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#21 BSLChrisStoner

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:28 PM

SI: World Cup Kits

https://www.si.com/s...erseys-reveal#1


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:29 PM

Those German ones are nice!



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Posted 16 November 2017 - 09:54 AM

Sports on Earth: 10 World Cup Teams to Watch



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Posted 16 November 2017 - 09:57 AM

SI: The 32 Teams Headed to the 2018 World Cup

 

SI: How the 2018 Field of 32 Nations Stacks Up



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Posted 16 November 2017 - 09:58 AM

Sports on Earth: 10 World Cup Teams to Watch

 

Lots of countries to pull for. I have a friend from Germany who I watched the 2014 finals with so I will always be pulling for them even though they don't really need it.

 

Rooting for Iceland and Panama for obvious reasons but I loved Croatia, Portugal and Spain so I'll be pulling for them too.

 

Still excited to get into this again but missing the USA definitely sucks.


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Posted 16 November 2017 - 10:08 AM

Wait...the Netherlands are missing the WC too?

Crazy.
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Posted 16 November 2017 - 10:35 AM

Wait...the Netherlands are missing the WC too?

Crazy.

 

Yep, there's a reason the US is trying to organize an NIT.


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Posted 16 November 2017 - 01:52 PM

Maybe they should have an NIT. 

 

Check out the USMNT thread....they are floating the idea of exactly that.



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Posted 01 December 2017 - 09:22 AM

SI: The Many World Cup Draw Scenarios, Intriguing Combinations in Play



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Posted 01 December 2017 - 11:33 AM

From ESPN on Twitter: https://twitter.com/...626057637187584

 

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https://twitter.com/...627272286687234

 

 

Group Q

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 12:15 PM

Sports on Earth: Ranking the 2018 World Cup Groups
http://www.sportsone...w-groups-russia



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Posted 04 December 2017 - 04:34 PM

The only reason that Group D is the "group of death" is because it has one giant and three evenly matched decent at best teams. Simple fact is there really, for the first time in a long time, no honest Group of Death.


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Posted 04 December 2017 - 05:39 PM

They need to do away with automatically putting the host country into the A Pot and do it based on ranking like everyone else. I get that it's good PR when your host has the best chance possible of getting out of the group stage. But it gets ridiculous when the lowest ranked team in the entire field, as Russia is, gets added as the "top-tier" to an already easy grouping. At the very least do it so that the host country is bumped up no more than 1 grouping from where they should be....so Russia would have been in Pot C.


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Posted 03 March 2018 - 04:52 PM

The FIFA rules committee just voted across the board to add Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to the Laws of the Game. Expect a decision on whether or not it will get used this summer in Russia sometime by the end of this month.

 

Simply put -  there is no reason not to.



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Posted 12 April 2018 - 01:28 PM

SI: Eight Rising Stars Who Could Become World Cup Difference-Makers



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Posted 11 May 2018 - 04:57 PM

SI: In or Out? Big Names Whose World Cup Fate Hangs in the Balance



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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:17 PM

NBC Sports / PST: Provisional 2018 World Cup squads released



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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:40 PM

Business Insider: With the US out of the World Cup, Fox Sports has turned to a DNA testing company in hopes of generating fan interest

 

Fox Sports has teamed up with the genome testing company 23andMe and launched the "Root for Your Roots" campaign to encourage fans to find new countries to watch and root for in this World Cup.

 

I gotta give them credit for being clever with this idea....but oh man, FOX is so screwed with this World Cup deal they made. You can cut the desperation with a saw.



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Posted 15 May 2018 - 10:04 PM

Dont usually watch FS1...did a fair amount today. They were pushing hard. Lots of promos, etc. The time difference, and lack of USA obviously hurts...but I think the WC will still get a fair amount of attention here.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 10:26 PM

Dont usually watch FS1...did a fair amount today. They were pushing hard. Lots of promos, etc. The time difference, and lack of USA obviously hurts...but I think the WC will still get a fair amount of attention here.

 

I doubt I will watch much, if any at all. Every group stage match starts before noon out here, and many of them 6am or earlier, and I imagine it'll be the same for the knockout round. I'll either be too busy or have no inclination to get up in the middle of the night to watch, especially with no rooting interest.

 

One thing going for them is that other than the middle of MLB season there is nothing at all to compete for attention sports-wise. I think even MLS pares its schedule back some while the WC is going on.






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