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I tried to watch a World Cup game yesterday, catching the game between Brazil and Croatia. 44 minutes of kicking the ball in the middle of the field, one goal, and another 45 minutes of kicking the ball in the middle of the field. I was definitely impressed by the abilities demonstrated by many of the players, but I still have trouble figuring out how this is the world's most popular sport.

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Jun 17, 2006, 16:59
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No subject Jun 17, 2006, 16:59
Jun 17, 2006, 16:59
 
I still have trouble figuring out how this is the world's most popular sport.

Unfortunately you watched the wrong match. That match was pretty crap for Brazil. Everyone expected Brazil to play "samba football" reminiscent of the Brazil team in the 70's, however they didnt.

If anyone had by chance watched the Argentina - Serbia Montenegro (no ideal of the spelling there) that was on Thursday, you would have seen an absolutely fantastic game of football. If you missed it, find a torrent or something and watch it. Probably the goal of the tournament was scored in that match by Cambiasso.

Oh and god knows how the US managed it, but well done on keeping Italy to a 1-1 draw.

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Jun 15, 2006, 17:02
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Jun 15, 2006, 17:02
nin
 
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/06/15/gates.ap/index.html


Holy shit! Won't someone think of poor War-on?



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Gates Stepping Down From Microsoft
Jun 15, 2006, 16:54
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Jun 15, 2006, 08:27
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Jun 15, 2006, 08:27
 
That's not true. I force you to watch my beloved Florida Gators.
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Re: It's the world's most popular sport
Jun 14, 2006, 21:57
nin
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Re: It's the world's most popular sport Jun 14, 2006, 21:57
Jun 14, 2006, 21:57
nin
 
Whats the name of that game that allows you to do different things, which changes the endings? I remember in the demo your in a cafe diner and you kill a guy in the bathroom unexpectantly... I think that's all I have to say Thanks ahead of time.

Fahrenheit (in Europe) and Indigo Prophecy in the US...same game, different titles.

(If you get it) Good luck @ the fucking airbase, is all I can say...



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Re: It's the world's most popular sport
Jun 14, 2006, 21:52
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Re: It's the world's most popular sport Jun 14, 2006, 21:52
Jun 14, 2006, 21:52
 
Whats the name of that game that allows you to do different things, which changes the endings? I remember in the demo your in a cafe diner and you kill a guy in the bathroom unexpectantly... I think that's all I have to say Thanks ahead of time.

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It's the world's most popular sport
Jun 14, 2006, 21:35
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It's the world's most popular sport Jun 14, 2006, 21:35
Jun 14, 2006, 21:35
 
Because it's simple enough that all the "fans" (Ie, the humongous masses of extreme retards that inhabit this planet) can understand it.

On opening day, British "fans" and German "fans" fought each other in a city where NEITHER TEAM EVEN PLAYS.

Chuck Klosterman said it best when he said (I'm paraphrasing here) that soccer allows the lowest pleebs to temporarily forego their pisspoor social status and act out a mini revolution for 90 minutes.

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Jun 14, 2006, 19:49
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Jun 14, 2006, 19:49
nin
 
No thumb stylus? That's odd...

Yours doesn't have one either? I'm glad I wasn't the only one.

I removed the one from my regular DS and moved it over. I looked in the manual, and unlike the original DS, there's no mention of hooking it up to the DS, and the little holes you run the strap note that the strap is sold separately - yet I don't find it online anywhere.

But yeah, I thought I got ripped off, too.

But man! Metroid:Hunters on max brightness? Totally new game!




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Jun 14, 2006, 19:30
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Jun 14, 2006, 19:30
 
No thumb stylus? That's odd...

Yours doesn't have one either? I'm glad I wasn't the only one.

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Jun 14, 2006, 18:28
Enahs
 
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Jun 14, 2006, 18:28
 Enahs
 
To stir the pot, as Bunko tried not too long ago, only I am trying to stir in the other direction:
http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/harris061206.htm


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Jun 14, 2006, 18:22
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Jun 14, 2006, 18:22
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World-class sports are a metaphor for war. If that isn't a significant cultural impact, I don't know what is. The World Cup, Olympics, etc.

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Jun 14, 2006, 18:03
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No subject Jun 14, 2006, 18:03
Jun 14, 2006, 18:03
nin
 
Wow...my DS Lite showed up today...

Damn, this thing is slick...

Might as well call it iPod Junior...

edit: No thumb stylus? That's odd...

edit again: The Pelican invishields are crap. Stay away from those.

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Jun 14, 2006, 17:22
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Jun 14, 2006, 17:22
 
What, you mean rugby? Oh sorry, I forgot, rugby players aren't pussies who need helmets or padding. And who don't wear disturbingly tight shorts (at least not during their matches, what they do on Friday nights is their business

AHH...Touch'e !!!:D

And I really enjoy Rugby on TV, just brutal...but UFC is also my favorite spectator sport, I watch hours of taped best of bouts (tho it was better B/4 the over regulation)



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Re: Soccer
Jun 14, 2006, 16:47
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I can't watch soccer because of this. Bunch of overpaid fairies mincing around a field.

Eh, have you seen the figures some athletes pull down in the NBA, NFL, and MLB?

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Why DO we all care so much???
Jun 14, 2006, 16:47
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Why DO we all care so much??? Jun 14, 2006, 16:47
Jun 14, 2006, 16:47
 
I used to watch pro sports regulary, but at a certain point I had to ask myself why I was so interested in a bunch of (IMO) over-paid, overhyped, whiny, showboats bounce/kick/throw/whack a ball/puck around and run into each other?

I still occasionally enjoy watching a game/match...but I am WAAAAY less personally invested. Just seems silly to get worked up over something that I have made virtually no contribution to and has little lasting, signifigant artistic, educational, social or cultural value (again IMO).

I DO have a greater degree of interest in non-team sports like tennis, however....still not more than a passing "check the paper for the results during the Opens" type interest though.

Anyway, I'm no zealot......to each his own, but sometimes I am troubled by the amount of energy, time and money spent on all aspects of sports in our society (N. American), and the disproportionately smaller amount of these resources focused on more intellectual pursuits at least in terms of "popular" culture.


...and then there is always this view...which may have some merit....if not taken TOO far

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Jun 14, 2006, 16:33
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Jun 14, 2006, 16:33
 
I said nothing to denegrate the skills of the players, that was the best part. You certainly don't have to like baseball, I completely understand finding that boring too. But to deny the skill it takes to play the game is just plain silly.

I was really just trying to light a fuse, didn't mean anything negative by it (hence the ;)) I played baseketball, football (soccer), and baseball for a number of years, so I understand very well the skill involved in each. Truth be told, I sucked at everything but football. I only wish they'd show more games around here, it's hard enough just trying to catch a Revolution game.

Stranger still, I've started to watch baseball. Still can't figure out how I kept away all these years, especially living in a family that is comprised of either Die-Hard Yankees or Red Sox fans (you should hear the conversation when they all get together during baseball season.)

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Re: Soccer
Jun 14, 2006, 16:25
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This World Cup is the first time I've actually sat down and watched soccer. The only thing that really irritates me about the game is players taking a dive.

I can't watch soccer because of this. Bunch of overpaid fairies mincing around a field. Did we ever get over the problem that since the size of the goal was set people have gotten roughly 15% bigger? One of the reasons why it's such a low-scoring sport. I'll watch rugby over soccer any day. All the flow of soccer without the roided up nancies in their body armour that you get in American Football.

EDIT: But like enahs pretty much the only sport I'll settle to watch is the UFC or a good K1 card. Regular kickboxing is usually boring as hell too but the K1 keeps it active.

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Re: Succer
Jun 14, 2006, 16:05
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Jun 14, 2006, 16:05
 
* Except cricket. I'm sure we can all agree that cricket sucks.
It's one of those rare sports where you can make a day of it and get hammered sitting in the sun. Then when the other half asks where you've been, rather than sitting in a field with your mates, you've been at a sporting event.

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Re: Succer
Jun 14, 2006, 15:57
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True, it's apples and oranges. I don't like rugby anyway

The whole discussion is silly - there is no right or wrong, it's just opinion *. It's not as if anyone is going to change their mind about a sport anyway. Still, it's more fun to make petty arguments than to be reasonable.

* Except cricket. I'm sure we can all agree that cricket sucks.

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Re: Succer
Jun 14, 2006, 15:52
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 Enahs
 
And if you want to talk about inexpensive team sports then I'd count Ultimate Frisbee as pretty damned cheap -- and yet it's not exactly taking the poor nations by storm.

That is because (again to bring up something from the other day) people train their dogs poorly and they keep coming in and stealing the damn frisbees!

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