of European soccer’s Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Moreso than any other European nations, England and France embarrassed themselves at the World Cup, and in the intervening four months have looked at times varyingly adrift and obsolete. After Wednesday, when Tweedledum beat Tweedledee 2-1 at Wembley, it’s looking like England is more alone than ever in its fairy-tale notion of traditional soccer supremacy. That is to say, Tweedledum wised up while Tweedledee continued to twiddle its thumbs.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Certainly, the positives France can take from this match bode well for their rebuilding, while England received little solace beyond the precocious Carroll. But we’ve learned something else: it was far from a rash move when Blanc suspended his entire team against Norway earlier this year. Continue reading

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England-Montenegro Thoughts

HOWARD MEGDAL: I’m fairly shocked to be writing this: Montenegro looks like more than a side now in pretty good shape to earn a bid to Euro 2012. They looked at Wembley like a side that deserved to be there.

MIKE CUMMINGS: You said it, Howard: At what point do we start wondering whether England is a disappointment — or just plain not that good? After the events of the World Cup this past summer, and now this result against Montenegro, it’s time to start wondering out loud. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Pope Disses England

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Whoah, the Pope’s aide referred to England as ‘a 3rd world country’? BURN.


DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: I realize Yorkshire is the last place God made, but seriously?

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Hear that?…that was the sound of ten thousand monocles splintering in horror. Continue reading

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World Cup Weekend Roundup

HOWARD MEGDAL (6/11, 6:10 PM): So the two first-day ties are being treated as equally shocking, but I don’t see them as remotely so. South Africa is the far bigger surprise here.

JASON CLINKSCALES (6/13, 10:00 PM): There are few things that I respect more in life, let alone sports, than when someone immediately takes ownership of a mistake under the big lights.

JASON CLINKSCALES (6/15 – 7:30 PM): Hard to not imagine what the rest of the world is saying: the boorish Americans are sounding off about the lack of scoring thus far. To be fair, it’s extremely difficult to score on this type of stage; each nation is fielding the crème-de-la-crème in terms of not just midfielders, but defenders as well.

JASON CLINKSCALES (6/16 – 1:30 PM): Switzerland’s win over heavily-favored Spain is already considered the biggest upset of the tournament and one of the biggest in recent memory. Yet, to call it scintillating would be an equally enormous stretch. Continue reading

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