Check my math for the US World Cup. (US-Italy spoiler alert)

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Postby Rocco on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:07 pm

And now Marcelo Balboa is on his high horse. That's another reason to hate the official- anything that makes Balboa talk more is bad.

Alright, everyone behind the ball, unless you get a chance to dive in the Italian penalty area straight Arsenal-style.
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Postby Draftnik on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:07 pm

Pope touched the ball first. This is ridiculous. We lose 2 guys on BS calls.
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Postby pfim on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:08 pm

Cannavaro goes down holding his left leg, gets the spray on his right leg...
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Postby Admin on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:09 pm

Rocco wrote:And now Marcelo Balboa is on his high horse. That's another reason to hate the official- anything that makes Balboa talk more is bad.

Yeah but at least he doesn't sound like Mary Carillo like Harkes does...

Rocco wrote:Alright, everyone behind the ball, unless you get a chance to dive in the Italian penalty area straight Arsenal-style.

I think you mean Keller's going to get tossed ala Lehmann in the CL Final.
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Postby Draftnik on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:09 pm

Rocco wrote:And now Marcelo Balboa is on his high horse. That's another reason to hate the official- anything that makes Balboa talk more is bad.

Alright, everyone behind the ball, unless you get a chance to dive in the Italian penalty area straight Arsenal-style.


Buy ExpressVu; you get 4 EPL matches per week (3 Sat & 1 Sun) for no extra charge and TSN & Sportsnet use an English commentator/feed for the entire WC.
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Postby Rob UK Pen on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:10 pm

Draftnik wrote:Pope touched the ball first. This is ridiculous. We lose 2 guys on BS calls.

I agree. Though it probably was a foul, it was a marginal decision.
But did Gilardino really need to go down as though he'd been shot? :roll:
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Postby Admin on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:10 pm

pfim wrote:Cannavaro goes down holding his right leg, gets the spray on his left leg...

I laughed at Balboa's "magic spray" quote in the first half.

Players stretchered off should have to sit out for x minutes. That'll keep the fourth official busy.
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Postby Rob UK Pen on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:13 pm

Admin wrote:Players stretchered off should have to sit out for x minutes. That'll keep the fourth official busy.

They ought to allow the physio on to treat an 'injured' player but keep playing the game. I reckon if they did that you'd get plenty of instant recoveries.
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Postby Draftnik on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:15 pm

Rob UK Pen wrote:
Draftnik wrote:Pope touched the ball first. This is ridiculous. We lose 2 guys on BS calls.

I agree. Though it probably was a foul, it was a marginal decision.
But did Gilardino really need to go down as though he'd been shot? :roll:


We get no respect from FIFA. There is not a single American ref at the WC. Now some attention hungry loser from Paraguay steals the show.

Is the Italian FB squad hated in Europe? Their arrogance is palpable and their antics are sickening.
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Postby Rob UK Pen on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:15 pm

Admin wrote:Yeah but at least he doesn't sound like Mary Carillo like Harkes does...

Johnnie Harkes.....what guy, an absolute hero, fondly remembered in these parts. What's he upto these days?
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Postby Rocco on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:17 pm

Geez, Claudio, even Lampard would be embarrassed at that effort.

I'd like to see the US bring in some of this hyped-up speed they've brought here come in and help out.
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Postby Rob UK Pen on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:18 pm

Draftnik wrote:Is the Italian FB squad hated in Europe?

No, that honour probably goes to us English - if only because we hate everybody else. :wink:
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Postby MrKnowNothing on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:20 pm

Generally I am passive when it comes to US sports. I tend to just root for individual players I like over countries. Italy is a disgrace though. They have the talent to be a great team without diving like a bunch of *******, but they don't. I don't know how anyone can root for a team who plays like this with no integrity at all.

The first red was a BS call. That should have been a yellow. On the second, Pope has to know that this guy is quick to pull cards. He shouldn't have slid in like that, although the ref basically decided this game with that call.

Beasely is in for the US, Toni went out for Italy.
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Postby Admin on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:20 pm

Sweet! BritishPenguin's Fantasy captain just went off for Italy. :wink:
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Postby MrKnowNothing on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:24 pm

McBride!! Man, so close.
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Postby Admin on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:24 pm

This really is like a hockey game. Poor ref'ing, elbowing, blood, diving, and attempting to screen a goalie.
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Postby pfim on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:25 pm

MrKnowNothing wrote:McBride!! Man, so close.


First good call this game...
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Postby Rob UK Pen on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:25 pm

MrKnowNothing wrote:Italy is a disgrace though. They have the talent to be a great team without diving like a bunch of *******, but they don't. I don't know how anyone can root for a team who plays like this with no integrity at all.

Sadly they are always like this. But if you think they're bad, just wait til you see the Argentinians if they're losing. :wink:
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Postby Rocco on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:26 pm

Hey Bruce, you've got this Eddie Johnson fellow with loads of speed and a tiring Italy defense...maybe bring him in for McBride? Pretty please?

The US unlucky to have the goal ruled out for offsides- could have gone either way. Beasley apparently decided to try today.
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Postby MrKnowNothing on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:26 pm

pfim wrote:
MrKnowNothing wrote:McBride!! Man, so close.


First good call this game...


Yeah, really. It's easy to blame Mcbride there, but Buffon almost surely makes the safe if Mcbride isn't offsides blocking him.

Italians have been very passive in this game. They have a lot of time to pick it up, but I wouldn't count out a draw or a US shocker just yet. The US has actually had a little possession and chances since going down to 9, which I didn't expect.
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Postby MrKnowNothing on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:27 pm

BTW I think a controversial penalty shot could end up deciding this, the way it is going.
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Postby Rob UK Pen on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:27 pm

Admin wrote:This really is like a hockey game. Poor ref'ing, elbowing, blood, diving, and attempting to screen a goalie.

I thought it was hockey. This is game 6 right?
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Postby Rocco on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:29 pm

Rob UK Pen wrote:
Admin wrote:This really is like a hockey game. Poor ref'ing, elbowing, blood, diving, and attempting to screen a goalie.

I thought it was hockey. This is game 6 right?


There's so much diving, Mark Recchi would fit in...
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Postby MrKnowNothing on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:29 pm

LOL @ the last yellow. Probably the worst call in this game.

The biggest thing this game has in common with hockey is that pretty much all major calls since the first one have been make up calls.
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Postby Rob UK Pen on Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:43 pm

Both teams maybe tired, but I think there's still another goal in this game.
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