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Irish Keane to be Given Extra World Cup Spot

Graciously observant yerfatma. I think I've had enough fun'n with the PC geniuses for now, good sports that they believe themselves to be. Adieu.

posted by Plaintruth at 01:11 PM on December 01, 2009

Irish Keane to be Given Extra World Cup Spot


This English folk punk star whom likes to sing trad looks more like a Parisian sommelier anti-snob than a Tom Connors to me. Despite his obvious tragic beverage issues, I'll admit he's more talented than 99% of the sober population though.

Maybe a little something like this:

posted by Plaintruth at 12:12 PM on December 01, 2009

Irish Keane to be Given Extra World Cup Spot

"Frog" a slur? Really? Now there's a topic that could bear some contestable discussion.

You gotta be kidding. It's as much a slur as calling an Irishman a Mick.

Hilarious. Thanks rcade.

I wonder how my amphibian buds feel about all this hostile sensitivity confusion back in the pond.

posted by Plaintruth at 11:35 AM on December 01, 2009

Irish Keane to be Given Extra World Cup Spot

"Frog" a slur? Really? Now there's a topic that could bear some contestable discussion. The term "Frog", as undiplomatic as it may seem, is a Jack-Londonesque era unit of Americana's sports lexicon as any other (without including its role in a radio sports transmission first).

Some sports historical context of its use for better or worse:

Story line from the world heavy championship bout between Jack Dempsey and Georges Capentier at Boyle's Thirty Acres in Jersey City- At the conclusion of the bout "From ringside, all French ships at sea received this cabled flash: Your Frog flattened in fourth" for a new high in international diplomacy"

It's a term that had been oft exploited by the likes of journalistic luminaries such as H.L. Mencken:

Transcript: James Wright on the Poetic Prose of H. L. Mencken ...

"Like my old favorite: we had, back in the '20s and the '30s, the journalist H. L. Mencken. And the beauty of Mencken lies in his obtruding a certain tone of voice, a spectacular tone of voice, on occasions where we least expect it.

Mencken wrote the sports article reporting this event, and he says: By the third round, the gallant frog was a mass of bruises from McBurney's point to the bulge of the pental escarpment. And yet today the opposing theory is held by members of the fourth estate throughout these states, from the right reverend Warren Gamaliel Harding, seated on his alabaster throne, to the lonely socialist in Lebenworth and Marxists fleeing from the Pollack's eye, to the meanest Slovak sweating in the bowels of the Earth."

posted by Plaintruth at 02:24 AM on December 01, 2009

Irish Keane to be Given Extra World Cup Spot

Replaying the game would open the door to endless efforts to replay games. I can understand why FIFA will never do that.

While I understand and even partially empathize with your opinion, I think the long term effect of not setting aside this highly visible hideous result AND at the same time, not making wholesale rule changes to incorporate video replay accomodations for professional and other high level play is far worse for football/soccer.

Sharing this long term referee's opinion ... I also believe the monarchal status of the center refs also needs adjustment as they spend much too significant portions of game time wth their backs to huge portions of the pitch and off ball play. The touch line assistant refs, if properly qualified should have a more proportionate influence and in some cases, the final say.

posted by Plaintruth at 07:26 PM on November 30, 2009

Irish Keane to be Given Extra World Cup Spot

Its a sober opinion, I assure you. You ought to try it sometime.

posted by Plaintruth at 07:03 PM on November 30, 2009

Irish Keane to be Given Extra World Cup Spot

Hmnnn, that sure sounds a lot like a froggy opinion.

When such a referees supported game deciding - overtly cheating move favoring the home team occurs ... aside from the lingering bad smell of a home team "fix" decision, it greatly diminishes the competitive aspect of the beautiful game and thereby rational folks' interest in the rest of the tournament.

Therefore, if only for economic self interest, the result of the game should be thrown out and replayed but with TH advance red-carded and off the pitch for the redone game.

Otherwise ... who gives a crap about the rest of the tournament ... knowing that kind of crap can be repeated, again and again, nearly at will.

Video replay is long overdue to protect the sport not only from its "liars and bad actors" but also to ensure the future safety of the referees themselves.

This is purely and simply a no brainer ... FIFA absolutely should set aside the game result, give T Henry a red card for his self celebatory cheating and redo the game without him on the pitch for this and perhaps the rest of the games should France go through after the rematch.

posted by Plaintruth at 05:51 PM on November 30, 2009

AP Columnist: 'Soccer Players Can't Be Trusted'

So much for the oft quoted falsehood that sports are "character building" given many of the sleazy assessments of what's in the players' best interests proferred above.

posted by Plaintruth at 04:47 AM on November 27, 2009

Boxer Paco Rodriguez Dies After Title Fight

Are all the abbreviated posts above ... requests for organs?

posted by Plaintruth at 03:00 PM on November 25, 2009

What's Wrong with Brock Lesnar?

The rumor or perhaps an off-color joke going around is that the problem is that everytime an opponent puts his hands on him ... he gets a ....... Sounds like a bad joke, but besides being media problematic, that would be very humiliating.

Say it ain't so, Mr. Dana McMahon.

posted by Plaintruth at 03:47 PM on November 16, 2009

Belichick Call Questioned in Pats' Loss to Colts

Hey, if nothing else ... the results of that call showed during the post game interviews last night ... just how classy a guy Tom Brady is. Despite the reporters' best efforts, Brady refused to throw his coach under the bus and instead reminded everyone about all the good things the coach has accomplished for his team's players and his team's fans.

Good on you Thomas!

PS - I suspect if the Patriot's center had already recovered from his recent knee injury, this game wouldn't even have been close. As it was, Indy was wrongfooting and blitzing Brady through the center of the line all night.

posted by Plaintruth at 03:34 PM on November 16, 2009

Can the Yankees Be Stopped?

Simple. Find a way to bankrupt Georgie Steinbrenner!

posted by Plaintruth at 12:27 PM on October 21, 2009

Three Runners Die During Detroit Marathon

I'm siding with the moderation votes, i.e. - unless I change my mind after checking out Jessica Alba (irunfromclones' recommendation).

posted by Plaintruth at 10:54 AM on October 20, 2009

Yankees yank Ronan Tynan from lineup after anti-Semitic remark

Even Donald could've done better than that.

I suppose I shouldn't be disappointed with the gravitas of that last one. After all, what's to be expected from someone who drives two hours one way to Maple Leave games? Well, at least you made an effort.

posted by Plaintruth at 09:27 PM on October 17, 2009

Yankees yank Ronan Tynan from lineup after anti-Semitic remark

dfleming has called me a politician. I'm despondent, crushed. :)

posted by Plaintruth at 06:24 PM on October 17, 2009