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  •  But you're closer now... (6+ / 0-)

    (-7.62/-7.90) .....It was their destruction. They delved too greedily and too deep... Gimli in Moria, JRR Tolkien

    by Lorinda Pike on Sun Jan 16, 2011 at 04:25:33 PM PST

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    •  JETS WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (6+ / 0-)

      Where's the champagne????????

        •  And I'm happy for you! (6+ / 0-)

          (-7.62/-7.90) .....It was their destruction. They delved too greedily and too deep... Gimli in Moria, JRR Tolkien

          by Lorinda Pike on Sun Jan 16, 2011 at 05:40:48 PM PST

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          •  Thanks, LP----how sweet it is........... (6+ / 0-)

            (shades of dear old Jackie Gleason)

            A little OT background---I'm a Red Sox baseball fan; and until several years ago; was a Patriot fan.  Then owner Bob Kraft used Hartford, and CT---and our soon-to-be felon Gov Rowland; to get MA to fund some infrastructure for a new stadium, up in Boston.  Threatened to come to CT and build down here---used us..

            Have hated Bob Kraft and the Pats ever since.  Of course---ever since, he's had great success.

            Fuck him---I'll always hate the fraud.

            (Yeah, I know ---"civility" and all that...)

            Fuck him!!

            •  Oh, come on...don't hold back! (6+ / 0-)

              Tell us how you really feel!

              Glad they won - I don't like Rex Ryan at all, but I'm glad for you. And it has been a long time since Broadway Joe and Don Maynard...

              (-7.62/-7.90) .....It was their destruction. They delved too greedily and too deep... Gimli in Moria, JRR Tolkien

              by Lorinda Pike on Sun Jan 16, 2011 at 06:06:47 PM PST

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            •  My sympathies! (4+ / 0-)

              I can kinda emphasise. I originally come from a city called Brighton in South East England. When I was still a kid, before I moved over to Thailand, the local football (okay, dammit, soccer if you must ;-)) team's stadium was one of the few things we had going for us as it had been built when the club were doing very well and thus had a pretty large capacity which, when combined with an extremely loyal fan-base, meant that whilst the club was having severe performance difficulties, there was at least a decent revenue stream coming in from tickets and the possibility of fully reaping the benefits were we at some point promoted into higher divisions than we were in at the time (which in fact happened a few years down the line and it looks very much like they'll be back into the top-but-one league next season.) Unfortunately, the board decided, without consulting the fans or even lining up a new or temporary stadium, to sell the grounds to someone wanting to build a shopping centre, which was a very lucrative deal for them, especially the chairman.

              This left the club in a farcical state of homelessness and said loyal fans somewhat disconsolate (particularly as this lead to always playing at the opposing team's grounds for a long while, and most of those grounds were far smaller than our old one, hence many fans missed the games.) Heck, the situation was so embarrassing and left so many locals deeply unhappy that I think the local council had to get involved in helping to back the deal to construct a new stadium which, I think, is supposed to be ready fairly soon.

              Moral : never trust the sodding owners and don't mix local government and funding of sports teams. Oh, and don't build a shopping centre on ground salted with the tears of large numbers of sports fans - place was pretty much boycotted and has done very poorly ever since, if reports from folks who still live in the area are accurate.

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              •  Good for the fans/customers of the mall! (4+ / 0-)
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                To show the stinking greedy owners that we have power, too! Hit 'em in their pocketbooks for making a stupid decision.

                Well, I guess it shows that football, futbol, or pootie people, there are some things that you just should not f*ck with...

                Hi, petulans! (BTW, who is your favorite Brit footy team?)

                (-7.62/-7.90) .....It was their destruction. They delved too greedily and too deep... Gimli in Moria, JRR Tolkien

                by Lorinda Pike on Sun Jan 16, 2011 at 08:02:44 PM PST

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                •  Brighton isn't premiere league, right? (4+ / 0-)
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                  I meant pro league - not saying Brighton isn't good... oh, can't get out of this easily. I have a friend here who is from Liverpool, and he will FIGHT YOU if you say anything bad about his boys... :-)

                  (-7.62/-7.90) .....It was their destruction. They delved too greedily and too deep... Gimli in Moria, JRR Tolkien

                  by Lorinda Pike on Sun Jan 16, 2011 at 08:11:17 PM PST

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                  •  LOL! Don't worry, the structure is illogical! (4+ / 0-)

                    Nope, Brighton isn't in the Premier League, nor the "Championship", which is the league below that, but we're currently fairly comfortably leading "League One", which is the league below that one and are looking very good for promotion. Yeah, I know, given their names, each of the top three leagues sounds like it should be the highest.

                    No worries on the Liverpool front (assuming that they support Liverpool FC, as opposed to Everton FC, who also hail from Livepool - if that's the case I'd better start brushing up on my pugilistic skills!) I actually kinda have three teams that I like - some disapprove of this...; Liverpool, Arsenal and Brighton. I got into the former two as Mum supports Liverpool (actually, I'm told that one of the old squads, probably from sometime in the late '50s-'60s ended up around my great-grandparents house on occasion when they were playing in the South as my great-grandfather apparently was good friends with the manager or someone along those lines - they were allegedly pretty hard partiers at these events!) and my Dad supported Arsenal - supporting Brighton probably doesn't require an explanation ;-)

                    That being said, coming from a fellow fan as it does, your friend might be okay with me saying that Liverpool are having a bloody miserable time of it this season - to the point that it's mathematically not at all inconceivable (if, thankfully, not too likely) that we could be relegated for what would, I believe, be the first time in our history. I'm hopeful regarding the new ownership, but that sort of thing takes time, at least in some respects.

                    •  Is this the same Liverpool FC that my favorite (2+ / 0-)
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                      Red Sox club now owns?

                      "The owners have invested more than $270 million in cash into the club, and during their tenure revenues have nearly doubled, investment in players has increased and the Club is one of the most profitable in the EPL,” they said, referring to the English Premier League.

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                      New England Sports Ventures was founded in 1981 by Mr. Henry, who together with The New York Times Company bought the Boston Red Sox in 2002.

                      http://dealbook.nytimes.com/...

                  •  My dad was a passionate Southampton fan. (2+ / 0-)
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                    I was always sad that cable didn't start carrying soccer (football, damnit) until after he died.  He always had to wait for the newspapers to report on them.

                    "Institutional racism doesn't require intent. It's more like inertia." --blindyone

                    by Yasuragi on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 11:41:15 AM PST

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              •  Lovely ramble. (2+ / 0-)
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                Ah, but you'll always have Brighton Rock candy.  Always a great treat when my relatives came over for a visit. :)

                "Institutional racism doesn't require intent. It's more like inertia." --blindyone

                by Yasuragi on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 11:39:57 AM PST

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