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« Reply #6120 on: July 03, 2014, 11:10:04 AM »

About to enter(ish) the great state of Maryland to go to tonight's Orioles game.

Any particular reason that team on this particular day? Smiley

O's are my favourite team in the AL, and we were going to VA anyways so figured might as well stop. Beautiful ballpark and customer service, I'll post pics later.
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« Reply #6121 on: July 04, 2014, 02:17:23 AM »

Every time I begin to gain some respect for Lebron he does something else that causes me to lose respect for him all over again. As much as I dislike the Miami Heat, I would have great respect for Lebron if he came out and said: "Look, I came to Miami and I promised that we'd win 6 or 7 NBA titles (actually, I think he said that they'd win 11 or 12), and that's what I'm committed to doing here, as long as it takes. I'll take a salary cut so that we can afford to get the players we need to help us win more championships. But I'm a man of my word, and I'm staying here to do what I said I would do." But no, he's apparently on sale to the highest bidder now. Another weak move Lebron, another weak move. It's no longer immaturity or a "mistake."


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« Reply #6122 on: July 04, 2014, 11:49:03 AM »

France-Germany starting in ten minutes. This is bound to be interesting.
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« Reply #6123 on: July 04, 2014, 12:13:13 PM »

France-Germany starting in ten minutes. This is bound to be interesting.

Yes! Hooray!
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« Reply #6124 on: July 04, 2014, 12:51:06 PM »

Half-time:

Germany: 1 France: 0.

France doesn't have much chance.
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« Reply #6125 on: July 04, 2014, 01:07:25 PM »

France-Germany starting in ten minutes. This is bound to be interesting.

Before the US lost, I was rooting for Germany, because I thought they deserve to play the team again if they were to prove they're good.  Now I'm rooting Costa Rica, simply because it's North American and it's time to move away from the European/South American duopoly of football. I was very sad to see Nigeria, Algeria, and Mexico all lose
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« Reply #6126 on: July 04, 2014, 02:00:50 PM »

Half-time:

Germany: 1 France: 0.

France doesn't have much chance.

Germany: 1 France: 0

Germany made it to the semi-finals.

France-Germany starting in ten minutes. This is bound to be interesting.

Before the US lost, I was rooting for Germany, because I thought they deserve to play the team again if they were to prove they're good.  Now I'm rooting Costa Rica, simply because it's North American and it's time to move away from the European/South American duopoly of football. I was very sad to see Nigeria, Algeria, and Mexico all lose

Costa Rica isn't North American. It's Central American.

Too bad that the Costa Ricans will be on the plane back to Costa Rica tomorrow.
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« Reply #6127 on: July 04, 2014, 02:13:11 PM »

Costa Rica isn't North American. It's Central American.

I don't know about the rest of the world, but most of what I've seen in English treat Latin America as a different cultural/political sphere than Canada/US, but nonetheless seeing each of the two as a subsection of North America. To me it'd make more sense to do it how you're saying, with it being entirely separate, but that's not how it seems to work out.
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« Reply #6128 on: July 04, 2014, 02:27:59 PM »

I know fifa calls us concacaf, but the reality is, there's only 7 continents in the world Wink

To me, that's like saying Egypt isn't African, it's North African
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« Reply #6129 on: July 04, 2014, 03:17:00 PM »

I always cheer for Germany to appease the ghosts of the majority of my ancestors. And because Canada sucks at soccer. 

GO DEUTSCHLAND!
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« Reply #6130 on: July 04, 2014, 04:15:19 PM »

I always cheer for Germany to appease the ghosts of the majority of my ancestors. And because Canada sucks at soccer. 

GO DEUTSCHLAND!

Columbia - Costa Rica in the Final.

If Cyrillic says otherwise, let's see the money.

Speaking of which, nothing like someone who picks straight up the favorites. Give some odds, a line, something. Enough of the goofiness.

My Venus Flytrap could give your running commentary.
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« Reply #6131 on: July 04, 2014, 08:24:14 PM »

I always cheer for Germany to appease the ghosts of the majority of my ancestors. And because Canada sucks at soccer. 

GO DEUTSCHLAND!

Columbia - Costa Rica in the Final.

If Cyrillic says otherwise, let's see the money.

Speaking of which, nothing like someone who picks straight up the favorites. Give some odds, a line, something. Enough of the goofiness.

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I think you meant Brazil - Costa Rica Wink
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« Reply #6132 on: July 04, 2014, 09:43:20 PM »

I always cheer for Germany to appease the ghosts of the majority of my ancestors. And because Canada sucks at soccer. 

GO DEUTSCHLAND!

Columbia - Costa Rica in the Final.

If Cyrillic says otherwise, let's see the money.

Speaking of which, nothing like someone who picks straight up the favorites. Give some odds, a line, something. Enough of the goofiness.

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I think you meant Brazil - Costa Rica Wink

Colombia's first goal was legit. Curses be upon the referee and that darned matchfixing.

Columbia - Costa Rica in the Final.

You lost.
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« Reply #6133 on: July 05, 2014, 12:25:34 PM »

This is a cute typology of many Brazilians after the terrible injury Neymar suffered:

ftw.usatoday.com/2014/07/brazil-fan-cry-neymar-world-cup
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« Reply #6134 on: July 05, 2014, 06:55:26 PM »

Yeaaaaaaaaaah!

Justice has been served. The Netherlands made it to the semi-finals.

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Columbia - Costa Rica in the final.

Way to call it!  laugh
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« Reply #6136 on: July 05, 2014, 07:15:36 PM »

Yeaaaaaaaaaah!

Justice has been served. The Netherlands made it to the semi-finals.


admit it, you were taking some Xanax right before penalty shoot outs Wink
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« Reply #6137 on: July 05, 2014, 07:23:36 PM »

Yeaaaaaaaaaah!

Justice has been served. The Netherlands made it to the semi-finals.


admit it, you were taking some Xanax right before penalty shoot outs Wink

Can't deny that. The Netherlands has a bad track record when it comes to penalties. Still, it was a deserved win. Costa Rica was aiming for the penalties since the first half and tried to obstruct the game. In 120 minutes they only once attempted to score and the Dutch forwards constantly had to face 8 defenders.

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« Reply #6138 on: July 05, 2014, 07:43:53 PM »

As usual, European-South American duopoly Tongue
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« Reply #6139 on: July 05, 2014, 08:21:39 PM »

As usual, European-South American duopoly Tongue
You would think China and India could put together pretty good teams with the huge number of people to choose from Huh
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« Reply #6140 on: July 05, 2014, 08:47:17 PM »

As usual, European-South American duopoly Tongue
You would think China and India could put together pretty good teams with the huge number of people to choose from Huh

India has a team, but in a cricket crazy nation, they are not that good.  I would sort of assume that all the big funding goes to the Indian National Cricket Team.

They are actually good.
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« Reply #6141 on: July 05, 2014, 11:31:26 PM »


Columbia - Costa Rica in the final.

Way to call it!  laugh

I'll put my money where my mouth is unlike everyone else here.

And yeah, I'll those odds every time.

Different officiating and Columbia goes ahead. Brazil got what it deserved for the crooked it nonsense it tried to pull. Columbia isn't the cute boy band of soccer. Justin Bieber should be more careful.

And the Netherlands are so bad, that is an easy one, they are too highly favored.

So getting about 150:1 is always worth taking.
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« Reply #6142 on: July 06, 2014, 12:06:29 AM »

The ageless Roger Federer goes for his record breaking 8th Wimbledon title and 18th major title on Sunday against Novak Djokovic.
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« Reply #6143 on: July 06, 2014, 12:12:53 AM »

The ageless Roger Federer goes for his record breaking 8th Wimbledon title and 18th major title on Sunday against Novak Djokovic.

Amazing.

What money and medical attention can do for someone. Look all sports nowadays. Crazy.
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« Reply #6144 on: July 06, 2014, 12:17:26 AM »

The ageless Roger Federer goes for his record breaking 8th Wimbledon title and 18th major title on Sunday against Novak Djokovic.

Amazing.

What money and medical attention can do for someone. Look all sports nowadays. Crazy.

Federer turns 33 next month - Jimmy Connors was 39 when he played in the US Open in 1991.

Tiger Woods is 38 and has been stuck on 14 majors since 2008.  With plenty of rising stars in golf, his chances of breaking Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors is dimming.

NFL kickers still have a career in their 40's.
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« Reply #6145 on: July 06, 2014, 01:34:19 AM »

The ageless Roger Federer goes for his record breaking 8th Wimbledon title and 18th major title on Sunday against Novak Djokovic.

Amazing.

What money and medical attention can do for someone. Look all sports nowadays. Crazy.

Federer turns 33 next month - Jimmy Connors was 39 when he played in the US Open in 1991.

Tiger Woods is 38 and has been stuck on 14 majors since 2008.  With plenty of rising stars in golf, his chances of breaking Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors is dimming.

NFL kickers still have a career in their 40's.
Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson were still hitting 95 with their fastballs well into their 40's.
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« Reply #6146 on: July 06, 2014, 03:19:20 PM »

The ageless Roger Federer goes for his record breaking 8th Wimbledon title and 18th major title on Sunday against Novak Djokovic.
The ageless is showing his age.
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« Reply #6147 on: July 06, 2014, 06:13:11 PM »

The ageless Roger Federer goes for his record breaking 8th Wimbledon title and 18th major title on Sunday against Novak Djokovic.

Amazing.

What money and medical attention can do for someone. Look all sports nowadays. Crazy.

Federer turns 33 next month - Jimmy Connors was 39 when he played in the US Open in 1991.

Tiger Woods is 38 and has been stuck on 14 majors since 2008.  With plenty of rising stars in golf, his chances of breaking Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors is dimming.

NFL kickers still have a career in their 40's.
Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson were still hitting 95 with their fastballs well into their 40's.

Neither one of them had Tommy John surgery - unlike the current crop of pitchers - young guys in their late teens, early twenties already having Tommy John surgery.
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« Reply #6148 on: July 06, 2014, 06:28:29 PM »

The ageless Roger Federer goes for his record breaking 8th Wimbledon title and 18th major title on Sunday against Novak Djokovic.

Amazing.

What money and medical attention can do for someone. Look all sports nowadays. Crazy.

Federer turns 33 next month - Jimmy Connors was 39 when he played in the US Open in 1991.

Tiger Woods is 38 and has been stuck on 14 majors since 2008.  With plenty of rising stars in golf, his chances of breaking Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors is dimming.

NFL kickers still have a career in their 40's.
Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson were still hitting 95 with their fastballs well into their 40's.

Neither one of them had Tommy John surgery - unlike the current crop of pitchers - young guys in their late teens, early twenties already having Tommy John surgery.
non sequitur

You mentioned nothing to this point about any other of the athletes you named having any kind of major surgery. You talked merely about athletes continuing to play at the highest level well into an age where about 90% of athletes in their sports have retired. Ryan and Johnson fit that description you already established, so your talk now of Tommy John surgery is a non sequitur that has nothing to do with anything you said before.
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« Reply #6149 on: July 06, 2014, 06:37:56 PM »

The ageless Roger Federer goes for his record breaking 8th Wimbledon title and 18th major title on Sunday against Novak Djokovic.

Amazing.

What money and medical attention can do for someone. Look all sports nowadays. Crazy.

Federer turns 33 next month - Jimmy Connors was 39 when he played in the US Open in 1991.

Tiger Woods is 38 and has been stuck on 14 majors since 2008.  With plenty of rising stars in golf, his chances of breaking Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors is dimming.

NFL kickers still have a career in their 40's.
Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson were still hitting 95 with their fastballs well into their 40's.

Neither one of them had Tommy John surgery - unlike the current crop of pitchers - young guys in their late teens, early twenties already having Tommy John surgery.
non sequitur

You mentioned nothing to this point about any other of the athletes you named having any kind of major surgery. You talked merely about athletes continuing to play at the highest level well into an age where about 90% of athletes in their sports have retired. Ryan and Johnson fit that description you already established, so your talk now of Tommy John surgery is a non sequitur that has nothing to do with anything you said before.

Thanks for pointing that out.  I was trying to make a point about pitchers' durability in just 1 generation after Ryan and Johnson.
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« Reply #6150 on: July 06, 2014, 06:47:08 PM »

The ageless Roger Federer goes for his record breaking 8th Wimbledon title and 18th major title on Sunday against Novak Djokovic.

Amazing.

What money and medical attention can do for someone. Look all sports nowadays. Crazy.

Federer turns 33 next month - Jimmy Connors was 39 when he played in the US Open in 1991.

Tiger Woods is 38 and has been stuck on 14 majors since 2008.  With plenty of rising stars in golf, his chances of breaking Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors is dimming.

NFL kickers still have a career in their 40's.
Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson were still hitting 95 with their fastballs well into their 40's.

Neither one of them had Tommy John surgery - unlike the current crop of pitchers - young guys in their late teens, early twenties already having Tommy John surgery.
non sequitur

You mentioned nothing to this point about any other of the athletes you named having any kind of major surgery. You talked merely about athletes continuing to play at the highest level well into an age where about 90% of athletes in their sports have retired. Ryan and Johnson fit that description you already established, so your talk now of Tommy John surgery is a non sequitur that has nothing to do with anything you said before.

Thanks for pointing that out.  I was trying to make a point about pitchers' durability in just 1 generation after Ryan and Johnson.
That's a legitimate subject for another discussion on this thread, but I found it a confusing non sequitur where it appeared.
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« Reply #6151 on: July 06, 2014, 06:52:02 PM »

The ageless Roger Federer goes for his record breaking 8th Wimbledon title and 18th major title on Sunday against Novak Djokovic.
The ageless is showing his age.

Federer lost a tough one in 5 sets to an injured player receiving trainer breaks after every set.
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« Reply #6152 on: July 06, 2014, 07:01:25 PM »

So which will it be? The legendary Argentina vs. Brazil or the comeback Dutch vs Deutschland?
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« Reply #6153 on: July 06, 2014, 07:32:59 PM »

Juan Pablo Montoya wins his first IndyCar race since 2000 at the Poconos.  The first 158 laps of the race were run under the green flag, a record and the highest average speed was over 202 mph, another record.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/montoya-wins-indycar-race-pocono-195353656--irl.html
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« Reply #6154 on: July 06, 2014, 08:50:04 PM »

So which will it be? The legendary Argentina vs. Brazil or the comeback Dutch vs Deutschland?

I'm hoping for a Germany vs. Argentina final. I think that would be a great match.


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« Reply #6155 on: July 08, 2014, 03:24:04 AM »

or the comeback Dutch vs Deutschland?

This.

So which will it be? The legendary Argentina vs. Brazil or the comeback Dutch vs Deutschland?

I'm hoping for a Germany vs. Argentina final. I think that would be a great match.


You mean Germany vs. Messi? Team Messi has been one of the most boring teams in the tournament. They could barely hold their own against Switzerland. Then again, that's to be expected when you play 1 vs 11. Now they're up against a real team. Up till now Argentina has only played against Iran, Bosnia, Nigeria, Belgium and Switzerland. The Netherlands has already played against Spain, Chile, Mexico and Costa Rica.
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« Reply #6156 on: July 08, 2014, 03:43:20 AM »

or the comeback Dutch vs Deutschland?

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So which will it be? The legendary Argentina vs. Brazil or the comeback Dutch vs Deutschland?

I'm hoping for a Germany vs. Argentina final. I think that would be a great match.


You mean Germany vs. Messi? Team Messi has been one of the most boring teams in the tournament. They could barely hold their own against Switzerland and Belgium. Then again, that's to be expected when you play 1 vs 11. Now they're up against a real team.

Well, I'm pulling for Germany, and as a Mexico fan I don't like Argentina. However, this Argentina team has earned my respect. Messi is not only a great player, but he plays the game the right way. He doesn't dive. He's not a pretty boy prima donna. The antithesis of Diego Marodana. And I have sympathy for Messi because he's still never been really embraced in Argentina. But he could change all that with this World Cup.

And I have to disagree with you about "Team Messi." Have you watched Gonzalo Higuain play? That guy is a player! Serious skills! Lavezzi and DiMaria are no slouches either.

But I will be pulling for Germany. I love the great Miroslav Klose. He's a class act and a great goal scorer. But I'm really hoping for a Germany vs. Argentina final. I can't stand either Brazil or the Dutch Divers. (Even though I do like Van Pearcy.)


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« Reply #6157 on: July 08, 2014, 03:49:03 AM »

Have you watched Gonzalo Higuain play?

He's pretty average, but he has his moments. Without Messi Argentina would probably have lost either to Switzerland or Belgium. And that's saying something. DiMaria is pathetic.

But I will be pulling for Germany. I love the great Miroslav Klose. He's a class act and a great goal scorer. But I'm really hoping for a Germany vs. Argentina final. I can't stand either Brazil or the Dutch Divers. (Even though I do like Van Pearcy.)

Miroslav Klose is the king of the divers.


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« Reply #6158 on: July 08, 2014, 04:36:59 AM »

Miroslav Klose is the king of the divers.

Videos or it didn't happen.
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« Reply #6159 on: July 08, 2014, 04:45:54 AM »

Miroslav Klose is the king of the divers.

Videos or it didn't happen.

Haven't you seen Germany-France? Klose wasn't even close to being hit and fell to the ground in order to get a penalty. It was laughable. It happened 28 minutes into the game. Four minutes earlier he dived as well. A dive is called "schwalbe" in much of Europe for a reason - the Germans practically invented it.

I can't stand either Brazil or the Dutch Divers.

A Mexican defender, Moreno, broke his leg tackling Robben but still everyone says he dived. Sore losers.
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« Reply #6160 on: July 08, 2014, 04:27:27 PM »

I don't think this is going to be Brazil's day. 26 minutes in, and Germany already leads 4-0.
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I don't think this is going to be Brazil's day. 26 minutes in, and Germany already leads 4-0.

5-0 in under 30 minutes!

Germany vs Netherlands in the final (I hope).
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« Reply #6162 on: July 08, 2014, 04:49:09 PM »

I don't think this is going to be Brazil's day. 26 minutes in, and Germany already leads 4-0.

5-0 in under 30 minutes!

Germany vs Netherlands in the final (I hope).

I hope not. The Germans will probably humiliate the Netherlands.

The game has been amusing to watch. The Brazilian fans are now booing their own team.
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« Reply #6163 on: July 08, 2014, 05:02:22 PM »

Did Neymar really make that big of a difference? 

Amazing!  That makes it look like the US was the stronger team Tongue (don't they wish they had Tim Howard now)
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« Reply #6164 on: July 08, 2014, 05:25:36 PM »

6-0!
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