Sporting observation

I have better things to do with my time than watch grossly overpaid footballers bore for England, but I was rather amused by the following tweet reported in The Times this morning:

‘What’s the difference between a tea bag and England?  A tea bag stays in the cup for longer.’

I can report that the Baronesses in my office thought it extremely funny.

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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23 Responses to Sporting observation

  1. David Rostron says:

    Very good, I enjoyed that one.

  2. ladytizzy says:

    Sunday, 11 July:

    lunch – Hamilton v Button
    supper – England v Brazil

    Fabulous! I am already mentally prepping the calories.

    No burgers will be harmed.

  3. Chris K says:

    Very exciting tennis match to-day. Federer recovered from 2 sets down.

    So much more exciting than football where no-one ever seems to score points!

    • ladytizzy says:

      Only one player seemed to turn up at any particular moment but it was a wow match. Roddick looks good.

  4. franksummers3ba says:

    :-() 😀

  5. macarthursmutterings says:

    ok, that did make me smile, and i am about to make a cup of tea in your honour

  6. Carl.H says:

    Grossly overpaid ? Yes
    Boring ? At times
    (Could be talking of MEP`s)

    But English and representing you, me and our nation.

    We are yet again the underdog for Sundays competition against our age old foe, Germany. Support your Country.

    • Lord Norton says:

      Carl.H: It’s just a game. (Like tennis.)

      • Carl.H says:

        So tell me Lord Norton, do you take pride when your students do well ? Is it pleasing when Hull comes top in something ?

        Elected v non-elected second chamber, it`s only a game after all, everyone is trying to do their best. Tactics and winning shouldn`t matter…should they ?

        Pride and passion is a hard game, because you have none for the game does not make it unmeaningful to another. Competition, knowing our nation is better, is right, has kept this Country free.

        “It`s just a game” is apathy.

      • ladytizzy says:

        Talking of Hull (& Twitter):

      • Lord Norton says:

        ladytizzy: He has obviously now visited the city. He may also have read the editorial in ‘The Times’ the other day extolling the virtues of Hull. The people who appear to have the most negative view of the place tend to be people who have never visited.

        I trust Carl.H will be impressed by the fact that I know that Hull was in the Premier League and will not be this next season.

    • Lord Norton says:

      Carl.H: Politics is a game; education is serious.

      • Carl.H says:

        So there are no winners or losers in education ?

        The seriousness of any subject depends on your perspective and relates emotionally to how you feel and your wellbeing.

        One could take the extreme and people do, that life is a game. You`re born with nothing, you die with nothing. Entire civilisations are forgotten in the blink of an eye in relation to the life of a star.

        England v Germany matters to the wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of people, perhaps you cannot understand that, perhaps those people cannot understand your grief over something or someone that doesn`t matter to them. I respect others feelings, do you ?

      • Lord Norton says:

        Carl.H: I agree with Disraeli: ‘People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.’

  7. Carl.H says:

    The England Team visited a South African orphanage recently.
    ” It`s alway`s nice to cheer up people who haven`t a lot to look forward to and are in an impossible situation” said Ade Aboah age 6.

  8. ladytizzy says:

    For a nation of obese, alcohol-swilling, risk-averse couch potatoes, we do rather well at a huge range of sports.

    Carl, I expect Germany see themselves as the underdog, and rightly so. Ditto Argentina.

  9. Carl.H says:

    England WILL after all be in the World Cup final…..Albeit as Referee`s and Assistants.

  10. Carl.H says:

    How about some recognition of Howard Webb, a knighthood would be good.

    Being a Policeman and referee is no mean task and he is now at the top of the referee division. Both his jobs involve a great deal of moral code and he list`s his hobby as being “family”.

    Surely he is deserving as many sports personalities who have been given knighthoods and Peerages ?

    • Lord Norton says:

      Carl.H: I agree but I think it may be best to wait to see how he performs on the day.

      • Carl.H says:

        He won`t win but he won`t lose !
        😉

        Oh ye of little faith, he will do his best and has outclassed those who are overpayed, overrated and indeed back over here !

        BTW Sir Henry Cooper never did beat Mohammed Ali but still got his knighthood.

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