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South Region football / Re: Southern Athletic Association
« on: July 07, 2014, 12:52:59 pm »
Thinking of coming to Jackson for the first UMHB game this season. Anyone want to give me a rundown of places to stay and eat? Must see things in Jackson? Any information you have would be great. Thanks!


I've been to Jackson a few times on business. Going for pleasure isn't really on my list of things to do. However, I recommend the Fairview Inn to stay at. Within walking distance of Millsaps, it's a very pretty historic b&b type place with wonderful food. The rooms are updated with amenities, but very much old school historic furniture and fixtures. A different experience from a Hampden Inn. My wife absolutely loved it when I dragged her along once, and I enjoy the historic aspect.

As for things to do, I'm drawing a blank. For places to eat, as with most small southern cities, there are lots of great places. Jackson is close enough to New Orleans to sport some good cajun food, and deep enough in the south to have good BBQ (and not Texas brisket!). I can't think of a name off the top of my head, but there were a few places recommended by people at the Fairview.

North Region football / Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: July 07, 2014, 12:45:51 pm »
I feel like I need an intervention.  It's early July and I watched probably 20 different incoming freshmen highlight videos in the last couple of days.

First step is admitting you need help. Sadly you admitted it in a place where you are more likely to be cheered on than assisted in breaking your addiction...

Men's soccer / Re: World Cup and European leagues
« on: July 04, 2014, 10:28:20 pm »
How could Germany vs France be that boring?  For this stage of the tournament that was a game lacking urgency and style. As for Brazil vs Columbia the ref let the game get out of hand. Should have been very entertaining but turned into a slugfest with Neymar going out for the tournament. A real shame. Here's hoping tomorrows games are better.

Men's soccer / Re: World Cup and European leagues
« on: July 02, 2014, 10:29:08 pm »
Guzman at 29 is perfectly placed for 2018. Goalies peak in their early to mid 30s so that doesn't worry me much. The striker pool is in better shape than I ever remember it. Boyd, Altidore, and Johannson are all still young. A fourth will come through MLS in the next few years. We've never had that depth at forward. Dempsey is going to be hard to replace. I'm hoping Diskeruud or the kid at Tijuana keep moving forward in that creator role. That would let Bradley sit deeper. We asked too much of him creatively this time. The wings are in good shape as is central defense.  Fabian Johnson and Yedlin were both promising at back. Hopefully Chandler will figure it out as well. The center back combo of Gonzalez and Brooks could be promising as Besler will be 33 or so by 2018.  Overall, I'd say 2018 could be the best collection the U.S. has ever had to look forward to at this stage of a cycle.

Men's soccer / Re: World Cup and European leagues
« on: July 02, 2014, 10:00:12 pm »
JK's contract runs through the 2018 cup. This is his big experiment with almost total control. He will be hard to lure from this job right now. A bad showing at Copa America May change that but short of that I don't think he'll leave until he gets the payoff he's aiming for. But with enough money who knows?

Men's soccer / Re: World Cup and European leagues
« on: July 02, 2014, 06:43:19 pm »
Donovan was not a replacement option for Jozy. The only other target forward in camp was Terrance Boyd and the only other current option in the player pool is Eddie Johnson. Donovan was a replacement for Dempsey, Wondo, or a winger.

Men's soccer / Re: World Cup and European leagues
« on: July 02, 2014, 05:19:11 pm »
Would we have done better with the players that were left off?

A backup target forward would have helped but I doubt it

Men's soccer / Re: World Cup and European leagues
« on: July 02, 2014, 03:14:34 pm »
I'll close out my comments on the USMNT by simply saying I am satisfied with this World Cup. It was a good effort by the team. I am constantly proud of the fact that the whole is greater than the sum of that team's parts. This has been true basically since the 2006 World Cup. The individuals on the U.S. team on average were not better than any team we faced except maybe Portugal. And yet the U.S. wasn't really out of a single game. If we can continue to raise the level of the individuals in this country, and keep getting a teamwork benefit that very few other national teams achieve, it won't be long until getting out of the group stage won't be the only expectation.

Good work yesterday by the team. Howard was the difference, but you can't ignore an exceptional performance by one player. If Wondo hits that sitter at the end of regulation we go through on a bit of luck and a lot of goalkeeping. If we pick up a couple of those other chances in the second OT we get to the lottery of penalty kicks. It didn't break that way for us, and Belgium was clearly a better team, but I think we did as well as our pieces allowed.

Here's looking forward to the 2016 Copa America. With the exception of Howard and Beasley I think you'll see much of the team back in 2 years. Jones, Dempsey, Wondo, Beckerman and Besler are the rest of my unlikelies for 2018, but we'll just have to see how it goes. Proud of the effort even if we still aren't there on execution.

South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: July 02, 2014, 03:04:25 pm »
exactly, why does the other team/conference want to see a Linfield "highlight" tape ? They don't. So why is it sent ?

For the same reason Narch comes here and talks about Reber and you guys go there and talk about Nance. There aren't many saints on message boards. It's no big deal.

South Region football / Re: American Southwest Conference
« on: July 02, 2014, 02:36:09 pm »
That's a long time for McMurry to have spent wandering in the wilderness over this ill-conceived notion of joining Division II. Ineligible from 2011-12 until 2018-19.

That's what happens when you make bad mistakes. You pay a penalty. From the field to the executive suite bad mistakes are and should be costly. Sad for the kids though.

South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: July 02, 2014, 02:33:22 pm »

I understand the highlight video part of it but his intent of putting that video on the odac site was something I could not let go; he wasn't doing it out the kindness of his heart if you know what I mean !!!!!!

He puts up something similar for every Linfield game and always posts the link on both conference boards. It was nothing special for HSC.

Men's soccer / Re: World Cup and European leagues
« on: July 01, 2014, 02:50:32 pm »
So far 4 of 7 round of 16 games have gone to OT. 2 of those four were decided by PKs. The Germany and Argentina wins were hugely entertaining OT finishes, the Brazil PK win was a hugely entertaining game start to finish. The less said about CR vs Greece the better, but here's hoping the U.S. game lives up to the entertainment potential that this round has provided. Tons of late drama.

Chile's late crossbar, Mexico's late collapse, Germany's double OT goals and one concession, Messi's moment of magic (yes he got the assist but much like Ronaldo's late assist against the U.S. the assist was the beautiful part). France vs Nigeria and Columbia vs Uruguay were also good end to end games, even at 2-0.

Getting the win is the important part for the U.S. but if you haven't been entertained by these games you just aren't going to be a soccer fan.

South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: July 01, 2014, 12:21:27 pm »

One would think Linfield beat HSC 56 to 0 watching the video. Interesting view of the game and thanks for sharing. Like most highlight videos, one sided and misleading. You guys are good but by no means dominated the game as this video suggest. Good luck in 2014.

It's a Linfield highlight tape, not a game recap...

Men's soccer / Re: World Cup and European leagues
« on: June 30, 2014, 07:00:59 pm »
The goals seem to have disappeared from the World Cup. :-\

Very typical. Goals scored is important in the group stage as a tie breaker along with differential, so attacking soccer is at a premium. In the knockout stages, and even the third group game, all that matters is winning. Teams are more cautious and deliberate. Plus the round of 16 can be really bad as weaker teams often bunker. By the round of 8 most of those teams are really gone. Still, most of the games have been open even if the goals weren't plentiful. Chile vs Brazil is a good example whereas CR vs Greece was the only real defensive pile so far in this round. Mexico's second half might qualify as well...

Men's soccer / Re: World Cup and European leagues
« on: June 30, 2014, 04:23:55 pm »
Geiger missed a red card against France in the 54' and that tackle off the corner kick that didn't go Nigeria's way. Not a great outing for him. It will be interesting to see if he gets another game.
They expect one guy to have "fly eyes".

The World Cup is an elimination tournament for both the teams and the refs. But yes, at this stage, those kinds of misses usually lead to no more assignments. That tackle was a bad leg breaker. Then again, Webb ignored the flying karate kick in the last finals game and he still seems to be moving along. So you never know.

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