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Cosmic Kid

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11/21/2022 09:56 AM
Figured we could start a thread about the World Cup.....Netherlands / Senegal about to start. I'm sure OC is watching!

USA v Wales this afternoon.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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11/21/2022 11:08 AM
I'm sure I have my head stuck in report reviews and am just taking passing glances at what's going on. So far not worth an actual watch. Don't think our minimalist TV subscription even allows access to WC broadcast.
Orange Crush

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11/21/2022 12:19 PM
Reads like a rough start but a lesson in efficiency for Senegal. NL had all of two chances and both resulted in goals. Theoretically this was the toughest group opponent so it should be clear sailing to elimination rounds. My prediction is that this is where it will end for the orange although quarter finals should be possible.

Wales and USA should be roughly even matched LOL.

England are celebrating their blowout win but really the two going in their own net from a weak opponent should be worrisome.
longslowdistance

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11/21/2022 06:50 PM
US had a solid first half and deserved the half time lead. But the second half, too much standing around. Lucky to get that tie.
PS the ref was not good. Typical world cup.
longslowdistance

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11/21/2022 06:54 PM
PS, the no Sadio Mane for Senegal (one of the best and hardest working strikers in the world) due to injury. Senegal still had many good chances without him. Reimagine with Mane playing, and also Mendy (goalie) not laying a huge egg in front of his own goal. NL won fair and square but surely they are counting their blessings.
Orange Crush

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11/21/2022 06:56 PM
Posted By Orange Crush on 11/21/2022 12:19 PM
Wales and USA should be roughly even matched LOL.



That's bang on, haha!
Orange Crush

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11/21/2022 07:00 PM
Posted By Frederick Jones on 11/21/2022 06:54 PM
PS, the no Sadio Mane for Senegal (one of the best and hardest working strikers in the world) due to injury. Senegal still had many good chances without him. Reimagine with Mane playing, and also Mendy (goalie) not laying a huge egg in front of his own goal. NL won fair and square but surely they are counting their blessings.


Ah yes, but same is case for Dutch side. Lots of absences and injuries. This was first ever international game for our goalie LOL. Our key striker hasn't played in a few months, when he came in second half that was his first game in ages. Its a bit stitched together and the best player may be our coach who always knows how to make something out of nothing.
Orange Crush

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11/22/2022 10:43 AM
That 500 kgs of BBQ meat Argentina brought with them clearly didn't work. They should have talked to Alberto.
Cosmic Kid

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11/22/2022 10:53 AM
The Mexican fans TRAVEL.....wow. Noise is incredible.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
smokey52

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11/22/2022 10:30 PM
I have trouble caring about the World Cup since it's played in Qatar. Of course, FIFA does not care about social issues.
huckleberry

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11/22/2022 10:56 PM
Gotta say, I'm with you Smokey.
Orange Crush

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11/23/2022 09:27 AM
Im of the opinion that the only way to enact any changes in these countries one tiny crack at at time is to shine a very bright spotlight on their human rights issues. A massive tournament like this does that. Without it we wouldn’t even be talking about gay rights and foreign worker abuses in Qatar.

The German tank continues to misfire LOL.
Cosmic Kid

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11/23/2022 09:57 AM
I can separate the two issues....it is possible to enjoy the sporting aspect of the WC while still voicing opposition to the corruption at FIFA and autocracy of Qatar.

What does p*ss me off is FIFA officials responding to the legitimate criticism of "sportswashing" with the Trumpian response of "What, you think we are so innocent?"

F*Ck them.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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11/23/2022 11:04 AM
The "are we so innocent" is both a disingenuous deflection but at same time its 100% correct. Mirror time is always uncomfortable. I'd encourage human rights groups to shine a bright light on the three host countries come 2026.

Spain looks to run smoothly. My adopted home country is next. We didn't score any goals in last participation decades ago. Can only do better than that one would hope.
79pmooney

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11/23/2022 11:16 AM
Turning away fans for wearing rainbow bands? I hope that gets a lot of attention.

What a contrast to the gay club shooting in Colorado where as best I can figure, nearly half of those shot or subduing the shooter were straight. Straights going to see a gay show. No big deal. But gays, or just people making a statement that they support them) get turned away from an event that supposed to be for the whole world?

At that club, nobody cared what your orientation was. Treat people like people and all was good.

I feel strongly that any country/culture can carry themselves as they like, but it that country invites in the rest of the world, that changes things. An island can be inhabited by cannibals. OK, mark the charts with a warning. But if that island now advertises as a tropical vacation destination, it needs to stop eating visitors. If the Arab countries want to stay quiet, Muslim practicing nations with repressive laws and practices, OK, but inviting the world in means changing.

(Just read Moby Dick. (My G**, Herman Melville was in love with his words!) Queeque(sp), a cannibal, is probably the most upright, trustworthy man aboard that ship.)
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