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« Reply #425 on: August 08, 2012, 05:24:06 pm »
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Australia take Gold, kiwis silver, Danes bronze in the sailing. Kiwis carrying the flag of NZ and the silver fern unity flag, nice. I'm really looking forward to them changing their flag, might convince us to do the same at last.

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closest to the first, but more like this:

, but saying Aotearoa instead of New Zealand.

I wonder what kind of unofficial flags would be used for Canada had we not done away with the red ensign in 1965.

Almost 50 years later and our Commonwealth brothers are still holding on to their silly colonial flags. Quite surprising considering Australia is considerably more anti-monarchy than we are (especially outside of Quebec). ... if only Ontario could get rid of its red ensign.
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« Reply #426 on: August 08, 2012, 08:34:03 pm »
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Lot of that is down to Anzac stuff.
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« Reply #427 on: August 08, 2012, 11:34:24 pm »
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Man, that soccer game yesterday sure was a heartbreaking match Sad Canada always brings their A game against the US in these major tournaments, but they've not won yet.

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You can't hold the ball for 11 seconds.  It's a rule*.  She broke it.

Good game by the ladies though, very little to no diving.  If only male soccer players were as tough as the women.



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An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper, inside his
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it from his possession

touches the ball again with his hands after he has released it from his
possession and before it has touched another player
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by a team-mate
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« Reply #428 on: August 09, 2012, 03:58:35 am »
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SHOCK GOLD TO AUSTRALIA!

Go boys! We thought we might just get a medal, maybe maybe...but it's gold by half a length in the men's K4! What a way to start the proceedings Smiley
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« Reply #429 on: August 09, 2012, 04:01:05 am »
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The commentators were highly biased on spent the last 200m just yelling 'GO BOYS!' and have been speechless since, but I doubt anyone would blame them, we won! The best golds are the shocks Smiley
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« Reply #430 on: August 09, 2012, 05:31:04 am »
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Canada vs. France, US vs. Japan game day today. But I'll miss both because I'm working. Nonetheless, allez les Bleues and GO USA.
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« Reply #431 on: August 09, 2012, 07:09:16 am »
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Man, that soccer game yesterday sure was a heartbreaking match Sad Canada always brings their A game against the US in these major tournaments, but they've not won yet.

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You can't hold the ball for 11 seconds.  It's a rule*.  She broke it.

Good game by the ladies though, very little to no diving.  If only male soccer players were as tough as the women.



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An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper, inside his
own penalty area, commits any of the following four offences:
controls the ball with his hands for more than six seconds before releasing
it from his possession

touches the ball again with his hands after he has released it from his
possession and before it has touched another player
touches the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him
by a team-mate
touches the ball with his hands after he has received it directly from a
throw-in taken by a team-mate

It's a rule that's seldomly called though. So, it seems suspicious that it would be used then.

Oh well, time to re-group. Canada vs France right now for bronze. Go Canada Go. (and go Japan!)
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« Reply #432 on: August 09, 2012, 07:50:26 am »
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0-0 at half time. France has a slight edge though in play so far.
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« Reply #433 on: August 09, 2012, 08:48:24 am »
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« Reply #434 on: August 09, 2012, 08:52:33 am »
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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Only real chance of the game, and what a time to get it! Canada wins 1-0
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« Reply #435 on: August 09, 2012, 10:04:50 am »
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Good for Canada Smiley

In a real sport, Australia are playing excellently against Germany, but the scores are tied up at 1-1 near half time. In the BNX, looks like we'll get at least two, perhaps 3 guys in to the semis.
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« Reply #436 on: August 09, 2012, 11:09:11 am »
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And Ireland have a gold.  Congrats to Katie Taylor, pretty incredible run of victories for her stretching back what 6 years now?
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« Reply #437 on: August 09, 2012, 11:14:09 am »
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WOOHOO! GOLD! And this time I don't think our gold medallist is on drugs. Heavily favoured all the way.
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« Reply #438 on: August 09, 2012, 11:20:00 am »
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Tragedy in the hockey.

Two riders through in the BMX.

But most importantly, the Opals lead the yanks at quarter time in the women's basketball Smiley
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« Reply #439 on: August 09, 2012, 11:48:24 am »
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Up by 4 at half time... US haven't lost a game since Barcelona, so certainly not counting chickens, but we   re putting up a good fight so far...

After the hockey, and the water polo, and the men's basketball... we could really do with a team win in the elimination stages.

Also two Aussies with genuine medal prospects (3+4 in qualifiers) in the diving, and a case of wait-and-see in the field, I think we have three finalists, not sure.
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« Reply #440 on: August 09, 2012, 12:17:33 pm »
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US up by 6 heading in to the final term, only positive spin for Australia is that both Cambage and Jackson had plenty of bench time and might be fresher than their opponents...
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« Reply #441 on: August 09, 2012, 12:47:25 pm »
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US win by 13, completely running over the top of the Aussies who had almost twice as many turnovers.

It's weird supporting Australia. We have done incredibly well in the team sports to be competing in all but two of them, and we've done very well to be getting through to the knockout stages in almost all of them. Great spread, and great for the future, but none will go on to fight for Gold. Still, we can look forward to a clutch of Bronze medals with luck.

It's be great to see one of them getting up for gold, and we all thought we were in with a real shot. Being in the bronze medal match proves that we were in with a shot, but we just can't seem to get it together enough in any single sport to go for the number one spot. Still, with so many finals placings, I suppose we should be proud - I think any other country would be, and I'm certain any country of 23 million would be.
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« Reply #442 on: August 09, 2012, 01:02:06 pm »
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Yay !

Halfway through and still no medal.

Well, at least Finland and Portugal also have no medals yet ... Tongue

Well, now Finland and Portugal have medals, and we are still waiting ... Tongue
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« Reply #443 on: August 09, 2012, 01:05:21 pm »
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Yay !

Halfway through and still no medal.

Well, at least Finland and Portugal also have no medals yet ... Tongue

Well, now Finland and Portugal have medals, and we are still waiting ... Tongue

So are we, but it's not going to come, and at least you have the winter Olympics to win lots of medals.
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« Reply #444 on: August 09, 2012, 01:09:16 pm »
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Yay !

Halfway through and still no medal.

Well, at least Finland and Portugal also have no medals yet ... Tongue

Well, now Finland and Portugal have medals, and we are still waiting ... Tongue

So are we, but it's not going to come, and at least you have the winter Olympics to win lots of medals.

True. But I thought Israel might have at least a few good swimmers. But probably not.

Besides, our summer athletes (the ones who are active and not retired) are so unknown to me that I don't even have a clue at which sport we might still get some medal ...
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« Reply #445 on: August 09, 2012, 02:12:52 pm »
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A silver in diving and a bronze in water polo within two minutes of each other, whooo!
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« Reply #446 on: August 09, 2012, 02:25:41 pm »
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Yay !

Halfway through and still no medal.

Well, at least Finland and Portugal also have no medals yet ... Tongue

Well, now Finland and Portugal have medals, and we are still waiting ... Tongue

So are we, but it's not going to come, and at least you have the winter Olympics to win lots of medals.

True. But I thought Israel might have at least a few good swimmers. But probably not.

Besides, our summer athletes (the ones who are active and not retired) are so unknown to me that I don't even have a clue at which sport we might still get some medal ...

Good enough for 1 finals and a few semis, not good enough for a medal.
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« Reply #447 on: August 09, 2012, 02:29:45 pm »
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Fun soccer final so far.  Tough no call for the Japanese on a hand ball. Could/should be level.
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« Reply #448 on: August 09, 2012, 02:39:15 pm »
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5 medals in two days! (silver and bronze in women wrestling, bronze in football, silver and bronze in kayak).
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« Reply #449 on: August 09, 2012, 03:00:30 pm »
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Jamaica 1, Jamaica 2, Jamaica 3, Jamaicamerica cry. US sprint dominance well and truly dead.
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