The Way it Works


Upthehoops says: August 2, 2014 at 12:07 pm 10 0 Rate …

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upthehoops says:
August 2, 2014 at 12:07 pm
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Matty Roth says:
August 2, 2014 at 2:14 am

Well you didn’t get your dozens of thumbs down Matty! Probably because most people on here agree this particular forum is not for that type of debate. There are plenty of forums out there for those that wish to scour the internet searching for examples of bigotry and offensive comment by anyone except fans of their own team.


I’m pleasantly surprised UTH.

Having seen the number of thumbs down Ryan got I expected the worst!

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Danish Pastry says:
August 2, 2014 at 8:16 am
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bailemeanach says:
August 1, 2014 at 11:57 pm
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Professional football has become a very odd business indeed. The more corporate it becomes the less it interests me.

Sign of the times that even famous old clubs like Port Vale get stuck in the mud of financial jiggery-pokery.

Not sure there’s a better club these days than one living well within its means, bringing through youth talent while contributing to the well-being of the local community.

Man U v Real Madrid? A few years ago that friendly would have interested me, alas no more. The vulgar spending of these clubs is out of all proportion to the value of sport and its worth to society in general.


Danish, you’ve expressed something that I feel very strongly myself these days.

I stopped watching Champions League and EPL football a number of years ago, having been an avid follower before. I think at first it was perhaps on principle – I was sickened by the stitch up and the media companies constant salivation over vast spending “teams”.

But once I opened my eyes I realised I didn’t miss it one bit and actually I have no interest in these teams – I can’t relate or care about them at all.

I can’t understand why anyone bothers with it tbh. But then I think a lot of modern fans of football are a completely different breed, completely unaware of the real pain and joy of following their own team – certainly if talksport listeners are anything to go by!

The nature if the coverage of the transfer window in England in recent year has just driven home that the point that the sort of football our media are most excited about means nothing to me. I literally couldn’t care less how expensive a player is – I don’t understand the rising excitement whenever a team spends huge sums of money on a player as if this somehow promises great entertainment. Money does not equal entertainment or interest value in football for me.

Given the choice between watching a Scottish game on TV versus a Champions League match – I’d watch the Scottish game every single time.

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bohemian says:
August 2, 2014 at 1:45 am
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I am quite prepared to finance an elaborate sedan chair powered by an elite squad of Nubian athletes if it will entice ecobhoy back to us. We miss you.


Ecobhoy IS very much missed.

However, while I didn’t really follow the exchanges that led to his decision to take his discussions elsewhere but I’m sure he felt he had good reason.

He presumably didn’t feel the blog offered a worthwhile platform for discussion anymore.

We might all take it as a reminder that the blog can only be successful and continue if all contributors value it as a place of sensible, intelligent discussion. If we fail to protect that then the blog loses good posters and ultimately may run out of steam.

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I fully expect dozens of thumbs down for this but… I think Ryan is essentially correct in suggesting the blog would be more successful by keeping clear of dragging up individual examples of internet bigotry and so on. Its quite clear the blog doesn’t deal with these issues evenhandedly so its best such topics are discussed in more general terms I think. Otherwise we just go in circles and rather than the sense breaking out we just descend into sillyness.

As I say I fully expect lots of readers of the blog will see this as some sort of affront and give me a thumbs downs or whatever, but then those people will be making my point really.

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TrisidiumOctober 18, 2016 at 00:52  9 Votes
Been a bad day site-wise. I will now read from a script prepared by BP;
|Begin script|
We suffered a script injection attack on Friday which we managed to stave off. We were adding some extra security this morning, since we were worried that the hackers were after the database. Whilst that was being implemented, another script injection attack took place, which whilst it failed to reach the database, destroyed a lot of the existing site code.
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Now the bit I understand;
What you are now reading is effectively a new, more secure site, and as a consequence many of you will have lost auto-form settings with your username and password. That is unavoidable, but hopefully it is not too much of an inconvenience. The password reset facility is still in operation anyway for those who require it.
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Bill1903October 12, 2016 at 07:40
Oh and another thing. Its bad enough the Aberdeen v Morton semi being at 1215 KO on a Saturday(with train disruption that day) But to insist its played at Hampden with a probable crowd under 20 thousand is ridiculous. A full house at Easter Road or Tynecastle would have at least made the game look important. You have to wonder if those running the game have the slightest clue.


The old cynic in my wonders if the SFA are quite happy with this state of affairs as it will remind everyone just how important the “Old Firm” is and how irrelevant the rest of us are.
I have no doubt the small crowd will be ignorantly compared by certain Journos to the OF Crowd the next day with not the slightest recognition of the kick of times, travel problems and so on.
Quite a few AFC fans are simply fed up travelling to such a pitifully crap stadium as Hampden for these games anyway.
I’d love to see the SFA have the vision for a new national stadium in Stirling.
OR the balls to admit we don’t need a national stadium and take the games to other grounds around the country.

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The TRFC extension of JBs suspensions seems to indicate they are working to keep him off the payroll at least temporarily if not permanently.
All of which makes the very timely action from the SFA really quite questionable in my opinion.
Are we really supposed to believe that JB just happened to be the only player in Scotland placing bets and the SFA just happened to get their ducks in a row just as TRFC fell out with JB.
I find it just a bit too convenient.
I suspect TRFC reported their own player, which is up to them but what worries me is the SFA are able to act very quickly (once again) when the interests of certain teams are at stake.

.. and they wonder why nobody buys papers
Might a manager in dispute with his club, but not willing to be found in breach of contract, be obliged to take training and get on with his contractual duties within the club.
While activities like talking to the media and being part of the endless Level5 Spin may not be contractual?

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Can anyone explain the recent reports in the media that Rangers had withdraw IP rights from Rangers Retail?
Would prevent Rangers Retail / Sports Direct from selling Rangers branded merchandise? (as the reports seemed to me to suggest)
Or was that misleading and in fact it will only prevent them from manufacturing new products that use the IP?
Its just that I happened to be in a Sports Direct store this week and it was rammed with Rangers merchandise of all kinds, all very much bearing the old and new logos..
And yet I Martin Williams in the Herald reporting another victory on top of this previous victory over Mike Ashley. The way the reporting in the Herald has it I’m surprised Dave king hasn’t crushed Ashley out of all existence by now. 14

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