October 10, 2017 at 4:10 pm #110889October 10, 2017 at 4:20 pm #110890
I loved that the reason Peter King hated Pence’s stunt was not political. It was “he took away from what should have been Peyton’s day”
Liberals are so hypocritical I really can’t stand it sometimes.October 10, 2017 at 4:28 pm #110891October 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm #110894
BrianInLAParticipantOctober 10, 2017 at 5:30 pm #110895
Pete publicly cried to have OT rules changed because Peyton didn’t ‘get his hands on the ball’ in a playoff loss. He sent Grand Theft Klemko on a boondoggle and worked with the Manning Family Goons to drum up a bullshit story on Peyton’s teabag accuser that was immediately refuted by an eyewitness for his plucky microsite. He’s remaining true to form and character complaining that nothing should overshadow Peyton’s day.
Speaking of hypocrites Bri how about that Sean Hannity calling the ACLU to help him get his job back when he got canned in the early ’90s! Amirite?October 10, 2017 at 5:42 pm #110896
My bad belongs in politics I’ll take a lap
October 10, 2017 at 5:45 pm #110898
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FeejisParticipantOctober 10, 2017 at 5:57 pm #110899
Florida Sox FanParticipantOctober 10, 2017 at 5:58 pm #110900
BrianInLAParticipantOctober 10, 2017 at 6:16 pm #110901
BSF34ParticipantOctober 10, 2017 at 6:33 pm #110902
The insane back-and-forth on SoxProspects and SoSH about Farrell includes a large segment of posters who fell in love with Torey Lovullo during his 25-game interim stint two years ago (while Farrell was being treated for cancer, let’s not forget). Over the last seven weeks of 2015, he did a fine job here with a young team that was out of the race, and almost got it to finish out of the AL East basement … except they lost their last four games. And finished last anyway.
Mike Hazen — who had Lovullo in the Cleveland organization and then brought him here in 2010 to manage Pawtucket — got hired as GM in Phoenix and he hired Lovullo, who (from this distance) did a great job in 2017 and, with healthy players, got 93 wins and a wild card berth out of a franchise that lost 93 games in 2016.
I’m all right with replacing Farrell if they can find a better manager. His window here may have closed, and if he has indeed “lost the clubhouse,” he should be gone. But those who think Lovullo is the anti-Farrell usually forget that he spent six straight seasons, four as bench coach, under Farrell, and previously worked for him for five years as a minor-league manager when Farrell was the Indians’ farm director. As bench coach Lovullo certainly had strategic input into in-game decisions, for which Farrell is frequently taken to task. Unless you’ve watched every D-Back game this year, you cannot say that Lovullo did not make strategic mistakes or write crazy lineups or mismanage his pitching staff any less than Farrell did.
It sort of reminds me of the crush that fans of losing football teams get on the backup quarterback. “The most popular guy in town.”October 10, 2017 at 6:46 pm #110903
MikeParticipantOctober 10, 2017 at 7:57 pm #110904
Gammons on Twitter called yesterday’s Sox game 1975 Game 6 redux. Get him a rocking chair and wake him for dinner.
If Devers wins the game on a walk off inside the park home run, then I might agree.October 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm #110905October 10, 2017 at 8:38 pm #110906
02062ParticipantOctober 10, 2017 at 8:40 pm #110907
The Harvey Weinstein stories get more and more amazing.
Perhaps most amazing is that he’s married to the hot Georgina Chapman (who’s now dumping him).
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Holy crap. Usmnt in trouble down 0-2.
I was sort of amazed to see that Syria has a team in the qualifying rounds.October 10, 2017 at 8:59 pm #110911
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Big Fat OParticipantOctober 10, 2017 at 9:26 pm #110914October 10, 2017 at 9:34 pm #110915October 10, 2017 at 9:49 pm #110916October 10, 2017 at 9:53 pm #110917October 10, 2017 at 9:54 pm #110918
HumphreyParticipantOctober 10, 2017 at 9:56 pm #110919
I expect Trump will try and deport Gonzalez.
Better teams than the US are going to miss the World Cup in Chile and Netherlands. Still, time for someone to remake the whole organization. Not sure who.
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The own goal was a killer. After rhat the US tightened up.
The 2nd T&T Goal was a heat seeking missile.October 10, 2017 at 10:15 pm #110924October 10, 2017 at 10:17 pm #110925October 10, 2017 at 10:17 pm #110926
LebronParticipantOctober 10, 2017 at 10:29 pm #110927
The own goal was a killer. After rhat the US tightened up.
That was an all too typical USMNT performance from over the last 4 years. They looked uninspired and uninterested from the kickoff. Can’t come out like that and expect to just turn it on in the last 15 minutes and pull your ass out of the fire. What a waste.
Hopefully draining the swamp now gets them to where they need to be in 5 years. Jesus.October 10, 2017 at 10:49 pm #110930
Fred West LynnParticipant
Heard Tony Mazz say the Sox’s unlikeability is what killed them in the playoffs. 😆 I thought it was starting pitching?
If there’s anything Mazz knows deeply and personally, it’s “unlikeability.”October 10, 2017 at 10:53 pm #110931
Let me know if this is crazy. If I were in charge of the US Men’s Soccer program, my first priority would be to build a youth pipeline. That would be more important to me than micromanaging the professional careers of the grown players that Klinsman seemed obsessed with. Play in Europe, play in the MLS, play in China. Do whatever gets you paid. I think the more important priority is to improve the overall talent pool.
I’d want to claim a region of the country and funnel youth development there. The country is too big to try and improve everywhere. Football has the South, Basketball has the coasts and cities, Baseball has California, Hockey has the North. I’d claim the Northwest. The MLS teams there are very popular. Nike is headquartered there. Some well established college programs are there. Establish a number of summer Youth Academies and have them play each other, invest in soccer infrastructure in public and private schools there, let it be known that that is where you’re focusing your resources so that parents with a promising prospect of a kid might be tempted to move there or at least send them there for summers. Hopefully if you can get the best kids playing each other as much as possible they’ll all get better than if you just leave it to chance and catch up to them in college.October 10, 2017 at 11:00 pm #110932October 10, 2017 at 11:19 pm #110933
InThisTownParticipantOctober 10, 2017 at 11:22 pm #110934
Miz, you aren’t crazy. I’ve been reading a lot about Iceland over the past year and part of their success seems to be tied to the high per capita ratio of qualified coaches to youth players. The US is just too big, and although all kids seem to play youth soccer most of them aren’t learning the game. It’s just something for the Spazzy McGees to do a few nights a week.October 11, 2017 at 12:37 am #110935
You need a system like the rest of the world that embraces promotion and relegation and eliminates MLS, SUM, and USSF leadership and creates opportunities through a pyramid of competition, not franchises and $. The system they have now disenfranchises smaller clubs and limits opportunities to discover talent. This system is the laughingstock of the world, it’s a closed millionaires club that doesn’t discover talent and discourages foreign coaches and players. Listen to Arena say the system is fine, he’s parroting the company line of Garber, Gulati and the rest of these parasites that stifle reform. It’s a monopolist shitshow and hopefully this flushes it.
Inexcusable a nation this size with a polyglot of cultures fields a team that performs like that.
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Miz, you aren’t crazy. I’ve been reading a lot about Iceland over the past year and part of their success seems to be tied to the high per capita ratio of qualified coaches to youth players. The US is just too big, and although all kids seem to play youth soccer most of them aren’t learning the game. It’s just something for the Spazzy McGees to do a few nights a week.
The youth system in this country is a fucking trainwreck. Pay-to-play does nothing other than find people willing to pay. It may accidentally find more talented kids, but I look at my kid’s district (he’s on a travel town team) and in every game I hear the whispers about such-and-such a kid is a “premier” player and this team has two “premier” players and there’s even a kid on his team who is a “premier” player. My kid’s been the best player on the field in every game but one, and I attribute most of that to him playing out in the backyard by himself or playing with a few of the older kids who also play in our neighborhood – no different to how I grew up playing basketball. I also understand it’s hard to tell at that age because you have such a gulf of effort and interest from the ones who would play 24/7 if you’d let them like my kid to the ones who are clearly there because their parents make them, like three kids on his team who’s heads I’d love to smash together like a bunch of coconuts.
Secondly – when you look at the coaching at the younger levels, you have volunteers and people that may know the game from watching it on TV and going to MLS games (like yours truly) but don’t know shit about shit when it comes to actually playing. Why these club teams and town teams think they improve the ability of the kids is beyond me when they’re using coaches like me who played football and basketball their entire lives boggles my mind. Almost every drill I can think up has its roots in basketball or football, and I’d much rather just let them play and learn how to play. Of course, our club higher-ups can’t stand that because they all believe that you need to do drills, not play the actual game.
We need to blow the entire thing up, and while I don’t have all the answers, or even any answers I guess, I’d like to co-sign on to Miz’ plan to take over the world starting in PDX and Seattle.
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