July 27, 2012 at 6:27 am #33662
I made a new thread for the martial arts stuff, so it doesn’t interfere with the other sports conversation: http://www.textfugu.com/bb/topic/martial-arts-for-kanjiman8/
You’ll see why when you get there. :PJuly 27, 2012 at 9:34 am #33668
If I played Starcraft I might be interested. Is it a worldwide tournament or South Korea only?
It’s a “global” tournament in the same way that the US World Series is global.July 27, 2012 at 10:31 am #33677
Already replied to it. Thanks again.
Ah, gotcha. Guess it’s started already?August 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm #34312
So, the Olympics is over for another 4 years :(
This is the first time I’ve bothered to watch other events apart from Athletics. I have to say, I’ve been missing out. Had I known that when the tickets went on sale last year, I would of tried to get some. I really enjoyed Badminton, Volleyball, Swimming, and Diving to name a few.
The USA were runaway leaders with 104 medals (46 golds). China came in second with 87 medals (38 golds). Britain were third with 65 medals (29 golds). South Korea finished fifth with 28 medals (13 golds) and Japan finished eleventh with 38 medals (7 golds).
One intriguing final was the Bronze medal match for Football (Soccer) between Japan and South Korea. South Korea won 2-0 but the match was quite a battle with the Koreans deploying aggressive tactics against the Japanese. The two countries have a fierce rivalry when it comes to football. South Korea will see this as the perfect revenge for losing the Asian Cup final last year to the Blue Samurai. I read in an article the Koreans may get pardoned from mandatory military service due to their triumph.
Depending on what’s going on in my life, I might try and go to Rio in 2016. I’m hoping that Tokyo will win the bid for the 2020 Olympics. They face competition from Madrid and Istanbul. If Tokyo does win the bid at next years announcement, without a doubt, I will be there.August 16, 2012 at 7:14 am #34553
Well this is a bit late. :)
This is also the the first time where I watched different sports, was quite interesting. I never though cycling around a nascar track could be so interesting. It’s always nice to see the home country doing well. I didn’t get to see much of the football at all (work, and lame TV coverage). I caught piece of the Canada vs. USA women’s, which was really good and depressing.
I’m contemplating going for World Cup 2014, never thought I would be that interested in Olympics until I watched through this one, so that’s an option too.August 17, 2012 at 4:43 am #34590
The Olympics is what sport should be about. I think most of the athletes if not all of them showed excellent sportsmanship. There were a few incidents of some athletes not trying their best and attempting to manipulate the draw in their respective sports, but really, I don’t think it’s exactly cheating. Sure, if your paying money to see them play you want to see a good performance but if they can use it to their advantage and avoid a harder team in the next round and potentially win, then I don’t see a problem with it. It’s happened countless times in football (soccer) in knock out competitions and no team has been disqualified.
Aside from that issue, the tournament was enjoyable to watch, even on TV. I would of watched most of the events every day but alas, there just wasn’t enough time to do so. Fortunately, I watched the ones I wanted to see the most.
The most satisfying thing in my opinion, was seeing everybody from around the world mix together and being able to sit in the arenas and stadiums and cheer and clap for all the athletes that took part. I didn’t read about any crowd trouble or hostile atmospheres. There were arrests but they were mainly ticket touts.
Compare that to football (soccer) and it puts it to shame. I’m still a fan of football but the European leagues are getting stale. Yes, I am sort of annoyed that the Van Persie saga is finally over and he’s joined Man Utd. It’s ruined his chance of being an Arsenal legend. The fans loved him. I understand his reasons for leaving and wanting to win trophies but going to another rival in the same league is a slap in the face. If he went to a club abroad, I wouldn’t of been as bothered. The way he’s handled the situation proves most footballers don’t have an ounce of loyalty in them. Arsenal stuck with him all those times he got injured and missed big chunks of a season. Granted, If he was only in it for the money he could have gone to Man City or PSG but he’s showed a lack of respect to Arsenal and the fans for choosing Man Utd.
In retrospect, the only bright side is Arsenal are getting £24 million for a 29 year old who’s injury prone and with only one successful injury free season behind them. The club will no doubt move on and attempt to challenge for silverware this season. Although, I do still have my doubts.August 19, 2012 at 2:31 am #34640
Van Persie has gone to Man U. Anyone else I could have tolerated. Football is over.August 20, 2012 at 10:09 am #34669
“Football is over”
It’s still worth watching in other countries but in Europe, it’s been dying a slow death for a while in my opinion. Obscene wages plus too much player power has made it unenjoyable and the passion has gone. Players are getting more and more greedy and lack respect and loyalty. Apparently, Arsenal’s contract offer to RVP of £130,000 a week is completely unacceptable and a disgrace. Despite last year he only wanted to win trophies with Arsenal, he jump ships to one of their fiercest rivals without any hesitation.
Fulham’s Clint Dempsey has gone on strike demanding a move away from the club. Seriously, why do clubs even bother with contracts? They mean nothing anymore and are just a piece of paper.August 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm #34673
I don’t think it’s as bad as all that. I think there’s still plenty of passion left. I do agree the greed is pretty terrible. I think both of you guys disillusionment is due to being Arsenal fans, I feel bad for you guys. :PAugust 20, 2012 at 11:34 pm #34696
@ クリス - Ha! Following Arsenal has become more trying over the years!
To be honest, I’ve taken to following the Bundesliga over the last few years and enjoy that a lot more.August 21, 2012 at 12:44 am #34699
While I do miss the days where Arsenal were winning trophies, that isn’t my only grievance. My biggest problem with European football is the amount of money and the attitude of the players. Andrew brings up a good point. The Bundesliga is sensibly run and has far less problems than the Prem, La Liga and Serie A does. Even the French league is interesting with all the up and coming talent, but now that PSG have become the Man City of France, I’m hoping they don’t dominate and make it boring. No one can deny that most of the players now a days are only in it for the money, and won’t hesitate to jump ship when they’re offered more $$$. This is why my interest in European football has gone down and the Asian leagues are far more entertaining.
On another note, It was nice seeing Man Utd lose to Everton yesterday. Even sweeter was seeing Van Persie sit on the bench when the first choice partnership is supposed to be him and Rooney. Can’t see him having a repeat of last season.October 10, 2012 at 6:14 am #36127
fantasy japanese baseball anyone?
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