Guy who obviously didn’t play a down of football explains why soccer is the superior sport

Apparently the World Cup soccer tournament is in full swing and, like clockwork, non-soccer fans everywhere are subjected to our quadrennial dose of soccer snobbery.

While the snobbery is expected from oh-so-well heeled and very liberal sportswriters, it is particularly galling when it comes from the likes of conservatives such as Breitbart’s Mike Flynn:

Every athlete has a clearly defined and limited “position.” Teams run pre-set “plays” which are memorized by players and dictated by coaches on the sidelines. In football, coaches determine every play and the athletes just execute the plays. Individual players can execute these plays brilliantly, but they rarely have the opportunity to seize the initiative and execute a new pattern based on situations on the field.

Obviously, this guy has never played a down of organized football in his life. Sure, coaches sends in plays from the sideline, however players make numerous adjustments to the “pre-set play” prior to the snap. Offensive linemen make a series of “tackle calls” to co-ordinate how the blocking scheme is executed based on how the defensive players are aligned. If a passing play is called, running backs will either stay and block or release for a pass based on the defensive scheme presented. Receivers adjust pass routs based on where defensive backs are positioned and so-on. On the defensive side of the ball, the game is played much the same way.

In reality, a so-called “set” football play is more like a computer program executed by the teams “if the defensive tackle lines up in my gap then…” If Flynn had played the game, he might understand this.

Flynn continues…

The oft-repeated observation that football is “American” or “red-blooded” because of all the tackling reminds me of a short guy driving a Hummer. Have these people heard of rugby? France, of all places, after all, is a powerhouse of a sport which is American football without the pads.

If sports writers can square that knot, then perhaps I’ll listen to their criticisms about soccer.

Every time I hear the rugby thing it drives me crazy. Having played both football (a lot) and rugby (once or twice) the games are very different and I will square that knot for Mr. Flynn.

No doubt, rugby is a tough game. However if pro rugby players are so much tougher than say, an NFL player (since they don’t wear pads), why aren’t there more rugby players in the NFL pulling down multi-million dollar contracts? The NFL is hyper competitive. If a team feels they could gain the slightest edge by paying a pro rugby player a huge NFL contract, you know they would. An NFL team would pick up someone like rugby player Hayden Smith:

Smith was looking at the possibility of playing in the NFL and had a workout with the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and the New Orleans Saints.[5][6]

The New York Jets signed Smith on April 3, 2012.[7] He was waived on August 31, 2012.[8] A day later, he was signed to the Jets’ practice squad.[9] On October 27, 2012, He was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad.[10] He caught his first and only NFL pass on December 23,2012. [11] He was released on August 26, 2013.[12]

I guess all that toughness, playing without pads, didn’t pay off for Smith. I fairness, most rugby players in the NFL are punters since kicking in rugby (Australian rules) requires a lot of skill that translates well to the NFL.

As far as personal preference, the sport I tend to enjoy most as a spectator is hockey.

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Now that is a rough game.

Anyhow, getting back to the quadrennial dose of soccer snobbery. I expect lib’s to continually try to coerce everyone into the soccer collective through constant haranguing. It’s what liberals do. I just don’t expect the haranguing from the conservative side. It’s not our style.

Enviro-nuts are thankful Obama is taking dictatorial approach to global warming

You know how they say the Environmental movement is the new home for displaced communists. This Op-Ed posted at the National Journal confirms that old saw:

In college classes, climate change is taught as a textbook example of where democracy fails. And there are a whole host of reasons to think America will fail on climate change: We’ve waited too long; the consequences aren’t as tangible as in other areas of policy; we’re bad at sacrificing in the short term to achieve in the long term.

President Obama, who on Monday rolled out landmark regulations for coal-fired power plants, has found a way around that age-old political problem posed by climate change and democracies, in part by acting a little bit more like a dictator. This is something he’s been skewered for on the right, with Rush Limbaugh accusing the White House of focusing on global warming just because “it offers the president opportunities to be dictatorial.”

Limbaugh is onto something, but he has it precisely backward: The decision to use executive authority is the means, not the ends. It also makes a lot of sense when it comes to global warming given Congress’s failure to pass the Waxman-Markey energy bill in 2009, and, for decades before that, to pass any sort of comprehensive climate legislation whatsoever.

By ‘climate change’ what environmentalists mean is global warming and, if we’re talking decades, it was less than four decades ago, the scientific community was hyping global cooling and an impending ice age. Remember this?

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Returning to the original point, leftists are resorting to the ‘dictatorial’ rout to consolidate more power within the Federal Government because most Americans aren’t buying the global warming hype. Furthermore, why does every so-called solution to ‘global warming’ involve heavy handed government regulation, punitive taxes and wealth redistribution through the U.N.?

Global warming will increase the variability of weather and most likely result in more extreme weather events. The Munich Re NatCatSERVICE data on loss relevant natural disasters already show such a trend for the last 30 years. The Germanwatch Climate Risk Index, which ranks the countries according to their extreme weather risks, shows that all countries in the top ten of this index are developing countries, led by Bangladesh, Myanmar and Honduras. 95% of fatalities from natural disasters in the last 25 years occurred in developing countries.

Furthermore, indices characterizing the expected range of future changes of climate like the Climate Change Index (Baettig et al., 2007) clearly show that in many developing countries these changes will be most pronounced. Taking into consideration that already today the climate conditions in many of these countries are on the edge of allowing a sustainable livelihood to the people, only small changes can put this at risk.

Developing countries do not have a history of large emissions of green house gases and thus have not contributed significantly to the causes of climate change. So it is in the responsibility of the industrialized countries, which have caused the problem, to support the people in the developing countries to mitigate climate risks and help them to adapt to the changes.

Scientific consensus doesn’t equal scientific proof and furthermore, isn’t it the job of scientists to be skeptical,

antarctica temeratures last 4000 years- vostok ice core

Looking at the above chart (click for a larger version), the 1970′s scientist might have been on to something after all. I wonder if they had consensus?

H/T: The Hockey Schtick 

Sean Hannity misses the point regarding Obama’s war on coal

I caught part of the Sean Hannity show today around 4:00 EST when he was riffing on about Obama’s war on coal and said (I’m paraphrasing) “Obama’s regulation of coal power will make us more dependant on foreign oil.”

One small problem, we don’t burn oil to generate electricity, therefore Dear Leaders’s latest move will not impact oil imports.

us electricity generation

BTW, The 13% renewable number includes a significant amount of hydroelectric power.

It’s important to get this correct, because this is really much worse than simply importing more oil. When we take coal generating capacity offline, there aren’t other sources of power to take its place. We import only a small amount of electricity from Canada and Mexico, this means electricity is going to become significantly more expensive and during peak demand, we run the risk of regional blackouts because there are no power reserves in the grid.

Treehuggers whine it’s not a ‘car lane’ or a ‘truck lane’ or a ‘stroller lane’ or a ‘jogging lane’

bike basket 3 feet please

Being a lib / treehugger / Democrat must take a lot of energy. It seems they are in a constant state of agitation. If they aren’t protesting global warming or childhood obesity, they are screeching about getting everyone to ride bikes rather than drive cars. And, to get everyone to give up their cars and start peddling, they need to chip away at road space designated for cars and trucks and set them aside for everyone’s favorite green mode of transportation (who’s engine emits CO2 by the way) the bicycle.

Today, after much haranguing by the green warriors, many cities have designated ‘bicycle’ lanes that seem to have more pedestrian and vehicular traffic than actual bicycle traffic, and our green warriors are not happy. Not one bit:

Every time there is a discussion about bike lanes or making room for cyclists, there are a thousand Dorothy Rabinowitz clones rising up to protest “when cyclists follow the rules and stop at stop signs, then we might consider giving them space.” However when cyclists finally do get a bit of space, their bit of paint on the pavement, it’s another story. In New York, Eben Weiss, AKA the Bike Snob NYC is fed up. Everybody complains about the “killer cyclists” and then just take over the bike lane. He shows a few dozen photos of how you can barely find the bike lane under all the cars and pedestrians, and notes:

None of this is to begrudge pedestrians their lebenstraum. We are animals after all, and as such we should be permitted to roam, like free range chickens. I merely point this out because: 1) It’s fun to take pictures of strangers; and 2) It totally undermines the false premise that cyclists are a problem in New York City. If anything, we’re treated like guests in our own home, and unwanted ones at that.

Too funny…

walikng in the bike lane

And this little rant is cute:

The first tip off is the name: “bike lane.” It’s not a “car lane” or a “truck lane” or a “stroller lane” or a “jogging lane.” It’s not a “Purolator lane” or a “trucker-needs a-coffee-lane.” It’s not a “waiting-for-your-spouse-lane” or a “small-right-hand-passing-lane.” It’s a bike lane.

It’s a lane that cyclists use to move about. It separates automobile and bicycle traffic, so that each can flow. The theory is that if we have all these lovely inviting bike lanes then more people will cycle and this will alleviate congestion. It’s all about the flow. It’s all about the commuter feng shui.

Awww….

Fields of Schemes: Brazil’s Nonexistent World Cup Economic Boost

Who could have possibly seen stadium building and hosting a major sporting event not living up to its promise?

Via WSJ:

The explanation goes beyond sports. For many Brazilians, the Cup has become a symbol of the unfulfilled promise of an economic boom for this South American nation. But the boom has fizzled. And now the World Cup’s $11.5 billion price tag—the most expensive ever—and a list of unfinished construction projects have become reminders of the shortcomings that many believe keep Brazil poor: overwhelming bureaucracy, corruption and shortsighted policy-making that prioritizes grand projects over needs like education and health care.

Why people put their faith in government to deliver complicated and critical things such as ‘education’ and ‘healthcare’ when they can’t even deliver a straightforward building projects is baffling.

**** Side-note: Can’t post a “soccer” story without a soccer dive video ****

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If you are interested in non-dives, click here.

CNN’s noted plagiarist Fareed Zakaria is descending from irrelevance to self parody

General Eisenhower Behind the Wheel of a Jeep

“There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens can not cure.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

CNN’s noted plagiarist Fareed Zakaria is descending from irrelevance to self parody by comparing Obama to President Dwight D. Eisenhower when Zakaria is asked how historians will view Dear Leader’s foreign policy and responds with this:

No, I think you see the basic outlines. More than any other president, I think Obama follows in Dwight Eisenhower’s mold. He is very restrained and disciplined about the use of force.

Zakaria misses the mark by a mile. A better historical comparison to Obama’s foreign policy would be Neville Chamberlain. Zakaria is confusing appeasement of our enemies and inaction in support of our allies with discipline and restraint.

Any comparison between the World War II Supreme Allied Commander in the European Theater of Operations / President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Obama is laughable.

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Governor Snyder (R-MI) can’t pass opportunity to pander for votes through minimum wage increase

As pointed out ad nauseam here at MCT, government doesn’t have wealth. All government can do is transfer wealth from one group to another.

Increasing the minimum wage is one tool (although temporarily) government can utilize to transfer money from the consumer class to low skilled workers. This transfer occurs through higher prices necessitated from legislated higher wages business need to offset.

Of course this artificial increase in the minimum wage not only hurts business and consumers, it also hurts low skilled workers by making them more expensive to employ, reducing the number of minimum wage jobs available.

It goes without saying, from a political point of view, the pandering opportunity the minimum wage issue presents to politicians is simply too tempting to pass up:

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Tuesday to raise the state’s minimum wage by 25 percent gradually over the next four years to $9.25 an hour, as Republicans controlling the state government moved to head off a November ballot measure that could have raised pay even more.

The House and Senate passed the bill Tuesday, one day before a group of labor and community organizers planned to submit hundreds of thousands of petition signatures calling for a Michigan ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

The current hourly minimum wage is $7.40.

The higher rate is supported by President Barack Obama and national Democrats, who have made the minimum wage a signature issue this election year. Snyder is up for re-election this year, as are many Michigan state legislators.

Michigan is the first state with a Republican-led legislature to raise its minimum wage this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Why do the right thing in the long run when there is a chance for politicians to pander for votes in the upcoming election by spreading the wealth around…

Video: Local TV News tracks down illegal voters in Florida

Check this out.

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Um… Where is Detroit Free Press Uber Liberal columnist Rochelle Riley apology column? Remember when Ms. Riley wrote this?

But if any American is not allowed to vote, as happened in the 2000 presidential election, then our entire democracy is a fraud.

Well, a TV reporter in Florida, committing a random act of journalism, tracked down and verified 94 illegal aliens who cast votes in numerous elections, thereby cancelling out 94 legitimate votes.

And the 94 incidents of voter fraud they found occurred in only one Florida district. Imagine what we would find if reporters in other districts looked into this.

Of course Democrats don’t think this is a big issue because, truth be told, most illegals aren’t voting for Republicans.

*** h/t Instapundit for pointing out the video ***

Let this statistic sink in, nearly 1 of 3 pregnancies in Detroit end in an abortion

“While I am very pleased that this year’s outcome document endorses sexual and reproductive health and universal access to family planning, to reach our goals in sustainable development we also have to ensure women’s reproductive rights,”

Hillary Clinton, Rio+20 United Nations conference, June 22nd, 2012

This morning as I perused the internet before setting off on my daily slog to work, my jaw hit my desk as I read this statistic:

Of an estimated 18,360 pregnancies among Detroit residents in 2012, the most recent year for which data are available, 5,693 ended in abortion, or 31 percent.

Let that number sink in. Nearly 1 of 3 pregnancies in Detroit end in an abortion.
The Detroit News (our supposedly more conservative paper) helpfully explains why so many abortions happen here.

Nearly one-third of all pregnancies in the city of Detroit end in abortion, a statistic public health officials blame on rising poverty and dwindling access to affordable contraception.

If the staggeringly high abortion rate in Detroit is due to the lack of ‘affordable’ contraception (as if a box of condoms is prohibitively expensive) as the unnamed public health official says, then isn’t it true that abortion is being used as a substitute for actual contraception?

Go Figure: Bond Firms Reduce NYC  Holdings Due to de Blasio’s ‘Progressive Agenda’

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.

Alexis de Tocqueville 

Bod firms are becoming very nervous with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio;s Progressive Agenda:

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to pay for labor contracts that boost deficits is causing UBS Global Asset Management Americas Inc. and RidgeWorth Capital Management Inc. to reduce holdings of city debt.
UBS cut its allocation of New York bonds in some of its national funds to as low as zero from as high as 3 percent, said Ebby Gerry, who helps oversee about $15 billion of state and local debt in New York as head of municipal investments. De Blasio this month announced a union deal that stretches out payments to teachers through 2021 and an affordable-housing program that will cost the city $8.2 billion.

“We’re concerned with what Mayor de Blasio might do in working with the unions, things like this housing project that he’s looking at with not having a full understanding of how he’s going to pay for it,” Gerry said. “We’re watching pretty closely.”

While the extra yield that investors demand to buy New York City general obligations rather than top-rated munis has decreased this year, bondholder defections may reverse that trend, sending borrowing costs higher. Moody’s Investors Service on May 12 called de Blasio’s fiscal 2015 spending plan “credit negative” because it boosts projected deficits.

The bond firms eliminating their NYC holdings have internalized the lesson of Detroit’s bankruptcy caused by its progressive agenda. Too bad voters haven’t…