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|1 day 18 hours ago||Given the limited||
Given the limited scholarships that NCAA soccer teams have, particularly for men's soccer where most scholarships are fractional, those coaches are flat out lying to the parents. Fortunately haven't seen that at my kids' club. They have had kids go onto the U-15 and U-17 national teams in recent years, and they certainly sell that, though in a relatively low key way (it's probably enough to say "we have 2 former players on national teams").
I agree about the community thing, particularly in small town/suburban areas, where high school sports form so much of a community's broader identity. That's the world I grew up in. My kids are growing up in the city (NYC) and that aspect is obviously totally absent from our daily lives, it probably only heightens the power of club sports.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Not to mention that those||
Not to mention that those media "insiders" professionally subsist on leaks from the league office, which has to be a significant reason why Brady had to believe that anything the NFL found on his phone would quickly make it into the public. Whether stuff regarding his wife, his contract or internal union business.
Basically, the NFL has done nothing in the past decade that would lead the players to trust that they can keep players' information private.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Club sports||
It also seems to be the case that the elite club sports can be played at a much, much higher level than high school sports. I know about half of the older kids at the elite levels of my sons' soccer club don't play high school soccer because of a belief that it doesn't challenge them, that the coaching is much worse than the professional coaching that they get at the club, and that it's more dangerous because of the unskilled players and poor referreeing. I know the club encourages this as well.
I think soccer's a bit extreme in this regard, largely because coaches looking to advance are funneled into clubs rather than high schools, but it's undoubtable that club sports structure the youth sports landscape far, far more than they did 10-15 years ago.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Concussions in soccer||
Concussions in soccer certainly should be a concern for anyone whose kids are playing. Soccer, however, doesn't have the huge number of subconcussive collisions that football has. From what I've read, those subconcussive hits, from things ike linemen bumping helmets, seem to be as much of a trigger for CTE as diagnosed concussions.
It's also hard to see how football, as it's currently played, eliminates those collisions.
|2 days 15 hours ago||The Vikings players in the||
The Vikings players in the Star Caps case used this strategy and played three full seasons as the case worked its way through federal court. There were jurisdictional questions that may now be resolved, but Brady can play as long as the case is being adjudicated.
See here... http://www.startribune.com/star-caps-timeline/129168873/
|2 days 21 hours ago||Not worst case...||
At least then, there would be another Culvers in the world. Worst case is that he leaves to open an Arby's.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||You should check out Andrew||
You should check out Andrew Highsmith's new book on Flint, called Demolition Means Progress (U of Chicago Press), which tells a history of this very idea of the connection between tearing down existing structures and understandings of urban progress in the era of deindustrialization
|4 weeks 2 days ago||4-3-3 in name only. Probably||
4-3-3 in name only. Probably going to play closer to a 4-1-4-1 with Brian sitting in front of the defensive line and Rapinoe and Heath responsible for tracking back on the wings.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||4 on 5||
The story goes, and this may be apocryphal, that Vivek had a lot of success defending with 4 and a dedicated cherry picker when coaching his daughter's team, so he either ordered a study or suggested that Malone try it as a strategy.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Should have added that the||
Should have added that the structural political constraints you mention are 100% right on
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Rutgers AD isn't just using||
Rutgers AD isn't just using student fees. It's been drawing on the university's discretionary fund since the 2008 stadium expansion. This at a time when academic departments have seen significant funding cuts. The AD has pretty much poisoned the well (not that the Faculty Support Well is ever really that healthy). I'd imagine any facility expansion pretty much needs to be wholly donor funded at this point.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Rutgers||
More funding? Isn't the Rutgers AD already running a massive deficit and using a bunch of money from the school's general fund?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Zach Lowe Zach Lowe –||
|5 weeks 1 day ago||He was banned either because||
He was banned either because of Title IX or gay marriage posting. He could never quite get the No Politics rule.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Who would even play there for||
Who would even play there for the US? I love that set up, but aside from maybe Rapinoe, who I don't think I've ever seen play centrally, I haven't seen anyone with the ball control and passing skills to play that. I guess Morgan could do it, but there's no way to play with both Wambach and a false 9.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||That was confusing. Did he||
That was confusing. Did he mean False 9?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Given all the problems with||
Given all the problems with the offense, the US defense has looked really strong since the early bobbles against Australia. In this game, Colombia hasn't really had a dangerous scoring chance.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Yep. Red card is a game long||
Yep. Red card is a game long expulsion. The PK + red card for a foul on a breakaway is always a harsh punishment
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Good call on the||
Good call on the PK.
Wouldn't be surprised if Colombia started to melt down here.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||That was orange. Can't||
That was orange. Can't believe it wasn't at least a yellow.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Can't believe that wasn't||
Can't believe that wasn't yellow on the tackle against Johnston. Late and on the ankle of a defender clearing the ball? That's terrible reffing.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||The last defender was even||
The last defender was even and the ball wasn't headed toward the goal. I've seen those grounds justified as not DOGSO, but I think that was the right call.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Honestly, they don't look||
Honestly, they don't look that talented. Colombia's better at linking short passes together and close control. The US backline is well organized and they've got good speed up the flanks but they struggle to hold the ball under pressure and link plays. Basically, they're reflecting the issues with soccer development in the US more generally.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Er, two beats.||
Er, two beats.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||If you foul someone two bears||
If you foul someone two bears after the ball's gone, you're going to get yellow
|5 weeks 3 days ago||U.S. already resorting to||
U.S. already resorting to blasting long balls out of the back. Totally bypassing the central midfield. They look dangerous on set pieces and not much else.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Fox sports ap if you get FS1||
Fox sports ap if you get FS1 on your cable package?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||FWIW, there are not really||
FWIW, there are not any real success stories of recovery from achilles tears by NBA players (maybe only Dominique). The link below has a list of players between 1992 and 2012 that have returned after an achilles tear (excluded are 8 guys who never made it back to the league). Now, a lot of these guys were on the down side of their careers anyway, but the evidence seems to show that would be foolish to count on Jennings next year (and it would be very Knicksian to trade for a player too broken to contribute).
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Twins born at the end of my||
Twins born at the end of my first semester as assistant prof. That was fun.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||This is good advice, but also||
This is good advice, but also make sure that, when you do go on the academic job market, you get other people's input on you letter and materials. From running junior searches at an R1 (and serving as placement officer) I can tell you that about 1/3 of candidates eliminate themselves off the bat by not understanding the genre of the material they're writing for job applications. Also, go to as many job talks as you can, so you can see what works, and more importantly, what doesn't in your discipline