Dominic Kearns Arizona State Law '18
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I too agree that Jurgen had overstayed his welcome as USMNT head coach. And this article nicely illustrates why he needed to go.
However, I think your historic wins v. historic losses chart paints an unduly negative picture of Klinnsman’s tenure.
Let’s not forget Jurgen led the US to historic wins in Italy (2012), and back-to-back wins in the Netherlands and Germany (2015). And was seconds away from beating Portugal in the 2014 WC.
The US surpassed most pundits’ expectations in the 2014 WC and 2016 Copa America, the two most high-profile competitive international tournaments our side has played in under Klinnsman. We didn’t always play attractive football, but his tenure only turned disastrous in its final 12 months.
in Jurgen Fired: Why It Was The Right Call
12/13/16, 9:08 PM
The Pac-12’s cyclical parity is really interesting. However, I think it also makes it more difficult for the Pac-12 to have as many high-ranked teams as other conferences.
When there are only 1-2 conference teams each year you can view as “routine wins”, it becomes very difficult for any single team to emerge with only 1 loss, a playoff prerequisite.
Compare with the ACC, where Clemson has 4-5 easy conference wins each season. Or OSU & Michigan, who get 4 easy conference wins in the Big 10.
This also means it’s much easier for Big 10 & SEC “power teams” to get 8-9 wins in an off year than for Pac-12 equivalents. But what do I know?
in What’s Wrong With The Traditional Pac-12 Powerhouses?
10/22/16, 7:53 PM
Interesting stuff. Stanford, UO & USC had long stretches of dominance in the Pac 12, but the conference tends to be cyclical. If we’re gonna go WAY back, UCLA, UW and ASU are all bigger “traditional powers” than Oregon & Stanford. http://collegefootballnews.com/2016/coaches-poll-college-football-rankings-greatest-pac-12-programs-all-time
15 years ago, UW, CU, WSU and UCLA were great teams while USC, Stanford & Oregon were rarely contenders.
Though I’ve been bearish on USC recently, the Trojans are actually on the verge on returning to Top 10. If they get a good head coach (e.g. Miles, Whittingham, Herman) this off-season, freshman QB Max Darnold has the skill players around him to make them a perennial playoff contender starting next year.
Oregon & Stanford have bigger problems, b/c they rarely get elite recruiting classes (never Top 10) and have major issues on one side of the ball that can’t be quickly fixed (STAN-Offense, UO- Defense. I see the Huskies taking the best recruits in the North & becoming the powerhouse up there.
Keep up the great work though!
in What’s Wrong With The Traditional Pac-12 Powerhouses?
10/22/16, 6:35 PM
Glad you enjoyed the article! And that you agree with me on a Drummond max offer.
As for avoiding analysis of a possible pick-for-All-Star trade, I wanted to be measured & realistic in the analysis. And in March, there were no indications the Lakers were considering a sign & trade on the pick.
On a personal note, I am strongly opposed to trading a Top-2 pick unless the Lakers get a top-10 player in return (Like a Cavs LeBron situation).
As for DeMar, I don’t have a strong opinion either way. On one hand, he has a similar game to Kobe and could be a perennial All-Star. He could also attract other free agents, immediately makes the Lakers more competitive, and has many strong seasons left.
On the other hand, SG is not a weak position for the Lakers right now, signing DeMar means you’re letting Clarkson go, DD often plays iso ball, which could harm offensive flow & teach the youngsters bad habits. He’s not an efficient scorer.
We’ll see what the summer brings. But I think it’s gonna be a wild one!
in How Bright Will The Lakers’ Future Be?
5/6/16, 5:18 PM
I had this exact thought back in March! Towns had a better rookie season than AD, and there’s no reason to think he’ll slow down. Great article!
in Is Karl-Anthony Towns, Not Anthony Davis, The Future Of The NBA?
4/29/16, 12:48 PM
If the NFL is committed to making LA a two-team market, these teams moving to LA makes the most sense.
The Chargers are clearly done playing in San Diego, and Rams owner Stan Kroenke already owns land in Inglewood for that stadium proposal. If these teams move, there would be no need for divisional realignment, which likely would occur if the Raiders and Chargers end up in Carson.
The Raiders still have no proposed new stadium in Oakland. They can use the next several years to either build one in the Bay Area, or potentially move to St. Louis or another city with a football stadium.
In any case, it would be nice to see the Raiders remain in the Oakland/Alameda County area, and the Rams return to LA. It hurts many Charger fans to see them Bolt north, but there seems to be no alternative in San Diego.
in Consensus Growing For Chargers And Rams To Share A Stadium In Inglewood, L.A
1/11/16, 6:16 PM
Fun fact: The Chiefs are undefeated since the Royals won the World Series
in The Kansas City Chiefs Are Destined For Super Bowl 50
1/8/16, 9:08 PM
This is an awesome move for the Dodgers. Iwakuma will thrive in spacious Dodger Stadium, and should slide into the #2 spot vacated by Zack Greinke. If this deal ends up the 3 year/$45 mil range, it is a SWEET underrated pickup for Andrew Friedman.
With Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu set to return from injuries for LA, and a potential trade for Aroldis Champan brewing, the Dodgers will likely be in a better spot pitching-wise in 2016 than in 2015. As wild as that sounds.
in Hisashi Iwakuma Leaves Seattle Mariners, Signs With Los Angeles Dodgers
12/7/15, 1:54 AM
Good call. Definitely get the popcorn & tissues ready before delving into this piece.
in 20 For 20: The Best Moments Of Kobe Bryant’s Career
12/1/15, 11:26 PM
I love the aggressive move from the Diamondbacks front office. Arizona has enough young sluggers to battle for the NL West, but it needs to significantly improve its starting pitching.
At age 29, Cueto would be a safe long-term investment for a mid- market franchise like the D-Backs. However, I do not fault Cueto for testing the open market in free agency.
While 6 years-$120 million sounds like a lot, I would expect one of the Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, or Giants to offer more money for the potential ace. Look for a bidding war to ensue.
in Johnny Cueto Rejects Massive 120 Million Offer From Diamondbacks
11/30/15, 3:23 PM
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