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  1. Will Hughes Watch

    Must have been a bad night for Will, was substituted early which is never a good sign. Possibly some nerves crept in...who knows. We all know he good enough to handle Bristol City, without looking 'lost' and 'frail' normally. Ironically, he actually did really well for Watford's first goal, showed a touch of class there.
  2. Live games 2017/18

    So it's 1. Man City 2. Chelsea 3. Man Utd 4. Spurs, for me.... and 1. Chelsea 2. Spurs 3 Man. Utd. 4 Man City, for you @Jourdan ? Or maybe Liverpool or Arsenal for 4th?
  3. Live games 2017/18

    You may well be right, although i think you are being a touch harsh on De Bruyne. He seems like a reasonable goal threat for me, by attacking midfielder standards. And Jesus does look good when he plays. We will have to wait and see how they develop. The defence frailties were obvious last year, but they have spent a lot of money on addressing that issue. And if Kompany stays fit...they may actually look solid enough at the back. If they do, then they have a real chance of winning the league. As for Chelsea, it's always more difficult to do it the second time round...or at least that's what they say. United do look a lot stronger...but I'm somewhat blinded my intense dislike for them...i don't want to contemplate them winning the league..but i have to admit they seem to be progressing in the right direction. The other 3 main challengers i just think are a bit weaker than the 3 I've mentioned.
  4. Live games 2017/18

    Tough to call the Premier League winners this year. I'm going to predict City (Manchester not Stoke), Chelsea and Man.Utd being their biggest challengers i think. Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs to battle it out for 4th....with Everton having an outside chance. Should be an exciting year!
  5. Live games 2017/18

    Really, if they keep doing that they should be fine. Some days they go in ..some days they don't. With Aguero, Jesus, Sane and De Bruyne, they have plenty of players who can put them away. D.Silva, B.Silva and Sterling will contribute too.
  6. Online fanbase, more harm than good?

    The OP raises some very good points about the potentially damaging nature of some of our criticism of our own players on this site. It seems plausible that such criticism could have a negative effect on a player's confidence as well as on player's reputation, which could impact our ability to offload players deemed surplus to requirements by our management. Definitely food for thought for most of us on this forum. However, the OP also seemed to be a thinly veiled attack on dogs for their lack of economic nous as well as a lament for the lack of decent and durable dog toys. On the plus side, it does appear that @jono has invited the entire forum out for dinner. I assume that means he is buying.
  7. Wonderful at Valencia. One of his penalties knocked Rep Ireland out of the World Cup in 2002, still haven't forgiven him for that. Probably the worst one he ever took but still good enough to beat Given in goal. You need a cool head to take penalties like he did.
  8. Mendieta never smashed it, he just used to wait for the goalie to move and then pass the ball calmly into the unguarded side of the net. Never missed a penalty apparently.
  9. v Grimsby - (A) Cup Predictions

    Grimsby 1 Derby 3. FRGS Lawrence
  10. I hate to see teams squander possession right from the kick-off by simply hoofing it long towards the opponents corner. I know they want to put the opposing team under pressure early on, but it's just so negative. They have possession and right away they seem to want to give it away. Most teams seem to do it now.
  11. Come, come, come, nuclear bomb

    You don't think black pride and white pride whatever they may be isn't tied up with black identity and white identity? Racism towards black people is obviously hugely reduced compared to what it was in the US, but i think there is still work to do to eradicate it entirely...if such a thing is possible. The concerns you mention are in fact evidence that it does still exist. It's certainly a much larger problem that the reverse. That's not to say people of any colour cannot be discriminated against. It's obviously true that any group of people can be racist against any other group. Racism is a human flaw, all humans are susceptible. You seem to be missing to point on historical oppression in the US. Perhaps my fault for not explaining it adequately. I simply never said white people have never been oppressed in the US but rather there is no shared history of oppression among white people in the US, unlike among black people. That some white people undoubtedly suffered at the hands of other white people (but obviously not to the extent that black people suffered), merely supports the fact white people in the US were never a single group and never had a collective identity. That stands in stark contrast to black people, whose ancestors all suffered together in similar circumstances, because of their colour, resulting in a shared cultural heritage. Not so for white people, whose only real shared commonality is reduced levels of melanin in their skin. Anyone living in the US, who thinks about and is concerned about their 'white identity' is at best an exceptionally odd person in my view...and at worst someone who may end up gravitating towards far-right groups.
  12. Come, come, come, nuclear bomb

    I've never lived in North America, so i don't know.what is what is not considered normal there. I know it's perfectly normal for American tourists in Ireland to have traced their roots or be attempting to do so. At this point an Irish-American visiting Ireland, without any interest in where their family came from would be seen as a radical departure from standard practice. It really is that commonplace, Seeing as Americans are a nation of immigrants it seems natural that they are more interested in their family roots as it's more interesting than you'd often get in Europe - ('all our ancestors were from around here for as long anyone knows') The points raised about the origin of black identity in the US are particularly relevant to this thread as the highlight why any talk of 'white identity' is usually disingenuous in the first place. Black people are in the minority and they have a shared history (of oppression), neither of which is true for white people.
  13. Come, come, come, nuclear bomb

    Yeah, actually it does seem to be a standard thing to do. A large sector of our tourism industry caters for and targets exactly that, people from North America tracing their family roots in Ireland. People from the UK with Irish roots don't seem to care about that kind of thing, which is fair enough, but it certainly seems to be a big deal for a lot of Irish North Americans, including a string of US Presidents (a few of which I wish hadn't bothered). The points highlighted by @Mafiabob seem to address the issue extremely well in my view and I think they could be further reinforced by the fact that, for whatever reason, it is always unusual for the majority group of a population in a country or region to highlight their particular identity and much more normal for minority populations to do so.
  14. Come, come, come, nuclear bomb

    He will certainly be able to carry off the role in a more 'presidential' manner. He won't make a fool of himself or his office on a regular basis like his predecessor has, and he clearly doesn't have the psychological problems that Trump exhibits. So in a sense, it would be a refreshing change to have a president who is capable of behaving like an adult once more. But he is still a right wing, 'ultra' conservative, with very traditional (almost primitive I'd say) religious views which determines his stance on a lot of social issues. He's also a determined climate change skeptic. So really, you wouldn't see an awful lot of difference in his policies to the Trump presidency. He certainly wouldn't be a good president in my opinion, far from it. You are right, it's a real possibility that it will be President Pence before too long.
  15. v Bolton (A) - Predictions

    Bolton 1, Derby 2. FRGS Vydra.

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