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  1. Great insight! You see this too with kids heading off to the big city for university, straight out of high school. One of my classmates in high school got a great scholarship to a university 500 miles from home, in a big city, at a point in her life when she'd never been away from her family for more than two weeks at any time. She wasn't a super shy person, but reserved enough that she struggled to adapt to her new environment and returned home after one term, never to return to university again. The big questions: Was she simply not ready? Or would she have ever been ready?
  2. Perhaps! Again, I don't really know his personal life, but family plays a big role in the lives of young people too. And one cannot ignore the power of personality. Davies and Tabla do not have the same personality by any stretch of the imagination. As the legendary Vancouver business tycoon Jimmy Pattison always says: "You gotta wanna."
  3. And because this is how things often happen, I was just scanning the CBC.ca homepage for news on the damned virus and I came across this article about giftedness, written by someone who has struggled because of expectations associated with that term, among other things: https://www.cbc.ca/parents/learning/view/i-grew-up-gifted-but-my-life-didnt-turn-out-the-way-i-expected
  4. Yes, and to help build work habits and an understanding of what it means to be a professional. Confidence is key, especially for a guy like Ballou who seems more reserved and introverted.
  5. Hard to say what is really going on with Ballou, but I wonder if his situation is akin to that of my son, or any other kid who is diagnosed as "Gifted". Gifted people have significantly higher IQs (they test in the top 98th, 99th percentiles in several cognitive areas) than that of the average population, but as they and their peers age, the intellectual advantages of being Gifted tend to narrow, not because the Gifted kid has experienced a decline in raw intellectual ability but because other factors start to become more important to an individual's success, things like work habits, social and familial support, organizational tools and raw desire. In short, average smart kids--i.e. not Gifted kids--who have a passion for a subject and work hard tend to perform as well, if not better than, Gifted kids who could give a rats ass about a subject or who've never developed the work habits and org. skills. And what happens to these Gifted kids who find out, usually in high school, that they actually have to work hard to get what they want? Well, they start to think they aren't really smart, and their self-esteem plummets. For their entire lives they've equated intelligence with the relative ease with which they can understand concepts and develop skills. We did not teach our son to read: We read to him all the time and one day he started reading to us. He was only 4 and a half! If this gives us any insight into a player like Ballou, then what might it say? If Ballou had been the most talented player in his age group for many years, and then touted as some sort of generational talent, with guys like Drogba blowing sunshine up his ass, and then he turns pro and discovers he's mostly riding the pine, heads to Barca where he is but one of many, many talented young players, and then he sees little game time over the two or three years he is in Spain, I would imagine that his self-esteem took several kicks in the teeth. And while we all know that the only way for Ballou to turn things around is for him to accept the fact that dedication and hard work are vital to success, anyone who preaches this to him will only highlight--in his mind--that maybe he was not talented enough from the beginning. When I look at my son and his struggles, or from what I read about other Gifted kids, the way forward is all about finding one's passion and then building a framework to pursue that passion. Hard work is not really hard work when you love what you are doing and you understand the purpose of that hard work. Again, not knowing Ballou's psychology at all, it seems to me that he doesn't really want a career in football. Maybe he was good as a kid but his real passion lies somewhere else. Hell, I am brilliant at customer service but I do not want a career as a retail clerk. (Done that. I was damned good. Never again.) If choosing Canada over the Ivory Coast plays into this in any way, then my assumption is that Ballou lost confidence in himself and picked Canada because he felt the IC was out of reach. It makes no sense to me that choosing Canada and giving up on the IC was the cause of his current situation. That seems assbackwards, does it not? Ballou reminds me of Wynn Belotte in this instance. But I've a feeling that Ballou can still turn this around, if only because whereas Belotte seemed to be a raging egomaniac I suspect Ballou is a deeply introspective, introverted type (my people!), which means that it is far more likely that Ballou will accept reality (i.e. hard work and dedication = success). But it will come down to one thing: does he really want it? Those who enjoy sustained success tend to exhibit a mindset that might seem at odds with itself but that has far too many shining examples to ignore: one must be humble about what they are doing AND simultaneously audacious about their ability to achieve their goals. Look at Davies. He is full of humility and audacity, at the same time. He is driven, passionate AND hard working and humble. I suspect Ballou has been humbled, but now he needs to understand the importance of humility (i.e. you don't know **** so pay attention to your coaches and work hard and develop good habits) while he also believes he can be a superstar. I wonder, too, if he has the right support system. I wish him well, in whatever he chooses to do. I hope it is football.
  6. Commentators mentioned that Axel believes in a deliberate, considered re-build. He isn't going to wildly sing players just to fill spots. He wants to do this in a measured, smart and methodical way. Which means improve on the pitch is going to be gradual at best. This will clearly be a multi-year rebuild under Axel. And, all things considered, that makes total sense to me. So, where does MDS factor into those plans? I cannot see how Axel can have MDS at the helm during this multi-year rebuild. At best, Axel could give MDS one more year to see if he can so something with the first wave of new players Axel signs, but improvements--if any--will likely be modest. Will it be enough to extend MDS? One would think that Axel would go with a fresh manager for his rebuild strategy, no? No sense in getting rid of MDS now. See out the year and start looking around for great coaches (and players, players, players). I will continue suffering along as this club tries to right the ship. I stuck with TFC through many, many dismal years (and look at the quality football they've been playing!) Still, we need a proper rebuild.
  7. Not sure if I was watching the same broadcast but I was getting Bear Grylls and Arnold Schwartzenoogie
  8. Predictable! Pozuelo was very good but Laryea made all 3 goals happen.
  9. Well, that was a poop-show last night! LAFC, to be fair, is a great team. And, yet, they've lost a handful of games lately by good margins. Which suggests, I suppose, that relative the rest of the league the Caps are even worse than I thought. Is this possible? How much of this falls on MDS and his staff? How much of this is about the talent on the field? Perhaps Christian Jack was being melodramatic, but the idea that the Caps are a fourth tier team within MLS is probably not as exaggerated as Caps management and ownership might like to think. Or do they know how poor this team is? What I love about LAFC, aside from their playing style, is that they've a very clear and deliberate model and that they've hired the right people to execute it. Bradley, love him or not, is the right guy for this model, one that is all about finding really good young talent in the hopes of selling those players to European clubs for big money. And, along the way, they play beautiful football, win the league and get a crack at the cup every year or so. Yup, they've got deeper pockets and much bigger market, but still...
  10. I don't disagree with the analysis, but I wonder if what we are seeing--in essence--is parity when in most leagues we see two or three super clubs who dominate while the rest of the pack fights to avoid relegation. Is parity necessarily worse than what we see in these other leagues? I mean, yes, if the football is shite, then it is shite. No argument there.
  11. Yeah, Fraser was tidy enough, but seemed tentative. Maybe he was just playing safe. Love Baldisimo's vision and long range passing and the willingness to move the ball quickly. Remind me of a much younger Pedro Morales, but maybe more tenacious in defense than Pedro. Well taken goal. Kid has promise, for sure.
  12. Yes, but a business owner does not want to put their company up for sale when things in the business look crappy. You sell, ideally, when you've a solid business in place AND you can show the potential for growth. An owner will choose to sell for a host of reasons, in many cases because of ultimately personal reasons. On that note: Anybody out there want to buy a profitable book publishing company? (Asking for a friend.)
  13. Yeah, I thought Fraser looked solid tonight, and I was disappointed that he got yanked. Kid needs to play. If that means moving from TFC, then let's make it happen. I know a team way out west--we call it the Lower Lotusland--that could use a strong young talent like him.
  14. Very exciting match up. I'd like to see Davies get forward a few times. That'll keep PSG honest, might even force Mbappe into a more defensive role (unlikely). What a year for our lad! And to think he is only going to get smarter, more technically proficient and, believe it or not, faster. (Sprinters do not hit their prime until their later 20s, usually.)
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