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From my perspective, I literally dont think it makes any difference who is named Captain on the team this year. Marsh is the true captain.

There is no one on the current roster that will have any true influence with the referees in my opinion:

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How much does the captain actually influence the ref on the field? I've always heard they're supposed to be the only ones who can approach him but that obviously never happens in real life.

 

Go with the best leader/communicator on the field. For me it'd be Felipe, for as much as a pain in the ass he is to the ref and the other team our guys have to love having him out there.



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How much does the captain actually influence the ref on the field? I've always heard they're supposed to be the only ones who can approach him but that obviously never happens in real life.
 
Go with the best leader/communicator on the field. For me it'd be Felipe, for as much as a pain in the ass he is to the ref and the other team our guys have to love having him out there.

I dont think refs respect Felipe. So whatever little impact a Captain will have on them, Felipes may be less.

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TBH, I would love to hear from players whether or not it matters, but in all my years of watching I have never seen a call reversed or any positive material impact from any of the constant whining and jawboning that goes on from the captain or any other player.

 

In football, most NFL teams rotate captains per game and elect them for playoff games. Baseball doesn't need them. They exist in the NHL, but again I never see an impact.

 

If they are meant to be motivators and coordinators for the team, then their relationship with the refs doesn't mean much.



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Understand the thought, and basically all of the impact is done off the field.  The actual captain sometimes doesn't mean as much as the leaders on the team.

 

I've read and heard stories of how Messier was the greatest captain in sports.  Not from writers, but players.  Tie Domi always tells the story and claims Messier turned his career/life around early on with some of the things he taught. Also heard stories of Jeter, who was a much quieter captain, but Posada basically functioned as Jeter's enforcer.  As for the NFL and having rotating captains, those players always know who their leaders are.  Every player in Baltimore knew that Ray Lewis wouldn't accept certain things.  When guys aren't doing things the right way, or they aren't putting the team first, those leaders would be the ones who policed the locker room and maintained that focus. Coaches basically work the same way but it's tough for a coach to do it himself.  Have to have leaders within the team as well.  The anointed captain doesn't mean as much as the overall leaders of the team.

 

Now I do believe referees are aware of who they are talking to. Having the armband on a notable, respected player does tend to get you something different.  I remember Messier getting away with stuff that nobody in the league did towards the end of his career. Refs for sure treated him different because of the history and the respect.  You could even see Henry getting a different type of discussion at times with refs.  

 

He's probably not totally comfortable with it, but maybe BWP should be captain.  The only thing that stinks about that is I'm not sure BWP likes all of the extra stuff you have to do as captain.  More interviews and everything.



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TBH, I would love to hear from players whether or not it matters, but in all my years of watching I have never seen a call reversed or any positive material impact from any of the constant whining and jawboning that goes on from the captain or any other player.
 
In football, most NFL teams rotate captains per game and elect them for playoff games. Baseball doesn't need them. They exist in the NHL, but again I never see an impact.
 
If they are meant to be motivators and coordinators for the team, then their relationship with the refs doesn't mean much.

I dont think its about reversing a call, its more about the next call.

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Felipe would be a terrible choice, plus it'd be another excuse for Jesse to keep him on for every single minute of every game. Pretty sure he won't be the pick, though. Marsch was getting tired of his antics late in the season last year.

Plenty of keepers are and have been good captains but if it must be an outfield player, it should be BWP. I like Royer but to anyone in the league outside of RB he is just a guy.

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Veron!
Frankly, since I am merely a fan and a not a fancy American soccer writer, I'm going to congratulate Wright-Phillips on a well hit goal. If I was an American soccer writer, I'd claim that the recently retired Henry was wearing an invisibility cloak and carried the ball into the net for the obviously unskilled Wright-Phillips.

If you scan YouTube looking for Bradley Wright-Phillips, youll find numerous goal compilations, a few interviews and, eventually, an excerpt from the grime mixtape series Lord of the Mics.

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If I thought BWP would be around longer, I'd feel different.

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If I thought BWP would be around longer, I'd feel different.

He's signed through 2019, isn't he? At the current rate, 2 years for a captain is pretty good!

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I dont think its about reversing a call, its more about the next call.


This is why you see Marsch constantly talking with the fourth official. And, according to Patrick Viera, its apparently effective.

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Adams is captain vs KC.


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If he stays healthy i could see Colin getting it. 



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If he stays healthy i could see Colin getting it. 


Thats one hell of an assumption.
Frankly, since I am merely a fan and a not a fancy American soccer writer, I'm going to congratulate Wright-Phillips on a well hit goal. If I was an American soccer writer, I'd claim that the recently retired Henry was wearing an invisibility cloak and carried the ball into the net for the obviously unskilled Wright-Phillips.

If you scan YouTube looking for Bradley Wright-Phillips, youll find numerous goal compilations, a few interviews and, eventually, an excerpt from the grime mixtape series Lord of the Mics.

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If he stays healthy i could see Colin getting it. 


Colin will stay healthy.
Collin, not so likely.

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