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The Hand of God

Last night Scotland played Argentina in a meaningless friendly match at Hampden.

Argentina got an early goal.

Scotland got nil.

The game however has since Sunday been overshadowed by the return of Diego Maradona to Scotland for the first time since 1979 when he played and scored in a 3-1 victory for the then World Champions. Maradona is now Argentina’s national coach.

He is, the press would have us believe, a national hero in Scotland for his part in defeating England in the 1986 World Cup quarter finals but specifically because the first of his two goals was clearly illegal  (he scored with his hand). Since that day it has been known as ‘the hand of God goal’ which was how Maradona described the goal after the game.

I much prefer to remember Maradona’s second goal in the game which was probably one of the best ever witnessed in world football in which he beat six England players (one twice) in a solo run before scoring. A poll on the FIFA website voted it as goal of the century.

However the Scottish press prefer to dwell on the fact that England were cheated out of possible progress in a competition 22 years ago.

The English dwell on it despite the fact that the goal arose from a miss kick from England defender Steve Hodge and a fumbled attempt at a save from Peter Shilton who was ever so slightly taller than Diego Maradona.

I don’t know who is worse. I do know I’m sick to the back teeth of hearing about it and I’m pleased that Maradona et al fly out today. We can now get back to the real news, you know, John Sergeant and Strictly Come Dancing.

Quiz 3 – Where in Scotland?

Which towns are these?

Quiz 2- Where in Scotland?

Are these locations?

(Always one to continue a winning formula!)

Quiz. Where in Scotland?

Are these places?

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PS Nae prizes!

Ice Broken

Well done to Scotland tonight for bouncing back from the disappointment of Macedonia by defeating Iceland 2-1. I listened to rather than watched the game and at 2-1 with 10 men after the dismissal of captain Steve McManus it was a nervous final 15 minutes.

Kirk Broadfoot celebrates his opening goal.

England’s result in Croatia was remarkable. Almost as remarkable as Luxembourg’s victory in Switzerland.

No Excuse Needed

To show this wonder goal from my youth. Watch as Dalglish loses the ball and it breaks to none other than former Celtic boss Wim Jansen. Then Archie takes over.

SNP – They Were Doing So Well

Unvbelievable. Scottish Justice Minister Kenny McCaskill is all over the broadcast media this morning complaining that although only 2% of the population, Asians in Scotland comprise 12% of stop and searches by British Transport Police.

Mr McCaskill is presumably unaware that 100% of terrorist and attempted serious terrorist incidents in the past two years in the UK have been committed by Asian men in their 20's and 30's. On the basis of that does he advocate stop and search on old ladies with suspicious looking shopping trolleys? To try and portray this as McCaskill seems to be doing as racism is wrong and is simply a case of stunt politics against the UK government.

Perhaps if he were to turn his attention to holding a public enquiry in to the Shirley McKie case, as the SNP promised  within 100 days of taking power, people would feel we at last had a government beyond cheap point scoring. Sadly that doesn't seem to be the case.

 

 

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Scots Die Laughing

 

Thank you to Scott who posted a link to this article from "The Daily Mash". It was so good I've cut and pasted it!

 

SCOTLAND DIES LAUGHING Print E-mail

TRIBUTES are being paid to Scotland this morning after the entire country laughed itself to death.

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Most would have been dead within minutes

The alarm was first raised at around 10pm last night as thousands of phone calls and text messages went unanswered.

Small groups of volunteers from Berwick-Upon-Tweed and Carlisle ventured north just after midnight only to find houses full of dead people gathered around still blaring television sets.

By dawn, as RAF helicopters flew over deserted city streets, it was clear that the whole country had suffered a catastrophic abdominal rupture.

Wayne Hayes, a special constable from Northumberland, said: "We went into one house in Dunbar and found three men sitting on the sofa with huge smiles on their faces, still holding cans of 70 shilling. They seemed to be at peace."

He added: "In a house near Edinburgh we found a man face down on the living room floor with his trousers and pants round his knees.

"It seems he may have been showing his bare buttocks to the television when he keeled over."

Roy Hobbs, a civil engineer from Northampton, said: "I got a call from my friend Ian in Stirling at about 9.50pm.

"He was already laughing when I answered the phone, but after about 25 minutes of the most vigorous and uncontrollable hilarity, everything suddenly went very quiet."

Moving tributes are already being placed along the Scotland-England border with many mourners opting to leave a simple bag of chips or a deep fried bunch of flowers.

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Outrageous Misfortune.

Just back from watching the game in a crowded Lennox Bar in Dumbarton. Shut the shop early and just got to the pub in time to see the Italians' first goal. Scotland steadied the ship and had large spells in control of the game. On the stroke of half time David Weir was desperately unlucky not to equalise with his header which was cleared off the line. They played some superb stuff and eventually that paid of with an equaliser which was I'm afraid obviously offside. However we began to look as if we could pull off the impossible and perhaps grab a winner. Then the dodgiest piece of refereeing you could wish to see awarded the Italians a free kick on the right hand side of the Scots penalty area when anyone could see the kick should have been the other way.

I've just watched Scotland put up one of their best ever displays and come away with nothing. No qualification for the Euro Championship despite a fantastic series of results.

 

We wuz robbed.

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