FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
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|4 weeks 6 days ago||Not His Finest Hour||
The funny thing is outside of those two plays, Cameron was really solid in the back. But, he made two crucial errors and it might have cost us a spot in the Round of 16. Now, as Mr. Yost has pointed out, the U.S. is still in a very good position.
They advance with a win or a draw (Germany also advances with a draw, and there is a precedent for this sort of thing as has been pointed out).
Portugal would have to win 3-0 and the U.S. would have to lose 2-0 to get knocked out. If Portugal wins 4-0 and the U.S. loses 3-1, then lots would be drawn I believe.
Ghana has a better chance as they can win 2-0 and the U.S. can lose 1-0 and Ghana would advance.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Pass Completion||
Bradley has been awful today. Looks totally flustered. They need to close down that right side. Nobody looks on the same page. I have zero idea how it's still 1-0.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Response||
With Howard and Guzan (both World Class keepers), would you trade Howard for one of Brazil's field players? Howard for Dani Alves? For Hulk? For Ramires?
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Left Mid?||
Left mid, you say, is our biggest problem? Hmmm, if only we had a viable, experienced option who could play out there.
Honestly, I wasn't up in arms like many people about the exclusion of Donovan from the squad, but it's become clear that the U.S. lacks playmakers (as you noted above). We weren't privy to the practices so I'm not sure how good/bad Donovan looked, but if you asked any USMNT fan who they were more comfortable with on the left, Donovan or Bedoya, 100% would say Lando. Especially, when Germany, Portugal, and Ghana are staring us down.
What is commendable is that it appears the U.S. has found a back line that is not just average, but good. With Fabian and either Beasley/Chandler on the flanks and then 2 of Besler/Cameron/Gonzo in the middle, they have speed, size, and the ability to cause problems going forward. With Howard in net, I see the potential for scraping out a 1-0 upset along the line.
Unless Jozy turns into JOZY! and Dempsey plays like he did in the Premier a few years back, it's going to be hard for this squad to score goals.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Boliva||
Ah, Boliva, how many nights I spent gazing up at your cloudless skies from the safety of my canopy bed nestled high in the treetops. I had been sent there on assignment by one of the old papers, before any malcontent with a keyboard could call himself a journalist. Situated in the southwest corner of Bolivia (who stole who's name is still a matter for debate), the region is largely autonomous. Sure, troops dispatched by the ruthless Presidente Dominosa stop in from time to time. They sample the local cuisine, stuffed beaver mostly, and chat up the local women, but cause no trouble unless you count the occasional bar fight. Very few men wish to trudge across the unforgiving South American desert surrounding Boliva's lush tropical jungle.
The Presidente calls the residents terrorists. The Bolivans call themselves freedom fighters. The truth lies somewhere in between those two extremes. While the Bolivians attempt to rankle the surrounding countries with veiled threats and hasty conclusions, the separatists pay homage to the old gods, including Ricardo Rodriguez, a Buddha-like figure, whom the Bolivans believe to be both the ultimate representation of chaos and order. They reject the modern notion that Bradorio is the one true God of the country, pointing to the Bolivians constant changing notions on whether to build a golden statue of the man or burn him in the capital's salt mines.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Kentucky||
I want Kentucky. Don't think they're disciplined defensively enough to hang with us. That said, if we do get Kentucky, it'd be awesome if Julius Randle goes pro right before the game. That kid is a monster.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||NCAA||
I blame the NCAA and their backwards policies that punish athletes who attempt to make money outside of the traditional framework.
I understand that a lot of the rules are to minimize the impact of boosters on a program. How is that working out so far? From Cam Newton's father getting a mysterious payment for upgrades to his church to Tattoogate, the NCAA policies have failed to provide a deterrent against this kind of behavior. Instead of cutting a check to those athletes in programs that bring in countless dollars to universities (the primary argument against athletes being treated as regular students), the NCAA forced the action underground, almost encouraging the involvement of shady third-parties.
This whole thing would have been a lot easier if players received a cut of jersey sales (Denard would make more than Brian Cleary), video game licenses (Ed O'Bannon says hello), and television deals (revenue sports benefit the most from this).
Greed killed college athletics as we know it. Super conferences. Corporate sponsorships. Denying athletes to make money through a sport that brings in millions to schools across the country. All of it is part of the same deal.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Gottfried||
Remind me to never pick a Mark Gottfried team to win a game in the NCAA Tournament again. His Alabama teams were the kings of underachieving, shooting themselves in the foot, dumb mistakes, you name it.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Best ones I have are UNC||
Best ones I have are UNC making it to the Final 4 (Point Guards are super important this time of year and Marcus Paige might be the best one in the country), Stephen F. Austin and Nebraska making it to the Sweet 16 (I had toyed with Duke losing to Tennessee and Michigan losing to Arizona State [never trust RICK BARNES in the tournament] and Tennessee going to the Elite 8 but couldn't pull the trigger), and Kentucky beating Wichita State.
|19 weeks 10 hours ago||Wichita State/Iowa||
Um, the committee just rammed Wichita State. Kentucky as the 8? Louisville as their 4? Duke/Michigan on the other side of the bracket.
Also, Iowa. *shakes head*. They almost missed the tournament.
|19 weeks 11 hours ago||Margin||
Not saying this is absolutely true, but margin of victory is not supposed to be a factor for the committee.
|19 weeks 11 hours ago||Trolling Refs||
Of course, the refs call a shit hand check on Appling instead of the numerous pushes and shoves during the rest of the game.
EDIT: DAMNIT LEVERT!
|19 weeks 11 hours ago||Shooting||
Can't make a damn shot.
|19 weeks 12 hours ago||Kerr||
Btw I usually like Kerr but he's been deep throating State all game.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Louisville||
I would be absolutely shocked if Louisville ends up a 4/5 seed. Agreed on OK State though. Lunardi (disclaimer) has them facing Wichita in a perfect "let's see how good you really are" game
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Worst Play?||
Was that last basket by Illinois the worst play of the season? Literally waltzed through all five defenders for an uncontested layup.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Louisville Kentucky UConn||
The last three champs either won or made it to their conference tournament championship.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||DAKICH||
WOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Bang this thread. Bang the other thread. Who cares? It's love, baby.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||So Many Bangs||
So many POSBANG threads. I chose this one. I wanted to bang you and only you because this thread is sweet like that banner.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Morgan||
Seriously, Morgan has rocks for hands. He's basically a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robot.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Yea||
Didn't we just basically as fans will Al Borges to get fired because he refused to react to changing defenses and adapt?
|22 weeks 13 hours ago||Stauskas||
Anybody wish Stauskas would steal the old Mick Foley finger guns thing.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Fiancé||
Fiancé is at her bridal shower across the country so I'm drinking a 12er of Shock Top and playing FIFA.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Smiths||
I just picture Brian pouring over these records while blasting Meat is Murder over the loudspeakers over and over while embracing a life-sized cutout of Hoke and saying "it's not your fault" like Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting.
|23 weeks 5 hours ago||Tourney||
I will say this that a strong conference tourney run could help this team go up a seed line perhaps which is important. So don't hate on the conference tournaments.
|23 weeks 14 hours ago||Sync||
Just look out of sync on both ends. Offense is stagnant. Defense is switching well, but Wisconsin has been making shots and isolating when they have a matchup advantage. Rebounding has been poor as well.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Craft||
While I was rorried about a Ross to those Crafty losers from Ohio, especially after we were down Amir 10 points in the first half, Ohio's poor shooting let us off Scott free. At the end, Michigan fans were Loving the Treys by GR3 and Walton. Amadeo is ugly.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Irvin's Foul||
I thought Irvin's foul was about the dumbest I've seen.
Amir Williams totally just topped it.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Good call. Morgan shoved him||
Good call. Morgan shoved him in the back.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Travel||
If I was at that game I would've yelled travel at the top of my lungs.