This or That #1: Jon Mackenzie

There’s a lot of sports discourse out there: opinion pieces, analytical writing, interviews, sports reports. It’s a lot to take in. This or That cuts away all the fat and leave you with the lean meat ready for consumption. Jon Mackenzie follows a similar ethos, minus the clichéd analogies. He volunteered to be our first interviewee. 50 questions, short and sweet responses. Easy. Peasy. Let’s go.

  • Coke or Pepsi? Both
  • Coffee or tea? Neither
  • Hamburgers or hot dogs? Burgers
  • Cake or pie? Cake
  • White bread or brown bread? White
  • Stadium or sofa? Stadium
  • Barthes or Zizek? Zizek
  • Home end or away end? Home
  • VAR decision or human decision? Human decision (with VAR as coach’s challenge)
  • Blur or Oasis? Blur
  • Comedy or horror? Comedy
  • Reality shows or sitcoms? Voms
  • UEFA or FIFA? Not FIFA
  • Sabermetrics or TWTW? Sabermetrics
  • Froome or Cavendish? Cavendish
  • Cricket or baseball? Both
  • Federer or Nadal? Federer
  • Poker or blackjack? Poker
  • Hulk Hogan or Ric Flair? Who?
  • FIFA or Pro Evo? PES
  • Nike or Adidas? Adidas
  • Windows or Mac? Windows
  • Marvel or DC? shrugs
  • 2 point wins or 3 point wins? Ooooooooh… 3 point wins
  • Jules Rimet Trophy or FIFA World Cup Trophy? FIFA World Cup Trophy
  • Boxers or briefs? Briefs
  • Copa del Rey or FA Cup? FA Cup
  • Copa America or Euro Championships? Copa America
  • Champions League or Europa League? Both
  • Premier League or Premiership? Premier League
  • Nintendo or Sega? Nintendo
  • Betting sponsors or charity sponsors? Charity all the way
  • Ford or Vauxhall? Vauxhall
  • Red Lobster or Olive Garden? No idea what this is
  • McDonald’s or Burger King? McDonald’s
  • Subway or Quiznos? Subway
  • Under the roll or over the roll? However it comes
  • Cats or dogs? Dogs
  • Maradona or Pelé? Maradona
  • Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi? Messi
  • Was it a cross or was it a shot at goal? Cross
  • Serve and volley or baseline duel? Serve and volley
  • Half pipe or slopes? Slopes
  • 100m or 10,000m? 100m
  • New England Patriots or anyone else? Anyone else
  • Ice hockey or field hockey? Ice hockey
  • Football or soccer? You do you
  • WWF or WCW? What?
  • Amateur or professional? Amateur
  • Halfway shot for 3 or buzzer beater for 2? Buzzer beater

And time for a plug:

“All of my writing ends up going on my twitter account so visit @Jon_Mackenzie if you’re interested in any way. My day job involves me managing the football content on RealSport which can be found at”

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