Posts by Semigoodlooking

    I feel especially frustrated because I have a great command of my native language and I cannot express myself with the same degree of accuracy and colorfulness that I using in my own language. It feels like it can never come across fully who I am. When I want to make a joke, I can't because I don't know the words to give it the same flair/nuance and perhaps it would also be culturally inappropriate.


    At least in writing I can do some more research and edit. But speaking is a different thing.

    So much this. I feel limited because I cannot express what I want to say in the way I want to say it. Worse is this will never change because I know I will never be at a level where I will be able to talk how I would in English.

    My Spanish is so-so. I can converse but have huge gaps in my ability and it shows. It's a pain in the ass but I feel without dedicating some hours each week to actually learning it will never improve. Like UK Man, I am too lazy to do it and my wife speaks perfect English. I have been here 10 years and for five of them my Spanish wasn't good enough to get much done. One of the problems I have is I am a private person so I am not the sort to go starting a conversation with the girl working in carrefour, the guy who delivers pizza or whatever. If you are into that kind of socializing, you may be able to pick up conversational Spanish quiker. If not and you don't pick it up, there are obviously major downsides it brings while living in a Spanish-speaking country.

    It's a brave move, Splinter. I find I can rarely "go back" and read something I wrote. In fact, when I complete an article, edit/read it, and like it enough to send to the client, if I have to revisit for any reason I almost always hate it, even if it's the day after I wrote it. Don't get me started on ficition, that leaves me squirming having to go back and re-read. Worse was in university while studying creative and professional writing, a bulk of the course was writing something - sometimes in the moment - and then reading it to the class (workshopping). Every session was an exercise in taking my writing confidence outside and curb stomping it.


    Recently a client was doing something to their website and we needed to go back to old content together. I was twitching doing it, even if the client was insisting the articles held up surprisingly well.

    Apart from the local die-hards nobody gives a shit.

    That's not true at all. Somebody who is not much into football doesn't give a shit, as you'd expect. Plenty of people give a shit about the Super League and plenty also do about the protests at Manchester United, and it does not take long to find that out. I am not a die-hard local and I give a shit. I think what you meant to say was you don't give a shit.

    Use the reader-view trick to read the article provided by Splinter.


    It's like I said, they have been fleecing the club for 15 years. One of the problems for United is that selling is a tough task. It is worth $4bn so there are only two types of owners:


    Other investers similar to the Glazer family who will operate the club in a similar way (take money from it).


    Owners with enough money that a $4bn sporting brand is simply a play thing. A western billionaire like Jeff Bezos would be the ideal candidate probably, while an oil state like Saudi Arabia would be less desirable. Problem is, it's the Saudi's that are beleived to have real interest in buying United. That would give the club all kinds of free cash for transfers, but the feeling amongst the fans is they don't want to become a "plastic" club or one that is funded by a state with a terrible human rights history. It is the reason Man City are dismissed and United want to avoid that.

    I guess they will have time to reflect through the Windows, maybe have a few WORDs on why their marriage didn't EXCEL, the OUTLOOK is grim. Did they have any children?

    Yes, and Bill has said his kids will get a modest amount of his wealth when he dies because he believes in giving his fortune back (I wish he would give some back to me). I think Melinda is on the same page. I think this will be an easy 50/50 divorce because both are mostly focused on philanthropy.

    Always stuck to his songwriting guns this guy. Love or hate them, you always knew it was a Jim Steinman song. In fact, when Meat Loaf "split" from him in the 80s and tried to get other writers to immitate Steinman's songs, it was a spectacular mess. The two got back together for the wildly succcessful Bat Out Of Hell 2. I like that album a lot, it has some catchy tunes.

    It's a horror tackle but oddly in terms of pure rules, probably just a foul. He would get a red card possibly for serious foul play, but the reality is he is just late.


    Still, that's a really dangerous tackle and a potential leg/ankle breaker. As is the case with all these types of fouls it has a lot to do with the standing leg of the player receiving the tackle, and weight distribtuon etc. I am re-watching it multiple times and it's a shocker. I have seen worse, for sure though.

    Just 20 minutes earlier yesterday I was outside with my dog. I just missed the robbery, being robbed myself, or being caught in the middle of the police "operation".

    I was sitting on my sofa yesterday with the window open but the shutter down halfway. Me and my wife heard some random shouting so went to the window to look. There were three guys outside with hand guns, so obviously I shut the shutter and window sharpish. I then went to my son's bedroom to do the same and I saw the three guys run past. I looked out my son's window and there were about 7 cops with their guns drawn running after them.


    It seems the kiosko four doors away from my house was robbed. I have no idea how the police got there in such numbers, but I am guessing the criminals entered the Kiosko and were in there for some time and the woman triggered some kind of alarm or someone called the police from outside. Anyway, pretty dramatic stuff and the police were around all day. Funny thing is, from what I am told they didn't catch any of them despite literally chasing about 5 meters behind them.


    Another funny thing the police were chasing with guns drawn and I could hear them shouting stuff like "kill them" haha. I had to do the rounds as it was kicking off closing all doors and windows upstairs so didn't catch all their conversations. Just a few months ago a family friend found someone on her terrace hiding from the police, so my wife insisted I go up and check.

    Just like any industry, debt is common and not neccesarily bad. United's debt for example is not bad debt because it is being kept that way, it's artificial. If the Glazer's were to sell United, it would be for around $3bn, returning their initial investment three fold and paying off the debt they incurred when they bought the club. They know this, which is why instead of paying the debt, they take cash out of the club from the revenue it makes. So, they make tens of millions each year while only paying the minimum on the debt AND they get to sell at some point and make a lot of money. They are literally fleecing the club, but United is in no danger of going under.


    That's the case with Liverpool and Arsenal too, although not quite to the same brazen level of the Glazer's at United. City and Chelsea are different because their owners write off debt. None of the British six involved with the ESL are in trouble apart from Spurs. For the UK end of the proposal, it was all about cutting competiton.


    The Spanish clubs are different because their debt is different. I see no way how Barcelona does not go under other than being bailed out or accepting the fact they will become a mid-table club for several years (pay less wagers, pay less transfers, etc.), and Real Madrid is on that road too. Those two wanted the ESL to clear their debt, so who knows what happens with them now.

    Here are the clubs who have debt that this Super League could have helped.


    Spurs - Let's be clear, Tottenham were lucky to even be involved, they are not a big club in European football. However, the league was clearly built on the top 15 clubs in terms of current value... Spurs are in that group. Tottenham's new stadium is a sump on them because fans are not in it and they have yet to sell naming rights.


    Real Madrid - This is a tricky one because Madrid has spent much of its recent history in debt, but it's often nonesense. I am not sure how deep into the sport people are here, but Real Madrid is known for always getting bailed out by the Spanish government, often in creative ways. The most famous example is the club selling its training ground to the government for a massive inflated price. The problem for the club is COVID increased the debt, while the pandemic alongside stircter financial rules in football and Spain's poor economy means the government cannot help. I personally think the government will step in eventually because Real Madrid is a thing of prestige for them.


    Barcelona - These are in real trouble, a billion in debt and with no- way out. I think they still owe hundreds of millions in transfer fees for players who have been there years (Coutinho, Dembele, etc.) and have largely failed. What happens with Barca now is anyone's guess.


    Italian clubs - I will group these together because they are in largely the same situation. AC Milan is slightly different because its debt is held on purpose for the American owners to take out dividends. Inter are being harmed by Chinese owners and new rules in China preventing spending on football. Juventus have been hit by COVID. All also have to contend with the lack of interest in Serie A, which means a lack of lucrative TV rights and low gates when fans can return. These clubs are in trouble, especially Inter Milan because they spend big two summers ago.


    Chelsea and City - These clubs are not in debt simply because they have billionaire owners. Football fans have long prayed Abramovich would leave Chelsea, but always ignore that he has expressly said he will never leave the club in debt. He will pay off whatever debt the club has if he ever leaves. Also, the current debt is from transfers, I believe, which he writes off at the end of every season. Manchester City is in a similar situation with it's Middle Eastern owners, who have invested heavily into the club and Manchester to be fair. I don't know about their specific debt but I do know it will be written off by the owners.


    Manchester United - United is unique in the football world because it's debt is not real. In fact, it is real but it is being held on purpose. United has been in debt since the Glazier family bought the club. Instead of paying the debt, the family takes out dividends. Manchester United is a money-making machine and could have paid that debt 5 times over during the Glazier's tenure. The owners choose not to do it to line their pockets. They pay the minimm debt repayment each year, admittedly spend on the team, and pocket the rest. United is perhaps the most self-sufficient sporting brand in the world if it was allowed to be.


    Liverpool and Arsenal - Both these follow a similar path to United and the debt is kept on purpose so the owners can line their pockets.


    Real Madrid has said the motive behind it joining the league was revenue and clearing debt, I would think Barca and the Italian clubs the same. But on the whole, this was not about debt but about ensuring that the money would be locked forever. They weren't going to pay the debt and then end the league. The American owners of the UK clubs wanted to create an NFL/NBA type league which guaranteed they would always get the top revenue. Chelsea and Man City it seems joined simply because they didn't want to be shut out of competing against the top clubs and the reason they pulled out so quickly is because they don't really care about the money involved.

    Man City have yet to confirm, or Chelsea, but it looks like them two along with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are looking for legal loopholes to pull out.


    Apparently Manchester United's players are less than happy and chief executive Clive Woodward has now resigned. This is something United fans have wanted for years.


    There has been an utter rejection from all angles of this league, it is not going to happen. I guess Man City and Chelsea will drop out first because they are the only clubs not really in this league for the money. The rest will all follow. Considering Real Madrid's president is also the president of the ESL, I suspect the club was the driving force behind this. Expect all the English clubs to leave within a couple of days and the league to collapse within a week.


    What's interesting is how poorly they judged the mood of the people. Amazingly poor PR and market research.


    Another thing that's happening is people are conflating the actions of individuals with those of the clubs. Unfortnately, it is not the clubs but the people that own them. And, it also has not much to do with debt. The Glazier family, for example has purposely kept Manchester United in debt for 15 years. Instead of paying off that debt, all revenue United takes (it's a lot) goes to the running of the club and then mostly to the Glazier family. They have been using the club as a cash cow. They have no interest in paying the debts.


    These clubs have now been tarnished for the greedy actions of a few, who thought they could close the doors of the world's most popular sport and have their own little play thing where money would pile up for them each year. Amazing hubris.