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Who Said B*****d Isn't A Rude Word In England?
Posted 04 September 2003 - 07:32 PM
Posted 04 September 2003 - 08:08 PM
Posted 04 September 2003 - 09:12 PM
Ya can take our 'ARRRSOOOLE' but you'll never take our........... 'Football'
Posted 04 September 2003 - 09:48 PM
When I was a kid, I worked for a couple of guys from Naples, and we used to watch the NY Cosmos (Pele's team right before he retired) on TV, so that was my first experience with football. That other stuff they play in this country never interested me, so I didn't have a problem with giving its name to a different game.
But I did have to come up with something to call it, since I already confuse enough people when I talk about football. I tried "American Football," but that's boring. So I found an old sketch by Ernie Kovacs in which he refers to the game as "feetsball."
So, that's how it worked out for me. FIFA and the World Cup present football, and the NFL play feetsball. Simple.
Posted 05 September 2003 - 05:38 AM
Posted 07 September 2003 - 02:17 PM
Do they still call it 'sarcker'
Just in case you might be interested, Arsenal FC play the classiest football in the English Premier league. The team has it all style, panache, skill, strength in depth, experience, passion, belief and a great set of supporters. Ive probably missed out a few other superlatives, if you need any more PM MarkyMark he knows all about them too.
I could never get my head round your 'feetsball' sooo many intervals, stop start stop start. Can you imagine football with an ad break for every throw or foul, lol, I can see the ads now, player gets fouled - cue kleenex advert.
Posted 07 September 2003 - 03:05 PM
But, with the radio, it's not so intrusive-- they've made them into colorful traditions right along with all the other baseball traditions, and the announcers are the same two guys who announce every game the Yankees ever play, so they know more about the players than even the coaches do, and often predict what's going to happen next in the game. So, I'm not a sports fan, and not a baseball fan, but i do like listening to the Yankees radio broadcasts with my mom. Mostly because she gets excited and screeches a lot.
There are ways to incorporate ads into things, and then there are ways... I guess you could argue that the integrated Yankees radio ads are a lot like Google's Adwords contextual text-only ads-- clearly marked but right along with what you're actually interested in.
What were we talking about?
Posted 07 September 2003 - 03:47 PM
Upto a few years back our BBC shielded us from the worst aspects of TV commercialism. As a PSB (public service broadcaster) paid for out of our taxes there wasn't any real need for commercial funding, which equates to advert free broadcasting The situation is changing, SKY SPORTS (murdoch et al) now have most of all the best Football games, but they haven't yet managed to extend their reach to how the game is played and structured.
Can you believe that we actually enjoy watching the referee marching around the pitch after a foul is commited and anticipating whether he's going to give the offender a stern telling off, a yellow card or a red, all t while the crowd is yelling and jeering as the fouled player writhes around on the floor in the hope of winning a free kick or penalty.
To replace such theatre with adverts would be a heinous crime!
Posted 07 September 2003 - 04:03 PM
Somebody once did a study of baseball, and found that in the average game of about 2.5 hours, the ball was actually in play for something like 2 minutes. That's not sport -- it's Japanese No drama.
And regarding the pronouciation of the American word for football, it varies depending on the local accent. Around here it's something like "SAW-kuh," with a huge diphthong in that first syllable.
Posted 07 September 2003 - 04:11 PM
Or is he the "money store" guy?
Posted 07 September 2003 - 04:13 PM
"Ho-ly Cow, look at those low low mortgage rates!"
Posted 07 September 2003 - 04:41 PM
If you buy a programme on match day and look on the back you can see such sponsorship as "Kahir Takeaway, the best Indian food in town" or "Spring Bank Upholstery - reclining chair specialist".
Posted 07 September 2003 - 05:38 PM
Posted 08 September 2003 - 08:11 AM
The local ads are the best, because they're so awful. Back in Rochester we would do impressions of this really awful injury lawyer-- he acted in his own commercials and was horrible and wooden and strange and never blinked. "I... may... be... an SOB... but I'm... YOUR... SOB" he would say, gesturing woodenly at the camera. Jim "The Hammer" Shapiro. You mention any of that between Syracuse and Buffalo and the other person will laugh and complete the sentence.
There was another local ad in my hometown (Troy) for a mattress company that would finish every ad by describing where they were, and adding that the next door company (I forget the name but they always said it) had RIPPED their SIGN down (and the announcer would sound indignant). Obviously a personal grudge there, and it was in every ad. (I finally read a news story on it and apparently it was all a misunderstanding, but now neither store would speak to the other, and it was in the ads for a long time.)
You just don't get those kinds of cheesy local ads around here. The local TV around NYC is just not as... quaint.
Not that I have a TV anyway... Or a radio... Hm. And mostly I read out-of-town newspapers online...
Yes, this is one of those fun rambly threads, isn't it?
Posted 08 September 2003 - 08:47 AM
The story goes something like this:
There is a brownish grey cabin deep in the woods. On the northeast corner is a large oak tree. The cobblestones for the sidewalk are octangular and covered with moss. Inside the door is a red rug and directly in the middle is a table with 4 chairs. There are only 2 windows, and only 1 has curtains. Now, what color is the bear?
Yeah, you'll read that a few times and say "what the hell....?". That's the point (or not, depending on how much coffee you've consumed this morning).
Just a thought (or a bear).
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