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Saturday, November 15, 2008

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 = ?

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12 Comments:

Anonymous Rich C said...

Mark 'Nige' Kerr was a good, reliable player. You just didn't know how to bring him through. You never could bring through young talent like myself.
Some good players there, but none quite like the superstars I use to produce. Bubby use to terrorise your sluggish defenders in my all conquering Inter team, as did Ioranidis, the Greek God. Who could forget Jonas Wynona, the five, yes five time European Cup winner. I think some of your players managed to win player of the month once. Well done.
You talk of great strikers, but sadly Ged just could never rank alongside the £475,000 bargain of the century, Marcus Allback. A pure thoroughbred plucked from obscurity.

November 15, 2008

 
Anonymous Chess said...

Can you hear me laughing all the way from Devon?!!

November 16, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rich C you talk out of you arse. Remember, 02? Remember? Remember 8-1 Euro final. 8-1? Oh and Allback was, at best, a squad player. I'd have stuck him in my reserves for 5 years before even considering him.

Chess, yes I can. You implying it aint cool? I can retaliate: I think Manasseh was a bastard!

James

November 16, 2008

 
Anonymous steph said...

"you talk out of you arse" If only you didn't hold back like this in BS :-)

November 16, 2008

 
Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

Like the scholars who say that that the scrolls were written a Qumran, eh Steph?

November 17, 2008

 
Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

Golb is right. And I am arguing that 4QMMT was written in Jerusalem.

http://dssandhasmoneanstate.blogspot.com/

But Jimmy blocked my last post copied to his blog. I think he was beginning to shuffle. And NTW is doing his nut.

It's a pity they didn't play football back then. Just think how exciting things could have been for biblical studies buffs. What a match the apostle's eleven would have had with the high priests! Now they could have had a friendly competition in a true spirit, of sport that is. On the other hand, in a spirit of Belial, they could have kicked hell out of each other. Or even worse, instead of a penalty shoot-out, they could have settled the score with knives. Then the ref. would have seen red, and driven them all off with his whip.

November 17, 2008

 
Anonymous Chess said...

Ouch, James, that hurts! You're clearly at risk of turning to the dark side - next you'll be telling me Jesus was the son of God!!

November 17, 2008

 
Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

Now there's someone who loves a good kick-about. His favourite pastime is kicking asses, Steph. But he is always talking to his voices, mostly out of his ass. Here are three of his voices holding conversations with each other, but he admits to a whole lot more, some of whom I was aware, but it makes my little list pale into insignificance:

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/theampersand/archive/2008/11/14/207469.aspx

I said NTW was doing his nut.

November 17, 2008

 
Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/theampersand/archive/2008/11/14/207469.aspx

November 17, 2008

 
Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/

theampersand/archive/2008/11/14/207469.aspx

November 17, 2008

 
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