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  1. For you (and most people in the western world, myself included) reality is a matter of convenience, an excuse for accepting and not having to make too strenuous an effort to effect and affect change and just go with the flow. So we sit in our comfy armchairs and philosophize....some say things have always been this way so what can you do, others call for changes, others rewrite past events to suit their immediate needs and justify themselves, etc. Reality changes as you shift from one perspective to another so I don't know that reality nowadays has anything to do with elections in the US otherwise there would be realistic options available. Last elections : Trump vs Hillary - there were no realistic options so you ended up with Trump simply as a [email protected](# you from the american people to the Dems. The rest of the world has had to live with this just as much as the US population and while it has been a barrel of laughs and highly entertaining I don't think the US or the rest of the world can handle another 4 yrs of Trump. The american people have shown they don't mind going with the greater of 2 evils if they feel cornered so the "vote for me or else" strategy has already proven to be a failure. pps. here is the reality: same coin ....heads or tails we all die in the end
  2. Yes I have...it's simply a matter of facilitating control regardless of the outcome. That's why all the big time lobbyists cultivate influence over both parties. Rules are changed in any game when it is deemed necessary i.e. when there is a need to level the playing field, to make the game fairer or more appealing.....other times they are changed to favor the financially stronger teams which usually leads to corruption and takes away the ability of the financially lesser teams to compete. I am honestly sorry you feel that way because change has to start somewhere otherwise we are simply spinning our tires....and while there is a truth in regards to the clear differences between the 2 parties, I would argue that they are the flipped sides of the same coin. This of course is simply my opinion as an outsider.
  3. Jeez....and all this time I thought you were Mexican. As long as people continue to apply "reality tv" mentality to such important issues there will never be any change. If enough people don't pick sides then a 3rd option (4th and even 5th) will have to materialize, but as long as the same old tired narrative of "If you are not with one, then you support the other" continues then the soap opera will continue ad nauseam....and that's how Trump ended up as president.
  4. Scored the 3rd goal against Galatasaray today (at 2:10 of the video)
  5. ^^^^She's like a nasty, overweight Dianne Wiest....maybe the hat is at fault.
  6. I Yup Fountas had 15 goals in 21 appearances...pretty amazing numbers by any standard. Myself I consider Giannoulis, Tsimikas and Koutris all on the same level with little difference to complain about selection....let the Schipmeister decide.
  7. For sure if you were up against a France or Belgium where you know you will spend a large part of the game defending you would opt for a defensive minded CB....that's what I meant about evolving attitude towards the players. And in general Staf as CB doesn't look like a long term option especially since he's riding the pine at his club...but in the recent games at CB he actually did well considering. Sokrates at RB and Staf at CB....maybe Siovas at CDM or maybe 4 LBs across the backline (I'm kidding of course)....whatever as long as the results keep coming and the team keeps up the positive play
  8. Tactically I think Schippy wanted some brawns and grit in the 10 spot and Bakasetas delivered. I think Bakasetas works his a$$ off in practice, has a positive attitude and gains the trust of the coaches in that way (they can't all be crazy or paid off)....probably Staf as well...I can't see any other reason and it would have been easy to drop both these players a while back when things looked grim, right now both have played an important part in the turn around of the NT. A successful team is greater than the sum of all its parts....if you win with Bakasetas as a 10 or a 9 and Staf as CB, you would be inclined to continue using them at these positions if they are effective although I think JVS has an evolving attitude towards the players. A win justifies the decisions a coach makes and a loss brings criticism....it's as simple as that. Also Bakasetas has had a very good year in Turkey and has been playing very well lately regardless of his shortcomings. I think the Schipster is trying to balance things out so the team can function as an ensemble and not as a group of individuals who are chosen only on the basis of their talent/skill.
  9. Personally, I like both Manolas and Sokratis, though they both displayed a crappy attitude with Anastasiades. The problem is that we can't build any play up the middle due to the fact that our DMs are hardworking, ditch digging types who have very little ability in terms of building up the game, so JVS put Hatzidiakos and Staf (who are pretty good at moving the ball) in the back and that proved to make a huge difference. Sok and Man don't provide that aspect of the game and if you have players like Zeca, Kourbelis, Galanopoulos etc. as a shield in front of the CBs the defensive capabilities of Sok and Man are not as valuable as being able to move the ball and transition the play.
  10. Yup...although being in 4th place at this point of the season has to be considered a pleasant surprise....I'm just waiting for Alafouzo to tear down all the positives that Donis and the players built this season so I don't get all excited about what happens game to game. The foundation is there to build on but it's highly unlikely Alafouzo will ever let that happen.
  11. Whether or not we are on the right path will show as we should be able to handle any of these teams and build confidence along the way. It's a good way for the schippmeister to further evaluate players as well.
  12. Taxiarchis Fountas scored another goal today for Rapid Vienna against Thamos Petsos' WSG Tirol.....he's having quite a season in Austria's Bundesliga.
  13. Another big game today against AEK. A win will put us 1 point behind AEK and a good shot at 3rd place. Should be an interesting match up.
  14. ^^^^Not so sure about that as PAOK has much more depth and options to make tactical changes compared to PAO. If Ferreira can come up with a strategy (which I don't think he did today) and implement it you have the quality to win whereas if PAOK show up like today with out any real game plan, they're not going to do well against any of the better teams. You need more speed in the midfield and you really missed Crespo today at the back.
  15. It was a big showing by PAO today as the team beat PAOK 2-0. Solid defense, excellent transition game and energy from start to finish. I thought PAOK would have come out guns blazing in response to the recent events but instead seemed content getting stuck in 1st gear while PAO was flying. The whole team really came up big with Xatziovanni, Insua, Schekenveld and Macheda standing out in particular. The first time in 69 games that PAOK were kept off the score sheet....an interesting prelude to the cup games coming up.
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