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Meet Tom (Stuff You Won't Find On Facebook)

Posted by rajiv on 2 December 2008

When I asked Tom about his player profile, he replied

… editor of MtPMtM [Meet The Player, Meet The Man] cannot be the product of MtPMtM.

In a way, he’s right – how does he ask himself questions, then edit his answers?

What would you like to know about the man who calls himself redseason, apart what you find on Facebook? And that before he introduced his colleague, Yaseen, there was his imaginary friend, Mot, and his imaginary 19 year-old blonde secretary, Natasha.

And that he is sometimes such a girl. (No, nothing to do with dressing up as Natasha.)

The man who turns session reports into classic mini-novelettes. And who initiated the FIOFAFI stats and got the ball rolling.

Well, Tom has either already put his questions to you, or will do so in time, so here’s your chance to put your questions to him, and to find out more about him.

Just add your questions below, and let’s see how many he answers. Stuff you won’t find on Facebook.

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24 Responses to “Meet Tom (Stuff You Won't Find On Facebook)”

  1. Raj said

    Question 1: Which team do you support?
    2. Since when?
    3. During the FA Cup Final of 1981, which team did you support (Man City or Spurs)?
    4. Do you still believe that the UEFA Cup is a more difficult trophy to win then the European Cup?

  2. Franco said

    1. What do you think how important is a high IQ in football/soccer and how to measure an avarage level?
    2. Who of the professional footballer do you think have the highest and who have the lowest IQ?
    3. What do you would say about your IQ compare to your football skills and how is it reflected?

  3. Raj said

    Jiv, do you think we should consider kicking out such members of Fafi?

  4. rajiv said

    I think we’ll keep you Raj 🙂 .

    As for the questions so far:

    let’s see how many he answers

    Of course, some of them may be unanswerable.

  5. redseason said

    Yes, yes, I’ll answer all the questions in good time. 🙂

  6. yaseen said

    1.which team do you support in the singapore league?
    2.why is noh alam shah your favourite local striker?
    3.when will singapore reach the world cup finals…

  7. redseason said

    Q1: Which team do you support? United, since the Cup Final in ’79. I still have nightmares screaming “Stay on the line, stay on the line” to Gary Bailey as Brady’s cross floats over him.
    Q3: During the FA Cup Final of 1981, which team did you support (Man City or Spurs)? I rooted for the underdogs citeh.
    Q4: Do you still believe that the UEFA Cup is a more difficult trophy to win than the European Cup? Not now. But in the ’80s, when both tournaments were straight knock-out competitions, I thought the UEFA was harder to win in part because of the strength of the 2nd-4th placed teams from each league in the competition.

    Q5: What do you think how important is a high IQ in football/soccer and how to measure an avarage level?: It depends. First of all, I don’t think IQ is a valid form of “intelligence testing”. Second, I have reservations about such measurement techniques and what they are used for.
    Q6: Who of the professional footballer do you think have the highest and who have the lowest IQ? The latter part is easy. Jason McAteer. For example, there was an occasion when

    he once tried to open the fire exit on a plane ‘to let a bit of fresh air in’.

    or this one when on a trip back from an East European destination (told by Alan Synnott):

    he asked a teammate why the flight over had taken five hours, but the one back would only take two hours. He was perfectly happy with the answer: ‘This pilot knows a short cut’.

    or this one:

    he asked for his pizza to be cut into four and not eight slices as he wasn’t that hungry.

    or this one when he applied for a credit card (told by an ex-team mate):

    Having filled out the name of his employer (“Liverpool Football Club”) on the application form, Jason then turned to a team mate in some confusion: “What should I put down for ‘Position’? I’d say I was naturally central midfield, but I’m playing right wing-back at the moment.”

    Q7: What do you would say about your IQ compare to your football skills and how is it reflected? Well, as you know, I went to a crappy school, so I am quite dim. And I don’t have a PhD, either.

    Q8: Which team do you support in the Singapore league? I have a preference for Woodlands Wellington, simply because I associate V Sundramoorthy with them. Dunno why. He was some player. YouTube. I think I was at the Stadium for this one.
    Q9: Why is noh alam shah your favourite local striker? ’cause we were in the same gangs when we were young.
    Q10: When will singapore reach the world cup finals… Probably sooner than we think. First, FIFA will probably expand the competition to 72 teams (up from 16 teams in 1978). Second, Gahmen will revive its 2010 vision.

  8. rajseran said

    What are your predictions on Man U to finish this season ?
    What are your thoughts when Man U loss to Liverpool ?
    Will you someday be a Liverpool Fan when you get tired of Man U?

  9. Franco said

    Come on Tom, you are a quite smart boy paired with lots of emotion…shown on and beside the pitch…and your reports are very entertaining on the best way to become classics…soo continue as you are and we will still love you (Oprah episode 4..;-)

  10. redseason said

    Q11: What are your predictions on Manchester United to finish this season ? Top two in the League.
    Q12: What are your thoughts when Manchester United loss to the Thieving Scousers? I am always distraught after a Giant killing.
    Q13: Will you someday be a Thieving Scouse when you get tired of Manchester United? Unlikely, as I have a deep abhorrence to killing Italians.

  11. rajiv said

    Two sets of questions that remain unanswered from earlier:

    • If it’s real football you’re after, why don’t you play 11-a-side?

    • The second set comprises of two parts:

    (a) Are you still playing on Sunday nights?

    (b) Would your Sunday guys like a one-off game against Franco’s colleagues on a Sunday evening?

    I’m surprised that no scandalous or embarrassing questions have been asked so far 🙂 .

  12. redseason said

    Q14: Why don’t you play 11-a-side? Two and a half reasons. Don’t have a team, am fat & unfit and there’s more involvement in 5-a-side games.
    Q15: Are you still playing on Sunday evenings? Nope, lots to do at home.
    Q16: Would your Sunday guys like a one-off game against Franco’s colleagues on a Sunday evening? They are on their tour of Malaysia, so the answer is “Nope”.

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  14. Bret said

    1. Which are your 3 favourite United games?

    2. United Dream XI in the Fergie years?

    3. Sepp Blatter suggests “more feminine clothes” and “tighter shorts” for the ladies to popularize women’s football. What are your suggestions? http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport-old/football/2008/05/30/3pm-the-continuing-madness-of-sepp-blatter-115875-20343197/

    • rajseran said

      My Favourite MAn U game was when they lost 2-1 to liverpool 🙂 . Awesome match and will love to watch another repeat of that .

    • rajiv said

      I don’t think Tom has been around much this week.

    • redseason said

      Q16. Which are your 3 favourite United games?

      I’ll keep my favourite United games to the ones where I’ve experienced it at the ground. That limits the choices, but maintains the “I was there!” feel. In no particular order:

      (1) My first United game. 21st November 1987. United away at Wimbledon (Plough Lane) in the old Division 1. United lost 1-2. If I remember correctly, United lost only 2 games that entire season – and I was there for half the defeats. Those were good days when Ferguson believed he had inherited a squad who could challenge for the title so this meant we fielded sides containing Jesper Olsen, Gary Walsh, Viv Anderson et al. Football back then meant no covered stands, standing terraces, racist chanting (by United fans), drunken fights on the trains, policemen instead of “stewards” etc etc.

      (2) This one lives in the memory for some reason. 10th May 1995, at home to Southampton, the penultimate game of the season. United were woeful that evening, and won 2-1 thanks to a dubious penalty awarded for a tug on Andrew Cole. United had lost Cantona and were without Kan-Kan and the hamstrung Giggs. It was also the end of Ferguson’s first great team, the one that won the Double in ’94: thereafter Ince, Hughes, Kanchelskis were shipped out and the Class of ’92 were eased into the first team.

      (3) This probably the easiest: I’ll pick a period and two games that bookmarked an amazing 5 days – 22nd May vs the Bar-Codes and 26th May vs Bayern Munich. (It’s easy to remember my wedding anniversary … heh heh). No need to say much about these.

      Q17. United Dream XI in the Fergie years?

      Hmmm, I’ll go for –

      gk: Schmeichel
      rb: Irwin
      lb: Sharpe (I know, but I like the guy and have to fit him in somewhere)
      cb: Vidic
      cb: Ferdinand
      rw: Kanchelskis
      lw: Giggs
      cm: Whiteside
      cm: Scholes (I’ll make him Captain, just to piss him off. My favourite United player)
      09: Ruud v Nistelrooy
      10: Cantona

      Other mentions: Henning Berg (should have played in the 99 final but was injured), Jesper Blomqvist (played his last game in the 99 final), Brian McClair.

      As a bonus, here’s the opposite:

      gk: Barthez (over-rated clown)
      rb: Anderson (and a useless pundit as well)
      lb: Heinze (during his last season)
      cb: Donaghy (119 appearances. Why?)
      cb: Blanc
      cm: Djemba-Djemba (38 appearances. How?)
      cm: Kleberson (28 appearances. Claims to have been a Brasillian)
      lw: Kieran Richardson
      rw: Liam Miller (doesn’t matter where he plays)
      09: Alan Smith (effort is not enough)
      10: Bellion (“the new Henry”)

      Bad players fall into 2 broad categories: one set that includes reasonable players who just fail to “get it up” at United – players like Nani – while the other set that simply includes very bad players (like Bellion).

      Q18. Sepp Blatter suggests “more feminine clothes” and “tighter shorts” for the ladies to popularize women’s football. What are your suggestions? http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport-old/football/2008/05/30/3pm-the-continuing-madness-of-sepp-blatter-115875-20343197/

      Blatter is full of shit.

      • Yaseen said

        Some of the flamboyant players i remember would have to be Karel Poborsky and Gary Palister. I remember Poborsky as a skilful player. Gary to be in the same mould as Ferdinand. Keane will definetly make my cut for starting 11. Another interesting player would have to be Henrik Larsson. He is my all time favourite player and i was estatic when he came for a short stint. For the record, today is Larsson’ birthday.

      • redseason said

        Poborsky would go into my worst XI.

        As for Keane, well, yes, he should be in the Genius XI; it’s just that Scholes and Whiteside are more of “cult figures”. Apart from their goals, e.g. vs Everton in ’85, Norm brings in a bit of naughtiness.

      • rajiv said

        It also helps that Scholes and Whiteside didn’t have a go at the fans.

      • redseason said

        ARF! That’s true.

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