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Urbanabuck

Ohio (via Urbana)

Member since 12 December 2012 | Blog

Long time fan of the Buckeyes, can remember various items like the tp in scum colors and the nasty words about the team up north. No love for Bo, worship of Woody. First game was back in the 80s watching my boy Punky P as a freshman at LB. numerous others since including up in Minny, out in Cali, over in Tempe and at the shoe for quite a few. Bleed scarlet and grey!

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: Dad and I in Tempe and Sun Devil Stadium to see the Ohio State Buckeyes win the National Title over the Canes. Was better than any game I could have imagined and it was shared with my idol and the guy I respect the most in the world, my father.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Eddie George, Orlando Pace and Antoine Winfield
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Jimmy Jackson & Perry Carter
  • NFL TEAM: Loved the Raiders until they took Dud over Eddie
  • NHL TEAM: CBJ when I get to see them
  • NBA TEAM: The Bulls of Jordan, the Lakers of Magic. Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Reds and Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: OSU, the Crew, Manchester United

Recent Activity

Comment 20 Jul 2016

Would agree Mata is gone along with Rojo and probably Blind. Schweini has an offer to go to PSG (let him). I would be fine losing Fellaini as well but think Valencia and Young offer depth in the squad though that may not matter to Jose.

Also heard that James Wilson is being sold along with Keane (Will?). I would hope the other youngsters are given a chance for depth, especially Tyler Blacket and the two you named. 

Wish they had gone for Jose after Moyes, would've made a lot more sense than the LVG days other than being forced to play youngsters thanks to injuries and a lack of depth

Comment 20 Jul 2016

Expensive signing and I hope he ends up being worth it. He is not currently. Jose will be able to get some big players in thanks to his agent Raiola but this fee includes his 20% or should. 

Pogba has the potential to be one of the best CMs in the world and can easily slot into Carrick's spot but think he looks better on the left side and not as a deep holding mid. If Schneiderland is given a chance to live up to his Southampton days as the deep/holding CM then that will help Pogba. He may also take minutes from Rooney at the 10 spot. 

Been a pretty good summer for United. Zlatan will be good for a year or two while also allowing Rashford to stick around. Mihkytarian can play the 10 or be on the right with Martial on the left. Bailly looks like he may be a great partner for Smalling. Would've liked to see them go harder after N'Golo Kante and/or Kroos. Think we have enough offensive type kids but as I said earlier, hopefully Schneiderland gets back to form.

Now who leaves?

Comment 21 Jun 2016

Solid tournament for USMNT, didn't think they'd get to semis so I was pleasantly surprised. May be the last big tournament for Dempsey and Jones, will be missed. Defense stepped up for first four games and is solid for future. Need to find a playmaking mid that can create opportunities for Wood, Morris and other attackers. Bradley needs to drop back to DM. Bedoya is decent and has improved but is not going to be the man. 

Will be interesting to see how much more time JK gets, presume through next World Cup cycle. Needs to keep the youth coming. And leave Jozy home!

Comment 21 Jun 2016

Good to see Beckerman off. Wish Zardes could learn a first touch but he has worked his arse off as usual. Pulisic is playing well but he is getting outmuscled (nice work there though). 

I'm thankful that they don't have Di Maria or Aquero healthy. Ouch! Lavezzi

Comment 21 Jun 2016

Most of their players play on top teams in Europe; ours play in MLS. It's like MLB vs AAA talent level. Messi is the best player in the world, Higuain is a top 10 forward who just set the Italian league scoring record. Masherano plays for Barca and is a top 10 defender. They're world class players going against lesser guys and can do what they want. Pulisic is a potential "next" great player for the US but he is a sub for his European club. Glad to see him in at this point as he brings a spark that we did not have.

Comment 21 Jun 2016

He is one of the better options but it's hard to tell if we have better since he does start most games. Usually better going forward but his decision making has been poor for a few years. Jones helps bail him out. 

Comment 21 Jun 2016

Bradley and Becke not offering much of anything at mid, need to get some energy and creativity in there if we are to have a chance. Oh wait, we don't have those. Bring in Nagbe and Pulisic! At least get some more energy going forward

Comment 21 Jun 2016

Athletes dominate at an early level and soccer parents expect to win when they pay ridiculous club fees. Other countries invest in development of youth and training without the need to win so much. We'd probably dominate a physical testing (combine) but ball skills are last on the list. It's unfortunate.

Comment 21 Jun 2016

Wow, that was too easy. Class of Argentina will be hard to come back on when we are having to defend that attack. Pretty bad when our mids are closest defenders in the box on the goal.

Comment 09 Jun 2016

Fool talking but of the examples:

Manziel - had protential to be a decent QB but was stunted by himself and a lack of overall talent. If Gordon had been able to play, might have had a better season. And then imploded again....

Ward - great system, QB who had enormous talent surrounding him in a system that was tailored. Also has a pretty good RB. Was torn between two sports that he was maybe good at; never great.

 Dorsey - System with Pro athletes. Mediocre QB at best, less than Gino Torreto (?).

Detmer - Okay QB in. Great system at BYU. Truly didn't have skill set to succeed in NFL system.

McCoy - Mediocre QB that went to poor team. Ask the other 24 who have been around him...

Comment 09 Jun 2016

Isn't biggest concern with a shorter QB being able to see over his pocket? And if so, does that impede his throwing that much? Beyond the examples given, I.d think a QB is used to looking at "frames" where his receivers are going to be and while he may miss a couple or more, if he is good, then his checks may enable him to either adapt or overcome that "weakness"? Tate seems to be a QB that plays with a sizable line and has been overly successful being able to overcome that "weakness". While it may impede some throws, The kid can pass and has had to adapt for how long to be the top rated dual passers around. I think he has a great chance to be a success in this offense, or even the previous with Troy, and could conceivably compete to be the "man" as a frosh if JT leaves (hopeful that he stays). Not saying other ahead of him aren't as talented but at least the window is able to be gazed into if the starter leaves. Really hoping this kid signs on, sooner the better.

edit for Goose Island Pils typing

Comment 01 Jun 2016

Spent a couple nights at Lake Lucerne one summer, was an incredible experience. Just a relaxed environment with a beautiful Boardwalk. The trip up the local mountain was incredible as far as a view of tranquility. Hoping to get back there some day. Also took a boat tour on the Rhine, have to agree that Germany is a beautiful country. Amazing to see such history on a daily basis. My one year of German did not prep me for the amazing country; it is not a pleasant language in comparison to the Latin based ones.

Comment 29 May 2016

Will be there as a birthday present for my son's 18th bday present. Went to Real/ManU for his 16th. That was an incredible experience in such a poor venue other than getting 100k in the toilet. Too bad Ibra won't be playing for PSG; great player with character. Only good side is that he may be ManU forward by then. Son is the Real fan.