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  1. Okay, we're about four days to kick-off now, and the anticipation is slowly building. And so, finding myself with a bit of time on my hands, I thought I might as well go ahead and do the preliminary draw for the GamesBids 2018 World Cup sweep. So, far, however, we've only had 14 members nominating to take part (or having been nominated by others - I included Faster's nominees, and myself through Scotguy into the mix. So there's more than a few blanks in the chart. But more on that later. First, the official pots for the draw, to show that due process is being followed: And now, drumroll please.... the draw! Time to find out what you got: Happy with your team? That's up to you. Whether you are or not, there's some good news ahead. Firstly, there's plenty of good teams (in fact, most of the favourites as far as I can tell) that haven't ben drawn yet. What does that mean - well, firstly, there's plenty of spots open for anyone who still wants to enter the sweep, and plenty of good teams you'd have a chance of getting. And seeing as we have less than half the sports allocated, I'm going to do a second chance draw on the day of the kick-off. Basically, all the names (and hopefully there'll be a few new ones by then) will go back in the pot and you'll be drawn a second team. You can then choose to support either, or both of the teams you've been given. Double to fun! Anyway, celebrate or curse the luck you've had in the draw so far, and get ready for another chance in the draw come Friday. And don't forget, anybody new can still sign up. See you then. In the meantime... hmmmm, what can I do with Switzerland???????
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    Russia 2018 GBids Sweep Draw

    You cash change your profile pic, do a signature or even change your forum name through “manage my account”.
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    Russia 2018 GBids Sweep Draw

    Sorry for the delay - I didn't know the kick-off was last night thought I had another day to go. Anyway, here it is - the Final Russia 2018 WC draw - Hope you're happy with your selection(s). To make up the numbers, i also drafted in another wildcard - the beloved Baron PierreIV. Maybe I shoulda reconsidered if I'd known he'd get Germany instead of me. And for Dezcrafty - the rule is now you have to come up with a Belgian or South korean board identity for the tournament. Enjoy the tournament everyone, and good luck with your teams. Myself, I'll be watching about half the tournament from the Land of the Free Trumpland. Yes, swapping winter Oz for sunny California for a few weeks. I don't know which would be the worse time zone to watch it from. Enjoy everyone!
  4. Sh!t! Kick-off already! I thought it was Friday night. Okay, give me about an hour to do the second chance sweep draw. Someone’s gonna start with an automatic win for Russia and loss for Arabia. Oh well, them’s the breaks of a sweep.
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    Russia 2018 GBids Sweep Draw

    I’ll draw your team when I do the second round picks tomorrow. Everyone, don’t forget you all get another team tomorrow! And what exactly DO you call a gay milkman?
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    Russia 2018 GamesBids Sweep

    C’mon, any more takers? At this rate, might have to give everyone two teams from the draw (assuming we can get even 16 to sign up)
  7. I guess it’s time to see if there’s any interest in doing a sweep. Can’t we get 32 members to put their names down for a draw? It’s not like anybody has to do anything built to post “I’m in” - and then maybe assume your new team’s identity for the duration of our trip through Mother Russia. If we do get the numbers, I’ll do a draw and then do a nice graphic chart for the tournament. Anyway, let’s se how interest goes. Just post in this thread if you wanna take part. Hopefully I can do the draw a day or two before the kick-off.
  8. And it's now totally official. LA has announced it's pulling out of 2024, and changed their Facebook presence to 2028: https://www.facebook.com/pg/la2028/videos/?ref=page_internal
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    Russia 2018 GamesBids Sweep

    Didn’t you and Baron do a swap involving Italy last time? One of you wasn’t happy with it. And no USA. Hope that doesn’t affect sweep numbers. Do our American members even know there’s a WC on this month?
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    Russia 2018 GamesBids Sweep

    At least you won’t have to whine about getting Italy this time.
  11. An early start to this topic. I'm sure Durban sandshark will kep us all informed as well: Tokyo's Games win ups ante for $200m rights package deal - See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/media/broadcast/tokyos-games-win-ups-ante-for-200m-rights-package-deal/story-fna045gd-1226719618449#sthash.j5m99xAk.dpuf
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    New Comp??????

    Talent The big question is - will we be able to get 32 people for a WC sweep??? Where’s Tony when you need him?
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    New Comp??????

    Been there, done that... https://www.gamesbids.com/forums/topic/22242-sixth-annual-gamebids-olympic-logo-contest/?tab=comments#comment-380268 https://www.gamesbids.com/forums/topic/22344-cérémonie-d’annonce-de-paris-2024/?tab=comments#comment-386685
  14. I was hunting around any couldn't find a thread dedicated to Japan 2019 yet, so figured might as well start one. Anyway, I was just wondering ... does anybody remember or know if Japan was/is still proposing some matches in Hong Kong or China in 2019? I remember they were proposing that in their 2011 bid (and with Singapore even, I seem to remember), but can't remember if they stuck with that for the 2019 bid.
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    Future Olympic Hosts

    Mighty Tulsa will not be denied!
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    Welcome to the forums, Dez! you might need to refresh your browser when you try to navigate to a new thread page. It’s a bit of a navigation glitch we’ve had for a while.
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    Avengers (Assembled) - Infinity Wars - there will be spoilers.

    Not to mention the fact that he didn't seem to particularly like Stark anyway. Like you said, if he knew there was only one chance of success in 16 million (or whatever it was) well, I'm sure he didn't hand over the loot to be Tony's new BFF.
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    Avengers (Assembled) - Infinity Wars - there will be spoilers.

    Just saw it and, yep, I know exactly what you’re talking about Puppy. Had to think it through, but when the light bulb finally went off (with the help of your hint), it’s pretty clear. Yeah, funny audience reaction in the cinema at the end... a huge case of WTF?
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    Avicii dead at 28

    Sorry to be flippant... but a year too late to join the 27 club.
  20. No, Brisbane came third. Belgrade lost six of its round two votes to finish behind Brisbane in the final round.
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    New Comp??????

    Okay devil’s advocate about bid comps. The trouble always was, there were lots of people who enthusiastically jumped at the idea and nominated cities and their intention to put together bid books, but when the amount of work needed to do one properly became clear, VERY few actually lasted the distance. I think there’s only been a handful of those comps where we made it to the end with even two finished bids/books. And that was in times when the board was actually healthy.
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    New Comp??????

    I guess Russia 2018 is probably the next time the board gets a bit of an activity uptick. It can’t be far off either. When was the last WC logo comp?
  23. Exactly. A quick check shows Brissie’s average July and August temps are 21C and 22C respectively (with an average of four days and three days of rain respectively). Which checking back corresponds pretty well with what London had back in 2012 (but with less rain). In other words, it’s still possible to be shorts and t-short weather by day. Also, by comparison, Melbourne’s average is 14C and 15C for the same months, and Sydney’s 17C and 18C.
  24. That’s exactly Brisbane’s/South Queensland’s ace in the pocket for being Oz’s next summer games bidder - they’re really the only big city that has a climate conducive to a summer games in the July-September window. They’re by far the most balmy and tropical of our major cities and have by far the mildest winters - by August-September they’re very pleasant. Sydney can’t really promise much warmth before when they did it in 2000 in late September, and Melbourne has the coldest and longest of our winters - can still be chilly there up to late October. That’s the reason why John Coates says Brisbane is our only real shot at a future summer games. Of course, some posters will say they’d always make an exception for Melbourne (maybe they would if they had no other option, but the IOC made a pretty heavy precedent when they turfed Dubai out for its suggested timing). And then there’s the argument that should it matter if a summer games is held in a cold and miserable season? It’s funny, when they announced GC would be in April, my first comment here was that it would be close to cyclone season. And they really did I only miss the tail end of a few cyclones by the skin of their teeth.
  25. CAF's Bond thread made me think of generally how the Olympics have featured on the silver screen. I actually think it's surprising that there haven't been that many movies at all that have taken the Olympics as a major theme or setting. The big exception, of course, is Chariots of Fire, which has almost become a cliche of Olympism now. Good movie, though. Another one I can think of one from the 1960s called "The Games", which starred Ryan O'Neill and followed four athletes _ Ryan, a British runner, a Czech runner played by Charles Aznavour and an aboriginal Australian runner, as they prepared for the Rome Games. Of course, there's also the documentaries like Leni Riefenstahl's "Olympia" and the Bud Greenspan movies, but I'm thinking more about major Hollywood fiction features. And of course, there's plenty of Olympians who have made the transition to the big screen _ Johnny Weismuller, Sonja Heine, etc.
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