Wolves Season Via Stats

New Wolves season.  New hype.  Same old amount of time to attempt to watch games for me.  I’ve got a 1.5 year old at home.  She goes to bed early and wakes up early.  I love basketball, sports in general, but I’m not missing out on moments with my daughter to catch games.  Maybe here or there I’ll try to schedule our happenings so I can watch a game but I’m not missing bed time to see a tip-off and I’m not staying up real late for a west coast start cause I don’t need to be dragging anymore in the AM then I already do.

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T-Wolves 2017 Season Preview Pod BOOP-Style

First Wolves POD 2017 – The prediction story

 

John and Jeff finally find some time to talk hoops.  Its been like forever and a day.  This coming Wolves season seems worth chatting about.   Continue reading “T-Wolves 2017 Season Preview Pod BOOP-Style”

Manchester United Season Preview English Premier League 2015-16

Team: Manchester United
Stadium: Old Trafford
Old Trafford, Greater Manchester

ManU what are they up to this season?  Reshaping retooling.  Last year they had this crazy 3-across the back was a horrible experiment.  Now they’ve got a new right back Damien who I don’t know but he seems like a good-sized lad.  The big news for me is keeper and not knowing what David De Gea is going to do this late in the summer is lame.  They are starting the season with Romero in the nets.  They also could use a striker.  RVP is out.  Rooney is up top.  Memphis Depay has taken the #10 role from Angel Di Maria (who they sold at a loss?) and Mata/Young round out the attacking portion of the midfield.  Morgan Schneiderlin is a great middie that they put in the center of the pitch.  This team has splashed the cash all over the pitch.  They still need to sure-up keeper and striker.  I haven’t seen a lot of clamoring for ManU to take the season title this year.  They have to be a top-5 team or LVG is out.  Shoot if they don’t finish in the Champions League for next year LVG is gone.  This has to be a building year for ManU.  Any season this team gets hot they can win the title.  

Last year this team came in fourth.  This year they’ll be in a 4-2-3-1.  Daley Blind is sliding into the CB role.  I think that might be a bit of a waste of the player.  I think it has to do with the 2-3 part of the midfield.  With Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger make the holding position roles.  This all adds up to a lot of turnover.  The club will more than likely have two more large moves in the works before the offseason ends.  Then it’ll take till mid October for the whole team to settle.  Rooney and the boys on hand will need to come up big.  I think Mephis/Mata should tear people up while we all wait for some super striker to come in.  

I think this team should be top four just based on the names on the team sheet to start the season.  I don’t think they can chanlenge for the top spot till they bring in another CB, solve the striker depth at least and figure out what’s happening with their talented keeper or who the new keeper will be.  The keeper is a tough one.  De Gea is easily top ten if not top five in the world.  You can’t replace that this late into the transfer window.  If De Gea goes they need to bring in extra steel for the back line.  Simple.  Otherwise it’ll be a long season again for the Reds.  

New Castle’s Three-Headed Dragon

New Castle United are on the prowl. A few months late but nevertheless they are super exciting to watch. Martin’s goal early on was excellent. Owens goal was possibly offside but he did crush on it big time. Viduka was in the right place at the right time for a good old fashioned ugly-greasy goal. I’m not even done with the match but New Castle are totally crushing big time. Too bad that Reading seem to have rolled over or maybe they just suck?

Champions League V. UEFA Cup

Its hard to beat the Champions League, its on ESPN stateside, but I’ve been watching the UEFA Cup these past few years and its still great soccer. This past weeks Champions League matches were untouchable. Chelsea falling to a “lesser” team in Turkey was awesome. Liverpool v Arsenal was super tight. Sure there might have been a bad non-call again Dirk K but it doesn’t matter now and the return match in Liverpool is going to be killer. You have to wonder how Chelsea are going to show-up back in London? Lampard looks like a player who wants out period. Chelsea are just as talented at Manchester United and Arsenal but it sounds like their back-room has fallen apart. Who is going to be left come next season? I think Drogba and Lamps are gone. Wouldn’t surprise me if Joe Cole, Essien, Wright-Phillips, and pretty much any of their defenders sans Terry fly the coup. Who doesn’t sound frustrated at Chelsea right now? The drama is just so rich and that’s why the Champions League has over the UEFA Cup for me. I don’t really care if Tottenham have to tear up their roster because of a fall from grace in the UEFA.

Shut up and let the man Work.

I watched the friendlies on Wednesday just like everybody else. I split my time between the US’s drubbing of Poland, England/France and, a bit later, Italy/Spain. All were interesting affairs as far as friendlies are concerned. For me, they’re only worth the first half. When the managers begin to experiment, it’s over as entertainment–if you want to know how to change a game, make six simultaneous substitutions! There designed to be learning experiences, anyway. I understand that so I can’t fault the manager if he screws up a perfectly good game in the name of future greatness.

In the wake of the friendlies, the biggest talking point seems to be surrounding the English disappointment at there 1-0 loss to France. OK, I understand England and France don’t exactly have a history of hand holding and pattycake and don’t like to lose to one another, but let’s not overreact. It was only a penalty kick. It wasn’t like they got beat 3-0 (like we beat Poland… did I already mention that?). Furthermore, this is only Capello’s second game in charge of England. The man’s got to familiarise himself with the players. He’s got to figure out what tactics to use. He’s got to find a good leader–his leader–and to do this and win every single game is asking a bit much. To not take the time with experimentation during a FRIENDLY is suicide.

So, what’s my point? I’m just asking all the McNulty’s out there to please SHUT UP and quit your moaning. It’s not helping your beloved England improve, that’s for sure. Anybody can sit around and find negative points in a friendly football match (even if you happen to win 3-0, away). What England need to do is remain positive and remind themselves that they only lost on a penalty and that they looked rather good in the first half, playing with 5 midfielders to boot. OK McNulty? Sit back, shut up, and let the man work.