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Everything posted by m-g-williams

  1. So, question: Was the fact that the NHL matches would be sans fans part of the reason that the relevant provincial authorities gave the all-clear? I'd see that scenario as posing a much lower risk of spreading the virus than having players, staff and coaches in a stadium with (limited) fans like most of us want for the CPL. Hence my worry about provincially-imposed travel restrictions for CPL folks. Also, I'll admit that my biggest motivator in publishing that think-piece/ramble was thinking of how to put a good product on the field while minimizing financial losses for the league/clubs -
  2. Delete. Sidenote: Every frigging time I go to edit a post, I end up clicking the Goddamn "quote" button by mistake.
  3. At the risk of being being branded a heretic, flogged and otherwise run out of town, I'm going to pose a likely-unpopular but increasingly necessary question regarding 2021 CPL stadia: If and/or when it's announced that a "regular" season with every team playing matches at their home grounds is not feasible due to the pandemic, where should the CPL actually play and in what format? I've been wrestling with this question for a while, though I wish that weren't the case. As much as I want to believe that we'll be able to get back to a more regular season approach, given the pandemic situat
  4. . . . so not only is the hydro pole still there, but this whole situation might get even worse? *facepalm*
  5. I'm laughably afraid to ask, but . . . does anyone know if the hydro pole is *still* next to Westhills Stadium?
  6. Good news for taking a more organized approach to FIFA E Sports competitions, especially with so many folks still stuck at home. But as a Nintendo Switch owner, I'm not impressed that I can't participate. 😛
  7. With the CCL being expanded to include two direct spots for CPL entry, I'm really hoping that one spot will be awarded to the CPL Champion and the other awarded to the CPL team with the best overall record for the season. If so, I'm hoping that will see the CPL shift its stance on hardware. I'd re-purpose the North Star Shield to recognize the CPL team with the best overall record (like the MLS Supporters' Shield or the A-League Premier's Plate) and introduce a proper cup/trophy for the CPL Champion. If the league decides to hold fast with the northern-influence to its awards, mayhaps the "Bor
  8. I noticed yesterday that the CEBL Commissioner confirmed that Montreal would be getting a team (details and venue TBA). I have to say, seeing that made me feel more secure about the CPL's future. If the CEBL can keep rolling forward despite being a smaller organization with fewer teams, smaller fan-base, less corporate support, etc. and still make that work in the pandemic, then I think the CPL will be fine. https://twitter.com/Kwabz9/status/1357451989643386880
  9. The Times Colonist article I found actually said that this new arrangement would see the CONCACAF league eliminated (possibly to come back in another form), which I haven't seen formally announced anywhere else. If true, then it kind of seems like this isn't so much an expansion of the CCL as it is the CONCACAF League being absorbed under the CCL so it's under a bigger brand name. Either way, the CPL comes out with more direct entry spots into continental competition, so I'm happy. 🙂
  10. Absolutely thrilled with this announcement. According to Neil Davidson, apparently CONCACAF is thinking that the two CPL spots might go to the league champion and the team with the best overall performance on the campaign, subject to the CPL's recommendation (this may well be noted in the video above, but I don't have 26 mins to listen to that right now). I think this is definitely the right approach to take. https://www.timescolonist.com/sports/concacaf-revamps-expands-champions-league-format-with-regional-group-phase-1.24277546
  11. Huh. I don't see it there either for some reason, and I don't see any record/mention of it now apart from on their Youtube channel. I don't think they intended it to be a short-term thing, so I'm a bit puzzled as well. I do see on Twitter that it's "coming back" on 8 Feb, though I'm still not sure why it went away. Maybe they're getting set up back in studio or something?
  12. So, not exactly CPL focused (like, at all). But QC no longer providing financial support for Montreal hosting WC 2026 matches does seem like a blow to the soccer community writ large.
  13. Mark your calendars, folks - if all goes as planned, we'll be back on 22 May 21! https://canpl.ca/article/a-message-to-all-cpl-fans-an-open-letter-from-commissioner-david-clanachan-2
  14. Ahh, je ne le savais pas. Chuis un francophile autoproclamé mais comme le français n'est pas ma langue maternelle il reste toujours des nuances qui m'échappent. Merci pour la clarification !
  15. Semantics note/musings: When we finally do start to get some francophone clubs (I'm looking at you, Montreal, Quebec City and Moncton), I hope that they'll go with a francophone appellation. Personally, I'd love to see them use "Association sportive" à la AS Saint-Étienne or AS Monaco, or maybe "Union sportive" like some of the clubs in the Championnat national. Mostly, I just don't want to see everything branded as "FC ________" in French. I know that plenty of clubs in Ligue 1, Ligue 2, Jupiler Pro League and others use Football Club, Sporting Club, Racing Club, etc., but I can't say I've ev
  16. It's not quite identical, but damn . . . I guess the team-formerly-know-as-the-Impact liked your idea. https://www.lapresse.ca/sports/soccer/2021-01-14/l-impact-devient-le-club-de-foot-montreal.php?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter Also, if anyone else is like me and prefers the existing crest, a lot of their now-obsolete merch is on sale. https://www.montrealimpactstore.ca/montreal-impact/t-25780263+os-67+z-933313-3715273288
  17. Question: How exactly does one go about securing (to the extent possible right now) season tickets? I've already provided my contact info to the club, and am a founding member from last year. I see that they're accepting deposits, but I'm wondering if I actually need to put one down considering I put down a deposit with my founding membership last year. I've tried to get a hold of the club box office, but it looks like TD Place is shut down due to the pandemic restrictions.
  18. According to Kurt Larson, there's also more to come. Fingers crossed for the Scottish Premiership and A-League . . .
  19. So, I noticed that the Atletico website is advertising 2021 deposits and season memberships. If I already paid a 2020 deposit, do I need to put down a new one? Or does it make any difference where seasons memberships are apparently available?
  20. I'd love it if they could manage to show more (or all) Ligue 1 matches. The A-League and the Scottish Premiership would be my other top choices, though at least those are available on Youtube after the matches have ended.
  21. Full brand story: https://yorkunitedfc.canpl.ca/brand-story
  22. The green, blue and gold . . . damn. Consider me a fan.
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