We’re days away from 2024 and a new Thorns season.
I’ve got some pieces planned between now and the mid-March season opener. There’ll be a “drafts and deals” post after the NCAA draft in a couple of weeks, and a “final grades” series in February once we have a better idea what the roster will look like.
(And a reminder for the nervous; remember we’re still dealing with Peregrine, the Great American Desert of public relations. The fact we haven’t heard of any contract moves since Sugita-senshu was re-signed doesn’t mean there haven’t been any contract moves. There might not have been! But the signings may have happened and we won’t hear anything; that’s been a constant since I started following this club in 2013. The Thorns lost their director of communications to Bay City in December! So…patience. We’ll find out at some point.)
Is there anything you the readership would like to discuss?
I’ve been tooling with the idea of doing some sort of dive into throw-ins similar to the continuing discussion we’ve been having about corner kicks. The trouble is trying to figure out how to frame that.
One option I was thinking was looking at the endmembers of the throw-in stats I compiled for 2023. Two matches in August; against Carolina here on the 20th and then Washington away a week later. The Carolina game was the best Thorns performance of the season – 66% “positive” throws against Carolina’s 16% – and Washington was the worst (26% positive versus 64% for the Spirit). Both were close games (Carolina a 2-1 win, Washington a 1-1 draw), both featured the same fullback pairing (Kling and Kuikka).
My thought was to screen both matches and look for differences. What made the Thorns throw-ins work so well against Carolina and so poorly against Washington? Was it the Thorns doing better regardless of the opponent? Or did the Thorns do the same thing and instead Carolina defended throw-ins much worse than Washington?
Anyway…still thinking that one.
Other than that, though…I’m looking for ideas. If you’ve got one or two, lay them on me in comments!
I hope all here are enjoying a peaceful and happy holiday/new year season.
And I look forward to seeing you in 2024; c’mon, you Thorns!
Update, New Year’s Eve: Ummm…hello? Is this thing on? Hello?
I’m starting to wonder if I’m talking to myself here. My little “pageview” widget says these posts are getting clicks. But there’s been little (let’s be honest – virtually no) comments for months now. It’s getting kinda lonely.
I like doing this. But I don’t see a point of doing it if no one ELSE likes me doing this enough to engage in a discussion. That’s a big part of the fun, talking back and forth about this with others who enjoy it. That’s a huge part of why I do it (and why I miss our pod – that was always fun).
It’d be useful to know if the lack of comments is actually a lack of interest, or issues with the comment app – I’ve heard that WordPress can be picky that way. So if you’ve tried to or want to comment and have found issues with the platform, drop me a line at email@example.com. I’ll see if I can make things easier around here.
If I still get radio silence..?
Well, I’ve got some choices to make.