This is a pair of craters so close to each other that they form one lake, and were long thought to have been formed by a pair of gravitationally bound asteroids, but analysis of the surrounding rock puts them about 180 million years apart. Source.
Paolo Forlani's map of Scotia, printed in 1560. You can explore it in detail here.
Morton visit St Mirren, in Paslei.
Morton hold third place in the Championship with 27 points, ahead of Falkirk on goal difference.
The Buddies have managed two wins in eighteen starts, putting them on track for four wins and 22 points overall by the end of the schedule. They've scored 17 goals and allowed 33 and are 6 points out of ninth place. These numbers raise the question: Is this St Mirren's worst season ever? Let's apply some criteria.
1) Longest wait for the first league win.
2016-17 Dec 6
1983-84 Oct 29
1942-43 Oct 17
1920-21 Oct 9
2013-14 Oct 5
1964-65 Oct 3
2) Fewest wins in a season.
1899-00 3W (18 games) .167
1966-67 4W (34 games) .118
1990-91 5W (36 games) .139
1890-91 5W (22 games) .227
1900-01 5W (20 games) .250
1895-96 5W (18 games) .278
1890-91 5W (18 games) .278
1991-92 6W (44 games) .136
Four wins in 36 games would be their worst ever.
3) Fewest goals in a season.
1966-67 25 (34 games) .74 per game
2007-08 26 (38 games) .68 per game
1989-90 28 (36 games) .78 per game
1990-91 28 (36 games) .78 per game
1901-02 29 (18 games) 1.61 per game
4) Most rungs below Morton.
1966-67 looks pretty bad. The Buddies finished 17th out of 18 in Division One, with 4 wins and a goal difference of -56, and were relegated to Divison Two (in the days when there were only two divisions).
In the three-division and four-division eras, when was the last time St Mirren fell below the second tier? They never have.
What is Morton's best result against St Mirren? Morton won 8 - 0 at Cappielow Jan 1, 1943, in Southern League play. St Mirren beat Morton 7 - 0 at Love Street, Feb 5, 1938 in league play; and 8 - 0 at Love Street, Sept 4, 1934, in the Renfrewshire Cup.
How often have Morton played on Hogmanay? 18 times before today. They have 8 wins, 4 draws, and 6 losses on December 31st. The most recent occasion was New Year's Eve 2005, when Morton beat Forfar 0 - 1. The first time was:
1898-99. On December 31st, 1898, Morton visited Ayr FC and lost 1 - 0.
Glasgow Herald, January 2, 1899 (page 8):
AYR V. GREENOCK MORTON.--At Somerset Park, Ayr. Teams:--Ayr--Baxter; Millar and Wills; Aitken, Ballantyne, and Davidson; M'Cartney and Dempsey; Speirs, Lyall, and Owen. Morton--M'Pherson; Anderson and Orr; Calligan, Henderson, and Blair; Dale and Hunter; M'Culloch, Linn and Reid. Referee--Traill, Port-Glasgow. The run of the play in the first half was in favour of the visitors, who, however, were deficient at goal. Twice or thrice Ayr caused M'Pherson some trouble, but generally speaking the forwards were very weak. At half-time there was no scoring. On resuming more life was put into the game, but it was not till within 15 minutes of the close that the first and only goal of the match was scored for Ayr by Speirs, who had eluded the backs, and having a clear goal, easily beat M'Pherson. The result was:--Ayr, 1; Greenock Morton, 0.
Morton's 18-game SFL schedule is complete, though other league members still have a number of few games to make up. Morton ends in seventh place with six wins, a draw, and eleven losses, and a goal difference of -5. Let's continue to follow Morton through the early months of 1899 as they compete in the Glasgow and West Scotland Football League, the Scottish Cup, and the Renfrewshire Cup.
What was the highlight of the first half of 2016-17 for each Championship team?
Ayr United They beat Hibs at Easter Road.
Dumbarton They beat Dundee United.
Dundee United They took over first place on Xmas Eve.
Dunfermline They beat Morton.
Falkirk They tied Hibs.
Hibs They held first place for eleven weeks.
Morton They made the League Cup semi-finals.
Queen of the South They held first place for three weeks.
Raith Rovers They held first place for three weeks.
St Mirren They made the Challenge Cup semi-finals.
Current home winless streaks:
0 Dundee United, Morton, Dumbarton
1 Dunfermline, Falkirk, Hibs, St Mirren
4 Ayr United
6 Queen of the South
Winter Break. After today's play the Premiership goes on winter break until January 28th. This is the longterm effect of the snowy winter of 2010-11. Though, if memory serves, the Premier League was the one that was least effected by postponements that winter.
But what will they put on TV? January 6th, Hibs vs Dundee United. January 14th, a glamour friendly between Rangers and Red Bull Leipzig. January 21st, Scottish Cup 4th round.
How is FC Wil 1900 like Greenock Morton?
FC Wil has won the Swiss Cup once, and been in European competition once. It's a longstanding member of the second tier. Its stadium is smaller than Cappielow. Team colours are white, black, and powder blue.
The semi-finals of the Emperor's Cup were played Thursday:
Queen of the South vs Ayr United, a Burns Country derby. These two clubs have played in the same division six seasons in the 21st Century, five of them in the second tier and one in the third. QoS are nine league wins ahead during that time. [0 - 0.]
Which do you prefer, spring or autumn? This annually occuring problem has tasked the Japanese for centuries, so it's not surprising that Japanese weather forecasters have developed maps to help the populace keep track of developments. Compare this crimson leaves map to the sakura maps of spring. Source (see the October 17, 2016 entry).
The Japanese League Cup, formerly called the Nabisco Cup for snacking reasons, is now the Levain Cup. (Levain is really just the name of one of Nabisco's product lines.) (It's also the French word for sourdough.)
On June 21st it was the Canadian Championship final, first leg: Toronto 1 - 0 Vancouver.
On June 23th it was NSÍ Runavík 2 - 1 B36. The Faroese league now takes a month off.
Tomorrow in Euro 2016: England [1 - 2] Iceland. [Iceland are the new Brazil. (They go by their first names.) England ... England.]
Luca Gasparotto has signed with Falkirk.
[I missed this: Morton visited Dundee and played them to a 1 - 1 draw June 24th. New signing Gary Oliver scored.]
On June 24th it was Drogheda United 1 - 2 UCD. The season is at the halfway point. UCD sit in second place and the promotion playoff zone, but the chances of their catching first-place Limerick, who have not yet lost a match, are slim.
The League of Ireland First Division (which is really the second division) consists of eight clubs. When did each of them enter the First Division, and were they relegated from the Premier Division, or brought in from below?
Drogheda United 2016 (relegated)
Limerick 2016 (relegated)
Athlone Town 2015 (relegated)
UCD 2015 (relegated)
Cabinteely 2015 (newly licensed)
Shelbourne 2014 (relegated)
Cobh Ramblers 2013 (re-licensed)
Waterford United 2008 (relegated)
Clearly Waterford United are the heart and soul of this league. They are presently in sixth place.
June really is the dead end of the year in Scottish football. There are 14 dates in June on which Morton have never played, and on the other 16 they've played only one game per date. What were they up to those 16 days in June? The Summer Cup. The Summer Cup was a cup competition of the Southern League during World War Two. Morton never won the cup, but they reached the semifinals in 1943 and 1945. It was revived for two years in the early Sixties but was held in May that time.
The 2015-16 SPFL restructured by Pythagoras:
Monad (enters Champions League): Celtic.
Dyad (enters Europa League): Aberdeen, Hearts.
Triad (makes the split): St Johnstone, Motherwell, Ross County.
Tetrad (safe from relegation): Dundee, Inverness CT, Partick, Hamilton.
Pentad (promotion/relegation zone): Kilmarnock, Dundee United, Rangers, Falkirk, Hibs.
Hexad (the Championship): Raith, Morton, St Mirren, Queen of the South, Dumbarton, Livingston.