Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Must See TV

Meant to post this last night and forgot. Let's just blame that on the girl.






- Greg Seltzer

23 comments:

justinwkoehn said...

Joe Gyau called up to practice with the senior team along with 7 others. It doesn't look like Junior was extended the same invitation.

dikranovich said...

talk about must see tv. this semifinal does flatter the USA. just need to tighten it up and take and make the chances when they come.

Germany sure makes the 4-5-1 with three defensive mids look like an attacking formation.

Greg Seltzer said...

Calling Basti and Kroos defensive midfielders is quite a reach.

Brian B said...

Love Dempsey more than anything, but the guy is a terrible interview. Opposite of Howard. basically- rote answers and no sense of humor.

dikranovich said...

fair point greg, but we are not talking about meuller or ozil as defensive mids.

these german box to box mids are defensively capable to a very high order, and of course they can attack.

I don't know, this world cup and the past couple champions league champions are helping to define what the future of the game is going to look like.

I think it also might just so happen that coach klinsmann has his finger on this pulse.

Tom said...

Not always

http://deadspin.com/heres-a-goofy-video-clint-dempsey-made-with-his-furman-636753788

dikranovich said...

doesn't today really give us all pause about this sport?

what it really brings home, is the idea of making the most of an opportunity. its going to be a long time before brazil gets to host the biggest event in the world again, and they will probably win another star or two before that does happen again..... but, there is no guarantee.

USA could have made more of the opportunities they have had over these last two world cups. we need to learn to strike when the iron is hot, and we need to make more of these chances that come our way.

many things factor into the final results, but one thing that cant help is having a fan base, where half the fans are against the national team coach. it seems like this has been a problem for the USA for two events in a row, and hopefully we can get away from that as we work towards Russia.

united, we can accomplish great things.

Tom said...

I don't really think the sentiment of the fans vis a vis the coach has much impact. I can't figure out how it would.

mark said...

Even khedira who is box to box

Jacob Klinger said...

So did Klinsmann drop Donovan because fans weren't supportive enough? Are you saying he needs more positive reinforcement?

Was the Beckerman decision punishment for constructive criticism too? I just want to get this straight. Because if I can adapt my behavior in a way that helps the national, and surely there's a way, I need to know about it.

dikranovich said...

tom, you make a great point, you too yak. why would the fans in the stands, or behind their tv sets in the basements have any affect on the national team? it is the players on the field, ultimately.

I do challenge any of you to show me a world cup winner with an indifferent fan base, because I know you can not do it.

more to the point of this, it is called bio rythems, and they have an impact on how things play out.

in two world cups where the USA overachieved, 94 and 02, we had a unified front as to who our coach should be, not so in 98, and we underachieved, not so in 06, we underachieved, and not so in 10, in south Africa. we under achieved. guess what we did in 14? we underachieved.

what do you think Jacob, the players don't have a sense of how their fans perceive their play and everything related to it, including coaching and decisions made by coaches, that then have to be answered by players, who will be said to be just supporting their coach, until such a time as they can air their dirty laundry?



Jay said...

I've been researching bio rythems, and, honest to God, there's squat about it on the internet. Tell us more, dik, tell us more.

dikranovich said...

I recommend Anthony bourdain in brasil if you wanna see bioriddems in action

Wasn't there a pulse in the stands today, one that was able to carry Argentina to victory, and credit to the Dutch They played wide and Argie kept it more compact. It was a classic confrontation.

The final is what it should be, the trilogy between two soccer powers. Two euro teams in an American continental World Cup would be lame

Jacob Klinger said...

I think most any player will tell you he embraces a growing fan base that's passionate and knowledgable enough to also be critical of the coach and the team. To suggest they'd prefer some sort of unanimous, thoughtless support is to insult the intelligence and individualism of the players who make up the team.

Also, just because fans don't agree with decisions and voice as much doesn't mean they support the team any less.

Do you think all the pulsing Argentine fans agreed with Sabella's decision to take Higuain off for Aguero? Do you think those objected stopped supporting their team?

Better yet, I doubt Arjen Robben's concerned with the fact that many Dutch fans doubted Van Gaal's commitment to Van Persie over Huntelaar. He's pissed because he's out of his last best chance to win the World Cup and knows that dissent among fans has nothing to do with it.

dikranovich said...

Jacob, to answer your first question, coach klinsmann dropped Donovan because Donovan himself was not supportive enough. I'm not sure if youre talking about ld or the coach with the second question, but clearly Landon Donovan lives for positive reinforcement.

Jacob, your next two question are about kun aguero replacing the other guy. I think you just threw these questions out there without even really thinking. Argentina fans just wanted the win. I'm sure even higuains brother in Columbus was not to worked up over the sub.

Jacob. Maybe it is a fine line between calling something dissent and the idea of a unified front. I'm not sure if china is the fastest growing Economy in the world, but as you probably know, they are not big fans of dissent. However, in our country, we are. And it's a good thing

But when someone loses an argument, they should be able to man the f up and get over themselves. Because our dumb asses are suppose to be learning something new every single day.

Greg Seltzer said...

Americans do not like dissent, they just like to say they do.

But your last sentence is pure performance art brilliance. You should go off-Broadway.

justinwkoehn said...

...and the feeding continues.

Greg Seltzer said...

Gimme a break. I have not answered about his last 27 comments while others have answered him all along.

dikranovich said...

Qualification starting early!

justinwkoehn said...

Greg: wasn't singling you out. The sad thing is that dik has a point every now and then, but he wraps it in personal insults, competitions about who is "right", and magnifies the importance of the point by x100 to ridiculous proportions. Just a drama queen all around. /rant

Greg Seltzer said...

@ justin:

Ignoring him does nothing. We all tried it many times.

dikranovich said...

Forgive me for pointing this out but in Greg's 848 post he suggest others answer me all along and just three hours later and some change, it we have all tried many times to ignore.

At least I'm nothing if I'm not consistent, or whatever. Wherever you go, there you are.

dikranovich said...

Frau blucher!!!!