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  1. hmm

    Women's EURO 2022

    Yes, I thought that was some pretty glaring language too. I had to double check that I'd clicked on the right link because Google also gave a load of results for rules from previous years but no, they really are sticking with phrasing from somewhere around the 1990s.
  2. hmm

    Women's EURO 2022

    The section of the IFAB rules about this lead with an explanation that players must not celebrate with excessive joy. I'm not joking.
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    Women's EURO 2022

    Probably posted this before but I find it fairly disgusting that any high level sporting events are still enabling rampant touting and profiteering when it's an issue that can be easily and cheaply solved, and indeed has by various other events of similar status and scale. For example, I would guess, based upon my experiences of the systems in use there, that the amount of touting that occurs at Wimbledon or Twickenham is approximately zero. It seems particularly unforgivable in a sport that is being relatively newly promoted and expanded (to the degree that it is these days - obviously I realise it has existed for decades) and is generally being pitched as a family enterprise, in multiple senses.
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    Women's EURO 2022

    It wasn't really a point of comparison but simply that the men have been trying to end this barren run for so long, and have so often been hyped up to definitely do it this time honest, even have a bloody chart hit about it that's rolled out every tournament, but then hopefully along come the women and do it instead. I like that, and I like that it will annoy more, let's say, traditionalist fans. I don't think it's especially reductive to observe that. That said, various of the men's efforts over the years have absolutely been derisory, so forgive me if I don't feel too bad about offending them. (I'm of course not talking about the most recent effort in the Euros, which did feel like the one time the excitement was justified - more all of the 'golden generation' crap.)
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    Women's EURO 2022

    I think it would be wonderful, but also quite funny, if the now nearly 60 'years of hurt' run was only broken by the women's team, after so many miserable failures on the men's side. Outstanding performance, I thought. England put in the most consistently high quality 90 minutes that I've seen in the women's game. Things like the mid-range passing or defensive organisation are often very patchy in matches I've watched in the past (both live and on the TV) but, with different haircuts and no close ups, you'd have been hard pressed to tell that wasn't a men's match for long periods. Great to see full houses for these matches too. Hopefully that'll continue at Wembley on the weekend. Too many women's games I've been at were 'sold out' but about half full in practice, because ticket offers etc. meant that it was cheap enough that people didn't bother if something came up or the weather was poor or whatever.
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    Women's EURO 2022

    Some really impressive play out from the back by England - literally better than various PL teams would be capable of.
  7. Yeah, that definitely resonates with me too. It was very strange, on reflection: they started off with something that felt fresh and different and full of personality and then slowly eroded all of that. I loved it for maybe all of the first couple of episodes, then that steadily waned all the way until the end. It felt almost as if they responded to some of the negative (almost exclusively racist) feedback online as the series unfolded. All of the action scenes were quite badly realised throughout, which contributed quite a lot to this decline. While they also spoiled Wandavision by eventually degenerating into standard Marvel superheroes fighting in the sky gibberish, at least it was done with standard levels of competence, whereas here it was consistently sloppy and incoherent. I appreciate that Kamala is a young woman learning her powers from scratch and some of the rough edges were intentional, but it honestly felt like the filmmakers were themselves learning how to make action scenes from roughly the same level of inexperience at the same time. That said, the scene in the past where she probably stood out as the worst. It's one of those where if you took away the music that's desperately attempting to persuade you that this is an intensely emotional moment, you'd just be laughing at it instead. It's all a bit of a shame because I also imagine that very little of the personality is going to reappear once she's more integrated into the MCU either - I doubt that The Marvels is going to involve a huge number of domestic scenes with her family or further interesting glimpses into Pakistani culture and history.
  8. I haven't spent that long with it, and I don't think that it'd really hold my interest either way, but it did seem needlessly fiddly and difficult right from the get-go. So no, not really. Currently letting my daughter give it a whirl instead. Fairly inexplicably, it's rated 12?
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    Tennis

    Though I'd disagree about Medvedev's lack of consistency. He'd still be staying no. 1 even if Djokovic's Wimbledon points weren't about drop off and he'd have gone plenty deep in this tournament this time around if he could have played. In fact, where is Djokovic going to end up now - 7th?!
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    Tennis

    Injury notwithstanding, next year Nadal will be the favourite at Roland Garos and Djokovic will be the favourite at Wimbledon. I wouldn't be surprised if it's not the last year where that's true either. The hard court events are a bit more open (not least with Djokovic possibly being ineligible for the AO for the rest of his career!)
  11. hmm

    Tennis

    He could learn a thing or two from a good sports psychologist.
  12. hmm

    Tennis

    I don't think it is that harsh, really. He had no shortage of opportunities in later sets and it wasn't solely down to Djokovic brilliance that he missed out on them. Multiple service games where he gave up 40-0 leads, numerous break points missed, second serves missed after pointlessly ranting about a call on the first, and generally a lot of errors. I think that his level dropped as much as Djokovic raised his. And it's hard not to blame his continual nonsense from set 2 onwards for that. Not a peep in the first set, when it was going to plan, then the moment that there's some adversity he self-sabotages and loses focus - and as others as observed, this always seems like a way of deflecting responsibility if he comes up short in the end. I liked this comment on the Guardian write-up:
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    Tennis

    Exactly the implosion that I think literally everyone who knows who Kygrios is would have predicted. Djokovic is extraordinary but that was still within Kygrios' control most of the way through. The first set showcased the player he could be and the rest illustrated why he isn't.
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    Tennis

    His box, usually.
  15. 🎥🧩 FilmSaw #63 - 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛ I think that I was about to figure it out too but this was actually my (8-year-old) daughter's result really. She has seen it a few times, but not for a couple of years now.
  16. hmm

    Tennis

    However, it ends up, good to see a genuinely competitive women's final going the distance, and not another lame 6-2 6-1 thrashing that's been far too common of late.
  17. Seemed like an utterly bizarre decision to
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    Tennis

    Not quite getting the negativity around Norrie either. Do I believe he's going to beat Djokovic? No, probably not, but that's largely because they have relatively similar game plans and obviously Djokovic is going to be a bit better at that. But he's had an incredible year, won literally the biggest tournament besides the slams, and has consistently maintained, if not increased, his level throughout (unlike, say, Raducanu, or Evans). I don't think he's going to make it easy today and I can certainly imagine him taking a set. Either way, I do think that Kygrios has an excellent chance in the final, if he can in any way keep his shit together. Looking forward to how the AELTC and the press would cope with that win.
  19. hmm

    Tennis

    He managed to play, what, 4 sets after the injury first set in? So I'd challenge the assertion that he knew this was inevitable.
  20. hmm

    Tennis

    Just scrap the semis and play Canadian doubles in the final.
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    Tennis

    What Rafa will be able to do in the semi-final remains to be seen but just extraordinary, yet again. Fritz must still be trying to piece together how that happened, like so many others before him.
  22. @Talvalin Apologies - silly oversight. Fixed now. Could you edit your quote?
  23. I think in this case it should have been TR then TL - the would have been a harder start. After that, any of the other 4 were equally easy really.
  24. That's the easiest FS I've seen. That shot was never going to hard - the entire bottom half is a massive giveaway - but why did they reveal middle-top second, instead of top-right?
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