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  1. forthegame

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    Jimbo, I've just discovered sportlemon.tv
    Reasonable quality and, so far, no porn pop-ups...
     
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    Thanks, very much appreciated:)
     
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    firstrowsports.eu or frontrowsports.eu seems to be ok too.

    However, I am lucky as one of my mates let's me use his skygo on my laptop.

    I still don't watch loads of stuff. F1 and tennis and that's about it.

    I couldn't justify paying for the sports package (I'm a Virgin customer), I just don't have enough time to watch a lot of sport. I would like to, but the wife and kids don't........
     
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    I have been using http://www.***************/ for some time, lots of choice and the quality is usually good. Unfortunately there are pop-up ads.
     
  5. doctor dennis

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    Hi

    Any of you guys got a Steam 99S in grip size 2 that you need taking off your hands?

    Let me know.

    doctordennis80@gmail.com

    Cheers
     
  6. jimbo333

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    Just to let you know, there is no trading/selling allowed in this thread unfortunately, you will need to go to the Europe/UK selling/buying section!
     
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    Cheers thanks
     
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    Is anybody watching the Raonic Vs Rufin match on Sky. Who are these commentators the dull American sounding one and the uninspired bored sounding English one. Its the worst commentary Ive ever heard. They are not any of the usual commentators but OMG they are awful, and have no chemistry, or interest in the match. Normally Sky are pretty good.

    EDIT: Actually I think they are taking the US feed as they are not going back to the studio. Innane
     
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    I know what you mean, even though I havn't got Sky. I s lag off Andrew Castle all the time, but at least he can be entertaining, even though he is factually incorrect half the time (in fact probably because of that reason come to think of it lol), but he isn't dull, I'll say that in his favour!
     
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    Andrew Castle has a surprisingly pleasing manner -- a bit like Michael Barrymore without the physical comedy. But he does talk some nonsense.
     
  11. raging

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    The combination of Castle & Fleming is unfortunate.

    on Sky that is all you get.

    I just turn the sound down or off!

    As Jimbo pointed out: Castle is often just wrong, and still dribbles on.

    Neither of them does any research & just wings it...that would have worked in the 90's, when they played. Flemmo amazed me last night when he said he was surprised at how well Dimitrov was playing when anyone that saw him play at Queens last year knows how talented the Bulgarian is!

    Most that know the game and Murray's realise when he is not striking the ball well: he just puddles & hacks & gets the job done.Against 99% of the players that works. Against Dimitrov that is still enough but Grigor is getting closer. When he gets all these strokes under control & realises less is more he will start winning these ones.He is an obvious top 10 player & all the work should be on his shot selection/finishing & mental state.

    I rate Darren Cahill(ESPN), Mats Wilander(Eurosport) & Sue Barker is still doing a great job of anchoring the BBC's Wimbledon coverage..

    There is also a great commentator on German TV-Mathias Stach, but doesn't help you much unless you understand german!
     
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    Andrew Castle has the sort of voice that sounds like he knows what he's talking about, and he uses this as you say to just wing it. He simply doesn't know his subject, and just makes things up. Like I said I did find him annoying, but now it's good fun to listen to his nonsense, it can be hilarious. I remember last year he stated 5 facts in row that were completely wrong. It's amazing he gets away with it really!

    I like Jim Courier as a commentator, he knows his subject, keeps up to date with all the current players, and tactics, equipment etc.

    Oh and I think Muzza could be in trouble tomorrow. He needs to start playing well, which he hasn't done yet this month, or he will lose to Cilic in my opinion.
     
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  13. Ross K

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    LOL that's pretty damning. Slight side-note, but do you remember when they had like a CBBC presenter or something similar covering athletics (think he got the boot though)?
     
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    Yes, that was quite embarrassing, he got replaced after a day or two!
     
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    So Muzza plays poorly again apparently (I didn't see it, am going on the reports), only better than Cilic who was even worse it seems. If Murray is relying on playing well only when his opponent starts to play well, he is playing a dangerous game. It is frustrating being a fan.

    Again BBC didn't broadcast the live radio commentary of the match, even though they did broadcast the previous 2 less important rounds live, it looks like because the live rugby league took priority on BBC5livesportsxtra. Again so why not have it on BBC5live? This is the UK's greatest tennis player in 70 odd years, playing an important quarter final, the commentators are actually there in the stadium, but rather than broadcast the match live, they had a discussion about Rugby scrums, honestly.

    BBC5live "the best of live sport" my arse:lol:

    (I've complained to the BBC again)
     
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    Well, the scrum has become a problem.
     
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    I do agree that it seems bizarre to have a team out there for IW and Miami, and yet the only time you happen to hear anything is the occasional report squeezed into the news with Jonathan Overend.

    To be fair to that rugby feature, though, it is a pretty decent analysis and I can only imagine how Brian Moore would have been spitting and hissing with zeal debating the current state of scrummaging!
     
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    Haha yes certainly true, but should the BBC be broadcasting live sport if at all possible? Especially a British champion like Murray, surely they should!

    Otherwise why not just change the tag line:-

    BBC 5live "the best of sport discussions, like problem scrums etc; but not live quality sport, like British champion Andy Murray playing an important quarter final, even though the tax payers have all paid for the commentators to actually travel to the USA to be in the stadium"

    This is what they are doing, but I don't think this tag line will catch on:?
     
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    The BBC have/had a full commentary team at Miami and IW, 2 or 3 commentators (definitely had 3 at IW, not sure about Miami). They had full live commentaries of the early rounds at both events, but because Qfinals clashed with other sports on 5livesportsxtra, they didn't broadcast them at all. I think they should have then broadcast live on 5live, but probably BBC sporting politics going on at this point, is tennis getting too higher profile etc so no live commentary at the later stages more important matches, which is ridiculous. As far as I'm concerned lets have the live sport, especially as that's what 5live is advertising itself as being.

    I'm sticking up for tennis, as even though it has limited popularity in the UK, that will never change with policy like the above. Whoever replaces Roger Draper needs to focus on making tennis a more popular sport, which can be done, in fact give me the job:shock:
     
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    Personally I think Fleming is brilliant, so dry and amusing, and I like Andrew Castle who is not afraid to add a bit of tension to his interviews by gently goading the subject

    Therefore raging I have to say I find your analysis a bit under-researched and ill thought out.... Kidding :) Seriously though having heard the US Stations feed we should jump for joy and rejoice at Sky's coverage.
     
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    Petchey is my favourite Brit in the commentator seat; he seems adept at making his colleagues answer interesting questions, and understands the modern game. Worst by a long shot is Leif Shiras. Comic relief goes to Barry 'I do Marcus, I really do' Cowan.

    When Wimbledon comes around I do like listening to McEnroe - provided he steers clear of anything to do with the equipment.

    The scrum is definitely a problem though.
     
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    Well it seems the Murray v Gasquet match is on radio BBC5livesportsxtra tonight at 11pm. Obviously no live rugby league or rugby scrum discussions going on at that time then!
     
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    Andy all but world no.2 now. I fear for Federer and his FO draw...
     
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    Do we know what chance Rafa has of hanging on to the number 4 spot? If he's seeded 4, then number 3 looks far more attractive... if he's 5, then it's **** your pants time.
     
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    Laura Robson into the final of the doubles in Miami, good to see, but hope she concentrates on her singles, she still needs to improve her footwork/movement to really move up the rankings.
     
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    EEEEEKKKK - Just realised that Royal Mail have changed their postage prices from Tuesday.

    This is a problem as I often send rackets to USA and Europe, my local post office had no problem letting me send them abroad.

    Does anybody else have any idea who I can use at a reasonable price as parcel force looks to be mega expensive. Don't care who really but if I cant find a reasonable price I will have to stop buying rackets if I cant then sell them on once Ive had a play with them.

    Nooooo
     
  27. Ross K

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    What exact frame does she play with? Jazar? Paul? Anyone know or strung her frames?
     
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    Think it's just an ordinary Blade.
     
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    Great stuff from Muzza, but he really needs to practice that serve and spend a bit less time in the gym I reckon!

    Well done on getting back to No.2 in the world though. And if he can quickly get into the groove on clay he can play well on that surface. About 3 years ago I watched him on TV in a pub in London play some of his best ever tennis in Monte Carlo against Rafa, he still lost but it showed what he can do.
     
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    Good call on Petch. Combining him with Miles was a masterstroke.
    You actually have 2 of Muzza's ex-coaches giving insight.
    A bit more in touch than Flemmo & Castle?

    Mac is refreshing when compared to John Lloyd...:???:

    Scrum will still be a problem next year.

    Muzza on the other hand will be good on the dirt...this year.
     
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    I concur. There's nothing different about her frames. She also comes across as not being a picky player when it comes to equipment.

    Regards

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    Cheers Jazar and Paul. ^ I might try and find out who else pro-wise is using the Blade 98. A few I'd imagine.
     
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    Not a picky player about her equipment? Now I know what's holding her back! She should get on to these boards.
     
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    Best wishes to Heather Watson, hope she recovers from Glandular Fever very soon.
     
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    As I debate whether to do something I've never tried before - play in gloves! - yet again I'm wondering just when is this weather ever going to end! Lads, I've so had ENOUGH of playing in the winds, extreme cold and the 'Arctic blasts'? :shock: :) Wish there were more indoors options where I am, and ones which aren't so pricey and such a PITA in terms of just casually booking court-time etc.
     
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    I agree entirely. I have manged to book some indoor time at the Westway over the weekend. Only because so many people are away on holiday.

    At the Westway I am told that there is a closed list of people who can block book indoors up to a certain period ahead. Ther rest of us are left to pick up the scraps, and can only book forwards over a shorter period. Really unhelpful.
     
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    I'm in a similar quandary with regard to gloves. I play through the winter (pretty much in anything bar rain), almost always in the evening, and this year is the first time that cold hands have consciously become a problem. Specifically, it's having a freezing cold non-dominant hand (or 'tossing' hand for those looking for a cheap giggle) meaning that serving becomes very difficult as I can't bounce the ball, nor release the ball accurately (sometimes I can't even let go of the ball).

    It's probably too late for this long winter, but next year I think I'll be testing out wearing some thermal underwear glove liners on the non-hitting hand.
     
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    Any further correspondence due? I was interested in how the Davis Cup tie was unfolding, and all they had was a link to an external site!
     
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    Just checked the Davis cup scores, UNBELIEVABLE!! I wrote them off, unbelievable win for GB.
     
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    No, I havn't even heard back yet, which is appalling. Though I can understand why this Davis Cup round wasn't shown on the BBC to be fair to them. We are not in the World Group, no Murray, and it looked like we would lose.

    Typically though we won, it was brilliant, would have made fantastic television. I would definitely hope that the next round is on BBC, but I'm not holding my breath.

    One thing though, I think LTA or whoever sorts this out got one thing right, as the matches were available officially and free in quite good quality on the internet, although i would have much preferred to watch on TV on my sofa!
     
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    Yes, really well done to James Ward and Dan Evans especially, those 2 singles wins after the doubles win as well was really fantastic, and I admit a complete surprise!

    I really think this could actually be a turning point for British Tennis at last.
     
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    first weekend of aegon yesterday, anyone play? played at regional level, 1st time, lost against warwick boat club. very nice club and good guys. great fun.
     
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    Too right.
     
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    Not much talk ever about music on here. I'm a huge music fan, I like a wide diverse range of music, but am particularly enjoying the music of Elvis Costello today.
     
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    Yes, not 100% my cup of tea but I like his diversity and output and he's very talented and thoughtful in what he does... a million times better than so much of the manufactured pap that predominates now.
     
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    I prefer his early stuff with the Attractions to be honest, my favourite is a later Attractions album called Blood and Chocolate. In fact I saw him at Glastonbury (certainly an experience as I was young then) in 1987 play some tracks from that album and the older classics as well, superb!
     
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    Poor from Murray. I've said this many time before, he needs to get out of the gym, and onto the court to practice his serve. His serve has been slowly getting worse now for months. Sort it out!
     
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    Yeah when he volleyed long to get broken in the second set, he kind of gave up. No excuse for that.
     
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    Yes I agree, unlike him and unexpected as well. I really thought he was going to have a good clay court season this year, I realise he still might, but that wasn't good at all.

    (and he really needs to practice his serve, which I may have mentioned before:?)
     
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    Hi peeps, been awhile. Hope everyone's well. Finally playing more frequently. Twice in the last two weeks!
    As people are talking esoteric stuff like Elvis Costello music, I'd like to add that I watched my first proper Hitchcock movie today, Spellbound. Enjoyed it!
    Back to bed, working tonight. :)
     

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