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USA World Cup For Dummies (Like Me!) :-) June 13, 2010

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I was having a tough time trying to figure out how to get behind the US Mens Soccer Team because, quite frankly, I couldn’t figure out where to start.  I did a lil digging this morning and gathered these notes.  HTH, but don’t shoot the messenger especially when they admit ignorance predicated the message. 😉

USA is competing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Group C.  There are 53 teams competing for the World Cup.  After two preliminary rounds, 20 teams play in five groups of four. The group winners qualify for the FIFA World Cup.  At this time, I believe there are 32 teams competing in the World Cup separated into Groups from A thru H with 4 teams in each Group.  Most of the world’s most economically powerful nations are competing for the World Cup.  The teams that writers believe to be the favorites for winning the 2010 World Cup are (in order):  Brazil(1), Italy(2), Spain(3), Germany(4), and Argentina(5).  The match schedules are already set and I believe the match seedings are determined by a point system.  The final, championship match is scheduled for Sunday, July 11th in Johnannesburg, South Africa.

I could be wrong, but I believe FIFA awarded 3 of its 32 competing World Cup berths to CONCACAF.  USA is a member of CONCACAF along with 40 other nations.  Some of the other more popular CONCACAF nations are:  Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and more.

USA was awarded the top FIFA CONCACAF berth.  The other 2 berths went to Mexico and Honduras.  USA’s most recent victories in the Fourth Round of the CONCACAF qualifiers were over:  El Salvador (Sep-2009), Honduras (Jun-2009) and Trinidad & Tobago (Apr-2009). USA’s record for the Fourth Round was 6-2-2 (Wins-Losses-Ties).  USA’s team is coached by Bob Bradley who has been written as being a "serious", "intense", passionate man.  (I like him already!)  USA’s top goal scorer is named Landon Donovan who has been described in print as a "surfer dude". (I definitely like him already!!!)

Go here for more general info about the 2010 FIFA World Cup:  http://www.fifa.com/index.html
Go here to view the 2010 FIFA World Cup match schedule:  http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/index.html and http://bit.ly/WorldCupSchedule
Go here to get more info about FIFA World Cup Qualification for CONCACAF:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_FIFA_World_Cup_qualification_(CONCACAF)
Go here to get more info about CONCACAF:  http://bit.ly/CONCACAF
Go here to see a map of the nations in CONCACAF:  http://bit.ly/CONCACAFMap
Go here to get more info about the US Mens Soccer Team:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_men’s_national_soccer_team
Go here for more info about Bob Bradley:  http://bit.ly/BobBradleySoccer and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Bradley
Go here for more info about Landon Donovan:  http://www.landondonovan.com and http://twitter.com/landondonovan

Is Doc Rivers Outcoaching Phil Jackson? June 13, 2010

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I know the series is ties 2-2, but I think LA’s game success plan is too dependent on Bynum, too incapable of fixing Artest’s shooting woes and too complacent with Odom’s lack of productivity. I’d gamble Jackson is going to blame players if LA loses and fans are going to accept it because it’s Jackson – just like in 2008 when LAK lost to BOS. I believe Jackson hasn’t displayed any contingencies in game plans for when things are NOT going according to plan. At his professional level and in my opinion, that’s shocking – and certainly not true of Doc Rivers. Having no game plan contingencies was the Achilles heel of Mike Brown and look what it got him – after having the best record in the league. Great coaches at this level can fix it on the fly.

Letting Ray try to "shoot his way out" of the slump he was having was costly, but that’s also the reason I am praising Doc. BOS is going to need Ray again in this series. If Doc benches Ray while he is still IN his slump, the likelihood of getting needed productivity out of him later shrinks. Doc gave Ray a chance to fix it and Ray failed. It’s unfortunate but a far better risk than benching him – in my opinion. Plus, it’s just one game. Odom & Artest have been in their own slumps the entire series, not just one game. I think it’s shocking that LA hasn’t tried a different offense or at least basic Pick & Roll to try to get them easier shots. I luv The Triangle but it doesn’t seem to be working to get LA good shots at times in this series

I’m going to try to find some stats to support this!  🙂