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  1. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Yeah, that's the bit I also have a problem with. In theory, it should stop away teams from sitting back and simply defending, but any of us who've watched plenty of European football (or Atletico away, ever) knows that's just not true.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    I've read (I think in a book, as that would explain why I can't find it now) that someone took a vast number of professional matches across multiple leagues and years, and discovered that 50% of games resulted in a home win, 25% in a draw and 25% in an away win. What I can find is this which has some stats about the 2016/17 premier league season, where the numbers are practically the same as above. https://help.smarkets.com/hc/en-gb/articles/115000647291-Why-you-should-consider-home-advantage-for-football-trading There's also this article from Sky Sports a couple of years back that shows the percentage of home wins slowly declining over the last century, but still recording the home team winning between 40-50% of matches. https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11096/10955089/sky-sports-bust-common-football-myths-home-advantage Basically the stats say there's an advantage to playing at home. Whether that's due to unfamiliarity (Lee Dixon told a story a couple of weeks back where he said he found it easier at home because he knew exactly where he was on the pitch by being level with certain advertising hoardings), or due to atmosphere and crowd (God knows I've seen excellent opposition players have utter stinkers in front of a hostile and vocal Millwall crowd), it's impossible to say. So because of this, I'm happy to have away goals as a decider in the event of a draw. It's more exciting than the dross extra time usually serves up.
  3. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2018/19

    I fucking love football.
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    What’s the worst film you have ever seen?

    Mate. It's got the greatest dance off scene in the history of cinema. How dare you rubbish such Shakespeare-esque screenwriting as: 'Look how funky he is' CUT TO: Three white guys who move like they've shit themselves.
  5. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2018/19

    I was under the impression they have invested significantly though. I don't have numbers to hand, but (and 'Pool fans, please correct me if I'm wrong) didn't they rebuild/modernise the main stand to the tune of £100m+? Along with significant investments in training facilities? My impression is the FSG are often talked about with an air of fondness by fans (again, please correct me if I'm wrong) because they don't take large amounts of money from the club, such as the Glazers do with Man U - which could also account for a portion of the income disparity vs player purchases mentioned by @Gotters. So their investments are about improving the club, be it through facilities or player purchases/wages. I'm just curious as to why that would be more acceptable than Blackburn. It wasn't the abuse side of things that had me wondering. Let me put it another way. Talking of Blackburn buying the title is often used as a shorthand, with an air that it somehow is less worthy than a Chelsea or a Man City title win, that somehow, because Rovers 'simply bought it', we shouldn't give it the same credence. And while some of that may be explained by both the Oil clubs having multiple title wins, there's definitely more to it. It's like this known football wisdom, Blackburn's title win doesn't really count. And I can't really see why that's the case, especially with the two teams above.
  6. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2018/19

    "Blackburn bought the league..." I've heard this phrase a lot over the years, to the point where their Premiership win is largely forgotten about or dismissed when talking about the Premier League era. A genuine question: How is what they did different to Chelsea or Man City? Or perhaps I should ask, why is it considered different? If Liverpool were to win the title, how would that be different?
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    Football Thread 2018/19

  8. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Apologies in advance, rant incoming: Here's the thing. I know Millwall aren't perfect. There's a history to us that makes it very hard to be proud to be a Millwall fan, and there are still isolated incidents that are unforgivable and need to be stamped out. But we have worked incredibly hard at changing things, and my club - despite what some of the media would have you believe - are not the horrific monsters under the bed. I get it, it's easy to point at us and claim we're all scum, that football would be better without us, and as such, it's easy to ignore those that shout such ludicrous claims. After all, no-one likes us. We've got a song about that and everything. But it is galling to read what amounts to a hatchet job when it's being disguised as a piece extolling our virtues. Take Daniel Taylor's preview of the Millwall v Brighton FA Cup tie. On the surface, it's trying the old 'misunderstood family club' routine. But Taylor seems to be almost embarrassed to admit such a thing, and some of his reporting of our darker side here is frankly pathetic. Take this little section, which covers Steve Kavanagh (our Chief Executive) talking about the racist chanting heard at the Everton FA cup tie: Well, here's three links to reports in his own paper of racism at other football grounds this season: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/jan/15/chelsea-face-partial-stadium-closure-over-alleged-racist-chanting-from-fans-uefa-stamford-bridge https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/18/tottenham-fan-fined-for-hurling-banana-skin-at-black-arsenal-player https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/dec/21/police-question-suspect-over-abuse-of-raheem-sterling Or there's this paragraph that attempts to undercut positive facts with baseless conjecture: As a lifelong Millwall fan, and person who works in the media I can say with authority Rod Liddle has never been the go-to-guy for discussing anything Millwall. It's literally the equivalent of attempting to claim Piers Morgan is the only voice qualified to talk about Arsenal, or that you shouldn't trust a Leeds press release because Jimmy Saville supported them. Is Taylor really trying to claim that any moral points scored by being the first club to form an anti-racist committee should be ignored because he's decreed a former Guardian colleague 'once appeared' to be the only voice worth listening to? When did this 'once' happen? And what does appeared mean? The assertion he makes that being linked to Liddle should mean that any message you send out should be treated with suspicion falls apart quite quickly when you realise that Liddle worked for the same paper as Taylor, and therefore this assertion should apply to Taylor even more so than Millwall. There's more, so much more wrong with his column, but if you've read this far, I've taken up enough of your time as it is.
  9. Pants McSkill

    Comedy timing

    Not a film or TV show, but for pure comedy timing, this is perfect.
  10. Pants McSkill

    Ultimate Team

    Dude, this game isn't for you. I've not been back since I stopped last year - and while the sbc side and the team building side of UT is cool, I do not miss the gameplay one bit. So given that you don't even go in for creating interesting Hybrids, there's nothing here for you. Why waste your precious free time here when there's a gazillion games out there that are fucking brilliant? Hitman is currently free on PS+ and it's aces. There's sooo many phenomenal games in the world, stop playing the one that causes you so much frustration and anger. And if you're jonesing for a football fix, play Football Manager. You can even manage in the Japanese League. Hell, there's even an user made editor file that allows you to manage as low as the Japanese 6th tier.
  11. Pants McSkill

    FM2019 - Start Wearing Purple!

    Miles Jacobson and journalist Carl Anka did a BAFTA chat this evening, which, if you're really bored for an hour and twenty minutes, you can watch on Twitch here.
  12. Pants McSkill

    The hustle

    Cheers Zok! It'll be for the audiences to decide if we managed it. And no need to apologise. like I said earlier, I really doubt this is a film for you, or that many people in here. While I'd love as many people as people to watch it, life's short and there's a fuckton of amazing things to watch out there that you already know you're more likely to love. When I'm two seasons behind on Better Call Saul, it's tough to get excited about Fast and Furious 8.
  13. Pants McSkill

    The hustle

    It's far more in the twisty-turny world. Sorry, I wish I could be more specific!
  14. Pants McSkill

    The hustle

    I am! As is the Director, the Director of Photography, the Producer and Rebel herself. Not just the spirit of DRS, but the spirit of 80s comedies in general. They had style and wonderful soundtracks, great camera work and nuanced performances. I want more of that in my comedies, and I want to bring more of that to audiences. Case in point - I spent fucking MONTHS with the director working out the soundtrack to this film. We absolutely did not want 'generic current RnB star' all over it. And I love the soundtrack, it's different and quirky, and mixes contemporary tracks that aren't what you hear everywhere else with an amazing score - which came from us working with a genius composer who also wanted to bring the spirit of 80's comedies to audiences.
  15. Pants McSkill

    The hustle

    I don't find it unpleasant or unfair at all. It's not a million miles away from my opinion about the majority of Superhero movies. Entertainment is entirely subjective, and I'm certainly not going to try and convince you that it's a film you'll enjoy, because I don't know what you enjoy. If you're a regular poster in this sub-forum, chances are a broad female-led Hollywood comedy remake isn't top of your list. 'Unnecessary'... That's an interesting word. Of course, one could argue that no films are necessary, they are simple entertainment after all. Not me though, I fucking love movies. Unnecessary suggests the question; Why make this when Dirty Rotten Scoundrels exists? DRS is a movie many of us love. Most of us saw it when we were kids or teenagers. The thing is, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a remake. The original telling was Bedtime Story, a 1964 flick starring Marlon Brando and David Niven. The vast majority of kids/teenagers/young people back then didn't watch movies from 1964. They weren't even aware of films from 1964 (I'm using the pronoun 'they' as I suspect there's one or two peeps in here who absolutely did watch movies from the 50's and 60's, e.g. I watched the old Stagecoach westerns with my Granddad). And the same is true of young people today, they don't watch movies from the 80's. In our test screenings and research, we discovered that about 80% of people under 30 hadn't seen Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and more than half hadn't even heard of it. Don't get me wrong, I would love it if the youth started watching 80's movies, they're missing out on some proper classics. Imagine discounting Beverly Hills Cop because it's 'old'. But they won't. So to bring them a great story in a medium they would enjoy, in the same way Dirty Rotten Scoundrels brought us a remake of a story we could fall in love with... I'm gonna push back against the term 'Unnecessary'. I'm also not naive. This movie exists solely because MGM think they can make money from it. Unfortunately that is true of all Hollywood, and always has been. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels only ever existed because MGM thought they could make money from it.
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