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07/19/2018 - 12:16pm What are you guys doing to…

What are you guys doing to stay busy (prior to football!)

Life. It's busy enough! This offseason has flown by imo. 

07/19/2018 - 10:59am Downvoting the OP didn't…

Downvoting the OP didn't even have an effect on the users points. Only downvoting comments did. 

07/19/2018 - 8:16am Yeah, I'm going to shoot the…

Yeah, I'm going to shoot the messenger. The chrome looks horrible no matter what. I never want to see a Michigan helmet in chrome.

07/18/2018 - 2:40pm Nagbe/Bradley are exactly…

Nagbe/Bradley are exactly the type of veteran bench players that would be great for our young team, imo. If Bradley can regain his form, that is. If either can be a solidifying super-sub like Beckerman was in the 2014 cycle, that has real value.

It doesn't have to be those two though. Bradley has been brutal for Toronto. He doesn't deserve that slot unless he turns it around. Danny Williams would be an interesting name if he ever sorts his injuries out. Cristian Roldan will have a say moving forward. Alfredo Morales is entering his 3rd Bundesliga season in the past 4 years and deserves more of a look as an older guy.

I think it'd be wrong to draw a line in the sand and write off everyone over the age of 24. Those U23 players have a lot to learn still. Even when their talent outshines the olds.

07/18/2018 - 2:22pm Dortmund Wingers are tasked…

Dortmund Wingers are tasked with CAM-like responsibilities, or at least they were with under Klopp/Tuchel. Pulisic was a CAM his whole life until we was moved to the wings at Dortmund out of necessity. Last season was a mess, and we will see how Favre utilizes him (looks like traditional RM spot in a 4-4-2).

Pulisic is our best #10 and our best RM/LM/RW/LW until further notice. I'd like to keep him at RM because that means we developed a 10 worth moving him. But he more valuable to us centrally. He was a #10 for us during WCQ and was very successful. Playing him at his more natural CAM position for the USMNT while he plays professionally as a RM isn't miscasting him as badly as Klinsmann trying to force Bradley into a #10 or #6 role. 

 

Again, if we operate without a 10, we are still more than sufficient with our current #6/#8 crop. And that current group is good enough, young enough to play the entire 2022 WC cycle, and most of them should make it to 2026.

07/18/2018 - 1:42pm Not a worry, imo. McKennie,…

Not a worry, imo. McKennie, Adams, and Parks have already played a handful of games for the US. McKennie and Adams have locked down first team slots imo. All we need to do is add a 6 to that list, and Will Trapp has played fine enough since Sarachan moved on from Bradley. If we want to play with a 10, it will be Pulisic unless one of the youngsters absolutely blows up, and they should be able to do that in the next 1.5 years. 

07/18/2018 - 1:20pm A couple more midfielders on…

A couple more midfielders on the rise:

#10 Nick Taitague (19 right now) is in Schalke's system. Might break in to the Bundesliga as soon as this season.

#10 Indiana Vassilev (17) is with Aston Villa. 

#8 Kyle Scott (20) is in Chelsea's system, and played in an FA cup game. He recently went on loan to Telstar.

07/18/2018 - 12:55pm "The new site sucks" "User…

"The new site sucks" "User parcipitation is visibly down" "There isn't enough posting on the MGoBoard"

**New Post Appears**

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07/18/2018 - 12:46pm GOT THE CUBAN AND A DETOX…

GOT THE CUBAN AND A DETOX ISLAND GREEN AT TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE.

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07/18/2018 - 11:20am Please make accessing your…

Please make accessing your own profile and past comment history more accessible. Right now I have to find an old comment I posted just to find it. From your own profile you can easily jump back into conversations you were having in those comments section. 

07/18/2018 - 10:15am Bout time. Great news! 

Bout time. Great news! 

07/18/2018 - 10:15am Most Recent Football Article…

Most Recent Football Article

Most Recent Basketball Article

Most Recent Recruiting Article

Extra slot for whatever. 

 

At least that is how it was marketed in the preview posts. I'm sure there is flexibility. 

07/18/2018 - 9:13am Jill Ellis was hired in…

Jill Ellis was hired in April of 2016 and hoisted the Womens World Cup trophy 15 months later. She is still the WNT coach. That is the type of hire you do. Someone with a future. Someone who can earn a full time gig. Someone with skin in the game. Bruce Arena had nothing to gain or lose by being the coach. And that lack of urgency bled down to the team until the final whistle in Trinidad and Tobago while Michael Bradley was walking around in stoppage time.  

Only qualifying for the world cup should never have been the USA's goal. Falling short of that goal is unacceptable. Falling short of making it our of the group stage at least lands you in the group stage!

07/18/2018 - 9:02am Don't you just have to Link…

Don't you just have to Link the website properly?

https://www.maizenbrew.com/

07/18/2018 - 8:16am I visit the same amount of…

I visit the same amount of time, but I participate less. It's much harder to participate in continued conversations in the comments sections without being able to easily access your own profile. 

07/17/2018 - 2:39pm Yes, and ABB. Anybody but…

Yes, and ABB. Anybody but Bruce. 

No to be serious, I'm not sure who was available at the time. Vermes and Ramos would have at least been more forward thinking. Plenty of good candidates are out there at all times. Why turn to a 65 year old Bruce Arena who wasn't good enough for the USSF back in 2006?

Why hire anybody you plan on letting go in 18 months regardless of success on the field. That's what Bruce was. If we failed to qualify, he would be fired. If we qualified, he would have been forced to step aside gracefully. Hell, American soccer should never have settled for the goal of just qualifying for the World Cup. The bid was doomed from that moment.

07/17/2018 - 2:05pm I feel really good about our…

I feel really good about our back four. It's goalkeeper I'm worried about. 

John Brooks (25) could conceivably be around 2 more cycles. Defensemen tend to be able to extend their careers longer others. Now if only he can kick the injury bug he picked up the past two years.

Matt Miazga (22) had a great year for club and country. Looks promising.

Cameron Carter-Vickers (20) looked good in his recent US appearances.

Erik Palmer Brown (21) is signed with Manchester City.

And there are decent MLS options for depth if we miss out on those three younger guys.

RB is locked down for at least another cycle under Yedlin. Timmy Chandler is probably the best in form RB we have right now as a back up plan. Shaq Moore played in LaLiga last season, and secured a loan for more playing time in LaLiga2. Darkhorse is Matthew Olsunde who is coming up through Manchester United. In a pinch, Tyler Adams can even play there. 

We suck at producing LB quality, but that seems to be turning around a little. Antonee Robinson (20) booted the incumbent out with his recent performances imo. Danny Acosta should be the next to challenge. Villafana, Chander, Lichaj, Garza all can play that spot. Brandon Vincent is still young enough to have a say. It's not great, but good enough to not be unwatchable like it has been recently. Dest, Gostler, and Lindsay all impressed at the U17 World Cup last year. Hopefully they get a shot sooner rather than later as well. Not sure if they are RB/LB yet, but all three have the ability to play LB. 

07/17/2018 - 12:57pm Counterpoint, Klinnsman had…

Counterpoint, Klinnsman had a really successful 4 years, and was integral in the current explosion of youth talent from his role as the country's technical director. Things went sour on the field and he was deservedly fired. The USSF made things exponentially worse by bringing in Bruce Arena.

07/16/2018 - 3:38pm Not to mention you can't…

Not to mention you can't just give a US team preferential treatment. Sure the logistics works fine for EPL teams, but what about the EFL Championship? What about EFL league 1, League 2? An American based team couldn't survive financially to field a competitive enough team to rise to the top. 

07/16/2018 - 3:19pm The USSF employs something…

The USSF employs something like 8 full-time scouts. No seriously, it might be closer to 12 now. But that is insane to me. 

Pay to play limits access to high level training to only those who have the means. 

And as Brian stated in the main post, only recently has our MLS teams been strong enough to field youth squads. There are only 24 MLS teams to cover the United States though. Croatia has 10 teams in their first division. Compare that back to Michigan, that would be like Michigan having 20 professional soccer teams running youth squads & developing talent. Extrapolate that across the lower 49, and we are finally reaching the talent pool in the same way Croatia does. 

07/14/2018 - 12:05pm We got beat out. Brown we…

We got beat out. Brown we were legitimately in on, but who could blame an NFL hopeful for choosing Wisconsin over Michigan. Logan Brown was 6 years old in 2006. Wisconsin has been a much better program over the course of his football life. 

Dobbs was just weird. The program and him just was never able to see eye to eye. 

And the off chance you're just trolling, stop. We have a top 5 class in the country. 

07/12/2018 - 4:32pm It definitely shouldn't be…

It definitely shouldn't be apart of everything. But there are definite times it overlaps with topics discussed here. I think the call to keep it entirely off the board is foolish. I'm not endorsing it to be brought up in a LT Depth Chart thread, and the person who does should be negged into bolivia for being a thread jacker. 

07/12/2018 - 1:34pm My whole life I've been…

My whole life I've been taught to think politics cannot be discussed without the conversation descending into madness. That peoples minds are made up and it's pointless and therefore it shouldn't even be talked about. I don't think that can be the case any longer. I just think if a topic on the board requires a political discussion, it should be allowed to be discussed. 

If commenters are injecting political views into random sports topics just to be argumentative, that person should be banned for being a troll more than anything. Assholes shouldn't have a place here whether it's talking sports, cars, or the President. 

07/12/2018 - 12:28pm If you don't want to be…

If you don't want to be apart of the discussion, isn't is as easy as skipping over that discussion and moving onto the next? If it produces vitriol and uncivilized interactions the people should be sent to bolivia. But they should be sent to bolivia for being a dick, not for the content of their discussion. 

07/12/2018 - 10:17am A hard, fast, 100% no…

A hard, fast, 100% no politics/religion (even from the mods) rule was the smartest thing this board ever enacted. 

 

What makes you think that? Society is demanding the discussion to actually start happening. It is a difficult conversation to have, but we need to challenge ourselves, teach ourselves to have productive conversations on the topic. Maybe we can grow as a society. My entire generation was raised to think politics is a taboo topic, and I think it's done nothing but repress that conversation until it formed this toxic environment we are currently in. I mean Nazi's literally walked proudly down thru the streets of America last year, but we can't talk about it on MGoBlog? Fuck that. 

07/12/2018 - 10:04am I'll say this OP. You…

I'll say this OP. You obviously do care. You obviously just don't agree with the viewpoint and it bugs you. There are three types of reactions to political commentary. 

Agree
Disagree
Ignore

With this post, I can tell you aren't doing the ignore bit. As much as it is a blog rule to stay away from politics, politics have changed lately. So I think the blog and our community needs to change. You cannot say "people shouldn't be killed by cops" without it being political. You cannot say "racism is bad" without it being political. MGoBlog and the Michigan community cannot bury our heads in the sand for the sake of people who don't agree with our views. There are too many smart people (not me) in this community to repress ideas based on them being politically charged. 

I mean, keep it civil. Don't attack other members personally. DISCUSS. It's healthy.

07/11/2018 - 1:46pm Not me. Still in my ritual…

Not me. Still in my ritual. But I might go a whole day between looking at the mgoboard. I just realized my biggest issue. I cannot easily access my own profile. So I can't go to the list of my comments and easily jump back into the conversations I'm having in different posts. 

I just had to post in a new boardpost just to access my comments from yesterday...

07/11/2018 - 1:40pm I just want to see all the…

I just want to see all the beautiful goals. Croatia can produce some magic. England has the talent to but hasn't quite done it this tournament. Kane might just bulldog his way to a brace though.

07/10/2018 - 12:26pm (No subject)

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07/10/2018 - 8:45am Yeah I think you are missing…

Yeah I think you are missing something. Outside of college basketball, a soccer match is pretty much the only sporting event that gets completed in under 2 hours. The running clock stops any chance of a commercial break during either half of play. IMO, it's a godsend. 90 mins of gameplay is enough time to get anything you need done. 60 mins is good enough for every American sport. So even if there is actually 15 mins of dead ball time, and only 7 mins gets added back on you're getting 82 mins vs. the standard 60 from other sports. 

And lastly, there is a definitive ending to the game. When stoppage time is complete, and the scoring chance is passed. That's two obvious things that'll tell you when it's over. The third is a whistle. The only time stoppage time is extended is when and injury or delay occurs during stoppage time. It's rarely confusing and normally when someone complains "WHY AREN'T YOU BLOWING THE WHISTLE" it's because they want the whistle blown ASAP. Deep down they know why. It's because that sub your team made walked as slow as possible all the way from the corner flag to midfield. 

07/10/2018 - 8:20am Soccer got VAR right because…

Soccer got VAR right because they play by one simple rule. If it isn't painstakingly obvious, stick with the call on the field. At the end of the day, you're trying to fix a humans error, not what a human cannot see with it's own eye. 

07/05/2018 - 8:19am I'd normally side with you,…

I'd normally side with you, that he doesn't end up Blue. But name me a recent football commit who didn't make that commitment to Michigan. 

I'll wait. 

06/27/2018 - 8:17am What's wrong with Michigan…

What's wrong with Michigan these days? Did we even get a commitment yesterday? Now you're telling me the next one isn't expected to happen until this Saturday!

I'm so over this program. 

06/18/2018 - 12:10pm What a great one touch…

What a great one touch strike. It's fun rooting for the underdog and all, but when talent produces a moment of brilliance like that. Wow. 

06/15/2018 - 1:39pm Just pictured Danny Devito…

Just pictured Danny Devito screaming this and I lost it. 

06/15/2018 - 11:05am Fire him and then MSU needs…

Fire him and then MSU needs to fully clean house themselves. EVERYONE knew Engler would be a disaster. The people responsible for putting him in his position need to be gone before they make the next mistake. 

06/13/2018 - 8:19am B1G - 9-game conference…

B1G - 9-game conference schedule, zero FCS opponents. 
SEC - 8 game conference schedule, one FCS opponent.
ACC - 8 game conference schedule, one FCS opponent. 

 

06/09/2018 - 11:36am No, it's an emphasis on the…

No, it's an emphasis on the post being sarcastic without using the /s

06/09/2018 - 11:21am Wow. Fire Harbaugh, amirite?

Wow. Fire Harbaugh, amirite?

06/08/2018 - 12:39pm Was he the kid with the dad…

Was he the kid with the dad who was more excited about visiting Michigan than he was? Not that it was a knock against the kid, just his dad loves Michigan!

06/06/2018 - 8:50am click Upload > Add File >…

click Upload > Add File > paste the URL into the File Name section of the folder

06/06/2018 - 8:49am ...using "Insert images…

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...using "Insert images using Imce File Manager" (max 2.0 MB file)

06/06/2018 - 8:45am https://media.giphy.com…

Let's see if gifs work using "Insert Media Embed"

06/06/2018 - 8:40am The visuals on the comments…

The visuals on the comments section is going to take a bit to get used to, other than that I'm loving the new site!

05/30/2018 - 4:18pm According to wikipedia

According to wikipedia William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor has 52 slips. It's located at the east end of the riverwalk. Also, it looks like the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority has public docks (right between Hart Plaza and The RenCen). I'd call ahead at the very least next time. 

05/30/2018 - 3:58pm That's cool, but

Detroit needs every bit of it's downtown to succeed. Greektown was really the first place I was introduced to downtown as a early 20s guy. I grew comfortable there enough to branch out into the neighboring areas. Start to map the city a bit, know where you are driving and how to get around. I'm guessing I'm not the only one who would be sad to see that area written off and forgotten about. 

05/30/2018 - 3:22pm The evenings were awesome

The evenings were awesome though and the day time I was at the beach, so it didn't bother me at all! IDK, give me that weather over being stuck inside due to rain like the last couple!

05/30/2018 - 3:04pm Oh and most days I'm right

Oh and most days I'm right there with you. I guess the two shootings in Greektown have me flustered the most. I'm down there probably once a month, and was only a few blocks away from the one on Friday. I guess the good thing is that these are rare occurances. Hopefully it's not a continuing thing...

05/30/2018 - 2:58pm This is a great article in my

This is a great article in my opinion. It highlights the restoration projects that are making Detroit a destination without removing the charm and beauty of the old buildings.

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/great-lakes/detroit/travel-tips-and-articles/detroit-americas-most-ambitious-renovation-project/40625c8c-8a11-5710-a052-1479d27680c5