Sheg left, Foxton right
When saintly Sheg the mad-keen Arsenal fan went out first, I suppose we should’ve realised who was going to have a good day. Bloo blustered but finished third, Pars man Robbie rampaged only to lose out in the head-to-head, and the big prize money went to the red devil himself, yes, it was a good day for Man Utd… Sean won.
Like Arsene Wenger, Sheg couldn’t hide his disappointment. Apparently he didn’t see the hand that beat him but Sheg did say; “It was the bitterest pill I ever had to swallow.”
I don’t know how but I’m sure Robin van Persie made all the difference.
As you can see Sean loves Man Utd. Here he is at Old Trafford, nicknamed the “Theatre of Dreams” by Sir Bobby Charlton, it’s a great place to watch football. I think I’ve probably sat in every stand and had every possible view from the very front row immediately behind the goals (great view of the net!) to the back row of the top-tier looking down on the halfway line (strangely you can see all the pitch but not the fans in the other stands).
I’ve only ever seen one bad game at Old Trafford and it didn’t feature Man Utd. It was France versus the Czech Republic in Euro ’96. I was lucky enough to attend some cracking games during that tournament, mostly featuring Germany, but that semi-final was terrible, a 0-0 draw and penalties. Thank goodness Germany won the final at Wembley.
I was a regular at Old Trafford during the 90s when Fergie was getting the team playing well, winning the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in ’91, Man Utd’s first English league championship for 25 years in ’93, then going on to largely dominate the English game and win the Champions League. It’s a little know fact that Man Utd have been ranked the No.1 side in Europe for years, and were only deposed by Barca very recently after some controversial refereeing performances helped to knock top English sides out. As announced recently the authorities are now trying to catch up with the match-fixers.
Watching the football played by Utd in the 90s was fantastic, especially Cantona, Beckham and Giggs. Not that there was a bad player on display.
Sean left, Rooney right
Although, the Utd players weren’t giants in those days.
Anyway, congratulations to Sean. I was genuinely pleased to see him back and winning. It couldn’t happen to a nicer chap, and I’m growing tired trying to convince the newbies how good he used to be, back in the classic era, when we had two or three tables of players turning up for Sunday bounce games.
Still, The Wicker Man Challenge was well attended and so were the last two official Sunday title games, The Poker ‘World Cup’ and the dafc.net game. If we can keep getting three tables The Old Inn poker should continue and Sean should get the chance to defend his title early next year.
Of course with the revamped format Sean, Robbie and Bloo were not the only winners. Along with those three, new ‘Double Your Money’ prizes also went to John T., Sid, Emma, James, and Andy H.
James was drawn as Lord Summerisle. Marie, who as you can see is also a Man Utd fan, took the role of Police Sergeant Howie and, as in the film, evil triumphed over good. James was actually more evil than anyone could’ve possibly imagined. I hope it was character acting. Marie did get her own back using her game-given police powers and real-life police-jaiket to issue on-the-spot penalties to various pagan miscreants, including James who was fined one glass of wine for:
- being an evil man;
- giving bad poker advice; and
- telling bad jokes.
Not before time. James won a tenner for staying around longer than Marie.
Next to Sheg, I probably qualify as the biggest loser. Drawn as the Bounty Player and needing to finish in the top four to win the Bounty Prize, I crashed out to John T. when his pair of Kings trumped my pocket Jacks. John is our first ever Bounty Winner and he qualifies for a free meal and a special qualifiers-only Bounty Winners’ Challenge in around three months time. Thanks again to Mark for putting up the Bounty Prize.
So, that’s pretty much it. Loads of prizes, numerous happy winners, especially Sean, who can now afford to buy something other than Travis to play on his new iPhone, and various disgruntled losers blaming everything except their own bad play – some things never change.
Tune in this time next year to see if Sean can defend his Wicker Man title, or if you’re feeling lucky, get yourself along to the Inspector Rebus Challenge at 6pm in The Old Inn, Dunfermline, on Sunday, 24th March, 2013. It’ll be a night of murder/mystery, drama, intrigue, and poker, designed to honour Fife’s best-selling author, Ian Rankin (pictured left). His crime-solving character Rebus works in Edinburgh but he’s fae Fife originally.
Finally, please remember the weekly Wednesday League games will now start at 7.30pm so, allied to a more aggressive blind structure, hopefully there’ll be no more late nights for our early risers.
||The Wicker Man 2013