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  1. Back in 98/99 - the first season of weekly live games - there was a half hearted attempt at being impartial. Not all Old Firm games were live, for example (the November game was a Saturday 3pm kickoff). And I'm sure one of the first games was a horror Dundee-St Johnstone 0-0 draw. I'm pretty sure the BBC were the first to do the Old Firm away game trick, when they got the rights in 2002.
  2. If they ever played each other in Europe, their shorts would clash so someone would have to change. Which would be stupid.
  3. Well, what if we schedule games for international weekend but keep the current rule allowing teams to postpone matches?? Celtic and Rangers have won the league for 35 straight years. They are unbeatable under the current set up, sad as it is.
  4. 1992 European Championships. Whilst we're in the subject of Scotland being shit, here's the rare case where they were actually pretty damn good. Firstly, to qualify was one of our best achievements - only 8 teams made the finals back then and, despite the apathy after our Italia 90 failure, we were one of them. Obviously, we got drawn in the group of death. Germany (world champions), Holland (European champions) and the CIS who, whilst still the Soviet Union, had lost the previous Euro final to Holland. So we had no chance, only to produce three excellent performances (which is pretty damn unusual for a Scotland side). We were unlucky in losing 1-0 to Holland in our first game to a late Berkamp goal. Then we proceeded to play even better against Germany. We could've taken the lead about three times before the Germans scored a scrappy opener. In particular, one pass from Paul McStay deserves to be remembered as one of the most fantastic bits of genius ever produced by Scotland - he left 5 Germans standing still whilst he put Gary McAllister through on goal. Sadly, the bald twat sclaffed it straight at the keeper, and everyone forgot about it. A freak deflected cross gave them a 2-0 win. We were robbed. The CIS only needed to beat us in the last game to qualify but Scotland thumped them 3-0 (Brian McClair even scored) to finish third in the group. The CIS promptly crumbled as an international force and were last seen sponsoring the Scottish league cup about 15 years ago.
  5. Well there'd be other options - you could postpone those matches. Or just go with it. It'd be a rare equaliser in Scottish footballs horrendous imbalance and might be fun once in a while.
  6. What about scheduling top league fixtures during International weeks?? It doesn't impact most teams and would avoid the stop-start nature to the season. Not having games at New Year is obviously dumb, considering how popular the fixtures tend to be. So obviously Scotland would do it.
  7. To be a free kick the handball has to be deliberate. There's nothing in the rules about it being an automatic yellow card.
  8. They won't show 4 Edinburgh derbies. Both teams will have used their 4 home games quota against Celtic and Rangers. 19 Celtic away games 19 Rangers away games 4 random Celtic/Rangers home games (League opener, title clincher, trophy presentation) 6 random games, a couple of them being relegation deciders late in the season but - if they're sticking to 4 games per ground - only the bottom six will be able to host any other live matches.
  9. Probably the most important thing Scottish football needs is a salary cap. I love this quote from the A-League website: The Salary Cap facilitates competitive balance and parity between Clubs by ensuring that the playing talent is distributed amongst the Hyundai A-League Clubs. In doing so, this increases the attraction of the competition to fans, sponsors and broadcast partners. The Salary Cap also safeguards the economic viability of the Hyundai A-League by ensuring that Clubs are not put in a position where they are forced to spend beyond their financial capabilities in order to stay competitive on the field. https://www.a-league.com.au/salary-cap-system I mean, it's like they were pointing at Scotland as they wrote it. The A-League, despite soccer being about the fifth biggest sport in Australia (average crowds of 13,000) and despite only having 27 games a season, still has a better TV deal than us. Give Scottish football a salary cap and an 18 game season (with playoffs) and it wouldn't be long till other countries are copying us.
  10. It is to Scottish footballs credit that they've created the most predictable sports league imaginable. That takes skill. And they've not noticed that 35 years of the title being won by the same city dilutes interest. How's about 16 teams... Play each other once. And you play the teams closest to you in the league an extra time. So top 4 get two games against each other, and so on. Poorer teams get slightly easier fixtures. And we can share revenue a bit too. It doesn't even need to be a hard salary cap. But it'd be nice to maybe only be the second or third least competitive league in the Universe.
  11. Or he could watch rugby. Or American football. Basketball. Baseball. Australian rules football. They all have salary caps and yet manage to be hugely popular. Or he could watch football, seeing as salary caps are already in use in some leagues. Scottish football is the most unequal sporting league in the world. Maybe we should try and learn from sports which actually are able to sell their TV rights for more than a few buttons.
  12. So... Hibs dramatically won the title courtesy of a dramatic injury time equaliser in a 5-5 draw. Rangers went from champions to fourth because of that goal. The top five teams finished within 2 points of each other. Na.... that'd never work. 18 teams. Play each other twice. Yawn.
  13. I tend to think that our development of players goes wrong at an earlier age: when they're 12-16. I've seen more than a few kids at this age who were great at football but utter assholes in school. When they hit 17-20 and sign full time at a club, the club then gets exposed to the full brunt of their assholery and it's too late to change their attitude. Granted, the whole culture of football in Scotland makes it pretty difficult for kids anyway. I mean, look at that young guy Aitchinson who scored for Celtic at 16. As he scores, he's got a huge advert for MAGNERS on his chest and he's playing in the LADBROKES Premiership. If we're going to promote alcohol and gambling, it's only to be expected that we'll lose plenty of potentially good players to them.
  14. It won't change. It's just nice to imagine it sometimes. Let's face it, none of us are going to live to see the title won outside of Glasgow again. I heard the Sportsound crew celebrating earlier on that we don't talk about reconstruction any more - things are great now apparently. And - by God - do Willie Miller and company hate talking about reconstruction. Which is a damn shame, because this thread and these discussions are interesting and worthy of debate. The same people who belittle American style gimmicks are those who boast about having to get a calculator out when goal difference decides something. They're idiots. They haven't yet realised that Scottish football is no longer the biggest sport in Scotland. If we want it to ever return to that status we will need to change and to innovate and maybe even learn from other sports and other parts of the world.
  15. I love the idea of shorter seasons Ed, it makes so much sense. Other teams with a chance to win the league.... it's incredible that such a thought is considered radical. Two 16 game seasons, then playoffs for the title. Money distributed evenly. A salary cap (a soft one, it doesn't need to be as strict as the NFL). More teams with a chance to win the title. Jeez, we might even get a decent TV deal if such a thing happened.
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