OT - Initial USMNT WC Qualifying Camp Roster

OT - Initial USMNT WC Qualifying Camp Roster

Submitted by hailtothevictors08 on May 15th, 2012 at 3:22 PM

http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Mens-National-Team/2012/05/Jurgen-Klinsmann-Discusses-Roster.aspx

http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Mens-National-Team/2012/05/Klinsmann-Announces-First-16-Players-to-Report-to-US-MNT-Training-Camp-in-Orlando.aspx

Very strange first 16. We have a ton of holding middies and the real issue is no timmy chandler. As John Infante puts it, he is like a college commit who is still taking other visits because this is his second chance not getting cap-tied to the US. Very scary. 

Up to 13 more will be called in and are just being given rest (landon, gooch, altidore etc).

The truth is the world cup starts now, 3 friendlies and then our first 2 qualifiers. 

Feeding Division 1 Athletes

Feeding Division 1 Athletes

Submitted by Hardware Sushi on May 15th, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Recently saw this Omaha World-Herald interview with Nebraska's Director of Sports Nutrition, Lindsey Remmers. She discusses her team's role in getting Cornhusker athletes ready for competition. Nothing earth-shattering in the article; I just enjoy learning about different parts of athletic departments that don't get a lot of spotlight but have a big impact on what we see on the field.

I also think this article does a good job shining light on the positive aspects of collegiate athletics that numbskulls like Buzz Bissinger forget about when they write hackjob articles espousing the evils of division one football.

Lifeskills like learning to balance a diet and how to shop at the grocery are lessons that many of these students never received. My mom was somewhat of a hippie so I got the other end of the healthy diet spectrum but that's something I'd still enjoy learning more about from an expert.

The Blockhams in "SUMMER BREAK"

The Blockhams in "SUMMER BREAK"

Submitted by Six Zero on May 15th, 2012 at 9:21 AM

SUMMER BREAK


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Great Deadspin article on Drew Sharp

Great Deadspin article on Drew Sharp

Submitted by AKMuskie on May 14th, 2012 at 9:25 PM

http://deadspin.com/crap-emails-from-a-sportswriter/

 

Great column that shows that Sharp really is, in fact, a giant asshat. It shows email responses to his critics (1st one is obviously from a while ago).

 

Some highlights: 

Email #1:

And stop crying about me picking on your precious Detroit sports teams. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH I rag on them because, for the most part, THEY SUCK. If not for the Pistons, this state would be a sports graveyard. But the truth hurts doesn't it?

 

Email #2

Does the little baby need a pacifier?
Yeah, Detroit needs writers that makes excuses for the city and simply tell the idiots in this town just want to hear.
They've been doing that for 30 years in this town and that's a big reason why Detroit is swirling down the toilet.

 

 

 

OT: Any mgohunter's out there?

OT: Any mgohunter's out there?

Submitted by Blue in Yarmouth on May 14th, 2012 at 1:17 PM

It has been painfully slow as late on the blog so I thought I would try this and see if it got by the mods. I figured that since many of the fans here are probably from the midwest there are likely some hunting enthusiasts on the here and wondered if they would like to share a favorite story (short) or maybe a great hunting tip that has bagged them some nice game.

For my part I will say that I come from a long line of hunters. The men and women in my Father's family were all hunters and it was something he loved to do as well...until we came along. For whatever reason he could never get my brother and I interested in it. We would rather be playing sports so being the amazing Dad that he was, he dropped hunting in favor of becoming our baseball, hockey, volleyball and soccer coach. 

After I moved out and got married I began to feel like my relationship with my Father was...I don't know...it just wasn't as strong as it used to be. I thought a lot about how I could fix it and after a great deal of thought I remembered how much he used to enjoy hunting. 

I called him up one night and asked him if he wanted to take his gun course and hunter's safety course with me and we could start hunting together. I had no idea at the time what an impact that would have on our relationship.

After we took the course we hunted together all the time and through all the various seasons (deer, waterfowl, birds, rabbits, bear etc). I always loved my Father, but now we were becoming best friends as well. The times trudging through the bush, sitting in blinds, taking the boat across the lake...we made a lot of memories from our time on the hunt.

My Father passed away two years ago and some of the fondest memories I have of him now are of the two of us out huntinig. What a difference one decision can make in a persons life and how different could my relationship with my Father have been if I hadn't asked him to do that. Hunting can be an awesome thing on many levels, so I ask the mgocommunity, share a story, share a tip...let me know who the hunters are out there.

 

 

 

Michigan SB to play in Louisville Regional as the #2 Seed.

Michigan SB to play in Louisville Regional as the #2 Seed.

Submitted by MGoSoftball on May 13th, 2012 at 10:23 PM

The Michigan Wolverines received a #2 seed today playing in the Louisville Regional.  The other teams in this Regional is:

#1 Louisville (15)

#2 Michigan

#3 Kentucky

#4 Valpo

We played Kentucky last year but lost.  Ky is a speedy team this year too.  Jessica Mendoza said this is the toughest regional in the bracket.  She said this on the Selection Show.

 

The Tuscaloosa Regional is the other Regional on our side of the bracket.  The teams are:

#1 Alabama

#2 GT

#3 Tenn-Martin

#4 South Alabama

 

Congrats to Northwestern for making the tourney as well.

Notre Dame gets a #3 seed vs Hawaii in the Tuscan Regional

OT - Detroit FC Scores?

OT - Detroit FC Scores?

Submitted by MGoPietrowski on May 13th, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Rooting for my Gunners to close out their campaign with a victory and a Uefa Champions League berth. While watching, I think "I wonder how Detroit FC did last night."

Well, after twenty minutes of searching multiple websites, I can't find anything. Thus, I have two questions.

1. How did they do last night?

2. When you're trying to get any new enterprise up and running, especially a sports club, I think access to important information for fans/potential clientel is one of the most important things you can make sure you're on top of. I am a huge sports nut and enjoy following many minor league and amatuer teams. I guess what I am asking is, does anyone else get this frustrated when you can't even find a damn score? I have sympathy for the fact that the team is new and in a lower tier league, but I shouldn't have to sign up for a twitter account just to go and search through your tweets to find a score. I know the scores won't be on ESPN. But the least you can do is post it to your website after the game is over. After twenty minutes I just gave up. The NPSL website has nothing. What is the point of playing games if you aren't even going to let your fan base know the results?

That's my rant. 

O.T. - Final round of Players Championship

O.T. - Final round of Players Championship

Submitted by victors2000 on May 13th, 2012 at 10:45 AM

It's been pretty cool so far with all sorts of story lines: Can Kooch finally win a major, will the ballad of Ricky Fowler continue to be sung, and last but not least can Kevin Na finish let alone win with the swing demons he has to contend with. Kevin alone is a reason to load up on the booze; I can hardly watch him without my eyes bulging and lips pursing. I think his odds of suffering a breakdown are better than his odds of winning but he has been amazing none the less. Zach Johnson is still in it, Curtis is still in it as well as a couple of the Europeans. Heck, Mickelson and others can get in on it if the pressure gets to the leaders. I think it's going to be great golf drama but my money is on Fowler; the kid's a freak.

Meta: Brian for a day

Meta: Brian for a day

Submitted by ClearEyesFullHart on May 13th, 2012 at 5:05 AM

     I suppose with the veritable cornucopia of worthy topics on the mgoboard this offseason I feel like starting my own RCMB-worthy post.  I considered a ""hot or not" thread, or perhaps a "bump when you just smacked your b girlfriend" thread, but then inspiration struck:

     With all the "for a day" front page posts, why not throw it out there.  What would you change if YOU ran mgoblog?

     Personally, I'd get rid of that CEFH douche.  Lot of paint chips consumed in that one's childhood to be sure.  Then I would bring back a merit based point system.

     Ah yes, I suppose I did have a point.  It is my contention that bringing the old "One Man, One Vote, Two Points" system back would return many utils of fun/entertainment to the blog, as well as some level of accountability.

     Sad as it may be,  back in the day having one of your comments/posts/diaries pos bombed was kind of a little thrill.  Positive reinforcement if you will.  Made you want to be a better poster.

     Now seeing these poor impotent posbang threads just seems sad.  Just watching these poor dejected bastards going through the motions out of sheer nostalgia...It makes a man yearn for days gone by.

     Back in the day, a worthless post like this one could have been negged to oblivian.

   There were consequences for a man's actions.  Fortunes were won and lost at the turn of a phrase.  It was an exciting time.

     This subject has been broached here

http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/otmeta-bring-back-negbangposbang 

and here

http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/meta-bring-back-true-posbangs-and-negbangs

and here

http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/meta-bring-back-negbang 

but a review of the literature doesn't reveal much.  Was there a reason merit-based points went away?  Does anyone really like the new system?

I threw together a little poll just for kicks, you can throw in your opinion if you've got time.  Dont expect it will change anything, but I dont know...Am I the only one who misses the way of the posbang?

 

    

Which do you prefer?

Enough of my tired ideas though...What would you guys change?