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mr beauxjangles

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Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso (EPL promo)

08 August 2014 - 01:03 PM

New bit from Jason Sudeikis as his character Ted Lasso, promoting the upcoming EPL season on NBC. In case you didn't see the original, watch it first (second video below):



"We Stand United" - new chant for USMNT

03 June 2014 - 09:44 AM

Okay, this is awesome. Same guy that developed the Real Salt Lake chant apparently.




What soccer websites do you visit for news, rumors, stats, etc?

03 June 2014 - 07:59 AM

I don't spend as much time as I used to online tracking news, rumors, etc, but I still visit Ives Galarcep's site pretty regularly for US-related news, and still probably spend too much time tracking player values and other stuff on Transfermarkt. Occasionally check the Daily Mail (trash, I know) and Sky Sports for EPL stuff, usually on game day. Statto for basic stats and analysis. I don't play fantasy soccer, so I'm sure there are lots of good sites out there with stats and player ratings that I've never visited.


So...where do y'all go for all things soccer?

San Juan/Puerto Rico

20 May 2014 - 08:44 AM

Just scheduled a last minute trip with the wifey for our anniversary. We'll be staying in San Juan (Carolina) near Old San Juan. Anyone been? Any recommendations - food in particular but also sights and other recommendations would be appreciated. We're winging it and don't have much time for research.

Does arm length (OT) really matter?

14 April 2014 - 08:30 AM

There have been numerous threads over the last few months examining the various OT prospects and many of them mention arm length. Zack Martin, Jake Matthews, Joel Bitonio, James Hurst among those often mentioned as having short arms, and Robinson, Moses, Kouandijo, Richardson, and Ja'wuan James among those whose stock is supposedly helped by their long arms.


Conventional wisdom is that arm length is among the most important measurements for a tackle - or really any player along the line. The logic is pretty obvious - length helps prevent rushers from getting to the outside and/or around a tackle.


There's no need to question the logic. It makes sense and coaches/scouts have studied and observed that long arms, all else constant, make for a better prospect. But therein lies the problem - "all else constant."


PFF takes a look at the impact of arm length on OT performance (overall PFF grades per snap, as well as run and pass blocking individually). Feel free tor read the entire piece here but suffice it to say, they have found absolutely no relationship between arm length and performance in recent years. Again, the problem here is that they are simply looking at correlation. Those with shorter arms may have many other qualities where they outperform the longer-armed prospects on average (if long arms really does matter, then it would be reasonable to assume that they need to be exceptionally strong in other areas to balance  this out). This would also be reasonable to assume if scouts are willing to accept a less polished or less technically sound prospect if they have great measurements (arms, hands, height/weight).


So what's the point? Don't just discount a guy because he has short arms. As oft-cited as it is, remember that Jake Long and Joe Thomas both have absolutely tiny arms by NFL standards (less than 33 inches).


Would welcome commentary from some of the more knowledgeable football guys here, especially those of you that played on the line in college or otherwise. I know that there are at least a few of you here.


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