December 19th, 2006

Football - Underhill

Vatican FC - Joseph Barbera Dies

Vatican FC
I found this idea of the Vatican putting together a football team to possibly compete in the Italian League a fantastic concept.

The team would certainly not be lacking finance, supporters or the pick of a host of talented players from countries around the world who'd probably drop everything to play for them!

It does bring to mind how they'd react when players were given yellow - or red - cards for unsporting behaviour and one does wonder if we'd see any famous 'Hand of God' goals such as Maradonna's back in the 80's :p

Still, I think it'd be a great concept...

Top Cardinal Dreams of Vatican FC (BBC News Online; Monday 18th December 2006)

Joseph Barbera 1911 - 2006
Joseph Barbera, co-creator of cartoon legends such as Scooby Doo and The Flintstones died today.
I remember many of the Hanna-Barbera cartoons from when i was I kid and actually preferred many of their creations to most of the others that were around at that time. He was 95 so he had a bloody good run!

I also think that the BBC reporters might use Wikipedia for fact finding sometimes as parts of Barbera's entry on there are strikingly similiar to the BBC article (either that or someone copied over parts of the BBc article onto Wikipedia and changed a couple of words!)

US Animator Joseph Barbera Dies (BBC News Online; Tuesday 19th December 2006)
Jospeh Barbera (Wikipedia Entry)
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Michael Crichton (Maturity) Age 9 1/2

thebitterguy made a really interesting post about Michael Crichton's antics in his latest book. I found this utterly fascinating and completely childish (Crichton's antics not thebitterguy's post which I only found fascinating and not childish at all!).

I can't believe someone is so petty and immature!

(Copied from thebitterguy)

Apparently, Crichton decided that our suspicions that he was a total dickhead weren't enough, so he decided to seal the deal when he made a critic into a child molestor in his latest book.

It wasn't even a literary critic, but a scientific critic, Michael Crowley, who just pointed out (in the New Freaking Republic!) that maybe a book saying "Global warming is a myth" was just dumb. So what did Crichton do?

Alex Burnet was in the middle of the most difficult trial of her career, a rape case involving the sexual assault of a two-year-old boy in Malibu. The defendant, thirty-year-old Mick Crowley, was a Washington-based political columnist who was visiting his sister-in-law when he experienced an overwhelming urge to have anal sex with her young son, still in diapers. Crowley was a wealthy, spoiled Yale graduate and heir to a pharmaceutical fortune. ...

It turned out Crowley's taste in love objects was well known in Washington, but [his lawyer]--as was his custom--tried the case vigorously in the press months before the trial, repeatedly characterizing Alex and the child's mother as "fantasizing feminist fundamentalists" who had made up the whole thing from "their sick, twisted imaginations." This, despite a well-documented hospital examination of the child. (Crowley's penis was small, but he had still caused significant tears to the toddler's rectum.)

Niiiice. Apparently, this isn't the first time he's done it, either, but I couldn't find any corroboration for that.
Football - Underhill

Oh Charlton...

I've had a soft spot for Charlton since 1995/96 when I read the biography of a player who was playing with them. It was a really good read and showed you how life of a professional footballer was like when you were at the end of your career and had been playing for lower division teams all your life. Charlton at that point were a regular Division One team (what is now called The Championship).

I was really glad when they managed to get promoted to the Premiership and then, after getting relegated instantly, getting back up again and cementing themselves as a reliable mid-table Premiership mainstay who were always threatening to move slowly upwards and challenge for a European spot.

I guess a lot of their success can be put down to Alan Curbishly (now West Ham's manager and hopefully he can work wonders for them!) as Charlton have just nose dived since he left at the end of last season.

Struggling against relegation one bright spot has been the League Cup which they've actually done well in. They were through to the Quarter Finals this evening and faced the weakest of the Quarter Final teams - Wycombe Wanderes who are 53 league places below them in League Two (the same division that my local team, Barnet, play in - so in other words usually fairly crap! :p).

Anyway.... Charlton 0 - 1 Wycombe.

I could weep. I really hope that Charlton manage to reverse their fortunes very quickly because if they don't they'll be playing Championship football next season and could struggle to return to the Premiership as the Championship has a hell of a lot of good teams playing in it these days.
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