Optical/IP Networks

Cisco 5, Light Reading 4

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- New York's Light Reading Cosmos fell to West Coast glamour team Cisco Systems Inc. in the optical networking industry's preeminent football fixture of the weekend (that's soccer to youse Americans).

In the sweaty heat-trap otherwise known as Off The Wall Soccer, the New Yorkers got what they expected -- a hotly contested physical match with thrills and spills to boot.

The Cosmos, well-known for their second-half collapses -- delivered yet again, taking a 2-1 lead into halftime only to crumple in the heat, victims of their own pub-based conditioning regimen. However, after going down quickly 2-5 in the early parts of the second-half, they mounted a scrappy last-minute comeback -- but ran out of time.

The pregame warmup was not without drama, as Light Reading's regular goalie Chen Jiang (a.k.a. "J.C.") discovered belatedly (after a league match, a practice session, and a cross-country airplane ride) that he had in fact broken his hand earlier in the week. The Cosmos' crack management team was not to be fooled, however, astutely concluding just minutes before the game that a one-handed goalie might not be such a good idea. Backup keeper Tom Vanderbilt obliged, making an impossible number of outstretched saves reminiscent of the comic-book hero Plastic Man.

"We think Light Reading played a great game," Mike Volpi would have said, had we bothered to ask him. "They were great sports, and we're certainly not going to gloat about a game that's result was so close," added Volpi, as he turned somersaults across midfield after the game's final whistle.

"Of course we're not upset," said team manager Scott Raynovich, after breaking a chair and sending half-drunk Gatorade bottles flying. "Cisco deserved to win this one because they played a superior game. This time I won't blame the ref as I normally do."

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wilecoyote 12/5/2012 | 12:02:39 AM
re: Cisco 5, Light Reading 4 Need I say more?

"Fox News....Fair and balanced."

That's all we're asking, LR.

PS Cisco still sucks, soccor victory or no.

I'll probably get deleted from the Boards now.
Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 12:02:38 AM
re: Cisco 5, Light Reading 4 Wile I didn't realize you were in such desperate need of a sense of humor.
wilecoyote 12/5/2012 | 12:02:37 AM
re: Cisco 5, Light Reading 4 I'm just callin' em as I see em Scotty. Still luv you guys, pom poms and all.

It seems to me that LR spends a lot of energy gleefully pointing out the woes of startups while printing all of Cisco's most meaningless propaganda any time it comes over the wire. So the market sees two things: startup=doom and Cisco=wow, those guys build cool stuff! Neither of these are truths. But then again, Fox ain't fair and balanced either.
Duke_of_URL 12/5/2012 | 12:02:35 AM
re: Cisco 5, Light Reading 4 "The Cosmos' crack management team was not to be fooled..."

Ah HA! Somehow, I knew crack was involved in this event. If you're going to take on vendors in sport, at least make it something that could lead to a career-ending injury. Rugby, full-contact backgammon, extreme cricket. We. Want. Blood.
belas_knap 12/5/2012 | 12:02:33 AM
re: Cisco 5, Light Reading 4 Butch_rag - you're a miserable git. Lighten up.

The surprising thing is they found enough people to make up a football team over there ......
gea 12/5/2012 | 12:02:29 AM
re: Cisco 5, Light Reading 4 So I noticed that Cisco took all the photos. Aren't you guys reporters, basically? No one thought to bring a camera?
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 12:02:24 AM
re: Cisco 5, Light Reading 4 Cisco took three of the eight photos we used.

The big issue was that a consumer grade camera, even a really good one (we have an Olympus C-700, 10x Zoom, 2.1 megapixel), couldn't catch the action in the low light setting without blurring everything.

BTW -- Being a reporter and a photographer are two different things entirely. I'm a lousy photographer, so I'll use whatever photo looks best for the story.

Steve Saunders 12/5/2012 | 12:02:22 AM
re: Cisco 5, Light Reading 4 it's called "indoor soccer"
crapshooter 12/5/2012 | 12:02:22 AM
re: Cisco 5, Light Reading 4 I have seen American NFL games with less than 9 points scored. Bloody awful defense all around!

beowulf888 12/5/2012 | 12:02:13 AM
re: Cisco 5, Light Reading 4 wilecoyote:
Hmmm. It's funny how a different perspective can, well, change your perspective. When I worked at Cisco, the marketing folks (at least some of the martketing folks I knew) lived in dread of LightReading reviewing one of our products. The perception in some quarters -- and I won't claim it was all of Cisco -- was the LR had an ax to grind against Cisco. In fact, I'm surprised LR was able to get Cisco to play soccer with 'em. Well, Volpi is a good politician ;-).


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