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Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby louie_db9 » Tue May 03, 2016 12:43 pm

Any of you that follow football will know that something amazing happened last night. I thought about posting a few weeks ago but didn't out of worry that I would jinx them, but Leicester City have won the Premier League title. It is their first top division title in their 132 year history and bookies had them down at odds of 5,000/1 at the start of the season. Just thought I should start a thread of appreciation.

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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby Verity » Tue May 03, 2016 1:01 pm

Good to see another team win, EPL was getting too predictable, same teams every year.

Every season preview you can find on the net has them getting religated so its remarkable they won the EPL.
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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby raja » Thu May 05, 2016 5:45 am

Truly amazing achievement.

It is easier to win a football World Cup than to win the English Premier League.

To win a football WC, you need to have a red-hot streak for a few days. Also, some teams get knocked out by other teams, so you end up playing 8-odd games.

To win the EPL, you need to be consistent for months on end.

You play every other side in the competition - there's no escape.

You play THIRTY-EIGHT games, so any fluke performance or purple patch for a month WILL get found out.

Getting ahead of the biggies in English football, with all their superstars - players and support staff - is just the most amazing sporting achievement.

Congratulations, Leicester and Ranieri.

Ranieri himself was written off by many.

Happy for him and all Leicester fans.

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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby Going South » Thu May 05, 2016 1:08 pm

"Sporting history"??? It's frekking domestic league football that nobody cares.

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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby Verity » Thu May 05, 2016 1:14 pm

Going South wrote:"Sporting history"??? It's frekking domestic league football that nobody cares.


You can't downplay this, biggest upset in sport ever.
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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby Going South » Thu May 05, 2016 1:35 pm

In gully cricket a batsman dhanawade made 1000 runs and I would Puke if someone say it's "biggest story in sporting history" where nobody did in the last 132 years. No big deal. No need for superlatives!

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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby raja » Thu May 05, 2016 4:26 pm

Going South wrote:"Sporting history"??? It's frekking domestic league football that nobody cares.

Each team plays 38 matches in the league!
To top it at the end of it all, over a period of 8 months, is a true test of consistency.
And this is a team which has no track record, no big players.
Their entire team budget is probably less than that of a couple of big guys in one of the big teams.

As for being a "domestic league", I recall somebody calling another "domestic league" the greatest show on earth in that sport. :-)

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Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby Going South » Thu May 05, 2016 4:32 pm

If Bangalore or Delhi wins IPL would you call it biggest story in sports history ? Though I don't see them win IPL in the next 132 years.
:lmao:

As per IPL being best thing since sliced bread, it's just a metaphor not that I would see it in national geographic!!!

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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby raja » Thu May 05, 2016 5:16 pm

RCB or DD might win the IPL in the coming years.
The 8 teams in the IPL are fairly evenly matched, compared to the EPL.
That's because they started with about the same purse - differences are mainly due to selection choices and players being in form or not.

The big teams in the EPL have huge financial advantage over the smaller teams.
They buy big-ticket players and then boss over the small guys.
Leicester picked up second-rung players, from B leagues, rejects of big teams.
With that, they managed to string together a side - and win the league.

Far more amazing than anything IPL can conjure.

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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby Boycs » Thu May 05, 2016 5:36 pm

Apart from the Thai billionaire that gave them tonnes of money to buy players....

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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby Katto » Fri May 06, 2016 4:07 am

Going South wrote:"Sporting history"??? It's frekking domestic league football that nobody cares.


Its not just a domestic league when many of the best players in the world play in it, the top teams have budgets of 100's of millions of dollars/euros whatever and the particular sport is by far the biggest sport in the world - its not even close for second.

The difference between the Chelsea, Man City budgets and Leicester is also astronomical. An outstanding achievement in gaining value for money by Ranieri and the Thai owner.

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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby Katto » Fri May 06, 2016 4:08 am

BoyCaught30 wrote:Apart from the Thai billionaire that gave them tonnes of money to buy players....


That squad is not exactly a who's who of world football.
They bought smart rather than splashing cash on household names.

Mahrez went to Leicester for 500k eu from France
Vardy for 1.2m eu from league one

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Postby Misty » Fri May 06, 2016 6:29 am

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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby louie_db9 » Fri May 06, 2016 11:51 am

Going South wrote:"Sporting history"??? It's frekking domestic league football that nobody cares.


No-one cares about the Premier League? Ahh that must be the reason why sides such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal etc barely have any supporters from outside the UK. A hell of a lot of people both in the UK and overseas care about it. It's the biggest sport in the world and this is one of the biggest leagues in the world, whether you like it or not.

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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby louie_db9 » Fri May 06, 2016 11:56 am

BoyCaught30 wrote:Apart from the Thai billionaire that gave them tonnes of money to buy players....


They spent around £35m this season, around £20m the season before and around £750,000 the year before that. That's basically the cost of about 2 players for the bigger boys. Jamie Vardy was playing non-league football 4 seasons ago, Riyad Mahrez cost about half a million, N'Golo Kante was playing in the third tier of French football 3 seasons ago. In other words, these are not typical billionaire playboy player transfers you see at clubs like Manchesters United and City, Chelsea and the like.

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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby louie_db9 » Fri May 06, 2016 11:58 am

raja wrote:RCB or DD might win the IPL in the coming years.
The 8 teams in the IPL are fairly evenly matched, compared to the EPL.
That's because they started with about the same purse - differences are mainly due to selection choices and players being in form or not.

The big teams in the EPL have huge financial advantage over the smaller teams.
They buy big-ticket players and then boss over the small guys.
Leicester picked up second-rung players, from B leagues, rejects of big teams.
With that, they managed to string together a side - and win the league.

Far more amazing than anything IPL can conjure.


Brilliantly said, though I still hope GS was just trolling

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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby SuperGLS » Sat May 07, 2016 12:56 am

It is pretty amazing. And certainly good for the sport. Everyone loves an underdog.

At the same time, it's hard for me to take leagues without a playoff system too seriously. Yeah, I know that's very American me.
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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby Katto » Sat May 07, 2016 3:32 am

SuperGLS wrote:It is pretty amazing. And certainly good for the sport. Everyone loves an underdog.

At the same time, it's hard for me to take leagues without a playoff system too seriously. Yeah, I know that's very American me.


so MLS > EPL? :think:

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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby SuperGLS » Sat May 07, 2016 11:37 am

Well, I don't really watch either.

I do watch soccer/football every now and then, but primarily because it's the only sport you can watch commercial-free for 45 minutes at a time.
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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby Katto » Sat May 07, 2016 2:04 pm

SuperGLS wrote:Well, I don't really watch either.

I do watch soccer/football every now and then, but primarily because it's the only sport you can watch commercial-free for 45 minutes at a time.


and thats why major networks in the US dont screen it. Its bad for advertising.

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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby Going South » Sat May 07, 2016 2:15 pm

Who cares. You need to have people asking for live telecast and willing to pay. You cannot "impose" it.

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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby SuperGLS » Sun May 08, 2016 12:46 am

Katto wrote:
SuperGLS wrote:Well, I don't really watch either.

I do watch soccer/football every now and then, but primarily because it's the only sport you can watch commercial-free for 45 minutes at a time.


and thats why major networks in the US dont screen it. Its bad for advertising.


That's true about the advertising. They do have some pop up ads and then of course during halftime it's pretty much 13 minutes of commercials and 2 minutes of chat.

But I'm pretty sure EPL comes on ESPN or NBC/NBC Sports (I know I've seen it this year on one of those two channels). Those come with pretty much every cable/satellite package.
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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby Katto » Sun May 08, 2016 8:30 am

SuperGLS wrote:
Katto wrote:
and thats why major networks in the US dont screen it. Its bad for advertising.


That's true about the advertising. They do have some pop up ads and then of course during halftime it's pretty much 13 minutes of commercials and 2 minutes of chat.

But I'm pretty sure EPL comes on ESPN or NBC/NBC Sports (I know I've seen it this year on one of those two channels). Those come with pretty much every cable/satellite package.


ESPN is a cheap operation though. Not a premium network to advertise on.

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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

Postby afghankhan » Sun May 08, 2016 1:57 pm

Incredible achievement by Leicester.
Can't really explain how they pulled it off.
Unbelievable stuff.
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Re: Biggest Story in Sporting History

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