Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Less than 48 hours .... and counting.

That's right sports fans. Less than 2 days until Nipsey's favorite compound word in the English language. That's right. It's time for MLS SuperDraft!
Remember. It's not just a draft. It's a SuperDraft!
And with the Crew owning 2 first round picks (3rd and 9th) after having none last year, I'm quivering with excitement over the fact of going into this utter crapshoot and getting a few new guys I've never heard of before.

Actually I've heard of and even watched consensus #1 pick Marvell Wynne (DEF) at this past summer's U-20 World Championships (side note: U-20 coach is the Crew's new head coach). He was freakin' awesome and may have been the best player on the field not named Freddy Adu. He was like Frankie Hejduk, only younger and with a better cross. And with shorter hair. And black.

There were rumors that the Crew were trying to move up to #1 overall to get him, but they've cooled in the past day or so. We actually have just acquired a bunch of defenders so getting Wynne seems less and less likely.
I can live with not getting Wynne, but I'm hoping we get a couple guys from the following list. They sound pretty good. But who knows?

Sacha Kljestan – M – Seton Hall
Jason Garey – F – Maryland (this guy won the Hermann, which is soccer's Heisman)
Jacob Peterson – F – Indiana

Okay, now that you've sat through one of my patented soccer-related diatribes, I shall reward you with the MWB's bread and butter: college football. (Note: I wrote all of this before Fu wrote the post below, so for a more in-depth and better-written discussion on some of this, just scroll down.)

On CFN's Tuesday Question, they asked the 4 CFN guys this question:

"Give your ridiculously early pre-pre-pre-preseason top three."

Okay, I guess that's more of a command than a question, but you get the idea.
So, here are the lists given by Fiutak, Cirminiello, Harris, and Zemek

1. Texas
2. Florida
3. Florida State

1. Florida
2. Notre Dame
3. Texas

1. Ohio State
2. LSU
3. USC

1. Ohio State
2. West Virgina
3. Auburn

Wow!!! Talk about a lack of consensus. There were only 4 "ballots" and no team was on more than 2. And a total of 9 teams made it into those 12 slots. NINE!!! ("Nine times?" "Nine times.") I mean if this is any indication of what all the coaches/pollsters are thinking, that first preseason poll is gonna be crazy go nuts. And you think that game in Austin might have some implications? I guess Ohio State comes out the best in all of this since they were #1 on the 2 lists on which they appeared. Honestly, I can't remember a bigger preseason clusterfuck at the top in my lifetime. This is all a potentially hypothetical possibility, I know. But, it does get me awfully juicy for the 2006 college football season.


At 5:46 PM, January 18, 2006, Blogger Nipsey said...

Just an update from the MLS rumor mill: MetroStar GM Alexi Lalas might be getting rid of Guevara, Razov, and Gaven all at once, w/ the latter of that 3 coming to the Crew for Edson Buddle.
This possible trade has caused quite a division among Crew fans. Gaven's a fantastic young midfielder, but we have a hard enough time getting goals as it is. Shipping out our best forward might not be the best idea.

As for me, I'm all for this trade. Buddle is waaaaay too streaky and I'm afraid his career may have actually peaked, at least for our team. Plus, I absolutely love Eddie Gaven.

Man, I love this time of year.

At 6:47 PM, January 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The MLS. Hmmm. The MLS? Is that soccer? Do people still play soccer?

Break of Dawn

At 11:49 AM, January 19, 2006, Blogger The Diddy said...

Fucking soccer. Anyway, more on Troy Smith for Heisman which Jackson seems so much against. There's one statement that always seems to ring true. "If Notre Dame is relevent, the Heisman passes through ND".

Troy Smith played a great game against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. I'd say roughly 85% of the east coast media is catholic so EVERYONE with a vote is watching ND. Plus, if you beat even a decent Notre Dame team you must be the greatest player of all time. Bush won it this year b\c of the leaping TD against them, and also b\c of the illegal push, but nevermind that.

I'm not saying one huge game against ND always wins you the Heisman, but you ALWAYS get way more credit or pub for it than you ever should.

At 12:25 PM, January 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While 4 of the last 5 Heisman winners have faired well against Notre Dame, those 4 winners did so during the same season in which they won the award (not the previous bowl). In fact, the last Buckeye to win the award tallied 207 yards on the ground in a regular season game against the Irish during his award winning year. I'm not sure the East Coast Catholic media will put too much stock in this past Fiesta bowl by the time next year's votes are cast. That said, feel free to pick a Heisman candidate from teams on Notre Dame 2006 schedule.

Break of Dawn

At 3:15 PM, January 19, 2006, Blogger Jack Fu said...

I guess we're all glossing over the obvious thing in all this "Notre Dame" and "Heisman" talk: Brady Freaking Quinn is probably gonna win it next year. Adrian Peterson is gonna have to rush for 2,000 yds to beat him.

And I never said I was "against" Troy winning the award. I'm just saying that I think it's optimistic, that's all.

At 12:23 AM, January 20, 2006, Blogger Nipsey said...

Ha Ha!
You know, soccer-bashing will only make me write about it more. It’s a World Cup year after all.
Before you know it, I’m gonna have a 1500 word post called something like “Group E: Group of Death or Group of Jeff?” or maybe “Brian McBride: deity or mortal? I honestly can‘t tell.”

Anyway, here’s the SuperDraft item of the day. In a snippet from the pre-draft letter to the fans from the Crew’s new coach says, “The dilemma is always, do you take the best athlete or do you pick by need? Since we are rebuilding to a certain extent, we need to take the best player irregardless of position.” Irregardless? I love this guy already.

At 12:23 AM, January 20, 2006, Blogger Nipsey said...

Wow - just watched Vanderjagt on Letterman - somebody oughta put that guy on suicide watch

At 8:53 AM, January 20, 2006, Blogger The Diddy said...

The Brady Quinn situation is very true. If I'm taking odds, he's gotta be better than even money to win. The only thing better than having a huge game against ND is to play FOR notre dame every week. I mean, Ron Powlus was gonna win 3 heismans, and Brady is like Ron Powlus only much, much cuter and with talent.

However, those moronic media types do carry things over from year to year. They do it in pro and college sports. It makes no sense, but they do it anyway. So yes, Troy Smith's performance against ND will gain him more pub in '06. I mean how did Ron Dayne win the heisman? That thing was a career reward handed to him in preseason. Same as Ricky Williams. It's why 05 USC was the greatest team of all time before finishing their season and why '02 Miami was gonna beat OSU by 40.

Also, are we still talking about soccer? Effing Jeff. Maybe even: Jeffing-A!!!

At 1:13 PM, January 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait just a minute...just so I'm clear. Brady Quinn plays soccer?

Break of Dawn

At 4:52 PM, January 20, 2006, Blogger Jack Fu said...

Well, let's be culturally fair with our terminology: American soccer...

At 7:39 PM, January 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the love of all that is hole-y...someone please post a non-American soccer topic.

Break of Dawn

BTW...Flat Rock High School garnered a mention on

At 8:13 PM, January 20, 2006, Blogger Jack Fu said...

Wow. For some reason apparently beyond my comprehension, they've been playing Country Day, alternating home and away, for somewhere around 5 years now. I think the year Flat Rock was actually pretty good and beat Rouge in the regionals, they lost to Country Day by like 18. That was quite the high water mark...


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