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Post Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 3:54 pm 
 

My thoughts on the World Cup (not that anyone really cares one way or the other, but what the heck...)

a) Diving is so rampant, that it took away from my enjoyment a lot of times. Diving seems a strategy of the game.

b) I was disappointed by Zidane's head-butt. It came at the worst time, and who knows what would've happened had he stayed in. I was routing for France.

c) There were some *amazing* goals! Rodriguez of Argentina's amazing shot in overtime against Mexico, and Beckham crossing to Crouch for a perfect header vs. T&T were the two that stuck out for me.

  


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 4:28 pm 
 

Yes - there was some fantastic football!  There is so much at stake that you do see quite  lot of diving (and he occasional handball  :) )

You do also see some lunatic behaviour too (like Rooney's shove and Zidane's butt).  The initial reckoning was that an insult about his mother struck home because she is ill.  But then there are other theories...

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | I'm sorry but no regrets - Zidane


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 4:50 pm 
 

red_bus wrote:Yes - there was some fantastic football!  There is so much at stake that you do see quite  lot of diving (and he occasional handball  :) )

You do also see some lunatic behaviour too (like Rooney's shove and Zidane's butt).  The initial reckoning was that an insult about his mother struck home because she is ill.  But then there are other theories...

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | I'm sorry but no regrets - Zidane


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 5:07 pm 
 

red_bus wrote:Yes - there was some fantastic football!  There is so much at stake that you do see quite  lot of diving (and he occasional handball  :) )

You do also see some lunatic behaviour too (like Rooney's shove and Zidane's butt).  The initial reckoning was that an insult about his mother struck home because she is ill.  But then there are other theories...

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | I'm sorry but no regrets - Zidane


Two Thoughts:

1)  Why a head butt in the chest....why not to his face?

2)  The BBC ought to know the difference between "retrospective" and "retroactive."


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 5:58 pm 
 

You gotta love Slate ... here, they delve into the mechanics of head-butting. Their verdict: Zidane used perfect form. :)

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:35 pm 
 

I would believe Zidane's story more if he had gone for the face.  Going for the chest is a chancey blow and is likely to get you an elbow in the nose or eye.

As it is, it looks like he's trying to be sneaky...although all I have seen is the photograph.


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Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 1:03 am 
 

Zidane has attacked the Italian seemingly based on remarks made about his mother. Now - making such comments is, of course, unacceptable but we all know that such 'gamesmanship' takes place in sports at all levels.
BUT - for £100K a week (don't quote me - depends which paper you read) you really should have better self control - let's face it most police officers in this country get substantially less than half that a year and have to face worse abuse on a daily basis without losing their cool  - we all know who's job we'd rather have.
And to do this whilst wearing his nations shirt in the most important game while the world watches - it beggars belief!!
ZZ - let himself down and let his country down - now all we need is someone to wipe the smug grin of his face, the arrogant pratt !!(oops - that last bit just slipped in :lol: )


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Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:03 am 
 

gyg wrote:Zidane has attacked the Italian seemingly based on remarks made about his mother. Now - making such comments is, of course, unacceptable but we all know that such 'gamesmanship' takes place in sports at all levels.
BUT - for £100K a week (don't quote me - depends which paper you read) you really should have better self control - let's face it most police officers in this country get substantially less than half that a year and have to face worse abuse on a daily basis without losing their cool  - we all know who's job we'd rather have.
And to do this whilst wearing his nations shirt in the most important game while the world watches - it beggars belief!!
ZZ - let himself down and let his country down - now all we need is someone to wipe the smug grin of his face, the arrogant pratt !!(oops - that last bit just slipped in :lol: )


    I would love to see Zidane give Terrell Owens a crack out on the practice field and wipe HIS smug grin off his face...pre season hasn't even started and I'm already on T.O. overload.  The Dallas Morning News sports page runs an article on him every single freaking day. Emmitt Smith didn't get this much coverage when he was about to break the rushing record. This Dallas Cowboys season might just be intolerable.
  Now, mind you, the Cowboys go to the superbowl and I'm buying one of his jerseys and naming my next pet dog T.O. ....

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 5:09 am 
 

Badmike wrote:
    I would love to see Zidane give Terrell Owens a crack out on the practice field and wipe HIS smug grin off his face...pre season hasn't even started and I'm already on T.O. overload.  The Dallas Morning News sports page runs an article on him every single freaking day. Emmitt Smith didn't get this much coverage when he was about to break the rushing record. This Dallas Cowboys season might just be intolerable.
  Now, mind you, the Cowboys go to the superbowl and I'm buying one of his jerseys and naming my next pet dog T.O. ....

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 6:29 am 
 

Cimmerian wrote:I would have payed money to take a crack at Deion in a scrimmage.

You would have been the first person in NFL history to actually make contact with him, then.

He was a great cover-man (and spectacular kick-returner), but managed to avoid actually tackling anyone year after year, even accidentally. I've never seen a defender go so far out of his way to avoid contact ... it was uncanny.

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 9:28 am 
 

Part of the resentment up here in Wisconsin is that the Cowboys arrogantly nicknamed themselves "America's Team". And of course many of the past & present Cowboys have arrest records...

The Green Bay Packers are still the only NFL club owned by the locals and guaranteed to stay in place. All other teams are corporately mobile and free to move to a different city or state to get better financial support.

  

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ExTSR wrote:Part of the resentment up here in Wisconsin is that the Cowboys arrogantly nicknamed themselves "America's Team". And of course many of the past & present Cowboys have arrest records...

The Green Bay Packers are still the only NFL club owned by the locals and guaranteed to stay in place. All other teams are corporately mobile and free to move to a different city or state to get better financial support.


so being an outsider, who is going to the superbowl next season then?

i am still hopeful of the Jets, but for a long time now, they've been about as useful as a chocolate radiator  :D

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:12 am 
 

Ahhh... a topic I can appear to be knowledgeable in... football. :)

1. I hate the Cowboys, but they didn't call themselves 'Americas Team'. A reporter from Milwaukee, ironically, named them that back in the 70's due to the fact that they always had fans, even at away games. Note, I HATE the Cowboys. Just want to make that clear. Hate 'em.

2. You can eat a chocolate radiotor, so it has some usefulness. Not the same can be said about the Jets...

3. Last year, I predicted a Steelers / Panthers Superbowl, and missed it by one game. This year? I predict a Chiefs / Panthers Superbowl. Watch out for the Cardinals in the NFC and the Dolphins in the AFC to be sleeper teams.

4. I hate the Cowboys.


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Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:28 am 
 

khartsfield wrote:A reporter from Milwaukee, ironically, named them that back in the 70's


Milwaukee is a suburb of Chicago, and most of us deny that it's in Wisconsin at all; somebody drew the map wrong.

who is going to the superbowl next season then


Not the Pack, with the old guy at the helm. :/

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:41 am 
 

The Steelers will most certainly be there.  As for the NFC, difficult to say, but maybe the Eagles.


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Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 12:08 pm 
 

bombadil wrote:The Steelers will most certainly be there.  As for the NFC, difficult to say, but maybe the Eagles.


Provided Big Ben can play. Has that been confirmed?


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ExTSR wrote:Part of the resentment up here in Wisconsin is that the Cowboys arrogantly nicknamed themselves "America's Team". And of course many of the past & present Cowboys have arrest records...

The Green Bay Packers are still the only NFL club owned by the locals and guaranteed to stay in place. All other teams are corporately mobile and free to move to a different city or state to get better financial support.


Which is one reason why Cowboys fans love to see them kick the crap out of the Packers...who seem to be headed back into another three-decade slump.   :twisted:


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Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 1:29 pm 
 

Something to be said for a Steelers return to the Super Bowl....Cowher seems to be the best overall coach in the NFL.

Look for "Big Ben" to have a slump this year...he wasn't that good before.

I hope for Cowboys/Steelers in the Super Bowl, with all the bad karma the Steelers will have against them.

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:46 pm 
 

MShipley88 wrote:Something to be said for a Steelers return to the Super Bowl....Cowher seems to be the best overall coach in the NFL.

Look for "Big Ben" to have a slump this year...he wasn't that good before.

I hope for Cowboys/Steelers in the Super Bowl, with all the bad karma the Steelers will have against them.

Mark   8)


Roethlisberger had a 98.3 QB rating and 34 TD. He has won (or been the winning QB) for 28 games of the 33 he has started. He WAS that good. And still is. And he will be the starting QB come opening day.

And what 'bad karma'?? I would L-O-V-E to see a Cowboys / Steelers SB. I would give a paycheck to see Troy Polamalu pop Terrell Owens in his mouth. Have Joey Porter snap Drew Bledsoe like an old, brittle stick.

(To reaffirm an earlier statement: Love the Steelers, hate the Cowboys. And Mark, you have always seemed like a stand-up guy, so this is meant with all the best intentions. Please don't take it as a flame or troll. Just a lively discussion.) :)


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