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Discussion in 'Manchester United: NSR' started by Republic of Mancunia, Jun 30, 2012.
...Netherlands field hockey......
Chick on the far left.
Why don't you take a seat right over there........
Age of Consent for New York: 17
Why don't you have a seat over there Ms. Burtaev.....
Saw some of the men's team gymnastics the other day, pretty good.
Heard about some big controversey in the women's doubles badminton. They went with a group stage setup (for the first time I believe), and one of the Chinese pair knew that if they lost their last match then they wouldn't have to face their compatriots until the final should both pairs get there. They went ahead and tried to lose on purpose. serving into the net etc. The South Korean team that they were playing realised what was up, and cottoned on to the fact that a defeat might benefit them too so they started trying to lose as well. Both teams got threatened with disqualification from the whole tournament twice before they finally started to play better.
In another match between a different South Korean pair and and duo from Indonesia the same sort of thing happened, only they all did get disqualified at one point before being allowed to continue to play out their match.
The badminton governing body charged them all overnight for not trying their best (not sure of the exact terms) and today booted all 8 out players out of the competition pending appeals. Think the quarter-finals are scheduled to take place in the next 2-3 hours so something needs to be decided once for all, and quickly.
Just watched Bradley Wiggins win the men's cycling time trial. Good stuff.
That badminton thing disqualification thing is a complete joke. Terrible precedent. Why don't they disqualify Phelps for only getting 5th in qualification swims and not trying his hardest
It is kinda comically ridiculous though when you have two teams (as well as the other two) playing against each other attempting to lose. I'm all for resting players/playing B-Teams and such in Football comps, but this takes it to another level.
At times it's one of the things that makes me prefer a Tennis Grand Slam style competition (obviously though then everyone hasn't played the same path to the final, which has it's own detriments) in that people have to win to proceed.
This is one of the few times I agree with this sort of decision.
I have one problem with the decision. It calls further attention to the situation. But maybe that's what they want because as it is, badminton almost as irrelevant as curling.
But on a serious note, they had no choice. You cannot be seen to be openly trying to lose. It ruins the competition. However, the teams should be made to sign something that says they will try their best at all times or something to that effect.
Holy bejessuz benni amd johno turn on the olympics now... The Spanish beach volleyball girls got some booty on em!
Go Spain and I hope to see them go on.
Not really. All they need to do is change the format to avoid something like this. Start with knockout rounds right away, the way they do in tennis so that each loss knocks you out.
Some of you guys must not be watching this olympics. I expected there to be a thraed about some of these fine female athletes.
her name is Liliana Fernandez...
Really liked this Nike commercial.
So Kim Collins was sent home or pulled out (not sure which) after having some sort of bust up with his country's organising committee for visiting his wife in her hotel. Disappointing not to see him competing even if he had little chance of success this time around.
I'm a little disappointed with Adlington's recent quotes on her failure to defend her title in the 800 freestyle:
"Swimming is such a difficult sport. I love Chris Hoy a lot, but cycling is a hell of a different sport to swimming in which to try and medal," insisted the 23-year-old.
"Cycling is tough, but this is harder to medal. (The cyclists) would be disappointed to get silver whereas with us, just to make the final is a lot more difficult.
I don't see why she needs to belittle others achievements, and the hard work they've put in, in order to defend her performances and results. She said herself that she let the occasion and burden get to her, and that she was off the times she has been able to do this year. The huge pressure got to her, and she underperformed, but she was still the second best British swimmer, so people will understand how difficult it was...that's where she should have left it without trying to make excuses by putting down others achievements.
On the other end of the spectrum, Ben Ainslie's interview after his races a couple of days ago was great. Going on about how the 2 other sailors who accused him of hitting the turn during the race (in which he did some penalty turns) had made a big mistake, and that they've made him angry and better watch out (he went on to win that race). He was fuming
Saw a bit of him yesterday trolling the Danish sailor.
Ahead of the final race tomorrow he needed to finish 2 places in front of the Dane so that tomorrow's race effectively becomes a head-to-head between the two of them. Ainslie was winning by a large distance with the Danish fella in second and a Dutch geezer in third. Ainslie slows down on purpose and starts trying to block the wind for the Dane which allowed the Dutch guy to move up to second.
Think that's what happened anyway. The commentators were loving it. It's apparently legal although very unusual to see happen.
Edit: Been reading some more about that. Opinion is that he didn't really drop back enough to affect the Dane with the wind. He says he thought about it but deemed it too risky in the end and the Danish fella says he was still a distraction of sorts.
Sounds like a really good rivalry:
I've been at the hospital all day - could someone explain why this is such a big day for UK at Olympics?
Because we bossed it. 6 golds for us in one day is probably the best we've done in the modern age. Add to that, it's a home games and our 2 big hopefuls Ennis (poster girl of the London Olympics) and Farah got their golds, along with an unexpected long jump gold from Rutherford...all in the space of an hour. So we're looking good for our best medal haul in the modern games.
We also now know that the Olympic committee are playing favourites by having so many swimming races, but cutting down on the cycling races. We'd be ahead of the US if we had 30 cycling events compared to 12 swimming.
Got a real kick out of watching the match sprints today. Njisane Phillip was awesome.
Guessing he was the T&T cyclist who pulled off that great move? Faked to go up on the outside then dived down and went for the sprint from a good way out.
Nicely done, Murray.
Yeah. That's the one. I actually think he's the fastest at the Olympics. But match sprints aren't always about being faster. He is fun to watch though... he's been doing well locally for 5 or 6 years if you can believe it.
Take that back. My god Kenny is fast. Wow.
Kenny and Bauge are the class of the field. Should be a great final.
is the final set already? damn... stupid nbc coverage.