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Old 02-01-2012, 05:59 PM
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Yeah you cant let one thing slide because you think its small or just apart of the sport because the small things turn into bigger more dangerous things. I think the NFL's recent lock down on concussions in a perfect example of this...for years those hard hits to the head were considered apart of the game...heck they were even celebrated. Now, everyone gets fined for them and yeah people are saying its an attack against the game but at some point a stand had to be made. Of course the commissioner knew the backlash from players and fans wouldn't all be good but it was his job to protect the safety of his players as best you can in such a violent game. It just seems like with soccer riots people are let off to easy I think after an incident like this in Egypt a stricter protocol needs to be put in place.
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The clashes and ensuing stampede did not appear to be directly linked to the political turmoil in Egypt, but the violence raised fresh concerns about the ability of the state police to manage crowds. Most of the hundreds of black-uniformed police with helmets and shields stood in lines and did nothing as soccer fans chased either, some wielding sharp objects and others hurling sticks and rocks.

The violence also underscored the role of soccer fans in Egypt's recent protest movement. Organized fans, in groups known as ultras, have played an important role in the revolution and rallies against military rule. Their anti-police songs, peppered with curses, have quickly become viral and an expression of the hatred many Egyptians feel toward security forces that were accused of much of the abuse that was widespread under Mubarak's regime.

The scuffles broke out after fans of Al-Masry stormed the field following a rare 3-1 win against Al-Ahly. Al-Masry supporters hurled sticks and stones as they chased players and fans from the rival team, who ran toward the exits to escape, according to witnesses. One man told state TV he heard gunshots in the stadium, while a lawmaker from Egypt's powerful Muslim Brotherhood said the police didn't prevent fans carrying knives from entering the stadium.

TV footage showed Al-Ahly players rushing for their locker room as fistfights broke out among the hundreds of fans swarming on to the field. Some men had to rescue a manager from the losing team as he was being beaten. Black-clothed police officers stood by, appearing overwhelmed.


Hesham Sheiha, a health ministry official, said most of the deaths were caused by concussions, deep head wounds and suffocation from the stampede. He said 40 people were in serious conditions and undergoing surgery.

In an interview with the team's station, Mohammed Abu Trika, a player with Al-Ahly, criticized police for standing by and not intervening in the violence.

"People here are dying and no one is doing a thing. It's like a war," he told the team TV station. "Is life this cheap?"

Bob Bradley, the former U.S. national team coach who was hired in September as coach of Egypt's national team, was not at the stadium, U.S. Soccer Federation spokesman Michael Kammarman said.

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Thanks for the new thread, Michelle...

And thanks for the great title, Shelby!
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Do you know where he went to high school? I know you know where he went to college.
Blake Griffin was born in OKC (which is why it would've been awesome if the Thunder had somehow gotten him) and he went to a private school called Oklahoma Christian School where his coach was his dad Tommy, and his brother Taylor was his teammate.

Fun Fact #1: From what I've read, he wasn't considering OU at all until his brother sold him on coming to play as his teammate again.

Fun Fact #2: In high school, he was friends with one Sam Bradford, star QB.

Fun Fact #3: His school won 4 straight state titles while he was there.
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Yes, I really wonder what Bob Bradley is feeling right now. Even Michael for that matter, knowing where his father coaches and how that easily could have been him.

This rioting is ridiculous and such a severe problem that needs addressed. The soccer world is out of control in this way. I even see how parents get rabid and weird in traveling soccer! I played both soccer and basketball and never once did I feel nervous or pressured while playing basketball. The families were supportive and fun, everything get on so smoothly. That was not the case for soccer. Some parents were kicked out of games, got upset with their children, there was a tension, a pressure constantly. I see it all the more now while watching my nieces games. I love the sport but there's something about it that makes people go crazy!

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Brought this in from the last thread:

Blake Griffin was born in OKC (which is why it would've been awesome if the Thunder had somehow gotten him) and he went to a private school called Oklahoma Christian School where his coach was his dad Tommy, and his brother Taylor was his teammate.

Fun Fact #1: From what I've read, he wasn't considering OU at all until his brother sold him on coming to play as his teammate again.

Fun Fact #2: In high school, he was friends with one Sam Bradford, star QB.

Fun Fact #3: His school won 4 straight state titles while he was there.
Wow, such a great story!

How many years did he play for OU?
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I see it all the more now while watching my nieces games. I love the sport but there's something about it that makes people go crazy!
Parents definitely go crazy! I remember years ago at one of my son's club soccer games..one of our parents actually got into a fight with one of the opposing players! In the middle of the field! The team composed themselves better than this dad! Unbelievable!
This prompted my son to declare that these games are no place for parents!
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Parents definitely go crazy! I remember years ago at one of my son's club soccer games..one of our parents actually got into a fight with one of the opposing players! In the middle of the field! The team composed themselves better than this dad! Unbelievable!
This prompted my son to declare that these games are no place for parents!
Honestly, he is absolutely right! I remember telling a teammate that it's difficult enough for us players to perform on the field, let alone worrying about what the stupid fans are going to pull.

I think here in America because soccer is such a middle to upper class sport, you are also dealing with egos and "class" as well. My niece, Anna, dislikes 90% of her teammates off the field. I think I am even being generous with the 10%. She finds so many of them stuck up and superficial. She hangs off the field with 2 girls and merely puts up with everyone else. I was the same way. I was close friends with very few girls throughout my traveling soccer career and a couple more in high school. I couldn't stand so many of them... so full of themselves. Even the parents had the nice groups and status crap going on. My parents always stayed out of that ridiculous stuff and were nice to everyone but in private they constantly complained!
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Parents god help me if I ever become one of those crazy sport parents. I love sports but i could never see myself becoming as insanely invested as some parents do with their kids sporting events. Yes I will support them and go to every game and if they want help I will help but I'm never going to be one of those crazy moms taking stats for a 5 year olds scrimmage. It's insane!!!! They are kids!
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Exactly. I absolutely cannot stand it.
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Yes, I really wonder what Bob Bradley is feeling right now. Even Michael for that matter, knowing where his father coaches and how that easily could have been him.

This rioting is ridiculous and such a severe problem that needs addressed. The soccer world is out of control in this way. I even see how parents get rabid and weird in traveling soccer! I played both soccer and basketball and never once did I feel nervous or pressured while playing basketball. The families were supportive and fun, everything get on so smoothly. That was not the case for soccer. Some parents were kicked out of games, got upset with their children, there was a tension, a pressure constantly. I see it all the more now while watching my nieces games. I love the sport but there's something about it that makes people go crazy!



Wow, such a great story!

How many years did he play for OU?
He played two years for OU. Once Taylor graduated, he declared for the draft.
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Ya'll hear about Kevin Durant dissing Griffen's dunk? A lot of people are upset with him for that but(I cant believe Im about to take up for a Wronghorn) I kinda like that he stepped up and did that. One, he is supporting his teammate in Perkins by saying Im not going to celebrate something that was a negative to my team mate and team and Two he is a Wronghorn after all and rivalry runs deep him and Griff were on opposite sides of the OU/UT Rivalry.
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He played two years for OU. Once Taylor graduated, he declared for the draft.
That's great. Do you think he could have gone one only and still received a good draft pick or was two about right on?

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Am I being too critical or does this sound super arrogant on his end? His thoughts rub me the wrong way. He hasn't proven A THING in the NFL yet. NOTHING. Yet, he's talking about "co-existing" with Manning, a future Hall of Fame Quarterback, maybe the best who ever played that position? I can't believe the thoughts here. He should shut up. He hasn't even been drafted officially by Indy yet.

ETA: I actually credit Durant for sticking up for his teammate. I like the loyalty.
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Eh to me it doesnt rub me the wrong way he didnt say he thought he was better than Manning just that he wants to play right away. I for one dont want to draft a QB i.e. Leader of my team that doesnt WANT to play right away.

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I think here in America because soccer is such a middle to upper class sport, you are also dealing with egos and "class" as well. My niece, Anna, dislikes 90% of her teammates off the field. I think I am even being generous with the 10%
Yes, perhaps class was involved and also ethnicity. Many of the teams that my boys played were from Northern Jersey towns that had large immigrant populations. These kids were either sons of immigrants or immigrants themselves. The City of Newark has a area called the "Ironbound District". It is made up of a huge Portugese population. (great restaurants!!). Their players were fantastic (part of their culture)..but we held our own against them.
Anyway....this one particular dad from our team didn't like the way this one Ironbound kid was contantly fouling his son. The ref was not calling it and this dad got so frustrated that at the end of the match...ran up to the field and physical grabbed this player! The other dads and the ref had to physically pull him away!

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Parents god help me if I ever become one of those crazy sport parents. I love sports but i could never see myself becoming as insanely invested as some parents do with their kids sporting events.
I think some parents (like the dad above) have personality issues...huge tempers! I hope that we would have more self control!
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