Today's game plan, copied from Jim Duffy's white board. Brechin are in red, Morton blue. Based on Yeats' "The Second Coming."
Morton revisit Brechin. Morton are in third place with 41 points; Brechin in fourth with 35. Brechin lead the season series with a win and a draw. Can you say "season series" in fitba?
Morton are out of the Challenge Cup, the League Cup and the Scottish Cup for this year. There is some consolation in losing out to the eventual cup winner, though. When has that happened in this century?
2012-13 Challenge Cup Second Round, Queen of the South beat Morton 1 - 2.
2010-11 Challenge Cup Second Round, Ross County beat Morton 3 - 1.
2007-08 Challenge Cup Semi-Final, St Johnstone beat Morton 1 - 3.
2005-06 Challenge Cup Semi-Final, St Mirren beat Morton 4 - 2 on penalty kicks.
2002-03 Challenge Cup Second Round, Queen of the South beat Morton 1 - 0.
Could it happen this year? Yes. Alloa Athletic are in the Challenge Cup final, and Spartans are still alive in the Scottish Cup.
Last weekend Raith Rovers knocked Rangers out of the Scottish Cup. Add that to last year's Challenge Cup final when Raith Rovers defeated Rangers and you have got to admit that looked at rationally, on the evidence, the world is ending.
Julianne Moore's mother is from Greenock.
[FT: Brechin 1 - 1 Morton. Goal by Caldwell. Morton lose ground to Stranraer. The schedule is two-thirds done.]
It's the Scottish Junior Cup, Fifth Round. Let's watch:
Auchinleck Talbot [1 - 1] Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic.
Auchinleck Talbot eliminated Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic in the 2011-12 semifinals.
It's Round Four of the 2014 Emperor's Cup, otherwise known as the Round of 16. Of the sixteen clubs in contention, nine are from J1 and seven from J2. We're all about the underdog here at Plenty of Nothing, so let's boldly follow the J2 teams:
Game #73: Sanfrecce Hiroshima [1 - 3] Gamba Osaka
Game #74: FC Tokyo [1 - 2] Shimizu S-Pulse
Game #75: Cerezo Osaka [2 - 0] Júbilo Iwata
Game #76: Montedio Yamagata [1 - 0] Sagan Tosu
Game #77: Giravanz Kitakyushu [1 - 0] Ventforet Kofu
Game #78: V-Varen Nagasaki [1 - 2] JEF United Chiba
Game #79: Ehime FC [1 - 2] Omiya Ardija
Game #80: Thespakusatsu Gunma [0 - 1] Nagoya Grampus
V-Varen Nagasaki's name and blue and orange uniform commemorate the city's ties with the Dutch East Indies Company, and the goose on their emblem recalls Nishiyama Sōin's verse:
This short animation of Sylvia Townsend Warner reciting her poem "Go the Long Way, the Long Way Home" seems to have been made from a photograph and an LP recording, and is perched partway up the slope of the Uncanny Valley, a place she would not necessarily disapprove.