Could it be the start of a Division 1+? I agree that a lot of schools won't be able to keep up,and the farcical nature of the NCAA's "amateurism" seems to crumbling.
I've thought this for a while. While the SEC has some dominant teams, they don't have the national draw that some of the B1G (e.g. tOSU, scUM, PSU) have. Even in SEC country, there's divided loyalties (half of Alabama hates Alabama) That's why the tOSU game is always broadcast on ESPN/ABC even when we're playing a completely overmatched team.
My wife and I abandoned the DC area for northern WI 2 years ago and it's been awesome. I hated the self-entitled attitudes, traffic, pollution, etc of the area. Hope you can punch out and make it to saner pastures.
I coach youth soccer, and I have players that can really see the field. They know how plays develop and have a knack for finding seams in the defense and knowing where players will be. I also have players that just don't see it, and I haven't been able to coach it into them. They seem to get the idea in drills, but in full speed play they can't apply the lessons.
I love hard cider and brew my own every year. It's not necessarily a bitch drink, it's just that the US ones are usually very sweet. They drink cider like crazy in the UK. Strongbow is great if you can find it. Ace's Pear Cider is awesome too. Try a snakebite, a black-and-tan made with cider in place of the Bass/Harp.
There needs to be drinking game rules established for this one.
FSU Is reminding me of the good old Bobby Bowden years, finishing in the top 4 in the rankings and stupid player behavior every year.
Agreed. I much prefer the current situation to the Cooper era. See quote below. I love hearing the lamentations of the alumni.
RR has won at both WVU and now Arizona, so I wouldn't lump him in with Hoke. (I think Meyer even recommended him for his current job). He didn't succeed at Michigan, but I would blame the school and alumni more than him. It didn't help that his tenure was during a strong tOSU time, and they weren't able to poach many top recruits out of Ohio (read: formula for success in 80s and 90s).
How you destroy the 46? It's called a passing game.
Is Schlichter in white-collar resort prison or federal pound me in the a$$ prison?
Hate their politics, love the chicken more.
I thought that the bacon-cheese dog at 5 Guys couldn't possibly be good... was I ever wrong. Chili could only make it better.
Penn State and Wisconsin. From my viewpoint in the dairy state, it seems like Wisconsin gets more fired up for the OSU game than the Minnesota game. I remember the first few years of PSU in the B1G, and those were the building of a great rivalry. PSU, (from my former co-workers point of view) views OSU as their primary rival.
I hope that the USA has learned to appreciate soccer a bit more and that a game doesn't need to be high scoring to be exciting. I'll be visiting my cardiologist to make sure everything's OK after the USMNT matches.
Crab legs aren't the thing on his (growing) rap sheet that concerns me.
Still is. Biggest Heisman snub ever.
"America loves a winner and will not tolerate a loser!" Gen George S Patton
i agree FIFA's rankings are crappy, but that's what there is to work with. I would like what you're proposing, after separating the top teams from each region. I think that each region's best team should get a more favorable draw, because FIFA's rankings are prone to favoring a strong region (Europe) over a weaker one (Africa) due to "strength of schedule". Ghana (#37) is ranked near such European powerhouses as Wales (#41) and Armenia (#38).
I think his comment is, frankly, 100% on the money. I respect him for making such a blunt public assessment of the team (very German). A leader needs to understand the capabilities of his subordinates. We'd think he had been hitting the crack pipe if he was out there saying he thought US is going to win it all. Hopefully, the team takes it as a challenge. The coach of the 1980 US ice hockey team famously told his team that they didn't have enough talent to win on talent alone. And that's the case here. I agree that this is probably the best roster the US has had yet. MLS keeps getting better, but it's not to the level of the elite European leagues yet. When the US roster has more names that play with top flight clubs, I will feel better about our chances.
I agree the draw needs to be fixed. There's no way that the #1 team from CONCACAF and the #2 and #3 teams from Europe should be in the same group. I would propose that the top 3 teams from Europe, top 2 from South America, top teams from the other confederations (Africa, Asia/Oceania (lumped together), North/Central America). Then fill everyone else in based on world ranking.
Here's my opinion on US odds:
Win every game in group: 0%
Win against Ghana and Portugal, tie/lose to Germany: 10%
Beat Ghana and tie both Germany and Portugal: 20%
Beat Ghana and tie either Germany or Portugal: 40%
Beat Ghana, lose against both Germany and Portugal: 20%
US gets blanked or only manages a tie with Ghana: 10%
My point is that they are all unaccountable organizations that make bad decisions for dodgy financial reasons (bribery in case of IOC and FIFA, protecting non-profit "amateur" athletics in the case of the NCAA).
I can't decide whether FIFA, the IOC, or the NCAA is the worst organization.
Besides this example of blatant bribery, there's this story that ran yesterday in the NY Times about officials being paid off. The article is long, but one interesting tidbit is that FIFA monitors the betting lines on major matches to help determine if a fix might be on. Not that they actually do anything about it, apparently.
I love soccer and wish it had a bigger presence in the USA, but I think this kind of stuff hinders the growth of the game in this country.
I don't necessarily think that it was a bad idea to hire him. I'm all for hiring coaches that have success at smaller schools, where the talent levels are more even. It shows they can coach. (See: Tressell, Meyer). But, most good new coaches in this situation have consistently excellent results after year 2 in their jobs. So I think that it's fair to question the hire now.