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  1. International players?

    Nailed it. Basketball benefits from global pro leagues. While football is indeed played around the world, it's pretty much an amateur sport in those nations. So, for internationals it's pretty much no college ball, no bueno. Imo - football needs an abbreviated form of the game (Not flag) that's easier to pick up & can be played at a higher level in nations without the necessary resources to create a full scale pro league. Something similar to Rugby Sevens which has seen both the US Men's & Women's teams go from making up the numbers to legitimate contenders. And produced an American back to back World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year in Perry Baker. Baker is without doubt one of the best to ever play rugby's abbreviated form. Had he transitioned to rugby earlier in his career he'd probably be a world class fifteens (Full version) outside back too.
  2. Rugby Thread

    2019 - Super Rugby - Quarter Finals - Results / Semi-Final - Fixtures / Quarter Finals - Highlights: *** ** * 2019 - SR - QF - Results: https://super.rugby/superrugby/fixtures/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2019 - SR - SF - Fixtures: (AEST Time - Check Local Guides) https://super.rugby/superrugby/fixtures/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2019 - SR - QF - Highlights:
  3. Rugby Thread

    2019 - World Rugby - Under 20 Championship - Finals / Playoffs ( Rnd 2 / Final Placing - Finals) - Results / Final Standings / Championship - Match Report / All Highlights: *** ** * 2019 - WR - U20 Championship - Finals / Playoffs ( Rnd 2 / Final Placing - Finals) - Results: https://www.world.rugby/u20/fixtures ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2019 - World Rugby - U20 Championship - Final Standings: *** * 1. France U20 (Champions / Gold) 2. Australia U20 (Runner-up / Silver) # 3. South Africa U20 (3rd / Bronze) 4. Argentina U20 (4th) # 5. England U20 (5th) 6. Wales U20 (6th) # 7. New Zealand U20 (7th) 8. Ireland U20 (8th) # 9. Italy U20 (9th) 10. Georgia U20 (10th) # 11. Fiji U20 (11th) 12. Scotland U20 (12th / Relegated) https://www.world.rugby/u20/standings ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2019 - U20 - Championship Final - Match Report: FRANCE U20'S GO BACK-TO-BACK AS THEY FEND OFF AUSTRALIA IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL: https://www.sixnationsrugby.com/2019/06/22/45601/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Side Note: ~ Terrific final. Props to both teams. ~ Congratulations to France U20 - Back to back champions. (Seems to be a theme in rugby this year... Leinster - Pro14 / Saracens - Gallagher Premiership / France U20 - U20 Championship / And, soon - perhaps the Crusaders - Super Rugby?) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2019 - World Rugby - U20 Championship - Finals / Playoffs ( Rnd 2 / Final Placing - Finals) - All Highlights:
  4. Rugby Thread

    (Israel Folau v. Rugby Australia - News - Updates) *** ** * (News / Opinion Dump) * ** *** Israel Folau takes Rugby Australia to Federal Court over contract termination: https://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/wallabies/israel-folau-takes-rugby-australia-to-federal-court-over-contract-termination/news-story/b648e0d0bf0edf3c3a98193a1c775fa9 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Rugby - 'You'll go to hell' - How Israel Folau's fate was sealed by dad: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=12236661 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Israel Folau GoFundMe: Star asks for $3m in donations despite $7m property empire: https://7news.com.au/sport/rugby-union/israel-folau-gofundme-star-asks-for-3m-in-donations-despite-7m-property-empire-c-179229 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Israel Folau donations page taken down by GoFundMe for breaching terms of service: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/jun/24/israel-folau-donations-page-taken-down-by-gofundme-for-breaching-terms-of-service ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ‘Pouring petrol on the flames’: Dark consequence of shutting down Israel Folau’s GoFundMe: https://www.news.com.au/sport/sports-life/pouring-petrol-on-the-flames-dark-consequence-of-shutting-down-israel-folaus-gofundme/news-story/f2db7cd66d46b50fe5408fbc1f63033e ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Maria Folau reposts husband Israel’s Instagram plea and Netball SA weigh in: https://www.news.com.au/sport/sports-life/maria-folau-reposts-husband-israels-instagram-plea-and-netball-sa-weigh-in/news-story/e83e14691ccfd344310a2a77f4fbbe3f ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Netball New Zealand stands by Maria Folau as sponsor ANZ raises concerns: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-union/netball-new-zealand-stands-by-maria-folau-as-sponsor-anz-raises-concerns-20190625-p5212v.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Christian Lobby resurrects Israel Folau's fundraiser after his GoFundMe page was removed - and donations are pouring in: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7175329/Christian-Lobby-launches-new-fundraising-site-Israel-Folau-GoFundMe-page-removed.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ $1 MILLION RAISED: Cash floods in for new Israel Folau fundraiser: https://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/wallabies/australian-christian-lobby-hands-folau-100k-for-new-fundraiser/news-story/d2a3d37ac5266b57de42588fed282375
  5. Rugby Thread

    (2018/19 - Top 14 - Final / Promotion & Relegation - News ) *** ** * (2018/19 - Top 14 - Champions) Toulouse 24-18 Clermont: Toulouse clinch Top 14 title at Stade de France: https://www.skysports.com/rugby-union/toulouse-vs-clermont/report/91792 ~~~ (2018/19 - Top 14 - Regular Season - Final Standings) https://www.lnr.fr/rugby-top-14/classement-rugby-top-14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (2019/20 - Top 14 - Promoted / Pro D2 - Relegated Teams) *** ** * (2019/20 - Top 14 - Promoted) (Bayonne) ~~~ (Brive) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (2019/20 - Pro D2 - Relegated) (Grenoble) ~~~ (Perpignan) ~~~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018–19_Rugby_Pro_D2_season ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (2018/19 - Top 14 - Final - Highlights)
  6. Official: Track & Field Thread

    He still hit the genetic jackpot (Like a Math prodigy born to regular parents). I don't doubt his work ethic, but it isn't his work ethic that makes other fast guys seem pedestrian. Let's be honest... The reality of track is you are always looking for the next superstar who can challenge the record book. While it's great to have exciting rivalries, particularly at the Olympics. All people really care about is Olympic gold, world records & ultimately where you stack up historically. I don't want to jinx the kid, but track needs someone to step up & fill the void in the post Bolt era. I'm hoping Matt Boling is the guy.
  7. Name Change

    Campaigning for this again in 2019. Will the bill get passed?
  8. Rugby Thread

    2019 - World Rugby - Under 20 Championship - Finals / Playoffs ( Rnd 1) - Results / Highlights ~~~/~~~ Finals / Playoffs ( Rnd 2 / Final Placing - Finals) - Fixtures: *** ** * (2019 - WR - U20 Championship - Finals / Playoffs ( Rnd 1) - Results): https://www.world.rugby/u20/fixtures ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (2019 - WR - U20 Championship - Finals / Playoffs ( Rnd 2 / Final Placing - Finals) - Fixtures): (AEST Time - Check Local Guides) https://www.world.rugby/u20/fixtures ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (2019 - WR - U20 Championship - Finals / Playoffs ( Rnd 1) - Highlights):
  9. Rugby Thread

    2018/19 - HSBC - World Rugby - Sevens Series / Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Rugby Sevens - News: *** ** * Eight teams qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games through HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series https://www.world.rugby/sevens-series/news/431008
  10. Rugby Thread

    2018/19 - HSBC - World Rugby - Sevens Series: (Results / Highlights) *** ** * (Women's - 6th / Final Leg - Biarritz - France) USA claim first Cup title as New Zealand win series in Biarritz https://www.world.rugby/sevens-series/news/429895 ***** Medals / Biarritz: Top 3 Placings USA - Gold New Zealand - Silver Canada - Bronze ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (2018/19 - Final - Standings) https://www.world.rugby/sevens-series/standings/womens?series=29 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (Acknowledgments) # The New Zealand Women's Rugby Sevens Team were nothing short of brilliant all season. Finishing the season with four gold & one silver from six events. Thoroughly deserving of the overall 2018/19 sevens crown. # Team USA Women matched the feat of the Men's team by finishing runner-up in the series. Both the American Men's & Women's teams performed at a consistently high level in 2018/19. Excellent effort all-round. # Well done to the Canadian Women's Team who also preformed to a high standard all season to claim third place on tour. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (Highlights)
  11. Rugby Thread

    2019 - Super Rugby - Quarter Finals - Qualifiers / Fixtures / Draw - Format: *** ** * 2019 - SR - Finals - Qualifiers (Highlighted): https://super.rugby/superrugby/ ########################################### 2019 - Quarter-Finalists / Rankings: *** ** * (Conference Winners / Automatic Qualifiers) 1. Crusaders - (New Zealand Conference Winners) 2. Jaguares - (South African Conference Winners) 3. Brumbies - (Australian Conference Winners) ########################################### (Remaining Qualifiers Based on Highest Points Total) 4. Hurricanes (NZLCF) 5. Bulls (RSACF) 6. Sharks (RSACF) 7. Chiefs (NZLCF) 8. Highlanders (NZLCF) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2019 - SR - QF - Fixtures: (AEST Time - Check Local Guides) https://super.rugby/superrugby/fixtures/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2019 - SR - Finals - Draw / Format: https://super.rugby/superrugby/news/2019-super-rugby-quarter-finals-confirmed/
  12. Rugby Thread

    2019 - Super Rugby - Best Tries - RND 18 (Regular Season - Final Round):
  13. Official: Track & Field Thread

    I'm really having a hard time trying to keep a lid on my excitement over this kid's potential... Anchor Leg (4x100) Anchor Leg (4x400) Boling is a damn freak. (AKA: The Trevor Lawrence of Track)
  14. Rugby Thread

    2019 - World Rugby - Under 20 Championship - Rnd 3 - Results / Finals / Playoffs ( Rnd 1) - Fixtures / Rnd 3 - Highlights: *** ** * (2019 - WR - U20 Championship - Round 3 - Results) https://www.world.rugby/u20/fixtures ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (2019 - WR - U20 Championship - Finals / Playoffs - 1st Round - Fixtures) (AEST Time - Check Local Guides) https://www.world.rugby/u20/fixtures ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (2019 - WR - U20 Championship - Round 3 - Highlights)
  15. What movie are you watching?

    Not that I'm aware of. Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) produced & directed it. Documentaries praising revolutionary companies isn't typically his subject matter.
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