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by blindcider
Thu Aug 05, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

GB athletics is frankly dire. We should be doing a lot better than this with our funding and participation I agree. But our funding pales with what the USA, Russia and China put into it. It also lose's a lot on bureaucracy and the upper management, who always seems to award themselves pay rises for...
by blindcider
Thu Aug 05, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

Dutch are on two wheels what we are in water, I can see why they were predicted a top 8 place on medal table. Several more to come. They've always been great on bikes. It seems now the technology and innovation gap in cucling has closed they have returned to the fore. Not I in the velodrome they ha...
by blindcider
Thu Aug 05, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

Honest question, does the USA not have many velodromes or is there another reason they don’t track cycle ? I suppose the actually question is, do the various Colleges have them. It's the Collegiate system that drives the american Olympic push. Good point. I recall prior to Rio Olympics I believe th...
by blindcider
Thu Aug 05, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

Honest question, does the USA not have many velodromes or is there another reason they don’t track cycle ? I suppose the actually question is, do the various Colleges have them. It's the Collegiate system that drives the american Olympic push. Good point. I recall prior to Rio Olympics I believe th...
by blindcider
Wed Aug 04, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: F1 Thread
Replies: 13078
Views: 682140

Re: F1 Thread

The power unit penalties will surely have to be revised. Aside from the obvious problem of penalising drivers for other people's mistakes it also ends up encouraging teams to use damaged PUs which is surely a safety concern. Agreed re Bottas having a difficult time avoiding that, Norris appeared in...
by blindcider
Wed Aug 04, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

Counter opinion - I'd rather see athletes be true to themselves and not feign happiness out of some bizarre Corinthian ideal. At the Olympics? :lol: Yeah why not, the corinathian ideals don't seem to count during the contests with the amount of gamesmanship you see so why worry about them in some b...
by blindcider
Wed Aug 04, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

Counter opinion - I'd rather see athletes be true to themselves and not feign happiness out of some bizarre Corinthian ideal. At the Olympics? :lol: Yeah why not, the corinathian ideals don't seem to count during the contests with the amount of gamesmanship you see so why worry about them in some b...
by blindcider
Wed Aug 04, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Add a rule from another sport to rugby
Replies: 62
Views: 2537

Re: Add a rule from another sport to rugby

Does being in your mind all the time hurt? —/// —— One law from oldies rugby is no kicking outside your 22. I would change it to no kicking outside of the 22 - so you can have an attacking kick in the opposition 22. Aim is to stop the box kicking bullshit….. (And def no 50/22 laws) I like this law....
by blindcider
Wed Aug 04, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

Fairly shoddy behaviour here... the english football players did it too I noticed. Its quite the demonstration of poor sportsmanship. Whittaker 'meant no disrespect' by pocketing medal Podium protests are rare at the Olympic Games, but few are less likely than an athlete protesting against himself....
by blindcider
Wed Aug 04, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

First half of this races was TIGHT! Oz ahead, then NZ, lead swinging back between the two, Then kiwis's get ahead by a faction, lose a man and the 3rd rider's bike self-destructed. Cruel fate. Interesting that is twice now a bike just flies apart, is the a flaw in the current bikes? (Might be coinc...
by blindcider
Wed Aug 04, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: You get what you deserve, Gatland.
Replies: 47
Views: 4119

Re: You get what you deserve, Gatland.

Picking 5 ‘Scottish’ players in the match day squad? :lol: :lol: Jesus Christ. And only picking two Welsh players. Who are the 6N champions? :lol: Deserved loss. What a miserable watch. A horrible spectacle of rugby. What is it with the more 'special' Welsh posters and being nationalism in the Lion...
by blindcider
Wed Aug 04, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

First half of this races was TIGHT! Oz ahead, then NZ, lead swinging back between the two, Then kiwis's get ahead by a faction, lose a man and the 3rd rider's bike self-destructed. Cruel fate. Interesting that is twice now a bike just flies apart, is the a flaw in the current bikes? (Might be coinc...
by blindcider
Wed Aug 04, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: F1 Thread
Replies: 13078
Views: 682140

Re: F1 Thread

Only 5 grid penalty for Bottas and Stroll? After all the long term damage (points and money to be spent) they recklessly have done to McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari? :? :lol: :lol: A race ban would have been fair - for Stroll at least So Ferrari confirmed the power unit of Leclerc is irremediably damag...
by blindcider
Wed Aug 04, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

I think this cycling is going to continue enrage Blindcider :blush: I've been enjoying what I have seen. I like good racing and there has been some good stuff so far. (I haven't seen any of todays action though). Same as in rugby, I find inconsistency in officials decision making frustrating as I d...
by blindcider
Wed Aug 04, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

I think this cycling is going to continue enrage Blindcider :blush: I've been enjoying what I have seen. I like good racing and there has been some good stuff so far. (I haven't seen any of todays action though). Same as in rugby, I find inconsistency in officials decision making frustrating as I d...
by blindcider
Wed Aug 04, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

I think this cycling is going to continue enrage Blindcider :blush: I've been enjoying what I have seen. I like good racing and there has been some good stuff so far. (I haven't seen any of todays action though). Same as in rugby, I find inconsistency in officials decision making frustrating as I d...
by blindcider
Wed Aug 04, 2021 7:14 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

Been on it most of the day, what was the final decision on the 4K pursuit debacle? youre going at what 65kph? I fully understand staying aero and head down and not looking. You don't expect a team to be lapped at this level of competition. It would have been a travesty had Denmark been ejected. Can...
by blindcider
Tue Aug 03, 2021 10:24 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

Been on it most of the day, what was the final decision on the 4K pursuit debacle? youre going at what 65kph? I fully understand staying aero and head down and not looking. You don't expect a team to be lapped at this level of competition. It would have been a travesty had Denmark been ejected. Can...
by blindcider
Tue Aug 03, 2021 10:14 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

I read the NZ pursuit team broke the world record but bugger off to the bronze ride-off because Italy broke it by more. They’d be gutted: “we broke the WR but still lost” :lol: Tokyo velodrome a fast track just like the Olympic stadium? Clothing aerodynamics is the biggest game changer at these Oly...
by blindcider
Tue Aug 03, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

Been on it most of the day, what was the final decision on the 4K pursuit debacle? Denmark went through. UCI ignoring their own rules and previous rulings again. They prevented GB recording a time, in heats the race is not completed by a catch. GB were not on Denmark's class but rules are rules. At...
by blindcider
Tue Aug 03, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

My comprehension is stupid? So UK drop in medals just after the governing body of UK cycling was exposed to have serious integrity issues. I am not allowed question that? Sure pal. Im the issue here. Youre some spanner :lol: I suspect Blindcider knows more about the what's what in cycling too, thou...
by blindcider
Tue Aug 03, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

My comprehension is stupid? So UK drop in medals just after the governing body of UK cycling was exposed to have serious integrity issues. I am not allowed question that? Sure pal. Im the issue here. Youre some spanner :lol: I suspect Blindcider knows more about the what's what in cycling too, thou...
by blindcider
Tue Aug 03, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

My comprehension is stupid? So UK drop in medals just after the governing body of UK cycling was exposed to have serious integrity issues. I am now allowed question that? Sure pal. Im the issue here. Youre some spanner. What is patently stupid is to claim a loss of form when the riders times are im...
by blindcider
Tue Aug 03, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

GB cycling have had a serious dip in form post the doping revelations Mohamed Farah like. Meh they have broken a few world records and just been beaten by faster teams. Everyone has caught up (particularly tech and clothing-wise) and the sport is more competitive again which is a good thing. But co...
by blindcider
Tue Aug 03, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

GB cycling have had a serious dip in form post the doping revelations Mohamed Farah like. Meh they have broken a few world records and just been beaten by faster teams. Everyone has caught up (particularly tech and clothing-wise) and the sport is more competitive again which is a good thing. But co...
by blindcider
Tue Aug 03, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

I've always felt Ireland have underperformed in a number of sports, in particular equestrian, canoeing and sailing.Our horse breeding is second to none, and we have a well developed showjumping / gymkhana scene. I think we've only ever won one medal in this sport which was removed. I also feel ther...
by blindcider
Tue Aug 03, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

Stolen off the Gaurdian live update: “Looks like 3 cyclists in a group have to be within 1 metre of the caught rider – whether this is 1st or last is unclear. UCI regulations 3.2.081: “A team is caught when the opposing team (at least 3 riders riding together) arrives at or within a distance of one...
by blindcider
Tue Aug 03, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

That's the problem with a lot, if not all professional sports...there's a near linear relationship between how much money your pour in, and how much stuff you win. And population. NZ, Wales, Ireland could not make much of a dent even if you dropped $1b. I'm actually not convinced by that. Oz shows ...
by blindcider
Tue Aug 03, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

GB cycling have had a serious dip in form post the doping revelations Mohamed Farah like. Meh they have broken a few world records and just been beaten by faster teams. Everyone has caught up (particularly tech and clothing-wise) and the sport is more competitive again which is a good thing. But co...
by blindcider
Tue Aug 03, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

Both the Brits and Aussies falling apart in the team sprint finals
by blindcider
Tue Aug 03, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

No the Danes are through as they complete a catch. Dunno Seft... their 4th had stopped. They only had two riders complete the race. They’d completed the pursuit by catching the GB rider, the race is over at that point. Team in the World champs got DSQ'd for a similar incident. Denmark clearly quick...
by blindcider
Tue Aug 03, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

What did he do - the Danish guy :shock: :shock: He is at fault not the GB guy Head down and didn't see the slower rider... and because the 4th GB rider was still circulating they will go through to the Gold medal ride despite being slowest :lol: No the Danes are through as they complete a catch. Du...
by blindcider
Mon Aug 02, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

The BBC are some feckers: show all athletics heats and talk about them ad finitem in the studio whilst there is good sport happening. But when there are finals they show fricking weightlifting. :frown: The BBC is worse now. They genuinely think people tune in to watch their presented drone on and t...
by blindcider
Mon Aug 02, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)
Replies: 3099
Views: 78344

Re: Official 2020 Olympics Thread (being held in 2021)

We will have to disagree then Is there any other sport in the Olympics where a single athlete has a realistic chance of winning 4 or even 5 events..no there isnt And dressel won 5 golds in the men's as well I know these are the exceptions and not the rule ..but still it's crazy There are other spor...
by blindcider
Mon Aug 02, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: F1 Thread
Replies: 13078
Views: 682140

Re: F1 Thread

Hamilton's style of feeding back to his engineer includes a bit of emotional debriefing... call it moaning but I think it's just his style. Verstappen whinges a lot more. Agree. Lewis has become so much more strategic and patient in recent years. Yesterday his team screwed up and put him in 14th. H...
by blindcider
Fri Jul 30, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Boosters
Replies: 110
Views: 3575

Re: Boosters

If it prevents millions of deaths and enables society to continue as close to normal as possible with no lockdowns then jab away. Let's hope that is the same overwhelming view in a few years or you will look very very very stupid. But to be honest it doesn't even look that way now after 6 months so...
by blindcider
Thu Jul 29, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Training Thread - all aspects of fitness and health
Replies: 26222
Views: 1265008

Re: The Training Thread - all aspects of fitness and health

Did the conti thunder run 24hr race on the last weekend. managed 80km in total which was ok if disappointing. Not as far as I wanted but had a few heat related issues and for the first time in ages got lots of blisters. All the distances were lower this year with no-one hardened/race-fit after covid...
by blindcider
Thu Jul 29, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Boosters
Replies: 110
Views: 3575

Re: Boosters

I have an influenza vaccine shot every autumn, so let me count how many that would be by now. Me too. It works, too. Haven’t had the flu since I started getting the yearly shot about 7 years back. Before that, I’d get the flu once or twice a year. Apropos of nothing but as I understand it, it is hi...
by blindcider
Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 89364
Views: 4934181

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Mmmmm This year an Irish team with almost exclusively Irish players beat England in Twickenham. Probably based on our world dominance in Gaelic football and hurling The match was in Ireland and there were two players in your starting 15 not born in Ireland and there were 2 players in the England st...
by blindcider
Tue Jul 27, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 89364
Views: 4934181

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

I'm a little surprised JJ dropped away as he did, but Slade has improved a lot in defence, and neither of them ever got the attack game going you'd like or that seemed possible for them , so that Slade is now ahead of JJ seems something of a whatever outcome. Hughes just wasn't good enough at test ...