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Mark Turner

Mark Turner is formerly of Oxford, England, but has lived in America for the past 15 years, the majority of that time in Colorado. Mark enjoys playing soccer, hiking and biking when the weathers good, and when the weathers rotten writing blog entries that he hopes will amuse and entertain.

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Writes a bit for the Colorado Springs Independent. Radios a bit for KCMJ 93.9 FM, as the co-host of the Back Chat Show, a football (soccer!) focused hour, largely centered around our home-town Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.

Recent Posts

  • Centennial State of mind

    • Nov 4, 2016
  • We have playoff competition in the Springs AGAIN!

    • Sep 17, 2016
  • Hope swings eternal

    • Aug 21, 2016
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    Re: “Indus Modern Kitchen wisely pulls a page from Panda Express

    Ate here this evening. As an Indian loving Englishman who grew up on curry and still eats it at least once a week, I'll accept that I'm rather a curry snob. Indus hit all the right notes. Very tasty, very affordable, very friendly staff and service. I would disagree with the review above only in so much as the Chicken Tikka Masala does have a really nice heat 'zing', but as everything's made home-made, perhaps we just caught it on a really good day! Definitely recommend checking this place out - it's these sort of eateries that COS needs more of. We'll be back for sure.

    Posted by Melchett on 01/28/2017 at 6:54 PM

    Re: “The United [super-sized] Soccer League

    I'm sorry, Scott, you were saying...?…

    Posted by Melchett on 12/06/2016 at 10:48 AM

    Re: “District looking for answers after failure of bond, MLO

    Some odd comments on here. First, a Bond isn't exclusively (or even often times, anything to do with) building NEW schools. It's more commonly to support the upkeep of existing, in some cases quite antiquated buildings. Surely we don't want our children being educated for the 21st century in buildings barely fit for the 20th century?

    I don't remember the district anywhere down-playing the cost, or suggesting that it the proposed additional taxes weren't 'a big deal'. They simply tallied up their needs, focused on those that were a most pressing priority, costed them accordingly, and presented that to the taxpayers.

    What about the benefit to tax payers when they see an increase in their property VALUES? When you live in an area where the schools are modern, high-tech, and in high demand, local home owners benefit? What's the value of that?

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    Posted by Melchett on 11/21/2016 at 12:33 PM

    Re: “Hope swings eternal

    @diane, we will clearly have to agree to disagree on this one, in large part because I don't understand your rationale.

    You said you aren't giving Solo a pass but then also say that you're not disappointed in how she expresses herself? I respect her passion, but can not understand anyone defending the way in which she express her frustration.

    Furthermore, the fact that 'cowardly' is the antonym to 'courage' is neither here nor there. There are different degrees of and ways in which courage can be displayed. Because one team is courageous it doesn't automatically follow that their opposition can't also be.

    If you want to say, 'I support Hope Solo and agree with her characterization of Sweden's performance' then good for you; that's your hill to die on. I wouldn't spend any more time attempting to explain your position though because, honestly, you're only making less sense the more you try.

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    Posted by Melchett on 08/26/2016 at 6:43 PM

    Re: “Hope swings eternal

    Update August 25th: In announcing yesterday that they were suspending Hope Solo for 6 months, the US Soccer Federation summed it up quite nicely...

    "Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we've had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. National Team member, U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action."

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    Posted by Melchett on 08/25/2016 at 8:50 AM

    Re: “Hope swings eternal

    Diane, Solo didn't as much 'walk back' her comments as to explain them. Paraphrasing: she's a bad loser, apparently, so that's OK then. If you can show me a professional athlete who's a good loser, I'll show a professional athlete who should be preparing for a very short career. Her follow up comments were the furthest thing from an apology that one can imagine:….

    Part of the reason Solo is being so vilified is because this is just the next in a LONG line of outbursts from her, pillorying her USWNT predecessors, former coaches, opposing team coaches, and just about anyone else who gets her back up.

    I'm not going to call her out for her passion - in fact, I applaud that. I won't apologize though for being another to bring attention to the inappropriate way in which she conducts herself. So to clarify, you're quite happy with what she said and how she represented herself, her team, and her nation at the Olympics? You would just rather she got a pass?

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    Posted by Melchett on 08/24/2016 at 8:48 AM

    Re: “Hope swings eternal

    Sorry, Diane, but that's nonsense. Ronaldo got flak for his comments, too, and rightly so.

    There is no such thing as, 'and refuses to give you a chance to play the game as intended'. Some teams are better playing a certain way than others. Using your rationale, any team playing Barcelona in the last decade should hang their heads in shame because none were able to match their tika-taka play, and on those occasions when a team were able to eek out a victory through playing a more conservative type game containing Barca, they should be even more ashamed of themselves. How dare they try and impede Barca's ability to exploit space between the lines and carve them to pieces!

    I would agree with you that there are varying degrees of beauty (subjectively speaking) to which the game can be played. Sweden - much like Iceland v Portugal - may not have the prettiest approach to getting the job done. But I've often found that while someone is pointing the finger at an opponent suggesting they couldn't get the job done in the 'right' way, they tend to ignore the irony of 3 fingers pointing back at them.

    The US fell short, Solo had a poor tournament, she's bitter about it, and apparently incapable of conducting a post-game interview that maturely expresses that.

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    Posted by Melchett on 08/23/2016 at 11:42 AM

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