| SEC Rant|| re: Why the SEC is better in basketball this year compared to the past - wm72 on 12/16/14 at 4:28 pm|
[quote]Losing to Winthrop, Gardner-Webb and Rutgers probably didn't help them.[/quote]
Maybe Winthrop is extraordinarily low but I recall Garner Webb being around 30-31 RPI? (or so I recall that they were just above Alabama) and Rutgers is Top100.
| SEC Rant|| re: Why the SEC is better in basketball this year compared to the past - wm72 on 12/16/14 at 4:20 pm|
We should just go ahead and pencil Clemson into the SEC tourney championship game against UK.
By the way, how many teams drastically above them does Clemson have to beat to see their RPI rise?
| Soccer Board|| re: The "US can't compete because athletes choose other sports" Argument - wm72 on 12/16/14 at 4:12 pm|
[quote]Soccer has always been "glamorized" in Belgium. Yet, Belgium has never been a power on the world stage. Belgium only reached its heights in the last few years, after it revolutionized its youth system.[/quote]
Exactly. This is why people who mainly follow European league soccer react the...
| Soccer Board|| re: The "US can't compete because athletes choose other sports" Argument - wm72 on 12/16/14 at 1:55 pm|
Some of it is that usually in these threads people are arguing different points of emphasis.
One side, says, rightly that if have a Chris Paul who develops Andrea Pirlo skills you'll likely have one of the best players in the world (or at very least what many think a ...
| Soccer Board|| re: The "US can't compete because athletes choose other sports" Argument - wm72 on 12/15/14 at 5:09 pm|
This is what this thread is really all about. In America we pay to play. In other countries these kids as young as 8 or 9 are sent off to go to school and be coached by elite coaches at academies. [/quote]
This is the biggest difference that anything in terms of having the elite technica...
| Soccer Board|| re: Champions League /Europa knockout draw - wm72 on 12/15/14 at 4:22 pm|
[quote] Tottenham vs Fiorentina
Anyone want to fill me in on Fiorentina this season?[/quote]
This could well be the most entertaining fixture in the list.
Fiorentina play an extremely attack minded 3-5-1-1 with no true midfield enforcers and a roster stacked with technical players th...
| Soccer Board|| re: Brek Shea back to these United States - wm72 on 12/15/14 at 12:09 pm|
[quote]He old as frick. Maybe not in number, but in games played. He's 33 now. I can't imagine how many minutes he played with Arsenal and Chelsea. All those League games, Champions League, Cup games, International duty. Especially for a player like him and the position he plays. Those legs have got ...
| Soccer Board|| re: Brek Shea back to these United States - wm72 on 12/14/14 at 9:48 pm|
[quote]What happened? I saw some Roma games earlier in the year and he played in all of them, and played well I thought. I even remember the commentators praising him for how quickly he had integrated himself into the squad.[/quote]
They may have been English announcers. He seems to "fit in" very...
| Soccer Board|| re: Brek Shea back to these United States - wm72 on 12/14/14 at 8:30 pm|
[quote]Has Cole sucked at Roma or something? [/quote]
Yeah, he's been pretty bad unfortunately.
[quote]Or is this a legit rumor?[/quote]
Roma will try desperately to bring in another LB this winter (an actual top notch starter I'm sure is the aim but at least a different LB to share tim...
| Soccer Board|| re: Brek Shea back to these United States - wm72 on 12/14/14 at 8:09 pm|
[quote]He'll be an Orlando City player by the end of the week, per the Orlando Sentinel.[/quote]
He may well be teaming up on the left with Ashley Cole. ...
| Soccer Board|| re: The "US can't compete because athletes choose other sports" Argument - wm72 on 12/14/14 at 8:09 pm|
[quote]The argument isn't that LeBron or Odell or whoever would be a sick EPL player specifically. Rather, something like this is indicative of a structural disadvantage we as a country impose on ourselves. [/quote]
It is true but that
[quote] the youth systems are arse backwards [/quote]
| More Sports Board|| re: Good article on FB committee politics - wm72 on 12/12/14 at 10:48 am|
[quote]m sick of people not understanding that the way the CFP committee ranks teams is not how the AP/Coaches poll works. There is no such unwritten rule that you don't drop a team if it wins or that you must drop a team if it loses. Every week is a complete reevaluation of each team's record. When...
| More Sports Board|| re: Good article on FB committee politics - wm72 on 12/11/14 at 9:21 pm|
[quote]Although it seems strange because they didn't play, teams that were on their schedule played, so it's feasible that their schedule strength could change. Maybe it was politics that played a role in this case if Delaney truly dis intervene (although for a lower rating at that), but the fact th...
| More Sports Board|| re: Good article on FB committee politics - wm72 on 12/11/14 at 8:17 pm|
There was really no reason whatsoever for Michigan St to even be ranked over Miss St in the first place since the committee supposedly valued quality wins.
Did Mich St have any top 25 wins at all? Seems the committee just pulled out some AP poll logic the week before and dropped Miss St too f...
| More Sports Board|| re: 2014 FSU vs 2002 tOSU - wm72 on 12/11/14 at 7:15 pm|
or 2012 Notre Dame...
| Soccer Board|| re: Should the BPL get another qualifier for the CL? - wm72 on 12/11/14 at 2:40 pm|
Maicon is still absolutely elite going forward and robs the ball of players in front of him as well as anyone. He retired from any type of hustling on defense some years ago. ...
| More Sports Board|| re: Half of Americans Don't Want Their Sons Playing Football, Poll Shows - wm72 on 12/11/14 at 10:26 am|
[quote]football will probably morph in a slightly more aggressive version of today's flag football.[/quote]
It could be just the opposite.
The rapidly increasing percentage of poor and ignorant Americans keep the supply of kids coming and it becomes more like bum wars. ...
| More Sports Board|| re: What are your favorite sports to watch? - wm72 on 12/10/14 at 10:45 pm|
2. College football and some college basketball
and that's about it...
| More Sports Board|| re: What if TCU was 4th and Ohio State was left out? - wm72 on 12/9/14 at 7:15 pm|
It strongly emphasized the committee's promise that teams would be able to move up the polls by Addition to their resumes and not just wait for teams above them to fall by Subtraction from theirs. [/quote]
Ohio State may have added to its resume this weekend, but FSU certa...
| More Sports Board|| re: What if TCU was 4th and Ohio State was left out? - wm72 on 12/9/14 at 11:07 am|
[quote]Moving TCU to 3rd was a very bad move.[/quote]
I don't really have any issue with it.
It's certainly the key moment of the committee's tenure in which many fans are being dragged kicking and screaming out of the logic of the old AP poll.
It strongly emphasized the committee'...