Archive for August, 2011

By Will Robinson

Finally, it is here: my final NFC division preview! Admittedly, this one may be a little less than my others, but they are done. I plan to have a season preview sometime next week before the first game on Sept. 8. Here are my other previews:

AFC West

NFC West

AFC South

NFC South

AFC East

NFC East

AFC North

 

 

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By Evan Ream

Greg Seltzer of No Short Corners (who are usually right about these sorts of things) is reporting Michael Bradley is all set for a €3.5 million move from Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany to A.C. ChievoVerona in Italy. According to the article, Bradley agreed to personal terms on Friday. All that is left is for the deal to be finalized. To Americans, Chievo is somewhat of an obscure club; no one really knows much about them over here. Is this a good move for Michael Bradley?

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Current Year’s Record

Evan: 93-136

Kyle: 97-132

Nick: 86-143

Will: 86-143

CLB at SEA
HOU at VAN SJ at TFC FCD at SKC COL at CHI RSL at Chivas
Evan SEA HOU DRAW SKC DRAW RSL
Kyle DRAW HOU TFC DRAW COL RSL
Nick SEA VAN TFC SKC CHI Chivas
Will
SEA HOU DRAW DRAW COL RSL

By Evan Ream

Editor’s note: This was written a couple days before Altidore’s brace today.

Washed up. Not good enough. Will never live up to his potential. Can’t score goals. Agudelo should start over him. Has no first touch. Can’t finish. These are all things people have said about Jozy Altidore.

When Jozy joined AZ this year, it was his sixth club team in a six-year professional career. Since he played in MLS, Jozy had failed to score more than one league goal for each of his clubs. It came as a surprise when Altidore scored in his Eredivisie debut vs. PSV. After his brace this weekend, he has three goals in three games and just one start for the sixth Dutch place team. People are starting to talk about how Jozy is “finally” breaking through, about how long they have waited for this to happen, but no one seems to realize that Jozy Altidore is still just 21 years old.

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By Evan Ream

With the 2011 MLS season winding down, I wanted to take a closer look at the MLS MVP race. As it always an award that sparks much debate (last year I was in favor of Chris Wondolowski over David Ferreira), I would like to give my two cents to the discussion. Each team has ten games or fewer left, and it will be what each player does over the last games that most people remember. But before I get to my shortlist of candidates, I would like to first take a closer look at what I think the definition of an MVP is.

Many times the voters will vote simply for the best player on the best team for MVP. While doing so may seem like it makes sense, it doesn’t. MVP stands for Most Valuable Player, and if I understand that correctly, that means the player isn’t the best in the league but rather the most valuable. In theory, the league’s MVP would be the player who if taken away from his team, would cause the most damage to that team. A good example of a misunderstanding of this definition would be last year’s “case” for Sebastien Le Toux. In 2010 Le Toux scored 14 goals and added 11 assists for the expansion Philadelphia Union. Le Toux was the heart and soul of that team and a few blogs (such as the Shin Guardian) pleaded for people to vote for him. This was a mistake. Le Toux’s Union finished 8-7-15, good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference and 14th overall. Without Le Toux, how much worse would they have been? One place?

The clear MVP of 2010 was Chris Wondolowski. Wondo scored more than half of San Jose’s goals and led a mediocre team to the playoffs. Without him, they wouldn’t have made the playoffs. No player meant MORE to his team than Wondo. That is the true definition of a Most Valuable Player.

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By Dylan Davis

On January 5, 2006, the college football world seemed to be in a perfect place. The Texas Longhorns and USC Trojans had just played one of the greatest games in the history of the sport, capped off by Vince Young’s 467-yard, 3 touchdown virtuoso evisceration of the Trojan defense. Young scored a touchdown on fourth down with less than 30 seconds left to lead the Longhorns to victory. The 41-38 Texas triumph ended USC’s chance at a three-peat, while extending the Longhorns winning streak to 20 consecutive games. The game featured tne players chosen in the 2006 NFL draft including four of the top ten selections. The game was an instant classic that seemed as if it would never be bettered.

Fast-forward just 361 days to the 2007 Fiesta Bowl between Boise State and Oklahoma. While this game wasn’t a national title bout, the ramifications of the outcome were enormous for the Broncos. With a win, they would further the outcry over non-BCS schools exclusion from the title game. With 4:30 left in the third quarter, it looked as if Boise had the game in hand with a 28-10 lead, but the Sooners stormed back and used a pick-six with just over a minute to play to go up 35-28. What transpired from that point on will forever go down in college football lore as Boise used a hook-and-ladder, wide receiver pass and Statue of Liberty play to score two touchdowns and a two point conversion to take down the favored Sooners in overtime. To top it all off, star running back Ian Johnson proposed to his cheerleader girlfriend on national TV directly following the game. All that was missing was some Michael Bay explosions or someone spontaneously crashing a Chicago parade to make it a perfect Hollywood ending.

With two of the sports greatest moments happening less than a year apart, it seemed as if college football was set to rocket into the stratosphere as far as ratings and fan enjoyment were concerned. The multitude of scandals from the 1980s and 90s were fading into the distant past and teams like SMU and Miami were no longer being recognized by their previous transgressions. It seemed as if all was right with the college football universe. That was about to change.

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By Will Robinson

Ok, we’re in the home stretch! After this bad boy, one more! And, as always, here are the past previews:

AFC West

NFC West

AFC South

NFC South

AFC East

NFC East

 

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