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My local team is Manchester City... bloody Arabs sad
2012 Apr 03 04:55
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Quote:Giant-killing Espoo Blues royally repay new owners' faith
SM-Liiga playoffs semi-final pairings atre Blues vs. Pelicans, Jokerit vs. JYP

Double-Plus, hat-eating WOW!

Espoo Blues continued their quite extraordinary turnaround in the SM-Liiga playoffs quarter-finals, travelling to Kuopio on Monday to record a 4-1 victory over regular-season winners KalPa to consign them to their summer holidays and book themselves a highly unlikely place in the semi-finals.

Never before in Finnish ice hockey has a team come back from 0-3 down in a best-of-seven series to progress in this fashion.

Espoo Blues, who recently underwent a change of ownership, will now play regular-season runners-up Lahti Pelicans, who also took the long route to overcome Oulu Kärpät.

The other semi-final pairing will feature Helsinki Jokerit and JYP of Jyväskylä.

Espoo Blues finished 8th in the regular season, some 33 points adrift of winners KalPa.

For the first three of their seven matches, this was quite apparent, as KalPa looked to be marching into the last four with imperious ease.

However, the Espoo side developed a remarkable head of steam, and by the time the puck dropped on Monday night, few would have bet against them delivering the ultimate upset.

Inside the first period, three Espoo goals without reply effectively killed off the game and any chances KalPa might have had to recover their composure, and even when the Kuopio team did get on the board late in the third period, it took only 90 seconds before Espoo scored a fourth into an empty net to rub in their superiority.

By the end, the proud regular-season winners were like punch-drunk boxers, barely aware of where they were.

In a sense, they ought to have known what was in prospect, even though it came as a complete shock to all, since last season Espoo Blues progressed all the way to the finals of the Finnish Championships by the same long route of the preliminary "charity round", and knocked out both the regular-season winners (JYP) and runners-up (Ässät of Pori) along the way, before going down to Helsinki IFK.

This will probably not be lost on their next opponents, runners-up Lahti Pelicans, who also overcame a big deficit (1-3 in games) to win out over Oulu Kärpät.

Their 3-2 victory in the seventh and final match means they will meet the Espoo side in Lahti on Wednesday.

Lahti have home advantage in the seven-match series, owing to their higher league position.

Espoo play their first home semi-final on Thursday, and if the often under-populated Barona Arena is not bursting at the seams, then there really is no justice in the world.

The other semi-final pairing of Helsinki Jokerit (6th in the table) and JYP of Jyväskylä (4th) also starts in Jyväskylä tomorrow.

Both these teams had a much easier passage to the last four, winning their quarter-finals emphatically 4-0.

The last couple of seasons have given the somewhat "plastic" blues (often accused for not being very rich in tradition) a stronger team identity: Blues players are fighters, who never give up. The former coach called them "Spartans". Anyway, you can bet your bollocks yours truly will be in the home games, screaming my head off. thumbs up

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2012 Apr 03 13:48
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RE: Here, we support our local teams!
(2012 Apr 03 04:55)Susi Wrote:  My local team is Manchester City... bloody Arabs sad

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RE: Here, we support our local teams!
My local side is the only Welsh team playing in the English Premier League. It's our first season and we're currently 11th/20 so we're doing better than the pundits expected, even though most of us knew that we'd do well, especially with our style of football.

Best match of the season so far



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It's early days, but Swansea City are currently 2nd in the EPL. We've managed to get Michael Laudrup lulz at the helm and since he's started, he's been buying good players on the cheap - Michu, Ki and hopefully Pablo Hernandez (from Valencia).

Our new striker, currently top scorer of the EPL - Michu

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Where I am from there are no local teams. I support anything out of Montreal whether it be the Canadiens (hockey), Expos (baseball), Impact (football/soccer) or Alouettes (American football) as most Maritimers with French blood (regardless if they speak French or not) do.

2012 Aug 26 19:56
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Made in my neighberhood some days ago Big Grin

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2012 Aug 26 22:15
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My father has probably spent more money down the years on Manchester City than he has on me and my siblings combined, so I don't feel guilty in neglecting the team in my generation. Big Grin

My father's probably only slightly behind Sheikh Abu Jihad al-Whatever in spending on the club, actually.

"And now if a whole nation fell into that? In such a case, I answer, infallibly they will return out of it. For life is no cunningly-devised deception or self deception, it is a great truth that thou art alive, that thou hast desires, necessities: neither can these subsist and satisfy themselves on delusions, but on fact. To fact, depend on it, we shall come back: to such fact, blessed or cursed, as we have wisdom for."
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My favourite teams in sports other than football:

Basketball - Joventut (Badalona)

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Rugby - USAP (Perpinyà, French Catalonia)

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And of course the Catalonian national team in any of those twenty sports in which it is internationally recognized, no matter how mino or absurd they are.

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