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Is a bit of Game Theory too much to ask?

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SFA member clubs Hearts and Partick Thistle are “incredulous” that the SFA charged them for breaking SFA member club rules. In a joint statement of 83 words, which surely indicates that Ann Budge has lost her ability to both type and dictate, the clubs do not dispute the clarity of the rules, or that they broke the rules, or that when they raised an action at the Court of Session, the Court affirmed the action was against the rules.

In going to the Court of Session, Hearts, claiming £8m and Thistle, claiming £2m, wanted next season stopped, holding the Sword of Damocles over the game, hoping to force the SPFL to cave into their demands or see a scorched earth landscape for Scottish football.

I can only assume the plan sounded plausible when it was hatched by Hearts chief exec Budge and Thistle’s Jacqui Low, but before embarking on any action, you should always run through all options available to the other side, not just the fanciful ones you hope will happen.  Is a bit of Game Theory too much to ask?

The plan was brutally flawed from the off.  Had they read the rules, they could have gone straight to SFA arbitration, instead of incurring an unnecessary threat of expulsion from the SFA on the road to SFA arbitration.

Today, they complain about “escalating legal costs”.  If only they had spent money earlier on a lawyer, asking for advice on how to proceed within the rules.  Hearts and Partick Thistle were relegated for two reasons: Covid-19 ended Scottish football early and both clubs were outclassed on the field by every other team in their division, many of whom did so on a fraction of their resources.

They are possibly the two worst run clubs in Scottish football, and given some of the competition, that’s an incredible achievement.  This fiasco was an unnecessary self-inflicted wound.  It shows a lack of insight, poor forward planning, insufficient experience of the industry and a failure to take appropriate advice; features that are common in failing organisations.  All the polite media coverage of these two clubs has done them no good, it just emboldens them to ever-more dangerous positions.  It is easy and the popular thing to sound like a fan and act without consideration of the consequences, but when you are in charge, if you don’t run every scenario before acting, I can guarantee you will lead your club into turmoil.  The Budge and Low legacies will not be the fawning retrospectives you have heard until this point.

In taking their action, Hearts and Partick threatened the viability of the entire Scottish game.  Sanctions should be appropriate: suspend them from the League for one season.  I would let them continue in the Scottish Cup, four years on, Hibs fans deserve another fun day at Hampden.

And I’ve not even started on Jim Jefferies’ new position at Hearts, as they postpone the search for a sporting director.  A recent heart attack survivor who was sacked by Hearts nine years ago and went on to manage Dunfermline to two consecutive relegations, clearly demonstrates Ann Budge knows what she is doing.

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  1. I told this Nurse about the new pills that Ive been taking for the last 10 Days, and the side effects… and she is going to call me back tomorrow once she has spoken to a Doctor to discuss changing her rota so she can go out on a date with me.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    Fixed it for you, you old suaver you!!!

     

     

    😉💚🍀💚🍀

  2. The new five substitutes rule from next season.

     

     

    Think this is a good thing and the chance for fans to see young development players getting a run out with the broadening of the bench giving more choice for the manager in how he makes changes in a game, instead of just taking off tired or underperforming players.

     

     

    Change is good?

  3. Has the five substitutes option for the upcoming season allowed by UEFA rules been adopted by the SPFL ?

     

     

    If so, that would surely favour us and be of some help in our normal, hectic playing schedule.

  4. The “5 subs” change has this caveat ..

     

    “The decision on whether to apply this temporary amendment remains at the discretion of each competition organiser.

     

    So the SFA decide for the Scottish Cup and SPFL for League and League Cup

  5. Got sent a video of wee ten thirty being interviewed and telling the guy a story, unfortunately not you tube or twitter so can’t share but will do my best to relate the story. After a lot of sectarian unrest the police got the Bishop and Head of the orange order in and says we have to learn to live together better than this so a social night with a quiz is arranged at a local big hall and big a John neither a church goer or member of the orange order is appointed Quizmaster.

     

    On the night with the teams selected the quiz begins . Big John Question 1 Who we’re the first British team to win the European cup. Catholic team 1st on buzzer Glasgow Celtic. Correct said big John Question 2 who were the first team in Britain to win 9 in a row again Catholic team Glasgow Celtic, Correct . At this point the head of the orange order complains Mr Quizmaster these Questions are biased towards the other side, Big John says just wait the next Question should suit your side . Question 3 who scored the Rangers goal Orange order buzz in saying what game impatiently, Big John The league cup final 1957 when Celtic beat the Rangers 7-1, Get it up yease ya orange B———s🤣. You can imagine wee Bertie telling that HH

  6. Best rule change they could make is 30 or 35mins each way ball in play – an end to time wasting and refs deciding how long to add

  7. Number of Substitutions – Temporary amendment to Law 3.2 –

     

    Competition organisers have the option of applying either or both of the following:

     

    o During the match, each team:

     

    o may use a maximum of five substitutes

     

    o has a maximum of three substitution opportunities*

     

    o may additionally make substitutions at half-time

     

    o Where extra time is played, each team:

     

    o may use an additional substitute (whether or not the team has used its maximum number of substitutes)

     

    o has one additional substitution opportunity (whether or not the team has used its maximum number of substitution opportunities)

     

    o may additionally make substitutions:

     

    o in the period before the start of extra time

     

    o at half-time in extra time

     

    If a team has not used its maximum number of substitutes or substitution opportunities, the unused substitutions and opportunities may be used in extra time.

     

    *Where both teams make a substitution at the same time, this will count as a used substitution opportunity for each team.

  8. TAKING ” The Knee”

     

    if you wish to or not is fine by me. However , I was always brought up to think for myself, no matter what and not be led into doing something because everyone else was doing it. I call it “The Sheep Mentality” and I certainly am not a sheep.

     

    There are so many examples of this type of mentality these days, clapping for the NHS etc, very embarrassing although the more than anyone deserve accolades. Then there is the blight of social media, pathetic herd of sheep.

     

    Nuff said

     

     

    KINGLuBO

  9. BBC dragging out Ronald de Boer on choosing the Huns over manure – that’ll be £1.2m EBT.

     

     

    Simples

  10. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    Hi Paul (I know he never answers but he wrote the article)

     

     

    Sanctions should be appropriate: suspend them from the League for one season.

     

     

    Great idea, for Hearts, but not for Thistle, possibly would be the death of Thistle if that happened.

     

     

    Unlikely they would have the resources to come back as The Partick Thistle.

  11. The SFA are big and brave with Hearts and thistle not so the big bad newco who gets away with everything and anything.

  12. So Southhampton manager saying they will wait until end of season ( another 11 day’s) before looking at transfer options. Also suggestion that they want £6m for the stopper (we sold him to them for £10m 6 years ago) and he’s on something like £90k a week.

     

    Would love him back permanently but not so straight forward it seems.

  13. KINGLUBO on 15TH JULY 2020 4:24 PM

     

     

    TAKING ” The Knee”

     

     

    if you wish to or not is fine by me. However , I was always brought up to think for myself, no matter what and not be led into doing something because everyone else was doing it. I call it “The Sheep Mentality” and I certainly am not a sheep.

     

     

    There are so many examples of this type of mentality these days, clapping for the NHS etc, very embarrassing although the more than anyone deserve accolades. Then there is the blight of social media, pathetic herd of sheep.

     

     

    Nuff said

     

     

    KINGLuBO

     

     

    Tell me, what part of not being a sheep and thinking for yourself made you vote for Brexit and Farrage?

  14. JAMESGANG on 15TH JULY 2020 3:56 PM

     

    ….Thanks mate…those Nurses are just insatiable…they cant help themselves once I give the auld Glesga patter !

     

    LOL

     

    HH

  15. I don’t know what truth there is in the story about big Fraser, but I’m sure I read somewhere that Chelsea were keeping an eye on him but apparently this has cooled in favour of a Spanish G/K . Maybe, just maybe, big fraser was holding out for the chance of going to Chelsea, just maybe.

     

     

    KINGLuBO

  16. I like the 5 substitute rule. If we have a game done & dusted, it will give us more opportunity to give the fringe players game time,

     

    Apart from benefiting the likes of Karamoko & Luca, it will make the viewing experience more enjoyable.

     

    Nothing I love more than seeing an Academy player coming on & doing well.

  17. FRANKTERRY

     

     

    There you go, proving my point exacltly. What makes you think that, you are of course way off the mark but carry on with the rest of the herd.

     

    KINGLuBO

  18. The expression Taking the Knee annoys me,

     

    I person goes down on one knee or kneels down.

     

    They don’t take anything.

     

    I understand the reason for going down on one knee, but when in your seventies , sometimes it’s not the cleverest thing to do, unless there is someone around to give you a hand getting up.

     

    Having said that a bozo out in the Golf Club who is in his eighties was telling me he does 25 press ups every morning.

     

    I said that would kill me but he said just start with 3 for 3 days then add one & do 4 for 3 days & so on.

     

    I’m currently on 7 twice a day, when I get to 25, I’ll try this kneeling lark.

  19. KINGLUBO on 15TH JULY 2020 4:50 PM

     

     

    I thought you had previously posted in support of Farage? If I’m wrong then I unreservedly apologise.

     

     

    Out of interest, why do you think taking the knee is following the herd as opposed to wanting to show solidarity with the oppressed? And why is not taking the knee is not just following a different (Trump/Farage led) herd?

  20. On the second day at Bannockburn Robert the Bruce’s Army kneeled before the Normans.

     

    They weren’t saluting, weren’t surrendering either

     

    They were praying….

  21. I’ve been taking the knee most of my life. Presently interrupted by Covid-19. 😉

     

     

    genuflect

     

    /ˈdʒɛnjʊflɛkt/

     

    verb: genuflect; 3rd person present: genuflects; past tense: genuflected; past participle: genuflected; gerund or present participle: genuflecting

     

     

    lower one’s body briefly by bending one knee to the ground, typically in worship or as a sign of respect.

     

     

    show deference or servility.

     

     

    “politicians had to genuflect to the far left to advance their careers”

     

    Origin

     

     

    mid 17th century (in the sense ‘bend (the knee’)): from ecclesiastical Latin genuflectere, from Latin genu ‘knee’ + flectere ‘to bend’.

  22. !!Bada Bing!! on

    This is from Paul The Tim on Twitter.

     

    Signed up there for premier sports there use the code SALE for 50% discount.

     

    Option comes up before you put your card details in.

  23. Watching Bristol city v Stoke – it’s using my son-in-law’s virtual season ticket – but includes away games as well. It’s sky pictures and BBC radio Stoke commentary.

  24. So the SPFL are considering altering the rules for loan players this season.

     

    As it stands, Premiership sides are only allowed to loan out one player to a league rival and two players to a team in the lower leagues, at any one time.

     

    But league chiefs are now considering doubling those numbers due to the implications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on reserve sides.

     

    That means Celtic could loan out two of their players to another Premiership side or as much as four to a team in the lower tier, at the same time.

     

    Now imagine if we loaned 4 players to Gordon Strachan’s Dundee who would be playing against Mini Huns ?

  25. GENE on 15TH JULY 2020 5:44 PM

     

    Watching Bristol city v Stoke – it’s using my son-in-law’s virtual season ticket – but includes away games as well. It’s sky pictures and BBC radio Stoke commentary.

     

    _______

     

    How do you use it, via the web?

  26. Through the browser on the TV – he’s got a log-on routine to Access the game via the Stoke city website.

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