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  1. This is difficult! The season's only just finished but already it feels like it's disappearing into the fog. I imagine a lot of us could reel off 2015/16's 38 games just like that - in the rght order - with goalscoreres. I'd be amazed if anyone could do it for the season just finished. Having said that, here goes: Fans Performance of the Season - Bit hard to judge from the TV, but Sevilla, especially the TIfo Team Performance of the Season - . First half at West Ham Individual Performance of the Season - Huth v Palace (a), Shinji v Palace (h), Albrighton's cameo v Sunderland from the bench Ranieri/Shakespeare Performance of the Season - Shakespeare's first game - back to basics. Absolute Scenes of the Season - Yep, Sevilla again. Understated Hero of the Season - Huth (I give thanks every day that he and Morgan didn't miss any games last season due to injury)
  2. Bloody Abramovich hogging the trophy with his minions carrying the Putin photo.
  3. Our ten PL seasons (of 38 games) in order of points won: Manager: Points: Position: 2015/16 Ranieri 81 1 1999/00 O'Neill 55 8 1997/98 O'Neill 53 10 1998/99 O'Neill 49 10 2000/01 Taylor 48 13 1996/97 O'Neill 47 9 2016/17 Ranieri / Shakespeare 44 12 2014/15 Pearson 43 14 2003/04 Adams 33 18 2001/02 Taylor / Bassett / Adams 28 20 There was also the 42 game Mark McGhee season. 29 points, 21st place.
  4. I'm watching this game ten seconds behind everyone else. Said Mr. Benalouane of Leicester.
  5. And the chant we had for him was so good - simple and powerful. Our best ever manager chant?
  6. This is one of the best things I've read in ages - from Rolling Stone about the death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes: On the Internet today you will find thousands, perhaps even millions, of people gloating about the death of elephantine Fox News founder Roger Ailes. The happy face emojis are getting a workout on Twitter, which is also bursting with biting one-liners. When I mentioned to one of my relatives that I was writing about the death of Ailes, the response was, "Say that you hope he's reborn as a woman in Saudi Arabia." Ailes has no one but his fast-stiffening self to blame for this treatment. He is on the short list of people most responsible for modern America's vicious and bloodthirsty character. We are a hate-filled, paranoid, untrusting, book-dumb and bilious people whose chief source of recreation is slinging insults and threats at each other online, and we're that way in large part because of the hyper-divisive media environment Roger Ailes discovered. He was the Christopher Columbus of hate. When the former daytime TV executive and political strategist looked across the American continent, he saw money laying around in giant piles. He knew all that was needed to pick it up was a) the total abandonment of any sense of decency or civic duty in the news business, and b) the factory-like production of news stories that spoke to Americans' worst fantasies about each other. Like many con artists, he reflexively targeted the elderly – "I created a TV network for people from 55 to dead," he told Joan Walsh – where he saw billions could be made mining terrifying storylines about the collapse of the simpler America such viewers remembered, correctly or (more often) incorrectly, from their childhoods In this sense, his Fox News broadcasts were just extended versions of the old "ring around the collar" ad – scare stories about contagion. Wisk was pitched as the cure for sweat stains creeping onto your crisp white collar; Fox was sold as the cure for atheists, feminists, terrorists and minorities crawling over your white picket fence. Ailes launched Fox in 1996 with a confused, often amateurish slate of dumb programs cranked out by cut-rate and often very young staffers. The channel was initially most famous for its overt shallowness ("More News in Less Time" was one of its early slogans) and its Monty Python-style bloopers. But the main formula was always the political scare story, and Fox quickly learned to mix traditional sensationalist tropes like tabloid crime reporting with demonization of liberal villains like the Clintons. Hillary Clinton in particular was a godsend for Fox. The first lady's mocking comments about refusing to stay home and bake cookies – to say nothing of the "I'm not sitting here, some little woman, saying 'Stand By Her Man' like Tammy Wynette" quote – were daggers to the hearts of graying middle Americans everywhere. What's the matter, Ailes' audiences wondered, with Tammy Wynette? So they tuned into Fox, which made ripping Hillary and other such overeducated, cosmopolitan, family-values-hating Satans a core part of its programming. But invective, like drugs or tobacco or any other addictive property, is a product of diminishing returns. You have to continually up the ante to get people coming back. So Ailes and Fox over the years graduated from simply hammering Democratic politicians to making increasingly outlandish claims about an ever-expanding list of enemies. Soon the villains weren't just in Washington, but under every rock, behind every corner. Immigrants were spilling over the borders. Grades were being denuded in schools by liberal teachers. Marriage was being expanded to gays today, perhaps animals tomorrow. ACORN was secretly rigging vote totals. Hollywood, a lost paradise Middle America remembered as a place where smooth-talking guys and gals smoked cigarettes, gazed into each others' eyes and glorified small-town life and the military, now became a sandbox for over-opinionated brats like Sean Penn, Matt Damon and Brangelina who used their fame to pal around with socialist dictators and lecture churchy old folks about their ignorance. The Fox response was to hire an endless succession of blow-dried, shrieking dingbats like Laura Ingraham, author of Shut Up and Sing, who filled the daytime hours with rants about every conceivable cultural change being the product of an ongoing anti-American conspiracy. Ingraham even derided muffin tops as evidence of America's decaying values. Ailes picked at all these scabs, and then when he ran out of real storylines to mine he invented some that didn't even exist. His Fox was instrumental in helping Donald Trump push the birther phenomenon into being, and elevated the practically nonexistent New Black Panthers to ISIS status, warning Republicans that these would-be multitudinous urban troublemakers were planning on bringing guns to the GOP convention. The presidency of Donald Trump wouldn't have been possible had not Ailes raised a generation of viewers on these paranoid storylines. But the damage Ailes did wasn't limited to hardening and radicalizing conservative audiences. Ailes grew out of the entertainment world – his first experience was in daytime variety TV via The Mike Douglas Show – but he later advised a series of Republican campaigns, from Ronald Reagan to George H.W. Bush to Trump. So when he created Fox, he merged his expertise from those two worlds, mixing entertainment and political stagecraft. The effect was to politicize the media, a characteristic of banana republics everywhere. When Ailes decided to cordon off Republican audiences and craft news programming targeted specifically to them, he began the process of atomizing the entire media landscape into political fiefdoms – Fox for the right, MSNBC for the left, etc Ailes trained Americans to shop for the news as a commodity. Not just on the right but across the political spectrum now, Americans have learned to view the news as a consumer product. What most of us are buying when we tune in to this or that channel or read this or that newspaper is a reassuring take on the changes in the world that most frighten us. We buy the version of the world that pleases us and live in little bubbles where we get to nurse resentments all day long and no one ever tells us we're wrong about anything. Ailes invented those bubbles. Moreover, Ailes built a financial empire waving images of the Clintons and the Obamas in front of scared conservatives. It's no surprise that a range of media companies are now raking in fortunes waving images of Donald Trump in front of terrified Democrats. It's not that Trump isn't or shouldn't be frightening. But it's conspicuous that our media landscape is now a perfect Ailes-ian dystopia, cleaved into camps of captive audiences geeked up on terror and disgust. The more scared and hate-filled we are, the more advertising dollars come pouring in, on both sides. Trump in many ways was a perfect Ailes product, merging as he did the properties of entertainment and news in a sociopathic programming package that, as CBS chief Les Moonves pointed out, was terrible for the country, but great for the bottom line. And when Ailes died this morning, he left behind an America perfectly in his image, frightened out of its mind and pouring its money hand over fist into television companies, who are gleefully selling the unraveling of our political system as an entertainment product. The extent to which we hate and fear each other now – that's not any one person's fault. But no one person was more at fault than Roger Ailes. He never had a soul to sell, so he sold ours. It may take 50 years or a century for us to recover. Even dictators rarely have that kind of impact. Enjoy the next life, you monster.
  7. There's a great story about the top bods from the FA visiting Old Trafford in 1999 to watch the Man U - Fulham FA Cup game. Keegan was Fulham manager at the time and being touted as a candidate for the vacant England manager's job. This was a couple of years after Keegan's famous 'I'd love it if we beat them' interview, and the United fans, who pride themselves on their disdain for the England team, were killing two birds with one stone by chanting 'Keegan for England!'. The FA bods, oblivious to the irony of the chant, were apparently impressed with this 'vote of confidence' from the common man, and a few days later Keegan was indeed named England boss, to guffaws from United fans (and many others).
  8. My stream's fine. But the match director's shit. Three times now I've had to guess how our attack's developed.
  9. As Gornik says above - so that's from number 45 onwards. You can see the details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinji_Okazaki#International_goals
  10. Love this video of all Shinji's 50 goals for Japan. Goal number 7 (against Uzbekistan that clinched Japan's place in the 2010 World Cup) is his favourite - coz it's a typical 'dorokusai' ('reeking of mud') goal. There's quite a few against low ranked countries, but you could say the same about Rooney, who scored so many of his 50 against the likes of Andorra, San Marino and Scotland. Plus, unlike Rooney, Shinji's doesn't include any penalties. (edit - whoops! - one penalty)
  11. I was wondering that a few days ago. Newcastle too, although only two league games of course.
  12. You've posted a video to prove that Man City are not plastic. Well, I watched it. It shows: a) Fans singing along to a song played over the PA. b) Fans singing along to another song played over the PA. c) Fans going quiet while they wait for another song to be played over the PA. d) Fans singing along to a song played over the PA. There you have a four part definition of 'plastic'. Contrast your video with this one:
  13. This is the music the Champions League anthem is based on. It's the perfect soundtrack for a montage of great moments. I'm sure one of you tech-savvy guys could add the appropriate pictures. (I'd try it myself but my skill-set is so lacking that neither the word 'set' nor 'skill' seem appropriate.)
  14. Being a Leicester fan is like marrying your childhood sweetheart and staying with her forever. She's pretty average looking, and you know there are any number of more attractive women around, but you stay with her because, well, she's 'the one' and that's the way it'll always be. You have your ups and downs, and some days you storm out and swear you'll never return, but of course you always do. Then, one day she walks through the door and she's somehow been transformed into the world's sexiest woman. She takes you upstairs and shows you things you'd never even fantasized about. And this happens regularly - for a whole year! After that, things pretty much return to normal. But deep inside of you is a warm glow that stays with you for the rest of your life.
  15. Muppets on the match thread trying to outdo each other in showing just how little attention they've been paying: 'Why is Mahrez taking penalties??' (He'd scored five on the trot) 'Finally a non-scuffed Shinji goal!' (His last five goals have had one thing in common - making perfect contact while in full stride)