J11: RIP's Comments

Posted Monday January 30, 2012, About: My all-time fantasy team would beat your fantasy team.
It is very odd the way Pirlo and Platini are placed on the same level. Pirlo traditionally plays as a holding mid whereas Platini is practically a trequartista.

His formation would make more sense a 4-2-1-3 or 4-2-3-1.
Posted Monday January 30, 2012, About: My all-time fantasy team would beat your fantasy team.
Bayern,

You lose points for referring to the 2-3-5 formation (also called the Pyramid) as futuristic when it is in fact one of the first true soccer formations.

"The Danubian School of football is a modification of the 2???3???5 formation as played by the Austrians, Czechs, and Hungarians in the 1920s, and taken to its peak by the Austrians in the 1930s. It relied on short-passing and individual skills."
Posted Friday January 20, 2012, About: Douglas Maicon is a better right back than Dani Alves.
First, I think there are certain positions/player styles that succeed regardless of system:

'Keepers and most high quality centerbacks.

Certain high quality goal poachers.

Players like Messi, Ronaldo, etc. will succeed so long as they have the players around them. They can fit themselves into any system, but if they're playing with crap teammates, they're own talent will not have as much opportunity to shine.
Posted Friday January 20, 2012, About: Douglas Maicon is a better right back than Dani Alves.
Thanks.

It feeds into how a lot of which is better is based on the system. Put either in a system that does not play to their strengths (Maicon in the 3-4-3, Alves with Brazil) and they don't look as great.
Posted Friday January 20, 2012, About: Douglas Maicon is a better right back than Dani Alves.
But seriously. This is a good debate, particularly because I think it is such a close to debate for all the non-Barca-or-Inter-fanboy people on here. and there are great arguments on both sides.

Good TD, R-Dog.
Posted Friday January 20, 2012, About: Douglas Maicon is a better right back than Dani Alves.
R-Dog is the new Jurgen Klinsman.

Who cares how bad defenders are at preventing the other team from scoring? We only need to care about their offensive abilities!
Posted Friday January 20, 2012, About: Douglas Maicon is a better right back than Dani Alves.
Ruy,

Just curious here - do you feel that Maicon is a better defender than Alves or that the matter is up for debate or that Alves is superior?
Posted Friday January 20, 2012, About: Douglas Maicon is a better right back than Dani Alves.
I am super aware of how unreliable eyewitness testimony is. I find those studies absolutely fascinating.

Having said that, about 95% of all criminal convictions happen solely on the basis of eyewitness testimony.

Scientific proof is not social proof, if you understand what I mean by that.
Posted Friday January 20, 2012, About: Douglas Maicon is a better right back than Dani Alves.
You know who Arsenal could really use this year?

A defensive midfielder like Emmanuel Frimpong.

Shame he's playing really well for Wolves right now. Arsenal should try to pick him up in the offseason. He could be the next Vieira.
Posted Friday January 20, 2012, About: Douglas Maicon is a better right back than Dani Alves.
Personal Pet Peeve:

When people say you haven't proven something simply because they fail to understand that circumstantial and anecdotal evidence do indeed qualify as proof if not refuted.

This comes up all the time at trials and hearings. If a person testifies credibly that they saw something happen and no one ever gets up and disputes that, the matter has been proven.
Posted Friday January 20, 2012, About: Douglas Maicon is a better right back than Dani Alves.
I would say looking at teams goal conceded that, yes, the 'keeper, defense, and midfield combiantion at Barca as a whole is much, much better at preventing the opposition from scoring than the 'keeper, defense, and midfield combinations at Inter.

Thus does not mean that position by position every Barca player is better defensively than every Inter player. I would think this would be obvious.

I also think you have to consider that Inter played the first ten games of their season playing a three man backline despite having awful personnel for that formation and paid dearly as a result. They've allowed three goals in their last eight Serie A games and have been a superior team since they've had time to adapt to Ranieri's "system".
Posted Tuesday December 06, 2011, About: How should a Professional Jousting League be formatted?
The idea of a demolition derby style jousting tournament is intriguing, but much like Water Polo, wouldn't it be cruel to the horses?
Posted Tuesday December 06, 2011, About: The BCS got it right, stop complaining
Almost beating LSU at home is a lot different from trying to beat them in a game in New Orleans - in my opinion.

And I would call that interception an incredible play by a great defensive back. Not sure I would label it as "freakish" which seems to imply lucky.

If you assume Alabama and LSU are even offensively and defensively, LSU is way, way, way better at special teams.
Posted Tuesday December 06, 2011, About: The BCS got it right, stop complaining
Margin of victory was removed from the computer rankings a decade ago. I'm not even sure why you're bringing it up.

Of course, margin of victory still plays a role in the human polls.
Posted Tuesday December 06, 2011, About: The BCS got it right, stop complaining
I've posted my thoughts on this but am curious given your post on yours:

If 'Bama does beat LSU in the title game, do you think 'Bama deserves to be national champion over LSU?

The teams will be 1-1 against each other, LSU will have won the division and the conference they both play in and have non-conference wins at a neutral site and away against two other conference champions (Oregon and West Virginina). Alabama will have finished second in the division, third in the conference, and a non-conference away win against the fourth or fifth best team in the Big Ten.

Quite frankly, I think this would be a serious problem even if LSU played Oklahoma State. LSU has so far done everything imaginable to prominently declare themselves as the best team in the country this year and their resume is unmatched in the BCS era.
Posted Tuesday December 06, 2011, About: The BCS got it right, stop complaining
In fact, I don't think its an argument at that point. I think its a stone cold fact.
Posted Tuesday December 06, 2011, About: The BCS got it right, stop complaining
The only way to know that 'Bama is better than OSU is for 'Bama and OSU to play.

They have no common opponents.

OSU played a much tougher schedule (according to everyone who ranks these things professionally).

'Bama has a much better loss.

There is simply no way to conclusively determine which of them is the better team based on the information we have so far.
Posted Tuesday December 06, 2011, About: The BCS got it right, stop complaining
To me, LSU is the national champion no matter what happens in the game against 'Bama. Sorry 'Bama fans. LSU beat you in your stadium and has a far better resume with far more quality wins. So even if you win the title game, I'll still consider LSU to be the better team this season.
Posted Monday December 05, 2011, About: The BCS got it right, stop complaining
Agree with this 100%. It's really about what kind of bias we find acceptable.

Virginia received 5 points in the coaches' poll. 3 of those points come from Mike London who just happens to be the head coach of Virginia.

BYU received one vote to be in the Top 20. That vote came from, you guessed it, BYU's head coach.
Posted Monday December 05, 2011, About: The BCS got it right, stop complaining
I did look. I posted a link. Name the coach who voted for Alabama fourth.

I have never argued media bias. I've argued that the coaches are biased. And to just mindlessly hope that those biases "cancel each other out" does not make sense.

I do not have a problem with voting even based on the type of bias found in the AP polls or the Harris poll, but to let the competitors themselves vote on who the best two teams are to determine who plays in the title game is crazy.
Posted Monday December 05, 2011, About: The BCS got it right, stop complaining
I'm not arguing it's media bias. And of course if I was Saban, I would vote OSU 6th. Hell, I'd leave them off the poll entirely if it meant another shot at LSU.

But a system that lets a coach vote on whether is team appears in the title game is absurd. It's absolutely absurd and there is no way around that.

Even blatantly corrupt sports like figure skating and boxing don't let the competitors vote on who wins.
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