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  1. From what I hear, this is nothing but a PR distraction. This is being proposed by a group called Foundry who wants to bring an MLS team here. However, this group is not working the MLS or the local politicians, and cannot get the attention of the powers to be. There is a separate group called MLS to STL that is being led by Dave Peacock and includes the real power brokers, including Jim Kavanaugh, the Cardinals owners, and the Blues owners. MLS to STL is working closely with MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the mayor and governor. Their property site is immediately west of Union Station, including land that is currently part of a highway ramp that is being removed.
  2. This is where the honeymoon will be over for Pestello. He has done a great job at building bridges and establishing relationships with the faculty, staff, and students. However, now he is going to have to think and act like the CEO of a major business, not a friendly academic, and make difficult program and cost-cutting decisions that will certainly have vocal opponents. One thing will be certain in this process -- there will be significant losers among programs, faculty, and staff. You are going to have professors shouting to the masses about the great injustice of their obscure middle-age theory of poetry major being eliminated. In simple terms, the university needs SKU rationalization of its underperforming offerings.
  3. Despite the repeated criticism SLU and its athletic department receive for their marketing efforts, kudos should be given to the internal group who is leading the social media marketing associated with Dr. Pestello. Whether real or staged, the brand equity they are building by presenting a humble, approachable leader who uses humor and self-deprecation--with no hint of defensiveness--to regularly engage via social media is just what the university needed coming out of the Biondi era. Whether it is Dr. Pestello's idea or he is just a good sport to embrace it and play along, he should be applauded. The zoo skit and decision to re-brand the mascot was yet another great example. Thankfully, local and some national media are taking notice and covering it.
  4. Soccer trolls are the worst kind of trolls.
  5. They should definitely conform the substitution rules and the clock to the international game. The fitness and strategy associated with limited subs is a big part of the game and coaching. The reality is that college soccer is now in a competition with the academies and pro system for the best US talent. If college soccer doesn't conform its training, schedule, and rules, the overall quality and relevance will drop.
  6. This is a great idea. It is really about pulling college soccer out of the dark ages and getting the training and schedule in line with major club training and the international training. It allows the coaches opportunity to train with the players through the year, not just heavily weighted in the fall. It greatly decreases the density of games relative to practices. It better prepares the top college players to transition to professional clubs. It will be good for the players, coaches, fans, and US system. It is also protects the college game from losing all of the top talent to every-growing academies and an increasingly-popular multi-tier pro system in the US. Running college soccer like a glorified fall high school sport didn't serve anyone's interests. The US Soccer Federation was a big proponent of these changes.
  7. Good or bad, it is silly to take away much of anything from a practice dunk. I have never seen Zeke play, but here is a clip of a fairly impressive dunk by him in a game:
  8. A promo video like this doesn't tell you much, but we certainly look a lot more like a high level D1 team.
  9. The Wondo start was absurd, but I hated the Beckerman start because it moved Bradley out of the defensive mid role. Bradley is a dramatically different/better player when he is playing defensive mid and directing the ball forward. When he moves to an attacking mid role his lack of calmness on the ball and panicky back-passing becomes a liability. The better move is getting Nagbe in front of Bradley to connect the attack. Nagbe is about the only guy we have who is truly calm in possession in the midfield.
  10. Bartley was injured last year, and it greatly affected his play. He has one of the better handles on the team and is arguably the best outside shooter. We need him next year, and he still has a chance to be a very good player by his senior year. There is no way he should be run off this team.
  11. Or he could be appreciative that he was a walk-on that was never promised a scholarship yet still got one for a year.
  12. I think the Center position is now the least important position in college and pro basketball. The only difference-maker at centers are the athletic freaks that only land at places like Kentucky. Athletic forwards and guards now control the game. Teams just cannot compete with an offense designed to feed a big guy with his back to the basket.
  13. Crazy legs aside, Green is one of the most well-rounded basketball players I have ever seen. I have probably watched Golden State 25 times this season, and he does so many things well on the court. I am actually surprised we kept that game as close as we did.
  14. I believe Roby was working out next to Bartley in most of the photos.
  15. Guys, please cut the politics right away so we don't have to babysit it. Take it to facebook; it always works well there.