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  1. If I ever happen to see him on the street it will take a ridiculous amount of self restraint to stop myself from physically assaulting him.
  2. I’m not watching the game, but that is just a prime example of the mentality that needs punted so far out of Scottish football, and it’s coming from the main commentator in our game. They won’t be happy until the home fans are stuck in a corner and the stadiums are filled with OF bams openly drinking buckfast and singing songs about terrorist organisations.
  3. None of this is about beating Kilmarnock. Every one of those fans is currently sat there thinking about Rangers. Every match is a proxy war with the other cheek. It's all either one thinks about. If Celtic score a 5th today you can absolutely guarantee there will be Rangers fans fuming that Celtic won by a wider margin. It’s such a sad existence. Unfortunately we are completely surrounded by these mutants in Scotland.
  4. I said the exact same to my friend as he sat out my back door yesterday watching a stream of the Rangers game. What possible enjoyment can you take from routine 3 and 4 nil victories. To normal people it would eventually get boring, but OF fans absolutely revel in it. That’s the reason the away end at Rugby Park could have been sold out 2 or 3 times over today, these hollow victories mean everything to them, and to most of those fans in the away end it’s the only positive thing they’ve got going for them.
  5. I was about to jump on this post until I read your last line. Can you imagine what BBC Scotland would do with the Premiership rights, it’s not worth thinking about. I think after a season on BBC we would be pining for the fair and balanced coverage of Sky Sports.
  6. Anyone with half a brain wouldn’t be comparing the 5th placed team in the Eredivise to any team in our Premiership outside the OF. Financially they aren’t on the same level, and with all respect to Dundee United, the AZ team were evidently of a much higher calibre. That’s no sleight on United btw, who played brilliantly in the home leg. With the standard of the media in this country it’s no surprise to hear someone like McIntyre trying to distort the facts in order to put the boot in to one of our clubs. I very rarely listen to Sportsound, and I will be going out my way to avoid it from now on. It genuinely angers me that guys like Bonnar, Miller and McIntyre are taking wage from a publicly funded broadcaster. I always remember the reaction to Celtic getting pasted 7-1 off PSG, and how the media were falling over themselves to tell anyone who would listen that Celtic just can’t compete financially with teams like that. It’s funny they never happened to mention the gulf in finances when Celtics £30,000,000 squad put 7 past St Mirren last season.
  7. They definitely don’t see the irony. I stay about a 15 minute drive from Glasgow and there’s supporters buses that leave from my town to go to OF home games. You would think when you need to get a supporters bus to a HOME game, there might be ulterior motives as to why you support that particular team.
  8. Without knowing the details of how the deal is negotiated I can’t really say too much with any certainty, although I agree with your point overall. What I would say is that Sky have to shoulder a portion of the blame, because ultimately they are in charge of the full production. It’s not like Sky are some cowboy outfit, they are the biggest broadcaster in the country and should at the very least be upholding a standard of professionalism. There’s multiple examples of them using the wrong names, wrong badges, mistaking players etc. The SPFL should really be taking it as a given that an organisation such as Sky would strive to get these very simple details correct when awarding them a long term contract. Everything about the production is half arsed; the pundits they choose, the commentators (Crocker, Walker), there’s absolutely no attempt to do anything different that could improve the output. Crocker and Walker should have been sent packing years ago, their continued employment shows Sky arent willing to do anything other than the bare minimum. Not showing their full quota of games last season should have seen the SPFL going in to any meetings with Sky with the demand that it doesn’t happen again, but I’m not sure they even care either. That was a slap in the face to the teams out with the OF, that Sky had literally paid the money to broadcast the games and couldn’t be bothered to carry out the production.
  9. I didn’t know that so will row back on what I said ever so slightly. Last season however, it seemed like it was just a constant stream of ‘OF away from home’ on Sky, and I think they even passed up the opportunity of showing an Edinburgh derby and a Dundee derby as well, and as everyone is well aware of didn’t take up their full quota of live games even with a semi interesting relegation battle. If the SPFL genuinely cared about showcasing the full league there would be stipulations in the contract with regards to Sky’s promotion of the league. Sky Sports News is a channel that’s on Freeview, almost every household in the land has access to it, and sports like Boxing, F1 and Darts use it to their advantage to build excitement and drive viewers to the channels those sports are on. Apart from Old Firm week, you would hardly know Scottish football was something that Sky Sports hold the rights to. The WSL is promoted much more than the Premiership, and teams out with the OF get a token mention every now and then. On a Sunday morning when they are showing the goals from the Saturday games they still only show the Old Firm goals and just read out the rest. They only bother to get the highlights for the other games later in the day. Scottish football genuinely does deserve better.
  10. The video where he pretends to redeem $2000 worth of Amazon gift cards while the scammer watches on is brilliant. Very clever guys, who apparently have made these scammers very wary of continuing to work in those jobs due to how much personal information they are able to gather on them.
  11. I went off on a bit of a tangent there but I think we are making roughly the same point.
  12. I was up The Cobbler a month or so back and there was a guy and his young son rock climbing on that same face. Did you follow the path round the back and summit that way, then back down the front? The zigzags are the real killer when doing the Cobbler, Narnain or Ime. For some reason I always feel like it only takes 15-20 minutes on the way up to get out of the trees and on to the main path, but double that time on the way down.
  13. I remember 6 months or so back when Boris was going through a sticky spell in No. 10, I seen it mentioned that Liz Truss was favourite to be the next Conservative leader. I probably had a quick chuckle to myself and moved on, thinking there was no way that someone as incompetent as she is would ever manage to become leader of the Conservatives, let alone PM. She is the epitome of someone who only says what people want to hear, and somehow that’s got her in to this lofted position. She was a Liberal Democrat who wanted to abolish the monarchy, now she’s a Conservative and Unionist. She campaigned to remain in the EU, now she is pushing through the policies of the most ardent Brexiteers. She doesn’t have a single thought of her own, and is no more than a puppet for the wealthy Tory donors that have her in their back pocket. Politics in this country has been a shambles for a while now and it’s almost certainly about to get worse.
  14. I honestly don’t believe that there is many, if any, people in the hierarchy of the SPFL who hold ‘making the league more competitive’ as an important objective. I think they are quite happy using the OF as the carrot to bring in money, and having them two battling it out for the league season after season after season IS competitive in their eyes. We see it with the TV deal where it’s almost exclusively ‘diddy team at home to one of the OF’. Sky and Premier Sports don’t even try to hide the fact that they see the other 10 teams in the league as minor characters, only here to supply the OF with an opponent in order for the broadcasters to pick up OF fans subscriptions. I noticed on BT yesterday they were advertising Angers v Auxerre as one of their live games from Ligue 1. Not PSG v Lyon, or Marseille v Lille but a game between two of the ‘smaller’ clubs put out there for the world to watch. Imagine we had a TV deal that showed a match like Aberdeen v Motherwell in the opening weeks of the season? Even writing that down in black and white, our TV deal is so horrendously skewed towards two clubs having the vast majority of live games, that it’s actually unimaginable a game like that would be shown. It’s as if they are embarrassed to show games between two teams out with the OF, like having either Rangers or Celtic involved lends the live games some credibility and makes it look better for the ‘English audience’, who’s opinion our media seem to hold in such high regard.
  15. My manager describing any problems we encounter as ‘a showstopper’. Me - ‘Alright mate there’s an electrical fault showing on one of the panels what do you want us to do?’ Manager - ‘Is it a showstopper?’ Drives me mental.
  16. I don’t really see the comparison with Gogic apart from the fact they occupy a similar area of the pitch. Gogic was a great ball winner and was as physical as any other CM in the league. Baccus is a bit more lightweight but looks like he’s going to be excellent at getting through a midfield press, either with passes or driving through with the ball himself. He had some nice 1-2’s with Ayunga and Kiltie today which resulted in us getting the ball further towards the goal, and ultimately looking more threatening. He had a good chance to score after one of those 1-2’s but couldn’t keep his shot down. I fear he’s going to be a player that come the end of the season bigger clubs are sniffing around, which you couldn’t grudge him after moving from Australia at such a young age.
  17. I gave ex boxer Shannon Briggs a nipple cripple when a large crowd surrounded him after he appeared unannounced at a Josh Taylor fight at the Hydro.
  18. Anyone watching this card tonight? That last fight with Landwehr and Onama was brilliant. Maybe in my top 10 fights I’ve seen, which is pretty high praise considering how many excellent UFC fights I’ve seen. It was one of those fights where both men were a skiff on the jaw away from being knocked out cold, but both still managed to be standing after 15 minutes swinging for their lives. Going to rewatch it after this Cruz Vera fight as I missed the first couple of minutes.
  19. Good to know. I’m not the fastest reader but I had been trying to get through a few chapters of A Clash of Kings each night and I’m currently about three quarters of the way in, but I’ve started reading a book on how to play Game Theory Optimal Poker which is about 800 pages deep, so ACoK is on the back burner for a week or so. I don’t like to read more than one book at a time, and I have a habit of dreaming about the books subject matter once I fall asleep. If I tried to mix ACoK with the Poker book I would be dreaming about Joffrey Baratheon going all-in with jack ten against Robb Starks pocket aces.
  20. It’s always amused me that it’s the fans that have actually turned up that take the flak for small travelling supports. Surely those jibes should be aimed at the fans not in attendance. Seen a post on Twitter showing a bus full of Bonnyrigg Rose fans making a 275 mile round trip to watch their team in Stranraer. Predictably the comments are full of OF fans trying to discredit them. It’s a point I always pick OF fans up on when they come out with claims that they are the ‘best fans in the world’. I can’t imagine it’s that difficult going to Parkhead or Ibrox and singing loudly over the Champions League song, or when they put 4 or 5 past a provincial club without breaking sweat and the full stadium sings along to songs about a 17th century battle or the reunification of Ireland. Celtic fans are especially bad for thinking this, they genuinely believe they are somehow better at supporting their team than any other fan base in the world. I wonder how long these same Celtic fans would last if they were travelling from one end of the country to the other every second week hoping for a win, expecting a defeat but happy with a draw. There’s fans in Scotland who do exactly that 18 times a season. Clubs like Annan, Stranraer and Ross County, plus a few I’ve missed out, have a hardy following who turn up week after week to support their team away from home, at a great monetary cost to them and with very little success from the team in return. I would say these supporters have a far bigger claim to ‘best fans in the world’ over some bam from the outskirts of Glasgow that goes to Parkhead or Ibrox a few times a season.
  21. Back watching ‘This Time’ again after getting a free BritBox subscription. The video linked above is 4 minutes of peak Partridge.
  22. He seems to manage to break the lines multiple times a game, and gets running at the opposing defenders. If I had one criticism it would be the quality of his final ball, wether it’s a pass or a shot. He is still young and has plenty room to improve so hopefully we realise his potential while he is still at St Mirren.
  23. As much as they didn’t influence the result, I thought the officials were terrible today. We all know defenders running towards their own goal with an attacker at their heels is going to go down softly and try and buy the free kick, but the referee today seemed to blow his whistle for the most obvious dives, and wave play on when the defender was genuinely fouled. There was also an instance in the first half where a County player was trying to allow a ball to go over the bye line for a goal kick, and Kiltie tried to put a bit of pressure on him. The County player used a two handed push to the chest to send Kiltie flying into the advertising boards, about a foot away from the linesman, and a goal kick was flagged for. I understand how tricky it can be when players are constantly trying to buy fouls, but the least we can expect from our top level officials is a bit of consistency over the space of one game.
  24. I’ve sort of ruined that for myself by looking online and reading up about all the characters that are book only. I’ve met a couple so far. Am I right in saying the Red Priestess’ play a bigger part in the book story than they do in the show? I always thought the TV show should have explored more storylines that involved the magic of the world. Daenerys’ storyline in Qarth involved a lot of those themes, and a red priestess appeared and gave a warning to Jorah Mormont, but it was hardly mentioned again after that.
  25. Mark Rober is brilliant. Did you see the videos where he teamed up with a channel called ‘Scammer Payback’, where they managed to get cameras inside one of these Indian scam call centres. They had a guy on the inside who let a box of cockroaches loose and they managed to get one of the glitter bombs inside too.
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