April 15, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 7 comments

I am nominating my wife to be the next governor of Florida.

Yesterday I asked her: "If you were going to restart a sport that's currently suspended due to the corona virus, which sport would you be least likely to consider restarting?"

Without missing a beat, she immediately said "Wrestling".

posted by beaverboard at 08:31 AM on April 15

Yeah, none of that wrestling decision makes sense. I mean, Florida, so I guess it does make sense

posted by NoMich at 08:52 AM on April 15

Not to get too conspiracy-theorist, but given that he just had to bankrupt the XFL and has some pretty strong ties to right-wing officials, I wonder if this was a favor given to Vince McMahon by DeSantis?

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:30 AM on April 15

Two soccer stories

University of Cincinnati cut the men's soccer program, which starts discussions about will more college sports be cut?

Twitter has been a buzz for a week with rumors of U.S. Soccer to terminate Developmental Academies for boys, girls. The youth soccer landscape in the US is a jumble mess of politics and money. This may clear up a few things, especially on the girls side, but it is still messier than the tangle of old cords stored in a box in some deep dark closet.

posted by prof at 11:09 AM on April 15

The youth soccer landscape in the US is a jumble mess of politics and money

At the amateur level it would be nice to return to the time prior to government and corporate involvement. Coaches were people who loved the sport. For the most part Officials were as well, although they were paid out of registration fees. There are still dedicated people involved in amateur sport for the right reasons but also an alarming number of people who are simply in it for the money and are bad for the sport and the athletes they are involved with. What do we gain by paying thousands of dollars to Executive Directors of 11 year old soccer? We'd gain a lot more by cutting those positions and using the money to give kids who can't currently participate due to financial constraints.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:24 AM on April 15

I wonder if/how AAU basketball will be affected too?

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:50 AM on April 15

At the amateur level it would be nice to return to the time prior to government and corporate involvement.

For some reason (read: eight beers) I read that as the beginning to a pre-movie Star Wars crawl and loved it.

posted by yerfatma at 09:56 PM on April 15

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