A Controversial Post about Beer, Football, and the Relative Merits of Scarlet Johansson vs. Shakira

Commenter Paul Regnier wrote in the 977th comment on a post of mine entitled “Mythicism and other Bunk around the Blogosphere”:

Chaps, for a laugh, I just worked out how many words have been written here in reply to Dr McGrath’s original, 200 word post… it’s about 125,000!!!Maybe it’s time we all did something more productive or just talked about something else? Perhaps DrMcGrath could help us along by by posting something thought provoking and controversial about beer, football, or the relative merits of Scarlett Johansson vs Shakira? :-)

So here it is, even though I suspect that this post will not get anything like the attention or generate anything like the sort of ongoing conversation as the post about mythicism Paul commented on.

On beer: darker beer is better. Imperial stout, stout, porter – those are my favorites. Then from there I’d definitely prefer a brown ale to the hoppy pilsners that many of my fellow countrymen citizens seem to prefer.

When Paul refers to football, I assume/hope that he means what the majority of the world refers to as football, namely what Americans call “soccer.” It is simply unacceptable for a country to unilaterally call its own unique sport something that the rest of the world calls a different sport.

As you may have gathered, I prefer football/soccer to American football. But I don’t spend much time following sports – not even the fictional futuristic ones played on Battlestar Galactica.

On Shakira vs. Scarlet Johansson, my choice would depend on whether I am looking for a singer or someone to depict a superhero in a movie. Although since both can act and sing, if I had a chance to be more familiar with both of them acting and singing so as to place them on an equal footing for comparison, I might be back to square one.

In the bizarre world that is the internet, you can even see what the combination of their two faces would look like

Feel free to talk about any of the above. Or feel free to see whether, even on a post with title and content such as this one, you can get a conversation about mythicism started that will last for around 125,000 words


"That is funny. I understood what you meant. It was simple. You didn't write what ..."

Earl Doherty as Christian Reformer
"I also vaguely remember this point of contention over "γεννάω" being related to some theory ..."

Earl Doherty as Christian Reformer
"This is just ordinary empirical reasoning, though. Does Convington watch crime dramas?The threating email, the ..."

Earl Doherty as Christian Reformer
"There is a film called Brother of the Wind, it seems to be about eagles.However, ..."

Earl Doherty as Christian Reformer

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!

What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • spinkham

    Hurray! Beer! Finally something worth arguing about. 😉

    Stouts are definitely my favorite also.  I’ve had a few micro-brew oatmeal stouts that are my favorite beer every, but I’ve not yet found a good mass-market one, and certainly not from a bottle.  Guinness is of course the most widely available stout, and it’s good if a little thin for how I like my stouts.

    Wheat beers are next on my list, with Paulaner being a excellent and fairly widely available choice.  American produced Shock Top(Anheuser-Busch) and Blue Moon (MillerCoors) are easy to find but a slightly different style and not quite as good.

    If none of those options are available, Heiniken is drinkable.  I’d rather have water than most American lagers.

    Though I enjoy some beers, I don’t really enjoy the effects of alcohol itself.  If I am to abuse a compound it is usually caffeine.  I would rather gather in a coffee house than a bar, and drink tea a few times a day, versus beer a few times a month.

    (As an aside, I found “A History of the World in 6 Glasses” quite fascinating.)

    As to people moving balls around a field, I couldn’t possibly care any less, nor do I have a starlet opinion.

  • http://drjimsthinkingshop.com/ Jim Linville

    Definitely Scarlet Johansen and a really bitter IPA. And forget the football and have more beer. 

  • Claude

    But can Scarlet Johansson wiggle like Shakira at the World Cup?


  • http://mythicpizza.blogspot.co.uk/ Paul Regnier

    Awesome post Dr McGrath, thank you! And to do my bit and keep the discussion moving…

    Good to know that there are other people out there that like proper beer, actually I brew my own as a little hobby :-) I find stouts a bit too heavy personally, but IPAs are a good shout. I tend to go for old ales (like Hobgoblin or Old Peculiar) or amber ales (harder to find).

    Lagers – the stuff you get in cans and kegs made my multinationals is just horrible. But if you can find a well made, unpasteurised one like you sometimes find in parts of Europe and South America, it’s completely different. 

    Yup, I did indeed mean football of the english, association variety. Nobody seems to have taken up the challenge on this discussion yet, so I’ll kick a couple of questions around: what do we think England’s chances are in the Euros this summer? Quarter finals at best I’d say. And how about Charlton Athletic in the Championship next season – I think we’ll be OK with Kermorgant and Wright-Phillips up front, but I’m worried we’ll be a bit lightweight in midfield. What do other people think?

    And on the Scarlett vs Shaki question Dr McGrath, the point you raise about them both singing and acting is a good one. However having done a bit of research:


    …I’d say that Scarlett is more talented singer than Shakira is an actress, so perhaps we should say that Scarlett just shades it overall? But then again Shakira also speaks several languages and is a highly accomplished dancer, I’m not sure whether we should factor that in too? 

    So… 4 comments down, 976 to go :-)

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      Paul, perhaps it would have helped generate conversation if I had used the final photo as an illustration of what is wrong with mythicism. Clearly figures like Shakira and Scarlet Johansson are merely mythical expressions of an ideal type of the singing female actress. See how easily they blend together. One, both, or all of them could easily be virtual rather than historical – think S1m0ne!

      • http://mythicpizza.blogspot.co.uk/ Paul Regnier

        You could be right Dr McG. Perhaps you could also have had a crack at using Bayes’ theorem to help us assess the relative merits and  Scarlett and Shaki?

  • Patrick Moore

    Natural Light in a can; Kansas City Chiefs, and Shakira’s hips…these are few of my favorite things.

  • Gary

    Light beer is better for the old and decrepit. Beer also improves insight into theology; or at least makes the time pass faster, while contemplating our end state.

  • Alethinon61

    I’ve seen many morphed faces, but I’ve never seen one in which the combination of two faces is prettier than either of the originals;-)


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YGBMITUOMVWQMORGZBQ4VL23OA chang long

    nice posting.. thanks for sharing.