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  1. On 6/5/2018 at 8:53 AM, Castellan said:

    I'm not sure if #5 means Chett is starting a reactionary 'men's rights' movement or has become a recruiter for the NW, but its sounds Chett-like either way.

    The former. He seems the type to me.

    I expected more points for it but the winner was a very worthy and correct winner.

    Outstanding work by the obeyed one!

  2. Yaya is outspoken and not always in a good way.

    I think most of this is just bitterness about not being used as frequently as he thinks he should have been since Pep arrived at City. But anyone could see that he was incapable of keeping up with the pace anymore. That started a long time ago. He could get away with it for a while because he still has amazing technical ability and strength.

    Even in Yaya's prime there were people who felt he didn't put enough effort into defensive duties and put his teammates under pressure because of it. It seems pretty clear to me that that is by far the likeliest reason Pep wouldn't be keen on using him too often. Pep has always preferred quick-minded technical players who put in the team effort required in his system.

    I think it is likely pettiness on Yaya's part (a trait he is often associated with) that has led to these comments. Same as his petty reaction to Aubameyang winning African PotY a couple years ago. He has been an extraordinary footballer but he is incredibly petty.

  3. 9 hours ago, Iskaral Pust said:

    Ederson’s goal-keeping isn’t as good as his distribution (he just doesn’t face many shots or crosses)

    This may be true but his distribution is so good that you may be undervaluing his goalkeeping. Whilst he may not face as many shots as others do, he also doesn't get as much protection when the shots do come in. I would argue that although Pep's strategy leads to fewer shots at his goal, those shots often come in the form of better chances due to the larger exploitable spaces City leave by defending higher up the pitch. It's a calculated risk that requires a keeper who can handle being given less protection and Ederson has been incredible at that.

  4. 1 hour ago, a free shadow said:

    Or, in other words, prevent from taking advantage of others not being inspired :ninja:

    If their defeats are assigned by defeatists to not being inspired, it should be acknowledged at least in hindsight that their wins were also only a tepid result of others not being inspired at all :ninja:

    Well, yeah!

    I genuinely think some topics suit certain people more than others and I was lucky enough to benefit from enjoying certain types of topic that have come up a number of times.

    See, I can be humbler than anyone :P

  5. 2 hours ago, Raisin' Bran said:

    About 33 hours remaining before deadline. I have received more entries, some need to choose a final among their multiples. And some need to send me something.

    I know that I have given everyone liberty to choose the context of their sign, and that has led to some confusion as to the meaning of the various entries. Would the players like to know the context of the author's sign? Have limited context (I present a situation for the sign). Maybe you prefer to guess at the context, like we are in the current round.

    To be honest, I'm not keen on the situations like you provided in the first round but I quite like the idea of hypothetical scenarios in opposition to actual book stuff.

    Like, if they ran a particular business or ran for political office. Or a slogan for a hypothetical revolution or movement. I think that's where the signs idea has legs.

    But then maybe it'd be good for competition if the topic doesn't inspire me or the Bird.

  6. 10 minutes ago, Spockydog said:

    Shaking my head at the bollocks being written today about Raheem Sterling. Having said that, while it's entirely his business what ink he puts on his own body, you'd think someone would have took him to one side and suggested that getting a tattoo of an assault rifle on his leg wasn't exactly a good look for a young, black role model. His explanation for it is extremely odd.

    Right, off down the tattoo parlour to get an adenocarcinoma inked on my neck.

    Agree with all of that. I can see what he was trying to get at in his explanation but if he thinks he is being clever he's proving himself as foolish as it is claimed. But as you suggest, his personal folly is his own business.

  7. In this heat, iced!

    We Brits tend to brew black tea as bitter as possible and then add milk to soften the bitterness. The vast majority on this island would have it no other way and view any other way as some form of monstrous evil. As I am not fond of milk I tend towards the rebellious few that sees the sense in brewing with water off the boil to avoid the bitterness that the milk is basically used to offset.

    Good quality tea leaves are a must!


    Nothing beats a well made cup of silver needle white tea, especially in summer. Expensive though.

    Also, pu-erh is wonderful as an after-meal drink on a chilly December evening, just before moving on to the single malt scotch (as you do).

  8. First: #3

    Second: #4

    Third: #2


    Struggling for inspiration here.


    Edited to add:

    Oh hey, if you haven't checked out my new proper recordings of The Dornishman's Wife and The Last of the Giants, they are linked in my signature and in the 'fan made songs' thread in the "Objects of Ice and Fire" section under Related Projects.


  9. 5 minutes ago, Warm-hands said:

    At the moment I have two questions:

    -who is the 1st choice GK ?

    -why on earth do Southgate and Pochettino always pick that guy Dier ? I mean, EVERY SINGLE mattering Spurs or England game I have watched, I've seen him on the pitch and I've seen him doing some crucial mistakes. 

    Personally, I'd choose Pickford but it's very much up for grabs.

    Dier isn't the best but England has a dearth of top quality in genuinely defensive midfield options.

  10. 6 hours ago, Notone said:

    Be that is it may. I didn't say Hart deserved to be called up, you can still somehow feel sorry for him. Because it's a quite deep fall from one of the best 5 or 7 goalkeepers in the world to not even be good enough to be the first choice keeper in West Ham (no offense).  Some boarders seemed to enjoy it a bit too much. No idea if Hart is such a bellend that he deserves it.

    Dude, I wasn't saying otherwise, just contributing to the discussion by suggesting a possible explanation for his fall from grace. I'm a City season ticket holder for the last 20 years so I have a lot of love for Joe Hart. I've watched him deliver some of the best goalkeeping performances I've ever seen.

  11. 2 hours ago, Notone said:

    You kinda have to feel sorry for Joe Hart. 6 years ago at the Euros in the Ukraine and Poland Hart looked like the long needed fix after years of goalkeepig woes for England. It's really amazing how deep he has fallen from grace during the last 2-3 years. It really went downhill for him at an amazing pace since Guardiola arrived and announced that Hart was not the right keeper for his vision.

    It had started way before then.

    There's a rumour that he has a longstanding back problem which can't be sorted out and has been progressively getting worse over the last 5 years. It is alleged to be the reason he had such a sudden and clear issue with shots aimed to his left side, particularly low ones, which hadn't been obvious previously.

    It's right that he isn't in the squad. He'd be no use even as a 2nd or 3rd choice at the moment.