Wimbledon 2012: a Greenygrey Perspective

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. While ‘Werewolfie’ has been keeping us updated on the Euro 2012 football championships we’ve been at the Wimbledon tennis tournament. We’ve been very impressed with the way the greenypurple has led from the front.

WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 18:  A woman walks i...
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: A woman walks in the rain under a Wimbledon umbrella at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club ahead of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on June 18, 2011 in London, England. The Championships which are celebrating their 125th anniversary this year begin on June 20, 2011. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

While the greenypurple enjoys the limelight in the foreground, guess who’s doing most of the work in the background…! Not that we’re complaining; we’re just glad to be there:

The greenypurple has also taken a back seat at times:

And we’ve worked independently sometimes too:

We hope the greenyblue is going to do more work in the second week…

 

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Germany’s Euro 2012 ends in Chaos

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams. Germany failed to heed the lessons from the Greek game, when our science expert, Stephen Wolfing, hypothesised that their decision to kit their goalie, Neuer, out in bright orange instead of subdued greenygrey had resulted in a goal bonanza; including Neuer letting in two goals for the first time in the tournament.

Italy v Germany Shock Chaos

The Italy v Germany game started to form, with Germany having most of the early possession, and a few chances.

But then Italy broke into the German half, and before the brightly coloured Neuer had made a save, Balotelli seemed to spot him moving to the left, and headed the ball into the opposite corner.

WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28:  Mario Balotelli (C)...
WARSAW, POLAND – JUNE 28: Mario Balotelli (C) of Italy jumps with Holger Badstuber (R) of Germany to score the opening goal past Manuel Neuer of Germany during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Lighthouse Goalie Kit Ends Greenygrey Hopes

Then a little while later, Balotelli beat the offside trap, and seemed to use Neuer like a footballing lighthouse, sending the ball well wide of the stationary goalie and into the top corner.

The game ended 2-1 to Italy, so the last chance of greenygrey playing a foreground part in the final seems to have been ended with off-the-field decisions, rather than the greenygrey being given the chance to shine… in a subdued way…!

But as the above photo shows, greenygrey is always a background part of football pitches and stadiums.

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Euro 2012 Chaotic Chaos Theory Round-up

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams. It sure seems a long time ago when I last reported on Euro 2012. Why, as I remember it we were hoping for an all-greenygrey goalie quarter-final between the two Gs: Germany and Greece.

Euro 2012 Quarter-Final Chaos: Germany v Greece

Chaos in the German goal as un-greenygrey goalie beaten to the ball in rare Greek attack.

We were expecting the two greenygrey goalies to provide a very normal game, with perhaps one or two goals. But then the German goalie was kitted out in bright orange. This resulted in a six-goal thriller, with the German goalie leaving in two goals for the first time in the tournament. I was at a loss to explain how all that happened, so I asked our resident science expert, Stephen Wolfing; he thought it looked like the butterfly effect of chaos theory:

‘The butterfly effect of chaos theory proposes that a small change in one place can result in large differences to a later state, and I think that is what happened in the Germany v Greece quarter-final. Germany decided to kit their goalie out in orange, and that small change created chaos in the later game.’

Wow, thank you Stephen, for your clear and concise explanation. I had not imagined it would be so simple, and yet quite complex at the same time.

England v Italy: Did England Pay for non-Greenygrey Goalie Kit

The other quarter-final with a greenygrey interest was England v Italy; well, it was until England decided to send poor Joe Hart out in the all red kit instead of the greenygrey.

Hart seemed to be like a red rag to a bull as the Italians charged his goal time after time. And then, in the penalties, Hart was unable to save any.

Would he have done any better in greenygrey. Not even chaos theory can answer that one…!

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Werewolf of Oz featured on Front Row Lit

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams is pulling at the leash to update all the greenygrey Euro 2012 happenings, but Grey’s epic Werewolf of Oz satire being featured on Front Row Lit’s website takes the front page news here this morning.

Werewolf of Oz Synopsis and Excerpt 

The opportunity of being featured on Front Row Lit inspired us to write a synopsis for Grey’s epic comedy-fantasy Oz quest (credited to Marc Latham in the human world), where it became the first werewolf to successfully travel around Australia by google maps.

As many of you will know by now, Grey had many amazing adventures on its fantasy travel, and met many strange and interesting creatures… many from the rock music world.

You can see Werewolf of Oz featured alongside other fine books at: http://frontrowlit.com/

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Euro 2012: Portugal v Czech has Greenygrey Twist

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams, back on sports howling form after a day off for Midsummer’s Day. And what a greenygrey Midsummer’s Day it was!

Greenygrey within the Purpleygrey 

I thought I wasn’t going to be called into action for the Portugal v Czech Republic Euro 2012 Quarter-Final, with no obvious greenygrey combinations apparent.

But then I saw Petr Cech was having a great game in the Czech goal, and thought I’d take a closer look. And lo and behold, although he was wearing a purpleygrey shirt, it had a Portuguese flag on it, and guess what colour that includes. Yes, if you guessed green you’d be right.

 

Greenygrey Twist in the Background

So, I thought that was the greenygrey connection, and Cech was going to keep a clean-sheet, but then I saw the Portuguese coaching staff, and guess what colour they were wearing: yes it was an all-greenygrey combination, and there were many of them. Here is one caught on camera from the BBC‘s highlights:

And then Ronaldo scored for Portugal to win 1-0.

I was going to end the blog there, as we’re hoping for an all-greenygrey goalie tie tonight between the two Gs: Germany and Greece, but Susie wants to add something.

Breaking News: new greenygreyism

Hi, it’s Susie Dentinfang, word expert at the Greenygrey and Countdown to the Full Moon. Couldn’t wait to bring you a new greenygreyism, as I’m off for the weekend. Martin’s analysis of the greenygreys in the Portugal v Czech Republic game reminded me of that old proverb: ‘a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’.

The new greenygrey version inspired by the result of the above game is: ‘several greenygreys on the sidelines is worth more than one on the pitch.’

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Greenygrey Saves England Win and Nervy Finish

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams again. Phew, I’m glad there’s a break in the Euro 2012 action for a couple of days, because I feel as tired as the players look! You may be wondering how the greenygrey saved England last night after Joe Hart was forced to wear red in line with the second kit; and not the greenygreyesque first choice goalie’s kit, which we’re sure he prefers.

Greenygrey Metaphysical Karma Saves England

No, while most greenygrey interest during Euro 2012 has been in the goalie kits, last night it was the greenygrey dualism Yin and Yang karma style ‘what goes around comes around’ that helped England win.

That is because Frank Lampard had a perfectly good goal not given against Germany in the last World Cup, which would have given England a chance, and could have changed the game, before German eventually won easily.

So, it could be said that last night’s Ukraine goal that wasn’t given was a kind of greenygrey karma, and that’s how the Greenygrey helped England to a crucial win.

P.S. Not forgetting the greenygrey Roy Hodgson statue as well of course.

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Croatia Keeper’s Kit Calamity Costs: Fails to Fade to Grey

Jesus scores, as Croatia fail to save.

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams once again; I’m sure you know by now that I’m the sports correspondent at Greenygrey News. There were no greenygrey shocks at Euro 2012 last night, like with Greece earlier in the week, but this could have been because the Croatian goalie’s kit seemed to have got the greenygrey wrong, and Jesus (Navas) pounced to score.

Spain Spot Croatian Goalie’s White to Score

Croatia’s goalie, Pletikosa, thought he’d got his camouflage right for 87 minutes, keeping a clean-sheet against the strong Spanish favourites. Another shock on the scale of Greece’s victory over Russia earlier in the week seemed on the cards.

But then Spain spotted Pletikosa; possibly because he’d matched green with white instead of green with grey; lobbed the ball over him, and Jesus (Navas) put the chance away. Here’s an image of the moment from the BBC website:

Croatian Goalie has Previously Worn Grey

It seems to be a moment of madness by the Croatian goalie kit designers rather than Pletikosa being greyphobic, as he has previously been seen in grey:

Stipe Pletikosa
Stipe Pletikosa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If either the lighter or darker half of grey were replaced by green in the above kit, it would make a great greenygrey kit.

BBC Statistics get Greenygrey Right

The Croatian goalie kit designers seemed to have got the greenygrey wrong, and could learn a thing or two from the BBC‘s defensive statistics chart:

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