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Everything posted by De_Gambassi

  1. Rugby Discussion Thread

    It was just bad refeering. Nothing more, nothing less. Just like, us, frenchies, we like to believe we're contantly fucked over by referees in european games, because, really, what's the difference between an englsih and a welsh if not for more readed hair ? That's called a confirmation bias. They should never have appointed a romanian ref for this game. And everyhing would have set down. Now, it gets traction in french and british press. I don't believe WR will go full retard on this one (like asking for replaying the game), but some people will need to go down at Rugby Europe.
  2. Retired Athletes Thread (2018)

    The last OG Virtual Tennis player
  3. Retired Athletes Thread (2018)

    French biathletes Marie Dorin and Jean-Guillaume Béatrix.
  4. Doping Cases and Bans Thread (2018)

    It's interesting (it actually is), but how does it have anything with doping ?
  5. Speed Skating ISU World Cup 2017 - 2018

    Maybe Who was the first commercial team ?
  6. Speed Skating ISU World Cup 2017 - 2018

    Well, I get that. My interrogation is not sponsors, what are they for ? But why, in one case (speed skating) the sponsors led to the creation of commercial teams, and that in pretty every other cases it didn't (some of them being much more popular sports than speed skating).
  7. Speed Skating ISU World Cup 2017 - 2018

    Commercial teams in track or cyclo-cross are mostly (only ?) offsets of pro road cycling teams, aren't they ? Anyway, I don't think it's an oddity that commercial teams are so rare and few between them in individual sports. What exposure is there for a sponsor when the notion of "team" doesn't really exist in the first place ? I believe that's why the concept took off in road cycling, but not really (at all ?) in track cycling (and track cycling was really, really popular at one point in history).
  8. Speed Skating ISU World Cup 2017 - 2018

    But it's similar in nature. Indiviuals (mostly) running against each other years in and years out. The set up is similar in speed skating than in other indivudual olympic sports (world cup, world/continental championships run by individuals or national teams), yet the sports developped this unique professionnal environment. In other individual sports, sponsors sponsorize individuals and/or a whole national team, not a selected few number of athletes that they farm in a "team". There is no athletics or swimming Lotto Jumbo team AFAIK (nor from any other country).
  9. France National Thread | En Route pour Tokyo 2020

    C'est à dire que des pronos quand on ne connait pas encore les systèmes de qualif...
  10. Speed Skating ISU World Cup 2017 - 2018

    Thanks to my virtual table prior to the games, I've learnt that the world cup in speed skating means mostly shit (the Netherlands with 8 medals, yea, right) Why is that ? What are speed skaters supposed to do if not racing world cups ? And while I'm at it what's the point of these commercial professionnal teams ? It's not road cycling, it's track cycling, I don't get what the sponsors have to gain there ? Basically, I'm looking for an ABC of Speed Skating that would explain how the sport is running. (the off the field part I mean, the on the field, I get it: people put skates; they're running in circles; the dutch are winning; rinse repeat; it's boring, fine.)
  11. Best Sports Moments of Your Nation?

    5. 1995 Handball world championsip The first title, the first world championship of many for the french handball NT, which was also the first world title for any team sport in our history. From Group C to world tittle in a decade. Quite the uprise . A bunch of complety over the top guys too. Long live Les Barjots 4. CSP Limoges' 1993 Euroleague Just like the Handball's title, this one was also an historic win: The first french club to ever win the biggest european cup (just a few weeks before Marseille's one). And like pretty much everything else in our sport history, no one expected it. Fred Forte (1970-2017) 3. 1991 Davis Cup victory 59 years after the last Davis Cup, France finally claimed back the title thanks to our wild card Henri Lecomte who decided to show up on the right day and a shacking Guy Forget scoring the last point against a young Sampras. Yannick Noah even managed in making us believe for a moment that Saga Africa was actually not a terrible mistake Chapeau. 2. France - New Zealand, Rugby World Cup 1999 To the kids around here, France as a rugby world beaters might sound like something from an uchronian steampunk novel. Yet, there was a time,.. Beeing beaten by the mighty All Black by 14 points and with 30 minutes to play or so. We said fuck it and decided to score 3 tries to win the game 43-31. According to some people, the game was called a "semi final". I've no idea what they're talking about 1. France 98 Winning the World Cup on home soil for the first time ever ? Nothing can beat that. Millions upon milions took up the streets in celebration. Long live the 90's
  12. 2026 Winter Olympic Games

    By July 2019 and the 134th IOC session (Milano), we will know where the 2026 Winter Olympic Games will be hold. The bidding process is yet to be officially started, but two cities are for now considered as the front runners. Two cities with a very Agenda 2020 feeling (even more so Sion who proposes venues from Lausanne to St Moritz). . Sion (SUI) http://sion2026.ch/ (fr/de) .Innsbruck (AUT) http://www.olympia2026.at/ (de) .Other Potential bidding cities : Lillehammer, Calgary, Salt Lake, Almaty, Gratz, etc. What are your thoughts ? Is agenda going to save the Winter OG ? EDIT: Innsbruck is dead after public vote
  13. Biathlon IBU World Cup 2017 - 2018

  14. I guess, I'll need to thank you for taking the time to explain to me your reasoning. But boy, you really like to make your life a living hell, thinking about everything that could go wrong. If you let the users chose, I'll garantee you that almost every time everything will go smooth. For the 5% remaining, there will allways be you and/or the mods, and I'm pretty much certain it will take you less time to fix it than the time you've taken to post this message. I don't accuse you to be a 'dictator' (quite the contrary actually*), I'm disapointed in the way you're running your forum trying to prevent problems before they appeared as: a) It doesn't prevent problems ultimately b) It puts you forum under anaesthetic Every succesful forum works the other way around. They are letting users with a great amount of liberty, but rule with an iron hand in cases of stepping over. It's exactly the same discussions we had about letting people making their own threads, making this forum their own, etc. You refuse to do so, because apparently you believe that we would start killing each others whereas there are thousands of exemple which proves that it is not necessarily the case. * I, personnaly, shoud have been warned a couple of times for instance
  15. I could bet right there that no country qualified to the 2018 WC will do the same thing Apparently, there is no time frame in the ukrainian decision. I'm not eaxactly sure what they're epecting . As far, I can tell, they only hurt themselves in the process.
  16. Biathlon IBU World Cup 2017 - 2018

    Something about that I immagine: https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1062683/ukrainian-government-bans-athletes-from-competing-at-events-in-russia Something, that - btw - in an international sports forum should really be thread worthy, but god forbides: how could it fit in our perfect Khlokoz of forum ?
  17. Clearly, they 'd be blood. Hoppefully, you're here helping us standardizing EVERYTHING, so we don't start ripping each others. Thank you.
  18. I'm older than you, So you really should be the one to be worried about that
  19. Or you know, let people figure out what they 'd like to add.
  20. 2026 Winter Olympic Games

    Major surprise as the swiss parliament is asking to switch the Sion 2026 referendum from Valais canton to national level. https://gamesbids.com/eng/winter-olympic-bids/2026-olympic-bid-news/sion-2026-olympic-bid-in-danger-as-referendum-could-be-switched-to-national-vote/ Most people believe that the referendum won't stand a chance in a national vote...
  21. France National Thread | En Route pour Tokyo 2020

    Pour le water polo, c'était un peu le couronnement d'une génération, la fin d'une aventure, et leur coach est parti (chez les filles). La, ils sont reparti sur un nouveau cycle et pensent plus à 2024 AMHA. Et puis, leur qualif' tenait quand même - un peu - du miracle . C'est d'ailleurs pas loin d'être mon souvenir préféré de l'Olympiade.
  22. France National Thread | En Route pour Tokyo 2020

    Sinon, pour ceux qui veulent se replonger/découvrir la période 1992-2004. Je ne peux que conseiller cette fantastique chaîne, qui mérite beaucoup, BEAUCOUP, plus de vues. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYTIkyAl2uwxaR9XVmOB4rA/videos