Opinion

Living in a socially distant world without FPL

It is hard to believe we have endured only three weeks without Fantasy Premier League in our lives.

Leicester’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday, March 9 feels like forever ago, the last remnants of a forgotten world we once knew.

Since then, football across the continent has come to a standstill and our favourite past-time has been put on hold.

Amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus, most of us have been confined to our homes, and without FPL, there is not too much to fill our spare time with.

The last few weekends have been surreal, to say the least. Days which should have been adrenaline-filled football marathons were flat and uneventful.

Defensive returns continue for Burnley as Ritchie plays out-of-position

I’d give anything for a 0-0 between Newcastle and Burnley on a Saturday afternoon right now. It goes without saying that Iā€™d take six-goal thriller with huge hauls for my players but Iā€™d even take a bad FPL Gameweek if you offered it to me right now.

Even though the 3pm matches have not been kind to me this season, I still miss that bitter feeling of disappointment and injustice when all my clean sheets are wiped out and everybody else blanks. I miss feeling like the world owes me something because of my poor FPL decisions. Anything would be better than feeling nothing on a Saturday afternoon.

Honestly, I still cannot work out what people who don’t like sports do with their Saturdays. What is that day for, if not for Callum Wilson inexplicably wiping out your clean sheet at 4:45 pm?

It’s actually got to the point when I don’t even know when Saturdays are anymore. Just like the Christmas holidays, the days have blended into one continuous stream of consciousness, minus the endless supply of food, booze and football. It’s Christmas without all the good bits, basically.

I’ve tried my best to fill the void with Football Manager, FIFA, rewatching my DVD of Germany 1-5 England again and again, but it’s not quite the same. They’ll do for now, though.

I must say that I have been using this opportunity to give myself a little breather from the football where possible though.

I appreciate the dynamic is slightly different for those of us at FFS. FPL is still out favourite hobby but a bit of time off work is always welcome in moderation. So, if I do get a chance to switch off from the football, perhaps in an international break, I usually take it – if nothing else to preserve my love of football. Distance makes the heart grow stronger, after all.

My children have been doing a good job of making sure I get that breather from football, although they don’t realise they’re doing it!

Now that the country’s schools and pre-schools are closed, my wife and I are having to balance two very high-maintenance girls, aged three and two, with our lives in self-isolation. If you remember the way Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane used to interact on the football pitch, and the mass brawls they sparked, my children are like that but with more projectile pizza.

Unfortunately, I and the rest of the FFS team do not count as key workers so we’re stuck with the kids for the duration. Maybe if Boris Johnson were to get into FPL that might change. We’ll have to see.

It does mean I’m probably slightly less bored than I would have been if I didn’t have children, and I’m sure there are plenty of readers out there who feel the same right now!

Either way, I’ve still had to kill some time in the evenings.

I recently discovered that my wife had never seen Ocean’s Eleven so, once I’d overcome my shock, I sat her down in front of the whole trilogy. Nothing comes for free, of course, so I was subjected to the Pitch Perfect films as recompense. The first one is entertaining enough, but the second and third are nothing short of absolute trash. Bring back Adam DeVine!

Outside of this tactical game of Netflix tennis with the Mrs, I’ve been catching up on my reading and a spot of fiction writing. I had actually made a New Year’s resolution to get through the backlog of books I’d purchased/borrowed/picked up in the stalls at National Trust properties so I’ve got plenty of stock in-house.

If there’s anyone out there stuck for a book to read right now, I’ve included the ones I’ve finished so far in 2020 below. As some of you may know, I’m a bit of a science fiction enthusiast, so apologies if nothing from my recommendations sounds interesting enough!

  • ‘Carrie’ by Stephen King
  • ‘1984’ by George Orwell (re-read)
  • ‘Flashforward’ by Robert J. Sawyer
  • ‘Children of Time’ by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • ‘Space: 1999 – The Final Revolution’ by William Latham
  • ‘Military Intelligence Blunders’ by Colonel John Hughes-Wilson
  • ‘The Martian’ by Andy Weir
  • ‘The Neutronium Alchemist’ by Peter F. Hamilton (currently re-reading)

If you have any book recommendations you think we would like, let the us and the community know in the comments section. Alternatively, if you’ve ever enjoyed any of the books mentioned above, get in touch too.

I’m also interested to hear what you are all doing generally, especially as you adapt to life in the world of social distancing. How are you filling the football void and have you taken up any new hobbies?

I’d like to finish by thanking those of you who have stuck with us despite the complete lack of real football going on at the moment – we appreciate your support!

It has been a strange time for FFS recently but having our core readers stick with us is great to see.

We’re currently running a World Cup of FPL so make sure you’re casting your votes and having your say in the comments section, and there’s plenty of YouTube content both already on our channel and in the production pipeline.

179 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Hy liverpool
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Breaking bad
    The Wire

    Which one is better ?

    1. Devo-McDuff
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      The Wire, not remotely close.

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I found breaking bad easier to watch if I’m being honest

      Loved S1 of the wire but it was a bit of a slog to get through the other series at times

      Whereas breaking bad was pretty consistent throughout

      Haven’t watched either in years mind you so might be different now, not sure which has agree better

      The Sopranos was the greatest TV show in history anyways

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        *aged better

    3. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      The Wire.

      BB is amazing and is my #2, but at the end of the day, it's just about how Mr. Chips becomes Scarface. The Wire is about so much more and more realistic.

    4. Brimble82
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      First thing I did was to watch BB.
      I hadn't watched BB or The Wire before, and they were both top of my list.
      I devoured BB and enjoyed it so much that I went straight onto El Camino and am now midway through S4 of BCS.
      BB is obvs a little dates with phone tech and police surveillance, but still an awesome watch.

      The Wire is next up though.

    5. DavidMunday815
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I can understand why people prefer Breaking Bad as it’s probably more entertaining but I can’t look past the Wire. It’s a modern day Dickensian masterpiece. Nothing quite like it.

    6. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Both are awesome. The Wire is better.

    7. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Breaking bad is the best of all time

      Wire 2nd

    8. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Both equally the same for me, so both aint a waste of time. If you want something different like a mini series. Chernobyl is the one.

      Although I am just waiting calmly for Fargo on Netflix this month šŸ™‚

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Fargo was brilliant - all three series of it - I was taken by suprise by how much I enjoyed each of them

        Chernobyl was very enjoyable also

        The Leftovers by Damon Lindelof is one of GOATs - hard to separate it & The Sopranos, albeit they're different shows from different times

        1. Hakim Ziyech
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          I absolutely agree. I deeply love Fargo šŸ˜† & how every season is different from the other. Heard alot about The Sopranos & one I would like to see soon, great appraisals too.

          The Leftovers is now on my wishlist šŸ™‚ along with SneakyPete

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            The bar scene with Hanzee in Season 2!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_pXo4n3PHs

    9. la boneza
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Both amazing.

      Ozark isn't far behind now after Season3 if anyone hasn't bitten into it yet...

    10. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Breaking Bad a more exciting first watch through.

      The Wire has much higher rewatchability though which for me is a sign that its a better series that doesnt rely as much on twists and cliff hangers.

      Both are great though, so just watch both and enjoy two great series.

    11. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Scandal. I have had series 1 of the Wire in my cupboard for ages and haven't yet watched because my wife hasn't shown interest. I know many of you would tell me to get rid - but this is what you get for marrying someone hotter than you šŸ™‚

      1. Jonny HOW SON?
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Get rid šŸ˜›

    12. WALOR
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Can't believe how off-base this discussion is - "Chuck" is the best series by far.

    13. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Breaking Bad for me.

      I just couldn't get into The Wire, even though I gave it 2 or 3 seasons before putting it down and not going back.

      Breaking Bad one of my favourite ever TV shows.

    14. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Both are too long for my liking.

    15. Brimble82
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      The Wire has gone from Netflix!?!?!!
      What the...

      1. Brimble82
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Panic over it's on Sky!
        Phew.

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Viva TV. Plenty of movie and TV streams and downloads but you need to do a bit of searching. Need good AV too. Found Maradona doc on it. Highly recommended.

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Hasnt it always been on HBO?

        1. Brimble82
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Yup

    16. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Cheers all for the feedback and suggesstions!

    17. CARROW ROAD
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Tough one! Breaking bad for me

    18. CARROW ROAD
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      If you like the wire then check out the shield (currently on All 4 - available via Sky)

    19. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Breaking Bad by miles

    20. AnyLaporteinastorm
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Wire all day

    21. onceuponatyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Breaking Bad.

      The Wire is phenomenal too, but season 5 is such a drop off in quality to the previous four, where as BB is so consistently excellent.

    22. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 hours ago

      It amazes me that so few fans of The Wire have watched Treme. Not quite as good as The Wire, sure, but easily in my top 5 shows of all time

  2. Annie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Was this intentional?

    “I’m giving myself a bit of a breather from football where possible
    I must say that I have been using this opportunity to give myself a little breather from the football where possible though.”

    1. DavidMunday815
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Sort of yes! The above text is the caption attached to the photo but in some browsers the text is so big it looks like it’s part of the copy! I’ll probably just remove it to avoid it looking like a typo!

      1. Annie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Ah thought so, nice article btw!

        1. DavidMunday815
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    At least throughout this testing time we still have the instiution that is BBC Sport Gossip - some clinkers up there today:

    Manchester United are preparing a bid for Juventus and Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt, 20, with France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, set to leave Old Trafford and go the other way. (Star)

    The Red Devils could be forced into paying Chile striker Alexis Sanchez, 31, a £1.1m annual loyalty fee when he returns from his loan spell at Inter Milan. (Sun)

    Everton are planning huge summer bids for Real Madrid's Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30, and Juventus' Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 29. (90min.com)

    Meanwhile, the Toffees are using video conferencing service Zoom to stay in touch with team-mates and medical staff, with injured France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 30, set to talk to his surgeon on the platform. (Guardian)

    Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, 32, has defended his comments where he compared Chelsea striker and his France team-mate Olivier Giroud, 33, to a 'go kart' on an Instagram live session. (Marca)

    Arsenal are interested in Ivory Coast siblings, midfielder Hamed Traore, 20, who is on loan at Sassuolo from Empoli, and his brother Amad, 17, a winger at Atalanta. (90min.com)

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/gossip

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      So based on the last few days transfer speculation, we have the following Man Utd lineup for next season (whenever that is!)

      In:Sancho, De Ligt, Auba
      Out: Pogba, Alexis, Lingard, Pereira, Smalling, Bailly, Rojo, Jones, Ighalo

      -----------------DDG-------------------
      AWB, Maguire, De Ligt, Williams
      -----------Fred, Tommers------------
      ---------------Bruno--------------------
      --Sancho-----------------Rashford--
      ----------------Auba---------------------

      That's one more CM away from being a massive step forwards - and even at that Fred & McTominay have made a lot of progress this season, much better players now than 12 months ago

      Decent backup for most positions too:

      Romero
      Dalot, Lindelol, Axel, Shaw
      Matic, Gomes
      Martial, James, Chong
      Greenwood

      1. FPLGraham
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Yes I’m sure all other decent European clubs will just sit back and allow Man Utd to acquire De Ligt and Sancho whether they’re in the CL or not...

        Briefings to journos aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. Don’t do this to yourself!!!

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          It is "somewhat" tougue in cheek, believe me šŸ˜‰

      2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Ooh that looks nice. Auba over Martial would be some upgrade.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Auba to utd rumours still persist - he makes more sense than Kane as a signing, better player, cheaper, and will be finished sooner to allow Greenwood step up in a couple of seasons

          https://www.teamtalk.com/news/arsenal-man-utd-van-persie-repeat-huge-aubameyang-bid

    2. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      How do Everton know they will have the money for all this? Quite arrogant of them.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Ardavan Farhad Moshiri (Persian: Ų§Ų±ŲÆŁˆŲ§Ł† ŁŲ±Ł‡Ų§ŲÆ ļ»£ļŗøļ»“ļŗ®Ł‰‎; born 18 May 1955) is a British-Iranian businessman and investor who resides in Monaco.[3] Moshiri owns and has shares in numerous steel and energy companies in the UK and Russia, as well as a 77.2% stake in Everton F.C.[4]

        Net worth US$1.9 billion (Feb 2020)[2]

    3. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Come to Utd De Lit

      1. Poseidon.
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 3 days ago

        De Light

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        He's had a bad first seasons at Juve by all accounts & I think they are mad interested in Pogba so there could be both a push & a pull there

        Koulibaly & Skriniar two other good CB options

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Deutschland 83 is worth a look. Deutschland 86 not too bad but I preferred 83. Both on All 4 app, free with ads.

          I liked The Americans because I live that era. Stretches belief at times and I know no-one else that liked it so much.

          1. GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Reply fail!

  4. circusmonkey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    If I recommend books, how are you going to get hold of them?

    I recommend the game Terraforming Mars on the Steam platform, not a perfect implementation but good enough, with plenty of tactical depth.

    1. DavidMunday815
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      eBay and Kindle have been really helpful for procuring books right now! You’re not the first to recommend that game to me actually so will definitely have to check it out šŸ™‚

      1. circusmonkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        It isn't a quick game. At first try the solo game just get to grips. Ignore trying to complete in 14 generations, just get used to the cards. Then try to get on or set up 2 hour games (per person). You don't have to use all of it but there is a hard 'time out' clock, very frustrating if you're near the end. As a beginner, you'll need to read cards. Also bugs/ crashes occasionally occur, so time to rejoin is needed.

        Boardgamearena.com is getting busy, some good shorter games on there.

        I should read my Simon Jordan book that I asked for rather than playing those.

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      In Norwich we're very lucky - have a great local shop called the Book Hive and they are posting for free (so help them out if you prefer an independent retailer).
      Love the board game recommendation. I've been playing Jaws (board game version) and Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (thankfully we can play them as a 2 in our house). Both excellent in very different ways. Zatu is the place I usually buy from - again they retail out of our local area, but are quite reasonable for prices.

      1. DavidMunday815
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        That's lucky indeed. I've not come across any local shops doing that in Plymouth unfortunately. Still on the lookout though! Yeah we've been playing board games as best we can but there are limits when you only have two adults. Have played the Sherlock Holmes game in the past (I enjoyed it) but I don't own it. With no third adult, me and the wife are limited to Pandemic, Dominion and Zombicide (but she's not particularly fond of the latter!)

    3. DOG GOD IT - KEANE 15
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Have read probably 10 books so far this year, in the last 2 weeks alone 4 of them šŸ™‚

      Phule's Company (Robert Asprin) (re-read)
      Thieves of Faith (Richard Doetsch)
      McNally's Alibi (L.Sanders/V.Lardo)
      The Venetian Betrayal (Steve Berry)

      Now on my 5th book in the last 2 weeks - One Good Deed)

      Also playing online Scrabble ...

    4. Someday, Nugget!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Some local book shops are still offering a mail order service (e.g. Barnsley Book Vault) in order to pay the rent. Amazon can survive on their own for a while I am sure šŸ˜‰

      I've just ordered a stack of Asimov's Foundation books šŸ™‚ I last read them over 30 years ago, so looking forward to revisiting them.

      Note: I see Richard has already mentioned Indi book shops. Well done, sir šŸ™‚

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Great minds Chicken Man šŸ™‚
        Nice tip with Asimov.

  5. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Is it really only 3 weeks without FPL in our lives, it feels like more than three months.

    I've been doing an hours work each morning (before anybody else is out and about), then working from home for the rest of the daylight hours, before watching a couple of hours of TV in the evening. The works going to run out soon however, so I will then be climbing the walls because I can't do any of the actives I normally do, watch live sport, photography, play golf, visit/go out with friends and relatives, coast walks with friends, go on holiday etc.

    1. DavidMunday815
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      It does feel like forever doesn’t it! What have you been watching in your evenings? Sorry to hear that you’re missing out on so many activities out of the house. Got any ideas on how you’ll fill the time?

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I've got a TV entertainment pass so have been watching shows on their like NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles, Madam Secretary, The Rookie. I haven't played any computer games for years, I might get the latest version of Football Manager and give that another go to fill the time.

    2. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Feeling your pain mate, I’m furloughed from work right now so can’t do anything even if I wanted to.

      I’m not one for sitting in and watching box sets, I’m really struggling being house bound all day, I went to bed at 8pm last night just because I was so bored!

      I know people have real problems right now, but still doesn’t make it any easier.

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Sorry your struggling with boredom, I'm not surprised that so many people have signed up as NHS volunteers we need to do something to fill our days.

    3. Steve ‘O’
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I've just brought a SNES so I'm going to switch to that for some of the evenings

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I loved SNES. Mario Kart etc. Pure gameplay.

      2. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I haven't played computer games for year, so had to look up what an SNES is. Is a games console a better option for gaming than a PC these days ?

        1. andy85wsm
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Not really!

          It depends what you have. Lots of the most popular games are available across both platforms, there's very huge exclusives but there are some.

          My recommendation is play on what you feel more comfortable to play on, or the same platform your friends play on if you are into multiplayer.

          I have PS4 and a PC that can handle games but I pretty much solely game on PS4 because I just prefer controllers and most of my mates play on PS4.

          From a cost perspective though it's much cheaper to buy a console than it is to get a PC.

          1. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Thanks, I've already got the PC so I give that a try.

    4. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I've got Football Manager 2008, is the latest version of that game (2020) the best footie management game out there ?

      1. Steve ‘O’
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I used to be a massive gamer but I don’t have lots of time to play (usually) and i can’t be bothered to get owned by 12 year olds on call of duty so I’ve just gone back to old school

  6. Epic Fail āš½ 墅
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Counterfeit World (Simulacron-3) by Dan Galouye.

    Great book. Read it.

  7. MyPrettyPony
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Hope you're well, David.

    I've been finishing off King's bibliography too, with Needful Things and The Shining this week. A colleague also recommend Linwood Barclay, who I didn't think would be my style but I've enjoyed.

    Separately and obviously for the future, TopMarx was in contact and mentioned that we should organise another charity tournament when things finally return to normal, so keep me in mind to sort that in due course.

    1. DavidMunday815
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Thanks mate, hope you and the family are doing well too!

      Great to hear you've been finishing off King's work. There's just so many and they're all brilliant!

      Can't wait until we're able to do another tournament. Will definitely be in touch as soon as the world is back to normal!

  8. Scott Talent
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    An excellent book about Shin Dong - Hyuk entitled Escape from camp 14 by Blaine Harden.

    This is a true story about a guy who was born in a North Korean labour camp and remains the only person to have ever escaped from one. It examines his core values having been brought up in such an environment where survival is the only name of the game. It also tells of his extreme struggles in forging new relationships in the outside world due to his inability to trust anyone in his new life.

    Somewhat harrowing but an absolute must read to comprehend the disgusting regime which exists in North Korea.

  9. GreennRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    https://www.pdfdrive.com/category/11

    Not saying they're great books but plenty of free books in the standard version above, plenty of education topics covered too including technology.

    I liked Friday Night Lights, read before I lived in the US for a couple of years and gave me an appreciation, if not an understanding, of American Football. That's not saying the movie or TV series are good, each to their own.

    A well recommended book which disappointed was The Miracle of Castel di Sangro though that's probably because I don't read much anymore and didn't read it over a short period of time. It's about an Italian lower tier team that made it to Serie B.

    I loved Denis Bergkamp's biography Stillness and Speed. He's my favourite Premier League Player, maybe just my favourite ever player, so I'll say another case of each to their own. It's not a page turner, but a fascinating look into his insight into football, for me a man with football OCD always looking to improve and has good stories about Cruyff and the Ajax board.

  10. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    For those interested I'm doing my first lucky dip fpl game via my fpl twitter @fplrichard today.

    Basically a random gameweek from a previous season is selected and you have to back 3 of 5 players listed. The rest is explained there but it's just a bit of fun. Not much skill but 2 a week to pass the time! Feel free to join in.

  11. HamezMace
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Anyone playing fantasy championship manager 01/02?

    Share some teams?

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Didn't get the email so I guess I didn't do it in time. Pick Ian Harte and the rest is easy

  12. Nickemon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    I read quite a bit. Here are a couple of recommendations:

    • The Escape Artists by Neal Bascomb. WWI setting, true story, POW’s. Exciting and fascinating!

    • 1793 by Niklas Dag och natt. Set in 1793 (!) in Stockholm, Sweden. Murder, evil and at the same time a feeling of ”this could’ve happened!”.

    • The Boys in the boat by Daniel James Brown. True story about rowing and the Olympics 1936. Outstanding read! Highly recommended!

    1. DavidMunday815
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Thanks for the recommendations - will check them out! šŸ™‚

  13. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    The Covid19 death toll keeps increasing - it's already starting to converge on some of the most lethal & tragic causes of fatalities in the world šŸ™

    Deaths by cause January 1st - March 25th 2020:

    Abortion: 9,913,702
    Communicable Diseases: 3,252,658
    Cancer: 2,057,752
    Smoking: 1,252,504
    HIV/AIDs: 421,190
    Traffic Fatalities: 338,215
    Suicides: 268,676
    Malaria: 245,760
    Seasonal Flu: 121,812
    Childbirth: 77,443

    Covid19 - 43,725 deaths* as of 12pm today

    *Some were in Nov'19/Dec'19 but still probably close to 40,000 deaths this year

    Sourced from "Health" section on https://www.worldometers.info/

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Abortion? As in the death of the woman in the process or the unborn foetus? A bit of a weird one šŸ™‚

      For what its worth. Pro-choice here šŸ™‚

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Its actually the count of abortions: https://www.worldometers.info/abortions/

        1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Cool - sorry, I thought it was the product of those crazy pro-life campaign groups. Interesting info MBP

        2. Hot Toddy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          If that's accurate, wow, absolutely disgusting.

          1. Lev Yashin
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            No it isn't.

            1. Hot Toddy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 3 days ago

              What was the point of your response?

              1. Lev Yashin
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                That it isn't "absolutely disgusting".

                Clear now?

                1. Hot Toddy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Edgy. Suppose it is yeah. Good day.

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Malnutrition must be somewhere around the top I guess

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        2020 Year to date there is a tragic 2020 death toll of 1.9 million children under 5 (1,904,936) in the Health section summary

        I think starvation & hunger might be a big driver among those tragic deaths - it links to unicef's website: https://data.unicef.org/

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      No heart disease in there.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Stroke, Heart Disease, Pulmonary diseases & other members of the top 10 drivers of 2019 world mortatllity rates aren't measured on Worldometers health section - presumably due to sourcing issues

        But in 2019 Heart Disease killed over 9,000,000 people worldwide - so that's somewhere in the region of 2,250,000 deaths 2020 year to date

        Stroke & Pulmonary diseases were similarly tragic causes of huge amounts of fatalities, but weren't as high as heart disease

    4. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      563 more in the UK today

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        That's tragic - hopefully we can start to see some sort of slow down or stabilising in the number of cases and number of fatalities in the very short term

        Was also just re-looking at the Health section link above again & Seasonal Flu death toll now at 121,945 year to date, 132 of which in just the last two hours since the original link šŸ™

        Hopefully we can take more stringent additional economic & social actions to reduce the impacts of Covid19 so that it doesn't start to approach the death tolls of the seasonal flu

  14. Disco Stu
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Fifty(Yes, 50) million people died of the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 with 500 million catching it(!/4 of the Earth's population at the time). This is what we could possibly be looking at if we don't social distance and if they do not come up with a vaccine quicker than the usual 12 - 18 months to develop one. That will eclipse all of those numbers put together. This thing is not a joke. Of all of the things on that list only HIV/Aids, and Seasonal Flu are contagious and can be spread from human to human.

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Totally agree - we can't allow Covid19 to cause fatalities at the same rate as the seasonal flu (it has already caused nearly a third as many fatalities as seasonal flu this year)

      The Spanish Flu must also have been a terrifying time to be alive - certain sources I had seen even estimated the death toll as high as 100 million people in a year which is shocking

      Were the proportions of the world's male population being involved in World War 1 & worldwide standards of health care contributing factors on the death tolls & infection rates of that Spanish Flu pandemic?

      The American Journal of Epidemiology actually tried to do a re-assessment of the death toll & were coming up with a figure of ~17 million, which is an utterly terrifying loss of life (https://academic.oup.com/aje/article/187/12/2561/5092383)

      "Total pandemic mortality was an estimated 15 million deaths worldwide in 1918 (n = 2.5 million in 1919) after including the rates for British India and controlling for wars and the underlying mortality trend. According to our validity analysis, simulations of total number of deaths being greater than 25 million are not realistic based on the underlying mortality rates included in Human Mortality Database and in British India. Our results suggest the global death impact of the 1918 pandemic was important (n = 17.4 million) but not as severe as most frequently cited estimates."

      When we consider that Covid19 could even cause fatalities at the rate we've seen year to date from Heart Disease, Stroke, Road Deaths etc it really does highlight the seriousness

      1. Disco Stu
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        The CDC web site still contends that it was approximately 50 million deaths with 675,000 of them being from the US. The two hardest hit cities were Baltimore and Philadelphia because they refused to stop allowing public gatherings for things like parades. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1918-pandemic-h1n1.html

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          It was a hundred years ago, starting during the war. Technology and science make the world a lot smaller and , theoretically, sager. Human behaviour not svience will help to beat this virus.

          1. Disco Stu
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Yes, it was 100 years ago but did not start on the battlefield. It apparently started in Kansas(So shouldn't it be called the American Flu?). It did spread quicker because the war was going on, and yes we still hadn't even invented Penicillin yet let alone any other antibiotics, but that's no difference than not having a vaccine now because if we can't find something that can kill this virus, it's no different than back then. And we still have morons here in America who continue to think this is all just a hoax and are refusing to social distance, going to the beaches in droves, having pool parties for their kids' friends and just going to any stores that are still open to browse because they're looking for something to do. Like you said, Human behavior will determine how long this lasts or how quickly it ends, and it seems like some folks just want to bring along our extinction sooner than others

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              I think it actually got called the Spanish Flu indirectly because of World War 1?

              Apparently Spain (because of their neutrality) were one of the only countries with the national media bandwidth to actually report on it - so the world started hearing about these terrible flu deaths in Spain, even though it was impacting worldwide & Spain got stuck with the unfortunate taxonomic heritage šŸ™

              1. Disco Stu
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                From articles I've read and documentaries I've watched, I think it got named the Spanish Flu once the King and Queen of Spain both contracted it. I was trying to make a joke because our fearless leader continues to call this a Chinese Virus because that is where the current one started.

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  That's interesting - the common reasoning I had always seen cited was Spain's neutrality & the fact that the British, German, US media censored all of their reports not wanting to lose face in the war - meanwhile Spain's media were unconstrained & able to report all of the horrible details, which made the optics of the situation look much worse for Spain even though it was possibly as bad if not worse in other geographies

                  There are lots of theories about the origin - US, UK, China etc - but I'd imagine the rat-infested, sanitarily-nightmarish trenches of World War 1 must have provided a tragic accelerant, (if not outright origin) for that particular strain of H1N1

        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          50 million is a shocking number - even higher mortality estimates (some as high as 100 - one hundred - million) are also put forward by other parties beyond the American Journal of Epidemiology's 17 million estimate & CDC's 50 million estimate - the sheer quantity of people whose immune systems had been battered into submission by the toll of a Global World War 1, combined with the worldwide healthcare standards of 100 years ago created an extremely lethal situation

          It's why its important to take as many additional economic & social measures as possible to prevent Covid19 causing as many deaths as Seasonal flu has caused this year, or any of the other tragic causes of world mortality rates

          1. Klaren
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            50 million estimate would suggest a mortality rate of over 0.6% which is likely a significant overestimation based on available statistical epidemiology data. The issue is most of the reports written by sole epidemiology experts are focused on the higher end of estimates and therefore overestimates the confirmed cases as a basis of % rate of infection.

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Yeah The American Journal of Epidemiology actually tried to do a re-assessment of the death toll & were coming up with a figure of ~17 million, which is an utterly terrifying loss of life (https://academic.oup.com/aje/article/187/12/2561/5092383)

              "Total pandemic mortality was an estimated 15 million deaths worldwide in 1918 (n = 2.5 million in 1919) after including the rates for British India and controlling for wars and the underlying mortality trend. According to our validity analysis, simulations of total number of deaths being greater than 25 million are not realistic based on the underlying mortality rates included in Human Mortality Database and in British India. Our results suggest the global death impact of the 1918 pandemic was important (n = 17.4 million) but not as severe as most frequently cited estimates."

    2. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Yes. 50 million people is well under 1% of todays world population, I don't think Coronavirus deaths will get anywhere near that but it's not inconceivable that figure could be reached if a vaccine is non found.

  15. Euro Raiders
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Anyone who has Xbox 360 with Kinect and sports game with Gold Live we often play Table Tennis online between 5-7pm most days. Good fun and we could do with a few more players. Could easily spread the hours wider with more players? Anyone?

  16. GreennRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52087002

    Fastcar makers help in battle against COVID.

    1. DavidMunday815
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      This has been one of my favourite stories to come out of these challenging times. Hopefully it can make a big difference!

  17. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Guys urgent

    player Who played under jose ,pep arsene simeone sarri conte??

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Cesc?

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Fabregas

      1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Simeone??

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          April 1st

        2. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Costa was my first guess but Pep and Wengef doesn't fit. An old Monaco player somehow.

    3. kidzac
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Closest that comes to mind is alexis sanchez

    4. Gnu Scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      What was the answer?

      A toughy, a good few names but none ticking all the boxes.

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Who the F played for both Arsenal & Atletico between 2011 (Simeone start) & 2018 (Wenger finish)

      And also managed to play for:

      Pep at either Bayern, Barca, Man City
      Sarri at either Napoli, Chelsea, Juve
      Jose at either Madrid, Chelsea, United or even Porto/Inter I suppose
      Conte at Juve/Chelsea

      Cesc ticks nearly all the boxes

      This is an actual April fool isn't it šŸ™‚

      1. FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Fred Fuchs Fanny

      2. STHH
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        You could look at it a different way. It's someone who played for Arsenal any time from 1997 to 2018 and anyone who played for Atletico in the last 9 years.

    6. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Closest I can get is Sanchez.

      Jose at United
      Pep at Barca
      Arsene at Arsenal
      Simeone at River Plate
      Conte at Inter

      Don't think he played under Sarri. Infuriating me that I'm so close...

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Ah someone already said him. Oops!

  18. wagner is king
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    what team should we be looking to make with these free transfers everyweek?

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I'm happy to go with two Pool so am working towards

      Pope, McCarthy
      TTA, AWB, Soy, Boly, Egan
      Salah, Bruno, KDB, Sarr, Saka
      Auba, DCL, Jimenez

    2. TheLord
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I will have this team in two transfers:

      Leno (or Pope) McCarthy
      TAA AWB Boly O'Connell Lascelles
      Salah KDB Bruno Martial Fleck
      Auba Jimi DCL

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Nice team

  19. onceuponatyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    OK, I've literally been out of the loop for weeks...
    So, current gameweeks are still occuring - but only as blanks? So, we can still make transfers?

    With that in mind, and with no current fixtures in play, who should we be looking to buy and sell? Anyone??

    1. Lev Yashin
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Yes, you can but it depends on your team. Injuries and fodder can be slowly offloaded.

      1. onceuponatyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Cheers.

        I was really geared up for the BGW... so triple Wolves .etc

        I guess some teams still have more games to play than others, which I might take into account.

  20. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    All the Mr Men books are top notch. Mr Tickle being my favourite.

    Which is your?

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Mr Sneeze might be a bit misplaced right now.

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Mr Messy might be popular around these parts.

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Mr Strong!

    3. Lev Yashin
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Mr. Bump.

      What a clumsy fool.

    4. Epic Fail āš½ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Name the top 10 Mr Men alphabetically whose name ends in "y" was just a question on Tenable (UK TV show).

  21. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Great article David,thank you.

    I can not complain too much about my own situation as i know many people are in a lot more of a precarious position than i am in.

    I come from a big family and most of us live pretty close to each other and usually all our houses would be busy with us visiting each other but that has been put on hold for now barring to odd chat out the window.I think it is worse on the kids as it is very hard on them to understand why this has to be done.When they first got let off school it was a novelty but as the days and weeks pass and they miss playing with their friends and playing sports it is becoming more difficult to appease them.At least in rural areas like where i live we can all get out for a bit of fresh air and exercise while been able to keep up best practice in social distancing.At least that leaves off a bit of pressure and my heart goes out to people living in urban areas where it must be a lot harder to comply with the new directives.

    I have been doing some jobs around the house to keep myself busy and although i have loads of ideas it is hard to do them without material.I was the last customer in my local hardware during the week and as they closed the gates behind me as i left it felt very strange on a beautiful spring day when usually there would be a lot going on.

    Might check out one of your book recommendations.I am already a huge fan of some of Orwell's work but i have never read "Military Intelligence Blunders’ by Colonel John Hughes-Wilson" that looks like something i would be interested in,cheers.

    1. DavidMunday815
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Thanks Ôgie! We wanted to try something a bit different so I'm glad you liked it.

      Good to hear things aren't too precarious for you. I imagine it must be tough on the kids though, especially if family are close by. My parents and in-laws live hundreds of miles away so it's easier to explain to my children. Hope yours are able to adjust even if understanding the situation might be tough for them.

      It's all about keeping busy, isn't it? I've found myself roped into the jobs the wife would usually save for an international break although we are short on supplies with all our local DIY shops closed!

      Definitely check out Military Intelligence Blunders if you get the chance. It's a fascinating read, especially the chapters on Pearl Harbour and D-Day. The latter especially was a real eye-opener. Not only were the Allied plans well-executed, but they were twice as effective against a disorganised German intelligence outfit more concerned with Hitler's ego than the facts!

  22. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Who am I ?

    I travel to Haydock most weekends
    I have started every PL game this season
    I have been involved in numerous PL goals, but not scored any myself.
    My last PL game before the Coronavirus postponements was at the King Power Stadium

    1. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      AWBeasty

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        No but he has been on the pitch every time AWB has played this season.

        1. Poseidon.
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Dave the Save

          1. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            no not DDG, at least one other person has been on the pitch every time AWB has played.

            1. Poseidon.
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Rashy?

              1. bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                No, Manchester United haven't played in the PL at the King Power yet this season.

              2. bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                think laterally

                1. Poseidon.
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  The cross bar

  23. Lev Yashin
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    To be honest, the situation here in The Netherlands is quite tolerable.

    Yes, the pubs and restaurants are closed but most of them have take to doing deliveries or takeaways. And you can still drive thru a lot of the fast food joints, if that's your poison.

    Of course, gatherings of more than three people are prohibited (co-habitation not included) but we can still go out to work (if necessary) or take a walk around without being interrogated and even pop to the shops for a new pair if pants if we fancy.

    Life is OK.

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Not much different to the UK, where it's two people gatherings and the pants would have to come from a supermarket.

      1. Lev Yashin
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        That's the thing, I suppose. Lots of "non-essential" stores here are still open. So it's not just limited to waiting in line to get into the supermarkets if you want to get out and about.

        Variety is the spice of life!

    2. Optimus.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Orgies prohibited then?

      1. Gnu Scott talent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        You misread statement.
        Orgies NOT prohibited.
        Ogie IS Prohibited.
        šŸ™‚

      2. Optimus.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Unless you're co-inhabiting in Cornwall šŸ˜‰

      3. Lev Yashin
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I suppose you could still pop to the red light district and have a go through the window.

        1. Optimus.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Is that cheaper?

    3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      With all due respect, I'm in Belgium and Netherlands quite a bit and I'm not remotely surprised you are handling it better. Generally more effective government, stronger supply chains, more equal societies with well educated people. It's not perfect anywhere of course.
      As you hint at, there are a lot of positives to taking a step back for lots of people. Time to take stock, look from a different perspective etc. For others, this is an unmitigated disaster obviously - from domestic abuse victims, to the incredible stress of frontline healthcare workers.

    4. DavidMunday815
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Glad to hear things are more bearable for you. The delivery and takeaways must make a big difference. Puts less pressure on the supermarkets, I'm sure. Hope you stay safe!

  24. Right In The Stanchion
      2 months, 3 days ago

      United fans think they're back in the bigtime šŸ˜€

      Arsenal defo wont be selling Auba to them and they've already spent close to a billion since Fergie left.

      Embarrassing club and fans

      1. Optimus.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I recall Arsenal fans saying "We won't be selling Sanchez to Utd"

        1. Right In The Stanchion
            2 months, 3 days ago

            he had 6 months on contract. Auba has another year and won't be selling him this summer to anther english club

          • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Van Persie to utd? Never in a million years šŸ˜‰

        2. Poseidon.
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          You are our feeder club bro. You need to calm down before we take Bellerin to sit on our bench too

          1. Right In The Stanchion
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Finished below Arsenal 6 out of the last 7 seasons. Got an embarrassing manager, highest wage bill in the world and wasted hundreds of millions on flops.

              De Gea and Sanchez both get 500k a week šŸ˜€ embarrassing

              1. Poseidon.
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 3 days ago

                We’ve won Premier League 21 times bro

                We’re not arrogant. Just better. šŸ˜Ž

                1. Right In The Stanchion
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Shows what a great united fan you are.

                    1. You won the premier league 13 times.
                    2. You won the old english championship 7 times
                    3. Equals 20.

                    You're not better, you just spent more money then everyone else and bribed referees.

                    1. Poseidon.
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      The fact that I lost count gives you an indication of just how successful I’ve been.

                      1. Epic Fail āš½ 墅
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        Ran out of fingers and toes to count on?

                      2. Jarvish Scott Talent
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        šŸ˜† classic

                      3. Right In The Stanchion
                          2 months, 3 days ago

                          bet you've never even been to manchester

                          1. Poseidon.
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 3 days ago

                            I’m saving up for the flight bro. Expensive business from Texas

                      4. Yank Revolution
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        Let the hate flow through you...

                2. pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Confusing City and United there I suspect.

                  1. Poseidon.
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Like Robinho when he signed for them?

            • gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              I voted for Kane from group C purely for the ridiculous value he provided when he was only 5m.

              1. DavidMunday815
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                It's crazy to think he was ever so cheap. What a season that was!

            • Bare Foot United
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Brave new world
              Handmaid's tale
              Mechanical orange

              1. DavidMunday815
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Great suggestions - you're not the first to recommend Handmaid's Tale so will almost certainly be adding it to my quarantine list!

            • Twj
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 1 hour ago

              Hey GreenRed (Tony) - what’s with the (Irish) Health Service (HSE) logo you using? As health sector employee we wondering about it.