Allow me to share a fun fact that I think is truly great.
It’s now official: There have been as many own goals scored in Euro 2020 as all previous European Championships combined.— Adam Millington (@AdamGMillington) June 28, 2021
Ramble of the Day
A couple of weeks ago, I rambled about the latest group of oracular animals, and while I didn’t intend on it, I do have a couple of updates. First, R2D2 the Dog seems to be out of work after missing the very first prediction of the Euros. Achilles the Cat, meanwhile, has predicted at least three results correctly: in addition to saying Italy would beat Turkey, Achilles has predicted Belgium and Russia’s victories over Finland.
Second, there are more oracular animals. The folks at Unusual Efforts called on their followers to share whatever knowledge they have about the latest class of animals predicting major football tournaments, and there are probably too many.
The class of 2021 includes:
- Boy, a lion from Thailand who predicted four outcomes correctly in the first week
- Ola and Ozzie, a pair of otters who incorrectly said Scotland would beat England
- A seagull who thinks England will beat Germany in a penalty shootout today
It seems like the abilities of these oracular animals are all over the place — Boy and Achilles seem to be better than the others, though we’re still waiting on the seagull. I wonder if it’s worth asking one of them who the next Tottenham manager might be, though. I wonder if it’s worth asking any animal who the next Tottenham manager will be. I’d love to know the answer.
tl;dr: There are more animals predicting Euro results, and I wonder if they can also predict who the next Tottenham manager will be.
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Links of the Day
Arsenal women hired Jonas Eidevall as the team’s new manager.
Merseyside Police is investigating a banner threatening Rafa Benitez that was left near his home.
Bournemouth hired Scott Parker, who left Fulham after two years in charge.
A longer read: Zak Maoui and Teo van den Broeke interview Tottenham’s Son Heung-min on life off the field for British GQ