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Episode: Transitions

As mentioned on the previous episode, we’re transitioning to Available Substitutes. Cross-Conference ‘Cast is no more. There are a number of reasons for rebranding and re-tooling. The previous name was unclear and could be confused with a Christian conference created by a person I don’t really care for.

But I felt a little bad just ending the show so abruptly, so here’s an offering. Ruth flew out to Portland last week and we watched some Pilot games, including the most important game of the year, the Santa Clara-Portland rivalry game. You may recall that we talk about it a lot, and did a rather big project about it in 2010.

So here’s a conversation between the two of us intercut with some quotes from Pilot players Rebekah Kurle, Amanda Frisbie, and Erin Dees:

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Episode 48 – Last Call

Episode 47

Discussed: NCAA season so far, a tense monologue about the Pilots some NWSL talk, briefly mentioning USWNT. And, oh, this is the last episode. Our future is as Available Substitutes.

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Posted in Notre Dame, NWSL, podcast, Portland, Santa Clara, Stanford, UCLA, US Soccer, USWNT, Virginia.


Episode 47 – Glaring Omissions

Episode 47

Discussed: NWSL playoffs, The 99ers documentary, NCAA preseason and MAC Hermann watch list discussed.

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Episode 46 – Don’t we have fun?

Episode 41

Discussed: Due to a non-lightning delay, we report on NWSL before the playoffs were determined. But first! Orange is the New Black is fantastic.

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Episode 45 – Czar

Episode 41

Discussed: NWSL from bottom to top, a dash of USWNT, U20s,  we want to help Carli Lloyd choose a new nickname and now is the debut of Joan & Ruth’s Usability Corner.

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Posted in Carli Lloyd, NWSL, podcast, US Soccer, USWNT.


Episode 44 – Marinated in Creepiness

Episode 41

Discussed: WNT “talk,” interesting story out of Denmark, Portland Thorns experience, what’s wrong with the Reign, and other NWSL stuff.

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Posted in CWNT, Kara Lang, media, NWSL, podcast, Tiffany Weimer, US Soccer, USWNT.


This is not a blog post about homophobia in women’s soccer.

I mean, there would have been a blog post about something, related to that, but I can’t. So here is my thought process and an illustration of how I get derailed. Surprisingly, prompted by the Fleetwood Area High School Girls Soccer team rather than recent buzz about Nigeria. (With the central issue being the nickname the team has adopted for itself. Start at the highlighter bubble.)

I have a lot of thoughts and feelings.

I have a lot of thoughts and feelings.

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Episode 43 – Hype Man

Episode 41

Discussed: USWNT talk. Scotland Games, Algarve Cup and YNT talk. Again, we’re experimenting with the format and trying to focus on one topic per episode. Let us know what you think about the new format on our Facebook poll.

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Posted in Algarve Cup, International Tournament, media, podcast, U-17 WNT, U-20 WNT, U-23 WNT, US Soccer, USWNT.


Episode 42 – Tension

Episode 41

What?:  We recorded two episodes on one day.

Discussed: Recorded December 20, 2012. The 2012 NCAA tournament. New USWNT coach Tom Sermanni and what he means (probably not much, ultimately.)

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Episode 41 – New Sill

Episode 41

Apology: Sorry this one’s so late, folks. I (Joan) moved to Austin, TX after the new year and have been slacking on soccer-related duties.

Discussed: Recorded December 20, 2012. Now-outdated talk of the new women’s soccer league, NWSL. The logo stuff is still WAY relevant, though.

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Posted in media, NWSL, podcast, US Soccer, USWNT, Washington Spirit.