And That's the Origin of That
|In my never ending MLS research, I recently have discovered that searching the newsgroups is a great way to find out old information. Back in the day, before the internet was mainstream, the newsgroups were the best way to talk to other people online. Rec.sport.soccer was the place for soccer fans, and thanks to Google the archives can be easily searched.|
Here's some interesting stuff:
Origin #1: New York's high expectations
Newark Star-Ledger - 8/8/2006
"It's not going to be easy. I heard somebody call this thing a superclub at one time. Whatever drugs that person is taking I'd like to get a boatload of them. It sure makes you silly."
London Times - 8/8/2005
"One of the things that I want to create here is for the Metrostars to emerge as the first superclub in the US."
-Alexi Lalas (term first used in June 2005)
New York Times - 11/17/1994
"We want to establish a club like AC Milan."
1994!! That's how long this crap has been going on for. No wonder fans expect so much (aside from the Cosmos), and therefore have been so disappointed.
Origin #2: Awful Commentary
Rec.sport.soccer (newsgroup) - 6/28/1998
ABC/ESPN: Hire British announcers - unlike those calling the matches now,
they know the game and know that every minute of air time doesn't have to
be filled with commentary or endless plugs for the "X Games".
Rec.sport.soccer (newsgroup) - 6/1/1996
I know what you mean about the commentary. Sometimes the(y) miss fundimental
things about the game that drive me crazy.
Rec.sport.soccer (newsgroup) - 5/26/1996
Basically, we could use some commentators who can capture the flow of the
game, wherever they come from.
Rec.sport.soccer (newsgroup) - 3/26/1995
Awful commentary.....I couldn't stand it. We need announcers like those that do the English League......someone who knows the game and who can present it in a way that's appealing to the non-soccer crowd, as well as us die-hard fans.
Rec.sport.soccer (newsgroup) - 7/6/1994
One thing that stood out in this world cup has been the awful and sometimes disgusting commentary on ESPN and ABC. This is what happens when you let loose a bunch of jokers on an important event such as the World cup. It really made my blood boil and countless times I wished I knew spanish.
Of course there is the routine crap about Meola's barber-dad, Bulgarian coach's son having testicle cancer and other facts from tabloids. They topped it off with onscreen interviews with players and their dads. Maybe it's a good idea to talk with their kids, wives and pets too.
(Actually, there is no origin here. It's like the universe; it appears that it's always been there)