Thursday, September 26, 2013

Derby Days Are Here Again

We're once again joined by FOG:TB Ryan, who offers his thoughts on derbies, scrumpy, and Rutgers football. As our editorial calendar is somewhat loose, and our editors somewhat absent-minded, please ignore the fact that this should've been posted last Friday. Pretend you're living in the past. For some, this won't be difficult.

Allo mate! Just when you hoped to forget about the Premier League, surprise, surprise, it’s back like a McRib with herpes. After my last post, I encouraged you to pick a team. I listed 6 ‘contenders’ to choose from and Fulham for you sociopaths.

You may be surprised to learn that the 6 contenders all occupy the top 6 spots and Fulham does not but you shouldn’t be. This may change in the near future but it won’t; the Premier League is as predictable as a man on Molly’s infatuation with a double rainbow.

As Manchester United play Manchester City this Sunday, today’s installation will focus on what Brits refer to as a derby. Firstly, it’s pronounced ‘darby’, and second, potato chips are called ‘crisps’ over there.  Does America do derbies? Yes, do they mean much? Not really. Does anyone really get that fired up for Mets-Yankees or Giants-Jets? Would a Giants fan beat up a Jets fans dog and slight it for being a ‘Fenian bastard’?  Actually, maybe.

British derbies take many forms; they can be based on location or direction (London derby (any London team), North London derby (Spurs-Arsenal), West London derby (Chelsea vs. Fulham vs. QPR). They can be based on a single river (Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton) or even two rivers (Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle and Sunderland). Of course the best are based on politics and/or religion. Much like Stateside, this is when people who know very little about either come out in droves to deliver plates of rhetoric with sides of casual violence, well-fortified by Miller Lite or Scrumpy Jack.

The best part of a derby is the tribalism that ensues pre and post game. British hooliganism is dead for the most part but if you’re a fan of the occasional flare-up these are the fixtures to see in the flesh. A man is on trial this month for punching a police horse in last April’s Tyne-Wear derby. A dog in Glasgow dressed in Celtic’s kit was kicked and accused of being a ‘Fenian bastard’ by a couple of Rangers fans.  Occasionally, these enthusiasts even attack things capable of hitting them back.

Unfortunately the greatest British derby, Glasgow’s Rangers and Celtic (the Old Firm) has gone the way of Dave’s hair. You could always count on brogue and burr-inflected sectarian violence when these two Glasgow teams met.  Sixty-six people were crushed to death in 1971 inside Ibrox stadium, Glasgow police note 10-fold increases of violence and domestic abuse cases double. It made it even better that these two teams were the only ones to win Scottish Premier League title since 1985 although this is hardly a ringing endorsement for SPL soccer.  However, Rangers FC went into administration in 2012 and as a result was demoted to a lower division so SPL is now a one-team league. Fortunately, Rangers will be back if they get promoted and Dave’s crowning glory can be restored much like Wayne Rooney’s over the past year.

So don’t forget this Sunday is derby day, embrace your inner Mancunian self. Are you for United or City? Red or blue? It matters not, drink some scrumpy and down some crisps, this will likely be another 2 hour, 0-0 draw. (Editor's note: It was not.)

Also, Rutgers to beat Hogs in closely contested non-derby on the banks of the Old Raritan this Saturday.  (Editor's note: They did.) Paul James to run all over Hogs who made the mistake of eating Fat Koko’s at greasetrucks the night before.  Don’t tell me you aren’t dreaming of a little Jersey gourmet fare as well right now:


Ooh rah ooh rah Rutgers rah!

24 comments:

Danimal said...

go fulham insert rest of team name here!

rob said...

cottagers! or, as they're sometimes called, whites!

fulham are my side. my boring, offensively-challenged, barely gonna squeak ahead of relegation side.

zman said...

Ryan and anyone else who enjoyed this should read Skagboys.

Mark said...

Hey Ryan! Please take Greg Schiano back.

Jerry said...

College football is the only thing here that really has darbys.

Mark said...

Are the Braves the worst collection of 'unwritten rules of baseball' type guys ever? It feels that way to me. They're mad at somebody for showing them up nearly every week. Get over it.

Jerry said...

Hey you watched the ball you just hit fly through the air! I'm going to kill you!!!

Ahh...baseball

rob said...

'a mcrib with herpes'

they make them without?

mayhugh said...

I would put the Cards high on that list as well.

rob said...

don't get clarence started on the braves.

or, on second thought, do get clarence started on the braves. that slacker hasn't posted anything other than a boxscore pun in years.

e3c3fa3e-26cd-11e3-9f3c-000bcdcb5194 said...

Never heard of skagboys, thanks. Also, thanks for ruining the words 'fruit punch' for me and my kids for the rest of my life. Take back, Greg Schiano, take back Joe Piscopo. You're jamming me . . .

Ryan Lecky said...

Damnit, can't even figure out how to post on blogger with a cool pseudonym like rob. Fake AIM account doesn't work either apparently. Thanks Google bitches.

Danimal said...

a couple of weeks ago it was Mrs. Furyk at the deli. today....Mr. himself! i was very pleased and am proud of him for not donning the 5-Hour energy hat. look for him tonight on TMZ

rob said...

my sister rubbed shoulders with him last night at some shindig at sawgrass. or, more accurately, she rubbed her shoulder against his hip. she's a wee one.

Danimal said...

very well. probably a web.com soiree?
might head over there on sat to watch them play for their tour cards.

Mark said...

It seems Scott Van Pelt agrees with me. He's spent a good portion of today's show calling out the Braves. They've been in three dust ups since August over these unwritten rules. Shut up, Braves.

Jerry said...

http://www.sporcle.com/games/zaphenath/athlete-yearbook-photos

This is great -- quiz on 50 athlete HS yearbook pictures.

Danimal said...

38/50
love me the dan marino pic. cool motherfucker.

mayhugh said...

Dan Marino looks like Sideshow Bob.

rob said...

46/50 - one of the misses was turrible.

Squeaky said...

For all you LHC fans. Google Street View of the site.

https://www.google.com/maps/views/streetview/cern?gl=us

zman said...

The color scheme is surprisingly Playskool.

zman said...

Proof that God exists: Alfa Romeo will import the 4C to the US next spring.

T.J. said...

Hi Gheorghies (just got back from Vegas)