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Lahm retires from international play - Tigerstark
Have to say I'm really disappointed with this news for a few reasons. But dude goes out a winner. I love watching him. Clearly Germany has no replacement at outside back. Does this change how much of a favorite Germany is for the Euro? I have to think they are not longer the clear favo...


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Who the f&&k are you kicking it to? (long) - Tigerstark
So, with a few days to sit back and think about our World Cup performance, I think my biggest gripe/disappointment and what I feel to be our biggest weakness at the WC is the number of times I had to say the above. I think there are a number of reason for it, but I also have some questions about ...


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Cameron vs. Gonzo - who starts vs. Belgium - Tigerstark
Cameron made two big mistakes against Portugal, but has otherwise been very solid. Gonzo had one gaffe against Germany that we were lucky traveled through the 6 yard box without incident, but was otherwise solid. Cameron will bring a decent amount of experience in playing against Lukaku,...


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A Shame that England is flaming out, as they played much more entertaining than - Tigerstark
usual this WC. I thought they outplayed Italy completely and deserved the win. They had a good amount of balls near the goal that just couldn't be put in. If Rooney still had hair, they would have at least tied Uruguay [img]http://gifsection.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Wayne-Rooney-ca...


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Can the US be a top 8 seed for the next WC - Tigerstark
The US Came close for the 2006 (or was it another year) World Cup to being seeded. Helping us for that World Cup was both our 2002 results and also strong work in qualifying and Gold Cups. I believe, if I remember correctly, FIFA seeding rankings take a strong look at the previous four year ...


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One aspect of the Ghana game I haven't seen mentioned, despite being on the defe - Tigerstark
defensive for so much of the game, we had ZERO yellow cards. That is huge, when you consider some of the positions that we have little depth with. To not have Jones, Beckerman, Bradley, or any of the back four already with a card, despite the constant defending, tackling, and most clearances in ...


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Tiger Rant
Heading to Omaha - what are some things to do - Tigerstark
Heading to Omaha with some buddies. Would have loved for the Tigers to be there, but I can't plan a trip in a weeks notice, so.... In any event, what are the non-game highlights - I know there's an LSU bar (of four) - anyone got names? Anything else going on with the CWS (fan fest, etc?) Wha...


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Ronaldos injury and playing in the jungle - Tigerstark
Not that I'm happy that Ronaldo is injured :rolleyes: (Lets not start up that pointless debate)...but... Since our game with them is in the steamy jungles - anyone else think that his fitness level could be affected to a large degree due to his injury and inability to fully train heading into...


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Apparently Fabian played RB in todays scrimmage - Tigerstark
so....I had no idea with all of the other potential RBs brought into camp we were looking at him there. Who the heck would play LB if he played RB?...


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UEFA considering making a player who causes an injury sit.... - Tigerstark
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/uefa-wants-rule-punish-those-injure-others-130133493.html Can you imagine this? 'Pool is up 1-0 over City and Yaya Toure challenges Lucas Leiva. Lucas better flail around and be taken off injured for the rest of the match if he knows whats good for him. Makes Ya...


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4-4-2 diamond use and Beckerdreads as an offensive sub - Tigerstark
Seen a few blogs/articles this morning about the diamond formation. Bradley looks so good there and really dominated for long stretches. Frankly, getting Bradly further forward for more games would be great. He can't do it with Jones as we know they just don't work that way (or Jones doesn't...


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How shaken up could our staring XI be by the time of the world cup? - Tigerstark
Jozy did some ok things yesterday, but clearly isn't in good form. He essentially had a handful of nice lay-off passes and holding play. Otherwise invisible. I thought Dempsey looked bad. And he's a guy that generally can look like crap for 60 minutes and then put in a goal and make you ki...


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New Orleans Saints Talk
Question about contracts and cuts - Tigerstark
Do Will Smith (and the other guys) still get some of the contract money for this coming year, even though they've been cut? If not, what the hell is the incentive for these older guys to put so much compensation on the back-end when they will be cut anyway? It makes zero sense to me?...


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Any idea what happened to Rebecca Lowe??? - Tigerstark
I thought she was doing a decent job. :dunno: If they are going to remove her, they should at least add a hot sideline reporter chick or something?...


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Halfway through the Premier League Season & 10 teams are within 1 game of releg - Tigerstark
relegation. 11th place stoke is only 3 points ahead of 18th place West Ham and on the lower end of the goal differential for the bottom half of the table. This is absolutely crazy - and I expect a lot of movement in the zone throughout the next few months. Lots of competitive teams playing ...


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Keepers lack of foot saves - Tigerstark
I can't count the number of times I have seen a goal were a player is coming straight towards the goal line(or maybe a slight angle), but to the side of the goal, and when the player hits the ball hard and low towards the far post, the GK tries to drop his entire freaking body to hand save the ball....


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I think our group presents a major problem to our defense - Tigerstark
I won't be able to sleep tonight picturing Ronaldo, Mueller, Nani, Lahm, Kroos, Gotze et al going against Beasley, a 70 year old Cherundelo, or Evans on the outside. I will pray for Jurgy to put FAbian at LB for those games, and I guess Cameron at RB unless a better options presents itself. I...


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So let me get this straight, FIFA is moving the Qatar World Cup because of heat - Tigerstark
but is perfectly fine scheduling the Brazil World Cup games during the middle of the day instead of moving them to night when it comes to the hot Northern location games? So really, is all about the European tv markets. Got to make sure the games are on prime-time there. Guess I'll be usin...


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Ugghh...Decision time. Start a disappointing Ryan vs. Saints tomorrow - Tigerstark
or hope that Keenam starts and plays the whole game against the Jaguars? Clearly Keenam would be the better play all things considered, and is supposed to start, but with the Thursday game I have to make a much earlier decision than I would normally like too. I also have zero trust in Kubiak wit...


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NBC Scores big with Soccer gamble - Tigerstark
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/goal-nbc-scores-big-soccer-205500336.html The thing I can't figure out - are they able to capture, in any way, the many thousands of peple across the country watching these games in bars? I don't think the rating will have any way to know the actual viewership n...


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Tiger Rant
LSU has 1 victory over a team with a winning record - Tigerstark
And our losses are to two teams that are both 5-3. So basically, we've done one thing of note this year, beat Auburn, and failed in our other two games against teams with a pulse. And it a rain storm for us to do that, since as soon as it stopped raining, and Auburn stopped fumbling, they outpla...


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Mexico going for epic fail in playoff, not bringing any non domestic players - Tigerstark
No little peepee No Dos Santos No Aquino Essentially, , they are going into a world cup playoff without their three best offensive threats? Claim it was because of the travel fatigue of getting to Mexico, ajusting, and then getting to New Zealand. But I'm thinking it also has somethin...


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UEFA head calling for 40 team world cup - Tigerstark
Not a fan. I liked the move from 24 to 32, but 32 is exactly right, imo. http://news.yahoo.com/uefa-chief-platini-calls-40-team-world-cup-112238406--spt.html [quote]EFA chief Michel Platini wants the World Cup finals expanded to 40 teams from 2018 to allow more African and Asian count...


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O-T Lounge
So are the wrinkle free shirts and pants doused with chemicals - Tigerstark
that are going to give me the aids? Or at least the cancer? Been wearing the hell out of them for work for the last 7 or so years. Suddenly it occurs to me that its not natural, and I'm doubting its a special fabric. Sure, I could google it, but I bet some OT wiz knows best. ...


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Tiger Rant
Miles quote from last night... - Tigerstark
"We gave them too many turnovers, not patient enough handing the football off to run the football and that's my fault. This one is on me. I take it." While part of that is true, its very misleading. Great - so instead of: coaching a QB to make better decisions (i.e. 2 of the 3 INTs wer...


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How much of last night could be caused by it being our 5th straight SEC game - Tigerstark
I don't remember LSU having 5 straight SEC games many times, if ever. I wonder how often this happens overall? The preparation, physicality, practice, etc are all ramped up for SEC game week. Its hard to do that over and over without any break. Could it be that Mett just didn't have it l...


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Is there a single defensive player who won their battle yesterday - Tigerstark
or did we lose 11-0 for the game in the individual battles (or really, about 22-0 considering the back-ups, etc?) I'm having trouble even naming one that held their own and maybe had a draw in their individual battle. I don't think I can remember a game where not one defenisve player won the...


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Mix Discerud thoughts - Tigerstark
Had never watched this guy before this current Gold Cup. He has been a very pleasant surprise. He has been great passing the ball, and at times, his passing has been very direct, which is something we need when facing a packed box. He also has had a bunch of shots from outside of the 18, usua...


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Why do US sports use trades as player transactions instead of $$$? - Tigerstark
Did it just evolve that way? Or is it because we're talking 30 or so teams max per sport rather than a couple hundred? And I know some of the transaction can sometimes include some cash, etc, but generally its player for player(s). ...


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Is there really just one mls game on tv this weekend? - Tigerstark
Everytime I feel like trying to get a little more into the MLS, this type of thing happens. And it's head to head vs an epl game and college basketball. Why not put it tonight when it's going against womens basketball? ...


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