Casino Royale is either the fifth Bond, or the first Austin Powers movie. The soundtrack album by Burt Bacharach is considered by some audiophiles to be the greatest recording of all time. Listen to: Casino Royale with Herb Alpert, and The Look of Love with Dusty Springfield.
Hampden Park as it was configured the last time Rangers and Hibs met in the final. Source.
It's the Scottish Cup final: Rangers vs Hibs. For the first time, two second-flight clubs meet in the national cup final. (But it's not the first time anywhere in the world, or even in a long time: FC Tokyo and Kyoto Sanga played in the 2011 Emperor's Cup final while they were both members of J2.) Take it as proof that the Championship is a good league.
It's only the second meeting of Rangers and Hibs in the final. The other occasion was May 1979. The teams played two 0 - 0 games before Rangers won it 3 - 2 in the second replay. Nowadays there are no replays in the Scottish Cup final.
The Cup final went to three games three times in the early years of the 20th Century. In 1903 Rangers beat Hearts in three. In 1910 Dundee beat Clyde in three. In 1908 the fans rioted at the end of the second game and the cup was not awarded to anyone.
Rangers last appeared in the Scottish Cup final in 2009, Hibs in 2013. If Rangers win they will become the first team to win the Scottish Cup, the Championship title and the Challange Cup all in one season, and probably the only one ever. If Hibs win, it will be their first Scottish Cup win since 1902.
Each side took two wins in Championship play, but Rangers knocked Hibs out of the Challenge Cup.
This is Rangers' first game since May 1st. Hibs played on May 1st, 4th, 7th, 10th, and 13th.
It's also the FA Cup final today: Crystal Palace [1 - 2] Manchester United.
Do the Scottish Cup and the FA Cup often end on the same day? About half the time.
Which Scottish club and which English club have won the cup in the same year most often? Rangers and Arsenal, five times: 1930, 1950, 1993, 2002, 2003. Did they ever win on the same day? Yes. May 4, 2002.
Rangers and Manchester United have won in the same year four times: 1948, 1963, 1996, 1999. On the same day? Not yet.
[That's because Hibs win3 - 2. In the year hibsing it came into popular usage (meaning to collapse inexplicably) Hibs end their 114-year Scottish Cup drought.]
[Today was also the final of the Coupe de France. Paris Saint-Germain beat Marseille 4 - 2.]
Meanwhile, Premiership playoffs, the finals:
Leg one (Thursday): Falkirk 1 - 0 Kilmarnock
Leg Two (tomorrow): Kilmarnock [4 - 0] Falkirk
Kilmarnock enter the playoffs with two losses and a draw in the month of May. Falkirk have two wins and a draw.
Kilmarnock's playoff history: In May 1906, Kilmarnock faced Port Glasgow in a one-game playoff. Both clubs had finished the season with 20 points, good for 14th place in Division One. Port Glasgow won 6 - 0.
New Morton strip. On Tuesday Morton unveiled their 2016-17 home kit, and it was awful. A day later the club withdrew it. On Friday the club announced that supporters would be able to vote on a slate of designs. The vote will be held May 28th to 30th, so as to meet the SPFL design deadline of June 1st.
The Europa League final was played May 18th. Liverpool 1 - 3 Sevilla. Sevilla specialize in winning this cup. The tournament began back on June 22nd, 2015, and the next one begins June 20th, 2016. Eleven months out of twelve it's Europa League season. But no single club participates over eleven months. The early entrants usually crash out by the end of the group stage in December, and the eventual Cup winner might not join till the Round of 32 in February. Still, in 2013-14, Sevilla joined in the third qualifying round on August 1st and won the tournament on May 14th, nine and a half months later.
Also May 18th, its was Ottawa Fury 0 - 2 FC Edmonton in the Canadian Championship preliminary round, second leg. Ottawa win on aggregate and move on to face Vancouver.
Also May 18th, AFC Champions League, Group of 16 (first leg):
Urawa Red Diamonds 1 - 0 FC Seoul
FC Tokyo 2 - 1 Shanghai SIPG
Yesterday in the FAI Cup second round it was UCD 4 - 3 Bray Wanderers.
It's the final of the Federation Cup in India: Mohun Bagan [5 - 0] Aizawl
Also: Kilsyth [1 - 2] Largs. [Largs earn promotion to the West of Scotland Super League Premier Division.]
Today is Grunnlovsdag (Constitution Day). Norwegians go around in bunad, or traditional costume, and celebrate their independence. The image above depicts The Battle of the Square, May 17, 1829, in which the authorities of the United Kingdon of Sweden and Norway tried to suppress the holiday. Source.