12 July 2013

Meiklejohn - The tale of an overlooked great


by Ross McAdam | Contributor

A discussion over who is the 'Greatest Ranger' always provokes an interesting debate amongst the Rangers support. I asked the question on Twitter recently and had names such as John Greig, Ally McCoist, Willie Waddell, Walter Smith and Bill Struth suggested to me. 

Personally, Bill Struth would be my choice but in this article I’m looking at one of Struth’s stalwarts, David Meiklejohn, who I would argue was a large contributor towards Struth’s early on field success.

03 July 2013

'Heads We Win' – Triumphs on the Toss of a Coin

By Gary Havlin | Contributor

The 'flipping of a coin' can be traced back to the Romans. Navia aut Caput (ship or head) was their shout on account of the head of the Emperor being on one side of the coin and a ship on the other.A related game, Cross and Pile, was played in medieval England. The cross was the major design on one side of many coins, and the Pile was the mark created by the hammer used to strike the metal on the other side.

In 1903, the Wright brothers flipped a coin to see which one of them would take to the air in the first ever powered flight. Wilbur won the toss but his attempt was only partially successful. Orville's later flight was considered the first example of powered flight.

One of the most significant coin tosses in the United State's history involved the naming of the city of Portland, Oregon in 1845. Asa Lovejoy and Francis Pettygrove, who owned the claim to the land that would later become Portland, each wanted to name their new town after their respective hometowns of Boston, Massachussets and Portland, Maine. Pettygrove prevailed in the coin flip, and the town was named Portland.

A simple toss of a coin has played a significant part in historic events throughout the ages.