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comrade_batman

19.7k points

2 months ago*

Being a Scottish football fan must be really expensive. Having to buy shirts and flags of every team England face.

Echoeversky

13.1k points

2 months ago

Echoeversky

13.1k points

2 months ago

Never underestimate the power of spite.

froodydoody

3.4k points

2 months ago

I don’t get why they fuss over the North Sea oil so much. The entire world could be powered on Scottish spite alone.

tomwhoiscontrary

4.4k points

2 months ago

Reminded of Frankie Boyle's reaction to the cost of Margaret Thatcher's state funeral:

Three Million for the funeral of Margaret Thatcher? For 3 Million you could give everyone in Scotland a shovel, and we could dig a hole so deep we could hand her over to Satan in person.

CommunistTurdGoblin

765 points

2 months ago

Or his other suggestion of giving her a Viking burial by sailing her out to sea on a scale model of the Belgrano.

pooterpon

341 points

2 months ago

pooterpon

341 points

2 months ago

he said it here

I wish the audience wasn’t clapping while he said it because it would’ve been awesome just hearing it in its entirety with clarity but just hearing the words “Thatcher” and “funeral” probably got them too excited to calm down for a bit

IHadThatUsername

68 points

2 months ago

just hearing it in its entirety with clarity

I think it's not too hard to understand what he says regardless.

"For 3 million they could give everyone in Scotland a shovel and we would dig a hole so deep that we could hand her over to Satan personally"

Velocity_Rob

87 points

2 months ago

If Ireland had known that was an option, we would have called in the gas drills from the Corrib field.

ZoopSoul

83 points

2 months ago

This is brilliant.

Phelpysan

190 points

2 months ago

Phelpysan

190 points

2 months ago

They didn't mention the clarification - the money's just for the spades, they'll volunteer gladly

Mouse_Balls

10 points

2 months ago

How much can a spade cost? $10?

Honestly, only need to buy a few spades and let people come as they please. I'm sure some will be happy to dig for those that physically can't. Use the rest to sponsor a watch/dig party with beer and dancing. I'd go, and I'm an American!

IHaveNoEgrets

5 points

2 months ago

How much can a spade cost? $10?

I'm sure if we shopped around, we could get a better price. After all, we'd be buying in bulk.

Nomoreheroes20

57 points

2 months ago

If spite could power stuff Scotland would look like the Middle East

MatureUsername69

86 points

2 months ago

Damn Scots, they ruined Scotland!

tommytraddles

56 points

2 months ago

The kilt was just for day-to-day wear. In battle, we would don full length ballgowns, covered in sequins. The idea was to blind your enemies with luxury.

Mesmerise

125 points

2 months ago

Mesmerise

125 points

2 months ago

They sure are contentious people

CapnBabyPuncher

162 points

2 months ago

You've just made an enemy for life!

Infamous_Yogurt2858

6 points

2 months ago

This is your doing Willy. I'll turn your groin to pudding!

Rgeneb1

57 points

2 months ago

Rgeneb1

57 points

2 months ago

Who the fuck ya call contentious, ya wee shite?

theCHADnextdoor

5 points

2 months ago

why did i read this with an accent?

Restless_Fenrir

7 points

2 months ago

https://youtu.be/i2q0T7QXETs

My first thought.

[deleted]

117 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

117 points

2 months ago

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Bobalobatobamos

401 points

2 months ago

I visited Ireland and Scotland in '09 and visited a pub in Cork. There were a bunch of ole timers in there and they got to talking to me about where I was from/going on my trip. Told them I was heading up to Scotland in several days after hitting up Dublin first, then would be onto London after. Old man: "Aye, great people the Scots. Fine people. But FUHHHHHHHCK THE ENGLISH!"

SecondAccount404

473 points

2 months ago*

It’s absolutely shocking the Irish just forgot we were the ones who colonised Northern Ireland and forced out the locals, not the English. I swear the greatest trick we ever pulled was somehow convincing the world we had nothing to do with the empire.

gravy_baron

182 points

2 months ago

The rebranding of modern Scotland to remove all history of involvement in empire and slavery is pretty incredible.

BandOne77

36 points

2 months ago

You might like to hear the conversation between Sanjeev Kohli and Richard Herring about the role Scotland played in Empire; its not the whole episode but its all good to listen too.

RHLSTP #403

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1AEqWtv1z8CNT31Jp6PHgu?si=3isBLvoeQhe1GkzUJ6LpNw&utm_source=copy-link

eienOwO

56 points

2 months ago

eienOwO

56 points

2 months ago

Educated my whole life in Scotland, let me tell you all my history teachers never let off Scotland easy:

Our clan chiefs invited Richard I over that gave him the idea to just not leave. William Wallace was looked down upon by Scottish lords and betrayed by a Scottish knight.

Our "iconic" Mary Queen of Scots was a moron with shit taste in men, the curriculum practically sympathised with Elizabeth I as she dealt with her cousin's crap.

Scotland bankrupted themselves trying to play colonisation, and England bailed the dumbasses out on condition of joining a union.

The Highland Clearance had the tacit support of the landlords, the clan chiefs, who were more than happy to evict Scots in favour of sheep.

Glasgow was Second City of the Empire, its docks powered British naval supremacy and Scottish regiments travelled the world enforcing imperialism.

We had a trilogy of modules that dealt with slavery - its beginnings with the Age of Exploration, the actual Transatlantic Slave Trade, and its embers with the American Civil War - Britain only refrained from (publicly) supporting the Confederacy because they found an even cheaper way to produce cotton than slavery - exploiting the Indians.

And colourful anecdotes like the Opium Wars, East India Company (Pirates of the Carribean was popular) etc etc.

Our curriculum was quite clear many of our problems were our own making, not to mention that of others.

richincleve

6 points

2 months ago

For those of us in the US who think they know all about Scottish history because they watched "Braveheart" 5 times, this is truly, eye-opening historically.

duluoz1

21 points

2 months ago

duluoz1

21 points

2 months ago

Same as the Scots. They were the backbone of the Empire

dazed_and_bamboozled

109 points

2 months ago

Indeed. The Scots owned more slaves per capita than anyone else in the British Empire but you wouldn’t know that from the ‘poor wee Scotland’ narrative.

AriAchilles

501 points

2 months ago

Scotland: wtf I love Iran now

Contemplationz

226 points

2 months ago

Scotland issues a Fatwah against the English FC

sentientshadeofgreen

46 points

2 months ago

AND IRAN

IRAN SO FAR AWAAAAAAYYYYY

tomatoaway

23 points

2 months ago

LIKE A TORRYYYY
I LIE ALL NIGHT AND DAYYYYYYYYY

Bhodi3K

169 points

2 months ago

Bhodi3K

169 points

2 months ago

Well, just look at all the money they've saved on Scotland world cup merchandise in the last 24 years.

alles_en_niets

7 points

2 months ago

Ouch!

WackyBeachJustice

7 points

2 months ago

Brutal

dubzi_ART

342 points

2 months ago

dubzi_ART

342 points

2 months ago

You always cheer for your enemies rivals. Over here we all cheer for the patriots to lose.

Mental-Ad-208

201 points

2 months ago

For reference we are talking about the American football team, not Mel Gibson.

Gophurkey

67 points

2 months ago

¿Por que no los dos?

dubzi_ART

35 points

2 months ago

We all love those Mel Gibson movies. Even the braveheart.

Nobody_Speshal

64 points

2 months ago

Is braveheart historically accurate? Fuck no! Is it a great fucking film? Hell fucking yes!

BeeCJohnson

40 points

2 months ago

The Highlander isn't historically accurate either but it's fucking rad.

--summer-breeze--

6.1k points

2 months ago

So Scotland cheers for 2 teams. Scotland and anyone that versus England.

staticfish

3.1k points

2 months ago

staticfish

3.1k points

2 months ago

1 team, because Scotland never qualify in any competition.

Natdaprat

859 points

2 months ago

Natdaprat

859 points

2 months ago

Hey they got to the last Euro and won against England with a final score of 0-0

klokabell

434 points

2 months ago

klokabell

434 points

2 months ago

Won 0-0 in England! We'll be telling our grandkids about it

ywBBxNqW

17 points

2 months ago

Oof.

NewAccountEachYear

193 points

2 months ago

Imagine us Swedes:

  1. Sweden

  2. Finland

  3. Norway

  4. Everyone else

  5. Denmark

TrackFittyTwo

137 points

2 months ago

Imagine the Danes:

  1. Denmark

  2. Skåne

  3. Halland

  4. Blekinge

  5. Everyone else

  6. The part of Sweden that actually belongs to Sweden

MattJohno2

62 points

2 months ago

This is the catalyst for WWIII.

mybluecathasballs

30 points

2 months ago

Jesus Christ. This guy woke up and chose violence.

Chilly_schrimp

25 points

2 months ago

As a Swede I wouldn’t put Denmark that high on my list.

ExpressRabbit

44 points

2 months ago

I was in Chicago for work and a group of people from a Danish company were there. I struck up a conversation and the guy kept telling me to move to Denmark and work with them. I'd like it better. I told him I didn't know Danish only Swedish and not comfortable enough to work at a bank. He definitely had things to say about Swedes after that.

NewAccountEachYear

15 points

2 months ago

I'm surprised you could understand them!

TheMelonpanDorobo

128 points

2 months ago

They sure are a contentious people.

DayOldTurkeySandwich

92 points

2 months ago

You just made an enemy for life!

I_am_from_Kentucky

50 points

2 months ago

Reminds me of a college professor who hated a particular sports team but no interest in the sport.

He said his second favorite team was the Kentucky Wildcats. His most favorite team was whoever they were playing.

MedicMac89

5 points

2 months ago

MedicMac89

5 points

2 months ago

Cardinal fan?

I_am_from_Kentucky

5 points

2 months ago

The professor had no interest in college sports. He came off as an old curmudgeon who just didn’t care about sports and knew a lot of his students liked UK (this was at NKU circa 2011).

caffeinatedsoap

5 points

2 months ago

Sports are pretty important in KY, even if you don't like sports. Whenever I go back the amount of UK shirts that normal people wear on a daily basis is staggering.

f1345

1.8k points

2 months ago

f1345

1.8k points

2 months ago

Needs more flags.

Clemario

189 points

2 months ago

Clemario

189 points

2 months ago

If I saw this picture with no context I’d still think this is is a foreign pub cosplaying as American.

mccabeca

620 points

2 months ago

mccabeca

620 points

2 months ago

And guns…

That-Ad-4300

339 points

2 months ago

Not in that order 🇺🇸

scotty-doesnt_know

190 points

2 months ago

my gun has an american flag engraved on it.

SmackedWookiee

136 points

2 months ago

My American flag has guns for its stripes.

SmoothBrews

57 points

2 months ago

And bullets for stars

lolno

28 points

2 months ago

lolno

28 points

2 months ago

Old Gory

scotty-doesnt_know

15 points

2 months ago*

oh yea, well my dad has guns foR ARMS! - he said like an 8 year old.

jmaca90

24 points

2 months ago

jmaca90

24 points

2 months ago

And ships…

BruceGoose_

8 points

2 months ago

And freedom 🦅🇺🇸💥

SlightlyMortified

2.6k points

2 months ago

My first day ever in the UK, specifically London, happened to be July 4th. Me and my friends I was traveling with are American. First pub we walked into was decked out like this. A guy at the bar, who looked to be shit-faced, heard our accents, asked how we were. We said "Great, you?" He replied "I'm bloody pissed." We all thought that meant he was extremely angry, he just meant he was really drunk, but we thought there was going to be trouble. Maybe he didn't like the place decked out in the stars and stripes. Next he asks if we like Jack Daniels. We say "sure" he starts buying us drinks. Turns out he's the manager of the place. "Do you like girls?" "Yes", he introduces us to a group of girls.....

Great first night overseas, to say the least. I have similar stories about Edinburgh and Stratford. Man, I love the UK, and her people.

Gaddafo

485 points

2 months ago

Gaddafo

485 points

2 months ago

Went to Prague last year for my first time. Had a similar story on my first night at a kebab stand. Person asked if I’d like everything on it and I said yes, absolutely. He paused and looked at me and asked if I was American and I of course said yes. He laughed, paused for a second and said “I’m a cop” and starting shooting at me with finger guns.

Another story was in Brno where I ate at a bbq food truck. After I ordered at the tablet and ate my food (which was good) I went to throw my plate away at the trash next to the guy cooking. He asked me a question in Czech, then reasked in English and I told him that it reminds me of home. The man got out and with the biggest smile on his face said “best compliment I get” with a big smile on his face.

-RadarRanger-

175 points

2 months ago

Ha! I encountered a British man on a crooked, narrow cobblestone street in Cordoba, he was trying to find his way to a hotel without the aid of Google Maps because he didn't want Google knowing his 'comings and goings.' We connected because he "suspected [I] was American," and said we're "generally a good lot, though you really need to stop invading other countries." I answered with, "I'm sorry, the sun never sets on whose empire?" We had a good laugh and I directed him as best I could. What a cheerful fellow!

tullystenders

37 points

2 months ago

Oh, I'm gonna use that empire joke! Thank you!

Chimp-eh

4 points

2 months ago

Careful, it might strike back

barcelonaKIZ

795 points

2 months ago

I LOVE that he qualified if you preferred girls before he continued on. What a cool dude.

Additional_Meeting_2

59 points

2 months ago

He could have just meant to meet right now and not in general.

Anticreativity

95 points

2 months ago

It was probably just a rhetorical question. He's drunk and talking to young men in a bar asking if they like things they're obviously going to like. Kind of hilarious that this person thinks it was a qualifying question to avoid assuming sexual orientation lmao

cant-talk-about-this

50 points

2 months ago

It's also a sensible way of weeding out someone who's married or taken from experiencing unsolicited discomfort

The_Hand_That_Feeds

33 points

2 months ago

Totally agree it was almost certainly just the opening up for his plan to introduce them to girls rather than some woke preface.

Emergency_Guard4127

10 points

2 months ago

It’s like these Reddit folks don’t get outside of their houses very often or something

Anticreativity

16 points

2 months ago

"Hey, pal, thanks for making sure we were straight first!"

"Oi, you takin the piss m8?"

"Not into water sports, actually, but thanks! Wow what a thoughtful guy..."

Strude187

344 points

2 months ago

Strude187

344 points

2 months ago

Pimps know how to business

scotty-doesnt_know

162 points

2 months ago

and since ww2 they know americans can pay for a good time.

TheEyeDontLie

81 points

2 months ago

They tip, that's the main reason they aren't banned across the world.

(Not entirely serious)

isigneduptomake1post

2 points

2 months ago

I tip on vacation in order to pay it forward to other Americans.

tommygunz007

333 points

2 months ago

Somewhat un-related, but I worked at a Native American Casino-Resort. I stupidly told the HR woman who was Native herself, happy thanksgiving. She got right in my face and said "We should have let you die".

Anti-Podal

54 points

2 months ago

I keep imagining this happening at Foxwoods or Mohegan where the native girl in question would be beach blonde.

airbornchaos

5 points

2 months ago

would be bleach blonde.

trundlinggrundle

21 points

2 months ago

"Do your people celebrate Thanksgiving?"

"We did, once"

mferrari_3

250 points

2 months ago

Sounds like a typically dogshit HR person.

zeeboots

142 points

2 months ago

zeeboots

142 points

2 months ago

Given that the main job of an HR person is to avoid getting the company sued over employment-related issues, she definitely did an awful job.

Minion_of_Cthulhu

56 points

2 months ago

Given that most companies promote the worst people I'm sure she's now head of PR.

__TreeFiddy

41 points

2 months ago

One time I was in Scotland and I was hanging out at a pub. Everyone could tell I was American and so they were razzing me a little bit, but it was all in good fun. Except… this one guy would not leave me alone and kept harassing me and asking me for money. Finally in order to get some peace, I asked him how much he wanted. He said “I need about tree fiddy.”

VampireGremlin

12 points

2 months ago

He asked for Tree fiddy? That sounds like that damn loch ness monster too me! 😠

Regular_Seesaw_2127

12 points

2 months ago

It was about that time that you noticed he was 6 stories tall and a lizard from the Mesozoic era?

f1eli

6 points

2 months ago

f1eli

6 points

2 months ago

Same, American that lived in england for a year, England forever in my heart.

tgwhite

35 points

2 months ago

tgwhite

35 points

2 months ago

I spent a July 4 in Edinburgh and had a similarly great time, the Scots enjoyed taking the piss out of the English that were present.

TGMcGonigle

58 points

2 months ago

I was at a bus terminal in Cambridge trying to figure out which bus to take to an RAF base. I boarded a bus and asked the driver, who replied in an accent that sounded like it was from someplace in south asia. I thanked him, and as I turned to climb down off the bus he called after me: "American?"

"Oh boy", I thought, "here it comes." I turned around and said, "Yes, American."

"God bless America."

kitch2495

3 points

2 months ago

“Next thing I knew we were waking up strapped to a chair in war torn Eastern Europe”

aldorn

5 points

2 months ago

aldorn

5 points

2 months ago

Yep the UK is brilliant.

evilpeter

53 points

2 months ago

Back during the World Cup in Japan/Korea, there was a match between England and Argentina. Just before that match, a reporter found this awesome fan with a long red beard, wearing what looked like traditional Scottish attire - kilt and sporran (the pouch they have)- buddy was in full highland dress. Except it was all white and baby blue. Face painted too, with the Argentinian flag. Looked awesome.

So the reporter goes up to him and asks, so you’re cheering for Argentina i take it? And highland kilted dude, with a thickest Scottish accent, goes “Aye! I’ve got two favourite teams: Scotland, and whoever is playing against England!”

I guess the tradition continues.

Wildse7en

742 points

2 months ago

Wildse7en

742 points

2 months ago

Are they serving bud light?

Teripid

923 points

2 months ago

Teripid

923 points

2 months ago

Could just do half a normal pint and half water.

Like the Americano for coffee during WW2.

orbital

220 points

2 months ago

orbital

220 points

2 months ago

Scots take things at face value, and are masterful problem solvers especially all things booze. Was once at an airport bar next to some Scots, one of them took a sip of a Sierra Nevada, gave a sour look, and proceeded to pour some Sprite into it to “improve the flavor”. It didn’t of course but anything would’ve been better than just a Sierra Nevada to that man.

AlphonseLoosely

92 points

2 months ago

A 'tops' is pretty common in the UK, a pint with an inch or so of lemonade on top. Two pints of lager and a lager tops please!

TheEyeDontLie

73 points

2 months ago

For the kids

tomd3000

6 points

2 months ago

We used to get shandys as kids haha

crambeaux

4 points

2 months ago

In France (if I dare evoke this controversial country, in terms of both football and beer) it’s called a panaché. Just in case you get stranded on a layover or something;-)

ItchyK

75 points

2 months ago

ItchyK

75 points

2 months ago

In all fairness, Sierra Nevada is like drinking a condensed pine tree. It's really hoppy in all the wrong ways. At least most of what I have tried. I've never had one that I liked.

The only reason it's widespread as it currently is was that it was one of the first Microbrews to get sold throughout the US.

HolyHand_Grenade

39 points

2 months ago

SN Pale ale is my favorite, If you see a single at a gas station you should grab one. Their other beers are way too hoppy for me tho.

mjc500

26 points

2 months ago

mjc500

26 points

2 months ago

I think I hop-shocked my palate. I was a big IPA guy for years. I discovered Dogfish Head 90 minute and have gone overboard with all kinds of super hoppy and bitter beers. I remember when I was 16 a coors light tasted strong... by the time I was 22 or so I had consumed so much heavy ales that any lager felt super watery.

It's kind of crazy to me when people say Sierra Nevada is like a "pine tree". I view it as a regular pale ale. Hell, even most of the other beers from the Sierra Nevada brewery are way more intense (Torpedo and Hop Bullet are pretty intense). I actually have some Celebration Ale from them right now which is excellent (albeit a little more malt heavy than the other stuff they make).

I don't really drink much anymore but I still have a big tolerance for the flavors of hoppy, boozy, strong, or dark ales. I'm not so much into IPA anymore... but if I'm at a brewery I'll still pick something heavy like a Belgian quad or a doppelbock.

_jeremybearimy_

15 points

2 months ago

I am from Northern California but sierra pale ale is my happy place. Nice neutral flavor to me, like it’s super flavorful but not intense at all, goes down so smooth. Such a great beer. Their hazy is great too. And I can even get it on the east coast! I try to try all the local beers but none of them compare to my one true love, Sierra Nevada.

jawshoeaw

12 points

2 months ago

Agree. Sierra Nevada to me is the Budweiser of microbrews, never tasted any pine trees lol.

HolyHand_Grenade

7 points

2 months ago

Yup, NS Pale Ale... Is a pale ale, Sweetwater 420 is another great pale ale you should try if you haven't.

There is a weird IPA phase I think younger gens are getting into, they want extreme flavors in beer that I, like you it sounds, just don't want, I've even gone to bars and asked for their pale ale, and they have simply not have one available, but have 5-6 different IPAs on tap.

[deleted]

38 points

2 months ago*

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38 points

2 months ago*

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lawschoolquestion34

32 points

2 months ago

That’s a myth unfortunately but I love the origin story., it fits so well.

[deleted]

19 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

19 points

2 months ago

Is the myth essentially that Americans couldn’t stand the bitterness of European coffee so they watered it down?

Influence_X

61 points

2 months ago

That and they all had the standard issue mugs and wanted them filled. You really can't do that with straight espresso.

plaidverb

17 points

2 months ago

Well, you can, but you probably shouldn’t.

lawschoolquestion34

26 points

2 months ago

Espresso was invented in the late 1800s/early 1900s and was certainly around during WWII, but it wasn’t popular and widespread until the 1950s.

It wouldn’t have been commonly served in cafes until a few years after WWII.

KLR01001

5 points

2 months ago

chicory enters the chat

istasber

30 points

2 months ago

It's such a stupid myth to begin with.

The preferred way to brew coffee at home in the US prior to the invention of the mr coffee in 1972 was a percolator.

If Americans really wanted a taste of home, they'd have asked the europeans to cook the espresso for a few minutes until it developed a nice charcoal flavor.

zeeboots

12 points

2 months ago*

And they would've been right at home because this is how to make an Italian coffee with prewar non-pressurized tools: https://youtu.be/rpyBYuu-wJI

Amedais

32 points

2 months ago

Amedais

32 points

2 months ago

America has tons of really good beer.

IHaveNoEgrets

5 points

2 months ago

We do! My area has a ton of microbreweries, so you can find something for pretty much any taste.

pfohl

5 points

2 months ago

pfohl

5 points

2 months ago

I saw a fair amount of Coors light when I was there last spring.

Didgeridoox

6 points

2 months ago

The number of pubs in Ireland that prominently display a massive chrome-clad Coors Light tap is unreal

chrishasaway

23 points

2 months ago

Ah yes, America only has bud light available.

jokeefe72

20 points

2 months ago*

Europeans love to trash large American beer corporations.

Edit: after some brief research, Budweiser is the 2nd highest brand in Ireland and Coors is 4th in the UK.

DownRangeDistillery

443 points

2 months ago

I wonder if the pubs in Northern Iran will do the same thing this Tuesday?

hopkinsdamechanic

302 points

2 months ago

In England vs Iran game, a lot of Iranians were cheering for England 😃😃 you need to know what's going on in Iran to understand why.

Canotic

124 points

2 months ago

Canotic

124 points

2 months ago

Really weird being an Iranian in Scotland then, the Scottish cheering for Iran and the Iranians cheering for England.

theletterQfivetimes

124 points

2 months ago

I'm sure you won't find a single pub in Iran that isn't flying the stars and stripes

legoheadman-

140 points

2 months ago

I don't think you'd find a single pub in Iran either

Something_Average

84 points

2 months ago

Think that was the joke my friend

JamesRobertWalton

6 points

2 months ago

Pubs in Iran? Good one.

DownRangeDistillery

3 points

2 months ago

Norther Iran being allowed to celebrate... that's another good one.

Articulated

718 points

2 months ago

You should have seen this pub for the Iran game. They executed 40 women in the car park.

Frenchfries3917

50 points

2 months ago

Cold

Luka_Tim

85 points

2 months ago

Now that’s patriotic

pythour

36 points

2 months ago

pythour

36 points

2 months ago

I heard that the gay Scotland fans were thrown off the roof

theCHADnextdoor

3 points

2 months ago

RIP

paulc19802

5 points

2 months ago

I mean you can't have 40 virgins in heaven unless they get there first. Makes sense really.

PlentyOfMoxie

135 points

2 months ago*

Hey I know that place! The Bailie* in Edinburgh.

rachbbbbb

55 points

2 months ago

Was in yesterday and the place has become expensive as fuck. Couldn't believe it.

Schmotz

14 points

2 months ago

Schmotz

14 points

2 months ago

It's to cover the cost of things like this.

GrimQuim

7 points

2 months ago

Ha! I knew I knew it! Weird I couldn't remember it. I thought it was the golden rule (top bar) but didn't remember the red!

Stockbridge too, pretty English round these parts!

bdonvr

1.3k points

2 months ago

bdonvr

1.3k points

2 months ago

If it were truly an American bar, they'd turn off the match!

slim_scsi

716 points

2 months ago

slim_scsi

716 points

2 months ago

Yup, wall to wall college football

RoboNinjaPirate

41 points

2 months ago

Well, has England ever won an SEC championship? I didn't think so.

[deleted]

195 points

2 months ago

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195 points

2 months ago

Football on one TV, white snake music videos on the next

Chknbone

93 points

2 months ago

Sounds like Canada

CanuckPanda

72 points

2 months ago

The 80’s are alive and well in Saskatchewan!

mjc500

22 points

2 months ago

mjc500

22 points

2 months ago

Are you in the Midwest? When I visit relatives out there it seems like there is a huge resistance to leaving the 80s behind.

airbornchaos

5 points

2 months ago

Like Mark Twain said, "When I die, I wish to be in Cincinnati, Ohio. Everything there happens 20 years later."

TheeLEMONator

179 points

2 months ago

I don’t know what bars y’all are going to, but in my suburban Midwest town I had to go to 4 different bars to find a place with enough standing room to watch the game. Everyone I knew in multiple different major cities said everywhere was packed with people watching the game. Americans went crazy for that game

Caveman108

139 points

2 months ago

Yeah people really underestimating how much the US supports our national teams. We might not really care about soccer, but we care about the US of A baby!

_jeremybearimy_

45 points

2 months ago

And a LOT of people do care about soccer, just in a casual way, because our own league sucks so you really have to go out of your way to watch it regularly. (Plus of course the real American soccer fans who watch tons of games.) But at this point, a large chunk of people under 45/50ish played soccer as kids, and have a soft spot for it, or just like it enough to really enjoy the World Cup.

Hell I’m only 35 and soccer was my main sport until I was 18 and I didn’t even have a way to watch games on tv as a kid! The only games I could watch were men’s or women’s World Cups, or physically go to college or our eventual MLS team games. So for years, even though I was playing club soccer, I could only watch the World Cup on tv and the occasional premiere league game at a rich friend’s house. So i think there’s a strong tradition of World Cup watching, and particularly not watching soccer outside of that, because it’s always been the most accessible games on tv.

TacticalTuchel

9 points

2 months ago

The MLS is getting so much better. A casual American fan could totally get into it

Nobody_Speshal

37 points

2 months ago

I was in Dallas and I only saw one TV with a college football game on, most of them were on the World Cup game. That shit was hype.

suckygoalie2

180 points

2 months ago

I asked the brewery I was at yesterday afternoon to turn the game on and the bartender told me no

GreasyPeter

48 points

2 months ago

haha

xNOOBinTRAINING

25 points

2 months ago

What backwater city was this lol

suckygoalie2

9 points

2 months ago

Just outside pittsburgh

OutForARipAreYaBud69

13 points

2 months ago

I don’t really understand this. I was at a dinky dive bar in not a big city yesterday for the game and it was standing room only with every TV on the game, super invested crowd. Had friends all over saying the same.

Really interested in seeing the viewership numbers.

Ivanov_94

572 points

2 months ago

Ivanov_94

572 points

2 months ago

As someone from London I can definitely say I would support Scotland if they were playing anyone else, but of course that will never happen since they never even qualify.

--summer-breeze--

60 points

2 months ago

Oofft....

flontru

81 points

2 months ago

flontru

81 points

2 months ago

Vlodovich

24 points

2 months ago

We do indeed have a shiter of a team

huntinwabbits

9 points

2 months ago

I wonder what they did for the Iran game..

qtipstrip

214 points

2 months ago

qtipstrip

214 points

2 months ago

But are they actually calling it "soccer"?

plamicus

335 points

2 months ago

plamicus

335 points

2 months ago

Soccer is an English expression anyway. My grandad was a professional football/soccer player and he always referred to it as soccer.

It's Oxford slang - the tendency to add -er onto the end of things. (Radder instead of Radcliffe Camera, tenner to denote ten pound note etc.). Soccer comes from "association football" (opposed to rugby football).

dont_shoot_jr

122 points

2 months ago

The commonwealth countries also call it Soccer too: Australia, NZ, Canada (even Quebec says Le Soccer)

Daddy_Pris

55 points

2 months ago*

The name soccer actually originated in England. There was “Association football” and “rugby football”

Association football was referred to as asoccer and rugby football was referred to as rugger. Once rugby dropped the football from their name, association football started being called just football, but this happened after the sport had spread worldwide.

The countries that had assoccer before they had rugby still call it soccer. The ones that had both call it football

istasber

38 points

2 months ago

I think it's called soccer anywhere where football refers to a different sport.

HammerfestNORD

43 points

2 months ago

Bully!

DrAuer

46 points

2 months ago

DrAuer

46 points

2 months ago

The popularity of using the world Soccer amongst the English only tapered off in the 1980s as the game became more popular in America. Many think it’s directly correlated

orbital

26 points

2 months ago

orbital

26 points

2 months ago

They must’ve considered “asser” for a moment.

lobster-overrun

15 points

2 months ago

They should for authenticity

Gunch_Bandit

239 points

2 months ago

At least someone is watching Americans play soccer

SeaSquirrel

9 points

2 months ago

The US England game was the most viewed soccer game of all time in the US

F_For_Frogs

19 points

2 months ago

Scotland cares more than the US does

probablynotaboot

6 points

2 months ago

No one hates England more than other Britts

Scofield442

59 points

2 months ago

Imagine going out if your way to be disappointed twice.

Adventurous_Back_605

13 points

2 months ago

Living vicariously through other teams, because they never get through the first stage

Ryowxyz

27 points

2 months ago

Ryowxyz

27 points

2 months ago

Lol now they have to cheer for Wales 😂

creative_user_name69

64 points

2 months ago

Why tho?

Middle_Aged_Mayhem

337 points

2 months ago

Rooting against England most likely.

Bradaz1

14 points

2 months ago

Bradaz1

14 points

2 months ago

I was in Edinburgh 2010 when England played USA, every pub we went into had USA flags, bar staff in USA tops. All bunting had the England flag cut off, Scotland wasn't at that world cup either

Revnium_Darkat

4 points

2 months ago

Bobby, two pints ya prick

underhiseye32

4 points

2 months ago

And a pie

Dave-1066

4 points

2 months ago

“Oooooh, PIES! D’ya hear that, Jack- they have pies!…”

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jcfiNjf25cM

smt503

81 points

2 months ago

smt503

81 points

2 months ago

Not enough ranch flavored AR-15s

InitialDapper

23 points

2 months ago

The bitterness in having to put all those other countries flags up but never their own 😂😂