Tuesday, June 28, 2016

England, You Just Aren't Good Enough

England, you just aren't good enough.

Every single tournament, it's the same old story. I always have to point it out.

The media creates this story about how great the team is. The knives then come out when the inevitable failure occurs.

It happened last night with Iceland. As soon as the whistle went, instead of congratulating Iceland for their spectacular win, the agenda was to criticize the England team.

And then Roy Hodgson resigned.

The team did not play well at all.

Last night highlighted the point. I repeat - England, you just aren't good enough.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Next Up: Belgium

Wales will now face Belgium in the quarter finals of Euro 2016.

Oh boy.

If you don't know, the two sides were in the same qualifying group to get to this year's tournament. They drew both games.

My fingers are going to be firmly crossed for the next few days. This has been such a fun ride, I don't want it to end.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

40 Years Ago Today

Today is the fortieth anniversary of what some regard as the first mixed martial arts match.

It was contested between Muhammad Ali and the Japanese professional wrestler, Antonio Inoki, in Tokyo.

It is claimed that the fight was originally meant to be a work. However, in the days and hours leading up to the fight, Ali and his crew figured that Inoki was training too hard for it and realised he was in a shoot fight.

It turned into quite a controversial deal at the time. Inoki spent most of the bout laying on the ground while Al was standing. Inoki, in his defensive approach, would kick Ali's legs. To be fair, he was never going to win by standing, so this - in hindsight - was the way to go.

The fight dragged on for the entire fifteen rounds and ended a draw. It had been reported that the spectators were unhappy with what they saw and sounded their displeasure by screaming for a refund.

If you haven't seen the fight, there are clips of it all over YouTube. Even though it has it's historical ties to pro wrestling, boxing and mixed martial arts, it does not make for great viewing if you're looking to watch the entire thing.

Josh Gross has written a book all about it. Ali .vs. Inoki: The Forgotten Fight That Launched Mixed Martial Arts and Launched Sports Entertainment was published a few weeks ago. It's due to be released over here in the UK on July 7th (Kindle version is already available in UK). I've pre-ordered it, so will write more once I've read it.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Bizarro Day

What a day yesterday was, right?

I thought the Leave selection in the referendum for Britain's membership in the European Union would end up losing for weeks. However, when I saw The Sun had told its readers to vote the other day, I had second thoughts and was confident that - going by past history - the paper had backed (or influenced) the winning horse.

By earlier on this week, I had changed my prediction and assumed Remain would win out.

How wrong I was.

I watched most of the ITV's coverage of the results from Thursday into the early hours of Friday and fell asleep somewhere after 3am. I woke back up just as the screen went red and Tom Bradby announced that unconfirmed result that leave had won.

The odds were so strongly in favour of 'Remain' I could not envision anything other than David Cameron giving a victory speech. Yesterday was like watching the bizarro version playing out before me.

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Decision From Yesterday

If you read yesterday's post, you'll be aware that a big decision had to be made.

Nope, I wasn't on about THAT decision. Mine was 'Rack of ribs or Hamburger and chips.'

Well, I can now finally reveal what I went with...

The barbecue ribs win every time. The decision wasn't that big after all.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Big Decision

It's the day of the big decision.

Do I go for the full rack of ribs or the hamburger and chips?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Puppets

You know what really bugged me yesterday?

Seeing David Beckham announce that he's voting in the EU Referendum and wants Great Britain to remain.

Why should anyone care what he thinks?

This guy has spent most of the past few years living away from Britain, so I don't really think he's in any position to be telling people what to do on tomorrow.

Whatever I vote for, it will not be based on what any remain or leave puppet tells me to do.