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♫ We sent them homeward … ♫


Sorry for the lack of weekend posting … but Saturday’s rugby score explains it all: Scotland 15, England 9. It was necessary to watch and celebrate (and then celebrate some more and then do penance for the celebration).

celebration3.jpgThis year’s Six Nations had been crap … lopsided losses by 21, 15 and 21 to Paddy, Taffy and Evil. And we had to struggle to beat Italy in nasty conditions at a neutral site last year at the World Cup, so in sunny Rome next weekend … who knows. But … if you beat England and spoil the record day for Proud Edward’s Army Jonny Wilkinson … and get the Calcutta Cup from Princess Anne — nothing else matters too much.

There is no question that technically it was not the prettiest game and played in awful Scottish weather — no tries at all, and Scotland never even came close. But our defending was brilliant (theirs wasn’t bad, to be honest) and the reason that there were few try chances was that our line kept discipline and didn’t break. OTOH, they made penalty-costing defensive mistakes that we didn’t. The English media have been saying that their team couldn’t have played worse, which is true, but that assumes that the World Cup finalists suddenly turn into a bunch of schoolboys (a frequent analogy) for reasons having nothing to do with the other team on the pitch. Saturday’s effort was exactly the kind of grind-it-out, kick-it-away, ruck-heavy game of denial we needed to have to beat England.

Anyway … the 6 Nations was not a waste. And this weekend, all props to my Singapore-exiled bud Dan and the rest of the Welsh as they go for the Grand Slam, against the Perfidious French in Cardiff. It wasn’t our year, but at least they’ll have tae think again.

(That was old, but it always brings shivers and tears … though it was the occasion and outcome as much as the performance per se)

March 10, 2008 - Posted by | Rugby, Scotland | ,


  1. I’m assuming:

    Paddy = Ireland
    Taffy = Wales
    Evil = France (finally, Victor’s political ideas in a concise form!)

    BTW, I should have asked this earlier, and if it sounds silly I apologize–does your sporting patriotism transfer over to the political realm, where it seems like there’s an increasing amount of support for Scotland breaking away from England?

    Comment by G-Money | March 10, 2008 | Reply

  2. I wonder if the converse holds true: could I completely befuddle a Scot by discussing baseball?

    Comment by Adam Villani | March 11, 2008 | Reply

  3. Michael:

    Support for independence is a mile wide and an inch deep. And to be honest, that’s not a terribly bad thing. As much as we dislike the English, nobody is under any illusion that they’re Saddam, Milosevic or Stalin (and we’re not Kurds, Bosnians or Ukrainians). Speaking for myself, I don’t really see the point of independence if, as the SNP backs, it means the EU superstate as presently or soon conceivably constituted, with a far-more-intrusive and more-removed Brussels taking the place of Whitehall.


    In generalities, no; but in “in-group” specifics, yes. (I just reread my post and realized it IS terribly allusive if you don’t follow rugby.) Baseball resembles rounders sufficiently closely that I remember being able to follow highlights from the 1972 A’s-Reds World Series on World of Sport. But if you talked game strategy or history, a pre-Internet era Scot would have been pretty befuddled real quick.

    Comment by vjmorton | March 11, 2008 | Reply

  4. Nice one Ecosse.

    As an American teaching in Edinburgh, my wife was laughed at by the children (goodnaturedly of course as this was at Bruntsfield Primary) for wondering aloud what on earth “Rounders” was. To them it was hysterical that someone from America, where “Rounders” was invented, would be unfamiliar with the game the Yankees play. After querying a fellow teacher, we discovered it is akin to baseball. One of many through the looking glass moments we had during our tenure in the auld reekie.

    Comment by M. Leary | March 16, 2008 | Reply

  5. Hey – a mention on Victor’s blog! So while I couldn’t find anywhere to watch us beat the paddies when I was in Princeton, I did manage to find somewhere in Montreal to watch the game vs France (Did being in French speaking Montreal that much sweeter? I’m not sure as I was suffering heavily from flu at the time, so I wasn’t able to sink more than a couple of pints of Guinness, so celebrations were muted to say the least)

    I missed all the other games from the weekend, but I was very disappointed that such a poor English side ended up second in the championship. I expected much more of Ireland and France to make this a proper competition. They just seemed to wimp out.

    As for the third game of the weekend, let’s just pretend it didn’t happen. Revel in beating the English the week before and move on.

    Comment by Dan | March 17, 2008 | Reply

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