Baseball tactics – Timo Thompson http://timothompson.com/ Thu, 12 May 2022 19:46:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://timothompson.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-60-120x120.png Baseball tactics – Timo Thompson http://timothompson.com/ 32 32 Slow and sure tactics frustrate Freeport at NIC-10 tennis tournament https://timothompson.com/slow-and-sure-tactics-frustrate-freeport-at-nic-10-tennis-tournament/ Sat, 07 May 2022 23:54:57 +0000 https://timothompson.com/slow-and-sure-tactics-frustrate-freeport-at-nic-10-tennis-tournament/ MACHESNEY PARK — Owen Helm would hit Belvidere North’s Jack Dickerson hard. Dickerson would just swallow it. Again and again. Until Helm misses long or wide. “It was just too hard to put balls against him,” Helm, a sophomore from Freeport, said after losing 6-3, 6-4 to Dickerson on Saturday at Harlem High School to […]]]>

MACHESNEY PARK — Owen Helm would hit Belvidere North’s Jack Dickerson hard.

Dickerson would just swallow it.

Again and again. Until Helm misses long or wide.

“It was just too hard to put balls against him,” Helm, a sophomore from Freeport, said after losing 6-3, 6-4 to Dickerson on Saturday at Harlem High School to finish fourth in the tournament. men’s tennis NIC-10 to No. 1 in singles. “He was really consistent.

“I played very well at first, but then I started to put myself down. I just wasn’t playing the smartest tennis and the guy was making me pay for it. But he was good.

“He’s like a ball machine. I am not used to that. I faced another guy before and he hit with great pace.

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Helm couldn’t cross Dickerson, so he tried to go around him. This, too often, has resulted in wide shots.

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Phillies notes: Mets thoughts, Zach Eflin officiating case, change in tactics and perspective for the pen? https://timothompson.com/phillies-notes-mets-thoughts-zach-eflin-officiating-case-change-in-tactics-and-perspective-for-the-pen/ Mon, 02 May 2022 10:12:42 +0000 https://timothompson.com/phillies-notes-mets-thoughts-zach-eflin-officiating-case-change-in-tactics-and-perspective-for-the-pen/ NEW YORK — The Phillies and Mets will play 13 times in the first 49 games of the season, and by the end of Game 6 there was a hint of animosity. Maybe Yoan López intentionally kicked Kyle Schwarber in the ninth inning of a 10-6 loss to the Phillies. Manager Joe Girardi thought so. […]]]>

NEW YORK — The Phillies and Mets will play 13 times in the first 49 games of the season, and by the end of Game 6 there was a hint of animosity. Maybe Yoan López intentionally kicked Kyle Schwarber in the ninth inning of a 10-6 loss to the Phillies. Manager Joe Girardi thought so. Schwarber was less sure. López probably didn’t want to hit Alec Bohm, the next hitter, with a change.

“That’s why I didn’t raise a stink,” Girardi said.

The Mets, so far, appear to be the leader in the National League East. And, with the unusual schedule, the Phillies often have to face them as they play outstanding baseball. The director would prefer otherwise. The Phillies have seven games left with the Mets in May and won’t see them again until August 12.

“You would like to distribute them,” Girardi said. “But that’s just the way the calendar falls.”

The Phillies were outscored by eight points in six games against the Mets. Outside of a five-point Phillies outburst in Game 1 last month, it’s been lopsided. The Mets didn’t hit the Phillies in Game 4. Then the Phillies hit three home runs against Max Scherzer on Sunday night and still faced a big deficit in the final innings. They will see Scherzer again on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.

“I think they’re a really good team,” Bryce Harper said. “They’re playing really good baseball right now. It’s gonna be a battle. We know it’s going to be a battle. … We wouldn’t expect anything less from what they’ve been able to do. I don’t see them going anywhere. I think it’s a very good team. They have a great pitching staff.

The Phillies will choose not to pass judgment on how they compare to the Mets. At least not yet.

“When we played them at home, we didn’t necessarily swing the sticks well,” Girardi said. “But we are playing better. I think we pitch better. We lose a tough game on Friday night. It was a tight game and it kind of got away from us. But I feel good with our guys.

The Unusual Case of Eflin

At the end of May, Zach Eflin will tune into a Zoom call before a Phillies game and listen to opposing cases on how much he should be paid this season. Eflin is the Phillies’ only unsettled arbitration case, and the impasse will require a hearing. The Phillies want to pay Eflin $5.15 million. Eflin asked for $6.9 million.

He is a free agent at the end of the season.

“I think it’s important because I know my worth,” Eflin said a day before a rocky start against the Mets. “I know my job. Obviously I’ve been injured and so on, but I know what I bring to this club every five days. And I see my true worth more than what their offer was. That’s really all I have to say. I’m curious to see what they have to say in a courtroom. So, it will be interesting, but I can’t wait to get there.

Eflin said there was never a legitimate attempt to bridge the $1.75 million gap and settle.

Eflin earned $4.45 million in 2021. With a strong 2022 season, he could land a lucrative open market contract. That’s not Eflin’s goal right now, but the arbitration hearing will distract him, at least temporarily.

“Win or lose,” Eflin said, “I stand up for myself and I feel good about it.”

In 2018, Eflin lost nine days of big league pay when the Phillies drafted him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after trading for Justin Bour. The front office, at the time, viewed it as a transaction that added value at the margin while trying to squeeze as much as they could from an overspending list. But that decision angered Eflin and his teammates as he had a 3.57 ERA in 16 starts. Eflin spent less than 20 days in miners and his lost service time was restored. But a small part of the salary was not.

“The players don’t forget that,” Eflin said. “So we will see what happens. I mean, I can’t wait to get to the hearing and see what they have to say about me. I feel like I’m going to learn a lot about the business side of the game.”

Shift speak

The Phillies moved their infield less in 2021 than any other baseball team. They’re changing more in 2022 – around league average – and it’s been more successful than not. The positioning model the Phillies are using this season has more input from Ani Kilambi, the assistant general manager they hired from the Rays to lead their analytics arm. Field coach Bobby Dickerson is a proponent of aggressive positioning. And that includes a wrinkle: Alec Bohm playing on the right side of the infield.

“I take my steps,” Bohm said.

Last season, Bohm said he might have changed positions two or three times. Typically, he was the only infielder left of second base whenever the Phillies moved. The Phillies only moved left-handed hitters 26% of the time in 2021. That’s 55% in 2022.

The Phillies quarterback defense had three defensive runs saved, according to Sports Info Solutions, going into Sunday’s game. This ranked 11th in MLB.

“We like to keep our shortstop at shortstop,” Dickerson said. “And then we like having Segura in the middle there for potential double plays. So that leaves Bohm in the slot. He played at first base. This is basically the position of the first baseman against a right-handed batter. It’s offline, in the same place.

“Now it’s deeper. To the right? The pitch eventually has to come into play and it’s a much shorter pitch than third base. A bit more time. For me, it’s more about keeping Didi (Gregorius) at shortstop. You’re trying to use what you have, aren’t you? »

There are two ways to look at it: the most balls hit in the shift are likely to be on the fielder playing in the gap between the first and second basemen. He’s Bohm, and he’s not the Phillies’ best defenseman. But he likes this place in the shift.

“Working on these double-play flips is something I have to keep doing,” Bohm said. “But other than that, I find it quite comfortable there.”

By keeping Gregorius alone on the left side, the Phillies have a little more range there if the left-handed hitter slaps him on that side.

“If I get a deuce, I have to play my deuce,” Dickerson said. “If I have aces, I have to play aces, right? If you have a fast team, you run. If you have a slug team, you slug. You try to put guys in situations they can have the most success in. We like Didi on that side.

It is possible that the change will be prohibited, or at least limited, next season. Dickerson has a suggestion as the league considers rule changes.

“They better put the right wording,” he said, “because I can see a situation where you’re playing on the left side of second base and as soon as a pitcher breaks his hands, you’re sprinting across the field.”

family love

Jeurys Familia saved 124 games with a 3.29 ERA in 10 seasons with the Mets, and when he ran to the Citi Field mound as a first-time visitor on Saturday night, he was greeted by a chorus of boos.

Familia’s teammates teased him after the game. It closed for a pennant winning team in 2015. They must have really liked it here.

“Me? Surprised?” Familia says a day later. “No chance.”

Familia threw a throw that pushed Eduardo Escobar back and the boos were even louder. The 32-year-old right-hander had a funny response. He put his right hand to his ear.


(Screenshot courtesy of NBC Sports Philadelphia)

“I’m just playing,” Familia said. ” I do not hear anything. Go on!”

He’s laughing.

“Ten years,” Familia said. “You know how it is here. I am not surprised at anything. I was here a long time, I know how the fans are.

A reliever’s journey

Andrew Bellatti returned to the majors for three games last season with Miami, and it was validation for the time spent achieving that goal. The Phillies offered him a minor league contract last winter and Bellatti liked what pitching coach Caleb Cotham said on a Zoom call. Bellatti knew Phillies general manager Sam Fuld from their timeshare in the Rays organization.

He has since been rewarded with a decent look this season as a middle reliever.

“I love the game,” Bellatti, 30, said. “I know I’m good at it. I feel good at the clubhouse. I know it’s a lot of work. It’s just staying dedicated.

Bellatti spent 90 days in prison for manslaughter by a vehicle following a speeding ticket in 2010 that killed a 50-year-old man. Tampa Bay backed Bellatti, who made 17 appearances for them in 2015, until he became a minor league free agent after the 2016 season. an elbow injury that ultimately required Tommy John surgery.

He didn’t have a job while in rehab. Thus, he worked as a salesman at Bloomingdale’s at the Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego.

“I sold suits,” Bellatti said.

How did he do it?

“I was very good at it,” Bellatti said.

His work was commission-based. He did it for about a year. There have been lean months, but the holiday rush has helped. “I had to find something to do,” Bellatti said. So far, he’s found a spot in the Phillies bullpen with a 1.80 ERA and eight strikeouts in five innings.

“They highlighted a lot of my strengths,” he said. “They pointed out some things I could do that could make me 1% better. So it all kind of lined up.

A rising outlook?

Francisco Morales continued his rise as a bullpen prospect with four more strikeouts in 1 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday for Double-A Reading. Morales, converted to reliever this season, struck out 22, walked five and allowed just two hits in 13 1/3 innings.

He could be promoted to Triple A-Lehigh Valley soon – possibly this week.

The Phillies removed two pitchers from the big league roster after Sunday’s game to drop to 26 active players. Cristopher Sánchez will join the Lehigh Valley rotation. Damon Jones was also demoted; the Phillies kept Nick Nelson in the majors as a longman.

These additions to Triple A will bring cuts to an already heavy IronPigs roster. The Phillies could be looking to open up a spot there for Morales. It’s clear he’s in the summer plans for a major league role. The Phillies have eliminated an inconsistent change from his repertoire and he’s using a fastball-slider combination.

No one in the Phillies system has had a better week than smashing first baseman Darick Hall, who hit five home runs and two doubles in six games at Triple A. Hall, 26, is the annual leader of the system in average exit speed, but there have been lingering doubts about its ability to hit higher caliber breaking balls. But Hall is making his case as a potential bench-beater in the majors.

Editor’s note: Matt Gelb went on personal leave this week and will be out until mid-June. Athleticism will have dedicated Phillies coverage from other writers in the meantime.

(Top photo by Kyle Schwarber: Wendell Cruz/USA Today)

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Disney targeted by QAnon believers using meme stock tactics | app https://timothompson.com/disney-targeted-by-qanon-believers-using-meme-stock-tactics-app/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 21:21:31 +0000 https://timothompson.com/disney-targeted-by-qanon-believers-using-meme-stock-tactics-app/ For weeks, followers of the fringe conspiracy group QAnon have been spreading theories and lies about the Walt Disney Co. online, stoking a frenzy of negative sentiment against one of America’s best-known companies. Posts on Facebook, Twitter and several other platforms falsely claimed that the company had lost $636 million in theme park reservations and […]]]>

For weeks, followers of the fringe conspiracy group QAnon have been spreading theories and lies about the Walt Disney Co. online, stoking a frenzy of negative sentiment against one of America’s best-known companies.

Posts on Facebook, Twitter and several other platforms falsely claimed that the company had lost $636 million in theme park reservations and that 350,000 people had canceled their subscriptions to the company’s Disney+ streaming service. Some even linked to a fake article stating that Disney CEO Bob Chapek was arrested for human trafficking and child pornography.

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Fog Horn Politics and Sewer Tactics – The Poll Bludger https://timothompson.com/fog-horn-politics-and-sewer-tactics-the-poll-bludger/ Sun, 24 Apr 2022 17:32:38 +0000 https://timothompson.com/fog-horn-politics-and-sewer-tactics-the-poll-bludger/ The Katherine Deves controversy continues to deepen rifts within the Liberal Party and outside. Note the message below from Adrian Beaumont on today’s French presidential election. Closer to home: • As the Liberal Party splits over Warringah candidate Katherine Deves and her controversial transgender statements, Chip Le Grand of the Age/Herald observes a related debate […]]]>

The Katherine Deves controversy continues to deepen rifts within the Liberal Party and outside.

Note the message below from Adrian Beaumont on today’s French presidential election. Closer to home:

• As the Liberal Party splits over Warringah candidate Katherine Deves and her controversial transgender statements, Chip Le Grand of the Age/Herald observes a related debate over “whether a coalition government could be kicked out of its inner city electorates in Sydney and Melbourne but taking enough ground in the suburbs and regions to stay in power”. While some are calling it “election madness”, an unidentified conservative reportedly said Kooyong was “just one seat” and “certainly no longer the jewel in the crown”. Those of the latter view point to Boris Johnson’s success in the ‘red wall’ of northern England and the populist era realignments in the US and France.

• David Crowe of the Age/Herald reports that MPs on both sides have identified the following seats as “still in play”: “Reid, Gilmore and Parramatta in New South Wales; Corangamite, McEwen and Chisholm in Victoria; Swan, Pearce and Hasluck in WA; Longman, Leichhardt and Brisbane in Queensland; and the Tasmanian trio of Bass, Braddon and Lyons”. This includes five seats held by Labor and ten by the coalition. A Labor source said they “would rather be us than them at this stage”, not least because the teal independent insurgency had caused the Coalition to “fight on two fronts”, but defeat remained possible.

• Further to the above, former Queensland Labor Secretary of State Cameron Milner writes in The Australian that the Liberals are pursuing Lilley, held by Labor in Brisbane, Lingiari in the Northern Territory (where Scott Morrison has campaigned yesterday) and Corangamite in western Victoria. Milner also describes Scott Morrison’s support of Katherine Deves as a “shiny bullhorn policy,” deployed to “signal the virtue of their values” to One Nation and Clive Palmer voters whose preferences will be up for grabs. Phillip Coorey of the Financial Review also proposes that “in suburbs, regions and religious communities, the Government – ​​and Labor – think the Deves dossier is turning in Scott Morrison’s favour, however messy he may be”.

• An online Labor Party attack on Gladys Liu, who holds the Melbourne seat of Chisholm for the Liberals by a 0.5% margin, has been described as a ‘desperate, dishonest and racist attack ad’ by Josh Frydenberg and a “Sewer Tactic” by Scott Morrisson. While these claims receive friendly cover from the news media, the claims made in the ad do not seem particularly misleading.

• Ben Raue of The Tally Room has color-coded interactive maps recording the extent to which seats have swung to one major party or the other since 2004. Labor can be seen to have grown stronger in areas of growth Melbourne but weakened in central Queensland and interior west and south of Sydney.

• Following the release of full candidate details on Friday, I’ve finished fleshing out my federal election guide with more photos, candidate details, and full lists of candidates in ballot order. .

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional professor of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has been around in one form or another since 2004 and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics. View all posts by William Bowe

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Square Enix Trademarks Tactics Ogre: Reborn, NVIDIA Leaks Proven Again? https://timothompson.com/square-enix-trademarks-tactics-ogre-reborn-nvidia-leaks-proven-again/ Mon, 11 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://timothompson.com/square-enix-trademarks-tactics-ogre-reborn-nvidia-leaks-proven-again/ Square Enix has filed Tactics Ogre: Reborn in Japan, perhaps providing further proof that the 2021 NVIDIA leaks are valid. Tactics Ogre: Let’s Hang Together (1998), Atlus USA RELATED: Square Enix Reveals Sales Of Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Exceeded ‘Initial Expectations’ It was recently discovered on Chizai Watch – a website registering new Japanese […]]]>

Square Enix has filed Tactics Ogre: Reborn in Japan, perhaps providing further proof that the 2021 NVIDIA leaks are valid.

Tactics Ogre: Let’s Hang Together (1998), Atlus USA

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It was recently discovered on Chizai Watch – a website registering new Japanese brands – a brand for Tactics Barley: Reborn had been created by Square Enix. The list was filed on March 31 and made public on April 8. It is also categorized as “Education and Entertainment,” which would include video games.

What makes the case more interesting is that this mark can validate the existence of other games. In September 2021, Ighor July, a security engineer, discovered a list of over 18,000 games through NVIDIA GeForce NOW. The list of “NVIDIA leaks” was later deleted, but archived.

Tactics Ogre: Let’s Hang Together (1998), Atlus USA

The leaked list of compiled titles also included games that had apparently yet to be announced, including Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, Street Fighter VI, and Chrono Cross Remastered.

Several console-exclusive titles were also listed, along with games that hadn’t been announced by their respective rights holders, including Injustice 3 and the remasters of Final Fantasy IX and Final Fantasy Tactics.

Tactics Ogre: Let’s Hang Together (1998), Atlus USA

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The list of leaks also included the mention of “Tactics Ogre Remaster”. It’s entirely possible that this “Reborn” title is the remaster, but under a more marketable name. Does that mean everything on the list is a leak that will surely be announced?

An NVIDIA spokesperson told The Verge shortly after the leaks became widely known that in addition to the released and known titles, it also contained “speculative titles, used only for tracking and internal testing. Inclusion on the list is neither a confirmation nor an announcement of a game.”

Tactics Ogre: Let’s Hang Together (1998), Atlus USA

While the growing number of games on the list announced after its leak makes the excuse harder to believe, entries on the list such as “Pokemon MMORPG” (for PC no less) would be highly unlikely and lend credence to the claim. from NVIDIA.

On the other hand, some of these titles have had other signs of veracity, including Square Enix games. Final Fantasy IX has an anime series in the works – which could very well accompany a remaster – and Actraiser: Rebirth’s announcement came in late September, following leaks.

Tactics Ogre: Let’s Hang Together (1998), Atlus USA

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Final Fantasy Tactics Remaster has also appeared on a PC key retailer, along with claims from alleged game tester Eidos-Montreal via Reddit.

They claimed to have been asked about their previous experience with tactical RPGs and Final Fantasy games, especially those set in the world of Ivalice (as Final Fantasy Tactics was), and outright whether they had played different versions of Final Fantasy Tactics.

It should be noted that the purported questionnaire also asked if potential game testers had played games from the Tactics Ogre and Ogre Battle series – although the screenshot of the questionnaire does not contain anything that could validate it as legitimate.

Tactics Ogre: Let’s Hang Together (2010), Square Enix

In February 2020, Square Enix head Tomoya Asano revealed that President Yosuke Matsuda had requested that more “HD 2D” games be produced. This was popularized by Octopath Traveler, combining retro sprites with 3D environments and lighting effects.

“The president has ordered us to use HD-2D more,” Asano (translation: Niche Gamer) explained. “We decided to think about remakes of past titles.”

“We put together a list of the types of titles that would be possible,” Asano said, “and we thought about which titles would be good to play in HD-2D as fairly as possible, and presented them to the president. ”

Tactics Ogre: Let’s Hang Together (2010), Square Enix

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“It wasn’t a winner-takes-all game, but it was like a list of titles released by Square and Enix for the SNES that were suitable for HD-2D and which weren’t.”

Laughing, Asano mentioned that “Mahjong titles were impossible. I put them all together and presented Live A Live as the most suitable. By the way, Actraiser came second [laughs].”

Tactics Ogre: Let’s Hang Together (2010), Square Enix

The aforementioned Live a Live remaster with Triangle Strategy recently used the effect, as did the upcoming Dragon Quest 3 HD-2D remake.

A rebrand and Square Enix’s desire to revive older titles with HD2D means Tactics Orge is almost certainly guaranteed, even if it wasn’t an SNES title.

Tactics Ogre: Let’s Hang Together (2010), Square Enix

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Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together originally launched in 1995 in Japan (1996 on Sega Saturn and 1998 on PlayStation in the west) under Quest Corporation, which would later dissolve into Square. The game also had a 2010 PSP remake.

The story takes place after the death of the King of Valeria and the ensuing civil war, leaving a despotic ruler in charge. As part of a resistance group, players choose how far they will go to free their people. The story also branched out depending on whether the players made legal, neutral, or chaotic decisions.

Part of the larger Ogre Battle series, only two games have the Tactics Ogre title – the others being real-time strategy games. Tactics Ogre was the second game in the Ogre series, inspiring other Square Enix “tactics” games to come.

Tactics Ogre: Let’s Hang Together (2010), Square Enix

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The best FIFA 22 meta players, tactics and formations https://timothompson.com/the-best-fifa-22-meta-players-tactics-and-formations/ Thu, 07 Apr 2022 10:56:44 +0000 https://timothompson.com/the-best-fifa-22-meta-players-tactics-and-formations/ Calling yourself a FIFA 22 meta player is rarely welcome on social media, but it’s certainly a way to stay in regular division rivals and the weekend league. FIFA 22’s sweaty maps and strategies are making a difference online, and you’ll find everything you need to keep up with the masses on that front. We’ve […]]]>

Calling yourself a FIFA 22 meta player is rarely welcome on social media, but it’s certainly a way to stay in regular division rivals and the weekend league. FIFA 22’s sweaty maps and strategies are making a difference online, and you’ll find everything you need to keep up with the masses on that front. We’ve got the sneakiest tactics, most successful formations, and OP players – including an affordable but solid Ligue 1 formation – in your FIFA 22 meta guide.

FIFA 22 Meta Players

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Goalkeepers have improved a lot this year, which makes them generally more reliable, but two factors in particular define their individual popularity: size (tall goalkeepers are particularly good at crosses and shots to the top corners) and the “save with feet” trait (which helps them block close-range or one-on-one bounces).

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Champions League: Diego Simeone’s tactic fails against Manchester City as defence-first becomes defense-only https://timothompson.com/champions-league-diego-simeones-tactic-fails-against-manchester-city-as-defence-first-becomes-defense-only/ Wed, 06 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://timothompson.com/champions-league-diego-simeones-tactic-fails-against-manchester-city-as-defence-first-becomes-defense-only/ MANCHESTER — Only Diego Simeone knows if he really believed his approach could work. Was Atletico Madrid’s only chance of getting anything against Manchester City by giving up all ambition, waiting for a mistake that may never come and hoping that a back line that isn’t what she was could cling? In the end, it […]]]>

MANCHESTER — Only Diego Simeone knows if he really believed his approach could work. Was Atletico Madrid’s only chance of getting anything against Manchester City by giving up all ambition, waiting for a mistake that may never come and hoping that a back line that isn’t what she was could cling?

In the end, it is not. The defending La Liga champions were lucky to escape the Etihad Stadium trailing only on Kevin De Bruyne’s 70th-minute goal after a game in which they offered almost nothing beyond the small area in front of their box. Simeone has used these tactics to infuriate Pep Guardiola in the past, knocking out Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals six years ago, but lightning tends not to strike the same person twice.

Generally, if you allow an opponent to have 302 touches in your final third when you register 260 less, if you lose the shooting battle 15-0 and go several minutes without even touching the ball, you are not going to not get a smash-and-win 1-0. Indeed, you should probably take your 1-0 loss and be thankful for it. If there was a brief moment when it looked like City’s neuroses in this competition might get the better of them, it faded into insignificance in the face of those long spells where it was obvious Atleti couldn’t just sit and wait for something to happen.

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Fresh legs and a fresh mind proved enough to get City over the line. The introduction of Phil Foden gave Guardiola the one thing he was missing as his side whittled away their opposition. Someone who could beat the two or three defenders Simeone regularly sends swarms at any striker. He did it with a quick dart and a slide rule pass, freeing Kevin De Bruyne behind to fizzle a shot over Jan Oblak, taking the hosts ahead in the draw. Simeone may well believe that his team are still in it, going home with just one goal, but he will also know how much harder it will be at the Wanda Metropolitana, where they will have to knock football on goal. a little more often (i.e. not at all) if they want to win the evening and tie.

He could well use the favors of a City side who looked firmly on the pace tonight despite never hitting the top gear. There was not to be a big galactic mastermind moment from Pep Guardiola. Nathan Ake might not have been the orthodox choice at full-back with Oleksandr Zinchenko on the bench, but his tendency to form a back three, albeit a camp on the edge of the attacking third, freed up Joao Cancelo to travel wherever the mood took him. It could be anywhere from the signature to the number 10 position, sometimes in the same motion.

For the first time since the FA Cup third round victory over Swindon Town, there was no place in the starting XI for Jack Grealish or Phil Foden, although it quickly became apparent why the latter would not be. not obliged to play as a central striker. on the shoulders of the Atletico Madrid defence. Try to burst in behind and an attacker would only be yards from Jan Oblak’s goal line. Better have Bernardo Silva come to the ball like a real fake nine.

Indeed, Atletico presented their stand in a way that is no different to a Ligue 2 side in the early rounds of the FA Cup. A bank of five shielded the other, with the space City could thrive in becoming a trash compactor, fitting for a first half that at its conclusion smelled of adjacent trash.

There is a tendency to seek higher meaning in such a boring tariff. This must be one of those Diego Simeone masterclasses. And maybe it was, but to be a really effective defensive display, surely there has to be the threat that something, anything, might come at the other end? For too much of this game, Atletico didn’t seem like a threat to enter Third City, let alone test Ederson. It’s the inevitable reality of starting your attacks at the edge of your own penalty area.

You could feel how tired Atletico were in their flurry of counterattacks at the start of the first half. Antoine Griezmann appeared to age from 21 to 31 during a break, Marcos Llorente’s shot was so tame it looks like Opta registered it as an incomplete pass. In the end, a team that had Griezmann, Joao Felix, Angel Correa, Matheus Cunha, Rodrigo De Paul and Thomas Lemar on the pitch finished the game with 0.00 expected goals, 0.00 shots and just about as many. touches in the final third that Riyad Mahrez managed in 68 min.

Meanwhile, Cancelo’s sparkling crosses were nervously hacked. Raheem Sterling nearly turned a shot from Ilkay Gundogan, Jan Oblak almost scrambled a free kick from De Bruyne to put it to safety. Half a dozen calls for sanctions left Istvan Kovacs indifferent; if none of them were a stone wall that escaped the radar, it’s also true that another referee could have given more than one. And there were three potential game changers waiting in the wings.

The dyke was only going to hold for so long. Foden brought a sparkle to the contest, a commitment to drive the Atletico defence, forcing them onto the pitch to try and slow his advances. Simeone’s men were still back in numbers, but when Foden could beat three it didn’t really matter. A dart, a ball deep on a plate for Kevin De Bruyne and 70 minutes of conservatism was wasted (unless you believe all this team could hope for was to lose by a narrow margin).

Maybe there were more. Foden continued to probe menacingly around the inside right channel. Atletico, meanwhile, fell into bad habits, subjecting Grealish to the harshest house of treatment in the closing stages. He and his teammates should probably expect more of that next week in Madrid, where Atletico simply can’t replicate that remarkably passive performance. If they do, they’ll have the chance to escape with the same score as Tuesday night.

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How the pragmatic Postecoglou changed Celtic tactics in the second half to stifle Rangers https://timothompson.com/how-the-pragmatic-postecoglou-changed-celtic-tactics-in-the-second-half-to-stifle-rangers/ Mon, 04 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://timothompson.com/how-the-pragmatic-postecoglou-changed-celtic-tactics-in-the-second-half-to-stifle-rangers/ You can break down Ange Postecoglou’s tactical philosophy into three fundamentals: how his attacking players create and exploit space, how his full-backs reverse to better control the middle of the park, and how his team systematically presses opponents. One aspect that wasn’t in the cards before the Australian’s arrival at Celtic Park last summer, however, […]]]>

You can break down Ange Postecoglou’s tactical philosophy into three fundamentals: how his attacking players create and exploit space, how his full-backs reverse to better control the middle of the park, and how his team systematically presses opponents.

One aspect that wasn’t in the cards before the Australian’s arrival at Celtic Park last summer, however, was his teams’ ability to stay compact and smother opponents.

There’s an irony in the way Celtic saw off the 2-1 win over Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday which could, by June, be seen as their most important game of the season – in the second half, their organization mirrored how other Premiership teams, such as Livingston and St Mirren, set up to take points them earlier in the campaign.

Without the ball, these two clubs stuck to a narrow 4-4-2 or 4-5-1, filling their penalty areas with bodies and inviting Celtic to hit crosses rather than allowing them to play on their points. highlights of vertical passing football: Celtic had 43 crosses in a goalless draw at St Mirren just before Christmas, 37 in a goalless draw at home to Livingston in October and 35 in a 1-0 defeat at Livingston the previous month.

Celtic did something almost identical in Sunday’s derby triumph – hosts Rangers attempted 42 crosses but only produced an expected goal tally of 1.15, according to Opta. Their first cross of the game found Aaron Ramsey’s left foot and was guided past Joe Hart after just two minutes. second period.

But that wasn’t present in that first half – especially in the first 10 minutes. The spread of centre-backs Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers was poor in early exchanges, but Celtic’s biggest problem were the spaces between a) their midfield three and their full-back four, and b) between full-backs and central defenders.

The Premiership leaders started the game shaky, almost conceding again when Ryan Kent nearly flew past Josip Juranovic, who had a poor first half but recovered in the second.

In the example above, James Tavernier leaps past the otherwise outstanding Greg Taylor after that tough opening, and floats a cross for Kent. Thanks to this passage of play, Taylor is pushed so far that Daizen Maeda has to replace him behind, while the three midfielders are outside their penalty area until Tavernier delivers the cross.

Although the delivery overtakes Juranovic and Kent, there is still plenty of space in the box for other proactive Rangers players to rush in central areas.

Despite this, Celtic kept their composure on counter-attacks and set pieces, and led 2-1 just before half-time.

It was then that the tactical switch was flipped and the space that had been abundant for Rangers in the first half was closed.

Callum McGregor explained afterwards that Postecoglou reiterated to his players that when Celtic have the ball, all 11s need to think about how they can help create a goalscoring opportunity. But when they don’t have possession, they all have to think about how they can stop the team from conceding one. This secondary goal was clear after the break.

Compare Taylor’s positioning below to where he is in our first screenshot.

He’s narrower and relies on winger Filipe Jota to come out and try to shut down the cross, meaning he’s better placed to stop a low delivery to the front post. Celtic also settled into something approaching a 4-4-2 – although it was practically a 4-5-1 given how often Maeda followed – midfielders s ‘installing roughly in line with the penalty spot, like another row of defense. against the Rangers crosses.

When Starfelt heads into John Lundstram at 35 yards, he has options to his left and right. Both Celtic defensive lines are rigidly narrow to force Lundstram’s pass wide, but he opts to try a shot from distance, which Hart recovers after a deflection.

It was in the 66th minute, when crosses weren’t working because Celtic had cluttered their penalty area with bodies and the central spaces were too crowded to attempt passes to or inside the box.

While the tactical change worked, setting it up this way doesn’t mean much if your centre-backs aren’t producing the level of performance of Starfelt and Carter-Vickers.

According to Instat, Starfelt made 18 interceptions and six successful challenges, and won four aerial duels on Sunday. Carter-Vickers had nine interceptions, had nine challenges and had six aerial duels. The pair of them might have their issues when on the ball, but they showed great defensive fundamentals.

A final example of how Celtic form canceled out crosses came in the 85th minute.

Taylor had to leave injured in the 71st minute, so Juranovic moved to left-back with Anthony Ralston brought in on the right. Like Taylor in the previous grab, Juranovic holds firm on the edge of the Celtic box rather than drifting towards the farthest player. The tightness of the halfway line behind Juranovic also means that Fashion Sakala’s only forward options are to either try to beat the Croatian himself or pass him through for Tavernier to strike another cross.

He does the latter, but look at how many Celtic bodies are between Tavernier and intended target Kemar Roofe near the midpoint. Starfelt clears the ball for a corner.

This compactness was a perhaps little-seen tactical adjustment coming from a manager who is often described as an attack-obsessed ideologue, but it fits into a pattern of pragmatism we saw in the first season of Postecoglou. in Glasgow.

After the October international break, Celtic were attacking less recklessly and focusing more on game control. He prioritized physicality against Livingston last month. He rationalized Giorgos Giakoumakis’ role as a no-frills poacher rather than having him clumsily work as the quintessential No.9 postecoglou like his colleague Kyogo Furuhashi.

He has adapted to his staff at Celtic and the rigors of Scottish football, but his underlying principles are preserved.

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Facebook resorts to old smear tactics against TikTok https://timothompson.com/facebook-resorts-to-old-smear-tactics-against-tiktok/ Wed, 30 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://timothompson.com/facebook-resorts-to-old-smear-tactics-against-tiktok/ WASHINGTON — Eleven years ago, Facebook was caught red-handed after hiring a major public relations firm to try to publish articles harshly criticizing Google’s privacy practices in major news outlets. In 2018, he hired PR firm Definers to do opposition research on critics of the company, including billionaire philanthropist George Soros. Longtime corporate communications manager […]]]>

WASHINGTON — Eleven years ago, Facebook was caught red-handed after hiring a major public relations firm to try to publish articles harshly criticizing Google’s privacy practices in major news outlets.

In 2018, he hired PR firm Definers to do opposition research on critics of the company, including billionaire philanthropist George Soros. Longtime corporate communications manager Elliot Schrage took responsibility for approving the hiring of Definers and similar companies and quit Facebook.

On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that Meta, Facebook’s parent company, is using similar tactics to go after another TikTok rival. Meta, the Post reported, hired a Republican consulting firm called Targeted Victory to “orchestrate a national campaign” against TikTok.

Targeted Victory, according to the Post, has contracts with dozens of PR firms across the United States to help “sway public opinion against TikTok” by running local stories and helping place op-eds. targeting TikTok nationwide, according to the story.

Meta confirmed to have hired Targeted Victory.

“We believe all platforms, including TikTok, should be given the scrutiny consistent with their growing success,” spokesperson Andy Stone said in a statement.

Zac Moffatt, CEO of Targeted Victory, said the company “manages bipartisan teams on behalf of our clients.”

“It is common knowledge that we have worked with Meta for several years and we are proud of the work we have done,” he said in a statement.

The Post obtained internal emails from Targeted Victory describing a campaign to undermine TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance. The company used a mixture of “genuine concerns and unfounded anxieties” about TikTok in an attempt to turn public and political sentiment against it.

According to the report, Targeted Victory was also working to get “proactive coverage” of Facebook in local media, including “submitting letters and op-eds speaking enthusiastically about Facebook’s role, for example, in the support for black-owned businesses”.

“We are deeply concerned that feeding local media reports of alleged trends not found on the platform may cause real-world harm,” TikTok said in a statement sent. by e-mail.

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Officers train in use of force and de-escalation tactics at former JJE – The Post-Searchlight https://timothompson.com/officers-train-in-use-of-force-and-de-escalation-tactics-at-former-jje-the-post-searchlight/ Thu, 24 Mar 2022 16:47:31 +0000 https://timothompson.com/officers-train-in-use-of-force-and-de-escalation-tactics-at-former-jje-the-post-searchlight/ On Tuesday morning, deputies and officers from the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, Bainbridge Public Safety, Southern Regional Technical College and the Community Supervision Department all arrived at the former John-Johnson Elementary School to participate in a 5-scene scenario that would help teach judgment use of force and de-escalation tactics. The five scenarios provided various real-life […]]]>

On Tuesday morning, deputies and officers from the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, Bainbridge Public Safety, Southern Regional Technical College and the Community Supervision Department all arrived at the former John-Johnson Elementary School to participate in a 5-scene scenario that would help teach judgment use of force and de-escalation tactics.

The five scenarios provided various real-life calls that officers would normally be dispatched to and officers would then have to decide whether to use their taser, pepper spray, or weapon. The hope was that in all scenarios the officers would be able to talk about the subject and never have to use force.

The first scenario included a suspicious person/mental subject with a baseball bat, who claimed to be walking the streets looking for his friend to play baseball with. Although the individual looked suspicious, no crime was committed and most of the trainees were able to defuse the subject.

The second scenario was a servant. The interns quickly separated the couple, after learning that the husband had given the wife a black eye, but as the interns went to arrest the husband, the wife pulled a knife from the kitchen drawer and walked over. directed at the husband and the intern.

In this scenario, some trainees used their weapon, due to an imminent threat not only to the subject, but also to the trainee.

The third scenario involved another suspicious person, who searched vehicles at night, claiming he was just looking for his car.

As the trainees began to question the man, he began to provide false information and it was later learned that he had a gun in his belt.

While some trainees believed that no crime had been committed, due to the fact that no one could prove that he had broken into their vehicle, others had apprehensions because of the false information, despite the fact that ” the man” claimed he had a license.

The fourth scenario was a routine traffic stop for an extinguished tail light. The problem was that the subject refused to roll down his window and had a dark tint, so the trainee could not see what he was doing with his hands at the time.

Most trainees were able to defuse the situation, get the license and allow the driver to continue with their day, after providing them with a citation.

The final storyline involved another sanity-related call that many officers and deputies could relate to.

Two men were playing basketball, when a car with loud music passed, triggering PTSD in one of the players.
Some trainees took advantage of this scenario to talk about their own experience with the subject, while offering help and defusing the situation.

During each scenario, the trainees receive feedback from their peers, and the trainees also share what they think they should have done differently after completing the scenario.

SRTC Police Chief Bubba Spooner, who helped facilitate the classes, said the feedback helps them (chiefs) see if there are any significant gaps they need to look into.

“We do it earlier in the year, so if we see something that an officer or a group of officers needs to train more in, we can focus on that,” he said.

Spooner explained that most of these scenarios were taken from previous courses the instructors had taken, but were modified to fit our specific area.

“We went through the scenarios and said it would work, but it won’t work and we gave other options,” he said. “There was probably 20 hours of planning before today.”

Classes will resume Thursday morning as more trainees continue to examine use of force and de-escalation tactics.

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