Recent content by Benhur

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    2016 Monte-Carlo Masters Final - [5] Nadal vs. [13] Monfils

    Please keep in mind that the word Barça in Spain is only used as a familiar name for football club Barcelona. It is NOT used to refer to the city of Barcelona or sports competitions organized in that city, or anything else. Only the football club. Nobody in Spain calls the city Barça.
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    Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Thread

    yes, but as I've said on my previous post, she's obviously trolling a bit (even though deep down she probably feels like that about football). During the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, American basketball player Charles Barkley said to the press: "I miss America. I miss the crime and murder. I...
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    Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Thread

    A bit of both. Coulter does have that kind of general mindset, but it’s also true she has long become a professional manufacturer of outrageousness for its own sake. She realized a long time ago it is a good way to make a living and be noticed, so she sounds more and more like a parody of...
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    Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Thread

    Here is a selection of the opinions that Ann Coulter expressed about soccer a couple of days ago. http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2014-06-25.html I've held off on writing about soccer for a decade -- or about the length of the average soccer game -- so as not to offend anyone. But...
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    Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Thread

    A gambling firm in Sweden says it awarded a Norwegian man nearly $1,000 for betting that Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez would bite a player at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In an email to the Associated Press, a spokesman for Bettson said the bettor won the prize on a 32 kroner bet (a little less...
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    Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Thread

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM-3CdprY0s I really don't see any tripping at all. Clicking through it in a stop-and-go way, I see the Greek guy sticks the tip of his foot vertically on the ground (at the 6 second mark), and trips all by himself or throws himslelf down. The other guy doesn't...
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    Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Thread

    Horrible call. The greek player was never touched by the other guy. He tripped by himself.
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    Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Thread

    If an inflated score occurs when it is absolutely needed, it always arises suspicions. In 1978, Argentina needed to beat Perú by at least 4 goals to advance. They won 6-0 and there was a lot of talk that it had been fixed.
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    The TT Football Club

    I don't think that's so unusual, nor does it show that national footbal is dying. It is quite normal for fans to feel more intensely about their local club than about their national team. Not only in England. But look at it this way. In England, as a whole, there must be a lot more people...
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    Who had the better serve: Curren or Tanner ?

    During one of his losses to Curren, Jimmy Connors was so frustrated by his inability to read Curren's serve, that he exclaimed something like: "He doesn't know where the ball is going!"
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    The TT Football Club

    I can’t remember where I read this, but there was this article I saw recently where the author explained how the new presence of a superior player in a squad, especially a playmaker, lifts the performance of the entire team in a way that goes far beyond the new player's added value by itself...
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    The TT Football Club

    That was a very entertaining match. Despite Bayern being far superior, the score could easily have been a tie if the goalie hadn’t had such a bad day. But the football was fun and lively, a far cry from the Celtic-Barcelona match, which I found deadly dull (aside from the passionate spirit of...
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    The TT Football Club

    I think Ozil plays a major role in the way Arsenal is playing. He is both a first class conductor and solo violinist in that band. The guy is in a class of his own, and he showed it today, scoring that exquisite first goal and manufacturing the second. Signing him was a master move by Arsenal...
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    Nadals funniest moments ( how can anyone hate this guy)

    After his loss to Del Potro in Miami 2009, where he blew a double break lead in the final set, he said in the press conference: "It was amazing disaster"
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    How do we measure achievements of players in the pre-open era?

    Very interesting, these results present a puzzle that I can't figure out. When you calculated the early upset rates for all decades, the 90s and 00s showed a very visible anomaly with respect to all other decades (much higher rates) and this anomaly appeared no matter what group of seeds was...
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