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.
I hear what you're saying, and agree that the tough guys in internet chat rooms should shut the f#^k up, but:
Freshman applications at state schools are up everywhere, since college has gotten so crazy expensive.
U of M is proud of its lofty US News ranking, but its football APR is still behind tOSU's.
A new president might be more likely to fire Hoke for substandard performance since there is no personal relationship. If the new president doesn't know that football is important at UofM, then they could have only come from under a rock.
I think RRod lowered expectations in Ann Arbor. What should be galling to Michigan fans is that he moved on to Arizona, plays in a tougher conference, with lower ranked recruiting classes, and wins consistently. He should have been successful at U of M as well, so the alumni and former players need to think about their "pedigree" requirement when the next head coaching search comes around.
Anything that helps defend a f*&^ing screen pass would be nice.
He certainly isn't missed here in Wisconsin.
Personally, I find it amazing that this is explicitly called out somewhere in the rules. It's like that stupid NCAA bagel/cream cheese rule- wow, someone has too much time on their hands to think this stuff up. (Special thanks Mr. Napier for torpedoing that last rule by calling out the NCAA in your post championship interview)
Don't want to sound like a Raiders executive, but I'll take my chances with 10.53 100M speed, regardless of who they're playing..
Welcome to Wisconsin Mr. Linsley! The Packers are a very well run organization- you couldn't have asked to land in a better place. I need to get a 63 jersey to match my AJ Hawk one.
When I met my wife, about the only thing she knew about Ohio was that the cops are total dicks.
I can't pass parts of a field sobriety test even when stone-cold sober. It's not that uncommon. There are many medical conditions (even being tired, which it seems like Roby was) that can make you fail a test. It leads me to believe that either Roby or the cop was being a dick. I'm willing to excuse Roby for being a dick since he was arrested for doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG. My guess is the real offense was DWB.
I did a research paper on the training of police officers when I was in school. I happened to attend the academy on the day where they talked about search and probable cause: "If you can't find probable cause to search a vehicle, then you aren't trying"
In most states, yes, you can be cited for OVI (or equivalent) for being excessively fatigued. It's rare to actually be cited for it (except for commercial drivers, who have to keep logs) because it's a hard thing to prove
I can't pass parts of a field sobriety test even when stone-cold sober. It's not that uncommon. There are many medical conditions (even being excessively tired) that can make you fail a test. It leads me to believe that either Roby or the cop was being a dick. I'm willing to excuse Roby for being a dick since he was arrested for doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG. My guess is the real offense was DWB.
I like Yamazaki. Very similar to some of the less peaty seaside distilleries like Scapa.