Rory Smith (@RorySmith )

Rory Smith

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iPhone : Andy I think, tbh, he was mainly saying that it’s tokenism to move the HoL and do nothing else, which is true. But the phrasing of it smacked of “York is too nice to actually be the north,” at least to me.

iPhone : McGhie I get that, in a way: it’s an authenticity thing. It’s the sense that anything nice in the north doesn’t count that strikes me as being counterproductive. Maybe if we talked more about our nice things people would know...we had nice things?

iPhone : Andy He’s implying York is posh and therefore effectively sovereign southern territory (How posh York is depends on what bit of York you’re in). It’s not. It’s just a posh bit of the north. There’s lots of them.

iPhone : And also implies that the south is nothing but nice bits, which is not, from considerable experience, true. It perpetuates the north/south divide as imagined by the south. York isn’t “like the south.” Not sure the south has anything like York at all. Maybe Canterbury.

iPhone : I find this attitude a bit odd (though I don’t disagree with the sentiment about the House of Lords). Saying nice bits of the north are like the south kind of creates the impression that the true north doesn’t have nice bits, when it does. It has loads. twitter.com/andyburnhamgm/…

Twitter Web App : Conspiracy theories. Massive debts. Staggeringly wealthy presidents and staggeringly bad decisions. Erdogan's (alleged) pet club about to win the title. Turkish football is on the brink, and nobody knows how to pull it back nytimes.com/2020/07/10/spo…

Twitter Web App : Before...all of *this*, I went to Istanbul to find out why Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Galatasaray had got so bad. The answer is money, politics, mismanagement, short-term thinking, and a football culture on the brink of collapse. nytimes.com/2020/07/10/spo…

iPhone : Strangled by debt, lumbered with old players on vast salaries, hamstrung by short-termism and chronic impatience, and surrounded by whispers of conspiracy.

This is the story of the demise of Turkey’s big three: nytimes.com/2020/07/10/spo…

Twitter Web App : * Because it functions as a showpiece, it sets the stage, and it is nice to have that sense of continuity.

Twitter Web App : Strongly of the opinion that the opening PL game of the season should always, always be the PL champions away at the winners of the Championship. twitter.com/TimesSport/sta…

iPhone : Michael Caley It makes more sense to me in a football sense than anything else. Age/injury/wages all make it unusual for Liverpool, and make me uninclined to believe it, but he’s the sort of creative passer they don’t really have, and one of the best in the world at it.

iPhone : Michael Caley Think the way they work allows to overpay for transformative talent. They obviously decided - rightly or wrongly - Werner didn’t count as that. It’s feasible (i don’t know if the rumours are true) they’ve decided Thiago does.

iPhone : The story was always that Ryan Babel never lived up to his potential because he was too distracted by music or twitter or something.

But that’s not the story as Ryan Babel experienced it. An interview with a player who’s not like you think. nytimes.com/2020/07/03/spo…

iPhone : I interviewed Ryan Babel. The first thing we talked about was a bit awkward. For me, anyway. I asked him why he blocked me on Twitter about nine years ago.
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