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August 12, 2007


Bob Piper

Never mind the philosophical bollocks. It wasn't a f****** foul. That's a fact, just like the fact that Mike Riley is a useless twat!


Reminds me of this...

"Socrates scores, got a beautiful cross from Archimedes. The Germans are disputing it. Hegel is arguing that the reality is merely an a priori adjunct of non-naturalistic ethics, Kant via the categorical imperative is holding that ontologically it exists only in the imagination, and Marx is claiming it was offside."


Matt Munro

Intent is also important, i.e an accidental handball in the box isn't generally a penalty, but a deliberate one is. This means that the referee has to make a judgement call, not only about the physical reality of the ball hitting the hand but also the state of mind of the offending player, often from some distance. Mind you, given the lack of cognitive sophistication of the average player, maybe that isn't as hard as it sounds.

Definition of premiership football:
"22 millionaires kicking a ball around whilst wondering whether a Ferrari has better road holding than a Lambourghini"

dave heasman

I've never understood the hostility Arsenal fans have for Spurs. Or vice-versa. It's not religious any more, is it? Irish against Scots? None on either side any more. They're both Jewish-owned, only just in the Arse case, but Dein may be back. So why? Noone's died lately, but there are real fights and the odd hospitalisation, yet neither fanbase can possibly honestly claim a genuine connection to the clubs any more, can they? So it's an adolescent pose. With knives, every now and then.

dave heasman

Sorry, there is one Irish player. But he's on the traditionally-Scotch team. So why?


dave, perhaps it's explained by "there are no law-like generalisations in the social sciences that we can use to predict or control the world".

dave heasman

It suddenly (!) strikes me that it's more likely explained by following the money. A state of permanent hostility maintaining loyalty. "Buy the fifteenth away strip released in the last 5 years or those Arse/Spurs bastards will gain some fleeting advantage".

Peter Hornby

This is reminiscent of the old baseball story.

Three baseball umpires were discussing how they made their decisions.

The first one said, "Some's balls and some's strikes and I calls 'em as they is."

The second umpire said, "Some's balls and some's strikes and I calls 'em as I sees 'em."

Then the third umpire said, "Some's balls and some's strikes but they ain't nothin' till I calls 'em."

-- As told by the psychologist Hadley Cantril, from "Perspective on the English Language" by Allen Walker Read, in Funk & Wagnall's Standard Dictionary of the English Language.

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