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(Yahoo)   After centuries of being world powers and dominating much of civilization, France and England are reduced to having a slapfight over a bike race   (sports.yahoo.com) divider line 18
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1581 clicks; posted to Sports » on 09 Aug 2012 at 9:46 AM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-08-09 09:46:36 AM  
"Fire ze missiles!"
 
2012-08-09 09:49:51 AM  
Fetchez la vache!
 
2012-08-09 09:50:57 AM  
When we have matched our rackets to these balls,
We will, in France, by God's grace, play a set
Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard.
 
2012-08-09 10:05:21 AM  

gopher321: "Fire ze missiles!"


But I'm Le tired.
 
2012-08-09 10:07:43 AM  

DrZiffle: When we have matched our rackets to these balls,
We will, in France, by God's grace, play a set
Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard.


1.bp.blogspot.com

Ohhhhh, goooood for you.
 
2012-08-09 10:17:17 AM  
What a slap fight might look like:
images.mylot.com
 
2012-08-09 10:19:42 AM  
The French have a long history of this.

"The British won big? Quick, accuse them of cheating!"

Happened in the '66 Monte Carlo rally, when British cars finished 1-2-3-4, Mini winning for the third year in a row, and the French disqualified them all for having the wrong type of headlights.
 
2012-08-09 10:23:14 AM  
When I'm asked to think of a group of people who lose gracefully I always think of the French.

and how they've never ever done it.
 
2012-08-09 10:23:48 AM  
Jesus, sounds like the Canadians complaining about their goalkeeper being flagged for hanging onto the ball too long in the loss to the US. Whine, whine, whine.
 
2012-08-09 10:25:37 AM  

JosephFinn: Jesus, sounds like the Canadians complaining about their goalkeeper being flagged for hanging onto the ball too long in the loss to the US. Whine, whine, whine.


If they had lost the game 7-0 and were still whining about it.
 
2012-08-09 11:05:21 AM  
The French should just stick to making salad dressing.
 
2012-08-09 11:08:36 AM  

bdub77: What a slap fight might look like:
[images.mylot.com image 135x111]


Is the way that the guy's arm changes from his right to his left related to drivers in France and England driving on different sides of the street?
 
2012-08-09 11:52:20 AM  
It's amusing, this article on the Graniaud explains a little more behind the french sour grapes.

They seem to under the impression that the British team are using some sort of special magical wheels, when the wheels are *exactly* the same as the ones that Australia and France use, made by a French company.

The GB team have been trolling the rest of the world though by doing things like putting the wheels under cover before and after each race, and making comments about how their wheels are "more round". Apparantly in some cases they are even the same actual wheels used in Bejing. It just comes down to the fact that they have been throwing as much money as possible at the GB bike teams, wind tunnel testing, laser scanning the riders so they can tailor the tear drop helmets exactly to each rider, wiping the tires down with alcohol swaps to make sure they are totally clean and free of dust etc.
 
2012-08-09 12:44:22 PM  
cloudfront.bostinno.com
 
2012-08-09 12:56:24 PM  
Given the vile history of colonialism by both England and France, I'm pretty certain that their former colonies are ecstatic that the two have been reduced to trading insults in the media over a bike race or two.

I loved the Men's Sprint final, Jason Kenny simply schooled Gregory Bauge tactically. Even so, he won by only half a wheel length.

/Going to miss sports like track cycling that I only get to watch every four years
 
2012-08-09 02:20:37 PM  
Somehow, the French will be able to use this to help accuse Lance Armstrong of more doping charges.
 
2012-08-09 05:36:41 PM  
The French still have the best whine.
 
2012-08-09 05:47:58 PM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: Somehow, the French will be able to use this to help accuse Lance Armstrong of more doping charges.


I wouldn't hold Lance Armstrong up as your example for the time being.
 
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