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20 Questions on Soccer, the state of US soccer, all asked and answered by Bill Simmons. Too hard to highlight just one question, so have a look for yourself-
For those stuck at work, watching on the ESPN 3 feed, talk away on the World Cup.
I am working this morning, closing shop early and catching it on DVR. I'll be two hours behind most of the day. I drafted a bunch of e-firends to do roundtable discussion, quarterfinal version at the JCB.
Enjoy the games.......and Happy Fourth Of July Weekend. USA #1 Vote Stanzi/Lehman
Darren McCarty was co-hosting the morning sports talk radio station I listen to on the way to work, and I started daydreaming about rivalries long gone between the Wings and Avalanche. Once i swerved back into my lane, I decided to google videos of those games, fights, wars, etc once I got to work. While doing so, I came across this ESPN special on Vladimir Konstantinov that aired last year during the NHL Playoffs. Really well done. I may or may not have teared up a bit....no judging.
I thought this was a pretty interesting little article about why people in the U.S. call it Soccer instead of Futbol. Apparently the English actually coined the term, which is weird because they give us the most shit about it, and it has been around for quite some time. So the next time someone gives you shit about calling it soccer, give them this little bit of info.
Given the recent episode where Zumaya blew his arm out and one of the kid that I coached in little league is currently having arm trouble from pitching(bad mechanics), I thought that it's a good time for me to address the parents or parents to be of their child in baseball(or in other sports in general) on teaching your child to do the proper techniques or mechanics early on so they can stand a better chance of staying healthy. This is true for pitcher because there are a lot of young people going into Tommy John surgery which is mind boggling because it shouldn't have come down to this type of procedure.
I am not a parent, I'm still fresh out of graduating from college. I cannot stress enough that teach your child(or children) the proper mechanics of throwing a baseball. It's very important for long term health and it would greatly enchance their game as well. I would much rather have my child suffer for a while while doing proper mechanics rather than dominating with terrible mechanics. Over the long run, your child will thank you.
If your child is a pitcher or is about to be a pitcher or you're a little league coach, I would not recommend on letting your child throw curveball until they can start shaving or 16 year old. It put too much stress on the developing bones of the elbow and it would lead to arm problems down the road. I would have them on concentrating on throwing fastball and change up.
IMO, overusing is not the reason why there are so many arm problems. It's pitchers using bad mechanics is the cause for arm problems. Overusing magnified the bad mechanics. If you have great mechanics like Roy Oswalt, Tim Lincecum, you shouldn't have any arm problems and still throw hard into the 30s.
Finally, long toss is a great arm excerise/drill for any baseball players to do in practice especially in warming up(except for those who are pitching on that day). It builds arm strength and stretches out arm muscles without having to throw hard. Your arm bounce back quicker than usual(of course it helps that I lifted weights, but I wouldn't recommend your child doing it until they reach high school).
Director's Cup final standings (pdf) were released today.
A look at the top 5, the Big Ten, and Nebraska/Notre Dame:
1. Stanford (16th straight)
5. Florida State
8. Ohio State
11. Penn State
27. Notre Dame
39. Michigan State
Also, in D2, Grand Valley mafia are the #1.