That’s amazing… so much more fun and interesting than war re-enactments!
Sanders’s haters are legion. Yet the hate is not because of his sunglasses or his hat or his attitude or whatever other dog whistles various coaches and commentators are throwing in his direction. The root cause of the hate is that he has stepped into this world from a TV desk and is doing it not just differently but better—and that drives the minders of the game into fits. For decades, college football coaching has been a mausoleum of elderly, square, overwhelmingly white coaches working out their issues on teenagers by barking at them as if they are about to fight the Battle of the Bulge. The only requirement for this job has seemed to be the ability to pair ulcers with high blood pressure. Sanders has smashed the stained glass windows, and let in some oxygen to this world.
It’s a culture shift that will eventually drag the sport into the present and out of its revanchist past. As longtime Colorado hip-hop community radio host Dave Ashton told me, “It’s 2023, and 50 years after hip hop’s birth, hip-hop attitude and culture finally is a part of the world of college coaching.”
Agreed. I’ve always wanted to go see one of those games, but only hear about them after they happen.
Reading’s biggest win in 122 years, Exeter’s joint worst defeat (for the third time).
And the EFL Trophy still doesn’t have a sponsor?
It’s not the worst score in history.
It held the largest margin of victory in professional football until the 31 October 2002 match between AS Adema and SO l’Emyrne, a thrown game where SO l’Emyrne scored deliberate own goals in a protest against prior officiating decisions.
On the same day, 18 miles (29 kilometres) away in Dundee, Dundee Harp (predecessor of the current Dundee United) were also playing in the first round of the Scottish Cup against Aberdeen Rovers. Dundee Harp beat Aberdeen Rovers 35–0. The referee noted 37 goals, but Harp’s secretary suggested a miscount must have occurred as he had recorded only 35.
36-0… 35-0 (maybe 37)
That seems unreal!
Messi and co. are stand up guys:
Awesome, fantastic to see that kind of solidarity… it’s just too bad he’s STILL taking money from the
Also, my friends have season tickets for Atlanta United… They ended up not going to the recent game against Miami, since they were able to sell their seats for $2500… and Messi ended up not even playing (and ATL won!).
Thank you, The Onion
Country the size of Wales defeats Australia
Stone skimming is coming home
To be fair the 8th ranked team beating the 7th is hardly a shock. Particularly when one has finally got a bit of stability and momentum and the other has some of its best players injured and a manager that appears to have lost it. The dressing room and sense that is.
The margin is a shock, the Welsh have also lost highly-regarded players some through retirement and some through injury. While a degree of blame lays with Jones, the Australian players do have to admit to themselves that they failed to perform.
I’m starting to get a little worried about Carlisle not getting enough points, but at least we aren’t Cheltenham Town
Nine games now with no goals. Every other team in an FA affiliated league (over 1000 teams down to the 10th tier) has scored at least one goal.
The old record was held by Halifax Town, who signed an out of favour Carlisle United player the week before they played them. Guess who scored in that game? Guess who ended the 1990-91 season as top scorer?
Carlisle play against Cheltenham on December 23rd at home and January 20th away.
there are ways to build a sporting scene that don’t funnel enormous sums of taxpayer money to billionaire owners who hold all the cards. In fact, there is one team that may have figured out how to have their stadium and keep it, too. That team is the Green Bay Packers – and it’s all thanks to their status as the US’s only major nonprofit, publicly owned professional sports team.
Instead of a sole wealthy owner who won’t hesitate to leave if the city doesn’t pay up, the Packers are owned by more than 500,000 community shareholders – none of whom can own more than about 4% of the team’s stock.
As of the last stock offering in 2021 – which helped fund new 4K video boards and other stadium improvements – the team has 537,460 owners. Owners I spoke with included those who had bought shares after a lifetime of fandom, were gifted them for their first communion, or purchased them as a present for their grandpa.
It’s not just something in the Wisconsin water I consumed until age 7 that makes me cheer for the Packers in spite of my not caring for Hand Egg, it’s knowing my entire life that it’s the only sportsball team in the US that is fully socialist.
I have mixed feelings about the Lions win this past Thursday.