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Maximus Decimus

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  1. What time's it on? At the same time as the matches? My mate has the NFL Gamepass and I went his to watch the London game and wasn't impressed. They had a lot of ad breaks and actually missed parts of the game for them, including the first field goal!
  2. I first got into American Football as a 12 year old playing Madden on the old Megadrive. This is still why one of my two favourite teams are the Chargers, because I liked their helmet as a young lad (don't ask about the other one). I was big into it as a teenager. I got back into it after watching a series of All of Nothing a few years back. I have a friend who likes NCAA but I've never been able to get remotely interested in it. I think it's a mixture of unfamiliarity with the teams (I couldn't even name one) and not being able to get my head around getting interested in University level sport. It just seems like an American version of U21 internationals: a precursor to the main show.
  3. I suppose I'm somebody who would be their target market: I do watch a fair bit of NFL, have a fair bit of branded stuff, nearly went to the game last week and have followed it on and off for years. However, I can't envisage ever wanting to watch a British version. A huge part of the appeal is the glamour and sheer size/scale of the NFL. There is a team that play out of the Widnes team, and other than as a curiosity I can't imagine going. For those who don't like it, I can understand that but don't agree. There is a lot going on, and the variety in different plays is very appealing. I actually only tend to watch it though in the background on a Sunday evening where you can dip in and out. For a British sports fan, the length of stoppages is very hard to get used to on a regular basis.
  4. Usyk is favourite, but I wouldn't say an AJ victory is unlikely. If you listen to anybody who knows about boxing, they all say the same thing - he tried to outbox him rather than bully him. I'm not convinced that Wilder is a league above Whyte at all. What is it based on? Prior to Fury, he had a padded record and all the 3 fights demonstrated was that he isn't the best boxer but that he has great power and heart. However, Fury isn't a big hitter and never has been. Whyte definitely has more knockout power than Fury and would be capable of catching Wilder. Of course, Wilder would be more than capable of catching him too. In theory, Fury would be too much for Usyk. I suspect he would go back to his less aggressive style and make the most of his signficant size advantage. However, some of Fury's tougher fights (Cunningham, Wallin, McDermott) have been against men you wouldn't expect.
  5. The lord giveth and the lord taketh away. It's amazing to think of what Wilder might have become if he started out sooner, or if he had spent the last 17 years working on his boxing skills. Wilder was blessed with incredible power, which obviously is of a great benefit to him as a boxer. However, maybe he wasn't blessed with the other things necessary such as the discipline and the humility to become a legendary champion. It's also become clear that Wilder's hands can't take the force long term. You'd have to think that he'll retire from here, other than for financial gain. He's 36 in a week and he'll never undo the Fury trilogy, even if he beats AJ or Usyk. He can only ever prove himself to be second best and he risks slipping even further with defeat. From a boxing perspective, he's been getting a lot of credit for his performance but in reality the trilogy has only confirmed what every critic used to say - that he was a puncher with poor boxing skills. This is how he will be remembered. AJ risks a very similar legacy if he loses easily to Usyk again.
  6. One of the great shocks is how good the scorecards were looking. All had Fury up by 3 or so which is about right considering the 10-7.
  7. I've managed to watch it all now and agree, it wasn't peak Fury but it was peak Wilder. I was very against the third fight but I think it'll be great for Fury's legacy as it puts to bed the stupid controversy of the second fight. Wilder has a great right hand but he's never been in with punchers and always thought he'd come up against a big puncher who caught him before he caught them. Fury isn't a huge puncher and managed to fully KO him.
  8. I'm telling you there is literally no chance it happens again. He wouldn't have given him a 3rd fight if he had the choice. Fury's already made 10s of millions, and he's earned the right to pick and choose who he wants to fight before he retires. He's not going to pick somebody he's beaten 3 times and stopped twice because he might get a few more million than say if he fights Whyte or Usyk. The AJ fight is still the biggest fight financially for Fury, but this relies on his beating Usyk.
  9. The only way a 4th happens (and even then I'm doubtful) is if Fury becomes undisputed and Wilder gets a couple of wins against the likes of AJ. Then you factor in that Wilder is 35 and that Fury could retire tomorrow or in 10 years, you just don't know with him. A below-par Fury just beat the best Wilder. He won't want to go there again for any amount.
  10. I watched a George Foreman documentary about 2 months ago where he was talking about his loss to Ali and how he refused to accept it blaming everybody and anybody. He said it wasn't until his second loss when he thought, 'who've you got to blame now George?' Here's hoping Wilder's at that point now.
  11. There won't be a 4th fight, absolutely no chance. There was only a 3rd because it was mandated. Fury isn't going to choose to fight somebody that in his eyes he's beat 3 times. Also, no matter how limited he is, he has still put him on the canvas 4 times. High risk vs low reward. I'm so glad Fury won, just because he can put paid to rest the ridiculous stuff about the 2nd fight. Props to Wilder for his effort, but the guy has no class and refused to give Fury any credit after the fight.
  12. Yeh it was the getting up that clinched it for me. I've managed to watch rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 and 11 courtesy of the YouTube.
  13. Yeh I chose not to get the fight. That was a great decision...
  14. You are making the mistake of thinking a penalty had to be given when it didn't. It wasn't a ball strip where the ball has come out and the referee has to make a decision one way or another. The play the ball had already happened, and no decision was by far the most obvious call. It wasn't a clear Catalans penalty and it certainly wasn't a clear Saints penalty. Most referees would've played on. In this scenario, very little was lost for Cats and it wasn't significantly game changing.
  15. That was a truly bizarre decision, it wasn't even close. As others have said, a captain's challenge would be very helpful in this regard.
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