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|1 year 30 weeks ago||UofM Alumni Group in Paris||
There is a group in Paris as well. I have never gone to any of their events but they have a facebook page as well which you could use to check regarding game viewing: link.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||There is still a UofM alumni group in London||
We will be watching the game at the Sports Bar and Grill in Victoria station this weekend. You can join our facebook group here: link.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||After living in London for 4+ years||
I would say that the most competitive major league is the Bundesliga and even in the UK some argue it is the most exciting league. The EPL is always going to be won by one of 5 teams (Arsenal, Man U, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea), so either you get behind one of these teams and support them loudly or you support a team who you are hoping can sneak into the Europa League, which is accomplished by finishing in the top 8 of the EPL. The Europa League is the second tier international club cup, whereas the Champions League is the top tier international club cup (the usual contenders for these Europa League spots include Tottenham, Everton - not this year, Aston Villa, Stoke, Fulham - probably not this year, Bolton, Sunderland). Then all other teams and some of these teams listed for the Europa League will also flirt with demotion. But the point is that teams that are not amongst the top 5 will play quite negatively (defensively) when they play against one of the top 5, so you will see teams bunker into defense like you saw in the Champions League game you watched, particularly when they are on the road against the top 5 just trying to get a point for a draw as that point could be the one that keeps them from being relegated at the end of the season. This happens in most leagues though.
The two best teams in the world play in Spain in Real Madrid and Barcelona, but that league is on strike right now and it seems like it may drag on for some while, as both sides are saying really nasty things about one another in the papers.
Italian football is riddled by match fixing etc on a regular basis and even when it is not, I do not much care for it.
But in short my advice would be to choose a team in the league you can see most regularly and easiest, as it is no fun to support a team you cannot watch. Then watch them in all of the league and cup games across the season -- each country has at least 2 national cups (the English ones have huge tradition and history) that teams will play for during the season in addition to the regular league games and then if you choose one of the top teams you will be able to watch them in the Champions or Europa League (i don't know if Europa League is shown in the States or not but it is a fun competition as well, if you have a team to support). Also, I would suggest finding a bar to go watch the games, particularly if you live in a city in America where there will be immigrants watching the games live as soccer is all about the fan atmosphere.
Then in the summers there are always the international competitions to get sucked into either the World Cup, Gold Cup, European Championships, African Nations, ... And here you will be able to cheer on the players you begin to enjoy watch playing in the league you choose to support.
|4 years 28 weeks ago||These are brilliant||
I think I first learned of them from this site, and every Monday is like Christmas for me now. Thanks for all of the hard work and sharing it for free.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Two questions||
1) Does anyone else think that Michigan should have called timeout before the UConn TD play? It seemed to me that as the half was nearing the end a timeout there may have had little adverse affect and would have allowed the defense to gather themselves to try to make a big stop on UConn. Probably wouldn't have mattered seeing how Michigan struggled spectacularly in short yardage plays yesterday, but just curious what ideas might have been as to why not to call timeout there?
2) I was disappointed to see so few depth players get significant playing time. I know that the game wasn't a complete blow out but I felt like the last drive Michigan had could have been conducted by the second string offense, maybe they would not have effective and therefore it would have been a bad idea, but anyway, it seems like some key players on both sides of the ball played late into the game during which time the game had already been decided and therefore just leaving them open to the chance of picking up a needless injury. Anyway, it is nitpicking I know but again just curious of others thoughts.
Other than that a great win, and I am hoping that next weekend I will feel as positive on Sunday.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Thank you Tom, Brian & mgocommunity||
I find it amazing that Rothstein can report what he did and then after seeing the video posted on this site, edits the column by removing the sentence about Tate being the third person leaving the field. Is that how it works? You write a report and then when something is proved false then you retract that part of the story and expect that the community will believe the rest of the story is still 100% accurate. What kind of Mitch Albom-ish reporting is that? Don't let the facts get in the way of a negative report to try to steal the thunder from a good win by the UofM football team. Unfortunately, from reading the comments over at annarbor.com the community seems to be quick to accept the story as 100% accurate. Then, the editor edits the article to include mention of Tom's interview with Mike Forcier. And I see that Carty crawled out from whatever rock he was hiding under and is posting on the NYT Quad blog and is more than happy to pump out his buddy's at least partially incorrect story.
Anyway, thank you to those of you here who help to get the full story out there. And as far as Tate if he wants to quit then he can quit as far as I am concerned. I just hope that at some point he grows up and doesn't regret quitting in the face of adversity.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||Yeah great post Coach||
Made me start thinking about my favourite memory of the Ohio State games, and for me it has to be the '97 game. I was a senior and with some of best friends and we were having a grand old time, and I still remember those amongst us who decided to rush the field and those who decided to stay in the seats and just the atmosphere was awesome. The images of Charles Woodson with the rose in his mouth strutting around the field after the game, and just the mayhem of the students on the field. And then the realisation that I had to go to the Rose Bowl and cheer on this magnificent team on more time. It was great.
And initially, I wasn't as upset as others about the plan to move the date of the game til earlier in the year, but I must admit that well written pieces like this one have started to get me fired up about the topic.
|4 years 31 weeks ago||London, UK||
In addition to Henry J Beans, you can add the Sports Cafe (http://www.thesportscafe.com/brand.aspx) , Sports Bar and Grill (http://www.sportsbarandgrill.co.uk/contact.cfm) and Bodean's (http://www.bodeansbbq.com/).
|4 years 42 weeks ago||In the heart of London||
I cannot wait for the World Cup. I love the game of soccer in general, but the buzz over here is amazing for this tournament. So myself and a few other Michigan grads are going out to watch the game together in a pub in town. Should be a good time, will be decked out in USA gear inside the pub but will cover it up to and from as I am not looking to get killed.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Can't wait for the world cup||
I am living in London and I cannot wait to wear the US strip into a pub on June 12th, that could be much more similar to the Thunderdome scenario referenced by Brian. Random thoughts on the 30 man roster:
I think that Beasley will make the cut partially because Bradley may play him as left back in situations.
I think that the US will play a 1-5-4 or a christmas tree type formation (with Landon and Deuce both playing off Altidore) against England whether that is what look they come out in or not it is what they will play I think.
Here in England the supporters of the relative clubs love Deuce and Holden and I think Altidore will have a big cup, playing for Hull was no cup of tea this year, and he will want to make some loot after the World Cup.
I will try to keep a blog going during the world cup with photos and stories of what watching the World Cup in London is like ... at least until the MGoCrowd say it is rubish and tell me to stop.
U..S..A! Go Fulham, huge game tonight and I hope they can pull it off.