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  1. What lessons from last season would they be? We were the sixth highest scorers in all of the top four divisions, with two of those above us being Man City and Liverpool. Since the turn of the calendar year we have been averaging two goals per game.
  2. Fabulous day for England football and hopefully one that will have a lasting effect in many different ways. I cheered the goals and suffered the nerves just as much as I did twelve months ago when we fell at the last hurdle. So pleased to see the game played with such freedom, commitment and joy both on and off the field. How can you not be thrilled for that team, especially given the struggles some of them have had? The referee was erratic and it wasn't pleasing to see the Germans trying on a little of the gamesmanship that the tournament has been largely free of. But overall it was a momentous occasion and the first major trophy our nation's teams have produced in more than half a century. Shame that there remains the stubborn few who have to be contrary and dismissive, but screw them. They're choosing to lose out on a great sporting moment for thoroughly petulant reasons.
  3. I am judging her (to paraphrase Martin Luther King) by the content of her character, as anyone should be. It is what it is. Nothing to do whatsoever with her looks, sexuality, hair colour, politics etc.
  4. I'm absolutely on board with women's football and have been watching it on and off for a few years; even staying up at ungodly hours watching overseas international tournaments. But what a truly horrible character she is. Presumably she perceives herself as an icon for a cause but I would think she has had much more of an effect turning people against it rather than for it, such is her utter lack of humility, perspective and respect.
  5. Although the tournament as a whole has been refreshingly free of it in the main, there have been a few moments of shithousery in this one, from a laughable dive in the box, pretending the slightest touch in the face was like a Mike Tyson haymaker and even a brief confrontation between two players. Sadly, it feels like this kind of cynicism will only increase. Proper old fashioned centre forward's header has given Germany the lead late on.
  6. That's the one with the 'warming stripes' on the sleeve showing annual average temperatures to highlight climate change that was created at the University of Reading.
  7. "After looking at @Emerson Thome's worst players thread on Owlstalk and noting that people like Butterfield and Bothroyd could get a game, I thought I had a decent chance of getting into the squad."
  8. The last time we finished top of any division was 1959. Actually, we won the old division 2 three times in that decade.
  9. There is a vast, vast difference though. It will sadly creep in almost inevitably I'm sure. In this tournament, Spain seemed to start with a gameplan against us that included a fair amount of sh*thousing and in the last World Cup, the US in particular were not short of a few dirty tricks.
  10. Well done for noticing that women are generally smaller, weaker and less aggressive than their male counterparts. That's startling news to all us fools who have been enjoying the tournament in blissful ignorance. It's relatively well known that the women's world champions were comfortably beaten by an American team of teenage boys. What do you propose they do about that? Become men? As I understand it, the science is that not only are females at an obvious physical disadvantage, but also in terms of the brain's reaction time and visual-spatial processing abilities. Fortunately, the enlightened are able to incorporate such realities and enjoy the game regardless. The genders should complement each other, not be in constant competition.
  11. What is sport about at it's heart? Teamwork, commitment, skill, excitement, achievement and enjoyment. All of that has been displayed by this England team in abundance. And all without the whinging, diving, pretending to be hurt, snarling furiously at every decision, time wasting, trying to break anyone's jaw or shins, spectators posturing about fighting each other because of the shirt they're wearing... Representatives of this country are doing well in the biggest game on the planet and are on the verge of a major prize. If you don't want to join in and celebrate that, it's up to you although I would argue you are spiting yourself for no good reason. But to be taking offence at the joy it's bringing? Really?
  12. It has been leaked online a few days ago. But I won't post it here for the sake of decency.
  13. By comparison for the serial complainers, Premier League Fulham, with their kit produced by supposedly elite brand Adidas, still have not revealed even the design of any of their shirts for this season.
  14. I really don't understand the resistance and irritation. And comparisons with men's football are just plain daft. If you're watching your lad play on a Saturday morning are you blasting him for not being Kevin De Bruyne? Should the women's Olympians be lambasted for not running as fast or throwing it as far as the blokes? I was cheering the goals as they went in like it was any other game I had a vested interest in the outcome of. And the audible stadium reaction to the replays of Russo's goal last night said it all. I don't like horse racing for example. So consequently, I'm not going to the races and shouting at everyone how boring I think it is. Some of the reactions are embarrassing quite honestly.
  15. The first !? Her position wasn't an issue too much for me because she had to see past the defender that Mead expertly guided the ball across. Any advantage by being a step to her right would have been lost by being unable to see the ball early enough to react. And again, on the third she had a split second to react to the completely unexpected. Just because it went through her does not change the reality of the negligible time she had to respond.
  16. The last one; absolutely. Jumped like she had deep sea diving boots on and still got good contact on the ball without stopping it's progress much. But for me, that's it. On the second she had to wait to see if someone got a touch as it went across her and possibly couldn't see it very well through the traffic in front of her. Had she dived earlier and it was diverted into the other corner, there would have been criticism for that instead so it's one of those where the keeper is damned either way by people second guessing after the fact. And the backheel just took her (and me to be fair) completely by surprise. Just because it went between her feet doesn't automatically make it her fault as the reaction time is just a fraction of a second. She'll be disappointed because it was only inches away, but that happens.
  17. When I first started watching England's women a few years ago she looked like the big lump you stick at the back in a pub team to deal with the physical stuff. Regularly a split second behind reading what was happening and too many mistakes on the ball. But credit to her, she has transformed herself in the last couple of seasons and has been excellent in this tournament. After an uncomfortable first twenty minutes, we increasingly took control and by the end deserved the comfortable win. Sure; it doesn't have the pace and power of men's football, but why demand something of it that it can't hope to deliver? But then, neither do you get to see the players acting like spoilt, cheating eight year olds every couple of minutes with tedious shithousery. England have played some quality stuff and fully merit the plaudits. Hopefully they can finish the job on Sunday.
  18. What's this nonsense? Only 5 teams scored more than us last season in the top four divisions, with two of those being Man City and Liverpool. After the humbling at Sunderland that ended the calendar year 2021, we averaged more than two goals per game.
  19. That's pretty stark isn't it? Almost half of that team suffered with dementia and that's with two of them not making it past 62 years old.
  20. It's surprising that people needed some hard science to demonstrate a potential problem. One might have thought it was common sense that pounding your head into a flying object hundreds of times would have some lasting effects. Gary Lineker confessed he'd avoid heading the ball if there wasn't a chance of getting a goal and he stopped playing nearly three decades ago.
  21. Those regarding the issue in the NFL (albeit a considerably more physically violent sport) are helpful too. I've also read about it in a bit more depth. For those who shun documentary type films, the Will Smith movie 'Concussion' addresses it in a Hollywood fashion that is rather more superficial than the issue deserves and doesn't detail quite how resistant the league was for a long period.
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