Discussion in 'Football, Baseball, and Hockey' started by Walter, Jun 2, 2014.
Maybe they don't want the game to take 4 hours to play like most American professional sports.
Good suggestions. I would also like to see each player equipped with a GPS receiver and a headset so a computer could track their movements and send each player signals as to which direction and speed they should be heading.
Anybody interested in playing the World Soccer Pick'em on ESPN? I can set up a group if there's enough interest.
Yea, set it up!!
It would equate to the same time, would it not? The only difference would be that everybody could plan for the ending.
I guess it doesn't really matter though as last second goals are a rarity. The higher the frequency of scoring, the more it matters to know the exact time the game ends.
The secrecy of the entire thing makes you question the integrity of the official. The only reason that it is done that way is because "it has always been done that way." Today, it makes no sense whatsoever to keep the stoppage time a big secret.
Have any goals ever been waived off at the end because they occurred a second after time expired?
Tradition is a characteristic of the sport.
Exactly, seconds can mean everything in some sports such as NFL and basketball. Soccer not so much.
I find it interesting that hockey and soccer are different than the other major sports in that the team that is leading can't lose on one score by the other team. Football, baseball, and basketball (even golf) all have that tension when you're rooting for the team in the lead that one quick strike could ruin everything.
No way!! Belgium is the Dark Horse this year!! They have a increidble team! a defense filled with all-star defenders like Vincent Kompany, Vermaelen, Alderwield, Vertonghen. Fellaini in the middle with Eden Hazzard (a star player in England), Moussa Dembele, and other players like Lukaku, Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne.
You all know I'm argentinian so I root for my country here, but I really want to see Belgium in the final four.
We (Argentina) have an easy group. Maybe the easiest we had in a long long time. Bosnia is the only team that can give us some trouble, Argentina has a great offense but the worst of the defenses. So maybe Dzeko can score on us.
Despite that, I too see Germany or Brazil winning this world cup. Playing home is a big advantage.
Do the tourney Walter, I'll play.
I appreciate your insight SJ.
As someone who has never followed futbol before, you just taught me quite a bit about what to look for in this year's World Cup.
I hope that you and everyone else in the know will continue to share similar commentary.
I'm interested to learn things like which teams are known for offense, defense, passing, ...etc.
I'm also keen on finding out which players are skilled in particular areas. Stuff like speed, agility, playmaking scoring, endurance, physicality, etc.
Which coaches are the most clueless? Besides our own, I mean.
Do they have rotations in soccer?
Not sure if this is a serious question or not, but yes they do. Players are rotated through the squad to avoid getting worn out. However, during a match, a team only has 3 substitutions that they can make, including injuries. So if you have made all 3 subs and a player has to leave the field then you will be one short either until he can come back on or until the end of the match.
The ball seems rounder than in American football, is it?
Makes it easier for the center to snap it.
Thanks for that but I don't know thaaaaat much! I know a few things, of course, because it's the main sport in my country and I've played it since I was a child.
In my opinion, Brazil, Germany and Spain have the best defense at the moment. If I have to pick the best balanced team, that might be Germany. This Brazil's team have a great defense but some doubts about his offense. Other than Neymar.
The thing is, historically speaking, Brazil is more known for their great scorers, such as Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Romario, Pele, Etc. - So in comparission with those beasts from the past, this year they have a lack of the offense that the fans are used to. But with a great defense. They have maybe the best wing backs of the moment in Dani Alves and Marcelo.
Besides Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Spain, other dangerous teams are England and Neatherlands of course. Italy can make some damage too. Although one of their best players in the middle, Montolivo, is out for suffering an impressive leg fracture a few days ago. Portugal is a dangerous team too. But there are concerns about how healthy is Cristiano Ronaldo at the moment.
France suffered a recent injury too. Ribery, one of their best players, is out, so I heard. But even with Ribery healthy I didn't think, personally, that France could go further.
Cote d'voire is my favourite African team. Yaya Toure is simply amaizing.
I'll tell more with the days!
Spain are the defending champions. They also won the last two European championships. If they win this year again, they will make history as no squad has ever won 4 major cups in a row.
Italy and Germany are really good tournament teams, so those sides are always dangerous. It'll be very interesting to see what Uruguay can do. There was a lot of drama with them last cup and were very exciting to watch. Although Suarez isn't really healthy so who knows.
Ok folks, just created the PF.COM world cup pick'em group on Yahoo! Fantasy. See this thread for the info:
PF.com World Soccer Pick'em - Brazil 2014 | Detroit Pistons Forum
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