the season has truly begun now
|22 hours 8 min ago||Wow! What an end to the post.||
Wow! What an end to the post. Congratulations!
|1 day 17 hours ago||Strobel||
I think he's part of the "DE in the under, DT in the over" crew along with Wormley and Godin. Certainly haven't heard much mention of him, though.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Shante Orr||
Not up to the standard of those three guys, but Shante Orr had some strong games. I'd say he was slightly below Clark's standard of last year, so don't know if that counts as "impact DE" but he could certainly be disruptive. He certainly would have created more of an impression had he stayed for his senior year. I know he had significant family pressures, but that's one of the poorer decisions to depart early of the past years.
Also, Woodley didn't really have a hybrid role that I can remember. I think he was pretty much exclusively a hand down DE.
|3 days 18 hours ago||If your kids are already into||
If your kids are already into Michigan football, then 9 is plenty old. My then 5 year old twins made it through all of the UConn night game last year (and may have kept the predominantly M section in the end zone partially sane). The kid in the OP looks plenty into the game. You'll have a blast.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Are you making this||
Are you making this criticism? "There is a thought afoot" is a really vague, self-deflecting rhetorical formulation.
If you have actually heard this, from what sources?
|3 days 21 hours ago||I actually think they were||
I actually think they were really similar years. Huge expectation creating wins over ND followed by a series of too close wins against bad teams and an end of the year filled with losses to better teams. The difference is that last year's losses contained a lot more hope than did 2010's. It's easy to forget, but we were never within a TD in the 4th quarter in any of our losses this year, and the Wisconsin game was equally as depressing (if more exciting) than last year's Iowa game.
The case for 2010 is the pure wonder of watching Denard, which can't be understated, but the close games and losses were equally, if not more, painful, because you could see and feel this whole thing that most of us were hoping would happen just collapse in upon itself.
|1 week 15 hours ago||The Jim Nantz of schools||
This thread seems like a good place for this...
|1 week 3 days ago||Ace||
Can you do a vicious electronic questioning of msu tomorrow?
|1 week 3 days ago||Now we're aggressive!||
Still waiting for the first defensive coach in history to promise to adopt a more conservative, passive approach.
"This year, we're going in with a philosophy where we're willing to bend as long as we don't break."
|1 week 6 days ago||Depends on when it came to light at ND. If it||
Depends on when it came to light at ND. If it broke at the end of the spring semester or over the summer, its likely difficult to convene the academic disciplinary board, which is a faculty panel, given how faculty scatter at the end of the semester. This past week may have been one of the first time's the entire committee on academic integrity could be convened.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||Irving||
We'll find out if Irving's actually a good player now. He's literally never played in a high pressure game in college or the pros.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||Varejao||
Varejao's missed mote than half his teams games the past three seasons. There's no way they can expect him to give them substantial minutes. Bulls, then Cavs, then Raptors, then junk. That's the east this year.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Exactly. This shows how real||
Exactly. This shows how real the 'Fear of a Black Wallet' phenomenon is among athletic and academic admins.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||For what it's worth, the||
For what it's worth, the World Anti-Doping Agency's standard for failing a marijuana test is ten times that of the NFL. Given that everything that Roger Goddell does is wrong, I'm just going to assume this continues the trend.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I like that "great place to||
I like that "great place to work" is in quotes, suggesting Brandon's not talking about the actual experience of employees of the athletic department but in a workplace qualification handed out by Businessweek or Forbes according to the specific metric of their "Great Places to Work" issue.
The presence of a Smile Committee is clearly one of those metrics.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Don't know if you can answer||
Don't know if you can answer this without film work, but did his mechanics get progressively poorer throughout the year as he got hit and hit again, or were they poor in game situations where he was getting pressure from the ND game onward?
I remember him standing in against the rush pretty well against ND (well, with one major exception) and thought he progressively lost trust in his line and became increasingly unwilling to stick in the pocket as the year got on and he got beat up, but I don't know anything about QB mechanics to know if his mechanics were right before his trust broke down.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Hoke pretty much has to be||
Hoke pretty much has to be extended after this year if he's not going to be fired. Coaches almost never go into the last year of a contract without an extension. It hurts recruiting too much.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||This is the second thing he's said that makes me||
This is the second thing he's said that makes me thing that he's been hearing complaints.about athletics intruding on relationships between academic programs and donors. The first was in his interview with the Michigan Record where he described strong athletics as a good thing as long as they don't intrude on the university's academic mission.
|6 weeks 9 hours ago||That's really interesting.||
That's really interesting. I've heard similar things (3rd and 4th hand) about smaller donors (endowing chairs, not buildings) to academic programs being targeted by the athletic department during the transition between Terry MacDonald and the new dean of LSA.
The person I talked to was pretty annoyed, it apparently violated an implied "hands off" agreement between central campus and the athletic campus and was seen as trying to take advantage of an administrative vacuum.
|6 weeks 10 hours ago||Schlissel||
If you really wanted to project and read between the lines, you could portray this quote from Schlissel in his interview with the Michigan Record as implying that he's somewhat uncomfortable with the over-commercialization of the AD
"Athletics is a wonderful community-building thing for the campus and we just have to be careful that the balance remains appropriate given that we are a great academic institution."
(The most logical explanation is that it's a throwaway line, or, if you want to project in a different direction, that it's directed at the AD's reputed targeting of donors to academic programs). On the fireworks thing, it's pretty obvious that at least some of the regents have been hearing complaints about the game day atmosphere and the continued marketing efforts to sell tix. This kind of veto doesn't just come out of the blue.
|6 weeks 15 hours ago||The first point, about game||
The first point, about game length and time predictability, is certainly true. Knowing that games will start and finish in about 2 hours is a huge plus. I've gone to evening Red Bull games with my 2nd grade kids. Even with 45 minutes on the train from NYC, you know you can go to the whole game and be home at 10 from a 7 PM game. There's no way that happens with any other spectator sport.
Games are televised locally, with one or two national broadcasts weekly, but there's just no ability within the structure of the sport to insert commercial breaks. I wonder if that will impact rights fees paid by broadcasters if soccer continues to gain in popularity. There's only so much time for commercials.
|6 weeks 16 hours ago||"teams go out of there way to||
"teams go out of there way to create loyal fan groups that bring an element to the experience that is organic, dynamic, and unique"
I might tweak that just a bit to say they empower loyal fan groups and get out of their way, allowing them to bring those elements. Because what happens within supporters groups is not created from above, or at least by team management (most supporters groups do have some sort of rough hierarchical structure). Instead, most MLS teams have figured out that they can have relationships with supporters groups that allow those groups to have more autonomy with what they do in other American sports. I'm sure the TIFO that gets put on in KC, Seattle, Portland, etc, is run by team executives, but it's not their creation.
Instead, like you say, it's the organic creation of the supporters groups, but allowing that to happen means that teams do things like largely allow supporters groups to figure out seating arrangements within their sections themselves (in contrast, say, to last year's GA policy).
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Since ESPN did all kinds of||
Since ESPN did all kinds of separate camera feeds you could watch at the World Cup (tactical cam, fan cam), maybe they can institute a special feed for Michigan fans for that game, the "No references to the Horror " feed.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Guest is $50 during the week||
Guest is $50 during the week and $60 on the weekend, alum/fac/staff is $40/$48, student is $35/$35. Maybe they raised or instituted weekend fees for guests and alums, because I know guests paid $50 when I regularly played as a student in the late 1990s and early 2000s. (Student rates were initially $18 then and went up to $20 sometime around 2000).
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Totally agree. Was back last||
Totally agree. Was back last week to play as an alum (after a decade away from Ann Arbor) Our group of guys in our early 40s were the youngest folks on the course. Used to play weekly in grad school @ $20, with the group I played with last week. We couldn't have done that @ $35.
If I'm not mistaken, the alum and guest prices were the same as they were a decade ago. Ridiculous that it's only student prices that have gone up.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||it's only student rates that have gone up. $15 in||
it's only student rates that have gone up. $15 in ten years while alum and guest rates have remained essentially unchanged
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Unfortunately, even if||
Unfortunately, even if Stauskas is great on the Kings, no one will ever know about it.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Agree. Would like to see some||
Agree. Would like to see some kind of license suspension tacked on to cases like this. 6 months or so.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Dempsey and Wondo are||
Dempsey and Wondo are radically different strikers. Dempsey can drop deep into the midfield to facilitate attacks, possess the ball and link up play. Wondo's a pure penalty box poacher who was used properly in the WC (coming in late when a goal is needed or you want someone to run around and harass the back line while up) but he can play for a full 90 at this level. He just can't do enough of the hold up or build up work that you need someone to do up top for the whole game. The US would have been even more overrun in the midfield if they had two guys up the field.
If the Germany-Brazil game shows nothing else, it's that you can't allow the Germans to have space to play in the midfield. A nation of our talent-level has to play them the way Algeria and Ghana did, putting guys around and behind the ball and trying to hit them up the wings on the break when the ball turns over.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||The problem with Edu is that||
The problem with Edu is that he can no longer play at a middling professional level. He's been bad in MLS after two years of being awful or riding the bench overseas. Having four guys who can slot in at defensive mid (Beckerman, Jones, Bradley, and Cameron) is plenty of cover. Cameron just shat the bed against Belgium. Edu would have, most likely, been far worse. He just can't play at a level that significantly below the world cup.
The real mistake was not bringing Boyd to back up Altidore as a hold up striker. Boyd had been in good form for his club team in exactly the same role as Altidore was to play and having him would have allowed Dempsey to play as a withdrawn striker where he's much more effective. When Klinsmann chose his 23, though, I don't think he planned to play Jones tucked in on the left. Had he planned for that, he should have left Davis at home for Boyd.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||So you think Brandon went in||
So you think Brandon went in and told him, "Hey John, we really need to bring in coaches to teach man-to-man to compete in the Big 10 and to achieve better player development and recruiting connections." I think it's far more likely that Beilein, whom almost everyone ackowledges is one of the smartest coaches in college bball examined his staff after the season and saw serious shortcomings that he thought were insurmountable.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||isn't he in for Beckerman, just slotting into his||
isn't he in for Beckerman, just slotting into his role?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||When chipping the keeper goes||
When chipping the keeper goes wrong...
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I think the call you're||
I think the call you're thinking of in the first game was Fred, not Neymar.
FWIW, I thought Marquez fouled Robben both on his plant foot and his trailing leg, but there's no doubt Robben responded by flopping like a swordfish. I could see not giving the call if the ref judged that Robben had lost control of the ball before the foul, but I do think he was fouled.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks, don't know where I||
Thanks, don't know where I got the idea the US was playing in Recife again. Point still kind of holds..
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Yep. Tell them to look on the||
Yep. Tell them to look on the northern end of the old west side. Places like Spring and Fountain Streets north of Miller. Close enough to walk to campus (20 minute or so walk), Main Street and Kerrytown, out of the student area so you feel like adults, but still affordable enough that you can live there on a post-doc + additional working adult salary.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||There are two real reasons||
There are two real reasons why flopping is so prevalent.
1. Set pieces near the box are very valuable, not to even mention penalties. This kind of tactical diving is what you see Robben doing a lot (and I thought he was fouled at the end, though he did exaggerate the contact in search of a call).
2. It's a way to stall momentum and get a rest in what is a very physically exhausting game.
The best way to eliminate it is by the players not putting the ball into touch as a courtesy, and I've seen this a lot in this cup. Increasingly, it seems that teams on a break will finish their offensive move, even if the defense is signalling to put the ball out. When this happens, you'll see guys get up behind the ball and chase if they're not truly hurt.
That said, there's contact that happens on the pitch that truly hurts for a couple minutes. Getting cleated in the foot hurts like crazy, because the upper of soccer cleats are very thin. Getting kicked in the back of the leg or the ankle is similar. But you can work that pain out after a minute. This is stuff that we don't notice in American football because guys go out for a play and then return.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Potential small advantage for||
Potential small advantage for the US: this is the first game Belgium will have played in the north of Brazil while the US has played all its games there. Temps tomorrow in Recife aren't supposed to be particularly warm, but it looks like the humidity will be high.
|9 weeks 14 hours ago||When was the last time||
When was the last time Detroit had a white mayor? Um, today?
|9 weeks 14 hours ago||Algeria will finally get a||
Algeria will finally get a chance at revenge for 1982. Great matchup.
|9 weeks 14 hours ago||I was terrified by both of||
I was terrified by both of them. Turned out that Gonzalez played a terrific game. And thank god Klinnsman told Zusi and Davis to switch sides. Think that's the last we see of Davis.
|9 weeks 21 hours ago||Assuming you mean 2015, but I||
Assuming you mean 2015, but I think this is right. Though CONMEBOL hasn't scheduled anything yet, based on this past qualifying round, looks like they begin in the fall after the Copa that follows the World Cup.
|9 weeks 21 hours ago||Cameron was bad, no doubt.||
Cameron was bad, no doubt. But Gonzalez has looked off the pace since his knee injury early this year. And he was strangely MIA on that goal for a guy brought in to provide defensive stability at the end of the game.
Agree that Bedoya's probably just run into the ground. Davis's failure to put in a defensive shift against Turkey is what worries me. Would prefer to see Yedlin in game where our best chances are going to be on the break.
|9 weeks 21 hours ago||I really hope I'm wrong but||
I really hope I'm wrong but have the same feeling at seeing both Davis and Gonzalez as when I saw "Clark" on the team sheet four years ago.
|9 weeks 21 hours ago||LINE-UP: Howard, Gonzalez,||
LINE-UP: Howard, Gonzalez, Bradley, Besler, Beasley, Dempsey (c), Jones, Davis, Beckerman, Zusi, Johnson
Ugh. Gonzalez and Davis. Nightmare fuel
|9 weeks 21 hours ago||This likely puts him out for||
This likely puts him out for next year's Copa and then the hemispheric Copa to be played in the US in 2016 (assuming that's considered a FIFA event).
|9 weeks 21 hours ago||Grant Wahl and Ives both||
Grant Wahl and Ives both report game will be played as scheduled. No standing water on field but pictures of flooding in Recife are crazy.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||And that coach, according to||
And that coach, according to a preponderance of the evidence, was pretending to be Indian.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||http://www.washingtonpost.co||
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Mentioned this down the||
Mentioned this down the thread, but most evidence suggests that the coach the team is named after was passing as Indian to try to take advantage of the post Jim Thorpe noteriety of Indian athletes.*
*For those who are curious, Philip Deloria, who teaches in History and American Culture at Michigan has written extensively about both Indian athletes and whites who play Indian.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||For what it's worth, the||
For what it's worth, the coach the team was named after had no ancestors that were recorded on the Dawes Act roles of any tribe and was born in Rice Lake, Wisconsin to two people of German heritage.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||The Onion pretty much went||
The Onion pretty much went there (in a somewhat different direction) last October:
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Mueller?||
Any chance Mueller is held out with that nasty cut he suffered against Ghana?
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Greece up 1-0 on mistake by||
Greece up 1-0 on mistake by Tiote for CIV. They're through if results hold. Greece about to park the bus.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||That's the end of Suarez in||
That's the end of Suarez in this tournament
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Will be shocked if there's||
Will be shocked if there's not another red in this game
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Wow. Cannibal Suarez returns||
Wow. Cannibal Suarez returns and then Uruguay scores
|9 weeks 2 days ago||The clubs pick up the costs,||
The clubs pick up the costs, with the idea that they can cash in if one in 50 players ends up garnering a sizable transfer fee. The other element is that they do some pretty intensive weeding out of young players who aren't progressing to their liking.
Good description in an article from the Times magazine four years ago:
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I wonder whether you're||
I wonder whether you're seeing a decrease in kids playing for their high schools but playing for clubs since its generally at a higher level and gets more scouting attention?
|9 weeks 3 days ago||It would be great for||
It would be great for technical development if futsal replaced indoor soccer as the winter training option. The indoor played on converted hockey rinks really rewards banging the ball against the boards and other things that aren't valuable in developing technical control.
And what you say about futsal holds for playing outdoors at an early age too. The small sided games 3v3, 4v4, on small fields is the way that all kids under 8 or 9 should play. Anything with more players on a team just robs them of opportunities to get touches on the ball and to learn to make quick decisions, which is what they should start with.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Italy doesn't have to push forward too hard here.||
Italy doesn't have to push forward too hard here. because of the goal difference tie breaker, they'd still go through with a.tie in.their last game if they only lose by one goal
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Justice served for Costa||
Justice served for Costa Rica.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||France-Switzerland is huge because the winner||
France-Switzerland is huge because the winner likely avoids Argentina and gets the runner up of what's likely the worst group.
|10 weeks 18 hours ago||Quintaro almost scores from||
Quintaro almost scores from 50 yards.
|10 weeks 19 hours ago||I have seen that given as||
I have seen that given as hand ball. Huge no call by Webb and now CIV is down two.
|10 weeks 19 hours ago||Whoa. Bony totally spurns a||
Whoa. Bony totally spurns a free header from 6 yards for a crazy attempt at a spinning overhead kick.
|10 weeks 19 hours ago||Think Drogba can only go for||
Think Drogba can only go for about a half hour at this level at this point in his career. And this game's being played at a pretty high pace.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||That sounds not good.||
That sounds not good.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||About 100 Argentinian fans||
About 100 Argentinian fans did the same thing before the Bosnia game at the Maracana.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Wow, no Xavi. Has Spain ever||
Wow, no Xavi. Has Spain ever started a competitive game in its dominant run without Xavi in the lineup?
Also, no Pique, but that's less of surprise as he just looks too slow to keep up.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||The abovethelaw story linked||
The abovethelaw story linked above suggests that the alternative protections, ie getting civil courts to protect an unregistered trademark, are in all probability unwinnable.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Not an IP attorney, but the||
Not an IP attorney, but the previous ruling was thrown out on a statute of limitations technicality, the gist of which was that some of the plaintiffs had waited too long after turning 18 to file the suit.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Ochoa. What a game.||
Ochoa. What a game.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Wow. Thiago Silva is lucky to||
Wow. Thiago Silva is lucky to stay on after that tackle. That was orange at best.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Two questions||
How did this Mexican team struggle so much to qualify?
Is Fred the worst Brasilian striker ever to lead the line? What a donkey.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I agree that it's really hard||
I agree that it's really hard for Johannssson to come in, because for him to play well requires the entire team to change the way they're set up to play. That said, I don't remember the runs you're talking about (which could be me, I was watching with my kids and all of my concentration may have gone toward not swearing a continuous blue streak of tension). If he was making them, his teammates didn't play well to them. But he may well have been making them.
I'm more confident that their rating for Jones is off. He may not have looked pretty, but he did everything that the US needed him to y'day, from tough challenges to drawing fouls to kill momentum, to playing the ball that put Dempsey in position to work his magic. I don't see how he's rated more poorly than Bradley, whom I really like but didn't play well.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Dani Alves: "How can that be||
Dani Alves: "How can that be a foul? I have the ball after clattering through both of Ayun's legs."
|10 weeks 2 days ago||The goal line technology||
The goal line technology thing made that save seem even better.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Those ratings seem harsh on||
Those ratings seem harsh on Bedoya and Jones (who was MOTM to my eyes) and way too enthusiastic about Johannsson, who really struggled to find his way into the game in my view.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Plus Germany's "second team" likely involves Klose||
Plus Germany's "second team" likely involves Klose trying to get two goals to set the all time WC scoring record (and teammates interested in both helping him get it and bolstering their chances for more playing time)
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Refereeing||
For an intelligent discussion of the myriad issues with World Cup referreeing, bigsoccer's WC referree forum is pretty great. There seem to be a number of high level referrees there. Their general consensus (though not universal) on the various incidents:
1. Boye's kick to Dempsey: These are professionals, their bodies don't get in unusual positions accidentally. That said, very difficult to go to red on what could be construed as an accidental kick. Yellow for Serious Foul Play (SFP) rather than red for Violent Conduct (VC).
2. The Muntari-Jones incident. Definite yellow on the tackle. Some thought (on the logic of 'these guys know what they're doing with their bodies) that Jones intentionally kicked Muntari in the head while down, and that if Muntari was sent off, Jones probably would have to be as well. Dispute about whether Muntari's hands went to Jones's throat (VC) or just pushed him in the chest.
3. Those on the forum who know that refs past work suggest that he likes to try to manage the game with as few cards as possible (which probably hurt the US last night but might help in the long run).
Game discussion here: http://forums.bigsoccer.com/threads/match-14-gha-usa-eriksson-swe.2006525/
General WC refereeing forum here: http://forums.bigsoccer.com/forums/world-cup-2014-refereeing.1612/
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Yep. Ghana was really poor in||
Yep. Ghana was really poor in the attacking third. Just didn't have a lot of ideas and was willing to try to beat Howard, for most of the night, on volley attempts and long headers off crosses and shots from outside the box. They had a ton of possession but, aside from tiring the US out because we had to chase so much, didn't really do much with it. Aside from the goal, they didn't really have another clear cut scoring chances, just a lot of half-chances where it takes a world class strike to produce anything. Now, the other teams in the group will probably produce 2-3 of those strikes, but Ghana wasn't creating consistently dangerous chances (which doesn't mean that that wasn't 80 minutes of misery, I joked with a friend that this game showed the American viewing public a new sense of just how miserable it can be to watch soccer).
If Bradley hadn't had the worst game in his recent career for the US, I think we would have gotten at least another goal on the counter. Players were getting into the right places in attack when we'd counter, but Bradley just couldn't complete a pass to save his life. Given his past record, I expect that game to be an anomoly from him.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||For what it's worth, I can't||
For what it's worth, I can't really remember any dangerous crosses coming in from that side. The play that Howard made to tip the header behind came from an otherworldly play by the forward (ie the cross wasn't dangerous, it was just an amazing header). Beasley rarely if ever got beat to the endline and therefore the crosses coming in were early balls that are much easier for the central defense to deal with because the CDs can sight both the ball and the attacker (versus crosses from the endline where they have runners coming from unsighted positions). If teams are going to fire crosses in from positions even with the top of the box, that's a win for Beasley.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||For what it's worth, the||
For what it's worth, the commentators on the guardian's world cup daily podcast today are very complementary to the US, particularly in the first half. They called Dempsey's goal one of the best of the tournament and Brooks's reaction one of the tournament's best moments.
They did compare the second half to the Alamo, but overall, they complemented the US for remaining very organized in back and frustrating Ghana, giving them very few real chances in the run of play.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||John Brooks||
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Well, this game is making me||
Well, this game is making me appreciate how good all the other games have been. Turning this off to actually work for an hour.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||That's a penalty.||
That's a penalty.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||That doesn't look good for||
That doesn't look good for Hummels.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||That's a hamstring gone for||
That's a hamstring gone for Coentrao. He's probably been Portugal's best player today.
He definitely doesn't look to be playing in 6 days.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||The crowd has really turned||
The crowd has really turned on Ronaldo.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I would go red to Pepe,||
I would go red to Pepe, because that was a head butt (red for violent conduct) and yellow to Muller for simulation. Muller deserved to get yelled at, because he was trying to get Pepe sent off for the elbow, but Pepe is known to have some, um, impulse control when he thinks an opposing player is flopping.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Three. Germany rampant.||
Three. Germany rampant.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Don't know what Portugal's||
Don't know what Portugal's thinking tactically. They keep playing in early balls, which are never going to beat or even trouble the German central defense. If they want to play wide, they either have to take it to the end line or cut inside.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed. Could have gone||
Agreed. Could have gone yellow to both.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Would like to see yellow to||
Would like to see yellow to Muller there, if the official thinks he exaggerated the contact.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Pepe red carded. Out against||
Pepe red carded. Out against US.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Portugal seems hampered by||
Portugal seems hampered by looking to Ronaldo in every attacking opportunity.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Germany is absolutely||
Germany is absolutely terrifying on the break.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Almeda looks done.||
Almeda looks done.
EDIT: Yep, Eider coming on at 27'.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Grabbing attackers seems to||
Grabbing attackers seems to be a point of emphasis for officials. Hope the US defenders are taking note
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Penalty, Germany. Looked like||
Penalty, Germany. Looked like a foul in the run of play. Replay a little iffy.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||WOW, Rui Patricio incredibly||
WOW, Rui Patricio incredibly lucky to get away with that.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||In Germany-Portugal, I'm||
In Germany-Portugal, I'm rooting for the sun, the heat, and for a game that requires a lot of running.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||The real test of the show||
The real test of the show will be seeing what they do with the plotlines from the terrible 4th book.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Robben has been unbelievable.||
Robben has been unbelievable.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||5!||
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I thought so too. So far,||
I thought so too. So far, only Cameroon has taken that approach, which is a great thing.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Oh no, Casillas.||
Oh no, Casillas.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Talk about good timing. That||
Talk about good timing. That was terrible
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Rocket off the||
Rocket off the crossbar.
Good sub to get de Guzman off.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||This is kicking off.||
This is kicking off.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||That's the goal Robben||
That's the goal Robben couldn't finish 4 years ago.
EDIT: also, very reminiscent of Bergkamp
|10 weeks 6 days ago||That was awesome stuff||
That was awesome stuff between Bob Ley and Ruud.
Ruud: It's not a penalty. There's contact because Costa stepped on him.
Ley: You've never done that?
Ruud: That's another matter.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Right on time.||
Right on time.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||What an amazing diving header||
What an amazing diving header and what a pass
|10 weeks 6 days ago||This is why no one plays 3 in||
This is why no one plays 3 in the back anymore. Can't track all the runners out of midfield. Particularly against Spain.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Reminded me of the call in||
Reminded me of the call in the Italy - Australia game in 2006. Poor defending. Regardless of whether the striker sought the contact, you can't go to ground in the penalty area and not get the ball.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Was there any contact there?||
Was there any contact there?
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Robben's been down twice.||
Robben's been down twice. Shocking.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||WOW. Free header from the 10.||
WOW. Free header from the 10. How do you leave a guy unmarked there now?
|10 weeks 6 days ago||You've certainly missed the||
You've certainly missed the Mexican crowd yelling "PUTA" about 50 times.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Given how good Croatia looked||
Given how good Croatia looked yesterday, Cameroon really has to start pushing guys forward to try to at least get a draw.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||+1000||
|10 weeks 6 days ago||The Assistant ref's had a||
The Assistant ref's had a tough game, but the guy doing the center is having a solid game.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||GIF that man.||
GIF that man.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Mexico finally break through||
Mexico finally break through
|10 weeks 6 days ago||It wasn't on the corner kick,||
It wasn't on the corner kick, it was on the header that was the initial touch after the corner (you can't be offside on a corner because all players are behind the ball when the corner was played).
t looked like dos Santos was just past the last defender when the ball was headed. You basically can't have any part of your body that can legally play the ball past the body of the last defender.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Offside on the initial header||
Offside on the initial header off the corner. Not clear if he called it on dos Santos or Peralta.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Being an assistant referree||
Being an assistant referree is hard.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Oh, man. Marquez just stole a||
Oh, man. Marquez just stole a goal off the head of Moreno.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Eto'o off the post from about||
Eto'o off the post from about 10. He's got to his the target from there.
Cameroon's starting to find their game, though.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Would like to see that||
Would like to see that offside call again. Looked like his head might have been just past the last defender. Still, Mexico is bossing this game right now.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Cameroon, looking pretty||
Cameroon, looking pretty shaky in the back so far, but Mexico hasn't been able to get a decent cross in yet.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||The Mexican Federation has||
The Mexican Federation has apparently sold more tickets than any country other than Brazil. They've got pretty loud fan support.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||OZ||
Can it really be a group of death with no hopers like Australia as the 4th team?
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Most players conditioned for football wouldnt last||
Most players conditioned for football wouldnt last a half at anything above a high level U-16 game.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||???s||
As a German fan, how much credit do you give Klinnsman for changing the German style of play away from what was some pretty dreary stuff in the 2002 WC (yeah, they made the final, but may have had the easiest road of any finalist in WC history: Paraguay, US, South Korea in the knockouts) and Euro 2004.
Was the move to the Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Podolski, Ozil (was he there?) generation going to occur then without him at the helm? Was the shift in how they played, ie pressing higher up the field, emphasizing transition football, etc always going to happen or was that a tactical innovation by JK/Loew? How much of the tactical stuff was Loew (I can guess the answer to this)? Was JK's job mainly to sell this transition?
And how do you view the change now, 8 years out? As a neutral, Germany's gone from being a team that I dreaded to watch because the style was so negative, to a must see team because they attack so beautifully, but it hasn't resulted in any trophies.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, I thought the backline||
Yeah, I thought the backline was fine until Gonzalez came on. Besler and Cameron seem to be getting the communication down. They were also helped by not having the Chandler/Davis gaffe machine on the left this game.
If Gonzalez has to play, we're in deep trouble. He's either still hurt or just in terrible form.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Game ended 4-0 Ghana. Ugh||
Game ended 4-0 Ghana.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||If Beckerman's out, I think||
If Beckerman's out, I think he's fairly replaceable by sliding Cameron in his spot and putting Brooks in the back (really don't want to see Gonzalez on the field in Brazil). And if Bradley's out, I guess you slot Diskerud in and just hope he's up for the job. The real question involves the very real possibility if Jones is missing. I guess you play Zusi on the right and slide Bedoya out to the Jones role.
Davis, in my mind, is only a last 20 minutes, chasing the game, player, who would go in to provide service on set pieces. And I really doubt we see Green. The only role I could see him having is coming on late in the game in Manaus to run at Portugal players with dead legs.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||They do have a closed door||
They do have a closed door game against Belgium on Thursday or Friday, which will certainly be played at less than full speed and aggression but should give the midfield at least a half to work together in game situations.
The place where it really felt disjointed was between Bedoya and Dempsey (who is pretty unusual in the runs he makes, so it's understandable).
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I'll admit to being one who||
I'll admit to being one who thought you couldn't play Bradley, Beckerman and Jones together, as I thought it would leave the US way too narrow. I was wrong. It allowed them to be really dynamic while still having cover out wide because of the way Jones, Beasley, and one of the forwards interacted.
Jones is a totally weird player, his best quality may be his unpredictability, which is a weird quality to have as a defensive mid. He doesn't play well as a #6 because he wants to hunt the ball. He's not really a box-to-box midfielder because he plays better going back rather than going forward, but he was relentless in breaking up whatever Nigeria had going.
The other reason that structure for the US worked (and Besler said something akin to "we didn't play in a formation, we just had interlocking responsibilities") is that Beasley was great, winning most every tackle and playing simple but effective balls forward, and the forward on that side tracked back to give him an outlet up the line, so he didn't get caught with one to few options.
One big fear in that game was that Bradley committed 3 fouls that probably would have received yellows. I don't remember them all, but one was toward the end when he just grabbed a guy with the ball and pulled him backward. If he has to miss a game, I don't know how in the world the US will function.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||From what I understand, GA||
From what I understand, GA was run in a completely ham-handed manner. Since ushers forced people into rows one after another, it actually made it more difficult to sit next to friends unless an inordinate amount of coordination occurred to get everyone in line together at exactly the same time.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Begs the question how Brandon||
Begs the question how Brandon got the reputation for turning Dominos around. Answer may likely be that the product he's best at selling is himself.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||One way to figure out what||
One way to figure out what students want includes involving them in the process of policy formation. That's something the AD didn't do at all when coming up with its GA policy, and it designed the least functional seating policy of any sports organization I've ever seen.
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||Attention grabbing douches||
I think that about covered it.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$||
|12 weeks 2 days ago||That's interesting. Imagine||
That's interesting. Imagine the fantasy world where we go into Germany just needing a point. Could you imagine a lineup with Jozy flanked by Yedlin and Bedoya up front, plus the three guys you have here in midfield. Not sure I'd trust Yedlin to be tactically astute enough to pull that off, and not sure how much he gives going forward, but that's at least a lineup that can be really destructive and that can run forever.
I do think you're really onto somethin about how the US might play in 2018. Lots of high pressure seems to be the way a lot of teams are moving and it seems like that's what Klinnsman wants to be able to do in the future.
I'd like to see them experiment with a 4-2-3-1 with the front looking like this:
(Or, if you really trust one of the outside backs, put AJ in place of Zusi) I'd like to see what Diskerud can do in the center of the fielf.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||That lineup is terrifyingly||
That lineup is terrifyingly narrow if it's going to be deployed against any team with talented players on the wing, like say Germany or Portugal. If you're going to play something with three dedicated CMs (or 2 CMs and a DM) you need to play a 4-3-3, with the 2 wingers up front tasked with tracking back to support the outside backs (unless I'm mistaken this is kind of the way that Bayern play). Main problem being that the US doesn't have wing players with those skill sets (Donovan's probably the only one who does, and he's never been great at tracking back and harrying players from above.
I think the main problem is Davis. He never has to do that kind of work in MLS and he's not quick enough or positionally aware. If we're going to play the diamond, I think it has to be Bedoya and Zusi (who I think are going to start even in a 4-2-3-1).
|12 weeks 3 days ago||The crowd sounded great on||
The crowd sounded great on tv. Nice showing.
I thought Brooks was impressive in his half of play. I'd prefer him to Gonzales if we need to go to a third CB. Curious to see how Besler and Cameron look against Nigeria, as they've now had a full game of play next to each other.
Chandler was a mess and that's pretty clearly our weakest position. Brad Davis didn't help things out in his mediocre tracking back. That LM's got to be aware that if Chandler tucks in to cover someone running the left central channel that its the LM's responsibility to cover for anyone running in back of him. I hope we see Bedoya on that side, he's just much more physically capable of the amount of running needed to play on the side of midfield. Davis has a good left foot on set pieces, but I don't think he's capable in keeping up with the speed of play.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Beckerman and Donovan play||
Beckerman and Donovan play nowhere near the same position. Beckerman is a #6. All he's ever tasked with when he plays is shielding the centerbacks and playing the simple ball. He does that well, but he's very limited athletically, which is why Jones is preferred there.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Nice tifo.||
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I honestly didn't notice him||
I honestly didn't notice him tiring toward the end. AZE had so little going forward in the latter parts of the game that it wasn't evident to me if he did. This game was also about as worn out as these guys will be until maybe the third group game (it's going to be brutal recovering from the game in Manaus).
If we do play a diamond, I do think we'll see Beckerman (likely in for one of the forwards) if we're protecting a lead, morphing into a 4-2-3-1, and Jones could be pulled for whichever of Mix, Zusi, or Bedoya if we're chasing the game, with either Bradley dropping back or Cameron moving forward to play defensive mid in front of a back three (the latter alignment being a desperation move).
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Mix also potentially resolves||
Mix also potentially resolves the problem of the creative part of the US's attack getting too Bradley centered in a diamond midfield. He's creative enough to tuck inside and create things, whereas Bedoya and Zusi are more channel runners. With Bedoya and Zusi, I worry that teams could man-mark Bradley out of the game and totally stymie the US ability to create through midfield.
Fabian Johnson also provides some ability to combine and create. The potential of the diamond in attack may involve Johnson sliding into the midfield to combine with Bradley and Zusi and providing an offensive threat out of the backline.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||SDSU||
I'm in the same mind. Thought the US played well while at the same time still trying to figure out how they were supposed to play together. With conditions that made passing tough, difficult to figure out what the team's potential is.
Akron was "Damn, we have problems." This wasn't that.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I thought Davis looked really||
I thought Davis looked really slow in open play, both of foot and of thought. He was great in dead ball situations -- I think he provided service for both goals -- but he seemed off the pace otherwise (not as far off the pace as Yedlen, who seems the next to occupy the Marvell Wynne Chair of outside backs who are really fast but totally incapable with the ball at their feet).
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I think he proved what he had||
I think he proved what he had to prove in that game, ie that he can maintain the discipline needed to play as a #6 defensive midfielder if the US plays a diamond midfield. All that running along the top of the backline is basically what a #6 does, both to cover that space and to provide a link between defense and offense. That said, he wasn't really tested in his destroyer ability, because I don't thing Azerbaijan attacked with more than 3 guys the entire game.
One result of Jones's play is that I can't think of any points in the game where the US had to resort to just banging balls out of the back, completely bypassing the midfield when they initiated their offense. While the wind may have had something to do with that, and the mediocre quality of the opposition did as well, the US played more fluidly and more on the ground than I can ever remember. The next two games will tell a lot about whether that was just the result of an overmatched Azeri team, or if the US can actually play that way.
I didn't notice him tiring, but then again, I thought the game totally lost all steam after the Johansson goal.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Ive been in and out but||
Ive been in and out but thought they looked good. Very good ball movement and have had a number of good chances. Doubt anyone in Brasil's going to give as much space on the flanks, but they look on the same page
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Huh? He's been doing a ton of||
Huh? He's been doing a ton of defensive running and has been in the middle of a bunch of promising moves.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||C'mon students, get there for||
C'mon students, get there for kickoff.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Starting lineup above is||
Starting lineup above is accurate.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Think of a hold up guy as a||
Think of a hold up guy as a post-up big man in basketball, particularly when they're used as passers. A hold up forward is really comfortable playing with his back to goal, holding the ball to allow midfielders and wingers to get up field, and then laying it off to them, either on a one-time pass, or after collecting the ball and beating a defender on the turn.
Jozy's never been particularly great at the holding aspect, he loses the ball way too easily, (though he does play one-touch pretty well) but he has the body type that people look for in that role, so people expect him to be able to play it. This weakness is exacerbated on a team like Sunderland where the midfielders often get pushed back by the opposing team's offense and thus require more time to get up into the attacking zone.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I think the media reaction is||
I think the media reaction is the reason Klinnsman made the cuts when he did. If he had waited until June 2, when rosters were due, he knew there would be a huge firestorm and a ton of questions as they went to Brasil. This way, he'll get those questions somewhat out of the way and allow other storylines to develop.
I also suspect that there are a number of US players who aren't brokenhearted over Donovan not making it. Until this point (though it's changing a bit) US soccer players have basically one opportunity every four years to get their names out in the public for marketing opportunities, etc. With Donovan not on the team, there is space opened up for a player who has a good WC to be the new "face" of American soccer.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Here's a page with the per||
Here's a page with the per player salary breakdown for most of the teams in the Premiership.
At the top end, you see guys like Kun Aguero for Man City, who's making 220,000 pounds per week, roughly $20 million a year. But you also see the pretty stark disparity from club to club, with Man City paying out 242 million pounds in salary last season and Southampton paying out 52 million.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Some of it is that, but a lot||
Some of it is that, but a lot of it has been that US youth teams have been really bad at teaching kids the skills they need to succeed on the highest levels, most notably close control and a deft first touch.
Kids in other countries were either playing a lot of street soccer (ie, poor parts of the world), where kids are encouraged to just try stuff out the way you would in a pickup basketball game, or they're playing in academies in Holland, France, Belgium, and Germany where they play a ton of small sided games in tight spaces, encouraging the development of quick thinking and ball skills (and that also pretty ruthlessly weed out player that aren't developing). For a long time, American youth soccer focused much more on winning (mainly through the type of kick and run route 1 style soccer that you used to see in the lower divisions of England and that works when the skill level is low) and has been managed more by parents who want exercise and comradery for their kids rather than the professional development of skills (the academy model has a social downside). But when I was playing U-6 and U-8 twenty plus years ago, the teams were playing on large fields with 11 a side. The result was pack-ball where goals usually only came where someone kicked the ball a long way and a fast kid ran onto it, and few opportunities to actually carry the ball, try passes, etc.
That's started to change. In my kids' u-6 league, they never played with more than 4 a side, resulting in a lot more touches for every player. They also do a ton more individual ball drills than I ever remember doing. Someone who's been involved in youth soccer in between my playing and my parenting (which is when the change occurred) can probably pinpoint when this transition happened, but you're just starting to see the effects.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Azerbaijan WC qualifying||
Thing that I just learned:
Azerbaijan is apparently where Europe ends. Iran, immediately to its south, qualifies through Asia
*and shouldn't they be seriously po'ed? Wouldn't they rather try to qualify out of Asia rather than being in a group with Russia and Portugal?
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I've had surgery at both L4-5||
I've had surgery at both L4-5 and L5-S1, and have completely returned to skiing, including bumps and stuff you have to hike to. Just do a lot of ab work and make sure you're legs are in shape before you go out West, so you don't end up hurting yourself when you're tired.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, my bad, I missed the||
Yeah, my bad, I missed the "top 100-200" element from the comment above.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||there's no chance in hell Landon would make||
there's no chance in hell Landon would make Belgium's world cup lineup. that's the third most valued team in the world by transfer fees. who's he going to displace? hazard? mirellas? de bruyne?
|13 weeks 4 days ago||why would he want a slalom ski when he says he||
why would he want a slalom ski when he says he mainly wants to ski off-piste?
I just skied a season on volkl mantras. They're 98 at the boot and I found them great for both bumps and steeps in a variety of snow conditions (pretty much everything up to over a foot of fresh, where I just demoed powder skis)
|13 weeks 6 days ago||The importance of technical||
The importance of technical proficiency has only gone up as modern fitness and training standards have changed the game. You watch WC games from as recently as the '82 world cup and you see players with a lot more time and space to operate in. Players then were in nowhere near the shape they are now. Most of the Clockwork Orange team smoked heavily as did Socrates, and I'm sure a bunch of other guys. Players just couldn't run and press to the extent they do today. With less space, the ability to have an immaculate first touch and close control is ever more important, particularly with games that are compressed into 30 - 40 yards of space around the ball.
This is why, if you go to youth games today, you see mostly small sided games in small spaces, where players get a lot of touches and have to work on technique rather than the kind of kick and run games I grew up in. (There was a great recent grantland article about how the Belgian national team trains like this today)
|13 weeks 6 days ago||You don't have to do that||
You don't have to do that with a ball at your feet. The relative slow time that it takes a tall guy to move his feet is a real disadvantage in close quarters offensively.
It would be incredible to see him running onto a through ball though.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Last point is key. Root||
Last point is key. Root really hard for Germany against Ghana and Portugal. We really want them to have 6 points going into the final game so that they rest some guys, particularly since the US will be coming off an incredibly physically draining game in Manaus.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Midfield arrangement||
It's a complete mystery to me why they can't get Jermaine Jones to play the #6 role (sitting in front of the back four, screening the centerbacks, and providing a passing link/pressure release between defense and players further up field) but he's never proven willing to do that.
Beckerman is severely limited athletically, but he plays that role very well. If Jones is unwilling to discipline himself and stay at home as a defensive mid, I really hope we see Beckerman (or Cameron, who would probably be even better there) in that role. It so frees Bradley up to drive the attack and to conserve his energy (Bradley's one fault is a tendency to chase so much on defense that he both gets out of position and wears himself out by the 80th minute), and a transcendent Bradley is the US's best chance to advance.
The other really scary position is that second centerback. Besler seems fine but Gonzalez is good for one terrible mistake every game, plus he's recovering from a knee thing. The coaches have to hope that Brooks gained a lot of experience over the second half of the Bundesliga season.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I can't imagine Megatron, or||
I can't imagine Megatron, or anyone as tall as he is, on the flank. I doubt he'd have the cutback ability and the close control that you need wingers to have at 6'5 . There's generally a reason you don't see many outfield players, besides central defenders, that are above 6'2. (And guys that height that play in the middle of the field, like Yaya Toure, look really big).
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Actually, the Bulls' ideal||
Actually, the Bulls' ideal rotation is Rose, Noah, and Kevin Love, and then whoever's left after the Kevin Love trade.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Sixers||
MCW, Parker, Stauskas and Noel would be a pretty interesting core. They would need some serious veteran help just to teach those guys how to play in the NBA, (ie the David West role on the Pacers), and Noel would have to develop into an elite rim protector, because none of the other three are going to stay in front of anyone, but they would likely be fun to watch on the offensive end.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, you don't watch the||
Yeah, you don't watch the NBA, do you?
In watching Michigan, you're watching one of about 4 college teams that play basketball that's actually enjoyable to watch.
Whereas the NBA is in the midst of its best opening round of the playoffs ever. After a season where, in the West at least, the level of play was incredibly high throughout the entire season.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||I posted this above, but||
I posted this above, but essentially the NBA owners have agreed that the commissioner's rulings are "final, binding, and conclusive" and that they have the legal force of arbitration, and it's extremely unlikely for contract language like that to be voided by a judge.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||espn's legal affairs analyst||
espn's legal affairs analyst thinks that he wouldn't have much of a case, given the agreements between the teams that constitutes the NBA Constitution...
"Q: Sterling is notoriously litigious. Can he go to court to stop Silver from punishing him?
|18 weeks 6 days ago||So you don't watch MLS and||
So you don't watch MLS and you haven't been to a game but you still know it's a far cry from the European football experience.
For what it's worth, I find that MLS games in the smaller stadia (and seattle, I guess, though I haven't been) have an atmosphere equivalent to the lower tier EPL games/ first division. Pretty constant noise and dedicated support from the supporters sections. A lot of people sitting and watching elsewhere. The main differences in atmosphere (not quality of play) are 1. there's not as much at stake because of the playoff system instead of single-table and the lack of promotion/relegation; and 2. there's not as much consistent traveling support given the distances between teams.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||I'm willing to give MCW a||
I'm willing to give MCW a pass for his regression, based on the utterly embarassing team that Philly's put on the floor this year. It must be really hard to maintain a standard of responsible, efficient play on a team that's not trying to win. The danger the 76ers face is that, in tanking this year, they may have instantiated a series of bad habits in the 2-3 guys they plan to keep that will take multiple years to solve.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Wisconsin's really going to||
Wisconsin's really going to struggle offensively against UK. About the only thing they do that can threaten UK is the ability of Kaminsky to play on the perimeter, forcing their bigs into positions they're not used to guarding. Kentucky's backcourt size means that Ryan's philosophy of inverting the court and posting his guards is unlikely to work, unless it results in open looks for Kaminsky from 3.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||I think he's way too slow to||
I think he's way too slow to stay in front of 4s that have any kind of ability to put the ball on the floor.
His biggest problem, though, is going to be figuring out how to defend the pick and roll with his limitations. He's not laterally quick and he doesn't provide much rim protection, which is a really bad combo at the NBA level with all the pick and roll that centers get put into. That combo means that Kaminsky's not going to be effective at either the hard hedge or the sag and contain strategies that are the two main ways that NBA teams use their centers to contain the pick and roll.
Indeed, we killed Wisconsin in the first game by putting him in pick and roll situations and hitting the mid-range J or getting to the hole when he hung back. A lot of Wisky fans blamed Ryan's defensive philosophy, but I think it's more likely that game just reflected Kaminsky's inherent defensive weaknesses.
The good thing for him is that Ryan teaches defense in much the way that NBA teams do, so he'll have a step up on picking up defensive philosophies.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Kaminsky||
For what it's worth, si's draft analyst is saying that Frank Kaminsky has NBA scouts very intrigued with his combo of height and skill set. He says that Kaminsky was considered mid-2nd round coming into the tournament but that if he can duplicate his game against Arizona in the Kentucky game, he'll jump to a much higher grade.
Dekker, by contrast, is seen as having hurt his NBA stock, at least for next year. Sounds like scouts want to see him fix his jumper.
Stauskas tabbed in same article as a potential late lottery pick.
|22 weeks 21 hours ago||NLRB and Grad Students||
For what it's worth, it's pretty broadly thought that the current NLRB is going to eviscerate the 2004 Brown ruling (related to whether grad assistants are employees or apprentices) the minute it comes before the board. That ruling was itself a reversal of a ruling by the Clinton era NLRB that grad assistants were employees.
NYU recently agreed to recognize and bargain with their graduate student union (itself a local of the UAW) in an effort to keep the Brown ruling from going before the current NLRB. They, in effect, took one for the private university team in an effort to prevent broadscale organizing of graduate students at private institutions.
|22 weeks 23 hours ago||Based on my very quick skim||
Based on my very quick skim of the ruling (and it's not long) the chair of the NLRB Chicago branch based his ruling not only on the time demands and other constraints that playing football put on players, but on the revenue that football specifically brought into the university. So that might allow for a football specific bargaining unit (while still allowing athletes in other sports to pursue their own unions), similar to the way that there are different unions for differing employee categories in many institutions. (For those familiar with labor history, the difference between the AFL craft strategy and the CIO industrial strategy).
I would expect that CAPA will pursue the AFL's strategy of trying to discretely unionize different "crafts" within the athletic department and try to get a chapter of just football players certified if the appeal goes through, since the revenue brought in there is greatest.
What happens to a unionization effort in a non-revenue sport isn't clear from the logic of the ruling, nor is it clear what happens if say, women's lacrosse players (to choose an example of a very successful but non-revenue sport at NU) want to join the established CAPA union, as the ruling rests on both work conditions and revenue production.
Any ruling about the proper size of the bargaining unit is pretty far down the road, though, at least past the appeal.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Not necessarily the case||
At Michigan, it was clearly understood that grad students were employees when teaching as GSI's and that the tuition waiver was an untaxed benefit that accompanied the appointment. When teaching, you got a W-2, normal payroll withholdings, and a tuition waiver.
This carried across departments. My wife, for example, GSI'd in the History Department while pursuing her MPP at the Ford School. She received a tuition waiver and was not taxed on it.
At the institution I currently teach at, employees receive a sizable tuition remission for their immediate family members (Michigan does not do this, Northwestern does). It is not taxed.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||As you suggest, the next, and||
As you suggest, the next, and likely most important ruling (apart from the appeal), will be what exactly constitutes the bargaining unit. If it's just football players, then a union certification vote would have a good chance at passing, given the widespread support there seems to be for this measure within NU's team. If it's all athletes at NU, then the outcome of such a vote is much less clear. I don't think it's clear that it necessarily has to be all athletes, but we'll see.
If the unit is limited to football, or even to revenue sports, however, it will almost certainly lead to a Title IX complaint, which would be, if anything, a fascinating bit of jurisprudence.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Northwestern may have the||
Northwestern may have the lowest proportion of alums and current students who would go nuts, though. Athletics just aren't as important there as they are at other Big 10 institutions.
Those who would be upset, however, do have a big megaphone, as NU has a lot of people in very prominent media positions.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think that bears out,||
I don't think that bears out, as tuition waivers for grad student instructors and tuition remissions for university employees and their families* have never been regarded as taxable income, but as untaxed benefits.
*at universities other than UM. UM doesn't grant tuition remission to employees, thus the many faculty that begin looking for other jobs when their kids are in their early teens.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Given the precedents of grad||
Given the precedents of grad student unions, the answer is most likely no. (not a lawyer) Grad student instructors have been deemed employees at both the public and private level. The vast majority receive tuition waivers either as part of fellowship packages or as conditions of their employment. Those waivers, however, are not taxed.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I think this is an after||
I think this is an after affect of the defensive fiascos of the Rich Rod Era. Call it the Tony Gibson Effect.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Jalen||
Jalen's probably done more to explain, to people who care to listen, how the daily life of athletes (at home, during road trips, in the off season, and during games, in the beginning of careers and at the end of careers) actually occurs. In so doing, he's spread a great deal of knowledge and understanding to the world of sports fans, from a perspective that's too often guarded and hidden (for good reason).
I'd suggest that, whatever your perception of his intelligence (and I think you're deeply wrong and listening to him on countdown or on a podcast will reveal that pretty quickly) he's deepened our understanding of the social lives of athletes and, more generally, sudden wealth.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know, it could be a||
I don't know, it could be a completely unconsious part of throwing his hands up in the air in frustration. To be clear, the amount of time we're talking about here is the time between his heel and the rest of his foot hitting the ground. That's what, maybe .25 seconds?
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Bottom guy||
I don't know if Irvin's quick enough to get out to contest the corner 3, which is one of the main duties of the bottom guy in the zone when the point and wing are trapping the ball on one of the wings. Normally teams are willing to sacrifice size for quickness down there.
As Ace says, that guy has a really tough job and is frequently caught in no win situations when penetration splits the point and the wing.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||1-3-1||
It seems like the times when the 1-3-1 has been most consistently effective lately has been when the opponent is coming out of an offensive timeout, because it essentially makes them scrap the play that's been drawn up, recalibrate, and get into their zone breaking offense. If opposing players don't recognize the zone quickly, it can burn quite a bit of the shot clock and get them into a late clock situation before they force the zone to adjust to much ball movement.
I know it changed the momentum of several games (Florida State is the one that comes to mind, but I know there's at least one other) but after those games, I think most teams are now drilling against it. When it gets pulled out multiple times in a row, teams know how they want to attack it and can revert to what they've done in practice.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||And would be right in the||
And would be right in the middle of finals...
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Scoring lull||
That was the least concerning scoring lull of all time, made anxious only by the stakes and finality of it all. Like Brian says, the lull was the result of a missed Stauskas dunk, a missed GRIII tip, a missed half-hook from Morgan that went in and out, a wide open GRIII shot from the bottom of the circle (after which the announcer actually said "He can't believe he missed that"), a couple missed free throws from Lavert, and turnover after a nice slip pass from Horford to a cutting GRIII.
Apart from the long contested Stauskas 3 against the 1-3-1, they never fell into the passivity around the perimeter that they did against Illinois. Great looks that just didn't fall. Oh well, that's basketball. If the looks like that are there for this team, it's going to be extremely rare when they don't go down at that rate.
Also, nice announcing team for these games. Particularly like Ian Eagle's "Morgan with a rack attack!" call.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Qatar||
Qatar's really, really easy to get to from Europe. Like a 5-6 hour flight from almost every European capital. That whole stretch of coast from Qatar to Abu Dhabi is already a pretty big tourist destination. They'll have no problem selling the tickets.