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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    Boris Johnson stuck on a zip wire.




    Actually, probably the wrong thread TBH.
    Can they please leave him there till it finishes.

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    Not really sure where else to stick this:

    Hi everyone, I got a spare ticket for the men's 100m final going at 6,400 pounds if anyone is interested!?
    This was just posted on the Facebook page for my Uni Course....

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    do they actually cost that much on the black market

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    T'would seem so. What surprises me though is why someone would think students of all people would have that kind of cash to throw around.

    In any case, 6,400 seems a lot to spend on something that'll be over within 10 seconds.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    T'would seem so. What surprises me though is why someone would think students of all people would have that kind of cash to throw around.

    In any case, 6,400 seems a lot to spend on something that'll be over within 10 seconds.
    Tempted to make a joke about an high-class escort, but I'm better than that surely?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Secondly, how is it that much different to South Africa manipulating the run rate against New Zealand back in 2001 (I believe, correct me if I'm wrong) to ensure Australia missed out on playing in the final in the Australia tri-series?
    Actually it was NZ who tried to manipulate the result to ensure South Africa scored a bonus point for a large win. I think this case is slightly different since the badminton players intended to lose from the outset whereas New Zealand initially tried to win and only gave up when victory was no longer possible. Also its different since NZ did that to improve their chances of qualifying (rather than how you put it as attempting to eliminate Australia).

    I think a better example is Somerset in a limited overs match in the late 1970s, when they declared their innings after an over and lost, since the run rate formula used for such an outcome ensured they qualified. Still a little different to the badminton since their actions were again to improve their chances of qualification rather than manipulate the draw having already qualified, but maybe a more obvious tactic of deliberately losing. Link for an interesting story: http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine...ry/405598.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    Aus did the same in the 99 WC.

    It's a nothing thing unless it turns out they got paid by bookmakers or the like to do it
    Actually perhaps the 99 World Cup example is the closest I can think of to the badminton players. Rationale behind Australia's decision to slowly chase the WI total was to increase their chances of taking points against WI into the Super 6s, so rather similar in terms of manipulating round robin results to gain more favourable draws later in the tournament. Would've been a tremendously controversial call if Australia had suffered any penalty for that though.

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    Social talking nonsense as per. Will elaborate in a bit.
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    Hilarious that after having the official threaten to disqualify them if they refused to play properly, they engaged in one normal service...before continuing to try and throw the match. Shameful stuff.

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    I'd definitely want them out if I was one of the paying spectators.

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    Yeah, despicable really. Hadn't actually seen it properly until the link Daemon posted, it's even more pathetic than I imagined it to be.

    Suspect there's some truth in what Beevs said above though (i.e. they probably had pressure put on them from above to throw the match).

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    The great thing about the badminton fiasco is it gave the Aussie girls a chance to bow out twice.
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    haha they really concentrated and got ready for those **** serves didn't they. You think they could **** up a bit quicker. Jonathon Trott school of serving into the net
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    bois, this thread ends here

    http://www.facebook.com/OlympicHunting

    thread debunked

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