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Good Transfer Business Done So Far
at 18:45 3 Aug 2021

My Premier League Owner, 'fit for purpose' test is:

"Do you have the ability to ensure that the club is financed - either from money that you yourself lend to it, or from borrowing that you can facilitate/guarantee, or by your ability to make the club so profitable as to generate its own cash - to ensure that the club can attract sufficient player of sufficient quality for the club to be able to compete with the other teams in the league for a full season?"

I don't think Gao passes this test.

Perhaps you think he does? Or perhaps you think the test is too onerous?
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Good Transfer Business Done So Far
at 13:04 3 Aug 2021

Exactly this. Our financial constraints are such that we have to rely on gambles.

This is why Gao is not fit for purpose as a Premier League owner.
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VAR changes
at 13:00 3 Aug 2021

When you read something like that you realise that they really were just making it up as they went along.

Oh we did that, but we overthought this, and then we realised...

What a sad reflection on how little thought they actually gave in advance to how this would work.

And they've got such little appreciation of what an absolute mess they made of it that they think they can just chat away nicely about the latest changes they've now thought up. B0ll*cks to that. Riley and all involved should have been sacked a long time ago and replaced with people with some sense. The same idiots are obviously just going to f*ck up again.
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VAR changes
at 09:07 3 Aug 2021

I'll believe it when I see it. I don't trust those in charge of this one bit, and still expect it to be throwing up stupid decisions this season.
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Southampton Cofirm Livramento "No Brainer" Signing From Chelsea
at 22:33 2 Aug 2021

He seems like a very promising player.

My initial concern was that he seems to be a 'right wing back' that can also play on the left and I wonder if he will now be seen as cover for both KWP and Perraud.

I see he can also play as an attacking midfielder too, so maybe Ralph sees him as cover for a number of different positions. Or maybe he'll make one of them his own.
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Heading towards No more Heading?
at 23:22 29 Jul 2021

Don't shoot the messenger, Bicester. I didn't start this thread and the momentum for some kind of change is there whether you or I like it or not.

Look what happened to the cigarette companies that did nothing when they knew the risks. £££££££££££££££.

You think FIFA, the FA, the league clubs and their insurers are just going to wing it and hope nobody makes a claim in the future?
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Heading towards No more Heading?
at 22:31 29 Jul 2021

I take your point about the walls at free kicks and the problems with corners, which was why I was thinking that maybe heading in the box could be allowed...

...but how about we have 'special teams' that come onto the pitch to defend set pieces in full face helmets and boxes!

It's going to be very interesting to see what happens. They did so well with VAR - what could possibly go wrong.
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Heading towards No more Heading?
at 21:31 29 Jul 2021

People wouldn't be able to head the ball. Yes, that's the whole point.

But over 80% of all goals are scored with the foot.

The speculation I was talking about was you saying that the goals would need to be made smaller. I don't see that at all. If players can still score the same kicked goals, then obviously the goals would need to stay the same size.

All that would be needed would be a 'headball' rule similar to the handball rule.

It would take some getting used to but what would you prefer - all the players wearing headguards?

Now that a health risk as been identified, it's going to have be addressed. That's when it become negligent - when you know about something but do nothing.
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Heading towards No more Heading?
at 19:23 29 Jul 2021

Isn’t it being driven by Jeff Astle”s daughter? Ultimately, it will be driven by the players who will want to avoid the brain damage and the clubs and professional bodies who will want to avoid being sued.

As I said, I suspect it’s coming, so I’m just trying to put a positive spin on it. Your speculation about it changing the whole game is nonsense. The game is foot - ball ffs! Anyway let’s see. No need to wet your nappy just yet.
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Heading towards No more Heading?
at 16:33 29 Jul 2021

Why would they need to re-resize the goals?

They'd start by banning headers outside the penalty area.

It might be good. Would get the ball to feet more and reduce a lot of long ball stuff.
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Heading towards No more Heading?
at 10:32 29 Jul 2021

Isn't the difference that one sport is called 'foot' ball and the other 'hitting and getting hit in the head'?

You'd have to ban boxing.

You could play football without headers. It would be a very different game, but I suspect that's the direction we're heading in.

On a slightly different point, I did find it funny that some of the 'head shots' that were scoring big points in the Olympic Taekwondo fights seemd to amount to one fighter stretching round and touching the other's helmet with their toe. Not exactly Bruce Lee stuff.
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Southampton At Cardiff City The Pre Season Verdict
at 11:12 28 Jul 2021

My immediate thought when I saw the Djenepo goal too. But Boufal's was better and in a competitive game and on his debut!

I also think that Boufal is a genius. That stat when he beat Messi in the Spanish League is significant.

The mystery for me is how noone could find an effective role for him in the team.

For me the difference between Boufal and Djenepo is how comfortable on the ball they are. Boufal 9/10. Djenepo 4/10 (if I'm being very generous).
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Southampton At Cardiff City The Pre Season Verdict
at 10:05 28 Jul 2021

In his dreams he could become as good as Boufal !

Seriously, you are right, he needs to show that he can be an effective attacking player.

Personally, I think he's had enough chances to do show that and we could waste a good few matches at the beginning of next season finding out what we already know.

But very happy to be proved wrong. He's young. Sometimes things click for players.
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People without masks in supermarkets...
at 23:36 27 Jul 2021

They do, and they are correct.

It’s all a balancing act.

But what nobody is trying to do is to lead us towards totalitarianism. That’s conspiracy-theorists bandying around ideas that they know are untrue, because they play well with people who know f*ck all about 20th Century history.

Why they do it and why some people seem to have such a need to believe them is anybody‘s guess.
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People without masks in supermarkets...
at 21:41 27 Jul 2021

OK, so we agree on this: "laws that help a nation function are good and necessary"

And I see that you are not an anarchist.

So why spout nonsense about limitations on freedom being a road to totalitarianism?

You concede that laws (which are necessarily limits on freedom) which help a nation function are OK - and they are therefore presumably a long way from totalitarianism?

But when most sensible, reasonable people in the country take the view that lockdowns and facemasks are necessary for the country to control the virus, and therefore 'function', you think we are all at the beginning of the Long March.

There's a sensible argument to be had about what laws are necessary and we can disagree on where the line between personal freedom and public good should be drawn.

But when you start equating a slightly different point on the line to the beginning of totalitarianism you just demonstrate that you have absolutely no idea what totalitarianism is, and you perhaps need to read around the subject a bit more. The Whisperers by Orlando Figes might be a good start.
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People without masks in supermarkets...
at 17:46 27 Jul 2021

You didn't answer the question about whether you are an anarchist and whether you believe in having laws.

You write as if you are, and as if you don't. Which is fine by the way. These days you don't come across many anarchists but its a consistent a political position.

As you've been quoting from Huxley and from Hot Fuzz, I'll send one back your way from Alexander Pope.

A little learning is a dangerous thing ;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring :
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.
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A useful guide to different vaccines...
at 15:23 26 Jul 2021

...for those still in doubt. The guy seems to know what he's talking about.

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People without masks in supermarkets...
at 11:59 26 Jul 2021

Two points. The vaccinated can still catch it, and noone under 18 has been vaccinated as far as I'm aware.

Members of both groups are unlikely to get severe symptons, require hospitalisation or die, but these things are all still possible.

Also the more a virus spreads, the greater the chance that new variants will arise.

For both reasons, there is still good reason to want to control the spread of the virus, and as I personally have no need to make a public display of my fearlessness, I'll keep wearing a mask in indoor public spaces.
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People without masks in supermarkets...
at 22:24 25 Jul 2021

I think a lot of people share your view. It's not unreasonable and I think we're probably heading in that sort of direction.

I have enjoyed the exchange. I like hearing different views on here.
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People without masks in supermarkets...
at 21:55 25 Jul 2021

I think you might take a bit of time to find out what behavioural scientists actually do.

But don't go searching for any behavioural science articles on why some people are drawn to conspiracy theories, because you might break the internet.
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