Podcast Episode 12: Missi, Champions League, McGregor, Bunkers, Kikuyu Grass, and Ronnie

February 18, 2016 •

Show Notes for Season Ticket Episode 12

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Football

Everyone’s got an opinion on that penalty where Messi rolled the ball to Suarez on Sunday against Celta Vigo, but what to the STP team make of it, and indeed of Barcelona’s dominance in the last half hour.

In the Champions League it’s advantage PSG as they head back to London to face Chelsea in the 2nd leg, or is it. Wolfsburg were home and dry but Gent gave them pause for thought with two goals in the last 10 minutes.

Ronaldo silenced his critic, at least briefly, with a well crafted goal away at Roma and it looks like Real are on their way to the quarter-final.

We decide that we don’t really care about the FA Cup, so basically there’s no more football until next Tuesday.

MMA – Bellator 149, McGregor vs the Media

Carl previews Bellator 149 which he basically sees a bit of a freak show, featuring a 52 year old Ken Shamrock and lots of other men with silly names that Rob can’t pronounce. He’s set out his stall for the five main bouts of the evening, so let’s see how he gets on.

In Conor McGregor news, the Irish Independent went after him with some vengeance recently and Carl speaks out on his behalf. We chat a bit about an interview he did recently with SevereMMA in Dublin, and what lies ahead for him.

Golf – The Northern Trust Open

The Northern Trust Open take place at the Riviera Country Club California. It’s a pretty long course at almost 7500 yards but it still considered a classic a shot makers course.

Last year it played very tough:  the toughest par 71 on the PGA Tour last year.

Interestingly the 6th hole has a bunker on the green. A bit of a novelty or fair game?

Dustin Johnson has a good record here, finishing 2nd the last 2 years.

Spieth and McIlory both present for the first time this season

Interestingly the course is laid with Kikuyu grass which is native to the southern hemisphere (South Africa, Australia etc) so natives of those countries might be at an advantage. Charl Schwartzel won by eight strokes playing on that surface just last week, so maybe put your money down on him…

Snooker

Ronnie O’Sullivan deliberately missed a 147 at the Welsh Open (scoring 146 instead), in protest at the poor prize money on offer, of just £10,000. Only Ronnie would even try this, but is he right?