Friday, August 26, 2016

Backing The Wrong Horse

You know the saying about 'backing the wrong horse'? Does it make it any better when you knew going in that you were picking the wrong one?

I ask because, a few weeks ago, I decided to bet on Manchester United's Marcus Rashford to be the Premier League's top goalscorer. I saw him at 50/1. With each-way terms paying out to six places, I thought it was a good bet.

However, I did have some doubts. The main one being Jose Mourinho being the player's manager and - secondly - Zlatan Ibrahimovic had signed for United. I was really going to back the Swede but the 50/1 for Rashford was too tempting.

With Rashford starting his games on the bench and Ibra scoring three goals already, my fears have turned out true.

So far.

So, yes, I've backed the wrong horse. I knew going in. This doesn't make it any easier, though.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Warm Day Ahead

Today is expected to be the warmest day of the year.


I dislike days like this. Thankfully, I've been out for the newspaper and milk almost as soon as I woke up so I'm going to be inside all day.

It's not that I do not like the summer, although it isn't my favourite season of the year. It's just that I abhor when it's sweltering.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cable & TV Trauma

You're going to love this one.

I woke up early this morning because I had a repairman coming over.  First thing I did was head to the PC to watch last night's episode of WWE Raw.

The damn cable box had gone into reboot mode sometime between yesterday evening and the start of the show, so Windows Media Center couldn't detect the box. It didn't record.

Ah! But like a true hardcore, I had a back-up plan. The TiVo box in the dining room has all WWE shows on season record just in case Problem A occurred.

Went downstairs, turned the TV on via the remote as we have to keep it on standby because the physical switch on the front of the set is dodgy. I managed to catch about three minutes - if that -of Raw before I had a phone call informing me the repair fella was on the way.

As soon as he left, I headed back into the room to watch the show only to realise he must have used the plugs to use his drill. He switched off the TV and I cannot get the damn thing to switch back on!

I've had to read the results online.

Monday, August 22, 2016

A Sea Of Blood

What a crazy main event it was at SummerSlam last night.

At the close of the Randy Orton versus Brock Lesnar match, the latter was throwing vicious punches and elbows on the ground to Orton.

They connected. Lesnar busted up his victim. The visual was incredible because I did stop for a moment and wonder whether it had gone off-script. It obviously hadn't, but gave that impression for a brief moment.

I was telling my friend about it and explained how much blood there was on the canvas. I likened it to a 'pool of blood' but changed it to a 'sea of blood'.

It was hyperbole whichever word I used, but it was shocking nonetheless.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

World Carbonating Bottle Of Soda 2016 : Semi-Final 2

It's day 2 of the semi-finals of the World Carbonating Bottle of Soda 2016. We saw the Dr. Pepper knock-off, Dr. Pete make it to the finals. We're now going to find out what it'll be up against next weekend...

Semi-Final 2 Passionfruit and Mango .vs. Cola and Orange

Cola and Orange was a shock winner against Pink Grapefruit last weekend. This time, it's up against Passionfruit and Mango - a flavour I also like. However, I've got to roll with Cola and Orange one more time.

Passionfruit and Mango is nice, but I have to go with what I would choose if I had one cup and a choice between the two flavours. I wouldn't have hesitated to go with Cola and Orange.

Winner: Cola and Orange

And we now have the final set. It'll be Dr. Pete .vs. Cola and Orange to see the flavour that is the inaugural winner of the World Carbonating Bottle of Soda. This final will take place a week from today.

Passionfruit and Mango will meet Highland Fizz in a third place play-off on Saturday.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

World Carbonating Bottle Of Soda 2016 : Semi-Final 1

By the end of this weekend, we'll know which two flavours have made it to the finals of the World Carbonating Bottle of Soda 2016 tournament. 

Let's just get this one over and done with. 

Semi-Final 1 Highland Fizz .vs. Dr. Pete

This is the toughest match of the weekend. I enjoy both flavours. I like Irn Bru and Dr. Pepper. These two flavours are very similar.

It's a hard decision... 

I'm going to have to go with....

Winner: Dr. Pete

Check back tomorrow to see which flavour Dr. Pete will meet in next Sunday's final.