the baggy trousered misanthropist

missives issued from the lair

A few years ago, a fifteen year old boy telephoned my favourite football phone-in and spoke very eloquently about his team, Stoke City. Robin was passionate and offered commentary on Stoke’s playing squad, tactics and management structure as well as informed ideas as to what might improve their play even more. Which, as you’ll know if you’ve listened to …

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It’s a great leveller, social media, isn’t it? In olden times, before Facebook and Twitter were things, we had no portal to air our feelings on matters that we had no prior knowledge of, so we limited our explosive rants to subjects we were vaguely qualified on or just made a massive fool of ourselves down …

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Andy Gray & Richard Keys. Still honking. Image via digitalspy.  It’s just over two years since Richard Keys and Andy Gray were sentenced for crimes against football. At the time, the almost universal rejection of the El Crude Brother’s comments about the ability of a female official to work out when a player was offside …

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Image: REUTERS/Pat Little. Nike have decided to drop the name ‘Joe Paterno’ from a child care centre on their campus after it was confirmed by the FBI that he helped cover up Jerry Sandusky’s involvement in a child molestation scandal that has rocked America. Sandusky was recently found guilty on 45 charges of child sex abuse that took place during …

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Image: SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/GettyImages. Note to terrorists. If you’re trying to make a political point, don’t waste time with bombs and guns and violence. There’s a much more effective way to threaten the very fabric of the civilisation. Get your boobs out** and run around. Even better, hurl yourself at expensive trinkets held so dear by …

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