Friday, June 18, 2010

Funky Friday - Stratagems and Ruses


I hadn’t planned to start a run of football posts - just chip in with a couple to capture the rush and buzz of the World Cup kick off. But now I'm semi-obsessed with it, weighing up the heavy-hitters and competive form, working out possible options and placings. Even the vuvuzelas ongoing drone has begun to sound hypnotically exotic. If you’re up on events you may want to skip the next bit. If you’re not up on events.

England have to win tonight (Algeria) and next Wednesday (Slovenia)

Finishing second place in their group (C) simply won’t do. Second place means meeting Germany in the next round. That’s us pitched against a great white shark of a squad - prowling and playing a sharp, sleek and lethal form of football.

Forget the soft soap, stoicism and stiff upper lips. If England can gun it and go, hitting their fixtures with the sweaty energy of the MC5, we could breeze it to the next rounds.

MC5 - Kick Out The Jams



For a slightly Algerian feel try Gabe Durham’s excellent Beastie booty

Beastie Boys - How We Gonna Kick It? With A Mandolin, Fiddle, and Guitar!



That's it. I'll shush about football (for now)


15 comments:

John Medd said...

I've a feeling there'll only be the odd goal in it tonight. So I got odds of 10/1 on us beating Algeria 2-1. And, to cover myself (after all it is The World Cup, and it is England and we've got a centre forward that can't hit a barn door) I got 33/1 on us getting beat by the same margin. Who said 'Judas?'

Cocktails said...

Well you know how I feel about football, but MC5 and the Beastie Boys, wa-hey!!!

Mondo said...

I'm hopeless with betting and odds John. Did you see Mexico/France last night? Worra corker!

Click on the Gabe Durham link Cocktails and you can get a freebie download of the album this remix is taken from, full o' winners.
Promise I won't post about football again (unless we make it to the next round, that is)

PS - anyone recognise where the title of this blog-bit is taken from?

Cocktails said...

er, no... tell us!

Mondo said...

I'll give you a clue it's from the line

I could be a lawyer with stratagems and ruses

davy h said...

I could be a doctor with poultices and bruises...

drew said...

Harking back to your strips post last week. It made me get off of my arse and buy possibly the finest football top ever.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/airdrie-football-shirt-replica-soccer-jersey-/320456071799

I used to get one of those evry birthday, wish I had kept them now.

Always very difficult to get for subbuteo. If I rember rightly my dad had to customise the Real Madrid team.

Absolutely f all to do with the world cup or England but i thought it only right to share.

John - I'll have some of that 33/1 action as long as your golie remains the same.

davy h said...

Are they Scotland, Are they Scotland, Are they Scotland in disguise?

I could be a writer with a growing reputation...

drew said...

and that should have been goalie but i've just heard that calamity James has been picked, I will deffo want that 33/1 action now.

Mondo said...

Airdrie what a cracker - as a tribute to family connections, I bought a Forfar away top in '90 (sponsored by Ramsay Ladders)
Have a peep here (you'll need to scoll down the comments for the best bits) here for some cracking Scottish vintage kits..
And Subbuteo I always wanted the Coventry tramlines strip, but could never find it.

Right, I'm off to watch the footie and WILL be wearing Tim Brooke Taylor style Union Jack undercrackers

I could be the ticket man at Fulham Broadway Station

office pest said...

...what a waste.

Mondo said...

It's like a Wheeltappers sing-a-long. We should do it more often

Piley said...

haha! 24 hours is a long time in football eh Mondo? Germany lost, and England were pathetic. Weighing everything up, that was the worst England game i've EVER, ever seen (in 30+ years). Awful. And for the first time ever, I don't care if we don't get through the groups (we don't deserve to).

Seen loads of games so far, and the 2 england games were by far the worst two games. Just about all the others were great to watch.

Been a fab tournament so far though, and just shows how all the pundits know nothing when it comes to the World Cup. A real chance that Spain, Germany, France and England could all go out in the group stages! Incredible!

P

Mondo said...

Dreadful P. a shapeless mess, with no movement or magic. Apparently it started with similar sloppy perfomances in '66. So you never know. Did you see Cameroon last night, great game...

Piley said...

yeah, have enjoyed most games. How about the Ital V NZ cracker this afternoon?? Amazing!

66 did start bad, but they only drew the 1st game. Out of interest nobody has EVER won the world cup after drawing their first two games. Theres always 2014... sigh