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Well, 2 of my 4 teams got into the semis.  I had Croatia and England passing through.  Now it's:

 

TUESDAY, JULY 10      

Match 61: France vs. Belgium

2 p.m. ET

Saint Petersburg

Fox

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11      

Match 62: Croatia vs. England

2 p.m. ET

Moscow

Fox

 

I'm just going to openly admit that i want Croatia.  I'm going to pick them over England.  I guess I'm picking Belgium over France.

 

My Final:    Croatia versus Belgium

 

I admit though -- I'm not very confident.  It's a tough pick this year.

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<attention>

For those not fluent in Spanish, the English language broadcast is on Fox (main channel not sports) today for the second semi final game between England and Croatia.  I'm not telling you who won so as not to spoil your enjoyment of the game.

:nyanya:

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1 hour ago, BuffJim said:

I am picking France to make it to the finals. I will have my pick for England Croatia by the end of the day.

England France would be a classic final.

this is my plan as well.  

Not Tom

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3 minutes ago, Mr. Silly said:

Patriots vs. Seahawks 

You should really sign your post.  Maybe you could be Tom Sillyk and wear Hawaiian shirts and drive a Ferrari

Tom Thom Club

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6 hours ago, maddmaxx said:

<attention>

For those not fluent in Spanish, the English language broadcast is on Fox (main channel not sports) today for the second semi final game between England and Croatia.  I'm not telling you who won so as not to spoil your enjoyment of the game.

:nyanya:

I will not look on ESPN or countless other websites either.  Thank you.

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An observation.  In Croatia at the watching party people buy $10 worth of beer and throw it up into the air to spray the crowd.  At the watching party in London people buy $10 worth of beer and then drink it.

I don't know if this has any effect on the game but it should.

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Most folks want to see the to old European guard face off against each other.  I would love to see the splintered country of Croatia get through.  I like the way they play.

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Ok it's not hard to call this.  Croatia is exciting pushing forward.  But I think the English have a very potent counter attack.  I'm thinking eventually Croats tie this up if it continues -- but this also could turn into a lopsided loss if England hits on a counter because then the Croats will be forced to push even more.

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5 minutes ago, Dottles said:

The ref's letting 'em play.  I like that but it's skirting the rim on this thing getting out of control.

Was that goal legal?

 

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There is no such thing as a high kick.  It's a dangerous play and it's totally up to the ref to judge what's dangerous.  You could argue that it was but the fact that he connected with the ball and put it in the back of the net.... takes the zing out of that argument.  Max might have better insight.

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I took my car in for an oil change on my lunch and the game is on the Spanish station.  I'm not really watching except for when the announcer goes in hyperdrive I look up at the TV.

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15 minutes ago, Dottles said:

There is no such thing as a high kick.  It's a dangerous play and it's totally up to the ref to judge what's dangerous.  You could argue that it was but the fact that he connected with the ball and put it in the back of the net.... takes the zing out of that argument.  Max might have better insight.

I know nothing about soccer.  Heard something about dangerous play, high kick near head, but I am of the no blood, no foul school. 

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2 minutes ago, jsharr said:

I know nothing about soccer.  Heard something about dangerous play, high kick near head, but I am of the no blood, no foul school. 

Both Max and I refereed the game. But Max has FAR more experience at it than I do.  I hope he chimes in. We are both former players.

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1 hour ago, Dottles said:

Most folks want to see the to old European guard face off against each other.  I would love to see the splintered country of Croatia get through.  I like the way they play.

They play filthy ball with intentional fouls.

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3 minutes ago, jsharr said:

So it was dangerous play!  I knew it!

The announcers at half time were leaning that way.  Honestly if he hadn't connected and scored, the ref may have called it -- although he isn't calling much of anything.

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21 minutes ago, Dottles said:

The announcers at half time were leaning that way.  Honestly if he hadn't connected and scored, the ref may have called it -- although he isn't calling much of anything.

That's to the advantage of a thuggish team. Lovren should already have had 3 or more yellows.

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2 minutes ago, maddmaxx said:

That's to the advantage of a thuggish team. Lovren should already have had 3 or more yellows.

Such strong language, Max.  I'm not seeing the 'thug' in thuggish. I hope you're not losing money on this game.

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4 minutes ago, Dottles said:

Such strong language, Max.  I'm not seeing the 'thug' in thuggish. I hope you're not losing money on this game.

Then you weren't watching Lovren throwing cross body blocks early in the game.  In addition you probably don't know the reputation of this ref vis a vis English players in prior years.

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1 minute ago, maddmaxx said:

In addition you probably don't know the reputation of this ref vis a vis English players in prior years.

Correct.  We have agreement here.

 

But even so, I don't see the pussycat English players you fail to speak of. I've watched a physical game on both sides.  And I'm also watching a Croatian team beating them.

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2 minutes ago, maddmaxx said:

Then you weren't watching Lovren throwing cross body blocks early in the game.  In addition you probably don't know the reputation of this ref vis a vis English players in prior years.

 

36 minutes ago, Dottles said:

The announcers at half time were leaning that way.  Honestly if he hadn't connected and scored, the ref may have called it -- although he isn't calling much of anything.

 

13 minutes ago, maddmaxx said:

That's to the advantage of a thuggish team. Lovren should already have had 3 or more yellows.

 

9 minutes ago, Dottles said:

Such strong language, Max.  I'm not seeing the 'thug' in thuggish. I hope you're not losing money on this game.

 

3 minutes ago, maddmaxx said:

Then you weren't watching Lovren throwing cross body blocks early in the game.  In addition you probably don't know the reputation of this ref vis a vis English players in prior years.

OOOOH, A soccer fight.  When will tea be served?

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1 minute ago, jsharr said:

 

 

 

 

OOOOH, A soccer fight.  When will tea be served?

I just hope the English fans in Moscow remember where they are at.  Not a good time for hooliganism.

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Just now, maddmaxx said:

Meanwhile FIFA asks broadcasters to show fewer shots of attractive women fans.

Fortunately this ref can't take part in the final.

He has done his job and kept England out.  Is the American team still playing?

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1 minute ago, maddmaxx said:

Meanwhile FIFA asks broadcasters to show fewer shots of attractive women fans.

Really?  Honestly, I love to see women of other cultures.  We 'have to' watch their sweaty men run around in shorts for 90+ minutes.  

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6 minutes ago, Prophet Zacharia said:

I meant Croatia.

 

Not Thom

They did it!  I was hoping but wasn't so sure.  Same deal as the final coming up.  I hope but won't be making any bets any time soon.  Actually, I don't gamble so -- well I hope you understand me.

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1 minute ago, Dottles said:

They did it!  I was hoping but wasn't so sure.  Same deal as the final coming up.  I hope but won't be making any bets any time soon.  Actually, I don't gamble so -- well I hope you understand me.

I had house guests this week who are of Croatian descent. So I was a relatively early addition to their fan base.

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