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Old 06-23-2014, 09:33 PM   #121
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Watched most of all games played so far.
Absence of commercials every third minute helps.

Am learning more about the rules (as in extra time).

Simple basics here:
The Rules Of Soccer - The 17 Laws Of The Game

And about the field, here:

Law 1: The Field of Play - National soccer referee | Examiner.com

I hope this triggers more interest in soccer as a US sport. Continuous action is great!
Great to see that an old dog isn't afraid to learn new tricks

I'm a total couch potato at present now that Wimbledon has started as BBC coverage starts at 7am, and of course no commercials there either. During the short sit down breaks every 2 games they take the chance to catch you up on other games in progress rather than go to a commercial break.

I'll be worn out before we go on holiday in a couple of weeks time.
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I love it when the sub someone out and they give the distance they have run and compare it to the team average. Pretty impressive, 10 km in 70 minutes in the middle of the rainforest! These guys are in shape!
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Italy is out. England humiliated. Croatia not so good. The Chuckanut kiss of death is performing at 100% efficiency.

Go Germany!!!!!


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Suarez bites another opponent, this time in the Uruguay game. This is the 3rd such biting incident in big games, the last time he was banned for 10 games in the Premier League after biting the arm of a Chelsea defender. In an earlier season he received an 8 game ban for racially abusing a colored player on the Manchester United team.

My son and I were watching the game at the home of our friends from Uruguay and to say they were embarrassed is putting it lightly.

Surely FIFA will ban him from the rest of the tournament and beyond. In the Last World Cup Suarez was red carded and banned after making a goalkeeper like handball save on the line in the last minute of the game against Ghana. Ghana missed the resulting penalty and Uruguay went on to win. Once again he is headline news for all the wrong reasons. Such a talented player, but with a serious personality disorder.
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Three-year old kids are kicked out of daycare (banned for life!) for biting. Seems obvious what the penalty should be.
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Italy is out. England humiliated. Croatia not so good. The Chuckanut kiss of death is performing at 100% efficiency.

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European powerhouses are falling by the wayside. Home continent advantage is still in effect.

Suarez gotta go. If FIFA doesn't come down hard on him, it'd be a total shame.
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Three-year old kids are kicked out of daycare (banned for life!) for biting. Seems obvious what the penalty should be.
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Suarez gotta go. If FIFA doesn't come down hard on him, it'd be a total shame.
Couldn't agree more.

However, FIFA are very political and corrupt so I wouldn't be surprised if they bottle it.

Max punishment within the FIFA rules is a 24 match or 2 year ban, and I hope they go all the way. However, they'll probably just have him wear the cone of shame for a few games.
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My son looked up my favorite spoof video from the World Cup when Zidane of France head-butted an Italian player, which illustrates how different folks see an incident.

New Zidane headbutt video evidence!
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My son looked up my favorite spoof video from the World Cup when Zidane of France head-butted an Italian player, which illustrates how different folks see an incident.

New Zidane headbutt video evidence!

I don't think Zidane was a habitual butt heading player. Suarez is just a wacko. I think this is 3rd time he bit into someone? He also had other antics on and off the field. When it comes to biting, he'd put Mike Tyson to shame.
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I don't think Zidane was a habitual butt heading player. Suarez is just a wacko. I think this is 3rd time he bit into someone? He also had other antics on and off the field. When it comes to biting, he'd put Mike Tyson to shame.

I fully agree, I thought of the Zidane spoof video when I heard that the Uruguay press are saying that Suarez's teeth collided with the other player accidentally.

If you Google "Suarez biting" you will find pictures of his previous 2 biting incidents. Also, you could have got odds on gambling sites to bet on him biting someone before the start of the World Cup.
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Futball bites. At least in a testy match it does.
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Suarez bites another opponent, this time in the Uruguay game.
Unbelievable. Third time's the charm. They really do need to do something, but your assessment of FIFA is right on. I'm still not unhappy Italy failed to qualify. They have very good players but degrade the game with all the flopping and flailing.

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Great link!

Latin American teams are having a great time of it, eh?
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The USA moves on. Great!

I hope the players can take a few days to recover their energy and heal some of the injuries.

France is not doing so bad - 2 wins and 1 Tie.
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I watched the USA game with my son. Very tense but so pleased that the USA made it through.

Probably going to be Belgium in the next round.
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Unbelievable. Third time's the charm. They really do need to do something, but your assessment of FIFA is right on. I'm still not unhappy Italy failed to qualify. They have very good players but degrade the game with all the flopping and flailing.
Suarez got a 9 game ban. For the 3rd offense in the biggest stage of soccer, the punishment does not fit the crime. The ban is similar to what he got before and that was in league plays. In California where 3 strikes are equivalent to an out, he'd be in jail for good.

USA now has easier road to final 8.
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I love it when the sub someone out and they give the distance they have run and compare it to the team average. Pretty impressive, 10 km in 70 minutes in the middle of the rainforest! These guys are in shape!
Soccer has become my favorite spectator sport because of the continuous action and the stamina it requires. No time for coach provided set plays with a break every 20 seconds of play as in American football or virtually no real play time as in baseball. Basketball is pretty close to the stamina demands of soccer.
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Suarez got a 9 game ban. For the 3rd offense in the biggest stage of soccer, the punishment does not fit the crime. The ban is similar to what he got before and that was in league plays. In California where 3 strikes are equivalent to an out, he'd be in jail for good.

USA now has easier road to final 8.
I agree, it should be 3 bites and you're out
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Soccer has become my favorite spectator sport because of the continuous action and the stamina it requires. No time for coach provided set plays with a break every 20 seconds of play as in American football or virtually no real play time as in baseball. Basketball is pretty close to the stamina demands of soccer.
We were fortunate to have our young children start to play here in the USA back in the late 80's when it was still quite new in the US. In our son's very first under 8 game they were down 2-0 at half time and came back to win 3-2. Only 1 of the mothers and fathers had ever seen a game before and I can still remember them enthusing about it and saying it was better than anything they had ever seen their kids play before because it was totally inclusive, the kids ran their hearts out and the excitement levels were so high, both on and off the field.
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Basketball is pretty close to the stamina demands of soccer.
Off topic a bit:

Actually, indoor soccer is closer to basketball in terms of need for stamina & energy it takes. The first time I've tried indoor soccer, my immediate thought was "this is like basketball." There is no place to hide, and if you are not constantly moving, you are basically taking yourself out of the game.
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Apparently, the USA's next game against either Belgium or Algeria is priced about $350 less than the average ticket price for that round. So, get them while their cheap!

http://soccerly.com/article/gcohenti...-round-average
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