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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   ( divider line
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559 clicks; posted to Main » on 17 Jun 2014 at 3:29 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-06-17 03:53:24 PM  
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2014-06-17 02:43:05 PM  
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It's a smart move anyway. Penguins have a much tougher time perching on non-CRT models.
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 05:07:51 PM  
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Did you see that ludicrous display last night?

2014-06-17 04:20:52 PM  
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