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Football / Re: Denoon wants to be recognised by the TTFF
« on: September 13, 2021, 01:53:24 PM »
I enjoyed that interview with Nevick, one thing with him is he keeps it real. No political answers.

What about the constant references to El Jefe?  ;D

He was trying to maintain respect, true rastaman vibes :mackdaddy:

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Football / Re: Denoon wants to be recognised by the TTFF
« on: September 13, 2021, 08:22:50 AM »
I enjoyed that interview with Nevick, one thing with him is he keeps it real. No political answers.

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What about Track & Field / Re: Prefontaine classic. The big face off
« on: August 27, 2021, 03:01:09 PM »
Lots of generational fragility floating around. Naomi Osaka, Sydney McL ...

Do you think the mental health issues these young athletes deal with is primarily because of social media and the access fans have to them?

Seems to turn on (a) what people think about them (b) their view of who they are as individuals (c) some measure of social discomfort and the like.

If the fans and followers are there for resonance and adulation, then it seems consistent that the fans and followers are also a convenient/inconvenient medium/ go-to-audience when folly or difficulty take center stage.

There is also a gendered dynamic and a race and ethnicity component in the mix. Women and "minorities".

Also, elite athletes distill everything through a competitive lens and personal satisfaction. Dahis likely a variable in the potpurri.

A NZ cyclist also succumbed to these challenges after the Olympics. Her Instagram quotes Kurt Cobain --- 🧸💿‘𝚃𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚔 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚍𝚢, 𝙸 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚒𝚝 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚖𝚢 𝚊𝚛𝚝’ - Kurt Cobain ➳ 🐚☁️.

Probably not a one size fits all reality, but it also seems that social media is a beneficiary of athletes coming of age in a supposedly "non-confrontational" society that abounds with micro-aggressions.

EDIT: So ... anyone who relied on ah ole school "haul yuh arse" seems to have received value without the 21st century social media angst.

Some keys to longevity according to those living it.

Solid points. Just recently someone asked me what I thought of everything surrounding Osaka and I remembered how she seems to be crying in press interviews while speaking about her mental health. While it seems like a new generational thing, within the last couple of years I see more and more athletes are coming out and speaking on it even though they don't go into much detail. I watch a podcast called "I Am Athlete" and former NFL player, Brandon Marshall, is one of the hosts and he is the poster child for speaking up on mental health issues. He is the first one that I can recall who really shed light on the issue on a grand scale from an athletes perspective. Social media can be a blessing and a curse, if I were a professional athlete and used it, I won't read my mentions.

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What about Track & Field / Re: Prefontaine classic. The big face off
« on: August 26, 2021, 12:58:08 PM »
Lots of generational fragility floating around. Naomi Osaka, Sydney McL ...

Do you think the mental health issues these young athletes deal with is primarily because of social media and the access fans have to them?

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« on: August 24, 2021, 06:06:45 PM »
Always some bacchanal between the leadership and players, every tournament is the same story. I wonder why the players and staff can't get paid from the funds we received from playing in the GC?

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What about Track & Field / Re: Prefontaine classic. The big face off
« on: August 24, 2021, 10:15:37 AM »
Richardson got blown away. No competition.

Iz NOW she really going to go and hold ah medi!
Social media had a field day, she was trending all over. Even Majah Hype had a skit.

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I was waiting for Ato to speak about the performance. I know he wasnt going to hold back.
Good for him. It's the sport he's passionate about and was outstanding at the highest levels. He of all people has the cachet to put them on blast. 

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You sure it wasn't Darrel Brown they liked too? Darrel Brown moved to Jamaica to train with MVP (Asafa, Shelly Ann). Darrel got a lot of love from the Jamaicans. When he won the WJ in Jamaica, the talk was that him and Bolt will be the kings of Track and field. I know this because I know his cousin well.
Now you say it it could've been Brown and Burns. They all spoke very highly of those two in particular, like full props.

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1. Some schools have more or less killed "Sports Day" ... with that in progress, how much prestige or influence could athletics bodies have at schools or in the country? Athletics bodies should be lobbying and raising awareness and heightening the prestige of T&F. However, there seems to be a limited view of the level of activism required.

Athletes would like seats filled and fans applauding, but if there are next to no fans, at a minimum they would like to have events at which to participate.

Woeful situation.
When I was in college my roommate for 2 years was on the track team and he was from JA. His friend from secondary school in JA transferred in from TCU and was on the track team as well. I also had a teammate on the football team from JA and the 4 of us would lime in my room at nights and often times they would speak about the biggest track and field event in JA secondary schools, "Champs". According to them it is the granddaddy of all track and field events. Packed stadium each day, seemed like everybody and they mammy showed up. The atmosphere they described didn't come close to secondary schools sports day in the Hasely Crawford stadium and that used to be a big thing.
They also used to tell me about Marc Burns and Richard Thompson, they had nuff respect for them in the words of my roommate "dem men dey tuff mi yute....bombaclaaaaaaaat"

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Football / Re: La Liga Thread
« on: August 09, 2021, 07:27:12 AM »
Look how easily La Liga lost its player of reference. But, boss move by Messi to deliver a Sunday press conference at noon. Nevertheless: torturous to view him dealing with that punch to the gut. If Maradona was alive he would be raining big stone on Barcelona. 
Ent! That former Barca president apparently was a spendthrift. La Liga's most prized and box office possession got kicked out the door, watch how their ratings will fall.
What's funny is ESPN flexed their muscles over Bein Sports and made a huge bid to broadcast La Liga, this even caused Ray Hudson to resign. Now if PSG gets Messi Bein Sports gets the last laugh...I wonder if Ray will go back?

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St Hillaire got injured. I think we would have gotten a medal if he did not. Oh well. So it go.

Sando, I know you ain't talking about me. Go and check who does post on here. Is only me, socapro, you, asylumseeker and AB. Other guys come in here every now and again. But that doesn't mean they can't comment.
Don't forget Deeks

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Football / Re: Judah Garcia Thread.
« on: August 03, 2021, 12:05:08 PM »
Brothers unite :thumbsup:

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2020 Tokyo Olympics track events going on this thread quiet. When you see that we must really be in a bad state....anyway I noticed we had a three guys advance to the 400m semi's...Lendore, Cedenio and St. Hillaire....all the best fellas!!!

How often do you guys ever post in the Track and Field forum? Of course its quiet and should remain so with so many casual track fans members in here. Let the real track and field fans get together on social media
I'll put my hand up and sdmit that I'm an infrequent track poster as I don't follow the sport closely but I do come on here to read about our athletes from time to time. This is the most quiet I've seen this forum during the past 3 or even 4 Olympics since I've been on this site. Now if the track fans found a home on social media then I have no problems with that but it just felt strange it's not as virbrant as it used to be. I'll just follow along on the FB page dedicated to T&T athletes.

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We really have zero men in the 100m individual event? What a shame. Michelle Ahye do yuh ting, I'll be proud no matter what

That by itself should spark a revolt.

To tief from a legendary forum quote/post, the contrast of having NO 100m individuals with that of Jamaica having competitors in everything from "duck breeding, DNA testing, basketweaving, CB radio repair, Mongolian recipes,12th century European grammar, Turkish military tactics, Colombian drug lords, the Borneo rainforest, the Ming dynasty, Peruvian ant farming, Lord of the Rings, Kantian theory, 14th century Portuguese dressmaking, Namibian pottery, blacksmithing, kapuera or marsupial gestation cycles" is a stark indictment of everything that has happened since Montreal 1976.

I remember that quote an absolute classic from Dutty if my memory serves me right lol

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2020 Tokyo Olympics track events going on this thread quiet. When you see that we must really be in a bad state....anyway I noticed we had a three guys advance to the 400m semi's...Lendore, Cedenio and St. Hillaire....all the best fellas!!!

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Other Sports / Re: Cyclists Thread
« on: July 31, 2021, 02:36:59 PM »

Nicholas Paul and Kwesi Browne will compete next week. I am expecting really good results from Nicholas Paul

Anyway I am following T&T Olympic athletes from this FB page

https://www.facebook.com/TeamTrinbago/
:beermug:

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Other Sports / Re: Cyclists Thread
« on: July 27, 2021, 02:25:14 PM »
All the best to our three cyclists!

I remember during the last Olypmics we had a thread dedicated to when our athletes were going to compete and that kept me informed of how we were doing. Did we have anyone compete in anything yet?

https://newsday.co.tt/2021/07/22/rower-aisha-chow-gets-team-ttos-olympic-campaign-under-way-at-tokyo-games/
Thanks! Looks like we had a couple athletes participate in events already.

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Other Sports / Re: Cyclists Thread
« on: July 27, 2021, 10:35:58 AM »
All the best to our three cyclists!

I remember during the last Olypmics we had a thread dedicated to when our athletes were going to compete and that kept me informed of how we were doing. Did we have anyone compete in anything yet?

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Football / Re: 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup Thread
« on: July 26, 2021, 08:19:34 PM »
^^^Sancho speaking on the same thing Pullstones has been preaching….what in heavens name is going on here???

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Olympic Discussion / Re: Olympics 2021 Schedule
« on: July 25, 2021, 01:43:25 PM »
Anybody watched the opening ceremony ?
I watched parts of it, saw T&T but it looked like most of our athletes didn’t participate. I was surprised to see they had athletes come together in numbers for the opening ceremony given the Covid situation.

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Olympic Discussion / Re: Olympics 2021 Schedule
« on: July 25, 2021, 01:42:39 PM »
Anybody watched the opening ceremony ?
I watched parts of it, saw T&T but it looked like most of our athletes didn’t participate. I was surprised to see that had athletes come together in numbers for the opening ceremony given the Covid situation.

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Guatemala (18-Jul-2021)
« on: July 22, 2021, 12:32:19 PM »
Youtube lets you set the playback speed. Slow down to 0.25X under Settings (the gear wheel symbol below) and check out the screen that Powder eat for the Guatemala goal. All the defensive heads on the board - how you defend against this?
You have to anticipate that they can set a screen, players do this reguarly on corners and set pieces. I'm sure this is not the first time Powder or our players has experienced this at his level. I give Guatemala credit because they executed it well but when defending you and your teammates have to be on the same page/communicate that if one player gets screened and is obstructed, the other teammate go with the player and the one who was screened take the player he was marking. If not the open player who came off the screen will always be open to attack those balls.
Another way to defend it is through zonal marking where the players are responsible for certain spaces, since they're not man marking it's harder to set a screen....but that could cause problems if the lacks chemistry as it could lead to uncertainty and players assuming the other teammate would've cleared that ball.
But yea, I noticed that's what happened to Powder on the goal last night but by the time he recovered it was too late.

Although that moment in time is the obvious critical moment, there are other questions that can be asked about the entire defensive organization. We have 11 players defending that corner. They have 9 players placed to support or attack the corner. The outcome of the corner shouldn't have turned exclusively on what was in part a 3 v 3 matchup that went belly-up, but these things happen. Doesn't just come down to Powder.
Totally agree with your assessment here and the way in which you broke it down further. Lack of fitness leads to lack of concentration and we were clearly gassed in the second half, could've been a factor in this situation. Similarly in El Salvador's second goal, we had two players ball watching in the midst of a scramble to get the ball over the line, first thing I thought was fitness. Hopefully these details and issues can be corrected going forward.

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Football / Re: Whet's Next for the TTMNT?
« on: July 20, 2021, 11:58:42 AM »
Here are some key points I gleaned from this effort:
1. X's and O's are a small part of success. A Coach's personality makes a huge difference in morale and spirit which can ultimately lead to success
2. Fitness was obviously a key factor! There were too many turnovers; playing faster; loss of concentration. These are all elements that improve with game fitness.
3. With the next WC opportunity in 2026, Angus should now turn its sights to bringing in a much younger squad. At least 10 of the squad are in their 30's. Only goalkeepers are likely to have good performances in their late 30's.
4. Use the next few years to schedule games in every available opportunity. (Over the next few months, WC qualifiers would be looking for games).
5. All the minute steps forward would be meaningless unless the administration (whichever survives this normalization process) gets serious about working for the issues of the country and not for self-gratification and personal gain.
6. Get the local league up and running soo the local players get some game fitness.
7. Stop this local players vs foreign players bs and select the best available players, whether foreign or local.

Go Warriors!
:beermug:

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Guatemala (18-Jul-2021)
« on: July 19, 2021, 02:58:41 PM »
Youtube lets you set the playback speed. Slow down to 0.25X under Settings (the gear wheel symbol below) and check out the screen that Powder eat for the Guatemala goal. All the defensive heads on the board - how you defend against this?
You have to anticipate that they can set a screen, players do this reguarly on corners and set pieces. I'm sure this is not the first time Powder or our players has experienced this at his level. I give Guatemala credit because they executed it well but when defending you and your teammates have to be on the same page/communicate that if one player gets screened and is obstructed, the other teammate go with the player and the one who was screened take the player he was marking. If not the open player who came off the screen will always be open to attack those balls.
Another way to defend it is through zonal marking where the players are responsible for certain spaces, since they're not man marking it's harder to set a screen....but that could cause problems if the lacks chemistry as it could lead to uncertainty and players assuming the other teammate would've cleared that ball.
But yea, I noticed that's what happened to Powder on the goal last night but by the time he recovered it was too late.

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Football / Re: Copa America Thread
« on: July 11, 2021, 10:25:10 AM »
Messi finally win a big international tournament out of the Oliympics. Congrats! And Brazil .....
Yea bro, happy for Messi after all he did for football. Neymar hopefully can win a trophy with Brazil in the near future.

Neymar like Messi has already won Copa America and Olympics. What both don't have is WC.
I thought Neymar won a copa before but I swore the commentator said last night that he’s yet to win a major trophy with Brazil. It could very well be that I heard wrong lol

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Football / Re: Copa America Thread
« on: July 11, 2021, 09:25:59 AM »
Messi finally win a big international tournament out of the Oliympics. Congrats! And Brazil .....
Yea bro, happy for Messi after all he did for football. Neymar hopefully can win a trophy with Brazil in the near future.

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« on: July 11, 2021, 07:42:55 AM »
Mexican fans on social media real blaming the ref, bout they should’ve had 2 penalties. Oh and they’ll never get banned from the Gold Cup because they’re a cash cow for CONCACAF and they give the tournament ratings.
what goes around come full circle, maybe not right away but one things for sure the wheels of justice may turn slow but none the less it turns. in 2017 jovin jones scored a cracker at the national stadium and the jamaican assistant ref called it off side, no one made a meal of it and we eventually went on the lose the game 1-0, but we took it on the chin and moved on, and though i hurt at the time all we could have done was walk it or sleep it off. i for one walked from the stadium to ariputa ave sad and disappointed, now it's their turn so i suggest they do the same, hold a salvassa and sulk.
Yup don’t mind them, I remember that with Jones. They had numerous opportunities and couldn’t convert so it’s silly to blame the ref. As for the alleged racists chants, they claim the fans were chanting “puto” and it’s not racist.
The player who went off injured looked like he got hit in the eye, hope he’s doing alright.

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« on: July 10, 2021, 11:33:23 PM »
Mexican fans on social media real blaming the ref, bout they should’ve had 2 penalties. Oh and they’ll never get banned from the Gold Cup because they’re a cash cow for CONCACAF and they give the tournament ratings.

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« on: July 10, 2021, 10:50:39 PM »
Well done to Angus and the coaching staff for coming up with that game plan and big props to the players for executing it!!!

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« on: July 10, 2021, 09:42:49 PM »
Hanging on for dear life, now we should talk about finding ways where we can hold up the ball inside their half a bit.

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