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Dolorous Gabe

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    jabbing keys, authorship, hitting spheroid objects with rubber-laden cudgel, long-form televisual presentations, short-form cinematic presentations, libations of the single malt and stout/porter variety, humanism, salmon,

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  1. Dolorous Gabe

    The Final & 3rd Place - FRA v. CRO / BEL v. ENG

    I actually hope so too, even as a City supporter. We've seen too many promising careers go awry. I still think what happened with Michael Johnson was a travesty. I remember going and seeing him play at 17 for us away at Newcastle where he set up the winner and also away at Wigan where we lost 4-0 but he was the brightest spark in the team. Then the following season he was immense under Sven Goran Eriksson but he got an injury and never seemed to recover (physically or mentally). Ah yes, good point. I'm looking forward to seeing him too. Good that he has stuck with Fulham for now.
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    Player of the tournament so far

    Yeah definitely a tournament for right backs over left backs. Any of Trippier, Meunier and Pavard would be well deserving. Hernandez was decent without being particularly impressive but certainly the best in the position.
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    The Final & 3rd Place - FRA v. CRO / BEL v. ENG

    We would need some of the young talent to develop into top players I think, and a left back to emerge from somewhere (Luke Shaw could still make it I suppose). It'll be nice if the likes of Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho are fully fledged by then.
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    Westeros World Cup - Fantasy League

    Well played all, great that there were 4 people in with a chance right to the end. I enjoyed this game, just made too many wrong choices in the knockout rounds as well as the failed gamble on Germany waking up. Congrats to the champion Corvinus!
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    Westeros World Cup - Fantasy League

    This could be very tight. I reckon I needed a second goal from Mbappe to win it. My luck disappeared after the second round, nearly reappeared today.
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    The Final & 3rd Place - FRA v. CRO / BEL v. ENG

    Pogba definitely has a claim. Modric controls a midfield battle better but Pogba has worked hard and produced numerous stunning passes from deep, hugely important ones too.
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    Football: Jules Rimet Still Gleaming

    Hey!!! I know I don't contribute much but I do enjoy reading the opinions on this thread.
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    Tennis Volume 7: Roger That!

    Regarding the fifth set tie break thing, it's only relevant because of John Isner and although he is currently better than he has ever been I don't imagine he'll still be involved in a few years. That said, just in case there is another player so extraordinary at serving and so relatively bad at receiving I think a tie break at either 12-12 or maybe 16-16 would be a reasonable amendment. Sad that Nadal didn't make the final. I'll be cheering on Kevin Anderson in the final as I loved his demeanour after the epic with Isner. True sportsmanship!
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    Acrophobia 33 New experiences! Round 1

    Inspire me and I'm in.
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    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    Ah okay, I missed the Spain-Iran game. Poor officiating because he was very clearly onside and we should have had a corner, from which we have been very dangerous.
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    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    That Kane moment was weird. The assistant flag didn't go up until the ball went out of play, at which point it clearly should have been a corner. If it was calling offside it would have gone up as soon as Kane touched the ball. I can only assume the assistant thought it was a goal kick and everyone assumed he was flagging for offside.
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    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    Oxlade-Chamberlain would have been useful, especially in that game, though Wilshire might have been even more useful for the sake of keeping the ball better in midfield. We just kept handing it back to them. Too many like-for-like subs from Southgate when we needed to counter the clearly growing Croatian threat, though he can hold his head high having exceeded expectations so thoroughly.
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    Westeros World Cup - Fantasy League

    Well played! My gamble on Germany was smart in theory but I suppose it's typically my luck that the moment I bet on the Germans and want them to win they disappoint. Essentially it wasted the potential usefulness of the wildcard in later stages. I chose Kane as captain even though I was telling people Trippier would score from a free kick against Croatia. Note to self: have the courage of your convictions!
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    Westeros World Cup - Fantasy League

    Tight at the top now! I'm seriously lamenting my decision to play my wildcard for the third group game thinking the Germans would wake up and smash the Koreans. Choice of captain will probably decide this.
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    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    The Golden Ball should reward consistent quality of individual performance. I think a midfielder or a defender should get it because the forwards have been too inconsistent. A big performance from Mbappe in the final would make him the obvious choice though. I have to agree that Pogba should be amongst the frontrunners along with Trippier and Varane, maybe Pavard too. Modric could be back in contention with a great game tonight, whilst Stones could deserve consideration with one or (hopefully) two more great performances. Mind you, two big performances from Kane could swing it his way. To think that he hasn't even shown anything near what he is capable of in open play yet despite his goals.