Football

Why the saying “play the ball not the man” is gay

Yesterday I wrote a post warning of the possibility of a cult of personality inside National.

Predictably those who cannot see it came along to comment and proved such a cult exists.

Also along came those who know what is better for me and tell me, including this comment.

Oh dear, Cam the first principle is that no one has a monopoly on the truth, and you are going close to claiming that for yourself. I hope this apparent crack at the PM is not part of the plan for you to start up a new right/centrist newspaper using the success of this blog. I have always believed in not playing the man, but focussing on the ball. Yes it is stupid for PM Key to bumble through an inept explanation of the Chief of Defence Staff’s attendance at the meeting with Obama et al about ISIS, but to characterise his premiership the way you appear to be going is not persuasive. I have a question, why is it that none of the MSM are prepared to take on the leadership inadequacies of the Opposition. What do they contribute to the governance of New Zealand (I mean the senior opposition MPs of all breeds)?

Where to even begin in unravelling that confused comment?   Read more »

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So, you don’t care about football/soccer, but you’re starting to get interested?

With the quarter finals starting tomorrow, and then semis and final, some of you may feel yourself getting drawn in.  So, here’s a handy refresher on the trickiest rule in the game.

Next game:

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As there were no upsets during the knockout stages, I was 100% correct in my predictions.  “Skill”, I assure you.

I will attempt to do so again now.   The teams to enter the semis will be:    Read more »

Dreaming Argie ratbags

The Argie footballers have decided to insult the Poms over the Falkland Islands ahead of the Football World Cup.

I reckon the Poms should unfurl a massive banner of the Sun frontpage in retribution.

Argentina’s footballers inflamed their country’s rivalry with England on the eve of the World Cup on Saturday, unfurling a banner claiming sovereignty of the Falkland Islands before defeating Slovenia 2-0.

Goals from Ricardo Alvarez and skipper Lionel Messi ensured a winning send-off for the home side at La Plata, north of Buenos Aires, before they head to Brazil.

But the Argentinian squad will have raised eyebrows in Britain showing off their politically-charged banner declaring “Las Malvinas Son Argentinas (The Malvinas are Argentine)” to the 52,000 crowd before kick off.

The banner is regularly put on show before Argentina’s games. But the proximity to the World Cup brought new attention.

The South Atlantic islands have been ruled by Britain since 1833 but Argentina claims them and in 1982 attempted to seize control, sparking a brief but intense war.  Read more »

Photo Of The Day

This is what happens when tens of thousands of people bring road flares to a soccer stadium.

This is what happens when tens of thousands of people bring road flares to a soccer stadium.

One Of The Most Craziest Pyroshow Ever Seen – PAOK, Greece

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Come get more awwwww. For those low on awwwww.

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Being a kid sucks.

Pigeon vs American Football team

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The New York Times needs to man up about soccer

Soccer is gay. The New York Times is gayer for agreeing with Major League Soccer to try and ban football chants.

For decades, soccer officials in the United States simply wanted some fans in their stadiums. Now they have them, and some of those fans have brought an unexpected problem: a vulgar chant, in the vein of more notoriously rabid soccer fans in other countries.

Hardly clever, it is only three words — an insult directed at the opposing goalkeeper — but enough to give M.L.S. officials fits as they hear it spill over into live television broadcasts. The chant’s simplicity is what makes it appealing or appalling, depending on your perspective.  Read more »

Dodgy Muslim ratbag and hypocrite

What are the chances that a high and mighty muslim football star who took a stance against gambling would be caught gambling…You wouldn’t want to take that bet would you?

It is like christian finger-pointers who get caught kiddy-fiddling. They think they are covered with the shield of sanctimony.

Pictured in a casino: ÂŁ40,000-a-week Muslim footballer Pappis Cisse who refuses to play for Newcastle because shirt sponsor is payday loan firm Wonga 'which compromises his religious beliefs'

Pictured in a casino: ÂŁ40,000-a-week Muslim footballer Papiss Cisse who refuses to play for Newcastle because shirt sponsor is payday loan firm Wonga ‘which compromises his religious beliefs’

A picture has emerged apparently showing Muslim footballer Papiss Cisse at a casino table.

It comes as the Newcastle striker is at loggerheads with the club over their decision to replace old sponsor Virgin Money with pay-day loan company Wonga.   Read more »

Going to need a re-write

Earlier today I posted about the imminent demise of Holden.

A reader emailed me this advert from the 70s that may need a re-write.

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