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  1. A lot of the Premier League could advance far in the Champions League by playing in a group with Brugge, København and Porto, then drawing Sevilla in the round of 16. Not that Sevilla’s easy, no, but let’s not act like they beat Bayern here.
  2. I haven’t given two :censored:s about PSG in a couple years now, so no prayers needed.
  3. I think my favorite conference tournament setup remains what the Horizon used to do a few years back — first-round games were at higher seed, quarters and semis at No. 1 seed as a neutral site for the others, then championship was a few days later at the highest remaining seed. Kept there from being too much traveling around, but also guaranteed a good crowd for the conference championship game. Of course, it works because all the HL gyms are pretty large, but there’s nothing I hate more than watching a conference title game at some random 9,000-seat neutral-site arena with 1,500 people in the crowd. That said, for a certain class of smaller leagues — think the ones with one good, 12- or 13-seed team — I think it would be extremely beneficial to not hold conference tournaments. The Horizon provides a perfect example once more, especially last year — Valparaiso was extremely good (finished runners-up in the NIT and ranked #42 in KenPom) and could’ve made a Sweet 16 run in the NCAA tournament, but they had to play a conference tournament to “prove” what we already knew and lost an overtime game on a neutral site. It was silly; instead of being represented by Valpo or even Oakland, who also could’ve done damage, Green Bay instead went to the tournament. Happened this year, too. For conferences that both (a) typically have one really good team and (b) that team isn’t good enough for an at-large berth, conference tournaments are detrimental in the long run.
  4. The start of our decline! I still miss that kit a lot; one of my favorite Villa efforts ever.
  5. Indianapolis, too!
  6. I like the “J as crest outline” type idea a lot better from Germany’s Jahn Regensburg than this. I just don’t see it having a particularly great application much of, well, anywhere. I’m just not a fan really at all.
  7. I still think my favorite line of thinking was: “The Blue Jackets’ PDO is too high, so their success is unsustainable,” followed by “their goal differential is overinflated because they won a game 10-0, so they aren‘t actually as good as it indicates.” Gee, almost like having an “overinflated” goal differential would correspond with having an “overinflated” PDO. And almost like scoring 10 goals on 40 shots skews the data early in the year.
  8. I feel like they missed an opportunity here — play 1’s and 2’s, with the 4-point spot getting to be you suggested “Big 3,” but actually worth 3.
  9. This is three different uniform sets for them in three years, right? More on-topic, lazy “they stole the Dodgers’ logo!” commentary as if the Dodgers own the very idea of an interlocking LA logo bothers me.
  10. He was quoted as saying this, too, in 2016 in a FourFourTwo piece about the Eleven… “The progress of the NASL has been such that there's reason for optimism, that achieving first-division status in Indianapolis and playing at the highest level in North America in Indianapolis is possible within the North American Soccer League.” I really have no desire to see Wilt in charge of anything with the NASL and, further, have no real desire to see the revolving door that is the NASL continue. There’s absolutely nothing about the league I find interesting anymore — with Minnesota gone and the Cosmos being different, there’s not a single team on the fixture list for next season that is remotely intriguing, and I grew to hate the league over the last few years as the Eleven front office continued to peddle the “we can be D1 in the NASL” line, which is far from a thing that could ever happen. I’m sure I’ll go to an Eleven game or two next year, but if you would’ve told me a few years back that I’d be living in Indianapolis post-graduation and not holding Eleven season tickets, I’d have told you that you were crazy. But it’s just hard to passionately care about something trapped in the clown show that is the NASL. And what’s the alternative? It’s either a drawn-out march to the league folding, at which point I’d rather get to USL and rivalries with Saint Louis, Louisville and Cincinnati before one or two of them move to MLS, or the NASL is actually going to be “saved” — but it’s probably falling behind USL anyway. Thank our legislature didn’t approve an $82 million stadium for a team in that joke of a league a couple years ago…
  11. The Concepts forum is for presenting concepts, not requesting them.
  12. people who steal intellectual property in any avenue. Though thing I find funny: People who’ll shell out $40 for a fake soccer jersey on Alibaba when shirts go on sale for $40 at the end of the season for so many clubs.