things go poorly
|2 hours 41 min ago||Let's not forget Jameis had a||
Let's not forget Jameis had a very high-profile sexual assault investigation against him. Yeah he was cleared but yelling F*** HER RIGHT IN THE P*** is just a horrible decision to make in public.
|1 week 2 days ago||It was apparent we weren't||
It was apparent we weren't coming back long before a single turnover was committed.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'll admit to you, I had my||
I'll admit to you, I had my doubts. I formulated the idea in my head, went out and got some figs and came home to my wife mentioning fig smoothies with green vegetables are apparently an actual thing...
Outside of the chicken broth, whisky, and lemon juice (and maybe not even the lemon juice), there are people drinking this regularly. This is a NOTRE DAME FIG THING SMOOTHIE so I couldn't forego the broth and whisky. If anything, this was the tame version. I nearly incorporated potatoes in as well.
|1 week 4 days ago||Rivalries will end. One last||
Rivalries will end.
One last trip in to South Bend,
to beat the Fig Things.
|1 week 5 days ago||I get the point you're making||
I get the point you're making but:
MSU, PSU, OSU every year.
2015-@ Utah, Or St./BYU
See, we can list things too...
Point is, neither team really schedules a bunch of cupcakes like was suggested. The part that's funny is ND saying they can't maintain the Michigan rivalry because of their ACC commitment. And then they schedule a home/home with OSU. Ignoring the timing of the announcement which is hilarious but irrelevant to my point, what is the point of ending the Michigan rivalry if just going to schedule OSU? Shit, if ND's scheduling is so tough, you could've done both.
That part doesn't make sense to me.
|1 week 5 days ago||May want to delete the search||
May want to delete the search history before Mrs. Kass gets home...
|1 week 6 days ago||I find it amusing more then||
I find it amusing more than anything.
Entirely in character for ND to schedule something like this and announce on eve of ending a rivalry with us.
|1 week 6 days ago||Didn't see the redacted||
Didn't see the redacted content but it sounds like an incredibly insightful and valuable contribution.
|1 week 6 days ago||It was posted today. Ryan||
It was posted today. Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) took it over.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not an expert on tackling||
I'm not an expert on tackling fundamentals but pretty sure that wasn't part of it.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Georgia State runs the same||
Georgia State runs the same WR screen 4 times on a drive. Shockingly, Abilene finally picked it off.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Completely OT and COOL STORY||
Completely OT and COOL STORY BRO. I was hiking/climbing in New Zealand earlier this year. Hit the wall and the rain was starting to freeze and was about to turn back when this song came through my earphones. Put it on repeat and powered through to the top. Cathartic in a way. Neg away if you feel.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'm Canadian. I'm subjected||
I'm Canadian. I'm subjected to CFL week in and week out. This qualifies as real football.
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||Had nosebleeds from Stubhub||
Had nosebleeds from Stubhub for Canada-Switzerland hockey at the Vancouver Olympics. For whatever reason, the tickets I requested didn't come so I ended up in the third row behind the Swiss bench. Is still my favourite sporting memory and would trust Stubhub with any ticket purchases. Just have to be willing to pay.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I have no doubt DB means||
Serious post or not, I agreed with that sentence. But mostly because Brandon hasn't proven his worth as an AD to have any shot of making a second head FB coach hire.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I liked Dan Wetzel's||
And USC may be trying to one-up Notre Dame's fake dead girlfriend with a fake drowning nephew? Now that's a rivalry
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Respect the OP for making||
Respect the OP for making this thread although don't agree with everything he said.
Far from civilization and can't watch this weekend anyway but would if I could. But at the end of the day, we, Michigan, scheduled a revenge game against Appalachian State. We can debate details of that all week but standing alone, that's a very sad sentence.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||BiSB||
Hilarity is always important.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Have no issue with it||
Have no issue with it personally but understand some of the reasons there aren't.
The argument I absolutely don't agree with is it allowing people to sober up before leaving after tailgating. If someone has to drive somewhere then they should be making smart decisions period. If they're going to be driving drunk because they could have some beers during the game, then odds are it isn't the first or last time they've done that. Idiots will be idiots, plain and simple.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||We didn't read the post did||
We didn't read the post did we?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Best part of this is that||
Best part of this is that there isn't a schedule and I don't have another reminder of that first game.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)||
|4 weeks 25 min ago||Have family out there and||
Have family out there and highly recommend Seattle as an away game destination.
|7 weeks 18 hours ago||Scored some killer aisle||
Scored some killer aisle seats
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Some NFL team will take||
Some NFL team will take Funchess in the late 1st or 2nd and laugh when they see this ranking in a few years.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I don't buy it unless you||
I don't buy it unless you show me a baseball stadium with several left fields.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||#CJK5H MIKE LEACH||
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I'll be flirting with 40 when||
I'll be flirting with 40 when (if) this is played.
That's depressing as hell.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Brazil probably have a claim||
Brazil probably have a claim that it shouldn't have been a PK. Silva should have been sent off for that though.
All things considered, they should be happy they at least have 11 men on the field.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||http://i.imgur.com/EtW9F34.jp||
|9 weeks 6 days ago||5.8. 5.8. 5.9 from the east||
5.8. 5.8. 5.9 from the east German...
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Messi needs support play.||
Messi needs support play. Barca provides it to him. Argentina does not. Has always been the problem with his national play. Argentina just isn't very good. Would be a different game if di Maria could go but no dice.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Most crucial player for||
Most crucial player for Netherlands in my opinion. He's the guy the can shut Messi down. Shut Messi down and the Dutch win.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Nigel "THE MESSI KILLER" de||
Nigel "THE MESSI KILLER" de Jong wins it for Netherlands
|10 weeks 21 hours ago||This.||
And easy to say after seeing the game but Silva's absence hurt much more.
|10 weeks 22 hours ago||Two||
Both Hummels and Klose subbed already.
|10 weeks 22 hours ago||It's all about perception. I||
It's all about perception. I think most people see the World Cup as the World Cup. The 32 teams in one country that everyone watches.
The more hardcore fans may be the ones referring to it as the Finals since this run of the World Cup technically started in 2011 with qualifying. It is the World Cup Finals but terminology depends mostly on how people view qualifying in my opinion.
|10 weeks 23 hours ago||IT'S NOT WORTH WINNING IF YOU||
IT'S NOT WORTH WINNING IF YOU CAN'T WIN BIG
|10 weeks 23 hours ago||Way too easy. If Germany||
Way too easy. If Germany don't fall back they could get a few more easily.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Lineups||
Brazil: Julio Cesar, David Luiz (c), Fernandinho, Marcelo, Hulk, Fred, Oscar, Dante, Luiz Gustavo, Bernard, Maicon
Germany: Neuer, Hoewedes, Hummels, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Klose, Muller, Lahm (c), Kroos, Boateng
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Yes. The second yellow would||
Yes. The second yellow would draw a red card and an automatic 1-game suspension.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I think there's a definite||
I think there's a definite limit to home field advantage. Germany in the WC semis without your 2 best players is too much to overcome I think.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||This game was a tossup if||
This game was a tossup if everyone was healthy.
Germany losing today would be an upset.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Neymar officially out of the||
Neymar officially out of the rest of the World Cup. Broken vertebra apparently.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||That was the soccer||
That was the soccer equivalent of getting posterized. Hummels just manhandled Varane.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||My guess is he's sick.||
My guess is he's sick. Howedes going out makes more sense.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Lineups||
France: Lloris (c), Debuchy, Evra, Varane, Sakho, Cabaye, Valbuena, Benzema, Griezmann, Matuidi, Pogba
Germany: Neuer, Howedes, Hummels, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Klose, Muller, Lahm (c), Kroos, Boateng
Klose getting a start and Lahm presumably at right back again. This is all good news for Germany IMO.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||My wife's German but as an||
My wife's German but as an England fan I just can't do it. Asteroid sounds good to me.
I have France and Colombia winning but not confident in either.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)||
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Or you know. Just not click||
Or you know. Just not click on it...
|11 weeks 5 hours ago||(No subject)||
|11 weeks 21 hours ago||See what Lukaku is doing||
See what Lukaku is doing against an exhausted team? That's why you keep subs for late in games like this.
|11 weeks 21 hours ago||Too much logic for this one.||
Too much logic for this one.
|11 weeks 21 hours ago||Wondolowski steps up for||
Wondolowski steps up for game-winning free throw. Lobs it over the backboard.
|11 weeks 22 hours ago||Mirallas just toying with||
Mirallas just toying with Beasley on the wing.
|11 weeks 23 hours ago||Never since they went to 32||
Never since they went to 32 teams (1998).
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Worrying about guys on prior||
Worrying about guys on prior yellow cards is overrated at this point (unless it's a guy like Neymar).
Having players worried about cards and possibly not making plays as a result is a great way to ensure there won't be another game.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Belgium Notes||
Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Van Buyten, Vertonghen, Witsel, Fellaini, De Bruyne, Hazard, Mertens, Origi
|11 weeks 1 day ago||So if Twitter is to be||
So if Twitter is to be believed, Geoff Cameron is playing an attacking mid role in this game. Gonzalez replaces at CB and Beckerman out. Still waiting to see confirmation of formation but that's....interesting.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Crushing loss for||
Crushing loss for Switzerland.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Swiss defence been excellent||
Swiss defence been excellent today. Not worthy of their number 6 ranking but that's how they got there.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||ESPN says 65% Argentina||
ESPN says 65% Argentina
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Switzerland a good team but||
Switzerland a good team but don't have a decent striker anywhere.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Hardly surprising if you||
Hardly surprising if you watched the game. The Song foul, the late fight between teammates and the goalkeeping were all very odd.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Lineups||
Argentina: Romero, Garay, Zabaleta, Gago, Di Maria, Higuain, Messi, Mascherano, Rojo, Fernandez, Lavezzi
Switzerland: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Inler, Xhaka, Behrami, Rodriguez, Mehmedi, Drmic, Djourou, Schar, Shaqiri
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Last I heard he's doubtful||
Last I heard he's doubtful but not ruled out. Vermaelen definitely out though.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Don't worry, Switzerland||
Don't worry, Switzerland missed the France game too.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||It can always be worse.|
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Nice last 15 minutes from||
Nice last 15 minutes from France. The first 75 minutes will get them destroyed by Germany though.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I googled trying to find||
I googled trying to find punchline to the joke.
Turns out this is a real thing.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Altidore is cleared to play||
Altidore is cleared to play apparently ESPN says. Doesn't necessarily mean fit though.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||ESPNFC reporting Altidore has||
ESPNFC reporting Altidore has been cleared to play tomorrow against Belgium.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Was definitely offside. Last||
Was definitely offside. Last man fully in front of line in grass. Emenike's leg past. Close but right call.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Interesting first half.||
Interesting first half. France may want to wake up some time soon.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||HOLY SHITBALLS||
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Hasn't done anything all||
Hasn't done anything all game. An ineffective striker is competely useless at this point.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Blind probably should have||
Blind probably should have got there. Filling in for de Jong who would have had dos Santos on his ass.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Take FWIW but the CBC||
Take FWIW but the CBC broadcast said they were told some fans with lower bowl seats had gone to the upper bowl to find empty seats because there was shade up there.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||CBC saying it's 102 degrees||
CBC saying it's 102 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade on the field. That sounds fun.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Lineups||
Netherlands: Cillessen, Vlaar, de Vrij, Blind, de Jong, van Persie, Sneijder, Robben, Verhaegh, Kuyt, Wijnaldum
Mexico: Rodriguez, Salcido, Marquez, Herrera, Layun, dos Santos, Ochoa, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Netherlands and Costa Rica to||
Netherlands and Costa Rica to win. Costa Rica doubly trying to make a Greece game interesting.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Coors||
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Owner is a Russian business||
Owner is a Russian business tycoon. Billionaire a la Abramovitch.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||As pretty a goal as it gets.||
As pretty a goal as it gets.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Can you imagine this game||
Can you imagine this game being played in Qatar? Someone would literally have died at this point.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Neymar got treatment for a||
Neymar got treatment for a foul and limping around the field a lot.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Uruguay w/o Suarez||
Didn't go so well their first game. Costa Rica didn't mind though.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||The goalkeeper can always||
The goalkeeper can always catch a headed back pass. Only deliberate passes back by a foot cannot be picked up.
It was just a really weird decision for the goalkeeper to make.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||In 2.5 weeks, this horrible||
In 2.5 weeks, this horrible nightmare will be over.
Stay strong, friend. Your bravery is admired.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Lukaku has been terrible. But||
Lukaku has been terrible. But without Benteke, there's limited options. I wouldn't be shocked if they go with Origi from the start or at least bring him on at half if Lukaku can't get it going.
Agree on Courtois and I'd even leave out the in coming years part. One of best in the world right now.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||The second paragraph of what||
The second paragraph of what you wrote is important. I looked back through Belgium's qualifying results and while it wasn't as clear as I thought it was, this Belgium squad has always given off an impression of getting better throughout the game.
They won all 3 group games late, and at least half of their wins in qualifying were either won or locked up on second half goals. Team that's just as dangerous in the 90th minute as they are in the 1st and that's a big concern.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Group Stage done. Knockout||
Group Stage done. Knockout round bracket is:
Brazil-Chile vs. Colombia-Uruguay
France-Nigeria vs. Germany-Algeria
Netherlands-Mexico vs. Costa Rica-Greece
Argentina-Switzerland vs. Belgium-USA
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Don't have to be good in this||
Don't have to be good in this format, just better then 2 others.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||LOL at Belgium's lineup.||
LOL at Belgium's lineup. Maybe 3 of those 11 will start in the Round of 16.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Germany-lite is about right.||
Germany-lite is about right. Won't complete 10 million passes a game like Germany but a bit quicker in the front 4.
Very tough team to beat though.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Germany and USA through from||
Germany and USA through from Group G.
Barring an upset, USA faces Belgium in the Round of 16. Germany to face whoever comes out of the Russia/Algeria game.
Argentina/Switzerland the potential quarterfinal opponent for the US fans.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Portugal winning by 1 was||
Portugal winning by 1 was much better then this. 1 Ghana goal and the U.S. is out currently.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, if that game doesn't||
Yes, if that game doesn't have another goal, it's great for the U.S.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Weather looks just mildly||
Weather looks just mildly unpleasant.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Helpful infographic from||
Helpful infographic from SBNation:
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I think any predictions in||
I think any predictions in that quarter of the bracket is a crap-shoot. 4 South American teams, 1 comes out. S. America is a crapshoot. Slight advantage to Brazil being at home but definitely wouldn't surprise if Chile or Colombia beat them.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Supposedly, the 4-month ban||
Supposedly, the 4-month ban includes anything administrative. Barcelona or Real Madrid couldn't bid for a transfer if they wanted to.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||SCS100 is right. 9 Uruguay||
SCS100 is right. 9 Uruguay games may extend through to the Copa America next year. That is a big loss.
And 4 months from anything is over 2+ months of Premier League action and well in to the Champions League schedule.
Could have been harsher but that's a sizeable punishment.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Suarez decision is in.||
BREAKING: FIFA says Luis Suarez is suspended for nine matches plus four months from all football activity.
ESPN clarified that it's 9 Uruguay games and the 4 months of anything does include Liverpool.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Decision today or update?||
Decision today or update? Last I heard decision wasn't coming until Saturday.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Yes. The schedule has been||
Yes. The schedule has been known since the draw last December. Minor changes have been made like game times but days, order of opponents, stadium, etc. are unchanged since then.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||STANDINGS/SCENARIOS||
Germany and the U.S. both advance with a WIN/DRAW or if Ghana/Portugal DRAW.
Ghana and Portugal both need to WIN, have one of Germany or USA LOSE and pass them in goal differential or goals for.
If you're a US fan, getting a point is the best solution today, but if they do lose, you want a DRAW or a Portugal WIN out of the other game, and for the margins in both games to be tight.
Belgium's already advanced. Korea needs to beat them to have any chance which isn't likely to happen.
Algeria/Russia the game to watch. Russia wins and they should be through, otherwise Algeria likely grabs second.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||My theory: Deschamps wouldn't||
My theory: Deschamps wouldn't mind seeing a Pogba yellow today. They can beat Nigeria without him, and get him back for Germany.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I'm all for a complicated||
I'm all for a complicated FIFA conspiracy but the matchups are predetermined by group position. Tough to predict Chile gets in at all, or that Uruguay doesn't win their group or that Colombia, etc.
Just a coincidence in this case.
That same half of the bracket should have France and Germany as well. Absolutely brutal draw. Meanwhile Netherlands should walk in to the semifinals.
Not to mention that FIFA probably doesn't want to screw the South American teams on their own continent. And even if they did, probably could have found a way to do that without losing 3 former champs from Europe in the process.
|12 weeks 3 hours ago||Undefeated in qualifying.||
Undefeated in qualifying. Have friendly wins against Brazil, Germany and Croatia in last 2 years.
It's a horrible system. Switzerland better then what they've done so far but not close to 6th in world.
|12 weeks 6 hours ago||Group F||
A pair of interesting things with Group F today:
-There is at least the remote possibility that second place in Group F is decided by a drawing of lots. If Iran win by 1, Nigeria lose by 1, and Iran scores 1 more goal then Nigeria, they will be tied in every tiebreaker. Sounds ridiculous, but all it would take is 1-0 wins from both Iran and Argentina. Not inconceivable.
-Looking ahead to the knockout round and let's be realistic and assume France and Germany will win their groups. If Argentina lose to Nigeria today, that means ALL 5 remaining former champs would be in the same half of the knockout round bracket.
|12 weeks 20 hours ago||It's a tough one for FIFA.||
It's a tough one for FIFA. He's been suspended twice before for biting incidents but both at club level and not international. The other problem then is jurisdiction and what FIFA can suspend him from.
Suarez won't care if he misses some friendlies. Copa America is next year but that's organized by CONMEBOL. Any reasonable ban would have to extend to 2018 qualifying.
Has to be gone for the rest of the tournament but I wonder if FIFA just leaves it at that. Wouldn't like if they did but wouldn't surprise me either.
|12 weeks 21 hours ago||Faryd Mondragon subs in for||
Faryd Mondragon subs in for Colombia. Oldest player ever in a World Cup match (43).
|12 weeks 22 hours ago||Japan score right before||
Japan score right before half. Changes complexion of things a bit. Japan hold tiebreaker right now over Greece if both win.
|12 weeks 23 hours ago||Greece win and Japan tie or||
Greece win and Japan tie or lose and they're through.
Japan needs a win by at least 2 goals probably and Ivory Coast to tie or lose.
Ivory Coast advances with a win, or a tie and Japan not winning by at least 2.
Can be more complicated if tiebreakers come in to play but shouldn't
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Good thing the Uruguayan||
Good thing the Uruguayan trainer got Suarez fit in time for him to end his tournament with stupidity.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Gotta admire the athleticism||
Gotta admire the athleticism though.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Also 5 defenders for Italy.||
Also 5 defenders for Italy. The Suarez Effect.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Funny thing about this, If||
Funny thing about this, If Colombia win their group and Uruguay come second, both of which could easily happen, there will be four South American teams in the same quarter of the knockout round bracket. Brazil would play Chile and Colombia would play Uruguay with the winners meeting in the quarterfinals.
At least 3 wouldn't be able to make the semifinals by default.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||They won't win but an early||
They won't win but an early Cameroon goal would be hilarious to see. Can't imagine the panic Brazil would go in to.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Terrible call. Entire body||
Terrible call. Entire body was at least a yard onside.
Entertaining match other then that.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Nope. Goal differential and||
Nope. Goal differential and goals for are the first tiebreakers.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||If the U.S. finishes on 4||
If the U.S. finishes on 4 points and Ghana beats Portugal then Ghana will likely hold the tiebreaker.
Need to beat Portugal to be a lock.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Less than ideal finish if||
Less than ideal finish if you're a US fan but better then a Ghana win.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Ghana to lose. Ghana having||
Ghana to lose. Ghana having points muddles the battle for second place. Germany wins the game and group and the U.S. just needs a point off Portugal probably.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Scenarios||
Really straightforward today:
Argentina wins and they're in the Round of 16.
Bosnia loses and they're out.
That is all.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Anyone but Belgium the U.S.||
Anyone but Belgium the U.S. should be favoured. Unfortunately, if the U.S. does advance then Belgium will likely be the opponent and that's a very tough out.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Scenarios||
Costa Rica is through with a win.
France is through with a win and a Honduras win or draw.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Has seemed that way. Only 3||
Has seemed that way. Only 3 evening starts remaining in the tournament and Portugal-USA the only appealing one. Bosnia should trounce Nigeria and Ecuador/Honduras will be a flopfest.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Not remotely the same. Spain||
Not remotely the same. Spain the defending champs and top ranked team in world.
England sucking this game but most pundits didn't expect them advancing from this group.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I honeymooned in France and||
I honeymooned in France and Italy. Can I be excused please?
|12 weeks 6 days ago||The first rule of FIFA. Do||
The first rule of FIFA. Do not try to find a sensible explanation of what FIFA does.
This is basically right though, FIFA looks at the state of world soccer going in to the next qualifying phase and decides (arbitrarily maybe) if any continents deserve less or more spots. This is based mostly on level of competition, number of participants in the confederation and general equality of representation amongst the world.
Actually think for the most part it's pretty even. Of the teams not in Brazil that are good enough to be there, it's mostly European teams and no way FIFA gives them half the field which they're close to already.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Scenarios||
Neither England or Uruguay can technically be eliminated today but both need a win.
In Group C it's as follows:
Colombia clinches a Round of 16 spot with a win and a Greece win or tie.
Ivory Coast clinches a Round of 16 spot with a win and a Japan win or tie.
Japan's eliminated with a loss and a Colombia win or tie.
Greece is eliminated with a loss and an Ivory Coast win or tie.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Geez,||
They're lucky they even managed to score this tournament.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Man. That escalated quickly.||
Man. That escalated quickly.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)||
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Not just that, the wall||
Not just that, the wall barely even moved even after the ball came off Casillas. Just standing there in a lne.
|13 weeks 2 hours ago||Has to be called. In the area||
Has to be called. In the area and arm away from Janmaat's body. Completely unintentional but effected the play.
|13 weeks 5 hours ago||Loss and a Dutch win or tie.||
Loss and a Dutch win or tie. Spain probably needs to win though no matter what.
Lots of goal differential to make up if they tie Chile and no guarantee Chile doesn't get a result against Netherlands
|13 weeks 5 hours ago||Scenarios||
For those who care and are too lazy for maths:
If either of Cameroon or Croatia lose then they're mathematically eliminated.
Both Netherlands and Chile can clinch a Round of 16 spot today. In both cases, they need to win their game and have the other get at least a tie.
|13 weeks 8 hours ago||Pepe/Coentrao will hurt||
Pepe/Coentrao will hurt Portugal more. Portugal can plug Eduardo in and not lose a beat.
|13 weeks 21 hours ago||Best part of the game so far.||
Best part of the game so far.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Absolutely ridiculous stop.||
Absolutely ridiculous stop. Don't know how he did that.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Yep. Win group for Germany is||
Yep. Win group for Germany is paramount. They want to win it but it also means probably no Belgium in Round of 16 and France/Switzerland/Bosnia in quarterfinals. Germany wins group and it's a clear path to the semifinals.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Just ridiculous depth for a||
Just ridiculous depth for a country like Belgium. Benteke out? Oh well, we'll just roll Lukaku.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Pretty much. A loss means||
Pretty much. A loss means needing a result against Germany which is an ugly prospect. Tie Portugal and even with a Germany loss there's a 5-goal swing that needs to happen between that game and Portugal-Ghana.
Absolutely need to at least tie Portugal though.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||1) Yes 2) Probably but||
2) Probably but doesn't excuse it.
2b) See above
2c) Not getting a yellow when refs at other end of field.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah it's a bit odd. I get||
Yeah it's a bit odd. I get that Lahm can do what Schweinsteiger does in the centre but now you have Howedes up against Ronaldo.
Not ideal but have to think leaving Lahm where he is and playing Schurrle/Klose/Podolski a better option.
Halftime Edit: I withdraw my objection, please proceed Germany.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||They're converting the||
They're converting the accented 'U' to English. Puts an e after the letter. Same with Gotze (Goetze), Howedes (Hoewedes), Ozil (Oezil) etc.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Looked like the Swiss were||
Looked like the Swiss were complaining because he didn't care if Ecuador moved the ball out but their wall line was drawn relative to the ball marker. Didn't really seem a big deal, just strange.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||France losing benefits UM||
France losing benefits UM because France losing benefits everyone. Except the French.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||There's 4 other days when||
There's 4 other days when there's 4 games (the last day of each group) but the games are played concurrently so there's only 2 time slots. This is only day with 4 games consecutively.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Remember you're dealing with||
Remember you're dealing with an organization that decided giving a World Cup to Qatar was a good idea. Nothing has to make sense.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||All the Manaus games were||
All the Manaus games were moved to later times in hopes it would be cooler.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Chile = Shaka Smart's VCU.||
Chile = Shaka Smart's VCU. Gonna press you and attack the whole game for better or worse.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Precisely. Regardless of how||
Precisely. Regardless of how Costa made contact (and it looked legit), de Vrij can't be sliding on the ground and not get the ball. Just begging for a penalty.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||This is correct.||
This is correct. Choupo-Moting got the touch in the area before dos Santos put it in. Not offside when off the defender.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Is better then it usually is||
Is better then it usually is but let's pretend FIFA doesn't care about Europeans watching. Most days final game starts at 6 ET, makes it midnight in central Europe. Diehards will stay up and watch and still creates a prime-time type game for the Eastern US.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||More like MarcelNO /dropsmic||
More like MarcelNO
|13 weeks 6 days ago||He went down in practice a||
He went down in practice a couple days ago which may have been the footage you saw. He got up and finished practice though and no word since so assume he's fine.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||#Pray4Croatia||
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Mitch and Novak. ALL GRIT.||
Mitch and Novak. ALL GRIT.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||"Broken plays are very||
"Broken plays are very dangerous for a kid like this."
Oh if we only knew then how right that was.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Never a problem with hype and||
Never a problem with hype and competition. Only way Peppers doesn't see the field is if others rise up and outperform him and that's never a bad thing.
|14 weeks 4 hours ago||"I've always rooted for||
"I've always rooted for France, adopted Uruguay last time,..."
Ugh, you're the worst.
But I do like the idea.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Since 1966, Germany has||
Since 1966, Germany has finished in the top 3 nine out of 12 World Cups. Similar kind of streak in the Euro. 11 straight appearances, only missed the semifinals 3 times.
Difficult to find a better team over that stretch of time.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||(No subject)||
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Glad I'm not the only one who||
Glad I'm not the only one who noticed this. Nightmare to navigate, horrible layout. Why even change it from the format they use for every other sport.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||It's Funny.||
Yeoman's point would have been spot on for the past decade at least. Completely unrealistic fan and more importantly in England, media expectations.
No one expects much in this tournament. Go figure, because this could be the best team they've put out in that timeframe.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Yes.||
The Toledan Underground is far too valuable to go unused in this fight.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)||
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, there's that, and I||
Yes, there's that, and I think getting out of the group is a success this World Cup for the US.
Calling Belgium a favorable matchup though is just going to end in pain.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||You don't want to face||
You don't want to face Belgium in the Round of 16...
|15 weeks 19 min ago||You can applaud his honesty.||
You can applaud his honesty. The US won't win the World Cup. I'd be curious to see what context that quote was made in though.
|15 weeks 1 hour ago||Drafting Shane Wynn seems||
Drafting Shane Wynn seems like the fantasy equivalent of the commissioner jacking up the points before the draft in some BS category and taking the guys with loads of numbers in that one area.
Probably isn't heading to NFL and a gimmick player of sorts, but DAMN he's gonna put up a ton of points.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||It's also June 3rd.||
It's also June 3rd.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||In other words, I don't like||
In other words, I don't like this and won't stand for something I don't like on a forum that isn't mine. Oh and is provided free..
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Big schools can get around||
Big schools can get around the financial part, It's the relationship part I think that matters more. HS coaches can have a big say in recruitments, they'd probably much rather deal with same coach year after year as opposed to whichever coach fits their star player of the year.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Hehe, fowls||
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Turkey fell apart at the||
Turkey fell apart at the beginning of qualifying which is why they came 4th even with the +9 differential. Won 3 of their last 4 though.
They've won all 5 games they played since qualifying ended though.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||You're thinking typical||
You're thinking typical 15-a-side rugby union. Rugby sevens is 7-a-side on a team. Not sure NCAA rules but games are usually up to 10 minutes a half. Makes multiple games a day possible.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||This.||
It's not Michigan content but this is a topic where a subset of the readers want to read about the World Cup, and most importantly, the author does as well and is willing to provide the information.
It's also May 31st, and let's face it, no one should have come here expecting ground-breaking Michigan sports info.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Also||
The Winnebago was far less likely to break down.
|16 weeks 2 hours ago||In games like that, it's a||
In games like that, it's a lot easier to learn what's bad as opposed to what works necessarily. In that sense, no news can be taken as a good thing.
|16 weeks 17 hours ago||Agreed, and the above was||
Agreed, and the above was mostly meant for humour. I maintain that the US is actually better at the sport than most of the world gives them credit for, further development of the junior and club system will only lead to better results for them.
|16 weeks 23 hours ago||Not American but my father||
Not American but my father moved there years ago and I was discussing this with him a few years ago. His theory on the problem with soccer in the US was hilarious.
In his opinion, there's 3 reasons why the US hasn't embraced soccer fully or why they aren't great at it.
1) Americans want sports with at least a sense of a fair playing field. I kinda disagreed (don't need to explain; it's a college football blog) but I see the point. When you have players diving at the slightest contact, widespread allegations of match-fixing, and a governing body whose corruption is MAYBE only topped by the IOC, it's not exactly a clean sport.
2) Americans want sports where violence is a central aspect of the game. Football/Hockey? Violence. Basketball? You're kidding yourself if you're not a warrior playing that. Baseball? Not so much but we all can't wait for a guy to run headlong in to the wall after a catch or for a home-plate collision. I love soccer and will be first to admit it's far more physical then people give it credit but it doesn't come across that way.
3) Americans like sports they're good at. I disagreed at first, but then couldn't explain necessarily why rugby isn't huge in the US. Of the big 4 sports, the US has reasonable-to-great shots at winning in 3 of them and the 4th sport is only really played in the US.
Again, I don't agree fully with all of that but I think it's a good starting point.
|16 weeks 23 hours ago||Regardless of what||
Regardless of what personnel/formation they come out in, I'd be surprised if it wasn't switched up frequently. No better time than Azerbaijan 2 weeks before the Cup to try all sorts of crazy stuff and see what works.
|16 weeks 23 hours ago||I kinda get what he's saying.||
I kinda get what he's saying. Just the nature of CROOTIN that the word commitment doesn't necessarily mean just that.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed on scoring system but||
Agreed on scoring system but then you need to grade everybody and that's a pain in the ass for someone to do. Don't mind the idea because it's a way of introducing the key B1G players to everyone, just maybe not presented in the best format.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||(No subject)||
|16 weeks 3 days ago||OK||
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Please send me approximate||
Please send me approximate GPS coordinates to where you are so I can live in a world where this is an average female.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||1. Depends. Does the adult||
1. Depends. Does the adult have a tomahawk on their person?
2. The latter. Nobody that matters cares about the "Walmart Wolverine" thing. Alums wandering around Walmart yelling DOWN IN FRONT at people in the line is much more concerning.
3. A shitty marketing opportunity.
4. I'm alarmed at how easy people are gaining access to my bathroom without my knowledge.
5. Nope. Prefer allowing student-athletes access to agents and the ability to profit from likeness. The Manziel's would manage to get paid and non-revenue sports wouldn't die.
6. What weird-ass place says catty corner?
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Not a US fan but that's||
Not a US fan but that's pretty much how I can see the US getting through. Beat Ghana (easier said than done...) and fight out a draw with Portugal. Don't get smoked by Germany and US can grab second.
Sounds so simple on paper, but it was a terrible draw.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||I couldn't figure that out||
I couldn't figure that out either. Trying to see it and all I can come up with is this:
|25 weeks 5 days ago||That's good||
I'd like to see that.
And if Jabrill Peppers wants to try and best that, I'm ok with that too.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||This.||
My only reactions were lolwut and something with Florida.
|29 weeks 22 hours ago||No Objection.||
Let the truth, whatever the hell it is be discovered hopefully.
|36 weeks 20 hours ago||Not going to profess to have||
Not going to profess to have followed this closely but my dad lives in Austin and he loves the hire but says the main source of opposition is that Strong is black.
Will be interesting to see how any factions develop early on.
I think Strong will bring Texas back sooner then later and that usually quiets everyone.
|37 weeks 16 hours ago||Hey! 2013...||