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    We play ping pong at lunch games go to 11 with a lead of 2. Was leading 8-3 the other day and lost 11-9. That's a massive choke. Do it quite regularly tbh. I consider myself one of the biggest chokers in sport.
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    I needed to throw a 14 to stay in a game of Killer Darts once. Threw a ten.

    Having said that, it wasn't actually a choke, just your bog-standard performance tbh. And it was on the wonderful day when they decided to combine New Year's Eve with a full programme in the English leagues (indeed, I think Owen broke his metawotsit that day) and we were away to Vale, just down the road, ten pints thanks please
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    14 and 10 are opposite sides!

    Yeah, White came up against some crackin players in his career, but 6 consecutive finals says he could more than hold his own against the best, the fact he lost all 6, including 2 he should've bagged, doesnt reflect well on him
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    I think the only world cup the all blacks choked in was 1999, where we panicked. 2003 and 2007 we came up against opposition that had a clear tatic to beat us. I dont think the blacks played bad against France this time, France had 16 men plus their defence was amazing in that second half
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpr View Post
    14 and 10 are opposite sides!

    Yeah, White came up against some crackin players in his career, but 6 consecutive finals says he could more than hold his own against the best, the fact he lost all 6, including 2 he should've bagged, doesnt reflect well on him
    I mean a total of 14 or more, rather than hitting the exact number...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Jana Novotna's jib at Wimbledon in the 1993 final must be biggest choke in tennis. She was serving @ 40-15 & 4-1 up in the final set (having taken the 2nd set 6-1) against Graf only for her arse to go completely & end up losing 6-4.

    Round here she lives on as a verb: to Jana it means to choke badly.
    Not quite in that league, but Sue Barker blew up bigtime on at least one occasion. IIRC it was the year that Wade won it (1977 maybe) and, after Virginia had played the game of her life to beat Evert in one semifinal, Barker only had to hold her nerve and, by the final set, her serve, to progress to the final at the expense of the very ordinary Betty Stove, who had astonished everyone by getting that far. Perceived wisdom at the time was that Barker would actually be favourite to win it against the usually nerve-ridden VW. She may even have been ranked above her at that stage of her career. Anyway, having put herself in pole position to see off Stove, her game disintegrated, as had what turned out to be the chance of her lifetime. Thereafter, she was never the same again, and "Sue Barker exits in tears" was usually a headline by Thursday in week 1.

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    France are qualifying well aren't they...


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    Haha Salamuddin, you are an embarassment to all societies, our footy team is just fine, thank you, and just for the record, how was the Rugby for you tonight, sunshine?

    "our footy team is just fine" - surely the statement of the year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salamuddin View Post
    "our footy team is just fine" - surely the statement of the year
    Below the belt... Although, tbf as chokes go last nights capitulation was sublime.

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    Yeah, last night was a huge choke. We really should be drawing at home with Croatia. Especially an already-qualified Croatia.

    As I think I've already said in this thread, not every English defeat is a choke, but last night qualifies; hamstrung as we were by McClient's ****witted slections and "tactics".
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    England were poor really from all I hear and read. A bit like India crashing out of World Cup 2007 - was dire performances rather than choking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratyush View Post
    England were poor really from all I hear and read. A bit like India crashing out of World Cup 2007 - was dire performances rather than choking.
    Froze on the occasion, yeah, but to get it back to 2-2 and still throw it away counts as a choke for mine. Arguably did against Russia too; 1-0 up and cruising to 2-1 and reliant on a favour in 4 minutes.

    No disrespect to either Croatia or Russia, but they're teams we should be beating. Usually we exit to teams we might beat (yer Germanys, yer Argies & yer Portugals).

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