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In the spotlight - jayjay

Naranoc
12-05-2008, 08:36 PM
Happy birthday! :wavey:

1) Ideally, what would you like to be doing this weekend?
2) What topics do you become emotionally involved in as soon as you start to discuss them?
3) How do you look back upon the Argentinian Sexiness Contest? Anything you would have liked to change about your campaign?
4) What's been the proudest moment of your life so far?
5) How many appreciative comments did each avatar of yours get in the past?
6) How would you define your 'online attitude' generally, particularly to forums? How different are you in real life?

Nathaliia
12-05-2008, 08:38 PM
Happy birthday Jay :hug: Do you still have the same Norwegian gf?

scarecrows
12-05-2008, 08:40 PM
1) Why you like Fantasy Football that much?

2) How did you feel when Adam beat you in that contest this year?

3) Are you still into The Go! Team?

4) Is the ass the first thing you see in a girl?

El Legenda
12-05-2008, 08:46 PM
Are you mad that my johnson is bigger than yours? :hug:

Stensland
12-05-2008, 09:22 PM
have you ever met maradona?
what do you think of videla?
is messi going to bring the cup to argentina for a 3rd time?
is argentina going to default on its debt once more in your lifetime?
have you ever been to ushuaia?

shotgun
12-05-2008, 09:30 PM
- Have you recovered from your porn addiction yet?

- Do you think you'd be richer today if you had never backed any Argie team or sportspeople at all in the past? Be honest.

- Brazil or Chile? :D

- Batistuta or Caniggia?

- Coria or Nalbandian?

Stensland
12-05-2008, 09:34 PM
are you of italian or spanish heritage? if neither of those, what heritage do you have?
do you believe you're going to witness an argentine number 1 in tennis in your lifetime?
do you think the falklands belong to argentina?

jayjay
12-05-2008, 09:52 PM
Happy birthday! :wavey:

:hatoff:

1) Ideally, what would you like to be doing this weekend?

I'd like to be in Washington with my GF who I haven't seen since March. Yes, we'd probably spend the entire weekend arguing, but we can handle it.

2) What topics do you become emotionally involved in as soon as you start to discuss them?

Topics that usually revolve around sport. I'm so fed up with the rest of the world and what's in it that I find it hard to care too much about political issues. Lately, I haven't been caring much about sport, either. I feel this is a sign of my growing maturity or a deepening of my chronic depression.

3) How do you look back upon the Argentinian Sexiness Contest? Anything you would have liked to change about your campaign?

It was a fun couple of weeks and many jokes were had.

What would I change about my campaign? My appearance.

4) What's been the proudest moment of your life so far?

The publication of my article on Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez. The one article I wanted to write, and eventually last December it went to print.

5) How many appreciative comments did each avatar of yours get in the past?

More than the amount of posts Adee-Gee has and ended up being the reason I no longer have an avatar. As much as I appreciated the interest, it became overwhelming and I had to resort to posting names/locations/links of said feature avatars in my sig to stem the tide of PMs.

6) How would you define your 'online attitude' generally, particularly to forums? How different are you in real life?

I'd say my online attitude is as honest as I can be, I'm not trying to be someone I'm not.

I'm funnier in real life than online, believe it or not. I'm also far less arrogant and obnoxious in reality than I can come across online. I'm as demonstrative and emotional in reality as I am online.

Happy birthday Jay :hug:

Thanks. :)

Do you still have the same Norwegian gf?

Yes, we got engaged in March.

1) Why you like Fantasy Football that much?

I've got nothing else to do, most of the time.

2) How did you feel when Adam beat you in that contest this year?

Beating me in any fantasy game is no mean feat, Adee deserved the win and Luca Toni deserved a slap in the face (twice).

3) Are you still into The Go! Team?

Haven't heard anything recently, but am still very much a fan of "Junior Kickstart" and a few of their other tracks off that particular album.

4) Is the ass the first thing you see in a girl?

It depends if they have their back to me or not.

Are you mad that my johnson is bigger than yours? :hug:

If you've been blessed in that department to a greater level than myself it's not something I can be mad about. I just have to accept it and know that I have a better personality.

have you ever met maradona?

No.

what do you think of videla?

Not enough bad things can happen to him.

is messi going to bring the cup to argentina for a 3rd time?

Without question. Only God can stop him and I don't think Fiona Apple has any interest in the World Cup.

is argentina going to default on its debt once more in your lifetime?

I don't see why not.

have you ever been to ushuaia?

No.

Stensland
12-05-2008, 09:57 PM
oh, and happy birthday of course, sorry. :)

jayjay
12-05-2008, 09:58 PM
- Have you recovered from your porn addiction yet?

Porn is not something to recover from, it's something to enjoy and pass the time online.

- Do you think you'd be richer today if you had never backed any Argie team or sportspeople at all in the past? Be honest.

Yes, very much so, because I ruined my life in 2002 and that one moment took me years to recover from mentally and financially.

- Brazil or Chile? :D

Brazil has great asses, Shotgun and GlennMirnyi. So without a doubt - Brazil.

- Batistuta or Caniggia?

Batistuta, not even close.

- Coria or Nalbandian?

Coria.

are you of italian or spanish heritage? if neither of those, what heritage do you have?

My background is a mixture of Argentine/Persian and I've spent nearly all my life in England.

do you believe you're going to witness an argentine number 1 in tennis in your lifetime?

Yes.

do you think the falklands belong to argentina?

I'm not someone who cares deeply about such issues. I prefer people don't die in pointless wars.

Getta
12-05-2008, 09:58 PM
Happy birthday Jay :smooch:

Stensland
12-05-2008, 10:02 PM
some follow-up questions:

you don't believe any of the current argentines on tour are going to claim the top spot, are you? but if so, who do you think it will be?

the persian heritage is interesting. may i ask where your ancestors came from? iran? syria? lebanon?
and did you keep anything from them, like mother tongue, habits etc.?

jayjay
12-05-2008, 10:09 PM
some follow-up questions:

you don't believe any of the current argentines on tour are going to claim the top spot, are you? but if so, who do you think it will be?

I believe Del Potro will be number one at some point, even if it's just for a week. My son to be could also be number one if he wanted, but his future has already been decided and he'll be wearing the "10" for Argentina at the 2030 World Cup.

the persian heritage is interesting. may i ask where your ancestors came from? iran? syria? lebanon?

My mother has Iranian blood.

and did you keep anything from them, like mother tongue, habits etc.?

Due to living in England most of my life and having been estranged from both sides of my family for various reasons, I can speak Spanish and Persian very, very poorly but am often far too embarassed to do so as I think I sound like an English person trying to speak Spanish/Persian and to me it sounds horrible.

Luckily for me, last time I was in Argentina (2006) my cousin took care of everything for me and I'm never going to go to Iran ever again (I was last there when I was 10, I'm 28 today) so I don't have to worry about that.

I plan on improving my Spanish to an acceptable level, at some point, but the honest truth is that I'm too lazy to take the time to do so although I really should as it would help me in the industries I'm in quite significantly.

jayjay
12-05-2008, 10:10 PM
oh, and happy birthday of course, sorry. :)

Happy birthday Jay :smooch:

Thanks. Only 50 minutes of it left, then it's my mother's birthday. :) What an incredible present I was for her. :D

Stensland
12-05-2008, 10:18 PM
so do you *feel* argentine at all? you haven't lived in argentina for a long time and you don't even speak spanish. what percentage of you feels british? 20, maybe 50%?

Albop
12-05-2008, 10:20 PM
What do you dislike from Argentine people?

jayjay
12-05-2008, 10:23 PM
so do you *feel* argentine at all? you haven't lived in argentina for a long time and you don't even speak spanish. what percentage of you feels british? 20, maybe 50%?

I feel very much Argentine for everything I had to put up with growing up in England and being reminded constantly that I was Argentine. When it comes to issues on a human level, I'm not interested in nationality. I'm a person, I have opinions on things not because of where I come from, where I live, but because of what I believe to be right or wrong.

The only thing I am ever "nationalist" about is sport and that was drummed into me from an early age, and the only thing I can thank my dead father for <spits>.

jayjay
12-05-2008, 10:26 PM
What do you dislike from Argentine people?

I don't necessarily dislike anything but I would say if that we were critical of ourselves in generalistic terms it could be applied to South Americans in general - that the extremes of high and low are too frequent and reactionary.

On the other hand, this is a trait that many people who aren't South American, like about South Americans - just ask my fiancee.

TMJordan
12-05-2008, 10:27 PM
Happy Birthday buddy, hope you had a nice day.

Also...

What will it take for you to get back to prominence and win another Fantasy football title?

jayjay
12-05-2008, 10:31 PM
Happy Birthday buddy, hope you had a nice day.

Cheers, Jordan.

What will it take for you to get back to prominence and win another Fantasy football title?

Winning became too easy and maybe I fell in love with myself a little too much, cos I love me, some me. Now that people doubt me and are trying to stamp on me while I'm down, it can give me the motivation I need to once more prove that I'm a star in the hood.

Boca Giants will do it big in 2009.

rocketassist
12-05-2008, 10:35 PM
Whereabout in the UK do you live?

Have you ever visited the Wirral?

What do you think of the Wirral's premier football team? (we regularly bend over for Forest so that's gotta be a positive)

Will Forest stay up and be playing Spurs in the Championship?

I've always noticed in sports when an Argentine team has lost they tend to take defeat quite badly. Do you hate losing in the same manner?

You don't have to answer this as it might be too personal, but what did your dad do to you?

scoobs
12-05-2008, 10:41 PM
Happy Birthday Jay :)

I wish many great sporting triumphs and successful bets on you in the year ahead.

jayjay
12-05-2008, 10:43 PM
Whereabout in the UK do you live?

In Berkshire.

Have you ever visited the Wirral?

No.

What do you think of the Wirral's premier football team? (we regularly bend over for Forest so that's gotta be a positive)

Ian Moore was a decent player, shame injury stopped him having a better career at Forest.

Will Forest stay up and be playing Spurs in the Championship?

Forest will stay up but unfortunately it looks like Spurs may do so also.

I've always noticed in sports when an Argentine team has lost they tend to take defeat quite badly. Do you hate losing in the same manner?

Yes. It's something people hate about Argentines, but it's a trait that I personally am pleased to have. I hate to lose at anything, of course there can be a "way" to lose at times which is more dignified than others. However, sometimes if you feel a genuine injustice and you are an emotional and volatile person, then at those moments it will come out in ways that probably don't appeal to many.

There are some nations that have greater pride in representing their nation than others, and this can be for a combination of socio-economic/political/historic/and many other reasons, and that passion can often boil over. For me it is something about sport which I love the most, the passion. To want something so badly that you may cry at the end of it whether you achieve your goal or not is something that I can appreciate and relate to.

You don't have to answer this as it might be too personal, but what did your dad do to you?

He didn't do anything to me, he just likes hitting women who happen to be my mother. Lucky for him he's dead, because I turned out to be a really angry young man.

jayjay
12-05-2008, 10:53 PM
Happy Birthday Jay :)

I wish many great sporting triumphs and successful bets on you in the year ahead.

:hatoff: :D

Bibberz
12-05-2008, 11:43 PM
Happy birthday to you and your mom. :p

What's your favorite non-Maradona sports moment? (e.g. a goal but not an entire footie match)

When (if ever) will my 49ers make the playoffs? :awww:

adee-gee
12-06-2008, 12:01 AM
Happy birthday son :drink:

1) If we went out for a beer, what % of our conversation do you think would revolve around sport?

2) Who would you want to win a Scotland vs. England footy match?

3) Who's got the best ass in the world?

4) Name a Spurs player you like, and name another that you rate highly.

5) On a scale of 1-10, how highly do you rate my fantasy sports abilities?

6) If you met Riquelme in the street, what would you say to him?

7) Have you set a date for your wedding yet?

jayjay
12-06-2008, 12:19 AM
Happy birthday to you and your mom. :p

Thanks. :)

What's your favorite non-Maradona sports moment? (e.g. a goal but not an entire footie match)

Football - When Neri Cardozo scored his first goal for Boca, it was away, IIRC we won 3-1, but I can't remember who it was against, he was so overwhelmed and just dropped to the ground and cried. Every Boca fan will know how he felt.

Tennis - Anytime Coria pissed off an opponent or opposition fans.

NFL - Giants/49ers at Candlestick Park, you already know the story of me sneaking into the living room to watch it when I should have been asleep with the duvet over me and the TV so the light wouldn't glare and get caught by my mum. Matt Bahr. :worship:

When (if ever) will my 49ers make the playoffs? :awww:

Soon. They just need Alex Smith to grow bigger hands.

jayjay
12-06-2008, 12:31 AM
Happy birthday son :drink:

:hatoff: Even though it ain't my birthday, anymore.

1) If we went out for a beer, what % of our conversation do you think would revolve around sport?

It really would be A beer, as I don't drink. I'll have cherry coke and lots of it. 95% about sport, 5% about Linda.

2) Who would you want to win a Scotland vs. England footy match?

Scotland, not even close. I've never wanted England to win at anything.

3) Who's got the best ass in the world?

There is no one winner, there are just far too many great female asses in the world to narrow it down to one.

4) Name a Spurs player you like, and name another that you rate highly.

I like Jenas, he was a decent player and a nice kid when he was at Forest, shame Spurs ruined him.

I rate Dawson, he was a decent player and a nice kid when he was at Forest, shame Spurs ruined him.

5) On a scale of 1-10, how highly do you rate my fantasy sports abilities?

Your fantasy football ability I'd say is 8.

Your fantasy sports ability in general is lower because your knowledge of NFL/NBA is not the best.

6) If you met Riquelme in the street, what would you say to him?

I'd say the fact that I can walk faster than you can run is partly the reason we could never win a World Cup with you, but thanks for all the titles at Boca. :hug:

I wouldn't actually say this to him, my cousin would, as I'd be far too ashamed to show off my piss poor Spanish to a Boca legend.

7) Have you set a date for your wedding yet?

Nothing definitive, but it's likely to be late 2009 in San Francisco. Unless she changes her mind again and wants to have it in Argentina or Italy as she has done on various occasions.

Eden
12-06-2008, 05:13 PM
Happy belated birthday and all the best for your new year of life :)

My questions for you:

1) Who would be your favourite coach for your favourite player?
2) Which match do you consider as best of all time?
3) Who would be a good choice as the new ATP president?
4) What are your best and worst characteristic traits?
5) What’s your favourite match of your favourite player and who is the opponent you enjoy to see him play against the most?
6) Do you have any quirks (for example having to check 10 times whether you have really closed the door)?
7) When did you start watching tennis?
8) What's your best childhood memory?
9) What’s your philosophy of life?
10) Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Action Jackson
12-06-2008, 05:22 PM
- What sport can't you handle watching?

- What position did you play when you were playing football?

- What did you think of Brian Clough?

- Is the Maradona goal where he slalomed through 6 players at the 86 World Cup the greatest goal of all time?

- What do you think of the man who bought a season ticket for his dead father and carries his remains in the urn which has its own ticket?

- Favourite wrestler?

Bibberz
12-06-2008, 05:35 PM
NFL - Giants/49ers at Candlestick Park, you already know the story of me sneaking into the living room to watch it when I should have been asleep with the duvet over me and the TV so the light wouldn't glare and get caught by my mum. Matt Bahr. :worship:

Jesus, that's a painful memory for me. :sad: We sort of paid you back in the 2002-03 Wildcard game, but not really--neither one of our teams was particularly good that year. :o

Soon. They just need Alex Smith to grow bigger hands.
Then we're fucked. :lol: He's not ever going to play for our team again on account of his ginormous salary.

...

What's been your most "clever" bet in recent memory? (It does not have to be your most profitable one.)

jayjay
12-06-2008, 05:37 PM
Happy belated birthday and all the best for your new year of life :)

:hug:

My questions for you:

1) Who would be your favourite coach for your favourite player?

Gil Reyes for Coria. Mago needed great help on a psychological level and there are few better than Reyes when it comes to the ability to motivate and stimulate the mind.

This ship has now sailed for Coria, though.

2) Which match do you consider as best of all time?

The best match I've ever seen was Coria/Nadal Rome Final 2005. Clay court tennis at its finest, it had everything.

3) Who would be a good choice as the new ATP president?

I don't know that I can give you a name, but at least some of the criteria has to be someone who can appreciate the need to appease the top players/sponsors, as well as the base levels of the sport.

4) What are your best and worst characteristic traits?

My best trait is my self-belief, you can't achieve anything if you don't believe in yourself.

My worst trait is my indiscipline, I was incredibly spoiled as a child and maybe that has played a large part in me doing what I want, whenever I want throughout my life, sometimes to my own detriment.

5) What’s your favourite match of your favourite player and who is the opponent you enjoy to see him play against the most?

Even in defeat, my favourite Coria match was the Rome Final with Nadal. He played at a great level and there had to be a loser, and unfortunately it was him, but it could easily not have been.

I don't have a player I enjoy seeing him up against most, I just enjoy to watch him play, period.

6) Do you have any quirks (for example having to check 10 times whether you have really closed the door)?

Yes, I'm a very superstitious person. If I'm watching an important match and the windows were closed and it's getting hot, the windows must stay closed. If they were open, they must stay open. I often have a pen in my hand during important matches and at various times of anxiety will line up the lid of the pen over my index finger or middle finger. I will re-align it after each important moment (be it a penalty shoot out, in between each penalty, or an important tennis game, in between each point).

During NFL games that involve the Giants of great importance, I will stand up during critical plays and will walk out of the room and back in between each play. I am very quiet during these moments of OCD, but when something happens to the benefit of one of my teams/players, I will let out the kind of roar that would scare the shit out of any child.

7) When did you start watching tennis?

Honestly, I can't remember. I only became an avid tennis fan during the early Martina Hingis years as I liked to watch her play and admired her greatly for being able to be that good at such a young age.

8) What's your best childhood memory?

Playing football in the playground on my local estate literally from morning until night on any weekend or school holiday.

9) What’s your philosophy of life?

Be yourself and not what others want you to be.

10) Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Married with two kids, one boy - Maxi, and one daughter - as yet not named. I'll either be a head odds compiler on football or tennis, or a full time sports writer - hopefully not for a tabloid, I could never enjoy writing that kind of shit.

jayjay
12-06-2008, 05:50 PM
- What sport can't you handle watching?

Not really a fan of any winter or motor sports.

- What position did you play when you were playing football?

I was an attacking midfielder for most of my playing days, but had alot of ankle problems which started at the age of 16 which required 4 operations each on both ankles over the next three years. I still played during much of that time, but started to play off the striker, as I just couldn't really run much at all alot of the time. It wasn't alot of fun playing with ankles that were literally on fire for two years, but there were possibilities for me at a higher level and it was what I wanted more than anything.

When I look back now I don't understand what made me think I could succeed given everything that was happening to me and the handicap I was effectively playing with, but when you want something so much, sometimes you don't want to admit the truth to yourself about what is going to transpire no matter what you do.

- What did you think of Brian Clough?

A once great manager who unfortunately lost it towards the end and even though it could never damage his legacy, Forest should never have been relegated from the Premiership and his decisions were the main reason Forest went down.

- Is the Maradona goal where he slalomed through 6 players at the 86 World Cup the greatest goal of all time?

It has to be, when you consider the importance/significane of the match. Other players have scored goals similar to that, but never on that kind of stage.

- What do you think of the man who bought a season ticket for his dead father and carries his remains in the urn which has its own ticket?

If it makes him happy, let him carry on, he's not hurting anyone.

- Favourite wrestler?

Bret Hart.

What's been your most "clever" bet in recent memory? (It does not have to be your most profitable one.)

Not too many clever bets from me, ever. :lol:

I don't know that I've made that many clever bets, in all honestly. I have picked some very decent priced winners in recent times and I like my EW picks on the Giants and Steelers earlier this season, but we'll have to see whether they end up bearing fruit.

I backed the Giants at 25/1 last year to win the NFC and people I knew in reality and online could only laugh at me. Seemed pretty shrewd by the time it was all said and done, though. :p

scarecrows
12-06-2008, 05:57 PM
Bret Hart.



WIN

Kitty de Sade
12-06-2008, 06:08 PM
Happy bday JJ. :hug:

1) When was the last time you really got angry?

2) What is the most challenging part about managing your relationship?

3) How extensive is your collection of pornography?

4) Are you able to take a Carrie Milbank-type seriously?

5) Do you think everyone has a price at which they'll sell out?

jayjay
12-06-2008, 07:31 PM
Happy bday JJ. :hug:

Thanks. :)

1) When was the last time you really got angry?

A couple of weeks ago with a work colleague who was talking about something he didn't know anything about and insisting he was an authority on the subject.

2) What is the most challenging part about managing your relationship?

The differences and distance between us. We have such different ways of reacting and dealing with certain things that it can cause problems. Not being able to be there for someone you truly love in the way that you want to, day in and day out, is difficult to deal with.

That being said, despite having to contend with a long distance relationship and long periods apart, we're still together despite many arguments and break-ups. So we must be doing something right in between all of that to keep the relationship going.

3) How extensive is your collection of pornography?

Pretty much non-existent. I have a Chasey Lain video compilation which I purchased many years ago, and that's the lot. Thanks to the internet, there is no need to ever buy porn, it's readily available online and if you know where to go - it's free.

4) Are you able to take a Carrie Milbank-type seriously?

Of course. Just because someone is good looking, doesn't mean they aren't capable in their chosen profession.

5) Do you think everyone has a price at which they'll sell out?

It depends on the specifics, but yes, on most things there is a price that people can bend their principles and beliefs for if the compensation level is satisfactory.

Eden
12-06-2008, 08:41 PM
Thanks for answering :)

Some new ones:

1) What is one thing you want to do in your lifetime?
2) What was a strange idea you had as a kid of the idea of growing up?
3) Who will win the GS tournaments in 2009?
4) How many people do you consider as real friends?
5) What is your New Years Resolution?
6) What do you value most in a person?
7) What is your favorite quote?
8) Have you ever asked yourself how Nalbandian's career would have went if he had won the Wimbledon final against Hewitt?
9) What was the most exciting moment of your life?
10) What are you most proud of?

bad gambler
12-06-2008, 09:20 PM
1. How did you become interested in American Football and why the New York Giants?

2. What is your favourite sport to watch?

3. How would you best describe yourself in one word?

4. If you could ask the following sports stars 1 question in relation to the respective sports they play, what would it be?

- Plaxico Burress
- Lionel Messi
- Juan Martin Hernandez

jayjay
12-06-2008, 10:14 PM
1) What is one thing you want to do in your lifetime?

Make my mother proud, just once.

2) What was a strange idea you had as a kid of the idea of growing up?

I had this idea that life gets easier the older you get, it turns out I was wrong.

3) Who will win the GS tournaments in 2009?

Djokovic, Nadal, Nadal & Murray, in that order.

4) How many people do you consider as real friends?

One.

5) What is your New Years Resolution?

To be more careful with my money, like not getting a taxi every where I go because I just can't be bothered to get on the train.

6) What do you value most in a person?

Loyalty. If you don't have that, then you have nothing as far as I'm concerned.

7) What is your favorite quote?

Not so much a quote, as a lyric.

"I got my feet on the ground and I don't go to sleep to dream. You got your head in the clouds and you're not at all what you seem. This mind, this body and this voice cannot be stifled by your deviant ways. So don't forget what I told ya, don't come around, I got my own hell to raise." (Fiona Apple)

8) Have you ever asked yourself how Nalbandian's career would have went if he had won the Wimbledon final against Hewitt?

No. He wasn't ready to beat a player like Hewitt in a match of that magnitude at that stage of his career. It was a magnificent achievement to make that Wimbledon final. If there are matches that I look back of his and think if they had gone differently, he might have truly fulfilled all of his potential, it would have been matches like his Slam SFs with Gaudio and Baghdatis.

9) What was the most exciting moment of your life?

When I was asked to come and train with the Reading youth team. I thought my life was going to change forever and live my dreams, little did I know the nightmare was just starting.

10) What are you most proud of?

I'm not proud of anything about myself as a person. In terms of accomplishment, as I told Naranoc, just happy that the Messi/Tevez article went to print with my name on it.

1. How did you become interested in American Football and why the New York Giants?

Channel 4 used to show NFL highlights and as a kid I was a sports nut and pretty much watched anything and everything. Even though I'd never been to New York (and still haven't, although I'll be going there in Jan/Feb 2009), the idea of New York was always cool to me. So it was always going to be the Giants or Jets for me, and the team they used to show more of the two was the Giants, and they wore blue (like Boca), so I followed them, and have done religiously ever since.

2. What is your favourite sport to watch?

Football, not even close.

3. How would you best describe yourself in one word?

Complex.

4. If you could ask the following sports stars 1 question in relation to the respective sports they play, what would it be?

- Plaxico Burress
- Lionel Messi
- Juan Martin Hernandez

Plax, why shoot self in thigh?

Lio, do midgets do it better?

Juan, why Stade always kick away possession?

Fensler
12-06-2008, 10:43 PM
Hi jayjay.

1) What do you like (and dislike) about living in Berkshire?
2) Based on what has happened so far, do you think one of the Germans will win the MTF fantasy hoops league?
3) Do you give a toss about the political threads and economics threads on MTF?
4) You are knowledgeable about a wide variety of sports from around the world. Still, it seems unusual for any UK resident - even those who have moved in from other countries - to follow baseball at all. What brought about your interest in the sport? And assuming you still watch MLB, what is/are your favorite team(s)?
5) What is your opinion of Maritza Mendez and Silvia Loret?
6) Excluding your favorite team's home field, which NFL stadiums do you like the most?
7) Which U.S. states have you visited?
8) Will the team of adg here to beat jj actually end up beating The Boca Bucketmen in the final hoops standings?
9) Will you be having a big wedding or a small wedding?
10) How proficient are you at understanding and speaking Spanish?
11) Should a person truly trust anyone besides himself/herself?

SloKid
12-06-2008, 10:55 PM
jayjay, you're one of the posters whose posts I really enjoy reading, my questions are:

1) How fun is it to own Adam all the time in discussions? :D
2) Did you think the Giants stood a chance in the Superbowl last year?
3) Did you, like me, want to strangle Eli Manning at times in the past, before he actually become somewhat reliable?
4) Did you at times wish Giants never traded away Rivers for Eli?
5) If you could choose your favourite all-time eleven, which players would be in it?
6) Do you remember in what jammy way Argentina beat Yugoslavia in the 1990 World Cup in Italy? :(

jayjay
12-06-2008, 11:56 PM
[QUOTE=Fensler;7888472]1) What do you like (and dislike) about living in Berkshire?

Like - It's quiet.

Dislike - It seems more and more soon to be ASBOs are being born in the Berkshire area.

2) Based on what has happened so far, do you think one of the Germans will win the MTF fantasy hoops league?

It seems likely. Deck has led from the get go and he doesn't look like letting go of his position. However, there is still a long, long way to go.

3) Do you give a toss about the political threads and economics threads on MTF?

On MTF, no.

They are the kind of threads I don't bother to read, not because I have no interest at all in either subject, but because I'm sure that any discussions in those kind of threads end up turning into online wars. And I just can't be bothered with that alot of the time, certainly not to get involved, no one is going to change their views.

4) You are knowledgeable about a wide variety of sports from around the world. Still, it seems unusual for any UK resident - even those who have moved in from other countries - to follow baseball at all. What brought about your interest in the sport? And assuming you still watch MLB, what is/are your favorite team(s)?

The UK is one of the best countries in the world when it comes to sports availability and NASN was a god send for me in terms of following the American Sports that I do. www.nasn.com

I'm watching Florida/Alabama right now, as it happens.

I'm not a great fan of Baseball, I got it into a little a few years ago for a couple of years when I used to watch alot of matches (NASN will usually air anywhere between 3-7 live games a week).

Partly, it was because I was having interest bets gambling wise and just general boredom. For the past 3/4 years, my interest in MLB has been limited mainly for post-season action. I will check on the standings/results every now and then during the regular season, but I'm never going to watch games in full again during the regular season. I just don't want to anymore. And I don't gamble professionally anymore, so even the interest bets dried up completely.

I never followed an MLB team, I liked certain players like Soriano, Ichiro, Pujols and I liked Zito when he was doing well, funny to see how shit he has become. :lol: Serves him right for touching Alyssa Milano.

5) What is your opinion of Maritza Mendez and Silvia Loret?

Never heard of either, but have since googled them. What a mother/daughter combo that is. :eek: Silvia is hot as fuck. :worship:

6) Excluding your favorite team's home field, which NFL stadiums do you like the most?

I've never been to an NFL stadium, the only NFL match I've been to was the Giants/Dolphins at Wembley last year. However, NFL stadiums which I wouldn't mind sampling the atmosphere in would be - Pittsburgh with the terrible towels in freezing weather.

7) Which U.S. states have you visited?

I spent about 3 months in Houston when I was 8, because my mother was seriously considering us to live there. I even went to a local school and took their entry tests, that's how close it was to happening.

I try to get to Washington as and when I can because my fiancee works there, I'll be going there in January, and we are going to spend some time in New York which I'm really, really looking forward to.

8) Will the team of adg here to beat jj actually end up beating The Boca Bucketmen in the final hoops standings?

Absolutely not. It doesn't look like I'm going to do too well, but certainly better than Adee-boy.

9) Will you be having a big wedding or a small wedding?

Small. It'll be myself (obviously, wouldn't miss it for the world), my other half and our respective mothers. That'll be it, probably. She wants it that way and I don't object.

10) How proficient are you at understanding and speaking Spanish?

My Spanish is quite limited to sports speak, if you will. I do read the sports dailies (or try to) each day to try and keep it somewhat refreshed. My Spanish would have been where it should be had I been able to take Spanish at GCSE level, but the way our classes were broken down you couldn't take Sports Science and Spanish, and seeing as Sports Science was my fav subject, Spanish had to take a back seat and I never really did anything about it.

11) Should a person truly trust anyone besides himself/herself?

You can trust the people who have raised you and always been there for you, whether that be other family members or friends. My mother is my family, so I trust her, of course.

However, just never be fooled into thinking people who you think have your back can't and won't turn on you. I had some very good friends during my childhood who would still be people I trust unconditionally if it wasn't for the fact our lives moved in very different directions/circles and we could never stay in touch as much as you would need to maintain that close bond.

I can't say I trust at all people I befriend at work or in other situations since, I'm not the sort of person who looks for a new best friend or thinks just because I have something in common with someone that suddenly we're great friends. It takes years and years to build that kind of trust level, not just a few good times here and there in the space of a few months.

jayjay, you're one of the posters whose posts I really enjoy reading

Thanks, I also enjoy reading my own posts, greatly. :D

1) How fun is it to own Adam all the time in discussions? :D

Adee's a good kid, a little misguided, but a good kid.

2) Did you think the Giants stood a chance in the Superbowl last year?

I always believe my team/player can win, at all times. Although I appreciate the chances of winning are sometimes higher or lower, but I always believe there is a chance, and that's all I need to believe in.

I was sure the Giants could cover the spread and sure we wouldn't be humiliated, but yes, in all honesty I thought we would fall just short as we did in the regular season game against the Pats.

The Giants showed everyone that day just how good this team could be, and have continued building on that this season. :)

3) Did you, like me, want to strangle Eli Manning at times in the past, before he actually become somewhat reliable?

No, I always was very supportive of Eli. I saw him alot in College and was definitely sold on the Giants taking him. I have to admit, at the time I thought the price to pay may have been too steep, but since he has delievered a Superbowl already that price has well and truly been worth it.

I believed 100% he would become a good QB, maybe it was partly because of his ability and partly blind faith, but in the end he came good. I admit that I find it unacceptable the amount of delay of game penalties he still causes us, but hey, when you can then follow that up with a 25 yard pass to Toomer or Steve Smith, then fair enough. :D

4) Did you at times wish Giants never traded away Rivers for Eli?

No, I never wanted Rivers. Maybe cos I saw far more of Eli and Big Ben beforehand, I'd have been happy with Eli or Big Ben. Even though Rivers has turned out to be good also, I like Eli's calmer sense of leadership, I think it is a good fit for the team as it is.

The way it all turned out, it seems like whatever QB the Giants would have gone with would have been a good decision, so I guess it was lucky that we took a QB with such a QB draft class as turned out.

5) If you could choose your favourite all-time eleven, which players would be in it?

For Football?

Probably something along these lines...

..........................................GIANLUIG I BUFFON.....................................
......JAVIER ZANETTI...ROBERTO AYALA...COLIN COOPER....STU PEARCE........
..........................................FERNANDO REDONDO................................
................................ROY KEANE........................PAVEL NEDVED............
...............................LIONEL MESSI.................DIEGO MARADONA............
...........................................GABRIEL BATISTUTA................................

Hard to answer that off the top of my head, I had many favourite players as a kid who I can't recall at this time, who neither played for Argentina, Boca or Forest.

6) Do you remember in what jammy way Argentina beat Yugoslavia in the 1990 World Cup in Italy? :(

Yes, Argentina were dreadful in that World Cup. I remember that day in particular, I was so restless. I always am before an Argentina match, they cannot come soon enough for me. I become so irritable waiting for the match. I remember going out in the morning to play football to pass the time before the match started afternoon time (UK), and would look at the watch every few seconds being pissed off that not enough time had elapsed.

Yugoslavia were much better that day, although in fairness it was a completely dreadful match. IIRC, Burruchaga had a perfectly good goal disallowed (funnily enough, for handball :lol: ), but the truth is we didn't deserve to win and Diego's apalling penalty summed up the entire performance. Yugoslavia had some wonderfully gifted and technical players like Stojkovic and Savicevic and others who would later go on to be the backbone of the good Croatian side. Everyone at school felt sorry for them that they went out, and if I had been neutral on the issue, I would have felt the same. But I wasn't. :dance:

Naranoc
12-07-2008, 01:12 AM
1) Do you ever get annoyed when someone insists on showing you different YouTube clips while you're doing something else?
2) Which MTF poster is it most inconvenient arguing against? And who's great to have on your side?
3) Could you imagine yourself being the main character of a novel, and your life in general as a 'story'?

fast_clay
12-07-2008, 01:34 AM
what makes carnival folk so scary...?

jayjay
12-07-2008, 01:49 AM
1) Do you ever get annoyed when someone insists on showing you different YouTube clips while you're doing something else?

I'm usually the one sending my GF YT links which she never opens. :o

2) Which MTF poster is it most inconvenient arguing against? And who's great to have on your side?

GlennMirnyi is the most inconvenient because he is intentionally difficult. You try to talk to him seriously about tennis, and he doesn't give you the same respect back, instead treating everyone like the latest "fangirl" or "fanboy" that he claims to despise so much. I've spoken with him away from GM, and he seems to be a guy you can have a chat and laugh with, but then in GM he plays his supposed "character" and you just wish he could stop being like that when you engage him in a discussion especially when he should know by now a little more about the person with whom he is speaking.

Great to have on side? There are a number of posters who I respect and am always interested to read what they have to say, but I wouldn't say there is anyone that I feel being on my side increases the credibility or validity of my own opinions. I'd like to think I can evidence and back up my own opinions and thoughts and let that stand alone, without wanting or needing others to be supporting me on the issue to make my argument seem stronger.

You should have the courage of your own convictions and beliefs, whether you stand alone or with the masses on any given subject.

3) Could you imagine yourself being the main character of a novel, and your life in general as a 'story'?

Anyone could, my life is no more or less interesting than the average person. I certainly haven't lived any kind of extraordinary life that would need documenting or be interesting to anyone in anyway.

Myself, I like to watch/read about real-life stories, even if they are mundane. What really happens is always going to be more interesting to me than any fictitious movie/story, simply because it's real, and that it happened. That someone lived those moments, whatever they may be.

what makes carnival folk so scary...?

That they are often seen in large numbers and this can be quite intimidating for many people. Also the fact that they can at times burst out into a chorus of "Cotton Eye Joe" is also disturbing and a huge cause for unease amongst innocent onlookers.

Voo de Mar
12-07-2008, 02:31 AM
Why in your opinion many Argentinian tennis players finish their career in the 20's?

Action Jackson
12-07-2008, 01:06 PM
- How did you handle the down time when you had to recovery from the ankle surgeries? Were they caused by being hacked from behind by butcher like defenders?

- Do you think Clough should have been a national team manager? Have you ever been to a Forest match against their two big rivals Notts County and Derby County?

- Of the two Argentine squads in 1986 and 1990 which one had the better overall depth?

- Why do you think the Netherlands besides winning the 1988 Euros haven't won big titles given the amount of talent and depth they have had?

- How proud were you of Argentina's great effort in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Do you think it would be better to play in the Southern Hemisphere against the Aussies, NZ and South Africa or in the northern hemisphere?

- Name a destination that you would be happy to never visit again?

- Have you been to Norway and if not do you want to visit?

adee-gee
12-07-2008, 01:23 PM
- How much would it mean to you if I beat BD tonight? What sort of credit would you be after if Ward scores 3 TD's?

- Do you take the piss out of people in real life as much as you do on MTF?

- Argentina in the 2012 WC final against Brazil. Goes to penalties, it's in sudden death, and Kaka has a penalty to win it. How much money would you pay to see him miss it and Argentina to go on to win?

- Why do you support Forest?

jayjay
12-07-2008, 01:59 PM
Why in your opinion many Argentinian tennis players finish their career in the 20's?

I don't think it's exclusive to Argentinian players. Players come to prominence at a young age and end up burning out at a relatively young age, also. You don't see as many players going into their 30's/late 30's these days as was once common. This is obviously for a variety of reasons - injury/motivation/others - and you have to look at the specifics of each case. It's not like Argentine players are predisposed to be done by the age of 25, it could just simply be that the drugs don't work, anymore.

- How did you handle the down time when you had to recovery from the ankle surgeries? Were they caused by being hacked from behind by butcher like defenders?

It was a very difficult time for me in my life, I've had two very difficult moments - 1999 and 2002. 2002 was as a result of gambling, 1999 was as a result of the realisation after the 8th operation that not only was I not going to become a professional footballer, but that I wouldn't be able to even play in a 5-a-side powerleague with friends for a very long time, and if and when I could, that it would happen by virtue of sucking up the intense burning in my ankles that I had put up with for the previous years through gritted teeth.

When I look back now I can see how stupid I was to think the things I did at the time, for example, I had an operation 6 days before (in 1997) I was due to have a session at Millfield College in order to gain a scholarship there. The doctor told me I should do nothing other than use crutches for 4 months, and that I wouldn't be able to walk for a week.

I told him that I had this Millfield "trial" and that I would be there to take part, he laughed. That night in the hospital I started walking around, even though I wasn't supposed to be able to, it was painful, but it wasn't any worse than what I was playing with. I ended up having the Millfield trial against the advice of my doctor, my mother and my friends. I remember my mother crying on the way to driving me to the trial and trying to explain to her that this is what I wanted, and this is what would make me happy. She never understood what was important to me as I never wanted to be a lawyer or what have you, like she would have wanted me to.

I played badly at Millfield, and was not offered a full scholarship. I was already on an all-round scholarship at my current school, and there is no way my mum could have afforded the school fees, as she had spent pretty much every penny she had in getting me to a private school from the age of 11-14, before I got the all-round scholarship to go to the Senior school.

What made me think I could play well enough to impress given the situation I was in? Stubborness, I guess. Those kind of situations happened to me a number of times when training with Reading and later training with Cambridge, everyone else could see there was no chance for me given the situation, and yet I didn't believe or accept a word of it.

It makes me feel bad to think what I put my mother through and the times she worried about me, and it makes me a little angry with myself for not being self-aware of my situation at the time. However, I'm a destructive character, which I'm fully aware of now, as well as being aware that when I was younger I was incredibly stupid.

My injuries were not as a result of being fouled, something completely innocuous happened that ended up being a major problem. It took a long time for the doctors to understand what was wrong (that's the NHS for you :rolleyes: ) and it wasn't till my mother paid for me to see a private doctor that everything became clear.

At some point I had twisted my right ankle and damaged ligaments, partially. Without realising I had been injured I kept playing and playing and playing, and eventually the ligaments became significantly damaged as well as breaking bits of the ankle bone that became degenerative. I had the same problem on the left ankle with the broken bones, but fortunately no ligament damage. The reason I had so many operations after the intial two were to constantly clear out the floating bits of broken bone in my ankles.

- Do you think Clough should have been a national team manager? Have you ever been to a Forest match against their two big rivals Notts County and Derby County?

He is clearly the best manager England never have, although it's obvious why the FA would never appoint him as he'd never do things their way, they would be his way and his way only.

I've never been to a Forest-County match, but I've been to Forest-Derby, it was the match 2-2 draw with Derby during the PVH strike season back in the Premiership.

- Of the two Argentine squads in 1986 and 1990 which one had the better overall depth?

1986 was better, they were far more a cohesive unit than 1990. 1990 was an ugly team that apart from Caniggia was just literally scratching and clawing their way through the tournament. It didn't say much for that World Cup that we made the final with that team, it's not that the players were not good, but they were certainly more interested in winning as ugly as can be than expressing their abilities.

- Why do you think the Netherlands besides winning the 1988 Euros haven't won big titles given the amount of talent and depth they have had?

They've often stood in their own way with internal squabbles, but ultimately, there can only be one World Cup or Euro winner each tournament and the rest are losers. So it's not that surprising that some nations may have excessive droughts of not winning a major title, there are many nations that can play to a high level, and we can't all win.

There is something to be said for the Dutch mentality, which some of their players - past and present - have commented on which make it difficult for them to win these kind of tournaments. There is a certain mindset you must have, you have to be able to win ugly as well as winning with beautiful football, at times. And maybe this is something they are not good at.

- How proud were you of Argentina's great effort in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Do you think it would be better to play in the Southern Hemisphere against the Aussies, NZ and South Africa or in the northern hemisphere?

They were great, when you watch the Rugby and Basketball team play you can't help but be overtaken by the immense pride they show when they represent the shirt. It's a collective spirit that Argentines find easy to identify with, watching the players during the national anthem of the Rugby SF and the Basketball players after the win over Greece almost made me cry.

You can see how much they want it, not just for themselves, but for everyone they are representing. It's clear they understand the moment is bigger than themselves, and that's quite rare these days in the world of professional sport.

It would be easier to join the 6 nations, it would be better to join the Tri-Nations. Alot of the players already play in Europe, so logistically, it would be easier and the competition is at a level where Argentina are already as good. However, joining the Tri-Nations would be better for Argentina long term, as even though there would be some harsh lessons and growing pains in the beginning, it's better for Argentina to compete, learn from and develop against the Southern hemisphere than the Northern, because quite simply, the Southern hemisphere are better.

- Name a destination that you would be happy to never visit again?

Slough. It's never fun.

- Have you been to Norway and if not do you want to visit?

I've never been although I had plans to go there to see Norway/Argentina with my GF, as you know. Unfortunately, work committments made it impossible at the time. I absolutely want to visit, because it's where my GF has spent most of her life, and I want to see the places she grew up in first hand and just how the life is there in general. I'm sure by the end of 2009, I will have visited Norway.

jayjay
12-07-2008, 02:24 PM
- How much would it mean to you if I beat BD tonight? What sort of credit would you be after if Ward scores 3 TD's?

BD and I got off to a bad start, but I think we understand each other a bit better now so I don't really have any desire to see you beat him. However, it would be nice for you to follow in my footsteps in the fantasy sports world and go from success in football to success in NFL, so in that respect, it would be nice to see you win.

- Do you take the piss out of people in real life as much as you do on MTF?

Pretty much. I have the piss taken out of me as much in real life, as I give out, also. It's important to not take yourself too seriously and I understand I have flaws and am open to criticism/jokes.

- Argentina in the 2012 WC final against Brazil. Goes to penalties, it's in sudden death, and Kaka has a penalty to win it. How much money would you pay to see him miss it and Argentina to go on to win?

All my money would already be tied up in Argentina winning the tournament, so for me it would just be a case of aligning the pen lids on my fingers, walking in and out of the room and praying to a God I don't believe in.

- Why do you support Forest?

My best friend at school was an Arsenal fan and he and his family were season ticket holders (his brother, dad and mum). However, his mum rarely went to games, even though she liked football. I didn't have an English team at that time, so it was kind of agreed I'd become an Arsenal fan given my best friend had so much in common as it was - we both agreed football was the only thing in the world that mattered, that cherry coke was great and that all the teachers were ****s.

The first match I went to with them was Arsenal v Forest. I was completely won over by Forest, they were fucking brilliant, Nigel Clough, Franz Carr, they put on a clinic. I knew I wanted to be Nigel Clough the next monday at school in the playground. A week later I turned up at PE in a Forest shirt and my best friend was not happy at all. :lol: He fucking hated me. :D

We got over it, and our other best friend ended up joining Chelsea and went on to become a professional footballer. So life turned out ok, in the end.

fast_clay
12-07-2008, 03:03 PM
golden responses man... :worship:

Action Jackson
12-08-2008, 09:06 AM
Excellent and very well thought out answers, pleasure to read and I will have some follow up questions.

adee-gee
12-08-2008, 11:47 PM
1) Lionel Messi signs for Spurs tomorrow. Honest answer please, would you want him/us to do well?

2) Ex-Forest star Andy Reid - fat pie or big boned?

3) Chances are I'll go to South America in late 2009 or early 2010. How long do you think I should stay in Argentina for (I'd probably be in SA for between 3 and 6 months), and what would be the top 3 things I must do there?

4) Does it piss you off when you see half of Britain walking around in Che Guevara t-shirts when most probably don't even know who he was?

5) Motorcycle Diaries or City of God?

6) Do you remember where you were when Maradona skinned the whole England team in 1986?

7) What one thing about you annoys your fiance the most? Can I have a stab and guess it's the fact you like to have the last word in every dispute? :p

jayjay
12-09-2008, 12:12 AM
1) Lionel Messi signs for Spurs tomorrow. Honest answer please, would you want him/us to do well?

I would wish him personal success, but I cannot wish the club any success.

2) Ex-Forest star Andy Reid - fat pie or big boned?

Wayward talent. Too good for the Championship, not good enough for the Premiership.

3) Chances are I'll go to South America in late 2009 or early 2010. How long do you think I should stay in Argentina for (I'd probably be in SA for between 3 and 6 months), and what would be the top 3 things I must do there?

Stay as long as you are enjoying yourself. In all honesty, there are better people you could ask this question than myself, especially concerning places of historic/iconic importance, but since I know you are a big football fan.

1. Go to a Boca match at La Bombonera and then ask yourself whether it would really be possible to be in another stadium that was as passionate and raucous as that? (If you love White Hart Lane, don't go to a Boca match, you'll never enjoy the 'atmosphere' ever again. I'm not joking, BTW).

2. Have sex with an Argentinian, even if it's a tranny. Argies do it better. :yeah:

3. Go to the Copa Argentina, watch El Rey put on a show. :worship:

4) Does it piss you off when you see half of Britain walking around in Che Guevara t-shirts when most probably don't even know who he was?

Not really. People always latch on to historic figures like that, irrespective of whether they know much about that person/context. I guess it's the latest cool fad that you often see, to be slightly rebellious and then wear a shirt like that to attempt to emphasise it. I have a "Fiona Apple is God" T-shirt just to piss off the religious, so I'm no better.

5) Motorcycle Diaries or City of God?

City of God.

6) Do you remember where you were when Maradona skinned the whole England team in 1986?

I'd love to be able to say I remember, but the truth is I don't. I was 5 and a half at the time. The first WC that I vividly remember every single detail of nearly every single match (not just the Argentina matches) was the 1990 WC.

7) What one thing about you annoys your fiance the most? Can I have a stab and guess it's the fact you like to have the last word in every dispute? :p

Oh dear. How :o for me that you are so close to the bone and almost right.

The thing about me that annoys her the most is my interrupting her, constantly. She has told me during arguments that sometimes when I overtake the conversation it's like being "steamrolled by a train that never ends". :o I have alot to work on about myself. :sad:

To be fair to me, having the last word is not something I try to always have, I'm happy to hear what she has to say and if it really, really pisses me off, instead of having the last word, I'll just hang up and disconnect the phone.

Snoo Foo
12-09-2008, 01:35 AM
why did you choose to be in the spotlight?

jayjay
12-09-2008, 02:23 AM
why did you choose to be in the spotlight?

For many reasons.

These would include the very simplistic and basic reason that at the time I read about the spotlight thread on MTF, I was, as I am often, very bored and wanted something to do and this seemed like it might be a mixture of interesting/amusing. As far as the need to bother to answer questions, at length or not, I like writing/typing and can do it very fast, so time/effort wasn't a factor for me to consider. It takes no time or effort for me to answer these questions.

On a personal level, there are things I've spoken about in this thread that up until a couple of years ago I would never want to speak about even with people very close to me, nevermind people online who I may or may not ever meet or have any greater interaction with. So in that sense, I'm finding some of this process quite therapeutic and learning a little about myself. Only in the respect that I'm alright to talk about these things now, that I can look back at the past and know that it hurt (alot), but that I now have grown up enough to realise there is a future and it can be good, maybe as good, as what I once wanted.

It's also cheaper this way than going to a shrink. Sure, I could tell the shrink all this stuff and he/she would nod their head and ask me generic questions to try and get me to spill more, but I know they'd just be doing it because it's their job. Here I get to answer questions from a number of people who have learnt bits about me over the past couple of years, and so it feels like you're talking to people who can at least relate a bit to where you are trying to come from. I know they aren't doing it because I'm paying them to probe, and I know that quite a few of these people I expect on meeting for real over the course of the next few years, either through work related committments or otherwise.

I'm more open to expressing myself online with people, than I would have been say 5 years ago, because I know more can come of it other than just wasting time with faceless people on the net. 99% of the people are real (unlike FedAce who is a fantastic figment of someone's imagination), their lives interest me - purely because the lives people lead interest me more than most other things. It's interesting to find out some more about others, to get some proper answers/perspectives on serious and not so serious issues, and likewise I'm open myself to giving my own thoughts and feelings, too.

If someone cares to ask a question or read an answer, cool. If not, that's ok, too. I don't know that I particularly care to want to open a chat thread to do this during the off-season for a short while, so here and now seems like not a bad idea. Nor do I particularly feel that this can't or shouldn't be done outside a chat thread.

I've enjoyed reading a bit more about others, re-learning what I already knew about some people and finding out something new about others. And I've enjoyed responding to most of the questions, purely for selfish reasons and what I've been able to get out of it, rather than what anyone else has got out of it (which I'm quite sure is nothing).

These threads and this one in particular will die off very soon and be forgotten completely by most the next time Djokovic takes a medical time out, amongst all the threads on MTF, I find them to be some of the more readable. I can accept others find them pointless and possibly "attention grabbing", I could say that about many threads myself, many of which said critics post in and are active participants.

That's MTF for you, I guess. :)

Kitty de Sade
12-09-2008, 03:35 AM
You recently refered to Sergio Ramos as a "liability." What steps could he take to earn a better rating from you?

With respect to someone like Chasey Lain, is it truly possible to separate who she is as a person, from what she has done for a profession?

What comment might a person make about you that is difficult to hear, but truthful?

Do you think being referred to as "nice" is a compliment?

adee-gee
12-09-2008, 02:58 PM
1) You're offered the chance to manage Forest or Spurs. Forest offer you £150k a year but no money to buy players. Spurs offer you £3 million a year and a £50 million budget to spend. Which job do you take?

2) Do you find it impressive that Ledley King trains once a week and is still one of the best defenders in the country?

3) How are the children's names coming on? Is Sorana still a possibility?

4) Ideally, when would you like to have your first kid?

5) What's your favourite joke? (don't say Spurs).

jayjay
12-09-2008, 03:04 PM
You recently refered to Sergio Ramos as a "liability." What steps could he take to earn a better rating from you?

Not recently, every week. :D

There is nothing he can do, it's just what he is. If he was more consistent, he wouldn't be a liability. If he could be more consistent, he would have been, by now. He has to be taken as he is, a good player, quite adaptable, but liable to do something completely stupid that will either leave his team down a man or cost them a pretty soft goal.

Did you see his sending off against Malaga? That's the kind of stuff I'm talking about, a completely unecessary action that put his team in a difficult situation. If it was the first time, ok, people make mistakes, but Ramos has a history of being sent off for petulance - therefore, he's a liability.

Gabriel Heinze is just as bad on the other flank for the same reasons.

With respect to someone like Chasey Lain, is it truly possible to separate who she is as a person, from what she has done for a profession?

For me, yes. Could I be with someone who was a pornstar? Yes. Could I be with someone who continued to be a pornstar? No. Would I ever be able to get in this scenario? No. Why? As I wouldn't be arrogant enough to think just because I was going out with someone they would change their profession in the meantime until we figured out whether we wanted to be with each other long term. :lol:

In the case of a retired pornstar, as I said, it wouldn't be a problem for me. I have this feeling it would be difficult for the kids, but maybe I'm wrong. The fact that she may have had sex with many different people in her lifetime isn't off putting. You could meet a woman in any number of ways and have no idea about their sexual history, so what difference does it make?

As far as having a relationship with an active pornstar, I could never do that, because I get jealous easily and I wouldn't be able to handle the fact that my GF was being pounded by one or more guys - even if it is just "work". I'd have to kill someone.

What comment might a person make about you that is difficult to hear, but truthful?

That I'm a twat, harsh but fair.

Do you think being referred to as "nice" is a compliment?

I guess, although it's probably just something you say. I think in many respects people find each other "nice" until they are proven to be not so, whereas myself I'm more the kind of person who waits until someone has proven themselves to be "nice" instead of affording them that. Probably something to do with me being unecessarily paranoid.

So in general, it's a "niceity" rather than a compliment. Not sure whether they infact mean the same thing, but I trust you know what I'm saying.

If you're the devil, and someone called him "nice", then sure, I can imagine him being pretty pissed off and despondent at that given all the time put in to prove otherwise.

Iván
12-09-2008, 03:09 PM
What would you rather be?

A Lengendary Qaurter Back for the New York Giants or Barcelona's top goal scorer of all time?

jayjay
12-09-2008, 03:30 PM
1) You're offered the chance to manage Forest or Spurs. Forest offer you £150k a year but no money to buy players. Spurs offer you £3 million a year and a £50 million budget to spend. Which job do you take?

That's a tough one, both sets of fans are very fickle from my personal experience. All football fans are fickle, as you know, but definitely Spurs and Forest fans I find to be very much so. The money I'm offered isn't an issue, I could live a very nice life on 150k a year, so the 3m on offer at Spurs isn't going to make me change my opinion as it wouldn't be taking me from poverty to riches, more a very comfortable life to a very luxurious one.

Living in London is better than living in Nottingham, which is unbelievably the crime capital of England, when you'd surely think it would be Scouse territory. So aside from dealing with some looney fans in Nottingham, like Ebbe, the guy who travels to nearly all the games from Germany and has been doing it since early Clough days, you also have to worry about the actually registered mental patients out and about working in Mothercare on their weekend work placement.

The transfer budget also isn't of significance because you can't buy shit for £50m these days and Spurs have far more problems than a mere £50m can solve.

I guess what really sways it is the possibility that Adee-Gee could be in that White Hart Lane crowd on any given weekend, leading the chants of "There's only one JayJay" and "JayJay Jarrahi's Yiddish White Army".

Of course, there is always the possibility that these same people who are idolising me one week are going to be telling me to "Fuck off back to Argentina you long haired ****" and "You don't know what you're doing, you don't know what you're doing" soon after I've replaced Aaron Lennon with a 14 year old who can at least put in a decent delievery at a ratio better than 1 in 19.

However, I'm willing to take that risk.

Unlike Gross, though, I won't be beginning my press conference with a public display of my train ticket that got me to the stadium, it would have to be a taxi receipt as there is no way I can be fucked to get on a train, not with a 3m a year contract, anyway.

2) Do you find it impressive that Ledley King trains once a week and is still one of the best defenders in the country?

I don't know that he is one of the best defenders in the country, do you just mean English defenders? Either way, it wouldn't say much for the defending, would it?

He's a good player, but when you can only count on him to play 10 games a season, it's a waste of money, really.

3) How are the children's names coming on? Is Sorana still a possibility?

Sorana and Soraya are probably not going to cut it, but there is hope that it won't be Ava! This is because my GF recently found out that Ava has become quite a mainstream name in the US and it has put her off, slightly. So the battles continue.

Although Maxi may be no more, also. :sad: I think she has got a bit bored of the fact that the boy's name was kind of settled and agreed upon, and now she is throwing all kinds of ridiculous names at me which I just have to ignore because I'm tired of saying "No".

4) Ideally, when would you like to have your first kid?

For me, when I am more financially stable/secure, but this may be never. :lol:

For her, it is a must that she has her children before she is 30, she is 27 now, so I guess there is a chance that my son/daughter will be able to watch Messi win the World Cup with me in 2010.

5) What's your favourite joke? (don't say Spurs).

I don't have any, to be honest. I'm not doing material here, mate. It's all off the cuff, a pure natural.

jayjay
12-09-2008, 03:34 PM
What would you rather be?

A Lengendary Qaurter Back for the New York Giants or Barcelona's top goal scorer of all time?

Neither appeals.

I'd want to be a footballer (but not a keeper) more than anything, so in respect to your question it would be Barca's top scorer.

However, ideally, if I was a footballer, I wouldn't be a striker, but an attacking midfielder - a Maxi Rodriguez type.

For NFL, I've never had any desire to be a QB. I'd either want to be a shutdown corner (not that I ever could, far too fucking slow), Safety (If I could be any NFL player it would be Ed Reed :worship: ) or a Tight End, just because some of my fav players have been Tight Ends (Bavaro/Shockey). Neither have similar type body types, so I'd be far more a Tight End than a Corner. :lol:

Stensland
12-10-2008, 05:20 PM
so why haven't you met up with scoobs yet? you're in the same country, so it's not that hard, is it? ;)

should the bombonera be torn down in order to replace it with a state-of-the-art stadium?

please rate the personality of maradonna on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the most adorable/nice/fun/sympathetic.

is daniel craig the best bond ever?

jayjay
12-10-2008, 05:52 PM
Hi Scoobs :)

so why haven't you met up with scoobs yet? you're in the same country, so it's not that hard, is it? ;)

No real reason. There were tentative plans to have a KOC outing at the Boodles this year, but very soon it became obvious certain people wouldn't be able to make it so it was shelved. I'm sure I'll meet Scoobs and a number of KOCers/MTFers in the next couple of years. I would like to, also. Just to say sorry to all of them, in person.

Being in the same country isn't a reason to meet, it's not like we're best mates or anything. However, we will meet and I will be nicer to him in person than I've been to him historically, online.

There are quite a few people I imagine I'll be meeting in 2009 - Svet and Bunnypaw (KOC) and Adee (MTF), and if and when the opportunities arise to meet others, I'll surely take them.

I've already met someone from KOC, a while back, so I'm not adverse to doing so even though I was slightly apprehensive and self-concious at first.

should the bombonera be torn down in order to replace it with a state-of-the-art stadium?

It's a really difficult question. On the one hand you want to preserve the stadium, in the way that it is, for all the history that occured there that means so much, to so many. On the other hand, Boca is a global brand and so in terms of all aspects of the club things move forward, and that may eventually mean a new stadium.

All in all, I am obviously not in favour of La Bombonera being no more. However, I do appreciate that in sport sometimes changes are made for reasons beyond sentiment.

please rate the personality of maradonna on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the most adorable/nice/fun/sympathetic.

I don't know him personally, so it's hard to give a just opinion. We only know what we are told/is reported, and that is not always the truth, either in a good or bad light.

What is clear is that Diego has many personal flaws and has been at the very top and at the very bottom in his life/career, and aside from his obvious football talent, this is one of many reasons he is the iconic figure he is, because people can relate to his struggles and his ups/downs. Although his ups/downs were at an extreme level most of us will never fully understand because our lives will have never been nor will ever be scrutinised the way he was and is.

is daniel craig the best bond ever?

I've never been a James Bond Film fan and haven't yet seen a Bond with him in it, although I did recently buy a pirate copy of Quantum of Solace for my mum to see with her partner (who is a big Bond fan). The pirate copy was excellent, BTW, and that's because I have a good relationship with my local pirate copy DVD seller, who won't try to screw me over like she does almost everyone else.

I will say that when I see that advert he is in about the TV and he is amidst an explosion or something in slow motion, I have a great desire to punch his fucking face in. I told this recently to my GF, and she told me he's a great Bond, to which I said I don't care, I still want to hit him. True story.

Stensland
12-10-2008, 06:01 PM
...I'm sure I'll meet Scoobs and a number of KOCers/MTFers in the next couple of years. I would like to, also. Just to say sorry to all of them, in person...

yeah, meeting mtf'ers can be fun. i met two of them this year and despite the fact that i kinda knew one of them earlier (went to school with me 10 years ago), it felt like two new contacts. the one i hadn't met before is much nicer in person than he is on mtf, i still have no idea why. and i won't out him. ;)

have you ever been to the bombonera?

what do you make of grondona, the argie football godfather?

when argentina plays england, you're saying you're 100% for argentina even though you've lived all your life in england? that sounds a bit weird to me. did england treat you so badly?

jayjay
12-10-2008, 06:17 PM
have you ever been to the bombonera?

A few times, not as many times as I would like, obviously. Last time was 2006.

what do you make of grondona, the argie football godfather?

He has mostly done alot of good, but lately he has been in danger of damaging his legacy. It's arguable that he has been too powerful, for too long, but if we look at the national team set up as far as coaching/stability is concerned over generations - he has provided a sure handedness, that has allowed coaches of the full and youth team to concentrate on their jobs despite all the speculation and commotion around them.

when argentina plays england, you're saying you're 100% for argentina even though you've lived all your life in england? that sounds a bit weird to me. did england treat you so badly?

It might sound weird to you, a person with minimal knowledge of me, from the outside, but it wouldn't be weird if you knew me in person.

You have to understand, I was brought up as an Argentinian, not as a Brit, by my father when it came to sport and particularly football. It was never a case of split loyalties or choice, and I'm happy for that. I'm a very tribal type person in many respects and the difference between Argentina and England when it comes to football is very tribal and is filled with bad blood, some of it which was actually misguidedly shed.

Think about what I may have experienced as a kid from other kids who were brought up to hate "Argies" in the early/mid 80's and what I may have experienced pretty much everyday at school from certain people (including a couple of teachers). Believe me, when you encounter that type of thing at such a young age, it stays with you and if I didn't already "feel" Argentinian, they would have done a perfect job in making me so.

I might live in England, I might be comfortable enough in the country from a living/career outlook to want to stay here for a long time, maybe even forever, and I might have friends who I love who are English, and English might be my preferred spoken language of choice, but I'm not English. Thanks for the British passport, though, comes in handy. :hatoff:

You may find this interesting to know, but I used to know Freddie Ardiles very well (son of World Cup winner Ossie) and he supports....England. So we're all different. :)

Stensland
12-10-2008, 06:27 PM
if you wanna read up on grondona, check out this link: http://jensweinreich.de/?p=1499#more-1499 and scroll down to the english part by ezequiel fernandez moores, an argentine journalist. i was gonna send you a pm but the software told me the text was too long.

cobalt60
12-11-2008, 12:46 AM
For many reasons.

These would include the very simplistic and basic reason that at the time I read about the spotlight thread on MTF, I was, as I am often, very bored and wanted something to do and this seemed like it might be a mixture of interesting/amusing. As far as the need to bother to answer questions, at length or not, I like writing/typing and can do it very fast, so time/effort wasn't a factor for me to consider. It takes no time or effort for me to answer these questions.

On a personal level, there are things I've spoken about in this thread that up until a couple of years ago I would never want to speak about even with people very close to me, nevermind people online who I may or may not ever meet or have any greater interaction with. So in that sense, I'm finding some of this process quite therapeutic and learning a little about myself. Only in the respect that I'm alright to talk about these things now, that I can look back at the past and know that it hurt (alot), but that I now have grown up enough to realise there is a future and it can be good, maybe as good, as what I once wanted.

It's also cheaper this way than going to a shrink. Sure, I could tell the shrink all this stuff and he/she would nod their head and ask me generic questions to try and get me to spill more, but I know they'd just be doing it because it's their job. Here I get to answer questions from a number of people who have learnt bits about me over the past couple of years, and so it feels like you're talking to people who can at least relate a bit to where you are trying to come from. I know they aren't doing it because I'm paying them to probe, and I know that quite a few of these people I expect on meeting for real over the course of the next few years, either through work related committments or otherwise.

I'm more open to expressing myself online with people, than I would have been say 5 years ago, because I know more can come of it other than just wasting time with faceless people on the net. 99% of the people are real (unlike FedAce who is a fantastic figment of someone's imagination), their lives interest me - purely because the lives people lead interest me more than most other things. It's interesting to find out some more about others, to get some proper answers/perspectives on serious and not so serious issues, and likewise I'm open myself to giving my own thoughts and feelings, too.

If someone cares to ask a question or read an answer, cool. If not, that's ok, too. I don't know that I particularly care to want to open a chat thread to do this during the off-season for a short while, so here and now seems like not a bad idea. Nor do I particularly feel that this can't or shouldn't be done outside a chat thread.

I've enjoyed reading a bit more about others, re-learning what I already knew about some people and finding out something new about others. And I've enjoyed responding to most of the questions, purely for selfish reasons and what I've been able to get out of it, rather than what anyone else has got out of it (which I'm quite sure is nothing).

These threads and this one in particular will die off very soon and be forgotten completely by most the next time Djokovic takes a medical time out, amongst all the threads on MTF, I find them to be some of the more readable. I can accept others find them pointless and possibly "attention grabbing", I could say that about many threads myself, many of which said critics post in and are active participants.

That's MTF for you, I guess. :)

Best answer yet. Wish I had actually asked the question;)

SwiSha
12-11-2008, 02:21 AM
I might live in England, I might be comfortable enough in the country from a living/career outlook to want to stay here for a long time, maybe even forever, and I might have friends who I love who are English, and English might be my preferred spoken language of choice, but I'm not English. Thanks for the British passport, though, comes in handy. :hatoff:


put Germany German for England English and thats me ;)

Venle
12-11-2008, 09:54 AM
Which song brings the best memories back to your mind? :)
What was the weirdest match of the year?
Would you rather be an astronaut or a president?
Do you have goals for next year?

:wavey:

jayjay
12-11-2008, 07:13 PM
Hi Venle :wavey:

Which song brings the best memories back to your mind? :)

I'd love to answer your question as stated and just offer you one, but there are many songs that bring back nice memories for me, but I won't indulge myself too much and leave it at these three...

Jane Wiedlin - Rush Hour

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=P4ZHP4HbA2M

Reason being that when I was at primary school, this was the fav song of myself and best friend (Bex). We were very close from the age of 5 to late teenage years, and when we were younger this was kind of "our" song. Funny/not funny story behind the song, on a school trip, Bex and I, were listening to the song on my walkman, one headphone each and some dickhead was taking the piss out of me for 'liking the same song as a girl'. We had a fight, he went to get some plasters and I got suspended. It was the first time I had been suspended (I later got suspended twice more at primary school and once at senior school) and I never let it go with the teachers that the reason I got suspended was not because we got into a fight, but because I won the fight, as he didn't get suspended. You tell me, where's the justice? I was provoked and I prevailed, and I'm the one who gets punished? Nice world we live in. :lol:

PM Dawn - Set Adrift On Memory Bliss

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=0AOVf9p9ht4

Reminds me of a simpler time in my life when all I had to worry about was being the best footballer in the playground.

Fiona Apple - Fast As You Can

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=DhjmA0wIjOs

I had eagerly awaited Fiona's new album for 3 years, and after 2 years (following Tidal) I was already very impatient to hear new stuff of hers. When 'When the pawn...' was released I couldn't wait to get it, I couldn't really sleep the night before it came out I was that excited to hear it, and I was waiting outside HMV to buy it the moment the shop opened. I rushed home to listen to it, and I spent pretty much the whole day listening to the entire album on loop. Normally when I listen to an album, I don't immediately like a bunch of songs, it takes some time to sink in, but with this album there were at least 5/6 songs that I loved at the first time of asking. Fast as you can is probably my fav on the album, so that's why I choose this song for this instance.

What was the weirdest match of the year?

Very hard to answer, off the top of my head nothing springs to mind particularly. Sorry for the crap non-answer. :)

Would you rather be an astronaut or a president?

President. There are some serious things that need doing.

Do you have goals for next year?

Sure. If I'm not a full time odds compiler on football or tennis by the middle of next year, I'll be very disappointed. I don't see for what reason that I wouldn't be. I've worked very hard over the past year, making contacts with the right people, impressing the right people and just generally increasing my knowledge of the industry inside out to make me believe that basically when I want to make the move full time, I can and will be able to. Ideally it would be with one the high street books, but I know this is not something I can count on, I just know that wherever I end up, I know I'll get to the pinnacle of the industry at some point, to the position I want to get, to earn the money I want to earn.

Aside from that, if and when I do make the switch full time, it will probably mean that it will be a lot harder for me to maintain and expand on my sports journalism committments. However, I hope to cover a number of football and tennis events in 2009, and even though it's very unlikely I'll be able to cover any of them from start to finish, I'd like to think I will spend at least a couple of days at the various events I want to attend.

I want to seriously manage my money better in 2009 than I have in the past, this is something I'm quite intent on. I've really pissed away alot of money in the past on things I could have done without or been too lazy etc etc. You never think about it at the time, but when you look back over the course of a prolonged period it's a bit alarming how much money you waste through unecessary and pointless expenditure. Even if I only succeed 25% at this, it will probably make a noticeable difference to my finances every few months and I'll be able to see that it did good rather than think it wasn't worth the effort to cut back on things given the savings that were made.

I'm the kind of person who takes a taxi everywhere I go, whereas my girlfriend is the kind of person who doesn't, and I guess this has eventually got through to me that there is a better use for money than using it as a get out for being lazy.

I also want to get back in the gym with the idea of playing football again, in 5-a-side leagues. I haven't been to a gym in a long while and the only reason I ever did was to be fit enough to play football at a good level. Once the football was done for me, after a few years of sporadic visits to the gym, out of habit more than anything - I soon asked myself what the point was? I never worked out for vanity reasons, I know I'm never going to have abs like Nadal and nor do I particularly want or care to, so I soon lost motivation to exercise much at all.

However, I now want to start playing football again on a social level, even though I know it will still cause me some discomfort in my ankles, I've forgotten what it's like to just spend a couple of hours forgetting about everything and playing football, and I want to reclaim that, soon.

adee-gee
12-12-2008, 11:29 PM
1) GWH seems to have a very high opinion of you, certainly considerably higher than he rates almost all of MTF. In a non-egotistical way, could you explain why?

2) What % of your fantasy confidence is genuine belief in your ability, and what % is designed to wind up your opponent, therefore making it more interesting?

3) Since your injury, did you take up any other sports? Is there any chance of it getting back to a state where you could play footy again?

4) Rooney is suspended tomorrow (and wouldn't do much against a great team anyway). Should I replace him with a) Kuyt (vs. Hull), b) Anelka/Drogba (vs. West Ham) or c) Defoe (vs. Newcastle)?

5) Top 3 movies of all time?

6) Top 3 songs of all time?

7) How many days do you reckon you'll go to Wimbledon? Did you apply for the ballot?

Nathaliia
12-12-2008, 11:44 PM
I tried to register on that forum of yours that you have been luring me for the previous 3 years, and when I finally did, I can't see the posts.

My question to you I must ask right now is following.

http://bbs.chinadaily.com.cn/attachments/month_0603/wtf_cat.jpg.w300h371_HeOTTJstzM5Z.jpg

jayjay
12-13-2008, 12:24 AM
1) GWH seems to have a very high opinion of you, certainly considerably higher than he rates almost all of MTF. In a non-egotistical way, could you explain why?

I don't think it's for me to answer why poster x, y, or z may "rate" me. You are better off asking those in question to get the answers you need.

2) What % of your fantasy confidence is genuine belief in your ability, and what % is designed to wind up your opponent, therefore making it more interesting?

I'll answer in two parts - my genuine belief in my ability is - 100%. I don't take part in things, be it for fun or for serious, without the mind set that either my team or myself as an individual is going to win and going all out to win.

As for the wind up part - 100%. Banter is fantasy sports, that is the point of fantasy sports, that is what makes it all fun, not watching whether some guy has got the 19 yards you need to win a meaningless Fantasy NFL head to head match up.

The piss takes before hand, the jokes during and after at each others expense - that's what make Fantasy Sports the worldwide success that is is.

3) Since your injury, did you take up any other sports? Is there any chance of it getting back to a state where you could play footy again?

No, I played various sports at school, obviously, besides football - like Rugby and some Athletics. I was never part of the Athletics team, I was neither ever fast enough for a sprint event or had the stamina for a long distance one. :lol: However, I would train with the Athletics team every now and then in the Summer because I just wanted to improve various aspects of my speed/endurance work.

I was an incredible table tennis player, I took alot of money off the two comma kids, no lie. I haven't tried to play football at any kind of serious level since I was 20 (and I'm now 28), I played for fun at University for a short while but soon realised it was too soon for me and I really don't like playing football when I'm "out of shape", as I get frustrated with my performance as it isn't where I expect it to be. So that's why I'm motivated to work out alot more next year and then get back to playing a bit on a social level and enjoying it.

4) Rooney is suspended tomorrow (and wouldn't do much against a great team anyway). Should I replace him with a) Kuyt (vs. Hull), b) Anelka/Drogba (vs. West Ham) or c) Defoe (vs. Newcastle)?

Anelka v West Ham is the obvious choice.

5) Top 3 movies of all time?

1. La Haine
2. Amores Perros
3. Rounders :lol: - I don't know.

6) Top 3 songs of all time?

Pretty impossible question to answer for anyone who loves music because there are far more than three songs ever made that I could never get enough of, but since you ask, I'll say...

Fiona Apple - Sleep To Dream
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=stuyVj8IOPg

Unkle - Be There
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=X3VDibA6HCQ

Ian Brown - F.E.A.R
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=KgI1ovaYrl4

7) How many days do you reckon you'll go to Wimbledon? Did you apply for the ballot?

Ideally, I will be there for the entire two weeks. However, since it's unlikely I'll be able to get two weeks off during that period, it may just be 3-4 days, but hopefully more.

I'll be there as part of the media, no ballot bollox for me. :) I can try and get you in as my "photographer", if you like, on the days you can't get tickets. :D

I tried to register on that forum of yours that you have been luring me for the previous 3 years, and when I finally did, I can't see the posts.

Like on MTF, memberships have to be approved before you can post and access all parts of the board. Your membership has now been approved, so you are free as a bird. :)

Stensland
12-13-2008, 12:39 AM
god willing, i'll be at wimbledon as part of the media as well. so WE can meet up and drag scoobs along. :)

what do you do for a living?

do you support argentine tennis players as well or is it just football?

have you ever been to other slams?

jayjay
12-13-2008, 04:12 AM
what do you do for a living?

My main job is in the gambling industry in various guises, I've been getting experience in the past few months in various roles, mainly because I'm lucky enough to have some people around me who are really helping me to gain all the experience and information needed to take me onto the next role I want to get to. Due to this support, I want it to be with the same company I am with, but it's likely it will be with another company, but I'll always be very grateful to them for opening the doors for me.

In addition I'm a freelance writer on football and tennis. When I first started writing seriously a couple of years ago, I figured being a sports writer would be the perfect job for me to attain at this time. However, I have soon found this not to be the case for a number of reasons, which I'll outline a little just incase there are others reading who are on a similar path now and maybe just want to find out about someone else's experience of the situation.

- As a freelance, I get to write what I want, when I want. For me this is a major plus, I would never want to write the shit that alot of these press guys have to write, day in and day out. Sensationalising their stories to a degree that make them unenjoyable to read, each and everyday. Through various writing committments I've had the chance to meet a number of press, and what their briefs are and how they go about their job to me is something I wouldn't want to do, it is very different from what I do as a freelance.

They go to events having to get a "quote" because their editor has an angle he/she is deadset on running. I have no such worries, I don't have any pressure from anyone telling me what to write and how to write it. I don't go to interviews trying to "get something" out of a player, my questions are nearly always related to articles I may later want to write and any attached quotes I may be able to fill in to the article where relevant.

I see these players and they are so immediately wary of the media, and I don't blame them for a second. I see these press guys and gals moaning about such and such a player because they didn't give them the quote or time that they wanted, and I think to myself that I don't blame these guys at all. For me it's nice to be able to speak with some players at length, I did with Igor Andreev once, and it was great. Instead of any interview it was more like a discussion, there wasn't any one thing I was after, just to speak with someone in general conversation is more illuminating than almost demanding that a player give you a particular type answer for a particular type question.

In all honesty, I don't see the point of 90% of interviews, pre/post match. I find them to be uninformative and I find the press to be unreasonably demanding in what they want from a player immediately following a match, especially a defeat. The press feel they have a right to know things that I don't think they have any right to know, and I wouldn't want to be in a job where I am asking players these utterly generic and redundant questions after each and every match.

So if all I ever do is freelance on the side and make a little bit of money here and there while being an odds compiler and making real money, that's what I would like. I don't enjoy writing for the sake of writing, I like to write when I feel there is something I want to say/report on, which means not necessarily everyday.

When I've spoken to some of these guys it seems to me that what they do is soul destroying, that it has become purely a job and they don't enjoy what they write and know that it is shit. That's not what I want. Sure, the benefit of a staff position is that you get a wage every month, and everyone has to earn a living. Being a freelance can be a bit of a nightmare, sometimes people think they can pay you when they feel like it and not when it was agreed that they would. So in that respect, being a freelance is a negative.

Another thing is that for me the novelty and excitement of being in and around sports professionals is completely gone. When I was younger I thought I always wanted to meet people I looked up to because you put them on this pedestal that makes them larger than life. Then when you meet them it is completely underwhelming, they are just people, but we make them out to be more so, when they are not.

I still like to put my idols on this kind of pedestal, and for this reason I don't want to meet them and know that they are nothing special, they just may have a particular talent in a particular profession, and many people have that.

So when I meet these sports stars, I don't really feel the aura of them that maybe I should. Maybe it is an anticipation that I should have, that I have lost, or maybe I've become very aware of the self-perpetuating circus that the sports world has created for itself.

do you support argentine tennis players as well or is it just football?

Of course. In general terms I like to see Argentines do well at any sport, even ones I have no particular interest in myself.

My fav players of the recentish past were Hingis and Rafter. My fav players of the recent past and present are Coria, Nalbandian, Del Potro, Myskina and Henin.

Coria is my fav player of all time, he will always be my number 1. I followed him, Nalbandian and Del Potro from virtually the first days that they were ever spoken about in the Argentine sports press, which was long before any of them became globally known/famous or broke the top 100, nevermind the top 10.

have you ever been to other slams?

I've never been to any of the Slams. I was supposed to cover Wimbledon this year, but the magazine I was going to cover it on behalf of made a big error with my accreditation and missed the deadline. I wasn't very happy about it, at all.

Fortunately, my accreditation worries are no more, and I know I can get in to wherever I want to get, whenever I want to, now. So Wimbledon 2009 is on my agenda, and then I definitely plan on doing the other three slams at some point in the next few years.

Stensland
12-13-2008, 04:00 PM
the stuff about freelance writing is just superb. :)

*bunny*
12-17-2008, 12:01 PM
I rarely come to Non-Tennis section and what do I see here.

You seem to be enjoying life, Jay, eh. ;)