Let’s begin with a dispatch from the English Championship:
Ramble of the Day
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is casually on my television as I type this, and I’m only paying so much attention. I did, though, hear Taron Egerton’s Eggsy say “freaking” in the place of another word. It was obvious enough that it was a second choice, and it’s always a little bit funny when it is.
For Egerton and the Kingsman crew, the fix was pretty easy — the word he’s changing out comes with a perfect replacement for the audience that needs it. It’s aiming to be seamless and does the job well enough, as most are. There is a hall of fame clip, though, and it belongs to the legend Samuel L. Jackson in Snakes on a Plane:
“Monkey fighting” and “Monday to Friday” are very original replacements for the word he’s looking to work around, and I absolutely love it. It adds a lovely amount of humor — probably where it doesn’t belong (I’ve never seen Snakes on a Plane). It’s a freaking blast in isolation, though, and pokes fun at censorship itself ever so slightly. Jackson threads the needle terrifically; you have to appreciate the talent.
tl;dr: Censorship is freaking fun when Samuel L. Jackson is involved.
Links of the Day
Hellas Verona has banned the leader of its ultras until 2030 after he racially abused Brescia’s Mario Balotelli.
Arsenal has stripped Granit Xhaka of the captaincy, replacing him with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Liverpool will use two different squads to compete in the Carabao Cup and the Club World Cup next month.
Former Östersund chairman Daniel Kindberg has been sentenced to three years in prison for serious financial crimes.
David Squires checks in on Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho in his latest cartoon.
Today’s longer read: Patrick Jennings on the story of Dirk Schlegel and Falko Götz, two East German footballers who fled the Stasi in 1983 for the BBC