Portugal v Spain Open Thread

Who will claim the Iberian Peninsula Championship?

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  1. 1
    Poopyman says:

    Who’s Portugam?

    (ETA: Why yes, I am a smartass. )

  2. 2
    Scott P. says:

    Spain wins. Portugam isn’t even a real country.

  3. 3
    Jay C says:

    Portugam. It’s the country right next door to Spaim.

  4. 4
    Tom Hilton says:

    Spain’s a bigger country, but Portugam has better legs.

  5. 5
    Olly says:

    I believe the Moops invaded Portugam in the 8th century.

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    Nathan says:

    Shouldn’t that be “Portugam v Spaio”?

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    beltane says:

    Spain.

  8. 8
    EdTheRed says:

    Portugam will score higher on degree of difficulty, but Spain will execute their dives with greater technical precision.

    Also, Spain will score more goals than Portugam.

  9. 9
    Punchy says:

    Porchewgul wil win this, sinz th3y ken scoar 7 g()alz inna 9ame.

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    MattR says:

    The fact that soccer does not have a hockey style replay system already is unfathomable. If the play is ruled a goal, there is a natural break where you can have a replay official review it (and limit the time allowed to 3 minutes, or whatever). If the play is ruled not a goal, play continues while the replay official has the same 3 minutes to decide it was a goal. If he reverses it, play is immediately stopped (a change from hockey) and the clock reverts back to the time of the goal (or is it now goam?)

  11. 11
    wengler says:

    I hope Portugam loses because I don’t like Cristiano Ronamdo.

  12. 12
    Leeds man says:

    I think the underwear salesman will only have brief moments in the spotlight.

  13. 13
    cleek says:

    Lorem ipsum Portugam, dolor sit amet. Amen.

  14. 14
    Chyron HR says:

    If you’re looking for Portugam, it’s due south!

  15. 15
    Violet says:

    Obligatory girly comment: Ronaldo is hot.

    Back to football. I hope Portugam wins, I think. But I’m okay if Spaio wins, also, too.

  16. 16
    Leeds man says:

    Come on Torres, you scouse wanker.

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    PanAmerican says:

    @Leeds man:

    How does that clown rate the armband?

  18. 18
    Violet says:

    Portugal will lose because they are wearing white. The ones wearing white have not done very well during this World Cup.

  19. 19
    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    I think Portugam and Portugal are both sexist.

    It should be Portuwoman.

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    MattR says:

    @Violet: I knew it was all a plot by “The Man” to keep white folks down.

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    Mark S. says:

    @MattR:

    I agree. I wouldn’t want replay for every damn offsides call, but goals are a rare enough occurrence to use replay on.

    @wengler:

    Especially since he plays for Ream Madrid.

  22. 22
    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    @Mark S.: MPM

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    Martin says:

    I wonder how many european players instinctively dive to the floor and cover their face when their wife walks over to give them a hug?

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    Bootlegger says:

    @EdTheRed: Where are the judges from?

    I think Portugal will give the better individual acting performances, but Spain will win the award for best overall acting.

    Who will win in the coveted “I’ve been slashed across my face with a machete” award?

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    valdivia says:

    Not to sound like the history dork that I am, but while I was just half joking this morning it actually turns out that if all the latin american countries win their matches the semi-finals *will be* a re-match for the War of the Triple Alliance!

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    Miss Kitka's Comrade Wayne says:

    @Mark S.:

    Ream Madrid

    Is this a call to action?

    Avante Portugam!

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    Violet says:

    Question: Why do people not like Ronaldo? Is it because of how he plays, or his personality, or what? I don’t know anything about him, except as a non-fan he’s one of the few players I’ve actually heard of. Oh, and he’s good looking.

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    Mark S. says:

    @Bill E Pilgrim:

    I don’t get it.

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    Leeds man says:

    @Violet:

    He’s Portuguese. No matter how good he is, the underhanded aspects of the game are in his blood. Diving, whining to the ref, etc. And while in England, he shared the Diva of the Premiership title with Drogba.

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    Mark S. says:

    @valdivia:

    Does that mean they’ll all gang up on Paraguay?

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    Leeds man says:

    @PanAmerican:

    What armband? Casillas is the skipper.

  32. 32
    Martin says:

    @Violet: He’s a diver. A very egregious diver at that. There are some YouTube clips of him diving where he wasn’t even touched at all.

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    That's Master of Accountancy to You, Pal (JMN) says:

    @Violet: Of course he’s good looking. All acting stars are good looking.

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    Bootlegger says:

    @MattR: No doubt, and Sepp Blatter’s blather about replay stopping the game “every three minutes” is inane.
    @Mark S.: Instant replay for goals and they need to get endline judges ASAP. Offsides, as much as it sucks, is a judgment call and should not be a replay offense. Besides, the camera is rarely right down the line.

    I’ve found the critique of soccer’s officiating interesting, particularly comparing it to supposedly more “objective” American sports. Does anyone really think an offside call in world football is any less objective than balls and strikes in baseball? That holding on a set piece is any less objective than pass interference or holding in throwball? Or how there is a foul on damn near every NBA play? And don’t get me started on traveling and carrying. If American sports were any more “objective” they’d be judged by figure skating officials.

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    chopper says:

    GOOOOOAAAAMMMMM!

    well, not yet.

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    wengler says:

    @Violet

    Watch the match awhile and you’ll see why people don’t like him.

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    Violet says:

    @Leeds man:
    Ah, okay. Thanks. As a casual viewer, the diva-like behaviour and the diving are kind of amusing to me. But I can imagine that that sort of thing gets really annoying for fans.

    This is a good match. Both teams really seem to want to win and are playing aggressively.

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    valdivia says:

    @Mark S.:

    Actually it was paraguay that started the war and kept fighting beyond its own capabilities. Their Dear Leader Lopez kept sending people to fight even when he had lost 70% of the male population. Obviously it won’t really be a repeat since it is simply that you have the same group of countries which is kinda cool. Still, I hope if this is the group that Paraguay fares better than they did back then ;)

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    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    @Mark S.: Well, what do you want me to do about it? ;)

    (Real/Ream, add one letter…. meh, never mind. A little outside even for me perhaps. Your Real/Ream made me laugh, was the point.)

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    Randinho says:

    Ha! Taunt me and I render your smartass comments irrelevant! :-)

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    Violet says:

    @That’s Master of Accountancy to You, Pal (JMN):
    LOL. Does FIFA give out a “Best Actor” award at the end of the World Cup?

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    Bootlegger says:

    @valdivia: That’s damned fascinating, I’d never heard of it before. But that would certainly be a cool Final Four (though I have money on the Dutch).

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    Comrade Lary says:

    You win again, Randinhoho.

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    Violet says:

    @Randinho:
    Isn’t that ‘irremevant’? ;)

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    Bootlegger says:

    @valdivia: If Paraguay loses they won’t kill 90% of their male population? Now THAT would really get passions up.

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    MattR says:

    @Randinho: But can you fix the URL too?

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    Violet says:

    I’m only just getting caught up on this morning’s match. Did they go into extra time and then a shootout? I’m sorry I missed that. Those are nailbiters. I get nervous even when I don’t care who wins.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Bootlegger: I think the difference is that in soccer goals are so much less frequent than TDs, baskets, runs, etc. thus, terrible mistakes (like in England/Germany) are much more damaging to the potential outcome of the match. Also.

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    Randinho says:

    @MattR: That would make me a pedant.

    Seriously, I would imagine it would require me to repost the thread, thus disposing of everyone’s comments..

    I scheduled this post at just about midnight last night. Blame it on my fatigue and thoughts of a fine Spanish jamon (ham) sandwich when they win, as opposed to Portuguese presunto.

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    valdivia says:

    @Bootlegger:
    @Bootlegger:

    it is actually one of my ‘favorite’ historical facts that very few people but my students actually know about. Lopez is/was the true example of a Latin Caudillo, but no one really knows him. I do hope they don’t end up with 90% of their population gone after the semis ;) Personally I am still hoping Uruguay goes far…

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    Bootlegger says:

    Nice goalkeeping by Casillas after a brilliant strike by Ronald (I’m dropping the “o” until he earns it).

    One of the ironies about Ronald’s diving and acting habits is that he’s actually a very large and powerful player. If he doesn’t want to go down he’s very hard to knock off the ball. Most world-class divers are the exact opposite.

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    Bootlegger says:

    @Paul in KY: True enough. What part of KY you in Paul? I’m near Berea.

  53. 53
    Violet says:

    @Randinho:
    Thanks again for these threads. They’re fun and for me, since this is the first time I’ve really watched a lot of World Cup matches, they’re educational too.

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    Bootlegger says:

    @Violet: Yes, they played the abomination known as the “penalty shootout”. There is absolutely no reason they can’t allow unlimited substitutions after full time and play until there is a winner.

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    Origuy says:

    A sportscaster on the radio this morning suggested video review of fouls, after the game, to look for diving. Offenders would be suspended and fined.

    ¡Vaya España! & ¡Viva Barça!

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    Violet says:

    @Bootlegger:
    Berea! Home of skittles! We’ve had one of those games since I was a kid. Everyone loves to play it when it’s set up.

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    Bootlegger says:

    @valdivia: The debate between historians is fascinating too.

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    Origuy says:

    ¡HTML entities FAIL! and I can’t edit it!

    ¡Vaya España! ¡Viva Barça!

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    Bootlegger says:

    @Violet: Yes. They have one set up at the main Berea College store. It is pretty cool but takes awhile to set up each round. My kids got bored with it real fast and they’re not even spoiled by video games.

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    Bootlegger says:

    @Origuy: Some German friends of mine say the same thing, its a good idea IMO.

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    Mark S. says:

    @Bootlegger:

    They’d still be playing and it would still be nil-nil.

  62. 62
    Bootlegger says:

    @Violet: +1.

    The boards at places like Big Soccer are just brutal. No one has any manners and *everybody* thinks they know more than you. Definitely not for a casual fan and as a lifelong fan who’s been to two World Cups and watched every one since Spain 1982 I find it extremely boorish.

    Much nicer here with Juicers.

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    Randinho says:

    @Origuy: Fixed the original.

    Sóc culé també!

    That and Visca el Barça are the extent of my Catalan.

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    Violet says:

    @Bootlegger:
    My friend’s idea is for each side to have to lose a player ever three or four minutes after the extra time, instead of the penalty shootout. There would be drama as fewer and fewer players were on the pitch, and strategy as each side had to decide which player would come off each time. I think that would be fairer and more fun to watch. Wouldn’t have the nailbiting ending though.

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    Bootlegger says:

    @Mark S.: Nah, someone would find a goal. My brother adds taking a man off after every 15 minute period. So you make all the subs you want every 15 minutes and both teams drop a man.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Bootlegger: I’m in Central KY, near Lexington, Frankfort, Versailles. That area. Have never visited Berea. Need to get over there sometime.

  67. 67
    Bootlegger says:

    @Violet: Great minds eh?

  68. 68
    Bootlegger says:

    @Paul in KY: I was on Versailles Road just last week. Some of the worst rural traffic I’ve ever seen.

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    Violet says:

    @Bootlegger:
    Can’t believe your kids get bored with it. All the kids in my family love it. Games get pretty crazy as the tops have a tendency to fly off the game and onto the floor, freaking out the dog and so forth. Very entertaining.

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    Alex S. says:

    Ronaldo is such a queen…

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    Violet says:

    @Bootlegger:
    Yeah! Are there more like us thinking this way? I love the tension of the penalty shootout, but from a game standpoint it just seems stupid. It all comes down to something relatively random and unrelated to a lot of what the game is about (passing skills, strategy, etc.). I guess it’s better than when teams have to draw lots to decide who gets out of the group stage. That beats everything for stupidity.

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    Calouste says:

    @Bootlegger:

    You can pretty easily have offside decisions checked by a video ref. Univision has a nice graph up on TV within 5 or 10 seconds. I don’t think you should be talking about three minutes to review stuff. If it is that close that it takes that long to do a proper review, just go with the ref’s decision. But with both the Argentina-Mexico and the England-Germany cases, it was clear from one glance at the replay that the on field officials were wrong.

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    Ash Can says:

    One of the many reasons I love this joint is that typos get brutalized in ways even the Marquis de Sade couldn’t envision.

    @valdivia: OK, I had to Google the War of the Triple Alliance, because my South American history skillz ain’t exactly mad. All I can say is, if the same thing happens to Paraguay this time around, the UN’s going to send a SWAT team to FIFA headquarters. Or to the headquarters of the Paraguayan Football Association. Or both.

  74. 74
    cmorenc says:

    @Violet:

    People are both fascinated by Ronaldo’s unquestionable high skill, creativity, and athleticism as a player, and repelled because he’s so often such a drama queen, DIVA, and WATB.

  75. 75
    Martin says:

    @Bootlegger: I want to see the match that lasts so long that only the goalies are on the pitch, lobbing goal kicks at each other out of fear they’ll be caught out of position.

    And don’t say it can’t happen. Nobody thought a single tennis set could last 138 games and 8 hours in length, spanning 2 days.

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    Gozer says:

    @Violet:

    After a while, stuff like this starts to happen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related) when the diving gets egregious.

    In particular, pay attention to the Boulahrouz hit on Ronaldo (and Figo for that matter).

  77. 77
    Leeds man says:

    @Violet:

    I’ve become resigned to the penalty shootout. Playing longer just wears down players who were near exhaustion at the start of the competition, and makes the next game torture. Besides, a knock-out tournament like this is pretty much a crap shoot anyway. Most teams don’t even play each other. I think of it more as a Football Festival than a “who’s the best in the world?” decider.

  78. 78
    Violet says:

    @Martin:
    Well, you could always have a rule that once you get down to three players on a side, if the score is still tied, then they can do a shootout. But it would be very much a last resort after removing most of the players one by one. That would require the player removal to be even more strategic because you’d want someone who could get the ball in the net left on the pitch in the event of the shootout.

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    MattR says:

    @Violet: I have made the same “remove a guy ever 10 minutes” suggestion to my friends. It is not as dramatic, but I think it is a fairer way to determine a winner.

    @Calouste: My problem with reviewing offsides is the lack of consistency there would be on which calls get reviewed. Are we only going to review offsides if play continues and a goal is scored? What about the offisdes trap near midfield that leads to a potential breakaway that is whistled dead?

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    valdivia says:

    @Bootlegger:
    yes, the brazilians see the war one way and there is also the theory that it was all plotted by the English.

    @Ash Can: LOL.

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    Scott de B. says:

    If Paraguay loses they won’t kill 90% of their male population? Now THAT would really get passions up.

    Paraguay has a much better incentive:

    Swimsuit model Dallys Ferreira has offered to “make love to each member of the Paraguay World Cup team” if they lift the trophy, adding, “The players know my pledge still stands. Women from my country are ardent, and to be honest, I’m more ardent than most. I take no notice of societal norms.”

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    Violet says:

    @Gozer:
    That’s hilarious. Dive after dive.

    @Leeds man:
    Yeah, it does seem to be a “football festival” of sorts. The players must be so tired by the end of the whole World Cup.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Leeds man: I know in American professional football, one of the main reasons for a 1st-score-wins is that bad injuries can happen when the players are dog tired.

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    Mark S. says:

    @Violet:

    I guess it’s better than when teams have to draw lots to decide who gets out of the group stage.

    If you think that’s bad, they once decided a Euro Cup semifinal by coin flip.

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    Violet says:

    @MattR:
    I’d rather see the players removed every three minutes or so. The manager would have to have a plan in place to deal with that because three minutes go by so fast. It would only take 30 minutes to get pretty much every player off the pitch, so that extra time would be exciting and very tactical.

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    Violet says:

    @Mark S.:
    Seriously? Okay, that is bad.

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    Violet says:

    So Portugam is tardy? And they’re going to be written up? That’s funny.

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    Leeds man says:

    @valdivia:

    there is also the theory that it was all plotted by the English

    Well of course. England should officially change its name to Perfidious Albion. That would make football chants a bit awkward though.

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    Calouste says:

    @MattR:

    Once it’s whistled dead, there’s nothing you can do about it, so it doesn’t help to review those. Although referees are suppossed to give the attacker the benefit of the doubt, so it would be taken into a referee’s review.

    I think there could be a continous review of offside by a video ref. Image processing software should be good enough these days that it can project the line where the last defender is on screen all the time and probably even automatically warn the official when a potential offside happens.

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    Scott de B. says:

    If Paraguay loses they won’t kill 90% of their male population? Now THAT would really get passions up.

    Paraguay has a much better incentive:

    Swimsuit model Dallys Ferreira has offered to “make love to each member of the Paraguay World Cup team” if they lift the trophy, adding, “The players know my pledge still stands. Women from my country are ardent, and to be honest, I’m more ardent than most. I take no notice of societal norms.”

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    Randinho says:

    Blame it on television. In 1938 Brazil and Czechoslovakia played to a 1 to 1 tie in the quarterfinals and replayed the entire game two days later.

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    Martin says:

    @Violet: Honestly, if you can’t get the ball in the net in a shootout, you shouldn’t be playing the game professionally. The goalie is at a massive disadvantage.

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    For those who want cheap entertainment:

    Anyone wanna keep score of how many of the Con pundits that yelled “KKK!” when Byrd died are going to approvingly note and/or amplify the Senate Republican efforts to smear Thurgood Marshall?

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    Bootlegger says:

    @Violet: Its their patience with standing up the pieces and winding up the top. If I do it they love it, if they have to do it…

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    Bootlegger says:

    @Calouste: How accurate is that graphic? It would be like the NFL using the “yellow line” to check first downs.

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    Bootlegger says:

    @Martin: That would be SO COOL, like a game of backyard soccer.

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    Bootlegger says:

    @Leeds man: That’s why you allow unlimited subs.

    And I disagree about the competitiveness. It’s a tournament of All-Star teams with players that play together infrequently, so from that standpoint you’re correct. But these guys want to win, the players’ emotions are the tell.

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    MattR says:

    @Violet: My objections to every 3 min are (a) that 3 min is not enough time to allow the players to try and finish the game and (b) it would really disrupt the flow if the game is stopped to remove a player every 3 minutes. Ideally, I would shorten extra time to two 10 minute periods (or even get rid of it completely). Then remove a player and begin 10 minute golden goal periods where they switch sides and remove a player after each period and where each team has to remove a player half way through the period (first stoppage past five minutes)

    @Calouste:

    Once it’s whistled dead, there’s nothing you can do about it, so it doesn’t help to review those.

    And this is my objection to it. It seems weird and wrong to only correct some egregious offsides mistakes depending on how where they are on the field or how quickly the ref blows his whistle. (although I do understand the argument that you correct the mistakes you can). The other problem is that offsides is a subjective call that is more likely to be disputed even with replay. Goals should be much clearer to determine. Which brings us to …

    Although referees are suppossed to give the attacker the benefit of the doubt,

    This would really be my solution. Actually enforce the rule in that manner. If an attacker is almost behind a defender facing him, but his back foot is still even with the back foot of the defender, then rule that onsides and allow play to continue.

    @Scott de B.: I am going to have to start using “ardent” like that.

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    Violet says:

    @Bootlegger:
    Yeah, I guess it’s usually the adults that wind up the spinners and we’ve always got several people hanging around, so many hands set up the pieces after they’ve been knocked down. So for younger kids, there isn’t much lag time. It makes such a racket that the kids are always drawn to it. LOL.

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    Bootlegger says:

    @Scott de B.: Sweet.

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    Violet says:

    Wow! That was in impressive save.

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    Punchy says:

    Not a single yellow here, and none in the entire WC for Spain. Just how much are those refs being paid under the table?

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    Bootlegger says:

    The Spaniards break through.

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    That's Master of Accountancy to You, Pal (JMN) says:

    Spain! Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaammmmmmmmmm!

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    Violet says:

    Nicely done by Spain.

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    Bootlegger says:

    @Phoenix Woman: Wow, just wow, do they even know the definition of irony or hypocrite?

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    You Don't Say says:

    Nice goal.

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    MattR says:

    @Punchy: I am not really that surprised after watching the Spanish refs hand out cards like candy. Every tackle that would get them a card in the Spanish league is nothing more than a foul, if that, to most of the other refs.

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    Punchy says:

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLL!!!

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    Calouste says:

    @Bootlegger:

    It doesn’t have to be that accurate. If the review is in doubt, go with the ref. The main purpose is to have a second angle when the ref is unsighted. (Although how the linesman in the Argentina-Mexico incident could be unsighted is beyond me.)

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    valdivia says:

    go spain! nice gol.

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    Bootlegger says:

    Portugal is gonna have to come out of Lisbon now.

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    You Don't Say says:

    Nice save.

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    Calouste says:

    @Scott de B.:

    “Swimsuit” seems to be a rather fanciful description of what Ms. Ferreira is wearing in most pictures that result from a quick search.

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    That's Master of Accountancy to You, Pal (JMN) says:

    @Calouste:

    The main purpose is to have a second angle when the ref is unsighted.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that all the refs are unsighted.

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    Bootlegger says:

    @Calouste: The assistant referee/linesman should never have a bad view of the offside line, ever.

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    That's Master of Accountancy to You, Pal (JMN) says:

    @Calouste: Some of the ones I found involve ropes and chains, too.

    If that doesn’t create a rush for the Balloon Juice exits, I don’t know what will.

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    Calouste says:

    @Bootlegger:

    That’s what made that whole call so rubbish. There were no other players back, and the shot on goal was a rebound from the goalie, so even if the linesman was late to run back on the original shot, he should have arrived at the right position by the time of the second shot.

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    Violet says:

    @Calouste:
    No kidding. I’d never heard of her and the google search is…enlightening. This topic fits nicely into the discussion that valdivia and I were having on another football thread the other day.

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    You Don't Say says:

    I just realized there’s no more soccer until Friday. Wha, wha, what do I do until then?!

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    Bootlegger says:

    @Calouste: Oh, he blew the call, no doubt, and that one was so obvious that a replay from any angle would have overturned it. The concern for me, and others apparently, is the disruption on close plays. Maybe you could have a “goal review” where something like that which produced a goal could be called back.

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    Bootlegger says:

    @You Don’t Say: I know, I know, I have the remnants of a real life laying around here somewhere.

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    Randinho says:

    @Bootlegger: Another issue is what to do when a player is wrongfully called offside . . .

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    Bootlegger says:

    Ha! A case where Ronald’s rep for diving just cost him a real foul call.

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    Bootlegger says:

    @Randinho: Sure. But if there is an immediate goal, a “goal review” would fix that. Anything in the general run of play though would have to be non-reviewable.

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    Bootlegger says:

    I think Spain has the first woman I’ve seen on any team’s bench.

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    Violet says:

    @Bootlegger:
    I was thinking the same thing. A woman?

    Ooh…red card.

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    Bootlegger says:

    I guess a red card is the reward for good acting.

    Looked like a sniper took him out rather than a stray elbow.

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    Randinho says:

    @Bootlegger: And if there wasn’t, say the player has to pull up because of a whistle that shouldn’t have happened?

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    That's Master of Accountancy to You, Pal (JMN) says:

    @Bootlegger: From the replays, think that there was a real elbow, but there’s no way to tell from the replay angle how hard it was.

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    Gozer says:

    The Academy Award goes to Spain for that dive.

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    Bootlegger says:

    @Randinho: Just like the NFL, whistle stops play, period, non-reviewable.

    Spain v Paraguay, that should be a barn burner.

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    Violet says:

    Boo…USA the only group leader not to advance to the quarter finals.

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    Bootlegger says:

    @That’s Master of Accountancy to You, Pal (JMN): There was contact, but it wasn’t a high powered bullet as his acting suggested. It also didn’t look intentional.

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    Gozer says:

    Despite the dive, Spain were clearly the better team. Portugam seemed disorganized.

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    Randinho says:

    @Bootlegger: But then your suggestion really only solves part of the problem.

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    Violet says:

    @Gozer:
    Agreed. Spain seemed like the stronger team. Portugam just didn’t have it.

    I don’t know that much about football, but this seemed like an aggressive match.

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    Joel says:

    Capdevilla, what a disgrace.

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    Randinho says:

    My wife just called me. She’s thrilled. Brazilians love to criticize the Portuguese. Many jokes in Brazil start “Two Portuguese were . . .”

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    Poopyman says:

    Dagnabit, Randinho! You fixed the title! Now future intertubes archeologists will have no idea what all of the comments are about.

    Change it back.

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    Randinho says:

    @Joel: From The Guardian:

    TO be fasir, the referee got it right. Before the ball came in from the left, Costa turned his head to see where Capdevila was standing, then swung his elbow back in a bid to hit him as they went to contest the high ball. Whether he made anything more than fleeting contact or not remains unclear, but the intention was certainly there and if he had made proper contact with his opposite number, he could have done him a serious injury.

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    Bootlegger says:

    @Randinho: Sure, but better to solve part of it than none of it. Moreover with a “goal review” it would make sure that a rare event is called correctly.

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    Randinho says:

    @Bootlegger: Agreed, but it woudl also leave the issue of improperly called offside calls and that would open up another round of complaints. Just my two cents.

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    Dr. Squid says:

    @Jay C: Spaim spaim spaim spaim SPAIMITY SPAIIIIIM! Wonderful Spaiiiim!

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    Cacti says:

    @Bootlegger:

    One of the ironies about Ronald’s diving and acting habits is that he’s actually a very large and powerful player. If he doesn’t want to go down he’s very hard to knock off the ball.

    So he’s the Karl Malone of footballers?

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    fbihop says:

    I bet that Portugal would have had a better chance if Ronaldo had stepped on the field.

    Wait, he played the whole game? Really?

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    Morbo says:

    Well, look at that; I picked every single Round of 16 match correctly on Yahoo.

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    Violet says:

    @Violet:

    Portugal will lose because they are wearing white.

    Ha! I called it!

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    JenJen says:

    Oh, David Villa, I would like very much to make lots and lots of sexy time with you, and bear your beautiful Spanish babies.

    Did I say that out loud?

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    Bill Murray says:

    @Randinho: continue on with play and get over it. What is so hard about that? Perfecting anything done by humans is quite difficult and unless you want to get rid of continuous play (IMO the best aspect of soccer) and turn the game into the NBA or have the assistant referees never call offside because otherwise the review won’t work, reviewing offside makes no sense.

    Plus, it’s not like the review will be perfect either. Think about Castro’s red card — at a world cup game with a huge number of TV cameras and it still is not clear whether any contact occurred.

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    Bill Murray says:

    @JenJen: no you wrote it into an internet archive. Just wait until a jealous ex leaks these to the best man at your wedding and John has to get rid of Balloon Juice

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    Randinho says:

    @Bill Murray: With regard to the offside issue, that’s precisely my point. If you have offside calls made and it pulls back a goal or otherwise stops play when it should have continued is just as bad gifting a goal when someone is offside.

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    Paula says:

    Huh. Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit may be just the thing to perk me up after the Yanks’ loss …

    This is looking nice now … Ger/Arg, plus Spain … so many other teams to cheer for other’n Brazil.

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    Paula says:

    @JenJen:

    As long as you leave Cesc Fabregas to me. ;)

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