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  1. The Rains of Castamere is here


    As to my votes:

    First: 2

    Second: 6

    Third: 3


    If you haven't heard my versions of The Dornishman's Wife and The Last of The Giants, they are linked in my signature and in the fan-made songs thread in the Objects of Ice and Fire section of the forum.

  2. First: 4. Drank...rutted...implored "ladies" to grant lusty overtures!

    Second: 6. Dangerous rogues, ignoble layabouts threatened gratuitous lawlessness, obviously.

    Third: 5. Demented, regrettable idea. To gallivant, look overseas...



    For anyone interested, my own version of The Rains of Castamere is coming soon. Stay tuned!

  3. 3 hours ago, Castellan said:

    Round 2: A job recruiter signed you up after seeing you stroll unharmed out of Flea bottom.

    Unharmed? I got a bad liver and a broken heart.

    Oh also a dislocated shoulder.

    Note to self: don't drunkenly challenge the armourer's son to an arm wrestle for the affections of my one true love!

  4. 44 minutes ago, Consigliere said:

    Man, how I hope so. United fans hope for this every season but the truth is that Shaw is a worse player now than when he was 18. 

    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).

    1 minute ago, Philokles said:

    If we continue to play 3 at the back then Ryan Sessegnon will be an option there, though he mainly plays as a winger these days. His first year in the top flight is one of the things I am looking forward to most from the new PL season.

    Ah yes, good point. I'm looking forward to seeing him too. Good that he has stuck with Fulham for now.

  5. 16 minutes ago, Notone said:

    I think England might actually win it in four years time. This year it was a bit too early for them.

    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.

  6. 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!

  7. On 7/12/2018 at 9:42 PM, Iskaral Putsch said:

    If your revealed preference is that you're a plastic bandwagon kind of fan, however much you want to deny it, then there's a position open around here for a Man City fan.  I don't think we've had a die-hard citizen since Alex decamped.


    I know I don't contribute much but I do enjoy reading the opinions on this thread.

  8. 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!

  9. 10 minutes ago, I am Zlatan said:

    Those FIFA stats are just wrong. Stones had a header cleared off the line minutes before which wasn't included for some reason. Also Kane's miss, which was ruled incorrectly as offside, was on target and would have been given by VAR as a goal had it gone in.

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 10 hours ago, Corvinus of Teranga said:

    Actually I played my wildcard then, too, and it payed off, though I didn't bet on Germany. I had Trippier for captain ahead of the England game, after subbing out my initial captain, Hazard.

    1 pt behind you guys.

    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!

  12. 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.

  13. 47 minutes ago, baxusalah said:

    This, and the fact that I haven't seen a single player booked for diving. I admit I haven't seen all the matches, but I have seen some diving that went on unpunished and I have seen some penalties that weren't given.

    Wasn't the point of VAR to help with such situations? Stop the play, review the footage and award the penalty or give a card.

    I really hate diving and was really hopeful VAR would fight it a lot more than it does at the moment.

    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.

  14. 2 hours ago, Iskaral Putsch said:

    My biggest complaint for the entire tournament is how tactical fouls get whistled but generally not carded.  It may save players from suspensions but it kills the attacking football.  Defenders and midfielders are free to stop attacks early so that the game rarely gets stretched.  We’ve had plenty of penalties and set piece goals but this is the main reason we’ve seen so few goals from open play.  It’s a glaring flaw in this tournament and unfortunately reduced the quality of play. 

    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!

  15. 8 hours ago, Notone said:

    And England will luck out on suspensions (de Bruyne getting another yellow or something like that).

    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.

  16. 7 minutes ago, chiKanery et al. said:

    That’s funny, because I thought the same thing when I was looking at picks to use as my avi.

    And good lord does that movie have so many funny nuggets. Doesn’t he punch a woman while dressed as a bear?  

    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!"