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Re: Sports

Postby PKMKII on Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:04 pm

Hmmm, true (although I don't think the Mets or the Nationals were thinking "World Series!" when the all-star game was played last year). But even if the players in the Pro Bowl don't care, at least it would give fans a reason to care about the outcome.
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Re: Sports

Postby farfalla on Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:15 pm

brought Colts shirt with me... may start wearing it everywhere Saturday

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Re: Sports

Postby PKMKII on Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:56 pm

Saints won. The deciding factor was that the Colts defense let too much get by them. Several drives that could have been stopped short, a few near interceptions that could have been made, and not enough pressure on Brees. Probably didn't help that Freeney had a bad knee and Sanders wasn't even in the game.
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Re: Sports

Postby farfalla on Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:22 am

they earned that loss - congratulations to the Saints who deserved the win


(but a little :sad: anyway)
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Re: Sports

Postby black bart on Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:23 am

There seem to be a lot of USA footballers turning up in the English premier league...I suspect spies for the World Cup.
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Re: Sports

Postby farfalla on Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:48 pm

suspect you are correct :evilgrin:

in USA on to basketball and March Madness

wonder what kind of mayhem we would have without sports-

if there would be more or less violence without them
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Re: Sports

Postby PKMKII on Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:54 pm

farfalla wrote:suspect you are correct :evilgrin:

in USA on to basketball and March Madness

wonder what kind of mayhem we would have without sports-

if there would be more or less violence without them


Nah, less sports on TV would just mean more programs on Discovery dedicated to blowing things up.
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Re: Sports

Postby Ubi Dubium on Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:56 pm

PKMKII wrote:Nah, less sports on TV would just mean more programs on Discovery dedicated to blowing things up.

And the downside of that would be?
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Re: Sports

Postby PKMKII on Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:35 am

Ubi Dubium wrote:
PKMKII wrote:Nah, less sports on TV would just mean more programs on Discovery dedicated to blowing things up.

And the downside of that would be?


Didn't say there was one. IMHO, the Discovery network should consist entirely of two shows: MythBusters and Dirty Jobs.
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Re: Sports

Postby farfalla on Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:16 pm

they sound like a synopsis of my life to date

*a page from Ham .. well, farfie, aren't we in a cynical mood today? *


sporty addition - IU basketball is the pitts this year - but anything is better than having Bobby Knight
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Re: Sports

Postby daftbeaker on Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:34 pm

This Wonderbowl thing, at any point is there more than 6 seconds of continuous action?

Edit - I also don't understand the uniforms. Big baggy shirt with armour, matched with skintight shiny lycra? :confused:

At least the commentators are similarly inane, the Saints defence specialises in takeaways (apparently) which is an amusing mental image :haha:
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Re: Sports

Postby PKMKII on Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:56 pm

daftbeaker wrote:This Wonderbowl thing, at any point is there more than 6 seconds of continuous action?


Yes, which is more than you can say about soccer.

daftbeaker wrote:Edit - I also don't understand the uniforms. Big baggy shirt with armour, matched with skintight shiny lycra? :confused:


The pants have pads inside them (well, more like pockets the pads go into). The idea is that you want to make it possible for defending players to be able to grab and tackle whoever has the ball; if the shirts were tight, that would be practical impossible. The leggings are tight, because they'd interfere with movement if they were baggy.
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Re: Sports

Postby daftbeaker on Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:04 pm

PKMKII wrote:
daftbeaker wrote:This Wonderbowl thing, at any point is there more than 6 seconds of continuous action?


Yes, which is more than you can say about soccer.

I was counting and don't think I saw any action longer than 8 seconds without the referee stopping play for the first quarter. Show me a football match with stoppages every 8 seconds and you'll have a point.

The band's alright but it's just not the same without the Ox :cry:

Edit - What I'm getting at is the game just feels very disjointed. Where in rugby if someone gets tackled their teammates grab the ball and keep running or the other team get a turnover and start running, here it seems to be a series of lining up, smacking heads, stopping and repeating.

Might just be that I don't understand it.
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Re: Sports

Postby PKMKII on Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:26 pm

daftbeaker wrote:I was counting and don't think I saw any action longer than 8 seconds without the referee stopping play for the first quarter. Show me a football match with stoppages every 8 seconds and you'll have a point.


Oh yes, 30 seconds of the ball getting passed, followed by an goal shot that almost always fails. Excitement!
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Re: Sports

Postby Qwertyuiopasd on Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:27 pm

It's true, American Football requires a different kind of stamina than Football/Soccer.

It makes up for it in strategy though. Football/Soccer seems to me essentially the same thing, like basketball. Yes, there are plays and strategies you use, but ultimately it's just get the ball, run the ball down to the other side, attempt to score, then repeat. And I do find that entertaining.

But American Football is much more reliant on the plays. Passing vs. Running, getting close enough for a field goal. The offside kick instead of the punt, for instance.

It's basically a trade-off between pacing and strategy, imo. I don't see why people seem to think one is more boring than the other (beyond personal preference, that is).
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