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    Football: the winter break

    Playing TAA in the game after he injured himself in the warm-up was a bad decision. Keeping him on the field when he was struggling badly for the first ~20 minutes compounded that bad decision. It's too similar to the bad decision to start Lovren in the FA Cup when he had been identified as having a slight muscular niggle. The medical team needs to be smarter about this. I already complained about Clyne being loaned out, just like Sturridge last year, so I won't double down on that. I trust Milner to do well at RB in our formation, especially if we have Matip back now and Gomez almost back. But we need to avoid any problems for Milner, who recently had a muscle strain of his own and has looked pretty leaden in recent games. Our upcoming schedule is not terrible and we have a decent gap between games. We just need to avoid injuries in training and let players rest their muscles and get recharged. On top of that, Gini is struggling with a knee injury and Lallana is out (yet again) for several weeks. So we'll need Fabinho back in MF and we may need Keita to start. We're looking a bit thin if there any further injuries, but currently can still put out a good XI, but our bench will have more youth players. Not as bad as Spurs though. Only City and United have really huge squads of senior players; that's just their financial advantage.
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    New Neal Stephenson Novel: “Fall: or Dodge in Hell”

    Same for me. I mostly enjoyed his others but those five were clearly the best, and the two stand-alones were better than the Cycle.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    @Triskele Nice progress, well done. I wouldn't worry about one lift progressing faster than the other, it all evens out. And sometimes it's something obvious like you deadlift in an afternoon session but squat in a morning session; there are peaks and dips in your strength in your daily and weekly cycle. FWIW, my deadlift is consistently 15-20% more than my squat and my bench press is consistently 15-20% less than my squat. That's for heaviest sets of 8 reps; the ratio probably breaks down for one rep max, where I assume the deadlift would have even more advantage. And that's when I do deadlifts after six sets of squats and I'm already pretty burned out. So, yeah, deadlift is probably going to be your biggest lift by a wide margin if you're doing on a different day to squats. @baxus congratulations. Really impressive that you're sustaining that progress with a baby at home. I've also noticed that my weight is persistently higher than before (now 183-185lbs), but I'm still visibly lean everywhere. I may be a hard gainer but eventually I gain something. Only downside is that additional muscle mass is ruining the drape of expensive custom made suits. They were custom made for my shape as a soccer player. I would still like to shed a couple of pounds, but I'm not obsessing over it. @Starkess It might just be the winter that has triggered your appetite. I found that colder winters in NJ and Chicago (compared to Seattle and Ireland) really triggered my appetite for calories. I'm not exactly starving, but I feel the urge to eat, and feel much greater satisfaction after calorific food. I try to manage it by making sure I get plenty of fiber intake for slow digestion, and rely on unsaturated fats as much as possible: I eat half an avocado with breakfast (alongside oatmeal, fruit and protein shake) and I eat almonds at lunch (alongside vegetables and protein shake). I was bad last week: too busy at work to get any exercise midweek, and then skipped on Saturday after a busy family day ended with pizza delivery. Sunday was shoulder press and pull-ups -- great session (pizza must be great for pre-fuel). And I'll go down now and do a legs session -- y'all have motivated/guilted me into action. I noticed recently a description of a weight-lifting regimen that exactly matches what I do: 1. a day of horizontal push-pull (bench press and cable row/barbell row) 2. a day of vertical push-pull (shoulder press and pull-ups, and 3. a day of lower body push-pull (squats and deadlifts). I know most programs suggest mixing all of the above every day, but I prefer to do 6 heavy sets of each just once a week, allowing for intense workload and then several days of rest.
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    Football: the winter break

    Yes, that feels really harsh on Wagner. He was loyal to them in the summer when he could have jumped ship, and now he's fired for not repeating a miracle. They're still playing decent football overall, they just don't have the quality of strikers to score enough. Hopefully Wagner gets another chance elsewhere.
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    Football: the winter break

    The bad football was being bailed out by second half goals during their best run. The goals have slowed slightly (not dried up), so it’s just a bit more precarious now.
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    Football: the winter break

    Spurs had no basis to complain in August/September. Son was eligible for selection and clubs cannot block international call-ups (and I’ve complained plenty about how FIFA have self-appointed first priority). It’s not a bad thing that the national team came to some accommodation here, but it is a jarringly different treatment from Matip.
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    Football: the winter break

    With Sissoko off injured, that’s an incredibly top-heavy line-up for Spurs. A 4-1-5 almost.
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    Football: the winter break

    Son is playing for Spurs. I thought he was at the Asian Cup. It seems he got a special deal to miss the first two games for South Korea. That’s a pretty sharp contrast to Matip’s suspension for actually retiring from international football but only communicating verbally in a direct conversation rather than also in writing.
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    Football: the winter break

    Fabinho did well in an unfamiliar position, but then we missed him in his usual position. Hopefully Matip is ready for the next game. I’m not sure what the catalyst will be for Keita but I’m sure he’ll come good eventually. He hasn’t been terrible all season — he was even very good in a few games — but lacking consistency or momentum; not helped by injuries, rotation, over-playing at times, and learning curve. Focusing on the basics for a while might help him.
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    Football: the winter break

    Liverpool have had enough chances to make it 2-0, but just aren’t quite taking them.
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    Football: the winter break

    Sounds like Nasri did quite well for West Ham today. Good for him. His career had fallen away completely even before the PED ban. But perhaps he can regain something still.
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    Football: the winter break

    When I said "without getting much back" I meant that they did not receive a lot of transfer fees for the players who left. Certainly nowhere similar to Liverpool and Spurs over the past five years. Arsenal literally didn't get much back; no reference to the figurative repayment in performances on the field. Whether the fees spent got them the right talent/performances is a mixed bunch, just like any other club. I don't think they've had any clangers like Andy Carroll, Charlie Adams, Stewart Downing, Christian Benteke, Mario Balotelli, Alberto Aquilani, etc, and they picked up some great (expensive) attacking talents here and there alongside a high quantity of mid-priced players. They had the fourth highest net spend over the past five years and they sit fifth in the table -- they're basically living up to expectations. United are vastly underperforming and Spurs are significantly outperforming. Everyone else is reasonably in line. Liverpool are temporarily outperforming but let's see if that actually lasts.
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    Football: the winter break

    It's pretty reasonable for an investor with a profit motive to not offer capital injections for a transfer. It's not like one more player will help them win the title or the CL this season. CL qualification might be at stake but probably would not deliver enough additional profit for an investor to get excited about. But the whole point is that the club does not need a sugar-daddy owner. Only City, PSG and Chelsea have those, and Chelsea's is less generous lately. All of the other clubs spend within their means. Arsenal have pretty deep financial resources: in 2017 they had more revenue than Liverpool & Chelsea and well ahead of Spurs. In 2018 they will probably still be close to Liverpool (despite a CL final), ahead of Chelsea and still well ahead of Spurs. This is not an impoverished club. They have the means to spend if they wish without special injections from owners. If they want to do a gradual build under a new manager, then that's not unreasonable (that's what Liverpool did with Klopp). If they're a little gun-shy because of how spending in recent years has turned out, then that's not unreasonable either. They have actually spent a ton of money on Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck, Cech, Lacazette, Auba, Xhaka, Mustafi, Torreira, Leno, Perez, Chambers, Paulista, Sokratis, etc, without getting much back. Arsenal have a higher net spend than Liverpool over the last five years, even after Liverpool spent so much in 2018 and wasted the Suarez money in 2014. And much higher than Spurs. I got annoyed when Liverpool supporters used to complain that FSG weren't spending enough. How many hundreds of millions do you expect someone else to pay just so you can have bragging rights on a Saturday afternoon?
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    NFL 2019: Wild Card, Mitches!

    Any chance of the Falcons kicking Dan Quinn to the curb? He could have some fun with the Bears D.
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    NFL 2019: Wild Card, Mitches!

    That's a big loss. Pace needs another Nagy-esque recruitment success.
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