Newly-implemented Scottish anti-drought initiative employs huge industrial fans to blow waterfalls back uphill.
Hibs visit Cappielow. Try this on: Morton are to Hibs as Hibs are to Rangers. The three teams represent three strata in the Championship. Rangers have won the title. Hibs are somewhere in the playoffs. Morton are somewhere outside the playoffs. On Wednesday hosted Rangers and won, evening the season series. Today Morton host Hibs, and can even the season series with a win.
Another theory: Hibs are the Caledonian antisyzygy. They have made it to the Scottish Cup final, while inspiring the expression 'hibsing it'. They have beaten Rangers twice, but lost to Dumbarton twice. Which Hibs will show up today? Jekyll? Hyde?
Morton's final two matches are against Hibs and Falkirk. Those two are effectively already in a playoff battle, with Morton as the surrogate. So, realistically, any points Morton earn beyond 42 this season are bonus.
[Morton 0 - 0 Hibs. Dumbarton book their place in next year's Championship.]
The pyramid. It's the first leg of Round One of the League Two Play-offs between the Highland and Lowland league champions:
Cove Rangers [0 - 3] Edinburgh City (first leg)
This is a sweet fixture. Both of these clubs applied for league membership in 2008, so it's safe to assume that they both genuinely want in, unlike Br*cough*a R*cough*rs, who threw last year's playoff so as to stay out. Either would be a nice addition to the league. Cove Rangers would become Aberdeen's second league club, and are building a new stadium with that end in mind. Edinburgh City could become Edinburgh's Partick Thistle, though if they do win promotion the joke will be to see if they can make it to the Premiership before Hibs. This all assumes that they can get past East Stirlingshire, who have the opportunity to convert the role of multiple wooden spoon holder into League Two gatekeeper.
It's also the first round of the Lowland League Cup. This year's league cup has been held back until April, and so resembles a North American championship trophy, except that every team gets to play, and there are still some postponed league fixtures to clean up.
East Fife won League Two last weekend. Forfar could be demoted to League Two today. [And they are.] 52 years and one day ago the score was Forfar 5, East Fife 4.
6 - 3seems like an unusual football result. It implies that one side enjoyed goalscoring superiority but both sides suffered catastrophic defensive collapse. It's a much rarer score than, say, 6 - 0. How many times have Morton participated in a 6 - 3 game? Ten. 20/10/1894 Hibs won. 27/12/1919 Morton beat Hearts. 02/04/1932 Celtic won. 14/02/1940 Falkirk won. 08/04/1944 Hibs won again. 17/09/1952 Hibs won again. 27/04/1957 Morton beat Brechin. 02/04/1969 Aberdeen won. New Year's Day 1977 St Mirren won. And most recently, 05/08/2008 Morton beat Stranraer. Three wins, seven loses. Eight out of ten matches were away; 1957 and 1977 were at home. (Statistics are combed from FitbaStats.)
What were the greatest cup upsets of 2015-16?
Aug 25, League Cup R2: Raith Rovers 2 - 1 Hamilton
Aug 25, League Cup R2: Dunfermline 3 - 1 Dundee
Sept 22, League Cup R3: Morton 3 - 2 Motherwell
Sept 22, League Cup R3: Hibs 2 - 0 Aberdeen
Jan 9, Scottish Cup R4: Annan 4 - 1 Hamilton
Jan 31, League Cup SF: Ross County 2 - 1 Celtic
April 17, Scottish Cup SF: Rangers 2 (5) - 2 (4) Celtic
The Premier League split season was introduced in 2000-01. Since then, which clubs have made the split, and how often?
Celtic 16 times; Rangers 12; Hearts 12; Dundee United 9; Aberdeen 9; Motherwell 9; Hibs 7; Kilmarnock 5; St Johnstone 5; Dundee 3; Dunfermline 3; Inverness 3; Ross County 2; Livingston 1.
AFC Champions League group stage this midweek:
FC Tokyo 0 - 3 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Shandong Luneng Taishan 1 - 0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Gamba Osaka 1 - 2 Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Sydney FC 0 - 0 Urawa Red Diamonds
After five games, Urawa are into the next round, Sanfrecce and Gamba are out of the next round, and FC Tokyo don't know.
CAF Champions League, Second Round, second leg, this midweek:
MO Béjaïa 1 - 1 Zamalek
Enyimba 0 - 3 Étoile du Sahel
Zamalek and Enyimba advance to the group stage.
Nabisco League Cup Wednesday: Vegalta Sendai 0 - 0 Avispa Fukuoka
On Thursday it was B36 3 - 1 NSÍ Runavík. B36 are third in the league.
Yesterday: UCD 1 - 2 Limerick. Limerick have 8 wins in 8 games.
Today it's Montreal Impact [0 - 2] Toronto FC in MLS action.
Pollok [0 - 0] Hurlford United. Pollok win on penalty kicks and advance to the Scottish Junior Cup final.]
Clydebank 1 - 1 Largs Thistle
Mohun Bagan 5 - 0 Bengaluru
Tomorrow: FC Edmonton [2 - 0] Ottawa Fury in the NASL.
"There is a shadow, but it is the shadow of the fear of Death, and the shadow of greed. But there is also a shadow of darker evil. We no longer see our king. His displeasure falleth on men, and they go out; they are in the evening, and in the morning they are not. The open is insecure; walls are dangerous. Even by the heart of the house spies may sit. And there are prisons, and chambers underground. There are torments; and there are evil rites. The woods at night, that once were fair -- men would roam and sleep there for delight, when thou wert a babe -- are filled now with horror. Even our gardens are not wholly clean, after the sun has fallen. And now even by day smoke riseth from the temple: flowers and grass are withered where it falleth. The old songs are forgotten or altered; twisted into other meanings."
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lost Road and Other Writings, page 68.
Tolkien started and abandoned the novel The Lost Road in the mid-1930s. The political situation described above takes place on the island of Numenor in the Second Age, but it's hard not to read into it an awareness on the author's part of events in Europe in the Thirties.
It was when I came back up the hill, at about eleven, that I had my first news. The telephone was ringing as I came in. It was a Sankei reporter. Needless to say the shock was considerable. Mishima had given us plenty of inklings; Kawabata gave us, so far as I was aware, not one.
Japanese journalism is a remarkable institution. I was on the telephone until one in the morning, and reporters have been after me all the hours since, as sticky and persistent as Canberran flies. In the initial agitation I said yes to everything I was asked to write, and afterwards I had great trouble remembering what all the things might be. In any event they have occupied all my spare hours since, and destroyed a good part of my sleep as well.
On Sunday night I got no sleep at all. Among the journalists who called was Miss Ibuki. She had a car, she said, and was going down to Kamakura, and she suggested that it would be a good idea if I were to go too. So she came by for me, and we were at Kamakura at two in the morning. The lane leading into the Kamakura house was jammed, and there must have been a hundred automobiles parked out on the main street. The flashing of bulbs and the thrusting of microphones were horrendous, and the television lights were so bright that it was next to impossible to avoid mud puddles.
Within the gates, all was quiet. Numbers of people had gathered, and discussion of the funeral arrangements was in progress. When first I offered incense there was a towel over the face. When, an hour or more later, I was invited to say farewell, the towel had been taken away. The face was calm, there seemed no discoloration. I would be tempted to say that he looked as if he were asleep but for the fact that I never saw him asleep, and the fact that the absence of those extraordinary eyes made the face very different from the one I had known. Mrs. Kawabata was dry-eyed. She said over and over again: "I don't understand it. I just don't understand it."
Back in Tokyo in the dawn, I wrote the first of the promised manuscripts. Then I was off for a television panel -- my first television appearance in years and years. Afterward I wrote another article, which was a bit of a triumph, for it made the front page of the Tokyo Shimbun. Then, sleepless since Sunday morning, down to Kamakura again, again with Miss Ibuki, this time to attend the wake.
The wake, at which vast numbers of celebrated persons were, naturally, present, was very different from the Tanizaki wake. That was almost fun. This was hushed and stiff, with everyone keeping to himself. There were Buddhist services. The Buddhism of our day is not very elegant. The priests, though from one of the grander Buddhist centers, seemed rustic and uncouth. And oh, the photographers! If reporters are unpleasant fellows, photographers are worse, refusing even to dress as a sad and solemn occasion demands, looking as if they were recent graduates of an extortionist gang.
To sleep, finally, at about midnight.
This morning it was a discussion with Saeki Shōichi, for the Shūkan Shōsetsu. Back at Yushima in the early afternoon, I frantically pounded out yet another article, this one for the ShūkanSankei. It would be easy to say that I could have left the telephone off the receiver immediately upon having the news. Or that I could have said no a few times. The latter I have never been good at doing, and the former I could not bring myself to do either. Partly, no doubt, the inability had to do with unworthy feelings of gratification, mixed in with the sadness and shock, at having the attention of the journalists again; but partly too it had to do with a wish, out of respect, to have my say about the old gentleman.
The question everyone is asking, of course, is why he did it. Some say it was because of illness, some because of Mishima, some because of the Nobel Prize. To me the most likely explanation is that he was very tired and could not sleep. But probably, in the final analysis, the only thing one can say is: "I don't understand it. I just don't understand it."
Edward Seidensticker, Genji Days, pages 79-80, from his diary entry for April 18, 1972.