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Posted by: Froome's Thoughts
« on: September 25, 2013, 17:23 »

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/24242617

How can u be totally innocent when you look like that...  :D
Posted by: kabloemski
« on: May 27, 2013, 16:11 »

Not to be outdone by cricket, here's the IPTL!

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@FirstpostSports: Djokovic calls Bhupathi’s IPTL a revolutionary idea http://t.co/FvqvLB9nnO

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Djokovic calls Bhupathi's...tournament a "revolutionary idea", Nadal says "it will be a big success for sure", while Williams described it as "like a dream come true"...The only notable absentees, for now, are Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer, but don't be fooled into thinking the Swiss is not behind the idea - he is.

Whether or not the league, that will take place in six as yet unspecified cities across Asia and will feature players drafted into teams to compete in one-set shootout tennis, soars into orbit or falls flat remains to be seen.

Bhupathi, however, is adamant about one thing - it will be a serious competition and not a glorified exhibition.
Posted by: Blackbandit222
« on: April 25, 2013, 20:03 »

The NFL draft is here.

http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2013/04/25/the-appeal-of-the-nfl-draft/

I'm giddy like Cycling Transfer season!
Posted by: Archieboy
« on: April 15, 2013, 07:36 »

So Adam Scott wins the golf, does this mean a public holiday in Ozzieland :rolleye :rolleye
Posted by: froome19
« on: April 13, 2013, 23:00 »

In the absence of ram this place needs some golf discussion as the Masters come to an end.

A lot of talk about Woods and Rory whilst some guys like Jason Day have been going around very nicely. I would fancy Kuchar, Cabrera or Scott to challenge along with Day and of course Woods not out of it yet albeit a bit behind.

Unfortunately the European challenge kind of died today with Rory going out with quite a disastrous round. Rose so far with a +2 and Westwood and Garcia haven't been able to make much headway. Westwood currently best placed at -2.
Posted by: Dancing on the Pedals
« on: March 04, 2013, 16:57 »

Whoops indeed  :rolleye
Posted by: froome19
« on: March 04, 2013, 05:30 »

Whoops 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/american-football/21651247

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The first woman to take part in NFL trials managed just two kicks before aggravating a thigh injury, apparently ending her hopes of earning a professional contract.
Posted by: Dancing on the Pedals
« on: March 03, 2013, 16:14 »

Posted by: Archieboy
« on: March 01, 2013, 15:55 »

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/golf/21635102

Now Rory has caught the Schleck disease of DNF.
Posted by: Dancing on the Pedals
« on: February 13, 2013, 00:10 »

Chapeau to Esther Vergeer - retiring after being unbeaten for a decade, 470 matches in total.  I was lucky enough to see her win gold at the Paralympics in the summer, and she was phenomenal (not that I know too much about wheelchair tennis) but some of the shots she played were as jaw-dropping as those you see from the top able-bodied players.  Hope she enjoys her retirement.

Incidentally, I remember the Dutch ladies did a clean sweep of the podium in the women's wheelchair tennis - pretty cool achievement!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/disability-sport/21426554
Posted by: Dancing on the Pedals
« on: February 02, 2013, 22:33 »

Damn it, why is the Superbowl on a Sunday night?  Hugely inconvenient for those of us who have to go to work on Monday morning!  That said, at least I won't have to watch Beyonce lip-syncing   ;)
Posted by: Capt_Cavman
« on: January 21, 2013, 16:47 »

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BYOP, can you explain to me, as an enthusiastic but fairly ignorant NFL fan, the diferences between the two conferences/divisions.  Is it just so there wouldn't be far too many teams in one big league?  Is there any real difference in standard?  Does one have a better reputation than the other?
I'll defer to BYOP for the answer except to say that when I followed the sport from afar, in the previous millenium, the NFC East Division was widely recognised to be the toughest and whichever of the Cowboys, Giants or Redskins made it through relatively unscarred would be a serious contender.
Posted by: Capt_Cavman
« on: January 21, 2013, 16:30 »

49ers all the way! Gotta keep that 100% superbowl record alive.
Can't believe how it's panned out this year. Two really good AFC teams in Denver and NE and who do the 49ers get in the final? The Ravens.

I never liked the 49ers, mainly due to their ability to avoid the big names in the SuperBowl, they got the Bengals twice! I know I'm being incredibly unfair, the 49ers were exceptional in the eighties, and you can only beat what's in front of you, it just always seemed to me that they got an easy ride. They were in a really crap division too, almost guaranteeing themselves play off games every year.

bah.
Posted by: BYOP
« on: January 21, 2013, 10:27 »

49ers all the way! Gotta keep that 100% superbowl record alive.
Posted by: Zam
« on: January 21, 2013, 05:49 »

So the pats lost?! Dang! All in on ray l and his men now condsidering its his last season and he aint a bad man.
Posted by: BYOP
« on: January 20, 2013, 23:19 »

Come on the 49ers!!!!

May as well put their names on it now!
Posted by: Archieboy
« on: January 16, 2013, 08:03 »

Well done Heather Watson, a remarkable comeback against Pervak at the Aus open to win 4-6, 7-6(9-7), 6-2.
The crowd loved her to "Heather Watsons Barmy Army".
Posted by: BYOP
« on: January 14, 2013, 18:36 »

Like most American sports the NFL follows suit and has 2 leagues/conferences, which inturn are then split into a few leagues. For example MLB has the American and National Leagues which then split into the AL East, Central and West and the NL has the same split.

Reagrding the NFL, the AFC started out life as the American Football League. Which then merged with NFL. To become what is known as today's NFL. I would say that the NFL pre-merger was the 'better' league. In the 46 Superbowls the NFC lead 25-21. So pretty even.

So to answer your question I'd say they have a similar repuation and standard.

In American sports what could help a team is coming from a Big Market. Big Markets = $$$$$. Although in the NHL,NFL and NBA teams have a salary cap to work with, but creative contracts help.  MLB is the only sport where the contract is guaranteed. In NFL,NBA,NHL you'll hear of contracts being signed for 5 years and $60 million but being guaranteed for $42m, whereas in Baseball, no salary cap, a 5 year $60 million deal is worth that, even if the player gets released with 1 or 2 years left on the deal.  Again with American sports, to try and keep it even and not having the same teams win all the time there are the 'rookie drafts', which with good drafting can turn a rubbish team in 2013 into a contender in 2014. Without these drafts some teams would just suck every year, drive away thier fans and possibly get the team contracted or moved to another city, with owners prepared to spend $$$.


As for the DC games next week. I'm hoping the Niners can beat the Falcons(if they do may as well give the Super Bowl to the Niners, 5 apperances 5 wins). The other game is hard to call, I'd love the Ravens to win it, but you can never write the Pats off, sadly!
Posted by: Dancing on the Pedals
« on: January 14, 2013, 17:45 »

Brady and Belicheck's record is unbelievable!  Credit where credit's due, they always deliver when it matters.  We get proper highlights here in the UK tonight, so looking forward to catching up on those - an unbelievable series of matches!

So Ravens vs Pats for the AFC, 49ers vs Falcons for the NFC... who's your money on? 

BYOP, can you explain to me, as an enthusiastic but fairly ignorant NFL fan, the diferences between the two conferences/divisions.  Is it just so there wouldn't be far too many teams in one big league?  Is there any real difference in standard?  Does one have a better reputation than the other? 

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