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  1. kibblesnbits

    Hartford Athletic to Begin Season in July

    That's a pretty incredible result. I haven't watched the game yet, but I didn't think they'd have much of a chance after mailing in a mediocre effort during a mid-week draw with a lesser club and enduring two previous drubbings by Pittsburgh. Looking at the stats, which favor Pittsburgh, I...
  2. kibblesnbits

    UMass Announces Intention To Play Football in Fall 2020

    UConnDogs in his signature role as Andy Durfresne, "How can you be that obtuse?" Chief as "The warden" while looking up the meaning of obtuse, "What did you call me? Give him 30 days isolation without my insights on UConn athletics and medical science." "Thank you. I'll take the 30 days."
  3. kibblesnbits

    UConn may compete in Spring

    You mean avoid the kind of schedule a regional independent will see in normal times? Hardly. The schedule we'd get this season is in no way comparable to what UConn has been able to assemble for coming years. Look at Army's schedule this year - 3 FCS, 2 CUSA and 2 Sunbelt. UConn has P5s...
  4. kibblesnbits

    UConn may compete in Spring

    We also cancel investments or furlough resources when operating doesn't make sense. The least successful businesses are often the ones that refuse to cut bait and continue lines that limp along because no one wants to make the tough call. In this case we might be able to play a half-assed...
  5. kibblesnbits

    UConn:Design,Build & Manage New Rink

    Is that really an increase? The 2,700 includes a "standing room only deck area for students." I thought the old 2,500-2,700 figures excluded standing room. Will there be any other standing room seating?
  6. kibblesnbits

    UMass Announces Intention To Play Football in Fall 2020

    I wondered whether some teams would have COVID parties to get herd immunity before starting play in a few weeks. More than a bit risky and costs valuable practice time but a potential winning stratgy in this strange year.
  7. kibblesnbits

    UMass Announces Intention To Play Football in Fall 2020

    We lost "one good recruit" to Penn. What do we have in common with Penn? Oh yeah, neither school is playing football this semester.
  8. kibblesnbits

    UConn may compete in Spring

    The problem is that in the real world people have to make decisions before tests can be conducted. You mocked those that made decisions based on limited data and expert opinion and then declared, based on limited data and expert opinion, that it is safe. Hardly scientific. If you want science...
  9. kibblesnbits

    UMass Announces Intention To Play Football in Fall 2020

    You misread my message. I was talking about UMass using it as a pitch for membership.
  10. kibblesnbits

    UMass Announces Intention To Play Football in Fall 2020

    There's no comparison for us between basketball and football because we don't have a league in football. It's as simple as that. This UMass experiment should be interesting. The only school in NE, NY, NJ and PA that they could possibly schedule is Army as a replacement for the cancelled BYU...
  11. kibblesnbits

    UConn may compete in Spring

    Army built a schedule just so they can play Air Force (which is playing a two game schedule against Army and Navy) and Navy. They just lost one game against BYU to COVID leaving them with 10. Coach Monken has said he expects to lose more. Of those still on the schedule, they have 3 FCS teams...
  12. kibblesnbits

    MLS’ Toronto FC playing at the Rent this fall

    The rules change when you cross the river.
  13. kibblesnbits

    Hartford Athletic to Begin Season in July

    Athletic being humiliated at the half in Pittsburgh. It's not just the 3-0 score, it's the complete domination of the ball by the Riverhounds (one of the best clubs in the league). Watching this game one would wonder if HA has anyone in the midfield. A Hartford possession is two passes on the...
  14. kibblesnbits

    MLS At the Rent

    That's strange. The 25% limitation for Athletic' games doesn't seem to have caused any problems. Why can't we do the same for MLS? Get the Revs' or one of the NY teams in here and a "sell out" of around 10K seems likely.
  15. kibblesnbits

    Hartford Athletic to Begin Season in July

    Athletic has another big game this weekend at Pittsburgh. The USL Championship is a strange league - combining reserve teams of 16-25 year olds (essentially minor league teams for MLS) and independent teams of mostly 22-30+ year olds like Hartford. Hartford Athletic is 6-0-1 against reserve...
  16. kibblesnbits

    Hartford Area Hidden Lunch Gems?

    By far my favorite hot dog place. The Dixie Dog (split, grilled and topped with house made cole slaw and chili) is the king of hot dogs. Great fries too.
  17. kibblesnbits

    Big Ten, parents, players, revolt.

    Two weeks ago we had "athletes of the PAC-12" making demands and I wondered how many of them that represented. I'm wondering the same thing here. How many parents make up "Parents of Michigan Football?" I note that they acknowledged accommodating players opting out so its highly unlikely all...
  18. kibblesnbits

    Hartford Athletic to Begin Season in July

    That's true. They also thumped RB II in a rematch last weekend 4-1. It should be an excellent match-up on the 28th and will probably be the biggest game on the HA home schedule. I'm committed that night but I'd recommend to any available soccer fan that they should scoop up tickets while they...
  19. kibblesnbits

    Hartford Athletic to Begin Season in July

    Hartford Athletic is virtually guaranteed to make the playoffs as they only need to finish first or second in their group and 3 out of the other 4 are reserve teams against which HA is 5-0. The real test for them will be the three games against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, which, like Hartford...
  20. kibblesnbits

    2020 UConn Commit Jonathan Senecal to Univ. of Montreal

    Yup. If they had the courage they could have played a schedule of 4 opponents and 8 intrasquad scrimmages. That's one hell of a season.
  21. kibblesnbits

    Notre Dame cancels Navy game...

    With all due respect to the Broncos, which team is more likely to have the discipline to follow pandemic induced limitations - Navy or WMU? Clearly the real reason is that they wanted to ensure the +1 was always a home game for the ACC team.
  22. kibblesnbits

    Notre Dame cancels Navy game...

    The game was moved to Annapolis at least a month ago. That seems to meet the mandate so why was the game cancelled?
  23. kibblesnbits

    Hartford Athletic to Begin Season in July

    Well, both games were 2-1 for the home club at the 60 minute mark. In each case the play was competitive to that point but the home team tacked on 2 more as the pace of picked up again after subs were added. If you think "after Athletic put on some fresh legs they pulled away" you really should...
  24. kibblesnbits

    Hartford Athletic to Begin Season in July

    Tonight's game was basically Wednesday's game but this time Hartford was the home team with the winning hand. On Wednesday they lost 4-1 at Indy but the overall game was closer than the final score. This time Hartford was the superior team in another 4-1 final but late goals also made the game...
  25. kibblesnbits

    Hartford Athletic to Begin Season in July

    I didn't comment on Wednesday's game because I didn't see the first half. The second half was mostly controlled by Indy after an early HA goal and the home team put home 3 for a relatively easy win. The Indy announcers were quite clear, however, that they thought Hartford just ran out of gas...
  26. kibblesnbits

    Hartford Athletic to Begin Season in July

    We had visitors so I only had a distracted view of the game, but HA rebounded from a couple of early defensive blunders that left the keeper out to dry by scoring 3 straight and solidly controlling the remainder of the game to win 3-2. If I heard the announcers correctly the Union II squad was...
  27. kibblesnbits

    UConn:Design,Build & Manage New Rink

    That's the gamble, but it's an expensive one with uncertain payoff. In the meantime, SHU has all new construction projects on hold, so there will be at least a one year delay before starting. I don't know the status of their fund-raising in such a tough period for colleges, but one has to...
  28. kibblesnbits

    Hartford Athletic to Begin Season in July

    LIstened to the ESPN feed on my way up to Boston. It sounded like HA played a much more aggressive style and turned in an impressive effort at Dillon on the way to a 3-1 victory in the home opener over Loudoun (DC United's reserve team). They have another home game against Philadelphia Union...
  29. kibblesnbits

    Hartford Athletic to Begin Season in July

    Point taken.
  30. kibblesnbits

    Hartford Athletic to Begin Season in July

    You have no clue. I want to see this team win and I probably know less about soccer than you. However, I don't live in a fantasy world that what you saw on Friday was an impressive effort. They got a lucky bounce and then packed it in. I recognize the emphasis on defense is sound strategy...
  31. kibblesnbits

    Hartford Athletic to Begin Season in July

    Ignorance is bliss. If you think what we saw on Friday was comparable to Leicester City then I'm not sure what to tell you. They actually take advantage of space and move forward with an order to their counter. Just playing defense and doing long clears with little intent to organize a...
  32. kibblesnbits

    Hartford Athletic to Begin Season in July

    I was at the first home win last year so I know how long it took. That should not be the standard to measure this year. You can play disciplined defense and still have some semblance of ball control passing. You can also counter attack against a pressing team by playing the ball to space and...
  33. kibblesnbits

    Hartford Athletic to Begin Season in July

    Oh please. They won and that's good. However, you know that there are wins when you outplay the opposition and games when you don't but eek one out on fortuitous bounces. This was one of the latter. Thanks to an awful play by RBII's goaltender, HA converted their one real chance (OK, maybe...
  34. kibblesnbits

    Hartford Athletic to Begin Season in July

    True, but if they played 10 more times like this, HA might be 1-10. They got an early SportsCenter type goal because of an alert clearance by the goaltender and a brutal play by his RBII peer. After that they played the overwhelming majority of the game in their own end, packing the defense...
  35. kibblesnbits

    Hartford Athletic to Begin Season in July

    Up 1-0, but they look just like last season. No build up or ball control. It's at most a pass or two and then they try to go over the top. Everyone is standing around instead of moving to space. Ball control was 65% NYRB II at the half.
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