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|2 days 7 hours ago||i would||
if that tree was Groot, I'm all for saving. But he probably doesnt need my help anyway.
|6 days 16 hours ago||ibelikedang||
Wow... who cares about lack of video from Italy. That was amazing.
Also love how (I don't know who that was) the UM grad at the table (at least I assume he was) had to sneak in a "Go Blue" at the end -- although it was ignored by the others at the table.
|1 week 9 hours ago||dubbletake||
Are you sure that the train has sailed? Yes, I'm pretty sure Rick was standing there on the train, watching Paris recede into the distance, his beloved Ilsa somewhere, nowhere... as the train puffed up its sails into the French wind and, uh, tracked a course southward to Nice and the Med.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yup||
Got into BPL about 3-4 seasons ago and Drogba stood out to me as a guy to follow and root for. Liked how he played so I sort of rooted for Chelsea unless a Yank was on the pitch. Glad to see him back but with Costa there I dont think he plays a lot.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||very very very very excited about this O-Line||
Assuming no defections to the league that pays on Sunday -- who knows, maybe in a year or two, B1G will be a league that pays on Saturday -- then that entire line will be 5th and 4th year guys with 3+ years of starting. Unless some beast shows up who's even better. It'll look... Wisconsinish. Even, dare I say... Alabamaish (Alabamish?), and Nuss might have something to do with that.
As for 2014, wellllll... I have to see it to believe it, because based on what I saw last year, I'm not believing right now.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||my question||
Can Beilein coach offensive lines?
|6 weeks 14 hours ago||actually||
An "enthusiastic and organized" offense line is all I'd ask for, frankly.
|6 weeks 14 hours ago||MLS games rock||
SKC has done very well on the pitch the last few years, and attendance might reflect that.
But even teams that have dropped on the field -- DC United is my team -- still do pretty good in the stands, and DCU doesn't even have a soccer-specific stadium. The experience is just very, very family-friendly -- cheaper tickets, no a-holes screaming obscenities (think: NFL), nonstop game (no commercials!), and a set 2-hour time limit you can depend on (MLB not).
There is also the atmosphere, I'd imagine Houston and LA and Chicago are like DC -- tons of Latin fans. They are different from the normal football or baseball crowds b/c there is CONSTANT noise and motion. People bring drums, they coordinate, they chant, they bounce up and down, for 45 minutes nonstop each half. The stadium has a constant vibe, not the buzzzzing noises of fans talking then raising their voices time to time.
And we haven't even mentioned Seattle or Portland -- they literally have European-type crowds. People from the BPL have said, MLS games at Seattle are like Chelsea or MC games, except there are way more people at C'link Field.
|6 weeks 15 hours ago||what is it about this show?||
My family never watched this show before this season, but each time it's on, my three kids (15, 13, 10) and myself all are riveted watching it. It's such a simple show -- people repeatedly running the same stupid course -- but wow, it's like a drug, you can't stop watching it.
My 13yo is a Level 8 gymnast and has been stunned by what Kacy was doing -- so this isnt just gymnastic skills, because the course requires the finger strength of a rock climber, and gymnasts don't have to suspend their whole body weight with their fingers. (On bar, it's a hand grip, and momentum keeps the girls to the bar as much as anything). To any hater who says she had it easy b/c of her body size -- well, if she is the FIRST WOMAN to ever accomplish it, doesn't that mean, it's not easy. There have been plenty of female competitors in the past, apparently. A former MSU gymnast was even one earlier this year.
The way Kacy climbed those last 25 feet or whatever in the verticle elevator-like shaft -- she went up it like Spiderman, seriously. After burning all her energy for 8 minutes to get to that point, THAT was the most amazing part of it all. It was like, "Can she climb the whatever and be the first woman to... oh... yup, she did it."
|6 weeks 3 days ago||THIS||
is something no prized SEC recruit ever has to say.
And it's ironic that it's a player at SMU -- which, "back in the day," used to take care of its prized recruits, before they (allegedly) used to take care of hookers (allegedly).
Doing my math -- from this, I conclude that SMU is now clean. Phew, the NCAA can call off those dogs now, huh.
|8 weeks 12 hours ago||even bigger push||
The last month might have actually provided impetus. Apparently the brass at FIFA has been noticing the massive crowds and TV ratings in the US following our team. Based on that, they have already made comments about encouraging USA to bid on 2026 WC (we lost in final four to Qatar for 2022, were the first of the four eliminated IIRC). If Qatar is pushed to the bubble due to the temperatures and the vote-buying, there is going to be something of a clamor to just hand it to USA. Frankly, the 2016 Copa America Centennial tournament, to be held in USA, might also give that even more of a push.
|8 weeks 15 hours ago||folly||
It's interesting to play these games, but really, it's just a picture of who is where right now -- not who is realistically going to be on our team in 2018. In this sport, that's just not possible.
Go back 4 years ago, try and do the same exercise in hindsight. How many of the 20 would anyone have projected? (Leaving keepers out of it.) Dempsey, Bradley... and you'd have put money on Donovan. Would you have thought Beasley was likely to make it?
Any chance that in 2010 you had any of these names on your list of the projected 2014 team: Green, Zusi, Diskerud, Johannsson, Yedlin, Besler, Bedoya?
This is really shooting fish in a barrel, and all of the fish aren't even IN the barrel. Who knows what youngster who's just 14 or 15 now will bubble up (next time's Green). What foreigners are we going to flip (several Mexican-Americans currently on the fence) -- or flip away (Rossi, Subotic) (pains me just to type those two names). What midling guy who's not quite good enough for anyone to project to the MNT is going to have a burst of opportunity at the right time (Zusi). What developmental prospect we think is the sure thing who is going to flame out.
Even at keeper -- will Tim be playing internationally? If not, Guzan seems like the obvious next-man-up -- we've always had them, it's been a long chain of keepers paying their due then stepping up: Meola, Friedel, Keller, Howard. But if not Guzan, who? Some MLS guy? Or...
Cody Cropper. If you haven't heard that name before, you've heard it here first. He's 21, just today signed a new deal with Southampton in the Premier League, been on their developmental team. He's the next Big American Keeper, probably. Likely he's Guzan's backup in 2018, but... who knows.
|9 weeks 14 hours ago||belgium smelgium||
Without Lukaku in top form, Belgium hasn't looked invincible. On the other hand... we didn't look even vincible today. But if we play in R16 like we played against Portugal, sans the first 5 min and last 30 seconds, we have a legit shot at Belgium. Although that 4-2 friendly loss a year or two ago is on my mind too.
I believe that we will advance on total goal differential!
I believe that we will advance on total goal differential!
|9 weeks 18 hours ago||whattodo, whattodo||
If you're LFC, what do you do -- still try to sell him? Who's buying? What are they paying? Do you plan for life without him? Do you hope he'll get you through the year when he gets back, and improve his cash value a bit by next transfer window (if not Jan 2015, then June 2015)? I would think the English fans are going to be extremely down on him -- he has embarrassed a truly proud franchise, and only a couple days after single-handedly knocking England out of the WC. If you're LFC, my guess is, you don't want him near the club and just say, off with you.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||recycled but worth it||
This was NBC's add when they acquired the Premier League a couple years ago.
It's matched by a video -- I can't find it, someone else post? -- of an English announcer pretending to be covering the super bowl, when it's really a college football game. Outrageously funny. On a fake handoff to the running back: "He shows him the ball but the chap doesn't want it" (or somethign like that). So the yuck-yucks go both ways.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||lets be serious||
If he really wants to be a multiple repeat champion... he has to go play for the Spurs.
Can't beat 'em, join 'em.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||dunno||
Belgium wasnt that impressive in first game. No Lukaku makes a huge diff. We couldnt contain him when we played them last year.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||epic||
Ochoa was Kasey Keller-esque, speaking of great keeping vs Brazil.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||just wondering||
So, from what I understand leading up to the world cup, the final would have been 5-0 in favor of USA if Donovan had been on the squad? Phew, glad he wasn't, I prefer the tense up and down of a game like this. Now if you excuse me, I need to find the defribrilator.
|11 weeks 15 hours ago||interesting!||
The most important thing I learned from reading the 11W article on @$$holery is that.... the CEO of Twitter is a UM grad. Thanks, 11W!
|11 weeks 1 day ago||definitely||
the Dutch ... field hockey team.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||BRA v FIELD||
The data actually gives more credence to my question the last few weeks I've been asking soccer-inclined folks -- are you taking Brazil or the field? (Like back when Tiger could actually play golf well, the old "Tiger or field' question at a major.)
I got some screwy looks like, of course the field -- but the data (45% v 55%) makes a pretty good case that it's a legit question.
May I'm overrating what I saw in last year's Confed Cup final, but I'd take Brazil vs. the field.
The one nagging question: Is Brazil's ultimate weakness that its goalies suck, including a guy who plays in MLS. (!!! Just think about that for a second.) I would think Brazil would, if they had the opportunity, trade one of their starting 10 field players for Tim Howard, or even our backup Guzan.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||but really||
This to me isnt really about academic fraud. Its about the players really being employees and not students. Im not a union guy and Im not making a comment in the NU thing, but I am sure that many D1 althletes see classes as a joke and only a necessary evil to olaying (Insert Cardale Jones tweet). While others I am sure relish their educational opportunity, the fact is that even at good achools the football and hoops programs are more akin to businesses to gereate cash (donations) and good publicity and many althletes are there primarily or solely for that purpose. The "student-athlete" thing is true only for some of them, definitely not all.
|12 weeks 14 hours ago||whaaaa?||
So, you're saying, the entire FCS can sue the SEC for "colluding" not to play any FCS teams anymore?
"Collusion" is illegal only among entities with market power. ND has 200 scheduling options besides B1G teams, meaning every other FBS team and the entire FCS. B1G does not have market power. It is not illegal collusion.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||new world order||
Its like free agency. But unions and pay to play is on the way, eventually, its just going incrementally for now. We just have to get used to it.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||soooo||
In other words, when US scores zero goals in our 3 group games, we can blame a Singaporean crime syndicate? Landon Donovan will be relieved to hear that.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||stunner||
R, Van Persie
Of these four players, ONE of them has the same total of World Cup career goals (5) as the other three combined. Guess which one that is? It's in this thread for a reason.
We're not getting out of this group anyway, I think at least putting Donovan on the squad would be the right thing to do as a career capper before we move onto the 2016 Copa America. Now he's created all this hostility -- sort of reminds me of Harkes being left off the team years ago, which created a cloud of hostility that hovered over an aweful performance (although in fairness, that was for sleeping with a teammate's wife, so now we all understand why it was done).
|14 weeks 10 hours ago||is our coach German?||
Lots of Germans / ties to Bundesliga. Brooks and Chandler, they haven't even figured on the USMNT for the last few years. The 18yo wunderkid who, last (only) time we saw him, wasn't close to being ready. You wonder if the fact Germany is in our group played into this at all? Or, just that, our coach knows what he likes, and he's German.
My immediate concern -- lots of less-experienced guys (all mentioned in first paragraph) or one-trick ponies (Brad Davis) makes me concerned about the all-around depth of this team.
Any chance we can trade Guzan to Brazil for one of their field players? Brazil would take that straight-up I'm sure.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||notsofast||
Then you, kind sir, did not get to see Jennifer Hough or Anna Trebunskaya parading around in unbelievablytinytight costumes.
|15 weeks 12 hours ago||welll||
I didn't see his name yet?
Might not be the most athletic; but he could be the "greatest Michigan athlete." Really hard to compare most dominant NCAA male gymnast ever to a football running back or QB from decades ago (or, say, one from a couple years ago).
And -- are we talking only about performances while at UM? Because that would exclude Phelps. If it includes any athletic performances, and a former UM guy, then
probably shoots to the top of the list. Best player ever at the most important position of the most popular sport.