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Footballers – only human after all?

Posted on July 11th, 2010 by irishcoffee

Anyone been watching the World Cup? Today sees the final drama of the South Africa 2010 world cup unfold, when Spain and the Netherlands meet in the final tonight in Soccer City, Johannesburg . For a whole month, football lovers have been treated to a feast from the finest teams and players across the planet.

The social gap — between spectator and performer — appears huge. Few of us can match the wealth, never-mind skill, ingenuity, or professionalism to perform on such a stage. Watch closely, however, and at times a more familiar human side of footballers is visible. They may not live in our “world” as such, but that doesn’t mean they don’t think and act as humans generally do.

Often games are decided with literally one kick of the ball. In one quarter final, Ghana were granted such an opportunity against Uruguay. With the score tied at 1-1 in the final few seconds of extra time, a Uruguay player handled the ball, Ghana were awarded a penalty. Forward Asamoah Gyan stepped up to the spot. With this one kick he had the chance to put his country Ghana — at this stage Africa’s last representatives at  the South Africa 2010 World Cup — into the semi-finals. Under the most extreme pressure, Gyan opted for power….and missed. The ball ricocheted off the cross bar, and the game went into penalties to decide the winner. Ghana missed two of their allotted penalties, and so it was Uruguay’s chance to win the match with one kick. Forward Sebastian Abreu — nickname, El Loco (Spanish for madman) — stepped up to the spot. This footballer opted not for power. With the lightest of touches, he outsmarted the goalkeeper by chipping the ball almost right into the centre of the goal. Uruguay were in ecstasy. Ghana in agony.

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But what about those two crucial kicks: the one for Ghana, the other for Uruguay. From one angle you could say that both cases exposed the weakness of Ghana players under pressure. In the first case the forward Gyan relied on brute force — and missed. In the second case, it was the Ghana goalkeeper who was left looking rather silly…because had he simply stayed where was, he would have been in the perfect position to simply catch the ball and prevent Uruguay winning. Of course, we know why the goalkeeper didn’t “stay”. Had he simply kept his position, in the centre, he would have looked even sillier had the forward put the ball either side of him. Perhaps the Uruguay forward Abreu must have known that too…because think how silly he would have looked had he missed with such an seemingly tame effort! (At least Ghana’s forward and their goalkeeper tried…right?)

Well, now cognitive scientists have discovered an ‘action bias’ during penalties. Their findings seem to demonstrate the human side, or social rationality, of footballers. Among their conclusions they noted that “Goalkeepers feel a pressure to act because they would feel guiltier missing a ball while staying in the centre than missing it while trying to do something…”  And, “Kickers…act in a way that is going to minimize reproach rather than only the chances of missing.”

So, all this has got me thinking…How much do our thoughts and actions come from our “social rationality” — basically, not wanting to look silly — and how much from a more positive desire to achieve the best for ourselves and those around us? Where exactly does your ‘action bias’ lie?

What Does the 4th of July Mean?

Posted on July 5th, 2010 by Clinically Clueless

Today is the fourth of July in the United States which is also known as Independence Day!!  Please watch the videos below to learn about Independence Day and  a Celebration of my country.

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What represents to you patriatism bout your country or country of origin?  Do share and include your country.

Conan the Rave-arian…

Posted on May 14th, 2010 by Jim

Arnie at his best? Terminatior, Governator or erm, Ravenator?

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Whatever next – Radiohead vs Dave Bruebeck?

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Comments n clips optional -just add a ‘v’ after http if you want to add youtube – I’ll be back / Bach.

Go! Without food?

Posted on May 11th, 2010 by irishcoffee

Prahlad Jani, an Indian yogi of 83 years of age, claims that he has not eaten for the previous 70 yePrahlad-Jani420-420x0ars!

Do you believe him?

Recently a group of  some 30 doctors observed him over a two-week period in a hospital in the western India state of Gujarat.

“During the period, he neither ate nor drank and did not go to the toilet”, they reported.

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“We still do not know how he survives,” exclaimed neurologist Sudhir Shah. “It is still a mystery what kind of phenomenon this is.”

What is your opinion of fasting? A way to health…enlightenment…saving the world’s hungry…or madness?

How long could you go without food?

Happy Star wars day : May 4th be with you, Snatch Vader

Posted on May 4th, 2010 by Jim

Happy star wars day to all and May 4th be with you!

I’m a fan of mash ups but this one takes the buscuit as Darth Vader meets the cockney wide boy from East End gangster movie snatch. *Caution – bad langauge so may offend some

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Please do share any Star Wars moments right here & Star Wars comments welcomed here and please use the force sparingly.

Go! Hang a Parliament!

Posted on May 3rd, 2010 by irishcoffee

This week it is general election time in the UK. On Thursday 6th May the people will go to the polls and have their say. Or, at least those who still believe they can really achieve anything by voting… And so, a group of political reform campaigners, aptly called Hang ‘em, are encouraging voters to, er, do just that! Indeed, still reeling from the notorious “expenses scandal” which unfolded last year, some Brits might jump at the chance to have their politicians hung…

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Fortunately (for politicians) , the phrase “hung parliament” has a strictly political meaning. Put very simply, it means that whenever no one party wins an “outright majority” of the vote (over 50%), power is “hung” between, or shared among, parties rather than assigned to just one.

At least, that’s the theory. In reality we could actually see the UK’s politicians, as the campaigners wish, effectively suspended, held to ransom until they all see some sense and decide to renew democracy in Britain! …Could we really do this?! Or are these campaigners simply attempting the impossible, trying to put square pegs into round holes? It’s time we stood up to politicians, they urge, and we must do this by going out to vote in such a way that no single party actually “wins.”

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What do YOU think? Should politicians just learn to get on with one another and work together? Rather than waste time justifying their own “superior” policies and past actions, shouldn’t they be devoting time to cooperation and achieving the best for everyone?  You may not be overly interested in politics, but how do you think society in general could be better governed?

This is your parliament!


GO! Have a baby with your Grandson, Granny?

Posted on May 1st, 2010 by Jim

I awoke to SkyNews this morning reporting how a grandmother has shocked her friends and family after revealing she is having a baby with her own grandson. Pearl Carter, 72, says she has never been happier after beginning an incestuous relationship with her 26-year-old grandchild Phil Bailey.

Granny & Grandson The incestuous couple are 46 years apart (picture: New Idea magazine)

The pensioner, from Indiana, US, is using her pension to pay a surrogate mother so they can have a child, reports New Zealand’s New Idea magazine.

She said: “I’m not interested in anyone else’s opinion. I am in love with Phil and he’s in love with me.

“Soon I’ll be holding my son or daughter in my arms and Phil will be the proud dad.”

Maybe they just want to be ‘forever young’ ?

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“I never in a million years thought at 72 I’d be ‘pregnant’ and in love with my grandson.

“I make no apologies and I believe God’s given me a second chance.”

So, I ask you  for your comments here please while I take her out to the bingo – she loves it she does! Let them get on with it or punish them for what would some see as a crime? Do tell….

Irish Coffee: A new writer at GO! Smell the coffee

Posted on April 18th, 2010 by Jim

Welcome ‘Irish Coffee’  – our latest writer to get amongst it at GO! Smell the coffee so top o’ the mornin’ to all.

 I’m updating the old coffee badges in an attempt to make this place a worthy site to visit as part of your valuable time online.


Irish Coffee is a 26 year old male from Ireland. Currently writing up four years of research in Systematic Theology, while considering launching a career in life coaching. When it comes to recreation,  he is also drawn to books, but this time to the sort of books that read him. When he’s had his fill of the books, he enjoys playing or watching soccer, running, meditating, and travelling. He relishes all sorts of challenges, physical and mental.  However, the greatest challenge he faces, the one which he just cannot seem to overcome, and yet the one which brings him the most joy – is the challenge of knowing himself!

Welcome to GO! Smell the coffee : Irish coffee! Discuss…..

Introducing Chris in the Emirates

Posted on October 7th, 2009 by Jim

A new addition here at GO! Smell the coffee  – Chris in the Emirates. A 16 year old Media student based in Dubai on a 2 year course over at SAE in knowledge village, Dubai specialising in film production.

Chris_in_the_emiratesHe is our youngest writer (by a long way) :-) and has opened his coffee smelling account here by starting a couple of topics over in our forums section. Feel free to welcome Chris aboard and be warned he supports Liverpool Football Clun for those of you who have an interest in the great game.


So, Welcome aboard Chris and let’s have any media related comments or clips the welcome our new writer on board.


Cheers from Boston!

Posted on September 26th, 2009 by Jim

My whistle stop tour of New York has led me to Boston for a couple of days and aswell as visting the impressive Harvard campus (I can now say ‘I went to Harvard’) I couldn’t resist dropping into the Cheers bar which was formerly known as the Bull & Finch pub:

I never got to meet Cliff but was equally excited to visit both places as both have their place in putting Boston on the map. My favourite haunt was the Union Oyster house – the country’s oldest restaurant in continuous service lures touristy crowds with its fresh seafood and award-winning chowder as I devoured a dozen oyster – lots of zinc, right?

The Yankees beat the Red Socks last night - so my visit was well timed with the UN meeting practically grinding New York to a halt. I’ve also been requested to send the GO! Smell the flowers manuscript in to a local publisher, potentially interested in the flower-smelling book!
It’s been a great tour to date with the finest of post-summer / pre fall weather as it’s time to head back to the big apple to watch the Broadway show – Jersey boys and with only a day left I ask you – what would you do with 24 hours left in New York?

Do tell, Greyline tours are optional!

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