Ep. 84: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Tigueres bringing it, Liguilla in effect!

We discuss the in progress Liguilla in this episode, highlighting the Tigres win over Rayados and how Dueñas is running on all cylinders as well as Gignac coming out of his shell! Just ignore his failed “dab” attempt. We also dive into Chivas and how they are not impressing, even though they have the excuse of some injuries. Finally we discuss Santos and how they are pretty much done, as well as Xolos and how they still have hope in the return leg in Tijuana!

Glad you could listen, stay tuned.

Ep. 73: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Special Guest Nate Abaurrea!

An exciting episode, this one! 😀 We had a special guest with us, Nate Abaurrea, who covers Xolos out of San Diego and does English broadcasts of Xolos games. We had some very interesting talk about Xolos, MLS in San Diego and other LigaMX items as well. We also talked about the recent announcement from Univision to broadcast English commentary of LigaMX games via Facebook. We talked about how pros and cons and how English commentary will work out and help grow the sport in the US.

It was a fun show everybody, don’t miss out!

Mexican Coaches Making a Statement – Gentlemen’s Agreement

The latest Gentlemen’s Agreement has arrived.  In this edition, CantinaMX Podcast host John Jagou, and FutMexNation Columnist Joel Aceves discuss the early success from unexpected sources.  And the Gentlemen explain the Azteca myth and why it might be time to play elsewhere.  As always, the Gentlemen recommend a fine sipping Tequila as an adequate enhancement to this column.

 

John Jagou:  Joel, The LigaMX Clasura17 season is month old, and who would have guessed to see Pumas and Santos near the top of the table, joining last season’s table toppers, Xolos?

 

Joel Aceves:  Yon, I am glad to see that the top three teams are being coached by Mexican’s and they are doing it without having had to break the piggy bank to build their squads. Of the three we can say Xolo’s is the least surprising. They finished last season in first place. At the other end we have the Apertura 2016 finalists Tigres and America having a difficult time as we had predicted.

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Ep. 57: Dos a Zero Futbol Podcast – New America Song is my jam!

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-9-27-23-amThis episode we enjoyed the awesome tunes presented by Club America during halftime of the Xolos game. Their Centenario song was sung by Matute and was immediately classified by many as corny and lame. Then it was discovered that it was plagiarized from the Sevilla hymno. We had a good time echando carrilla.

We had some interesting callers with good questions and comments as we discussed Chivas in CopaMX and the superclassico matchup that is set for next week.

So next week’s show will be a post game show right after the Chivas vs America CopaMX semifinal game. Tune in!

Mexican Circus: Piojo Herrera, Carlos Albert and TV Azteca clowns.

In Mexico, there is a popular aspect of TV that is called “Novelas”. This popularity is does not just occur in Mexico because there are Soap Operas in the US and this thing called reality TV. Fact is drama sells.

So lets look at this Piojo drama that occured over the summer and prior.

  1. Piojo is meme/internet famous for excitited goal celebrations.
  2. Piojo gets National Team job and has a good World Cup.
  3. Piojo tweets politics and gets criticized.
  4. Piojo’s daughter gains fame by not blocking out the haters, but responding to them.
  5. Piojo’s Mexico, fails to impress in controversial Gold Cup.
  6. TV Azteca, specifically Martinolli goes on a tirade against Piojo.
  7. Piojo gets upset and bullys/beats up Martinolli in the airport.
  8. Piojo is hated and press mount against him. He is then fired from the NT.

Piojo was awesome with the America and then the NT, he was entertaining. Animated gifs were made of his hilarity. It’s true he didn’t do so well in the Gold Cup, however, lets analyze one of his greatest critics, TV Azteca. We all remember Martinoli when he had a childish fit, when Mexico was failing during WC qualifiers. Saying the likes of “We love you forever, and ever” and “God bless America” as the US scored 2 goals vs Panama, then going on to insult Mexico calling them “petardos” and that they couldn’t qualify on their own merits.

Now if the events that happened on the field weren’t dramatic enough, the hooting and hollering in the background along with the tirade by Martinoli definitely was. US fans loved it, and it blew up. US fans as well as Mexicans, honored Graham Suzi for scoring the 2nd goal. Martinoli went on to say, The US has past us in Soccer and is better“.

If you ever watch a broadcast with TV Azteca in Mexico you can see how entertaining it really is. In the Pregame of the Mexico vs Trinidad y Tobago game, they showcased Nicki Minaj since she is from T&T, then proceeded to make jokes and innuendo. You would get the same type of jokes during the game. The kind of jokes that you probably won’t hear in the US. Campos is a pretty big part of this circus as well. You may find him on the field reporting, but as you can see, chanclas are the professional attire.

One instance in the broadcast, Martinoli and Luis Garcia were discussing the game at halftime, while Campos was in the middle without a mic, leaning/sitting on a table behind him. Just relaxing while Martinoli and Garcia would talk. When Campos wanted to get a word in, he would just speak and wait for Martinoli to get the mic closer to him.

The point is, Piojo may be a bully, and physically attacking Martinoli is of course unacceptable, but the TV Azteca crew is a joke. Martinoli is a joke. Campos is a clown. All this is great though, it is funny, good TV, and probably gets high ratings. But you can see why Piojo would be perturbed. Then when the incident happens in the airport with Martinoli, the entire press pounces on Piojo. Sure it is justified, but just once I would like to see the Circus at TV Azteca be called out for their foolishness. Although when I think about it, I am not sure I would necessarily want them to change. After all the Circus is the Greatest Show on Earth!

Now as of today, Carlos Albert, who we all know from Futbol Picante. Or atleast used to know, as he was “dramatically” removed from the show. He recently published an article at Milenio insulting Piojo once again. Check out the article here. Albert goes on to call Piojo “injured”, “salty” and still licking his wounds. Albert states that Piojo asked Xolos management to tell TV Azteca to not allow Martinoli on broadcasts involving Xolos. He also states that he sent text stating that he did not want any involvement with Carlos Albert as press. This of course is what spurred Albert to write the article and set his targets back on Piojo. Albert calls him “corriente” and “Miguelito” as his article’s main purpose is to demean Piojo and show what a little man he is.

So what we have here is a good old Novela. Where Piojo and Martinoli have beef, then Carlos Albert comes in to insult as he normally does on twitter and other avenues. Piojo then has beef with Albert and the circle of drama goes round and round. Good entertainment no?