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« Reply #6165 on: July 08, 2014, 05:33:08 PM »

6-0!

Good heavens, I hope the Brazilian fans won't kill the Germans.
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« Reply #6166 on: July 08, 2014, 05:52:33 PM »

7-1 final score.

Apparently they started fires in the city. It wouldn't be a surprise if there'll be a revolt in Brazil tonight. The discontent has only been kept in check by Brazil's good results in the cup.
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« Reply #6167 on: July 08, 2014, 06:03:07 PM »

In Brazil it's a religion. So when they lose, it's like being proven their religion is false Tongue
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« Reply #6168 on: July 08, 2014, 06:03:27 PM »

Who's diving now?  Not Klose, that's for sure.
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« Reply #6169 on: July 08, 2014, 06:05:00 PM »

Who's diving now?  Not Klose, that's for sure.

Brazilian fans, off a rooftop.

It wouldn't surprise me if there'll be casualties tonight.

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« Reply #6170 on: July 08, 2014, 06:07:11 PM »

God forbid.  This is bad even for Neymar. 
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« Reply #6171 on: July 08, 2014, 06:15:51 PM »

This is not going to end well...

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« Reply #6172 on: July 08, 2014, 06:21:50 PM »

I agree.  I watched the game in Berlin, and the locals ran out of fireworks to celebrate Germany's goals.  Really, how could they have prepared for this?
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« Reply #6173 on: July 09, 2014, 06:46:12 PM »

And it's Germany and Argentina for the championship.

Argentina beats Holland 4-2 in a shootout after the two played each other to the first scoreless draw ever in a World Cup semifinal.
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« Reply #6174 on: July 09, 2014, 07:05:45 PM »

So, on a scale of 1 to Brazilian, how doomed is Argentina?
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« Reply #6175 on: July 09, 2014, 07:25:01 PM »

So, on a scale of 1 to Brazilian, how doomed is Argentina?
I don't know. I really don't think Germany was THAT good in their semifinal; rather, I think Brazil was THAT BAD! Without their top defender and team captain, they looked totally disorganized.
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« Reply #6176 on: July 10, 2014, 02:39:32 AM »

Good. At least now the Dutch team won't lose against Germany in the finals.
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« Reply #6177 on: July 10, 2014, 02:55:27 AM »

So, on a scale of 1 to Brazilian, how doomed is Argentina?
I don't know. I really don't think Germany was THAT good in their semifinal; rather, I think Brazil was THAT BAD! Without their top defender and team captain, they looked totally disorganized.

I think it's both that Germany was good and Brazil was bad.  I am of the opinion that the Germans will end the Argos before extra time. 
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« Reply #6179 on: July 10, 2014, 11:11:43 AM »

Let's hope that, unlike Benedict, Germany doesn't quit.
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« Reply #6180 on: July 10, 2014, 11:13:22 AM »

This sums up exactly why I think Germany will win:



My apologies for lack of Klose in the pic.
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« Reply #6181 on: July 10, 2014, 11:16:10 AM »

The World Cup is great.  It is the only time in 4 years that Americans start learning the names of players and trying to talk intelligently about football/soccer.  In two weeks time, everyone will be back to Neymar who?
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« Reply #6182 on: July 10, 2014, 11:22:23 AM »

I predict Germany will win 3-1.


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« Reply #6183 on: July 10, 2014, 11:25:01 AM »

The World Cup is great.  It is the only time in 4 years that Americans start learning the names of players and trying to talk intelligently about football/soccer.  In two weeks time, everyone will be back to Neymar who?

As an affirmed casual-football fan, I take slight umbrage with this.  International football is so accessible and epic, whereas I find it difficult to support a club which with all the trading.  It is because of casual fans like me that the World Cup and Euro Cup are so interesting and popular.  Also, such tournaments are a great way to get into club football by learning about the players.  On the other hand, I suppose I'm more of a "serious-casual" football supporter.

It's basically the closest thing I'll get to a world war without the nasty bits but all the drama, defeat and glory.
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« Reply #6184 on: July 11, 2014, 12:44:21 PM »

James has rejoined the Cavs :-)


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« Reply #6185 on: July 11, 2014, 01:35:26 PM »


Humbug. I don't know what the fuss is all about. It's not like he joined the Cavs because he owes it to them. He joined them because Cleveland had enough money to afford him after a few trades.
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« Reply #6186 on: July 11, 2014, 02:27:40 PM »

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Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.
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To make the move I needed the support of my wife and my mom, who can be very tough. The letter from Dan Gilbert, the booing of the Cleveland fans, the jerseys being burned -- seeing all that was hard for them. My emotions were more mixed. It was easy to say, “OK, I don’t want to deal with these people ever again.” But then you think about the other side. What if I were a kid who looked up to an athlete, and that athlete made me want to do better in my own life, and then he left? How would I react? I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?

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« Reply #6187 on: July 11, 2014, 02:32:55 PM »

Can someone please give me an overview with the Lebron saga?  I only know that it was a huge deal four years ago which team he will go with.  I haven't followed NBA in like 7 years.
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« Reply #6188 on: July 11, 2014, 03:27:51 PM »

Can someone please give me an overview with the Lebron saga?  I only know that it was a huge deal four years ago which team he will go with.  I haven't followed NBA in like 7 years.
Four years ago, LeBron left the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team that drafted him and the team that represents his homeland of northern Ohio--LeBron grew up and played his high school ball in nearby Akron. He left to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami to give the Heat their version of the Big 3. Now it appears that LeBron has returned to Cleveland for what he cites are reasons bigger than basketball. If one is to take him at his word, he returned to Cleveland to be closer to his roots and to bring an NBA title to Cleveland, a city that hasn't won a championship in any professional sport in close to 60 years.
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« Reply #6189 on: July 11, 2014, 03:38:17 PM »


Humbug. I don't know what the fuss is all about. It's not like he joined the Cavs because he owes it to them. He joined them because Cleveland had enough money to afford him after a few trades.


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« Reply #6190 on: July 11, 2014, 03:39:20 PM »

I am glad he did this, but he should never have left to go to Miami. That is what separates him from the greats like Bird, Jordan, Johnson and Erving.
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« Reply #6191 on: July 11, 2014, 03:47:01 PM »

I am glad he did this, but he should never have left to go to Miami. That is what separates him from the greats like Bird, Jordan and Erving.
Now that he's learned how to win a championship, a skill he was never going to learn in Cleveland the way they were going four years ago, from playing with a champion alpha-dog Dwyane Wade and from playing for 4-time NBA champion coach (now team owner) Pat Riley, I hope he can bring his experience back home to Cleveland and show them how it's done.
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« Reply #6192 on: July 11, 2014, 03:49:01 PM »

I hope for Cleveland's sake that you are right.  That poor town does not have good sports fortune.
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« Reply #6193 on: July 11, 2014, 03:55:41 PM »

I am glad he did this, but he should never have left to go to Miami. That is what separates him from the greats like Bird, Jordan and Erving.
Now that he's learned how to win a championship, a skill he was never going to learn in Cleveland the way they were going four years ago, from playing with a champion alpha-dog Dwyane Wade and from playing for 4-time NBA champion coach (now team owner) Pat Riley, I hope he can bring his experience back home to Cleveland and show them how it's done.
I hope that the Cavaliers' owner, Dan Gilbert, will now invest in surrounding LeBron with the players who can help him win a championship. Gilbert's continued failure/refusal to do so was, in fact, one of the major reasons why LeBron left four years ago. I hear rumor that they're also targeting Kevin Love, who could combine with LeBron to give the Cavaliers a formidable front line.
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« Reply #6194 on: July 11, 2014, 06:52:14 PM »

I am glad he did this, but he should never have left to go to Miami. That is what separates him from the greats like Bird, Jordan and Erving.
Now that he's learned how to win a championship, a skill he was never going to learn in Cleveland the way they were going four years ago, from playing with a champion alpha-dog Dwyane Wade and from playing for 4-time NBA champion coach (now team owner) Pat Riley, I hope he can bring his experience back home to Cleveland and show them how it's done.

PtA you consistently make more sense than nearly every sports pundit does. Perhaps it's why you are not getting paid to do it.

Cleveland now has something else other than White Castle to offer.
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« Reply #6195 on: July 11, 2014, 07:11:09 PM »

I am glad he did this, but he should never have left to go to Miami. That is what separates him from the greats like Bird, Jordan and Erving.
Now that he's learned how to win a championship, a skill he was never going to learn in Cleveland the way they were going four years ago, from playing with a champion alpha-dog Dwyane Wade and from playing for 4-time NBA champion coach (now team owner) Pat Riley, I hope he can bring his experience back home to Cleveland and show them how it's done.

PtA you consistently make more sense than nearly every sports pundit does. Perhaps it's why you are not getting paid to do it.

Cleveland now has something else other than White Castle to offer.

There's White Castle in Cleveland? I knew this was a huge Jersey crave (no pun intended).
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« Reply #6196 on: July 12, 2014, 11:37:39 AM »

Wow. All these die hard Miami Heat fans can't jump off the bandwagon fast enough. Too funny! (And be careful Cleveland. Never trust anyone who says, "It's just business." You will always wind up heartbroken. They profess their love for you today, but when times get tough and the grass starts looking greener once again, will they stick around? We'll see. Just be careful. That's all I'm saying.)


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« Reply #6197 on: July 12, 2014, 01:44:33 PM »

Wow. All these die hard Miami Heat fans can't jump off the bandwagon fast enough. Too funny! (And be careful Cleveland. Never trust anyone who says, "It's just business." You will always wind up heartbroken. They profess their love for you today, but when times get tough and the grass starts looking greener once again, will they stick around? We'll see. Just be careful. That's all I'm saying.)


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We'll see  Wink...we may be haters, but in a couple of years (or sooner), we might just say "we haters told you so"   Cool
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« Reply #6199 on: July 12, 2014, 01:46:28 PM »

We'll see  Wink...we may be haters, but in a couple of years (or sooner), we might just say "we haters told you so"   Cool
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Wow. All these die hard Miami Heat fans can't jump off the bandwagon fast enough. Too funny! (And be careful Cleveland. Never trust anyone who says, "It's just business." You will always wind up heartbroken. They profess their love for you today, but when times get tough and the grass starts looking greener once again, will they stick around? We'll see. Just be careful. That's all I'm saying.)


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« Reply #6201 on: July 12, 2014, 02:14:53 PM »

I watched the Battle of the Bay and was a bit disappointed that the Giants only won one game. I remember when I was a kid and they were the most popular team in California because of Barry Bonds breaking records and scoring home runs left and right. My family is also related to Cody Ross who used to be on the team. I can't believe we got beaten by the team from Oakland whose toilets overflow in the Winter. Seriously. They're the ghettoest team in the state with a lousy coliseum, malfunctional plumbing, and they pay their players less than other teams. And they beat us. Pablo Sandoval let me down.
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« Reply #6202 on: July 12, 2014, 03:21:37 PM »

I watched the Battle of the Bay and was a bit disappointed that the Giants only won one game. I remember when I was a kid and they were the most popular team in California because of Barry Bonds breaking records and scoring home runs left and right. My family is also related to Cody Ross who used to be on the team. I can't believe we got beaten by the team from Oakland whose toilets overflow in the Winter. Seriously. They're the ghettoest team in the state with a lousy coliseum, malfunctional plumbing, and they pay their players less than other teams. And they beat us. Pablo Sandoval let me down.
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« Reply #6203 on: July 12, 2014, 03:26:18 PM »

If one is to take him at his word, he returned to Cleveland to be closer to his roots and to bring an NBA title to Cleveland, a city that hasn't won a championship in any professional sport in close to 60 years.

C'm'on, it's only been 50 years since the Browns won the Championship! Wink
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« Reply #6204 on: July 12, 2014, 03:29:32 PM »

If one is to take him at his word, he returned to Cleveland to be closer to his roots and to bring an NBA title to Cleveland, a city that hasn't won a championship in any professional sport in close to 60 years.

C'm'on, it's only been 50 years since the Browns won the Championship! Wink
Hey, when my favorite team hasn't won a championship in over 100 years, what's the difference of a decade?
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« Reply #6205 on: July 12, 2014, 03:32:11 PM »

The Cubs had a bad century. They'll get better.
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« Reply #6206 on: July 12, 2014, 05:22:00 PM »

With more help from the officials Brazil manages to still lose spectacularly.

Good day.
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« Reply #6207 on: July 12, 2014, 05:51:59 PM »

With more help from the officials Brazil manages to still lose spectacularly.

Good day.
I'm not sure it takes much help from the officials to lose a soccer match 3-0.
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« Reply #6208 on: July 12, 2014, 06:12:25 PM »

Really the only thing more embarrassing than Brazil's implosion is Taylor Twellman. No single small man has managed to export all things terrible about America to the world as effectively as he has.
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« Reply #6209 on: July 13, 2014, 03:22:11 PM »

Because of possible rain in 5 hours,  I have to watch the WC with 20% of my screen full of crawl about the rain and a Tri-State map plastered on the screen. I was just ranting about this nonsense at work this week. Ridiculous.
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