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I'm not sure I understand the idea of teams being "tribal in England" - what do you mean?

 

English teams are tied to the locality and have strong community links, the support for the club is pretty localised and fans are pretty protective of their team & patch of earth... there are great rivalries between teams which can easily lead to violence... the team I support is pretty crap but the support is fierce, it's a bit of 'band of brothers' in truth our fans are very loyal to each other, hence very tribal..

post #212 of 377
Relegation and promotion makes everything different as well, you don't have that in American leagues
post #213 of 377
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I'm not sure I understand the idea of teams being "tribal in England" - what do you mean? Aren't players still traded between teams? While it's true that in the US pro sports teams can move between cities - it is always a big deal when it happens to one of the old, established teams. There's still growth and expansion that happens in US pro sports, and that leads to teams moving to what the owners see as "better markets". It's part of the corporate nature of US pro teams. The majority of the owners have no real ties to the cities where the team plays. They may love the sport and the team, but ultimately they typically just see the city where they play as a source of revenue.

Tribal? Football's not my #1 sport, although I do enjoy it, but in Rugby League, Gary Conolly is still called 'Judas' by St Helens fans after nearly 30 years, and it was Saints who offered him up on sale to Wigan, not the latter who swooped for him. That's tribal.

 

And when French Rugby League players play in Leeds, there is a pilgramage for players to urinate on the statue of the Black Prince. He died in 1376 AD. That's seriously tribal!


Edited by PalJoey - 7/4/14 at 11:57am
post #214 of 377

Hoping to see an exciting match in Brazil vs Colombia. This may be the game that Brazil finally shines.

 

However, when in a neutral position, I tend to root for the underdog. Also there haven't been any major shocks results after the group stages (though there have been close games). Colombia could change that in this game. 

 

I love this World Cup. :bigsmile_face:

post #215 of 377
LOL - OK, I think get it! I agree we only see that in some places - like the Boston Redsox or maybe Chicago's Whitesox & Bears - both cities that go back to the earliest days of pro sports in America.
post #216 of 377

On the performances so far in this tournament, I'd like to see Colombia win. Brazil need to sort themselves out, because they have been uninspiring so far.
 

post #217 of 377

Rugby seem to get all the mental cases https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjTJQmfqGb8

And then peeing in your mouth is the next big thing among the rugby society http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/223864/photo-of-rugby-player-peeing-into-his-own-mouth-got-him-fired-nsfw/

Watched a documentary where a bunch of rugby players stood around a whole in a buss and urinated together also. 

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Rugby seem to get all the mental cases https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjTJQmfqGb8

And then peeing in your mouth is the next big thing among the rugby society http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/223864/photo-of-rugby-player-peeing-into-his-own-mouth-got-him-fired-nsfw/

Watched a documentary where a bunch of rugby players stood around a whole in a buss and urinated together also. 


Todd Carney (the urinating in his mouth guy) is a repeat-offending cretin, and deserves every bucket of verbal excrement that will be upended on his head over the next few months. The only thing that worries me is that, with his past record, what will he do to fill the time when he's banned from sport?

 

And it tars the image of all the guys who make the sport the incredible (and sometimes nuts) thing it is.

post #219 of 377

Really nice first half! Ugly to see how hard Brazil is trying to get Rodriguez out of the game though. 

Bad referee also how could he miss that Neymar cheated with 2 metres on that free kick that is a yellow card offense. Now it shouldn´t been a free kick but that is another story. Again bad referee.


Edited by oqvist - 7/4/14 at 1:58pm
post #220 of 377
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Really nice first half! Ugly to see how hard Brazil is trying to get Rodriguez out of the game though. 

Bad referee also how could he miss that Neymar cheated with 2 metres on that free kick that is a yellow card offense. Now it shouldn´t been a free kick but that is another story. Again bad referee.

 

Rodríguez is definitely getting 'special attention'.... some nasty stuff going on with him.

post #221 of 377

I realised why I stopped following football all those years ago, I get too emotional, stayed up to see France loss and now this. If Netherlands goes out I think the little hair I got left on my head will go with it. 

post #222 of 377

That was a stupid yellow by Silva, but funny as hell.

post #223 of 377

Great match to say the least. Hope Neymar is okay. 

post #224 of 377

It takes Colombia to bring the best out of Brazil. 

post #225 of 377
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Originally Posted by oqvist View Post
 

Rugby seem to get all the mental cases https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjTJQmfqGb8

And then peeing in your mouth is the next big thing among the rugby society http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/223864/photo-of-rugby-player-peeing-into-his-own-mouth-got-him-fired-nsfw/

Watched a documentary where a bunch of rugby players stood around a whole in a buss and urinated together also. 

oqvist - just want to make a distinction here.  What you were linking referred to Rugby League - not Rugby Union.

 

Big difference in both game and culture IMO.

 

Back on topic - just watched the Brazil / Colombia QF - really enjoyed it.  Thought that Colombia had more than a few questionable calls against them.  They should hold their heads high though.  It was an enthralling game. 

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