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livinginthegrey


Member since 15 February 2013 | Blog

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  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Troy Smith
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: LeBron
  • NFL TEAM: any team with a Buckeye on it
  • NHL TEAM: are they still around
  • NBA TEAM: who cares
  • MLB TEAM: Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: Chelsea

Recent Activity

Comment 19 Feb 2017

Herb Sendek said the same thing about their fans.

Comment 18 Dec 2016

I don't believe in limiting the number of bowls, but having bowls require schools and teams to buy tickets from them should be stopped. Schools lose money on the tickets but are pressured to accepting. 

If there were no ticket requirements, then maybe some bowls would be less profitable and would not be able to survive. 

Comment 06 Dec 2016

My girls also play at a very competive level. What I have experienced is that it is very expensive to get good youth training. (u8-u14) There are scholarships available, but they are not widely publicized and/or used. As the kids get older and teams get better, the financial commitment grows substantially. ($2000-$3000 per year). That is a pretty big hurdle to overcome, and IMO eliminates a large piece of the population from playing soccer and/or drives them to play other sports.  There are isolated exceptions, but I haven't experienced it happening enough. 

Comment 06 Dec 2016

I like the 8 game model with home games for top 4 seeds. 5 spots for conference champs and 3 at large, one of which goes to top non-power five school. Also, drop a regular season game. (Didn't they just add a reg season game 8-10 years ago?)

Comment 05 Dec 2016

The US's development program is a mess. The club structure eliminates most of the athletes at a young age. It simply costs too much to get good training. The best trainers go where the money is, to the suburbs and the upper-middle class. Can't blame them for attempting to make a living, but it doesn't help the national team or overall player development. 

Comment 05 Dec 2016

If these players stay in MLS, then the future will remain as is, looking toward the future. 

The MLS does not challenge the best players enough everyday during practices. It's great for the cities with teams, the fans that watch, and the players who want to stay in the US and earn a paycheck playing soccer, but it is less than optimal for top tier player development and that means it's bad for the US national team. 

It also provides our CONCACAF opponents an avenue for their players to develop. These 2nd tier players have a place to develop and the weak CONCACAF countries get stronger.