• pippy replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 4 weeks ago

    Passion, drive, guts etc…. rarer qualities these days, but in abundance in many GB Olympic athletes. Wonder what it is that makes footie so different.

  • pippy posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    It’s rife in every sport and in every country. My colleague who lives in Nigeria and with his daughters, plays tennis at state level, says that one of the biggest frustrations for his daughters is that African parents commonly bribe the passport officer to under-declare their child’s age so that his daughter aged 14 ends up playing a girl aged 15 or 16. Remember those 50 African refugee children who were admitted to the UK and who looked surprisingly mature, beards and all? Then they come to England for the summer holidays, enter local competitions as mixed-race outsiders and find that the local public school tennis champions seem to benefit from an awful lot of the doubt when it comes to scoring and umpire judgements. Very frustrating.

  • pippy posted an update 4 months ago

    Should England go to the Football World Cup in Moscow? I’m generally against using sport as a political football (excuse the pun), but this is different as there is a risk to both footballers and fans. It presents the Russians with too many opportunities to be a least difficult, and much worse is possible. I know that if England, Germany and other NATO countries were to withdraw from the competition then it would severely degrade the event. Then again the Russians would have a great chance of winning it. a difficult call as it is up to the individual Football Associations rather than governments. Early days yet and by then is could all be brushed under the carpet, but for how long do we let Putin keep getting away with swinging his weight around?

    • Sport as it relates to national teams is inherently political.

      I don’t think England should go to the World Cup, no, if sufficient evidence exists to link Russia to the Skripal killing. Ideally there would be some international unity, but I can’t really see that happening.

      I don’t think the players would be at risk, but the fans would from Russian hooligans. You’d be mad to go as a supporter.

    • If Britain boycotts the world cup and no one else does, then if will make Britain look isolated not Russia.

      At the moment no other country is likely to boycott the World Cup, especially since the UK is one of the main routes for dirty money leaving Russia, and three premier league teams are owned by Russians with good links to Putin.

      Putin would probably be more affected if employed a few hundred more tax inspectors and looked into shady business dealings, but then he might return the favour.

      • Amy replied 4 months ago

        Indeed. If we want to make any substantial impact on Russia then we need to hit them in the wallet, it seems to be the only thing they understand. Quite why major sports tournaments keep going to countries that are f*cked up is beyond my comprehension…unless bribes are involved.

    • I’m assuming that England will only stay for the group stage before returning home to an enraged media, then the hunt for a new manager can begin.

  • pippy posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    As a neutral I’d say Wenger was brilliant when he arrived and did much to singlehandedly transform the culture of the game but now he seems to have run out of steam and should leave with whatever dignity he has left intact. I feel genuine pity for a guy who has outstayed his time and either won’t or can’t acknowledge that. Contrast it with Alex Ferguson’s departure with a league title in his pocket. That was the way to go.

    As for the club being happy to finish Top Four I think most are. Football is now a business not a sport for the owners and it’s a cost-benefit analysis. Third place brings automatic Champion’s League, big pay days, six games guaranteed with potential for more and helps to lure marquee signings who will put bums on seats and help to secure CL next season to keep…[Read more]

  • pippy posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    The ‘whataboutbasketball’ argument in the context of winter Olympic funding has been quite funny.

    • Really?

      I think it’s a fundamental question. If we are spending tax money on sport, do we spend it widely on mass participation to improve the health and wellbeing of a wider population, or do we take the East German approach and focus on high achieving athletes in niche sports, and potential future high achievers for reasons of national pride and spurious trickle down arguments? http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/rio-2016-team-gb-olympic-medals-55m-each-can-we-justify-brits-slump-sofa-a7198906.html

    • Not really. That money could be used in inner city areas to promote a grass roots sport which has far more participation than bob sleigh or whizzing down an icey slope on a tea tray.

      It cuts right to the heart of the issue about promoting sport.

    • I don’t think there are any winter sports to roll out to the inner-city masses – maybe ice hockey?

      Otherwise seems a shame to abandon a major international get-together for the sake of £28m – compared to about £20bn we spent hosting the summer olympics.

      Skeleton was good tv

  • pippy posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    What is the ‘worth’ of success in international sport of any sort?

    • Tends to make people feel better when a member of the tribe does well against the other tribes, aka foreigners.

  • pippy posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    From the telly pictures I saw he was clearly being jostled and antagonized by 3 or 4 wigan supporters. one of the Man City subs or staff was trying to get Aguero out of the way, but one of the Wigan “fans” was repeatedly getting right in his face.

    I dont believe even opposing supporters would have physically assaulted him but what was evident from even a few seconds footage was that he was in a position of risk that should not have happened.

  • pippy posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Absolutely disgusting situation for Aguero to be in. To the point it nearly took away the massive feeling of achievement and what football should be about.

    IMO Wigan should be dealt with in the harshest possible manner as this wasn’t just fans cheering and goading Aguero. He could quite easily be in a hospital bed this morning or worse.

    It will be discussed to death but where were the police, stewards etc to get the players off the pitch safely. There is talk they were outside presuming a nice straightforward win for City so it would go off without any issues. Well it didn’t and NO PLAYER should have to fight his way back off the pitch.

    The Aguero situation wasn’t bad loser. It was player who has run his backside off, full of adrenulin, getting confronted by FOOTBALL…[Read more]

    • You seem to know more about the Aguero incident than the rest of us??? Much more than you could possibly have taken from the television pictures.

      • From the telly pictures I saw he was clearly being jostled and antagonized by 3 or 4 wigan supporters. one of the Man City subs or staff was trying to get Aguero out of the way, but one of the Wigan “fans” was repeatedly getting right in his face.

        I dont believe even opposing supporters would have physically assaulted him but what was evident from even a few seconds footage was that he was in a position of risk that should not have happened.

  • I have a friend who’s been married to his wife for 10 years. She would think herself feisty (yuk) and possibly an independent woman. He fell in love with her and I think enjoyed being her rock and being relied upon as she struggles with depression and possibly bipolar on and off. I also personally find her difficult to gel with and confrontational.

    Currently he’s feeling fed up as he helped fund her through a masters when their kids were young, they’re now 5yo twins who attend a Steiner private school despite her being a vocal socialist. And he’s still being the rock, taking the kids off by himself to give her time, breakfast in bed etc but he wants to start his own business and at the moment cannot.

    I can’t help thinking his original attraction to being the relied upon one is…[Read more]