is there such a thing as an etsy genuis? if so, this is it.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Warriors in 5||
If the Cavs were at full strength, this would be a great series, but they're not.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||This is exactly what's he's||
This is exactly what's he's talking about. I noticed MSU, in particular, bringing the ball up on a wing, looking for a secondary break, and then slowly resetting their offense with the ball up top such that they would be 15 - 20 seconds into a possession before they even started to run an offensive set. They were essentially starting their offense at the same time an NBA team would on the shot clock, only with unnecessarily consuming 10 seconds of game time, while they passed the ball on the top without running anything off the ball or running any on ball screening action.
If the 30 second clock gets teams to initiate offense 5 seconds sooner, it will greatly improve the flow of the game.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||And just to add to this||
And just to add to this point, that stat line reflected a style of play that was unique at the time. Webber was memorable in his ability to see the court as a passing big man, stretch the floor, rebound and play inside. Those Kings teams are so fondly remembered not only because of their success and the way they got screwed in the famous Lakers series, but because they played in a different way than almost any other team at the time. In what was probably the height of NBA iso/2-man ball, the ball moved on the Kings like with no other team at the time. This was largely due to Webber's unique skill set (and to a lesser degree, Vlade's).
In many ways, he was an early version of the skilled big men, who can play in or out of the post, that have reshaped the way that basketball is played.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Here's a different||
Here's a different counter-point, then.
Jalen's one of the very, very few former athletes who is willing to share information about how these worlds that we're all very interested in (or we wouldn't be reading this blog) function from the athlete's perspective at the mundane, daily level. He'll share what it's like to be suddenly rich and living in a strange town. He'll share what it was like to be at an elite, wealthy university after growing up poor in Detroit (and both what he values about that university and how he felt exploited by it). He'll share how athletes manage night life and athletic careers. He'll share how he took care of his body.
That kind of inside information is what lots of people want to hear. I think he does it in a mostly fascinating way that at least approaches the truth as he understands it. It is, in its nature, going to be centered on Jalen, because it's his perspective, and it seems uncharitable to call him out for being self-centered when so much of his current career involves him telling stories about himself that people seemingly want to hear.
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||What's the case, other than||
What's the case, other than the need to satisfy a bonded debt obligation on their stadium expansion, for Rutgers to continue to offer D-1 sports? It's bad at almost all of them, the AD serves as a financial burden, stripping money out of both the academic side of the university and out of students through required fees, and they have seemingly few fans. The fact that they have D-1 sports may actually hurt the school's academic reputation on the East Coast, given the association that many in the NY metro area make between big time sports and a lack of academic rigor.
|4 weeks 22 hours ago||Great defense. "Hey, he's not||
Great defense. "Hey, he's not even a real chief! He's just a stereotype!"
There were lots of native students at Illinois who were understandably offended by a white guy dressed up in a stereotypical costume doing a made up "Indian" dance. There were also some native students who weren't offended. But I find it strange that so many people need to cloak their defenses in a belief that no native people were offended when there have been both movements on campus to get rid of the mascots and while the most prominent American Indian political organization (the National Congress of American Indians) has called on colleges to get rid of mascots since the 1940s.
Here's the resolution from the Peoria Tribal Council, the most direct descendents of the Illini people, asking the University to stop using the mascot:
When this passed, the Peoria tribal chairman said, "I don't know what the origination was, or what the reason was for the university to create Chief Illiniwek. I don't think it was to honor us, because, hell, they ran our asses out of Illinois."
|4 weeks 22 hours ago||Your friends are pretty much||
Your friends are pretty much telling partially true stories that they want to hear. The Spirit Lake tribal council endorsed the name, the Standing Rock tribal council didn't.
There's certainly no consensus among Indian people about Indian mascots. For example, the Seminole Tribe of Florida endorsed FSU's nickname but the Seminole Tribe of Oklahoma has denounced it. The NCAA has allowed FSU to maintain the name because of the "local support."
My sense from talking with folks reporting and writing about the UND issue is that the fairly overt racism and inequality experienced by many Indian people in the Dakotas, plus Engelstadt's in your face effort to plaster the logo everywhere, plus the fact that he was kind of a Nazi sympathizer*, has led to more opposition.
*On Engelstadt... http://deadspin.com/5256436/deadspin-classic-north-dakotas-nazi-loving-alumni-donor
|5 weeks 6 days ago||It's generally thought in NBA||
It's generally thought in NBA media circles that Thibs is gone no matter what happens to the Bulls this year, with most people pointing toward Orlando as the probable destination (Simmons and Zach Lowe, also the article below).
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Copa||
U.S. is playing in the centennial Copa in 2016, (which is out of the normal Copa cycle) since we're hosting it.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||NCAA officiating||
In the NCAA, #2 for the Lakers would, when he guessed wrong on the pick, reach out and hand check Wade on his hip, allowing him to recover back over the pick, prevent the drive, and therefore not force the set of defensive choices faced by everyone else on the Lakers. That kind of impeding of motion is rarely, or unpredictably, called in the NCAA (watch any Louisville or Duke game, where their defense is largely based on using their hands on the perimeter rather than moving their feet). It's called every time in the NBA and it makes offense much more free flowing.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||All this is exactly right on.||
All this is exactly right on. The Piston's are letting Monroe walk because it no longer makes sense to construct a team with two big guys on the floor because it kills spacing. As I say below, the only decent teams that have isos as a core part of their offense are OKC (out of necessity), and Cleveland and Houston because of the particular players they have.
Almost every other team is trying to score by getting into their offenses early enough to be able to run multiple sets and forcing the defense to constantly shift and move to defend the space created as players shift around the perimeter.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||NBA Offenses||
I took Cuban's point to be more about how officiating (college refs with the charge call fetish, as well as allowing far more perimeter hand checking than ever goes on in the NBA) doesn't prep college players for NBA defense, how the longer shot clock doesn't teach guys to get into the offense early (which is far more important with a 24 second clock) and how the staccato flow of the game, with all the stoppages and over coaching, doesn't teach players to manage energy and solve game problems for themselves in the way the NBA stresses. But understanding exactly what Cuban means is always a pretty futile exercise.
Your characterization of NBA offenses, at least now, is almost completely off base. Of the teams playing iso/hero ball right now that are even in playoff contention, it's pretty much
1. OKC with Westbrook, who both has a terrible coach and has been forced into it because every other offensive threat is hurt, and
2. Cleveland with Lebron and Kyrie, who are the two best offensive players in the East, and
3. Houston with Harden, which is both about his particular skill at getting to the hole, getting fouled or finding an open man, and the result of a pretty bad coach.
Almost every other playoff contender is playing some kind of variation on pace and space, with a ton of ball movement, multiple pick and rolls with off the ball action, and dedication to giving up decent shots for good and great ones (essentially trying to avoid mid-range jumpers for layups or open 3s. You can't seriously watch the best teams in the league (Spurs, Hawks, Warriors) and say that the NBA is the land of hero ball and isolations.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Presumably, the supposed||
Presumably, the supposed starting group played together for most of the spring practices. The spring game was a way to inject fun competition into the end of the process. It certainly was more interesting and seemingly fun than what we've seen in the immediate past.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Newsflash. Writing is hard||
Newsflash. Writing is hard
|7 weeks 4 days ago||They can keep the 5 time outs||
They can keep the 5 time outs if they allow a TO called before one of the media timeouts (which happen every 4 minutes) to substitute for the media timeout. That would stop the awful pattern of TO called at 16:10, 20 seconds of game action, dead ball, media timeout, that totally and unnecessarily kills the flow of the game.
Don't see it happening because it would hurt the ad revenue, but it would dramatically improve the flow of games and stop some of the overcoaching that plagues college bball.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||The first part of this post||
The first part of this post is right on (won't comment on the last part b/c I'm not entirely sure what the reference is to). NBA ball right now, with some exceptions (OKC most prominently, but also Cleveland, both of which still rely to a significant extent on iso ball and 2-man games) is being played with incredible levels of offensive and defensive sophistication.
Watch the Spurs, Warriors, Hawks, any teams that have bought into post-Dantoni pace and space offenses, and you'll routinely see teams running 5-6 pick and rolls a possession at the same time there's a ton of off the ball movement to get shooters open and defenses unsettled. If you watch a significant amount of NBA, college is hard to watch just because the offenses are so static, with a lot of 3 out, 2 in sets and guys just rotating the ball around the perimeter before jacking up a shot. (Belein actually gets about as close as any college coach to running an NBA type offense).
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Khalid Hill||
Hill's been forgotten because of the ACL, but if he's reasonably healthy, he could fit in really well to the way Harbaugh has liked to have his H-back play. Delanie Walker was a really important and sneaky player in his first 49er team who could either come across the formation on a trap block, find soft spots in the short zone, or get down the sideline on wheel routes. We haven't seen enough from Hill to know about his blocking, but he did show a knack for getting open and actually catching the ball last year before he got injured.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Um, central defense seems||
Um, central defense seems like it continues to be a bit of a problem.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Rimando's got to come out for||
Rimando's got to come out for that ball. A high looping cross inside the 6 has to be his.
|10 weeks 21 hours ago||Bliss is without a doubt the||
Bliss is without a doubt the winner. Trying to frame a murdered player posthumously in an attempt to cover up illegal payments. I don't know how anyone could top that.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||You're not alone||
I agree entirely. He reads to me as a Hunter Thompson knock off (which is what he's really trying to be) but without Thompson's sense for language or interest in the humanity of his subjects. The people in his books feel like charactures rather than actual people.
Tom Sugrue's Origins of the Urban Crisis remains the indespensible book for understanding contemporary Detroit.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I'm pretty sure they'll find||
I'm pretty sure they'll find him a grad program who will take him, if there's mutual interest, since it would probably be a net revenue gain for the program, but I can imagine some fairly reasonable questions about his commitment to a program/the propriety of going outside normal admissions guidelines to admit someone who might not complete the program (assuming a 2 years MA) to help out the AD, etc.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Grad admissions occurs on a||
Grad admissions occurs on a departmental basis. Rackham and its equivalents in other schools are largely administrative (ie, they tell departments how many students they can admit but don't make any actual decisions). Cases like Rudock certainly lie outside the admissions numbers initially allowed by Rackham, et al, but I can imagine some departments might balk at admitting him for fear he wouldn't be committed to the program. I would think he'd have to have at least decent grades and make a compelling case to the faculty administering the program why he wanted to pursue that particular line of grad work.
|11 weeks 1 hour ago||The real problem is Nantz,||
The real problem is Nantz, who never seems like he actually enjoys the game. Hecomes across as biding time until he can announce the Masters, where his sanctimony is right at home.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Team play (Pop's ball||
Team play (Pop's ball movement sets oriented around multiple pick and rolls that have taken root in Atlanta, Portland, Golden State and elsewhere) and strong defense (Thib's help side shading and the Heat's insanely aggressive pick hedging) are basically the two trends that have defined the NBA over the past five years.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Admit it, you haven't watched||
Admit it, you haven't watched an NBA game in five years.
Or you're a Sixers fan.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||According to the deadspin||
According to the deadspin story, academic support staff would collect email addresses and passwords for bball players, and tutors were logging into email, corresponding directly with professors as if they were the athletes and submitting assignments. The metadata contained in the assignments indicates original authors other than the players.
On the one hand, that's pretty bad. On the other, very efficient!
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, it's hard to see him||
Yeah, it's hard to see him starting the rebuild job in Boston and leaving without seeing what he could do with a team that's actually trying to win.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I believe the correct term is||
I believe the correct term is Winkelvii
|14 weeks 17 hours ago||I think he's still enrolled||
I think he's still enrolled at Stanford, on track to graduate this June (Stanford's on quarter system) and then will enroll as a graduate student at UM in the fall. So no weight because he's not officially a Michigan student yet.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Semis||
I'm all for changing the schedule for the semifinals so theyre always on New Years Day. A lot of folks with a normal work schedule on the west coast is going to miss the early game (NYE is not an official holiday) and the New Years Eve evening semi is idiotic.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Going to be a lot more than||
Going to be a lot more than that when you figure in the settlement with the resort for lost earnings on two floors of rooms for 2-3 weeks plus increased insurance rates for the chapter. I'd guess at least twice the costs of the damages themselves, more if the rooms can't be repaired by Presidents Day weekend.
|21 weeks 19 hours ago||Free Speech?||
The logical fallacies in this post are almost too numerous to detail... but what the heck.
1. Not a free speech issue b/c Brian/mgoblog isn't a government entity.
2. Neither would it be censorship because it would not be a policy backed by state enforcement power.
3. Mgoblog is in no way affiliated with the university, so it would not be the university promoting censorship.
4. If mgoblog were to decide to eliminate such avatars, the guidelines would be decided by the owner of the site, and those he has delegated to act in his stead.
5. If only Brian had provided some type of guideline...
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Rose Bowl||
Rose Bowl will always kick off at 5 on NYD. The playoff semis will actually be on NYE next year (which is dumb).
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Also Khalid Hill, who's||
Also Khalid Hill, who's essentially a doppelgänger of Delanie Walker
|22 weeks 17 hours ago||Low center of gravity. Tough||
Low center of gravity. Tough to bring down.
|22 weeks 18 hours ago||Rosenberg's back in the fold||
Folks should probably figure out how to come to terms with Rosenberg being the main voice at SI writing about Michigan. He's always had a line to Lloyd and it's clear from this article and the past that he has some kind of connection to Harbaugh and his dad. (I'm assuming he has relationships with a lot of the Bo-era coaches from writing his book). While not much is new in the article, it's clear that some of it results from a one on one talk.
The upshot being that he's most likely going to be SI's main guy for access inside Harbaugh-era Schembechler Hall. It sucks that his shitty reporting for the Freep landed him such a national platform, but it is what it is.
|22 weeks 18 hours ago||For what it's worth, I don't||
For what it's worth, I don't think there's any love lost between Rosenberg and Brandon. Brandon attacked Rosenberg in all but name in his presser about the NCAA thing and Rosenberg, in this very article, says that Harbaugh "coveted" the job in 2011 but Brandon botched the search.
|22 weeks 18 hours ago||I would imagine halftime so||
I would imagine halftime so it doesn't getted missed in the ESPN broadcast with the end of the Iowa / Ohio State game.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Kialis||
If your pulling guard takes more than 4 hours to get to the hole, contact your physician immediately.
|23 weeks 4 days 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.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||That assumes he sleeps||
That assumes he sleeps
|23 weeks 5 days 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.
|24 weeks 12 hours ago||State employees are governed||
State employees are governed by state law. The NLRB only oversees fair labor practices in private sector employment
|24 weeks 17 hours ago||We sure don't squeeze||
We sure don't squeeze slightly overweight guys into beltless slacks the way we used to.
|24 weeks 22 hours 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.
|24 weeks 1 day 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).
|24 weeks 4 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).
|25 weeks 1 day 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.
|25 weeks 1 day 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."
|25 weeks 2 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.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly...this is not even||
Exactly...this is not even the dumbest Michigan coaching search in the past 5 years
|25 weeks 6 days 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.
|25 weeks 6 days 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.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||The rankings were fine. The||
The rankings were fine. The attrition was terrible. That would have done him in at Michigan.
|26 weeks 1 day 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.
|26 weeks 2 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.
|27 weeks 19 hours ago||YES...||
|27 weeks 5 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.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||This is a pretty good||
This is a pretty good response to Detroit tying it up.
|27 weeks 6 days 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.
|27 weeks 6 days 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...
|27 weeks 6 days 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
|28 weeks 22 hours ago||Required any time Pat Forde||
Required any time Pat Forde is mentioned...
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Better than his||
Better than his dad...
But still awful.
|28 weeks 5 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.
|28 weeks 5 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.
|29 weeks 17 hours 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.
|29 weeks 17 hours 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.
|29 weeks 2 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.
|29 weeks 2 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.
|29 weeks 2 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.
|29 weeks 2 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.
|29 weeks 2 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.
|29 weeks 2 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?
|30 weeks 18 hours 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.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||If only Sonny had EZ-Pass||
If only Sonny had EZ-Pass
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Courtesy of Rog and Dave.||
|33 weeks 1 day 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.
|34 weeks 5 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.
|34 weeks 5 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?
|34 weeks 5 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!"
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Since when is engineering||
Since when is engineering considered "hard science"? Isn't it, by nature, "applied science"?
|34 weeks 6 days 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.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||The players clearly disliked||
The players clearly disliked Kiffin. There have been few signs of an analogous situation here.
|34 weeks 6 days 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).
|34 weeks 6 days 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.
|35 weeks 14 hours 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.
|36 weeks 5 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.
|37 weeks 3 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.
|37 weeks 4 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.""
|37 weeks 4 days ago||And those photos are||
And those photos are reportedly from a week after the beating.
|37 weeks 4 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.
|38 weeks 5 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.
|38 weeks 5 days 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.
|39 weeks 1 day 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).
|39 weeks 1 day 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.
|39 weeks 1 day 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.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Wow! What an end to the post.||
Wow! What an end to the post. Congratulations!
|39 weeks 6 days 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.
|39 weeks 6 days 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.
|40 weeks 1 day 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.
|40 weeks 1 day 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?
|40 weeks 1 day 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.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||The Jim Nantz of schools||
This thread seems like a good place for this...
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Ace||
Can you do a vicious electronic questioning of msu tomorrow?
|41 weeks 1 day 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."
|41 weeks 4 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.
|42 weeks 5 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.
|42 weeks 5 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.
|43 weeks 15 min ago||Exactly. This shows how real||
Exactly. This shows how real the 'Fear of a Black Wallet' phenomenon is among athletic and academic admins.
|44 weeks 15 hours 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.
|44 weeks 1 day 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.
|44 weeks 1 day 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.
|44 weeks 1 day 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.
|45 weeks 4 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.
|45 weeks 5 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.
|45 weeks 5 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.
|45 weeks 5 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.
|45 weeks 5 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).
|45 weeks 6 days 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.
|45 weeks 6 days 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).
|46 weeks 11 hours 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.
|46 weeks 13 hours 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
|46 weeks 18 hours ago||Unfortunately, even if||
Unfortunately, even if Stauskas is great on the Kings, no one will ever know about it.
|46 weeks 1 day 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.
|46 weeks 4 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.
|46 weeks 4 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.
|46 weeks 4 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.
|48 weeks 18 hours ago||isn't he in for Beckerman, just slotting into his||
isn't he in for Beckerman, just slotting into his role?
|48 weeks 20 hours ago||When chipping the keeper goes||
When chipping the keeper goes wrong...
|48 weeks 1 day 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.
|48 weeks 1 day 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..
|48 weeks 1 day 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.
|48 weeks 1 day 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.
|48 weeks 1 day 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.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||When was the last time||
When was the last time Detroit had a white mayor? Um, today?
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Algeria will finally get a||
Algeria will finally get a chance at revenge for 1982. Great matchup.
|48 weeks 5 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.
|48 weeks 5 days 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.
|48 weeks 5 days 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.
|48 weeks 5 days 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.
|48 weeks 5 days 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
|48 weeks 5 days 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).
|48 weeks 5 days 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.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||And that coach, according to||
And that coach, according to a preponderance of the evidence, was pretending to be Indian.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||http://www.washingtonpost.co||
|48 weeks 6 days 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.
|48 weeks 6 days 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.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||The Onion pretty much went||
The Onion pretty much went there (in a somewhat different direction) last October:
|48 weeks 6 days ago||Mueller?||
Any chance Mueller is held out with that nasty cut he suffered against Ghana?
|49 weeks 16 hours 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.
|49 weeks 19 hours ago||That's the end of Suarez in||
That's the end of Suarez in this tournament
|49 weeks 19 hours ago||Will be shocked if there's||
Will be shocked if there's not another red in this game
|49 weeks 19 hours ago||Wow. Cannibal Suarez returns||
Wow. Cannibal Suarez returns and then Uruguay scores
|49 weeks 20 hours 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:
|49 weeks 1 day 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?
|49 weeks 1 day 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.
|49 weeks 4 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
|49 weeks 4 days ago||Justice served for Costa||
Justice served for Costa Rica.
|49 weeks 4 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.
|49 weeks 5 days ago||Quintaro almost scores from||
Quintaro almost scores from 50 yards.
|49 weeks 5 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.
|49 weeks 5 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.
|49 weeks 5 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.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||That sounds not good.||
That sounds not good.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||About 100 Argentinian fans||
About 100 Argentinian fans did the same thing before the Bosnia game at the Maracana.
|49 weeks 6 days 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.
|49 weeks 6 days 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.
|49 weeks 6 days 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.
|50 weeks 16 hours ago||Ochoa. What a game.||
Ochoa. What a game.
|50 weeks 17 hours ago||Wow. Thiago Silva is lucky to||
Wow. Thiago Silva is lucky to stay on after that tackle. That was orange at best.
|50 weeks 17 hours 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.
|50 weeks 17 hours 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.
|50 weeks 18 hours 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."
|50 weeks 18 hours ago||The goal line technology||
The goal line technology thing made that save seem even better.
|50 weeks 18 hours 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.
|50 weeks 18 hours 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)
|50 weeks 18 hours 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/
|50 weeks 19 hours 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.
|50 weeks 19 hours 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.
|50 weeks 21 hours 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.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||John Brooks||
|50 weeks 1 day 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.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||That's a penalty.||
That's a penalty.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||That doesn't look good for||
That doesn't look good for Hummels.
|50 weeks 1 day 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.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||The crowd has really turned||
The crowd has really turned on Ronaldo.
|50 weeks 1 day 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.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Three. Germany rampant.||
Three. Germany rampant.
|50 weeks 1 day 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.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed. Could have gone||
Agreed. Could have gone yellow to both.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Would like to see yellow to||
Would like to see yellow to Muller there, if the official thinks he exaggerated the contact.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Pepe red carded. Out against||
Pepe red carded. Out against US.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Portugal seems hampered by||
Portugal seems hampered by looking to Ronaldo in every attacking opportunity.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Germany is absolutely||
Germany is absolutely terrifying on the break.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Almeda looks done.||
Almeda looks done.
EDIT: Yep, Eider coming on at 27'.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Grabbing attackers seems to||
Grabbing attackers seems to be a point of emphasis for officials. Hope the US defenders are taking note
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Penalty, Germany. Looked like||
Penalty, Germany. Looked like a foul in the run of play. Replay a little iffy.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||WOW, Rui Patricio incredibly||
WOW, Rui Patricio incredibly lucky to get away with that.