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#1365250 MLS, Red Bulls and Coronavirus

Posted by ivo on 18 May 2020 - 07:06 PM

There will be some sort of rise in cases, but that rise will be mitigated because of some level of social distancing and an immense increase in mask-wearing versus a "normal" baseline.  Like, I'm in Chicago and I don't know a single person who's going back to their office anytime this summer.  That means they aren't commuting, aren't around other people all day, etc.

A NYC-like spike isn't going to happen anywhere unless people get super complacement.

Plenty of people in many states going to bars in the past couple of days with barely any precaution according to what I've seen in the news and on Twitter (YMMV).

Hopefully there are no significant spikes (and certainly no NYC-like ones), but it will be a minor miracle if reopening doesn't cause a significant increase in cases in a number of places.

#1365162 MLS, Red Bulls and Coronavirus

Posted by ivo on 13 May 2020 - 12:00 PM

308kmph - I don't think all the #s on my speedometer add up to that...

Can he make a left turn? Sign him up for NASCAR

#1365051 MLS, Red Bulls and Coronavirus

Posted by ivo on 02 May 2020 - 10:23 PM

Any chanced they are using all this slack in the transit system to expedite completion of the PATH work?  


#1364958 The name thing, again

Posted by ivo on 23 April 2020 - 12:31 AM

Um, the Mets were almost always the most popular team in NY until the mid 90's. No team has ever owned the city like the 1986 Mets did.

Thanks for reinforcing my point? The next 30 years without winning have reduced them to a Jets-like joke in the NY market and a decided 2nd fiddle to the Yankees (5 WS since). Many NY fans are frontrunners and this can flip back, but you do need to win, and not just rely on nostalgia/intangibles/brand coolness which are all just a finction of winning + time when you boil down to it.

#1364956 The name thing, again

Posted by ivo on 22 April 2020 - 10:28 PM

Think that's a possible road but not a likely or guaranteed one. For any LAFC/Barca/Yankees/Red Sox example you've given, there are a dozen other teams going in the completely opposite direction - Chivas, Mets,  Nets (pre-BK), you name it. The initial gloss of NYCFCs 30+k attendances has certainly worn off, we'll see if rabid fanbases in LA and Atl stay the same when results inevitably go sour at some point (they could be Seattle-like consistent, I guess, but chances for success stories like that are quite low).

RB has a pretty cool brand identity (X sports, wingsuit flying!, SPACE JUMPS!!! ffs), it's the other ingredients like consistently spending and winning titles here that are missing. Leipzig and Salzburg are doing quite alright despite the same presumed brand issues.

The issues for NYRB are many (NJ location, getting in and out times via car or public transportation, lack of titles, big names, etc, we've certainly beaten that horse to death before). I just think RB the brand being a deal breaker is quite low on that list, especially for casual fans, that's all.

#1364948 The name thing, again

Posted by ivo on 22 April 2020 - 05:22 PM

That would be taking my question and building a straw man out of it. The identity isn't THE REASON, because there isn't just one, but it certainly doesn't help.

Continuing the tangent out of curiosity if you don't mind.

What do you think the increase in crowd size  would be if they changed the team name to Athletic NJ or something generic along those lines, or even the holy grail of NY/NJ Metrostars or Metro FC?  Let's say our crowd size is 15k now for simplicity. Do you think we would get an extra 1k a game? 5k?

Nothing else changes, just the name. Or if you want,  remove the RB crest as well and have e.g. Honda be the main sponsor with a simple non-obtrusive logo.

Obviously, there's no way to know, but I think some here overestimate the name impact on non-hardcore fans.

#1364864 MLS Cup is now an MMA tournament, each team chooses one fighter

Posted by ivo on 17 April 2020 - 12:54 PM

Is anyone but Parker a consideration, assuming we can't re-sign Rodgers?

Wouldn't be too upset with Tarek either.

#1364823 Future of Red Bulls Academy

Posted by ivo on 16 April 2020 - 03:06 PM

Thank you for that.

ELI5 = Explain like I'm 5 :)

#1364788 All coronavirus-related arguing

Posted by ivo on 16 April 2020 - 05:55 AM

Your article is more than two weeks old.
Here is one dated today, saying 9.7 tests per 1,000:
8.9 + .8 = 9.7 x 330,000 = 3,200,000 as of April 14.
If .8 is part of 8.9, then x 330,000 would be 2,937,000.
To compare, Swiss = 195,000; Italy 1.1 million;
Austria 154,000; Germany 1.3 million, UK 300,000.

~3M might be good in comparison to other countries (great! Though tests per capita might be a better comparison than absolute #s), but still literally an order of magnitude less than what was promised, which was the point of the post you responded to.

#1364674 Metro Mount Rushmore

Posted by ivo on 10 April 2020 - 07:44 PM

Also maybe speaks a little bit to just how pragmatic Kljestan's game was. He was an incredibly smart player but had the flair of a USL centerback. Probably the biggest gap between "skill" and effectiveness I've ever seen in a #10.

Not sure I agree. Sure you'd never see him beat a guy or execute a rabona if that's your definition of flair, but his through passes were as good as anyone's. MLS-level Xavi type.

Not close to being top 4 due to lack of leadership/choking in big moments and only being here for 3 years.

#1364407 MLS, Red Bulls and Coronavirus

Posted by ivo on 31 March 2020 - 05:15 PM

Like this stuff?
I know some people might watch it, but I think the vast majority of fans who primarily like watch soccer would have no interest in this stuff.

Muyl's cooking class is appointment viewing for me.

#1364372 MLS, Red Bulls and Coronavirus

Posted by ivo on 30 March 2020 - 10:57 PM

Seeing a scroll on the ESPN2 ticker that MLS still intends to play a full 34 game season by adding more midweek games and pushing playoffs back

Would be nice, and they do have more leeway than Euro leagues due to the longer off-season.

Still depends on games restarting in June/July which may or may not happen. Would also need to incorporate international dates somehow and account for weather with games going into November/December.

I'd say a 25-game season (one game vs every team) is more realistic, but we'll see.

#1364283 MLS, Red Bulls and Coronavirus

Posted by ivo on 28 March 2020 - 01:11 PM

Contrarians are out there.

I think you misspelled "dickheads"

#1364275 MLS, Red Bulls and Coronavirus

Posted by ivo on 28 March 2020 - 12:09 PM

Of course, there would always be concern for contagion, even in untested mild cases, but social separation should greatly reduce the risk of spread.
There are still predictions of further mass outbreaks.
We can always be cautiously optimistic that It will not happen.

Like I said (also two weeks ago), "I really hope that's the biggest problem we face, social distancing working out and people gloating how it never was a big deal."

#1364233 Metro Mount Rushmore

Posted by ivo on 27 March 2020 - 06:27 PM

1. Titi
2. BWP
3. Petke
4. Robles

Spot on.

Wonder what people's thoughts are on BWP v Henry for the #1 spot. 1.5 years ago most were on the BWP bandwagon, but I wonder if the latest metro playoff failures and the whimper of a final season have made people reconsider.