- Member for
- 8 years 33 weeks
- View recent blog entries
|6 hours 39 min ago||That's a really good point.||
That's a really good point. Also, by dropping so deep, he created a giant hole in the middle of the US formation, giving the team little opportunity to interchange and play combinations in the middle of the park.While all the long ball was partially attributable to the bad field conditions, it was also because Bradley didn't really provide an option there. By the end of the game, you saw Dempsey getting so frustrated with the lack of a midfieldnoption that he was dropping way inside the US half to receive the ball.
|7 hours 6 min ago||He was pretty bad. Had a||
He was pretty bad. Had a couple of chances to provide Pulisic the ball in stride and once underhit the pass behind him, leading to a dangerous attack and on the other switched the ball out wide where the attack died. At this point, he should know that if Pulisic is running free in between the lines, he needs to provide the ball.
Also, the Jones-Bradley pairing has never really worked well. They get in each other's way more than they create any danger
|7 hours 10 min ago||Terrible pitch. Ball wouldn't||
Terrible pitch. Ball wouldn't role true all night. Left the US trying to hoof the ball up the wings.
Was impressed by Villafana, really solid down the left side. Nagbe had a couple of darting runs but couldn't release the final ball. Pulisic obviously already on another level than anyone on the field.
Bradley and Jones were both mediocre, weren't able to settle possession, establish a rhythm or provide a consistent outlet for pressure. Bradley, in particular, had some shocking turnovers. Altidore wasn't good but might have never received a ball to his feet.
Ream did well aside from getting caught in between on the long throw. Did well otherwise to snuff out some dangerous attacks once the game got stretched. Zusi looked like a midfielder playing right back. Good going forward but scary with his positioning and while retreating toward his own goal.
All in all, US got what they needed but not a particularly well played game.
|18 hours 56 min ago||X and presumably Matthews||
X and presumably Matthews (based on his film above) are dangerous enough on the drive that defenses arent going to want to give them space that allows downhill momentum going toward the basket.
Obviously, it's best for the offense if they shoot 35%+ from three, but as long as they can either shoot at a decent percentage from 3 or are coached to attack when they get the ball with space in front of them, they'll be able take advantage of defenses as they try to help and recover.
|19 hours 49 min ago||Drive and kick||
It shouldn't be a problem except in lineups with Teske or Davis on the floor. Having DJ and Mo on the floor will open up driving lanes because their defenders have to cover them to the 3-point line because of their shooting ability. The spacing only gets screwed up if defenders can sag off their primary cover and force passes to players who aren't in dangerous positions. Either the DJ-Mo lineup or a DJ-Duncan lineup wouldn't have that problem (though DJ-Dunc-Matthews-MAAR-X is a problem on defense).
With those three guys on the floor, the drive and kick game that MAAR showed at the end of the year (most evident in the Okie State game) could become a staple of the offense, or, if Matthews and Simpson don't improve from 3, the offense could adopt some of the dribble drive offensive sets that Memphis used to use.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Comedy||
I'm offended at how poorly he delivered the joke.
|1 week 3 days ago||Press||
A big part of the outcome of this game, and the success of Louisville's press, will depend on whether the refs are calling hand-checking. Louisville really aggressively uses hand checks, both in the press and the half court, to restrict ball movement. If the refs are calling it and they back off, M's ball screen heavy stuff should find a lot of success, but if defenders are able to restrict movement with their hands (something OSU was doing a lot in the first half), we're going to struggle.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I know one of the people||
I know one of the people quoted in the article. Faculty critics are generally indifferent to the Big 10. They haven't seen membership as the problem, but they haven't seen benefits, either in terms of stabalinf the finances and management of the AD (a big selling point to the faculty at the time) or in terms of institutional collaboration (and Rutgers is already part of a NY metro consortium that includes Columbia, Princeton, NYU, CUNY, etc). But their critiques are more about the propriety of the AD drawing money from the general fund and having to rely on loans for normal operating expenses. A fair amount of faculty at Rutgers see big time athletics as bringing few of the benefits it does at other Big 10 schools while its expenses actively harm academics (decrease in % of tenure line hires, increasing numbers of adjunct faculty, stalls in levels of graduate funding, freeze in academic staff hiring).
The connection of many of those issues to the AD are fairly tenuous, but Rutgers faculty also exist in an East Coast academic world where big time athletics are an anomaly. It's more about abandoning major college athletics than the Big Ten itself
|10 weeks 17 hours ago||100 day||
Oh God, the 100 day projects for my kids were the worst. Kudos to Solomon's mom for lining up help on gluing 100 pennies to a piece of cardboard or cutting out 100 paper dolls.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Chargers logic||
1. Their option to become a tenant in the Rams stadium expires this week. It's widely assumed the Raiders would jump at the chance to move to LA rather than Vegas.
2. Just being in LA probably increases the value of the Chargers franchise by about 25%.
3. I don't think anyone in LA, or the NFL besides the Chargers' owner, is particularly excited or interested in the Chargers moving. (This can be seen by the fact that they're not going to play at the Coliseum but at the Galaxy's stadium in Carson, ie they're going to be the tenant of a MLS team). This is about the Chargers owner thinking that it's far better for his bottom line to move to LA.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Crank the auger||
Crank the auger
|12 weeks 11 hours ago||He pissed off the boosters||
He pissed off the boosters and his AD by publicly campaiging for the OSU job before Tressel was hired.
It was still a dumb idea to fire him.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||New Yorkers, it's super cheap||
New Yorkers, it's super cheap to get into tonight's game. I just picked up a set of 4 tix, 8 rows behind the basket for $12/per ticket.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||This can be true, though I||
This can be true, though I think everyone's who has played has played with guys who can't be bothered on the defensive and still light it up on offense (James Harden is the prime example).
|18 weeks 5 days ago||The Hubie Brown imitation was amazing||
The Hubie Brown imitation was amazing
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Can we get Fran for every ESPN game?||
Can we get Fran for every ESPN game?
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Can't wait to read the||
Can't wait to read the article about wide receiver blocking....
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Minnesota's unranked because||
Minnesota's unranked because their ongoing four game winning streak is a result of a Maryland-Rutgers-Illinois-Purdue schedule. They've lost to the two teams with a pulse they've played, Iowa and PSU
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Holding||
If the MSU holding calls in the Illinois game were prompted by league review of the tape of the UM-MSU game, it suggests the league should have a referee assessor in the box who can brief the officiating crew as to broader game patterns that he's seeing. Much better to fix the problem in the game at hand rather than the next week. Plus, they can put some of the interminable TV timeout stoppages to good use.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Louisvilles, Houstons,||
"Louisvilles, Houstons, Western Michigans, Boise States ..."
One of these things is not like the other, one of these things does not belong...
Louisville is about 4 yards from being a presumed playoff lock.
Also, I might agree about Indiana's potential if they were actually in the West, but they're in the East, where the OSU/Michigan gauntlet makes it really hard for an underdog program to rise up.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||They should have a ref||
They should have a ref supervisor/assessor in the box that watches the game and broadcast and can brief the officials during the interminable tv breaks as to what he's seeing, backing up calls they got correct, letting them know calls they missed. It wouldn't fix anything retrospectively, but would have the potential of addressing egregious, repeating patterns of missed calls.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Fwiw, I was stuck listening||
Fwiw, I was stuck listening to the MSU broadcast on the radio (Sirius only had MSU broadcast for some reason) and Blaha and his color guy were complaining like crazy that the refs were biased against MSU. Lots of complaints about PI that went uncalled.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||I think Stanford's endowment||
I think Stanford's endowment is now big enough that their admissions are totally need blind. They cover all tuition charges for parents who make less than $65k and adjust tuition for parents making less than $125k so that tuition is capped at the federal loan limit.
Of course, wealth conveys all kinds of advantages in the admissions process, but Stanford's essentially no longer tuition dependent.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||With the level of acceptances||
With the level of acceptances they take and the qualifications of their applicant pool, admissions is essentially a lottery or a matter of having something that catches the eye of an admissions officer (I'd think interest in majoring in computer science would likely be a significant downgrade since something like 1/3 of their student body tries to declare a CS major).
|22 weeks 2 days ago||I think it's because he||
I think it's because he didn't land directly on anyone and instead mostly hit a gap. The rule's designed to prevent guys from coming straight down on a lineman's back.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||I'd be excited by this if it||
I'd be excited by this if it was accompanied with a shift to the FIBA "no live ball timeouts" rule
|23 weeks 1 day ago||The increase in||
The increase in administration is a feature across the entire university sector. Over the past 40 years, faculty employment has increased by 50% while administrative and university staffing employment has increased by 85% and 240% respectively at the same time that state support has dramatically shrunk.
Here's one fairly polemical but compelling take.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||LSU made all kinds of offers||
LSU made all kinds of offers to get the game played the first time. They offered to play on Sunday or Monday in Gainesville or to relocate it to Baton Rouge and send the revenue back to UF. Florida wasn't interested in finding a solution then. Don't know why they should be blamed for refusing to give up a home game that both their AD and flood ravaged local businesses were relying on for operating revenue.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Yep. I'm pretty sure this is||
Yep. I'm pretty sure this is about supporting the local businesses that were essentially shut down for a month due to the flooding
|23 weeks 5 days ago||In terms of narrative form,||
In terms of narrative form, Eight Mile is the Karate Kid with a more ambiguous conclusion.