It snowed this weekend and it will feel like late spring by the middle of the week. This annoys me. Anyway, I am here to drop a possibly unpopular opinion.
Ramble of the Day
I do not like half-and-half scarves. There, I said it.
I understand why they exist. They commemorate notable football matches, and make for cool collectors’ items. However, I find them to be the lesser version of a different collector’s item, the matchday programme. I find that half-and-half scarves are fine in small quantities, but matchday programmes are easier to have lying around in a larger quality. Plus, matchday programmes have more artistic quality to them, and are definitely easier to make display room for than scarves. That, though, is not the biggest reason I dislike half-and-half scarves.
It took me a while to realize it, but they remind me of half-and-half shirt. The half-and-half shirt is definitely better than the half-and-half scarf, though the former has the ability to be ludicrous and therefore, entertaining. The half-and-half scarf does not have that quality. It really has very little going for it.
But since we are now suddenly (at least to me, because I did not plan this) on the topic of half-and-half shirts, let us discuss the truly bizarre nature of them. I understand the concept of supporting two sides, especially if it’s rare that they might ever face each other. Perhaps, though, if your two beloved teams face each other, it might be time to pick one or show up in a neutral outfit. If you support two teams that are in the same league, like the Sunderland-Arsenal fan, I do not know how to help you.
Remember that guy? He apparently wore it to a Sunderland match against West Brom, most likely in addition to a match between the Black Cats and Arsenal. Certainly, he had another jersey lying around, or just a generic red shirt or sweater to support Sunderland? Anything?
Lucky for him, Sunderland and Arsenal are in separate divisions now. I cannot explain this person’s choice, though.
I get that both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are impressive athletes, but stitching rival teams’ jerseys is a strange thing to do.
While researching this topic, I found out that this is not just something random football fans do, but something people of other sports do. Additionally, THERE ARE WEBSITES THAT CAN DO THE JOB FOR YOU. I had no idea that this was that popular that one can commission a person or a group of people to stitch jerseys together. People must stop encouraging them. (Also: Is it expensive to get that done?)
tl;dr: Half-and-half scarves are bad, and so are half-and-half jerseys.
Links of the Day
Rochdale’s manager Keith Hill is not mad at Dele Alli over the penalty he won during yesterday’s FA Cup tie.
The derby match between Vitoria and Bahia in the Brazilian Serie A was abandoned after the referee sent off nine different players. (Here is a short video of some of the fighting.)
West Brom players Jake Livermore, Gareth Barry, Jonny Evans, and Boaz Myhill have apologized after they stole a taxi in Barcelona last week.
Today’s longer read: A sort of Carlos Carvalhal appreciation article, courtesy of the BBC’s Dafydd Pritchard.