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2014/06/16 14:31:38 (permalink)

World Cup - 2014

I did not see a thread on this years FIFA World Cup.  The U. S. kicks off against Ghana around 6pm (Eastern) today.  Germany looked very good against Portugal, I think it will be hard for the U. S. to beat them.
 
At least those ghastly horns aren't around this year.  Who do you think will win the cup?
 
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/06/16 14:56:01 (permalink)
    The only things more boring than Futbol is Baseball and watching grass grow!
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/06/16 14:59:29 (permalink)
    Brazil is the odds on favorite by a big margin. I've watched four matches so far and was struck by how different some teams played. I like the more aggressive play. The Netherlands against Spain was a great game despite the 5 to 1 victory by the Dutch. Both teams were playing very aggressively. Spain was favored. We watched that one on Univison and the only word I understood was, "Gooooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal."
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/06/16 15:06:07 (permalink)
    Foodbme

    The only things more boring than Futbol is Baseball and watching grass grow!

    Baseball and Soccer are meant to be and much better to watch in person. You can't appreciate either on TV. What you miss in soccer is the extreme athleticism by the players. It just doesn't translate very well to TV.
     
    Baseball is more cerebral. You participate in the guessing of what might take place. When watching live, especially minor league ball in small stadiums it is a party going on with filler entertainment between innings and watching 9 year olds chase foul balls.
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/06/16 15:17:10 (permalink)
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    Foodbme

    The only things more boring than Futbol is Baseball and watching grass grow!

    Baseball and Soccer are meant to be and much better to watch in person. You can't appreciate either on TV. What you miss in soccer is the extreme athleticism by the players. It just doesn't translate very well to TV.

    Baseball is more cerebral. You participate in the guessing of what might take place. When watching live, especially minor league ball in small stadiums it is a party going on with filler entertainment between innings and watching 9 year olds chase foul balls.

    I agree about Minor League Baseball. When we lived in Nashville, we would go to the Nashville Sounds games and they were inexpensive and a hoot.
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/06/16 15:41:30 (permalink)
    eruby

    At least those ghastly horns aren't around this year. 



    Thank goodness.  Four years ago I sat down to watch a game (match, tilt, whatever) and soon turned it off after it became apparent that the mindless vuvu-noise would be incessant.
     
    After many times marvelling at the 'handless' volleyball games on Ipanema and Copacabana I find it difficult to understand how a Brasilian National team could ever lose.
     
    Edit:  C'mon, baseball rules!  If you want to talk about a boring sport, pro basketball is right up there with soccer and the French Open.  And I'd rather go to the dentist than to an NFL game with its endless "TV time-outs".
    post edited by MetroplexJim - 2014/06/16 18:10:00
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/06/16 17:38:17 (permalink)
    Foodbme

    The only things more boring than Futbol is Baseball and watching grass grow!

    And the French Tennis Open.

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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/06/17 08:12:42 (permalink)
    I don't know anything about soccer, but surprised myself by watching the second half of yesterday's match with Ghana.  And it wasn't too bad.  I suggest other people give it a try.
     
    Unfortunately, I don't know enough to offer an opinion on who will win.  How about Germany?
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/06/17 13:10:50 (permalink)
    Davydd

    What you miss in soccer is the extreme athleticism by the players.
    If they're such great athletes why do so many of them flop around like speared carp whenever an opponent makes the most minor contact?
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/06/17 13:17:26 (permalink)
    Yeah, I really hate that.  Even when an American was doing it yesterday, I was yelling at him to get up.
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/06/17 14:08:06 (permalink)
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    Davydd

    What you miss in soccer is the extreme athleticism by the players.
    If they're such great athletes why do so many of them flop around like speared carp whenever an opponent makes the most minor of contact?

    I think when they give out the cup, they also give an Oscar for the best performance by an "injured" player.
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/06/17 18:01:45 (permalink)
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    Davydd

    What you miss in soccer is the extreme athleticism by the players.
    If they're such great athletes why do so many of them flop around like speared carp whenever an opponent makes the most minor contact?

    It's a form of lobbying. It could mean the difference between a penalty kick or just a throw in. There are some serious injuries. One American may be out of the Cup with a leg injury and another had his nose broken and played on. BTW, those teams generally play a full 90 minutes non-stop. The reason there is additional time tacked onto the end of the match is to compensate for that down time for those "dramatic" lying on the ground injuries.
     
    I watched the Brazil vs Mexico game this afternoon. It came out a 0 - 0 tie yet it was to me one of the more exciting matches with its aggressive style of play. Each team got 1 point in the standings instead of a winner's 3 points to a loser's 0 points. In some ways it was a moral victory for Mexico as the host Brazilian team is the odds on favorite to win the Cup.
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/06/17 18:20:49 (permalink)
    My grandchildren and I watched the game this afternoon and were thrilled that it ended in a tie!  It was great for Mexico!  Dinner is finished;  on back to watch Russia and Korea.
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/06/17 18:41:53 (permalink)
    Granted, they are skilled athletes. Depending on the position, a soccer player will run 5 to 10 miles during a match, some of it at full speed. The footwork and kicking abilities are skilled. It's just the putzing around that goes on and back & forth non-productive time makes it hard to watch for me.
    Maybe if the field size were reduced, it would go faster, more action. Like Arena Football verses Regular football. 
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/06/30 12:52:04 (permalink)
    Round of 16 showdown tomorrow at 4 pm between the USA and Belgium
     
    I think I will have a big plate of pommes followed by a huge slice of apple pie.
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/06/30 16:19:20 (permalink)
    Alas.it is likely that the beer and pommes will win over the apple pie and bourbon, but the Schnitzel and Weiswien are likely to walk away with the silver unless the mini pancakes and Genever's get them.
     
     
    I give credit to the US team for getting this far and reviving a sport that is not particularly appreciated in the US (professionaly, I mean, not the millions of Mommies in Volvo wagons and SUV's).  I overhear folks actually talking about the FIFA when I'm out and about.
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/01 02:23:56 (permalink)
    You can teach an old dog new tricks!
    For decades, I Poo-Pooed Soccer as just a bunch of idiots running around on a big field doing little scoring. But lately, I've been getting better in understanding the strategy of the game and appreciating the athletic ability of the players. And I admit----I'm getting hooked! In talking to older friends, I think some of them are "Coming out of the Locker Room" too!
    I must be getting hooked; I changed a Dr.'s Appointment so I could watch the US - Belgium game.
    However, I don't think I'll ever understand the craziness of the fans and the violence that occurs with them.
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/01 09:20:39 (permalink)
    I look at it this way. When I grew up I never heard of soccer but other than peripherally. When my son played soccer it was a herd of kids chasing a ball and goalies nonchalantly picking daisies. Now my 9 year old grandson plays, attends clinics, and you can actually understand the strategies of the play even at that age when you watch him play. Soccer has grown up in America. Maybe it is the growing freakishness of size in football and basketball that is turning kids to an average size athletic sport.
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/01 09:57:47 (permalink)
    Yes, I'm 'rooting' for the U.S. vs. Belgium, but I am perfectly content to hear the result and maybe see some highlights on Sports Center.
     
    As three out of my four great grandfathers were born in the U.S., I had to share this.
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/01 10:40:32 (permalink)
    One of the best things about watching the games is the announcers, especially the Brits.  I like how they don't feel like they have to talk over every second of every game.
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/01 11:36:31 (permalink)
    "If soccer was an American soft drink, it would be Diet Pepsi"
    - Lewis Grizzard
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/01 11:39:35 (permalink)
    On the popularity of soccer.

    "All that proves is that most of the world is too poor to build bowling alleys, golf courses, tennis courts and baseball fields. There's hundreds of millions of poor people out there who still ain't got indoor plumbing, but that don't mean there's something great about an outhouse. Soccer is boring. I've never seen a more boring sport "
    - Mike Royko
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/01 11:44:28 (permalink)
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    Yes, I'm 'rooting' for the U.S. vs. Belgium, but I am perfectly content to hear the result and maybe see some highlights on Sports Center.

    As three out of my four great grandfathers were born in the U.S., I had to share this.

    I never played the game but I'm watching soccer and every one of my great, great or how ever many greats it takes to go back to Colonial times grandfathers were all born in America.
     
    I will say this. I enjoy parody but Ann Coulter was totally out of her league in writing that piece. It was pretty lame.
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/01 12:13:49 (permalink)
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    Yes, I'm 'rooting' for the U.S. vs. Belgium, but I am perfectly content to hear the result and maybe see some highlights on Sports Center.
    As three out of my four great grandfathers were born in the U.S., I had to share this.

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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/01 12:26:21 (permalink)
    I am enjoying the tournament, including the offsides rule, except for the in-game penalty kicks. In OT the sudden death PK's are awesome.

    I just don't like fakers being rewarded with a penalty kick, which is the equivalent of a 40 point free throw. Although LeBron has a higher chance of missing a FT than a soccer player a PK.
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/01 12:54:32 (permalink)
    Davydd

    MetroplexJim

    Yes, I'm 'rooting' for the U.S. vs. Belgium, but I am perfectly content to hear the result and maybe see some highlights on Sports Center.

    As three out of my four great grandfathers were born in the U.S., I had to share this.

    I never played the game but I'm watching soccer and every one of my great, great or how ever many greats it takes to go back to Colonial times grandfathers were all born in America.

    I will say this. I enjoy parody but Ann Coulter was totally out of her league in writing that piece. It was pretty lame.

    This has absolutely nothing to do with soccer but my parents were first-generation Americans and very proud of it. 

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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/01 13:05:58 (permalink)
    porkbeaks

    "If soccer was an American soft drink, it would be Diet Pepsi"
    - Lewis Grizzard

    Nah. I like Diet Pepsi.

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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/01 14:00:34 (permalink)
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    MetroplexJim
    Yes, I'm 'rooting' for the U.S. vs. Belgium, but I am perfectly content to hear the result and maybe see some highlights on Sports Center.
    As three out of my four great grandfathers were born in the U.S., I had to share this.

    I never played the game but I'm watching soccer and every one of my great, great or how ever many greats it takes to go back to Colonial times grandfathers were all born in America.
    I will say this. I enjoy parody but Ann Coulter was totally out of her league in writing that piece. It was pretty lame.

    Ah, C'mon Davydd, where's your sense of humor? You obviously don't know Ann Coulter. That's her sarcastic sense of humor exposing itself in a tongue in cheek essay on Soccer! She's probably a big Futbol Fan, AND a Soccer Mom herself!  
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/01 17:12:05 (permalink)
    I know Ann Coulter's writing very well. That was not one of her better efforts. She is usually sharper than that with her knife.   To me it was lame, forced, dated and cliche with a bit of sloppy logic. In other words, I've read these kind of :::groan::: pieces before.
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    Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/01 18:35:18 (permalink)
    Just heard we lost to Belgium 1 - 2.
     
    Freaking Belgium, Germany's gateway to France!
     
    At least we're 2 - 0 in World Wars.
     
    Now I can ignore this bore-fest for four more years.
     
    That said, I am hoping that Brasil wins the Cup. 
     
    I love Rio as a vacation spot and I'd hate to see it burn. 
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