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  1. crashcarson15

    2018/19 Soccer Kits

    Some updates to the EFL lettering/numbers: That’s a revised numeral 1 at the least, but the charity tie-in is neat.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    The Griezmann slip/dive being given as a foul was a lot more bad luck than either or the situations you've pointed out here. I'd very much dispute that France was "clearly the better team" on the day. In the second half, sure, I thought France were the better side, but they took 0/1 shots in the first half (depending on your definition). Their only two first-half scoring opportunities were a dubious free kick that turned into an own goal and a penalty (that was the correct decision) that came from a cross that wasn't in the slightest bit dangerous -- if Perišić lets that go through, there's another defender behind him. It's not like France's great quality of play created either of those opportunities; they caught two great breaks in an otherwise awful half of football. Again, second half I thought France were great, but it's also a tactic they were only able to use because being awful in the first half somehow paid off for them with a 2-1 lead. So it goes, and that's this sport for you, but to say that France was "clearly" the better team Sunday feels really off the mark.
  3. crashcarson15

    2018 NBA "Off"Season-Because It's Always On

    I mean, the Raptors won 59 games last season. They're really good, and with LeBron heading west, a window opened up for them. That said, Kyle Lowry is 32, the Celtics, 76ers and even Bucks should continue to improve -- even if Toronto hung on to DeRozan, I'm not sure the 2019/20 season and beyond would actually have offered them a good chance to genuinely contend. If everything works out for Toronto (e.g. Kawhi is healthy, still one of the top 5-10 players in the league, and actually wants to be there), they'll be the favorites to get out of the East. Do I think they'd beat Golden State or Houston in the Finals? No, but I think they've improved their chances of doing so from "snowball's chance in hell" to "snowball's chance in Hell, Michigan in April." It's worth the risk. The Raptors have played a lot of really good basketball for a few years. This might be a one-year gamble on everything, but they were never going to have a better chance than this year anyway.
  4. crashcarson15

    First MLB Game Memories

    This feels like a good time for a “Kenny Lofton got absolutely screwed by the BBWAA and all the steroid guys never getting off the ballot” rant, but that’s neither here nor there. I’m sure my first MLB game was an Indians game, but I would’ve been too young to remember it. I think I went to a game at Three Rivers, too, but again wouldn’t remember it. The first MLB game I really remember going to was a Reds game in the final year at Riverfront (well, Cinergy Field then) when the left- and center-field seats were gone due to the GABP construction. Don’t remember much about the actual game, but I remember thinking the setting was so cool with the stadium a quarter demolished. That was the summer I turned 7, which feels right for a true first memory.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    VAR was, on the balance, really good at this World Cup. I think that at some point, it’s going to be worthwhile to have a discussion as to whether or not fouls outside the box, but in the attacking third, should be subject to any sort of video replay — personally, I think that everything should be subject to video replay, in the sense that the referee should be able to talk to the VAR room and discuss what they see in the same way that the referee can talk to his assistant and see what he’s seen. Referees are praised for taking 30 or 45 seconds to walk over and have a chat with the A/R to get a call right, and brining a VAR official into that conversation would (IMO) be beneficial for the game. If it’s a big play, or a key subjective decision, then bring him to the monitor. Certainly bad luck for my guys on the free kick, because it came entirely against the run of play and never should’ve been given. But Croatia were really bad all tournament defending from free kicks and it hurt them again. So it goes. Penalty was the correct decision on France’s second, but it shows what the biggest impact of VAR has been and will be: How will the Laws of the Game change to reflect the VAR world? I’d venture to say that most fans don’t want that to be a pen — it seems particularly harsh, and it’s the type of play that’s let go all the time. VAR will necessitate that a play like that results in a penalty unless the Laws are altered/clarified. On the balance of the tournament, France were the best side IMO, so it’s very fair to see them win the tournament. Really proud of my Croatian guys this whole month. Today was just such a surreal day, watching Croatia in a World Cup final in a packed bar of people (Croat-Americans and neutrals) almost all cheering for Croatia, it was super, super neat. This generation finally delivered on all the promise. Ajmo!
  6. Huh? Mexico has made the quarter-finals of the World Cup exactly twice, in 1970 when they hosted and in 1986 when they hosted. They’ve never gotten past the round of 16 outside home soil. Sure, Croatia is a small country, but it’s a small country that’s now made two semi-finals in the six years it’s been an independent nation eligible to compete in the World Cup, and before that, it was part of Yugoslavia, which reached two semi-finals itself and six quarter-finals (well, technically five quarters plus the second group stage in 1974, which consisted of the last eight teams). Croatia in the final is a lot more natural than Mexico in the final would be.
  7. crashcarson15

    2018/19 Soccer Kits

    The back of that Betis shirt is pretty good, too -- not the full stripes through, but at least they carry over. I love some thin stripes.
  8. crashcarson15

    2018/19 Soccer Kits

    That green Wolfsburg kit is especially stunning. I really like the new Wigan home shirt, which is a bit of a faux-back for them:
  9. crashcarson15

    2018 FIFA World Cup Kits

    Socks cannot be the same color -- that regulation isn't for us, it's for the referee. They should've done navy/white/navy for France over what they did, though. (Or just have Belgium change to yellow socks.)
  10. crashcarson15

    2018 NBA "Off"Season-Because It's Always On

    Honestly, I think that's the biggest reason why it's necessarily complicated.
  11. crashcarson15

    2018/19 Soccer Kits

    Yeah, I'm part of the chorus of Villa fans that don't mind going away from the blue sleeves at all -- the club didn't wear them from 1983-89, 1993-95, 1999-2000 or 2001-02. I wouldn't want it to be a regular thing, but it's so much better than the home kits Under Armour served up.
  12. crashcarson15

    2018 FIFA World Cup Kits

    Please keep conversation about the on-pitch action in the World Cup in the thread in Sports in General, please. This thread is to discuss the kits and other aesthetics of the WC.
  13. crashcarson15

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    They had this at one point, called it golden goal — the issue was that teams were overly defensive, willing to take the match to penalties in an aim to avoid a match-losing mistake. Kinda like how the NHL ended up with the OT loss point, with teams being defensive in an aim not to lose.
  14. crashcarson15

    2018 FIFA World Cup Kits

    Croatia’s kit is a clash with any red kit or white kit because of how they designed it, no two ways around it — the shoulders and sleeves clash with any red shirt, and the back of the shirt clashes with white. Typically I’m fine with white/color striped/hooped/checkered kits being worn against plain white, but it just wouldn't work for Croatia this year.
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    Stars and Stripes Across MLB, Patriotic Uniforms for July 2-3-4

    I love the league logos on the sides of these hats — wish they’d just make a Tribe hat with the AL logo on the side that isn’t stars and stripes driven. Tribe jerseys reinforce that the road jerseys can have red lettering, too.