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The Black Shuttle-Sox

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Dick Whitman, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Eight Olympic badminton players were DQ'd from the rest of the games for throwing round robin matches in order to manipulate their knockout round match-ups. I wonder if perhaps they need to institute a forfeit option in the future?

  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Whatever they need to do needs to happen in the future. If the rules are such that there's a strategic advantage to losing, the rules need to change. It isn't the players' fault at all.
  3. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    It's always eight, isn't it ...
  4. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Joe Gedeon weeps.
  5. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    World Cup soccer had a similar problem into the 1980s. See West Germany-Austria 1982. They concocted a result (a 1-0 West German win) to get them both through in their group, leaving Algeria, which had upset West Germany, out.

    I believe it also happened in the 1978 World Cup though the format was different at the time.

    This is why the last matches in the group stages at World Cup are played concurrently.

    However, it could still happen that a team that has clinched could lose a match to get a theoretically more favorable matchup.
  6. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Video of both sides tanking...

  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I know it's horrible to say, but I loved the crowd reactions.
  8. nmmetsfan

    nmmetsfan Active Member


    Rosenberg with a mocking column. Had to go for the shuttlecock line, didn't he (says the guy most likely to use such a line in a post)
  9. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    Good point.
  10. FishHack76

    FishHack76 Active Member

    "Say it ain't so, Yu Yang. Say it ain't so."
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