Wonderful hour-long interview with the late, great Murray Walker from 2013. Any time I think about formula 1 I can hear him, like Clive James said: “Even in moments of tranquility, Murray Walker sounds like a man whose trousers are on fire.” Murray was one of a kind, his excitement was infectious and unintentionally hilarious […]
This is a brilliant story from the classic days of F1. I love it because it shows both the incredible precision and relentless consistency that an expert at the top of their game can bring to their chosen profession. In this case, the expert was three-times F1 World Champion Ayrton Senna. Pat Symonds, technical director, […]
More managerial merry-go-rounds, this time over at the English national team, where Sam Allardyce recently resigned. Daniel Taylor has what looks like a fairly even handed overview of the latest manager to go through the turnstile: Sam Allardyce has certainly excelled himself being the man who managed it after one match, one victory and the grand […]
Brendan Rodgers and the Plight of the English Soccer Manager By accepting help with player recruitment or in data analysis, managers might be able to get back to what Aidy Boothroyd called “the football stuff.” He, like most of the figures interviewed by Calvin throughout Living on the Volcano, seems to strongly echo the words […]
A tale of finance, power and bribery in the Times today. Against a background of major clubs paying non-triers up to a million a month, endless hoopla and hype around the aptly-titled transfer market, phoney melodrama on the managerial merry-go-round, venerable clubs used as money-laundering operations by oligarchs bearing stolen billions, and much else along […]
The managerial merry go-round continues! Jose Mourinho to replace Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United?
Twenty-five years ago, on the 25th of June, 1990, Packie Bonner made that momentous save that brought Ireland to the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup. We really did hold our breath for that moment. It was incredible, I’ll never forget watching it. A moment when you thought we could do anything.
"Hello, my name is Mr. Rettalb, and I would like to stand for president of FIFA." pic.twitter.com/oI2cLJ7Tdi — Luke Bailey (@imbadatlife) June 2, 2015 My favourite Sepp Blatter tweet of the evening. “Sepp Blatter to resign” (rte.ie)
One of secrets of Bernie Ecclestone's success responding to crises like he's just walked into the room, rather than running F1 for 30 years — Paul Kelso (@pkelso) November 3, 2014 In a nutshell.
I’m not a big soccer fan, but I’ve been watching some of the World Cup matches. I didn’t think Brazil were up to much, but I really didn’t expect them to be utterly destroyed by Germany (who had beaten Algeria 2-1 and France 1-0 previously. Algeria really put it up to Germany, I thought). Brazil […]