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I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one – This time with the theme ‘Sports’! I’m sure we all have our favourite sports, or ones we’re not so keen on, or maybe even ones we don’t understand. As usual I’ll throw the names of some sports at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read the name of the sport.

So here goes…

  1. Football (soccer)
  2. American football
  3. Cricket
  4. Darts
  5. Golf
  6. Pool
  7. Tennis
  8. Hockey
  9. Basketball
  10. Swimming

wordsSo how did you get on with those sports? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Rangers
  2. Confusing
  3. Boring
  4. Dark
  5. Walking
  6. Green
  7. Wimbledon
  8. Ouch
  9. Tall
  10. Loud

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

So the new English Premier League got underway last night. Who’s going to be there or thereabouts for the title this year? Is it going to be the same two teams fighting for the title or is someone else going to step up?

Who do you think will win the premier title this year? Select one team in the poll.

So that’s the winners…but what about the losers? Who do you think will be relegated at the end of this season? You can choose up to three teams in the poll.

Good luck to whichever team you are supporting this season!

So the new Scottish Premier League got underway today. Do you think Celtic will retain the premiership title? who’s going to be relegated?

Who do you think will win this year? – select one team in the poll.

So that’s the winners…but what about the losers? Who do you think will be relegated at the end of this season? You can choose up to three teams in the poll.

Good luck to whichever team you are supporting this season!

Technology is everywhere these days, and in many instances it helps make our lives that little bit easier. Here’s some examples:

  • Turn on your house lights when you’re away from home.
  • Speak ‘face-to-face’ with friends and family who live on the other side of the world whenever we want.
  • Send an alert to health care providers when you have a problem.
  • Let us keep up to date with world events as they happen.

However, it struck me towards the end of the football season just finished, that while in many football matches we now have the love it or hate it, VAR, as well as goal line technology to tell us if a ball as crossed the line or not, there’s another part of the game I find it incredible that we’re still using the same system as was used many years ago.

Have you any thoughts on what I’m thinking about?

Assistant referees!

They still run up and down the line with just their flag to wave to try and capture the referee’s attention when they spot a free kick, offside, throw in, goal kick, substitution etc.

Surely in this day and age there must be a better way to get the referee’s attention that by waving a flag?! How about some technology that the assistant referee presses a button to indicate what they’ve seen and that immediately alerts the referee, not just to the fact that the assistant has spotted something, but also what type of offence or situation they’ve spotted.

We don’t need to rely on the referee spotting their assistant flagging, we can do this much more effectively. What do you think, are you with me?

30 years ago today, the worst disaster in British sporting history happened during an FA Cup semi-final football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield.

With 96 fatalities and 766 injuries, so many families were affected by what happened that day. So many people left their homes to go and watch a football match, and never got to return home. It was a desperately sad day for everyone involved, and even for those of us who watch the TV as news of the terrible events unfolded.

Today, 30 years on, we remember not only the 96 people who lost their lives, but those who were injured and the families of all those who were caught up in the those awful events.

When I discovered that a band I’ve seen a number of times had written song specifically to remember this tragic event, I felt I had to share it with you. I not only remembers those who were killed but it’s also a great song.

So as you listen to The Christians sing Big Red Sky, remember those who were killed or injured at Hillsborough 30 years ago today.


As some of you will know, I’m a big football fan, so if I’m home and there’s football in the telly, you’ll find I usually watch it. Well as few days ago I was watching a match involving Manchester City, and part way through the second half they made a substitution, where they brought on Gabriel Jesus. When Jesus came onto the park, the commentator said, “Maybe Jesus can change the fortunes of City tonight”.

This caught my attention as it reminded that just as Manchester City hoped Gabriel Jesus could help change the fortunes of their team when they brought him onto the pitch, so we can change our fortunes if we accept Jesus Christ into our lives.

So we’re now down to the last 16 in the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia – The group stages gave us  moments of shock and surprise at some of the results, and others games thrilled us with the skillful play that was on show. Yes, some will already have lost interest in what’s to come in the next few weeks as their country failed to qualify from the group stage. But for those whose country is still in the competition or those true football fan, I’m sure they are looking forward to some great games, fantastic goals and some silky skills.

But as of Monday, football will not be the only sport on offer for sports fans for a couple of weeks – On Monday Wimbledon starts, so all tennis fans will be glued to their TVs as much as they can to catch a glimpse of their favourite players.

So who’s going to win Wimbledon this year? One of those who’ve won in previous years, such as, in the men’s draw, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic; or in the ladies draw Serena Williams, Petra Kvitová, Garbiñe Muguruza or Venus Williams?

But with Murray and Federer just finding their way back after injury, Djokovic going from playing his best tennis to his worst all within one match, is it really set up for Nadal to succeed again? But then it’s Wimbledon and he’s not done too well there in the last few year, is it really his time again, or will one of the outsiders rise to the occasion?

When the comes to the women’s draw, I think it’s quite open again, as there hasn’t been the one or two players who’ve dominated tournaments for a while. So a previous winner to triumph again, or will we get a new champion for 2018?

Who do you think is going to win the Wimbledon singles titles this year?

Predictions – we all like to make them sometimes don’t we, particularly when it comes to sorting events or tournaments. So it’s no great surprise that long before the Fifa 2018 football world cup started in Russia on Thursday, many had already stated their predictions of:

  • which team might win
  • who would be the star player of the tournament
  • which team may be the surprise team of the tournament
  • which teams would struggle to get any points
  • etc

Every world cup and every European championships for the last number of years, we’ve had a predictions competition at work. This involves not only trying to predict who would win each game, but what the score would be, and also who would score the goals. For each of those things you get right, you get extra points.

Needless to say, some I know put in a lot of effort to investigate and analyse the team, players and past results, to try to get an insight into how each game will go; others just go with their first thoughts of scores and scorers, and hope for the best. At the end of the day, you can do as much analysis as you want, but football is just a game, an unpredictable game that can often throw up very unexpected results.

We’re now in day 4 of this year’s world cup with fa number of games played, so have any of your predicted champions shown their worth, or have they shown they’re far from the finished article?

So who do you think will win this years tournament? Please cast your vote, and we’ll seen in a few weeks time how good we all were at predicting who would win!


Friday of last week saw the start of the 2016 European Championships in France.

France, across the channel, but too far away for us, Scotland.

Failed to qualify for yet another major international football competition.

Football, a sport we consider to be our national sport, but one we are great at glorious failure.

France 2016, and we’re not there, but all the other home nations are.

Follow the scores and watch the games, but do we real support anyone as we’re not there?

Feel it’s more about wanting some good football, and plenty of goals, as intimately Scotland’s not there, so my heart’s not in supporting anyone else.

France 2016, hopefully the last of the major championships we miss out on, but good luck everyone who’s there.

Fast, flowing football with lots of goals please.

France 2016


I’ve been finding it difficult to focus on some tasks recently – instead of getting on with things, I’ve found myself getting easily distracted and so not achieving a lot.

For some it can be a matter of life and death if they don’t focus on what they are doing (e.g. surgeons), while for others it scan mean the difference between winning and losing (e.g. football players).

It can at times be easy to be distracted, not just in our place of employment, or in our personal life, but in our faith as well. That’s why, in the words of the song, we should turn our eyes upon Jesus so that we stay focused on Him.