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Archive for September, 2007

USA 0 Brazil 4, Women’s World Cup Semifinal

Fire Greg Ryan. Here is what I had to say after I learned that US manager Greg Ryan was changing goalkeepers ahead of the semifinal.

Ryan has coached scared the entire tournament. For the manager of the best team in the world, this is pathetic. His lack of substitutions, overly defensive midfield, and now change of goalkeeper wreak of a manager who is afraid of losing. He is coaching not to lose. When you have the talent and experience of the US women, the manager should not have this disposition. If the US win, it will be despite of Ryan.

More telling than my comments are benched goalkeeper Hope Solo’s comments:

Hope Solo

Good for her. Beyond the hideous mistake of changing goalkeepers before the freaking semifinal, Ryan showed no faith in his team and his substitutions were beyond baffling. I think it will be a mistake if the USSF even lets this clown Ryan coach the 3rd place match. The US women deserve better. Here’s hoping we see a former player coaching in next year’s Olympics, the biggest soccer tournament in the women’s game.

Stopping Spam Comments by Digitizing Books One Word at a Time

I am constantly amazed at the innovative solutions that developers conceive to solve problems that should not exist. There is a hilarious, R-rated video on youtube that pokes fun at the proliferation of idiotic comments thanks to ignorant people, young people and quasi-malicious spammers. Due to the underwhelming popularity of ahelms.com, the problem I’ve most encountered with comments on this site is spam comments. While I do get some funny quotes from time to time, it is annoying and a waste of resources to read and store computer-generated comments.

In just five minutes I found a very simple, elegant solution to this problem. There are two attributes of the solution that make it incredibly attractive to me:

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Best News I’ve Heard Today

I don’t think I need many reasons to play as much soccer as possible, but I came across another today from an AP Story.

Study Says Soccer Is Better Than Jogging

A friendly game of soccer, a new study has found, works off more fat and builds up more muscle than jogging. Danish scientists, who conducted their research on 37 men, also found the soccer players felt less tired after exercising than the joggers because they were having more fun.

“Even though the football (soccer) players were untrained, there were periods in the game that were so intense that their cardiovascular was maximally taxed, just like professional football (soccer) players,” said Dr. Peter Krustrup, head of Copenhagen University’s department of exercise and sport sciences, who led the study.


“The soccer players were having more fun, so they were more focused on scoring goals and helping the team, rather than the feeling of strain and muscle pain,” Krustrup said.

USA 2 Brazil 4, Friendly

stupid refESPN Soccer Analyst and all-time leading US goalscorer Eric Wynalda often says that players win games, coaches lose games and referees ruin games. Toward the end of Sunday’s broadcast of the USA/Brazil match, he said that everyone was having a good game except the referee. While I would not go as far to say that Mexican referee Armando Archundia ruined the game, he was terrible and his lack of judgment had a large influence on the outcome. His main mistakes were a missed penalty/red card on Lucio for a foul on Josh Wolff and a phantom foul called on Carlos Bocanegra that resulted in Brazil’s third goal. I will not dwell on the poor officiating because the game was played beautifully by both sides, but you can see the poor calls and some of the beauty for yourself as the highlights are posted here.

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More visitor tracking fun thanks to maps.among.us

This morning I read about another visitor tracking tool created by http://whos.amung.us/ on tech crunch. As I mentioned before, I have been using Google Analytics and AWStats to track visitors. The new tool is a widget that displays icons on map for each visitor currently on your site. Naturally I wanted to embed the widget on my site to see how it works. Right now there is one little cross showing up in Maryland.