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  1. Dolorous Gabe

    Acrophobia 33 New experiences! Round 3

    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.
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    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    I don't disagree but I like VAR and believe this tournament to be a step in the right direction. And whilst it feels a heck of a lot more satisfying to see a diver receive a yellow card, in terms of deterrence of diving VAR theoretically has a similar effect as yellow cards, since it can be checked. I'm not saying they shouldn't receive a yellow for it but I can see why it might be deemed unnecessary with VAR in place.
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    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    Very very much this! Many dead cert yellows were not given. On a note of considerably less importance, it has bothered me somewhat that everyone has been getting away with many of the most blatant foul-throws I've ever seen!
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    2018 Quarter-finals

    As I understand it, yellow cards are wiped for the semis nowadays so that only red cards in the semi-finals mean suspension from the final.
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    Westeros World Cup - Fantasy League

    Yes, yes he does. He also very suddenly punches a woman outside of that costume, seemingly out of nowhere. And don't forget pulling a gun on Mollie Parker telling her to "STEP AWAY FROM THE BIKE!"
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    Westeros World Cup - Fantasy League

    When I look at your avatar pic of (soon-to-be-Sir) Harry Kane, rather weirdly I see Nicholas Cage. "NOT THE BEES! NOOOOO! NOT THE BEES! AAAAAARRRRRRGGHH!"
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    Dreams

    I'd have liked more dream sequences in the show, so long as they serve a purpose. But I'd have preferred that they had used more flashbacks to help tell the story, provide some important exposition instead of waiting to use Bran as an exposition machine.
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    2018 Quarter-finals

    I agree about Dembele. That ability to keep possession would come in handy. I haven't seen enough of Tielemens to judge. But while it's true that KDB is very much an attacking footballer and doesn't read the game in a defensive player's way, his sheer work rate and determination means he will always close and chase people down. But then that ability can be very useful higher up the pitch too, maybe even more so playing a team like Brazil. I'm really looking forward to this game!
  15. Is that the bee all and end all?
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    2018 Quarter-finals

    KDB has been playing deeper for City but with freedom to go forward (Pep's "free eight" position) thanks to the fluidity of Pep's system, particularly in the deployment of the fullbacks who will provide extra central cover if space has been left there. Usually Silva is the one who gets forward more often though because his forward movement is cleverer. If three centre-halves are deployed by Belgium then theoretically there is less need for KDB to play so deep alongside Witsel, but then KDB's ability to spot and deliver a key pass from deep is unparalleled. Speaking of Witsel, I haven't quite grasped whether there are valid reasons why Nainggolan was omitted!? He seems to me a considerably more useful player than Witsel.
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    Round of 16: : LET THE (Knockout) GAMES BEGIN!

    Well, your team is a better than ours and would likely have won anyway but losing that game really was sensible for us in the circumstances. Belgium has much more chance of defeating Brazil, France or Uruguay, whilst we actually stand a good chance against Sweden, Russia or Croatia. No doubt we'll still mess it up but this is the best chance to reach the final I've ever seen, and had we ended up in your side of the draw that simply wouldn't be the case.
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    Westeros World Cup - Fantasy League

    How has nobody overtaken me yet?
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    Round of 16: : LET THE (Knockout) GAMES BEGIN!

    Agreed. Might be difficult to define what circumstances are required for a penalty goal and it will be a rare occasion that it's used but it would have felt like justice not only tonight but also the Suarez Vs Ghana incident 8 years ago.
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    Round of 16: : LET THE (Knockout) GAMES BEGIN!

    Hmm, Ramos is more in the public eye of late. Ramos might be cleverer in his nastiness but I'm not sure he's been quite so obviously despicable as Pepe has. They're all pretty horrible! Let's just agree on that.
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    Round of 16: : LET THE (Knockout) GAMES BEGIN!

    He has acted a dick at this world cup but that's surely going too far. Nobody is on Pepe's level!
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    Acrophobia 32 - Signs: FINAL: SWMBO WINS!!!

    Congratulations to the Obeyed one. A well deserved victory!
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    Acrophobia 32 - Signs: FINAL: SWMBO WINS!!!

    All sound like good ideas to me, Castellan!
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    Westeros World Cup - Fantasy League

    Gazpacho soup
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    Westeros World Cup - Fantasy League

    Fear not, frenemies, for I may have made a huge blunder. It's either genius or moronic to use up one's wild card now when the going is good. I guess we shall find out which!
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