Great point. I've never figured out the hype. Maybe they're still feeding off of their result in 1966. 1990 was the only other time they've been a real threat to win the World Cup. In the entire history of the European Championships, I think England has only won a total of 1 knockout round match ('96 vs. Spain, on PKs).
Pretty hard to believe, especially when you consider the population size and the fact that most of the players have other full-time jobs, including the manager (dentist).
Totally agree. I don't think anyone expected the US to win, but given last night's performance, there were zero moral victories or positives to take away. The talent gap between the US and the best in the world is clear, and I doubt that is going to change anytime soon. Granted, Argentina's pressure created a lot of havoc for the US last night, but that's still no excuse for the ridiculous number of giveaways and sloppy possession.
Just out of curiosity, when was the last time the US played a match where they failed to register a single shot?
It's pretty great down here, especially when Tennessee isn't competitive. Low cost of living, extremely low tax rate (plus no income tax), great weather with mild winters, plenty of job opportunities, and a paradise for those who love the outdoors. That's definitely drawing a lot of northern retirees down here, from what I've seen in the past 10-20 years. There's a pretty big OSU alumni group here now, too.
That being said, it's all orange all the time here, literally. I went to a high school just north of Knoxville (John Cooper's alma mater) during the late-90s, and if you weren't a Tennessee fan (and a Tennessee fan only), you were treated like a pariah. I dealt with that first hand, especially in elementary/middle school, because I would cheer for Tennessee and Ohio State on Saturdays. After the 1996 Citrus Bowl (and the berating I took), I chucked every piece of orange clothing that I had. I was just tired of getting pissed on by so many fans, of all ages. Needless to say, that was a bad time to be a Buckeye here. The SEC was essentially a 2-team league, and it culminated with Tennessee's national title in 1998.
I came to OSU in 2001, the year that Tennessee choked away the 2001 SEC title, and things haven't been the same for them since. They are still trying to shake off the curse of the Georgia Dome. I moved back down here in 2005, and I haven't had to deal with any smack talk in a long time. That all could change this year though.
Especially with Jones, Bedoya, and Wood all sitting out.
Wow. Now a 3rd weather delay. Qualifier Andrew Landry has a very respectable round going with one hole remaining.
Definitely going to see some rain this morning, but it's supposed to start drying out later today. The weather is supposed to be perfect Friday through Sunday. The greens should definitely begin to speed up by the weekend.
No one here in Knoxville wants to admit it, but they shouldn't sleep on this version of Appy State. They have a really good running game, a solid dual-threat QB, plus they return their entire defense from last year's 11-win team. The crowd at Neyland probably won't be as raucous, since they're playing on Thursday night instead of Saturday night. Could be interesting.
What's also funny about this is that with the extra day they've added to the calendar, it shifts the final exam schedule. Instead of exams beginning on Thursday, December 1, they now begin on Saturday, December 3rd, which also happens to be championship Saturday.
Two outstanding games in D1 yesterday. Both came down to the wire.
WOW! took over for Knology down here in Knoxville 3 or 4 years ago (trying to combat our Comcast overlords here). I made the switch from Comcast to WOW! a couple of years ago, and I couldn't be happier. I don't have a cable package anymore, so I was paying ~$40/month for internet only from Comcast. WOW! offered me 5 times the bandwidth at half the cost ($20/month). Couldn't pass it up, so I made the switch. The service is MUCH faster, more reliable, and surprisingly, their customer service here has been fantastic. Granted, it probably helps that they only service a part of Knoxville (Comcast is in bed with the utilities in Knoxville so they are the only one to have free reign), so they have a limited customer base. I wish I had switched sooner!
Agreed. On the D2 side, Kilbourne's record is deceiving, since they primarily played a D1 schedule. I don't think they've lost a D2 game all season. DeSales played a pretty pedestrian schedule, but they crushed just about everyone on it. Should be a good game.
I didn't want to create another thread, so I'll just add it here. Lacrosse state championship games are Saturday at Thomas Worthington High School.
Division 1 final (1:00 pm): Upper Arlington (19-3) vs. Cleveland St. Ignatius (16-2) - UA is looking to collect their 16th state title. Ignatius is making their first-ever title game appearance.
Division 2 final (4:30 pm): Worthington Kilbourne (13-10) vs. Toledo St. Francis (20-2) - Kilbourne is looking to collect their 2nd state title (first year in D2). St. Francis is making their first-ever title game appearance.
Yup, this is year #4 for him, so the roster is 100% his now. I'm not a Vol fan, but the fans here are starved for a team that can compete again, and I'm sure that's why the expectations are so great (as unrealistic as that is). I'll admit though, there is no reason why they shouldn't win their division this season. Georgia is probably the only other team that can challenge them, although they have no proven QB or defense. Florida has no QB or offense, and the rest of the division is an absolute dumpster fire. It's possible that they could go 11-1 (only losing to Alabama), without a single top-25 win, similar to what Michigan did in Brady Hoke's first season.
That said, they still haven't proven that they can get a big win. They haven't beaten Florida since 2004, and they've only beaten Alabama once in that same time frame (thanks to Mike Shula). Heck, outside of the bowl wins against Iowa and Northwestern, the only "big" win Jones has at Tennessee was in his first year against a top-5 South Carolina team.
If you look back at their losses to Florida and Oklahoma last year, it's obvious that Jones has a tendency to struggle in crunch time against quality opponents. Some very strange coaching decisions led to both blunders. Granted, some of those struggles can be blamed on a program that is still learning how to win again, but he certainly deserves some blame for how they blew those two games last year.
Massive expectations on his team in 2016, and if they don't win the SEC East (as terrible as that division looks right now), his seat will definitely start heating up. A LOT of people down here expect Tennessee to make the playoffs this year. IMO, they are just setting themselves up for more disappointment. They haven't beaten Florida in over a decade, so I'm not sure why they're already talking about a possible national championship.
I certainly don't disagree, but Butch Jones has definitely assembled some talent the past few seasons. They are still learning how to win, but they are going to have a handful of Thursday/Friday draft picks next April.
This has been a Clemson/Tennessee battle from the beginning. Locals here in Knoxville obviously want him to stay home, but he's very interested in Clemson apparently. I'll be shocked if he ends up elsewhere.
I visit Bluffton/Beaufort/Hilton Head a couple of times a year, and you're right, there are a LOT of Buckeyes down there.
If we are going to schedule so many doormats, why not go after a few in-state doormats?
I grew up in Knoxville, but my dad was from Hilliard and graduated from OSU in the early 70s. I was all-Buckeye (never all-Vol), but college would ultimately be a financial decision for me. I was planning to study engineering, and I chose between offers from Illinois, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and the Buckeyes. Fortunately, Ohio State offered a ton of out-of-state scholarships back in 2001, so that made my decision easy.
Fast forward to 2003. My junior year, my best friend from back home had a younger brother who had gotten hooked watching Ohio State run the table in 2002 and wanted to attend a game. I snagged an extra pair of tickets to the Northwestern game that year, and the rest is history. He's been all-in ever since. 13 years later, he might be one of the biggest fans I know. Poor guy married into a family full of Tennessee and Miami fans.
Needless to say, he's doing the lord's work.
I had a couple of friends who lived in RiverWatch Tower in the early 2000s. Used to hang out at their apartment from time to time. Reminded me of upper-classmen dorm living. Also had friends who lived on Norwich between Neil and High St during the same time period. They had some minor issues, but most of that was related to bad neighbors.
I lived in a rental house on Lane between High St and Summit from 2003 until '05. Not a bad location. I was an engineering student, so most of my classes were up north. I didn't stray south all that often. I had a GF during that time who lived near the corner of King Ave and Neil Ave. She had a pretty good experience there. South campus area has definitely improved over the years. Helps that most of the areas adjacent to campus are populated by fellow students.
As others have said, don't stray too far east of High St.
The good news is that the Preds return just about everyone on the roster. Gaustad is likely going to retire, Nystrom may be bought out, and Hutton is probably going to head to another team for playing time. I think that leaves Jarnkrok and Forsberg as the only pending free agents, and I'm sure both will be resigned.
Next season is the big one. The talent is certainly there, and it wouldn't hurt to add a couple of pieces to beef up the roster in the off-season. I don't have the contract list in front of me, but I think there are a number of players who have contract decisions coming up at the end of the 2016-17 season.
I'm still recovering myself. Great season for Nashville, but that game 7 "performance" was a terrible way to go out.