Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Survival Trick

I thought I got this up the other day, but I've been under the weather, so I probably dozed off instead. Anywaaay, Aaron Schoenfeld bagged a hat trick on Sunday as Hapoel Tel Aviv secured their Ligat Ha-Al status with a 4-3 decision over derby rivals Bnei Yehuda. His goals (which gave him eight in 11 outings since arriving to Hapoel and five in the last three games) can be seen at the 1:07, 2:30 & 3:59 marks for those in a rush.







- Greg Seltzer

17 comments:

Matt said...

This is an appropriate title for a post talking about the survival trick Big Sam pulled off with Sunderland today. Glad DeAndre was a part of it.

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Dany Tzvi said...

^seems legit

brian said...

Defoe on fire!

Matt said...

Seems like dumping Altidore for Defoe worked out for them

brian said...

could have dumped altidore for some random out of the over 45yr league and it would have worked out for them better. HA!

Greg Seltzer said...

Yeeeah...

Altidore's full season at Sunderland = 38 points, five above the drop zone.

Sunderland this season with one game left = 38 points, four above the drop zone.

And Altidore's S'land squad featured an inferior back line, an inferior midfield, a culture of selfish drunkards and a child molester. But sure. It's a whole new world there now.

brian said...

now lets see altidores stats from his full season up against Defoes...i rest my case.

Dany Tzvi said...

two very different players. defoe is a poacher, altidore is a target man who brings teammates into the play. the way jozy plays he is only as good as the attacking midfielders around him, and those he had at sunderland were utterly useless.

brian said...

both are strikers, fact. Which are usually judged on goals scored. We can compare assist and goals. i mean, since altidore "brought teammates into the play"

Greg Seltzer said...

Only you didn't mention scoring when you started this discussion. You only mentioned how it worked out for Sunderland as a team. That is what I replied to.

brian said...

Defoe >Altidore
Sunderland with Defoe > Sunderland with Altidore
Don't be crazy.

Greg Seltzer said...

I never argued that Defoe wasn't a better player. But the reality is that, against a weaker EPL, Sunderland has a better overall roster, yet just five more goals scored and the same amount of points (with one game remaining). They have fared only infinitesimally better as a team with Defoe than they did with Altidore. Them's the facts.

brian said...

weaker EPL, better overall roster... Them's just opinions

Tom said...

Hmm, going by clubelo's numbers, they make the final elo ratings of the EPL:
2015/2016: average=1716, median=1696 (Everton), Sunderland=1664
2014/2015: average=1693, median=1680 (Swansea), Sunderland=1614

In that period the homefield advantage averaged just about 50 points.

So basically it'd be a wash if you had the teams from 2014/2015 play the teams from 2015/2016 home and away ;)


brian said...

whoa actual research! nice work, tom!

brian said...

at least greg knows to shut up and go away when is is wrong...