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  1. Probably Partick Thistle, Dunfermline and Ayr, in no particular order.
  2. He looks like he should be playing bass for the sort of band that would be opening for Supertramp or something.
  3. First time I've seen this one. Some thoughts: - England must have been raging to have created that many chances and not scored. - That Wembley pitch is an absolute tattie field. - When did the Saltire overtake the Lion Rampart as the flag of choice for Scotland fans? - That ball from Provan to Archibald was a thing of beauty.
  4. I don't think social distancing will have any real effect on football when it comes back - certainly not at this level where it's usually easy enough to get a few metres to yourself if you want them. The bigger danger for attendances (assuming the death toll isn't apocalyptic, of course) will be folk who've lost so much money from this that they can't afford extra expenses like football games. Even with the government paying a proportion of wages, that doesn't cover everyone (for instance, I am self-employed, but have been so for less than a year, so if the organisation I work with decides to cancel my contract or suspend it until things get back to normal, I'm rather stuck). That probably doesn't affect huge numbers of people, I guess, but not many people are going to come out of this better off than they were at the start.
  5. Come the heat death of the universe, there will be people punting it is a perfect opportunity to get the OF youth teams in the senior leagues.
  6. Is your instinct grounded on anything that won't have occurred to people with expertise?
  7. Chess boxing. Each club nominates a player, alternate rounds of three minutes of chess and three minutes of boxing until one player knocks out or checkmates the other.
  8. Obviously nobody knows for sure how long this is going to last, but at least at this stage - at this stage - the club is framing it in terms of next season's budget, not of the club's survival. That may not be the case for some other clubs, sadly. And since this is not a club-specific issue, but something that's hitting the whole country and surely every business to a greater or lesser degree, the capacity of local businesses to step in and invest, take on sponsorship etc is going to be pretty severely curtailed, you'd think. That was probably already going to be the case with Brexit impacting businesses, this compounds that.
  9. And there's likely a big indirect effect as well - if this is happening in football, it'll happen to hundreds of other businesses all over the country. Folk losing freelance work, small businesses unable to trade at all, people on statutory sick pay rather than their usual wage, even people lucky enough to be getting their basic wage will be missing out on commission and bonuses - and all of this likely lasting for several months. Even assuming - and let's hope and pray that it's so - that the number of people losing their lives is quite low, a lot of folk won't be able to spend a few hundred pounds from a significantly reduced income for the year on a season ticket come the autumn, or take out sponsorship for a player. A lot of small and medium local businesses, assuming they manage to keep their heads above water as trade grinds to a virtual halt for a few months (and this is before any Brexit trade restrictions come in, of course) won't be able to justify sponsoring games, match-day hospitality trips, adverts in the programme etc. Clubs - as all businesses - can be looking at significantly reduced revenue even once the immediate crises passes. And that's to say nothing of those who rent out their pitch, function rooms at their stadium etc. As a side note, how many grounds have we all be to where the toilets have at best cold water in the taps, and no soap at all?
  10. They've to be "sub fusc" - for men that's a white shirt, white bow-tie, black jacket, black breeks, black socks, black shoes, the robe of your current academic status and carrying (but not wearing) your academic hat. Women can wear the same, or if they choose they can have a black skirt and a black ribbon in place of the bow-tie. Ordained clergy can wear clerical robes and members of the armed forces can wear their dress uniforms. This is for matriculation, examination (including viva) and graduation, and in some of the colleges for ceremonial dinners and the like. It's for all levels, not just doctoral students. It is a load of utter nonsense, and part of the glowing aura of bullshit these places build their brand on.
  11. I think that's the right approach. The question isn't, will he set the heather alight and play like he did before? but can he get us more goals than we would get without him? I think the answer to the first question is "probably not", the answer to the second, "highly likely".
  12. At the time the general feeling where I was sitting (right on the halfway line) was that we'd really gotten away with one with Forfar's penalty shout, but you can't really call it either way from the video because of bodies in the way. That one and the free kick Hutton parried out were really the only times Forfar threatened, though, and I think we were worth our win. A scrappy game with not much quality, but what there was (in terms of nice passes here and there, rather than sustained passages of dominany play) came from Airdrie. It was kind of odd that we didn't create many chances at all, but even so when the goal did eventually arrive it felt like it had been coming. You'd have to say that Forfar really dropped the ball defensively at Airdrie's goal - the corner came in, Airdrie won two headers with no challenge and then Wedderburn - who lost his marker as soon as the ball was played - was able to stroll around at his leisure and knock it in with nobody showing any interest in challenging him for it. The subs all did well when they came on, and it's good to see that there's maybe a bit more on the bench than we've thought. I wonder if Wedderburn will fight his way into the starting XI - I can see him starting in the Hearts game, where he would give a useful reinforcment to what is going to be a mostly defensive game for us, while his accurate passing would help when the faster players get a chance to go on the break. All in all, it wasn't pretty but that's a good three points on a day when Falkirk and Raith also won. Leon MOTM for me, probably.
  13. We had a bit of a wobble in December, with defeats to Raith and Clyde sandwiching a not-entirely-convincing victory over Peterhead. The performance agaist Falkirk - and perhaps especially the return of Kurtis Roberts - should give us confidence that we're more or less back on track, though. How are the Forfar fans feeling about this one?
  14. Surely just about everyone knows a woman - or a man - who has been raped. Even you don't know about it, it's happened. I know of several people in my own life, one of them a close friend, who has gone through that, and she has had years of people not believing her, accusing her to her face of lying, being more concerned about the impact on the talented, promising man who raped her. It's maybe worthwhile thinking about how someone who has been through that experience would feel if they were reading these kinds of discussions. Because chances are, someone you know has been. Maybe someone who sits near you at the games, maybe someone who sells you your pie and bovril at half time. And think about the message a club sends to them when it decides that the goals are more important, or when people talk euphemistically about "baggage" as if he just had a reputation for falling out with managers or something. Nobody can deny that Goodwillie is a good footballer, and purely in terms of skill he'd be a great signing for any club in this division and not a few in the one above it. But some things are surely, surely more important.
  15. At this level unless one team is totally outplaying the other and has the freedom to play really good football, you seldom see "good" football matches in the conventional sense (oh so bourgois!). And that doesn't often happen, unless it's a good full-time team against a bad part-time one. Most games are scrappy and bitty, because if they players were capable of a lot more than that they wouldn't be playing for Airdrie, Falkirk, Peterhead etc. But you can still get entertaining games that are, as our backwards-talking denizen of the Black Lodge says, really absorbing. That's what we had on Saturday, for my £0.02.
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