To my son's quote about "travelling 3,500 miles plus for a meaningless friendly, to watch a team with half the squad missing” could now be added "to see a rather boring goalless draw", for that was the final score after 90 minutes. Mercifully we were spared the nonsense of having a penalty shoot-out to determine a pre-season friendly winner, for the match itself was frankly awful, although the occasion as a whole was memorable. Yours truly got to meet the finest club chairman in football (Steve Parish lest you not know) and the pre and post game meet-ups were more fun than I had anticipated. Palace ended their tour of North America unbeaten but pre-season results are not important with LiveScore apparently not sure who Koln, Alemannia Aachen, Malaga and Marseille were actually playing this weekend:
If the Britons who powered Brexit to victory were Americans, they'd look a lot like Donald Trump voters.
Both camps are fueled by older, working-class whites spurred by nationalism and nostalgia for a bygone era. Their economic prospects have diminished in an era of globalization, and they feel that immigration is damaging their pocketbooks and their cultural identity. And they think the elites aren't listening.
"They're frighteningly close," said Mary Nugent, a doctoral candidate who teaches U.K. politics at Rutgers University. "The demographic breakdown is also similar in that overwhelmingly lower-educated and lower-income people voted for Brexit. That's true of Trump supporters as well. It's an expression of disaffected, mostly white voters and an expression of the feeling of not being heard."Scary times when Trump is considered to have about the same chance of becoming the next US President as Middlesbrough do of being relegated.
In other news, Geoff has finally been sent the long-promised document containing a number of the systems I mention in this blog from time to time, and in plenty of time for the Bundeslayga systems which start on 5th August as well as the post-season MLB coming ever closer. I didn't include the Lay Last Loser system as I have only followed this for one season, but I'll report back on how this performed in 2016-17 later.
A rather bizarre push occurred this weekend in my MLB Home Improvement system when the Chicago White Sox were a selection versus the Detroit Tigers. Unfortunately, the listed starting pitcher Chris Sale appears to have had something of a tantrum pre-game over wearing throwback jerseys, and was suspended and replaced, thus voiding my bets. The second selection of the weekend (Toronto Blue Jays) fared better as they won both on the money line and run line.