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18 Jan 2018 16:21:31
After Wengers quotes I feel the deal is nearly done.

Alexis is a fantastic player. I remember being on the site years ago when he was still at Udinese and we were all hopefull of getting him then. Football porn was the term thrown around.

Money wise. couldn't give a toss. Like any business, if you head hunt someone from a rival you have to be prepared to pay. Sanchez is well within his rights to get the best deal for him and if United are happy to offer it, wheres the problem?

Yes he's 29. But he's fit as a fiddle. Works his balls off and can unlock any defence in the world.

Was I the only fan looking at the Alexis/ city deal a few months ago brimming with jelousy? I doubt it. I hated the feeling that one of the best players in the world was available and we hadnt been mentioned! If that kind of calibre of player is available we should be going for him. I would have been pissed if we never even made an enquiry. We did and now he's on his way.

Fans need to get over the money side of things. We try to educate ourselves but in reality, we have little understanding of how a club is run. Let alone one the size of united.

So sit back, keep checking your phone and wait for Alexis to be holding our number 7 shirt.

Any other teams fans knocking the deal is just jelous and rightly so.

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1.) 18 Jan 2018 16:35:44
Spot on :)


2.) 18 Jan 2018 17:02:37
Great post mate. Couldn't have put it better myself. If the club couldn't afford to get Sanchez and pay him, they wouldn't. Simple.

Ask yourselves this, would you rather have Sanchez or not? I know what I pick.


3.) 18 Jan 2018 19:48:44
Totally agree James Mack. Just wish they would get the deal done and dusted. Saw the tweet Lingard put on regarding Sanchez medical . Wonder if he finds it funny losing his place in the team. Pillock.
I'll keep my mobile to hand waiting for the news of Sanchez. Data allowance allowing that is.


4.) 18 Jan 2018 21:24:47
If we can swap Mkhitaryan for Sanchez that is unbelievably good business!


5.) 19 Jan 2018 08:07:36
Top post mate! The money side of things doesn't matter, we will make enough money in Sanchez 7 strips sold to make the transfer fee back. Great to be linked with a top name and to get him especially.

Welcome to the club, Alexis!


6.) 19 Jan 2018 08:54:36
People only care about cash if they have an issue with the player.
Good player Sanchez and could be the cherry on top of what is a very good squad .
Good time to kick on in the second half of the season.


7.) 19 Jan 2018 09:28:36
Rock the red, on current form I don't see Lingard losing his place to Sanchez.

I think we'll see Pogba and Matic in midfield, with Lukaku up top. Then Sanchez, Lingard and one of Martial or Rashford behind Lukaku.

Lingard is probably one of our most in form players right now.


8.) 19 Jan 2018 10:10:42
I posted on the teams page the other day that this could evolve into 2 up top. With lukaku and sanchez up top, a number 10 and then 3 in midfield of pogba, matic and another. Martial and rashfors offer width if we need to change things and both can play top. Or its just a 433.

Sanchez offers a lot tactically. Its a no brainer.


 

 

17 Jul 2015 18:19:37
Bbc reporting that unless we get Ramos that De Gea is staying another year.

We might lose ;20 mill but I'm happy that Real can't expect to get their way every time. 20 mill is nothing to a club our size. With the kit deal kicking in and European money, we won't miss it.

Hope we stick to our guns and Ddg has a blinder of a season and he leaves a champion once again. He has not forced the move and there is always that ray of hope he signs an extension to at least get his worth next summer.

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1.) 17 Jul 2015 19:10:18
It would be nice if they had the same stance with psg for di Maria either keep him or tell them to pay what we paid for him their desperate for him and we don't want to sell I think we should keep him now we have the players to bring out the best in him we shld not take a loss of 15 million


2.) 17 Jul 2015 19:18:23
This is going to go on till the last day of the transfer window. Utd have a contingency in place if it does, I think it's paying oblak's release clause!! Could one of the eds confirm if they know of a release clause in lloris's contract too, I've been told that it also includes one.
Cheers


3.) 17 Jul 2015 19:43:55
if he doesn't sign a new contract i would sell him and buy a new keeper as soon as


4.) 17 Jul 2015 20:01:55
DDG should just either stay or leave. Make him rot in the bench. Had enough of it already.


5.) 17 Jul 2015 20:25:50
Why should he 'rot' on the bench? He's not asked to leave. He's not refusing to play or publicly slating the club. He's a young Spanish lad that wants to go back home. He's given years of loyal service, has been happy with 60k a week and pretty much single handedly assured us champions league football this season.

What an absurd comment.


6.) 17 Jul 2015 20:28:19
I totally agree de gea is a fantastic gk and I really hope he stays but the last thing we need is for him to leave near theend of the transfer window and we can't get anyone else in


7.) 17 Jul 2015 20:56:57
I love the stance of not selling him, DDG has never said he is unhappy here just that he would like to go to madrid, the fans won't turn on him, he will continue to play well and if he leaves on a free we don't lose anything, we never had the money and his value will have been written off. If he plays like he did the last 2 years and we have a much better side in front of him he could win us the league, I would take a 20 million loss to win the league any day of the week.


8.) 17 Jul 2015 21:01:45
Make him rot on the bench? Great fan!


9.) 17 Jul 2015 21:09:56
I'm sure I'm probably wrong but I saw somewhere we'd only have to sell di Maria for 48 million to break even.


10.) 17 Jul 2015 21:22:41
Does anyone really think we'll be teaching RM a lesson by not selling DDG now! They are happy to wait and will get him for nothing next year. In the meantime his commitment to us may weaken and other players will know he wants out. We should stop posturing and sell him to RM now.


11.) 17 Jul 2015 21:41:28
Guys don't be so naive. If you really thought he hasn't said anything publicly is out of respect, you are kidding yourselves. Due to the complexity of the dealings he realized United was not going to budge, so if he were to stay due to contract agreement he didn't want to make a bad name for himself for the remaining year. I respect him for making us reach 4th. Hands down he played the most part in it. But, he shouldn't hide his inner want and think us for fools to now know it. He should have made his intention clear than have us fans sweat all summer and plead to him. He is not saying anything because that's bad for the deal. He stills expect to leave if possible this summer. That's the real thing here. Don't fool yourselves.


12.) 17 Jul 2015 22:56:17
Think the bloke has handled the whole thing well as the club have.

If he stays for a year and performs how he has been that's fine by me and it will also be nice to have Madrid dance to our tune they are the biggest bully in the playground( with us being perhaps 2nd 😜)


13.) 18 Jul 2015 00:09:40
I'm with Dean 100% dg has handled it all right on the line and very professional and so have the club. No name calling or any 'sterling' behavior just an air of professionalism and class with no fingers being pointed. The club have stood staunch and shown that they won't be bullied and you've got to wonder whether van gaal has brought that to the table, he's definitely a not messing about character who's obviously respected in international football circles. I think he could lead us right into another period of domination.personally I'm proper made up how things are going at the min and I think that's how by far the majority of the club feel.I can't wait to see what happens over the next few weeks


14.) 18 Jul 2015 00:51:50
De Gea is contracted to United for a further 12 months. I think some folk are forgetting he's no obligation to sign a new deal just so we can get a decent fee for him.

I believe he will honour the last year of his contract as he's honoured the rest: professionally.

I read De Gea's family wanted him to return home to Madrid well over a year ago and they are annoyed that Jorge Mendes hasn't been able to extract him earlier, especially as De Gea has turned down several improved wage offers.

De Gea will return home to Madrid at some point. That should either be now for the £25m+ that would be appropriate or next year for nothing. Either way I do think Woodward has played his hand well with Real. One could argue we should be putting young talents on longer than 4/5 year contracts if we expect them to be first teamers. If we had done with DDG the dynamic would be different, I.e, Real would be looking at £40m+ to sign him irrespective of the fact he / his family may still want him to return home.


15.) 18 Jul 2015 08:57:20
RedatHeart - it's ages since I've posted here but I feel I have to respond to you.

DDG wants to go back to Madrid for personal reasons and because he wants to play for Real. He's Spanish. Of course he wants to play for Real if he gets the chance. Why should that upset us? What's your view on Schneiderlin and his lack of loyalty to Southampton? What about Sterling? Hey, he was honest in the way he behaved, right?

It doesn't matter what DDG wants or thinks. He is behaving professionally and treating his existing contract with respect, so we should all respect him for that in return.


16.) 18 Jul 2015 19:18:25
Its 100% certain that DDG will leave this summer.
There is no chance the glazers would throw away 20 million (its what he's worth with a year left on his contract) - they are business men - not fans - never forget that


17.) 18 Jul 2015 23:14:06
Jgb,

It's not 100% certain at all, don't talk rubbish. Would you stake your house on it?


 

 

 

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12 Nov 2018 08:33:01
Given it a few hours to let the rage die down.

Do our players not work on fitness? I assume the only reason we can't press the ball is that the team would be shagged after 10 minutes.

Yesterday, I watched a United team; in a derby, that had every man behind the ball? 35 yards from our goal. We were never going to lay a glove on City.

What did annoy me was that Rashford had the beating of the City CBs most of the time. He made intelligent runs between them when we tried to break and the right ball is never played. Part of the reason is that we dropped so deep that the midfield was too large. Trying to play intricate through balls from 35 yards will not work. Also, the players we have trying to make these passes. We need a player who all our game runs through. Yesterday, David Silva played on the left of a midfield three. Yet he set the pace of the game. Popped up everywhere, with deft touches and passes. Probing our defence.

We are a mile away from them. Its not even player talent. Its desire, workrate and commitment to the cause. It is also on Jose to take the shackles off. We are losing playing defensive football. i'd rather lose and have a bit of a go, have something about us. Make other teams worry about us instead of us worrying about them.

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1.) 12 Nov 2018 09:45:37
James - The way the game has evolved with better playing surfaces, the outlaw of forceful tackles combined with a lot of the physicality removed from the game means strength and power can no longer out muscle skill, technique and mobility.

Our dozy giants simply fell asleep from two crosses into the box (an area they are supposed to excel) and were passed dizzy, out thought and out manoeuvred by a superior football team.

The fact Jose turned to Lukaku to lead the line, a player without a goal in months, a player devoid of confidence with a questionable first touch just demonstrates that he's still reliant on strength and power but without giving it a platform to succeed. We're a dirty, seedy, grubby little halfway house.

Fellaini's role was bizarre why he wasn't deployed further up the field to allow us to play over their press at least trying to utilise his strength and height was criminal especially with the likes of Mata, Fred, Sanchez, Pereira in the squad. Fellaini either shields the back 4 from long balls or we play direct into his chest, letting him burst into the box and playing crosses or diagonal balls to the back post. To play him as a holding midfielder and expect him to track runners and manipulate the ball starting our attacks was madness especially when paired with the equally immobile and cumbersome Matic. Predictably we got exactly what we deserved. (This is no criticism of Fellaini by the way merely the use of him) .

We are caught in purgatory without identity or soul.

I think it's time to decide what kind of team we want to be. If we are to persist with Fellaini and Lukaku then let's play to their strengths. Let's get the ball into Fellaini, compete for he second balls, flick ons and knocks downs and play our football in the oppositions half. Let's get the ball out wide and put crosses into the box for Lukaku and get Fellaini joining him. Let's create havoc, chaos and panic. It might be about as subtle as a brick but that brick is capable of causing a bit of damage especially if there is some quality to back it up! If we have to play direct football then let's not apologise but do it properly and do it well.

If we want to play intricate football with combinations and fluidity then we have Mata, Fred, Pereira, Pogba, Sanchez, Lingard. If Jose doesn't think these players are good enough to play a passing, fluid style of football then Matic, Fellaini and Lukaku certainly aren't. Staying in the game and hoping for dead ball situations simply isn't good enough.

Without an identity how can we possibly hope to move forward and how do we identify the right players that can improve the team?!

It's time to choose one way or the other because what was served up yesterday simply won't suffice.


2.) 12 Nov 2018 10:37:14
I don't think our players don't work on fitness, I think they are a bunch of outright lazy players who'd rather glide and jog on the pitch rather than sprint back or sprint forward.

The fact that none of our players identify tiny pockets of space while defending or even playing out of defence tells the intelligence that these players have. It was somewhere in the second half, Herrera tried to press one of Silva or Fernandinho and none of the defenders followed him to squeeze the space that the player could play the pass into. That's the basic essence of pressing, even my non-experienced brain knows that.

And as far as Rashford had the beating of the 2 City defenders then I think that's a lie. Rashford is still a kid, the way he plays is a sign that he is not progressing. He's that kid in the park, who will dribble and dribble and have no end result. Unfortunately, you can't be a one trick pony in football today (him knocking the ball past defenders and beating them in a foot race) .

Our players don't look comfortable on the ball, they don't know who to pass the ball to, they think about the next pass a couple of seconds after they get the ball, ideally, when you play at the highest level, it should be the other way around.

Bringing Lukaku on was a mistake, I remember a few years ago there was a discussion about him being a top-class forward and his jump from Everton to a big club would be the platform he needs to perform, week-in-week-out. And while we may argue that Jose's system doesn't suit him, I don't think Jose's system has got anyting to do with his atrocious first-touch. The fact that he has never presses the defenders or even attempts to close them down is blasphemy in my mind.

Jose ain't going to change his midfield. Matic will play, Fellaini, when fit, will most probably start. Fred is out, Pereira can't get look in and we have zero fluidity while going forward.

United's in a mix of something really wrong, while the manager is not helping the cause by rubbish post match talks, it's the players willingness to play football that really scares me.


3.) 12 Nov 2018 13:33:02
Top post DLIB. Agree with everything you have said mate.


4.) 12 Nov 2018 13:39:29
The fact of the matter is you work harder off the ball than you do on it. That's why more often than not teams with more possession tend to be the teams winning things come May.

City work incredibly hard off the ball, however, they only have to do that for 30-35% of the match, whereas, their opponents have to work hard for 65-70% of the match. That is why they look fitter, they don't have to work as hard over 90 minutes.

We have a team built for size and power, we don't have good mobility, and as such spend most of 90 minutes chasing shadows. We need more skill, and mobility if we are to compete with the top teams.


 

 

28 Aug 2018 13:40:03
I honestly don't know where I am with Jose.
In one hand his attitude and demeanor have been wrong since preseason. Last night, I thought he was a different bloke. On the touch line applauding, motivating and instructing. He made a bee line for Shaw at the end and put an arm round him and praised him. He didn't run down the tunnel like he has done before. He stood infront of the fans and was prepared to take what was thrown at him. I think if the fans booed him he would have walked. The reaction gave him a new lease of life and the press conference reminded me of Fergies back in the day. Defiant.
End of the day I hear the same things. The Man United way. Nurturing etc. If that is one of tge biggest gripes then direct your anger to the board. They knew what you get when you sign Jose. We all know the kind of player he wants. he's been the same all his career. Its hardly a shock. Personally, I would back him. let's get some trophies in the cabinet and look like a big team again. Players want to win trophies and if we were, we would attract the big stars. i'm not saying let's buy 29 year olds but I would back Jose and when he leaves, have a great platform to build upon. All his over teams after he left were not terrible teams. All went on to win something we minimal transfers really.
If Jose wants to fight. i'm prepared to let him.

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1.) 28 Aug 2018 17:40:20
I don’t go to old Trafford anymore which in a way breaks my heart. When I was a kid late 70’s and 80’s going there was better than anything including Xmas and holidays. The place is now soulless
There is no atmosphere whatsoever, all the club is bothered about are the mugs spending money in the megastore. God forbid you stand up and sing or swear. All seaters killed the game in this country.


2.) 28 Aug 2018 18:34:38
Blackpool,

Times have changed get over it and get on with it, the atmosphere was decent last night, I enjoyed it despite the result.


3.) 28 Aug 2018 21:37:37
Gds, seating is only a small part of the problem. How come they still generate a lot of noise at Liverpool and Everton grounds? Blackpool Red is absolutely spot on, and we can't just ignore it or "get used to it". Its exactly that attitude that has got us in the mess we are today.


4.) 29 Aug 2018 07:32:05
First half was great just like a big game from the 80s . When the second went in it was a little different but weird to say no booing. Its because of all seater stadiums I would say 😆😆.


 

 

10 Aug 2018 09:02:52
Right. Window over. Would have liked maybe one or two more but Jose has to play te hand he's dealt now. Down to business tonight.
Before last season I was excited. If it all clicked I thought we could have had great season. We have the same squad add in Sanchez (who with a decent rest could be a new signing on his own) Fred, who could bring that energy to midfield that its lacking and A. Perreria who I've been looking forward to getting his chance to shine.
Shaw could pull his finger out and hit the form we saw pre injury.
Lindeloff has had a good world cup and was good for last part of last season.
Pogba is on a high from the world cup.
Lukaku will only get better.
Martial has something to prove.

We still have the makings of a good season ahead of us. I don't expect City to romp it like last season. Lower teams showed you have to take a risk and take the game to them and I expect more teams to go for it after sitting back and still getting whooped by four or five.
Leicester tonight. Not an easy 3 points but it should still be. A game at a time and you never know. GGMU!

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08 Aug 2018 21:20:51
Just some hypothetical thinking.

Jose is sour because the club have not backed him in the market since he arrived. This lack of faith shows that the club are waiting for him to go. Pogba, Bailey and Lukaku were club signings. Players that the club bosses beleive are Man United players. Jose has a preffered type of player and the only one he has brought in in that style, is Matic. Even that was a win win for the board. Jose got a player that he really likes, which kept him sweet. In turn we got a happy (ish) manager and a midefielder who can do a job for 3 years, at a good price and who will be ready to be replaced when they beleive Jose leaves.
Sanchez, again was a win win. A player who we all agree coukd be a great number 7 for the club if it all clicks and a player Jose knows will fight for every ball and not stop working.
To Jose it shows the club never beleived in him from the start. He was fighting a losing battle and had people at the club waiting for him to jack it all in from the beginning and refusing to buy Jose his type players for fear the fans will label it boring again and revolt like LVG.
No wonder he's pissed if any of that is partially true. But like I said hypithetical thinking.

jamesmack8

1.) 09 Aug 2018 02:02:18
They wouldn't have brought him in then spent silly money and given him ANOTHER 4 years if they didn't believe in him.


2.) 09 Aug 2018 07:03:50
They brought Jose in out of panic after LVG got ran out by the fans. Jose was appointed to make us happy after LVG but the club never wanted him. Ed002 has said that numerous times. And what's a contract worth in this day and age?


 

 

08 Aug 2018 08:38:20
If no more players come in, should Wooward go? Or at least change his role changes to focus on the commercial side.
This is not the only window where we are too slow in the market. Fellani as a panic buy shows that. There has to be questions raised on the football side of things. We are one of the powers of world football yet have no clear direction regarding transfers.

jamesmack8

1.) 08 Aug 2018 08:57:49
TheSe same questions are asked every transfer window.

It’s the owners that need to change first in my opinion. We could do with football men running the club again.


2.) 08 Aug 2018 09:12:25
Yes he should go. He was given a list and how many has he managed? A veteran goalkeeper from a relegated team, a youngster from a known selling club and a guy from another known selling club. Hardly difficult to pull any of those off. Yet the big targets he's failed. The owners need to go but they know their secure.


3.) 08 Aug 2018 09:46:35
is getting rid of woodward really going to sort things out? not so sure and personally think he is commercially spot on but we urgently need a Director of football as a liason. Secondly JM has to shoulder some of the blame for the performances (not Necessarily the results) and the clubs infastructure . Look at the progress of teams around us, euro clubs and learn : as a club we have become complacent as if we were forever invincible but in fairness the progress has been minimal since well before SAF retired and has in fact went backover since he and gill left. The sulking doesn't cut it but the seemingly lack of passion from the manager gives a feeling of doom and gloom in the camp.


4.) 08 Aug 2018 10:05:55
A director of football would mean replacing Woodward at least in terms of the football side and transfers. As you say we've become complacent well where has that come from. can't blame any of the managers for that. That's come from above.


5.) 08 Aug 2018 10:13:19
So people think transfer are just down to Woodward eh.


6.) 08 Aug 2018 10:21:43
He's given the list to work on. He's failed. Again.


7.) 08 Aug 2018 11:03:01
Mort
It doesn't work like that pal.


8.) 08 Aug 2018 11:16:48
So hows it work Mr expert.


9.) 08 Aug 2018 11:41:19
It's not down to one person.


10.) 08 Aug 2018 12:31:22
I would imagine the DoF would be a link between Jm and woodward with Woodward concentrating on money and board matters. Obviously there would be legal team and others in on the action insurers, medics etc .


11.) 08 Aug 2018 13:19:29
Either way there's still been a failure this summer. And the buck stops with 1 person. And don't call me pal.


 

 

 

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02 Nov 2018 15:05:33
Don't worry Shaps, I got your back.

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01 Aug 2018 16:26:32
Id bang his head if I had the chance. Prat.

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19 Jan 2018 10:10:42
I posted on the teams page the other day that this could evolve into 2 up top. With lukaku and sanchez up top, a number 10 and then 3 in midfield of pogba, matic and another. Martial and rashfors offer width if we need to change things and both can play top. Or its just a 433.

Sanchez offers a lot tactically. Its a no brainer.

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22 Aug 2017 16:57:54
Seen him play a few times as my mate is a Fulham fan and I take his tickets when he can't go.

Actually started as a winger but injuries forced him into full back. His has a great engine and gets up and down the line well. Needs to work on his 1 v 1 defending a little but that will come.

His brother, Steven, was rated the better prospect before a bad injury, he's at Fulham too. Apparently he is a little reluctant to leave his family and his family will not let him go anywhere that he's not looked after. Not just financially.

Not ready for us yet but a loan in both the championship and maybe another in the EPL and he would be perfect to rotate with Shaw.

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04 Aug 2017 13:02:04
Apparently, there was a photo taken with a tribute/ banner to all the Manchester victims, which happened two days before. Jones was told he had to miss it to take the test and he told them to eff off till he's had the photo taken. I think its very poor from Uefa. what's another 3 minutes in the scheme of things?

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07 Nov 2018 09:22:54
No debate Shapps. Fantastic player, gave his career to United and is our top scorer. Respect where its due.

I will look back fondly on his time at United. Time heals old wounds.

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13 Oct 2018 09:59:53
Thats all great but if Jose stays we all know he's not going for a young cb with potential.
He wants experience and a level head. Someone with the ability to bring the ball into midfield and play. Hence why he plays midfielders at the back. Smalling, Jones and as much as I rate him, Bailey all give the ball away too easy. Lindeloff I havnt decided on yet but prepared to give him time.
We need a Rio. Someone who can read the game but have the confidence to stroll into midfield and switch the play if needed. Football has moved on. Defenders don't just defend. As same as now gks are the start of an attack these days, defenders are an important part of the transition. If the defence is coming into midfield it gives our attacking players a chance to get higher up the pitch and stretch teams. We all know we have fantastic attacking players but I am so bored of seeing Lukaku 40 yards out trying, with his back to goal trying to hold a ball up.

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01 Oct 2018 16:10:32
Hope your in the mend Ken. Horrible to hear.
What a legend your boy is. got to be worth an award. You must be proud raising a level headed lad.

Wish you and your family the best.

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09 Aug 2018 22:52:55
Congrats on the little one pal. Hooefully the season goes better than we all thought and we can all have a laugh again soon.

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09 Aug 2018 07:03:50
They brought Jose in out of panic after LVG got ran out by the fans. Jose was appointed to make us happy after LVG but the club never wanted him. Ed002 has said that numerous times. And what's a contract worth in this day and age?

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