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Roger Johnson
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i am afraid there will be another re-count.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050704/ts_nm/sport_olympics_dc
Badriprasad Bumbabol
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Go, London !!!

London will be showing the results live in huge TV screens in Trafalgar Square tomorrow.Wish I was there to see history in the making. Will have to be glued to the Internet.
Dave Lenton
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I was a bit unsure about the London bid. Having the games would be fantastic for improving London, but the cost would be very high. Given that council tax is high already, the costs of the games could be nasty indeed....

... but then following Mr Chirac's stupid comments yesterday, where he did a good impression of Victor Meldrew, I wouldn't mind seeing him loose out to us English who he publicly insulted. Its not the first public childish petty statement he's made about us in the last few weeks, so it would be nice to get a mild form of revenge

Not that I'm bitter.


There will be glitches in my transition from being a saloon bar sage to a world statesman. - Tony Banks
Axel Janssen
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London deserves more, because France had Soccer World Cup 1998.
Hosting Soccer World Cup and winning against Brazil with 4:1 in final should be enough "good luck with sports events" for 1 generation.
England only had the Euro 96 and they lost their penalty shoot out against Germany, like they were allready used too.
Only a just revenge for FC Liverpool allways eliminating Borussia M´┐Żnchengladbach in Europa Cup in late 70ties. Was really hard for me as kid.
[ July 05, 2005: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]
Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Axel Janssen:
England only had the Euro 96 and they lost their penalty shoot out against Germany, like they were allready used too.


I still have nightmares of Gascoigne's near miss in the dying minutes of extra time in that match...... the ball flies across the front of the unguarded German box, Gascoigne runs and slides in, stretching out his leg... he only has to get a slight touch on the ball and its in the net, England in the final.... and he misses by a couple of inches, just unable to reach the ball.

Why do they do it? The England team seem to love tormenting their fans. There can't be many other teams who, in just about every tournament, start off with massive expectations and then drag their fans through horribly tense games in extra time and penalties, only to crash out at the last minute. It seems that England rarely loose in normal time, but always in some cruelly agonising way through extra time, disallowed goals, penalties and the dreaded sudden death against the Germans.

Really, I know we've spent most of our histories fighting each other, but please Germany, don't you think you could stop tormenting us on the football pitch? Pretty please?
Dave Lenton
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So, London has it. Bit of a surprise.
Thomas Paul
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Thank God it's not NY. Other than our billionaire mayor and his cronies, I don't think anyone here wanted the games. Now we can avoid the nightmare traffic and security costs of running the most boring sports events on the planet (not counting the Tour de France, of course).


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Alan Wanwierd
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Originally posted by Dave Lenton:


I still have nightmares of Gascoigne's near miss in the dying minutes of extra time in that match...... the ball flies across the front of the unguarded German box, Gascoigne runs and slides in, stretching out his leg... he only has to get a slight touch on the ball and its in the net, England in the final.... and he misses by a couple of inches, just unable to reach the ball.

Why do they do it? The England team seem to love tormenting their fans. There can't be many other teams who, in just about every tournament, start off with massive expectations and then drag their fans through horribly tense games in extra time and penalties, only to crash out at the last minute. It seems that England rarely loose in normal time, but always in some cruelly agonising way through extra time, disallowed goals, penalties and the dreaded sudden death against the Germans.

Really, I know we've spent most of our histories fighting each other, but please Germany, don't you think you could stop tormenting us on the football pitch? Pretty please?


Strange... my biggest memory of that game in 96 was in the 2nd minute! - The pub was packed and everyone had decided that to avoid having to queue up and miss any action we'd all have 2 pints in hand at the start of the 1st half. England of course launched into an unbelievable early lead and everyone in the pub lept for joy (just like this -> ) spilling the vast majority of our drinks - it was like we'd had a whole barrel of beer emptied over our heads!!..
...of course the joy was only short lived....
..as it had been in 1990.. and was again in 1998...

so now an English Olympics?.. What are the chances of a good medal haul? Will millions of tax-payers money be directed into developing sports programs? Can the UK develop an Australian like zeal for sports and propel themselves into a suitably unreasonable high position on the medals boards? Or will it be a very British Olympics with stories of competitors hyped-up by gutter-press expectations, not quite making it despite being clear crowd favourites?
Kishore Dandu
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now NY has to fight New Delhi and some others for 2016.

Good luck to them.


Kishore
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Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Adrian Wallace:
everyone in the pub lept for joy (just like this -> ) spilling the vast majority of our drinks - it was like we'd had a whole barrel of beer emptied over our heads!!..
...of course the joy was only short lived....

That seems horribly familiar. In the recent Euro 2004 game against Portugal there was a similar thing in my local pub when England scored, but had the goal disallowed. Everyone jumped into the air, followed a second later by their beer, screaming and shouting. I spun round in the air and landed facing the other way to the screen, so only realised it had been disallowed when everyone's faces, dripping in recently landed beer, suddenly went from joy to despair. It would have been comical if it wasn't for the fact that its England. Again. And of course again we went out on penalties. We should be used to it now I suppose....

Can the UK develop an Australian like zeal for sports and propel themselves into a suitably unreasonable high position on the medals boards? Or will it be a very British Olympics with stories of competitors hyped-up by gutter-press expectations, not quite making it despite being clear crowd favourites?

I expect its more likely to be the latter. While we're going to have masses of investment in the Olympic village, we've got hardly any grass roots investment. Sport in schools is low priority and under funded. Things like schools selling off their playing fields, and the fact that there's probably only half a dozen Olympic sized swimming pools in the country mean that its almost impossible for use to generate a decent number of potential Olympians. If we want to do well in 2012, we really needed to be spending money in schools several years ago to produce the next generation of athletes.
Axel Janssen
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Originally posted by Adrian Wallace:

...of course the joy was only short lived....
..as it had been in 1990.. and was again in 1998...

only just revenge for final 1977 (http://www.bobpaisley.com/1977.htm)
and semi-final 1978 (http://www.bobpaisley.com/1978.htm).
A trauma of my childhood. At that time it was even hard to bargain to stay up until the end of the match.

Axel
 
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