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(Guardian)   Wigan Vs Arsenal opens the EPL slate this weekend. Key games at the bottom - Toon Vs QPR and Southampton Vs Mackems. At the top, West Brom [] Vs Norwich []   (guardian.co.uk) divider line 173
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2012-12-22 07:52:24 AM  
Really really need some farking points today at the expense of pool. Now that my personal favorite White, David Stockdale, is back with the men, points are assured!
 
2012-12-22 07:59:33 AM  
Ow, my alarm hurts this morning. For the first time in a few weeks, I'm not using my insurance chip on the Gunners. I hope they don't let me down today. Wigan is playing an open game, and that usually suits Arsenal if the defense holds.
 
2012-12-22 08:07:39 AM  

Chupacabra Sandwich: Really really need some farking points today at the expense of pool. Now that my personal favorite White, David Stockdale, is back with the men, points are assured!


I picked Liverpool to win at home, but my insurance chip is on this game. The Reds are bound to find form, but it's hard to know when.

And no, I didn't queue up thatsracist.gif, because the joke was too obvious.
 
2012-12-22 08:19:30 AM  
Predicted Wigan 1 - 3 Arsenal. What was I thinking.

Banker for the week is Spurs to beat Stoke. (http://predictor.talksport.co.uk/ FWIW)
 
2012-12-22 08:22:04 AM  
Put my banker on Fulham away last week, never doing that again. If they can't beat QPR, then surely Liverpool should win at home, right?

Right?

/please don't shiat the bed again Skrtel
 
2012-12-22 08:22:37 AM  
I apologise for the poor headline. 'Tis also missing no fewer than three ! points.
 
2012-12-22 08:38:44 AM  
After a big confidence-building game Monday, Arsenal burst onto the field like a ravenous pack of hungry...kittens.

God damn this team is unconvincing.
 
2012-12-22 08:44:44 AM  
farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2012-12-22 08:45:21 AM  
farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2012-12-22 08:45:56 AM  
Morning all. Back on the East Coast after my first semester of grad school finished up. Passed out before 10 last night and just woke up. 4.5 hours of sleep the previous night and 13 hours of travel will do that to you (train to subway to flight1 and then flight 2). I again missed predicting the early match this morning, but if it ends in a draw I'll be super happy.

I have my insurance on Man Utd to beat Swansea and my insurance on either the Newcastle or Southampton match. Liverpool better win at home!

Also I have a friend going to the Spurs match at WHL so maybe I'll get to see him in the crowd.
 
2012-12-22 08:47:07 AM  

midpoint: [farm9.staticflickr.com image 704x735]


You are missing places 20-25 on that picture. You erased me from existance!!!
 
2012-12-22 08:55:28 AM  

Stimied in a Rut: midpoint: [farm9.staticflickr.com image 704x735]

You are missing places 20-25 on that picture. You erased me from existance!!!


Mid-table obscurity.
 
2012-12-22 09:03:41 AM  
Pretty obvious penalty there. Surprised Arteta keeps lining up for these.
 
2012-12-22 09:07:30 AM  
farm9.staticflickr.com

FFPL Report - Round 17

It is your eff-eff-pee-'ell report for Round 17.

Top five are now on 1000+ pts. Obamartins moves into second - it is in fact a Toon 1-2 thanks to an anaemic display by Cognitive_Displaysia. In celebration, read about the keep that gives Newcastle it's name: Link

Somehow my lead is now 200pts.

At the bottom ScouserDuck attenuates towards zero, just like Liverpools chances of ever winning another championship. Above a half dozen candidates for deletion [zombies!!!] we have mitchcumstein1, setting a new personal best.

I was top scorer for the week with 165, over the 155 from 689908 and desertgeek someway off with 120. Scouserduck was joined in opprobrium by tom_servo_bit_me on -20, with 30/30 just behind on -15. Tom and bjmichel drop down onto Page 2 whilst stimied_in_a_rut and wynsworld crawl onto Page 1 - 'where dignity begins'.

689908 moved up 6 places, but Juicepats moved up 7 - a rapid climb at this stage of the season. Nobiology and nathanjr tied for the slide on three spots. Nobiology comforted by retaining his presidency of the Banker Bonus club, StRalphtheLiar, Juicepats and mitchcumstein1 all on 15s with themanofpa and martissimo on 10s.

Rounds of games on the 22nd, the 26th and the 29th. This is going to be nuts! To account for likely unavailability, set your predictions in advance using the pop-down list top-right on the My Predictions page.
 
2012-12-22 09:17:14 AM  

midpoint: Rounds of games on the 22nd, the 26th and the 29th


And the 1st and 2nd of January.
 
2012-12-22 09:21:37 AM  

midpoint: At the bottom ScouserDuck attenuates towards zero, just like Liverpools chances of ever winning another championship.


Funny, but fark you.

/We'll be back on top someday!
//You'll see!!
///shakes fist at slashies
 
2012-12-22 09:30:28 AM  
Last place.........


sad trombone
 
2012-12-22 09:31:53 AM  
I actually put my banker on Arsenal to win, spitting in the face of logic. Just waiting patiently for the late equalizer
 
2012-12-22 09:32:42 AM  

ScouserDuck: Last place.........


sad trombone


On the plus side, I think that's the first time I've ever been mentioned directly in the rundown.
 
2012-12-22 09:35:00 AM  
I love that Arsenal are parking the bus to try and hold on to this win. Wigan have had so many chances, and I think should have had a peno.
 
2012-12-22 09:35:24 AM  
Fark it...I think at this point ill just try for the red lantern.
 
2012-12-22 09:36:16 AM  
Darke and Macca making My Fair Lady references.
God I'm going to miss them next year.
 
2012-12-22 09:39:13 AM  

ScouserDuck: ScouserDuck: Last place.........


sad trombone

On the plus side, I think that's the first time I've ever been mentioned directly in the rundown.


Do something glorious.
 
2012-12-22 09:39:15 AM  
Had my banker on a 1-0 arsenal victory. Great way to start the day.
 
2012-12-22 09:39:18 AM  
3rd in the League!
 
2012-12-22 09:39:49 AM  

obamartins: Had my banker on a 1-0 arsenal victory. Great way to start the day.


Dude - kiss of death there if I ever saw one.
 
2012-12-22 09:40:36 AM  
Holidaying with the inlaws so I can't hit the normal streams. Are the EPL games on Dutch tv?
 
2012-12-22 09:43:25 AM  

ADubs86: Darke and Macca making My Fair Lady references.
God I'm going to miss them next year.


I like them. Of course, when I was a little kid I used to listen to the understated Toby Charles calling German matches.
 
2012-12-22 09:44:15 AM  

HaywoodJablonski: I actually put my banker on Arsenal to win, spitting in the face of logic. Just waiting patiently for the late equalizer


obamartins: Had my banker on a 1-0 arsenal victory. Great way to start the day.


You guys are ballsy. BALLSY.
 
2012-12-22 09:45:20 AM  

Langston: HaywoodJablonski: I actually put my banker on Arsenal to win, spitting in the face of logic. Just waiting patiently for the late equalizer

obamartins: Had my banker on a 1-0 arsenal victory. Great way to start the day.

You guys are ballsy. BALLSY.


Zig when the other guy zags, I say. I called it 2-0, so left shy of the maximum.
 
2012-12-22 09:46:24 AM  

HaywoodJablonski: Langston: HaywoodJablonski: I actually put my banker on Arsenal to win, spitting in the face of logic. Just waiting patiently for the late equalizer

obamartins: Had my banker on a 1-0 arsenal victory. Great way to start the day.

You guys are ballsy. BALLSY.

Zig when the other guy zags, I say. I called it 2-0, so left shy of the maximum.


Had it 2-1 Arsenal myself.
 
2012-12-22 09:47:04 AM  
Rather than watch streams, I'll watch the greatest spectacle in all of sports: World Darts Championships at Ally Pally. In HD!
 
2012-12-22 09:50:59 AM  

ADubs86: HaywoodJablonski: Langston: HaywoodJablonski: I actually put my banker on Arsenal to win, spitting in the face of logic. Just waiting patiently for the late equalizer

obamartins: Had my banker on a 1-0 arsenal victory. Great way to start the day.

You guys are ballsy. BALLSY.

Zig when the other guy zags, I say. I called it 2-0, so left shy of the maximum.

Had it 2-1 Arsenal myself.


You can see the breakdown of predictions from all players for ONE game per round.

farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2012-12-22 09:51:26 AM  

Norfolking Chance: Holidaying with the inlaws so I can't hit the normal streams. Are the EPL games on Dutch tv?


I know that at least one game will be on Dutch TV. The old Myp2p stream (and the very rare Wiziwig stream) was always from a Dutch TV channel. Now whether it is a premium channel or not is another story, but you can get the announcing in English for at least one match.
 
2012-12-22 09:52:38 AM  

ADubs86: Darke and Macca making My Fair Lady references.
God I'm going to miss them next year.


So the new TV deal starts next year and ESPN is frozen out?
 
2012-12-22 09:58:23 AM  

JuicePats: ADubs86: Darke and Macca making My Fair Lady references.
God I'm going to miss them next year.

So the new TV deal starts next year and ESPN is frozen out?


What's the new deal?
 
2012-12-22 10:03:22 AM  
I got wildly and irresponsibly drunk last night and slept through the Arsenal match. Is it worth going back and watching later?
 
2012-12-22 10:04:43 AM  

mitchcumstein1: I got wildly and irresponsibly drunk last night and slept through the Arsenal match. Is it worth going back and watching later?


Not really.
 
2012-12-22 10:11:24 AM  

ScouserDuck: JuicePats: ADubs86: Darke and Macca making My Fair Lady references.
God I'm going to miss them next year.

So the new TV deal starts next year and ESPN is frozen out?

What's the new deal?


NBC. Which if their tennis coverage is anything to go by, west coast satellite viewers will be screwed. Maybe others in smaller markets as well if they schedule live games on NBC proper. Almost no affiliates will be willing to bump those profitable Sat am infomercials for English soccer.
 
2012-12-22 10:16:19 AM  

Stimied in a Rut: Norfolking Chance: Holidaying with the inlaws so I can't hit the normal streams. Are the EPL games on Dutch tv?

I know that at least one game will be on Dutch TV. The old Myp2p stream (and the very rare Wiziwig stream) was always from a Dutch TV channel. Now whether it is a premium channel or not is another story, but you can get the announcing in English for at least one match.


Cheers. When 'er in doors is finished with the play station I'll go channel hunting
 
2012-12-22 10:17:10 AM  
Somewhat mystifying rule-out of a goal by Everton, followed by a goal by West Ham. Story of Everton's season so far: Missed chances and subsequent mistakes.
 
2012-12-22 10:19:54 AM  

drewogatory: ScouserDuck: JuicePats: ADubs86: Darke and Macca making My Fair Lady references.
God I'm going to miss them next year.

So the new TV deal starts next year and ESPN is frozen out?

What's the new deal?

NBC. Which if their tennis coverage is anything to go by, west coast satellite viewers will be screwed. Maybe others in smaller markets as well if they schedule live games on NBC proper. Almost no affiliates will be willing to bump those profitable Sat am infomercials for English soccer.


How did NBC outbid ESPN and the Disney empire? Will this kill fox soccer or is this just espns share of the early game and mls?
 
2012-12-22 10:20:17 AM  
fark! Missed getting today's picks in again. I'll have to see what I can salvage for tomorrow (today's a rare work Saturday).

drewogatory: NBC. Which if their tennis coverage is anything to go by, west coast satellite viewers will be screwed.


Have they made any announcements about who their on-air talent will be?

midpoint: Page 1 - 'where dignity begins'.


That's funny.
 
2012-12-22 10:30:23 AM  

mitchcumstein1: I got wildly and irresponsibly drunk last night and slept through the Arsenal match. Is it worth going back and watching later?


It wasn't terribly exciting. Wigan played well, looked dangerous. Left the field open but pressed upfield which caused Arsenal problems. Theo in the middle again but didn't impress. The Ox looked hardy on the wing. Too much scrambling at the back and Jack still throwing himself around like a human cannonball out there, and got himself booked again.

But the Gunners did scrape out a 1-0 win on a penalty, so there's that.
 
2012-12-22 10:32:58 AM  

ScouserDuck: drewogatory: ScouserDuck: JuicePats: ADubs86: Darke and Macca making My Fair Lady references.
God I'm going to miss them next year.

So the new TV deal starts next year and ESPN is frozen out?

What's the new deal?

NBC. Which if their tennis coverage is anything to go by, west coast satellite viewers will be screwed. Maybe others in smaller markets as well if they schedule live games on NBC proper. Almost no affiliates will be willing to bump those profitable Sat am infomercials for English soccer.

How did NBC outbid ESPN and the Disney empire? Will this kill fox soccer or is this just espns share of the early game and mls?


NBC will replace both in the United States
 
2012-12-22 10:36:47 AM  

ScouserDuck: drewogatory: ScouserDuck: JuicePats: ADubs86: Darke and Macca making My Fair Lady references.
God I'm going to miss them next year.

So the new TV deal starts next year and ESPN is frozen out?

What's the new deal?

NBC. Which if their tennis coverage is anything to go by, west coast satellite viewers will be screwed. Maybe others in smaller markets as well if they schedule live games on NBC proper. Almost no affiliates will be willing to bump those profitable Sat am infomercials for English soccer.

How did NBC outbid ESPN and the Disney empire? Will this kill fox soccer or is this just espns share of the early game and mls?


NBC is still a huge corporation, and the money they dropped on EPL is pretty much nothing to them. Supposedly, they are going to spread the games over the whole family of cable networks and show every game live. I just don't see them NOT trying out certain marquee matchups on NBC proper however, and that's where I see the liklihood of tape delay and preemption, especially for the early games. As for commenting teams, we can only pray we get the UK announcers, which I imagine will be the case for the smaller games. I'm sure they will put together some horrible US-centric abortion of a studio and main announcing team to talk down to us like children and cheerlead shamelessly for US players however.
 
2012-12-22 10:40:17 AM  

ScouserDuck: drewogatory: ScouserDuck: JuicePats: ADubs86: Darke and Macca making My Fair Lady references.
God I'm going to miss them next year.

So the new TV deal starts next year and ESPN is frozen out?

What's the new deal?

NBC. Which if their tennis coverage is anything to go by, west coast satellite viewers will be screwed. Maybe others in smaller markets as well if they schedule live games on NBC proper. Almost no affiliates will be willing to bump those profitable Sat am infomercials for English soccer.

How did NBC outbid ESPN and the Disney empire? Will this kill fox soccer or is this just espns share of the early game and mls?


NBC has stated there will be a streaming service. Iirc from the press release, all games will be available live.

As for them outbidding, NBC has been more aggressive lately. I think they are betting on shifting demographics and growing popularity in the US.
 
2012-12-22 10:41:40 AM  

ScouserDuck: drewogatory: ScouserDuck: JuicePats: ADubs86: Darke and Macca making My Fair Lady references.
God I'm going to miss them next year.

So the new TV deal starts next year and ESPN is frozen out?

What's the new deal?

NBC. Which if their tennis coverage is anything to go by, west coast satellite viewers will be screwed. Maybe others in smaller markets as well if they schedule live games on NBC proper. Almost no affiliates will be willing to bump those profitable Sat am infomercials for English soccer.

How did NBC outbid ESPN and the Disney empire? Will this kill fox soccer or is this just espns share of the early game and mls?


Hank Hooper has deep pockets.
 
2012-12-22 10:41:48 AM  

ScouserDuck: drewogatory: ScouserDuck: JuicePats: ADubs86: Darke and Macca making My Fair Lady references.
God I'm going to miss them next year.

So the new TV deal starts next year and ESPN is frozen out?

What's the new deal?

NBC. Which if their tennis coverage is anything to go by, west coast satellite viewers will be screwed. Maybe others in smaller markets as well if they schedule live games on NBC proper. Almost no affiliates will be willing to bump those profitable Sat am infomercials for English soccer.

How did NBC outbid ESPN and the Disney empire? Will this kill fox soccer or is this just espns share of the early game and mls?


NBC is spending a ton to get as much programming as they can for their sports channel. Every EPL match will be on a NBC channel or online (and NBC's online TV coverage is pretty damn good). They'll have Formula 1 next year (moving from FOX and Speed, which is going away). They already have the MLS (and apparently did solid ratings this year) and some US National Team games. They'd also have some other league that plays something called hockey if the management there weren't bloody idiots.

FOX Soccer is on life support, but they have the Champions League and will have the World Cup in 2018.
 
2012-12-22 10:48:02 AM  
I can't (well, I can, but I'm not going to) imagine a scenario where the ban would include Garands and carbines. They wouldn't mess with the CMP surely? M1A's might be thrown under the bus, but at least there's a chance of just making them fixed mag and using stripper clips. As for Mini's, maybe Bill Ruger's shameless rolling over in '94 will help Ruger's cause somehow. As far as 10/22's go, might as well ban freaking water, they have to be about the most widely owned firearms ever.
 
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