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(UEFA Champions League)   Will France surrender to already eliminated Sweden? Will Rooney put England through to the quarterfinals? It's the last day of the group rounds of Euro's 2012   ( divider line
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2012-06-19 04:17:34 PM  
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2012-06-19 12:51:02 PM  
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RedZoneTuba: I'm a novice/casual soccer fan, and after watching many UEFA matches this year I have a serious question for you experts out there...

I understand the endless debate about flopping (cheating vs. doing your best to help your team?), but I am both disgusted and puzzled by the "writhing in pain" that follows the flop. Is there ANY justification for this? Hasn't the ref already decided to call or not call a foul at that point? Just what is the point of rolling around in "agony" for a minute or two until they miraculously cure you with the magic spray? Is this now some ancient and obscure ritual, like tossing salt in a sumo ring, that has no bearing on the actual sport anymore?

Well, beyond the whole flopping thing, there's lots of vitriol sent the way of players who are struck (whether it's a foul doesn't matter as much in this instance), and it hurts like hell for about 100 seconds. Bash your shin on the table on the way to the bathroom in the dark at 3:00 am? Hurts like a mofo, but you're fine in a minute. I hate when I see that happen on the pitch, and people respond with "Oh! Look at that diving faker! What a nancy! derpderp!"

It bothers me because when people can't even distinguish between pain-response and theatrics, how can we expect them to discern fouls from simulation? It just results in everyone getting up in arms every time someone trips, rather than focusing on the ones who try to job the refs, which is where the real problem lies.
2012-06-19 04:45:15 PM  
1 vote:
one play does not make a match
Ukraine had chances, and he should have been stronger
What a play by Terry though!
2012-06-19 03:51:48 PM  
1 vote:
Yay, England scored.

Fark, Rooney scored.
2012-06-19 03:36:25 PM  
1 vote:

eagles95: wow....that dead ferret on Rooney's head is affecting his headers

True, but if Rooney scores with a header his wig will have more assists this season than Stewart Downing.
2012-06-19 01:19:34 PM  
1 vote:

rickythepenguin: FireZs: to the point where at least in one case they've penalizing victims of legitimate fouls.

yeah, taht slash on Karagounis sunday, I imagine there's already been a quiet apology for that one.

Nice *.gif for that one here

I just wish there were a way to rescind this type of yellow after the fact. I don't think it would besmirch the honour of the referee, since from his angle, it looked like a harmless brush, 2 steps, then a tumble, when in reality Karagounis tried his hardest to keep his balance after a trip.

It seems harsh* to keep him out of a knockout match when it's now abundantly clear that a mistake was made.

/Incredibly stupid, actually, but it is UEFA, after all...
2012-06-19 06:57:42 AM  
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czetie: dj_bigbird: The way the commentators (and camera work) has been fellating The Orc, you'd swear he's saviour of football for England. Jeez.

/Look! Rooney is celebrating the goal!
//Look! Rooney is disappointed in the miss!

Professional sport makes heroes of people who would otherwise be bagging groceries, reports Ric Romero. Rooney last seen shagging his hot wife on a bed of money.

This is an old story, but the young'uns might not know it:

Peter Crouch was once asked what he would be if he wasn't a professional footballer. He thought about it for a moment, and then replied 'A virgin'.
2012-06-19 04:40:36 AM  
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dj_bigbird: The way the commentators (and camera work) has been fellating The Orc, you'd swear he's saviour of football for England. Jeez.

/Look! Rooney is celebrating the goal!
//Look! Rooney is disappointed in the miss!

Indeed, it's nauseating. I hate seeing his stupid face on TV, I wish he was banned for life.
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