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|4 weeks 1 day ago||Your point...||
I don't think people would miss Canada and Japan too much, but your general point still stands. If UEFA, the US and Mexico, and a few CONMEBOL nations including Brazil and Argentina started their own tournament, FIFA would be completely screwed.
The way it works now, there are 209 nations in FIFA and all of them get an equal cut of the revenue from the World Cup. In 2014, that money came out to less than $1,000,000 per country for the 209 nations in FIFA if you can believe that. For bigger soccer nations like England, Brazil, and the US, that's not a very significant part of their budget for the year. But for Haiti and Tahiti that money is a big deal. Anyway, without the most popular teams competing, the World Cup would stop getting lucrative sponsorship deals and would basically stop being very profitable. FIFA gets virtually all of its money from the World Cup, so with that money out of the picture, there would be no financial incentive for less important soccer nations like Haiti or Mali to be a part of FIFA. Basically, they'd eventually be forced to accept whatever terms the new confederation was offering because each of those smaller countries need that money to run their own soccer federation. Also, while FIFA has a ton of money in reserve, they couldn't last forever either if the one event that pays all of their bills suddenly stopped being profitable.
If the most powerful and important soccer nations were to realize that they hold all the power and get on the same page, they could dicate terms to everyone else and the rest of the world would probably have to agree to them. It could be a good way to set up a new system with a more transparent organization in charge instead of FIFA.
The ironic thing in all of this is that the small countries with small budgets are the countries who should care the most about the World Cup being incredibly profitable (USA 2022 = huge stadiums, higher ticket prices, more sponsorship deals, etc.) but instead most of those smaller nations just sell their vote to the highest bidder. I honestly don't know if what they got paid to vote for Qatar, or to re-elect Sepp last week, is more than what the difference in revenue would've been by having the World Cup in the US. But I guess the key difference is that the bribes usually go straight into the voter's pocket whereas revenue from the World Cup just goes to each country's federation.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Correction...||
Correction: They've been there exactly once. 1986. The point still stands, though.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah...||
Yeah, apparently the current World Cup isn't the "real World Cup" either, at least according to coldnjl, considering that Canada has never been in it. LOL.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||FWIW...||
Agreed that the money goes all the way to the top. France and Spain, for example, actually voted for Blatter. I agree with the OP that those two countries don't need FIFA but someone with power in those countries is clearly in Sepp's camp.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Great list!||
Great list! One minor correction, Marquise Walker's touchdown was off of a blocked punt.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||You make a decent point...||
To say the 2010 offense was "incredible" rather than "very good" might take it a step too far, although the offense's potential for 2011 if Rich Rod had been back with basically every starter returning would've been really incredible.
I also think you're overlooking the fact that simply taking the number of points the team scored doesn't perfectly represent how good the offense was. That's why we have advanced stats. The 2010 offense under Rich Rod would frequently score (or get stopped) and then sit on the bench for 6-8 minutes as the other team marched 80 yards. Those Carr teams had the benefit of defensive touchdowns, much better field position, much shorter waits to get the ball back on average, and also didn't endure the pressure of feeling like they "had to score" on every drive just to hold serve because the defense was so bad.
|9 weeks 13 hours ago||Vernors...||
Vernors for sure. Actually, I like in Mexico and when my parents came down to visit a couple of weeks ago I made them bring a couple of twelve packs. You can't get that stuff down here and I crave it like crazy. Also crave a decent pizza because the pizza where I live in Mexico sucks.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I just love...||
I just love how his friends appear to be telling him, "this is a good idea. Look, there's open water right there."
And then he dives straight onto his face.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||My other favorite...||
"Man Dives Into Ice"
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Simple humor, but I'm a pretty big fan of Laser Pointer Dog.||
Simple humor, but I'm a pretty big fan of Laser Pointer Dog.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||By any chance are you...||
Hector Jose Bosch?! Member since 2000 so I'm guessing you're not Kyle.
Or I guess there's a small chance that you're someone else who also has the last name Bosch.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||So...||
So you presumably have enough time to read and post on mgoblog for hours a week and yet watching the team actually play isn't worth your time? Weird.
It sucks when the team sucks but you still get to watch and support Michigan.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Weird and entertaining...||
Weird and entertaining. Only Illinois, Rutgers, Maryland, Indiana, and Iowa are playing the typical home game against a smaller that just signed up to get paid. All the rest of those games (9 out of 14) are pretty compelling matchups for opening weekend. Even MSU - Western is made interesting by the fact that it's a road game for them.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Runners up...||
Two runners up for my craziest thing I’ve seen at a sporting event:
Huge brawl in the stands of a Mexican baseball game
Getting beers and coins whipped at us when the US beat Mexico in soccer
Also at the same game, two Mexico fans who were in front of us got in a fight with each other. They were both Mexican-Americans and while they both celebrated Mexico’s goal (one of them literally pulled shot glasses and a pint of tequila out of nowhere and they took a shot together), one of the two also celebrated the first US goal scored. The two guys started arguing, and then the guy who was rooting for both teams told the other guy, “I don’t care if you’re a US fan or a Mexico fan, but I’ve seen you in Green Bay and I know you’re a Packers fan” and then started choking the guy (briefly). True story.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||DOUBLE POST||
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Mexican soccer riot||
I was at a professional soccer game in 2011 in the Mexican 2nd division, during the playoffs to win promotion to the first division (now named the Liga MX). Anyway, it was a home game for León against Tijuana. León lost. When they got down 3-0 a bunch of brawls broke out in the stands. People tried to tear down/climb over the chain link fence separating the stands from the field and a handful of them were successful and made it onto the pitch. Fans were brawling with each other and with the cops. Bottles of beer were getting thrown all over the place. I saw a few León fans literally take off their team's jersey and attempt to light it on fire. Crazy, crazy experience.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||So...||
|15 weeks 1 day ago||if it's not...||
If it's not legal to pay only the guys in revenue sports, then I guess the next option would be to pay all scholarship athletes but obviously to make the numbers work out everyone would probably get paid less.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||One downside...||
A huge downside to letting the guys be on billboards and the like is that it would not be good for letting the teams have a somewhat level playing field. Basically, that would just make it legal for boosters to pay the players (legally) to appear in ads and they'd probably pay above market rate as a way of helping their team. Recruits are going to choose schools based on which teams are so popular that being on the team guarantees you'll be paid well to be on a billboard. Basically it makes it legal for boosters to pay the players.
I would much rather just say every football and basketball player gets $10k a semester or something like that, but I'm not sure how legal that would be with title 9.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||FWIW...||
FWIW I think the athletes should get paid. Even if it's just a stipend for a few thousand a semester or something like that, it would be a big start.
With that said, Jalen's appearance in this was kind of weird, for lack of a better word. I mean he purports to be a Michigan fan. He's announced games on ESPN. He went to see the team play at the Final Four. If the system is really so disgusting in his opinion and the guys are only being exploited, how can he be a Michigan basketball fan? If he thinks that video game spoof is really representative of his time at Michigan, how can he participate in the system as an announcer and fan?
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Yes...||
I finally got to the part of the thread that's about football.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||John...||
John Navarre is my hero as well. Actually was my favorite Michigan player ever until Denard came along (I'm only 28). I think how much he was criticized made me love him more since I defended him so much his junior and senior year and eventually he really did back up everything I had said about him.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Okay, without looking it up...||
Okay, without looking it up I think I got all but 8, 10, and 11 (and I'd keep trying but I'm late to be at the bar). Here goes:
1. What school is officially located in two cities? (That’s an easy one to start with)
Minnesota (Minneapolis and St. Paul)
2. What two schools are located in the same city as each other?
USC and UCLA (Los Angeles)
3. Only conference where the cities of two schools have the same name (as an example -- Maintown NY and Maintown CA)
umm..SEC?? - Missouri (Colombia) and South Carolina (Colombia)... I'm guessing on both of those ciies
4. Only conference where two schools and their cities each have the same names as each other (as an example -- Smith University in Smith, NY)
ACC - Syracuse and Louisville... does Pitt not count in this? I thought that it was technically the University of Pittsburgh
5. What other conference has one school with the same name as its city?
SEC - Auburn
6. What other conference has one school with the same name as its city, except that the city has the word “City” appended to it (as an example – Smith University and Smith City, NY)
Big Ten - Iowa
7. What conference has the most number of cities with 2 words in each city name (example of a city name with two words: “Main City”), and how many are there in that conference.
Big Ten - MSU - East Lansing, Iowa - Iowa City, Purdue - West Lafayette, Penn State - Happy Valley / State College (either way it's two words), Michigan - Ann Arbor, Minnesota - St. Paul (if that's right, not sure)... anyway that would be 6
8. What city has 3 words in its name
9. What conference with 3 city names that are traditionally first names of males?
Big 12 Texas - Austin, Oklahoma - Norman, and Kansas - Lawrence
10. Of all 64 P5 cities, which city's name is first alphabetically: Hint: It's not Ann Arbor.
11. Of all 64 P5 cities, which city's name is last alphabetically
|17 weeks 5 days ago||he's...||
he's an Italian or Argentinian soccer player.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Shantee Orr||
edit: it was Stevens. Orr was in Smoker's face when he let the pass go.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Shantee Orr||
edit: it was Stevens. Orr was in Smoker's face when he let the pass go. Been remembering it wrong for years.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||worst plays that come to mind...||
Worst individual plays that come to mind:
- DeSean Sims has his jersey pulled from behind on the last play of a one point game against State and it doesn't get called.
- Roundtree gets drilled way before the ball gets there against Iowa on the 2 point conversion to tie it up at the end of regulation and it doesn't get called.
- Arnez Battle fumbles into the endzone in the 2002 Michigan-ND game and it's called a TD.
- Henne scores the tying TD at the end of the 2005 Michigan-ND game. It's called short and not reviewed. We fumble the next play and of course they choose to review that.
- Fitz' touchdown to wrap up an amazing win is overturned in an absurd decision at the end of Michigan - OSU in 2011. Luckily we still make a 40 yard field goal and hold on to win.
- Desmond Howard against State but I was five at the time.
I'm sure I'm missing a ton; it feels like every year there are a couple of decisions that at the time I'm calling "one of the worst calls I've ever seen" lol.
edit: just started reading through the tread and I forgot it was Carlyle Holliday, not Battle on the fumble by ND in 2002.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Funny story about that call...||
I met Ty Willingham the next spring when my high school lacrosse team played a game at ND and then went to their lacrosse game. I was the only guy on the team who had the guts to go up and talk to him.
I told him we were gonna kill them the next year (which turned out to be true 38-0) and told him the refs gave them that game on the bad fumble call.
So Willingham aks me, "what angle did you have on that call?" and I said, "the angle they showed on TV where it was really obvious that it was a fumble way before he got to the endzone." Willingham just laughs and says (jokingly), "bad angle! bad angle!"
He was a really nice and personable guy the time that I met him (and easy to talk to for a shy high school junior) in spite of not being a very good coach at ND.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Pretty sure...||
Pretty sure it was Shantee Orr. Had himself a game; I think he finished with something like 4 sacks. Just got absolutely tackled almost next to Smoker on the last play of the game. Worst officiated game in the history of sports.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||worst called games:||
Worst called games:
- Michigan - MSU clockgate game. Whole game was just as pathetic of officiating as you could ever see even before the fiasco with the clock.
- Michigan - Louisville.
- Michigan at the Breslin in 2014 even though we won. Refs did everything they could to try to give that game to State.