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  1. Wales humiliated England in this game and made them sack their coach, and now the Kiwi coach that replaced him has lost his first game to Ireland! Happy days!

  2. gotta love Dallaglio "well the referee has said Dan Brown is hanging on … I don't know about that, let's have a look at this ….. <mentally readies himself to slag off referee> ….. aaaaaahh yeah fair enough" lol

  3. The US is the best sports country in the world. The US is the best at gridiron football (some of the best athletes in the world, most complicated sport besides baseball), baseball, basketball (world's second most popular sport, best athletes in the world), racquetball, lacrosse, track and field, swimming, tennis (not right now but all time most majors won and most Davis and fed cups won), golf, boxing, beach volleyball, figure skating, snowboarding, skiing, diving, shooting etc and the US is top 2-5 all time in wrestling, gymnastics, rowing, sailing, weightlifting, cycling, speed skating, alpine skiing, volleyball, ice hockey etc. Also the US has won more than double the amount of gold and overall Olympic medals than the number 2 country in terms of medals, and this with: (1) the US being limited in the amount of athletes it can send to the Olympics. Every Olympics, many Americans who are qualified to compete in the Olympics can't compete because there is a quota limiting the amount of athletes a country can send. If these athletes were from a small country, they would be competing at the Olympics. In 2012, Britain, because they were the host, was able to have more athletes competing than any other nation, yet the US destroyed them in amount of gold and overall medals won. (2) the vast majority of the best American athletes don't play Olympic sports, so this American domination even with the number quota is with not even close to the best athletes the US has to offer. Even in soccer (the best sport), which has been the biggest sport in Europe since the 1800s and unfortunately was almost non existent in the US until the 1990s and is still the 5th most popular sport in the US, with the US having hardly any good academies and no soccer culture and as a result our soccer players aren't taught the proper way to play, the US is one of only 8 nations in the whole world that has made it to at least the round of 16 in 3 of the last 4 world cups and in the last World Cup made it farther than Portugal, Italy, Spain and England. Even in rugby, a sport most Americans don't even know the rules of, the US consistently qualifies for the rugby World Cup. This either furthers the point that the US punches above its weight in sports we aren't into, or it proves that rugby isn't as popular a sport as some make it out to be if a country where most people don't know the rules of the sport is consistently among the top 15-20 nations in the sport. If someone were to pick 10 sports that all countries started playing at the same time and took equally seriously, the US would be the best at all 10 sports. I'm not talking about per capita, that might put Australia slightly ahead of the US for best in the world, but in terms of pure accomplishments the US is by far the number 1 sports country. Per capita Uruguay and the Netherlands are the best soccer nations but people refer to Brazil Germany and Italy when they talk about best soccer nations in history: it's nice to be the best per capita, but who actually wins is what defines which country is the best. So the US is the best sports country in the world.

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