Does U21 matter? I've never seen that it's a strong leading indicator of future success for a country.
Though Ghana has our number, we outrank them on the Soccer Power Index and in FIFA rankings. By those metrics at least we're a better squad.
posted by rcade at 10:44 AM on December 09
Young Rcade is a little bummed to see Tom Dempsey's name leave the record books. I loved that someone with Dempsey's physical challenges kicked that 63-yard shot -- seven yards beyond the old record and a last-second game winner to boot -- and had that straight back approach to the ball.
posted by rcade at 10:10 AM on December 09
FSU vs Auburn for the "National Title" ... anyone think these are the 2 best teams?
Florida State is clearly one of the two best teams. How can you possibly argue otherwise, given how they beat Clemson, Miami and Duke? Nobody has been able to stay on the field with the Seminoles all year. Their margin of victory is ranked No. 1 the FBS.
posted by rcade at 09:58 AM on December 09
I am becoming increasing drawn to their new helmets and unis (it has taken awhile) ...
I could only hate the two-tone helmet and NBA halftime jazz dancer uniforms for one game. By the second, I thought they were awesome. It's a look nobody else has (don't say it), and the personality of the whole uniform changes based on which way a player is facing. In a huddle the Jags look like two different teams.
The Jags could win another three games. They get Buffalo and Tennessee at home while both are struggling and finish on the road against an Indy team that will have clinched the division and might have nothing to play for.
posted by rcade at 08:26 PM on December 07
Yikes. Orpik deserved payback, but not felony assault. Isn't the unwritten rule that once a player is on the ground the fight is over?
posted by rcade at 08:23 PM on December 07
I don't like PKs but they were quite a show unto themselves. Both teams had the win on their foot. We were one successful RSL goal from having the keepers kick.
This made me wonder what happens after it's still tied once the keepers have shot.
posted by rcade at 08:20 PM on December 07
Nate Silver's Soccer Power Index has the U.S. chances only slightly below Portugal and apparently said somewhere that American fans are suffering from excessive fear of Ghana.
posted by rcade at 12:41 PM on December 07
Nothing sounds more ominous than "the U.S. will go home early."
I think the toughest group is Spain, Netherlands, Chile and pitiable Australia. The last two teams from the Final and Chile in a cup played in South America. The Socceroos will be lucky to score a goal.
posted by rcade at 12:37 PM on December 07
"We said anywhere but Manaus and we got Manaus." -- Jurgen Klinsmann
posted by rcade at 12:52 PM on December 06
This would be a good time for the U.S. to get dramatically better overnight.
posted by rcade at 12:29 PM on December 06
The U.S. gets Germany, Ghana and Portugal. That's about as grim as it could get.
posted by rcade at 12:21 PM on December 06
The Brazilian female cohost has a dress that's practically painted on. God bless you, Spanish language television.
The draw is beginning with interpretive dance to music that sounds like Ross Gellar on his Casio.
posted by rcade at 11:42 AM on December 06
You'd think Moyes would be happier to see Everton win at Old Trafford for the first time in two decades.
Ha! He's having a long first season. I still think he's a great successor to that other guy whatsisname.
posted by rcade at 03:42 PM on December 05
Winston's DNA was found on her underwear. He says consensual sex occurred. Another male's DNA was found on her shorts.
However, unless I'm completely off base that doesn't mean that the girl wasn't still raped.
No, it doesn't. But prosecutors won't file charges if they don't think there's enough evidence to convict. So this is either a rape that won't be prosecuted or consensual sex that shouldn't be.
posted by rcade at 03:41 PM on December 05
There is no assailant to find. She claims Winston raped her, the prosecutor said there isn't evidence to prove that a crime occurred. The DNA of a second unknown male was one of the factors in his decision.
posted by rcade at 02:45 PM on December 05
I am surprised that Meggs and the reporters were cracking jokes and laughing during this press conference. It looks terribly callous to rape victims.
posted by rcade at 02:29 PM on December 05
Again, there is a difference between automatic-bid BCS conferences and the mid-majors.
The difference is an artificial one that denied the non-BCS conference teams a chance at a national championship no matter how well they did, a state of affairs created by the BCS conferences.
The mad on you'll have if an undefeated Ohio State is left out this year is nothing compared to the exclusion the mid-majors have been forced to live with for years. The deck is stacked against Ohio State being excluded if it wins all its games, no matter how much the Big 10 stinks. The deck is against the mid-majors from being included, no matter how good its conference plays.
So glad the playoff is coming. I hope it expands to eight so the entire FBS can start the season with an actual chance of winning it all.
That is not to say that the best team from the mid-major is not better than the AQ conference's best team, but top to bottom there is no comparison.
Top to bottom, there's no comparison between the Big 10 and the SEC this year. But you're not accepting that argument against Ohio State, so you shouldn't make it against Boise State in 2006-07.
posted by rcade at 03:41 PM on December 03
I believe you're stretching to find reasons to exclude OSU. And I think comparing them to Florida State is the very definition of stretching.
I believe you're reacting to things I never said.
I predicted that if Auburn wins the SEC, it will squeak by Ohio State because the computers like it better. I never said the humans who control the other two-thirds of the BCS formula should pass over an undefeated Ohio State.
As for Florida State, I didn't bring them into this. But why shouldn't Ohio State be compared to them? Both are undefeated teams trying to establish their right to be in the title game.
posted by rcade at 07:54 PM on December 02
I don't think that the fact that Clemson was overrated at that time should factor into it, do you?
A big reason Clemson appears overrated today is because Florida State crushed them. There's a catch-22 situation when a team that loses to the Noles isn't as impressive because they lost to the Noles. That's one reason I look at where teams were ranked when they played, not just where they ended up.
I'm just trying to get to the heart of why so many people are engaging in statistical gymnastics to try to make a case for leaving an undefeated (to date) team out of the championship game. I get the sense that it is for such concrete reasons as "Ohio State fatigue" and "I hate the 'The' in their name."
So when we give you facts, we're engaging in "statistical gymnastics" and the real reason is because we we're haters who don't care about facts. Nice.
The heart of the argument is that Ohio State doesn't have an unassailable invitation to the national championship game yet. We've spelled out the reasons why pretty clearly, but you don't want to hear it.
posted by rcade at 03:34 PM on December 02
Why are they such a consensus #1 when the strongest win on their schedule came against the #13 Clemson Tigers?
Because of the way they beat Clemson and Miami, plus the way they've steamrolled every opponent on their schedule except for Boston College.
The Seminoles have won by 28, 55, 48, 14, 63, 37, 32, 27, 56, 56, 66 and 30 points, an average of 42.7 points. That's the highest average margin of victory in college football.
The Buckeyes have won by 20, 35, 18, 76, 7, 10, 10, 49, 56, 25, 28 and 1 points, an average of 27.9 points.
P.s. When FSU played Clemson, the Tigers were ranked No. 3.
posted by rcade at 02:22 PM on December 02
Knowshon Moreno cried enormous slo-mo tears before Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
I figured they were grief tears for someone, but they were man-I-love-football tears.
posted by rcade at 01:10 PM on December 02
Point of clarification #1: Since the Big XII reduced to 10 teams, it no longer has a championship game.
I know. That's why I said "if." I assume the Big 12 won't be without a championship game for long. When all the major conferences have a title game, that's a quasi-playoff round.
... it's a little reductive to say that they helped create this situation by their own scheduling.
How is it reductive? It's a simple fact. Ohio State doesn't control how strong its conference will be in any given year, but it does control who it plays in OOC games.
I wasn't aware Ohio State had scheduled Vanderbilt, so it's a bad break to get Florida A&M as a late replacement. I know from experience with UNT that getting a good game after a cancellation is extremely tough.
Florida State's Florida game was exciting when they scheduled it. They just caught Florida on its worst year in decades.
If Ohio State edges the SEC champ, I don't think it will be an outrage. But I think that if Auburn beats No. 5 Missouri after beating No. 1 Alabama, I don't see how the Buckeyes top them in the rankings.
posted by rcade at 11:32 AM on December 02
I'm glad the NFL is protecting quarterbacks and receivers. The NFL is an inferior product when your team's starting quarterback is hurt, aside from the occasional time a backup proves to have legitimate talent. And I don't want to see any more Darryl Stingleys.
posted by rcade at 09:24 AM on December 02
There's no getting around the fact that the Big 10 isn't as strong as other conferences this year, but is that the fault of Ohio State?
Did that argument ever work on you in past years when an undefeated team was in a conference weaker than the Big 10?
If Ohio State is kept out because of how strength of schedule affected computer rankings, that's a situation it helped create by scheduling Buffalo, San Diego State and Florida A&M as OOC opponents.
posted by rcade at 06:47 PM on December 01
How is cutting those down to the top four any less controversial than the top two has been in most of the BCS years?
It moves the pain. An excluded third- or fourth-ranked team has more to be upset about than an excluded fifth- or sixth-place team. If the biggest injustice in the current system is when an undefeated team from a major conference doesn't get to play for the championship, the four-team playoff reduces the odds of that happening.
Also, if the SEC, PAC, ACC, Big 12 and Big 10 all end up playing conference championship games, that will result in no more than five undefeated teams a season -- and most often less. Any team that loses its conference championship has a pretty weak beef about being excluded from a four-team playoff.
I think the four-team playoff is likely to grow pretty quickly, because of the money and ratings it will generate.
posted by rcade at 05:56 PM on December 01
Without a horse in this race, I want the last non-playoff season to end in controversy.
posted by rcade at 11:41 AM on December 01
... there is no way to deny them the chance to prove themselves (for better or worse) against FSU.
If Auburn wins the SEC, I think it will squeak past Ohio State in the rankings because the computers like it better.
posted by rcade at 09:32 PM on November 30
posted by rcade at 12:44 PM on November 29
Torrey Smith posted a photo of Tomlin on Instagram.
posted by rcade at 12:40 PM on November 29
If Jones had run into him, he would've likely been awarded the touchdown.
posted by rcade at 12:38 PM on November 29
Ryan Erxleben, fastest punter alive.
posted by rcade at 11:49 AM on November 29
McGwire's also really good at unconvincing denials.
posted by rcade at 11:01 AM on November 29
Gregg Easterbrook had a great suggestion for what Minnesota should have done when it fair caught a punt at its own 34 with one second remaining in overtime: Attempt a fair catch kick.
The kick is from the spot of the catch and cannot be blocked by the defense. The kicker gets to run up to the kick more than he would normally. Though extremely unlikely, Blair Walsh had a better shot to make that than the Vikings did to complete a pass for 76 yards.
posted by rcade at 03:09 PM on November 26
But - the Tom Brady as a whiner shtick has been around for years -- and where people set the line as to it being "too much" from Brady, but not not too much from other QB's, is completely arbitrary.
You shouldn't assume that because an opinion here is voiced by other fans elsewhere it comes from the same motivation. There are a lot of dumb sports fans and homers in the world. They say dumb things for dumb reasons. There's little of that here because we actively weed it out.
Personally, I never noticed the whiner knock on Brady. I was surprised by his game 1 tantrum, and I thought it would portend to a long disappointing season. He didn't seem very happy with the receiving corps he'd been left with after the Welker departure and the Hernandez arrest.
I did not expect to see him run 10-15 yards to yell at a ref over a pass interference non-call. That long run to protest doesn't happen often, from any quarterback, in my observation. It shows a lack of composure on his part.
People keep mentioning Romo, but as a Cowboys fan I've seen more of the opposite complaint over the years. If he looks unperturbed in a situation that's making fans angry, people think he doesn't care.
posted by rcade at 10:33 AM on November 26
It irks me to be told the only reason I hold my opinion is because I don't like Brady and the Pats. Close the window you've opened in my soul. You're letting in a draft.
Contrary to your mind reading, I like the Hoodie and his team. There's so little consistent excellence in the league that I appreciate being able to watch the Pats on any given week to see good-to-great football. Lord knows I'm not getting that with Jacksonville and Dallas.
But liking the Pats doesn't blind me to Brady acting like a sourpuss who is too old for this bleep. He's like Danny Glover in the Lethal Weapon movies and the receivers are his obnoxious new partner. All he wants is to get through the final weeks before his retirement without being shot by South African drug dealers with diplomatic immunity.
posted by rcade at 08:57 AM on November 26
I don't get your first sentence. Why would the Pats do that instead of stacking the box, when passing was so difficult?
posted by rcade at 02:25 PM on November 25
Manning and Romo are both chronic complainers, but somehow Brady's the poster child for it.
Brady's earned the poster gig this year, starting with week one when he kept ripping his receivers during the game. Do others do it too? Sure. But Brady is making an ass of himself more often than I'm used to seeing from him.
Feel free to tell me what you thought happened last night.
I've watched almost every Broncos game this year. Manning's passes have looked worse since the high-ankle sprain he suffered against the Chargers, but I don't think he's losing it. He had 295 yards or more passing in every game until last night.
I attribute his 150-yard performance last night to several factors, not just a sub-par passing night. The Broncos took an enormous lead and were running the ball spectacularly, so the circumstances called for less passing, and his receivers dropped around 4-6 catchable passes, by my estimation.
At the end of the fourth quarter trailing 31-24 when Manning had to throw well, he did. That final drive in the wind was impressive.
posted by rcade at 12:06 PM on November 25
... Peyton looks like he's done.
He's on pace to break the single-season record for touchdown passes and has 3,722 passing yards, 36 touchdown passes and a season QBR of 114.5. You're calling him done during one of the greatest seasons a quarterback has ever experienced.
posted by rcade at 11:34 AM on November 25
why was everyone stunned by him picking the wind instead of to receive given the change in OT rules?
I was going to ask the same question. The risk of giving up a touchdown on the first possession seems far lower than the advantage of not playing into freezing 20-mph wind. The Hoodie's move seemed like the obvious call.
The problem I had with Brady's Louis Prima Donna move is that he showed up the ref big time. The whole stadium could see him running at the official over such a long distance. I don't want the NFL to be like the NBA, where refs get to T players for their own self-esteem, but come on, Thomas. Act like you've been there before and wait to bitch at the guy until the next time he's in earshot.
posted by rcade at 10:39 AM on November 25
I thought it was a big mistake for Del Rio not to go back to Ball in overtime. Given how Denver was running the ball with Moreno and his occasional subs, they should have kept pounding it at New England. I know Ball was a fumble concern, but he was as good as Moreno most of the time he got the football last night.
When you can run like that and took a 24-point lead, it's amazing Denver lost.
On another note, when Brady ran 15 yards at a ref to protest a non-call, I was hoping he'd draw an unsportsmanlike conduct foul. He complains too much to the zebras and to his teammates. It's making him look like a prima donna.
posted by rcade at 09:20 AM on November 25
Former NFL official Jim Daopoulos retweeted this comment of mine to a user named OneMoreTebowFan: "I love Tebow more than Jesus does, but I don't think @RefereeJimD needed to apologize. That comment was funny."
posted by rcade at 07:47 PM on November 21
The Rangers got to the Series twice with some bangers in the lineup to compliment the best-in-franchise-history pitching. I don't think enough great arms will come to Texas to change that formula.
posted by rcade at 04:24 PM on November 21
Asking in all seriousness: what part of his post-Eagles career made you think this?
The limited amount of time I've seen him on the tube or heard him being talked about. It's not a deeply formed impression, since I'm a long way from any market that cares about him.
posted by rcade at 02:30 PM on November 21
Always thought McNabb was a good guy. I'm surprised by these allegations.
When Andrews talks about how he fantasized about killing or paralyzing himself in a car accident because of the abuse and finally saw a psychiatrist, it makes me wonder if the root of the problem here is that the macho culture of the NFL makes it hard for these guys to seek help for mental difficulties.
The big change that ought to happen as a result of the Incognito mess is for the NFL to embrace mental counseling, encourage players to seek it out and make a psychiatrist or therapist available to players on each team.
posted by rcade at 11:12 AM on November 21
With the $30 million in cash from Detroit, Texas is getting Fielder for seven years and $138 million. That seems like a risk worth taking for a 29-year-old who will add power to a lineup sorely in need of it last season.
I heard more grumbling about Kinsler this year among Texas fans than I'd ever heard before. It will be interesting to see if he can pick up his production in a less-friendly park for hitters.
The insta-analysis across the media rates it as a positive for both sides, though Texas is bucking the trend of jettisoning big-money contracts to improve quickly.
posted by rcade at 10:56 AM on November 21
Atlanta makes more sense to me than Miami, which already lost an MLS team and has a history of fickle fan support of all pro sports. There's a highway that makes the Miami-to-Orlando drive only 60 to 90 minutes long.
posted by rcade at 10:34 AM on November 20
They had plenty of chances to win it and did not.
This is always true. Does that mean crucial game-deciding calls are never important? Hell no. Even after 34 years, I'm glad I've never crossed paths with Fred Swearingen. It was incidental contact, you rat bastard.
posted by rcade at 10:25 AM on November 20
Defensive holding and illegal contact weren't options on this play. Those fouls can only be called before the ball is in the air, according to an NFL officiating exec.
The NFL rulebook doesn't define uncatchable, so it's entirely a judgment call by the refs.
I think that a ref should be close-to-100% certain a ball is uncatchable in order to deem it as such, and there's no way anyone should be that certain Gronk wasn't going to catch that pass.
A former NFL ref and director of officials, Jim Daopoulos, had this comment about judging a pass uncatchable:
"We as officials have always been taught, for a ball to be uncatchable, it has to be clearly out of the field of play or it has to be a kind of -- I probably shouldn't say this -- a Tim Tebow-type pass that lands 15 yards in front of you."
I laughed so hard. And then I prayed for forgiveness.
posted by rcade at 10:22 AM on November 20
I'm psyched about this. Before Orlando the closest MLS team to me here in Florida was D.C. United. I'm hoping to be an inaugural season ticket holder.
The announcement last night at Cheyenne Station in downtown Orlando drew several thousand fans, many of whom couldn't get in and gathered outside. This feels to me like a club that will draw huge support from day one.
Miami is likely getting a club led by David Beckham. I don't know if that's a good idea for the league, but it raises the prospect of an Orlando-Miami rivalry like the one between Portland and Seattle.
posted by rcade at 10:13 AM on November 20
posted by rcade at 07:53 PM on November 19
His momentum is taking him towards the back of the end zone while the defender has broken on the ball.
Watch it again, particularly the slow-mo around 1:18. Gronk extends and plants his feet to sit down on his route right as he's first interfered with, so there's no momentum. He was attempting to make a play on the ball.
Ref Clete Blakeman said this to justify the call his crew made: "So it was determined at that point in time that when the primary contact occurred on the tight end that the ball, in essence, was coming in underthrown and in essence it was immediate at that point intercepted at the front end of the end zone. So there was a determination that, in essence, uncatchability, that the ball was intercepted at or about the same time the primary contact against the receiver occurred."
But an NFL.Com report questions his logic, "Replays appear to prove Blakeman wrong. Kuechly made contact before the interception."
Both Fox Sports analyst and former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira and NBC officiating analyst Jim Daopoulos believe officials made the wrong call.
posted by rcade at 05:12 PM on November 19
My impression is that Gronk was never going to get to that ball even if he was untouched.
The interference begins right at the spot where the ball is picked off. Without the pushing, he has a chance to stop, contest the pick and try to outwrestle the defender for the ball.
posted by rcade at 02:29 PM on November 19
Great game, but I don't understand the non-call. The ball was intercepted uncontested because Gronk was being interfered with. Without that, Gronk has a chance to fight for the ball and prevent the pick. How can the interception render the interference insignificant?
posted by rcade at 10:31 AM on November 19
Sorry for your family's loss, Scully. I don't see how a dive that deep is even close to possible. He must have been a formidable athlete.
posted by rcade at 06:13 PM on November 18
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posted by rcade at 02:11 PM on November 18
If the choice is between keeping Gronk or Welker, there isn't a team in the NFL that would keep Welker. Welker is great, but he isn't a 24-year-old who is breaking touchdown reception records at his position.
Your continued grouping of Gronk and Hernandez makes me wonder what you know that we don't. Did I miss the stories where Gronk was killing people? All I recall is that he took some social media photos with porn stars, which is protected by the First Amendment.
posted by rcade at 08:08 AM on November 17
Do you really think your team would release an athlete of Gronk's caliber over one offensive racial joke?
posted by rcade at 11:04 AM on November 16
A city of 1.24 million isn't going to fill a stadium 81 times a year. I went to college in Arlington. It's an enormous suburb, not a city. There's no downtown and it has this claim to fame, per Wikipedia: "the largest city in the world without a fixed bus-route, light-rail or commuter train system of mass transit."
The Rangers sell out because they're in the middle of DFW, an area with 6.5 million people.
posted by rcade at 03:39 PM on November 15
Baseball is an urban game. It started in the industrial Northeast and gradually migrated to newer cities in the South and West. There's no great mystery here: You need a large population to fill a stadium 81 times a year.
The teams playing in Anaheim and Arlington manage it without being in the biggest city in their area, and not every city with a team has great or even average-quality transit. How many Tampa fans are taking mass transit to the Trop? I saw almost no buses at the playoff games I attended there in recent years.
posted by rcade at 07:05 PM on November 14
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