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Plissken

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  1. Pleased that Moyes has kept West Ham’s momentum going. Outside bets for a decent European run if they want it. (And it seems from the outside that they do.)
  2. Absolutely delighted. Transfer budget was an issue under the previous owners. Dyche had not complained about the spending on the club infrastructure and selling of players but was rightly pissed off at the lack of incoming transfers. The old owners crossed the line between being prudent and being cheap. We were sitting with £60m in the bank and walking away from Championship sides who wanted £12m when we would offer £7m and be dragged kicking and screaming to £10m before declaring the price was too high. It left us with literally one fit winger for large chunks of last season which is ridiculous. Atmosphere on Saturday at the Turf should be great. And for fans of violence, a team with 10 red cards in 62 matches will be taking on a team with zero in 97 games.
  3. Let me just settle in to read the comments
  4. Chris Hughton sacked by Forest. First of the season.
  5. He never really crossed the Atlantic but every time I see one of his appearances, he has me in stitches. "OJ Simpson says that he would have stood in front of a moving train to save his wife. It's a kind of irony that the one man who will lay down his life for yours is the one that kills you." His repeated slamming of OJ lost him the SNL gig.
  6. The Braithwaite signing was one that really stuck in the craw. (They got an injury outside of the transfer window, so they used a League rule to make an emergency signing. Which was them going to Leganes, who were in the bottom three and activating their top scorers release clause so they couldn't do anything about it. At the end of the season, Leganes got relegated by a point.)
  7. Going to put this here as it seemed most relevant as an interesting read - a review of a couple of nights where The Rolling Stones were headlining the LA Coliseum on their Steel Wheels tour and Guns 'n' Roses were the support act trying to blow them off the stage. Rolling Stones/Guns N’ Roses: Stoned in L.A. | The Village Voice - https://www.villagevoice.com/2019/03/29/rolling-stones-guns-n-roses-stoned-in-l-a/
  8. And guess what just appeared (via a terrible trailer, including a typo)!
  9. A bit of both. Famously, the easiest and most straightforward way to gain membership of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is to win Wimbledon. I imagine getting membership to the British Racing Drivers Club is similar.
  10. It strikes me that because it is a largely middle class sport, tennis parenting gets to be described as "pushy" rather than "toxic".
  11. I think that's fair, as it's not something games have been traditionally good at. Which I suppose is why you always hear about the same "older" games having that effect on people. There are a lot more good games out there using much better writing* to tell a story that engages. *Anyone who says Kojima at this point should sit in the corner and think about what they have just done
  12. Tennis is a curious one in that the stars are basically hothoused from a very early age and have no semblance of a reasonable childhood before they become (if lucky) money making machines. It's a wonder there aren't more psychological issues.
  13. Patrik Berglund - Though I got the story wrong. Although he said it was to do with his mental health, it was after he was traded to Buffalo, who are a very bad team. He was supposed to have the ability to block the trade by naming teams that he would accept a trade to but his agent screwed up the paperwork. He had a year off and signed a contract in Sweden.
  14. Peter Knowles was the chap. Also a few more here - https://www.theguardian.com/football/2009/sep/02/players-turned-backs-beautiful-game https://www.theguardian.com/football/2009/sep/09/two-team-trophies-computer-games https://www.theguardian.com/football/2009/sep/16/manchester-united-rosenborg
  15. I'm sure that there is a NHLer who walked away from a contract that was going to pay him about $13m with the rationale "I've made enough, what am I going to do with it?" On a tangential note, after 9/11 Pat Tillman walked away from a $3.6m contract with the St Louis Cardinals of the NFL to sign up to the US Army and fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was killed by friendly fire in 2004 amid allegations of a coverup as he was deeply unhappy with America's conduct in both regions. I've googled for the name but there definitely a 1970s footballer who retired, I think, to become a vicar or lay preacher. (Not ex-Man United Phillip Mulrayne who became a Catholic priest post-football career.)
  16. To use the old cliché - to finish first, first you must finish. I'm pretty sure that the same things being levelled at Verstappen now were levelled at Senna in his pre-McLaren days.
  17. Adebayor struck me as one of those players for whom football was a job rather than a vocation but when he could be arsed to prove a point was practically unplayable. The problem was always getting him motivated for more than five games a year. He played against my lot in the EL for Istanbul. Pre-game I was worried but he came on after 66 minutes and was completely anonymous before missing a sitter..
  18. Seriously? I'm not talking about bursting out into tears, but the ending of RDR had me properly pissed off at the fate of John Marston - pissed off as in "I cared and didn't want that to happen" as opposed to it being cheap or wrong. Portal 2 makes you engaged with the characters and story and you end up laughing despite some very, very dark themes.
  19. So, got to the ball ahead of his opponent, has his eyes focused on clearing it and unlike his opponent is not stretching to get there because he's getting his side of the foot there where Wesley at most will get a toe on it. Or as it's known in part of Birmingham, a deliberate knee high scissor tackle with the sole intention of injuring the other player and proof of a League conspiracy because neither the referee nor VAR awarded a red card (nor even overturn the original award of a goal kick). It had an unfortunate outcome but this sort of thing occasionally happens in matches. Like today.
  20. No he fucking didn’t do a knee high scissor tackle (cue posting of the image taken a second after he got the ball which deliberately gives completely the wrong impression) and it was even reviewed by VAR. But, hey, narrative is narrative.
  21. Someone didn’t get the reference. Edit. The very last game.
  22. I don't want to be disrespectful but you know what you are going to get against Leeds.
  23. Fuck, I thought we were playing tomorrow night against the other Merseyside team.
  24. The moment when you realise that you care about a character in a game whether you are playing that character or not. RDR Gone Home Edith Finch Portal 2 Deliver Us The Moon Omno It doesn't have to be a big epic character arc, or a broad sweep of narrative. It just has to be a moment of "Oh", where you suddenly look on your actions / the story in a different way. Deliver Us The Moon has one of the best endings of anything I've played, simply because your perspective on the actions of your character is changed with a single line of dialogue. Omno ending spoilered
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