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2014-06-14 10:52:34 PM  
1 votes:
Doing the Poznan? Niiiiiiiiiice.
2014-06-14 10:51:14 PM  
1 votes:

VTGremlin: Princip's Sandwich: Ya Konan with the possible injury. CIV manager will not like this.

Yea, no. He's just trying to eat clock.


I thought that was illegal in the Ivory Coast.
2014-06-14 10:31:40 PM  
1 votes:

Gawdzila: iron de havilland: Basketball OTOH?

Apparently, you need only watch the last minute of the game, as it can be in the balance until then.

It seems to me that you're missing the point of sports.
The point of watching a sport is that you actually like watching the game being played, you don't watch a sport ONLY for the outcome.  If you don't care about any basketball game outside of the score at the end, then you clearly don't care about basketball, period, and you shouldn't even be bothered to care about the score anyway.  If, on the other hand, you DO like basketball, then you'll want to see the game being played because it is fun to watch, not just so you can find out who wins.  Sure, the last minute is often the most tense, but it loses a large measure of its excitement if you haven't watched the ebb and flow of the game preceding it, and loses ALL excitement if you don't like the sport anyway.


This. There are patterns and ups and downs, and one of the best things about sports is seeing the in-game strategy. All of that builds up to the end stages and ultimate final result.
2014-06-14 10:24:16 PM  
1 votes:

Anderson's Pooper: Also, I'm out of bourbon.


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2014-06-14 10:11:31 PM  
1 votes:

iron de havilland: TheJoe03: Yeah, I thought the same thing. Not really interested about what a Limey thinks we need to do to make our sports better. I bet he wants to get rid dribbling in basketball as well.

Well, for what it's worth:

Basketball is the only American sport.

NFL is football. Various football codes were created in the 19th and 20th century, it's just kind of puzzling that Americans would choose such a boring code to work with. I mean, putting downs into it almost turns it into cricket, ffs.

Baseball's roots go back to 18th century England at least - see Jane Austen, and all the bat and ball games played back in the day.

Basketball OTOH?

Apparently, you need only watch the last minute of the game, as it can be in the balance until then.


Lacrosse says "Hi"
2014-06-14 10:07:13 PM  
1 votes:
Leave the offside rule as it is. It's already pretty difficult to observe for the refs and linesmen. Also it is still a tactical defense element. Let's don't complicate it further just to generate more dubious scoring.
2014-06-14 10:01:35 PM  
1 votes:

Gawdzila: I'm not sure what could be done to fix this -- perhaps they could waive the offside rule when the last defender is inside the box -- but outside of that problem I think the offside rule works okay.


Ding ding ding!!!!!  No offsides once the ball is inside the top of the box.  That opens up the offense for the speedsters without enabling the cherry picking.  Once the ball's within 18 yards you can't be offside.
2014-06-14 10:00:21 PM  
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iron de havilland: Gawdzila: Ridiculous.  Why not just watch rugby, then?

Thank you for re-stating my argument.

You're suggesting taking a highly popular sport (in the US) and turning it into a much less popular sport (in the US).  What does that accomplish?

Makes the players play a better sport?

I mean, seriously, I tried to watch a Superb Owl once. I didn't make it past the pomp and ceremony.

Thankfully, the 6 Nations and rugby world cup are easily accessible here, for those that like watching men playing with funny shaped balls.


I tried to watch rugby once and it looked like a clusterfark. It's cultural, neither sport is "better".
2014-06-14 09:49:09 PM  
1 votes:

lifeboat: I like hockey's approach with a fixed line, but that's just my linear thinking at play.

As a hockey fan, I thought this at first.  But the size of the field and relatively slower movement of the players makes a hockey approach unworkable.


iron de havilland: American football might be a shiatlot more interesting if they brought it closer to its rugby roots. Ban the forward pass, and speed the whole game up for one.


Ridiculous.  Why not just watch rugby, then?
You're suggesting taking a highly popular sport (in the US) and turning it into a much less popular sport (in the US).  What does that accomplish?

Speedier play doesn't necessarily make for a more interesting game.  The appeal of football isn't in the speed of play, it is in X-and-O strategy and highly synchronized team play, as well as the potential for scoring on any given play.  In soccer a team that is down 2 scores with 5 minutes left is done for.  In football a team that is down 2 scores with 5 minutes left may well be about to make an exciting comeback.  The excitement is in anticipation rather than just lots of running around all the time.  If that doesn't appeal to you then that's fine, don't watch it, but changing the rules to suit your personal preferences doesn't do anything good for the sport, and it probably still wouldn't make it into a game you'd watch anyway.  So what's the point?

If the NFL ever did what you suggested, all that would happen is that someone would start a different league that plays by the old rules, all the teams would join that league, all the colleges would continue to play the "old" game, and the league would basically continue as-is with a different name besides "NFL".  Meanwhile, nobody would be watching the NFL and it would become a curiosity on ESPN 3.
2014-06-14 09:32:44 PM  
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iron de havilland: Dead for Tax Reasons: why do they call it football when they make fun of the one or two guys that actually touch the ball with their foot

Because that's what it is. It's association football, or soccer if you speak the language of the rich. Other football codes that have descended from the same rules include rugger (league or union), American football, Aussie rules, and Gaelic sports have felt their influence.


was making fun of (american) football where the kickers are considered inferior even though they are the only ones who use their feet
2014-06-14 07:51:18 PM  
1 votes:
Christ, wtf must England's penalty practice sessions be like? Nearest to the goal wins?
2014-06-14 07:49:23 PM  
1 votes:

Eclectic: desertgeek: ariseatex: sephjnr: AAAADHISADSADGHSADGHASGHDAHGSDGHASGDASGHDGHASDGHASHGDAHGASDHGSAGHDHGA S DHGASGHDHGASDGHSAHGDGHASD

Google Translate says this is Irish...

You sure it's not Welsh?

Way too many vowels ;)


Good point.
2014-06-14 07:48:23 PM  
1 votes:

ariseatex: sephjnr: AAAADHISADSADGHSADGHASGHDAHGSDGHASGDASGHDGHASDGHASHGDAHGASDHGSAGHDHGA S DHGASGHDHGASDGHSAHGDGHASD

Google Translate says this is Irish...


looks more like Welsh
2014-06-14 07:47:27 PM  
1 votes:

ariseatex: sephjnr: AAAADHISADSADGHSADGHASGHDAHGSDGHASGDASGHDGHASDGHASHGDAHGASDHGSAGHDHGA S DHGASGHDHGASDGHSAHGDGHASD

Google Translate says this is Irish...


You sure it's not Welsh?
2014-06-14 07:40:12 PM  
1 votes:
England is just playing like complete sh*t now.
2014-06-14 07:24:42 PM  
1 votes:

cameroncrazy1984: TheJoe03: noblehammer16: cameroncrazy1984: Huh, didn't know you could check in football. That was an excellent block by the tight end there.

A friend of mine was trying to say baseball was rougher than soccer/football.

Umm.....NO.

Baseball is the softest team sport I can think of.

Cricket. There's no contact at all.


Well, if you dont count Mitchell Johnson trying to knock your head off with a 92mph bouncer. And you don't even get a HBP for your trouble.
2014-06-14 06:35:03 PM  
1 votes:
Fark off, Italy.
2014-06-14 04:47:16 PM  
1 votes:
Great pass!

And WTF does the goalie do, sliding out like that when the attacker is hardly able to control the ball?
Amateur night again, but for a change it's a player and not the ref.
2014-06-14 04:22:07 PM  
1 votes:

TeamEd: Farking New Guy: Is the Uruguay goalie stoned?

Not great reactions on both goals. But, if you're wrong footed on hard hit shots, you have no chance to make the save.


It's one thing if you commit the other way, but it didn't look like he committed any way on either goal.
2014-06-14 03:38:25 PM  
1 votes:

Nadie_AZ: Dude needs to take acting classes.


Learn from Brazil's team.
2014-06-14 12:09:08 PM  
1 votes:

Adolf Oliver Nipples: That goal was pretty special. The set-up was fun to watch.


Setup on that goal was spectacular.  I thought the first guy would give it a go, am happy the 2nd guy got the goal.
2014-06-14 12:08:02 PM  
1 votes:
Scrappy goal. Quality celebration.
 
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