This or That

This or That #1: Jon Mackenzie

In our new series “This or That”, we ask the important questions to a variety of people in sport. Our first volunteer is sports writer 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
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
McDonalds or Burger King? McDonalds
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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