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  1. Conversations like this always remind me of the game where the normally fairly ordinary Phil Jevons had the game of his life and just looked like an absolute world beater. I think it was possibly against Gillingham and he scored a first half hat-trick? Don't remember another performance that was so out of character.
  2. But "next season" starts on Jul 1. That is already written into thousands of players contracts and the authorities have no power to amend contracts without the express consent of the two parties to that contract, the player and the club.
  3. I can't see that they will allow this seasons games to be played after June 30 because all the players contracts are tied to that date. What happens to players on loan for the season like Benik? If there are games on 3rd July does he play for Stoke or for us? what about youth players due to play on pro terms from Jul 1, can they play? Also players due to move or retire on June 30, will they be forced to play for their existing clubs? Is that even legal under freedom of employment? The legal ramifications of playing this seasons games after next season has technically started are too big to
  4. It will take months to do human trials and you cant fast track the process in case there are unforeseen side effects. Especially if the plan is to roll it out to millions of people in a short space of time.
  5. As LJ interviews go this was a good one, very informative and illuminating. Lots of industries have their own internal "techie speak" and he does sometimes forget that he is talking to the average fan and not just GMcG and a camera, but if you count that as a failing of his then its one i'm happy to put up with as long as the players are understanding what he's getting at and can implement it, and if they can't then Holden & McAllister should be helping them understand.
  6. yes, viruses tend to become less lethal as they mutate and adapt through the population, but not quite as linear as the numbers you describe, that will happen over months and years, rather than days.
  7. £60k pw. I believe he mentioned it on his own twitter. Thats why Stoke want rid. We might not be paying 100% though...
  8. The general mortality rate in the UK is 4.4 in 1000, or to put it another way a little under 1 in 200 people always die. Coronavirus has had virtually zero impact on the normal mortality rate in China - there are literally dozens of illnesses that kill way more people every day, including as has been mentioned before, ordinary flu. The whole thing has been blown massively out of proportion and the suggestion that sporting events should be cancelled is ridiculous. If that were true we should cancel everything forever, because of all the other illnesses out there that people might catch.
  9. Madison Square Garden does both ice hockey and basketball so it can be done, although no idea what the costs would be like. In fact this sunday evening is an NHL game with harlem globetrotters playing less than 18 hours later. amazing turnaround.
  10. Every time we do two subs at once, even if its like for like players they always switch the subs so the board puts up the "wrong" player to make it less obvious to the opposition bench how we will be setting up. We have done this for a couple of seasons now and it still confuses large sections of the crowd, and apparently a few on here as well!
  11. I've heard for years that we'd be battered every week if we ever got promoted but I think a lot of the games between lesser Premier League teams are not much better than the Championship, and I'd like to think that with a few key additions we'd be competitive in a lot of games. Of course, we are likely to lose to Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea etc, but 22 out of 38 games would be against fellow bottom 12 teams, and there would be plenty of points available in those games.
  12. i've seen that too, which is equally stupid as it would imply there would be less and less goals per games as you go down the leagues. There isn't.
  13. The main flaw with xG is that it takes no account of the individual skill of the player. So a shot from 8 yards might have an xG of 0.80 (i.e. an 80% chance of a goal) regardless of whether its struck by Sergio Aguero or Baz Savage. Proponents of the system have tried to argue that the best players don't actually have a significantly higher chance of scoring from a given position but obviously if that was true, then why do teams spend millions of pounds on strikers? It's complete nonsense.
  14. We are where we are in the league because we are marginally better than a majority of the teams in this division. Two wins on the spin with an unchanged side made it easier for Millwall to guess how we would set-up and to set themselves to nullify that, and it worked. Even then, luck has played its part, Weimann had an easyish early chance and Wallace has scored a low percentage shot (their only shot on target of the half). If either of those go the other way we might be sat here this morning celebrating a win, although probably not a performance. My point is that its a game of fine margins
  15. I wouldn't mind another look at Rodri, now that he's had a couple of weeks to work on his match sharpness.
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