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re: World Cup Semifinal: The Netherlands vs Argentina 3pm ESPN - Stewie Griffin
Messi hat trick. Argentina 3-1....


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re: Arsenal 2013/2014 Season Long Thread - Stewie Griffin
[quote]would be incredible. that'd be a brutal counterattacking side. i think: alexis/theo-ozil-santi/theo/alexis giroud will likely be our standard attacking four though. theo has played on the left before for us, but it's neither he nor sanchez's preferred positioning. will be interestin...


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re: Arsenal 2013/2014 Season Long Thread - Stewie Griffin
[quote]i think he or theo will feature there a lot more than last season. i'd still bet on giroud getting the majority of the matches at CF, but I could be wrong. hopefully arsene's post-signing comments will shed some light on what he sees him as. [/quote] I think we'll have a steady rotation a...


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re: If you ever need a lesson in the importance of defensive shape - Stewie Griffin
[quote]It was almost funny to watch Hulk yesterday. Lots of running and dribbling with no real idea of what to do with the ball[/quote] He was awful. Dreadful. ...


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re: Arsenal 2013/2014 Season Long Thread - Stewie Griffin
If we run out Theo, Ramsey, Ozil, and Alexis, we really need to get a DM destroyer. All those guys like to exploit space behind the defense, so we'll need a beast to cover. Arteta won't be good enough in big games, much as I love that beautiful man. He will be perfect for games in which we play smal...


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If you ever need a lesson in the importance of defensive shape - Stewie Griffin
Brazil's display yesterday is the most striking example I've ever seen. I went back a watched the four goal sequence, and it was incredible how undisciplned Marcelo and David Luiz were, and how poor the body language of every defender except Marcelo was, even when it was 1-0. Zonal marking is...


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re: Arsenal 2013/2014 Season Long Thread - Stewie Griffin
[quote]nothing is done until Arsenal.com has posted it. [/quote] True. ...


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re: USMNT story in Dig - Stewie Griffin
Look at DIG getting more SB love. You guys are too sweet. ...


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re: Arsenal 2013/2014 Season Long Thread - Stewie Griffin
[quote]I think what really helps is Sanchez's reported refusal to play for Liverpool over Arsenal[/quote] Anyone know what that's about? I'm trying to think of who he would be close with in our roster, if that has any effect. ...


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re: Arsenal 2013/2014 Season Long Thread - Stewie Griffin
[quote]it's 30m. confirmed by SSN and others. we paid barely more than what 'pool payed for lallana [/quote] LMAO. frick yes. ...


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re: Michael Bradley's performance versus Germany compared to France's midfielders - Stewie Griffin
[quote]In short, these pros and cons are pretty much what we got from Bradley in the WC. It was disappointing only insofar as he's capable of matches here and there (especially for the USMNT) where he looked every bit Xavi Alonso or Daniele De Rossi and he didn't have any quite that level in Brazil....


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re: Michael Bradley's performance versus Germany compared to France's midfielders - Stewie Griffin
[quote]Strengths: 1) tireless athletic work in breaking up opposing attacking play 2) accurate and very good vision for lofted through balls and long diagonal passes to switch play and start breaks 3) very tidy in short passing recycling possession game and string on the ball 4) very good bu...


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re: Michael Bradley's performance versus Germany compared to France's midfielders - Stewie Griffin
[quote]He was lackluster in the last World Cup[/quote] You mean the World Cup in which he scored a massive goal (vs. Slovenia), was given rave reviews (http://goal.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/25/how-good-is-michael-bradley-the-stats-say-very-good/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0) and set up his move to ...


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re: Michael Bradley's performance versus Germany compared to France's midfielders - Stewie Griffin
[quote]That was a terrible fricking pass. Dempsey put it right under Bradley's feet to where he tripped over it. [/quote] Yeah, Bradley actually did a nice job scooping a ball from behind his full speed run, controlling it, and keeping the run forward, which led to a shot on frame. DERP. WHAT...


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re: Michael Bradley's performance versus Germany compared to France's midfielders - Stewie Griffin
[quote]Here's an example of Bradley's many derps in the WC. This is in the Belgium game. Dempsey's gives him a great pass and he just can't control the ball. [/quote] You mean he didn't have a perfect game? frick HIM HE SUCKS ...


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re: Michael Bradley's performance versus Germany compared to France's midfielders - Stewie Griffin
[quote]Why do people keep asking this like it should be considered with how he played in the WC? I don't care what he did before the WC when I'm talking about how he did at the WC. [/quote] Because whether or not you'd seen him could reveal to us the type of player you expected him to be. An...


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re: Arsenal 2013/2014 Season Long Thread - Stewie Griffin
Sounds like Sanchez is closer and closer to becoming a reality. http://metro.co.uk/2014/07/06/arsenal-have-32m-alexis-sanchez-transfer-offer-accepted-by-barcelona-4788690/ ...


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re: Best/Worst of BR Sports Media - Stewie Griffin
Luke Johnson does great work at Tiger Rag. Ben Love/Shea Dixon's online work is superb. ...


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re: Arsenal 2013/2014 Season Long Thread - Stewie Griffin
I'm just hoping we have that problem of having too much talent on the bench too often than the alternative. Injuries will happen. I don't want to have to start Flamini and Arteta in the middle together ever again. ...


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re: Michael Bradley's performance versus Germany compared to France's midfielders - Stewie Griffin
[quote]How is this 8 pages? Are people actually saying Bradley isn't good or something? I'm not going through and reading "arguments" on why Bradley isn't good from people who have never watched soccer until the WC, or from people who last played when they were 6 [/quote] Don't waste your time. ...


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re: Michael Bradley's performance versus Germany compared to France's midfielders - Stewie Griffin
[quote]he trots around at like half jogging speed constantly[/quote] Click this link, and watch him track back and stop the counter. It should link to the right time, but if not, fast forward to 34:43. http://videa.hu/videok/sport/glsi2-AgLv9YUtjsde2Aqj?start=2083.833466375287...


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re: Michael Bradley's performance versus Germany compared to France's midfielders - Stewie Griffin
[quote]halfback=righthalf, lefthalf, centerhalf mid=rightmid,leftmid,centermid [/quote] Thanks, Matt Christopher, but your 50s terminology is outdated. ...


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re: Michael Bradley's performance versus Germany compared to France's midfielders - Stewie Griffin
[quote]You need to watch the game again. I did a play by play on his contributions on page for on just the first half. He made just as many bad passes in the offensive half than he did good ones. [/quote] I read it. Bad passes in the opponent's third happen, literally, all the time, to all play...


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re: Michael Bradley's performance versus Germany compared to France's midfielders - Stewie Griffin
[quote]Damn you guys sure do love to bitch about semantics. It's obvious that he's referring to center mid and not the outside mids. [/quote] There were five midfielders. He circled one of them. In grade school, that's 20% -- an F, and a shitty F, at that. ...


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re: Michael Bradley's performance versus Germany compared to France's midfielders - Stewie Griffin
[quote]Yeldin has touch,pace, and ball skills....the PRIMARY CORE NEEDS of anyone who is in an attack role. Bradley should have been stuck next to Gonzales[/quote] This statement renders everything else you ever say about the sport invalid. Sorry. And it's not that you're wrong -- although yo...


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re: Michael Bradley's performance versus Germany compared to France's midfielders - Stewie Griffin
[quote]wtf does that have to do in why Yedlin couldn't play attacking-Center-Mid[/quote] If you have to ask this question, you have no clue, man. Just stop. I'll answer anyway: an attacking center mid needs soft touch, ability to navigate spaces, vision to play through balls, superb close cont...


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re: Michael Bradley's performance versus Germany compared to France's midfielders - Stewie Griffin
[quote]Bradley's shortcomings during this WC was his meh first touch and lack of final ball (until the Julian Green goal). Normally, a CDM is not called upon to provide an attacking first touch or an incisive final ball. He played more of a CM role with some attack mixed in, which isn't best-suited ...


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re: Michael Bradley's performance versus Germany compared to France's midfielders - Stewie Griffin
[img]http://i.imgur.com/TOmChza.jpg[/img] [quote]Kashonly[/quote] Go home, troll. ...


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re: Michael Bradley's performance versus Germany compared to France's midfielders - Stewie Griffin
[quote]kind of mediocre against Belgium imo[/quote] Watch again. The number of long, diagonal balls he played perfectly into feet (like Yedlin, who do you think got him the ball in all those great positions) was astounding. He also covered 10 miles for the game and completed 90 passes, as many as...


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re: Arsenal 2013/2014 Season Long Thread - Stewie Griffin
[quote]i'm not sure what our best XI would be. that's probably a good thing. a lot of really good lineups could be had, and our bench will be stellar. [/quote] Despite saying I wouldn't get my hopes up, I made some moves on FIFA 14 and have been rolling with this lineup. Scez Debuchy-Per-Kos...


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