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Old 09-28-2013, 04:43 PM   #13611
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"A game for hooligans played by gentlemen" as opposed to soccer which is "a game for gentlemen played by hooligans". Not necessarily, of course.

Am I correct in believing soccer is played a bit in the US these days?

Much prefer "rugger". I've never quite understood the scoring but the players are better looking. (Except for the broken noses and cauliflower ears)
Mad Cook, soccer is exceedingly popular here in the Pacific NW of USA, I'm not sure about the rest of the country.... Rugby also enjoys some popularity here. Soccer is very popular for school age kids, one of my coworkers sons play on a rugby team. I briefly dated a rugby player "a million years ago" (he was a little beat up looking)lol!
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Old 09-28-2013, 04:48 PM   #13612
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Soccer is pretty popular all across the U.S. Professional soccer not so much, but as SB said, there are lots of school-age leagues. There are even some adult amateur leagues here.
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:05 PM   #13613
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I briefly dated a rugby player "a million years ago" (he was a little beat up looking)lol!
I married one! (briefly) Luckily he played on the wing (where the object is to run fast and try to avoid getting tackled) - so he didn't have cauliflower ears or a broken nose - but he did have a constant selection of cuts and bruises.

As for scoring:

A Try scores 5 points (which is similar, I suppose, to a touchdown in American football?)
A Conversion scores 2 points (which you can only get after you have scored a Try - bit like a bonus opportunity).
A drop kick scores 3 points (that's where either side can take advantage of the opportunity to kick the ball over the opposing side's goal bar, and between the posts.) The marvellous Jonny Wilkinson famously won the World Cup for England in the last few seconds of a game against Australia in 2003 by doing this. I was in bed with flu at the time and nearly choked on my Lemsip!
A penalty also scores 3 points - same as a drop kick, but only after the ref has awarded a penalty.

Simple, right?
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:34 PM   #13614
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Sounds like time to raid the freezer Pac? (That's what I did earlier).
Everything in there is frozen!
I hit the town grocery store and came up with a plan that involves the large mushrooms I bought yesterday.

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Old 09-28-2013, 05:47 PM   #13615
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Everything in there is frozen!
I hit the town grocery store and came up with a plan that involves the large mushrooms I bought yesterday.
Ooh mushrooms! Always a winner! What are you going to do with them?
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:12 PM   #13616
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Ooh mushrooms! Always a winner! What are you going to do with them?
I'm going to stuff them with sausage (that was in the freezer ), cream cheese and pickled jalapenos. Oh yeah, and wrap them with love... I mean BACON!
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I'm going to stuff them with sausage (that was in the freezer ), cream cheese and pickled jalapenos. Oh yeah, and wrap them with love... I mean BACON!
Ah ha!! The freezer did come into play then!

Sounds delicious! What time should I be there?
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:25 PM   #13618
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Ah ha!! The freezer did come into play then!

Sounds delicious! What time should I be there?
The freezer did come into play. I had bought some fresh pork for tomorrow and was going to use that, but remembered I had a few pieces of rope sausage that shouldn't take very long to thaw. Much more flavor.
If only the Concord was still running, Katy
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:29 PM   #13619
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The freezer did come into play. I had bought some fresh pork for tomorrow and was going to use that, but remembered I had a few pieces of rope sausage that shouldn't take very long to thaw. Much more flavor.
If only the Concord was still running, Katy
Rope sausage??

Concord would be handy indeed! I could have brought you the first episode of season 4 of Downton!
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:42 PM   #13620
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Rope sausage??

Concord would be handy indeed! I could have brought you the first episode of season 4 of Downton!
Oh, man! The first episode of season 4!
I would have made some extra shrooms you could have taken back with you!

Rope sausage: natural cased sausage that hasn't been cut into links yet. It comes in a coil, like rope. I cut and freeze it into packages of four, but it isn't hard to break a couple off for times like this.
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