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Strikers creating fouls to win penalties with VAR, sports betting creeping into soccer, and latest streaming news

In the NEW episode, number 197, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• News about Team USA finally returning to US TV,
• How VAR has had bigger changes that anyone could have imagined,
• Our favorite matches of the week,
• How sports betting is creeping into soccer,
• Plus letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. Roberto

    November 8, 2020 at 8:31 am

    The worse VAR call ever? There has been some concern about the way the handball rule is enforced. Well, yesterday in the Leeds U. vs Crystal Palace game, Bamford’s arm was called offside. Not his body or his feet, just his arm. Which cannot be used to score, so gives him no advantage. Wonder how they will explain that!

  2. JP

    November 6, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Kartik, sounds like you’ve been involved with fantasy for at least a few years. In the short term it does make you more knowledgeable about players and leagues, but in the long run it bastardizes how you enjoy the sport.

    I’ve gone cold turkey on fantasy (for NFL) last couple years and it’s great, no longer follow games I would have no interest in other than a certain player/s performance. For the games I do watch not obsessing about stats just enjoy the game and competition.

    Also realized the only reason was still following baseball was fantasy and quit that too earlier. Haven’t missed baseball one bit.

  3. Alan

    November 5, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    VAR calls now favor the big teams.

  4. Rich

    November 5, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    It is so odd that more was made about Salah going down than Kane, even though Salah was actually kicked in the achilles and Kane willfully undercut Lallana.

  5. Roberto

    November 5, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    I agree that one of the positive points with the MLS is that their VAR has generally been useful. That is because they use the pitch-side monitor a lot more. This past weekend there were some back calls but the teams that suffered got their revenge. SJ vs LAFC and Orlando vs. Columbus played a much of the game with 10 men after very shaky calls. Both teams ended up winning their games!
    I agree with Leo about in the past referees calls favored the “big” teams. This year like the pod said, the divers are mostly on those “big” teams and often get penalties called. I wish there were more calls against the fakers.

  6. TK

    November 5, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    It’s funny that VAR was mentioned back to back with gambling. A country like Italy actually needed it. Strikers are being barely touched and going down this year? Crazy.

  7. Don

    November 5, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    VAR we love to hate it.
    If VAR wasn’t used we would be asking why “EASY” fouls inside the box aren’t being called. I’d much rather it being the blatant calls being overturned. If the VAR official can’t come to a conclusion within say 30 seconds then the call should stand. That would free up the need for the Ref to go “under the hood” if you will to get a 2nd look himself.
    I never want to see offsides by millimetres ever again.

  8. Leo

    November 5, 2020 at 11:41 am

    VAR is the best invention of football history. The referee used to make ‘mistakes’ that 9 out of 10 served the ‘big’ team. Now they can try to do it as well but everyone can see they are either completely ill-suited for the job or just immoral human trash.

  9. rkujay

    November 5, 2020 at 11:27 am

    I’ve been a fan since, well, forever. VAR adds nothing to the game. The tradition always has been: ‘Some you win, some you lose, but it tends to equal out.’ Dump this horrible experiment which is ruining the beautiful game.

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