Just Push Play #10: Rewind

Last Wednesday, I was lucky enough to have time set aside to present Just Push Play #10. It had been since January that JPP was last on the air and I was able to flashback and revisit the decade I remember so well, the 1980s. I had pre-produced about four shows with the intentions of playing them early in the year, but as things so often happen, time was just not on my side.

Just Push Play #10 can be downloaded now over at Filecloud. This was one of the better shows in recent play, with our Flick Pick, Blade Runner with Harrison Ford, we get up close and personal with Dave and Matty from Moonlighting, while we rewind with The Clash and Combat Rock. Our new Button Bashers segment featured Berzerk. We also debuted a new segment called Finish the Lyrics, where you the listener gets to participate. Congrats to illogical for winning the segment with 2.5 points!

JPP #11 is all ready to go as I am just revising some of the material, now a few month old. Time permitting, we would be pushing play this coming week. Stay tuned for more information over on Inside the Game.

Viva Germany 2006!

So Friday morning (America time) brought us the start of the FIFA World Cup 2006, live from Germany. The opening match to kick the cup off featured host country Germany versus Costa Rica and for those who might not be football purists, it was a rather entertaining affair on the pitch as the onion bag found the back of the net six times with Germany winning 4-2. I would also venture a guess that we saw two of the best goals of the cup from Germany’s Philipp Lahm to open the scoring 6′ into the match. Lahm cut back on the left side of the pitch with a beautiful bender into the top right corner of the the goal, clipping the post. The final tally of the match for Germany came on a rocket of a shot from about 25m out from Torsten Frings. Miraslav Klose of Germany and Paulo Wanchope of Costa Rica both tallied two netters.

The second match featured Poland versus Ecuador from Gelsenkirchen. One of the early knocks on Ecuador was the ability to play on their home pitch, which sits at about 9000′ above sea level in the city of Quito. La Tri[color] might have silenced some critics after a grand showing shutting out Poland by a score of 2-0. The 24′ of the match saw Carlos Tenorio score on a long throw from Ulises dela Cruz that skimmed off the head of Agustin Delgado before Tenorio headed the ball for a 1-0 lead. Second half action was spirited on both sides, as Poland tried to draw square, while Ecuador attempted to put the game away. The 80′ would be the proverbial “nail in the coffin” as substitute, Ivan Kaviedes received a perfect pass in the open, sent a square pass to Agustin Delgado who finished the play. While there would be no more scoring, Poland had their chances in final minutes striking the post and crossbar on consecutive shots.

As I said, some entertaining football in the early matches, which have sometimes seen very low 1-0 scores, but yesterday was different. Two matches down and 62 to go as another cup favorite, England starts on the road to the cup versus Paraguay. The USA opens play on Monday, June 12 against the #2 ranked nation in the world, Czech Republic, while my favorite nation, Italia opens against Ghana. Thankfully all 64 games will be televised on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2, so I might not get much sleep when I get off work at 0530. Today I will stay up, feed my son and watch the England match without Wayne Rooney.

Who’s your pick to win the cup? Bittar, good luck to the Brazilians!?