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  1. dogsout

    The Boxing Thread

    Gutted to see that yesterday. He was untouchable in his prime and the victim of some really shit decisions in some of his biggest fights. Oscar could barely lay a glove on him but somehow got the nod, for example. Great fighter and one of my all time favourites.
  2. Regarding baby ballers: there are loads of them all over the country. Dino scorers, mini kickers, footy bugs, etc. If googling doesn't come to anything approach a local youth team and they'll surely point you in the right direction because they're usually affiliated with an organisation aimed at a younger target audience.
  3. I fully get why you'd be hyped about this signing - he's definitely a cut above what you have, and he was one of the best RBs in the league last season. At the same time, I see Charliemouse's point. He basically had next to no attacking responsibility at Palace. While he is a great 1v1 defender, he plays in a low block under Hodgson so it's a bit hard to judge how he'll do for you guys. He very rarely goes outside his man, usually opting to tuck inside instead. He's great at keeping possession and is skillful enough to play through a press. But you will surely be asking more from him in attack than Palace did. His tendency to avoid crossing is what would concern me - he likes to dribble inside and look for a safe pass. In terms of style he really reminds me of Nathaniel Clyne, actually. No real danger of him flopping, IMO. Although I can appreciate why the more attack-minded teams may not be sniffing around him.
  4. Yeah, I remember falling for him like I hadn't ever fallen for a player before. It was weird and I can't quite describe it properly. Best I can do is compare it to my first crush.
  5. dogsout

    The Bookies

    @hercules I've tagged him in so maybe he'll tell you himself. Not sure if he's ever seen this thread!
  6. dogsout

    The Bookies

    My little bro has had a mad day and is up by £1100 with bets to run tonight on pretty small stakes. I called him this morning to get his tips because he's shit hot with the horses and I've not been betting all year pretty much - bar the cashback offer during Cheltenham - but he didnt answer and I forgot to chase him up.
  7. @Fry CrayolaIt's funny that you reference Down in the early 90s. My stepdad was from Drumaness and I went over there when Down had just won one. He tried getting me into Gaelic football but I just couldn't. One of his mates was a big Liverpool fan and spent ages teaching me about the great Liverpool sides.
  8. I actually agree that it's obviously 'better' to support a local team. When my first child was born I started going to my local team's matches, in an attempt to make amends for my dirty glory-hunting ways. I subjected myself to a complete media blackout of anything LFC related, and went to as many QPR games as I could. I rationalised it by telling myself it would mean more to my son who would get to have a local club to support; that I'd be able to take him there all of the time and he'd love it, etc. It was a dreadful idea and was obviously an abject failure in execution. I saw some entertaining games but I just couldn't make myself care. I came to the realisation that I was essentially just pledging my loyalty to a brand. Football has changed from the times where clubs really were clubs. Yeah, I get that it may not be the case with lower league clubs before anyone objects. Certainly from my perspective they're just businesses that exist first and foremost in order to make money. Football fans are largely just customers being exploited and telling themselves it's ok because it 'means something' to them. That's not to say it doesn't mean a lot to me. It clearly does because I spend money and way more time than I should on my interest in the specific club that for whatever reason I decided to care about. Also choosing a club that's hundreds of miles away in my youth because I liked their kit and one of their players (I was 9, give me a break), has meant that as an adult I've had to travel hundreds of miles to watch matches. I get what you mean about casual fans that support big clubs. But put it this way: if they didnt support big clubs they'd either be supporting clubs like your own, and triggering you by talking bollocks, or they wouldn't be interested in football at all and the game wouldn't be relevant in the way that it is. Or maybe you really wish football wasn't a huge sport and that only the hardcores knew about it and spoke about it, and that's the real problem here?
  9. Because it makes him feel superior. Because he's a 'proper fan'.
  10. I let my boy stay up to watch the City game and then again today. He was crying at the whistle after the City game and just said "I hate everything" when I tried to console him. The look on his face at the whistle tonight was like a dragon had flown past the window or something. He was crying again but this time it was with pure joy. I'll never forget the look on his face. He's only 7 so he still believes in fairytales and shit. Even he understood how ridiculous it was that we came back like that. If City do win it, I'll be sore but I won't be thinking about the draws and wondering what if. This team is incredible and I have belief that this is just the start for them. The fucking balls on them!
  11. Guys, I still don't know what to say. I let my son stay up to watch it and Gini is his favourite. He was crying with joy at the final whistle. I'm sure I'll remember the look on his face until I die. I fucking love this team.
  12. I really hope the club does something about that ape and any of his cunt mates that have been doing that. What wankers. Fuck Souness, as well. The guy doesn't have any self-awareness at all. Yeah, tactics are bullshit. That's why your managerial career was such a success. I've hated having to listen to him purr about this Liverpool side recently like he understands what has made them so competitive. I guess this is sort of how United fans feel when Roy Keane goes off on one? Edit: Seems I'm onto something with the Keane comparison lol.
  13. I hit 110 on the battle pass yesterday. Still not sure what my favourite load out is after all this time. And I don't think I've played another game since release. I'm properly cracked out on this with no end in sight. I pretty much don't even care that the battle pass was pretty crap. What a game.
  14. Remember how many negative voices filled this thread when we were first linked with him? And it was for less than we ended up paying. He's absolutely peerless, IMO. Just a ridiculous player.
  15. How many games, if any, has Kane started on the left of a three ever in his career? What are you talking about? Son is a much fairer comparison. And your argument is that 12 goals in 29 games is better than 18 in 32? Cool. Oh, and that the guy that has scored 41 in 88 games is much more wasteful than the guy that has scored 42 in 128 games. I wouldn't grumble if Hazard or Son had been picked there in his place, to be honest. I just took umbrage to the assertion that Mane should have been competing with Kane for that particular spot in the 'team'.
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