I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|6 days 15 hours ago||Late because I was at work...||
I know some people are freaking out about the draw the US just got. Yes, it is a nasty group and probably the toughest overall group in the World Cup, but we knew it probably would be and it could have been WAY worse (If we had been drawn into B or if the mythical Brazil, Netherlands, Italy group that was mathematically possible). Also, a big reason why our group is the toughest is the US is a very good team and is far superior to many of the pool C teams. The truth of the matter is this group has one powerhouse and three teams that in normal conditions should be expected to compete for the knockout rounds, but aren't legit threats to win it all (Portugal is not Brazil, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany etc.) The amount of travel we have is awful though.
Team by Team:
Germany: We knew the seeded team would be heavy favorites over us unless it was the Swiss or perhaps Belgium (I want no part of Uruguay in South America). I much prefer our chances to perhaps steal a draw against Germany than either Spain or Brazil. Again, we are underdogs but it could be way worse. Also, while they SHOULD advance on top of the group, the Germans cannot be happy about this group and would probably willing to switch straight up with any of the seeded teams.
Ghana: This is where I think we caught the biggest break. Yes they are a solid squad that could beat us/advance, yes they are more dangerous than say Algeria, and yes I have an awful taste in my mouth from the last two World Cups, but they are not better than us straight up. On paper, especially with this game being played away from Africa, we are better. Remember, this was the really scary pool. We could have ended up with a South American team playing with the home-continent advantage or we could have doubled up on European teams if we had gotten a South American seeded team. Again, we got a break here.
Portugal: Yes, they have Christian Rolando. Yes, he may win the Ballon d'Or. Yes, he is one of the two best players on the planet. They are still are not world class. They didn't put away a very pedestrian Sweden in their play-in until the very end. In fact, they seem to about equal to us, maybe slightly better but it is close. We knew that it was probable that we would have at least one more very good team in the group other than the seeded team and I am just happy that team is not the Netherlands.
In reality, we knew that we would probably have a really nasty drawn and I think it fell somewhere in the middle between impossible and very lucky. The thing about being the best in an area of the world without soccer greats is that we get an easier road to qualification but you are more likely to get a rough group if you can't get yourself seeded. It is a group in which I think we can advance. I still think had we been switched with the pool C team in Groups B (Spain, Chile, Netherlands) and maybe D (Uruguay, Italy, England) we would be way worse off. Yes, soccer odds are weird, but ESPN's SPI (which I have found to be decent) puts us right around 40% to advance (1% behind Portugal, ahead of Ghana) and that sounds just about right to me.
This is the World Cup and the field is stacked everywhere, if you want to advance, you have to be able to win games against good teams. This group is really going to come down to who can maybe steal a point (or even somehow a win of Germany) and/or who can win what is essential a three team group for one spot between the US, Ghana, and Portugal. Klinsmann and the boys have a tough road but they have a pretty fair shot. I believe in them.
|1 week 10 hours ago||Ahh, my friends and I always did spring welcome week(s)||
While this is not a thing, we always tried to set our schedules to stay for a week or two into May. Very legit
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Michigan Related Thanks||
Michigan Related Thanks
I am thankful every day that I had the opportunity to attend our University of Michigan for four glorious years.
I am thankful that as a senior we got to spend 4 days in NOLA and watch a Sugar Bowl victory.
I am thankful for John Beilein and Bacon. The second of whom made me understand the true importance of Artes, Scientia, Veritas. Veritas meaning truth and the importance of always striving to hold your own university to that standard.
On that last point, I am thankful that I went to a University that I believe would never celebrate and carry a cheater off the field like what happened down south for last year's game.
I am happy that our legendary coach from the Ten Year War went out gracefully instead of punching a student-athlete from another school.
I am thankful for Ann Arbor and the Big House.
And finally, Rick's American Cafe. I am always thankful for Rick's.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Co-signed||
It was my freshman year and it was probably the worst I have ever felt about football or life or ever having toes again. Having grown up doing outdoorsy type things in northern michigan every fall, I thought I would be ready. I used layers (including a poncho and cold gear) and it worked for a while. Then halftime and the sleet came, I am not sure if I have ever been colder or miserable in my life. And the game was awful. We all knew the lose was coming and slowly it did.
However, I am glad I stayed until the bitter cold end because it really can never get worse
|24 weeks 5 days ago||In my time in Europe||
It was very hard to find non-championship games in bars, I suggest sucking it up and just streaming the game on your computer from a locale with a solid internet connection
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Northern Minnesota and NYC||
My family has a summer place in Northern Minnesota (far away, but dirt cheap on a massive lake that is only about 10% developed) that I go to every summer. Beautiful area.
And then NYC because it is NYC
|26 weeks 3 days ago||I have been lucky enough to see a bunch||
Best (Homer Edition):
Wrigley Field - As an 8 years die hard, it was the best game I have ever been at. As a young 20something now, it is enjoyable for other reasons
The Big House - dah
Ford Field - ya the team sucks, but I love the place and for that 2011 run, it was rocking
Great American Ballpark in Cincy - very cool and right on the river and replaced the dump before it
The Pit (New Mexico basketball) - The only sport that school cares about is basketball. The fans are a bit rough but I liked that and it is LOUD.
Miller Park - I haven't been since '04 but I really liked it as a young teen
That God awful pace in Fort Wayne where we had to watch the biggest hockey screw job ever (spring 2010)
Penn State - People talk up Happy Valley but i hated it and the city for that matter. The game (2010) pry had something to do with it, but it felt like a cheap pro stadium and the sight lines sucked
Metrodome (for baseball) - it was a bad football stadium that was even worse for baseball
|33 weeks 2 days ago||your crazy||
students are 18-22 and their tolerance is high .... i had 30 games as an undergrad and was up by 6 or at the latest 7 for every game including UTL (had to pregame Gameday after all) and went out after every single one because its a football saturday. I also missed kickoff only once because I judged getting a friend the medical help they needed was more important than the 3 minutes against a MAC team that I missed (if hard but proper choice leads you to question my fandom, i will point out that i stood hrough the entire "08 nw game i`n which even though i dressed for the weather, I am not sure I have ever been as cold/wet/miserable)
Also Pregame >>>>>>>>> Postgame.
Aa has way too many out of town colleged aged kids to make going out special on saturday nights. The bars lines are massive and if you want to throw a party, randos who arent even students act like it is their right to drink your booze.
Again, this policy won't fix the issue of fans not showing and the only people it screws are the fans who love to preparty and could care less about the pregame stuff (I love and respect our band but Im not going to see them). There is a massive crowd of students who do the state or hill area pregames, leave around 45 mins before kick, and always make it into their seats around 15 minutes before kick. These are good fans, you are screwing them
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Again||
I am not defending the first option merely saying it is a students who pregame (most everyone) problem not a greek only problem
Also I am not sure I know one greek guy or for that matter any guy who uses yolo
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Classic shot at greeks||
Way to sterotype.
You do realize way way WAY more than just greeks party before the game and/or decide to skip. Greeks are visable and most to near all of them do drink and hence make an easy target, but I know a ton of Greeks like myself who never had an issue making it on time.
Good fans make it by game time, fair weather fans don't. Both of these types of fans are in all parts of college life.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||she is||
somewhere between an above average high school player (no where near great) and possibly a low D3 rotational player
as a poster said above Blake is 1000x the nba prospect she is
I forget which year it was, but the us women's soccer team (a team i do love) when it still had mia hamm and was easily the best in the world warmed up for the world cup by playing uva's FRESHMAN soccer team... and lost
|39 weeks 2 days ago||ya||
|39 weeks 2 days ago||if you still need one||
|1 year 13 weeks ago||I have not been to Rome ...||
However, I did study in Greece. In my experience, unless you find a very upscale (read: expensive) American bar, it is hard to find non-championship games in Southern Europe. It is even much easier to find Euro soccer here in the states.
Do not fear though, for Bo created the Internet for us:
1. Mlb.tv works in most other nations. Use it, it is amazing.
2. Questionably legal streams. I would never suggest you do something unethical, but they are there.
3. VPN - Get yourself a Virtual Private Network in the States. This will give you access to more youtube, hulu, etc. This also means espn3.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Two (not so) Claims to Fame with Michigan Connections||
1. I have the unique honor that I left my blood all over Oosterbann Field House when I was knocked out cold and concussed during a Lowest Division loser's bracket non-contact co-rec Flag Football Team. It gets better, they were both fraternity/sorority teams that were awful and were around solely for the purpose of "hanging out after the game and drinking like pop or something." On the plus side, they were too afraid to move me I guess so I got an IM penny out of it. Not to be held back from the real game, I still made it to a sorority semi-formal 2 nights later.
2. My senior year in high school, my football team made it the furthest in the playoffs of any in my school's history (regional finals/quarterfinals). The team we lost to was quarterbacked by none other than MGoBlog's Lloyd Brady. I knew him during our time at Michigan, nice kid but I could never quite forgive him for that loss.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Tanq and Green Lemonade Burnetts||
weird mix, but hey thats college
|1 year 26 weeks ago||fabian||
is locked in.
He already put in his one time switch from Germany to the US. He cannot go back even if he isnt cap-tied
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Boyd||
cap-tied, now we have had a good night
|1 year 26 weeks ago||finally||
gomez finishes on a scramble
now put in boyd
|1 year 26 weeks ago||it is too bad||
because this is the game we should be able to cap tie in when the result isn't in doubt
|1 year 26 weeks ago||GOALLLLLLLL||
The captain taps in a rebound off a corner
|1 year 26 weeks ago||I just want a nice easy win||
and to cap-tie boyd
I say it again. Please cap tie boyd tonight.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Since we are doing GoT mashups||
It dropped last month and I slightly prefer it to the Timeflies one though both are very good.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||They won't win it but...||
I am excited to watch Greece. I did my study abroad work there and fell in love with the culture. It was such an odd mix between Europe and old world culture. Even with the drama unfolding over there, it was still life changing. It will be a nice break for the people.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Mexico||
is in a bit of a golden generation. They are very, very good.
Also, great save by howard. We look kinda blah early.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||its a throwback||
to honor their first ever jersey
|1 year 28 weeks ago||yuck||
2-0 off a corner, gooch just lost him
|1 year 28 weeks ago||A die hard Cubs fan here||
I will be the first to admit I wish I wasn't. The team brings pain and agony every year even if they aren't horrible. Like most fans that start at an early age, it is not like we choose to be a Cubs fan, it is just the way it is. As odd as it is too admit on a Michigan sports blog, even at just 22, I would glady give away a chance to see any of my other teams win it all for just 1 chance to be in Wrigleyville when the Cubs clinch a World Series. Some of you may remember in March the MLB video game add had a Cubs team winning it all. I was tearing up at the thought before it even showed that it was a guy playing a game. The end point, is while Wrigley is the greatest ballpark to drink and be merry, many Cubs fans are as die-hard and smart as anyone else. We are the anti-bandwagon, anti-fair weather fans, We will support the team no matter what. In the end, isn't that what it means to be a true fan?
|1 year 28 weeks ago||GOAL||
Jones, 5-1 US, I am not sure I have ever seen this team better
|1 year 28 weeks ago||hat trick||
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