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dyslexic nam

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  1. dyslexic nam

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    Don't come here acting all logical and rational...
  2. dyslexic nam

    CPL General

    It also may be something less technical and more about brand preservation. At the risk of bolstering the naysayers on here, it may just have been that the CSA didn't want the optics of a CPL team potentially losing to an MLS U23 team. FCEd has little playing time under its belt and many of the players would still be getting to know each other. In that sort of context, it isn't unreasonable to think that the VWC U23 team (that plays and practices together all the time) might beat them. And in the build up to league launch, that wouldn't have been a great vibe to send out for CPL. Better to play some anonymous DR minnow and work out the kinks behind closed doors than potentially give MLS ammunition to shit on CPL.
  3. It is interesting. The skill level I see among the young elite players - even in a small province like PEI - is off the charts compared to what I saw 10-15 years ago. Kids are coming up through the ranks with ridiculous skills, and a desire to play attacking footy where they drive at (and past) defenders. I may be naive and just not as aware of the phenoms who went through the system in years past, but I think our growing infrastructure, huge registration numbers and tendency to stream top players into more elite training and developmental pathways is going to pay off in the next decade or so (and from then on). I know other countries have also continued to grow their programs but I can't help but think that we may have closed the gap quite a bit. And with CPL coming online and offering hopefully another strong domestic pathway for talented young players, I think we will only continue to get better.
  4. Didn't know the Gem price was only for the premium. Good to know that the CBC-based content would be freely accessible. That could change at some point, but as a publicly funded body CBC has to be careful about levying additional user fees.
  5. That makes sense. Exposure will be key in the early days. That is why I am hopeful this is true. And CBC Gem is a subscription service so its not like a ton of people will already be on it. I think you are right - and it is really only the dedicated (committed - in both senses...) that are likely to subscribe to OneSoccer early on anyway. I just hope there aren't a lot of fence sitters that forgo OneSoccer because they feel like they are getting enough CPL via free content on OTA CBC.
  6. The only part I don't get is that if 20 games are being shown on CBC (one one platform or another - free OTA but paid for a service like Gem), where is the incentive to sign up for another paid subscription like OneSoccer.
  7. If the CBC thing does come to pass, I like to think I played a (very very) small part. At least that is what I will tell myself when I crack a beer upon hearing the announcement. Fingers crossed...
  8. Funny that we are plotting our QF victory strategy. One game at a time boys, one game at a time.
  9. I am as patient as the next guy, but we are rapidly approaching the 11th hour.
  10. Maybe I am still being utopian, but to me the idea of tiering the structure and making the lower tiers regional (and then maybe provincial) offer a very reasonable path to get there. Presumably, a D2 club in this environment would have significantly reduced operating costs. Reduced revenues due to small markets may very well be able to accommodate this. Sure the Charlottetown AnneOfGreenGablesPotatoLobsters may not draw tons and tons of people (or sponsorship dollars), but it may just be enough to float a D2 team with appropriately scaled salaries, a suitably modest "stadium", and fairly local travel costs. Similarly, the player pool demands get lower (in terms of accessing a small pool of really skilled Canadian players) as the natural level gets set. If D2 ends up being close to L1O or its QC sibling, you already have a solid pool of players in place that could help fill the gap - and likely other across the country.
  11. Didn't see the game, but glad to hear (a) he got the start and (b) he made the most of it. He has been really solid for the Nats so I have no doubt he has the tools to be a great player.
  12. And PEI is ahead of Manitoba, so I assume we will get Valour when those nutrient deficient carnivores go belly up. Sweet.
  13. Yeah, I put that more in the spectacular Ronaldo bicycle kick category than in the average Zlatan goal seals your team's defeat category.
  14. As a complete aside, that screenshot totally makes it look like the game was played on FIFA 2019 or something. Just something about the way the background looks "rendered".
  15. dyslexic nam

    CPL General

    MLS still has some of it - and funny enough it is mostly from imports. Gio was bad for it, and others def have it as part of their game. It happened in the Van game the other night - some guy got brushed in the face and writhed around like he was shot. When the ref waived it off, he immediately "recovered" and was enraged that he didn't get the call. If I recall, he was a South American player...
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    CPL General

    The area where I see the biggest impact of this is the amount of clutching and grabbing defenders are now permitted to do on attacking players when corner kicks or free kicks put a ball into the box. It is absolutely against the laws of the game, yet you regularly see defenders latched onto attackers, grabbing their arms or shirt and holding them in place, or holding them down from a header. They do it because the refs let it happen - so of course it takes place THAT is something that is antithetical to the beautiful game, yet because refs are being subjective about how they apply the laws, things get really wonky in terms of enforcement. And what is the end result? Strikers end up theatrically throwing themselves to the ground because it is the only way some refs seem willing to give a penalty. Different case than punishing simulation, obviously, but it is another example of things getting screwed up as refs have moved away from enforcing the letter of the Laws. And like the comments on simulation, it is an area where I think it would be appropriate for the commish to indicate that he expects the Laws to be enforced as written.
  17. That is why a regional second division makes so much sense to me. Reduce their costs by keeping most or all games within a (relatively) close distance, while leaving CPL D1 for those teams that can compete at that level and have the financial wherewithal to accommodate the higher cost of competing at that level.
  18. dyslexic nam

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    Honestly, I have no idea how getting tough on the simulation and bullshit we see somehow equates to giving the green light for glorified goons to hack the talent players until they bleed. The two are simply not the same thing. Full stop. You can absolutely continue to protect skilled players while punishing flagrant instances of diving, cheating and simulation. The two things are in no way mutually exclusive. And, yes, the laws of the game currently have provisions in place to address this. But that doesn't change the fact that it is still an unfortunate part of the game that (for some inexplicable reason) quite obviously gets ignored by many refs. Telling CPL refs to make sure they pay attention to it is absolutely appropriate for the CPL commish to do IMO. Everyone on this site has seen CONCACAF flopping and diving wreck a game and screw us over - all while (often Central American) refs turn a blind eye to it - or worse, allow it to dictate a game by awarding unwarranted free kicks. Expunging that bullshit from the game is something I welcome.
  19. I like a lot of them - and the more I see them the more I like them. I am still not getting the York home kit. For me it is near the bottom - but enough people seem to like it that it must just be me. Maybe it will grow on me. At this point, I like the green away kit better. I don't mind the camo Cav top. Maybe a bit on the nose, but at least it isn't boilerplate stuff. Sort of like Forge where I like the patterned away kit more. I wish I like Wanderers more, but they are both pretty middling for me. Not a big fan of the home collar. Valours are both really solid, with their away kit my top pick overall. FCEd is down with Halifax in terms of not blowing me away. They are all fine - just not awesome. I like that Cavalry has two completely different kits. No inverted colours or variations on a theme. Two completely different (and solid IMO) kits. And while Pacific is fairly subtle, I like the subtle things that make them a bit more complex. The shade contrast of the two sides in the home kit and the embedded logos are cool.
  20. Only if you sanitize it when you are done.
  21. Yeah, you're right. I am sure they will be way better off there.
  22. So owners are locked in, without any chance of recouping their fee if they want to sell and they face a financial penalty if they don't keep going regardless of what they want? Yeah, that sounds way better than CPL...
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