If like me you know basically nothing about the Philippines, a good place to start learning would be the remarkable Boxer Codex, a wonderfully illustrated volume from the 16th Century now residing at Indiana University and available to browse here.
Morton travel to Dumfries to meet Queen of the South in the second round of the League Cup.
How do these rivals compare in League Cup play? Neither has ever won the trophy. Morton made it to the final in 1963-64, and the semi-finals in 1964-65, 1967-68 and 1979-80. QoS made the semi-finals in 1950-51 and 1960-61. But crucially Morton have never lost a game to QoS in this competition, although admittedly the last time they met in it was 1979, 36 years ago (see above). More than half the history of the tournament has taken place since then.
This the 70th year of the League Cup. In that time, which trophy has gone more often to the Old Firm, the Scottish Cup or the League Cup? Rangers have won the League Cup 27 times, Celtic 15, for a total of 42. In the same time period Rangers have won the Scottish Cup 23 times, and Celtic 21, for a total of 44. 12 non-Old Firm clubs have won the League Cup. Concurrently 11 non-Old Firm clubs have won the Scottish Cup. So the League Cup is slightly more friendly to clubs outside the Old Firm.
SPFL is looking at returning future League Cups to a group stage format.
Queen of the South's Palmerston Park is one of three fields in the Championship with an artificial surface. The spread of abrasive plastic grass through the SPFL (there are currently 13 plastic pitches) is bound to have an effect on football kit: thigh-high socks. As soon as I have a picture of a SPFL player exhibiting zettai ryouiki I'll post it.
[Morton win 0 - 1. Goal by Forbes.]
UEFA Champions League playoff round, second leg is today: Malmö [2 - 0] Celtic. [Celtic drop down to the Europa League.]
AFC Champions League quarter-final first leg action this week:
On August 22nd in 1864 twelve European countries signed the first treaty in what would come to be known as the Geneva Conventions, titled the Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field. And not a moment too soon, considering all the wars going on in 1864. The artist of record, Charles Édouard Armand-Dumaresq, was himself a painter of military subjects.
Today marks the 530th anniversary of the death of King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field. The unearthing and reinterment of Richard's bones captured a lot of attention between 2013 and this year, giving some future novelist a unique prism through which to view the England of this decade. While it's still around you should go look at Alexandra Buckle's blog How to Rebury a King, which begins and ends in March 2015 and makes about a half-hour's read. She documents the rediscovery not so much of Richard as of 15th-century practices of reburial.
It's a Renfrewshire derby as St Mirren travel to Cappielow for a Friday evening of association football rivalry. The match is being televised on BBC Alba.
A recurring theme in the Greenock-Paisley rivalry is the comparative smelliness of the opponents' supporters' armpits, or oxters, to use the word from the Scots dictionary. What is the Gaelic word for armpit? That word is achlais. Other Gaelic words relevent to this evening's broadcast:
Will today's attendance better the 2,811 who showed up for the latest Renfrewshire Cup final on July 19th, 2014?
Whatever happened of the Renfrewshire Cup, anyway?
Morton and St Mirren last played in the same division from 1995-96 till 1999-2000. In that spell the Buddies won 12 games, Morton 6, with 2 draws. Morton and St Mirren have met in the League Cup twice since then, with St Mirren winning twice, and once in the Challenge Cup, St Mirren winning again.
Following Week 1 of Championship play Morton were tied for fifth place, along with Falkirk, due to their 1 - 1 draw. After Week 2, the clubs with a win and a loss occupied the middle of the table, and Morton were reduced to seventh place. To return to the middle of the pack Morton must win today.
[0 - 0. Attendance 5,343.]
The second round of the Challenge Cup was played this midweek. Morton were not involved. The winning sides were: Dunfermline, Stenhousemuir, St Mirren, Peterhead, Queen's Park, Livingston, Rangers and Elgin.
In UEFA Champions League play it was Celtic 3 - 2 Malmö.
This is the weekend in which prefecture championships are decided preparatory to the first round of the Emperor's Cup in Japan. Let's watch these finals from the north of Japan:
Hokkaido: Club Fields Norbritz Hokkaido [1 - 2] Sapporo University
Aomori: ReinMeer Aomori [3 - 1] Hachinohe University
Akita: Blaublitz Akita [9 - 0] TDK Shinwakai
Iwate: Grulla Morioka [1 - 0] Ganju Iwate
Yamagata: Sakata Takuyu Club [2 - 6] Yamagata University Faculty of Medicine
Miyagi: Sony Sendai [1 - 3] Sendai University
Fukushima: Fukushima United [4 - 0] Primeiro Koriyama
[And in the J League: Kashima Antlers 3 - 0 Montedio Yamagata.]
They recently handed out the Nova Scotia soccer Golden Boots.
Tomorrow it's Karşıyaka vs Şanlıurfaspor. [Kaf Sin Kaf (Karşıyaka) win 1 - 0.]