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Watching the Eagles

Since there were a few questions about where to watch the Rugby World Cup, I wanted to point people to Fritz Hahn's Going Out Gurus blog, which has a nice roundup of local viewing options. I'm trying to find the best place to watch the Eagles' game on Wednesday; anyone up for meeting out? I'm actually typing this from Solly's on U Street, where I've watched the USA Eagles play quite admirably, despite a 21-3 halftime deficit against England. There's a decent crowd here, too. Although I just got an e-mail from Setanta giving me a comp password to watch all the RWC online, which, let's be honest, is a nice perk of this job.

This, though, will interest all of you:

According to a study in the British Medical Journal, the number of heart attacks in Britain rose by 25 per cent when England lost to Argentina in a penalty shootout in 1998....A Swiss study found a 60 per cent increase in cardiac arrests among the general adult Swiss population during the broadcast of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Psychological stress and anger are documented triggers for heart attacks.

So take it easy tomorrow with all these important televised soccer and rugby matches. And NFL games. And the rest.

If anyone is interested in the RWC but needs a brief primer, this is a pretty nice introduction from The Independent. And if you want some machinations, people are already suggesting that it would be in Australia's best interest to fall down during group play to get an easier path to the finals.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2007; 12:56 PM ET
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Great fight from the Eagles. England looked awful. Would've been a much closer match had the official given the yellow card for the trip in the 13th minute.

Posted by: DB | September 8, 2007 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Good effort from the Eagles today. England looked very average but the Eagles played positively and really attacked the breakdown when they didn't have the ball. Can't say the Eagles ever looked like winning but they didn't play like a team that was intimidated by the opponent or the occasion. I enjoyed the match.

The French, on the other hand, looked absolutely terrified and aimless when they lost to Argentina. I'm sure they'll improve but they looked really bad in the opener.

Australia did a demolition job on the Japanese and look ominous.

And the lesson for the rest of the teams in the tournament - don't try to psyche out the All Blacks by ignoring the haka. It obviously just makes them angry and they take it out on you by scoring lots of tries quickly. I can't remember an opening 20 minutes where the ABs looked so good, so fast, so dominant against reasonable opposition.

The ball moved fast, the ball was moving so fast out of the breakdown that it looked like touch rugby, and attacking tactical kicking was spot on - teams thinking they can disturb quick ball by rushing the advantage line will be scorched by Carter chipping over the defensive line and about four guys charging to take the bounce at full pace. It was breathtakingly good!

Posted by: Hans Frauenlob | September 9, 2007 5:09 AM | Report abuse

Year of the minnow - Arg upsets Fra, USA hold their own against ENG, CAN giving Wales fits

Posted by: Hugh McKee | September 9, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Awesome performance by the Eagles...wish I had been there to see it in person. Great organization, fitness and defense. Let's hope they can build on it and pull off some more great performances and perhaps even a couple of wins during this pool play. Keep it up boys!

Posted by: | September 9, 2007 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm up for Wed at O'Connell's in Old Town; at 8am, Irish breakfast or Kiwi meat pies, w/ a warm or cold beverage, might be in order for USA v Tonga. BTW, the Setanta online comp is a nice perk; however, if you're going to cover the RWC and can't get the Post to assign you to France, the next best thing is to watch as much as you can, LIVE, w/ others whom the Post (et al.) didn't send to France either (we're all in the same boat, or bar, in this case). Therefore, in addition to the online perk, maybe you should let Setanta know you really appreciate and accept their offer but also hope it extends to watching the premium matches (free) in a bar--full of passionate international rugby fans--so you can get a better feel for what it's like to see the matches in person. Thanks for all your solid rugby coverage; it's the best and most I've seen from any non-rugby journalist; you're making quite a name for yourself as well as many good friends in the US rugby community.
Murph-Alexandria (VA) Rugby

Posted by: Murph | September 10, 2007 6:22 AM | Report abuse

What was notable about the USA Eagles great performance (as mostly a non-professional side) was their lower number of penalties and unforced turnovers than usual. What was lacking from England's performance were the numbers in support of each play, as displayed by (the highly professional) New Zealand All Blacks in their annihilation of Italy.

Posted by: Mike Tracy | September 10, 2007 11:43 AM | Report abuse

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