Barcelona Lose Collective Plan in Champions League Defeat to Paris Saint-Germain

October 1st, 2014 No comments

I don’t know. You wait over 10 hours to see a goal go into the Barcelona net and then, in less than 55 minuteslike London busesthree of them turn up one after another.

In a pulsating 90 minutes, Barcelona’s defeat in Paris showed the watching world what we know of this Camp Nou team, namely occasional displays of Herculean strength in attack combined, unfortunately, with an Achilles heel when defending set plays. Or as a unit.

Obviously, Paris Saint-Germain had the advantage of playing at home, but once again this was a Barcelona side which put far too much trust in possession without really knowing at all times what to do with it.

It’s in this department that Luis Enrique has been found wanting this season, something Pep Guardiola used to call the positional game, by which he meant a structured form of attack which becomes almost instinctive and where everyone knows where they should be at all times and what they should be doing.

It requires discipline, movement, sacrifice and constant reminders from the coach about what is expected from his players, and in the revolution brought about by Guardiola at Barcelona it was his biggest single achievement.

The one time we did see it in Paris was with Leo Messi’s spectacular equaliser which brought to mind the great Barcelona side of old. Unfortunately we are not seeing enough of it from this Enrique side.

Instead, what we have are players who are not convinced this is the way to go, andlet’s not mince our words hereI mean mainly Neymar, who believes the solution is to go into battle single-handedly, hold on to the ball for far too long and cut inside instead of exploiting the flanks.

The result is the loss of the collective plan, sacrificed by too much emphasis being placed on the individual reliance on creation from the likes of Messi, Andres Iniesta or Neymar himself.

But it would be wrong to just single out Neymar. Dani Alves’ needless handball earned him a booking and also brought about the free-kick which was cleverly finished by David Luiz from close in.

Ivan Rakitic was also largely ineffective and will not be have been pleased with the part he playedor more specifically perhaps, didn’t playin PSG’s second goal which came from a header following another set-play, this time a corner.

Despite some sterling defensive work from Iniesta, the player didn’t break through the lines of pressure enough, while Messias always, surrounded by playersonce again found himself moving back or wide in order to get hold of the ball. Whenever that happens you always sense it isn’t going to be Barcelona’s day.

Paris Saint-Germain’s first two efforts resulted in goals and fair play to them for that, because that was the game they were playing.

They were excellent in closing down the centre of the pitch, and Marco Verratti had a fantastic game both defensively and offensively, as did Luiz and Marquinhos, whose last-ditch block from Jordi Alba’s effort almost certainly earned PSG their victory.

Barcelona meanwhile will look back to the Messi goal, which justifiably was voted the goal of the night by the television companies. It contained everything of the Barcelona of old.

First touch, movement ofand offthe ball, positional awareness and clinical finishing; in fact, just about everything this Barcelona should be doing instead of a pointless running around, with or without the ball.

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October 1st, 2014 25 comments

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Chicago Bears promote Chris Williams, put Rashad Ross on waivers

October 1st, 2014 No comments

Wide receiver Chris Williams will make his second stop on the Chicago Bears 53 man roster this season as the Bears are promoting him from the practice squad. Will we finally see him making some plays in the return game?

Well it’s about time…

When Chris Williams was signed last year off the New Orleans Saints practice squad, the assumption was that he would get a crack at the returner job this season for the Chicago Bears. He was an electric return man and wide out in the CFL. He had 153 receptions, 2,362 yards and 17 TDs in two years up there, with a TD via a kickoff return and five TDs on punt returns.

He was hurt in the first preseason game this year, thus erasing any chance he had to win the returner job.

He was part of the final cut downs, he made it back to the practice squad, then was promoted to the active roster on September 13th, cut again on the 19th, added to the practice squad yet again, then finally brought back to the main roster today.

If 100% healthy, Williams will bring an element of speed to the offense. He’s a guy the Bears could utilize with the occasional jet sweep or end around, and he definitely has the speed to occasionally take the top off a defense.

To make room for Williams, Rashad Ross was put on waivers. Ross was ineffective as a returner in his brief action.

Do you think we’re finally going to see what Williams can do for the Bears’ special teams?

Do you have any faith that he can bring an added dimension to the offense?

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Disney INFINITY: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Power Disc Pack Reviews

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  • In the Play Sets - penned by award-winning Marvel comic writer Brian Michael Bendis - players will be able to take on the role of more than 20 Marvel characters including Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk and Hawkeye to battle enemies, complete challenging missions, solve puzzles and ultimately save the world from destruction.
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Reddit Raises $50 Million, Says Community Will Get Some Shares

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Reddit, one of the most popular sites on the Internet for sharing news, memes, and stories of inspiration, has raised $ 50 million in funding, and members of the community, known as “redditors,” might be getting a piece of it.

People on Reddit have made the site the massive success it is today—it’s played an integral role in spotting Internet trends long before the masses do. So Reddit CEO Yishan Wong said in a blog post that investors are prepared to give 10% of their shares back to community members. How, exactly, that works remains to be seen. 

Of course, the Reddit community isn’t entirely PG. Recently, the site was home to a subreddit—Reddit slang for a mini community—called The Fappening, which was dedicated to dispersing nude photos of celebrities stolen from their iCloud accounts. It took a week for Reddit to shut down The Fappening. 

Y Combinator president Sam Altman led the funding round. He told Re/code he disagreed with how the company handled the iCloud breach, but said that “their heart is in the right place.” Hopefully the same can be said for the community investors are giving shares to.

Other investors include Peter Thiel, Ron Conway, Paul Buchheit, Jared Leto, Jessica Livingston, Kevin and Julia Hartz, Mariam Naficy, Josh Kushner, Calvin Broadus Jr. (Snoop Dogg), and Yishan Wong.

See also: How To Host A Reddit AMA

Wong said that although Reddit is now flush with cash, the company is staying humble, and if anything, the fundraise means the company with more than 60 employees needs to work harder.

“An investment like this doesn’t mean we’re rich or successful,” he wrote. 

The money will be used to staff up product development and community management teams, as well as to work with third-party developers to increase the company’s mobile presence. Reddit recently launched its first official mobile application, an AMA app for the site’s popular “Ask Me Anything” question and answer sessions.

Prior to this raise, Reddit raised a $ 100,000 seed round from Y Combinator back in 2005.

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Jay Leno’s Mercedes 600 is dictator chic

October 1st, 2014 No comments

Filed under: Classics, Sedan, Videos, Mercedes-Benz, Celebrities, Luxury

Mercedes-Benz 600 Kompressor

Here’s a fun fact: certain classical songs double as excellent driving songs. Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries is one such example. So, as soon as you here those iconic notes, be certain you’re in for some seriously cool sheet metal. Any Mercedes-Benz 600 would qualify for such a musical treatment, but Jay Leno’s example is doubly worth a look.

Fortunately, the car collector/comedian is all too willing to show off his brown beauty as part of the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. Leno is just one of the, sometimes disturbing, list of owners of the big sedan, which includes a wide range of dictators and Jeremy Clarkson.

His example is truly pristine, restored by 600 expert Karl Middelhauve. The complex hydraulic system receives plenty of attention from Leno, as does the expansive and impressive craftsmanship in the cabin. Finally, Leno takes the boat of a car out for a ride.

Take a look at the full video on the legendary Mercedes 600.

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Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond

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Most teams have played a quarter of their season and there’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the National Football League. There are only two undefeated teams and two winless teams remaining. This is shaping up to be an entertaining and unpredictable season.

1) There were 13 games played this week and nine of them were blowouts, which got me to thinking… As a fan would you prefer to watch your favorite team win in blowout fashion or win a nail-biter? And the flip side, when your team loses, would you rather they get destroyed whistle to whistle, or lose a heart-breaker in the waning seconds?

While I enjoy the excitement of a close game while I’m in the moment of watching, if it’s my favorite team playing, I want a blow out. Give me a 46-10 win any day and it’s much easier to let go of the disappointment of seeing my team lose when they get outright smoked.

2) Raise your hand if you predicted Lovie Smith would have his Tampa Bay Buccaneers ready to go against the Pittsburgh Steelers, just one week after they looked awful by losing 56-14 against the Falcons.

Pittsburgh looked great in week three when they dropped the Panthers 37-19, but they couldn’t hold on in Tampa Bay against a Mike Glennon led offense. Glennon threw 2 TDs in their 27-24 win and the Pittsburgh running back duo that each went over 100 yards rushing last week, couldn’t even muster 100 combined on the ground against the Bucs.

3) Speaking of that explosive Atlanta team, raise your hand if you had them losing to the Minnesota Vikings 41-28.

Viking rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater was the youngster grabbing all the headlines going into the game, but it was rookie running back Jerick McKinnon that put his stamp on the game by rushing for 135 yards on 18 carries.

4) Yeah, all the nice stuff I said about Kirk Cousins last week, you can forget about that.

5) Kyle Orton will start this week for the Buffalo Bills. I know it seems he’s been around for a real long time, but he’s only a couple months shy of his 32nd birthday. If Orton can right the Bills’ ship, maybe he finds a long term home. And oh by the way, the Bills are in first place in the AFC East because…

6) The New England Patriots seem done.

If it is an end of an era, it was a hell of an run. In 15 years as New England’s coach Bill Belichick has 228 regular season wins and a .724 winning percentage. He and quarterback Tom Brady have 5 AFC Championships and 3 Super Bowl rings together.

The Patriots haven’t looked right all year, but you have to believe they’ll figure out a way to stay in the playoff hunt. They always do.

7) In the Chiefs vs Pats game, Husain Abdullah was not penalized because he went to his knees to pray, he was penalized for sliding to his knees to pray. Here’s the GIF.

Abdullah gif

Then again…

As long as a celebration isn’t directed at the opponent in a taunting manner, I say let them do what ever they want. It’s a freaking NFL touchdown, it’s a big deal.

8) At what point does the Oakland Raiders make a power play and spend some money on an actual NFL Head Coach? The recently fired Dennis Allen took over from Hue Jackson, who took over from Tom Cable, who replaced Lane Kiffin. All four of those guys were making their NFL head coaching debuts. They need an established NFL head coach, with a definitive plan and a track record of success.

9) Everyone believed that Steve Smith was going to torch his former team, then he went out there and caught 7 balls for 139 yards and two TDs against the Carolina Panthers. The 35 year old Smith, who the Panthers moved on from last off season, isn’t just having a good season (3rd in the NFL in receiving yards), he’s having an historic season.

10) It’s been a very crazy season so far for fans of the Chicago Bears.

After the Bills game, many were ready to write off the season.

After the 49ers game, many Bears fans were firmly back on the bandwagon.

After the Jets game, it was NFC North title or bust.

After the Green Bay game, some fans are again ready to pack it in again.

Take a look around the NFL. If the results from these first four weeks aren’t telling you that anything can happen, then you haven’t been paying attention.

Yes, losing to the Packers really, really, really sucks, but there are 12 more games to play.

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Minecraft: Xbox One Edition blocks shelves in November

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A boxed, retail version of Minecraft for Xbox One is slated to hit shelves on November 18 in the US, Microsoft announced today. In-store, Minecraft: Xbox One Edition is $ 20.

The digital edition of Minecraft hit Xbox One early in September. Those…
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