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19 minutes ago, Jaysus said:

Dear french Chelsea players, stop fouling Hazard.

Did not realize you were a Real Madrid supporter...

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Just now, Sebowski said:

Ok. Now solve kneeling to end a game (the definition of time wasting) and icing the kicker in football. Also take a crack at the basketball fouls. 

I am more interested in fixing the issues in the sport I love rather than fixing the issues in sports I don't.

All sports have plenty of issues to fix IMO but I think we can all safely admit with out a denigration to the sport itself that FIFA does not give two ####s about any of this stuff.   

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Big take away from this match is that England can take either of these teams.:thumbup:

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3 minutes ago, Sebowski said:

Ok. Now solve kneeling to end a game (the definition of time wasting) and icing the kicker in football. Also take a crack at the basketball fouls. 

and commercials!

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2 minutes ago, Sinn Fein said:

Did not realize you were a Real Madrid supporter...

:hot: 

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6 minutes ago, encaitar said:

I agree with this.  If you get a yellow card for time-wasting, another full minute should be added to the stoppage time IMO.  You fake an injury, 3 more minutes to the official stoppage time.  That #### would stop real fast.

Or they could just show the game clock, and stop it when appropriate.

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Just now, Native said:

Big take away from this match is that England can take either of these teams.:thumbup:

the guy who lives on the second floor may have a thing or two to say about that tomorrow....

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Just now, Sebowski said:

Martinez took Fro out of it. Left wing? WTF was that? 

I thought Belgium's entire set-up was weird.  I did not really pay attention until the commentator said Jan was playing LB, and when I looked - Belgium had no LB.  They played a straight 343, and did not even use wingbacks at all - a flat 4 MF.  :loco:

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4 minutes ago, Sinn Fein said:

Did not realize you were a Real Madrid supporter...

Clever 

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4 minutes ago, Sebowski said:

Ok. Now solve kneeling to end a game (the definition of time wasting) and icing the kicker in football. Also take a crack at the basketball fouls. 

Change the rule so that a player isn't down until tackled(no giving yourself up rule).  I doubt many coaches would willingly let 300 lb linemen line up to obliterate their QB.  Of course, the NFL is trying to do away with big hits, so it'd never happen.  Icing the kicker would just require officials to not give TOs once teams are lined up for FGs.  Pretty simple.  NBA - no blood no foul IMO.

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It has been almost twenty minutes, where are my Martinez to US baseless rumors?

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1 minute ago, NewlyRetired said:

It has been almost twenty minutes, where are my Martinez to US baseless rumors?

Oh. It's happening. 

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Excellent match - saw more foot talent there than all the other packed-in pathetic knockout teams combined. De Bruyne's my favorite player but i wont mind rooting in a team that has players named Tweety & mmmTitty & Boppy. Offering 3/2 odds

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2 minutes ago, encaitar said:

Change the rule so that a player isn't down until tackled(no giving yourself up rule).  I doubt many coaches would willingly let 300 lb linemen line up to obliterate their QB.  Of course, the NFL is trying to do away with big hits, so it'd never happen.  Icing the kicker would just require officials to not give TOs once teams are lined up for FGs.  Pretty simple.  NBA - no blood no foul IMO.

Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. 

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Looking forward to Belgium and England fielding the same second-team lineups in the meaningless third-place game rematch of their meaningless Group Round finale. 

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Just now, The_Man said:

Looking forward to Belgium and England fielding the same second-team lineups in the meaningless third-place game rematch of their meaningless Group Round finale. 

:lmao: That would be hilarious. 

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I like that France always has at least one prominent player who strongly resembles a famous animated Frenchman.  For years there was Ribery looking like one of the guys who turned Bart Simpson into slave labor at their winery.  Now there's Pavard looking like the guy who cooks with the help of a rat controlling his motions by pulling his hair.  Top notch stereotype confirmation.

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You need to put some respect on it when you reference Ratatouille sir

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Just now, Moe. said:

You need to put some respect on it when you reference Ratatouille sir

A classic. I just mentioned it in the same breath as The Simpsons, I don't know what more I can say.

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26 minutes ago, Native said:

Big take away from this match is that England can take either of these teams.:thumbup:

Pity they have to play Croatia, then

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28 minutes ago, Sebowski said:

Oh. It's happening. 

Get out

 

I'll root for Canada

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6 minutes ago, The Gator said:

I'll root for Canada

I would take Alphonso Davies probably over almost any young US player right now besides Pulisic.

:scared:

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1 minute ago, NewlyRetired said:

I would take Alphonso Davies probably over almost any young US player right now besides Pulisic.

:scared:

shame he's stuck in Vancouver...

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Just now, Jaysus said:

shame he's stuck in Vancouver...

I think it is great considering his age.  I don't think he holds a Euro pass port which is why he has to wait.  There are very few countries he could be a pro in right now in Europe due to the rules of being 18 in most places. 

He is getting a ton of really good experience before he is 18, which is pretty rare.  Once he turns 18, then he can make his transfer hopefully soon after.   

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13 minutes ago, The Gator said:

Get oot

 

I'll root for Canada

Fixed 

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13 minutes ago, The Gator said:

Get out

 

I'll root for Canada

Sebowski is just ####### with you.  He's still rooting for El Tri...

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3 minutes ago, Jaysus said:

shame he's stuck in Vancouver...

Haven't their been some rumors in the last few days about a team in Europe sniffing around?  Seem like I have seen the headline, but did not read the story.

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57 minutes ago, Sinn Fein said:

I thought Belgium's entire set-up was weird.  I did not really pay attention until the commentator said Jan was playing LB, and when I looked - Belgium had no LB.  They played a straight 343, and did not even use wingbacks at all - a flat 4 MF.  :loco:

Waited too long to bring on Carrasco, IMO

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56 minutes ago, wikkidpissah said:

Excellent match - saw more foot talent there than all the other packed-in pathetic knockout teams combined. De Bruyne's my favorite player but i wont mind rooting in a team that has players named Tweety & mmmTitty & Boppy. Offering 3/2 odds

Really? Thought the game was a tremendous disappointment. Sucks these talented teams get to this place and then pucker up for 60 minutes. 

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6 minutes ago, Slapdash said:

Waited too long to bring on Carrasco, IMO

And Mertens - I thought they should have put more pressure on France's defense.  

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8 minutes ago, Capella said:

Really? Thought the game was a tremendous disappointment. Sucks these talented teams get to this place and then pucker up for 60 minutes. 

The occasional 7-1 scoreline notwithstanding, WC semi-finals tend toward tight, cagey affairs

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Rightly or wrongly, Martinez is going to get criticized for the rest of his days for changing up what worked so well vs. Brazil.

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19 minutes ago, Capella said:

Really? Thought the game was a tremendous disappointment. Sucks these talented teams get to this place and then pucker up for 60 minutes. 

i'll lay 66-1 against us ever agreeing on anything......

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3 minutes ago, Eephus said:

Rightly or wrongly, Martinez is going to get criticized for the rest of his days for changing up what worked so well vs. Brazil.

France does play rather differently than Brazil. Should he have changed? I do not know

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4 hours ago, Nick Vermeil said:

@El Floppo we didn’t make plans! I’m back at the judge for first half if you’re feeling adventurous. 

Charretting on a bid set. Can't go anywhere....sucks.

Listen/watched the game though...seemed like a good one.

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1 hour ago, Eephus said:

Rightly or wrongly, Martinez is going to get criticized for the rest of his days for changing up what worked so well vs. Brazil.

Not having Meunier limited his options.

It's nice that they don't do yellow card suspensions for the final, but that one may have had a pretty big impact on the semifinal between arguably the two best teams.

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France vs. England would be sick. 

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2 hours ago, Jaysus said:

it's a good thing Brazil is out of the tourney and absolutely no one else is diving anymore

Mbappe should see the same specialist Karius did for that hit. #PrayforKyllian

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:lmao: Mbappe

Dribbles the ball out of bounds.  I'll get that for you!  Whoops I accidentally threw it 10 yards into the field of play.  No worries, I got it!  Whoops I accidentally ran too far and kicked the ball another 10 yards.  My bad I will fetch it!  Oops I overran it again and tripped over it and it went another 10 yards!

Then 2 minutes later he gets decapitated by Vertongen's pinky finger.

If I played soccer there is a 100% chance I would end up kicking that guy in the face.

Kind of lame for the ref to blow it dead after the 6' of stoppage time.  They maybe actually played what, 3 minutes of that? 

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On 6/8/2018 at 3:21 PM, Christo said:

Les Bleus sont formidable.

 

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38 minutes ago, FreeBaGeL said:

:lmao: Mbappe

Dribbles the ball out of bounds.  I'll get that for you!  Whoops I accidentally threw it 10 yards into the field of play.  No worries, I got it!  Whoops I accidentally ran too far and kicked the ball another 10 yards.  My bad I will fetch it!  Oops I overran it again and tripped over it and it went another 10 yards!

Then 2 minutes later he gets decapitated by Vertongen's pinky finger.

If I played soccer there is a 100% chance I would end up kicking that guy in the face.

Kind of lame for the ref to blow it dead after the 6' of stoppage time.  They maybe actually played what, 3 minutes of that? 

Yeah, this was disgraceful.  And when the ref doesn't adjust the time for those antics and the only downside was a yellow card that has no bearing whatsoever, then there's no reason to not do that at the end of the game.  At least 1 minute should have been added if not more.

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7 hours ago, GroveDiesel said:

Now we're at the point in the match where the winning team milks every thing possible to try to take time off the clock. THIS is the stuff that is bad for the game of soccer.

I read this right when I saw France taking the ball to the corner ... not players flopping.
My reply was regarding tactics such as that, and the players slowing down kicks, throws and subs.

7 hours ago, GroveDiesel said:

No it isn't.

NFL players used to milk injuries too at the end of games either to milk clock or try to get a clock stoppage. So the NFL stepped in and changed the rules.

FIFA would do well to do something to stop that ridiculousness as well.

The better team won, but the sport really would be better without the diving and milking injuries.

 

7 hours ago, Zow said:

Terrible analogy. There is a play clock and they’re playing well within the spirit of the rules in doing so. 

Mbappe displayed disgusting sportsmanship. 

 

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15 hours ago, The_Man said:

Looking forward to Belgium and England fielding the same second-team lineups in the meaningless third-place game rematch of their meaningless Group Round finale. 

While i agree that the 3rd place match is mostly meaningless, i think England is the one country that would be determined to come home with something given their past WC failures.

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Slovakian John doesn't have cable and asked me to suggest viewing options for the final this weekend. A little help, please?

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31 minutes ago, JaxBill said:

While i agree that the 3rd place match is mostly meaningless, i think England is the one country that would be determined to come home with something given their past WC failures.

Yeah, because the Belgians win everything...

Both sides will feel aggrieved at even playing in a 3rd place game, and neither will give a #### - just going through the motions hoping to make it through without injury. 

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1 minute ago, roadkill1292 said:

Slovakian John doesn't have cable and asked me to suggest viewing options for the final this weekend. A little help, please?

Its on FOX over-the-air  (both Saturday for 3rd place, and Sunday for final)

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