The teams of the late aughts were never going to win a title, because while they possessed incredible attacking talent as you point out, the defense was wretched outside of Sagna/Clichy, and the team didn't have a functional goalkeeper after Lehman left, at least until Szczesny arrived.
Arsenal's teams, especially since the move to the Emirates, and the departure of Henry have not been as nearly as talented as they have in the past two years, it's not even close. Also, I don't know how one can say this: "Ramsey and Cazorla do not possess the mixture of playmaking defensive/offensive ability as Yaya" when both of them have flourished as box-to-box midfielders. Arsenal's system doesn't require a hulking defensive midfielder, even though one would still be a welcome addition, and the triumvirate of Ozil/Ramsey/Cazorla is better than any other three midfielders in the EPL.
As for Costa, for all of the talk of his hamstring, even up to two hours before today's match, he did in fact, seem fine.
This is the same lineup, minus Cech, on a team that has finished third or fourth in the table for 10 consecutive years...Those are two playmakers and clutch goal scorers United and Arsenal still lack.
Uhh, what? Ozil, Ramsey and Cazorla. There isn't a more talented trio in midfield in the EPL. Combined with Sanchez, Giroud and Walcott/Ox up top is as good as any attacking group in the EPL, and that's without the possible addition of Benzema. Arsenal literally got better this year, after winning the FA Cup two years in a row, Chelsea has lost their best goal scorer to a lingering hamstring issue, and Man City possesses literally no depth. Arsenal have been injury prone in the past, but no team in the EPL boasts the depth that they do. Giroud cannot be ridden like a horse like he has the past two years, which is why I said if Benzema is acquired, which seems ever more likely.
Arsenal and Chelsea are the clear favorites this year. Both teams are far deeper than any other in the EPL. Chelsea merely had to stand pat and make sure that no one suffered a freak injury during the offseason (other than Costa, their best goal scorer, eat shit Mourinho), and Arsenal, with the addition of Cech and the now probable arrival of Benzema look to be completely loaded.
I'm a big fan of Arsenal, but I'll try to be objective as possible, you aren't stopping a team that has a starting eleven of: Cech, Monreal, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Bellerin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Benzema (possibly), and Oxlade-Chamberlain with Gibbs, Debuchy, Chambers, Coquelin, Giroud, Walcott, Wilshere, Welbeck and Arteta coming off the bench. I mean the subs alone would finish as a top 10 team in the league. That and Arsene Wenger isn't an assclown like Mourinho, or an overrated hack like van Gaal.
Those fucksticks tried to nail me with a $200 ticket for having an unregistered vehicle a few months ago. Even though it was registered and the dumbass meter-maid even put on the ticket that I had an Ohio plate, when it was a North Carolina plate. I've never written a more scathing, trenchant email to anyone than what I wrote to CampusParc, after which they dropped my ticket after they comprehended their own stupidity.
I'm sure he'll give himself time to acclimatize, but that doesn't really matter, especially since he's going to be starting below base camp. I'll also be interested to see how he ascends/descends through the Khumbu Icefall, because rushing through that maze of ice is a death sentence.
Yep, Everest is based on Krakauer's Into Thin Air, which is a great book, but I'm also very interested in seeing Meru, which won the Best U.S. Documentary award at Sundance this year. It's about Conrad Anker (one of the greatest American mountaineers ever), Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk climbing the Shark's Fin in the Himalaya.
Kilian Jornet, arguably the best ultrarunner in the world, thinks he can successfully ascend and descend Everest in under 72 hours. The feats that these guys/chicks are completing are insane, but Jornet is going to learn very quickly that the human body has limits above 8,000 meters, and if he really thinks he can make it up and down Everest in under 72 hours, he's going to die from HACE or HAPE. So while these records are cool and everything, they are not going to end well for the people that keep trying to do something more difficult and grand.
This. So much this. I don't care that there are a multitude of shows/movies that have quite graphic violence, but I find it hilarious that it's perfectly acceptable for shows like The Walking Dead to be aired on cable television, but heaven-forbid someone sees some tits or a penis. They're just body parts, and like I said above, showing a little skin never hurt anyone, and it's not like it has an adverse effect on me.
"So if Ohio State came out to play Virginia Tech in helmet, shoulder pads and jock straps, it'd be appropriate because it's 2015 and we have the Internet?"
Excellent straw man there. The teams have a set uniform, I'd imagine there was no set uniform/dress code for walking the red carpet at the Teen Choice Awards, or whatever it was. So even in the most simplest terms, your argument doesn't make any sense. Also, it's 2015, do people actually still use jock straps instead of compression shorts with a sleeve?
Innocence is life's greatest illusion.
Honestly, who cares? A little cleavage never made anyone's day worse did it? I didn't think so. Plus I hate to break it to you, but your kids are going to see plenty of genitalia/mammaries in their lifetime, a little skin never hurt anyone. If only society weren't so uptight about the human body.
If you're looking for simpler trails, look for those around Hocking Hills, Zaleski, Cuyahoga, Mohican or even Mt. Gilead. If you're looking for a true challenge in Ohio, I'd recommend Shawnee, which is just west of Portsmouth. The trail is comprised of two loops, a northern and southern loop. It's an asskicker of a trail, with loads of elevation change (for Ohio that is). I'd recommend that you go light and fast on it though, as the crew that built the trail didn't believe much in switchbacks, and it could be brutal on your knees if you're carrying a heavy load. It can easily be done in 4 days at ~10 miles per day, but I'll be looking to hike it in two days this fall as a little trial run for the AT.
Outside of Ohio:
Outside of Ohio there are far better trails in Kentucky, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Red River Gorge is a great place for both backpacking and climbing, Michigan has the entirety of the UP and Isle Royale, and Pennsylvania has World's End and Allegheny as premier destinations.
I'd like to see Quintana win, Contador is no better than Armstrong. Other than that Froome, Wiggins and Sagan all have shots, and Cavendish will of course win a few sprint stages, so long as he doesn't break something when he wrecks half the peloton.
Yes he will be. Brandon Saad instantly becomes the best forward on the Jackets roster.
Yeah, just no. Ryan Johansen is one of the top centers in the NHL, he's not the two-way maestro that Toews or Hossa are, but Johansen is definitively better, right now, than any forward on the Hawks' roster not named Toews or Kane, including Hossa (Yes Hossa is an ageless, future HOFer, but Johansen is the better player now). Saad will be one of the top forwards on the Jackets' roster, but Johansen and Foligno are near point per game players (both had more points this season than any Hawks forward), Hartnell is a perennial 60 point guy, and Dubinsky's two-way game is just as good as Toews's, with slightly lower offensive production (look at Dubinsky's Corsi numbers, they're ridiculous). Columbus will have an absolutely brutal Top 6/9. This trade makes them a force in the Eastern Conference, and the addition of Paliotta should not be understated, a guy with his size, skill and skating, along with All-American honors, projects to be a very good 2nd pairing defenseman.
It should also be noted that the big 'get' for the Hawks in this trade was Marko Dano, a young, brilliant talent, whose overall game is very similar to Saad's. He drives possession, and plays with an edge, but his defensive game isn't quite there yet, something you can hardly hold against a 20 year old coming off his first NHL season. This was a good trade for both teams, Chicago got pieces that were more valuable than what they would have received through an offer sheet, and Columbus received two pieces that can propel them to the top of the Eastern Conference.
The trend in Anaheim suggests that Boudreau is very much a terrible coach. He has squandered talent wherever he's gone. He couldn't get it done with generational/elite talent in Washington, and the very same thing is happening in Anaheim.
Boudreau is a terrible coach. He's done nothing but squander great talent. Ovechkin, Backstrom, Semin, Green etc. in Washington, and Getzlaf, Perry, Selanne, Fowler, Lindholm, etc. in Anaheim. He's literally proven that he cannot win a Cup, even when he is handed loaded rosters.
I mean, Randy fricking Carlyle won a Cup in Anaheim with a comparable roster.
Drew a pretty important holding call at Penn State a few years ago I believe.
Yeah I plan on going to see Glass Animals up in Cleveland this summer, and I think Modest Mouse is performing in Louisville this summer, and if that's the closest they get to Columbus, I'll be making the drive.
This, so much this. It's not just Millennials that are drawn in by their devices, it's people of all ages.
Out of place? No, my generation is continually judged by Baby Boomers, whose generation has no moral ground upon which it can or should stand.
Note the part where I specifically addressed Baby Boomers? Reading comprehension, you should try it sometime.
I believe that My Morning Jacket is opening for Third Eye Blind in Columbus this summer. My current need to see list: Modest Mouse, Glass Animals, Beirut, City and Colour.
First: Third Eye Blind, saw them my senior year of high school in downtown Raleigh, they were brilliant.
Best: Portugal. The Man (at the Newport in 2012, these guys are amazing live), or Kenny Wayne Shepherd (best guitarist I've ever seen live, he's not on the same level as Page or Hendrix, but he's damn close).
Honorable Mention: Iron Maiden, simply put, they rocked.
Meh. We still play sports, play instruments, take part in after-school clubs/activities. Technology/social media has made communication across long distances much easier, but as someone born in the 90s, trust me, there's still loads of socialization and interpersonal discussion that isn't transmitted through an electronic device. As a Millennial I know how to speak with someone as well as even write one of those fancy things called a letter.
What worries me is older generations worrying about the socialization/practices of my generation, when maybe it would be more apt if older generations focused more on not fucking things up in general, like running this country (Note: this is not a hot take on the current administration, but rather an observation of the fact that all of the Baby Boomers in office suck ass at what they're doing, and have for some time.)