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07-25-2012, 07:38 PM
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2012 London Olympic Games



The London Summer Olympics are among us with Competition starting today I thought I'd make a thread dedicated to all the games.

http://www.london2012.com/

http://www.nbcolympics.com/

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There we go, we're off and running. USA Women's soccer came back to beat France today. Fell behind 14 minutes in, but we got it together and won 4-2. Alex Morgan with 2 goals. I was a little worried for a bit I must say.

Also North Korea refused to take the field for about 45 minutes due to the South Korean flag being next to a players picture on the Jumbotron. They ended up winning 2-0.



Next up the U.S Men's Soc....oh wait.

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After all the flak Canada got from the snobby British media both before and during the 2010 Olympics, I'm going to enjoy every single "accident" we see at these Games.

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Next up the U.S Men's Soc....oh wait.
Still angry about this

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Still angry about this
Like seriously? We couldn't beat out Honduras? I understand Mexico obviously, but Honduras?

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Don't feel too bad, guys.

Our men's team may have beaten you in qualifying, but at least you've played in a World Cup since 1986.

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no matter how hard i try to get into it, soccer is just not even close to exciting or entertaining. well, unless you count the great acting. but really, that's just annoying, and goes against everything i consider sporting.

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What are your guys favourite Summer events? I like the diving, track and field, and beach volley ball :p

I thought sevens rugby would be involved this year but maybe it's not until the next summer games.

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no matter how hard i try to get into it, soccer is just not even close to exciting or entertaining. well, unless you count the great acting. but really, that's just annoying, and goes against everything i consider sporting.
I only watch the world cups and the Olympics....when our teams are in it.

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Soccer!

MÉXICO! MÉXICO! MÉXICO!

Brazil's probably gonna win though.

Neymar, Thiago Silva, Oscar, Alexandre Pato, Hulk, Ganso.

That's an amazing Olympic team.

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no matter how hard i try to get into it, soccer is just not even close to exciting or entertaining. well, unless you count the great acting. but really, that's just annoying, and goes against everything i consider sporting.
Same. I could rant about the offsides rule in soccer as well.

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Same. I could rant about the offsides rule in soccer as well.
I never get that lame rule. Hockey's is easy, soccer's is just annoying because I never see it coming.

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Same. I could rant about the offsides rule in soccer as well.
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I never get that lame rule. Hockey's is easy, soccer's is just annoying because I never see it coming.
It isn't that difficult to understand, although the hockey version is easier for sure.

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It's not that it's difficult to understand, it's that it allows players to get away with horrible defense.

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It's not that it's difficult to understand, it's that it allows players to get away with horrible defense.
You dislike the artificial constraint on attacking?

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no matter how hard i try to get into it, soccer is just not even close to exciting or entertaining. well, unless you count the great acting. but really, that's just annoying, and goes against everything i consider sporting.
Seen any hockey recently? Maybe featuring Dustin Brown? People beat that dead horse about soccer all the time, but simulation has become a part of nearly every sport.

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Seen any hockey recently? Maybe featuring Dustin Brown? People beat that dead horse about soccer all the time, but simulation has become a part of nearly every sport.
It's definitely worse in soccer, but agreed.

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Spain losing to Japan late in the game

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Japan 1, Spain 0. FT. And it could've been way more.

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Wait, Spain lost a game? To a non-supersoccerpower? What sorcery is this?

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Seen any hockey recently? Maybe featuring Dustin Brown? People beat that dead horse about soccer all the time, but simulation has become a part of nearly every sport.
true, but the occurrences are far greater in soccer. the other issue i have, is that of luck being to greatly involved due to the extremely low scoring. in a sport like soccer where games are often scoreless, one lucky break can decide a game... (or far too often, a shootout-ick!) It's one of the reasons I'd like to see goalie's pad size reduced in hockey... to reduce the role of luck in the final outcome.

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Don't get too excited guys. Although Spain losing to Japan is a bit of a shocker, that's not exactly Spain's best and brightest stars on the field. You get wacky results all the time in Olympic Soccer, and nobody puts any stock in it.

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Wait Spain lost???????? And good for Gabon, tied late with the Swiss in their first Olympic appearance.

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true, but the occurrences are far greater in soccer. the other issue i have, is that of luck being to greatly involved due to the extremely low scoring. in a sport like soccer where games are often scoreless, one lucky break can decide a game... (or far too often, a shootout-ick!) It's one of the reasons I'd like to see goalie's pad size reduced in hockey... to reduce the role of luck in the final outcome.
You actually think that luck is more important in one sport than another?

Not sure of your definition of "often" because I would argue that games are rarely scoreless, and that a 0-0 game can be very exciting as well. In 2011-12, Europe's 5 major leagues averaged 2.86(Ger) 2.81(Eng) 2.76(Sp) 2.56(It) 2.52(Fr) goals per game, and in lower quality leagues goalscoring is often higher because of the lower skill level of players. Shootouts are only used in knockout stages of competitions, and because they occur in high profile games that people remember they appear more common than they actually are.

I totally understand liking offense sports more because soccer falls pretty low on the offense per time elapsed spectrum, but the difficulty of scoring is part of the appeal of soccer IMO.


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Mexico tied with South Korea in the 70th minute

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