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In today’s Guardian there’s a story about a Manchester United football player being accused of (shock, horror) diving in the box in order to get penalties. At the end of the article there’s a quote from the Man U manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, in which he claims that, over the course of the season, there’s a balance between penalties that you should get but don’t, and shouldn’t get but do:
“We didn’t get one against Wigan during the week. We didn’t scream from the rooftops about it. It happens,” he said. “We got one given against us for Newcastle, we didn’t scream about that either. You get bad decisions and good ones. Believe me, it does even itself out.”
What I love about this is that the phrase “we didn’t scream about that either” has been linked to story on the Guardian site from last November. The story is entitled: “Alex Ferguson: ‘Newcastle Penalty Decision was an Absolute Travesty’”. From that story:
“Everyone, including the referee, was astounded when the linesman put his flag up [for a penalty],” the Manchester United manager said. “He was put in a terrible position. Why can’t the referee overrule it when he is only eight yards away? It is not for me to decide whether the assistant referee gets another game again but it was an absolutely shocking decision.
“It costs you, a decision like that. Two years ago, when the linesman gave the offside goal against Chelsea, it cost us the league, so hopefully we’re not saying that at the end of May. I don’t think we played badly at all today – if we carry on playing like that I’ll be happy – but we slaughtered Newcastle and not to get the three points was a travesty.”
“We didn’t scream about that either”
(If the title means nothing to you, my last three posts will illuminate you)
My response to the response to my reply to the original Unsolicited Rabbit:
I must say I’m very relieved to read the reason why Aileen was receiving the nurse rabbit picture (not that I have any desire for her to be ill, of course). It just struck me that it was possible that Aileen could be an employee who was well-known by all her colleagues to be phobic of both nurses and rabbits, and that this email was a particularly vicious form of office bullying in which both of her phobias were combined in a way that was intended to push her over the edge of sanity into the realm of madness and straitjackets. Then I got worried that I had become somehow implicated in the whole sordid affair by receiving the email, and that a Hitchcockian storyline would follow, with crop-dusting airplane chases and mysterious strangers waiting for me in my hotel room, etc.
But that’s just my paranoia about the whole ‘shared name’ thing. I think it stems from when I was awarded a Gold Award for football skills by my local youth football organisation when I was a child, yet I had only completed the Red Award training program (which involved being able to kick the ball without falling over and knowing the difference between the bit inside the white lines on the pitch and the bit outside it, if my memory serves me correctly). Indeed, I was three years too young to even qualify for the Gold Award. But still they gave it to me, and I still put it on my wall, and I knew for years afterwards that there must have been some other [my name] in our town who had received a Red Award when he was actually at the Gold Award standard, and some day he would find me and sue me for the terrible effect I had had on his burgeoning professional football career and I would die a pauper.
(I’m not sure if you’ve been sharing this conversation with your colleague [My name] II, but if so, please don’t tell him about that last part in case he is indeed the other chap who still harbours deep resentment about his footballing prowess being insufficiently recognised as a child. Thanks!)
Anyway, I am digressing. Thank you for excellent response, and In the spirit of our agreement that bunnies are great for cheering people, I have included below a photograph of a rabbit next to some conversationally relevant footballing paraphernalia. Have a wonderful weekend!
At the weekend football teams East Fife and Forfar met in the Scottish Second Division. The final score was 4-3 to the home team.
This means that we will have to wait for another year - at least - until we hear football score announcers in Scotland utter the fabled, yet as-yet unachieved, mythical Greatest Football Score of All Time:
East Fife 5 - Forfar 4
After last week’s Women’s World Cup final, there was a lot of talk regarding penalty shootouts. It may interest people to know, then, that the worst penalty shootout ever was as follows:
In January 1998 Under-10 sides Mickleover Lightning Blue Sox and Chellaston Boys faced off in the Derby Community Cup. The game finished 1-1 and the Blue Sox won 2-1 on penalties, though not until a remarkable 66 penalties had been taken.
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