Sunday, July 15, 2018

Scratchin' 2018 : Week 28

I have entered the -101 Club when it comes to keeping track of my performance in playing at least one lottery scratch card every day this year.

This has been a poor week as I haven't had a winning day despite having wins on days when I've scratched two cards!

On Tuesday, I had a £2 win on a £1 Red card. However, a £2 Jewel Multiplier resulted in a loss. Then, I followed that up with a £5 break-even on a Mega Rich card after losing £1 on a red.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

My Bet Is Booted

And there goes my Romelu Lukaku to be the golden boot winner bet up in smoke.

Lukaku, who played in Belgium's 2-0 win over England, was subbed and thus leaves the World Cup with four goals.

My bet is an each-way, so it hasn't lost as such. I should see a nice return from the 16/1 I got at the start of the tournament.

It's all Harry Kane's now.

Or is it?

Friday, July 13, 2018

Restrictions

I encountered a problem this afternoon when a sports betting company would only allow me to place £2.29 on an American football selection I wanted to bet on.

Restrictions are a joke. My account was restricted for a sport other than American Football, so I thought I would still be allowed to place wagers on the NFL.

It's a pain, but that's the gambling biz for you.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Excuses, Excuses

I've read and heard a plethora of things about England's failure to win the semi-final against Croatia last night.

The majority of what I've encountered seems to believe that England will come back from the World Cup and end up improving on what they've experienced with some even writing that they believe the team could win the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

First - excuses, excuses.

England will not win a World Cup.

What bugs me is not one of these writers or reporters have factored in that other teams did poorly and will be out to improve after leaving Russia.

Argentina, Germany, Spain, Brazil. Those names spring out immediately.

Or what about the teams that didn't even qualify like Italy and Holland? Heck - even the USA!?

All of these sides will be reeling just as much as England. They will improve. And they'll be more superior than England ever will be.

We'll see how right, or wrong, I'll be in four years time.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

England Out

England have just lost 2-1 to Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals.

All I can offer is this.

Thank God all that 'It's Coming Home' crap is done with.

For now.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Ronaldo Joins Juve

And there we have it.. Cristiano Ronaldo is absolutely going to end up a Juventus player by the end of the day.

The news has filtered in stating that Real Madrid and the Italian club have agreed to a deal to send the Portuguese player to Juve.

Ronaldo's deal will apparently be for four years.

Here's a stat for you.

In his nine seasons at Real Madrid, the player scored 451 goals. That's impressive enough, but what if I added that it was in 438 appearances?

What a legacy.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Zidane's Walk Was 12 Years Ago

It's twelve years ago today since the following picture was taken.

Zidane World Cup Walk

It's from the 2006 World Cup final. France's Zinedine Zidane had just been sent off after headbutting Italy's Marco Materazzi and he passed the FIFA World Cup Trophy on his way to the changing rooms.

It was his last game. I thought it was quite a poignant image at the time. I still do.

Italy went on to win the game on penalties after the final score was 1-1.