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 on: Yesterday at 01:54:22 PM 
Started by euro60 - Last post by euro60
ManCity being banned 2 years from European football is likely to have HUGE repercussions for the Premier League too.

Keep in mind that last year's Champions League winner (Liverpool) and runner-up (Tottenham) each earned over 100 million Euros in prize money. So let's assume for argument's sake that ManCity earns say 90 to 100 million Euros from the Champions League each year, that would put their total fine to roughly in the range of 210-230 million Euros.

Almost certainly Pep will depart if the European ban remains (upon appeal). And what top-notch players would want to sign to a top club that is out of European (almost certainly Champions League) football for 2 full years?

The big winner in all of this is of course Liverpool, which seems it is set to rule the Premier League for several years, and build an enormous war chest along the way.

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 on: Yesterday at 01:45:10 PM 
Started by euro60 - Last post by euro60
https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/02/14/fc-cincinnatis-ron-jans-steps-away-duties-pending-investigation

What a fuckin' mess!

Just as it seems that FCC has gone through a very productive off-season, and with the season opener just 2 weeks away, now this!

Whenever this gets resolved at some point, either way it's not good and this casts an enormous cloud over the team:

If Jans is fired or resigns, FCC is without a real head coach, and good luck finding someone with that caliber at this point. Of course Pochettino is available... (Hey, one can always dream.)

If OTOH Jans comes back, how will the locker room react to that?

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 on: Yesterday at 01:38:12 PM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by euro60

4. Me - Elton John

This was a really fun read - amusing, engaging and surprisingly introspective. Elton John looks back on his life and pretty much tells it like it is. He doesn't gloss over his 16 years of coke-fueled excess or his volatile temper. Excellent book.
Thanks for the feedback on this, MK. I've seen the book at the library and my thought was "well, he's a little late with that, given that the "definitive" biopic Rocketman came out more than a year ago". Maybe I'll check it out now.

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 on: February 15, 2020, 09:57:41 AM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by MissKitty
1. Accidental Revolution - Kyle Anderson
2. Dreaming The Beatles - Rob Sheffield
3. Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith
4. Me - Elton John

This was a really fun read - amusing, engaging and surprisingly introspective. Elton John looks back on his life and pretty much tells it like it is. He doesn't gloss over his 16 years of coke-fueled excess or his volatile temper. Excellent book.

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 on: February 14, 2020, 04:26:07 PM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by euro60
I just saw that Parasite, the 4x Oscar winning film from South Africa, is being made into an HBO series, starring Mark Ruffalo...

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 on: February 13, 2020, 08:59:56 PM 
Started by Ella Minnow Pea - Last post by Zafer Kaya
I'll end up voting whoever is the Democratic nominee

Yeah, that's how we get screwed, unfortunately.  We will vote for Bernie or whoever if we had to.  Many of the Bernie Bros/Yang Gang wouldn't do the same.  I don't see a choice, though.

It's frustrating because Virginia turned blue by running a lot of moderate or at least not too far left candidates and they are getting a shit ton done.  We passed ERA, decriminalized weed, allowed localities to decide what to do with statues instead of the state, gun control. Replaced Lee-Jackson day with a holiday on election day.  All of these Bill's that had languished for years all sailed through in 3 weeks.  You don't need to go all out left to get stuff done. 

I'm puzzled by why people think Barr's statements today are so meaningful.  He thinks Trump is a hard guy to work for.  That is 100% true because Trump is an incompetent dick.  But it doesn't mean Barr is going to deviate from his view of the unitary executive.  He works for Trump, he just wishes Trump weren't an imbecile.  Basically, "I could have gotten this whole Stone thing done a lot easier if Trump wouldn't tweet."  He sees nothing wrong with it, just wish it had been easier.

If Bernie wins, and it looks like VA is locked up blue, I'll vote trade with you if you want, euro60.  You vote Sanders and I will write in Kasich.

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 on: February 12, 2020, 04:13:14 PM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by c-lando
1. "The Unhoneymooners" - Christina Lauren
2. "The Matchmaker's List" - Sonya Lalli - Meh. I gotta stop borrowing books recommended by people who also like Jasmine Guillory. None of worked out for me so far.
3. "On the Come Up" - Angie Thomas

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 on: February 12, 2020, 04:00:45 PM 
Started by Ella Minnow Pea - Last post by euro60
I'll end up voting whoever is the Democratic nominee, but if I had my choice, I'd rather have Pete, Amy or Bloomberg.

I think Biden is hanging on by a thread at this point, as is Warren. I figure Warren will be gone by end of February (right after South Carolina), and Biden after Super Tuesday. The big unknown is what impact Bloomberg will have on Super Tuesday. By then Bloomberg will have spent half a billion dollars, repeat HALF A BILLION DOLLARS. Of course that's just a few scraps of his reported worth of 61.5 billion.

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 on: February 12, 2020, 03:35:31 PM 
Started by Ella Minnow Pea - Last post by Zafer Kaya
I'm pretty disappointed in the supposed heartland Democrats/Never Trumpers/Obama-to-Trump voters.

They could have gotten behind any number of moderate candidates.  Corey Booker is a pretty conservative and smart guy.  Harris is...very annoying..but also really politically astute.  Yang to me is actually a Republican (before the GOP went off the rails).  But nope.  They wanted Biden, who actually isn't all that moderate, he just goes with the flow. 

At some point, it was inevitable that people would be like "Wait, why are we all supporting Biden?  Just because we think he has the best chance of winning?  And that chance is mostly based on he's an old white dude who appeals to old white dudes? Naw, screw that."

Bernie is not a Socialist, man. I know he calls himself that, and compared to the rest of the candidates it's kind of fair.  But in most of Europe he'd just be typical center-left.  I don't really like him as a President either, but I'm not digging the way we are splitting the country between facists and socialists.  It's too knee-jerk.  And it actually fuels the Bernie supporters just like calling Trump supporters "deplorable" fueled them.

I don't have a solution, though.  I do legit find Trump supporters deplorable.  When they say I'm trying to destroy their culture, they're right.  I don't think that means I have to do the opposite of Trump (which I guess is Bernie, to most people).  But my brand of moderate isn't going to sell to the public. I still hate Trump every bit much as Bernie supporters.  Actually a lot more than they do, since some Trump and Bernie share that populist appeal to the same groups I want to crush.

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 on: February 12, 2020, 12:53:20 PM 
Started by Ella Minnow Pea - Last post by euro60
So after last night it's looking more and more like Bernie has a very good chance of becoming the Democratic nominee.

If that happens, America will have the choice between two white males, both well into their 70s. One is a fascist, the other a socialist. Yea, that is what this country has come to...

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