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  1. Oh, I very much understand that. I was hanging with Stoke, Leicester, and Arsenal fans, fyi.
  2. I've been in the UK for a work trip. The best quote from a Brit was, "I don't know why the US government doesn't trust you to be responsible with your wallet (read: gambling on sports), but trusts you to be responsible with an assault weapon."
  3. Also, the quote if the trip was, "I don't know why the US government doesn't trust you to be responsible with your wallet (read: gambling on sports), but trusts you to be responsible with an assault weapon." Sorry to get political, but I had to share.
  4. I asked them to please take him off our hands. No transfer fee, they can have him on a free.
  5. So, let the players go to LigaMX, prove themselves and bring them back? They pay better for mid-level talent, right?
  6. I haven't been paying attention for a few days but on Friday I talked to a few brits about the ENG manager thing. They all thought big Sam would be the name called, not JK. When asked about their impression of JK, they felt he was "a winner, with good history". I asked if they had any sense of his style of play or tactics as a manager, and they thought he'd bring an attack minded, hard working approach. I told them he might bring those things, but he'd also alienate players, play them out of position, have little tactical awareness, and misuse his subs repeatedly in games. They seemed surprised at my criticisms and really knew nothing about how the US had performed.
  7. So I talked to a few brits about the next eng manager, and they all thought big Sam would be the name called, not JK. When asked about their impression of JK, they felt he was "a winner, with good history". I asked if they had any sense of his style of play or tactics as a manager, and they thought he'd bring an attack minded, hard working approach. I told them he might bring those things, but he'd also alienate players, play them out of position, have little tactical awareness, and misuse his subs repeatedly in games. They seemed surprised at my criticisms and really knew nothing about how the US had performed.
  8. It's pretty shameful that our top domestic league pays so poorly to the bulk of the players.
  9. I'm in the UK this week and I'll ask around about the feelings on the next England coach.
  10. I'm in the UK this week for work and had this afternoon free after landing at noon. I decided to take in a self guided tour of The Emirates. It's a nice, modern stadium with good facilities and sight lines (also, kinda soulless too). The tour was great and I got to go into both the visiting and home team locker rooms, as well as sit in the Director level seats and see Wenger's office (complete with puffy coat). I took in Bernabéu tour a while back, and this one was much better.
  11. Good write up, scoob. The other thing I'd like to add as those postion designations really only apply on offense. Teams are often morphing their formation when the other team has the ball. Particularly if they run a 4-3-3, which quickly becomes a 4-5-1 by pulling those inside forwards back behind the ball. When Atlético ran a 4-4-2, Gabi was the #6, Saúl the #8, Griezmann an #11 as a secondary striker to Torres #9. They didn't play with a #10 in any way, shape, or form. They had Koke on the right and Carrasco on the left as true wide midfielders, playing the overlap with the outside backs, cutting inside on offense, and pinching narrow on D to force the opponent wide and into a poorer passing position. Tactical flexibility is the name of the game nowadays. Getting the right shape in each moment, whether it be attacking a weakness, or absorbing attacks with two tight kind of 4 to choke off passing in the middle of the park.
  12. Bummed that France didn't win as they were easily one of the top 2 in the tourney. The team has some quality young talent so they could make noise in the future WC and Euros.
  13. Exactly. I wouldn't be able to vote in local elections. At least not so that my vote would be meaningful. The general election is a mere formality in a city that's 90=% registered Democrat. I actually had to switch from Green to D to have a say in city politics.
  14. If the showdown in health expenditure growth rates doesn't happen, we are all ####ed regardless of SS. Care must be rationed at some point. Prolonging a life by 3 days of pain or unconsciousness isn't worth $500k.