OT: Zidane steps down from Real Madrid

OT: Zidane steps down from Real Madrid

Submitted by GoBlueinEugene on May 31st, 2018 at 10:56 AM

So.... that was unexpected. In the greatest coaching mic drop we have seen in some time, Zinedine Zidane, known to most casual soccer fans for the head butt that got him a red card in the 2006 World Cup final, has resigned as manager of Real Madrid, just a few days after they won their third consecutive Champions League. He was only at the helm for three years, making his trophy case that much more impressive. Can't think of a recent American sports equivalent, though I hope my fellow mgobloggers can chime in. 

 

 

BBC full coverage: https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44315700

 

 

What's the Michigan sports-related hill you're willing to die on?

What's the Michigan sports-related hill you're willing to die on?

Submitted by Caesar on February 21st, 2018 at 7:17 AM

Worded differently: what's an unpopular view that you feel very strongly about for Michigan athletics? Gut-feelings are at home here, but bonus points are awarded (not actually awarded) for some evidence. Examples include stuff like, "Harbaugh is overrated," &c.

OT: Who in the World Cup do you root for now?

OT: Who in the World Cup do you root for now?

Submitted by Helloheisman on October 11th, 2017 at 9:44 PM
With the United States being out of the World Cup, does anyone have an alternative option at hand? Do you go based on family lineage, favorite player(s), or favorite style of play? Of course if you're a citizen or dual citizen of another country it goes without saying. This is really weird for me, as my whole life the USMNT has been in every World Cup. Me? I'm hoping my boys from the Emerald Isle can pull off an upset of epic proportions to make it through the Euro playoff. Being Irish-German, it feels to cheap to throw my hat in for Germany.

OT - One very big step closer to MLS in Detroit

OT - One very big step closer to MLS in Detroit

Submitted by MaizeAndBlueWahoo on July 31st, 2017 at 11:38 AM

Looks like Wayne County has "chosen" the Dan Gilbert proposal for the fail-jail site downtown.  "Chosen" in quotes because the Walsh proposal remains on the table officially, but the county is now in deeper negotiations with Gilbert and hopefully rolling toward a formal agreement.  Great news for those of us wanting to see an MLS franchise in Detroit, as well as for anyone who appreciates simple common sense in their county governments.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2017/07/31/way…

[LOCKED] Semi-OT: NCAA to relocate championships from North Carolina for 2016-2017

[LOCKED] Semi-OT: NCAA to relocate championships from North Carolina for 2016-2017

Submitted by DubbaEwwTeeEff on September 13th, 2016 at 10:02 AM

http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/ncaa-relocate-cha…

Looks like the NCAA is following pro sports' examples and pulling events out of North Carolina due to their sexual orientation and gender identity laws.

Affected championship games:

  • 2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, College Cup (Cary), Dec. 2 and 4.
  • 2016 Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships (Greensboro), Dec. 2 and 3.
  • 2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, first/second rounds (Greensboro), March 17 and 19.
  • 2017 Division I Women’s Golf Championships, regional (Greenville), May 8-10.
  • 2017 Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships (Cary), May 22-27.
  • 2017 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship (Cary), May 26 and 28.
  • 2017 Division II Baseball Championship (Cary), May 27-June 3. 

The release does mention that if a North Carolina team earns the right to play a championship game in their home state, it will be held there.

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OT: Parking for Real Madrid-Chelsea at Big House?

OT: Parking for Real Madrid-Chelsea at Big House?

Submitted by pinkfloyd2000 on July 26th, 2016 at 9:27 AM

I'll be travelling to the Big House for the first time in my life in the month of July -- and couldn't be happier about it -- to take in the Real Madrid-Chelsea match. 

Does anyone have any details about parking for the game? Obviously, there will be no golf course parking in the middle of the summer. I am wondering, which lots are going to be open? Would you advise a pre-pay? 

For those who are also going to the game, where do you plan on parking?

Thanks very much. I am really looking forward to this.

OT: Klinsmann (Likely) Out as UMNT Coach, Off to Southampton

OT: Klinsmann (Likely) Out as UMNT Coach, Off to Southampton

Submitted by Sports on June 23rd, 2016 at 9:53 AM

Multiple news outlets reporting that Klinsmann is likely out as the USMNT coach and is off to Southampton for the same position. 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2016/06/23/jurgen-klinsmann-usmnt-southampton-coach/86278518/

usmnt replacements for (probable) game against Argentina

usmnt replacements for (probable) game against Argentina

Submitted by tasnyder01 on June 17th, 2016 at 12:42 PM

Bedoya, Jones, and Wood out.  Who do you think replaces them, and do you think we switch formation?

Assuming we keep the same formation, options look limited at striker.  Zardes, Wondolowski, and ?Pusilic?  

If we move Zardes over -- which I don't like -- then we're replacing three midfielders.  Dagbe looks like an obvious replacement, but who would be the other replacement(s)?  Beckerman as a second DM?  

My best guess: 4-2-3-1

Yedlin      Cameron       Brooks      Johnson

                Beckerman    Bradley

 Dagbe                   Deuce                   Zardes        

                              Wondolowski

 

With Pusilic coming on late as we're down.   

 

OT: Chance for USMNT to be World Champions with a win tonight.

OT: Chance for USMNT to be World Champions with a win tonight.

Submitted by mgobaran on June 3rd, 2016 at 9:58 AM

Happy Friday, and Happy COPA America Centenario to all you soccer fans out there. 

I found this article over at StarsandStripesFC, SB Nations USMNT & USWNT blog. I was totally unaware of this, but tonight's match vs. Colombia has bigger stakes than just group standings for COPA. America could be crowned the World Champions* with a win tonight!

Almost like the Championship belts in Boxing, or wrestling (for all you WWE fans out there), "Nasazzi's Baton" has been passed from country to country since the first World Cup in 1930.

...Yet not everybody viewed the title of world champions that way.

Some football fans imagined an alternative version of the world championship, viewing the honour the same way that titles are passed on in boxing. To become the world champions, they reckoned, you had to defeat the current holders of the title.

As such, Italy were not the "defending world champs" at the 1950 World Cup. Rather, England was the team putting the title on the line. They had defeated Scotland, who had defeated England beforehand, who had defeated Sweden, who had defeated Switzerland, and so on and so forth all the way back to Brazil, who had defeated the 1930 World Cup winners Uruguay in September of 1931.

Sure it's not really how this works (that's not how any of this works), but I found the idea to be fun. And while www.nasazzi.com isn't updated, Colombia's 3-1 win over Ecuador in a WCQ Match in March means they are the current holder of Nasazzi's Baton. With the USA is next in line to challenge. 

So let's get 3 points and a Baton tonight! #USA #USA #USA!

And, last but not least, obligatory dog gif.