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Are you suggesting that political concerns will trump the desire to play in the World Cup for some players?
Personal safety concerns . I suppose these do evolve from the current political mess.
Do players professional teams have the right to prohibit a player from World Cup competition?
posted by cixelsyd at 01:28 PM on July 21
He is leaving international competition at the top of his game.
Also the first of many who will express no intention to participate in Russia.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:39 PM on July 21
Edmonton by 10
BC by 10
Ottawa by 3
Saskatchewan by 7
posted by cixelsyd at 09:27 PM on July 20
What are they Espys?
posted by cixelsyd at 09:51 PM on July 16
Edmonton by 7
Toronto by 7
Calgary by 17
Montreal by 7
posted by cixelsyd at 06:16 PM on July 14
LeBron is tired of being the villain and wants to be the hero again
Maybe he can be a hero in Cleveland if he doesn't repeat his previous antics there of consistently blaming his teammates, coaches, and management for failure.
Hopefully any future articles about LeBron are about his excellence on the court. He needs to get over himself and focus on the game. He has proven that he is probably the most talented player the NBA has ever seen. But he does get beat in big moments by players with less talent and a better mindset. That never happened to Jordan. Never happened to Bird or Magic or a long list of others.
posted by cixelsyd at 07:19 PM on July 13
What fabulous touch to finish that pass.
Right player at the right place ... pretty certain a striker who played the entire contest doesn't have enough left in the tank to control the ball and make that play.
posted by cixelsyd at 06:55 PM on July 13
Winnipeg by 7
Calgary by 10
Saskatchewan by 18
posted by cixelsyd at 10:37 AM on July 09
Less talented teams can be successful. For years the Italians suffered on the front line because of ratios in their professional leagues that resulted in most of the "talent positions" being staffed by foreigners. The Italians weakness was offense. But in World play they realized this and adjusted their game to control the ball and allow their opponents virtually no opportunities. No matter how limited the Italians were they were never considered out of any contest, and they actually won a World Cup with said limitations.
In any sport you need to address the strengths and weaknesses of your squad and adjust accordingly. I believe Brazil had far more talent than many squads this year (including the US), but dependency on legacy rather than focus on reality did them in.
Did Brazil's coach actually make it to the press conference?
Do you think the talent on that squad loses 7 - 1 with Klinsmann at he helm?
I think US soccer is in good shape for the next Cup. A few more athletes is all that is missing.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:25 PM on July 08
The post-game crew seemed to be crediting Germany as much as criticizing Brazil for the loss. I think that's way too generous to Brazil. They were a disaster on defense, leaving multiple players wide open.
Germany methodically chews up opponents that fail to execute their defensive responsibilities. To beat them will require sustained offensive pressure on the German weakness which this year is also the defenders. Germany does execute a slick defensive system employing their keeper, who is second to none in this role, but opponents speed on the front line is their poison.
Brazil historically has relied upon their speed and athleticism advantages to subdue opponents. They had neither this year and would have been better off employing the same strategy Klinsmann did against the Germans.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:36 PM on July 08
I present to you, probably the dumbest lawsuit in MLB fan history
Now there is some doubt being cast on the legitimacy of the lawsuit even existing. It may well be a prank
No, it's all true. Terms of the lawsuit are that he wants season tickets for life, a padded reclining seat, and a blanky.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:54 AM on July 08
He turned the ball over because he had no support on the squad. Bradley and Jones were the only players to consistently pressure offensively all tournament. Add the fact that the US employed an 11 back defensive strategy that gave him less room to operate and had him covering much more ground than opponents.
Bradley is a world class player on a developing team.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:44 PM on July 02
Winnipeg by 10
BC by 7
Saskatchewan by 17
posted by cixelsyd at 06:10 PM on July 02
Not many points handed out last night, I guess.
The Argos D handed out lots of points.
oh .. you meant in the pool
posted by cixelsyd at 03:51 PM on June 27
Mavs are such a well run organization otherwise it's a shame they don't put more emphasis on the draft.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:03 AM on June 27
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