Good morning, I’m Dan Garland. I’m still waiting (not very impatiently) for the day I can finally write about Aaron Judge breaking Roger Maris’ record.
At SI today: AM:
🇺🇸 Another close of USMNT
🏈 How Ryan Griffin Lasted 10 Years in the NFL
🗽 The Yankees wind up splitting
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So much for setting the World Cup
The results of the US men’s team in their recent friendlies have not entirely inspired confidence With the World Cup approaching,.
The United States failed to score in either match, losing to Japan 2-0 on Friday and playing a 0-0 draw against Saudi Arabia yesterday. The team will not meet again until they meet in Qatar in November for the World Cup.
Lack of offensive firepower is the biggest concern. The United States were 2-1-3 in six matches after securing a place in the World Cup in March and were disqualified three times in that period. The 3-0 win over Morocco on June 1 was the team’s only win over a Qatar-bound team since its victory over Mexico last November.
It’s partly up to the manager Greg Berhalter struggles to find a reliable and eye-catching option. Ricardo PepeThe now 19-year-old looked like the answer after scoring three goals in his first two internationals last year, but Berhalter has recently been given more time to play. Jesus FerreiraThe 21-year-old plays for FC Dallas. Other options include Josh Sargent And the Jordan Bivok.
Choosing the right combination of attackers is a difficult challenge for the manager, and Berhalter’s decision may be less about who plays the best football club and more about who has the right attributes To match his vision for the team, Brian Strauss wrote:
The form is usually temporary, especially at the top. Strikers can be sweaty, through thick and thin. What seems to be most important to Berhalter is profile – traits, traits, abilities, and instincts that go beyond a certain law. The way the player fits into the group tactically, physically and personally is a priority.
But there are two good news for USMNT. First of all, Americans will not have to rely solely on their striker to score goals. when you are healthy, Christian Pulisic And the Timothy Weah They are more than capable of creating and recording from the wings. Second, and most importantly, the three opponents the United States will face in the group stage in Qatar are not playing their best either. I’ll let Strauss run through the results:
In addition to the unconvincing display of the Americans this month, England and Wales did not participate in the World Cup. The Welshman has been 0-4-1 over her past five matches, 2-5-2 this year and just suffered relegation from the UEFA Nations League. 3 draw with Germany, where the Three Lions blew a late lead and scored their first goal from open play in just over eight hours of game time. Meanwhile, Iran changed coaches just three weeks ago, reassigning Carlos Queiroz. The veteran Portuguese coach led Melle’s side from 2011-19 and replaced Dragan Skocic, who was sacked in July despite leading Iran to a record 8-1-1 in the final round of Asian World Cup qualifiers.
But don’t put too much stock in the way teams play at the moment. We still have about two months left until the United States opens the World Cup against Wales on November 21. A lot could change between now and then.
Better Sports Illustrated
Series 4 boxer quarterback Ryan Griffin is more than just the guy who accompanied the wobbly Tom Brady on the beach after the Super Bowl team parade, Alex Prewitt wrote in Today’s Daily Cover:
[A]After a decade in the league, Griffin learned how to make himself useful in other ways, too. [Cameron] Brett remembers Griffin organizing walks for a number of former joggers who were struggling to accommodate the blitzkrieg protection packages into the rules of the game, even tapping assistant coaches to stand in defense. Recently, when recipient Chris Goodwin rehabilitated a torn ACL he suffered last winter, it was Griffin who got up early to offer his arm for Goodwin’s 6am workout. “After the exercise, he was the first person to stay and throw at people who wanted to run the roads,” Pratt says. “This year he even plays the role of a safe scout for us.” Of course, when Pratt and then-fiancée Brooke were now deciding to hire an official for their March wedding, guess who they picked? “I can’t think of a better person to help us.”
With Jeff Collins out, Richard Johnson argues it’s time to hire Georgia Tech’s first black soccer coach. … the Phils have a history of falling apart in September, but Tom Verducci thinks they have what it takes to finish strong this year. …Andrew Brandt explains why Galen Hurts is the most underrated player in the NFL.
About the world of sports
The Yankees snatched AL East, but Aaron Judge is still stuck in the 60 home runs. …Brown provided an update on the injuries Miles Garrett suffered in a car accident. … Several former Baylor players have spoken out after Kim Mulkey declined to comment on Britney Grenier’s continued detention in Russia. …special dolphins coordinator Danny Crossman didn’t think butt kick was so funny. …Richard Blair became the mitigator of the Marlins The first pitcher since 1900 to be summoned to three pecks at the same bat. …the receiving giants Sterling Shepherd’s season ended prematurely due to injury for the second year in a row.
The top five…
…things I saw yesterday:
5. loyal guardians Immaculate Enel de los Santos Tour.
4. Run home of rookie twins Matt Wallner Ridiculous 45-degree launch angle. It took seven seconds to hit the ground.
3. Lionel Messi Long range goal against Jamaica. Some players ran on the field after the goal And he tried to get Messi to sign a sign on his back.
2. Messi Free kick goal after three minutes.
1. 103-year-old sister Jane The first stadium in the Cubs match.
On this day in 1919, the Giants and Phillies played the fastest nine-game match in MLB history. How long did it take to play?
- 51 minutes
- 1 hour and 9 minutes
- 1 hour and 16 minutes
- 1 hour 31 minutes
SIQ yesterday: What was the end result when the Giants defeated Washington on September 27, 1942, without recording their first loss?
Answer: 14-7. The only loss of the season was for Washington, who defeated the Bears in an NFL Championship game.
square score Incomplete (not including individual stats or game play), but it’s still funny. Washington outperformed New York 233-51, although this even hides how unfortunate the Titans attack was. They ran the ball 26 times and only got one yard. The rest of the offense was a 50-yard touchdown pass from Tuffy Leemans to Will Walls. It was the only Giants pass attempt that day. The other touchdown was a 66-yard interception by Neil Adams.
If you’re wondering why the Giants didn’t try to stream it a little more after repeatedly stuffing them into a running game, it’s probably because they didn’t hire the real quarterback. Leemans, a Hall of Famer, was a defender by trade, although he was the team’s main passer that year with 555 yards in 35 completions. (He was the team leader And the passer in 1941.) was a far cry from his Washington counterpart, Slingin’ Sammy Baugh.
This appears to be the only game in NFL history in which a team failed to score even once initially and won the game. (The search appears in the Sports Reference database Hundreds of results For games that a team has won without any first loss, but that seems to be due to incomplete data.) Incredibly, 51 yards of total attack isn’t the most pathetic display by a winning team in NFL history. In 2002, was expanded to Texas Beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh Although only 47 yards were recorded in total offenses. The end result was 24-6, thanks to Houston’s three defensive touchdowns. But even they managed to score three first touchdowns.
From the safe: September 28, 1992
In 1989, on the eve of the NFL Draft, Michigan State’s offensive lineman Tony Mandaresh appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated Shirtless, he flaunts a massive yet chiseled physique. “Amazing Bulk” It was the headline, followed by a subtitle declaring it “the best possible line of attack ever.” Three years later he’s back on the cover, but the headline has a different tone: “The Incredible Bust.”
The Packers took Mandarich with the No. 2 pick in 1989, ahead of guys like Barry Sanders, Derrick Thomas and Deion Sanders. While these players went on to get Hall of Fame jobs, Mandarich quickly exited the NFL.
“A lot of people were betting on the lowest dollar that I’d be in the Pro Bowl three times now,” Tell Jill Lieber of SI in that 1992 cover story“But instead I’m known as one of the biggest gnomes in football. Day in and day out there are articles tearing me apart. I try not to read it, but when my colleagues say, ‘Man, did you see what they wrote about you today?’ Then I’m curious. If I continue Reading about what I was up to, after a while you start to believe it. The truth hurts.”
One of the reasons Mandarich struggled in the NFL was that he simply wasn’t as strong as he was at Michigan State. An unnamed player told Lieber that Mandarich had admitted he quit using steroids because of the NFL’s random testing protocol. Then, during the 1992 season, he lost 30 pounds as a result of a parasitic infection picked up from drinking from a stream on a fishing trip in his native Canada. During a pre-season game later that summer, Mandaresh suffered a concussion. As the effects continued, he was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome and missed the entire season. His contract expired at the end of the season, and he was not selected by another team.
After a wash from the NFL, Mandarich, who had been using pain relievers and alcohol while with the Packers, went to rehab. He was signed by the Colts in 1996, and eventually became a rookie in ’97 and ’98.
In 2009, Mandarich appeared in the pages of SI again– As a changing man. This story was written by Rick Telander, the same writer who Profile of Mandarich for the cover of 1989. In the 2009 story, Mandarich not only admitted to having used steroids, but repeatedly apologized to Tylander for misleading him 20 years earlier.
The steroid world continues to expand, with testers falling behind on cheating. I showed him the SI article I wrote in 1988 with South Carolina footballer Tommy Chickin, in which Chickin described his doping. “I can relate to the race of the mind,” he says. “I can talk about anxiety attacks. I can’t relate to the semi-suicidal part. I’ve been more murderous than suicidal.” stops. “Really, Rick, I’m sorry.”
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