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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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« 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.


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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.

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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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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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We watched men's team diving and women's volleyball tonight.
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« Reply #46 on: August 02, 2012, 01:54:14 AM »

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.


Just kick me while I'm down. Gosh. Sad



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Some kid from my high school is swimming or something. And a friend's dad is coaching Portuguese swimmers.
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« Reply #48 on: August 02, 2012, 08:05:21 PM »

I see the U.S. men's basketball team just set an Olympic single-game record for points scored in their 156-73 win over Nigeria. Shocked
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Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I see the U.S. men's basketball team just set an Olympic single-game record for points scored in their 156-73 win over Nigeria. Shocked



"So.. what was all that head we were woofing against the 2012 USA Team Scottie?"

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« Reply #50 on: August 03, 2012, 12:08:48 AM »

I see the U.S. men's basketball team just set an Olympic single-game record for points scored in their 156-73 win over Nigeria. Shocked

A proud day for America, and a thrilling moment in Olympic history. Roll Eyes

America needs to lobby to make stock car racing an Olympic sport. Just imagine how bad we could beat Nigeria in that event!



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« Reply #52 on: August 03, 2012, 12:25:45 AM »

I see the U.S. men's basketball team just set an Olympic single-game record for points scored in their 156-73 win over Nigeria. Shocked

A proud day for America, and a thrilling moment in Olympic history. Roll Eyes

America needs to lobby to make stock car racing an Olympic sport. Just imagine how bad we could beat Nigeria in that event!
It just proves that Nigeria needs to develop a better men's basketball team. If we had sent a team of collegians to play them, we would have still whooped their sorry butts, only by a margin of 40 points instead of 83. Is it our fault that they suck?
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« Reply #53 on: August 03, 2012, 12:37:02 AM »

I watched that whole game and the only way you can sum it up and do it just is by noting the fact that Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points in fourteen freaking minutes
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« Reply #54 on: August 03, 2012, 12:51:55 AM »

I see the U.S. men's basketball team just set an Olympic single-game record for points scored in their 156-73 win over Nigeria. Shocked

A proud day for America, and a thrilling moment in Olympic history. Roll Eyes

America needs to lobby to make stock car racing an Olympic sport. Just imagine how bad we could beat Nigeria in that event!
It just proves that Nigeria needs to develop a better men's basketball team. If we had sent a team of collegians to play them, we would have still whooped their sorry butts, only by a margin of 40 points instead of 83. Is it our fault that they suck?

Like I said, let's lobby to make stock car racing an Olympic sport. And football too. Let's send an NFL "dream team" to demolish the Nigerias of the world. And why stop there? Let's make war an Olympic sport and bomb the world to oblivion. After all, it's not our fault if they can't defend themselves. Might makes right!


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« Reply #55 on: August 03, 2012, 01:07:07 AM »

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

Oh, um, yeah, yeah yeah, of course!  Grin
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« Reply #56 on: August 03, 2012, 02:06:23 AM »

I see the U.S. men's basketball team just set an Olympic single-game record for points scored in their 156-73 win over Nigeria. Shocked

A proud day for America, and a thrilling moment in Olympic history. Roll Eyes

America needs to lobby to make stock car racing an Olympic sport. Just imagine how bad we could beat Nigeria in that event!
It just proves that Nigeria needs to develop a better men's basketball team. If we had sent a team of collegians to play them, we would have still whooped their sorry butts, only by a margin of 40 points instead of 83. Is it our fault that they suck?

Like I said, let's lobby to make stock car racing an Olympic sport. And football too. Let's send an NFL "dream team" to demolish the Nigerias of the world. And why stop there? Let's make war an Olympic sport and bomb the world to oblivion. After all, it's not our fault if they can't defend themselves. Might makes right!
Get off your freakin' high horse, Gebre. Angry You're pulling the same exact s**t for which you apologized on Monday.
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« Reply #57 on: August 03, 2012, 04:43:45 AM »

I see the U.S. men's basketball team just set an Olympic single-game record for points scored in their 156-73 win over Nigeria. Shocked

A proud day for America, and a thrilling moment in Olympic history. Roll Eyes

America needs to lobby to make stock car racing an Olympic sport. Just imagine how bad we could beat Nigeria in that event!
It just proves that Nigeria needs to develop a better men's basketball team. If we had sent a team of collegians to play them, we would have still whooped their sorry butts, only by a margin of 40 points instead of 83. Is it our fault that they suck?

Like I said, let's lobby to make stock car racing an Olympic sport. And football too. Let's send an NFL "dream team" to demolish the Nigerias of the world. And why stop there? Let's make war an Olympic sport and bomb the world to oblivion. After all, it's not our fault if they can't defend themselves. Might makes right!
Get off your freakin' high horse, Gebre. Angry You're pulling the same exact s**t for which you apologized on Monday.

No, I don't think I am. Yes, it may be a bit sarcastic, but it makes a point. Disagree with me all you wish, but don't accuse me of being on a "high horse" in this instance simply because you have a different perspective. Seems to me that you're the one on your USA high horse, disparaging weaker athletes and coutries that don't have the resources or manpower to compete with your beloved "dream team" superstars. So with respect, check yourself brother.


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« Reply #58 on: August 03, 2012, 07:28:49 AM »

I'm sorry Gebre, but you will not see a perfect game of basketball like that maybe never again. It was Harlem Globetrotter-esque without the goofery.
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« Reply #59 on: August 03, 2012, 08:03:11 AM »

German babes are the best.

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Remember, there are other Orthodox nations in the world, besides Russia and Greece.

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« Reply #60 on: August 03, 2012, 08:06:08 AM »

I see the U.S. men's basketball team just set an Olympic single-game record for points scored in their 156-73 win over Nigeria. Shocked

A proud day for America, and a thrilling moment in Olympic history. Roll Eyes

America needs to lobby to make stock car racing an Olympic sport. Just imagine how bad we could beat Nigeria in that event!
It just proves that Nigeria needs to develop a better men's basketball team. If we had sent a team of collegians to play them, we would have still whooped their sorry butts, only by a margin of 40 points instead of 83. Is it our fault that they suck?

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Get off your freakin' high horse, Gebre. Angry You're pulling the same exact s**t for which you apologized on Monday.

No, I don't think I am. Yes, it may be a bit sarcastic, but it makes a point. Disagree with me all you wish, but don't accuse me of being on a "high horse" in this instance simply because you have a different perspective. Seems to me that you're the one on your USA high horse, disparaging weaker athletes and coutries that don't have the resources or manpower to compete with your beloved "dream team" superstars. So with respect, check yourself brother.


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« Reply #61 on: August 03, 2012, 08:09:58 AM »

I was raised (mostly through influence of my grandfather) in the school of thought of "don't embarrass your opponents". However, what were they supposed to do, miss on purpose, or stand with the ball until the clock shot ran out and hand the ball over? They had to keep playing, it's not their fault that everything was going in. There were no "3rd string" low caliber guys to put in.
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« Reply #62 on: August 03, 2012, 08:10:33 AM »

I'm sorry Gebre, but you will not see a perfect game of basketball like that maybe never again. It was Harlem Globetrotter-esque without the goofery.

But what glory is there in dominating such weak competition? It's like heavyweight champions. The greats are determined not only by their record, but by the quality of their competition. The USA "dream teams" could win every game 200 - 0, and that wouldn't prove greatness in my book. I know I'm in the minority here, but I define greatness by sustained success over quality opposition, not by destroying inferior opponents on a short term stage.

But hey, each to his own. If this is what gets you excited, enjoy it. I could gather up some guys in my neighborhood and go to the private school around the corner and dominate their high school basketball team. It might make us feel good to beat the crap out of some spoiled rich kids, but it wouldn't prove anything. We prefer the challenge of playing against one another, the best against the best. It's more exciting, it's much more fun, and it's much more rewarding when you win. But that's just how I came up. I can't expect others to share my competative values. It doesn't make me right, but it sure doesn't make me wrong.  Wink


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« Reply #63 on: August 03, 2012, 08:15:53 AM »

I was raised (mostly through influence of my grandfather) in the school of thought of "don't embarrass your opponents". However, what were they supposed to do, miss on purpose, or stand with the ball until the clock shot ran out and hand the ball over? They had to keep playing, it's not their fault that everything was going in. There were no "3rd string" low caliber guys to put in.

The point is, these guys should defer to our high school players or at least a "dream team" of college freshman. The USA would still win gold 98% of the time, but at least the games would be a bit more competative and the USA wouldn't look so ridiculous for showing off in this manner. But alas, such is not the "American way." Might makes right and dollars determine values.


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« Reply #64 on: August 03, 2012, 09:09:31 AM »

I also agree with GMK.  Not for the points so much as for the USA team are professionals.  College students should be competing, not people whose only purpose in life is to compete at the sport.
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I also agree with GMK.  Not for the points so much as for the USA team are professionals.  College students should be competing, not people whose only purpose in life is to compete at the sport.

Every country has professionals competing in all the sports.  Let's not put all the blame on the US for stacking the deck when it's allowed (although let me be clear: it's a pretty sad thing to do).  Blame the IOCC for allowing professionals to compete in the first place.
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« Reply #66 on: August 03, 2012, 09:46:10 AM »

I also agree with GMK.  Not for the points so much as for the USA team are professionals.  College students should be competing, not people whose only purpose in life is to compete at the sport.

Every country has professionals competing in all the sports.  Let's not put all the blame on the US for stacking the deck when it's allowed (although let me be clear: it's a pretty sad thing to do).  Blame the IOCC for allowing professionals to compete in the first place.


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« Reply #67 on: August 03, 2012, 09:50:14 AM »

BREAKING NEWS:

From the occasional post medal escapade interview I've heard, Medal Winners agree:

Winning the medal feels good.
Seeing your flag is awesome.
It feels good.
A lot of hard work went into their journey.
There are too many people to thank.
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« Reply #68 on: August 03, 2012, 09:56:39 AM »

What Summer Games sports have you played (in a relatively organized manner, high school and beyond, no recreational nonsense!):

Wrestling
Soccer
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I've only done recreational nonsense  Grin
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« Reply #70 on: August 03, 2012, 10:03:36 AM »

BREAKING NEWS:

From the occasional post medal escapade interview I've heard, Medal Winners agree:

Winning the medal feels good.
Seeing your flag is awesome.
It feels good.
A lot of hard work went into their journey.
There are too many people to thank.
It feels amazing.

 

Tyler Clary did one better yesterday.  When asked how it felt, he said, "I can't put it in words small enough for you to broadcast."
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BREAKING NEWS:

From the occasional post medal escapade interview I've heard, Medal Winners agree:

Winning the medal feels good.
Seeing your flag is awesome.
It feels good.
A lot of hard work went into their journey.
There are too many people to thank.
It feels amazing.

 

Tyler Clary did one better yesterday.  When asked how it felt, he said, "I can't put it in words small enough for you to broadcast."

Awesome.
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« Reply #72 on: August 03, 2012, 10:07:03 AM »

I see the U.S. men's basketball team just set an Olympic single-game record for points scored in their 156-73 win over Nigeria. Shocked

How did they let them score 73?
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« Reply #73 on: August 03, 2012, 10:18:59 AM »

The backlash against Gabby Douglas for having the audacity to be in public w/o having her hair done is hilarious.  It plainly shows where priorities are in the United States.

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« Reply #74 on: August 03, 2012, 10:26:09 AM »

The backlash against Gabby Douglas for having the audacity to be in public w/o having her hair done is hilarious.  It plainly shows where priorities are in the United States.

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This has left the twitter world, entered the mainstream hair world of the internet, and had reached the streets where I live.

I've heard some the stupidest talk about this. I'll spare everyone that talk and my reaction to it.
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« Reply #75 on: August 03, 2012, 10:34:07 AM »

I'm sorry Gebre, but you will not see a perfect game of basketball like that maybe never again. It was Harlem Globetrotter-esque without the goofery.

But what glory is there in dominating such weak competition? It's like heavyweight champions. The greats are determined not only by their record, but by the quality of their competition. The USA "dream teams" could win every game 200 - 0, and that wouldn't prove greatness in my book. I know I'm in the minority here, but I define greatness by sustained success over quality opposition, not by destroying inferior opponents on a short term stage.

But hey, each to his own. If this is what gets you excited, enjoy it. I could gather up some guys in my neighborhood and go to the private school around the corner and dominate their high school basketball team. It might make us feel good to beat the crap out of some spoiled rich kids, but it wouldn't prove anything. We prefer the challenge of playing against one another, the best against the best. It's more exciting, it's much more fun, and it's much more rewarding when you win. But that's just how I came up. I can't expect others to share my competative values. It doesn't make me right, but it sure doesn't make me wrong.  Wink


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

The backlash against Gabby Douglas for having the audacity to be in public w/o having her hair done is hilarious.  It plainly shows where priorities are in the United States.

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That  is an American black cultural thing, I'm not even sure mainstream American white folks would even remotely understand the hoopla Wink

I was actually just thinking how weird it is for the women to have to compete in full make-up, whether in the gym, on the track, or even in the pool! What if the men had a such cumbersome attention to fashion!

Props to her though, it is nice to see something other than  lily white faces, and I knew that girl would win from the first time she hit the floor this week.  She just had the blend of dedication, confidence, and above all else, outlandish skill!!
I watched that whole game and the only way you can sum it up and do it just is by noting the fact that Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points in fourteen freaking minutes

I missed this game, but when I looked at the box score and the stat lines, that is the EXACT same conclusion I came up with.  As much as I really don't like Melo, I have to give it up to him, that was a flawless performance at a top-tier level.  (That, or Nigeria has REALLY bad outside defense, and considering that US had 29 3s like they were the 2009 Phoenix Suns I suppose its a little bit of both)

To bro GMK, yes, the US dominates FIBA, so what? We get our behinds handed to us in other events, Americans should rightfully dominate something shouldn't they?  Besides, again, the international b-ball is making serious gains, almost every team has at least one or two NBA players, there are several all-stars and NBA champions out there, and almost ALL the players have had some college experience in the US.  I'd say that within 10 years, FIBA will be more successful that every other international sport, and will in fact catch up with FIFA.  After all, players for basketball teams in TURKEY make as much as NBA players now, let alone in Europe Wink

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« Reply #77 on: August 03, 2012, 04:38:39 PM »

Anyone else see that goalkeeper get a knee to the face in the USA/NZL soccer match? Ouch!

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Anyone else see that goalkeeper get a knee to the face in the USA/NZL soccer match? Ouch!





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« Reply #79 on: August 03, 2012, 05:20:10 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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This is a sports event and I do not believe that athletes in general are at all interested in your points. So, this is yet another instance where you slam the United States because she is superior in something, even sports.   Frankly, I am getting tired of your whining.
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« Reply #80 on: August 03, 2012, 05:22:15 PM »

Anyone else see that goalkeeper get a knee to the face in the USA/NZL soccer match? Ouch!



I saw that and I think the referee should have awarded a penalty kick. This is the second game in a row where a blatant foul by a team opposing the US was not called.
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« Reply #81 on: August 03, 2012, 05:32:00 PM »

Anyone else see that goalkeeper get a knee to the face in the USA/NZL soccer match? Ouch!



I saw that and I think the referee should have awarded a penalty kick. This is the second game in a row where a blatant foul by a team opposing the US was not called.

Can I get this clip in context?

I played soccer and while never Celticfan's level, I did earn an athletic scholarship for my play and I also refereed for a long time, even at the college level.

In my time, I was knocked out at least four times as goalie, and all through fair play by the other team.

FIFA has become ueber-protective of the goalie over the years IMHO, but I would like to see this play in context as this clip could easily be considered fair play in my opinion.
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« Reply #82 on: August 03, 2012, 05:33:10 PM »

I tried to find a longer clip on youtube (when I originally posted it) but each vid had been pulled due to copyright claims.
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« Reply #83 on: August 03, 2012, 05:36:56 PM »

Here's a slightly longer clip (for as long as it's up)...
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« Reply #84 on: August 03, 2012, 05:41:06 PM »

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I see the U.S. men's basketball team just set an Olympic single-game record for points scored in their 156-73 win over Nigeria. Shocked



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« Reply #85 on: August 03, 2012, 05:47:48 PM »

Here's a slightly longer clip (for as long as it's up)...

No way that is a foul on the American player. It is fair play.
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Here's a slightly longer clip (for as long as it's up)...

No way that is a foul on the American player. It is fair play.

Dude if that is NOT a foul, surely it should be.  Kneeing somebody in the face, even if on accident, is serious business.  All the machismo of "I've been kneed in the face too so buck it up" is not going to change that.  In the NFL culture, machismo overpowered safety and now countless player are admitting that they've hid concussions and other head injuries from coaches and officials to keep playing or out of a sense of "its not really that bad."  In high school football we are also just starting to discover the massive scale of head-injuries which occur routinely, and further starting to realize the potentially long-term effects both NFL and even just high-school playing has on the brain.  We may just find a dispproportionate amount of dementia and other degenerative disorders amongst current retiring and elder footballers.  FIFA than shouldn't just let them play, they should make a statement by even ejecting players who are so careless in play that they steam-roll over other players.  After all, these folks don't wear any kind of padding to speak of!  With the increase in athleticism and physical prowess amongst footballers, soccer is becoming an increasingly masochistic sport if you ask me Sad

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Here's a slightly longer clip (for as long as it's up)...

No way that is a foul on the American player. It is fair play.

Dude if that is NOT a foul, surely it should be.  Kneeing somebody in the face, even if on accident, is serious business.  All the machismo of "I've been kneed in the face too so buck it up" is not going to change that.  In the NFL culture, machismo overpowered safety and now countless player are admitting that they've hid concussions and other head injuries from coaches and officials to keep playing or out of a sense of "its not really that bad."  In high school football we are also just starting to discover the massive scale of head-injuries which occur routinely, and further starting to realize the potentially long-term effects both NFL and even just high-school playing has on the brain.  We may just find a dispproportionate amount of dementia and other degenerative disorders amongst current retiring and elder footballers.  FIFA than shouldn't just let them play, they should make a statement by even ejecting players who are so careless in play that they steam-roll over other players.  After all, these folks don't wear any kind of padding to speak of!  With the increase in athleticism and physical prowess amongst footballers, soccer is becoming an increasingly masochistic sport if you ask me Sad

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You don't understand much about soccer then. If that wasn't a goalie but a player playing another position, the kneed would get the foul.

You cannot engage in play that puts others at risk or yourself to the point that such risk might deter the player from playing as they might like.

When it comes to goalies they are given greater latitude to put themselves at risk. Frankly, this goalie's play half a second later on her part is FOUL PLAY on her. She went to the ground to contest a ball in POSSESSION of the American player. By the time she obstructed the American's play, the ball was clearly not playable by the goalie, this is problematic.

It was fair play as the ball was playable as the goalie went into her slide toward the ball.

The American didn't intentionally knee her and had no recourse than to do what she did. This is all slowed down BTW. In RT, stuff happens much more quickly.

Again the American had possession and control. When a goalie decides to contest another player in this manner, it can get ugly.

Been there, done that.

Great call on part of the official. Evidently, play was stopped to check for serious injuries (this is NOT required) and was given a restart via a drop ball.

Goalies have gained too much protection over the years. Glad to see when a goalie decides to challenge possession they are not given a white card so to speak to do whatever they want.

Again this is coming from someone who played aggressively as a goal keeper and took their lumps for doing so.  

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

Here's a slightly longer clip (for as long as it's up)...

No way that is a foul on the American player. It is fair play.
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So, did you know there was a "gatecrasher" during the opening ceremony?

Apparently it caused quite the stir in India.



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OK...that photo was NOT that big on the original site.  Sorry.

....but, it gives you a good view of the older man's face who is giving her the "look".  Wink
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« Reply #91 on: August 03, 2012, 06:25:52 PM »

You can manually resize photos by using "width=" and then the size within the img tag (hit the quote button for this post to see it). Smiley Resized...

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Here's a slightly longer clip (for as long as it's up)...

No way that is a foul on the American player. It is fair play.

Dude if that is NOT a foul, surely it should be.  Kneeing somebody in the face, even if on accident, is serious business.  All the machismo of "I've been kneed in the face too so buck it up" is not going to change that.  In the NFL culture, machismo overpowered safety and now countless player are admitting that they've hid concussions and other head injuries from coaches and officials to keep playing or out of a sense of "its not really that bad."  In high school football we are also just starting to discover the massive scale of head-injuries which occur routinely, and further starting to realize the potentially long-term effects both NFL and even just high-school playing has on the brain.  We may just find a dispproportionate amount of dementia and other degenerative disorders amongst current retiring and elder footballers.  FIFA than shouldn't just let them play, they should make a statement by even ejecting players who are so careless in play that they steam-roll over other players.  After all, these folks don't wear any kind of padding to speak of!  With the increase in athleticism and physical prowess amongst footballers, soccer is becoming an increasingly masochistic sport if you ask me Sad

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You don't understand much about soccer then. If that wasn't a goalie but a player playing another position, the kneed would get the foul.

You cannot engage in play that puts others at risk or yourself to the point that such risk might deter the player from playing as they might like.

When it comes to goalies they are given greater latitude to put themselves at risk. Frankly, this goalie's play half a second later on her part is FOUL PLAY on her. She went to the ground to contest a ball in POSSESSION of the American player. By the time she obstructed the American's play, the ball was clearly not playable by the goalie, this is problematic.

It was fair play as the ball was playable as the goalie went into her slide toward the ball.

The American didn't intentionally knee her and had no recourse than to do what she did. This is all slowed down BTW. In RT, stuff happens much more quickly.

Again the American had possession and control. When a goalie decides to contest another player in this manner, it can get ugly.

Been there, done that.

Great call on part of the official. Evidently, play was stopped to check for serious injuries (this is NOT required) and was given a restart via a drop ball.

Goalies have gained too much protection over the years. Glad to see when a goalie decides to challenge possession they are not given a white card so to speak to do whatever they want.

Again this is coming from someone who played aggressively as a goal keeper and took their lumps for doing so.  

 

Oh my brother, I am aware of the various rules, but rules can be changed, and rules that allow for players, even goalkeepers, to get hit that hard, even if by accident, is simply dangerous.  In the NBA, even if it is a straight up accident, a player could easily get ejected with a Flagrant 2 for a play like that.  Players shouldn't be allowed to disregard each others safety, regardless of a particular field position, or a machismo "let em play" approach.  Again, I understand the rules and how that play was allowed, I am just arguing that those rules and plays like that are too dangerous.  That was an ugly play, even if by accident, and players need to be more careful not to put each other at such risk.  I love sport, but I don't want to see athletes getting hurt just because of a love of competition Sad

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Here's a slightly longer clip (for as long as it's up)...

No way that is a foul on the American player. It is fair play.

Dude if that is NOT a foul, surely it should be.  Kneeing somebody in the face, even if on accident, is serious business.  All the machismo of "I've been kneed in the face too so buck it up" is not going to change that.  In the NFL culture, machismo overpowered safety and now countless player are admitting that they've hid concussions and other head injuries from coaches and officials to keep playing or out of a sense of "its not really that bad."  In high school football we are also just starting to discover the massive scale of head-injuries which occur routinely, and further starting to realize the potentially long-term effects both NFL and even just high-school playing has on the brain.  We may just find a dispproportionate amount of dementia and other degenerative disorders amongst current retiring and elder footballers.  FIFA than shouldn't just let them play, they should make a statement by even ejecting players who are so careless in play that they steam-roll over other players.  After all, these folks don't wear any kind of padding to speak of!  With the increase in athleticism and physical prowess amongst footballers, soccer is becoming an increasingly masochistic sport if you ask me Sad

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You don't understand much about soccer then. If that wasn't a goalie but a player playing another position, the kneed would get the foul.

You cannot engage in play that puts others at risk or yourself to the point that such risk might deter the player from playing as they might like.

When it comes to goalies they are given greater latitude to put themselves at risk. Frankly, this goalie's play half a second later on her part is FOUL PLAY on her. She went to the ground to contest a ball in POSSESSION of the American player. By the time she obstructed the American's play, the ball was clearly not playable by the goalie, this is problematic.

It was fair play as the ball was playable as the goalie went into her slide toward the ball.

The American didn't intentionally knee her and had no recourse than to do what she did. This is all slowed down BTW. In RT, stuff happens much more quickly.

Again the American had possession and control. When a goalie decides to contest another player in this manner, it can get ugly.

Been there, done that.

Great call on part of the official. Evidently, play was stopped to check for serious injuries (this is NOT required) and was given a restart via a drop ball.

Goalies have gained too much protection over the years. Glad to see when a goalie decides to challenge possession they are not given a white card so to speak to do whatever they want.

Again this is coming from someone who played aggressively as a goal keeper and took their lumps for doing so.  

 

Oh my brother, I am aware of the various rules, but rules can be changed, and rules that allow for players, even goalkeepers, to get hit that hard, even if by accident, is simply dangerous.  In the NBA, even if it is a straight up accident, a player could easily get ejected with a Flagrant 2 for a play like that.  Players shouldn't be allowed to disregard each others safety, regardless of a particular field position, or a machismo "let em play" approach.  Again, I understand the rules and how that play was allowed, I am just arguing that those rules and plays like that are too dangerous.  That was an ugly play, even if by accident, and players need to be more careful not to put each other at such risk.  I love sport, but I don't want to see athletes getting hurt just because of a love of competition Sad

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I think the NBA has suffered a bit due to the over protection of the shooter, especially in the air.

The way to avoid incidences like the above is for goalies not to put themselves at such risk.

There is no reason to penalize an offensive player in control of the ball just because a goalie wishes to take their chances with the player's feet.

I don't even know how you avoid such situations in soccer outside ruling against the goalie, which will never happen.

The goalie's play here is what made the situation dangerous. Nothing else.

Some kids' leagues now have the unfortunate off the book rules about giving goalies's possession of the ball if they are x steps close to the ball or some such nonsense like that in one on one situation.

Frankly, I can't believe we are discussing this about soccer which is a tame sport compared to boxing or god forbid, the NFL, both of which are great arguments for less padding in nearly any sport.

I boxed. And I got my clock cleaned a lot more often just in practice than I ever did defending goal.

Take away the head gear and the gloves. It encourages headhunting in the amateurs and doesn't allow for our natural defensives to pushing the repeated pummeling of a skull with the small bones of the hand and wrist or the ending of a match due to excessive bleeding.

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Here's a slightly longer clip (for as long as it's up)...

No way that is a foul on the American player. It is fair play.

Dude if that is NOT a foul, surely it should be.  Kneeing somebody in the face, even if on accident, is serious business.  All the machismo of "I've been kneed in the face too so buck it up" is not going to change that.  In the NFL culture, machismo overpowered safety and now countless player are admitting that they've hid concussions and other head injuries from coaches and officials to keep playing or out of a sense of "its not really that bad."  In high school football we are also just starting to discover the massive scale of head-injuries which occur routinely, and further starting to realize the potentially long-term effects both NFL and even just high-school playing has on the brain.  We may just find a dispproportionate amount of dementia and other degenerative disorders amongst current retiring and elder footballers.  FIFA than shouldn't just let them play, they should make a statement by even ejecting players who are so careless in play that they steam-roll over other players.  After all, these folks don't wear any kind of padding to speak of!  With the increase in athleticism and physical prowess amongst footballers, soccer is becoming an increasingly masochistic sport if you ask me Sad

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It is obvious that you have no clue about this game. (For the record, I played, coached and refereed soccer). The goalies play was reckless and posed a danger to both herself and the attacking player. I have done exactly the same thing, and, not only was I red-carded, the attackers got a penalty kick against our second string goalie. Double whammy but in accordance with the rules.
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Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Here's a slightly longer clip (for as long as it's up)...

No way that is a foul on the American player. It is fair play.

Dude if that is NOT a foul, surely it should be.  Kneeing somebody in the face, even if on accident, is serious business.  All the machismo of "I've been kneed in the face too so buck it up" is not going to change that.  In the NFL culture, machismo overpowered safety and now countless player are admitting that they've hid concussions and other head injuries from coaches and officials to keep playing or out of a sense of "its not really that bad."  In high school football we are also just starting to discover the massive scale of head-injuries which occur routinely, and further starting to realize the potentially long-term effects both NFL and even just high-school playing has on the brain.  We may just find a dispproportionate amount of dementia and other degenerative disorders amongst current retiring and elder footballers.  FIFA than shouldn't just let them play, they should make a statement by even ejecting players who are so careless in play that they steam-roll over other players.  After all, these folks don't wear any kind of padding to speak of!  With the increase in athleticism and physical prowess amongst footballers, soccer is becoming an increasingly masochistic sport if you ask me Sad

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It is obvious that you have no clue about this game. (For the record, I played, coached and refereed soccer). The goalies play was reckless and posed a danger to both herself and the attacking player. I have done exactly the same thing, and, not only was I red-carded, the attackers got a penalty kick against our second string goalie. Double whammy but in accordance with the rules.

Ballsy move on the ref's part and one I cannot disagree with.

Very hard call to make at this level of competition.

But I do agree with you. I didn't want to bring up that possibility because it seems so outrageous to those who haven't played and officiated.

EDIT: I must've misread your other post, cause I thought you were suggesting the American player was at fault.

EDIT 2: Yep. Totally misread it. Good for you for taking a strong stance.
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« Reply #96 on: August 03, 2012, 07:36:10 PM »

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

Here's a slightly longer clip (for as long as it's up)...

No way that is a foul on the American player. It is fair play.

Dude if that is NOT a foul, surely it should be.  Kneeing somebody in the face, even if on accident, is serious business.  All the machismo of "I've been kneed in the face too so buck it up" is not going to change that.  In the NFL culture, machismo overpowered safety and now countless player are admitting that they've hid concussions and other head injuries from coaches and officials to keep playing or out of a sense of "its not really that bad."  In high school football we are also just starting to discover the massive scale of head-injuries which occur routinely, and further starting to realize the potentially long-term effects both NFL and even just high-school playing has on the brain.  We may just find a dispproportionate amount of dementia and other degenerative disorders amongst current retiring and elder footballers.  FIFA than shouldn't just let them play, they should make a statement by even ejecting players who are so careless in play that they steam-roll over other players.  After all, these folks don't wear any kind of padding to speak of!  With the increase in athleticism and physical prowess amongst footballers, soccer is becoming an increasingly masochistic sport if you ask me Sad

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It is obvious that you have no clue about this game. (For the record, I played, coached and refereed soccer). The goalies play was reckless and posed a danger to both herself and the attacking player. I have done exactly the same thing, and, not only was I red-carded, the attackers got a penalty kick against our second string goalie. Double whammy but in accordance with the rules.

Ballsy move on the ref's part and one I cannot disagree with.

Very hard call to make at this level of competition.

But I do agree with you. I didn't want to bring up that possibility because it seems so outrageous to those who haven't played and officiated.

EDIT: I must've misread your other post, cause I thought you were suggesting the American player was at fault.

EDIT 2: Yep. Totally misread it. Good for you for taking a strong stance.

Regarding the foul on Morgan, there should have been no way that it was missed by the ref or side judge. So, unless FIFA has changed the rules, this was a huge mistake by the ref team. I think they should be disciplined for the safety of the players and the good of the sport.

Regarding the deliberate sucker punching of Wambach by the Bolivian player, the refs may well have not noticed. But, FIFA officials after reviewing the film ought to discipline the Bolivian coach and player. Life time ban would be just fine by me.

And, since I am ranting, FIFA should take firm and decisive action against the soft players who pretend to have been fouled and injured. Start with Renaldo, please!

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« Reply #97 on: August 03, 2012, 07:42:35 PM »

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Here's a slightly longer clip (for as long as it's up)...

No way that is a foul on the American player. It is fair play.

Dude if that is NOT a foul, surely it should be.  Kneeing somebody in the face, even if on accident, is serious business.  All the machismo of "I've been kneed in the face too so buck it up" is not going to change that.  In the NFL culture, machismo overpowered safety and now countless player are admitting that they've hid concussions and other head injuries from coaches and officials to keep playing or out of a sense of "its not really that bad."  In high school football we are also just starting to discover the massive scale of head-injuries which occur routinely, and further starting to realize the potentially long-term effects both NFL and even just high-school playing has on the brain.  We may just find a dispproportionate amount of dementia and other degenerative disorders amongst current retiring and elder footballers.  FIFA than shouldn't just let them play, they should make a statement by even ejecting players who are so careless in play that they steam-roll over other players.  After all, these folks don't wear any kind of padding to speak of!  With the increase in athleticism and physical prowess amongst footballers, soccer is becoming an increasingly masochistic sport if you ask me Sad

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It is obvious that you have no clue about this game. (For the record, I played, coached and refereed soccer). The goalies play was reckless and posed a danger to both herself and the attacking player. I have done exactly the same thing, and, not only was I red-carded, the attackers got a penalty kick against our second string goalie. Double whammy but in accordance with the rules.

Ballsy move on the ref's part and one I cannot disagree with.

Very hard call to make at this level of competition.

But I do agree with you. I didn't want to bring up that possibility because it seems so outrageous to those who haven't played and officiated.

EDIT: I must've misread your other post, cause I thought you were suggesting the American player was at fault.

EDIT 2: Yep. Totally misread it. Good for you for taking a strong stance.

Regarding the foul on Morgan, there should have been no way that it was missed by the ref or side judge. So, unless FIFA has changed the rules, this was a huge mistake by the ref team. I think they should be disciplined for the safety of the players and the good of the sport.

Regarding the deliberate sucker punching of Wambach by the Bolivian player, the refs may well have not noticed. But, FIFA officials after reviewing the film ought to discipline the Bolivian coach and player. Life time ban would be just fine by me.

And, since I am ranting, FIFA should take firm and decisive action against the soft players who pretend to have been fouled and injured. Start with Renaldo, please!

I am Carl Kraeff and I approved this posting. Grin

I can't afford money or time wise to keep up with the sport anymore, although I would like to find a way to sanely do so.

I haven't seen the sucker punch. LOL. I can't imagine.

Wish I could see all the soccer, boxing, and wrestling matches (perhaps volleyball), but this time around I don't have the time or access.

Last Summer Games, I watched EVERY boxing match. And it made just get angrier at the state amateur boxing and scoring.

Well Second, we found some common ground. Awesome.
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« Reply #98 on: August 03, 2012, 08:40:56 PM »

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Second Chance, thank you for clarifying, but you and orthonorm both missed my point in your arguments about the legality of the play.  I wasn't arguing that the play was illegal, I was saying regardless of the rules it was dangerous.  You pointed out the goalkeeper took the dangerous risk, true, I agree, and perhaps as you suggested it should have been her who was carded.  However like wise the offending knee clearly had a solid follow-through even when she knew the goalkeeper was sliding under her. In the NBA its that kind of follow-through that can make even an accident a Flagrant 2 and an ejection, so I say either player or both should have been penalized if not ejected.   Ejections make a big statement about risky plays, if the goalkeeper knew she would face a serious penalty she perhaps might not have taken the risk of that dangerous play, and likewise the offending knee might have been a touch more careful Wink

I agree with you about your comments in Reply 96, that essentially is my same vibe about this play also.  It wasn't that it was illegal or against the rules, its that it was dangerous and risky, as we have already agreed. Its perhaps who is at fault that we are debating.

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I also agree with GMK.  Not for the points so much as for the USA team are professionals.  College students should be competing, not people whose only purpose in life is to compete at the sport.

Every country has professionals competing in all the sports.  Let's not put all the blame on the US for stacking the deck when it's allowed (although let me be clear: it's a pretty sad thing to do).  Blame the IOCC for allowing professionals to compete in the first place.
If that is where the blame belongs.  But if it is open to all professionals from all nations, I suppose there is no complaint to be made.
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« Reply #100 on: August 04, 2012, 12:07:30 AM »

And now for something completely different:

U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte admits to putting the "P" in pool. laugh

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/ryan-lochte-used-olympic-pool-purposes-other-swimming-204307621--oly.html
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« Reply #101 on: August 04, 2012, 04:17:21 AM »

Respect to the female Muslim athletes in these Olympics who have not sacrificed their modesty or convictions for a competative advantage. Some have been victorious, and some have been defeated in contest; but they're all winners in my book! Thank you for showing the world that feminine strength and beauty does not mean compromising modesty and virtue. You are an example to all women everywhere! (This is not an endorsement of Islam, but simply an acknowledgement of the virtue and modesty that God desires for all women to embrace.)








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« Reply #102 on: August 04, 2012, 03:24:14 PM »

Respect to the female Muslim athletes in these Olympics who have not sacrificed their modesty or convictions for a competative advantage. Some have been victorious, and some have been defeated in contest; but they're all winners in my book! Thank you for showing the world that feminine strength and beauty does not mean compromising modesty and virtue. You are an example to all women everywhere! (This is not an endorsement of Islam, but simply an acknowledgement of the virtue and modesty that God desires for all women to embrace.)



So the men have license to run around naked?
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« Reply #103 on: August 04, 2012, 03:30:01 PM »

I was raised (mostly through influence of my grandfather) in the school of thought of "don't embarrass your opponents". However, what were they supposed to do, miss on purpose, or stand with the ball until the clock shot ran out and hand the ball over? They had to keep playing, it's not their fault that everything was going in. There were no "3rd string" low caliber guys to put in.

The point is, these guys should defer to our high school players or at least a "dream team" of college freshman. The USA would still win gold 98% of the time, but at least the games would be a bit more competative and the USA wouldn't look so ridiculous for showing off in this manner. But alas, such is not the "American way." Might makes right and dollars determine values.


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Well, bud, it looks as if there are some good international teams who are not intimidated by our basketball prowess and are more than able to give our team a good scare. Take Lithuania, for instance.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/behind-box-score-where-lebron-james-led-team-161225606--oly.html

It took some more of LeBron James's clutch play down the stretch to eke out a come-from-behind nailbiter against the Lithuanian squad. Team USA 99, Lithuania 94.
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Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I was raised (mostly through influence of my grandfather) in the school of thought of "don't embarrass your opponents". However, what were they supposed to do, miss on purpose, or stand with the ball until the clock shot ran out and hand the ball over? They had to keep playing, it's not their fault that everything was going in. There were no "3rd string" low caliber guys to put in.

The point is, these guys should defer to our high school players or at least a "dream team" of college freshman. The USA would still win gold 98% of the time, but at least the games would be a bit more competative and the USA wouldn't look so ridiculous for showing off in this manner. But alas, such is not the "American way." Might makes right and dollars determine values.


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Well, bud, it looks as if there are some good international teams who are not intimidated by our basketball prowess and are more than able to give our team a good scare. Take Lithuania, for instance.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/behind-box-score-where-lebron-james-led-team-161225606--oly.html

It took some more of LeBron James's clutch play down the stretch to eke out a come-from-behind nailbiter against the Lithuanian squad. Team USA 99, Lithuania 94.

Yeah all that clutch fourth quarter play that the haterz denied Lebron had all these years..  Aside from in his first two Finals appearances, Lebron has statistically been one of the most clutch players in the NBA in the past 25 years!

I'm excited about the Spain-Brazil match in their group game on Monday, it determines who is going to the Quarters now that Russia has clinched the group.

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« Reply #105 on: August 05, 2012, 02:10:06 AM »

I was raised (mostly through influence of my grandfather) in the school of thought of "don't embarrass your opponents". However, what were they supposed to do, miss on purpose, or stand with the ball until the clock shot ran out and hand the ball over? They had to keep playing, it's not their fault that everything was going in. There were no "3rd string" low caliber guys to put in.

The point is, these guys should defer to our high school players or at least a "dream team" of college freshman. The USA would still win gold 98% of the time, but at least the games would be a bit more competative and the USA wouldn't look so ridiculous for showing off in this manner. But alas, such is not the "American way." Might makes right and dollars determine values.


Selam
Well, bud, it looks as if there are some good international teams who are not intimidated by our basketball prowess and are more than able to give our team a good scare. Take Lithuania, for instance.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/behind-box-score-where-lebron-james-led-team-161225606--oly.html

It took some more of LeBron James's clutch play down the stretch to eke out a come-from-behind nailbiter against the Lithuanian squad. Team USA 99, Lithuania 94.

I think that a "dream team" of college freshman or high school all stars may have beaten Lithuania by a larger margin than these NBA stars did. They would have played 100% all out the entire game. These NBA guys could afford to coast, get behind, and still pull out the victory. So one close game doesn't change my opinion.


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« Reply #106 on: August 05, 2012, 02:30:56 AM »

I was raised (mostly through influence of my grandfather) in the school of thought of "don't embarrass your opponents". However, what were they supposed to do, miss on purpose, or stand with the ball until the clock shot ran out and hand the ball over? They had to keep playing, it's not their fault that everything was going in. There were no "3rd string" low caliber guys to put in.

The point is, these guys should defer to our high school players or at least a "dream team" of college freshman. The USA would still win gold 98% of the time, but at least the games would be a bit more competative and the USA wouldn't look so ridiculous for showing off in this manner. But alas, such is not the "American way." Might makes right and dollars determine values.


Selam
Well, bud, it looks as if there are some good international teams who are not intimidated by our basketball prowess and are more than able to give our team a good scare. Take Lithuania, for instance.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/behind-box-score-where-lebron-james-led-team-161225606--oly.html

It took some more of LeBron James's clutch play down the stretch to eke out a come-from-behind nailbiter against the Lithuanian squad. Team USA 99, Lithuania 94.

I think that a "dream team" of college freshman or high school all stars may have beaten Lithuania by a larger margin than these NBA stars did. They would have played 100% all out the entire game. These NBA guys could afford to coast, get behind, and still pull out the victory. So one close game doesn't change my opinion.
Yeah, your opinion lost all credibility with me when you made that totally ridiculous comparison of sending a Dream Team to the Olympics with making war an Olympic sport and bombing our enemies into oblivion. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #107 on: August 05, 2012, 02:34:50 AM »

I was raised (mostly through influence of my grandfather) in the school of thought of "don't embarrass your opponents". However, what were they supposed to do, miss on purpose, or stand with the ball until the clock shot ran out and hand the ball over? They had to keep playing, it's not their fault that everything was going in. There were no "3rd string" low caliber guys to put in.

The point is, these guys should defer to our high school players or at least a "dream team" of college freshman. The USA would still win gold 98% of the time, but at least the games would be a bit more competative and the USA wouldn't look so ridiculous for showing off in this manner. But alas, such is not the "American way." Might makes right and dollars determine values.


Selam
Well, bud, it looks as if there are some good international teams who are not intimidated by our basketball prowess and are more than able to give our team a good scare. Take Lithuania, for instance.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/behind-box-score-where-lebron-james-led-team-161225606--oly.html

It took some more of LeBron James's clutch play down the stretch to eke out a come-from-behind nailbiter against the Lithuanian squad. Team USA 99, Lithuania 94.

I think that a "dream team" of college freshman or high school all stars may have beaten Lithuania by a larger margin than these NBA stars did. They would have played 100% all out the entire game. These NBA guys could afford to coast, get behind, and still pull out the victory. So one close game doesn't change my opinion.
Yeah, your opinion lost all credibility with me when you made that totally ridiculous comparison of sending a Dream Team to the Olympics with making war an Olympic sport and bombing our enemies into oblivion. Roll Eyes


Your the one that made a "might makes right" argument by saying it's the weaker nations own fault that they can't compete.  And BTW, I'm not too concerned with maintaining credibility in your eyes my friend. Wink


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« Reply #108 on: August 05, 2012, 02:42:20 AM »

I was raised (mostly through influence of my grandfather) in the school of thought of "don't embarrass your opponents". However, what were they supposed to do, miss on purpose, or stand with the ball until the clock shot ran out and hand the ball over? They had to keep playing, it's not their fault that everything was going in. There were no "3rd string" low caliber guys to put in.

The point is, these guys should defer to our high school players or at least a "dream team" of college freshman. The USA would still win gold 98% of the time, but at least the games would be a bit more competative and the USA wouldn't look so ridiculous for showing off in this manner. But alas, such is not the "American way." Might makes right and dollars determine values.


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Well, bud, it looks as if there are some good international teams who are not intimidated by our basketball prowess and are more than able to give our team a good scare. Take Lithuania, for instance.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/behind-box-score-where-lebron-james-led-team-161225606--oly.html

It took some more of LeBron James's clutch play down the stretch to eke out a come-from-behind nailbiter against the Lithuanian squad. Team USA 99, Lithuania 94.

I think that a "dream team" of college freshman or high school all stars may have beaten Lithuania by a larger margin than these NBA stars did. They would have played 100% all out the entire game. These NBA guys could afford to coast, get behind, and still pull out the victory. So one close game doesn't change my opinion.
Yeah, your opinion lost all credibility with me when you made that totally ridiculous comparison of sending a Dream Team to the Olympics with making war an Olympic sport and bombing our enemies into oblivion. Roll Eyes


Your the one that made a "might makes right" argument by saying it's the weaker nations own fault that they can't compete.
Dude, this is sports. In sports, "enemy combatants" rarely ever die. Your comparing an Olympic sport to war, where enemy combatants often send each other home in body bags, is one of the stupidest arguments you've ever made on this forum, and you've made a lot of stupid arguments. Besides, I never said it was Nigeria's fault they couldn't compete; I just said that it was NOT the Americans' faults Nigeria was so bad they couldn't compete with them. But what is that distinction to someone who often gets so caught up in his emotions that he doesn't take the time to comprehend simple logic?

And BTW, I'm not too concerned with maintaining credibility in your eyes my friend. Wink
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« Reply #110 on: August 05, 2012, 02:50:35 AM »

I was raised (mostly through influence of my grandfather) in the school of thought of "don't embarrass your opponents". However, what were they supposed to do, miss on purpose, or stand with the ball until the clock shot ran out and hand the ball over? They had to keep playing, it's not their fault that everything was going in. There were no "3rd string" low caliber guys to put in.

The point is, these guys should defer to our high school players or at least a "dream team" of college freshman. The USA would still win gold 98% of the time, but at least the games would be a bit more competative and the USA wouldn't look so ridiculous for showing off in this manner. But alas, such is not the "American way." Might makes right and dollars determine values.


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Well, bud, it looks as if there are some good international teams who are not intimidated by our basketball prowess and are more than able to give our team a good scare. Take Lithuania, for instance.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/behind-box-score-where-lebron-james-led-team-161225606--oly.html

It took some more of LeBron James's clutch play down the stretch to eke out a come-from-behind nailbiter against the Lithuanian squad. Team USA 99, Lithuania 94.

I think that a "dream team" of college freshman or high school all stars may have beaten Lithuania by a larger margin than these NBA stars did. They would have played 100% all out the entire game. These NBA guys could afford to coast, get behind, and still pull out the victory. So one close game doesn't change my opinion.
Yeah, your opinion lost all credibility with me when you made that totally ridiculous comparison of sending a Dream Team to the Olympics with making war an Olympic sport and bombing our enemies into oblivion. Roll Eyes


Your the one that made a "might makes right" argument by saying it's the weaker nations own fault that they can't compete.
Dude, this is sports. In sports, "enemy combatants" rarely ever die. Your comparing an Olympic sport to war, where enemy combatants often send each other home in body bags, is one of the stupidest arguments you've ever made on this forum, and you've made a lot of stupid arguments. Besides, I never said it was Nigeria's fault they couldn't compete; I just said that it was NOT the Americans' faults Nigeria was so bad they couldn't compete with them. But what is that distinction to someone who often gets so caught up in his emotions that he doesn't take the time to comprehend simple logic?

And BTW, I'm not too concerned with maintaining credibility in your eyes my friend. Wink
I can tell. Roll Eyes


I made other analogies as well Peter, which you well know. Yes, I made an argument of absurdity to highlight the absurdity. But you conveniently ignored the other examples I provided and magnified one aspect of my argument in order to portray me in a false light. Disingenuous and petty of you. But let's get back to talking about the Olympics now.


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« Reply #111 on: August 05, 2012, 04:39:21 AM »

I was raised (mostly through influence of my grandfather) in the school of thought of "don't embarrass your opponents". However, what were they supposed to do, miss on purpose, or stand with the ball until the clock shot ran out and hand the ball over? They had to keep playing, it's not their fault that everything was going in. There were no "3rd string" low caliber guys to put in.

The point is, these guys should defer to our high school players or at least a "dream team" of college freshman. The USA would still win gold 98% of the time, but at least the games would be a bit more competative and the USA wouldn't look so ridiculous for showing off in this manner. But alas, such is not the "American way." Might makes right and dollars determine values.


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Well, bud, it looks as if there are some good international teams who are not intimidated by our basketball prowess and are more than able to give our team a good scare. Take Lithuania, for instance.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/behind-box-score-where-lebron-james-led-team-161225606--oly.html

It took some more of LeBron James's clutch play down the stretch to eke out a come-from-behind nailbiter against the Lithuanian squad. Team USA 99, Lithuania 94.

I think that a "dream team" of college freshman or high school all stars may have beaten Lithuania by a larger margin than these NBA stars did. They would have played 100% all out the entire game. These NBA guys could afford to coast, get behind, and still pull out the victory. So one close game doesn't change my opinion.
Yeah, your opinion lost all credibility with me when you made that totally ridiculous comparison of sending a Dream Team to the Olympics with making war an Olympic sport and bombing our enemies into oblivion. Roll Eyes


Your the one that made a "might makes right" argument by saying it's the weaker nations own fault that they can't compete.
Dude, this is sports. In sports, "enemy combatants" rarely ever die. Your comparing an Olympic sport to war, where enemy combatants often send each other home in body bags, is one of the stupidest arguments you've ever made on this forum, and you've made a lot of stupid arguments. Besides, I never said it was Nigeria's fault they couldn't compete; I just said that it was NOT the Americans' faults Nigeria was so bad they couldn't compete with them. But what is that distinction to someone who often gets so caught up in his emotions that he doesn't take the time to comprehend simple logic?

And BTW, I'm not too concerned with maintaining credibility in your eyes my friend. Wink
I can tell. Roll Eyes


I made other analogies as well Peter, which you well know. Yes, I made an argument of absurdity to highlight the absurdity. But you conveniently ignored the other examples I provided and magnified one aspect of my argument in order to portray me in a false light. Disingenuous and petty of you. But let's get back to talking about the Olympics now.
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« Reply #112 on: August 05, 2012, 01:04:23 PM »

Another proud olympic moment:  Serena Williams celebrates her victory by doing the "Crip Walk:

"http://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/tennis/story/serena-williams-taints-golden-slam-with-crip-walk-dance-080412

While I am a proud American, actions like this make me cringe.
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« Reply #113 on: August 05, 2012, 08:41:15 PM »

I was raised (mostly through influence of my grandfather) in the school of thought of "don't embarrass your opponents". However, what were they supposed to do, miss on purpose, or stand with the ball until the clock shot ran out and hand the ball over? They had to keep playing, it's not their fault that everything was going in. There were no "3rd string" low caliber guys to put in.

The point is, these guys should defer to our high school players or at least a "dream team" of college freshman. The USA would still win gold 98% of the time, but at least the games would be a bit more competative and the USA wouldn't look so ridiculous for showing off in this manner. But alas, such is not the "American way." Might makes right and dollars determine values.


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Well, bud, it looks as if there are some good international teams who are not intimidated by our basketball prowess and are more than able to give our team a good scare. Take Lithuania, for instance.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/behind-box-score-where-lebron-james-led-team-161225606--oly.html

It took some more of LeBron James's clutch play down the stretch to eke out a come-from-behind nailbiter against the Lithuanian squad. Team USA 99, Lithuania 94.

I think that a "dream team" of college freshman or high school all stars may have beaten Lithuania by a larger margin than these NBA stars did. They would have played 100% all out the entire game. These NBA guys could afford to coast, get behind, and still pull out the victory. So one close game doesn't change my opinion.
Yeah, your opinion lost all credibility with me when you made that totally ridiculous comparison of sending a Dream Team to the Olympics with making war an Olympic sport and bombing our enemies into oblivion. Roll Eyes


Your the one that made a "might makes right" argument by saying it's the weaker nations own fault that they can't compete.
Dude, this is sports. In sports, "enemy combatants" rarely ever die. Your comparing an Olympic sport to war, where enemy combatants often send each other home in body bags, is one of the stupidest arguments you've ever made on this forum, and you've made a lot of stupid arguments. Besides, I never said it was Nigeria's fault they couldn't compete; I just said that it was NOT the Americans' faults Nigeria was so bad they couldn't compete with them. But what is that distinction to someone who often gets so caught up in his emotions that he doesn't take the time to comprehend simple logic?

And BTW, I'm not too concerned with maintaining credibility in your eyes my friend. Wink
I can tell. Roll Eyes


I made other analogies as well Peter, which you well know. Yes, I made an argument of absurdity to highlight the absurdity. But you conveniently ignored the other examples I provided and magnified one aspect of my argument in order to portray me in a false light. Disingenuous and petty of you. But let's get back to talking about the Olympics now.
It only takes one rotten apple to spoil the whole barrel. Likewise, it only takes one ridiculous argument to show that you're full of emotional hyperbole and not to be taken seriously.

Moving on...


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« Reply #114 on: August 05, 2012, 09:10:40 PM »

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

Another proud olympic moment:  Serena Williams celebrates her victory by doing the "Crip Walk:

"http://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/tennis/story/serena-williams-taints-golden-slam-with-crip-walk-dance-080412

While I am a proud American, actions like this make me cringe.

Maybe its just a bit culture shock for you but why? She is just expressing herself! Serena was born and raised in Compton, and that is just how we boogie hear on the Eastside! The C-walk is not exclusively gang-oriented, its just a dance style from LA. Oh, yeah it is VERY popular with WHOLE lot of British white kidsWink )I thought it was absolutely BRILLIANT of her to bring a bit of flavor to Wimbeldon!!  



Get yo walk on Serena girl you earned it yo!

Its not everyday that two poor little black girls from the ghetto absolutely DOMINATE a traditionally upper echelon, high dollar sport.  Its like The Game said, "I chill up on the courts were Serena and Venus used to play tennis.."

stay blessed,
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« Reply #115 on: August 05, 2012, 10:53:08 PM »

I've been watching a lot of the NBC soccer channel over the last week or two... is this gonna continue after the olympics like the Fox soccer channel, or is it only during the olympics?
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« Reply #116 on: August 05, 2012, 11:02:39 PM »

Habte, please do not take offense, but you appear to be woefully uninformed.  It is not her doing a silly dance that is cringe-worthy;  it is her doing a silly dance widely associated with, and known to have originated with, the Crips (it is called the Crip-Walk).  In case you were not aware, the Crips is a violent drug gang.  

Celebrating a very difficult to obtain accomplishment with actions that are recognized as a trademark of a violent drug gang diminishes her, and reflects poorly upon her countrymen.  If Serena celebrated her win with a Nazi salute, would you still be praising her exuberance and joy?
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Usain Bolt!
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« Reply #118 on: August 06, 2012, 12:33:02 AM »

Usain Bolt!

INDEED SIR!

Congratulations to Jamaica's Usain Bolt, the most dominant sprinter EVER!!!

                       "Walk... Jog... Run... Sprint... BOLT!"

(In honor of his accomplishment, here's "Rise To The Occasion" by Sizzla Kalonji.)
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« Reply #119 on: August 06, 2012, 01:31:23 AM »

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

Habte, please do not take offense, but you appear to be woefully uninformed.  It is not her doing a silly dance that is cringe-worthy;  it is her doing a silly dance widely associated with, and known to have originated with, the Crips (it is called the Crip-Walk).  In case you were not aware, the Crips is a violent drug gang.  

Celebrating a very difficult to obtain accomplishment with actions that are recognized as a trademark of a violent drug gang diminishes her, and reflects poorly upon her countrymen.  If Serena celebrated her win with a Nazi salute, would you still be praising her exuberance and joy?

Like I said, in case you weren't aware, the C-walk is no longer just for gangsters, it is evolved to what is called the California Walk and it also a legitimate dance kids learn in dance studios now.  Further, it is very popular in the UK and in London, amongst white kids of no gang affiliation in particular, which I suppose makes it all the more appropriate to do at the London games.  What is actually really funny is that if you try to YouTube search "C-walk" or even "Crip walk" more pages of suburban white kids who like to break dance come up that any actual Crips!!  Maybe its a generational gap, but I C-walk all the time, and I am not nor have I have I ever been ever remotely associated with the Crips, its just a really fun dance.  Its an LA thang  which apparently London has picked up Wink

Did you check the link I posted? Those UK kids were hardly Crips!

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« Reply #120 on: August 06, 2012, 02:20:58 AM »

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

Habte, please do not take offense, but you appear to be woefully uninformed.  It is not her doing a silly dance that is cringe-worthy;  it is her doing a silly dance widely associated with, and known to have originated with, the Crips (it is called the Crip-Walk).  In case you were not aware, the Crips is a violent drug gang.  

Celebrating a very difficult to obtain accomplishment with actions that are recognized as a trademark of a violent drug gang diminishes her, and reflects poorly upon her countrymen.  If Serena celebrated her win with a Nazi salute, would you still be praising her exuberance and joy?

Like I said, in case you weren't aware, the C-walk is no longer just for gangsters, it is evolved to what is called the California Walk and it also a legitimate dance kids learn in dance studios now.  Further, it is very popular in the UK and in London, amongst white kids of no gang affiliation in particular, which I suppose makes it all the more appropriate to do at the London games.  What is actually really funny is that if you try to YouTube search "C-walk" or even "Crip walk" more pages of suburban white kids who like to break dance come up that any actual Crips!!  Maybe its a generational gap, but I C-walk all the time, and I am not nor have I have I ever been ever remotely associated with the Crips, its just a really fun dance.  Its an LA thang  which apparently London has picked up Wink

Did you check the link I posted? Those UK kids were hardly Crips!

stay blessed,
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I think I'll defintely take your word for it brother, since you actually live in the community where this originated and evolved.

As for the Williams sisters... they are incredible, and they have dominated women's tennis. Their story is amazing. Growing up in Compton practicing on dilapidated tennis courts while gang members guarded them. They deserve their props, and they deserve to have fun and show their spirit.

That being said, I have lost respect for them over the years. They used to be devout Jehovah's Witnesses (yes, I know it's a heretical religion) and were very modest and humble. But I guess fame corrupts most people, and over time their tennis outfits got smaller as their heads got bigger. And Serena's shameful verbal assault on that chair umpire was inexcusable. I loved Venus and Serena in their early years, but I've soured on them. I doubt they care what I think though.


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Second Chance, thank you for clarifying, but you and orthonorm both missed my point in your arguments about the legality of the play.  I wasn't arguing that the play was illegal, I was saying regardless of the rules it was dangerous.  You pointed out the goalkeeper took the dangerous risk, true, I agree, and perhaps as you suggested it should have been her who was carded.  However like wise the offending knee clearly had a solid follow-through even when she knew the goalkeeper was sliding under her. In the NBA its that kind of follow-through that can make even an accident a Flagrant 2 and an ejection, so I say either player or both should have been penalized if not ejected.   Ejections make a big statement about risky plays, if the goalkeeper knew she would face a serious penalty she perhaps might not have taken the risk of that dangerous play, and likewise the offending knee might have been a touch more careful Wink

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Sorry, I missed this. Let me respond. The attacker (Morgan) was running full tilt with the ball. The NZ goalie threw her whole body in front of her. As you know you cannot tackle except with your feet and you cannot do so in a dangerous fashion and for the tackle to be successful, you have to touch the ball first. I am not here arguing my original point that the goalie committed a flagrant foul that called for a red-card and a penalty kick. I am just setting the scene. Morgan could either try to avoid the collision by leaping over the goalie or she could have crashed into her. She chose to leap over; she did not choose to knee the goalie's head. That contact was accidental and caused Morgan injury (ever heard of the dead leg syndrome?).
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« Reply #122 on: August 06, 2012, 06:01:37 PM »

If I was a nose-picker I think I would take the Olympics off. Something about the world watching me pick my nose... just seems like I'd pass on that opportunity. Apparently that opinion isn't widely shared though.
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Team Stats   USA       ARG
Shooting   45-88 (.511)       33-65 (.508)
3PT Shooting   20-40 (.500)       10-26 (.385)
Free Throws   16-20 (.800)       21-28 (.750)
Rebounds   19-46       7-28
Assists   25       15
Steals   11       2
Blocks   3       1
Turnovers   8       16
ESPN.com

While USA clearly played better offense than Argentina, it seems that defense played an equally big role because Argentina's offense wasn't all that bad with above .500 shooting and a free-throw advantage.  However US not only had almost a 2-1 advantage on assists (i.e, spreading the floor) but clearly picked up the defense with 11-2 steals, 3-1 blocks, and having pushed 16 turnovers and only committed 8 themselves.  It looks like defense is becoming the name of the game in the post-2010s era..


Morgan could either try to avoid the collision by leaping over the goalie or she could have crashed into her. She chose to leap over; she did not choose to knee the goalie's head. That contact was accidental and caused Morgan injury (ever heard of the dead leg syndrome?).

On reviewing the replays I agree with you, it does seem that she did try to avoid the collision, and that the follow through swing of her knees was just the forward motion and therefore unavoidable.  It is just a drag to see such a hard hit, legal, accidental, or otherwise Sad

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« Reply #124 on: August 06, 2012, 08:02:48 PM »

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Team Stats   USA       ARG
Shooting   45-88 (.511)       33-65 (.508)
3PT Shooting   20-40 (.500)       10-26 (.385)
Free Throws   16-20 (.800)       21-28 (.750)
Rebounds   19-46       7-28
Assists   25       15
Steals   11       2
Blocks   3       1
Turnovers   8       16
ESPN.com

While USA clearly played better offense than Argentina, it seems that defense played an equally big role because Argentina's offense wasn't all that bad with above .500 shooting and a free-throw advantage.  However US not only had almost a 2-1 advantage on assists (i.e, spreading the floor) but clearly picked up the defense with 11-2 steals, 3-1 blocks, and having pushed 16 turnovers and only committed 8 themselves.  It looks like defense is becoming the name of the game in the post-2010s era..


Morgan could either try to avoid the collision by leaping over the goalie or she could have crashed into her. She chose to leap over; she did not choose to knee the goalie's head. That contact was accidental and caused Morgan injury (ever heard of the dead leg syndrome?).

On reviewing the replays I agree with you, it does seem that she did try to avoid the collision, and that the follow through swing of her knees was just the forward motion and therefore unavoidable.  It is just a drag to see such a hard hit, legal, accidental, or otherwise Sad

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I haven't seen any of the games. From what I hear, it sounds like they've yet to really put much into defense and are relying on sheer offensive domination.

True or False.
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« Reply #125 on: August 06, 2012, 08:04:38 PM »

Are we keeping count of medals won by Orthodox Christians?  The Armenians just got two, a silver for wrestling and a bronze for women's weightlifting.  The woman who got the bronze is named Hripsime, the name of the saint in my avatar.  We have a whole thread on her in the OO section.

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Team Stats   USA       ARG
Shooting   45-88 (.511)       33-65 (.508)
3PT Shooting   20-40 (.500)       10-26 (.385)
Free Throws   16-20 (.800)       21-28 (.750)
Rebounds   19-46       7-28
Assists   25       15
Steals   11       2
Blocks   3       1
Turnovers   8       16
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While USA clearly played better offense than Argentina, it seems that defense played an equally big role because Argentina's offense wasn't all that bad with above .500 shooting and a free-throw advantage.  However US not only had almost a 2-1 advantage on assists (i.e, spreading the floor) but clearly picked up the defense with 11-2 steals, 3-1 blocks, and having pushed 16 turnovers and only committed 8 themselves.  It looks like defense is becoming the name of the game in the post-2010s era..


Morgan could either try to avoid the collision by leaping over the goalie or she could have crashed into her. She chose to leap over; she did not choose to knee the goalie's head. That contact was accidental and caused Morgan injury (ever heard of the dead leg syndrome?).

On reviewing the replays I agree with you, it does seem that she did try to avoid the collision, and that the follow through swing of her knees was just the forward motion and therefore unavoidable.  It is just a drag to see such a hard hit, legal, accidental, or otherwise Sad

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I haven't seen any of the games. From what I hear, it sounds like they've yet to really put much into defense and are relying on sheer offensive domination.

True or False.

From what little I saw of the Argentina game, true, but the offense is so amazing it doesn't seem to matter.
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Are we keeping count of medals won by Orthodox Christians?  The Armenians just got two, a silver for wrestling and a bronze for women's weightlifting.  The woman who got the bronze is named Hripsime, the name of the saint in my avatar.  We have a whole thread on her in the OO section.

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The Ukrainians have a total of 9 medals so far.

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I haven't seen any of the games. From what I hear, it sounds like they've yet to really put much into defense and are relying on sheer offensive domination.

True or False.

Assuming you are referring to women's soccer, I have only seen blogs and highlights myself. However, the defense has not really been tested until today when Canada's Sinclair made absolutely beautiful goals against Solo and crew. I hope they learned one or two things from today's scare and will play accordingly against Japan on Thursday. OTH, when you have three of the best forwards in the world, why not lean forward?

BTW, I think that the referees could do much better. Today, they bent over backwards not to give a second yellow card to Canada's second most effective player, Tancredi, and to make up for that deficiency they gave two questionable calls in a row against Canada. Ridiculous.
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I haven't seen any of the games. From what I hear, it sounds like they've yet to really put much into defense and are relying on sheer offensive domination.

True or False.

It has been mostly offense, and there have been moments where the defense has faltered a bit, but from what I've been seeing at the stat lines its seems about 40-60 defense. True, the offense has been amazing, but there has been some good defense too..

Again, 11 to 2 steals advantage by USA and forcing 16 turnovers, thats not exactly shoddy defense there Wink

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Are we keeping count of medals won by Orthodox Christians?  The Armenians just got two, a silver for wrestling and a bronze for women's weightlifting.  The woman who got the bronze is named Hripsime, the name of the saint in my avatar.  We have a whole thread on her in the OO section.

Go, Hripsime!

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The Ukrainians have a total of 9 medals so far.

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I haven't seen any of the games. From what I hear, it sounds like they've yet to really put much into defense and are relying on sheer offensive domination.

True or False.

Assuming you are referring to women's soccer, I have only seen blogs and highlights myself. However, the defense has not really been tested until today when Canada's Sinclair made absolutely beautiful goals against Solo and crew. I hope they learned one or two things from today's scare and will play accordingly against Japan on Thursday. OTH, when you have three of the best forwards in the world, why not lean forward?

BTW, I think that the referees could do much better. Today, they bent over backwards not to give a second yellow card to Canada's second most effective player, Tancredi, and to make up for that deficiency they gave two questionable calls in a row against Canada. Ridiculous.
Here's what jumped out at me about today's epic USA-vs.-Canada women's soccer match: 5 of the 7 goals scored by both teams were scored by alumni of the University of Portland (OR): Canada's Christine Sinclair with the hat trick and Team USA's Megan Rapinoe with two goals of her own.
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I haven't seen any of the games. From what I hear, it sounds like they've yet to really put much into defense and are relying on sheer offensive domination.

True or False.

Assuming you are referring to women's soccer, I have only seen blogs and highlights myself. However, the defense has not really been tested until today when Canada's Sinclair made absolutely beautiful goals against Solo and crew. I hope they learned one or two things from today's scare and will play accordingly against Japan on Thursday. OTH, when you have three of the best forwards in the world, why not lean forward?

BTW, I think that the referees could do much better. Today, they bent over backwards not to give a second yellow card to Canada's second most effective player, Tancredi, and to make up for that deficiency they gave two questionable calls in a row against Canada. Ridiculous.
Here's what jumped out at me about today's epic USA-vs.-Canada women's soccer match: 5 of the 7 goals scored by both teams were scored by alumni of the University of Portland (OR): Canada's Christine Sinclair with the hat-trick and Team USA's Megan Rapinoe with two goals of her own.

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« Reply #133 on: August 07, 2012, 01:42:46 AM »

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


I haven't seen any of the games. From what I hear, it sounds like they've yet to really put much into defense and are relying on sheer offensive domination.

True or False.

Assuming you are referring to women's soccer, I have only seen blogs and highlights myself. However, the defense has not really been tested until today when Canada's Sinclair made absolutely beautiful goals against Solo and crew. I hope they learned one or two things from today's scare and will play accordingly against Japan on Thursday. OTH, when you have three of the best forwards in the world, why not lean forward?

BTW, I think that the referees could do much better. Today, they bent over backwards not to give a second yellow card to Canada's second most effective player, Tancredi, and to make up for that deficiency they gave two questionable calls in a row against Canada. Ridiculous.
Here's what jumped out at me about today's epic USA-vs.-Canada women's soccer match: 5 of the 7 goals scored by both teams were scored by alumni of the University of Portland (OR): Canada's Christine Sinclair with the hat-trick and Team USA's Megan Rapinoe with two goals of her own.

Great beer that town.
Yup, the beer's pretty good here. Grin

I can never understand why nobody there likes the rain, it is so beautiful and so the norm. I mean, hey, it gets pretty hot in Thousand Oaks, but realistically most people there don't say they hate the sun, however, I rarely meet folks in Portland who agree with me about liking the rain.
I don't like the rain here, but neither do I hate it. I just tolerate it. The last few days, though, have been quite hot by our standards. We have here maybe five 100-degree days per year, and one of them was this last Saturday.

In fact, they think I'm weird because whenever I'm there I like to hang outside in the rain in the early mornings or late night.
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« Reply #134 on: August 07, 2012, 01:55:41 AM »

Inspirational words from Ethiopia's legendary distance runner, Haile GebreSelassie:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/9421779/London-2012-Olympics-Games-allow-people-to-dream-of-a-better-life-says-Haile-Gebrselassie.html



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« Reply #135 on: August 07, 2012, 06:02:55 AM »

Canada got screwed! Shameful.



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« Reply #136 on: August 07, 2012, 06:05:53 AM »

Canada got screwed! Shameful.



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Can you be more specific? One could attribute this phrase to many events in her history...
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« Reply #137 on: August 07, 2012, 06:37:42 AM »

Canada got screwed! Shameful.



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Can you be more specific? One could attribute this phrase to many events in her history...

Sorry. I'm referring to the Canadian women's soccer team that got robbed in their match against the Americans. It was horrible.

http://news.ca.msn.com/ontario/hamilton/olympics-canada-feels-robbed-after-close-loss-to-americans


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« Reply #138 on: August 07, 2012, 08:53:03 AM »

Canada got screwed! Shameful.



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Can you be more specific? One could attribute this phrase to many events in her history...

Sorry. I'm referring to the Canadian women's soccer team that got robbed in their match against the Americans. It was horrible.

http://news.ca.msn.com/ontario/hamilton/olympics-canada-feels-robbed-after-close-loss-to-americans


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But in all fiarness, the refs were pretty awful, for both teams
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« Reply #139 on: August 07, 2012, 08:59:26 AM »

Canada got screwed! Shameful.



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Can you be more specific? One could attribute this phrase to many events in her history...

Sorry. I'm referring to the Canadian women's soccer team that got robbed in their match against the Americans. It was horrible.

http://news.ca.msn.com/ontario/hamilton/olympics-canada-feels-robbed-after-close-loss-to-americans


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But in all fiarness, the refs were pretty awful, for both teams

Indeed.

And I find it funny that Herdman (Canadian coach) said that the US played too hard and yet in just the first 90 seconds his team committed two very physical fouls.

My long-distance love affair with Alex Morgan continues...
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« Reply #140 on: August 07, 2012, 09:00:16 PM »

Y'all need to take off your red, white, and blue blinders. This was not a case of the officiating merely being bad all the way around. The penalty for holding the ball too long and the hand ball call seemed to be intentional calls in favor of the U.S. Terrible.



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« Reply #141 on: August 07, 2012, 09:15:25 PM »

Tomorrow at 5:15pm (EST) is USA vs. AUS in men's basketball...
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Y'all need to take off your red, white, and blue blinders. This was not a case of the officiating merely being bad all the way around. The penalty for holding the ball too long and the hand ball call seemed to be intentional calls in favor of the U.S. Terrible.



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I cheer for Canada, and I know that, while those calls sucked, so did a lot of other calls that helped Canada out.
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Mexico is playing for their first try at a Gold ever after being the first team these Olympics to score against the smothering defense of Japan who hadn't allowed even a single goal.  Then they scored two more Wink

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

Mexico is playing for their first try at a Gold ever after being the first team these Olympics to score against the smothering defense of Japan who hadn't allowed even a single goal.  Then they scored two more Wink

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Viva Mexico! I'd love to see Brazil and Mexico in the finals. A classic rivalry. If Mexico were to beat Brazil for the Gold it would be "fiesta perpetua" in Mexico!


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Screw Mexico
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Screw Mexico

now, now



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Screw Mexico

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

Mexico is playing for their first try at a Gold ever after being the first team these Olympics to score against the smothering defense of Japan who hadn't allowed even a single goal.  Then they scored two more Wink

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Viva Mexico! I'd love to see Brazil and Mexico in the finals. A classic rivalry. If Mexico were to beat Brazil for the Gold it would be "fiesta perpetua" in Mexico!


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

Mexico is playing for their first try at a Gold ever after being the first team these Olympics to score against the smothering defense of Japan who hadn't allowed even a single goal.  Then they scored two more Wink

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Viva Mexico! I'd love to see Brazil and Mexico in the finals. A classic rivalry. If Mexico were to beat Brazil for the Gold it would be "fiesta perpetua" in Mexico!


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you DO really hate the states dont you gebre, cheering for the US' biggest rivals

I don't hate brother. I love Mexico because I spent a lot of time there and the people were extremely kind to me. After the African teams, I always pull for Mexico in soccer.


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« Reply #151 on: August 08, 2012, 08:12:51 AM »

Y'all need to take off your red, white, and blue blinders. This was not a case of the officiating merely being bad all the way around. The penalty for holding the ball too long and the hand ball call seemed to be intentional calls in favor of the U.S. Terrible.



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And missing the call against Tancredi for intentionally stomping on Carli Lloyd's head was just a small oversight?  Tancredi has a bad reputation for being a dirty player and this proved it.

For a team that said the US women "played too hard," the Canadian women surely stepped up to the alleged challenge.

The officiating was terrible all around.  Things usually balance out in the end.  Most commentary on soccer officiating is like believing in psychics.  People focus on the "true" prophecies and forget all the BS that never came to fruition.  If an official is bad, he's bad.  Period.

If we need to "take our red, white, and blue blinders off," you need to put that erection against anything American away
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« Reply #152 on: August 08, 2012, 08:39:32 AM »

Y'all need to take off your red, white, and blue blinders. This was not a case of the officiating merely being bad all the way around. The penalty for holding the ball too long and the hand ball call seemed to be intentional calls in favor of the U.S. Terrible.



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And missing the call against Tancredi for intentionally stomping on Carli Lloyd's head was just a small oversight?  Tancredi has a bad reputation for being a dirty player and this proved it.

For a team that said the US women "played too hard," the Canadian women surely stepped up to the alleged challenge.

The officiating was terrible all around.  Things usually balance out in the end.  Most commentary on soccer officiating is like believing in psychics.  People focus on the "true" prophecies and forget all the BS that never came to fruition.  If an official is bad, he's bad.  Period.

If we need to "take our red, white, and blue blinders off," you need to put that erection against anything American away

I obviously am not allowed to pull for any team against the beloved USA. I thought America was all about "freedom of choice."


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« Reply #153 on: August 08, 2012, 09:15:54 AM »

Y'all need to take off your red, white, and blue blinders. This was not a case of the officiating merely being bad all the way around. The penalty for holding the ball too long and the hand ball call seemed to be intentional calls in favor of the U.S. Terrible.



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And missing the call against Tancredi for intentionally stomping on Carli Lloyd's head was just a small oversight?  Tancredi has a bad reputation for being a dirty player and this proved it.

For a team that said the US women "played too hard," the Canadian women surely stepped up to the alleged challenge.

The officiating was terrible all around.  Things usually balance out in the end.  Most commentary on soccer officiating is like believing in psychics.  People focus on the "true" prophecies and forget all the BS that never came to fruition.  If an official is bad, he's bad.  Period.

If we need to "take our red, white, and blue blinders off," you need to put that erection against anything American away

I obviously am not allowed to pull for any team against the beloved USA. I thought America was all about "freedom of choice."


Selam

And here we go with the martyr complex, right on time. 

It's not a question of pulling for another team.  If you recall, I was a complete Spain mark during the World Cup.  It's a question of your CONSTANT negativity about the US teams, no matter what the sport.

All you do is say, "BOOO USA!  BOOO USA!".  That's not pulling for the other team, that's just being a negative jackass.

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

Mexico is playing for their first try at a Gold ever after being the first team these Olympics to score against the smothering defense of Japan who hadn't allowed even a single goal.  Then they scored two more Wink

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you DO really hate the states dont you gebre, cheering for the US' biggest rivals

I don't hate brother. I love Mexico because I spent a lot of time there and the people were extremely kind to me.


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« Reply #155 on: August 08, 2012, 09:49:43 AM »

Y'all need to take off your red, white, and blue blinders. This was not a case of the officiating merely being bad all the way around. The penalty for holding the ball too long and the hand ball call seemed to be intentional calls in favor of the U.S. Terrible.



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Of course, if the US won, they must have cheated. Besides, I don't see how Canada really got screwed since one of their players (tancredi, I think) stomped on the face of a U.S. defender and wasn't ejected. If I paid you, could you spew any more condescension towards the U.S.?  Or is that "work" of being a jerkass strictly pro bono?
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« Reply #156 on: August 08, 2012, 05:50:37 PM »

Canada got screwed! Shameful.

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Canada screwed itself. Shameful.
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« Reply #157 on: August 08, 2012, 09:10:05 PM »

I am also getting tired of folks committing extreme, unsportsmanlike fouls against the American athletes and not being punished during the game in which they occurred. So far, they have:

- sucker punched
- stomped on the face, and
- hit below the belt.


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« Reply #158 on: August 08, 2012, 11:21:19 PM »

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

I am also getting tired of folks committing extreme, unsportsmanlike fouls against the American athletes and not being punished during the game in which they occurred. So far, they have:

- sucker punched
- stomped on the face, and
- hit below the belt.




That is ok, those international teams forget something, we've got Lebron James.  Lebron and Blake Griffin are perhaps the most intentionally and hard fouled players in the NBA over the past few years.  Lebron has one and only one response, win games in heroic fashion.  Like tonight for instance, FIRST TRIPLE DOUBLE IN OLYMPIC BASKETBALL HISTORY.  We like he chose to let our game do the fighting Wink

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« Reply #159 on: August 09, 2012, 12:25:29 AM »

Y'all need to take off your red, white, and blue blinders. This was not a case of the officiating merely being bad all the way around. The penalty for holding the ball too long and the hand ball call seemed to be intentional calls in favor of the U.S. Terrible.



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And missing the call against Tancredi for intentionally stomping on Carli Lloyd's head was just a small oversight?  Tancredi has a bad reputation for being a dirty player and this proved it.

For a team that said the US women "played too hard," the Canadian women surely stepped up to the alleged challenge.

The officiating was terrible all around.  Things usually balance out in the end.  Most commentary on soccer officiating is like believing in psychics.  People focus on the "true" prophecies and forget all the BS that never came to fruition.  If an official is bad, he's bad.  Period.

If we need to "take our red, white, and blue blinders off," you need to put that erection against anything American away

I obviously am not allowed to pull for any team against the beloved USA. I thought America was all about "freedom of choice."


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And here we go with the martyr complex, right on time. 

It's not a question of pulling for another team.  If you recall, I was a complete Spain mark during the World Cup.  It's a question of your CONSTANT negativity about the US teams, no matter what the sport.

All you do is say, "BOOO USA!  BOOO USA!".  That's not pulling for the other team, that's just being a negative jackass.



Nope, I'm calling BS on you bro. I keep trying to move on and talk about the Olympics. But anytime I pull for any team besides the USA or point out my opinion that Canada got screwed, I'm attacked. But hell, I'm used to it.

Care to move on now and discuss the Olympics?


I love Usain Bolt. But I guess my love for Usain Bolt means that I hate the American athletes.  Roll Eyes


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« Reply #160 on: August 09, 2012, 01:02:34 AM »

Y'all need to take off your red, white, and blue blinders. This was not a case of the officiating merely being bad all the way around. The penalty for holding the ball too long and the hand ball call seemed to be intentional calls in favor of the U.S. Terrible.



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And missing the call against Tancredi for intentionally stomping on Carli Lloyd's head was just a small oversight?  Tancredi has a bad reputation for being a dirty player and this proved it.

For a team that said the US women "played too hard," the Canadian women surely stepped up to the alleged challenge.

The officiating was terrible all around.  Things usually balance out in the end.  Most commentary on soccer officiating is like believing in psychics.  People focus on the "true" prophecies and forget all the BS that never came to fruition.  If an official is bad, he's bad.  Period.

If we need to "take our red, white, and blue blinders off," you need to put that erection against anything American away

I obviously am not allowed to pull for any team against the beloved USA. I thought America was all about "freedom of choice."


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And here we go with the martyr complex, right on time. 

It's not a question of pulling for another team.  If you recall, I was a complete Spain mark during the World Cup.  It's a question of your CONSTANT negativity about the US teams, no matter what the sport.

All you do is say, "BOOO USA!  BOOO USA!".  That's not pulling for the other team, that's just being a negative jackass.



Nope, I'm calling BS on you bro. I keep trying to move on and talk about the Olympics. But anytime I pull for any team besides the USA or point out my opinion that Canada got screwed, I'm attacked. But hell, I'm used to it.
What's there to get defensive about, Gebre? When you attack as you do, you're going to get push-back. It's a law of physics.
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« Reply #161 on: August 09, 2012, 01:49:31 AM »

Peter stop using such foul language: "push-back" police
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« Reply #162 on: August 09, 2012, 02:25:19 AM »

Peter stop using such foul language: "push-back" police
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« Reply #163 on: August 09, 2012, 12:44:21 PM »

Russian gymnast Kseniia Afanaseva holds a portrait of an Orthodox Saint [St. Ksenia of St. Petersburg]  after her performance during the artistic gymnastics women's floor exercise final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012, in London. Afanaseva placed the portrait near the mat prior to her performance. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


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US won in women's soccer!
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« Reply #165 on: August 09, 2012, 05:29:36 PM »

^Gebre's response:  USA must have cheated.  Only explanation possible. 
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« Reply #166 on: August 09, 2012, 07:03:13 PM »

^Gebre's response:  USA must have cheated.  Only explanation possible. 

I'm quite capable of speaking for myself. I have never accused the USA of cheating, so please don't mischaracterize my views. Thanks.



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« Reply #167 on: August 09, 2012, 07:07:25 PM »

Akimori post that article here please. I'm on my phone ATM.
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« Reply #168 on: August 10, 2012, 12:04:39 AM »

^Gebre's response:  USA must have cheated.  Only explanation possible. 

I'm quite capable of speaking for myself. I have never accused the USA of cheating, so please don't mischaracterize my views. Thanks.
Why not? You do it to everyone else.
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« Reply #169 on: August 10, 2012, 01:51:48 AM »

^Gebre's response:  USA must have cheated.  Only explanation possible. 

I'm quite capable of speaking for myself. I have never accused the USA of cheating, so please don't mischaracterize my views. Thanks.
Why not? You do it to everyone else.

I'm guilty of lots of things, but I try hard not misrepresent other people's views or put words in their mouths.


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« Reply #170 on: August 10, 2012, 01:59:55 AM »

^Gebre's response: USA must have cheated. Only explanation possible.

I'm quite capable of speaking for myself. I have never accused the USA of cheating, so please don't mischaracterize my views. Thanks.
Why not? You do it to everyone else.

I'm guilty of lots of things, but I try hard not misrepresent other people's views or put words in their mouths.
1. That's not consistent with my experiences of sparring with you.
2. When people do misrepresent your views, why do you feel the need to always defend yourself, often without offering a substantive statement of what you really meant to say? Can't you just grow a thicker skin, or oil your feathers, or something like that?
3. I thought you just wanted to talk about the Olympics.
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« Reply #171 on: August 10, 2012, 02:09:08 AM »

I know this happened hours ago, but I just watched Usain Bolt run the 200 meter.  Man, he can run!
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« Reply #172 on: August 10, 2012, 02:11:58 AM »

From akimori: There's that American humility we all know and love.

Inspire a generation? Been there, done that, says Gabby
http://www.smh.com.au/olympics/news-london-2012/inspire-a-generation-been-there-done-that-says-gabby-20120809-23xim.html

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"I think it sits very well," Douglas said on Thursday. "It's definitely fitting because everyone just says they love my smile so why not use it on the floor? I was kind of America's sweetheart leading into the Games and it made me feel so good that America loved me."

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« Reply #173 on: August 10, 2012, 02:40:38 AM »

^Gebre's response: USA must have cheated. Only explanation possible.

I'm quite capable of speaking for myself. I have never accused the USA of cheating, so please don't mischaracterize my views. Thanks.
Why not? You do it to everyone else.

I'm guilty of lots of things, but I try hard not misrepresent other people's views or put words in their mouths.
1. That's not consistent with my experiences of sparring with you.
2. When people do misrepresent your views, why do you feel the need to always defend yourself, often without offering a substantive statement of what you really meant to say? Can't you just grow a thicker skin, or oil your feathers, or something like that?
3. I thought you just wanted to talk about the Olympics.

Brother, if I were thin skinned I would not have stayed on this forum for this long.

Now, back to the Olympics...




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« Reply #174 on: August 10, 2012, 02:43:11 AM »

Usain Bolt is da man!

I root for Jamaica because of the whole Cool Runnings syndrome.
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« Reply #175 on: August 10, 2012, 02:43:22 AM »

From akimori: There's that American humility we all know and love.

Inspire a generation? Been there, done that, says Gabby
http://www.smh.com.au/olympics/news-london-2012/inspire-a-generation-been-there-done-that-says-gabby-20120809-23xim.html

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"I think it sits very well," Douglas said on Thursday. "It's definitely fitting because everyone just says they love my smile so why not use it on the floor? I was kind of America's sweetheart leading into the Games and it made me feel so good that America loved me."

Good lord. Now there is an argument you can stand behind Gebre.

My 8 year old daughter is taking gymastics, and she likes Gabby Douglass. Even though I wanted the Russians to win (not out of any hatred for America, but because I pull for Orthodox countries when I can), I was happy for Gabby. Seems like a sweet girl, and my duaghter was happy she won.  Smiley


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« Reply #176 on: August 10, 2012, 02:45:55 AM »

Usain Bolt is da man!

I root for Jamaica because of the whole Cool Runnings syndrome.

Usain Bolt may be the most dominant athlete in any sport ever. He is certainly the greatest pure sprinter of all time. Pretty cool to see such an historical achievement. Gotta love his positivity and joy as well. Awesome.


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« Reply #177 on: August 10, 2012, 02:48:41 AM »

Usain Bolt is da man!

I root for Jamaica because of the whole Cool Runnings syndrome.

Usain Bolt may be the most dominant athlete in any sport ever. He is certainly the greatest pure sprinter of all time. Pretty cool to see such an historical achievement. Gotta love his positivity and joy as well. Awesome.


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Great name too. Lightning Bolt.
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« Reply #178 on: August 10, 2012, 04:56:12 AM »

Has any one ever asked a Muslim what it feels like to see a man with a Muslim name make the sign of the cross before a race?
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« Reply #179 on: August 10, 2012, 09:09:34 AM »

Has any one ever asked a Muslim what it feels like to see a man with a Muslim name make the sign of the cross before a race?

You sound like a blast at parties . . .
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« Reply #180 on: August 10, 2012, 09:11:20 AM »

Usain Bolt is da man!

I root for Jamaica because of the whole Cool Runnings syndrome.

Usain Bolt may be the most dominant athlete in any sport ever. He is certainly the greatest pure sprinter of all time. Pretty cool to see such an historical achievement. Gotta love his positivity and joy as well. Awesome.


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Running is a not a sport. It is a skill. It used in many other sports combined with many other skills

Let's not get carried away here.
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« Reply #181 on: August 10, 2012, 10:17:18 AM »

Amen!  Women's gymnastics and Usain Bolt are the only reason that I watch the Olympics. 

Usain Bolt is da man!

I root for Jamaica because of the whole Cool Runnings syndrome.

Usain Bolt may be the most dominant athlete in any sport ever. He is certainly the greatest pure sprinter of all time. Pretty cool to see such an historical achievement. Gotta love his positivity and joy as well. Awesome.


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« Reply #182 on: August 10, 2012, 10:28:27 AM »

Shout out to fellow Oregonian Ashton Eaton who proved himself the best athlete in these Olympics by winning the decathlon.
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« Reply #183 on: August 10, 2012, 11:07:31 AM »

Shout out to fellow Oregonian Ashton Eaton who proved himself the best athlete in these Olympics by winning the decathlon.

A buddy of mine and I were discussing this the other day. One time being a decathlete was a big deal. Made Bruce Jenner a household name.

Now nothing.

Terrible name though, Ashton Eaton.
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« Reply #184 on: August 10, 2012, 04:59:57 PM »

US won in women's soccer!

I don't think we were the better team; Japan outplayed us. We were lucky and had a few good plays and players (Lloyd, Morgan, and especially Solo). The long and tough match against Canada almost did us in. However, we had by far the best team in the tournament and this win was poetic justice.
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« Reply #185 on: August 10, 2012, 05:04:18 PM »

Usain Bolt is da man!

I root for Jamaica because of the whole Cool Runnings syndrome.

Usain Bolt may be the most dominant athlete in any sport ever. He is certainly the greatest pure sprinter of all time. Pretty cool to see such an historical achievement. Gotta love his positivity and joy as well. Awesome.


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Running is a not a sport. It is a skill. It used in many other sports combined with many other skills

Let's not get carried away here.

I agree. I think team sports are so much harder to excel in (and I am not talking about a gymnastic or swimming "team" here). OTH, Bolt's accomplishment over two Olympics and his world record times do setting him apart as one of the greatest athletes of all times. I was also impressed with the fact that all three medals went to Jamaica. Bravi!
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« Reply #186 on: August 10, 2012, 05:13:47 PM »

Bravi!

Fancy pants.

Last opera I was at in the States most of the crowd yelled bravo for the female lead . . .
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Bravi!

Fancy pants.

Last opera I was at in the States most of the crowd yelled bravo for the female lead . . .

I remembered from the few years I spent in Italy (nothing to do with the Opera).
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http://www.dejeselam.org/2012/08/virgin-mary-crosses-finish-line-with.html


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« Reply #189 on: August 11, 2012, 03:51:14 AM »

That's a scary last pic.
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« Reply #190 on: August 11, 2012, 03:59:33 AM »

That's a scary last pic.


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She looks like a zombie in the last pic lol
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God bless her and God bless her bold Orthodox witness!


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« Reply #194 on: August 11, 2012, 01:45:06 PM »

Usain Bolt is da man!

I root for Jamaica because of the whole Cool Runnings syndrome.

Usain Bolt may be the most dominant athlete in any sport ever. He is certainly the greatest pure sprinter of all time. Pretty cool to see such an historical achievement. Gotta love his positivity and joy as well. Awesome.


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Running is a not a sport. It is a skill. It used in many other sports combined with many other skills

Let's not get carried away here.

is swimming a sport?
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« Reply #195 on: August 11, 2012, 03:53:55 PM »

This is pretty cool! Training partners with the same coach, Alberto Salozar of the Nike Oregon Project, finished 1-2 in the men's 10km final last Saturday. Mo Farah, officially representing Great Britain, finished first for the gold, with the USA's Galen Rupp of Portland, OR, trailing him by just a couple steps for silver.


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« Reply #196 on: August 12, 2012, 02:28:03 AM »

Usain Bolt is da man!

I root for Jamaica because of the whole Cool Runnings syndrome.

Usain Bolt may be the most dominant athlete in any sport ever. He is certainly the greatest pure sprinter of all time. Pretty cool to see such an historical achievement. Gotta love his positivity and joy as well. Awesome.


Selam

Running is a not a sport. It is a skill. It used in many other sports combined with many other skills

Let's not get carried away here.
aye, but it is a sport. heck, even you reconize it as such, on the account that you used the word other.
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