In the lead up to our meeting to record the next podcast, neither George nor I had heard from Gino for quite a few days. The previous week (international week) when there were no games of consequence on the Tuesday night, George and I agreed to cancel - but Gino did not know this and did not show up anyway. Because of that alone I said to George that I could not get hold of Gino and left it in his hands and I would wait to hear from him.
It reached Tuesday and the day of the meet with the Celtic v Juventus match taking place that night and I still had not heard anything. Because of this I had not even finished preparing the next quiz. I am not exaggerating when I say that my phone eventually rang at about 7.30 with George saying "Where are you?"
I cringed and just said that I was at home (which is these days about 30 miles away). He then told me that Gino was there and they were waiting for me! Naturally I asked what happened to calling me back to let me know what was going on. George had told me that he had passed that on to Gino to call me directly and then of course the crazy man had just forgotten.
So I just said I was about to eat some pancakes seeing as it was Shrove Tuesday and there was no way that I was coming all that way so late in the day and missing the first half of the game. Ironically, I did make the trip the following evening to meet up with Gino. George was not at home but did get back just before half time so we ended up watching the second half of the Real Madrid v Man United game together.
Alas, we we did not record anything though and I had not even bothered bringing the quiz with me as I was not even sure then that George would be about at all. Whilst we were there he also told us that he might not be about next Tuesday either!
So we are currently having a few ongoing problems with our meets so far this year unlike this time last season. One of the main problems has been that George this year is playing 5-a-side on Wednesday nights whereas last year this took place on Thursdays, thus this is limiting us a little bit.
At least I am prepared for next week though - even if it means meeting him again at half time on Wednesday and then we will see what we can get done. But we will persist I promise!
This is the "second half" of the recording made when we were last together with two more rounds of the quiz. For the final round, I have added the quiz sheets that the guys were presented with below this paragraph in case anybody wanted to play along.
The questions were (from left to right) -
If you are wondering why this group table is appearing here along with the video that follows then the podcast further explains the reasons for this bizarre event that happened during the 1994 Caribbean Cup in a match between Barbados (not Bahamas as stated in the podcast) and Grenada (not Panama). Here is a link to the Wikipedia page that goes into even more detail.
Yes, the new podcast has been recorded. The three of us did get back together on Tuesday to record for the first time in around seven months and yes there is a new quiz and a new format.
But where is the podcast? Well, it still needs a little editing to be finished off on it which will probably take me longer than twenty minutes to do. But before I just post it on here as I did all the other podcasts of last year I just need some confirmation from :-
anybody that liked - or even disliked the podcasts,
some kind of acknowledgement - in fact any kind of acknowledgement that they want it on this website.
just some kind of proof that the visitors that do come to do this website really do exist even if they ended up here by mistake!
I say all of this because according to the daily stats regarding this site, we get several hundreds of visitors each day at the very least. So I find it strange that in relation to that there are no comments on so many of the posts. There are also so many articles that have no likes or Facebook shares either. So, I just need to know if either my stats are lying, my web hostings services are lying or people are just genuinelly not bothering to comment or share on anything on this site.
There are several options to show some kind of even the most minimal acknowledgement. Comment below or share on Facebook or on Twitter below this article. Email me directly by clicking this link that will allow you to directly send a private message to me.
Alternatively, I also placed a contact form at the top of the home page just for anybody to actually click and just register as saying that they have visited - and truly, that is all that it does.
I just need to know if we are talking into completely empty cyberspace - as nobody would like to be doing so much work inside an empty stadium or even a small room.
When the last podcast that was recorded and added to this site back in May 2012, I had no idea that it would take the three of us this long to get back together again. But finally, here we are and hopefully ready to get going after the new year. There have been several reasons for this - mainly Gino's disappearing act and both George and I agreed that the show just could not go on without him. But now he has resurfaced - in fact, we are all getting together this very weekend (but not for any recording purposes although I am sure it will come up in conversation) and we will try and pin down an exact starting date when to recommence. Some time in January is what I have suggested to them to which I received positive feedback from both.
Whether or not the podcasts will be weekly again as they were last season remains to be seen but that would be my plan. I did mention some of the new plans for the podcast in my Seasons Greetings article.
In the mean time, there will be a podcast added to this site within the next few days. We did actually make another recording during the European Championships which I never actually added so some of that will be added right here along with some of the recordings that did not make the original cuts.