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  1. polishgenius

    Football: A New Hope

    Under the new rules, in which any handball whether it was deliberate or not rules a goal out, yes.
  2. polishgenius

    Football: A New Hope

    I see Liverpool are in for their second relegation struggle in a row, then? Not sure why I watched the whole Everton-Watford game. I mean, it wasn't bad, but I could have watched Teemu Pukki running wild over Newcastle instead.
  3. polishgenius

    Football: A New Hope

    He's great at finding and creating space. And finding the right position to be a safety outlet when an Arsenal player gets into a corner too (always a crucial trait that rarely gets talked about enough).
  4. I need to get back into this. Got distraced when I downloaded The Messenger and have spent much time since also playing Dead Cells. Need to get some dedicated Mario Maker time in before the big new releases start flooding in at the end of the month.
  5. polishgenius

    Football: A New Hope

    It's players who were born or spent significant time learning football in a Basque region. If it was only Basque heritage people like Itani James would obviously not be eligible (though Basque country not being a big immigrant hotbed it's still pretty rare for anyone non-Basque to be in the squad) and they have decided against moves for players who have some Basque ancestry but weren't born or never lived there. What 'spent significant time playing' means appears to be a matter of some contention, though.
  6. polishgenius

    Football: A New Hope

    The problem with Kante in Sarri's system wasn't the position per se, it was the role and what it was asking him both to do (too much of the playmaking work) and not do (because he was tasked with pressing from the front, he wasn't covering the whole damn pitch as he can and Jorginho was too often on his own, and because Kante is so often the failsafe in a press if someone got past him the failsafe wasn't there and there was just yards of midfield to play into). Lampard might have put him in formally the same position but his brief was much more open and as a result he did most of what Sarri was asking him to do but also ran the defence. It's like the whole thing with Pogba playing deep. The problem with what Mourinho was doing wasn't that he was asking Pogba to drop back - asked to do whatever, Pogba drops back loads anyway- it's that he was asking him only to drop back while also not giving the forwards enough of a system to allow Pogba to playmake from there.
  7. polishgenius

    Football: A New Hope

    I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that Adrian isn't as good a goalkeeper as Alisson.
  8. polishgenius

    Football: A New Hope

    Just wanna point out that Kante isn't fully fit.
  9. polishgenius

    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    Most places will have systems in place to get ourselves permanent residency/work permits. I had a bit of stress because I lost my British passport a month before the appointment to get said passport stamped, but thankfully it got sorted suuuuuuuuuper quickly so I'm safe. (I am also failing miserably at getting my Polishness problems sorted, but that's a whole other thing)
  10. polishgenius

    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    Yeah, Western Europe is fine but we can't have those dirty Eastern European bastards joining in.
  11. polishgenius

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Midsommar Night Blues

    Yeah I don't think the sitcom has ever been where British comedy has ever consistently excelled. We throw up the occasional stone-cold classic, but I don't like quite a few of the old ones personally, and even if you do consider all of the ones people revere, I think you're basically doing the thing where you're comparing a long time with a short time- comparing a decade's worth of comedy with just the last couple of years, and mulching everything before about 2000 into one big thing when if you actually look at when those shows came out it wasn't a constant string of successes. It is true that the panel show has become the most common form of British TV comedy but I don't really think that's affected the sitcom situation much. Sketch shows, maybe. I also don't think it's a bad thing necessarily- obviously they have to be careful about how long they run because there's a definite tendency to overrun them until they get stale, but British panel shows are great. It's more of a form of interactive, mostly improvised stand-up than competition for sitcoms.
  12. polishgenius

    Football: A New Hope

    I think in the end teams should stick to the system that is theirs. It might lead to them getting beaned occasionally, but look at Bournemouth - they are a better team for always playing like they do, and year on year are able to beat more teams more easily doing so. If they switched to hard defence for bigger games, their attacking play would not be as good. And as you say, it's not that easy to switch systems (although Burnley are a team who actually do that pretty well, since they're nowhere near as defensive as Liverpool fans make them out to be most of the time). Like just from this weekend, they have to manage morale, but on a technical level Norwich will learn from that, and West Ham will not be a worse side for 90 minutes practice of trying to get their attacking 3 midfielders in and around Haller against a team as good as City. I mean, a fully fit Kante is going to make a huge difference, he's still possibly the best midfielder in the world for my money when he's played in his right position, until proven otherwise. It's hard to over-estimate how much difference he makes to not just winning the ball back but turning it over fast for counter-attacks. And they won't need to play Barkley every time. They definitely need more practice at it but I think ultimately goals is going to be a bigger issue for them than defensive holes.
  13. polishgenius

    MMA & Boxing 20: D.C. Stands For "Double Champ"

    Whether or not he would have submitted Lawler eventually we both know that submission was utter bullshit. But it's not that easy. Even to get to where Khabib is took time, practice and training. And Askren is old, it's hard for an old dog to learn new tricks like that, especially to integrate them into his game so that they stick when under pressure. What you appear to essentially be saying here is that every knockout ever is a fluke, because most times when the specific knockout strike is thrown it doesn't necessarily knock out the opponent. The rest of what you said, apart from again making the baseless claim that Askren took Masvidal specifically lightly rather than it being a flaw in all his fights, is basically you agreeing with me but going 'no no but he'll win anyway or he'll lean and then win'. I know that he hasn't learned to do it because he hasn't needed to. That isn't a good thing for him. Just because he didn't need it doesn't mean he couldn't and now he's in a position where he's making up lost ground very late. You are allowed to, and really should, practice things that you don't need now in case you need them later. Askren didn't. Now he's in trouble because of it. He might beat Maia although Maia is also orders better than him on the feet and there's a reason that the last three wrestlers Maia has faced have avoided the mat with him desperately. It's like with Woodley. If you watch his fight against Usman and listen to the corner it's pretty clear that they'd talked about and practiced being more aggressive to keep off the cage against Usman's grinding power and pocket boxing, but under pressure he couldn't execute that because he hadn't time to internalise it and under pressure he defaulted to what he's always done, which is back into the fence and try to explode from there with a big left hand. And Woodley is far better prepared for this level than Askren is. (also I don't know a great deal about wrestling personally but several people I know who do don't think Askren is necessarily a better wrestler than the other three guys at all, especially in an MMA context. Being an Olympian is a great achievement but it doesn't necessarily figure that ten years later in a different sport where fighters are going to be more prepared for his oddball style and are allowed to strike to counter it, he's still going to be superior, and it's not as if any of them were rubes at wrestling themselves).
  14. polishgenius

    MMA & Boxing 20: D.C. Stands For "Double Champ"

    Yeah, and as a result he hasn't. Both of them are vastly superior strikers to Askren (Cejudo in particular is a genuinely good one, although even if you wrongly think he beat Mighty Mouse you cannot possibly say he dominated) and DC is in two far weaker divisions. No matter how good a wrestler you are you cannot strike like Askren does, ie not at all, and do well. Especially since like I said the division is full of good wrestlers so he's not automatically going to just snack on guys if he can take them down. Even Covington I suspect, despite your claims, but even if Askren is superior on the ground he's not gonna find it that easy to take him down if Colby wants to stay and strike. Khabib's striking is pretty ropey in so far as being just striking, but it's very well matched with his takedown game. And Khabib is far more explosive than Askren so he can do what in other fighters would be stupid things like launch sloppy TD attempts from halfway across the cage, and it's part of his game coz opponents are too scared to respond right. And even still, if he keeps at it at some point he'll meet a knee or something similar in his own right. Whether it was panic or not doesn't really make any difference to what the problem was, which was as you said it: he was doing what he always does, going for the takedown. Badly. I've seen him fight and all the other guys fight. There isn't anyone in the top 10 he has a serious chance of beating with the possible exception of Darren Till or Ponzinibio if they get really sloppy and lazy about defending Askren's approaches, but more likely they just knock him out early. Link me to where Masvidal said he knows it was a fluke. Coz I can link you to an article collecting quotes in which not only do Masvidal and his coach talk about how they prepared the knee and had it ready, but Askren himself specifically acknowledges that it wasn't a fluke. Again, being ready for it not to work -hell, even not necessarily expecting it to work 100% doesn't make it a fluke. It wasn't random chance. And no, I don't think it would end in a flying knee KO within seconds in most of the times they fight but yeah, against not just Masvidal but most other strikers I think it will usually end early by KO if Askren keeps approaching fights like he has his entire career so far. Oh, and also: Entirely excuses. He did get sloppy, but as both himself in the article above and you said, it was because he hasn't had to deal with good strikers before, not Masvidal's act. And because it's so long-term and ingrained in his game, it's not gonna be half as easy as you seem to think it is to start integrating striking.
  15. polishgenius

    MMA & Boxing 20: D.C. Stands For "Double Champ"

    He hasn't learned about striking in all the MMA fights he's had so far, why would you expect him to start now? Likewise for this: It's not as simple as that, and he hasn't bothered beginning to learn to do this in his 21 fights and ten years in the sport. He's at massive disadvantage against everyone in the top 10 of a division that's heavy with good grapplers and wrestlers who can strike and use their striking to facilitate their grappling. Also: It isn't a fluke when he trained for it and did it in response to something Askren does in every fight (to whit, Askren's panic response is to duck awkwardly for a TD). Masvidal may have been prepared for it not to knock Askren out and to subsequently go the distance, which is a perfectly sensible thing to do, but it was in no way a fluke. Anyway, in boxing news, two-time gold medalist, Cuban defectee and highly anticipated prospect Robeisy Ramirez lost shockingly on his pro debut.
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