July 11, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 4 comments

Wall to wall big matches today. Wimbledon, Euro 2020, and NBA finals.

My predictions:
- Djokovic
- England
- Milwaukee

posted by NoMich at 11:07 AM on July 11, 2021

The ruination of sporting historical precedent continues apace.

Neymar had never lost at Maracana. Messi had never won a tournament with his national team.

One bit of continuity has been preserved, however. England only plays in tournament finals when they're held at Wembley. We shall see about the triumphal part of that axiom.

posted by beaverboard at 11:30 AM on July 11, 2021

I guess my eyes are spoiled at this point. Watching the Copa final, I couldn't help constantly noticing how less tended and underwhelming the Maracana turf looked in comparison to the luxurious pitches of Euro 2020.

posted by beaverboard at 11:35 AM on July 11, 2021

The Copa America pitches were uniformly terrible, Beaverboard. Probably hard to avoid when you decide like 10 days ahead of the start to host the tournament in a new country.

Also, Gareth Southgate, what a maroon!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:45 AM on July 12, 2021

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