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All things Sport(s)

BunksBunks Australia Veteran

Hi all

This thread is for my fellow sport(s) enthusiasts to discuss what's happening in the wide world of sports.

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  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    This has me a little bit excited.

    After some years of negotiations, it looks like my beloved NUFC can finally get out from under the ownership of Mike Ashley. Not a popular figure.

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-united-takeover-live-latest-21783334

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @Bunks said:
    Hi all

    This thread is for my fellow sport(s) enthusiasts to discuss what's happening in the wide world of sports.

    Well done mate! Up the Bunks!!

    Bunkslobster
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Bunks said:
    This has me a little bit excited.

    After some years of negotiations, it looks like my beloved NUFC can finally get out from under the ownership of Mike Ashley. Not a popular figure.

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-united-takeover-live-latest-21783334

    Glad to see the Newcastle fans not getting ahead of themselves....hehe

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Hopefully St Louis will get over the LA Dodgers in the MLB today......

  • WalkerWalker Veteran Veteran

    Well, if you're a native @lobster , then I guess it's ok for you to be roaming around. Otherwise they'd have to track down whoever released you and fine them. :p

    lobster
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran
    edited October 7

    I follow sports a bit, and will happily contribute…

    @Bunks said:
    Hopefully St Louis will get over the LA Dodgers in the MLB today......

    Not much chance. I saw a little of the game but the pitching was good and the offences were locked down tight, so very low scoring. So I went to bed after a couple of innings. But I did see the highlights this morning, close 1-3 victory for the Dodgers.

    But then the dodgers had been something like 15 games better than the Cardinals during the regular season, that’s quite a gap in class between a team winning 100 games and a team winning 85.

  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    @Bunks said:
    This has me a little bit excited.

    After some years of negotiations, it looks like my beloved NUFC can finally get out from under the ownership of Mike Ashley. Not a popular figure.

    Aha so you are a Newcastle United fan! I follow a few English teams because of the Dutch players, like Liverpool with Virgil van Dijk, and some golden oldies, Manchester United with Jaap Stam and Ruud van Nistelrooy, Chelsea with Ruud Gullit, Arsenal with Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars. There’s some rich history of Dutch players being in the Premier League.

    And also I like to keep tabs on Southampton because I lived there for a while.

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Jeroen said:

    @Bunks said:
    This has me a little bit excited.

    After some years of negotiations, it looks like my beloved NUFC can finally get out from under the ownership of Mike Ashley. Not a popular figure.

    Aha so you are a Newcastle United fan! I follow a few English teams because of the Dutch players, like Liverpool with Virgil van Dijk, and some golden oldies, Manchester United with Jaap Stam and Ruud van Nistelrooy, Chelsea with Ruud Gullit, Arsenal with Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars. There’s some rich history of Dutch players being in the Premier League.

    And also I like to keep tabs on Southampton because I lived there for a while.

    Yes, I’ve followed the Toon since the early 90’s. I had taken an interest in Liverpool before that but when Peter Beardsley moved across to Newcastle I went with him.
    It’s been a lean couple of decades but things may be about to get better. Apparently if this deal with new owners go through they’ll be the richest club in the Premier League. We will wait and see.
    Speaking of Dutch footballers, Guus Hiddink is held in very high regards in this part of the world. Got Australia into the second round of the 2006 World Cup. Something we’d never done before or since. “Aussie Guus” I think we call him hehe

    Jeroen
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Jeroen said:
    I follow sports a bit, and will happily contribute…

    @Bunks said:
    Hopefully St Louis will get over the LA Dodgers in the MLB today......

    Not much chance. I saw a little of the game but the pitching was good and the offences were locked down tight, so very low scoring. So I went to bed after a couple of innings. But I did see the highlights this morning, close 1-3 victory for the Dodgers.

    But then the dodgers had been something like 15 games better than the Cardinals during the regular season, that’s quite a gap in class between a team winning 100 games and a team winning 85.

    Yeah, walk off homer in the bottom of the ninth.
    I don’t like the Dodgers but in fairness they were the better team during the regular season so deserve to go through.

  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    Amazing though that the starters were both such old guys. Wainwright for St Louis was 40, Max Scherzer for the Dodgers was 37. You hardly ever see that. I can only remember a couple of pitchers who stayed active beyond their age-36 season… Bartolo Colon, Randy Johnson, CC Sabathia.

    Bunks
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    @Bunks said:
    It’s been a lean couple of decades but things may be about to get better. Apparently if this deal with new owners go through they’ll be the richest club in the Premier League. We will wait and see.

    With rich owners usually good things come to football clubs. Look at what happened to Manchester City, once the poor relations of Manchester United, now competing for the highest honours of the champions league every year with a new stadium, stellar team and possibly the best manager in the world.

    Speaking of Dutch footballers, Guus Hiddink is held in very high regards in this part of the world. Got Australia into the second round of the 2006 World Cup. Something we’d never done before or since. “Aussie Guus” I think we call him hehe

    Yeah Guus has quite a cv, he managed a lot of countries and always got them to do well. Like when Korea were hosting, I think he managed them to the semi-finals which for an Asian country is a massive achievement. He is highly regarded in Holland as well.

    Bunks
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator
    edited October 7

    Arsenal. A weird season ofups and downs.

    An' that's awl I'm gonna say 'bout that.

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @federica said:
    Arsenal. A weird season ofups and downs.

    An' that's awl I'm gonna say 'bout that.

    Yeah they haven’t had a great start to the year. Are they your team Fede?
    I’m still celebrating over here….
    https://www.themag.co.uk/2021/10/yasir-al-rumayyan-and-amanda-staveley-release-statement-after-newcastle-united-takeover/

  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    Those bloody Tampa Bay Rays man. I’ve got a bad feeling about this series, they have been our kryptonite all year long.

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran


    Someone just sent me this! Haha. Crazy

    Jeroen
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    @Bunks said:
    Someone just sent me this! Haha. Crazy

    Classic! Maybe Newcastle will soon be the new Paris St Germain. But it will take a few years to build up a good team, that didn’t happen overnight for Manchester City either.

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Jeroen said:

    @Bunks said:
    Someone just sent me this! Haha. Crazy

    Classic! Maybe Newcastle will soon be the new Paris St Germain. But it will take a few years to build up a good team, that didn’t happen overnight for Manchester City either.

    Yeah, definitely patience required. But I think fans understand that.

    Most of them just happy to see the back of Mike Ashley and get someone in with some ambition!

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Jeroen said:
    Those bloody Tampa Bay Rays man. I’ve got a bad feeling about this series, they have been our kryptonite all year long.

    Good game unfolding here. 5-5 top of the 5th

  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran
    edited October 9

    @Bunks said:

    @Jeroen said:
    Those bloody Tampa Bay Rays man. I’ve got a bad feeling about this series, they have been our kryptonite all year long.

    Good game unfolding here. 5-5 top of the 5th

    Quality game (which I am still watching the replay of). 14-6 win, starters lasting just an inning or two, you don’t see such a high scoring game very often, props to Tanner Houck and the Boston bullpen for keeping the Rays under control.

    But by winning a game in Tampa, sox have given themselves a chance to wrap things up at home in Fenway Park. The next two games in the series are in Boston so we will see.

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Jeroen said:

    @Bunks said:

    @Jeroen said:
    Those bloody Tampa Bay Rays man. I’ve got a bad feeling about this series, they have been our kryptonite all year long.

    Good game unfolding here. 5-5 top of the 5th

    Quality game (which I am still watching the replay of). 14-6 win, starters lasting just an inning or two, you don’t see such a high scoring game very often, props to Tanner Houck and the Boston bullpen for keeping the Rays under control.

    But by winning a game in Tampa, sox have given themselves a chance to wrap things up at home in Fenway Park. The next two games in the series are in Boston so we will see.

    Yeah they played well….

  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    @Jeroen said:
    But by winning a game in Tampa, sox have given themselves a chance to wrap things up at home in Fenway Park. The next two games in the series are in Boston so we will see.

    So far so good. Sox won the first game in Boston by the skin of their teeth. Walk off home run in the 13th inning, with a bullpen game next. But the sox used a starter, Nick Pivetta, to cover all the extra innings, so I think sox manager Alex Cora will be happy.

    Bunks
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran
    edited October 13

    So Red Sox managed to win the series 3-1 against the Rays, who looked very disappointed. But again a walk-off win, they managed to manufacture a run in the bottom of the ninth with a little small ball, bunts and a sac fly.

    Next they go against the Astros, who are a pretty intimidating team loaded with talent. Then if they win that, a World Series against the best of the National League. Honestly I’m not so convinced of a good outcome, I think the Astros are the stronger team and pretty experienced, but you never know, take it one game at a time.

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    My life has been consumed by the NUFC takeover in the last week.... :)

    Jeroen
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    @Bunks said:
    My life has been consumed by the NUFC takeover in the last week.... :)

    Yeah, I heard a few not-very-complimentary things about the new owners. But I think it has to be good for the club, we will see what they do over the coming years to rebuild the team and upgrade the facilities.

  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    I thought the Giants v Dodgers finale, a deciding game 5 which was tied 1-1 going into the ninth inning, was a very tense affair. The giants can feel hard done by for losing 2-1 on a poor umpiring call when they had a man on base… anyway now Dodgers v Braves to decide the NL.

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Jeroen said:

    @Bunks said:
    My life has been consumed by the NUFC takeover in the last week.... :)

    Yeah, I heard a few not-very-complimentary things about the new owners. But I think it has to be good for the club, we will see what they do over the coming years to rebuild the team and upgrade the facilities.

    Yes! Saudi Arabia has a poor human rights record. And the Chairman of the investment fund is believed to have ordered the murder of a journalist a few years ago.

    That said, with globalisation, if we scratch the surface you could argue we are all connected to countries and regimes with unsavoury practices.

    Attacking Newcastle fans (as some human rights campaigners have done) is kind of ridiculous. We had no say in Mike Ashley being the owner (14 years of misery) and we have no say in the Saudi PIF being the owners.

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Jeroen said:
    So Red Sox managed to win the series 3-1 against the Rays, who looked very disappointed. But again a walk-off win, they managed to manufacture a run in the bottom of the ninth with a little small ball, bunts and a sac fly.

    Next they go against the Astros, who are a pretty intimidating team loaded with talent. Then if they win that, a World Series against the best of the National League. Honestly I’m not so convinced of a good outcome, I think the Astros are the stronger team and pretty experienced, but you never know, take it one game at a time.

    Wishing the Red Sox luck today! One of my best mates is a big fan. He'll be tuning in no doubt. Should be a good series.

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