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On Youth Soccer, Participation Trophies, and the USMNT

In another thread (this is not a call out!), a poster attributed a laxity among parents and Kids These Days to the phenomenon of supposed participation trophies in youth soccer, adding that nobody keeps score, and it's an "everybody wins" atmosphere. I suppose I'm here to dispute that, but also to point to the political-economic issues that can be seen as a partial factor to the USMNT not making the Olympics (again) this year.

So, first, youth soccer. I have been involved in youth soccer in the US for more than 40 years, as a player, a parent (girls and boys leagues), a coach, and a referee (also girls and boys leagues). I have participated in a variety of kinds of leagues and clubs across five states and in different kinds of locales. When some kids are very small, they may get, like, a little medal or something for playing. But I have never seen a league that didn't keep score, didn't track who was winning, and didn't reserve trophies for the league winners that year/season. I'm not sure where this idea comes from, but it doesn't match my decades of experience in US youth soccer across the country.

Youth soccer in the US is, in fact, extremely competitive, maybe even too much so. Kids get washed out at ages eight, ten, and thirteen, just like in other sports, when they can't move up in skill and so "lose interest." Club soccer in the US is exorbitantly expensive (which leads to problems, about which more later). Every league I've ever seen keeps score and records wins and losses. You know who the strongest players are in each league, and the clubs start scouting kids at age eight. There are, of course, leagues/organizations like AYSO that seek to ensure that every kid can play. They too are competitive. AYSO keeps score, believe me. In fact, the only place I've seen actually trophies given out to every kid in a league was a t-ball league for 4 -5 year olds that my son played in. I'm sure people will now come in and say "when my kid played..." etc. I guess, but I don't think the "participation trophy" is actually a thing that happens much in US youth soccer, above age 4 or 5 anyway. It wasn't in 1980, and it's not today.

So, the USMNT. They missed the Olympics again this year. One of the major supposed culprits is the club system. What's the problem? A season of soccer for a US kid can cost over $2000; between the club seasons and the high end training, you might be in the $4000 range for a season. It's completely nuts. So, our system actually limits development of talent on the front end - many kids who could be developed into top talent never enter the competitive club system because it is simply too expensive. Participation trophies aren't the problem in US youth soccer. Money is.

The counterpoint is, of course, that the club system is also at play for girls soccer, and the USWNT is the best ion the world, hands down. So, how?

Cubs and White Sox allowed to fill 20% of seats to start season (Mayor Lightfoot)


Lightfoot Tweet: Folks, we've significantly slowed the spread of COVID, getting our positivity rate down to 2.8%. And now, we can begin to safely welcome fans back to our baseball stands on opening day. Although we’re reopening, masking is still of utmost importance.

Texas is going to be a Chicago Heat Wave 1995 Situation

But across multiple cites and regions. The official (probable undercount) death toll of the Chicago heat wave of 1995 is around 730. We'll likely be in the low thousands once the Texas count is done.

This is a staggering human catastrophe.

Two men carrying plastic restraints during Capitol riot charged by feds

Source: CNN

Federal authorities on Sunday arrested two men for their alleged roles in the US Capitol riot, according to a release.

Two law enforcement officials told CNN earlier that Eric G. Munchel was seen on January 6 in photos and videos that depicted him inside the US Capitol wearing paramilitary gear and carrying plastic restraints, an item in a holster on his right hip, and a cell phone mounted on his chest with the camera facing outward, ostensibly to record events that day.

Records from the Davidson County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee show Munchel is being held on behalf of federal authorities. Munchel was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/10/politics/eric-munchel-larry-rendell-brock-capitol-riot/index.html

Fuck around. Find out.

Jake Angeli (Q Anon Shaman) Arrested and in Custody


Angeli was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. He was taken into custody Saturday, according to the Justice Department.



Trump Pardoned Duncan Huner, but not his wife, Margaret Hunter, guilty on the same facts

Margaret Hunter took a plea deal and agreed to testify against Hunter. She filed for divorce from him in November. Recall that Hunter consistently blamed her for the wrongdoing, which he obviously engaged in as well, since a good deal of the illicit spending of campaign funds was done in the course of several extramarital affairs!

Shitbags of a feather stick together, I guess.

Trump Pardon or Commutation Prediction: Justin Volpe and Charles Schwartz

One of the more shocking pardons or commutations in the coming weeks will be for Justin Volpe, the former NYPD cop who attacked Abner Louima while he was in custody in 1997. Volpe took a plea deal and was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison. Several other police officers were also convicted of other charges, including, famously, Charles Schwartz.

Volpe is currently serving time in a federal prison, and is not scheduled for release until 2025. I predict that Trump will at the very least commute his sentence and set him free, effective immediately. He may also officially pardon Charles Schwartz for his perjury charge, which was a federal conviction.

Both moves would be extremely popular among the NYPD, who have always supported Schwartz, and who have less publicly supported Volpe's requests for sentencing relief.

Was the "Get a Brain! Morans" Guy The First MAGAT? Where is he now?

Picture taken at Pro-Iraq War Rally, St. Charles, Missouri - 2003.

Did anyone ever find out who he was?

Has anyone scanned Missouri MAGA rallies for The OG MAGAT?

2,000+ people died over the last 24 hours in the US of COVID-19

Honestly, I have nothing else to say.

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