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« on: July 28, 2012, 12:45:10 AM »

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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2012, 01:19:26 AM »

Why have I been watching Olympics soccer matches all week and yet they only had the "opening ceremony" last night?  Grin Huh
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2012, 02:01:00 AM »

Why have I been watching Olympics soccer matches all week and yet they only had the "opening ceremony" last night?  Grin Huh

Why did I watch the opening ceremony and was left saying ' so when is the real opening ceremony?'  laugh that was so boring, with few exceptions.
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2012, 02:12:09 AM »

I think I saw Kobe Bryant among the US athletes.  I don't understand.  I thought professional athletes couldn't be in the Olympics.
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2012, 02:22:40 AM »

I think I saw Kobe Bryant among the US athletes.  I don't understand.  I thought professional athletes couldn't be in the Olympics.


It used to be that way, but sadly the United States began allowing pros to compete. I wish they wouldn't. Maybe the first "Dream Team" in 1992 was OK. Do it once and then go back to giving amateurs a chance. America's best high school players could easily compete for a medal. These NBA stars have everything already, give some high school and college kids a shot. That's my feeling about it. I bet they would have done better than that disgrace in 2004 when America's NBA stars only won a bronze medal. That was hilarious to me. I'm still laughing about that one.


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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2012, 02:53:07 AM »

I think I saw Kobe Bryant among the US athletes.  I don't understand.  I thought professional athletes couldn't be in the Olympics.
That changed over 20 years ago, which allowed the U.S. to send a basketball team of the best players then playing in the NBA (e.g., Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, David Robinson, Charles Barkley, etc.) to wipe the floor with everyone else. Professional players have been competing in the Olympics ever since then.
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2012, 02:59:36 AM »

I think I saw Kobe Bryant among the US athletes.  I don't understand.  I thought professional athletes couldn't be in the Olympics.


It used to be that way, but sadly the United States began allowing pros to compete. I wish they wouldn't. Maybe the first "Dream Team" in 1992 was OK. Do it once and then go back to giving amateurs a chance. America's best high school players could easily compete for a medal. These NBA stars have everything already, give some high school and college kids a shot. That's my feeling about it. I bet they would have done better than that disgrace in 2004 when America's NBA stars only won a bronze medal. That was hilarious to me. I'm still laughing about that one.
I disagree. The Olympics are about displaying our best athletic talent, period. I don't think we should send our second rate talent just because they happen to be amateurs while our most talented athletes stay at home and watch. Just think of how much basketball has improved around the world because we sent our best pros to the Olympics in 1992. We showed them how to play the best basketball possible, and the rest of the world wanted to beat us so badly that they learned from us and improved their games. There's nothing wrong with that. Once a nation like Spain can put together a basketball team that beats our best playing at their best, then I say we tip our hats to them and say, "job well done."
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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2012, 01:51:50 PM »

Why have I been watching Olympics soccer matches all week and yet they only had the "opening ceremony" last night?  Grin Huh

Why did I watch the opening ceremony and was left saying ' so when is the real opening ceremony?'  laugh that was so boring, with few exceptions.

This.  These opening ceremonies are getting more and more insipid.  They are nothing but filler between the commercials.  And even they were insipid.
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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2012, 02:33:51 PM »

Go butterface Jordyn Wieber!!
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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2012, 03:52:45 PM »

I saw Anthony Davis walking in with the US. I'm thinking we'll do pretty well in basketball.
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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2012, 03:57:19 PM »

Watching women's volleyball. I love this sport.
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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2012, 06:18:06 PM »


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She is gorgeous.

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« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2012, 12:12:03 AM »

Watching women's volleyball. I love this sport.

i wonder if you like it for the same reason I do  angel
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« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2012, 12:12:53 AM »

btw Phelps laid an egg, as expected. That's what 2+ years of lounging around, smoking pot, and entertaining strippers will get you.
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I prefer Luxembourg's flag bearer. http://www.mariemuller.info/Marie_Muller/Willkommen/Willkommen.html
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« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2012, 08:07:19 PM »

Wieber got knocked out from qualifying for a medal by her best friend and teammate. That has to sting. Sucks.
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« Reply #18 on: July 30, 2012, 05:48:34 AM »

Congrats to the NBA... uh, I mean, USA... on that spectacular win over France. What a hard fought victory. They should be proud. They might even go on to win a gold medal, unlike the NBA... I mean USA... team of 2004. You have to be proud as an American to watch us do in basketball what we do economically, politically, and militarily to the rest of the world. It's all about domination baby! Survival of the fittest! It's just a shame that the Olympics won't let us compete in football (American version that is). Just imagine how much fun it would be to watch an NFL "dream team" destroy countries like Argentina, Mexico, England, and Russia in football. And I bet we could even seriously hurt their players too. Wouldn't that be fun?! I mean, after all, it's all about domination, right? America is bigger, wealthier, and better than most all other competing countries (had to strike through that "better" part, since better is based on "good," and morality has no place in a contest based on survival of the fittest.) Anyway, go USA! What a great accomplishment. If you win the gold, you deserve it. You NBA stars don't have much else, so that gold medal should really mean a lot to you. You will have destroyed the weaker nations of the world. Good for you. Now let's get our NFL "dream team" together. That would be no sillier than what's going on now.


BTW, I'm really looking forward to watching the United States mens' soccer team in this 2012 Olympics! Oh, wait... I forgot... they didn't qualify. Well, no worries America: if you can't compete, you can always colonize.



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« Reply #19 on: July 30, 2012, 09:09:55 AM »

Congrats to the NBA... uh, I mean, USA... on that spectacular win over France. What a hard fought victory. They should be proud. They might even go on to win a gold medal, unlike the NBA... I mean USA... team of 2004. You have to be proud as an American to watch us do in basketball what we do economically, politically, and militarily to the rest of the world. It's all about domination baby! Survival of the fittest! It's just a shame that the Olympics won't let us compete in football (American version that is). Just imagine how much fun it would be to watch an NFL "dream team" destroy countries like Argentina, Mexico, England, and Russia in football. And I bet we could even seriously hurt their players too. Wouldn't that be fun?! I mean, after all, it's all about domination, right? America is bigger, wealthier, and better than most all other competing countries (had to strike through that "better" part, since better is based on "good," and morality has no place in a contest based on survival of the fittest.) Anyway, go USA! What a great accomplishment. If you win the gold, you deserve it. You NBA stars don't have much else, so that gold medal should really mean a lot to you. You will have destroyed the weaker nations of the world. Good for you. Now let's get our NFL "dream team" together. That would be no sillier than what's going on now.


BTW, I'm really looking forward to watching the United States mens' soccer team in this 2012 Olympics! Oh, wait... I forgot... they didn't qualify. Well, no worries America: if you can't compete, you can always colonize.



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Is the knock of the US Olympic soccer team really necessary?  Lots of teams didn't qualify, including Germany and Italy.  I suppose they can't compete on the international level, either.  Roll Eyes

You do this every time there's a big international sports competition.  You talk loads of $#!+ on the US national team because you object to American political policy.  Here's a clue, Gebre.  I do, too, more than you can know.  Yet, I don't find the need to belittle the accomplishments of athletes who neither set such policy nor even endorse it.  Grow up.

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« Reply #20 on: July 30, 2012, 09:14:20 AM »

Wieber got knocked out from qualifying for a medal by her best friend and teammate. That has to sting. Sucks.

I agree with what Bela Karolyi said after the televised prelims last night.  The top 24 should be in the finals, period.  This two per country thing is BS.
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« Reply #21 on: July 30, 2012, 09:22:49 AM »

Wieber got knocked out from qualifying for a medal by her best friend and teammate. That has to sting. Sucks.

I agree with what Bela Karolyi said after the televised prelims last night.  The top 24 should be in the finals, period.  This two per country thing is BS.


Agreed.



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« Reply #22 on: July 30, 2012, 09:30:01 AM »

Congrats to the NBA... uh, I mean, USA... on that spectacular win over France. What a hard fought victory. They should be proud. They might even go on to win a gold medal, unlike the NBA... I mean USA... team of 2004. You have to be proud as an American to watch us do in basketball what we do economically, politically, and militarily to the rest of the world. It's all about domination baby! Survival of the fittest! It's just a shame that the Olympics won't let us compete in football (American version that is). Just imagine how much fun it would be to watch an NFL "dream team" destroy countries like Argentina, Mexico, England, and Russia in football. And I bet we could even seriously hurt their players too. Wouldn't that be fun?! I mean, after all, it's all about domination, right? America is bigger, wealthier, and better than most all other competing countries (had to strike through that "better" part, since better is based on "good," and morality has no place in a contest based on survival of the fittest.) Anyway, go USA! What a great accomplishment. If you win the gold, you deserve it. You NBA stars don't have much else, so that gold medal should really mean a lot to you. You will have destroyed the weaker nations of the world. Good for you. Now let's get our NFL "dream team" together. That would be no sillier than what's going on now.


BTW, I'm really looking forward to watching the United States mens' soccer team in this 2012 Olympics! Oh, wait... I forgot... they didn't qualify. Well, no worries America: if you can't compete, you can always colonize.



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Is the knock of the US Olympic soccer team really necessary?  Lots of teams didn't qualify, including Germany and Italy.  I suppose they can't compete on the international level, either.  Roll Eyes

You do this every time there's a big international sports competition.  You talk loads of $#!+ on the US national team because you object to American political policy.  Here's a clue, Gebre.  I do, too, more than you can know.  Yet, I don't find the need to belittle the accomplishments of athletes who neither set such policy nor even endorse it.  Grow up.



I knock the system, not the true amateurs who are competing. Yes, I do make fun of U.S. men's soccer because of their arrogance. And yes, I make fun of these NBA players who think they're accomplishing something great by beating up on far weaker opponents. If I were a multi-millionaire NBA star, I would say, "Let some high school or college player take my place. I've got all I need, and I can travel the world anytime I want. And I've already proven myself. Give somebody else a shot." But alas, such is not the "American way."

I have all the respect in the world for American amateurs who are competing; I just don't respect them more than all the other amateur athletes from all the other countries who are competing. 


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« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2012, 01:01:45 PM »


and she does judo! double bonus  angel
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« Reply #24 on: July 30, 2012, 01:07:30 PM »

Wieber got knocked out from qualifying for a medal by her best friend and teammate. That has to sting. Sucks.

Gabby made a HUGE mistake on the floor routine. The judges were way too generous to her after that.
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« Reply #25 on: July 30, 2012, 01:38:20 PM »

Congrats to the NBA... uh, I mean, USA... on that spectacular win over France. What a hard fought victory. They should be proud. They might even go on to win a gold medal, unlike the NBA... I mean USA... team of 2004. You have to be proud as an American to watch us do in basketball what we do economically, politically, and militarily to the rest of the world. It's all about domination baby! Survival of the fittest! It's just a shame that the Olympics won't let us compete in football (American version that is). Just imagine how much fun it would be to watch an NFL "dream team" destroy countries like Argentina, Mexico, England, and Russia in football. And I bet we could even seriously hurt their players too. Wouldn't that be fun?! I mean, after all, it's all about domination, right? America is bigger, wealthier, and better than most all other competing countries (had to strike through that "better" part, since better is based on "good," and morality has no place in a contest based on survival of the fittest.) Anyway, go USA! What a great accomplishment. If you win the gold, you deserve it. You NBA stars don't have much else, so that gold medal should really mean a lot to you. You will have destroyed the weaker nations of the world. Good for you. Now let's get our NFL "dream team" together. That would be no sillier than what's going on now.


BTW, I'm really looking forward to watching the United States mens' soccer team in this 2012 Olympics! Oh, wait... I forgot... they didn't qualify. Well, no worries America: if you can't compete, you can always colonize.



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Is the knock of the US Olympic soccer team really necessary?  Lots of teams didn't qualify, including Germany and Italy.  I suppose they can't compete on the international level, either.  Roll Eyes

You do this every time there's a big international sports competition.  You talk loads of $#!+ on the US national team because you object to American political policy.  Here's a clue, Gebre.  I do, too, more than you can know.  Yet, I don't find the need to belittle the accomplishments of athletes who neither set such policy nor even endorse it.  Grow up.



I knock the system, not the true amateurs who are competing. Yes, I do make fun of U.S. men's soccer because of their arrogance. And yes, I make fun of these NBA players who think they're accomplishing something great by beating up on far weaker opponents. If I were a multi-millionaire NBA star, I would say, "Let some high school or college player take my place. I've got all I need, and I can travel the world anytime I want. And I've already proven myself. Give somebody else a shot." But alas, such is not the "American way."
Fortunately for all those who want to see the best athletic talent the world has to put on display, you are NOT a multi-millionaire NBA star. BTW, I have some news for you. Our women's soccer team is made up of professionals. Those competing in the Olympic tennis tournament are professionals (e.g., Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Venus and Serena Williams, etc.). Additionally, the reason we send our professionals is because all the other countries do.

I have all the respect in the world for American amateurs who are competing; I just don't respect them more than all the other amateur athletes from all the other countries who are competing.  


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« Reply #26 on: July 30, 2012, 02:21:25 PM »

Wieber got knocked out from qualifying for a medal by her best friend and teammate. That has to sting. Sucks.

I agree with what Bela Karolyi said after the televised prelims last night.  The top 24 should be in the finals, period.  This two per country thing is BS.
I still don't understand why they didn't put her at the end of the rotation. Girl is the best gymnast in the world.
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« Reply #27 on: July 30, 2012, 02:39:12 PM »

Watching women's volleyball. I love this sport.

i wonder if you like it for the same reason I do  angel

I'll bet it's her watch you boys are liking.  Am I right?  Wink
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« Reply #28 on: July 30, 2012, 10:17:07 PM »

Congrats to the NBA... uh, I mean, USA... on that spectacular win over France. What a hard fought victory. They should be proud. They might even go on to win a gold medal, unlike the NBA... I mean USA... team of 2004. You have to be proud as an American to watch us do in basketball what we do economically, politically, and militarily to the rest of the world. It's all about domination baby! Survival of the fittest! It's just a shame that the Olympics won't let us compete in football (American version that is). Just imagine how much fun it would be to watch an NFL "dream team" destroy countries like Argentina, Mexico, England, and Russia in football. And I bet we could even seriously hurt their players too. Wouldn't that be fun?! I mean, after all, it's all about domination, right? America is bigger, wealthier, and better than most all other competing countries (had to strike through that "better" part, since better is based on "good," and morality has no place in a contest based on survival of the fittest.) Anyway, go USA! What a great accomplishment. If you win the gold, you deserve it. You NBA stars don't have much else, so that gold medal should really mean a lot to you. You will have destroyed the weaker nations of the world. Good for you. Now let's get our NFL "dream team" together. That would be no sillier than what's going on now.


BTW, I'm really looking forward to watching the United States mens' soccer team in this 2012 Olympics! Oh, wait... I forgot... they didn't qualify. Well, no worries America: if you can't compete, you can always colonize.



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Is the knock of the US Olympic soccer team really necessary?  Lots of teams didn't qualify, including Germany and Italy.  I suppose they can't compete on the international level, either.  Roll Eyes

You do this every time there's a big international sports competition.  You talk loads of $#!+ on the US national team because you object to American political policy.  Here's a clue, Gebre.  I do, too, more than you can know.  Yet, I don't find the need to belittle the accomplishments of athletes who neither set such policy nor even endorse it.  Grow up.



I knock the system, not the true amateurs who are competing. Yes, I do make fun of U.S. men's soccer because of their arrogance. And yes, I make fun of these NBA players who think they're accomplishing something great by beating up on far weaker opponents. If I were a multi-millionaire NBA star, I would say, "Let some high school or college player take my place. I've got all I need, and I can travel the world anytime I want. And I've already proven myself. Give somebody else a shot." But alas, such is not the "American way."
Fortunately for all those who want to see the best athletic talent the world has to put on display, you are NOT a multi-millionaire NBA star. BTW, I have some news for you. Our women's soccer team is made up of professionals. Those competing in the Olympic tennis tournament are professionals (e.g., Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Venus and Serena Williams, etc.). Additionally, the reason we send our professionals is because all the other countries do.

I have all the respect in the world for American amateurs who are competing; I just don't respect them more than all the other amateur athletes from all the other countries who are competing.  


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You could learn to shut your trap sometimes. I'm with Schultz on this. Your self-righteous schtick gets old after a while.

I agree with you. I still haven't learned to control my sarcasm. I could have stated my opinion with less ridicule. I ask forgiveness from those I have offended. Pray for me, a sinner.


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« Reply #29 on: July 30, 2012, 11:14:41 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Congrats to the NBA... uh, I mean, USA... on that spectacular win over France. What a hard fought victory. They should be proud. They might even go on to win a gold medal, unlike the NBA... I mean USA... team of 2004. You have to be proud as an American to watch us do in basketball what we do economically, politically, and militarily to the rest of the world. It's all about domination baby! \



You realize that France has six NBA players and four of them are starters right?
Why have I been watching Olympics soccer matches all week and yet they only had the "opening ceremony" last night?  Grin Huh

Why did I watch the opening ceremony and was left saying ' so when is the real opening ceremony?'  laugh that was so boring, with few exceptions.
Its British, they have a euphemism for boring, its called tasteful Wink

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« Reply #30 on: July 31, 2012, 11:26:16 AM »


I didn't see the whole thing....but, I rather enjoyed the moments I got to see.

I LOVED the flying doves (on bicycles).  I thought that was rather cool.

I could have done without the flirting couple roaming from decade to decade through all the music styles...but,....

I also thought the flame on the speedboat with Beckham driving was rather nice....all lit up....flying through the darkened city....and then the spiraling fireworks as it approached the stadium.  The fireworks were actually rather nice.

The kids lighting the torch was also good!  Let's hear it for the future, not just the past....and all the multiple flames ending in one, was also kind of nice.

Although everyone holding hands and swaying to music around a large flame did give me the creeps for a second....kind of paganistic....as the whole flame ritual is from the get go.

However, I think the games are a great way to bring the world together, with no political baggage. 

I was thrilled to see so many different nations, some who are actively warring against each other....all come together for the event.  I heard the Iraqi flag-bearer was crying.

Imagine how some of these athletes who live in war torn environments, poverty, disease...feel when they see the rest of the world, and the way the other people live? 

Oh, and it was nice to see the queen....and her grandkids.  Anyone see Charles?  I didn't see him there.

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« Reply #31 on: August 01, 2012, 01:03:53 AM »

Oh yes, Charles is up to his usual antics. He's gotten quite the visibility lately...

http://themetapicture.com/prince-charles/
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« Reply #32 on: August 01, 2012, 01:18:13 AM »


That's a funny photo.

I saw that a few days ago.

The "men" are making a dash for it, but, Camilla is taking it all in stride.  One of her better photos.

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« Reply #33 on: August 01, 2012, 01:21:10 AM »

These were the "doves" of peace.

I thought it was really cool!



Their "wings" actually moved up and down, and their tails flew out behind them.



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« Reply #34 on: August 01, 2012, 02:13:13 AM »

Really like the Russian uniforms.  Smiley
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« Reply #35 on: August 01, 2012, 09:53:19 AM »

Here's what gets me.
1. That badminton is actually an Olympic sport.
2. That 8 players would get kicked out of the women's tournament for actually trying to lose their matches.
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« Reply #36 on: August 01, 2012, 10:08:21 AM »

Here's what gets me.
1. That badminton is actually an Olympic sport.

So I take it that you would like badminton to join this list?
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« Reply #37 on: August 01, 2012, 10:35:38 AM »

Here's what gets me.
1. That badminton is actually an Olympic sport.

So I take it that you would like badminton to join this list?

I don't care if badminton goes on that list, but softball should be taken off! Smiley
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« Reply #38 on: August 01, 2012, 11:04:46 AM »

I saw Poland win in volleyball the other day at Buffalo Wild Wings.
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« Reply #39 on: August 01, 2012, 03:00:36 PM »

I agree with you. I still haven't learned to control my sarcasm. I could have stated my opinion with less ridicule.

You think?  Sarcasm is not a gift you possess. Just state what you think and leave it at that.
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« Reply #40 on: August 01, 2012, 04:06:45 PM »

Here's what gets me.
1. That badminton is actually an Olympic sport.
2. That 8 players would get kicked out of the women's tournament for actually trying to lose their matches.
Because badminton is endlessly entertaining.
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« Reply #41 on: August 01, 2012, 04:31:06 PM »

Here's what gets me.
1. That badminton is actually an Olympic sport.
2. That 8 players would get kicked out of the women's tournament for actually trying to lose their matches.
Because badminton is endlessly entertaining.

Badminton is the David Caruso of sports.  And it has a World Federation?  Come on!
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« Reply #42 on: August 01, 2012, 04:40:45 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Here's what gets me.
1. That badminton is actually an Olympic sport.
2. That 8 players would get kicked out of the women's tournament for actually trying to lose their matches.

Dude, have you ever played a match against a professional level Badminton player? It was a very demanding and exhausting sport physically as well as mentally.

stay blessed,
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« Reply #43 on: August 01, 2012, 09:56:49 PM »

Here's what gets me.
1. That badminton is actually an Olympic sport.

So I take it that you would like badminton to join this list?

tug of war would be awesome!
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« Reply #44 on: August 01, 2012, 09:57:42 PM »

Here's what gets me.
1. That badminton is actually an Olympic sport.
2. That 8 players would get kicked out of the women's tournament for actually trying to lose their matches.
Because badminton is endlessly entertaining.

not as entertaining as horse ballet.
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