Memes and Football/Championship Manager
I’ve been tagged or memed or whatever by both James McGrath AND John Lyons. I’m only going to very partially answer the issues by answering one question: I have a history with the ultra-addictive PC game Championship (now: Football) Manager. So instead I’m actually answering something someone else (unnamed) asked me: namely what about this spectacularly good Guardian article/discussion on the top players on CM/FM? (And, yes, it looks pretty clear that all participants have a lot in common: gender, age, misanthropy etc)
Those of you who don’t know about this game should know that it gives/gave you a relationship warning if played too much and it has been cited in over 30 cases of divorce. It cost students higher marks in degrees, cost the only slightly lazy their jobs, and left a generation permanently tired through playing into the early hours. There seems to be a consensus developing that the glory years of the game were around the turn of the millennium which could be true (I think a agree – esp. around 2002 when I was involved in the greatest of all 2 player battles in Serie A (00/01 game), though the early 90s breakthrough of winning the then European Cup was special). The Guardian lists 6 of the best players and rightly doesn’t go for the obvious famous ones but those not famous ones who made it into superstars but you’d never sign if it were real (*the* charm of the game). Though in fairness, the game as a whole was pretty accurate and predicted plenty of players who would turn out to be genuine real life superstars of the game way before the world knew.
Some of the classics have to be the following:
From a glorious run with Rushden and Diamonds (a bit like someone in the comments section on the Guardian site) spearheaded by the two greats Ged Kimmins (rubbish stats but great goalscorer and criminally underrated) and Onesimo (on a free). Others over the years who have graced my great Man United and Roma teams: Cherno Samba (S C), Mads Jorgensen (AM LRC?), Walter Samuel (D C), Michael Dunwell (S C), Paul Warhurst (D/DM/M/AM F C?), David Hill (AM LRC) Neil Lewis (DMF/L), Mark Tobin (D/DM C), Taribo West (D LC) (largely because he was on a free), Kennedy Bakircioglu (AM/?), some Jorgensen (D/DM C), Roberto Baronio (DM), Freddie Guarin and his long shots, numerous Swedish bargains, and…Julian Joachim (sentimental reasons: not quite the greatest but his goals won my first ever European Cup when he came off the bench – good management if you ask me). Wasn’t so keen as one occasional reader of this blog on Mark Kerr and Byron ******* Bubb.
Biblical studies + blogging + football management game = ?