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Everything posted by rkomar

  1. Linseman would make the dirty plays and then turtle when challenged to a fight. Richie seems keen on getting into scraps, so I think the comparison breaks down in the details.
  2. Agreed. He was calm while playing quickly. That's the best I've ever seen him play so far.
  3. If the Montreal sub (Johnsen?) had scored on the open net, they would have cemented the win. To me, that was the play that really cost them in the end. Pantemis and Westberg just swapped bumbles on the goals. Too bad for Montreal, but I think TFC deserved the point on the night.
  4. I'm not having any trouble with the stream on my computer today. I'm usually connected well before the pregame show starts, so maybe that helps in some way.
  5. For the last day, the TV guide on the OneSoccer site has been broken for me. All I see is a few bogus entries for early Thursday the 28th. Is it borked for anyone else?
  6. I don't think TFC are in the business of developing and selling young talent. If the players are good, they want to keep them. I'm thinking this picture of TFC playing young Canadians over veteran players just to move them on to greener pastures is a pipe dream. The accountants might like it, but it's not going to help the organization win any hardware, and that has been the corporate mantra ever since Leiweke restructured the place.
  7. Huh! I didn't know we were talking about Kingston, Ontario. I figured we were talking about some Caribbean park when it was described as a shithole. I went to Queen's in the 80's and early 90's, and I wouldn't have described Richardson stadium as a being that bad. But to be fair, I was usually pretty wasted when I was there, so maybe my aesthetic senses weren't at their highest.
  8. I actually was a nuclear physicist in school and afterwards, and spent a lot of time writing and running Monte Carlo simulations. I don't need any lessons in what they are, or what a Poisson distribution is (although I could use an explanation as to why Poisson distributions might be used here when they are only meant to apply to cases where the probability of something happening is very small). The problem isn't that the predictions of these can change with new results, it's that they can change so much. If Jamaica's chance of qualifying can go from 4% to 8% in two games, what did that 4% really mean? Were we really supposed to believe that Jamaica only had a 1 in 25 chance of qualifying, which is pretty hopeless? We as fans know what we want the numbers to mean, I just question whether they are really what we want them to be.
  9. Thanks, that makes me feel a lot better.
  10. They do say that 'team A is in position x, therefore is most likely to finish position x'. The simulations are based on the teams' current record, and it is expected that the teams will perform the same for the rest of the tournament. A week ago, Jamaica had 1 point after four games and had about 4% chance of qualifying based on the simulations. Two games later, they had 5 points and an 8% chance of qualifying. Clearly, the probability distributions changed greatly in those two games. I think that's Unnamed Trialist's point, the probabilities are not static, but change from game to game. The basic idea of the simulation is fairly bogus. Rerunning the simulations after each round of real results is also "wiping the shit off one's face". In Jamaica's case, the 4% prediction is wiped away and replaced with 8%.
  11. That makes sense. The woman at the counter thought it was about shooting the caps onto the field, but maybe the real reason got lost somewhere in the chain of command from FIFA to counter clerk.
  12. When I was at the Women's World Cup matches at BC Place, you had to open any bottle of pop you bought at the counter and leave the bottle top with them. FIFA were afraid that someone would fire a plastic cap onto the pitch. It's amazing to consider the gulf between FIFA and CONCACAF when it comes to rules about fans endangering players.
  13. It still irks me that Ronaldo now usually refers to Cristiano Ronaldo, taking away fame from Ronaldo Nazario de Lima. The older Ronaldo still deserves to be recognized as one of the great strikers, even if Cristiano has surpassed him. Instead, he has become almost nameless and forgotten. Bah!
  14. I don't know how many times I've heard the "Drake is a jock sniffer" thing on TSN's Overdrive program over the last few years (especially after Raptors games). I suspect that Forrest heard it there and thought it was funny (to be fair, the Overdrive guys are good at making stuff sound funny). Anyway, this take on Drake is nothing new, so I think Forrest shouldn't be too badly scalded over it.
  15. I'm guessing that they do consider Brym a future prospect. Herdman probably has 2026 in mind even during this cycle.
  16. I didn't think the ball was even close to being out. It looked to me like the middle of the ball was over the line the whole time, so I think the linesman had no trouble calling it in. For those who are unclear on it, the same rule applies to all lines on the field. The ball has to be entirely beyond the vertical plane on the outside of the line to be out of the area. If that was the goal line instead of the sideline, it would never have been called a goal. So, I don't think that VAR would have screwed us unless the official didn't know the rules. That said, the linesman could have screwed us on the call, so I guess we were lucky that he didn't.
  17. There is only one English player in the midfield, Spence, and I don't remember her getting much playing time. Cuthbert is Scottish and Ingle is Welsh, but they play wide. Fleming is usually playing in the middle of the park, where Leupolz (German), Harder (Danish) and Ji (Korean) play. I don't think Fleming's lack of playing time has anything to do with her not being English.
  18. I don't know about that. It was her stone-cold penalty takes in the Olympics that got her noticed enough for Ballon d'Or votes. When I watch Fleming sub in for Reiten or Leupolz on Chelsea, I don't notice much improvement in team play. I don't like that she mostly gets subbed on for garbage time at the end of blowouts, but I also recognize that she's still not good enough to permanently replace any of the starters yet. There's probably some plan for her to eventually become a starter, but I don't think that time has arrived yet. She's really good, but she's on a stacked team.
  19. It's reminding me of the Ren and Stimpy fart scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roanZ32zduM
  20. I don't think most here are giving Jamaica enough credit for that result. They worked hard to shut down space in their half, leaving our players with little time to make a play. Even out wide, our wingers had to make move after move just to get away a crappy cross. I think it was actually easier attacking Mexico than it was Jamaica. Dunfield mentioned in the first half that the Jamaicans were working too hard to keep up that pace for the whole game, but it turned out that he was wrong about that. We may have had more control in the game, but I think the Jamaicans earned that tie rather than it being us pissing away a win.
  21. I think the time to have rejected Brym was when making up the roster. Once you call him and he shows up, you need to follow through on your word and give him a chance to make his contribution. It may not be ideal to play him, but it's probably worse in the long run to not play him because it shows the rest of the players that showing up doesn't mean you get treated with respect.
  22. I doubt that Herdman will call in new players. He has already said in the interviews that if you are called and show up for the team, then you should play at some time. It's not fair to ask you to sacrifice without getting a chance at the reward. So, I expect that the little-used subs like Brym will see the field before anyone else is brought in from outside. Players today are not the same as they used to be. You can't just tell them to shut and do what they're told and expect them to keep following you. If Herdman starts lording it over them, I think this team will just fall apart and lose everything it has gained. I like what this team is achieving with their attitudes and camaraderie. It's a winning formula, so don't start treating them like their needs don't matter. I'll also say that this team's confidence is rubbing off on me. They don't worry too much if they fall behind in a game because they know they can probably score. I expect that they also won't worry too much if they lose a game that they shouldn't have because they can make it up elsewhere in the schedule. I'm feeling calm before today's game, just like the players are. There's a lot of randomness in the game, and sometimes you don't get the result you deserve. It's good to know that we don't have to worry too much about any particular result, that fourteen games should be enough to let our quality determine our fate.
  23. I'm oldish (late 50's), so I learned Imperial as a kid, but I got my degrees in the sciences where you only use metric (apart from some engineering). I'm comfortable in both, but I find that eyeballing sizes seems more natural to me in Imperial units. Centimeters are too small once you get past about 10, and meters/yards are too big under about 5. Feet and inches are easier for me to estimate for the usual things we deal with. So, I don't think I'll ever fully let the Imperial system go.
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