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 Post subject: Why USA? WHY????????
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:33 pm 
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Mexico would have been out!


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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
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So by winning, they let Mexico in?

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Yep. Mexico was out if Panama won 2-1.


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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
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Yep. Mexico was out if Panama won 2-1.

Well, shoot. Good one US....

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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
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Mexico still has to beat New Zealand in the playoff but that is almost unlosable.


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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
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Mexico still has to beat New Zealand in the playoff but that is almost unlosable.

I dunno, the way Mexico has been playing...New Zealand was at least respectable in the last World Cup.

Seriously though, you're welcome Mexico.

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Yeah they owe us...how funny would it be though, if they were somehow eliminated by the All-Blacks? Haha. I feel worse Panama - woulda had a shot at their first World Cup ever :(

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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
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As badly as Mexico has played, New Zealand lost to Tahiti to let them into the Confederations Cup. If the tour guides and bankers and delivery people from Tahiti can beat them, Mexico will be fine.


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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:49 am 
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Because:

1 - You play to win the game.
2 - The US players in were playing for a spot on the roster.

If Stanford is down by 4 with 10 seconds left on the UCLA 1 yard line, do you expect them to take a knee to let UCLA win to keep 2 Pac12 teams in the top 10? Or try to score to win the game?

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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
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1. That pretty obviously wasn't meant to be taken 100% literally

2. There really are very scarcely few comparable college football situations where a team has clinched everything they can possibly accomplish going into their last game. Very much not a comparable situation.


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I think the funniest World Cup thing was a few years ago at the end of the group stages. Matches would be played where if either team lost, they would be out, but a draw would mean both teams going through. So the teams would just pass the ball around in midfield for 90 minutes, neither making any attempt to score.

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Yeah they owe us...how funny would it be though, if they were somehow eliminated by the All-Blacks? Haha. I feel worse Panama - woulda had a shot at their first World Cup ever :(

Agreed...after the US scored the tying goal - which was enough - the Panamanian players were walking around with a look on their faces like, "Really guys? You couldn't have just let us win this one?"

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As badly as Mexico has played, New Zealand lost to Tahiti to let them into the Confederations Cup. If the tour guides and bankers and delivery people from Tahiti can beat them, Mexico will be fine.

I haven't been able to find anything detailing this, so take it with a boulder of salt - it could very well have been a joke - but I vaguely remember reading/hearing something that said the Kiwis had basically gone out and gotten hammered the night before the game because they absolutely didn't care/thought Tahiti would be a pushover, and then Tahiti actually came to play. While it doesn't necessarily reflect well on their work ethic, I daresay they'll take a World Cup playoff a bit more seriously.

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1. That pretty obviously wasn't meant to be taken 100% literally

2. There really are very scarcely few comparable college football situations where a team has clinched everything they can possibly accomplish going into their last game. Very much not a comparable situation.

Agreed on the semi-joke, but yeah, I can't think of a situation where a college football team would have literally nothing to play for in terms of team accomplishments...and you're telling me that if somehow an Oregon loss would screw Washington/Oregon State out of, say, a BCS bowl, that there wouldn't be at least a small part of you pulling for it? :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
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Panama get the ultimate revenge.


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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
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Well now that the US is out. I will just root for Germany to repeat.


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I went to Iceland 2 years ago and it is my favorite place on Earth...in the summer anyway. Been rooting hard for them ever since and they're inexplicably in with a population of about 330K. Since I have citizenship in Ireland I'll also root for them to win their playoff.


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