5th July 2019 at 10:43 pm #43078
Steve I know man. I didn’t wannas go on too far with that but you’re dead right. The amount of money put into college sports over in America and even their attitude towards it with future stars in high school, is very different to what we are used to. College football is a huge thing over there, not just the NFL. Are we missing a trick there in some sense? Maybe.. but when it comes to something so undeveloped, like women football, their approach/attitude towards it, would of course see significant, relative boosts… but won’t work when going up against something so efficiently saturated, like mens professional football. You have got to have all the ingredients, which they do not and never will have.6th July 2019 at 6:05 am #43079
That’s why although I’m against socialism always have been they do have a lot of merit where everyone can get free higher education. We could never afford that plus so many other people I know that could not either. Every system has pros and cons.6th July 2019 at 7:18 am #43080
Mak, I don’t follow American Football particularly, or their soccer, but you may know, do their teams have academies or do they let the colleges develop the players for them?….. Pagan6th July 2019 at 7:55 am #43081
Oh, to be clear, I don’t follow American Football either. I’ve only gleamed bits of information from American media. I don’t know if there are also academies but from what I know, they will give out athletic scholarships to students, who will learn in one field but will mostly be focused on their sporting careers.
I think it was my American friend who pointed out to me one time that the team Notre Dame was a college Football side. They are a good example of just how serious this is taken.
That’s their stadium. You could be forgiven for thinking that all these fans were turning up to watch an NFL game.6th July 2019 at 9:31 am #43086
Chucky McChuckfaceParticipant409 pts
NFL is basically in three stages… but it’s only the top tier that get paid although all three “stages” are basically a cash cow.
You have High School Football (played on Friday nights), which is basically up to 18 years old (generally the older kids it must be said). Players play for free but the coaches of the “better” schools generally are the best paid “teachers” around.
18-21 is college, and as Micky says above, they take it very seriously (except they don’t pay the players “officially”). They basically offer free scholarships to the best high school players, for what is basically professional teams for the ages between 18-21. As Micky showed above, it’s a seriously big business for the colleges. They play on Saturdays.
Then you have the NFL that I’m sure you all are more familiar with (and coming to a nice new shiny stadium in North London 🙂 ) They picked players from colleges once a year, with the theory that the worst teams get the best players but, like the players, the draft picks are also “swapped” around like commodities.
Let me know if you need anything else…6th July 2019 at 5:58 pm #42982
Now then fellas, hello to all the old usernames I remember.
Just gonna chuck my two cents in –
Gerrard- Sort of player your club loves to have, every other club wishes they had and hate the fact they don’t. A winner who dragged some mediocre teams over the line.
Beckham- Possibly my favourite England player as a youngster, gave everything, old fashioned wide man who could actually cross, remember crossing?? Achievef all he did with zero pace.
The Beatles – Always suspicious of someone who says they don’t like the Beatles, which version? The boyband of the early sixties or the studio albums of pepper, revolver etc. Their back catalogue is so varied there’s something in it for any music fan.
Mourinho- In terms of style, the man is finished he is relic now. He could still win a trophy or two but the style he plays now is dreadful.
My unpopular opinion- I did enjoy watching Spurs but I think they have peaked now and are heading down a trough. Ericcson, Alderweireld, Kane, Rose and Trippier will move on over the next two summers and I think Pochettino won’t be far behind.6th July 2019 at 6:36 pm #43098
EditorKeymaster358 pts6th July 2019 at 7:47 pm #43102
maverick1973Participant430 pts6th July 2019 at 8:32 pm #43107
I’m well chuffed to Dandy⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️😎🎸😹🍺🍾🥃
Hope to see more of you mate.
See folks, good company is what I need 😸6th July 2019 at 8:34 pm #43108
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