Laws of the game – Soccer Superfly XP http://soccersuperflyxp.com/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 12:12:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/favicon-14-150x150.png Laws of the game – Soccer Superfly XP http://soccersuperflyxp.com/ 32 32 ‘No warning was given’: Heather Knight accuses Deepti Sharma of ‘lying’ on warning request https://soccersuperflyxp.com/no-warning-was-given-heather-knight-accuses-deepti-sharma-of-lying-on-warning-request/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 11:59:27 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/no-warning-was-given-heather-knight-accuses-deepti-sharma-of-lying-on-warning-request/ The controversial end to the one-day women’s international series between England and India and its corresponding fallout doesn’t seem to be over anytime soon. India won the third ODI at Lord’s on Saturday when spinner Deepti Sharma knocked out England’s Charlie Dean as they pulled back at the non-attacking end to prepare to run. Deepti, […]]]>

The controversial end to the one-day women’s international series between England and India and its corresponding fallout doesn’t seem to be over anytime soon.

India won the third ODI at Lord’s on Saturday when spinner Deepti Sharma knocked out England’s Charlie Dean as they pulled back at the non-attacking end to prepare to run.

Deepti, who said the team “repeatedly” warned Dean for leaving the crease too soon, stopped in his stride and wore the batter out.

“We did things according to the rules and guidelines,” she said after arriving in India.

“We also told the referees, but she was there (outside the crease). There was not much we could do,” she reportedly told reporters.

However, his version of events was contradicted by England captain Heather Knight.

“Game over, Charlie was legitimately fired. India was the deserved winner of the game and the series. But no warning was given,” Knight wrote on Twitter.

“They don’t need to be given away, so it didn’t make the dismissal any less legitimate.

“But if they are comfortable with the decision to affect exhaustion, India shouldn’t feel the need to justify it by lying about the warnings.”

MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) supported Team India and reminded everyone of the changes to the game.

In a statement on Sunday, the MCC, known as the guardian of the laws of cricket, said: AT LAW 38 RUN OUT.

“This change will officially come into effect from October 1, 2022. This has been done to clarify this issue and to require batters to ensure that they do not leave the crease on the non-attacking side, before a bowler don’t drop the ball.

“The law is clear, because it must be so that all referees can easily interpret it at all levels of the game and at all times of the game.

“Cricket is a wide church and the spirit in which it is played is no different. As custodians of the spirit of cricket, the MCC appreciates that its application is interpreted differently across the world.

“Respectful debate is healthy and should continue, because when one person considers the bowler to be violating the Spirit in such instances, another will point out that the non-attacker is gaining an unfair advantage by leaving their court early.

“MCC’s message to non-attackers continues to be to stay on their court until they have seen the ball leave the bowler’s hand. Then layoffs, like the one yesterday, cannot happen.

“While yesterday was indeed an unusual end to an exciting game, it was properly officiated and should not be seen as anything else,” he concluded.

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Rugby referees have become detached from the spirit of the game – The Irish Times https://soccersuperflyxp.com/rugby-referees-have-become-detached-from-the-spirit-of-the-game-the-irish-times/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 05:00:21 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/rugby-referees-have-become-detached-from-the-spirit-of-the-game-the-irish-times/ One of the biggest tenets of rugby is that from the first day a player steps into a shoe, respect for referees is ingrained in the culture. Yet there is no other major sport on the planet whose referees have been so detached from the spirit of the game. This phrase “spirit of the game” […]]]>

One of the biggest tenets of rugby is that from the first day a player steps into a shoe, respect for referees is ingrained in the culture. Yet there is no other major sport on the planet whose referees have been so detached from the spirit of the game.

This phrase “spirit of the game” appears several times in the book of rugby law. With the rift between the game and its referees deepening for more than a decade, the final seconds of last weekend’s Bledisloe Cup game in Melbourne brought that broken relationship back into the public eye.

After a desperate defense, less than a minute from the end, the Wallabies had just obtained a penalty. They were about to kick on touchdown, an action that in all likelihood would have cemented a historic win when, surprisingly, referee Mathieu Raynal whistled and penalized wallaby kicker Bernard Foley for time-wasting. He then awarded New Zealand a scrum, from which the Kiwis scored and won. Ironically, wasting time is an action the lawbook describes as “against the spirit of the game.”

Raynal’s actions demonstrated the vast chasm between what our officials understand as “the spirit of the game” and the rest of us. Last Saturday was a dramatic example of the unwanted and seemingly unstoppable phenomenon of rugby officials on the pitch dominating and determining the outcome of matches.

I haven’t heard of any former player or coach who supported Raynal’s decision. Like me, all said they had never witnessed such a decision in their lives. Everyone I spoke to, from all over the world, universally expressed serious concern about the now far too powerful influence of referees on match results.

Yet surprisingly, or perhaps predictably, the refereeing community supported Raynal’s decision. My experience is that police officers who investigate complaints against other police officers rarely conclude that the police are the problem.

Over the past week, the refereeing world has had a mirror in front of it and jumped into denial.

By supporting Raynal’s decision, his fellow referees are defending the indefensible. Instead of telling the world that the decision was an error in judgment and that it was against the spirit of rugby, they are arguing over a very dubious interpretation on a point of law. Which is the perfect example of all that is wrong with the relationship between the game and its referees. It also shows us how deeply out of step our officials are with the rest of the game.

It’s not a description rugby officials will appreciate, but it’s how the overwhelming majority of the rugby community currently views his role in the game.

This is not to criticize referees for making mistakes. They are human and mistakes will always happen. We all accept this as part of the game. It is the emergence of the phenomenon of referees routinely determining the outcome of matches and the refusal of the management of rugby to address the issue that causes so much concern.

What has so stifled much-needed refereeing reform in rugby is that referee administrators still cling desperately to the old principle that the sole referee on match day must be the sole arbiter of fact and law.

In other contact codes such as American football and rugby league, this belief is dead. Additional officials, such as TMOs and assistant referees, can make try decisions, reset time to play on match clocks, and act when players are offside without that decision being made by the sole main match referee.

Rugby is a much more complex game than the NFL or the League, but our referees are resisting reforms that would speed up play, keep the ball in play for longer periods of time and, with extra policing, reduce penalties.

If any of these tools were available to Raynal last week, he could have simply whistled and requested that the game clock be reset eight seconds back (yes, that’s it) and justice would have been served.

This crisis, because in reality that is what it is, was caused by two major systemic dysfunctions.

Firstly, the process of evaluating, ranking and appointing our referees for matches is deeply flawed. Referees are rated not on the type of game they produce, nor on whether the games were entertaining. They are scrutinized, rewarded or penalized in their personal ratings for what they don’t do. If they don’t call every technical penalty imaginable, they themselves are penalized. By definition, referees are encouraged to whistle anything and everything.

That’s why we have more than 25 penalties in almost every game.

This negative evaluation system has led to an explosion of referees sanctioning very technical faults. No better example than in Adelaide when the Springboks were in full attack against the Wallabies. After a clean low tackle, the Wallabies did not contest the ruck. There was not a single golden jersey near the ball carrier of the Springboks on the ground, the ball was free for the Boks to use, but the referee penalized the Springboks for an alleged illegal entry into the ruck.

Having no sense of the game or any responsibility for the entertainment and perhaps thinking about his own post-match record, the referee awarded a penalty.

Recently, I attended a game of lesser high level where the young referee was a carbon copy of his elders. Every second-half scrum resulted in a penalty. The attacking teams were penalized for technical fouls. He constantly stopped playing to consult his assistant referees. The second half lasted 52 minutes. The children’s play time was minimal and their fun factor was close to zero. The young referee simply imitated his role models and was the focal point of the afternoon.

If those responsible for evaluating and appointing our referees tell them to be pedantic, then that is exactly what they will do and that is exactly what we get.

The second problem for our referees is in that big politically blocked space in rugby, the legislature. With so much needed reform to Rugby’s voluminous law book and so little being done, referees have an encyclopedia of laws to enforce.

In the recent Wallabies v Springboks test in Adelaide, in 80 minutes, the ball was in play for a surprisingly short 28 minutes. So many of the game’s leading thinkers have for many years advocated ways to extend the game of the ball by changing the laws that will reduce the volume of penalties. Despite this, and other proposals such as increasing the value of tries and reducing the value of all two-point kicks, the Easter Island statues in the World Rugby legislature remained immovable. Without their cooperation, efforts to increase the players’ entertainment and enjoyment factors of the game by having the ball in play for much longer periods of time are impossible.

This attitude within our community of officials has unfortunately seen them become more isolated and removed from the football ‘family’. At the same time, the balance of power between those who play and those who referee has changed dramatically, creating the unthinkable situation where our referees are the most seen figures on our television screens during matches, while our great players are reduced to part- time participants.

All of this hurts rugby.

Our refereeing community would do well to remember that the great respect that rugby rightly affords our officials is based on the concept that the game is bigger than all of us. A concept that seems threatened by those responsible for judging and legislating the laws of rugby.

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Rolland helps Fijiana 15s – FBC News https://soccersuperflyxp.com/rolland-helps-fijiana-15s-fbc-news/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 06:19:06 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/rolland-helps-fijiana-15s-fbc-news/ Former rugby union referee Alain Rolland is in Fiji to help Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15 players better understand the laws of the game ahead of his test match and the World Cup. Rolland arrived in the country last night and got straight to work with the team this morning educating the players on the mindset […]]]>

Former rugby union referee Alain Rolland is in Fiji to help Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15 players better understand the laws of the game ahead of his test match and the World Cup.

Rolland arrived in the country last night and got straight to work with the team this morning educating the players on the mindset of a referee when applying the laws of the game.

He says they focused on specific areas today and the players responded well.

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“As for the breakdown, especially the tackle, the roll, the priority is that the referee works as we think so the referee this weekend has the process on how she is going to referee the breakdown and I’m trying to get the girls to understand what that process is like. Like.”


Alain Rolland

Rolland adds that the motive is to get the players to understand the referees’ mental solution that would prevent a particular player from being targeted, avoid penalties and move the scoreboard.

The former Irish rugby union international also helped the Flying Fijians side in 2005 for their World Cup campaign.

He was also the referee who controlled Fiji’s 2003 World Cup game against France and condemned Rupeni Caucau for hitting the French flanker.

Rolland will be with Fijiana 15 in their Vodafone Fiji Women’s Rugby Test series against Canada on Friday at 6pm at HFC Bank Stadium in Suva.

You can also watch the game live on FBC Sports.

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Operation Lone Star exposes Sanctuary City’s hypocrisy and busses over 11,000 migrants – The Gilmer Mirror https://soccersuperflyxp.com/operation-lone-star-exposes-sanctuary-citys-hypocrisy-and-busses-over-11000-migrants-the-gilmer-mirror/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 15:27:20 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/operation-lone-star-exposes-sanctuary-citys-hypocrisy-and-busses-over-11000-migrants-the-gilmer-mirror/ AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas National Guard continue to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons and people into Texas, and prevent , detect and interdict transnational criminal behavior between entry points. Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the […]]]>

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas National Guard continue to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons and people into Texas, and prevent , detect and interdict transnational criminal behavior between entry points.

Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the multi-agency effort has led to 304,700 migrant arrests and more than 19,800 criminal arrests, with more than 17,400 felony charges reported.

Texas has also transported more than 8,000 migrants to the nation’s capital since April and more than 2,500 migrants to New York since August 5. More than 600 migrants from Texas have arrived in Chicago since late August. The Bus Mission brings much-needed relief to our overwhelmed border communities.

Operation Lone Star continues to fill dangerous voids left by the Biden administration’s refusal to secure the border. Every individual apprehended or arrested and every ounce of drugs seized would otherwise have entered communities in Texas and across the country because of President Biden’s open border policies.

RECENT OPERATION LONE STAR HIGHLIGHTS:

Governor Abbott announces arrival of migrants by bus to Vice President’s DC home

Governor Abbott yesterday announced the arrival of two buses of migrants from Texas outside the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris at the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. This arrival of migrants comes days after Vice President Harris’ trip to Houston, where she claimed the southern border was secure and denied the existence of a border crisis.

“The Biden-Harris administration continues to ignore and deny the historic crisis on our southern border, which has endangered and overwhelmed communities in Texas for nearly two years,” Governor Abbott said. “Our supposed Border Czar, Vice President Kamala Harris, has yet to even visit the border to see firsthand the impact of the open border policies she helped implement, even going as far as to assert that the border is ‘secure’.”

Learn more about migrant arrivals in Washington, DC.

WATCH: Governor Abbott Discusses Chicago Mayor’s Hypocrisy Over Migrants

This week, Governor Abbott joined Fox News’ Jesse Watters Primetime to discuss Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s hypocritical response to welcoming migrants from Texas to his sanctuary city. After receiving a few hundred migrants, the mayor began busing new arrivals to suburban Chicago rather than welcoming them to her city.

‘[Mayor Lightfoot] is the epitome of hypocrisy for doing exactly what she was criticizing me for, but also for not even acknowledging what President Biden did,” Governor Abbott said. “President Biden flew migrants all over the country, sometimes in the dark of night. She never said a word about what he did.

WATCH: DPS and local officials detail extent of border crisis for full report

DPS joined local border officials and Texans from Eagle Pass in outlining the full scope of President Biden’s current border crisis to Full Measure’s Sharyl Attkisson. The border special highlights the need for Operation Lone Star to combat the chaos caused by the Biden administration’s continued refusal to enforce policies that would prevent illegal border crossings and apprehend illegal immigrants.

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DPS locates Stash House in Laredo hiding 73 illegal immigrants

DPS special agents, with the help of Border Patrol and local law enforcement, this week discovered a hideout in Laredo hiding 73 illegal immigrants – 60 men and 13 women. The illegal immigrants came from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. They were all referred to Border Patrol.

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WATCH: Texas National Guard Soldiers Describe Operation Lone Star Pride

Texas National Guard soldiers describe the pride they take in being part of Operation Lone Star and protecting Texas communities from drug and human trafficking and other transnational crimes.

“It’s truly rewarding to be able to give back and support the community I grew up in and continue to live my life,” said Airman 1st Class Medelez of 432n/a Air Expeditionary Group. “With this mission, we are helping Border Patrol mainly because they are overwhelmed with the number of people coming from the southern border.”

“We have to follow the rules and laws of Texas and the United States,” said Senior Airman Kwame Asbill.

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WATCH: A human smuggler leads DPS soldiers in a high-speed vehicle chase

A smuggler led DPS soldiers on a high-speed vehicle chase in Willacy County. The smuggler eventually lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn and crash. The smuggler was charged with human smuggling and 12 illegal immigrants were referred to Border Patrol.

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WATCH: A Texas National Guard soldier details his role in Operation Lone Star

A Texas National Guard soldier described his duties on Operation Lone Star. Working alongside the DPS and other local and federal law enforcement agencies, the soldier detailed patrols along the southern border while ensuring his fellow guardsmen have the resources necessary to carry out their duties. their functions.

“[The mission] is important because we need to secure our border; we need to protect our way of life, our economy and keep drugs out of our communities,” he said.

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WATCH: DPS uncovers smuggling attempt during traffic stop

DPS special agents and Highway Patrol troopers discovered four illegal immigrants – three women and a child – hiding in a vehicle during a traffic stop in Hidalgo County. A personal amount of marijuana and a handgun were also recovered from inside the vehicle. The driver was charged with human trafficking and possession of marijuana.

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Texas National Guard soldiers apprehend 30 illegal immigrants on the banks of a river

Texas National Guard soldiers from the Tactical Response Unit (TRU) sweep teams recently apprehended 30 illegal immigrants on the banks of the Rio Grande one night. The TRU sweep team covers different ground areas each night to deter criminal activity.

“We are an intelligence-based rapid reaction force, and we have the freedom to maneuver in all areas,” said Sgt. First Class Stephen Mata. “We go to the area that’s hot that week and pick and propel and try to find the illegal immigrants in that area.”

TRU operates with land-based brush crews and river patrol boats, while partnering with other state and federal agencies to eliminate transnational criminal activity.

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(PHOTO: Texas Military Department)

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Report: Party Control of Elections is a Risk to Democracy https://soccersuperflyxp.com/report-party-control-of-elections-is-a-risk-to-democracy/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 15:03:48 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/report-party-control-of-elections-is-a-risk-to-democracy/ Griffiths is the national publisher of Independent Voters Newswhere a version of this story first appeared. Partisan machinations increasingly undermined confidence in the integrity of the electoral process. The Holocaust deniers were just the start, but things escalated to the point where some election administrators – loyal to their party – refused to certify election […]]]>

Griffiths is the national publisher of Independent Voters Newswhere a version of this story first appeared.

Partisan machinations increasingly undermined confidence in the integrity of the electoral process. The Holocaust deniers were just the start, but things escalated to the point where some election administrators – loyal to their party – refused to certify election results for political reasons.


A new analysis from the Election Reformers Network warns of the growing danger and chaos that will result from parties having too much control over who certifies elections – and how they do it – as polarization spirals out of control.

“We are already seeing efforts by American supporters to exploit the certification,” writes ERN Executive Director Kevin Johnson. “In 2020, Republican Party officials in Wayne County, Michigan’s largest, refused for several hours to certify presidential election results, briefly throwing the competition in a key state into turmoil. One of their counterparts on the state board — the same panel that last week leveled accusations of political bias when it down-the-party rejection of a proposed ballot measure for protect reproductive rights – threatened to do the same.

In 2022, there were incidents in New Mexico and Pennsylvania where local election commissions refused to certify election results without cause or evidence of fraud or impropriety. Partisan Arizona lawmakers hired an inexperienced private firm to conduct a statewide election audit, despite a lack of evidence that one was needed.

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Voters should prepare for further disruption in November from the very people tasked with overseeing the elections – a job that voters expect to be carried out impartially. But, the administration and certification of elections cannot be truly impartial when teams control who referees the game.

The risk is ubiquitous, and it is not limited to a handful of states.

In its analysis, ERN found that 39 states gave exclusive control over election certification to partisan-controlled councils or partisan officials. And, every state except Hawaii involves named, nominated, or elected partisan figures in the certification process in one way or another.

These are people who signed up for a team and pledged their support to that team. They have every interest in “their camp” winning.

Independent candidate for Washington secretary of state, Julie Anderson, noted in a June interview that it’s “very hard for voters to believe that once you step into” an election administration role “you get rid of those team bonds”.

In her own state, she thinks Republican Kim Wyman – who quit earlier this year – may be the last person voters trust completely to be a party member and oversee elections. Party leaders will no doubt scoff at this claim, but it could carry some weight given that Anderson qualified for the general election over other major party candidates in a nonpartisan primary on 2 august.

ERN conducted parallel analysis to see if peer democracies around the world allow parties to have the same level of control and influence over election certification. What the group discovered is that the United States is almost unique.

Almost all of the 12 democratic systems examined limited political parties to observing the certification process and challenging them in court. The finalization of elections is also conducted by the same professionals – and in most cases non-partisan – who run elections.

It is also rare in these countries for a person running for office to play a role in administering or certifying the elections. The same cannot be said in the United States, where those tasked with overseeing elections can and will run for a different or higher office during their tenure.

Johnson believes it is imperative that voters understand how voter certification works in their state. Many people are unaware that several states have laws that clearly state that the certification process is not the place to challenge election results.

The legitimate jurisdictions are the courts, which increasingly need to intervene to stop efforts to hijack the certification process for political and unfounded reasons. The public’s lack of knowledge has allowed some partisan officials to search for loopholes and ambiguities in state law to insert their own will into election certification.

In the long term, Johnson says the United States should replicate what other democratic systems are doing. He believes that the responsibility for the certification of elections should be entrusted to electoral professionals selected in a non-partisan manner.

“Where commissions are involved, their composition should be changed to emphasize impartiality rather than party representation, for example by including election officials or retired judges,” he writes. “Parties can fully protect their interests through the roles given to them by law: to observe all processes and bring evidence-based concerns to court.”

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What will Celtic have learned from past failures at the Euro? – Monday kick-off https://soccersuperflyxp.com/what-will-celtic-have-learned-from-past-failures-at-the-euro-monday-kick-off/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 06:15:48 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/what-will-celtic-have-learned-from-past-failures-at-the-euro-monday-kick-off/ CELTIC enter the Champions League group stage for the first time in five years this week with a test of their European credentials on the line. For all the relative success Rangers have had in continental competition, Celtic’s attempts to move past the group stages have been embarrassing by comparison – a scenario that runs […]]]>

CELTIC enter the Champions League group stage for the first time in five years this week with a test of their European credentials on the line.

For all the relative success Rangers have had in continental competition, Celtic’s attempts to move past the group stages have been embarrassing by comparison – a scenario that runs directly counter to their near total dominance of Scottish competitions in this era. .

This domestic bliss was led by two men with very similar approaches to how the game should be played in Brendan Rodgers and Ange Postecoglou. Rodgers has stuck to his principles in European competition, often to the frustration of Celtic fans. In their two Champions League campaigns, Celtic were beaten hard by Paris St-Germain home and away, shipped seven to Camp Nou and had little response for Bayern Munich. at the Olympic Stadium.

Taken in isolation, these results can be compared to the strength of the star-studded sides they faced, but those who watched them will remember Celtic setting up in the most naive way, like lambs being slaughtered against ruthless adversaries.

Similar criticism was leveled at Postecoglou last season in the Europa League when Celtic lost heavily to Bayer Leverkusen and lost a two-goal lead against Real Betis and questions remain as to how they will cope. .

The feeling is that Celtic are better equipped this time around. For his part, Postecoglou has repeatedly stated that he will not compromise on his principles.

“We have to bring our own identity. People are pretty clear about what kind of team we are. What a great opportunity to play our football. If we don’t get it that’s fine,” the Australian said the day after Saturday’s dominating victory over Rangers. “But let’s go for it rather than relying on someone because they’re a good team. Our fans want us to bring the game to Real Madrid and see where it takes us. Let’s take a break anyway.

All very commendable, but make no mistake, Real Madrid, RB Leipzig and Shakhtar Donetsk will be licking their lips if there isn’t a pragmatic plan B for this season’s continental campaign.

More misery for McKenna with errors piling up

It was a far from smooth introduction to the English Premier League for Scottish centre-half Scott McKenna. The former Aberdeen defender was at fault for two of the goals as Nottingham Forest surrendered a two-goal lead at home to lose 3-2 to fellow new boys Bournemouth on Saturday.

The 25-year-old tried to deflect Dominic Solanke’s shot on goal with his head, but only managed to deflect it past his keeper Dean Henderson – who appeared to have covered the shot anyway.

Then he offered possession to Solanke in the dying minutes of the match and the Bournemouth striker had the simple task of rolling the ball to Jaidon Anthony, who duly dismissed the winner.

These slip-ups follow similar struggles McKenna has faced since the start of the season; he was lucky enough to stay on the pitch for a deliberate handball against West Ham and blocked Henderson’s line of sight for Tottenham’s opener – and lost Harry Kane at the far post for Spurs’ second – in the 2-0 defeat last weekend at the City Ground.

With five other centre-halves waiting in the wings after Forest’s lavish spending this summer, the Scot will be looking over his shoulder after his latest misstep at the weekend.

It’s time to show tactical fouls to the red card

There comes a time in football when suddenly certain laws of the game are no longer appropriate. I am thinking more particularly here of what has been called “the tactical foul”, supposedly because it is not a question of trying to injure an opponent but simply of disrupting his momentum.

Of course, nuance plays a role here. Take Conor Goldson’s Saturday trip over Daizen Maeda as the Celtic striker galloped clear in the latter stages of Saturday’s demolition of Rangers; the rules say it wasn’t a clear goalscoring opportunity, but I’d say the interpretation isn’t borne out by the way goals are often scored today.

Celtic thrive on transitions, their tactics are designed to create exactly those scenarios where they overload their opponent – ​​and, yes, almost inevitably score from those positions. This is the way of the modern game. Liverpool’s whole attacking system is built around transitions and the coaches who try to stop them know full well that taking down someone on the halfway line is a risk worth taking because a counter-attack overloaded is as much of a threat as one-on-one against the keeper. .

Every week now, there are several cases of defenders who cynically put a stop to dangerous attacks because they know the worst that will happen is that they receive a yellow card.

It is time for the rule to be redrawn.

LIV is the claw that keeps on giving

There was another drumbeat last week for the new LIV Golf Series defectors as it arrived in Boston. An accompanying, stomach-turning launch video showed players and various happy-handers drinking champagne and munching hors d’oeuvres to promote the glamor of a competition that leaves a little more pain in the ass. comfortable whenever there is an announcement.

Last month, of course, LIV rocked Bedminster, New Jersey for the third event of the season. In the nearby town of Basking Ridge, families who lost 17 loved ones in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001 have raised an outcry.

Terry Strada, president of 9/11 Families United, lost her husband Tom that day. She told ABC News last week what it meant to her to see Saudi involvement in a LIV golf tournament on the doorstep of Basking Ridge.

“We know that 15 of the 19 of them [9/11 hijackers] were Saudi nationals, but now we know there was this anti-American pro-jihadi program that was set up in the Saudi embassy, ​​and it was missing the consulate in California, and it was full of extremists” , said Strada. “They did nothing to undo the worst terrorist attack to ever take place on American soil. They invest a lot of money in our economy for the same reasons, they just try to buy respect. And you can’t buy respect. You have to learn it.”

Cause for alarm in Edinburgh

My late father used to claim he was one of a group of Glentoran supporters who invaded the pitch in a game against Belfast Celtic in the 1960s, the latter team leading 3-0 at the ‘era. The match was later abandoned but the result stood.

This possibly apocryphal story came to me after reading about the events at DAM Health Stadium on Friday night when Edinburgh were spared an embarrassing pre-season defeat at the hands of part-time London Scottish due to a spectator who accidentally triggered a fire alarm.

Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair, left, sought to cover up the cracks by saying his side had a line-out 10 yards from the Scottish try line when a stoppage was called and his side was in a position to win with six minutes. remaining – an assessment that didn’t really hold up to scrutiny as Edinburgh trailed by eight points at the time.

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Microsoft, Salesforce, Oracle show their age https://soccersuperflyxp.com/microsoft-salesforce-oracle-show-their-age/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 07:06:41 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/microsoft-salesforce-oracle-show-their-age/ In non-Wall Street parlance, Snowflake’s recent quarter was a blast: Sales rose 83% to $497 million, with revenue now forecast to hit $1.9 billion for 2022. was a much-needed change of mood for an industry suddenly battered after years of crisis. growth. “We certainly didn’t expect this degree of upside,” Mizuho analyst Gregg Moskowitz and […]]]>

In non-Wall Street parlance, Snowflake’s recent quarter was a blast: Sales rose 83% to $497 million, with revenue now forecast to hit $1.9 billion for 2022. was a much-needed change of mood for an industry suddenly battered after years of crisis. growth.

“We certainly didn’t expect this degree of upside,” Mizuho analyst Gregg Moskowitz and others who were already bullish on the company wrote of Snowflake’s results.

CEO Frank Slootman quickly won the approval of investors, an increasingly skeptical public about the software industry’s prospects. While companies like Salesforce and ServiceNow saw their stock prices plummet after issuing muted sales guidance for the rest of the year, Snowflake rose more than 17% after its earnings.

Snowflake is not alone. Databricks just passed $1 billion in annualized revenue and is aggressively hiring, and Confluent and MongoDB’s earnings have topped Wall Street sales estimates: Both companies provided upbeat annual forecasts. Even private companies like Cockroach Labs and Canva, which serve as alternatives to Oracle, Adobe and other so-called legacy companies, continue to hire, increase sales and fundraise at an impressive rate.

The results are a signal of the seismic change underway in the world of enterprise software: the arrival of the new computing stack.

“Our space will be everyone’s space tomorrow,” said Dave McJannet, who as CEO of infrastructure services provider HashiCorp depends on the adoption of cloud-based tools like Snowflake. “There’s an old-world-new-world paradigm…and you’re seeing some really big companies emerge that could potentially challenge Salesforce to be the biggest employer in San Francisco.”

The discrepancy is glaring. While Snowflake, Databricks and others show no signs of slowing down, Salesforce and Microsoft have trimmed their outlook and are implementing cost-cutting measures such as hiring freezes to bolster profitability. Meanwhile, Oracle is laying off workers.

Economic factors are certainly at play. Faced with a potential recession, some customers are moving away from investing in basic applications, such as HR systems or CRM, in favor of data management and analysis. And to point out the obvious: so-called legacy providers remain much larger and, therefore, are not able to adapt as quickly to wild market fluctuations.

But that’s a stark change from the past three decades, when a handful of names — Amazon, Salesforce, Microsoft and Oracle, for example — seemed to dominate discussion within IT departments.

In 2005, if you wanted to buy a database, the options were quite limited. Now the floodgates have opened. Alongside Amazon and Microsoft — which recently took over Oracle as the largest database vendor, according to Gartner — there are a plethora of new options that customers are turning to.

For some, it’s a missed opportunity. For example, Adobe has seriously underestimated the demand for creative tools among non-professionals and is now under pressure from newcomers like Figma and Canva. Even Microsoft, a close partner of Adobe, openly embraces Figma.

What Snowflake created was by no means an easy build. But if Oracle had simply recognized the impending potential of the cloud much earlier, the dynamics might now be radically different.

And while Salesforce touts its data and analytics capabilities, the foundation of the business is its core vertical applications. Instead, customers seem increasingly interested in consolidating data from various systems into a single repository, such as Salesloft or Clari, for further analysis.

Salesforce “should have done it,” said Guggenheim Securities analyst John DiFucci. The company “let others access this ‘intelligence layer’ much faster. And it is not known whether they will be able to participate in this.

To put it more bluntly: “They’re not a growth name anymore,” DiFucci added.

Amid this pivot, Fivetran, which recognized early on the need to help companies move information from these so-called systems of record to Snowflake and Databricks, expects the sales momentum to continue. unabated despite a broader slowdown in the software market.

“We did the math, and even under pessimistic assumptions, we grew our revenue so much that we outpaced the market decline,” CEO George Fraser told Forbes.

For others, the current struggles are simply the result of the shift to the cloud. It is not uncommon for architectural changes to bring new market dynamics. The move away from mainframes, for example, helped Oracle overtake IBM and cement its former status as the world’s largest database vendor.

In today’s environment, VMware is a prime example. The company, which for 24 years has provided customers with a single platform to run multiple applications or operating systems on a single server, is now on the defensive against a $61 billion acquisition of Broadcom, a company with a notoriously checkered history with customers.

For some VMware customers who are hesitant about the new owner, this raises the question of whether to move existing workloads to the cloud to simply eliminate the need for the company’s flagship products.

VMware “is certainly a hot topic for the larger companies we talk to, not all of whom are very happy” with the acquisition, said McJannet, which competes directly with VMware.

Microsoft, Salesforce, Oracle, and SAP are all companies that will continue to make money, largely from the huge install bases that exist. Power shifts in enterprise technology often take years or even decades to occur.

But as Salesforce has proven with software as a service and AWS has proven with the cloud, these generational shifts are entirely possible. And it is possible that the timeline will be accelerated.

While some legacy vendors look to spend billions on other legacy technologies, Databricks or Snowflake could use their war chests to double down and acquire other key features of tomorrow’s computing stack, creating Salesforce for the era. of AI.

The future is certainly much brighter right now for the new kids in the neighborhood. But as the US government proves, don’t count baby boomers. Yet, as Slootman once said, “Only government can print money; the rest of us have to take it from someone else. It certainly seems to do so.

Update: This story was updated on September 2 to clarify Microsoft’s relationship with Figma and Adobe.

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Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard Deal Under Global Review https://soccersuperflyxp.com/microsofts-activision-blizzard-deal-under-global-review/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 05:51:17 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/microsofts-activision-blizzard-deal-under-global-review/ Comment this story Comment Microsoft’s plan to buy gaming giant Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion could have major effects on the gaming industry, turning the Xbox maker into something like a Netflix for gaming itself. giving control to many more popular titles. But to take it to the next level, Microsoft must first survive a […]]]>

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Microsoft’s plan to buy gaming giant Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion could have major effects on the gaming industry, turning the Xbox maker into something like a Netflix for gaming itself. giving control to many more popular titles.

But to take it to the next level, Microsoft must first survive a deluge of government investigations from New Zealand to Brazil, and US regulators encouraged by President Joe Biden to step up their antitrust enforcement.

More than seven months after Microsoft announced the deal, only Saudi Arabia announced its approval, although an upcoming decision by the UK to shut down or intensify its antitrust investigation could signal what’s to come. This decision is expected on Thursday.

“A growing number of countries are subjecting major global transactions to greater scrutiny,” said William Kovacic, former chairman of the five-member Federal Trade Commission. “Many of the jurisdictions that exercise this control are significant cost savings and cannot be ignored.”

Microsoft has faced antitrust scrutiny before, most notably more than two decades ago when a federal judge ordered its dissolution following the company’s anticompetitive actions related to its dominant Windows software. This verdict was overturned on appeal, although the court imposed other less drastic sanctions on the company.

In recent years, however, Microsoft has largely escaped the more intense regulatory backlash that Big Tech rivals such as Amazon, Google and Facebook parent Meta have endured. But the scale of Activision Blizzard’s merger has caught the world’s attention.

The all-cash deal is expected to be the largest in tech industry history. It would give Microsoft, maker of the Xbox console and gaming system, control of popular game franchises such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Candy Crush. There’s also a growing sense that past scrutiny of Big Tech mergers was too lax, like when Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014.

“Collectively, that means the kinds of concessions you’re going to have to make become more difficult,” Kovacic said.

The possibility of Microsoft taking over Call of Duty has been particularly worrisome for Sony, maker of the PlayStation console that competes with Microsoft’s Xbox. In a letter to Brazilian regulators, Sony highlighted Call of Duty as an “essential” game – a blockbuster so popular and entrenched that it would be impossible for a competitor to develop a competing product even if it had the budget to do so.

One solution could be a settlement in which Microsoft agrees to ensure that rival console makers such as Sony or Nintendo won’t be cut off from popular Activision Blizzard games. Microsoft has already publicly signaled its openness to this concept.

Microsoft President Brad Smith says the company has made a commitment to Sony to make Activision games like Call of Duty “available on PlayStation beyond the existing agreement and into the future” – although many be skeptical about the duration of these promises if they are not defined. in the regulatory authorization decrees.

On the other hand, Microsoft also has a much better reputation in Washington than it did in 2000. It’s “considered more reasonable and sensible” on issues such as data privacy, Kovacic said.

Microsoft has also been trying to convince skeptics in the United States, starting with a union that is trying to organize Activision Blizzard employees. Democratic lawmakers have also expressed concern over allegations of Activision’s toxic work culture for women, which led to employee walkouts last year as well as discrimination lawsuits filed by California and the US. federal civil rights officials.

In March, the Communications Workers of America issued a call for stricter oversight of the deal by the US Department of Justice, FTC and state attorneys general. But a June 30 letter from the union to the FTC said it moved to support the deal after Microsoft agreed “to ensure that Activision Blizzard workers have a clear path to collective bargaining.”

Gaming represents a growing share of Microsoft’s business, despite the company’s efforts to portray itself and Activision Blizzard as “small players in a highly fragmented publishing space”, according to a document filed with the Commission. New Zealand trade.

In 2021, Microsoft spent $7.5 billion to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of video game publisher Bethesda Softworks, which is behind popular video games The Elder Scrolls, Doom and Fallout. Microsoft properties also include the hit game Minecraft after buying Swedish game studio Mojang for $2.5 billion in 2014.

The Redmond, Wash., tech giant said game acquisitions will help bolster its Xbox Game Pass game subscription service and mobile offerings, particularly from Activision Blizzard’s King division, which makes Candy Crush. .

Dutch game developer Rami Ismail said Microsoft’s subscription service has so far been a boon for smaller game studios trying to get their content to users. But he is unsure of the long-term impact of the merger.

“Xbox Game Pass as a product has been very successful in funding interesting and creative games that might not have the normal market reach to succeed,” Ismail said. “On the other hand, as power consolidates, there’s less incentive to do something like this.”

Microsoft’s rivals are also consolidating. In July, Sony struck a $3.6 billion deal to buy Bungie Inc., maker of the popular Destiny game franchise and original developer of Xbox-owned Halo. Take-Two Interactive, maker of Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption, in May reached a $12.7 billion deal to acquire mobile games company Zynga, maker of FarmVille and Words With Friends.

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Cameron Smith defaults on LIV Golf after PGA Tour season ends https://soccersuperflyxp.com/cameron-smith-defaults-on-liv-golf-after-pga-tour-season-ends/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 15:16:56 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/cameron-smith-defaults-on-liv-golf-after-pga-tour-season-ends/ Comment this story Comment The LIV Golf Invitation Series announcement On Tuesday, he added Cameron Smith, the world’s second-ranked golfer and this year’s British Open champion, giving the Saudi-backed separatist league its highest-ranked golfer. Smith, a 29-year-old Australian, has three wins this season, including the British Open in July and the Players Championship in March. […]]]>

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The LIV Golf Invitation Series announcement On Tuesday, he added Cameron Smith, the world’s second-ranked golfer and this year’s British Open champion, giving the Saudi-backed separatist league its highest-ranked golfer.

Smith, a 29-year-old Australian, has three wins this season, including the British Open in July and the Players Championship in March. He also finished in the top 10 on four of his six trips to the Masters – with a tie for third place at this year’s tournament – and finished 20th in the season-ending Tour Championship, which ended on Sunday.

Rory McIlroy wins biggest prize at end of crazy PGA Tour season

Joaquin Niemann will also leave the PGA Tour for LIV, giving him another top-20 ranked golfer. Niemann is ranked 19th in the world and has two career PGA Tour victories, including one this year at the Genesis Invitational in California. . LIV also announced the arrivals of Harold Varner III (world No. 46), Cameron Tringale (55), Marc Leishman (62) and Anirban Lahiri (92).

Smith has been rumored to be moving to LIV for weeks, with speculation that he’ll receive a nine-figure paycheck just for joining the new league, which offers a slightly shorter schedule than the PGA Tour and days of guaranteed tournament payouts. The next LIV event begins Friday outside of Boston, and Smith will join major championship winners such as Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson.

The PGA Tour banned players who defected to LIV, and on Friday the new league attached its name to an antitrust lawsuit filed by some of its players against the PGA Tour. In the amended complaint, LIV players claim that the PGA Tour is “an entrenched monopoly with a vice grip on professional golf” and that it violated federal antitrust laws in its efforts “to crush nascent competition before that it threatens the monopoly of the Tour”.

LIV is also seeking to have its tournaments recognized by the Official World Golf Ranking, which would help its players qualify for major championships (which are not organized by the PGA Tour). Without OWGR sanction, most LIV players will struggle to qualify for the four biggest tournaments in the pro golf program.

Smith and other recent big winners have defected to LIV – it now features the winners of 12 of the last 24 Grand Slam events — will not have this problem, at least in the short term and assuming that the major championships do not modify their qualification rules. By winning the British Open, Smith received a five-year exemption from other majors, and he has an invitation to play at the British Open until he turns 60.

From July: The ritual of golf in 2022: Looking at a major, then wondering about the LIV

Last week, the PGA Tour announced sweeping changes in an effort to prevent its biggest names from moving to LIV. The tour’s top 20 players will commit to playing in at least 20 events, including all four major tournaments and FedEx Cup playoffs, and the tour has also bolstered prize money for four non-major tournaments, offering 20 million dollars in prizes to each. Additionally, the Tour will expand its Player Impact Program, a bonus system introduced last year to reward players who help promote the game, and will give all of its players a guaranteed minimum of $500,000, primarily to ease the way for players who might have trouble keeping their tour cards (tour rookies will get the money at the start of the season).

Rumor has it that a number of high-profile PGA Tour players, such as 2022 Rookie of the Year contender Cameron Young and former Masters champions Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Scott, were considering switching to LIV, but for the moment, they stick to the more established tour.

“We don’t know who will go after this week or next year,” Young said Sunday at the Tour Championship. “I think there’s a really good core group of guys who are going to stay, and a lot of them are very highly ranked players around the world. I don’t think the competition on the PGA Tour is going to deteriorate in a way. significant.

Smith and Niemann’s defections to LIV will also open up spots on the international team at the Presidents Cup, which takes place next month. Both Smith and Niemann had earned enough qualifying points to earn spots on captain Trevor Immelman’s team, but their PGA Tour suspensions also apply to the Presidents Cup.

LIV Golf, which has hosted three tournaments and has five more on the schedule this year, is funded by the Saudi Public Investment Fund. LIV’s critics slammed it as an attempt to “sportswash” the nation’s shaky human rights record.

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Sandman final grades – Celtic in Trannydice https://soccersuperflyxp.com/sandman-final-grades-celtic-in-trannydice/ Sun, 28 Aug 2022 20:43:27 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/sandman-final-grades-celtic-in-trannydice/ FINAL NOTES FROM SANDMAN: CELTIC @ TRANNYDICE… “We as representatives of the main roving assistance (eval) are thrilled to find that our CL opponents each have shipyards in their towns that we can hide in when looking at anything resembling a hard man in plastic. “Likewise, our team will pay homage to the Tommy soldiers […]]]>

FINAL NOTES FROM SANDMAN: CELTIC @ TRANNYDICE…

“We as representatives of the main roving assistance (eval) are thrilled to find that our CL opponents each have shipyards in their towns that we can hide in when looking at anything resembling a hard man in plastic.

“Likewise, our team will pay homage to the Tommy soldiers of the Great War era by serving as cannon fodder for the big guns. It’s great to be a quintessential British club.”

– Declaration of the onion bears # 26270800

ROXIE – 9/10 – The collective breath of the Celtic nation held as blood flowed. Just minutes into the game, the big Joe does what he does best with a brilliant double save only to be attacked by a hysterical climatic rampaging hipster who presumably thought an eighth had dropped his glove. Thankfully, he appeared to recover, if not fully – witnessing Starlord’s anxious face as Joe yelled at him to keep an eye out for Luis Suarez and Pele throughout the second half.

GREGGS THE BAKER – 9/10 – He laughed for 90 minutes against former zombie bomb prodigy, Middlefinger. Never troubled, nor did their goal when he laughed off a battered attempt to get on the scoresheet just for the yuks.

GET CARTER – 9/10 – Seemed confused that a fellow American would buy a football club and pay a deranged barber from San Francisco’s Soma neighborhood to play in front. But Carter left the abuse to Starlord and continued with her standard security measures of keeping the door closed and striding out for fresh air when she
adapted.

STAR LORD – 9/10 – Took time to remind us all of our mortality and notoriety with jaw-dropping ubiquitous early lapses, then delved into United’s response to the next Karim Benzema, a certain Kaftan Felcher long-range beatnik who loves throw up his arms. Later, when the stoner disappeared, the human juxtaposition that is Star Lord confirmed that he was more deadly than Kyogo according to his one goal per game season stats.

JURAN JURAN – 9/10 – Lennoxtown’s special free kick was perfectly executed. Plus got his engine running early and this nonstop
the movement from the backcourt created avenues on the flank which we exploited well.

CALMAC – 8.9/10 – “Dear Santa…” And in his stocking was exactly what he asked for – Real Madrid. Exactly 4 months
early. The skipper therefore had two matches to refine his biological metronome before playing the game of his dream life. Today against proven European contenders, and a rebound match against Glasgow European charlatans Gretna next Saturday. This one, he went through in an almost usual way: controlled, efficient, composed and, if necessary, instrumental. Critic – failed to guide in the TENTH, thus missing the record badly and not getting my 20/1 goal bet ‘Calmac from outside the box’. The bugger…

THE BUILDER – 9/10 – SMSM’s current favorite topic “Sell A Bhoy” amusingly refuses to take the presser bait on EPL interests and leaves them frustrated as a skint Alfie in a Bangkok lap-dancing club ; “Each of you fifteen dalla. I have loved you for a long time. Me so HORNY. ‘Sit down, Alfie, let the ‘girls’ do it…’ So embittered hacks watch our diamond in the rough hone its gemstone status with each dazzling performance. The best word for today’s football party of his gifted boots? ‘Admirable’.

HAKUNA HATATE – 9/10 – Ping! A cross-field laser-guided humdinger from a pass to Abadass and I knew Reo’s eye was in it. And United were down and out. His movement completed the passing range and some of his linking plays had plastic asses (like someone actually sits down at away games – Ed). Crisp, sharp and more to offer, soon…

ABADASS – 9/10 – One chance, kid, so make sure you take it. He did it – 3 times. Maybe even more as he scuttled with frightening speed along the wing, restless, relentless. His hat-trick capper was the sweetest
of dinks and brought back the big smile we’ve been missing since his great pal Nir went away. Borna Barisic was watching this today.

From behind his couch.

Wear a diaper.

MR.KOBAYASHI – 9.1/10 MOTM – Sharp as a katana blade, deadly as any tachi or tanto forged and bent by the legendary Gorō Nyūdō Masamune; our own Japanese pioneer becomes a legend. An incisive finish to start the day’s slaughter, a breathtaking finish to take it up a notch and a typical finish to complete its hat-trick, born of instinct and common sense. Save it midweek. Unleash a fit and endemic Kyogo on the Hordes of Hell next Saturday; I will look for it
popcorn in it.

NOTEBOOK – 9/10 – Where were you ? I spent the first half composing a new hit, ‘Don’t Wake Me Up, I’m Watching Kyogo’ before appearing to turn United’s insecurity into terror with our fourth. Thereafter, barely forced to do much more than stay wide and fidget a bit to keep their defense bubbling; literally.

UNDER :

LORD KATSUMOTO – 9/10 – What, that’s not honorable of the Home Army. I will strike them harder by helping them deliver a fatal blow, so that they learn what true sacrifice is for their people.

MOOEY – 9/10 – Delighted with the midfield dominance we exerted. Notched effortlessly to allow Calmac to push
forward. And miss. 20/1, off…

JAMES – 9/10 – Jamesy ‘did’ Dundee several times, and seemed a little miffed that there were no more home burds in the stadium by the time he went up. He even changed wing looking for someone to ‘impress’ but settled for keeping it caged and instead made more of an impression on the football side with some free flowing moments. No pun intended.

DIEGO ARMANDO MARADONA – 9/10 – Yes! finally, I can wear the D10S top and enrage the zombie squads about Las Malvinas while punching the air in symbolic glory from the hand of God. A miracle of Celtic scouting – a blade-runner sent to the Buenos Aires slums of Villa Fiorito to trace the many lineages of the greatest player who ever lived, brings us a new incarnation of the D10S.

Having already proven his legacy by getting smashed on Guinness partying and making noise in the blue-nosed polis, today we saw him kick a balloon in anger and the signs were clear and promising.

EDDIE TURNBULL – 9/10 – We know he’s skilled, but he took showboating to silly Tiger Woods levels by adding a backspin to a heider who attempted tenth base, before bending the physical laws of the universe and bouncing off the line.

ANITA DOBSON – 9/10 – Jesus wept. “We never stop,” Ange said last summer. “Isn’t it, aye? we questioned with reserve, at the time. Now, a year later, all skepticism stops. Ask Dundee United. “Nah, he’s disnae. Nah, they didn’t say anything. Are the answers the minger housewives of Dundonie receive from the dispirited Arabs tonight as they chase their bloodied men from the doorstep. And Angeball isn’t even fully perfected. And he’s not even entirely satisfied with what he gets. Excellent. One hell of a season ahead.

MIBBERY – 0/10 – The stakes were high yesterday as Don (ny seeing a thing) Robertson took a massive lead in the ‘Cannae Flamin’ trophy chase Believe The Cheating James Hunt Didn’t Give That’ with an officiating Masonry masterstroke as he left Bobby Sands’ newphew American family black sheep with a straight red.

This afternoon, McLean was helpless. A brief surge of blood in the groin during the opening brawl as he carded Felcher for not fully scalping Joe. But for the next 80 minutes, he had to endure every MIB nightmare; an endemic and untouchable Celtfest. Poor Steve. With a ‘v’.

GENERAL – 9/10 – NEW. ‘NEIN!’ shouted the Bears, as their goal difference feel-good factor disintegrated like a buffet in the Morelos house. So the newfound wealth of the Arabs has proven to be a myth, and a place of struggle in the past has become a glorious and record-breaking place of killing as a new Celtic era finds its place and its eye. Not that we didn’t have a competitive opponent – until the second strike came in like a Mitsubishi Zero in Okinawa
there was a robust element to the game.

But the Angel Celtics are conditioned to be like a swarm of biblical locusts. Relentless in your face, stalking the ball, perpetual motion – only takes seconds to grab the gaps and you’re done; Ruthless. Few Scottish teams can live with that, as we’ll find out in the coming months.

As for CL – can we operate at such levels? This is the great unknown and the great anticipation. One thing is for sure – we’ll try until we find out.

We. Never. Stop.

leave now

Sand seller

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