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  1. Royal Reader

    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Yeah. It feels like Kane at this point needs speedy wingers, like he has with Musiala and Sané. Foden played well in the space created by Haaland's pace and power. It's like they had multiple good players, and yet they were missing a specific type that unlocks the other guys. In previous...
  2. Royal Reader

    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    There was a guy in my pub who stood to win $5k on an Alcaraz/Spain double placed before either tournament started, which I imagine cushioned the blow somewhat.
  3. Royal Reader

    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    This England side becomes more like the pre 04 Sox with every tournament.
  4. Royal Reader

    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    The weird thing about the Southgate argument is that it seems to be completely disconnected from any comparison of real-world alternatives. Most international managers seem to be pretty crappy (if they weren't, they'd have big club jobs) and the English bench is likely thinner than most...
  5. Royal Reader

    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Ah man Fletch, you know there's a reason I've stuck to the silly banter and not advanced anything approaching an actual argument. Love you. And Scotland. And, as it happens, the Germans, so I better leave this pub sharpish...
  6. Royal Reader

    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    You know what we are You know what we are BETTER TOGETHER You know what we are
  7. Royal Reader

    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    I maintain Berti Vogts is worse, and just had the luck to have been a) a good player and b) German.
  8. Royal Reader

    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Kindly fuck right off with your reverse jinxing, sir.
  9. Royal Reader

    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Eh, that feels like overstating the importance of England. Very few people on the continent give a shit about the England team. Historically, just not good enough to be relevant.
  10. Royal Reader

    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Rooting for this England team is so weird. Like, you'd want them to do well, I guess, but there's a big part of you that thinks the tournament would have been more enjoyable had they gone out to Slovakia. I can't even imagine why a neutral would want to watch their games.
  11. Royal Reader

    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Yeah. Was kinda hoping for the Swiss to put us out our misery. Of course, when England eventually win something the party will be incredible (the only comparison I can think of is the 04 Sox for me, except that I won't be the only person getting naked). But Jesus, this team? Really?
  12. Royal Reader

    2024 NBA General Offseason Thread

    The George takes are weirdly polarized (across NBA fandom, not specifically here). Obviously, there's a world where Embiid never plays close to a healthy playoff season again. They're not better than the Cs, and there's no move they could have made that would have made them so. But Morey...
  13. Royal Reader

    Wrexham? I hardly know him.

    Think it was their preparatory (private elementary) rather than Eton. Eton famously gives each boy his own room.
  14. Royal Reader

    NBA Finals, Game 5, June 17: Banner Day>Flag Day

    This fucking team. What a season. Thanks for all the in-jokes, folks.
  15. Royal Reader

    NBA Finals, Game 5, June 17: Banner Day>Flag Day

    That heave just lowered my blood pressure by like five points on its own.
  16. Royal Reader

    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    The thing with Denmark, great story though it was, was that it was an eight team tournament in 1992. The ninth best team would be the equivalent of Belgium or Croatia in pre tournament betting this time. Belgium beating the current Germans would be a shock, especially on today's evidence, but...
  17. Royal Reader

    NBA Finals: Celtics vs Mavs

    Luka is even dressed like he can't wait to hit the golf course.
  18. Royal Reader

    Kyrie went 5-16 in getting eliminated and we have schadenfreude.

    Didn't look good to start with. Your flex is that you're going to lose in 5?