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    The miracle of Leicester


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    Hope you had a bet on them at the start of the season at 5000-1.

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    I haven't followed Premier league in years, but it's great to see a team win it that does not have gazillions of money.

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    Shit game...

    Anyhow... these Leicester fans... the real believers who put their money where their mouths were .. what a bunch of sell outs.

    And when you think about it, these people who bet on that probably had their shirts on Elvis appearing in Leicester on a snowy xmas day

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    They wanted to play football for 132 fvckin' years?

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    When Leicester City come and play in Thailand, a Teakdoor group of solidarity Should attend the game.
    It will be the most cheerful and happiest get together this year.

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    The "get together" afterwards will be far more publicised.

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    Do they play any more this season? It's remarkable, isn't it, that the next season begins this Aug? I don't know of any other sport with such a short off season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wjblaney View Post
    Do they play any more this season? It's remarkable, isn't it, that the next season begins this Aug? I don't know of any other sport with such a short off season.
    There's one more set of matches still to play. They will be played on Sunday. (Leicester play Chelsea away.)

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    They have to have a short break to allow for international competitions to take place.
    Unlike American rounders, or gay NFL with body armour, the rest of the world can play serious, international contact sports all year round.

    Ice hockey is slightly different. Just legalised fisticuffs for big kids. Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wjblaney View Post
    Do they play any more this season? It's remarkable, isn't it, that the next season begins this Aug? I don't know of any other sport with such a short off season.

    Well... lets look....

    The Rugby season is yet to finish.... then the top players go on tour with their countries for a month, then they are back at the same time....

    so the first answer is Rugby Union... far more physical sport than Wendyball.

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    Only reason Leicester got to where they are is because

    all the other big teams were shit.

    and they knew it . Bunch of opportunists,

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui
    They have to have a short break to allow for international competitions to take place.
    Unlike American rounders, or gay NFL with body armour, the rest of the world can play serious, international contact sports all year round.

    Ice hockey is slightly different. Just legalised fisticuffs for big kids. Hope this helps.
    Sure, every sarcastic reply you make helps to reinforce your intolerance or just plain bigotry. And, of course, this being primarily a Brit and colonial thread, my God! Look at all the backup you'll receive.

    Sarcasm aside, here's a serious answer, IMNSFHO.

    Believe it or not, Americans are quite the isolationists, as prolly I have said before. Innit that strange? In other words, inside the U.S., no sport exists unless it's played there. So we are quite ignorant of the seasons of your most popular sports: rugby and football. Now that I'm outside the U.S., I've come to recognize the overall fitness required of footballers, not to mention the multitude of particular skills that have to be mastered: defense, headers, passing, running, scoring, extreme fitness. I love the international competitions. And, fcuk, the Euro is this summer, too, right?

    Next, you put down American football compared to ruggers. What do you think the driving force is behind every sports team in every sport in every country? Answer: $$$$. So let me ask you why there are so few ruggers in American football? You know all U.S. sports scout internationally and there are many foreigners in every major American sport (look how many Samoans there are in the NFL). Check out basketball and baseball. Quick answer: how rough ruggers may be, and I won't argue the point as your mind is closed, but American football requires all kinds of different skills as well. However, they are divided up by position. So for a rugger to be good enough to play American football, he has to master blocking (no such thing in rugby) or catching the football (should be transferable), running with the football (definitely transferable) tackling (definitely transferable), speed (definitely transferable) and size. Now that's the big problem. All ruggers need to run up and back, up and back, up and back. There ain't going to be any 300+ lb. men who can do that. So most ruggers appear to me to be suitable for only 2 positions in the NFL: running back on offense (speed, ball handling, size, used to taking hits) and linebacker on defense: if they're 250+ lbs and fast and tackle well. Now that's just the brawn required. Now here is the biggest stumbling block, IMO. I believe American football is different than any other sport in the world bc it is also a very intellectual and emotional game, in other words, controlled agression. I don't think you'll find any sport in the rest of the world that requires this weird combination of brawn, intellect and hate. If you ever see the sideline before a game, you won't believe the anger that you'll see. Most American footballers in the NFL have been playing 15+ years bc that's how long it takes to master that weird mind-body combination (you hear many of them say, in real life, they're nothing at all like they appear on the football field. Ahem, that may also be BS). It's my guess, correct me if I'm wrong, that ruggers is strictly a physical sport. Hit and run, hit and run, score and kick. (I forgot to mention kickers: very highly transferable from footballers around the world. Their style is highly suited and specialized for a single position (kicking) in the NFL and are very well paid. I guess the rugby kicking style is not the same, although it looks like it is, when watching the kicks after a try. Also there is something called a playbook, which is also position oriented. American footballers better have memorized that play book before the season begins. And this is not to mention the hours and hours required to watch game films both pre-season and during the season, as well as supervised workouts on the field and in the gym between games. Hence, the big bucks or the last train to Clarksville.

    And why the intolerance of Americans or American sports? Is it a nationalistic thing? A euro thing? A political thing transferred, logically or not, to every aspect of America and Americans?

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    so the first answer is Rugby Union... far more physical sport than Wendyball.
    What is Wendyball?

    So thanks for the flame.
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    ^ thanks for the comparison between the American game and the world game. I think the passion of American football is acquired in childhood.

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    ^ that's a very reasonable conclusion.

    As far as the angry retort in my post is concerned, everything has been nicely put to bed by chas. End of story.

    I still don't know what wendyball is. God, the chasm between those who speak the same language. Or maybe not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wjblaney
    wendyball
    that'll be Rounders.

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    As my father used to say to me as a child was ' the only good thing to come out of Leicester' is the A6'. My mother was from Leicester.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billy the kid
    that'll be Rounders.
    Called softball in the U.S. It's an all girls sport mainly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wjblaney View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by billy the kid
    that'll be Rounders.
    Called softball in the U.S. It's an all girls sport mainly.
    I think the balls are different. The softball balls are bigger (easier to hit )

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    Wendyball = Soccer

    A game where you spend time trying to demonstrate just how badly hurt you are only to get up adjust your tutu and run on like nothing happened.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna
    I think the balls are different. The softball balls are bigger (easier to hit )
    Are they as small as American baseballs? Do you throw underhand? Do only girls play it? Do they have many dedicated fields for it? How popular is it?

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    Could start a Thailand Teakdoor softball team ,

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    ^ heh, heh. Wanted the full R&D from Nerverna.

    Yes, but a softball team? Have you seen a single baseball/softball park/diamond anywhere in Thailand? Believe it or not, though, there are some high schoolers who are familiar with the sport and would like to play it.

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    American friend of mine plays softball on a regular basis here

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