Scottie Montgomery is fairly fresh to the coaching game and has thus far avoided any of the dick-ish behavior that’s plagued the D25's previous entries. His coaching methods, at least at the individual level, have certainly paid dividends for a plethora of otherwise average Duke receivers that still managed to find spots on NFL practice squads this preseason, as well as for Crowder, who now finds himself a starter for Washington. I’m not stupid enough to believe any coach can’t post a facade for a student reporter, but Montgomery seems to check out.
The three eastern players among the hopefuls for the 2014 squad hadn’t been plying their trade in East Germany for some time. Toni Kroos left Rostock when he was 16, Marcel Schmelzer left Magdeburg when he was 17, and René Adler left Leipzig at 15. In the current Under-21 and -19 squads of the German national team, there is only one player who was born in the former GDR. Leonardo Bittencourt was brought up through the youth ranks of Energie Cottbus and plays currently at Hannover 96. Besides the son of a former Brazilian footballer, there is not a single player with an East German background in those squads. Whether the emergence of RB Leipzig can change that picture in the not-too-distant future stands to be seen.
In the Yalta and Potsdam conferences, the Allies established their joint military occupation and administration of Germany via the Allied Control Council (ACC), a four-power (US, UK, USSR, France) military government effective until the restoration of German sovereignty. In eastern Germany, the Soviet Occupation Zone (SBZ – Sowjetische Besatzungszone ) comprised the five states ( Länder ) of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern , Brandenburg , Saxony , Saxony-Anhalt , and Thuringia . Disagreements over the policies to be followed in the occupied zones quickly led to a breakdown in cooperation between the four powers, and the Soviets administered their zone without regard to the policies implemented in the other zones. The Soviets withdrew from the ACC in 1948; subsequently as the other three zones were increasingly unified and granted self-government, the Soviet administration instituted a separate socialist government in its zone.