July 17, 2013

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 6 comments

Hope you're sitting down: it turns out Bernie Ecclestone might not be a saint.

posted by yerfatma at 08:25 AM on July 17

Mr Ecclestone denies bribing Gribkowsky, and says the money was intended to stop the banker from exposing him to a UK tax inquiry.

So the money was intended to stop someone from doing something. I am wondering what definition Bernie uses to define what IS a bribe.

posted by dfleming at 12:17 PM on July 17

German is such a strange language for English speakers, maybe poor Bernie is just being misunderstood through multiple rounds of translations? Alternatively, he'll be starring in Weekend at Bernie's 3: Friends in the Yard.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:25 PM on July 17

And in the What Took You So Long department, "FIFA President Sepp Blatter plans to ask the governing body's executive committee to consider moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter."

posted by billsaysthis at 12:34 PM on July 17

German is such a strange language for English speakers

If you get accustomed to hearing it, I think there's an inner logic at work that is consistent and predictable, and which I don't find frustrating or unnerving.

But I've always felt that one of the reasons English speaking forces have been able to prevail in conflicts with German forces is that we get our commands out quicker.

If you suddenly sighted the enemy at close range and had to go on alert in a hurry, would you rather bark out "Battle Stations" or wind your way through "Auf Gefechtsstationen"?

posted by beaverboard at 01:19 PM on July 17

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