Posts by hakin12

    Indeed, the reaction in Brazil has been huge. This was probably the main subject in the Internet this week, even outside the bubble. Pretty much everyone has an opinion, or is asked to express it. To give you an example, today Tite, coach of the soccer NT, had to say something because it became a "thing" the fact that his son, who's also a member of the NT staff, liked Maurício's posts. If you go through his latest comments, you'll see the "elite" of the Brazilian government sending encouragement to Maurício: Congress people, Senators, Ministers of State, Secretaries, top influencers... Having said, I wouldn't put past the Bolsonaro band the ability of mobilizing their bots. You just never know.


    Initially I thought he ought to have bought followers, because he had 1.0 mill 5h ago and 1.3 mill now, but without awareness of the scope of his latest scandal. Looking more deeply into how these news about him have exploded in Brazil it might be real. I mean, he has 127k comments and 414k likes on his last post, the reactions are massive. Thus he might genuinely be making these absurd "gains" naturally, ofc.

    Reading that I thought the article must have come from The Onion :aww:

    Well, when reading that one might very well get the sense the pro sport team setting is comparable to the political party environment in Orwell´s dystopian book "1984". And that the relationship dynamic between leaders and pupils is genuinely resembling the one between O´Brien and Winston Smith.

    I remember when O´Brien tells Winston in 1984: "There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science. ... Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless."

    In case we re-formulate this into a team sport context, then it might sound like this: "There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Team. There will be no love, except the love of Big Coach. There will no no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy on the court. There will be no art, no literature, no science...Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of spiking a ball over an enemy who is helpless in his or her ability to defend it".

    The documentary "Bad Sport" has been released today by Netflix. This six-part series digs deep into the dark side of the games with match fixing etc, as we see the beauty and pure competition of sports sullied by athletes, officials and shadowy outsiders who are motivated by political self-interest or blind ambition or greed or a deadly blending of two or three of the aforementioned. The producers tell the stories of a number of figures who scurried down the rabbit hole into a world of corruption and paid high prices for their crimes and indiscretions.

    Inflicting psychological/physical pain is not a form of discipline nor is it healthy for any athlete. There are other ways to make one stronger without the need for such toxic behaviour towards another person. If you wanna train robots then pick a different profession. I'm talking in general not specifically about the twins.

    In the article linked to below, one author who pursued a team sport path at an elite-level explains how bullying might be used as a tactic or strategy for team achievement. Here is an excerpt from this former athlete´s writing about the issue:

    Purposes of Bullying in Sports

    Bullying in sports is often done for purposes of socializing team members to behave in ways that enhance team performance in at least three ways. First, sports require a certain level of mental toughness. Enduring an atmosphere of bullying can build mental toughness and enhance performance under pressure. Second, athletes must often consider the goals of the team above individual goals in order for the team to succeed. Bullying in sports can strip an athlete of individuality and rebuild his identity based primarily on being a member of the team. Third, performance is enhanced when athletes know they have the support of teammates in accomplishing a common goal. Bullying can expose those athletes who seek only individual accomplishment and are unwilling to make individual sacrifices for team improvement. Those athletes are faced with the choice of leaving the team or enduring continued bullying.

    The twins bullied their teammate when they were in HS not within their professional team nor in the NT training to be robots although they did try to gang up on KYK but flopped miserably via social media

    Anyway I disagree with your long opinion but I do think their punishment should be different as they are key players in their country.

    I do not find, personally speaking, bullying more acceptable just because it has an "honorable" aim such as making players more effective. For me, the end does not justify the means. However, I understand in case some people argue differently.

    CNN covered the twins transfer... that's weird…yball-spt-intl/index.html

    What I do not get personally is that bullying is such a big deal here, and that the masses desire the twins to be persona non grata in South Korea because of it. I mean, bullying and team sports is a combination as usual as pasta and Italy or kebab and Turkey, its almost as if the two parts are intertwined with each other. One friend of mine, albeit a basketball-player, used to play in the college system in US and according to her, virtually all teams seemed to be using tyrannical, dictator-like, sect-style, authoritarian leading styles where bullying naturally grew rampant and a natural ingredient to effectivize players, discipline, dehumanize them and make them robotic machines obsessed with achievement.

    Here are some recent media stories of reported bullying within the context of female volleyball in the US:…former-coach-cam-newbauer…vironment-at-oregon-state…time-n-y-volleyball-coach…uit-over-sex-abuse-claims…abuse-lawsuit/5705130001/…by-DiCello-Levitt-Gutzler

    There are 100+ more reports, for sure, but this was just a brief summary that I was able to find during 3-4 min of research. I am sure the US isnt worse than any other country, its just more transparency with regard to this issue there than in other regions such as Europe and Asia. I have personally witnessed coach bullying in pro teams in virtually every game that I have been a spectator at in Europe (Hungary, Italy, Sweden, France, Poland) i.e incidents such as where the coach points at his head with the index finger and accuse the particular player of being stupid through this sign.

    The tournament is currently on-going in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, from 1 to 7 October 2021. The winner of the tournament will qualify for the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship.


    Group A

    1.Nakhon Ratchasima 3 pts
    2.Zhetysu Almaty 0 pts
    3.Choco Mucho 0 pts

    Group B

    1.Altai 3 pts
    2.Supreme Chonburi VC 3 pts
    3.Saipa Tehran 0 pts
    4.Rebisco 0 pts


    Day 1

    Nakhon vs Choco Mucho 3-0 (25-11, 28-26, 25-17)

    Altai vs Rebisco 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-17)

    Supreme vs Saipa Tehran 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-13, 25-13)

    Upcoming games

    Day 2

    Zhetysu vs Choco Mucho

    Supreme vs Rebisco

    Saipa Tehran vs Altai

    Wiki page for the tournament:…b_Volleyball_Championship

    We'll have to see how she develops. Height doesn't help if the movements are stiff and slow.

    Well, its precisely when a player is stiff and slow it kinda helps a lot to be 200 cm+ in case one desires to be a pro volley player;) But I get your point - to reach elite level, then no height alone wont be sufficient.

    With Sylla probably out and with this almighty Boskovic I give Italy very few probabilities to win the Championships. I see 90% Serbia and 10% Italy.

    Very futile attempt for a jinx as your favourite teams and players are mainly Italian. Without writing something with a similar style in order to counter your attempt, I acctually do believe the entirely opposite. The team of Italy is coming fresh from a non-contest, more or less, whereas the Serbians are exhausted arriving into the finals from a gruelling "life or death" battle. Most pivotally, Boskovic ought to be worn-out deluxe and half-dead after today while the main guns of Italy, i.e Egonu and Pietrini, on the other hand were way more scarcily used in the game vis-a-vis the Netherlands, and this factor of a presumptive smoother recovery for Italy has to be taken seriously into the equation in their favour imo.

    Besides, Sylla has been a non-factor for Italy in this ECH and without her presence they would likely purely ameliorate their chances in the final, hence the basis for this argument is devoid of logic. Of course, Miriam has to be given credit for compensating her second-rate attack with being a first-rate disaster in reception, albeit hardly to the benefit of her teammates, unfortunalety.

    I see Turkey as clear favorite against Serbia. Turkey has lots of options and has solid team play where as Serbia has only Boskovic (I bet Eda can't wait to block her).

    Haven't watched Italy vs Russia but I'm not surprised with the result. It's hard to expect anything from a Russian team this young and unstable.

    Well, Serbia plays at home, this is a significant factor that might work in their favour ofc. Hence I am seeing the Serbians as having a slight edge in advance, albeit a bit weaker on paper neutrally.

    What do u guys think the Netherlands chances are against Russia or Italy in the semifinal?

    *In the case of Netherlands beating Sweden tomorrow*

    They are for sure quite decent. Italy did not impress me today at least. Both Sylla and Pietrini are unreliable deluxe in reception and Egonu isnt in her best attack shape atm to compensate for this deficit. In case Netherlands serves aggressive/offensively and it works out well, this might constitute the x-factor that turns the game in their favour.