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Yes, sad but true...:p
 

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Might be one of the nicer places they have been.
 

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An American travels to Spain and dines at a fancy restaurant where he orders the specialty of the house. The waiter brings over a dish with two sizable meatballs on a bed of rice. After eating them he tells the waiter that it was delicious and asks what were those meatballs made with .. the waiter tells him that it’s a delicacy; the restaurant is next to a bull fighting ring and after the brave matadors win by killing the bull, the restaurant gets both the bull meat and the testicles which are slowly cooked in red wine and herbs and served with saffron flavored rice .. Impressed, the American returns the following night and orders the same thing. But he notices the meatballs are a lot smaller this time, so he asks the waiter : how come they’re so small, was it a very young bull ? The waiter replies : no senor, you see…sometimes it’s the bull who wins the fight .
 

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And one more classic :

A man had been suffering from constant, excruciatingly painful migraines and no matter how many doctors and specialists he had seen, no matter how many CT scans and MRIs or other tests he had taken, not a single doctor was been able to find a cure . So he became suicidal, not being able to tolerate the pain anymore and with no hope in sight, he decided to end it all . Just before he was going to take his own life, his friend told him about a doctor known for unconventional ways of treatment and suggested he tries that as a last resort . And so he did. After reviewing all the medical history the doctor told him the only cure would be removal of his testicles . In desperation, and left with no other choice the man agrees to have the procedure . As soon as he is released from the hospital, the migraines are competently gone ! He walks out takes a deep breath of the fresh springtime air and can’t contain his joy at how great he feels..in spite of now living without his family jewels . So he thinks he may as well buy himself some new clothes to look as good as he feels . He walks into a top notch men’s shop and asks the salesperson to get him the best outfit in the shop . So the salesman says : 42 size jacket , right ? The man answers, yes, how did you know ? The salesman responds: I’ve been doing this for forty years, I know my trade well, and I’m also a tailor. The man tries on the jacket and it fits like a glove . The salesman continues .. how about a shirt, I’ll bring you a 15.5 neck size, 33 “ sleeves length, that should be best for you. The man is amazed once again but the salesman assured him that as many years as he’s tailored clothes and fitted hundreds of costumers, he knows right away what size they need , and he’s never been wrong. Of course, the shirt also fits perfectly. Next, the salesman brings a pair of off-size 35 waist slacks, which fit the man as if they were custom tailored just for him. So the man tells the tailor he’s never experienced anyone who just by looking at a person can guess the sizes as precisely as that .. Last, the salesman says : to complete the outfit, how about if I bring you a pair of size 34 silk boxer shorts ? The man responds : oh, no I think this is the only item which looks like you did not guess correctly , I have always worn size 32 cotton briefs . The tailor responds : really ? that‘s surprising, because size 32 briefs are too small for your body type, and they would give you terrible headaches !!
 

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George lives in Boston Massachusetts. He was sick of the world, of Covid-19, Trump, Russian belligerence, the War in Ukraine, and China, global warming, racial tensions, supply chain disruptions, rising prices, inflation , crime and the rest of the disturbing stories that occupy media headlines. So George decided to end his misery ; he drove his car into his garage and then sealed every doorway and window as best he could. He got back into his car and opened all the windows, selected his favourite radio station, started the car and set it to a slow idle. Two days later, a worried neighbor peered through his garage window and saw him in the car. She notified the emergency services, they sent an ambulance and they broke in, pulling George from the car. After a sandwich and a little sip of water, surprisingly, George was in perfect condition…but his Tesla had a dead battery. ;)
 

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So true...I've never been a fan of Soccer (soooo boring), and after seeing the Hollywood acting of an "injury" in the sport, that rivals even the NBA/NFL...what big cry babies (soccer players)...Ouch, my leg! Then 2 minutes later their good as new...Oscars, Oscars for everyone! LOL
 

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Those “dives“ and acting performances :rolleyes: have actually been a small, but effective part of the game‘s strategy for a long time …

It’s mostly the top players who are coached to do that, so as to draw as much of the referees’ consideration as possible, with hopes of earning the opposite team’s offending player(s) a yellow card, and possibly even a red card.. If and when that happens, the opposite team tends to start playing less aggressively against those players, for fear of getting further penalized.

And even though the refs are well aware that much of the falls are followed by exaggerated acting, there is always the benefit of the doubt that’s being sought..and if it works once out of three or four times, that’s good enough.

The flip side is that some of the unconvincing dives can backfire and also earn the bad actor a yellow card or worse if the refs don’t buy the fake. It’s a calculated risk .

There was a leaked video circulating in the soccer world a couple of decades ago which became viral , showing one of the top Italian clubs in training sessions where the players were specifically being taught how to dive and feign injury in the most convincing ways possible.

Truly shameful, but as noted above, if it works and manages to either fool the ref and / or make the opponent just a bit more apprehensive, it’s an effective tactic .
 

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Another sports story :
Michael Jordan was asked how his Chicago Bulls team of the 90s, might do if they were to play today’s LeBron James‘ Lakers team . MJ said : we’d probably beat today’s Lakers, but just by a few points …after all, most of us are 60 years-old now ..
 

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From my friend in England, after the U.S. - England World Cup match ending in 0-0 :
If I wanted to see a bunch of guys spend 90 minutes without scoring, I’d watch my friends trying their luck with the ladies in a pub.
Your friend might find a pair of Beer Goggles will improve his success ratio. He should proceed with caution though and stop before reaching the mythical 7 pint threshold. 😟
 

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Those “dives“ and acting performances :rolleyes: have actually been a small, but effective part of the game‘s strategy for a long time …

It’s mostly the top players who are coached to do that, so as to draw as much of the referees’ consideration as possible, with hopes of earning the opposite team’s offending player(s) a yellow card, and possibly even a red card.. If and when that happens, the opposite team tends to start playing less aggressively against those players, for fear of getting further penalized.

And even though the refs are well aware that much of the falls are followed by exaggerated acting, there is always the benefit of the doubt that’s being sought..and if it works once out of three or four times, that’s good enough.

The flip side is that some of the unconvincing dives can backfire and also earn the bad actor a yellow card or worse if the refs don’t buy the fake. It’s a calculated risk .

There was a leaked video circulating in the soccer world a couple of decades ago which became viral , showing one of the top Italian clubs in training sessions where the players were specifically being taught how to dive and feign injury in the most convincing ways possible.

Truly shameful, but as noted above, if it works and manages to either fool the ref and / or make the opponent just a bit more apprehensive, it’s an effective tactic .
Well said Dan, thanks for the insite, makes sense!
 
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