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C. Horridus has moved!

www.CHORRIDUS.com is registered and ready to go.

Please update your bookmarks and links (and address bar typing habits).

If you notice any problems with the new site, please let me know.

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The looming strike and the C. Horridus work stoppage

March 15, 2010 5 comments

C. Horridus has been on life-support for a while.

One reason is because I simply don’t have the time. The more important factor, however, is also the more cynical one.

On days that I do have time, when I’m tempted to write something about the Union’s pre-season, I think of the looming strike. I think about all the effort I put into the site over the winter holiday and all the effort I’d need to put into it now. Then I figure there’s a good 30% chance it will all be for nothing. And so I don’t write a thing.

This is the side of the potential work stoppage that people forget about. This disupute affects more than just the players, the league, and, yes, the fans. It’s also about the professionals–or wanna-be professionals–who are staking a lot on the success of this league and the continued popularity of soccer in the US. What about Ives Galarcep and his stunningly succesful site? What about Match Fit USA? American Soccer News? Kyle J. McCarthy and his excellent reporting work on the Revs and the league?

These are all people who depend on MLS, who need the league to continue so they can continue doing what they want to do. If the league shoots itself in the foot, then what happens to these these guys? What about their careers?

And for me, as much as I would like to, I just can’t risk it.  If there’s no work stoppage, then great, I’ll start writing again as soon as the season begins. But my time is too rare right now to waste it on a league that may self-implode.

So MLS, are you listening? Don’t fuck things up. This situation affects far more than just a few hundred players and a gaggle of MLS owners.

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C. Horridus needs help!

January 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Today my big bad busy semester officially began: I started my internship at the local paper. It’s a great opportunity for me professionally and personally but it could also mean the death knell for this blog–or at least the blog as it’s been over the past month or two, with near daily updates and long, relatively in-depth articles. Why? I’m going to be very, very busy. Probably my only free time to write will be during the evenings, and I doubt I’ll be able to so everyday. Which sucks, because I love this blog and love writing about the Union (and two months before the first season is hardly a good time for this site to slow down).

I’ve hinted before that, once the Spring semester started, I would probably ask for help. Well, now is as good a time as any. So there are any wannabee Union scribes out there who want to help out, please read over the following and shoot me an email:

What I need: 1-3 contributors with a strong knowledge of MLS and Philadelphia soccer and who can make a commitment to write 2-3 (or more!) posts a week. If you are a journalism student or are interested in going into journalism, this is a great opportunity to add some clips to your portfolio. If you are an MLS guru but worry about the quality of your writing–don’t. We can work something out.

There will also be opportunities for original reporting–especially for anyone who can get himself down to the pre-season training camp at Greensboro.

How to contact me: chorridusmail@gmail.com.

What to include: Tell me why you want to write for the site,  how you think you can help, and any background/experience you think would be helpful.

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Tuesday morning links and a minor site update

January 19, 2010 Leave a comment
Ricardo Clark

Rico Clark: On his way to Germany?*

–Rico Clark just a medical test away from signing with Eintracht Frankfurt, reports ASN.

A final agreement has been reached on the Wizards’ new stadium. Great news for MLS if it gets approved.

–I haven’t written much about the Dempsey injury because my first instinct is to panic! But US Soccer Daily says there’s no need. And Intelligent Soccer has some good thoughts too–although I’m not sure I agree that losing Dempsey drops the US below Slovenia on the quality scale.

–An Everton man loves his new Lando.

The Shin Guardian. Just the whole site. It’s great.

–Please let me know if you like/dislike the new theme.

–School starts today, which means the glorious life that I’ve come to love to over the past month–reading and writing (and, uh, tweeting) about soccer, all day, every day–will now be over. Real-world responsibilities loom.

Still, I plan to cover the Union’s first season as in-depth as possible, and I’m hoping my workload won’t distract too much from this site. If it does I will start searching for guest bloggers to help keep the site afloat. So stay tuned future Union scribes.

*Photo: MLSnet.

New theme?

January 18, 2010 1 comment

Hey guys, I’ve been wanting to switch the site’s theme for a long time now. I’m not a fan of the narrow main columns of the original theme, or the fact that it allows for almost no customization.

So . . . what do you think of the current look? The iNove theme allows for much more customization (which I’ll get to at some point). If you have a strong opinion–positive or negative–let me know.

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