Sportazine.com (Doug Whitfield) dougsportazine@identi.ca

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Editor-and-Chief of Sportazine.com. In July 2015, we moved from being about all sports to just covering football (aka soccer). We're always looking for those interested in free culture football journalism. If sports aren't your thing, maybe one of our sister projects is for you. Find out more at http://douglasawh.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/what-netizen-empowerment-federation-nef-and-its-constituent-sites-need/

  • 2016-01-27T19:41:06Z via Spigot To: Public

    Division 8, Finishing Up TUFcast, LCFC http://sportazine.com/competition/gaming/division-8-finishing-tufcast-lcfc/

    It’s been a while since I’ve had an “anything goes” post. There’s not one on the front page and I don’t have time to look through the archives. Since at this point I guess most people are coming here for Sportazine FC related info, I’ll start with that. We have entered Division 8. It turns out that most teams stop competing in Division 9 (or aren’t good enough to progress). I think we’ve settled upon a 4-4-2 diamond. Right now Evan is playing up top, and I am playing in my real life position of CDM. I’m an 84 at CAM, and an 82 at CDM, but this seems to give us the most balance.

    We could really use someone else up top. We’ve had a few people cycle through, but we’ve had no one post their availability at https://www.reddit.com/r/sportazine. Please do!

    I’ve also started a career with Malmö FF. I’m not sure if I am going to do post-season posts every season. I suppose this serves as the post-season 1 post. I picked up John Stones in the January transfer and Rasmus Elm on a free at the end of the season. I was also able to pick up Nikola Đurđić in the first transfer, though given his age and ability, I think I over paid.

    I also picked up Steven Bergwijn and Bartłomiej Drągowski, both of which are growing quickly. Lewicki and Rodic, both of whom are on the young players list, are indeed growing rapidly. I still have a core of MFF players starting, with Rosenburg, Eikrem, Tinnerholm, Yotun, and Rasmus Bengtsson rounding out the starters. Of course, I still have plenty on the bench too. Hammar is a favorite from FIFA 14, and he’s progressing nicely. I’d like to keep MFF players as long as I can, but moving up from Euro League to Champions Cup is going to mean I need better players. I’ll ditch the old guys first, since I’ll lose them to retirement anyway. Maybe I’ll go into more depth on the FIFA games since there isn’t MFF or NASL action to talk about for a while.
    Speaking on NASL action, it looks like I’ll be moving to either the Twin Cities or Iowa City. In prep for the move I just finished the complete run of Two United Fans (TUF). I wish they focused more on Minnesota United rather than on the complete NASL, but apparently there was a show that focused more on MN United and that’s why Notch and Co. cover NASL. I did listen to the NASLcast for a while, which was an Indy 11 fan and a Carolina Railhawks fan. It’s an interesting comparison. Actually, the shows seem very similar. It looks like NASLcast is taking the off-season off though.
    It’s been hard for me to really feel connected to MN United and the NASL. I’m not sure what it was about DC United that took hold, even after going to some Chicago Fire games. Maybe it’s because of the talk of moving DC United to Baltimore. Maybe it’s because of the academy situation with the Baltimore Bohemians. Maybe it’s because I adopted DC United while in North Carolina (before the Railhawks were around), though I didn’t adopt them very hard. I guess it was some combination of all of the above.
    I’m sure I’ll feel more connected once we move either to Iowa City or Minneapolis…or maybe I won’t in Iowa City. I know other Minnesota sports penetrate Iowa, but not sure about the NASL’s pull there. There is a localish MISL (or whatever the league is called these days) team in Cedar Rapids, but I really don’t see myself visiting Cedar Rapids very often. I guess we will see.
    Across the pond, Leicester has MCFC (2) and Arsenal (3) coming up. If they win both of those, sure, I’ll believe they can win it. They also still have MUFC (5), West Ham (6), LFC (7), Southampton (8), Watford (10), and Chelsea (who I think are better than their spot in the table) on their schedule. They aren’t winning the league. I guess I’ve come around that they may finish in the top 4, at the expense of either Tottenham or MUFC. I was going to talk about LVG a bit in this article, but I’ve decided to leave that for another day.

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  • 2016-01-21T00:11:05Z via Spigot To: Public

    Sportazine FC now 3-0-1, and other FIFA 16 news from Doug http://sportazine.com/competition/gaming/sportazine-fc-fifa-16-news/

    We introduced our first non-Whitfield player to Sportazine FC, and went 2-0-0 with him. We tried out a wingback formation since most people want to play centrally, but it did not work. We might go with a 4-2-2-2 since Evan likes to play CDM and everyone else seems to like CAM or ST.

    We also now have https://www.reddit.com/r/sportazine to schedule Sportazine FC matches. Evan made me a manager, so I can approve people that want to play.

    I had thought I would skip career mode since it took me away from FUT and Pro Clubs, but you can really rack up the XP/FCC in career mode. Also, I am curious to see how easy it is to get through Europe. It wouldn’t let me start in Champions League with MFF, which is a bit of a bummer, but I get it.

    I’m currently trying to land Nikola Đurđić without selling the farm. They don’t want Rosenberg, which I’d be willing to dump for a few more years left. Of course, keeping Rosenberg would be nice. Also, I guess I’ll have to start over after the winter update. I probably won’t get very far by the time the winter update comes out anyway. It’ll be a test run for how the transfer system works in the new game. The pre-season friendly tournaments is a nice way to get some bonus cash. I hope it comes quickly enough to get Đurđić! I did try to get him on loan, but they weren’t having it.

    Eventually, I’m going to get something up about our last two FCSS posts. You can find them on YouTube. Maybe tomorrow I’ll get the notes for the second one and the links for both up.


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  • 2016-01-20T15:21:07Z via Spigot To: Public

    Sportazine FC is looking for FIFA 16 players on XBox One http://sportazine.com/competition/gaming/sportazine-fc-fifa-16-players-xbox/

    I’ve got more to share, but I want to get this out. I’ll try to get out another post tomorrow.

    We are looking for all positions. We’re currently 1-0, so it’s ok if you are just getting started playing with your pro.

    My gamertag: dougsportazine.

    Evan’s gamertag: DarkLiverpool.

     

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. If you search Sportazine on G+, twitter, or facebook, you’ll find us. Comments here work too, of course.


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  • 2016-01-20T06:06:03Z via Spigot To: Public

    Sportazine FC is looking for FIFA 16 players on XBox One http://sportazine.com/competition/gaming/sportazine-fc-fifa-16-players-xbox/

    I’ve got more to share, but I want to get this out. I’ll try to get out another post tomorrow.

    We are looking for all positions. We’re currently 1-0, so it’s ok if you are just getting started playing with your pro.

    My gamertag: dougsportazine.

    Evan’s gamertag: DarkLiverpool.

     

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. If you search Sportazine on G+, twitter, or facebook, you’ll find us. Comments here work too, of course.


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  • 2016-01-20T06:05:59Z via Spigot To: Public

    Sportazine FC is looking for FIFA 16 players on XBox One http://sportazine.com/competition/gaming/sportazine-fc-fifa-16-players-xbox/

    I’ve got more to share, but I want to get this out. I’ll try to get out another post tomorrow.

    We are looking for all positions. We’re currently 1-0, so it’s ok if you are just getting started playing with your pro.

    My gamertag: dougsportazine.

    Evan’s gamertag: DarkLiverpool.

     

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. If you search Sportazine on G+, twitter, or facebook, you’ll find us. Comments here work too, of course.


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  • 2016-01-20T05:25:10Z via Spigot To: Public

    Sportazine FC is looking for FIFA 16 players on XBox One http://sportazine.com/competition/gaming/sportazine-fc-fifa-16-players-xbox/

    I’ve got more to share, but I want to get this out. I’ll try to get out another post tomorrow.

    We are looking for all positions. We’re currently 1-0, so it’s ok if you are just getting started playing with your pro.

    My gamertag: dougsportazine.

    Evan’s gamertag: DarkLiverpool.

     

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. If you search Sportazine on G+, twitter, or facebook, you’ll find us. Comments here work too, of course.


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  • 2016-01-20T05:25:10Z via Spigot To: Public

    Sportazine FC is looking for FIFA 16 players on XBox One http://sportazine.com/competition/gaming/sportazine-fc-fifa-16-players-xbox/

    I’ve got more to share, but I want to get this out. I’ll try to get out another post tomorrow.

    We are looking for all positions. We’re currently 1-0, so it’s ok if you are just getting started playing with your pro.

    My gamertag: dougsportazine.

    Evan’s gamertag: DarkLiverpool.

     

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. If you search Sportazine on G+, twitter, or facebook, you’ll find us. Comments here work too, of course.


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  • 2016-01-20T05:08:00Z via Spigot To: Public

    Sportazine FC is looking for FIFA 16 players on XBox One http://sportazine.com/competition/gaming/sportazine-fc-fifa-16-players-xbox/

    I’ve got more to share, but I want to get this out. I’ll try to get out another post tomorrow.

    We are looking for all positions. We’re currently 1-0, so it’s ok if you are just getting started playing with your pro.

    My gamertag: dougsportazine.

    Evan’s gamertag: DarkLiverpool.

     

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. If you search Sportazine on G+, twitter, or facebook, you’ll find us. Comments here work too, of course.


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  • 2016-01-20T04:57:52Z via Spigot To: Public

    Sportazine FC is looking for FIFA 16 players on XBox One http://sportazine.com/competition/gaming/sportazine-fc-fifa-16-players-xbox/

    I’ve got more to share, but I want to get this out. I’ll try to get out another post tomorrow.

    We are looking for all positions. We’re currently 1-0, so it’s ok if you are just getting started playing with your pro.

    My gamertag: dougsportazine.

    Evan’s gamertag: DarkLiverpool.

     

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. If you search Sportazine on G+, twitter, or facebook, you’ll find us. Comments here work too, of course.


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  • What is going on?

    2016-01-01T20:39:14Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Microca.st seems to be working. identi.ca seems to be working...but I can't see any of my microca.st posts from identi.ca....starting at some point yesterday.

    The opposite though, does not seem to be the case.

    Doug Whitfield at 2016-01-01T20:39:45Z

  • 2015-12-03T23:52:17Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Please rank the following cities by opensourceness (make this whatever you want: kernel contributors, LUG participation, percent of population that actually knows what free software means, whatever...)

    #Indianapolis #Indiana (yes, I discovered there is another one or a place has bad data)
    #Lexington #Kentucky
    #TwinCities #Minneapolis #StPaul #Minnesota
    #Houston #Texas
    #Madison #Wisconsin
    #IowaCity #Iowa (because why get to the last one and leave the state off?)
  • 2015-12-02T16:28:37Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    some sort of authentication error in pumpa. meh.
    the pumpa on the other machine is working fine, but this machine seems to have problems, so I'll probably end up closing it.

    Sportazine.com (Doug Whitfield) at 2015-12-02T16:30:03Z

  • 2015-12-02T14:31:42Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Nothing is finalized yet, but it looks like I'll be making a http://ampslam.com trip to #Lexington #Kentucky on December 15, so get at me if you want to meet up.
  • 2015-12-02T14:24:34Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    since microca.st has been down for so long, I am going to start sending my personal posts to this account. At some point, presumably it will go back to being a sports-specific account.
  • 2015-11-25T19:35:25Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    microca.st is down, so posting here.

    If someone wants to take the time to clean up http://ampslam.com from proprietary js and/or set it up so that musicians can choose a CC license, we'd be happy to have the help.

    My priority is on finding interns/co-ops/externs. I really don't even want to venture a guess as to how long it will take for me to get to it.
  • 2015-11-24T16:41:05Z via Spigot To: Public

    We Aren’t Done Yet http://sportazine.com/other/we-arent-done-yet/

     

    I know where I’ve been, but I can’t say much for the other writers. Darren was following the Rugby World Cup. Evan (@BoneSaw_Origins) and I (@dougsportazine) are still chatting about sports occasionally over on twitter.

    As for me, I’ve been preparing to take a running gig in January. I’ve mostly been listening to Trail Runner Nation, Science of Ultra, and Phedippidations to prepare. I’ve got a ton more feeds in my reader, but those are the main ones. I’ve been doing other stuff (like Music Manumit), but the running is the only thing really worth talking about here.

    Well, that’s not 100% true. I listened to MUFC beat Watford on XM on Saturday. We also listened to some gridiron and to the Hornets overtime win over the Rondo-lead Kings.

    As for the running, Trail Runner Nation has a huge back catalog. Science of Ultra just started, but is excellent. Phedippidations is interesting. Steve Runner has an interesting story. It’s really a show that tells people that they don’t need to be running marathons or races at all to be a runner. That’s the type of runner I am. That said, the show also dives into politics, and food…and not really running nutrition. There are at least a couple of shows about pizza. I haven’t gotten rid of it yet, but it isn’t really a great show for prepping for a coaching gig – at least not all the episodes. He does dive into shoes and various useful topics on occasion. He’s been podcasting at least since 2006 (the feed ends there at Episode 48), so there is a lot of content. The show titles are useful, so just check out the shows that interest you.

    When will *I* be back with regular content? I expect not until March, though it could be earlier or later depending on how interviews go.


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  • 2015-11-24T15:27:17Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Is microca.st working for anyone? How long has it been down?
  • 2015-10-02T00:31:31Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Anyone around here ever worked at a running store?
  • 2015-10-02T00:30:14Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I had forgotten NavierStokes wasn't working with this account...
  • 2015-09-21T01:03:53Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    what public pumps are not run by Evan?

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