“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
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- before 1965: no substitutions allowed for any reason
- 1965: one substitute allowed for an injured player
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- 1994: three substitutes allowed but only two field players (the other substitute had to be a goalie)
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|1 week 5 days ago||I'm not sure the ego trip is||
I'm not sure the ego trip is the whole story. There's a lot of money to be made if you land a construction contract or happen to own or control the right real estate and as a former Chicagoan I can tell you that that's a form of power most Chicago politicians understand very well.
|1 week 5 days ago||Massey all-division power rankings from last year||
To give some context to "nonexistent":
Unlike football there are enough cross-division games in basketball to give this some validity, although Massey treats the preseason exhibitions as if they were regular games, which maybe skews the lower divisions higher a bit.
There's a lot of overlap between divisions--the D2 champions were 146 (about a point better than EMU) and the D3 champions were 241.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I give the US full credit for||
I give the US full credit for not pulling a Brazil, but they were completely dominated by a Germany that didn't need to win the match and played much of it at half speed.
I hope the program remains in the hands of people that realize there is still a very long way to go.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It's basically a friendly and||
It's basically a friendly and Haimoudi didn't want to create a spectacle by sending off a Brazilian in the first two minutes.
It has to be that. It's not possible for an official at this level to miss that call. Did you notice he started to reach for the red, then changed his mind?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Ugh.||
Brazil would have been the worst team ever to play in a final and it wouldn't be close.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe...||
the Scott's Get off my Lawn Bowl?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Even if he accepted the role||
Having the senior player on your squad so audibly at odds with management as Donovan has been can be a recipe for disaster. Ask a French fan what he thought of 2010.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Plausible but probably wrong.||
Postseason rating-differences in the Massey archive (the spreads in these cross-division games tend to track Massey and Sagarin pretty closely--I'm guessing the oddsmakers use them heavily):
2008: Michigan by 5 over App St.
2009: Michigan by 1 over App St.
2010: Michigan by 8 over App St.
I agree with your general point but I think you've exaggerated slightly. Of course, part of that is a decline at App St., who peaked in '06 and '07.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The problem is...||
unsponsored games don't last long.
I'm looking at a list of Phoenix-area corps, trying to decide who should sponsor this. Taser International? The Make-a-Wish Foundation? Fender Guitars? U-Haul?
But I think I'm going to go with the ClubJenna Cactus Bowl. That's got real possibilities.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I thought maybe the final straw...||
...was Hoke's food poisoning in the run-up last year.
Not the ideal promotional incident for a restaurant.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe that'll happen someday;||
Maybe that'll happen someday; we've crept slowly in that direction. I'm not sure how many younger fans realize how limited substitutions used to be.
Here's a history of the EPL rules I just found:
I think the EPL was a bit behind the international game throughout--the first sub in a WC match or qualifier was in '56.
Forcing players to play the entire match and dole out their energy accordingly is an essential part of the game. It wouldn't be different if there were one more sub allowed in extra time--you'd still have seven players that had gone the full 120. If those players don't know in advance that there's a cap on the number of minutes they might have to play, they'll have no choice but to expend less energy, just in case. I don't think a lot of people want that.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Use an MLE calculator and translate his stats||
and you get an average rookie-league hitter with less than average power.
Whether that's good or not depends on your perspective. Compared to any of us it's fantastic; compared to other high-level athletes that haven't played baseball in over a decade it would probably be pretty good if we had anyone else to compare to. Compared to the set of players that ever have MLB careers, it's off-the-charts bad.
I'm having trouble finding anybody with a similar slash line then that ever made the majors, and Jordan was already 31 so he wouldn't have had a lot of years to improve (if it's even possible at that age). Glen Barker is a pretty close equivalent and he eventually spent some time with the Astros as a pinch runner--that's the best I've got.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Not sure what you mean by "summer ball".||
He hit .252 with the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona fall league. Arizona batting statistics are usually inflated because of the elevation and dry air. It might have been a little better than the .202 in Birmingham but he certainly wasn't tearing it up.
Major league equivalency for his Birmingham numbers would be a .172/.236/.221 slash. I've never seen a calculator for the fall leagues and I can't even find a site with league stats from that far back.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'm with you on the other stuff...||
...but if NBA players simply engaged in extramarital activities at the same rate as the married male population at large, there would be a lot more affairs than ever make the news.
And given the travel, the money, the fame, you can be pretty sure the rate is higher than average.
Professional athletes (or anyone else except politicians, really) cheating on their wives/husbands is not news unless you make a spectacle of it by, say, wrecking your car in your neighbor's driveway or something.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The extra minutes take their toll.||
Since 2002 (and, obviously, leaving out matches where both teams were in this situation)...
Teams that win on penalties are 1-9 in their next match, with Brazil/Colombia this year the only exception.
Teams that win in extra time or penalties are 3-14 in their next match. (Germany over France this year; Italy's win in the final in '06.)
The effect wasn't so pronounced in earlier years. Overall, penalty winners are 4-15, ET or penalty winners are 9-22. My guess would be that the faster pace and emphasis on pressure in the modern game is the reason, but that's unsupported.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||If hockey players had to play||
If hockey players had to play the entire game without substitution, yes.
Why do people insist on exporting the rules/philosophies of their own favorite sports onto others?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||You'd think...||
...that the second half of the "going all Italy/Germany" meme would have died yesterday.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Weren't those odds a little long?||
Coming into the tournament Luis Suarez had played 355 professional matches and bitten two people. Estimating from that you'd get 177:1 for a single match and roughly 60:1 for the tournament.
Of course it's not so simple for a low-frequency event like this but the quoted odds assume a lower chance of a bite at the WC than in his career as a whole, by a factor of three. You'd think a bookie writing a sucker bet like this would be careful to err in the other direction.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Und Sie sollen singen lernen...||
You might recognize that--it was the only sound audible for stretches of the second half yesterday, whenever the Brazilian fans weren't booing Fred.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I think Varejao's terrific...||
...but "young" and "stable" don't come to mind as adjectives for him. High-energy bigs are a self-endangered species and Varejao's no exception. At this point I fear he's as broken down as Wade.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I think it goes well beyond the Bayern connection.||
The entire DFB program, from top to bottom, is structured to produce players to fit the particular style employed by the NT. They play the same way in U17, U21, they teach it to their eight-year-olds. It makes it very easy to fit the pieces together. It wasn't just the Bayern players that were on the same page--they've all been on that same page for 15 years now.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Lessons for US soccer?||
This match was perfect commentary on a couple of issues that came up on the board during the tournament:
1. This is the answer to all who wondered why the US didn't play entire matches the way they played the last ten minutes against Belgium.
2. There was some discussion of what US youth players need more--better coaching? or more street soccer? I'm sure the answer is both but this was a demonstration of why street soccer alone can't get you there. You can throw the world's finest dribbling tricksters out there and they'll get shredded if they don't have some tactical sense and cohesion. For the last 14 years, tens of thousands of German youth players have been getting weekly tactical training from professional coaches funded by the DFB. This is the result.
It goes beyond the training institutes, too--they've apparently been working hard on how the youth clubs are run, even for less-exceptional players. Here's a comment at the Guardian on how it works:
My nephews all played and I've watched a lot of 8yo soccer in the US. It doesn't look like that. Frankly, there was never even one coach on the field capable of commenting on positional football even if they'd wanted to do this sort of teaching.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Not at all.||
My impression is confirmed by the charts at zonalmarking--possession was much more heavily in Brazil's favor in the first half hour then it was in the rest of the match. At the half-hour mark Brazil had completed 129 passes to Germany's 83.
"Bunker" wouldn't be my word but Germany stood off from the beginning, inviting the Brazilian pressure and exploiting the space behind. Amazing to me that players at this level wouldn't sense that and be a bit cagy about running into the trap, but I guess that's what happens when your entire back line consists of attacking players.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||By the way, for the possession-stat fans out there...||
Ball possession: Brazil 52%, Germany 48%
Shots: Brazil 18, Germany 14
Shots on goal: Brazil 13, Germany 12
Corner kicks: Brazil 7, Germany 5
|2 weeks 6 days ago||That might have been why it||
That might have been why it was seven instead of two or three.
But I honestly thought Brazil lost this tactically before the match even started. You just can't send both fullbacks on full Roberto-Carlos-style walkabout against a quality counterattacking team and expect to survive. Especially when your midfield is doing the same. And you're missing your best defender.
Tactical suicide. I gather Gilberto and Ballack had figured that out five minutes into the match too.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Never mind.||
We're both wrong.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I think it plays out a lot||
I think it plays out a lot like Spain v. Netherlands. (The 2010 version.)
This is a Scolari team we're talking about here. There's no way they let the other side play tiki taka.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Perumal denies the allegations.||
Tells the Telegraph that the conversation happened after the match, not before, and gives them screen shots of the conversation that appear to confirm this.
It's the coincidence between the predicted and allegedly-fixed circumstances (the score, the red card) that makes the allegations convincing. If they weren't predictions at all, just after-the-fact speculation that such events could have been fixed, there's nothing convincing in it at all.
Of course the guy's a convicted swindler and it's certainly possible he could have doctored the screen-saves. I guess we now wait for Spiegel to come forward with their evidence.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Fully fit? Not really.||
They're able to go 90 if the game's under control, but they're still coming back from knee and ankle injuries and how fit will they be after they've been kicked around for 90 minutes?
I expect it to look like the final four years ago. Except that this time there'll be another match to play.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Not buying this.||
Like Lehmann in '06, Krul went the right way on every single penalty.
That's not luck, that's preparation. Maybe they always take it the same way. Maybe they have a couple of different strokes but there's something in the run up that tips it off. Spend enough time in the film room, you'll eventually pick it up.