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Been saying it for decades to the few who would listen. An amazing number of tight games are decided very late on by a header at the back post.

My English wife and I had the pleasure of watching the game tonight with Eddie and June, who are as Scottish as me but who have lived most of their days in Engerland, all four of us cheering at the end. Yes, me too, but it won’t become a habit.

Categories: Sport

Fanning the flames

June 15, 2018 7 comments

I wish I could summon up more interest in the World Cup. It’s tough being Scottish.

But my problems aren’t only with the inadequacy of a national side that couldn’t kick doors at Hallowe’en. It’s the narrowness of our vision as expressed by our written media that I find just as depressing. They focus on two clubs and little else is caught in their peripheral vision.

For example, this morning in the Herald, my newspaper of choice since The Quisling was banned from all my devices, there is a bylined piece in which the writer bemoans the ‘abject failures’ of Rangers in ‘slumping’ to third place in the Premiership or whatever the hell they call it. There are nine teams in that league who were envious of Rangers’ achievement. Chris Jack’s words are as dismissive to them as they are offensive to Aberdeen given the implication that their second place was achieved more by default than quality.

We are so narrow in our thinking that our national game has disappeared up its own fundament and unless our media refocuses and sees beyond the blue and the green, it won’t re-emerge.

This too: for generations we in Scotland have fought a losing battle against sectarianism. The attitudes expressed in this morning’s article throw more petrol on its flames.

Categories: Sport

King

Every so often there’s one that makes me say ‘Yes!’, and I’m not talking about Dame Emma. Long overdue.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44397682

Categories: General, Sport

Asking for it

I’ve just seen a LIDL ad where kids ask Raheem Sterling and Gary Cahill, ‘Why are England’s goal celebrations so rubbish?’

Obvious answer: ‘Because they don’t get to do them very often.’

Categories: General, Sport

Spurious

As I understand it this relates to the so-called governing body trousering so-called sanctioning fees for the right to contest one of their gaudy belts.

www.skysports.com/share/11397028

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And this just in …

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Ramos x 2

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Yes it is

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Riesgo

May 23, 2018 1 comment

If I ran a multi-million pound business that traded exclusively in England, and sought to maintain the goodwill of the customer base and the media, would I appoint a chief operating officer whose command of the language was limited at best? No, I don’t think I would.

www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44221364

Categories: Sport

Insanity

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Narcissus

Being a Man U fan has been tough since Fergie left, but may his retirement be long and happy.

When Mourinho arrived he promised joy, but he always does. It hasn’t happened: two years in and he hasn’t a clue what his best team is. Okay, he’s won some silver but he’s been embarrassed by Guardiola. Being second in the league doesn’t cut it when United is also the second best team in Manchester. Lately he’s shown an aptitude for demotivating and ruining very good young players. To cap it all, two games left in the season and it’s clear that he still doesn’t have a clue about what his best team is.

The one thing he does know is that the face he sees in the mirror every day makes him very happy.

Categories: Sport

Legendary

March 15, 2018 3 comments

Yesterday I attended the first of what we all intend to be a series of lunchtime gatherings. Eight survivors of the Thursday Legends (check-out the Skinner title of that name) got together in the Nether Abbey, North Berwick, for the senior citizen menu, a few beers and a general update. Great time, great times, and we are agreed that our successors aren’t a patch on us.

Categories: General, Sport

Abuse of privilege

I don’t know what happened with the Sky cycle squad, nor do I care too much. But I do care that any body or anybody can be pilloried by a group of MPs without any obvious form of legal redress. Commons committees are meant to scrutinise Government, not to throw rocks at national heroes from a position of safety.

Categories: Politics, Sport

There’s not a team like the Progres Niederkorn . . .

I had no idea that Luxembourg football had advanced so far.

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Alves: Barca still in my blood

Read this and share, please. Inspirational.

http://www.skysports.com/share/10900477

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Invidious

https://www.europeantour.com/en/whistle-blowing/

Read what’s on this link and tell me if you’re as disturbed as I am that a professional body that oversees as much wealth as the European Tour should operate a system that appears to give free rein to any nutter with a grudge.

Categories: Sport

Fall of the dinosaurs

Time to stick my head above the parapet, re Muirfield.
First, I’m pleased the HCEG has reached the decision it has, for its own sake. It’s the people who know least who have had the most to say about the issue. Ignorance is never a good a starting point for a debate, but much of what’s been written on social media has been mere abuse. Even in the wake of a positive vote that hasn’t changed.
I don’t know the whole story but I know some of it, having lived more or less next door to the place for 46 years. In that time I’ve played the course twice, but I know several Muirfield members and none of them are dinosaurs. Today is the second occasion on which theyve voted to admit lady members, having been hangstrung by their constitution first time around.
Golf is a competitive game played largely by men against men and women against women, so it’s not unnatural that separate men’s and ladies’ clubs have evolved over the years. They were what they were but some were more exclusive than others. In the case of Muirfield, when the first lady member tees off she will not be the first lady to have played the course, not by a long chalk. There’s a legend of another club where ladies were not permitted to walk in front of the clubhouse windows.
As for the Open, Muirfield doesn’t need it financially, and I’m told that many within the club would prefer if it remained off the Championship rota. But it will be returned, and every twelve years or so Muirfield’s members will continue to enable the substantial contribution to the Scottish economy that it brings.
Categories: General, Politics, Sport

FA and Gambling Commission probe Sutton goalkeeper Wayne Shaw’s pie-eating

February 21, 2017 1 comment

‘You fat bastard,’ etc. I hope SunBets were hammered on that one.

As for the big lad, he’d do well at a few Scottish clubs I can think of.

http://news.sky.com/story/fa-and-gambling-commission-probe-sutton-goalkeeper-wayne-shaws-pie-eating-10776421

Categories: Pics, Sport

Boors

February 5, 2017 4 comments

Watching US golf on Sky, play-off between US and Japanese golfers. Half the crowd seem to be bevvied. 

I’d like to blame it on Trump, but these guys were arseholes before he arrived.

Categories: Sport

Reunited 

January 21, 2017 1 comment

Match of the Day: Gullitt and Shearer side by side in the studio? Remarkable given their history.

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