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Sometimes I wish for a unification of them...

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Just go back and rewatch Copa America Centenario if you want more of that combination.

I like Ronaldo more but you are talking bullshit. By your logic, Messi took Argentina to the final of 2014 WC while Ronaldo was shit for Portugal with Portugal out of the WC from the group stage?

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Basically comes down to what you value more. World Cup final loss or Euro win since they’ve both had their poor WC years - I wouldn’t call either run inspiring or dominant. Also depends on what Portugal ends up doing this year. I don’t really give too much thought to the “he carried the team” argument since it can be made for both players to some extent.

I would hate playing (let alone watching) this sport should it get to the point where defenders are afraid to actually challenge attackers while in the box.

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147 points · 2 days ago

We're kinda already at that point. Most defenders don't go for a standard tackle in the box, and some also defend with arms behind their backs to minimize the risk of a handball (like if the attack is coming from a flank). It's all about containing the player until reinforcements arrive or they make a mistake, not making a tackle to gain possession. The risk of conceding a penalty is too great for strong tackles in anything but the most dire situations.

If they are not golfers I just automatically assume they mean scramble as that is probably the format they played in their annual company golf tournament.

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I’ve never played anything but scramble in an organized corporate event. It’s always been called a scramble too. Playing in another on Friday.

18 points · 3 days ago

While I think anyone can respect Woods for his game, I don't think he deserves adoration. He comes off as pretty aloof and arrogant. He may not be a bad person but I don't think he's the nicest guy. So I think it's great Rory is the opposite of that.

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I would have agreed with you until a few months back, but now Tiger seems to have softened a bit. At least based on what I've seen from him on tour this year. He smiles more, doesn't freak out over the errors as much, interacts with fans, etc. - I guess that's the result of being massively humbled.

I walked with his group for two days this year at BayHill. Other than missed shots, he was actively engaging his playing partners, he laughed it up with his caddy Joe, and when he sunk a 72 footer that he was trying to get close he didn’t fist pump. He smiled and put a finger up and laughed.

Personally I don’t think anyone in the history of sports was as mentally focused as prime Tiger. He was and can still be a dick, and many don’t like him for that. But I think it added to the mystique and made him so successful AND also hurt his personal life.

Seeing him in person now, you can tell he’s no where near as muscular and he walks briskly. But most importantly, he’s always smiling and in his interviews he’s fully admitting he didn’t know he would be able to compete again.

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You put it well. He does seem grateful just to be out there playing competitively again.

He straight up pierces your soul with those eyes.

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I'm more afraid of the widow's peak tbh.

24 points · 4 days ago · edited 4 days ago

What's funny is you only need to watch 5 mins of the European Tour to see the difference. Polite golf claps, a few gasps at an error, and every now & then a loud roar when something spectacular happens. Granted crowds are much smaller but their golf IQ is much higher. No "baba booey", "dilly dilly" or idiots screaming "Roll Tide" or whatever f-ing school a player went to. Sadly American fans have gotten terrible over the years and it seems like everyone just wants to become an internet sensation by saying the stupidest thing that the mics will pic up.

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2 points · 3 days ago · edited 3 days ago

I love the European tour. Courses I'm not familiar with, respectful crowds, different mix of players, and I can watch early in the day before the PGA event has started. They had a really interesting tournament called the Shot Clock Masters weekend before last, and I watched a good bit of it. Players were time limited on each stroke:

The official European Tour time allowances were used: a 50 second allowance for a “first to play approach shot (including a par three tee shot), chip or putt” and a 40-second allowance for a “tee shot on a par four or par five, or second or third to play approach shot, chip or putt”. Players that failed to play within these time limits incurred a one-shot penalty, which was added to their score for that hole. Players had two “time-extensions” in each round, each giving them an extra 40 seconds.

I think I recognized only one player in the entire field--usually know more than that in the average European tour event--but it was still really entertaining.

IMO, crowds are generally smaller and more limited to the hardcore fans (except for major events like the Open) because the European tour isn't as popular as the PGA. Just the sheer mathematics of the PGA tour's popularity make it more likely there will be shitty fan behavior, although I think another contributing factor is a difference in culture.

Huh why 3 match ban?

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19 points · 3 days ago · edited 3 days ago

I just edited my comment. Straight red is usually 2-3 matches (or more if violent conduct) in club matches depending on the league. Looks like Sanchez will only miss one full match since it was intentional denial of a goal scoring opportunity.

18 points · 3 days ago

DOGSO usually results in just one match ban iirc.

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1 point · 3 days ago · edited 3 days ago

Ah thanks for the reminder. I guess I haven't see that situation recently enough to remember the punishment.

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the playoff format isn't 18 on monday anymore, it's a two-hole aggregate

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I get why they changed it, but I loved that the US Open was the only tour event with this playoff format. I'll never complain about more televised golf.

The guy shouting it was probably fatter, too.

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What's wrong with cultivating mass?

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Original Poster299 points · 5 days ago

He is probably in shock because we finally have a competent team

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Denmark used to be pretty good back in the day too. They need another Laudrup Renaissance.

Every time a commentator reminds me that the US failed to qualify it makes me smile

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I was supporting Australia because they’re the underdog anglophones. Got up at 6 AM on a Saturday just to watch em play. Don’t make me reconsider.

So much better than that Nigeria Croatia game so far

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All it took was like one shot on goal.

Original Poster-7 points · 6 days ago · edited 6 days ago

Ok lets break it down.

He putts it off the green. (Shot 1)

Actual Shots

Stops the Putt (Shot 2)

2 Stroke Penatly (Shot 3/4)

Misses Putt (Shot 5)

In Hole (Shot 6)

Your Hypothetical (Extra Stroke)

I can't even come up with 6 reasonable shots ... That would result in him scoring 7 additional strokes.

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3 points · 6 days ago · edited 6 days ago

He gained an advantage by stopping the ball from a much worse lie, but IMO, he also created a disadvantage by opting to putt a ball in motion after running to get behind it rather than going through his typical routine. So I’m with you. I don’t see a significant enough advantage gained to warrant DQ. I’m also not a rules expert.

Ugh how many more years of fox coverage left

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It’s just as bad for the World Cup. I despise fox right now.

Think him and Emil Hallfreðsson were our best players today.

The amount of times Emil came behind Aguero or Messi and nullified them was far higher than it had any right to be.

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Argentina could not get any 1-2s going through the center of the defense. Virtually every potential link up play was disrupted.

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You missed a fantastic 3-3 between Portugal and Spain then. If you only watch the World Cup for the USA, you’re going to be disappointed. Whether they qualify or not. Watch for the insane talent level from other countries.

-41 points · 7 days ago · edited 7 days ago

Real sports don’t have ties

Edit: boy I’m sorry guys. I actually really like soccer and played all my life. I was kidding.

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So do they break ties on the first and second day of a golf tournament? Or do they wait until the end? Not much different from the World Cup where you can only tie in the group stage.

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70 points · 7 days ago · edited 7 days ago

I would think both Mexico and the United States, despite not qualifying this year, would be able to qualify in a 48 team field, without the automatic berths.

EDIT: in case my comment is unclear, Mexico qualified this year.

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That is my biggest worry honestly. We already have nations that are clearly several steps down in quality (e.g. Saudi Arabia) - what’s going to happen when we allow 12 more in?

You want to talk about over-hype, let’s talk about Freddy Adu

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Nah man, Freddy Adu still has plenty of time to develop. He just turned 29.

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Baz Battles has a breakdown of the battle.

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This is a really awesome YouTube channel. I’m 5 videos in now. Thanks for sharing.

Yessir! He's pretty awesome. If you're into this type of warfare breakdown, Historia Civilis is another gem.

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I did know about Alexander’s campaigns but not much on the specifics of his tactical maneuvering. I just finished the Baz series on it. Really cool to see everything broken down in these videos.

84 points · 8 days ago · edited 8 days ago

Yeah. Why show a picture of the back? The bands "official" account was made only a couple hours after the post.

It's hard not to be cynical of these things.

Also, this is such a low effort shit post. Just a picture of an ipod and a sob story for a title. That subreddit is awful.

Edit: They're releasing an album in 2 months. It could be real but now I'm just not convinced.

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Is it so hard to believe the band would catch wind of this, create an account, and seize the opportunity to make a fan happy? Not saying the post wasn’t low effort, but the story is very common. Bands reach out to people over social media all the damn time.

I tried this as well, player never starts playing video. Anyone else having that problem?

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Who's your ISP? If it's comcast, stream through their online portal. I find it to be a lot more stable than the channel-specific sites/apps.

2 points · 8 days ago · edited 8 days ago

FSGO app stream appears to be 60fps and is stunning. I assume the same stream is available on FS1 website. Or, does your fios service not have a sling-type service to directly view your FS1 TV feed remotely?

Edit: FWIW the android app appears to be 60fps, the fs1 website does not.

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Second this. I'm watching on the xfinity mobile app, and it's smooth. Was casting from Fox Sports Go earlier with no problem too.

137 points · 8 days ago · edited 8 days ago

The flash-memory adapters and upgrade kits out there for these now are nuts. Want to have a 1TB or 2TB (yup, terabyte) iPod? It’s as easy as swapping-in a hard-drive to flash memory conversion board that has a few of it’s slots filled with a couple of high-capacity SD cards.

Check out iFlash for all the gear you’ll need

iFlash, iFixit or eBay should have any other maintenance parts you’ll ever need!

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Do they make any hardware for devices as old as 2nd gen iPods? Mine has the 4 buttons across the top and still works on a charge. Battery dies after about 10 mins otherwise.

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Thank you! I assume this means World Cup games will be on Fox proper since Fox has the rights to that too. It's gonna be multi-screen time at 11.

US Open + World Cup this weekend!

I always strap it to the side of the cart between shots, helps it stay dry

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During the summer months, I rotate in my old glove because my new one can't stay dry for very long. Even when taking it off and airing it out as I drive.

184 points · 9 days ago

It makes sense with smaller countries but I don't really like the idea of having three massive countries hosting it together.

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It depends on how they structure match scheduling. If my country were playing all their matches in the northeast corridor, Nashville/Atlanta, or Montreal/Toronto, then traveling as a fan wouldn’t be as burdensome as flying coast to coast and country to country. I wonder if they’ll cluster matches like that to prevent ridiculous travel days for the fans.

17 points · 12 days ago

Norway I guess, I lived there when my kids where young, daycare doesn't cost a dime.

Norway also has the highest percentage of working mothers in the world IIRC.

(And people divorce more easily because being a single mother isn't really a problem. No need to keep up toxic relationships, but also perhaps no incentive to work through problems in your relationship.)

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Could be France too. They have La Crèche.

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