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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6615 on: January 01, 2015, 11:18:43 PM »
One can sprinkle some rolled up and ground up Buckeyes on Greek melomakarona....

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6616 on: January 02, 2015, 12:23:25 AM »
Well, on the bright side of things, I think the Big 10 is doing well at demonstrating that they are not as bad of a conference as everything thought they were.
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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6617 on: January 02, 2015, 12:31:51 AM »
One can sprinkle some rolled up and ground up Buckeyes on Greek melomakarona....

On second thought ... Greeks have yet to devise useful recipes with elephant.   :-[

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6618 on: January 02, 2015, 01:43:47 AM »
Sorry, Gebre. Ducks and Bucks.
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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6619 on: January 02, 2015, 01:44:56 AM »
Sorry, Gebre. Ducks and Bucks.

And to that, I say ucks for all  :) :D ;D :P

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6620 on: January 02, 2015, 01:52:02 AM »
I can't stand the Buckeyes or the Ducks; however, I hate the Buckeyes more than the Ducks; so, I'll take the Ducks....

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6621 on: January 02, 2015, 01:57:56 AM »
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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6622 on: January 02, 2015, 02:50:27 AM »
Congrats to Ohio State. They lined up with the best team in the SEC and the #1 ranked team in the nation and outplayed us at every level. They were more physical, they were better prepared, they outcoached us, and they made the plays they needed to make in key situations. I’m disappointed that we didn’t play our best game, but I’m still very proud of our team. We never gave up and we fought to the end, like always. We were playing with a lot of key injuries at key positions, but then again Ohio State was playing with their third string QB. So there are no excuses. But this BAMA team exceeded my expectations. After all the players we lost last year, and starting a fifth year senior at QB for the first time, I am extremely proud of all that we accomplished. It was an incredible season, and it was great to beat Auburn and win another SEC Championship. What was supposed to be a “rebuilding year” turned out to be much more successful than I had anticipated. The Buckeyes proved that they could go toe to toe with the most dominant team in the SEC. So this was a huge win for their program and for their conference. They earned my respect. But I’m very, very proud of my Crimson Tide. I love them and I’m proud of all they’ve accomplished this year. And most importantly, I’m proud of the way they have competed with such character and class. I hate losing, but I love to be a BAMA fan whether in victory or in defeat. The future is very, very bright at the Capstone. Only at BAMA is a 12-2 season that includes an SEC Championship and a berth in the college football playoffs considered a disappointment. That demonstrates just how high our standards are. It’s tough to lose when you’re so used to winning. And that’s how it will always be at Alabama. So congrats to Ohio State on a well deserved win. And as always, ROLL TIDE!!!


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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6623 on: January 02, 2015, 02:50:59 AM »
Sorry, Gebre. Ducks and Bucks.
Unexpected (Bucks), this is. :o

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6624 on: January 03, 2015, 11:06:03 PM »
Ravens doing well tonight, thankfully


Come on Ravens, do the the O's couldnt and win 4 games in the playoffs

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6625 on: January 03, 2015, 11:14:42 PM »
Just as I say that, make it 20-9 Rvens :)

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6626 on: January 03, 2015, 11:24:49 PM »
Barring a comeback, so much for Dallas-Pittsburgh IV - Detroit hasn't won a road playoff game since Eisenhower.

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6627 on: January 03, 2015, 11:32:01 PM »
stupid fumble

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6628 on: January 04, 2015, 12:12:00 AM »
I just got back from the movies. Watching the Pittsburgh game.
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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6629 on: January 04, 2015, 12:24:07 AM »
And that's it, Ravens win 30-17!


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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6630 on: January 04, 2015, 12:49:56 AM »
Ravens are 10-4 in the playoffs under John Harbaugh/Joe Flacco.   :o

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6631 on: January 04, 2015, 01:00:24 AM »
It was tough to go into the playoffs without Le'veon Bell. Our running game went from great to nothing with him going down.  :(
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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6632 on: January 04, 2015, 09:56:25 PM »
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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6633 on: January 07, 2015, 02:18:14 AM »
In 2012, former Raven Ray Rice converted the 4th and 29 play against the Chargers as the Ravens proceeded to their 2nd Lombardi.

Will the non-Pass Interference play against the Lions help the Cowboys win their 6th Lombardi?


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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6634 on: January 07, 2015, 05:48:59 AM »
Will the non-Pass Interference play against the Lions help the Cowboys win their 6th Lombardi?
What makes you think the non-call did all that much to help the Cowboys beat the Lions?
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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6635 on: January 07, 2015, 04:42:48 PM »
Will the non-Pass Interference play against the Lions help the Cowboys win their 6th Lombardi?
What makes you think the non-call did all that much to help the Cowboys beat the Lions?

That play was the highest profile of all the missed calls in that game (even the NFL admitted that a Cowboys' holding penalty against Suh should have been called - as some kind of consolation prize for the Lions).  Plus, the NFL's director of officiating was on the Cowboys party bus during the summer.

People can speculate all they want.  Detroit showed up for only one quarter and took the rest of the game off.  The franchise has 2 playoff wins in the last 58 years.   :o

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6636 on: January 07, 2015, 04:56:10 PM »
Will the non-Pass Interference play against the Lions help the Cowboys win their 6th Lombardi?
What makes you think the non-call did all that much to help the Cowboys beat the Lions?

That play was the highest profile of all the missed calls in that game (even the NFL admitted that a Cowboys' holding penalty against Suh should have been called - as some kind of consolation prize for the Lions).  Plus, the NFL's director of officiating was on the Cowboys party bus during the summer.
OK. So what?

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People can speculate all they want.  Detroit showed up for only one quarter and took the rest of the game off.  The franchise has 2 playoff wins in the last 58 years.   :o
Kind hard to win playoff games when you don't make it to the playoffs but once a decade.
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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6637 on: January 07, 2015, 04:59:58 PM »
It was a pretty egregious non-call. They actually called it and then Dez runs out without his helmet on which should have been another penalty and the officials all look the other way.  When the game is on the line like that, it isn't unreasonable to expect the officials to call the obvious penalties that they are paid to call. Not even Aikeman could explain how that wasn't a passing interference.
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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6638 on: January 07, 2015, 07:17:20 PM »
The uniforms that the Ducks will be wearing for the National Championship are HORRIBLE. I mean, I love grey jerseys, especially in baseball, but showing zero team colour?

It's the National Championship, wear your colours proudly, even your crazy normal jerseys would be so much better

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6639 on: January 07, 2015, 08:07:37 PM »
Will the non-Pass Interference play against the Lions help the Cowboys win their 6th Lombardi?
What makes you think the non-call did all that much to help the Cowboys beat the Lions?

That play was the highest profile of all the missed calls in that game (even the NFL admitted that a Cowboys' holding penalty against Suh should have been called - as some kind of consolation prize for the Lions).  Plus, the NFL's director of officiating was on the Cowboys party bus during the summer.
OK. So what?

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People can speculate all they want.  Detroit showed up for only one quarter and took the rest of the game off.  The franchise has 2 playoff wins in the last 58 years.   :o
Kind hard to win playoff games when you don't make it to the playoffs but once a decade.

Some NFL teams (Ravens) are lucky in playoffs and others (Lions) are duds.

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6640 on: January 07, 2015, 08:27:48 PM »
Will the non-Pass Interference play against the Lions help the Cowboys win their 6th Lombardi?
What makes you think the non-call did all that much to help the Cowboys beat the Lions?

That play was the highest profile of all the missed calls in that game (even the NFL admitted that a Cowboys' holding penalty against Suh should have been called - as some kind of consolation prize for the Lions).  Plus, the NFL's director of officiating was on the Cowboys party bus during the summer.
OK. So what?

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People can speculate all they want.  Detroit showed up for only one quarter and took the rest of the game off.  The franchise has 2 playoff wins in the last 58 years.   :o
Kind hard to win playoff games when you don't make it to the playoffs but once a decade.

Some NFL teams (Ravens) are lucky in playoffs and others (Lions) are duds.
The non sequitur connection you're making is that the frequency of a team's playoff appearances dictates how successful they are once they're in the playoffs. That's not necessarily true.
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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6641 on: January 07, 2015, 09:00:49 PM »
True. The Cleveland Browns have been in the playoffs 28 times and look how terrible they are.
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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6642 on: January 07, 2015, 11:21:54 PM »
Will the non-Pass Interference play against the Lions help the Cowboys win their 6th Lombardi?
What makes you think the non-call did all that much to help the Cowboys beat the Lions?

That play was the highest profile of all the missed calls in that game (even the NFL admitted that a Cowboys' holding penalty against Suh should have been called - as some kind of consolation prize for the Lions).  Plus, the NFL's director of officiating was on the Cowboys party bus during the summer.
OK. So what?

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People can speculate all they want.  Detroit showed up for only one quarter and took the rest of the game off.  The franchise has 2 playoff wins in the last 58 years.   :o
Kind hard to win playoff games when you don't make it to the playoffs but once a decade.

Some NFL teams (Ravens) are lucky in playoffs and others (Lions) are duds.
The non sequitur connection you're making is that the frequency of a team's playoff appearances dictates how successful they are once they're in the playoffs. That's not necessarily true.

Where and what is the non sequitur?

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6643 on: January 08, 2015, 12:08:26 AM »
Will the non-Pass Interference play against the Lions help the Cowboys win their 6th Lombardi?
What makes you think the non-call did all that much to help the Cowboys beat the Lions?

That play was the highest profile of all the missed calls in that game (even the NFL admitted that a Cowboys' holding penalty against Suh should have been called - as some kind of consolation prize for the Lions).  Plus, the NFL's director of officiating was on the Cowboys party bus during the summer.
OK. So what?

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People can speculate all they want.  Detroit showed up for only one quarter and took the rest of the game off.  The franchise has 2 playoff wins in the last 58 years.   :o
Kind hard to win playoff games when you don't make it to the playoffs but once a decade.

Some NFL teams (Ravens) are lucky in playoffs and others (Lions) are duds.
The non sequitur connection you're making is that the frequency of a team's playoff appearances dictates how successful they are once they're in the playoffs. That's not necessarily true.

Where and what is the non sequitur?
Saying that the Lions are duds in the playoffs because they've only won two playoff games in 58 years. If they had only been to the playoffs twice in 58 years, that would be a winning percentage of .500 in playoff games, which isn't that bad. Your two playoff wins in 58 years stat is more an indication of how few times they've actually been in the playoffs and not so much a measure of how well or badly they do once they're there. Now, if you had said that the Lions had actually been to the playoffs 40 times in 58 years but only won two playoff games, then you would be right to say that they're duds in the playoffs. The non sequitur, then, is that you're not giving us enough information for us to form an accurate perspective.
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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6644 on: January 08, 2015, 12:24:01 AM »
Will the non-Pass Interference play against the Lions help the Cowboys win their 6th Lombardi?
What makes you think the non-call did all that much to help the Cowboys beat the Lions?

That play was the highest profile of all the missed calls in that game (even the NFL admitted that a Cowboys' holding penalty against Suh should have been called - as some kind of consolation prize for the Lions).  Plus, the NFL's director of officiating was on the Cowboys party bus during the summer.
OK. So what?

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People can speculate all they want.  Detroit showed up for only one quarter and took the rest of the game off.  The franchise has 2 playoff wins in the last 58 years.   :o
Kind hard to win playoff games when you don't make it to the playoffs but once a decade.

Some NFL teams (Ravens) are lucky in playoffs and others (Lions) are duds.
The non sequitur connection you're making is that the frequency of a team's playoff appearances dictates how successful they are once they're in the playoffs. That's not necessarily true.

Where and what is the non sequitur?
Saying that the Lions are duds in the playoffs because they've only won two playoff games in 58 years. If they had only been to the playoffs twice in 58 years, that would be a winning percentage of .500 in playoff games, which isn't that bad. Your two playoff wins in 58 years stat is more an indication of how few times they've actually been in the playoffs and not so much a measure of how well or badly they do once they're there. Now, if you had said that the Lions had actually been to the playoffs 40 times in 58 years but only won two playoff games, then you would be right to say that they're duds in the playoffs. The non sequitur, then, is that you're not giving us enough information for us to form an accurate perspective.

Fine, since their 1957 championship season, the Lions are 1-11 in the playoffs which means that they have been a dud in the playoffs.

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/playoffs.htm

Gee whiz, not providing enough information is a non sequitur.  A lot of things can be a non sequitur.   :P

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6645 on: January 08, 2015, 12:27:03 AM »
This forum is a non sequitur. Although, this is the only place I know of that argues over sports teams by throwing accusations of logical fallacies at each other.
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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6646 on: January 08, 2015, 12:27:11 AM »
Rather than fancy latin terms, i prefer the simple "lying with statistics" label :-P

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6647 on: January 08, 2015, 01:19:50 PM »
Will the non-Pass Interference play against the Lions help the Cowboys win their 6th Lombardi?
What makes you think the non-call did all that much to help the Cowboys beat the Lions?

That play was the highest profile of all the missed calls in that game (even the NFL admitted that a Cowboys' holding penalty against Suh should have been called - as some kind of consolation prize for the Lions).  Plus, the NFL's director of officiating was on the Cowboys party bus during the summer.
OK. So what?

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People can speculate all they want.  Detroit showed up for only one quarter and took the rest of the game off.  The franchise has 2 playoff wins in the last 58 years.   :o
Kind hard to win playoff games when you don't make it to the playoffs but once a decade.

Some NFL teams (Ravens) are lucky in playoffs and others (Lions) are duds.
The non sequitur connection you're making is that the frequency of a team's playoff appearances dictates how successful they are once they're in the playoffs. That's not necessarily true.

Where and what is the non sequitur?
Saying that the Lions are duds in the playoffs because they've only won two playoff games in 58 years. If they had only been to the playoffs twice in 58 years, that would be a winning percentage of .500 in playoff games, which isn't that bad. Your two playoff wins in 58 years stat is more an indication of how few times they've actually been in the playoffs and not so much a measure of how well or badly they do once they're there. Now, if you had said that the Lions had actually been to the playoffs 40 times in 58 years but only won two playoff games, then you would be right to say that they're duds in the playoffs. The non sequitur, then, is that you're not giving us enough information for us to form an accurate perspective.

Fine, since their 1957 championship season, the Lions are 1-11 in the playoffs which means that they have been a dud in the playoffs.

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/playoffs.htm

Gee whiz, not providing enough information is a non sequitur.  A lot of things can be a non sequitur.   :P
Well, not providing enough information can lead one to muse, "How the hell does B follow from A? ???"
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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6648 on: January 08, 2015, 08:16:15 PM »
Will the non-Pass Interference play against the Lions help the Cowboys win their 6th Lombardi?
What makes you think the non-call did all that much to help the Cowboys beat the Lions?

That play was the highest profile of all the missed calls in that game (even the NFL admitted that a Cowboys' holding penalty against Suh should have been called - as some kind of consolation prize for the Lions).  Plus, the NFL's director of officiating was on the Cowboys party bus during the summer.
OK. So what?

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People can speculate all they want.  Detroit showed up for only one quarter and took the rest of the game off.  The franchise has 2 playoff wins in the last 58 years.   :o
Kind hard to win playoff games when you don't make it to the playoffs but once a decade.

Some NFL teams (Ravens) are lucky in playoffs and others (Lions) are duds.
The non sequitur connection you're making is that the frequency of a team's playoff appearances dictates how successful they are once they're in the playoffs. That's not necessarily true.

Where and what is the non sequitur?
Saying that the Lions are duds in the playoffs because they've only won two playoff games in 58 years. If they had only been to the playoffs twice in 58 years, that would be a winning percentage of .500 in playoff games, which isn't that bad. Your two playoff wins in 58 years stat is more an indication of how few times they've actually been in the playoffs and not so much a measure of how well or badly they do once they're there. Now, if you had said that the Lions had actually been to the playoffs 40 times in 58 years but only won two playoff games, then you would be right to say that they're duds in the playoffs. The non sequitur, then, is that you're not giving us enough information for us to form an accurate perspective.

Fine, since their 1957 championship season, the Lions are 1-11 in the playoffs which means that they have been a dud in the playoffs.

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/playoffs.htm

Gee whiz, not providing enough information is a non sequitur.  A lot of things can be a non sequitur.   :P
Well, not providing enough information can lead one to muse, "How the hell does B follow from A? ???"

I can't have a conversation with someone without having a copy of Wikipedia in my head?   ???

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6649 on: January 10, 2015, 02:40:23 AM »
Rob Konrad, who used to play for the Miami Dolphins, had to swim nine miles to shore after he fell off a boat. He was treated for hypothermia.

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6650 on: January 10, 2015, 03:26:11 PM »
Rob Konrad, who used to play for the Miami Dolphins, had to swim nine miles to shore after he fell off a boat. He was treated for hypothermia.

http://m.bbc.com/sport/american-football/30744474
That sounds like a feat of superhuman strength in itself. "I swam 9 miles to shore after falling out of a boat. Now you wanna mess with me?" :D All joking aside, it's good to hear he survived.
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« Reply #6651 on: January 12, 2015, 11:57:05 PM »
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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6652 on: January 13, 2015, 03:22:19 AM »
Well, Gebre, I suppose you and I can both commiserate over the fact that both our teams lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first ever College Football Playoffs. :'( We had a number of key players out with injury, to which one player added the insult of getting suspended for being a pothead. Duck receivers dropped a couple of third down passes, and their offense scored only 10 points on four Buckeye turnovers and only 10 points on four trips into the red zone, so we had our chances. That said, the Buckeyes were just too strong and physical on both offense and defense for our guys and mauled them. We wanted to force Ohio State's third string freshman QB Cardale Jones to carry his team with his arm, but not by playing off the success of his team's running game. So much for that game plan.

Oh well. I have no problem with the Ducks spurning the easy points and going for it on 4th and goal from the 2, for that's who they are. That's the aggressiveness Chip Kelly instilled into the program. That's the aggressiveness Mark Helfrich wants to continue. And heck, that's exactly what Urban Meyer would have done in that situation. It just looks better when you score a TD on that play. If a team can't score a TD from the 2 on fourth down, they don't deserve to win the game.

The saddest thing about the whole game: An outstanding QB who built his success and even won a Heisman Trophy partly on his ability to avoid throwing interceptions ended up on what will most likely be his last pass ever in a brilliant college football career... throwing an interception. :'(
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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6653 on: January 13, 2015, 03:31:03 AM »
Looks like Magda Andersson is set to compete in the TouringCar category of the FIA European Rallycross Championship this season, driving a brand new Ford Fiesta built by Gunnarsson Motorsport.  (Need I remind you, she is only 16 y/o)



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“I’m really excited, it’s going to be so fun to get back out again and I am looking forward to a season filled with challenges. My only goals are to develop and learn as a driver,” said sixteenth year-old Andersson, who becomes only the second female driver to race in the category, alongside TouringCar event winner Camilla Antonsen. Andersson raced against the likes of RX Lites Cup event winning Kevin Hansen in the JRX International Series in 2013, but returned to the Swedish Championship last year, racing in the junior division in a BMW M3. She scored several podium places.

Andersson is excited about the prospect of returning to racing in Europe, and plans to test the new Fiesta ahead of the start of the season. “I’m so looking forward to getting out in Europe again and meeting all the dedicated fans of rallycross. It will be great to drive on the best tracks European rallycross has to offer. My team feels quite confident with this type of car, which is very exciting for me as a driver. I will get to test before the first round with Ohlins, which will be a very valuable experience for us in setting up the car. I’ve also been preparing for the season myself physically, and have some more camps and meetings with The Swedish Junior Team soon.”
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The first of the five EuroRX TouringCar Championship rounds takes place at Mettet, Belgium (May 15 – 17) and runs as a support category to the FIA World Rallycross Championship. I can't wait for this season to start up!

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6654 on: January 13, 2015, 03:59:30 AM »
Well, Gebre, I suppose you and I can both commiserate over the fact that both our teams lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first ever College Football Playoffs. :'( We had a number of key players out with injury, to which one player added the insult of getting suspended for being a pothead. Duck receivers dropped a couple of third down passes, and their offense scored only 10 points on four Buckeye turnovers and only 10 points on four trips into the red zone, so we had our chances. That said, the Buckeyes were just too strong and physical on both offense and defense for our guys and mauled them. We wanted to force Ohio State's third string freshman QB Cardale Jones to carry his team with his arm, but not by playing off the success of his team's running game. So much for that game plan.

Oh well. I have no problem with the Ducks spurning the easy points and going for it on 4th and goal from the 2, for that's who they are. That's the aggressiveness Chip Kelly instilled into the program. That's the aggressiveness Mark Helfrich wants to continue. And heck, that's exactly what Urban Meyer would have done in that situation. It just looks better when you score a TD on that play. If a team can't score a TD from the 2 on fourth down, they don't deserve to win the game.

The saddest thing about the whole game: An outstanding QB who built his success and even won a Heisman Trophy partly on his ability to avoid throwing interceptions ended up on what will most likely be his last pass ever in a brilliant college football career... throwing an interception. :'(

I wasn't that surprise that Ohio State won, but I was surprised to see them dominate the way they did. To hold the Ducks to 20 points was very impressive. But you're right, Oregon was severely depleted. My Tide was very banged up too when we played the Buckeyes. But that's part of football. As I watched the game, it just made me more upset that we gave it away to Ohio State. We should have won, and after tonight I think we would have had a good chance of beating your Ducks. But the bottom line is that Ohio State proved that they're the best team in the country. Urban Meyer is a great coach. He outcoached Saban and he outcoached Helfrich. And the Buckeyes are a young team that will be contending again next year.

I was really pulling for your Ducks. I felt bad for Mariota. He's a class act. Tough losses for both of us, but I'm sure Oregon and BAMA will be right back in the hunt next year. So keep your head up. Your Ducks have established one of the premier programs in modern college football. That's something to be very proud of.


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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6655 on: January 13, 2015, 04:39:58 AM »
5 Reasons Why American Football Sucks

5. The players need armour
My message to all American football fans: watch a game of rugby union, and then tell me that your game is the toughest in the world. I have seen ears ripped off, broken noses, dislocated shoulders and swallowed tongues during matches, and that’s just on the bench! Seriously though, rugby players don’t dress like a crusading Knight when they take to the field. All they need is something to protect the crown jewels and a wry smile.

4. There’s more walking around and diagrams than action
The average ‘play’ in a game of American football lasts less than ten seconds, which is then followed by several minutes of walking around, talking and generally having a nice time in front of adoring fans. You’ll see the odd diagram at the side of the pitch, which usually contains a lot of circles crosses and arrows. This nonsense constantly disrupts the game, and makes a match that should take an hour last for four! Go to an American football match, and no idiot is actually watching the game! They’re either buying hot dogs, chatting with friends or drinking beer. All of this is great news for TV stations, however, as they can squeeze in commercials every 90 seconds.

3. You can learn to play the game in a few months
How many weightlifters, wrestlers and former bouncers have been offered pro NFL contracts simply because they look like a tank? And which other team sport – apart from baseball – allows its players to develop a gut that wouldn’t look out of place at the PDC William Hill World Darts Championship? Being large, aggressive and nasty seem to be enough to earn you a multi-million-dollar contract in the NFL, whereas the pathway to football (soccer) stardom must begin at the age of 8 or 9 at the latest. Apart from the receivers and the quarterbacks, anyone heavier than 18 stone is in with a chance!

2. The Superbowl winners are crowned ‘World Champions’
How arrogant and narcissistic can American sports fans be? Their league is comprised of teams from two neighboring countries, but the champions of the NFL are crowned champions of the world. I know that no other country plays the game on a professional basis, but to use the term ‘World Champions’ shows a complete disregard for any other nation or its national sport – which in most cases is real football.

1. The name of the game is misleading
The fact that Americans use the word ‘football’ to describe a game that involves the throwing or carrying of an egg-shaped object for 99 percent of a game used to astonish me. That was until I discovered that American football evolved in U.S. universities from a combination of association football (soccer) and rugby. So, there you have it: the real football was invented in England in 1848, and given credibility by the drawing up of the Cambridge Rules. Sheffield Football Club later created the basis of the modern game – both long before the American version was ever thought of. No doubt our American cousins will be apoplectic with rage when they read this, but I really don’t care.

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6656 on: January 13, 2015, 05:21:23 AM »
Well, Gebre, I suppose you and I can both commiserate over the fact that both our teams lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first ever College Football Playoffs. :'( We had a number of key players out with injury, to which one player added the insult of getting suspended for being a pothead. Duck receivers dropped a couple of third down passes, and their offense scored only 10 points on four Buckeye turnovers and only 10 points on four trips into the red zone, so we had our chances. That said, the Buckeyes were just too strong and physical on both offense and defense for our guys and mauled them. We wanted to force Ohio State's third string freshman QB Cardale Jones to carry his team with his arm, but not by playing off the success of his team's running game. So much for that game plan.

Oh well. I have no problem with the Ducks spurning the easy points and going for it on 4th and goal from the 2, for that's who they are. That's the aggressiveness Chip Kelly instilled into the program. That's the aggressiveness Mark Helfrich wants to continue. And heck, that's exactly what Urban Meyer would have done in that situation. It just looks better when you score a TD on that play. If a team can't score a TD from the 2 on fourth down, they don't deserve to win the game.

The saddest thing about the whole game: An outstanding QB who built his success and even won a Heisman Trophy partly on his ability to avoid throwing interceptions ended up on what will most likely be his last pass ever in a brilliant college football career... throwing an interception. :'(

I wasn't that surprise that Ohio State won, but I was surprised to see them dominate the way they did. To hold the Ducks to 20 points was very impressive. But you're right, Oregon was severely depleted. My Tide was very banged up too when we played the Buckeyes. But that's part of football. As I watched the game, it just made me more upset that we gave it away to Ohio State. We should have won, and after tonight I think we would have had a good chance of beating your Ducks. But the bottom line is that Ohio State proved that they're the best team in the country. Urban Meyer is a great coach. He outcoached Saban and he outcoached Helfrich. And the Buckeyes are a young team that will be contending again next year.

I was really pulling for your Ducks. I felt bad for Mariota. He's a class act. Tough losses for both of us, but I'm sure Oregon and BAMA will be right back in the hunt next year. So keep your head up. Your Ducks have established one of the premier programs in modern college football. That's something to be very proud of.


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« Reply #6657 on: January 13, 2015, 09:34:06 AM »
Well, this year confirmed what everyone already knew.  The Big Ten is the true powerhouse conference of college football.  ;D
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« Reply #6658 on: January 13, 2015, 11:33:29 AM »
^ Some years it is, but I saw a Rosebowl back in the 1990s when I thought the Big Ten would be too physical for the PAC-10 team, but the PAC-10 team won.  :-\

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Re: The Sports Thread
« Reply #6659 on: January 13, 2015, 12:18:38 PM »
Well, this year confirmed what everyone already knew.  The Big Ten is the true powerhouse conference of college football.  ;D
When Ohio State actually loses a conference game, we can actually say that. Until then, the Big 10 is just a one-trick pony. ;)
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