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2012-08-01 09:51:15 AM
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Yes, Yes, and China.
2012-08-01 02:34:03 PM
1 votes:
I like that noncombativity rule in fencing. 'You guys don't want to fight? You think you're just going to run out the clock until sudden death and get a little break in between? fark you. Sudden death. Right now. GO, ASSHOLES.'
2012-08-01 01:01:02 PM
1 votes:
"Michael Phelps has aims on finally making history--"

No. Bad NBC. You sleep on the lawn tonight for even CONSIDERING beginning a sentence like that after last night.
2012-08-01 12:31:59 PM
1 votes:

carnifex2005: CBC just won the rights to broadcast the Sochi and Rio Games.



Wow! Where did THAT money come from? One would think that now that Bell and Rogers are in bed together, there wouldn't be any way for CBC to compete.

/CTV's done a good job so far, but competition should keep everyone fresh.
//Rio games are gonna make BANK for networks, given the timezone.
2012-08-01 11:35:04 AM
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WhyteRaven74: BTW as for the Great Britain and United Kingdom thing, that's having an influence in the soccer tournament. Normally Scotland fields its own team, as does Ireland. However the IOC doesn't consider Scotland as a separate entity, and the Ireland situation is just funky. So there's a unified team at the games. However it came out that if the team did well with players from Scotland and Ireland, then FIFA might no longer recognize Scotland and Northern Ireland as separate entities, which would mean no more national teams for them. And not wanting to risk that, none of the northern Irish or Scottish players who were to be on the UK team are on it. Yes FIFA is run by dicks if the last World Cup didn't already make that blindingly obvious.


I wouldn't lay much at FIFA's door for this situation. FIFA explicitly stated years ago that having a British Olympic team wouldn't affect anything, it's the Scottish FA in particular who tried to dissuade their players from being involved. There are actually a couple of Scottish players in the womens team, and several Welsh players in the mens. I would suggest the reason for not having any from N. Ireland is that they don't possess any particularly good players.
2012-08-01 11:27:05 AM
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WhyteRaven74: BTW as for the Great Britain and United Kingdom thing, that's having an influence in the soccer tournament. Normally Scotland fields its own team, as does Ireland. However the IOC doesn't consider Scotland as a separate entity, and the Ireland situation is just funky. So there's a unified team at the games. However it came out that if the team did well with players from Scotland and Ireland, then FIFA might no longer recognize Scotland and Northern Ireland as separate entities, which would mean no more national teams for them. And not wanting to risk that, none of the northern Irish or Scottish players who were to be on the UK team are on it. Yes FIFA is run by dicks if the last World Cup didn't already make that blindingly obvious.


Er. No. The Scottish and NI FAs said they prefer their players not to take part, but wouldn't stop them (as did the Welsh FA). There are just no Scottish or NI players good enough to make the team which is why they have to representation. Wales is over represented as well. Are you telling me Giggs and Bellamy are the best over players over the age of 23 available?

As for why we are GB and not the UK no idea as we are listed as 'GB and Northern Ireland' which is the UK...
2012-08-01 11:23:33 AM
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WhyteRaven74: BTW as for the Great Britain and United Kingdom thing, that's having an influence in the soccer tournament. Normally Scotland fields its own team, as does Ireland. However the IOC doesn't consider Scotland as a separate entity, and the Ireland situation is just funky. So there's a unified team at the games. However it came out that if the team did well with players from Scotland and Ireland, then FIFA might no longer recognize Scotland and Northern Ireland as separate entities, which would mean no more national teams for them. And not wanting to risk that, none of the northern Irish or Scottish players who were to be on the UK team are on it. Yes FIFA is run by dicks if the last World Cup didn't already make that blindingly obvious.


Scotland, N Ireland and Wales were told that it wouldn't effect their FIFA status no fewer than FOUR times. They still used it in their whinging.

Real reason is a mix of pettiness and a dearth of really good Scottish players under 23. Status updates from a couple of local contacts for me this morning assuring each other they would never support a GB team. Sigh...
2012-08-01 11:18:29 AM
1 votes:
BTW as for the Great Britain and United Kingdom thing, that's having an influence in the soccer tournament. Normally Scotland fields its own team, as does Ireland. However the IOC doesn't consider Scotland as a separate entity, and the Ireland situation is just funky. So there's a unified team at the games. However it came out that if the team did well with players from Scotland and Ireland, then FIFA might no longer recognize Scotland and Northern Ireland as separate entities, which would mean no more national teams for them. And not wanting to risk that, none of the northern Irish or Scottish players who were to be on the UK team are on it. Yes FIFA is run by dicks if the last World Cup didn't already make that blindingly obvious.
2012-08-01 11:12:26 AM
1 votes:

jonathan_L: Hey Brits -- why are you styling yourselves as Great Britain and not The United Kingdom? Is there a sport-related reason?

/honestly curious


I think it's just to fit in with the IOC country code of GBR.
2012-08-01 10:45:02 AM
1 votes:

WhyteRaven74: Mr_Ectomy: Is this the regular thread or the NBC apologist "oh noes, teh spoilers" thread?

This is the regular, discuss what's happening now thread. So whatever you want to talk about, go for it.


That was all. Canada won a silver in rowing. As much as I'd like to see Canada win gold, I'm still proud of our team.

Synchro diving....blah blah blah China...blah blah blah
2012-08-01 10:17:48 AM
1 votes:

AUAIOMRN: If your tournament format makes it beneficial to lose matches, then the problem is with the format.


The format is stupid, but that doesn't excuse it.
 
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