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(Some Guy)   Retail electronics sector in Britain enjoying a 30 percent increase in business as soccer fans upgrade their TVs to watch England lose in high-def   (consultant-news.com) divider line 5
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2014-06-17 06:15:34 PM  
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In England's defense (since their team doesn't have any), Britons have zero confidence in their team and while a laughable glimmer of hope always remains, they are intensely realistic about their team.

Set the wayback machine to June 25, 2004. I'm visiting my sister in England. It's Euro Cup quarterfinals. England v Portugal. I'm packed into a pub with 500 loud drunks wearing red and white face paint and St. George flag capes. After a nerve-wracking 2-2 standoff, time runs out and they announce the need for penalty kicks to decide the winner. The entire pub goes silent, save for some sobs and angry cries of "fookin' 'ell!"

I ask one of my table mates why the long faces? It's penalty kicks! England still has a chance!

That was when some stranger from another table got into my stupid American face. "You don't understand, mate! We're going to lose now! We NEVER win penalty kick shoot outs! FOOKIN' NEVAH!" With that he broke down crying on the bar.

Everyone watched the penalty kick shoot out through their fingers. It was critical that England sink every shot. Up comes David Beckham. The Man. The Legend. The crowd moans in anguish. And true to form, he poofs it up, up, and away. So wide of the goal you'd think he was giving the ball away to his nephew in the top tier. That was it. Portugal stays in top form, England loses.

The crowd goes nuts. They burst into the streets in a rage. But at the top of the hill is a cordon of police. They are smiling and tapping their truncheons. The crowd disperses peacefully. I was very glad violence was averted.

So yes, England knows England blows. It's part of their national pride. Like being a Cubs fan.
2014-06-17 03:50:52 PM  
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mike_d85: Maybe the Brits thought their TVs weren't showing them the flailing and crying they are used to in the Barclay's League.


Follow English football a lot?  The English league has a lot of fouls which the referees (I assume) are told to let go unless they're really dangerous. Fans are mostly merciless towards any player who fakes fouls or injuries.

Usually, the England team have trouble in international competitions when they find their opponents fall over and cry at the least excuse, and the referees have been instructed to come down hard on the 'offender'.
2014-06-17 04:28:01 PM  
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opiumpoopy: mike_d85: Maybe the Brits thought their TVs weren't showing them the flailing and crying they are used to in the Barclay's League.

Follow English football a lot?  The English league has a lot of fouls which the referees (I assume) are told to let go unless they're really dangerous. Fans are mostly merciless towards any player who fakes fouls or injuries.

Usually, the England team have trouble in international competitions when they find their opponents fall over and cry at the least excuse, and the referees have been instructed to come down hard on the 'offender'.


I wish that was true, but it's not like England isn't rife with players who have blatantly cheated. Rooney, Gerrard, Shearer, just the first three to pop into my head. It's definitely true that it's not as bad in the EPL than in some countries, but god damn I wish we could eradicate it. I think anyone who is seen to have dived should be publicly humiliated, and not just on Twitter. Commentators are too quick to make excuses, like "maybe he did make the most of it but..." No, shut up, he dived and should be shot.
2014-06-17 03:47:13 PM  
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and hopefully the retailers will follow the American example of not allowing returns if a set is purchased in the days preceding The Super Bowl.
2014-06-17 02:43:05 PM  
1 votes:
It's a smart move anyway. Penguins have a much tougher time perching on non-CRT models.
 
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