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|3 weeks 5 days ago||2018 looks really talented||
Chandler, Cochran, Farrell,
Gil, Zelalem, Kitchen, Fagundez,
Boyd, Agudelo, Bruin/McInerny/Mullins)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I think Kitchen makes the squad||
DC United has made a mess of his first 3 seasons. He finally has a real MF partner (and not a #10) and amazingly he's better (duh, playing 2 on 2 is easier than 1 on 2). He's a really solid Beckerman type destroyer but he's taller and he's half engine (Khedira like legs). He also has some offensive touch and can make a nice pass when given a second or two to pick up his head. He doesn't make those type of passes too often for DC but that's because DC has 4 attacking options in front of him and he can normally find one with a normal pass and doesn't need a great pass to spring the attack.
Many DC fans (myself included) thought he'd be given the armband for DC and I honestly think he'd have been ready for it. All this from a 22 year old CDM in his 3rd season. Like Gil, I think Kitchen and Hamid prove how talented the US will be in 4 years since they're going to be very talented and experienced (yet stil be mid 20's) MLS players that will fight for the final roster spots.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Jones has been great||
But I think Fabian Johnson might be one of the best RBs this World Cup which is crazy. The fullback play has been pretty terrible this WC (Dani Alves, Baines, no Coentrao, no Lahm, Boateng, Lichensteiner, etc.) and the US seems to really have lucked out with how well Fabian is playing.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Ronaldo||
His passing is underrated because of his scoring rate and it doesn't fit with the image of him being super selfish. It's amazing he could make that pass in the 95th minute in a ridiculous heat and with a knee that probably needs knee surgery before La Liga season starts up.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||3rd CB||
This allows Beasley and Johnson to press their wingers and allows the US to still maintain an extra defender at the back (Besler, Cameron, Gonzalez) against Portugal (Eder and Bruno Alves who left his CB role to play striker).
I put the blame for the goal on Gonzalez (way too far forward, he should be the deepest player) and Beasley who let Ronaldo pick up his head and wait...wait...wait and then cross to a flying in Eder. If Beasley made him pass that sooner (by pressing) Eder doesn't get to that or if he does he hits it 2-3 yards deeper giving Howard time on the ball. I understand Beasley doesn't want to get burned by CR and let CR walk into the box but 1) CR is clearly hurt and making 2-3 cuts (that CR wouldn't normally have an issue with) and then hitting a good shot seemed unlikely and 2) that's not his job. If he gets beat and then there's nobody there that's on Gonzalez and Beckerman and Jones. I do however think Jones would have gotten there, he wasn't going to lose if he had any say in that matter.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Zusi didn't have a great game||
But 1) He's asked to make very hard long passes to Dempsey who's running forward and not holding up the ball (making the pass even harder) and often the pass has to beat 3-4 defenders to be successful. 2) He was told to stay tucked inside so Johnson could get more space on the flank meaning that he's in an even more compact area of the pitch and is going to be pressured instantly. 3) Portugal have a very good MF trio. Meireles and Veloso run about as much as Jones does and they know how to press opposite MFs quickly. The only time the US MFs had time on the ball was when they were in a deeper position where Meireles and Veloso didn't venture to come forward and press (and Moutinho is terrible at pressing and he plays that more advanced MF role).
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Celtic should just join the EPL||
I'd rather have them in the EPL over QPR. Hate QPR. Send them back to the Championship again.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Nigerian defender to watch||
Kenneth Omeruo should get signifcant time at Chelsea next year. He tore up the Eredivisie two years ago and was solid on loan again this year but he really shines when he's playing for Nigeria. He is only 20 but in 8 years he could be one of the best defenders in the World Cup.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I've gotten use to it with soccer||
I don't find it any dumber than having those strings that some NHL teams have.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Turkey is pretty good||
Turkey has a far harder qualification process going through UEFA. If I was Turkey I'd consider moving into the AFC. They'd have walked into the tournament (well as much as any country can walk in).
Granted, Ghana DESTROYED Egypt and I though Egypt would actually win that matchup.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Archer has to be the TV show with the best phrases ever, right?||
Nope, phrasing, danger zone, bearclaw, I said worse case, karate the Dane Cook of martial arts, just the tip, and yet a suprising amount of storage, besides awesome, trippin' balls, when they're dead they're just hookers, elaborate voice mail hoax leave it, Lana...Lana...Lana...LANA!
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Bucket List for me too||
However, the next couple of World Cups look even less appealing to go visit than Brazil. Qatar and Russia bleh. Qatar is at least going to be in winter so fans won't feel like committing suicide when they leave the air conditioned hotel but no alcohol? What's the World Cup without drunk fans? Russia sucks even more for obvious reasons. If you're plane doesn't crash who wants to shell out money to be threatened because you're an American. Good job FIFA. You fucked up both decisions. A joint Belgium/Netherlands or Spain/Portugal tournament would have been super fun in 2018 (beats Russia anyday) and Australia in 2022 would have been sweet (if the US didn't win).
Guess it means 2026 here I come! A joint US/Canada deal is possible, Colombia wants in (super safe I'm sure) as does Mexico (again super safe). Any South American destination seems unlikely with Brazil getting this years (2038 is my bet for the next South American tournament and it'd likely be in Chile or Argentina). I'd like to see Europe get one soon, maybe Italy or England. A British tournament with games in Scotland, Wales and England would be sweet. The question is, does China make a bid anytime soon? They suck at soccer but FIFA has continuously pushed awarding new emerging markets with the World Cup.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Agree||
Neuer is proably the best keeper in the world at this point (Courtois being right there with him).
Portugal also has a really good keeper in Rui Patrico. If he played outside of Portugal people would realize this. His ceiling is just as high as Howard's but both can be inconsistent at times. It'll really depend on their form that day to see who the better keeper is.
With that said, the US has 2 keepers that could start on any of the AFC, CAF, or other CONCACAF teams. In Europe and South America it's a bit trickier but I'd say Howard and Guzan could both start for Argentina (Romero isn't special), Brazil (Julio Cesar is still good but he's playing in MLS now and hasn't played much in the last year or so), Chile, Colombia (not saying much), Ecuador (also not saying much), Uruguay (I think Muslera is way overrated), Croatia (their biggest weakness IMHO is in net), England (no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no more dandruff is the most inconcistent keeper in Manchester and that's saying a lot with De Gea playing down the road), the Netherlands (Vorm is good, especially playing a sweeper type role, but Howard and Guzan are better), Greece (how they continue to get into these touranments is a mystery to me), Russia (Akinfeev has plateaued the last 2-3 years and needs to get out of Russia to develop more), and Switzerland (I like Benaglio but Guzan is better than him).
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Terrible form this season||
As a DC United fan I was super pumped to get EJ from Seattle (he more or less forced a move out of Seattle to be the #1 guy and more importantly get paid like the #1 guy) but he's been pretty mediocre since coming to DC. DC was a buring train wreck of a team last season (already we have more points in 10 games than we had in 34 last year) that rebuilt on the fly by signing a bunch of good MLS veterans that were too expensive for other teams to keep (we had the cap and allocation room) and so it's basically a brand new team (only returning starters are our keeper who is the 4th keeper for the US despite being 23, our defensive midfielder who often captains the U-23 teams, and one of our attacking midfielders). EJ has not fit in very well with the new crowd and doesn't look particularly sharp. Before scoring his first goal last week he hadn't scored in the first 8 matches of the season AND he didn't even threaten to score in those games. JK decided between being out of form and being a somewhat selfish player (who else makes a money sign and says "Pay Me" after scoring?) that he wasn't needed on this squad. Personally, talent wise, I think he's a way better player than Wondo but he won't run through any brick walls for anyone, especially when a new contract isn't on the line.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Was this GF created to cover up that Te'o is gay?||
I think that this story is a concoction to cover up that Te'o was gay. Just think about it. He makes up a fake girlfriend (which explains publically why he doesn't have one at ND). Then people start asking about her and with it being his senior year and such the public starts expecting to see this "love of his life" with him at the bowl and draft so he decides that he needs to stop with this girlfriend story. Stupidly (nobody ever accused Te'o of being bright) he puts out a story saing she died (which would be really dumb because all he'd have to do is say they broke up) thinking the story will end and that that's that.
It also would help explain why he picked Notre Dame in the first place and not BYU. Notre Dame obviously isn't the mecca of liberalalism and there are obviously many other colleges that would be more accepting of him being gay but because he does come from a very religious family he had to go to a religious school and he picked the least homophobic of the lot (not like basketball where there are dozens and dozens of choices). He makes up that this decision is because of some weird religious dream (I think that's what he did) thinking that it will be accepted amongst the majority of this country because religious dreams aren't an extraordinary claim these days.
To me this seems to be the only thing that makes sense. I originally could understand the "this was for PR" argument but honestly do you think he'd have created this imaginary girlfriend 2 years ago so that she could die in his senior season so that he'd get a Heisman boost? That seems incredibly complicated and unlikely to me. And between his and his familys statements of meeting his girlfriend how could it possibly be a scam on him?
What I find the most troubling, however, is that if this is why he did create this fake girlfriend, was that he felt that he needed to. I know that locker rooms aren't always the nicest place for being different societally but I'd have hoped that in an educated locker room the homophobia would be kept to a minimum. I guess the NFL is a whole different can of worms, especially with it being very conservative as a whole (especially socially) but would a team or fanbase really care if he was a good hard worker? Would the expectations be higher than if he was straight? Yes, absolutely. Would there be slurs directed at him? Yes. Would a stupid TV commentator occassionally spew nonsense asking about him being soft and not a man? Undoubtedtly. But would the fans really care if he became a team leader? I don't think so. Honestly I think it'd be similar to what african-american athletes went through when they integrated the leagues. It'd be terrible for a while but fans have a way of not caring what happens outside of the game if they're good inside of the game (sometimes to the detriment of society). I just can't imagine that the 4 years of covering up he wa gay plus all the lies to the media would have been worth covering up that he was gay even before this story blew up. I can't imagine what he's going through if this is the case. He's obviously tried very hard to cover up this part of who he is and now his personal life is being torn apart by every "journalist" and blogger in the country.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Forgot rushing total...||
315 rushing yards. Feel Toussaint and/or Rawls blows up for 150+ yards.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||30-10 Michigan||
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I think JMFR needs to become a thing||
|1 year 41 weeks ago||If Ryan keeps this up...||
... what are the chances that he goes pro after next season? The guy would be drafted this year and next year, if he continues to grow (and he gets surrounded by more talent) I could see him going late 1st/early 2nd in the draft. A 3-4 team would love him as an OLB.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||M47 would be a kickass name for it||
But it's not a 4-3, right?
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I think Black goes outside next year||
He hasn't been impressive inside and next year with Washington and Pipkins, Black wouldn't start over them.
I think we're likely to see Clark-Pipkins-Washington-Black as our starting DL with Ojemudia, Henry/Ash, Wilkins/Heitzman, Strobel/Breyer rotating in. Obviously on nickle/dime formations that's when Black would kick inside and maybe even Strobel would do so as well.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Why is it a 4-3 Slide?||
If Kovacs is coming down into the box and we still have two safeties deep, isn't it a nickle? To me it looks like a 4-2-5 but where the LB kicks wide and a safety walks down into the box. I have to be missing something.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Michigan 31-16||
Is anyone betting on Illinois winning?
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Two comments||
1) You don't know the story so saying he should be chucked out seems harsh.
2) Shouldn't UofM instructors, I don't know, capitalize new sentences?
|1 year 46 weeks ago||That's pretty disgusting||
Suspensions should mean something. If they come against Delware State then what's the lesson? Oh you shouldn't commit a crime but we won't punish you since this game is more important?
Can we be adults here for a second? Let's quit pretending that we know at all what happened. He plead guility to a felony. That doesn't really tell us much. It could mean a series of different things. It could mean he's not guilty but didn't want to fight a charge and miss the year (or just have it drag on). It could mean that he's not sorry but he's on tape and his lawyer convinced to plea. It could mean anything inbetween. Saying that he got off light or saying that he should have missed the UMass game and not Alabama because U of M needed him are ridiculous comments at this point (well the cupcakes for suspensions comment is always ridiclous).
|1 year 46 weeks ago||You don't care about the circumstances?||
That's a pretty rediciulous viewpoint. What if the guy had let him previously borrow the computer, he couldn't get ahold of him, and assumed it'd be okay? I just 100% made up that scenario but who knows what happened? You don't, I don't. Not caring about the circustances is an absolutely absurd thing to say.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I'm confused||
You seem to be implying that drunk driving is more acceptable than stealing a laptop.
Drunk driving kills people. A laptop is a piece of technology. I don't get how you can have those standards. The potential implications of drunk driving are much larger and much, much worse.
The truth is nobody here knows what happened in this case. Hoke probably does and decided a 1 game suspension is enough. This is a guy who's made it pretty clear he's not going to let players skate because they're important on the field. I think we should give Hoke enough respect to trust that he made the right call (and that he didn't forgot his moral compass to play Clark against Air Force and UMass) in this situation.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||You can't move forward as the snap occurs||
So a WR can step up onto the line but not when the ball is snapped. AF got away with it (and QB false starts) all game.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||What is our deal with free kicks?||
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Beckerman shouldn't play for the USMNT||
The guy just doesn't have enough talent for the USMNT. He's a very good MLS player but that's his ceiling.