Scottish Cup day and all eyes are on Tannadice. Well, not all the eyes some had expected as the boycott from the Rangers support limited their numbers to a hardened, defiant, and by the end, humbled few.
Dundee United won at a canter, 3-0 in the end and given the ideal start to both the game and Jackie McNamara’s managerial career with a Johnny Russell goal in under 16 seconds. To be exact, according to BBC Sportscene, 15.74 seconds. As quick as they come, but not the quickest ever. In this tournament, that particular record belongs to Aberdeen’s John Hewitt, who back in 1982 netted against Motherwell in just 9.6 seconds.
Of course, today, it would be impossible to score a goal in that time at Fir Park as it takes longer to run through sand than over grass …
It’s the Superbowl, and this year’s game will be remembered for a number of things; the Harbaugh brothers going head-to-head as opposing coaches; the 49ers comeback; Ravens’ Ray Lewis bowing out with a second winners ring. And then there was the power cut. A lack of electricity halted play for 35 minutes, plunging the Superdome in New Orleans into darkness. Not what the NFL wanted. Certainly not what Mercedes Benz wanted. They own the naming rights to the Superdome.
It’s great seeing your name up in lights at such a venue, on such an occasion. Not so great when the lights go out, and when broadcasters then insist in giving you your place as a sponsors. See, naming venues and stadia does have a down side. Charles Green, take note …
Europol, the EU’s intelligence-sharing agency, reveals startling evidence to suggest that corruption has been rife in European football, with 380 games, from the German fourth division to Champions League, European Championship and World Cup qualifiers targeted, along with 300 matches played in Africa, Asia and Central and South America, involving some 425 match officials, club officials, players and serious criminals, from more than 15 countries.
And out of all of that, the only game that matters to Sky Sports news was Liverpool’s 2009 Champions League tie against Hungarian club Debrecen who confirmed UEFA had disciplined goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic in 2010 for not reporting approaches from fixers.
So, that’s that little problem cleared up …
Great Britain’s double Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Adlington decides to retire. With 400m and 800m freestyle victories at the 2008 Beijing Games, she became Britain’s first female to win Olympic gold in the pool in 48 years, and added a brace of bronze in London last summer. But she’s called it quits, aged just 23. No doubt she’ll have a good retirement plan worked out – or a BBC commentators job as some call it …
Gordon Strachan begins his tenure as Scotland boss with a win over Estonia at Pittodrie, Charlie Mulgrew scoring to become the answer to many a quiz question in the future. It wasn’t a brilliant performance, nigh impossible of the surface presented to the teams.
But it was a win. And I’ll take that, against anyone, so much better than watching your country line-up in a bewildering 4-6-0 formation, or being humped 5-1 in the wee, sma’ hours by the USA. Remember what that felt like the first time it goes slightly wrong for Gordon …
It’s a busy old day for me, firstly mastering technology to take part in a C4 video web chat, then getting my head around the doping inquiry that’s rocked Australian sport for a guest appearance on Scotland Tonight. But earlier in the day, I spotted something that made me sit up and take note.
I spot a tweet to Chris Graham, the often seen and heard spokesman for many Rangers supporters, who’s self-deprecating biog talks of him as a ‘purveyor of smoking hot intellectual bigotry.’ Not my words, you understand. Graham has been tweeted this morning, with a message saying; “You’ll have a lot of Rangers girls in Glasgow’s west-end follow you, they should be aware of this news.” A link followed to the BBC website, warning of a sex attacker targeting young women in the city.
A well-received warning from a public-spirited individual, an individual – or account holder – that just happened to be CelticMinded.com.
There are some things that can push bitter rivalry aside. And the protection of women obviously is one of them. I mention this deed because it’s deserving of a mention – unlike some of the trash in print or on social media networks around this age-old divide.
Everyone has their all-time great football XI, and it appears the Royal Mail is no different. To celebrate 150 years of the rules of football, the Royal Mail chose their UK select team from the ages. England’s Bobby Charlton, Gordon Banks, World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore, Jimmy Greaves, Kevin Keegan, Bryan Robson and John Barnes make the team, along with Welsh legend John Charles and the genius that was George Best from Northern Ireland. And so it is left to Denis Law and Dave Mackay to fly the Saltire. And, for the record, I’m sure that will be Best of Hibs and Mackay of Hearts …