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    Start of the season

    There is a topic somewhere on here from last season trotting out a few stats from Mowbray's reign. His Rovers teams average 1.5 points per game. This season is 10 points from 7, slighter below 1.5 with small sample. I don't expect much to change. I think Rovers will be better than last season but will finish outside the top 6 by a good margin. I'm hoping that the first 2 games were an aberration though and Mowbray has found a winning formula. As Tyrone said; anyone can win this league. I think Leeds and West Brom will be there or thereabouts for the top 2 come May.
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    I read them. Kate Hoey does have a point. Labour is a shambles too. The MI6 bloke is giving his opinion. It carries no weight at all. I doubt that he's read the Yellowhammer report.
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    Don't you realise that there's all this chaos for a reason? It's not arguing over votes either. It's a genuine concern that Brexit will harm Britain for years. Using opinion articles from the Sun to back up your point is laughable.
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    Right on Paul. The British government is to blame. Not the EU. HS2 is a prime example of government stupidity. The money set aside for that could be used so much more efficiently elsewhere. The same with the proposed Heathrow expansion. Silas articulated what I see when I go back home. It amazes me how packed Britain is. There are cars and people everywhere.
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    Things you dislike about football.

    Good point. Also the "lesser" teams qualifying for the Champs League give their fans the chance to see the world's best live when the big boys come to town. Celtic make it now and again. They get tubbed but sell out both home and away. I read plenty on here about Rovers Euro journeys in the early 2000's being wonderful times for many Rovers fans. Limiting the competition to winners only would reduce the opportunities for these away days. The "it's not a league for champions so I'm not watching it" argument is stale. Ewood Park isn't a park. It's a football ground. Are people going to stop going because they expect swings and a see-saw? A lot of this thread would not be up for debate if Rovers were a Premier League side. Fans would let it slide. Unfortunately scrapping in the Championship rather than dining at the top table creates animosity.
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    Club vs Country

    England for me. I've never been the most passionate Rovers fan, even when I lived in East Lancs and had a season ticket. Before the development of Ewood I stood on the Enclosure as I wanted to watch. My pals were singing it up in the Blackburn End. I went to watch the game and enjoy myself. When the game was over I went back to whatever I was up to. A loss never ruined my evening. A win never sent me giddy either.
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    Things you dislike about football.

    You forgot the Liverpool-Barcelona semi final. They were 2 tremendous games. Liverpool bossed the first but came out 3-0 losers thanks to Messi's brilliance. The return leg was one of the best games I've ever seen. The analogy of the group stages being like the WC/Euro qualifiers is apt. It's rare that the top teams don't make it through, but they have to turn up. Watching the best players perform against each other is what is worth watching.
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    England were never going to get beat. Kosovo's goals were all from England mistakes. Rather make them now so that the coaching staff can deal with it.
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    Those that didn't vote are way down the list of people who should be blamed for Britain's current mess. I agree that as many people possible should exercise their right to vote, but they also have a right not to. Or plain stubborn. I'm sure that plenty of people, especially those in northern towns and cities who suffered most during "austerity", saw an opportunity to stick it to the ruling class by voting leave. Cameron the epitome of a toff (Eton, Oxford, Tory leader) was the face of the establishment. He was remain, therefore let's vote against it.
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    You'd have to ask a Brexiteer for the details. I only know their soundbites.
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    Hardly pulling up trees is it? 0.2% to 0.3%. In contrast the US economy grew at only 2%, causing concern that a recession could be on the way. Context helps. I've made a stab at the answers.
  12. I watch. However, I live in the USA where there's constant coverage so it's very easy to do. I don't have an affiliation to any team. Until Tom Brady and his coach are no longer together I can't look past the Patriots to win it all.
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    That's not a radical idea. There is too much power concentrated in one place un the UK, namely London. Split the powerbase and there will be improvements across the board.
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    Unfortunately I agree with you. The vote result stands. Brexit happens. The fact that Johnson is driving Britain off a cliff doesn't matter. I can argue reason, logic, and the benefits of staying all day long but it falls into a vacuum. The course has been set. Brexiteers say that the unknown will be positive. Those people and businesses who researched and modelled the outcome says it will cause a recession, potentially break up the UK, and inflame Irish tensions. I know remainers who hope for a no deal. They can then turn round when it goes pear shaped and say "I told you so". That's the only recourse. When Nissan leaves Sunderland I would love to hear the opinion of those workers who voted for Brexit explain what they are going to do next. As a USA based poster a positive (if there is one); the inevitable recession will hit the USA. Trump will suffer from that going into an election year.
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    European Champions League 2019/20

    2019-2020 group stage draw; Group A: Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Club Bruges, Galatasaray Group B: Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Olympiakos, Red Star Belgrade Group C: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb, Atalanta Group D: Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Moscow Group E: Liverpool, Napoli, Salzburg, Genk Group F: Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Slavia Prague Group G: Zenit St. Petersburg, Benfica, Lyon, Leipzig Group H: Chelsea, Ajax, Valencia, Lille

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