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  1. E.A. Blair says:

    I’m guessing that Qatar wants no part of hosting the women’s world cup.

  2. Charon l'Cypher says:

    @E.A. Blair: they do want to host it, but not if it’s played by women. Kinda like the famous Saudi Arabian Women’s Conference.

  3. Son of Glenner says:

    Is Senegal an Islamic majority country?

  4. M27Holts says:

    SOG. You can’t black up anymore, so you lot will just have to be honorary sunburnt africans on sunday. Bright colours and tambourines seem to be their choice of match assessories they also pray a lot from what I have seen on the telly….

  5. M27Holts says:

    And yes, predominately muslim, though they celebrate christmas , so they would probably not be friends with hardline shiite or sunni muslims, it is haram to celebrate xmas…

  6. Son of Glenner says:

    M27Holts: Thank you for the info.

    If Senegal win the World Cup, that will be a lovely early Christmas present for them!

  7. M27Holts says:

    The bookmakers don’t think they will and they usually don’t get it wrong…

  8. M27Holts says:

    Senegal 6/1 to beat England, you could load on unless you are sterotypically scottish and have short arms and deep pockets….

  9. Laripu says:

    M27, “sterotypically scottish and have short arms and deep pockets” ??

    Speaking as a member of a tribe that is even more vilified for thrift, I sympathize strongly with the Scots. Google searches show this kind of prejudice against both Jews and Scots, although it’s usually “Scots are cheap” but “Jews are greedy”. (A co-worker once used the phrase “Jew him down” to my face. I told him off, but gently.)

    I come from Montreal. That city was historically built by the work of Scots, and you can still see it in place names: McGill, McTavish, and even Sainte-Agnès-de-Dundee. See:

    Individuals can have positive or negative attributes, but ab initio I have the highest regard for Scots as a group. I have respect for anyone that “kens his groats amo’ ither folks kail”.

    If we need a stereotype let’s have the one that says that Scots make good starship engineers. We could use a good starship engineer.

  10. Rrr says:

    “We could use a good starship engineer.”
    Is that what we need most? I figure we have one of the best possible already.
    Of course, Elon is a bit busy right now (as always) what with Neuralink, Semi, Boring and the Twitter 2.0 repiping. The latter seems to be going briskly — see the Matt Taibbi thread on “the Twitter papers” or whatever; hot internal emails disclosed. He is on Substack, and SMR on Solving the money problem has a few videos dissecting the saga; some behind a Patreon paywall.

    Yes, I did get the beam me up reference 🙂

  11. Son of Glenner says:

    Laripu: Thank you for your kind remarks about Scots. As I’m sure you are well aware, but some other regulars here at the old Cock & Bull pub may not be, Scots played a large part in building not only Montreal, but all of Canada as a modern country. (Of course, the First Nation people had been there all along, for many centuries, and were quite happy as it was before.)

    Some Scots occasionally use anti-semitic language, like your quoted co-worker, but any actual hatred of Jews pales into insignificance compared to the hatred between Catholics and Protestants among some Glaswegian football fans. Bit we’re nae aw like thay Weedgie fowk!

    Rrr: I’m quite happy about Elon Musk flying very rich people into space; but I don’t really approve of him bringing them back down again!

    OK, not a very original idea!

  12. postdoggerel says:

    I was doing a crossword puzzle in the pub and said to my Scottish friend “I’m stuck on one, ‘trapped on a desert island, eight letters starting with M’.”
    He said “Marooned.”
    I replied, “Thanks, I’ll have a pint of Guinness then!”

  13. Rrr says:

    Now now, do be kind!

  14. Son of Glenner says:

    Senegal is already the best football nation in Africa.

    From 7 pm tonight (UK time!), watch them take one more step towards becoming the best football nation on the planet!

  15. M27Holts says:

    SOG. What do you base such a statement upon. England have the better players. I expect that Senegal will rely on a high-energy game, hoping that sheer physical effort will win the day. USA applied same tactics and drew. But I’m expecting England to anticipate the game plan of the Africans and just let them punch themselves out in the first half. Then counter-attack in the late 2nd, scoring thrice…but we shall see…

  16. M27Holts says:

    As predicted. Senegal run themselves into the ground for 30 mins. Then England come off the ropes like Rocky Marciano and knock em cold with two quick goals. Now for a rerun of Agincourt or Waterloo….

  17. Son of Glenner says:

    Well, the dream is over for poor Senegal, but at least they are still the best team in Africa, a continent with quite a few good players making many useful contributions to various European clubs. I’m sure Senegal will be back in action in the next World Cup and hopefully will do better then.

    Of course, as a loyal ABE supporter, and a Scot, I shall be invoking the traditional “Auld Alliance” between Scotland and France in the next round!

  18. M27Holts says:

    Aha. SOG. Remembering the battle of Culloden moor (last battle set battle on british soil) England did for your lot there. Think the red coats did actually suffer some casualties, a few of them cut themselves shaving that morning….are the scots still harbouring hatred from such historical moments of ridiulous demonstations of military might? I think the Jacobite rebellion was probably religious in origin or am I mistaken. I have no emnity for Scotland, big Jim Holton who played centre half for united and who was one of my favourite players as a lad was a proud scot…and obviously Alex Ferguson, architect of my childhood dreams being made real…Goven lad…

  19. Son of Glenner says:

    M27Holts: Your beloved Alex Ferguson managed my local SPL club, Aberdeen FC, for several years before emigrating to your city. They were probably the best years for Aberdeen FC in my lifetime, just as his years with Man U were that club’s best years. I believe he is still a Manchester resident and attends Man U matches.

  20. M27Holts says:

    Well I think he lives in the stock broker belt of Manchester, but whether or not he has an M postcode is probably up for questioning. Ryan giggs still lives in Swinton though, but he still has a re-trial to contend with. He ended up like his dad after all…


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