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by village
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rookies to watch in Super Rugby 2020?
Replies: 54
Views: 1945

Re: Rookies to watch in Super Rugby 2020?

Chocobares is now officially the greatest name in sporting, overtaking baseball's Coco Crisp.

Great thread southern lads. Always handy to get some pointers ahead of the soup season.
by village
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: IS TESLA GOING BUST
Replies: 471
Views: 30269

Re: IS TESLA GOING BUST

Didn't Tesla just overtake Volkswagen in value this week? Not bad for a company going bust. You know stock market value and company solvency are not one and the same thing, right? Tesla has been loss making every year of its 17 year existence. It's history of negative free cash flow is impressively...
by village
Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official NFL 2020
Replies: 8768
Views: 475977

Re: Official NFL 2019

Horrible showing from the Rams in Dallas on both sides of the ball. Season over. Probably no bad thing, since sneaking into playoffs might allow for some crack papering. Goff was terrible today, having been good the past 2 weeks. Snead has some hard choices to make over the winter and maybe Kroenke...
by village
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The OFFICIAL English and European Football (soccer) thread
Replies: 37455
Views: 1604095

Re: The OFFICIAL English and European Football (soccer) thre

Guendouzi was horrible but he has youth on his side and a decent coach could make something of him. I
by village
Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The OFFICIAL English and European Football (soccer) thread
Replies: 37455
Views: 1604095

Re: The OFFICIAL English and European Football (soccer) thre

Seems Arsenal are about to go with Arteta as manager. Bit of a risk but one worth taking at this stage. I wonder how much of the deadwood can be cleared out in January (Luiz, Sokratis, Xhaka, Ozil, Kolasinic, it's quite a list of dross).
by village
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official NFL 2020
Replies: 8768
Views: 475977

Re: Official NFL 2019

Horrible showing from the Rams in Dallas on both sides of the ball. Season over. Probably no bad thing, since sneaking into playoffs might allow for some crack papering. Goff was terrible today, having been good the past 2 weeks. Snead has some hard choices to make over the winter and maybe Kroenke ...
by village
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official NFL 2020
Replies: 8768
Views: 475977

Re: Official NFL 2019

The risk for a team like the Ravens (or 49ers), where they sort of come out of nowhere to be good, is that at around this stage of the season teams start figuring them out. With Baltimore, the Bills had success slowing them down by stuffing the box and trusting their corners to shut the passing opti...
by village
Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official NFL 2020
Replies: 8768
Views: 475977

Re: Official NFL 2019

Gurley ices the game and all is well in the world once more. Rams looking at 8-5 (barring a Russell Wilson miracle from here). Currently that Zuerlain missed sitter in week 5 is the difference between which of these teams is in the playoffs and which misses out. Hoping the Vikings come unstuck again...
by village
Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official NFL 2020
Replies: 8768
Views: 475977

Re: Official NFL 2019

Uh, after a good first half, Rams start the second with 2 interceptions and a missed field goal. Absolutely trying to hand this game to Seattle just like we handed the earlier fixture to them this year. x(
by village
Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official NFL 2020
Replies: 8768
Views: 475977

Re: Official NFL 2019

It's quite the slump by Brady standards. Maybe he's not done yet but eventually old father time will catch up. https://scontent.fhkg1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78410172_2942565159123486_7156965379854565376_n.jpg?_nc_cat=1&_nc_ohc=7Nzt2jZZxvsAQntpbf2P2Rh5qp1b3KidgUIRn3Q13L2U2USt52XqOAxfQ&_nc_ht=sconte...
by village
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Flashman
Replies: 41
Views: 2052

Re: Flashman

They are great books. I remember feeling terribly sad the day GMF died, the way a lot of other people felt about Terry Pratchett.
by village
Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official NFL 2020
Replies: 8768
Views: 475977

Re: Official NFL 2019

Sorry, my bad, I glanced at NFL.com but had the filters set wrong. So yes, Steelers have a high-end defense, but just for the purposes of this debate let me point out that some of those 1st rounders come with an asterix: Mark Barron: technically a 1st round pick but the Rams got him for a 4th + 6th ...
by village
Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official NFL 2020
Replies: 8768
Views: 475977

Re: Official NFL 2019

Like 8 or 9 of the 11 Steelers starters on defense are first round picks. But is it really important you get them on first pick? I looked at the Eagles 1st round pick for the past 10 years and only about half are still there(we gave up a first round pick to Baltmire who signed Jackson). Steelers pi...
by village
Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official NFL 2020
Replies: 8768
Views: 475977

Re: Official NFL 2019

Like 8 or 9 of the 11 Steelers starters on defense are first round picks. Steelers have the same 6-5 record as the Rams & rank lower on points allowed per game (25th in the league), so I'm not sure that stat bears out the idea that 1st round picks are so important. The absolute super stars tend to ...
by village
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official NFL 2020
Replies: 8768
Views: 475977

Re: Official NFL 2019

Are the ravens the best team in the league currently? Best team in the league at any venue outside Foxborough. Correct. And the AFC Championship road currently goes through Foxborough. Hard to see New England dropping the necessary loss to change that apart from maybe the Chiefs game (but that's at...
by village
Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official NFL 2020
Replies: 8768
Views: 475977

Re: Official NFL 2019

I would say dealing Marcus Peters and giving up all their first round picks for Ramsey wasn’t a great move. Kroeneke's career record as an owner is not the best. That's a little harsh when we are reigning NFC Champions. We went all-in for the Superbowl and came up short. It happens. See also Caroli...
by village
Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official NFL 2020
Replies: 8768
Views: 475977

Re: Official NFL 2019

I would say dealing Marcus Peters and giving up all their first round picks for Ramsey wasn’t a great move. Peters did not fit Wade Phillips style of defense. He's a zone cover guy and Wade wanted him to play man. He was frankly shit at that. He fits the Baltimore style much better. Ramsey has been...
by village
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official NFL 2020
Replies: 8768
Views: 475977

Re: Official NFL 2019

The Rams issues are: 1) The league figured out McVay's schemes from around week 13 last year (Lions). Our offense began to struggle (aside from the gimmie against Arizona) and was shut down completely by Bellicheck in the Superbowl. 2) Gurley got broken right after we signed him to the long term dea...
by village
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Saracens punished -35 points and £5m
Replies: 1011
Views: 44478

Re: Saracens punished -35 points and £5m

That podcast is gold. You think your opinion of Stephen Jones can't sink any lower and then you listen to that tripe.
by village
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official NFL 2020
Replies: 8768
Views: 475977

Re: Official NFL 2019

So many 49ers fans creeping out the woodwork this year. :lol: In fairness they look the goods. Anything less than NFC champs at this point would be a disappointment. Ravens will do a Ray Lewis on the Rams come Monday night . As advertised. Great thing about the NFL is you can go from shit to brilli...
by village
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong police brutality
Replies: 75
Views: 4125

Re: Hong Kong police brutality

There was an impromptu champagne party in Central this lunch time. People walking around with plastic cups and bottles of bubbly handing them out to anyone to toast the result. It was a very HK affair. We also had our first weekend with no tear gas in months. Sunday had a special feel to the place -...
by village
Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The best new and returning TV series of 2020?
Replies: 8300
Views: 625370

Re: The best new and returning TV series of 2019?

Watched the first episode of War of the Worlds on BBC last night I was really looking forward to the first adaptation set in there same period as the book I was concerned how it would go from minute one when the “No one could believe in the last years of the nineteen century....” speech (which can ...
by village
Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official NFL 2020
Replies: 8768
Views: 475977

Re: Official NFL 2019

So many 49ers fans creeping out the woodwork this year. :lol:

In fairness they look the goods. Anything less than NFC champs at this point would be a disappointment.

Ravens will do a Ray Lewis on the Rams come Monday night.
by village
Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong police brutality
Replies: 75
Views: 4125

Re: Hong Kong police brutality

Probably the most high profile incident was the cop who shot the protester in the chest. However if you look at the footage leading to that I would say he was well justified. The protestors had made it clear there was a bounty for anyone who killed a cop. They had clearly demonstrated that there wa...
by village
Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong police brutality
Replies: 75
Views: 4125

Re: Hong Kong police brutality

Bad week for Xi with those documents on the horrors in Xinjiang leaked to the NY Times and the HK Human Rights bill passing the US Senate. Now the BBC has released its interview with Simon Cheng, the HK British consulate worker who was detained at the border coming home from Shenzhen in the summer....
by village
Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong police brutality
Replies: 75
Views: 4125

Re: Hong Kong police brutality

When the public lose confidence and trust in the police, society dies. Does everyone in that society have to lose confidence for that statement to be true? Half, quarter, one or two? That's the old 'Ship of Theseus' question. Trust someone old enough to remember the original boat to come up with it.
by village
Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong police brutality
Replies: 75
Views: 4125

Re: Hong Kong police brutality

I suppose you could also say that only the minority of police are involved in the violence. Sure. The difference though is one is a nebulous uncoordinated group of strangers and the other is the apparatus which upholds the rule of law. When the public lose confidence and trust in the protest, the p...
by village
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The OFFICIAL English and European Football (soccer) thread
Replies: 37455
Views: 1604095

Re: The OFFICIAL English and European Football (soccer) thre

The only way this gets better as an Arsenal fan is if Emery is fired and Poch announced as our new coach.

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by village
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong police brutality
Replies: 75
Views: 4125

Re: Hong Kong police brutality

Bad week for Xi with those documents on the horrors in Xinjiang leaked to the NY Times and the HK Human Rights bill passing the US Senate. Now the BBC has released its interview with Simon Cheng, the HK British consulate worker who was detained at the border coming home from Shenzhen in the summer. ...
by village
Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong police brutality
Replies: 75
Views: 4125

Re: Hong Kong police brutality

Yourmother wrote:You should have stuck with the YM going crazy theory.

It was edited though right?
No that is just you going crazy. ;)
by village
Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong police brutality
Replies: 75
Views: 4125

Re: Hong Kong police brutality

but we are collectively sick of Nice of you to speak for all of us - not. But I think the real thugs are the rioters, and whilst some force is being used against them it is but a fraction of the violence being used against the police and the populace by the thugs . With all due respect, how would y...
by village
Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong police brutality
Replies: 75
Views: 4125

Re: Hong Kong police brutality

Has Village been banned? I noticed his post and quotes about HK have been edited; HK and colleagues accused of cracking skulls. Nope. Mods haven't touched anything there from what I can see He posted about HK and his thug mates cracking skulls on curbs or similar if I recall right. But it’s quite p...
by village
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong police brutality
Replies: 75
Views: 4125

Re: Hong Kong police brutality

From today's FT https://www.ft.com/content/077054fe-06d9-11ea-a984-fbbacad9e7dd Critics say the protection that the system once offered to Hong Kong’s citizens is being stripped away and instead it is being used as a weapon for the police and government to crack down on the largest pro-democracy upr...
by village
Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong police brutality
Replies: 75
Views: 4125

Re: Hong Kong police brutality

So you would expect them to be more like the Pommy Police, and act "Blair Peach" style https://media1.giphy.com/media/5hc2bkC60heU/giphy.webp?cid=790b76112ed9c85025b90f207e4b8f83d33c2234e3a3beaa&rid=giphy.webp I agree that I haven't been on the ground (can you tell us exactly how you know so much -...
by village
Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong police brutality
Replies: 75
Views: 4125

Re: Hong Kong police brutality

but we are collectively sick of Nice of you to speak for all of us - not. But I think the real thugs are the rioters, and whilst some force is being used against them it is but a fraction of the violence being used against the police and the populace by the thugs . With all due respect, how would y...
by village
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong police brutality
Replies: 75
Views: 4125

Re: Hong Kong police brutality

I was shocked to learn that (according to the news this AM) that 350K Canadians live there. Yes, very popular in Vancouver Mom and kids live in million dollar condo downtown Vancouver. Dad moved back to HK to earn the big bucks... Kid will drive a lambo or ferarri to school and live on the monthly ...
by village
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong police brutality
Replies: 75
Views: 4125

Re: Hong Kong police brutality

I imagine HK is not allowed to comment, if this is what you’re hoping for. No I'm not interested in what he or any of his thug colleagues has to say on anything. Actions speak louder than words and they've been shouting their unsuitability as a police force for months now. I think it's hard to judg...
by village
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong police brutality
Replies: 75
Views: 4125

Re: Hong Kong police brutality

A few weeks ago HK said there was a large criminal element amongst the protesters. Which do you reckon was the criminal in that picture, the well-dressed woman or the unborn child in her belly? I'm sure there are criminals among the protesters but they will pepper spray or physically assault anyone...
by village
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong police brutality
Replies: 75
Views: 4125

Re: Hong Kong police brutality

Yourmother wrote:I imagine HK is not allowed to comment, if this is what you’re hoping for.
No I'm not interested in what he or any of his thug colleagues has to say on anything. Actions speak louder than words and they've been shouting their unsuitability as a police force for months now.
by village
Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong police brutality
Replies: 75
Views: 4125

Hong Kong police brutality

Video of Hong Kong copper neck stomping a student today: https://twitter.com/ktse852/status/1196317734415433730 Pepper spraying pregnant woman: https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/NINTCHDBPICT000539249069-e1573577681424.jpg There's now a handy wikipedia page on their scummy behaviour...