|5 days 18 hours ago||One big reason is to avoid a||
One big reason is to avoid a "he quit on his team" narrative (ala Petrino) if he does have interest in returning to the NFL one day.
|1 week 28 min ago||That assumes he sleeps||
That assumes he sleeps
|1 week 56 min ago||The issue is really in these||
The issue is really in these JCs that exist, in part, as places for schools (Ole Miss, KSU, Miss St) to stash non-qualifiers, because those institutions have really shaky accreditations and very marginally qualified faculty. Places like WCC don't fall in this category. UM will admit from JCs, but not the ones that exist as football way stations.
|1 week 1 day ago||State employees are governed||
State employees are governed by state law. The NLRB only oversees fair labor practices in private sector employment
|1 week 1 day ago||We sure don't squeeze||
We sure don't squeeze slightly overweight guys into beltless slacks the way we used to.
|1 week 2 days ago||My bad||
Ah, I misunderstood "Oklahoma has been a great program for years" as referring to the years prior to Stoops, ie, downplaying the Stoops turnaround, not as referrring to the longevity of Stoops' success.
And no, now that I'm no longer misunderstanding, we're not disagreeing at all.
And yes, Mora > Stoops > Harbaugh is the proper order, with all being total coups should they come to M.
|1 week 2 days ago||Stoops.||
Oklahoma was equally bad as, if not worse than, UCLA circa 2011 when Stoops took over. The 1990s were kind of a lost decade for OU, with Gary Gibbs, Schnellenberger, and John Blake (who would go on to be one of the real bad guys in the series of UNC scandals) combining to be just over .500 during the decade. Just before Stoops took over, Blake had gone 12-22 in the previous three years.
Stoops has done it over the long haul but he also turned things around almost immediately. Stoops took Blake's players and went 7-5 then 13-0 in his first two years.
So Stoops's reclamation project at Oklahoma even more impressive than what Mora's done at UCLA (which is impressive in its own right).
|1 week 5 days ago||I'd argue that most college||
I'd argue that most college tours for non-athletes don't spend much more time on academics. The norm seems to be "There's the library, now let's look at this awesome climbing wall in the gym! Now let's check out the Sundae Bar." Always confuses me that potential students aren't encouraged to sit in on classes (at least that's the case at the institution where I teach, which is a large, private university).
|2 weeks 2 days ago||They hate it crossing||
They hate it crossing semesters because a football game is hugely disruptive to a campus in a way that a basketball of a hockey game is not. Also, any plan that involves games during finals weeks (roughly the second two weeks of December) is a non starter.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Similar thoughts are in Peter||
Similar thoughts are in Peter King's column today, along the lines of "there's always one unexpected firing in the NFL and this year's might be Sean Payton."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Who knows if he's a||
Who knows if he's a possibility, but he should have the requisite amount of hate for OSU after this morning.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly...this is not even||
Exactly...this is not even the dumbest Michigan coaching search in the past 5 years
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Doyle and Spike obviously had||
Doyle and Spike obviously had really nice games.
The big thing from that game, however, might be Chatman getting more comfortable on offense and beginning to learn what he needs to do to rebound at the college level. The game on offense looks like it's starting to slow down for him. Defense is still fairly rough, but, given his talent level, if he's starting to figure out how to fit in to the offense, that's huge for this team. And rebounding seems like it will be one of the big challenges for this team throughout the year, so if he can contribute the numbers from last night, it will be a tremendous help.
Caveats related to Syracuse playing zone and Chatman's role in zone busting being necessarily different than in the normal offense certainly apply.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I don't remember feeling that||
I don't remember feeling that Doyle got screwed out of a clear charging call at any time. I don't remember the first two calls but Doyle clearly flopped on the last one, where SU got the layup with under a minute left. (The really terrible miss by the refs was the push on Irvin's dunk, which should have been a flagrant because it was such a dangerous foul by a player making no play on the ball. That was the kind of foul that starts a fight 10 times out of 10 in a pickup game.)
On Dakich, when he's not wearing his sports talk radio host hat and is reading the game as a coach, he's quite good. His point about Spike moving without the ball to take advantage of the space in the SU zone before the behind the back pass/Doyle dunk was really insightful. I get about 3-4 of those things I don't otherwise notice in the game from him. In his first year as a broadcasters, he provided even more of that stuff, but he's shifted significantly from focusing on analysis to emphasizing personality, which is annoying but almost certainly the kind of thing that advances one up the broadcasting hierarchy at ESPN.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The rankings were fine. The||
The rankings were fine. The attrition was terrible. That would have done him in at Michigan.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Harbaugh and the NYC media||
Harbaugh and the NYC media would be a total disaster. He's self-aware enough to know that. If he stays in the NFL, I expect it will be in a job no one is talking about because it will come open after a late season collapse.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||In same boat. Hoke should be||
In same boat. Hoke should be fired, but the "improvement" in RR's last year was fools gold. A bunch of marginal close wins (Illinois, Indiana, UMass) and every loss was a blowout where we never had the ball in the 4th quarter with a chance to tie.
That year was a lot more exciting because of Denard, but this team never quit on their coaches like RR's last team did.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||YES...||
|4 weeks 6 days ago||People on mgoblog have always||
People on mgoblog have always been idiotically pessimistic about basketball. If you went through the game and postgame threads the last two years, you'd find innumerable posts about how Jordan Morgan couldn't play, how THJr didn't try, how Stauskas was one-dimensional, how Belein needed to throw the ball into the post, and how the team in general lacked heart..
People just kind of overreact and act irrationally when they're fans.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||This is a pretty good||
This is a pretty good response to Detroit tying it up.
|5 weeks 17 hours ago||I think they were blaming||
I think they were blaming them for throwing stuff in the wake of the melee, which is a totally justified criticism.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Couple things||
Grantland did a great oral history:
Also, 'Sheed was regarded as one of the most most level headed guys in the lockerroom and one of the best teammates in the league, at least in his later years. Just not cooperative with the media and incredibly antagonistic toward refs (including being double t'd and thrown out of the McDonald's high school all-america game). But not a surprise to see him trying to calm other players down.
Edit: And I just lost 30 minutes of my life watching this...
|5 weeks 1 day ago||One of the best weird rumors||
One of the best weird rumors to come out of the whole thing was that the fan that squared off with O'Neal was the guy who played Turtle in Entourage. He wasn't, but the similarity was striking enough to give it some life
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Required any time Pat Forde||
Required any time Pat Forde is mentioned...
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Better than his||
Better than his dad...
But still awful.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||There are huge, huge issues||
There are huge, huge administrative issues in establishing such a department.
What qualifies someone to teach in such a department? In a moment when rankings hold so much importance and % of faculty with PhD and % of tenure-line faculty are key determinates of ranking, what degrees do faculty hold? What do their appointments look like? What unit or school does the hiring? What disciplines do they publish in? What qualifies someone for promotion? What are the research-teaching-service balance expectations? What does tenure mean in such a department? How do the people appointed in such a school fit into the faculty's broader role of the shared governance of the university? What does the university's accreditor think of such a department? Etc, etc.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Trey made the right choice,||
Trey made the right choice, but he better start knocking down shots or Exum's going to start taking his minutes.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||You're interpreting as||
You're interpreting as general a critique that's very targeted and specific.
Schlissel's lines about academic oversight are targeted at an athletic department that previously had been
1. Poaching donors from the academic side of the university, breaking long standing agreements that the AD would not impinge on those donors.
2. Blocking faculty oversight of student-athlete curriculum, which is legitimately within the faculty's shared governance purview.
This is very much targeted at the AD Brandon ran, vis a vis the rest of the university, not some generalized view of athletics and academics in the broader world.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Exactly. The bonded debt||
Exactly. The bonded debt remaining on the stadium renovations means that there can functionally be no downplaying of the importance of football within the broader university.
What this statement does show is more evidence that Brandon ran the AD as a fiefdom unto itself, in a manner that was antithetical to the broader university's mission. Blocking faculty oversight of the curricular habits of student-athletes is consistent with the reports about Brandon attempting to poach donors from the academic side of the university.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting. You may be on to||
Interesting. You may be on to something there. Everytime he comes off the field after a mistake (and this may be true in general ... tv just doesn't show it) Nuss looks like he's teaching about some fine detail of what went wrong with his footwork.
I think the reality is that DG's futility this year is a combo platter of 1. physical limitations that are hampering a QB that had learned to turn to his athleticism after his first read was covered, 2. playing in his third offense in five years, 3. an offense that forces him to do things that he does badly, particularly fitting the ball into the small windows of a short passing game with no deep threat and going rapidly through progressions in a congested field, and 4. a learned practice of not keeping his eyes downfield so plays have very little time to develop.
Add in an offense that just looks badly coached, particularly among the WRs and RBs, and we have the current mess.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Gallon was very good and, for||
Gallon was very good and, for all his faults, Borges ran an offense where the WRs stretched the field deep. We now have an inaccurate and very likely injured QB in a passing game where virtually all of the throws happen within 10 yards of the LoS. There's no reason for CBs not to squat on routes at 10 yards, because we're incapable, whether by design or because of circumstance, of pushing the ball down the field.
Add in that our #1 receiver drops 1/3 of the accurate balls thrown to him, and you have this mess of a passing game.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Go watch last year's ND game,||
Go watch last year's ND game, he was firing balls to Gallon on skinny posts in tight windows 35 yards downfield. In Borges's offense, he pushed the ball downfield consistently on a line. Either he's damaged physically or he's been coached away from that.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I think this gets the||
I think this gets the narrative of improvement that suddenly stopped correct but misrepresents the turning point. Last year against ND (aside from the one brain dead play) Gardner stood in against the rush and went through progressions and played a startlingly great game... It was MSU last year that broke him. That's the point when Gardner lost all trust in his oline and just started dumping the ball to the first read, regardless of whether he was open in not.
Compound that lack of trust with a change from a first option who consistently got open with one who drops about half of the balls thrown to him and an offense incapable of generating big plays, requiring DG to hit a series of short passes into congested coverage, and an inability to escape the rush the way he did in his initial years, and you have this year's offense.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||If Funchess doesn't drop half||
If Funchess doesn't drop half the balls that hit his hands, how much better does Gardner look as a QB? This is a level of futility that goes so far beyond DG. Bad coaching, bad individual play, bad attention to detail. You see mistakes at every level (Smith not hitting the correct hole, Funchess with probably a 30% drop rate, Gardner throwing balls on completely incorrect trajectories). About the only high point on offense is Hayes's blitz recognition.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Why can I upvote this only||
Why can I upvote this only once? What is it about Morris's play that's led anyone to think he's remotely a better option?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I would not be surprised if||
I would not be surprised if Hackett was kept on to do some kind of "administrative review" of the AD after the new guy is hired, basically charged with separating Brandon's new hires into categories of "competent" and "Brandon toadie," which he could then pass on to the new AD.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||If only Sonny had EZ-Pass||
If only Sonny had EZ-Pass
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Courtesy of Rog and Dave.||
|10 weeks 2 days ago||RR's third year record is||
RR's third year record is better than it looks. Several of the wins (ND, Illinois, Indiana just off the top of my head) were close, down to the wire things. The losses were not. We were never in a situation where we had the ball with a chance to tie the game in the 4th quarter in any of the games we lost. By the end of the year, the team had clearly quit on him. His stay was pretty much untenable by the end of that year.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Regents||
The Regents' responsibilities are primarily fiduciary. That's why all the renovation and new construction, including that sign board thing, have to get regents approval. They may also have some role in university -- state/local government relations (thus the fireworks vote). They also are responsible for runnning presidential searches, and likely informally sign off on high administrative appointments on the level of provost and athletic director, though those are formally the President's responsibility. They don't so far as I know, have responsibility for signing off on faculty appointments.
Generally, anytime the Regents get too involved in the actual operations of the university, it turns into a giant mess. See the recent goings on at Illinois.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||The concussion thing will die||
The concussion thing will die down, but holy hell, would it come back in force if we hired Leach. Is that really how anyone wants the next coaching regime to start?
|11 weeks 6 days ago||So you're imagining a thought||
So you're imagining a thought process by a big name coach that goes like this:
"Well, I don't trust the guy hiring me but he won't be around long. Then they'll hire someone else who I probably don't know at all. That seems like a good bet! I'll take it!"
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||Since when is engineering||
Since when is engineering considered "hard science"? Isn't it, by nature, "applied science"?
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||Did they ever appoint a new||
Did they ever appoint a new fulltime dean of LSA after McDonald retired? I can't believe how badly the provost/president screwed up what should have been a slam dunk appointment.
|12 weeks 17 hours ago||The players clearly disliked||
The players clearly disliked Kiffin. There have been few signs of an analogous situation here.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I'm in general agreement with||
I'm in general agreement with the sentiment here, aside from the money being fungible part. IThat money was directed into specific parts of the university and is not fungible elsewhere. (And I have no problem with this, donors are well within their rights to do this kind of targeting as long as they don't have the power to say "you need to hire a scholar who believes these things with my money").
There were, however, rumors that Brandon intervened with Ross to get increased amounts of the donation he was making for the athletic department (and I have people who I trust in other parts of the university that he has done this to donors in other academic segments of the university).
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Exactly. We shouldn't be mad||
Exactly. We shouldn't be mad at Brandon for what happened on the field on Saturday. That's Hoke's realm and he owns the disorganization that was on full view. We should be mad at Brandon for the clown show that occurred between 7 PM Saturday and Schlissel's statement yesterday.
And we should be mad about the larger pattern of blindered decision making that's gone on within the athletic department during his directorship, of which the latest events are just the most egregious example.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Exactly. The same thing||
Exactly. The same thing happens with a lot of UM professors with kids in high school, they either try to get into administration or start looking for other jobs because UM provides no tuition remission for their kids.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I am shocked that it took 111||
I am shocked that it took 111 posts for someone to point this out. The SNOOTs on the board are really slipping.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||There may be reasonable||
There may be reasonable disputes about low level corporal punishment. If you are inflicting real injury on a child, however, injury that leaves wounds still open a week later, injury that leads you to text things to the other parent like "felt bad after the fact when I notice the switch was wrapping around hitting I (sic) thigh" and "Got him in nuts once I noticed. But I felt so bad, n I'm all tearing that butt up when needed!" you're not disciplining your child. You're violently lashing out at him because you're angry or frustrated.
Proper discipline requires self-discipline and self- control. Isn't that what we're trying to convey as parents? Peterson obviously lacked self-discipline and lost control of his actions if he injured a 4 year old to that extent. A 4 year old! There's no way this kind of beating could be instructional. This was domestic violence.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Here's latest report. This is||
Here's latest report. This is not discipline, it's domestic violence. If true, he should be out for 6 games according to the nfl's new policy and face significant criminal sanction.
"The beating allegedly resulted in numerous injuries to the child, including cuts and bruises to the child's back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum, along with defensive wounds to the child's hands. Peterson then texted the boy's mother, saying that one wound in particular would make her "mad at me about his leg. I got kinda good wit the tail end of the switch."
Peterson also allegedly said via text message to the child's mother that he "felt bad after the fact when I notice the switch was wrapping around hitting I (sic) thigh" and also acknowledged the injury to the child's scrotum in a text message, saying, "Got him in nuts once I noticed. But I felt so bad, n I'm all tearing that butt up when needed! I start putting them in timeout. N save the whooping for needed memories!"
In further text messages, Peterson allegedly said, "Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don't play no games when it comes to acting right."
According to police reports, the child, however, had a slightly different story, telling authorities that "Daddy Peterson hit me on my face." The child also expressed worry that Peterson would punch him in the face if the child reported the incident to authorities. He also said that he had been hit by a belt and that "there are a lot of belts in Daddy's closet." He added that Peterson put leaves in his mouth when he was being hit with the switch while his pants were down. The child told his mother that Peterson "likes belts and switches" and "has a whooping room.""
|14 weeks 5 days ago||And those photos are||
And those photos are reportedly from a week after the beating.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||A spanking that causes open||
A spanking that causes open wounds? On a 4 year old, not an 11 year old as originally reported? (and if he were 11 I don't think I'd think any different)
That's far beyond normal discipline and well into abuse IMO.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Depends on if they are||
Depends on if they are hearing them collectively or if the students have asked for the hearings to be split up. It also depends on what the students are disputing in the report. I've sat on an appeal board for academic discipline cases, and we got the recordings of the hearings in question. Each was about an hour and a half. If ND follows the same procedures (which are brief statements and then questioning by the board) they should last about the same amount of time. If there are five of those, then no way are they going to be handled in a day (and some of these guys won't even get hearings for a couple weeks). If the charges are collectively considered (or four together and one on it own if there are significant differences), then they could do it all in one day.
I will say, any kind of "resolve this serious academic matter NOW, because of FOOTBAW!" is the kind of thing that would lead faculty to resent the place of the AD within the larger university. ND doesn't seem to be doing that, though, at least from the outside.
|16 weeks 27 min ago||On the rescheduling bit. It's||
On the rescheduling bit. It's virtually impossible to schedule a meeting that requires a quorum of faculty members on short notice (and I'll bet this committee has bylaws that it can't meet and make a ruling unless a significant majority of the committee is present), particularly at the beginning of the semester. There's so much backlogged business within departments after the summer that the set meeting time is a necessity. Plus, you have to give the members 4-5 days before the hearing to read the evidence. People are busy, yo.
If the case is what you present, ie another student typing, proofing, and editing the paper without ackowledment to the professor, that would cross the bar of academic dishonesty for me. Editing work to make ideas more clear is an important part of learning to write well. It also constitutes submitting a piece of writing that is substantially someone else's work under your own name. I would probably refer a case like this to my institution's academic discipline board (particularly if I found out about it via a random email mistake). It probably wouldn't be "fail the class" bad, but it would be a significant grade reduction.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I've been following this||
I've been following this peripherally. To what extent did ND involve the NCAA? Did they just make a public announcement that these players are being held out because of an academic disciplinary matter or did they make some kind of report to the NCAA?
From what I know of ND, which comes from someone who used to be on the faculty but has since moved elsewhere because being a young single faculty member at ND is not ideal, most faculty realize that football's a big deal but are very focused on making sure it doesn't impinge upon the academic side of things. My friend was there for Willingham/early Weis, but I doubt that sentiment has changed (the Golston expulsion certainly seems to suggest it hasn't).
|16 weeks 2 days ago||As someone who teaches in||
As someone who teaches in higher ed, I don't want the NCAA anywhere near academic matters internal to a university. The NCAA deals, poorly IMO, with matters relevant to athletic departments. Anything to do with academics properly falls under the purview of that university's faculty as the central part of its governance of academic matters at the university. If students are receiving fradulant grades or grades for classes that don't exist (as at UNC), the proper body to handle that is the accredidation agency supervising the various departments of the university itself, not the NCAA (which is what happened at UNC).
ND seems to be handling this entirely according to the procedures set in place by its faculty and the NCAA should have nothing to do with it.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||If they're ruled guilty of||
If they're ruled guilty of what's been reported (submitting work they didn't do under their own name) they would almost certainly fail the relevant class, which would likely render them academically ineligible. It's kind of all or nothing at this point given the way academic discipline boards work.
|17 weeks 2 hours ago||Wow! What an end to the post.||
Wow! What an end to the post. Congratulations!
|17 weeks 22 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.
|17 weeks 22 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.
|17 weeks 2 days 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.
|17 weeks 2 days 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?
|17 weeks 3 days 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.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||The Jim Nantz of schools||
This thread seems like a good place for this...
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Ace||
Can you do a vicious electronic questioning of msu tomorrow?
|18 weeks 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."
|18 weeks 5 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.
|19 weeks 6 days 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.
|19 weeks 6 days 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.
|20 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.
|21 weeks 1 day 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.
|21 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.
|21 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.
|21 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.
|22 weeks 5 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.
|22 weeks 6 days 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.
|22 weeks 6 days 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.
|22 weeks 6 days 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.
|22 weeks 6 days 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).
|23 weeks 21 hours 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.
|23 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).
|23 weeks 1 day 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.
|23 weeks 1 day 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
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Unfortunately, even if||
Unfortunately, even if Stauskas is great on the Kings, no one will ever know about it.
|23 weeks 2 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.
|23 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.
|23 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.
|23 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.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||isn't he in for Beckerman, just slotting into his||
isn't he in for Beckerman, just slotting into his role?
|25 weeks 1 day ago||When chipping the keeper goes||
When chipping the keeper goes wrong...
|25 weeks 2 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.
|25 weeks 2 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..
|25 weeks 2 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.
|25 weeks 2 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.
|25 weeks 2 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.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||When was the last time||
When was the last time Detroit had a white mayor? Um, today?
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Algeria will finally get a||
Algeria will finally get a chance at revenge for 1982. Great matchup.
|25 weeks 6 days 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.
|26 weeks 1 hour 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.
|26 weeks 1 hour 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.
|26 weeks 1 hour 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.
|26 weeks 1 hour 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
|26 weeks 1 hour 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).
|26 weeks 2 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.
|26 weeks 13 hours ago||And that coach, according to||
And that coach, according to a preponderance of the evidence, was pretending to be Indian.
|26 weeks 13 hours ago||http://www.washingtonpost.co||
|26 weeks 13 hours 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.
|26 weeks 13 hours 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.
|26 weeks 14 hours ago||The Onion pretty much went||
The Onion pretty much went there (in a somewhat different direction) last October:
|26 weeks 20 hours ago||Mueller?||
Any chance Mueller is held out with that nasty cut he suffered against Ghana?
|26 weeks 1 day 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.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||That's the end of Suarez in||
That's the end of Suarez in this tournament
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Will be shocked if there's||
Will be shocked if there's not another red in this game
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Wow. Cannibal Suarez returns||
Wow. Cannibal Suarez returns and then Uruguay scores
|26 weeks 1 day 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:
|26 weeks 2 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?
|26 weeks 2 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.
|26 weeks 5 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
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Justice served for Costa||
Justice served for Costa Rica.
|26 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.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Quintaro almost scores from||
Quintaro almost scores from 50 yards.
|26 weeks 6 days 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.
|26 weeks 6 days 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.
|26 weeks 6 days 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.
|27 weeks 22 hours ago||That sounds not good.||
That sounds not good.
|27 weeks 22 hours ago||About 100 Argentinian fans||
About 100 Argentinian fans did the same thing before the Bosnia game at the Maracana.
|27 weeks 22 hours 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.
|27 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.
|27 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.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Ochoa. What a game.||
Ochoa. What a game.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Wow. Thiago Silva is lucky to||
Wow. Thiago Silva is lucky to stay on after that tackle. That was orange at best.
|27 weeks 1 day 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.
|27 weeks 1 day 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.
|27 weeks 1 day 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."
|27 weeks 1 day ago||The goal line technology||
The goal line technology thing made that save seem even better.
|27 weeks 1 day 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.
|27 weeks 1 day 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)
|27 weeks 1 day 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/
|27 weeks 1 day 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.
|27 weeks 1 day 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.
|27 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.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||John Brooks||
|27 weeks 2 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.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||That's a penalty.||
That's a penalty.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||That doesn't look good for||
That doesn't look good for Hummels.
|27 weeks 2 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.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||The crowd has really turned||
The crowd has really turned on Ronaldo.
|27 weeks 2 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.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Three. Germany rampant.||
Three. Germany rampant.
|27 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.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed. Could have gone||
Agreed. Could have gone yellow to both.
|27 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.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Pepe red carded. Out against||
Pepe red carded. Out against US.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Portugal seems hampered by||
Portugal seems hampered by looking to Ronaldo in every attacking opportunity.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Germany is absolutely||
Germany is absolutely terrifying on the break.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Almeda looks done.||
Almeda looks done.
EDIT: Yep, Eider coming on at 27'.
|27 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
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Penalty, Germany. Looked like||
Penalty, Germany. Looked like a foul in the run of play. Replay a little iffy.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||WOW, Rui Patricio incredibly||
WOW, Rui Patricio incredibly lucky to get away with that.
|27 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.
|27 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.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Robben has been unbelievable.||
Robben has been unbelievable.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||5!||
|27 weeks 5 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.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Oh no, Casillas.||
Oh no, Casillas.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Talk about good timing. That||
Talk about good timing. That was terrible
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Rocket off the||
Rocket off the crossbar.
Good sub to get de Guzman off.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||This is kicking off.||
This is kicking off.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||That's the goal Robben||
That's the goal Robben couldn't finish 4 years ago.
EDIT: also, very reminiscent of Bergkamp
|27 weeks 5 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.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Right on time.||
Right on time.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||What an amazing diving header||
What an amazing diving header and what a pass
|27 weeks 5 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.
|27 weeks 5 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.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Was there any contact there?||
Was there any contact there?
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Robben's been down twice.||
Robben's been down twice. Shocking.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||WOW. Free header from the 10.||
WOW. Free header from the 10. How do you leave a guy unmarked there now?
|27 weeks 5 days ago||You've certainly missed the||
You've certainly missed the Mexican crowd yelling "PUTA" about 50 times.
|27 weeks 5 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.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||+1000||
|27 weeks 5 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.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||GIF that man.||
GIF that man.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Mexico finally break through||
Mexico finally break through
|27 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.
|27 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.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Being an assistant referree||
Being an assistant referree is hard.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Oh, man. Marquez just stole a||
Oh, man. Marquez just stole a goal off the head of Moreno.
|27 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.
|27 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.
|27 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.
|27 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.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||OZ||
Can it really be a group of death with no hopers like Australia as the 4th team?
|27 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.
|28 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.
|28 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.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Game ended 4-0 Ghana. Ugh||
Game ended 4-0 Ghana.
|28 weeks 2 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.
|28 weeks 2 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).
|28 weeks 2 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.