The biggest void

If you were following the blog debates last weekend you will have seen it pointed out that those seeking or insisting upon a moral ethical Glasgow Celtic face quite the challenge as there has been very little of that from any boardroom in any era of our existence.
Example after example was listed of many unscrupulous acts, and it was all true, feathering the nest was, and still is, the norm.
The terrible truth is there’s very little ethics in football at all, the biggest sport in the world, but it’s far from alone in being deservedly tarred with that label.
Most if not all are.


Perhaps the worst of all is Baseball, America’s favourite pastime.
Its premier competition was fixed by Arnold Rothstein leading to the infamous kid crying ‘Say it aint so Champ, say it aint so !’ to the indicted players. There’s much pushing of limits in baseball to put it mildly.
Recent notables include one team videoing another bench for signs and banging a drum to alert those onfield what to expect, highly unsportsmanlike and illegal. A pitcher with pine sap at the back of his neck, happened recently, is far from a lone event.


Boxing would well give that sport a run for its money, the amount of shady characters in that sport would put Rothstein to shame.
Doesn’t Don King seem like a nice trustworthy man to be looking after your affairs! Im sure Mr Ali and co got every cent due and all that. Liston reputedly mob muscle sometimes, Belfast’s own Conlon cheated out of Olympic medal, McGuigan thrown under bus for money in the Vegas heat (outdoors in July is terrible to even walk in), and its current biggest star Canelo Alvarez has tested positive for an illegal substance which was immediately tainted meat.
Boxing has always been murky.


The NFL is and always has been followed by controversy which is not surprising considering like soccer players many were plucked from school and or focused solely on the game from a young age, suddenly hit big money when they are still very impressionable and living in a material world, surrounded by hangers on, plus there are 53 different characters in that dressing room telling you what you should be driving, wearing, plus who to be seen with.
A staggering 78% of those who retire file for bankruptcy within two years, something the sport really ought to find a way of dealing with.
A new squad of very rich and their entourages are about to move full time to live and play in Las Vegas of all places, asking for trouble there and expect headlines galore, plus those bankrupt rates to rise some more. The casinos will be happy though, and the local dealers.


Another sport that might just compete for the first spot on this list of shame is racing in all its forms, just rife to be tampered with and has been for a long long time. Earlier in the year a major PED scandal was unearthed but due to the virus didn’t see it get much prominence at the time.
I recall sitting in the bar one night and yer man swearing on his life he had fed his greyhound mars bars before every race to slow her down, specifically to keep the odds big for tomorrow’s race which he had trained her like a madman for. Easy money, hit the bookies etc and I did nearly go large on that one, resisted it and she came second so my instincts were correct.
There’s many more tales out there, from horses ending up dead by over juicing to a completely different but faster nag getting painted the same markings as the entrant and switched in.
It’s also a haven for laundering with no questions asked of the origin of any cash coming into any bookmakers office.


Snooker, why one of our own was embroiled in one of that sports recent big scandals.
Sumo, the Yakuza have had their claws into it for years and it’s been more fixed than clean.
Sailing just now has a scandal which has hit the world famous America’s Cup.
Rugby, the Saracens are essentially the Rangers of rugby after their financial malarkey.
Darts had fartgate, I shit you not, pardon the pun ! Google it if you haven’t heard this funny one.
Tennis, multiple including match fixing.
Figure skating, the Tonya Harding scandal is probably the most famous but last year one slashed a rival’s calf with her skate while training.


And there’s more, much more and chances are if you select a sport and google its history there will be unsavoury episodes. In the biggest sport in the world you can hardly turn around for finding some breach or other, why our own city has seen mega corruption and the league has dirty hands into the bargain.
Cheating and corruption just happens, everywhere, as shown above.
I guess the biggest question is WHY?


The first instinct might be to bring the root of all evil into the equation, as in general where it’s to be found temptation is also. But then the world wide web is also full of little league games that have gone wrong over parents not liking a call, or just indeed the fact they aren’t winning.
And there’s no money involved in kids baseball, its egos and children only.
There will be other examples but I believe this shows we can rule out money as the primary reason we see cheating and or rule bending permeate what feels like every sport.


There is but one common denominator in all the above, and it doesn’t take a genius to work out.
Where there’s people there’s problem’s, and it really is that simple, ask mother Earth.
For some reason competitiveness can, has, and does bring out the worst in some people, and appealing to the ethical or moralistic side of the sport doesn’t seem to be cutting it one bit.
For starters, when it comes to the question of ethics and where a line may be drawn, that line will vary from region to region and nation to nation.
As an example in Italy it is not only fine but morally accepted throughout the nation to simply play for the foul and take advantage of the ref. That wouldn’t be accepted by the Parkhead faithful.
Perhaps the greatest example is Zidane’s final act of his glittering career on the field of play, goaded into a game changing reaction when his personal threshold was crossed by bringing family into things, truly a line in the sand for many of us. Materazzi’s teammate’s didn’t leave him in a bloody heap back in the dressing room as you like to think our bhoys would, but went on to celebrate with him all night and disgracefully the sleezeball actually profited out of the affair with a tell all book release.
You can’t buy class people.


The tale of two handballs is perhaps an example in your own household as it was mine. The Hand of God was celebrated with incredulous glee for numerous reasons,,
Because it was against them,
Because of that beautiful buildup play,
Because it was HIM,
Add you own, but can you yourself truly say you treated that deliberate goal changing handball in the same manner as you treated Thierry Henry’s ‘this will probably get caught but I will try it anyway’ control and handball to force Ireland to miss the World Cup? No you didn’t.
But yet, why not, because as pointed out both were cheating at heart, yet were viewed a different way due to personal viewpoints.
So if you as a spectator can’t judge the game perfectly and set personal emotions by the wayside, then is it feasible to expect those actually participating to?
It’s clearly not.


One might then turn to the ultimate ‘dont give a toss and will call it exactly the way it’s supposed to be called’ mechanism, ie VAR and technology which obviously isn’t emotionally involved.
And yet as we see just this very week a disallowed Spurs goal which everyone involved admits should have been allowed and would have altered the game as goals do, but the machine interpreted the rules to the very fine letter of the law, it was ultimately to the detriment of the match and against the spirit of the game. Technology has not proven the answer.


Neither have Commissioner’s. The idea behind them is great in theory but baseball appointed one in 1920 after the World Series fix and that hasn’t stopped that sport from becoming a free for all. We are all aware clubs are supposed to act in good faith to one another and to the sport, but that is so vague it’s bound to create issues at some stage. There’s people out there who will push every boundary they possibly can to give them an edge even if it is seen as unscrupulous, and on the flipside there’s the consummate professional who would never even consider such a course, but yet both must share the sport. One may think he is right, the other the same.
And on any given day one judge would side with one, another judge the other.
Cheating and pushing boundaries is a very very fine line, its questionable whether is it correct to put one man in the position to judge as his/her own personal interpretation of ‘good faith’ will essentially decide many a case and indeed the direction of the sport under their watch, which can be significant.
Committees are an attempt to cut out the above by bringing lots of differing viewpoints into the arena, but as we have seen with FIFA, when some are bought off the committee is tainted and useless.


Ultimately, the biggest void in sport isnt between El Haj Diouf’s ears, its not under Shergar’s saddle or wee Bazza’s bank account after the EBT rulings.
Its the lack of ethics, morals, and scruples.
The sport that fills that void will do very very well indeed, until people get involved that is.


The above is by Mahe. Happy Independence Day.


Oh,, have a guess which Sentinel this is on the Royal Mile, marching down to Holyrood for the opening of the Scottish parliament,,,


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Nana Mouskouri C.s.c
July 4, 2020 4:47 am

Is it McCaff? No it can’t be he is not wearing a skirt and boots

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 4, 2020 4:50 am

Snooker fascinates me.

Clearly rigged for millions.

Yet very difficult to visualise.

But for sure it’s a thing.

Corruption is rife wherever money is heavily involved.

Football is the foremost sport, and we see it happening all the time via refereeing.

But only those of that pay attention The casual viewer finds it easier to dismiss us as conspiracy theorists . And this isn’t changing. Being aware and asking questions is becoming more of a dying talent than a taught skill.

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 4, 2020 4:53 am


In case you didnt catch this?


Edit: imagine your boss was the drummer though !!? Fuck that. Eh, BP? ??

July 4, 2020 4:57 am

Brilliant by Nick.
Track for the huns

Nana Mouskouri C.s.c
July 4, 2020 5:04 am

Has to be Jim

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 4, 2020 5:07 am

Love it. My favourite album of all time !

Here’s an aside, that our ole pal BMCUW will love…

Brilliant music, with some Stevie Nicks beauty thrown in……

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 4, 2020 5:13 am

BP !!!

Outed ! This is you on the djembe, innit?? ?

Personally, I dragged that solo out. Let Stevie sing ffs ?
Plus, I’m not a fan of your drum face.

July 4, 2020 5:16 am

The only Fleetwood Mac track that matters

July 4, 2020 5:17 am

Keep it quiet please lads,
The missus is going to bed 😉

July 4, 2020 5:20 am

Right guys, off to bed! Catch up tomorrow/today. Hopefully Puff and Afghani will make an appearance!! Stay safe all and sleep well if you decide to get some kip!

July 4, 2020 5:21 am

Night Mackers

Mike in Toronto
July 4, 2020 5:22 am


Once again, in spite of the time difference, you have outlasted me.

Night all

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 4, 2020 5:22 am

Gnight McCaff.

Hope I can I enjoy some more chat with you next time.

July 4, 2020 5:23 am

Night MIT
Night Jimbob
Night Sue Ellen

Somebody name that show for a bonus point

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 4, 2020 5:24 am

Ffs, just put that on the big speakers.

Beautiful stuff, eh.

Good shout

July 4, 2020 5:28 am

I am in the minority of modern Mac fans.I think that Peter Green is their best ever member and Christine my favourite Fleetwood Mac female member. I like being different fae the sheep Uber.

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 4, 2020 5:33 am


I respect that 100%

I hate Yankees influence, but I like what Fleetwood mac did in late 80s. But I also know, i have the taste of an angry hun outside a blue lagoon chippy.

Here’s one I want your opinion on….

I love the stuff these felas are doing.

At last, proper Beatles !!

July 4, 2020 5:33 am

Garry, Mahe, Uber, Mike In TVLawyerland and any shylurkers…catch you later!! I’ll leave you with this…

July 4, 2020 5:34 am

Sorry… Nana, good night to you,too!

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 4, 2020 5:34 am

And this.
Best song ever.

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 4, 2020 5:36 am

Ooft. McCaff.
Grenade. Then walks away.

Who ARE you?????


July 4, 2020 5:44 am

He’s The Milk Tray Man

July 4, 2020 5:45 am
July 4, 2020 5:46 am

Big Packy and Jim of course

July 4, 2020 5:47 am

I love The Beatles, but I don’t like Paul McCartney, if that makes sense. I adore John Lennon and George Harrison. Indifferent to Ringo. That probably means I am a 50% Beatles lover. Liked that cover though ?

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 4, 2020 5:49 am


I hope you’re well you beautiful soul.

I saw you mention your first gig being the JSD Band.

Give me a shout via our beautiful mutual friend BMCUW, and I’ll meet you at their next gig.
And I’ll best to disappoint you when I show you how failed and human they are like the rest us ???

They’re fucking wankers, but know it. Except Jim, and Des. ??

I love them all, though. But feck me, some of them are painful as fk to work with. And they know it ?‍♂️
Sean had a go at me because my bouzouki had a pick up failure. And he’d had it for 2 years. But it was my fault. Then you add big Chuck to that….telling me that I’m too young to know how to tune a guitar….

I had to tour with these fuck nuggets ???

But they’re still the best ?

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 4, 2020 5:50 am


Hear you 100%.

You get it ?‍♂️

July 4, 2020 5:51 am

I think this is the greatest single ever released.
Strong statement, but I ask anyone to name a better individual genius song.

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 4, 2020 5:54 am

Day in the Life is fucking stunning, emotional, everything. Best song ever.

Edit: I always thought that, and then heard it when tripping on LSD…. blew my mind ??

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 4, 2020 5:56 am


You know your music. ?

Edit: death chord ??

July 4, 2020 6:01 am

Heard this track flying on LSD when I was 16.
My life changed from that night forward.

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 4, 2020 6:04 am

Arghhhh !!
The Doors !brilliant call !!

July 4, 2020 6:04 am


Guy Pratt is the bassist on the Nick Mason stuff there-he took over RW bass duties for Floyd after Roger walked away. Very good player,and usedmto have a regular show on Planet Rock

July 4, 2020 6:05 am

bada bing1 July 3 @ 8:26 pm,

Barton’s mob down 1-3 semi final play off,and down to 10 men

Yeeessss!!! Ended Baton’s mob down to 9 and 4-1 to the good guys..:))

Finish them off at Adam’s Park on Monday…


Wembley! Wembley!!

Have A Great Day Bhoys & Ghirls

I’m Aff Oot…

Hail Hail

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 4, 2020 6:07 am


That same Guy Pratt has been producing Madonna albums for 40 years !!
He’s no eejit
Hence the beauty of him enjoying the Nick Mason stuff.

How are you my beautiful friend???

July 4, 2020 6:10 am

This is the most important band to me in 21st Century music. Best live band I have seen, and I have been to hundreds of concerts. Love these guys.

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 4, 2020 6:11 am

If some of you feckers dont start talking Celtic again, I’m.going to start sharing my FIFA xbox goals, to remind you how important it is……

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 4, 2020 6:16 am

F, love RH, but not for long time now.

July 4, 2020 6:22 am

Time for me to get a coupla hours kip.
Peace and Love to all you guys on SC.
Beautiful wee community that Stevie and Mick have created. You are about to realise how powerful we are. God bless you all. Powerful.

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date Liquidated Huns
July 4, 2020 6:23 am

Right, I’m about to spark a bright one. So I’m bowing out. God bless you all. Especially the poor sod who has to welcome BMCUW at the civil rights platform for push trains in Ayrshire.
And the poor sod who has to fold gigsntasuaris JimtheTim erectus, into a 3 carriage train

Uber Tim on Blog Mark 7 Star Date LiquidaMted Huns
July 4, 2020 6:27 am
July 4, 2020 6:29 am

Bring down this Government please.

July 4, 2020 6:30 am


Outstanding article,mate. You’ve clearly put a lot of work into that one,so it’s well suited for the weekend highlight. As you pointed out yesterday,my article that day set this one up nicely for you. Good grief,people might think we were colluding on things!

Truth is of course that we never discuss with each other what we plan to write about. Why would we-we usually don’t know in advance! Yesterday,I sat down to write the article at around 5am with only one thought in mind. That I couldn’t think of a bloody thing to write about! And it’s the same most days too.

This coronavirus might be filling the content for newspapers and TV but it has wrecked the flow of events for sites like ours. I mean,this time most years I’m usually raging because we haven’t signed a new centre half. This year,I’m not even sure if the transfer window is officially open yet. It’s like Scottish football going through a DNA test and discovering that it’s a bastard love child of FUBAR and SNAFU.

Which,of course,most of us have known for a long time!

Back to the article,there’s some fascinating stuff. I’ll need to google the pine sap,btw. But the Hand of God? Aye,I know what you mean. My Dad and I were in Alfie’s,the local in Ardrossan to watch it. A mixed pub,and in those days,a great one. Some people were openly supporting England. Most of us weren’t.

Ball hits the net,most of us celebrated somewhat gleefully. Guy next to us says-but that wis handball! And I replied…

Aye,I know. Magic,innit!!!

Six months later,transferred to South Shields,and just at a time when Celtic were throwing away the league in Souness’ first season,and the mines and shipyards in the area were closing. Football wasn’t something we talked about much. In fact,I think Newcastle and Sunderland both got relegated that year and hardly a word said. Area was football mad,but the poor buggers had more on their mind. Just as well-because I adored Maradona,and that might not have gone down too well!

July 4, 2020 6:39 am


Delighted for you,mate. And for your neighbours.

July 4, 2020 6:58 am


You sure about the Madonna production? I think he played a bit of live stuff with her,but I certainly didn’t know he produced her stuff.

Anyway,no matter. He’s a very proficient bassist.

Re Nick Mason,he lives in Corsham,next junction on the M4. Turn South for Nick Mason or north for Peter Gabriel. Basically lives the life of a country gentleman and family man. Corsham is a strange place. It has an ancient country pile,Corsham Court,some of the original almshouses-the Hungerford Buildings,I think-and when I used to work there,it had a couple of bloody huge peacocks who would just strut their stuff around the streets!

And I promise I’m not making this up,I even saw one crossing the road while The Green Man was lit up. A peacock crossing at a Pelican Crossing. Aye,I know.

It also has an underground village. You can google that,its declassified now. And more military installations than you have ever seen.

Plus Nick Mason,sometimes tootling about in a Honda 2000S with the roof down,or occasionally taking one of his prized Ferraris out for a wee turn over. And I’ve never had my bloody iPhone with me when I see one parked outside his favourite wee tea room.

I’ve never really been the type to envy someone else’s success,and certainly not to hold it against them. But Nick Mason just seems to be someone who wears it very easily. Certainly good to have him back,and playing the music from his favourite days in the band. He is quite clear about that in his autobiography,Inside Out. The experimental stuff was what he loved,not so much the concept prog stadium rock

Still,as he also points out,it was the latter that gave him the Ferraris etc!

July 4, 2020 7:18 am
Bada Bing
July 4, 2020 8:33 am

Mahe- it was funny to watch a snooker player from these parts,who commentates now,going to town on a guy caught match fixing, made a few quid off him back in the day.Early round snooker matches is the easiest sport to fix.

July 4, 2020 8:55 am

Any sign of a …. what’s it called again, ….. ffs, memory gaun,…. I know it’s important, it’ll come to me, ….. one o those big fekkers,…. aw maaan, ….. ye Ken whit ah mean, …. they’re a crucial piece of the jigsaw……ah I’ve got it….. a goalie. Any sign of a goalie yet or are we not bothering this season??

July 4, 2020 9:01 am


I’ve said for a while that I think we’ve blown the negotiations over Fraser. And the news that Southampton have given up on Gunn is a boot in the balls for us.

Scott Bain did really well for us when he was given his chance by BR,but seems he doesn’t fit for NL. Craig Gordon was an outstanding addition to the very short list of great keepers which Artur started in 2005. So we’ve had FIFTEEN years of keepers we could trust,while we had thirty years before that of keepers we couldn’t.


I reckon it’s Hladky from St Mirren. If we’re lucky. If not,it’s a backie-in.

Bada Bing
July 4, 2020 9:13 am

Twists- my own take on Forster, is he has teamed up with Celtic, to force Southampton into a corner. He’s holding the aces,big contract which they want off their wage bill,if they tell him another club are interested, he can say no,and sit and collect his money. Might be wishful thinking on my part, but all 3 parties want the same thing here IMO.

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