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Punter's Paradise: The IRAIW World Cup Writers Poll

Friday 8th June 2018

As I write through the night in the shadow of ESPN
I take a look at my life and realise what could have been
Cause I’ve been googling and tweeting so long
That even my old lady thinks my mind has gone
But I ain’t ever dissed a player who wasn’t deserving
Maybe written some junk that makes people keep surfing
Xavi better watch how he’s talking and Pique where he’s walking
Or them and their Cules might read something shocking
I really hate to trip but I gotta joke
As they complain about Zizou blowing their smoke
Fool, I’m the kinda uncle my nephew wants to be like
Riffing on Fellaini’s hair tonight, saying prayers that Mou’ll get it right

Keep spending most of life
Living in a punter’s paradise

Oh, I’ll just spend most of life
Living in a punter’s paradise…

I’d apologise to Coolio if he hadn't sampled Stevie Wonder in the first place and then watched Weird Al go all Amish on his ass. He’s gotta be used to this sort of treatment. Besides, like every other football blogger on the planet, I’d give anything for a moment in the sun like he had in 1995. Top of the Billboard charts. Two Grammies. Matching MTV Music awards. Then, if he didn’t have any street cred from LA, he was busted in Stuttgart for accessory to robbery and causing bodily injury in 1998.  And I’m going to guess all of us at It’s Round and It’s White have the same dream, leaving out the Stuttgart part.

It’s why we’re busting our asses to bring you a complete World Cup package starting on Monday, as well as our usual fare. The truth is we’re not trading on what we know, rather what we think we know. And there’s a freedom in that. We’re far enough away from the action that when we get it right, we look like geniuses. Then, when we get it wrong, we can just shrug our shoulders and ask what you expected.

So, in the process of putting together our World Cup coverage, we thought it would be a good idea to see how much we could get wrong about the coming extravaganza in Russia. Seventeen Round and White writers answered six questions. Here’s how their responses shook out.

Martin Palazzotto

The former editor of World Football Columns, Martin authored the short story collection strange bOUnce. He appeared in several other blogs which no longer exist. Old, he likes to bring out defunct. If outdated sport and pop-cultural references intrude on his meanderings for It's Round and It's White, don't be alarmed. He's harmless.

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