I asked ChatGPT - Create an episode of Superstore with Bo in it. It generated an episode with a cool Bo :)
Title: Bo Knows Superstore
INT. CLOUD 9 STORE - DAY
Bo, a charismatic and energetic former football player, walks into the store and heads straight to the electronics department, where he meets Jonah.
BO: "Hey, man. You work here, right?"
JONAH: "Yeah, I do. Can I help you with something?"
BO: "Yeah, I need a new TV. Something big and flashy. You know, something that says 'I used to be a pro athlete, but now I just watch a lot of sports.'"
JONAH: "Uh, sure. We have some great deals on TVs right now. Let me show you."
As Jonah leads Bo to the TV section, they start chatting about football and Bo's career. Jonah is impressed by Bo's knowledge of the game and his easy-going personality.
JONAH: "Hey, do you want to come to our store's football league game tonight? We could use a good player like you."
BO: "Are you kidding me? I'd love to. Count me in!"
Cut to later that day, at the football field.
The store's football team, made up of employees, is getting ready for the game. Bo joins them, bringing his A-game and boosting everyone's confidence.
DINA: "Who's this guy? He's huge!"
JONAH: "That's Bo. He used to play in the NFL."
DINA: "The NFL? Holy crap! We're gonna win this game for sure!"
As the game begins, Bo shows off his skills, scoring touchdown after touchdown and leading the team to victory. The crowd goes wild, cheering and clapping.
After the game, Bo and the rest of the team celebrate their victory with pizza and drinks.
BO: "Man, that was so much fun. You guys are a great team. I should come to more games."
JONAH: "Absolutely, man. We could use a player like you. And who knows, maybe we could even recruit some other former athletes to join us."
BO: "I like the sound of that. Let's make this the best store football league in the country."
As the night ends, Bo walks out of the store, feeling exhilarated and happy. He knows he's found a new home at Cloud 9 and can't wait to see what other adventures await him there.
The camera zooms out as Bo walks away, leaving the store behind him but not his newfound friends and love for the game.
TLDR: credit company sends an offer with 0% chance of being accepted, hard check on account, no help.
So for starters I’ll list the underlying info that will help this story. I am a 21 y/o male in college with a CS of 670, I’ve got a few student loans on my acc but that’s it.
Last month I got an offer for the capital one platinum card. I know it’s not the sexiest card but I am trying to build some credit seeing that I am getting married next year. Basically I am using the card to buy gas throughout the month and then I’ll pay it off before the due date. Never missed a payment or had anything negative against my credit score.
Last week in the mail I got a “pre-qualified” offer for the quicksilver card. I looked at it read all the terms and decided to apply. I got denied and was confused at first but not mad AT ALL. I am genuinely a calm person, and I was more curious than anything about why I was declined. I read the sheet and none of the reasons listed as to why applied to me. Yesterday I got the email for the reason “Based on your application information, there is a currently pending or recently processed application with Capital One.” I automatically think that there must have been an issue on their end because the reasons for denial on the offer letter I received stated that if I have applied for 2 or more in the last 30 days. I had only applied for 1 card in the last 30 days so I called them today to get some clarification.
Again, I am calm a level headed going into the call. Not even kind of mad, I assume it was just a mistake. So I call them explain what happened to the lady and she explains to me that I can only be approved for a card once every 6 months. Now I start to get a little upset, I tell her that no where on the letter did it say this, and that it only said 2 or more in the last 30 days. I am not mad that I got denied, I am mad that I wasted a check on my credit when there was a 0% chance I could’ve gotten the card. She starts talking in circles, and eventually I am like well what are y’all going to do to rectify this. And she’s asking me “well what solution do I want?” And again after talking in circles I say to her that “I don’t know what solutions y’all offer, I am not the one who works at the credit card company who knows what y’all can and can’t do.” She then says that she will transfer me to a supervisor, but my break at work was ending so I told her that they would have to call me back later when I was off. She tells me they can’t call us, but that I can call later and immediately request a supervisor. I hang up and go about my day. I’ve worked in customer service throughout HS and even now as I finish college, so I tried to not be rude to her, but when she was purposefully talking in circles I definitely let a few fucks fly. More as emphasis than as an insult.
Now that I am off of work I called and immediately request a supervisor as I was told. This lady tries giving me the run around (now I have no patience for it) and when she is trying to ask me about why I’m calling I tell her I’m not going in circles again, just transfer me. After she asks me what felt like 1000000 verification questions I get put on hold for a few minutes and then speak to the supervisor.
I start talking to bill and I’m explaining what happened about how they sent me an offer that they knew would be instantly declined because of their policy and that now I have a hard check on my credit because they gave me incomplete information. I’m very annoyed at this point and I explain it to him like I explained it to the First Lady the 5th time and to be honest it was like talking to a 5 year old. He starts telling me that being denied is normal and that it is normal to be upset when it happens. But I tell him, I am not mad that I got declined I am mad that they basically set me up for failure because of their policy. He states that it’s not their fault that i applied (true) but that it’s what happens with credit cards. I again explain it to him like I would a toddler and he says that it’s a matter of perspective because I said “I feel like y’all set me up” and I cut him off saying that this isn’t my perspective your perspective, it’s the fact that you sent me an offer one month after sending me a different offer that was approved when it was impossible for me to be approved. He comes back with how people get approved and denied all the time for different reasons and that it wasn’t guaranteed I was going to be declined when I then quoted their policy that you WILL be denied if you apply for a different card within 6 months. Then he set me the fuck off lol, I was stern and clearly upset at this point, but then when I take a second from talking he starts saying “well people make choices…” and I said “don’t you fucking blame this on Me” and he starts I wasn’t going to blame you blah blah blah and this shit goes back and forth. I explain it one last time in the slowest, most clear way possible that they sent me an offer in February, I got accepted, and then a month later when it was impossible, literally a 0% chance of approval I get an offer for a better card and that they wasted a check on my credit because of it. Eventually I get to the point where he is useless so I basically tell him that on April 11th im paying off my card and then canceling it. And that I know it won’t impact y’all who bring in millions and billions of dollars, but just because I don’t matter doesn’t mean you can screw over the little guy. I told him that I know he is not the one who sent out both letters, and that I’m largely not mad at him, but that y’all need to fix this. Because wasting hard checks for people is ridiculous.
So will all that in mind, I get home tonight and realize that I can’t cancel and get a new card. Because I used up my two checks, and I need that extra one when I apply for housing next year when I graduate and get married. So yea I’m stuck with these jerks, but aside from getting that off my chest, do y’all know of any way to remedy this or am I just screwed? At the end of the day it’s not the end of the world because the check next year for housing won’t mess with my score too much, but it’s still extremely frustrating. Oh I could obviously tell he was talking down to me because I was a young college student. I get that I’m not the oldest/wisest and that I’m new to the credit card game. But he was talking down to me like I haven’t managed people, or been a head coach for a public school football team. And I know he doesn’t know that, but I am not some dumb college student who is clueless.
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Have you guys had success with possession based football? Personally found that heavy metal, high tempo play-styles are still better in scoring goals and conceding less. Feel like the control approach of city, arsenal and Napoli is far harder to replicate on fm.
Hello everyone, I applied to Binghamton EA, but I received a deferral. I am curious if anyone has an opinion on my chances of being accepted during the regular decision round. Heres some of my stats:
I'm a senior white male from Westchester NY
First generation college student of immigrant parents from Ireland
GPA: 3.64 weighted at the time of applying (no unweighted at my school)
No class rank
Low SAT score so went test optional
3 honors classes, 8 IB classes (No AP classes at my school)
Applying to Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
Strong mid year transcript, increased GPA to 3.73
Recently sent a LOIC to admissions, basically explaining to them that it is my top school and how much I want to go there. They responded to me by adding it to my application file
Played varisty football 9th-11th, and lacrosse 11-12th, volunteering for local food pantry, landscaping for my towns Conservation Board, ~30 hours of community service
If you wouldn’t watch a football(soccer) game with 100m wide goals or a basketball game with a 100m diameter basket with people sitting and shooting/scoring goals and baskets why would you support this TTK
We all know Bachira has 5 star skill moves and great playmaking abilities, but no one ever mentions the fact that, since a young age, Bachira has an insane football IQ that matches both Rin and Isagi.
Where is this crazy football IQ shown? Bachira's monster. We have seen time and time again that Bachira's monster goes where he thinks the play is most exciting and that the reason he loved playing with Isagi and Rin is because they went where he imagined the monster to go.
But those positions where the monster went? They were often key positions where if a pass was made, would create a goal scoring opportunity. Bachira has been seeing this monster since before Blue Lock which shows an innate, high level awareness of the game.
Whilst he does not have the same level of spatial awareness or 'active' IQ of Rinsagi, he is able to intuitively predict positions at the same level of Rin and Isagi (at least at 2nd selection) in order to make passes to them.
TL;DR Bachira's monster shows a high level of intuitive football IQ to read/predict the best positioning for strikers
Recently Łukasz Olkowicz from Przegląd Sportowy made an interview with Łukasz Skorupski. Here's original: https://przegladsportowy.onet.pl/pilka-nozna/reprezentacja-polski/wszystko-wyplynelo-tak-sie-klocilismy-o-premie-ze-nie-gadalismy-z-pewnymi-zawodnikami/ys6v8bj
And here’s translation:
Łukasz Olkowicz: You know what interests people.
Lukasz Skorupski: Bonus?
Bonus. Didn't it occur to you that people would be furious when they found out about it?
Łukasz Skorupski: We knew. We were talking to each other and we knew they could be fucking furious.
And that didn't stop you?
Łukasz Skorupski: It wasn't our idea. The prime minister promised a bonus. In words, nothing on paper.
But you agreed.
Łukasz Skorupski: There was a chat between us: We'll get it - nice. We'll not get it? We didn't go crazy about it. You understand? The bonus was too much because it was too big.
You negotiated part of it yourself. At dinner with the prime minister, you got ten million more.
Łukasz Skorupski: I was talking about something, but it was for funnies. And the prime minister accepted it. In my opinion, at such tournament, we should not talk about the bonus at all, everything should be settled on paper before the World Cup. There was little we could do. They told us about it just before leaving to Qatar, we were goiing to the airport right away. Normally, we would have arranged this beforehand.
When did you start talking about the bonus in Qatar?
Łukasz Skorupski: After promotion from the group. Some things journalists wrote were true, some things not. Arguments started between us, talks with the coach. We've all been so excited in the team, I'll be honest: bonus, bonus, when is the bonus?
And you know what's best?
That you didn't get it?
Łukasz Skorupski: No, that the team had a great atmosphere at the tournament. For example, we would come back from training and sing songs. We laughed that we are like Brazil. Because this Brazil was having fun after each training on drums, and we would come back and sing songs from the 90s, 2000s. We had our loudspeaker in the back, everyone chose, and then the rest picked up. Great stuff. Same music at the gym. It was fucking awesome, really. After the games we went out for dinner, we took care of the atmosphere. We were a good group, we were close. The atmosphere was fantastic and then it all went downhill.
Money ruined it. You had an argument over the distribution of the bonus.
Łukasz Skorupski: We are promoted fromt the group and instead of being happy, we suddenly started arguing about this bonus. You'll have so much, others so much. But we were arguing so much that we didn't talk to certain players. And the day before we sang together. The match against France was approaching. "Lewy" says, the team council: "Gentlemen, let's make a deal. We can't think about the bonus, only about the match." We agreed not to talk about this bonus anymore. With all due respect to money, but no one on the team lacks it. Calm came back, we played the game.
The best in the tournament.
Łukasz Skorupski: And then the story began in the newspapers.
Did you follow this?
Łukasz Skorupski: I read something, but you know more... They promised us an exaggerated bonus, but instead of being happy that we were promoted from the group, they started to shit on us.
You have exposed yourself. Wouldn't you be better off if you said, "We got lost in this, we lost our heads for a moment"? You said yourself the bonus was exaggerated.
Łukasz Skorupski: The media live off such information.
The media mainly shot at Czesław Michniewicz (NT coach) because of the bonus.
Łukasz Skorupski: I'll tell you that I felt a bit sorry for him. I had a good relationship with him.
Why didn't you answer?
Łukasz Skorupski: To whom?
To journalists. In his defense, if you wanted him to stay.
Łukasz Skorupski: We have agreed internally that we do not talk about it with the media. I guess "Lewy" later gave an interview about it, right?
And Grzegorz Krychowiak.
Łukasz Skorupski: Later, when we got along and the match against France was over, we sat down for dinner, drank some wine and everyone got over it. Has the tension released?
Łukasz Skorupski: We didn't talk about the bonus anymore. A lot of people left immediately after the game. But let me tell you in general - the atmosphere was great. It was beautiful in that respect. Beautifully.
Have you heard discussions from Poland about the style of the national team's play? That people have doubts?
Łukasz Skorupski: We sometimes talked among ourselves that the style was average.
The team was successful, but people turned up their noses. Did you understand the criticism? Objections from fans and journalists?
Łukasz Skorupski: We understood, but we kept telling ourselves that the result is the most important thing. And the results were good?
Łukasz Skorupski: The game wasn't beautiful, everyone said it was ugly, but it delivered results. Why are you looking at me like that? We advanced from the group? We advanced.
Did you like this game?
Łukasz Skorupski: Damn... I don't want to criticize Czesio like that either. The coach sets the tactics. He wanted us to play that way, so we did what he told us.
Did you believe in this tactic?
Lukasz Skorupski: What? It woked. We advanced from the group. At the club you play quite differently, more football. On the other hand, I understand Czesio a little. When was he supposed to train it? Like in the World Cup, we played every three days.
Others played differently.
Łukasz Skorupski: Fuck, who were we playing with? With Argentina. They are the best players in the world, they set their own tactics.
And with Mexico?
Łukasz Skorupski: And what, did Mexico play well with the ball? Better than us?
You and they played not to lose. There wasn't too much risk.
Łukasz Skorupski: After all, we wanted to win. If we had scored a penalty, we would have won. What... We played so poorly?
The match against Mexico was considered the worst at the World Cup. Skorup, teeth hurt.
Lukasz Skorupski: Really? I do not know what I can say. But what, in total we drew 0-0. Should I criticize the coach now?
No, just don't get off topic. Tell me how did you react?
Łukasz Skorupski: We were aware that the fans were attacking us. On the other hand, such a tournament is the biggest in life, you don't want to spoil anything. And you can't go wrong. You understand? One mistake and it's over. You know you can't lose the first game. You play tournaments differently than you play qualifying. We wanted to leave this group, for us it was a success, wasn't it? When was such a success last time?
36 years ago.
Łukasz Skorupski: And why is it not talked about at all? There was talk about the bonus and style, and the fact that Poland went to the World Cup and left the group after 36 years and there was silence. Did we play badly against France?
Lukasz Skorupski: You see. We lost, but individually we were blown away by players who are the best in the world. Why do you think we played like that in Qatar?
Because that's what the coach chose. I think he thought the result would cover everything. It did not cover. The first such a long discussion about style has begun in Poland, in which both sides have arguments.
Łukasz Skorupski: Exactly, everyone has their own opinion. I'm interested in winning matches, points. I'm out for the rest. For me, the most important thing is the result.
You don't care about style?
Lukasz Skorupski: No. I don't care when someone says that the national team or Bologna play badly. There are three points? There Are. Thank you. Who will remember in ten years how we played. They will remember our results.
Or that in the match against Argentina you ran to survive and lose as little as possible.
Łukasz Skorupski: It was our match for everything. It is known that this Argentina eats us with talent, right? We were there more with such working our assess off, we chose the simpliest football. We were tried to stay in the tournament. We couldn't risk anything. Nothing. That's the truth.
But then it goes out into the world that one of you ran around asking them not to shoot again.
Łukasz Skorupski: But is it true?
You tell me.
Łukasz Skorupski: I don't know if anyone asked for it. Any Argentinian could say that. Honestly, I haven't heard anything like that.
You are the goalkeeper. Don't you think outfield players want to have some fun with the ball so it doesn't fly over their heads?
Lukasz Skorupski: Points. Result. That's the most important thing for me.
Maybe you don't get tired, but such Piotr Zieliński for sure.
Lukasz Skorupski: Ha, ha. Well, I think he was struggling in Qatar. He played somewhere on the right or left side. We used "Zielu" wrong, and he has such skills.
What is the problem?
Łukasz Skorupski: See how he plays for Napoli. You pass him the ball, he has three players on his back and he won't lose it.
Why can't this be applied to the national team? Not only with Michniewicz, it was there before.
Lukasz Skorupski: I don't know. I think the defenders and the goalkeeper also have to play well.
We don't have players so weak to play so badly.
Łukasz Skorupski: Well, no, I think the same. It'll be all right.
Lukasz Skorupski: I don't know him. I mean I know him as a coach, but I don't know what the style will be.
He said defense is the most important thing.
Łukasz Skorupski: Do you know what Allegri was saying? You know what Chiellini and Bonucci were talking about? That the Italian championship is won by those who concede the fewest goals.
In the national team, you got in touch with Jacek Góralski. You have a similar past.
Łukasz Skorupski: Maybe he has even worse.
Lukasz Skorupski: Oh Jesus. We talked about it. He told me a lot, had a few actions.
Did you like each other right away?
Lukasz Skorupski: Right away. "Góral" is direct. Fucking great dude.
Dude, buddy or friend?
Lukasz Skorupski: A friend. From the national team he and "Zielu". The best.
But with Piotr Zieliński, you are fire and water.
Łukasz Skorupski: We get along. He is also so…
Łukasz Skorupski: Not as much of a psycho as me, but a similar mentality.
What do you mean?
Łukasz Skorupski: Also such a fox, he had some actions when he was young.
I've seen his posts on the internet.
Lukasz Skorupski: Not that. Some fights, no fights. "Zielu" is fucking great. First of all, helpful, if you need something, it's right away. You know, he plays for Napoli, the Champions League and doesn't try to be a star at all.
In the movie "Transsiberian" one of the characters utters the phrase: "Do not kill my demons, because the angels will die too." What about your demons today?
Łukasz Skorupski: Sometimes they are… But I hide it well. In Italy they don't even know I'm like that.
Are you or have you been?
Lukasz Skorupski: I was. I don't want to go back to that life at all.
Do you control your demons?
Lukasz Skorupski: I control. I am 31 years old, I have a child, a wife. I play football professionally, for ten years in Serie A. I earn good money, damn. You know how it is. I can't be stupid anymore.
Do you think you're securing the future right now? Not only yours.
Łukasz Skorupski: I'll make a living from it, so I have to make the most of it. I have to. I can't play the clown, risk to go out or something. I'll tell you, I don't even want to anymore. See how cold it is in Bologna today.
Łukasz Skorupski: In such weather, when I was 20, I would put on a T-shirt, a leather jacket over it and go to the city.
Now you're constantly complaining that you're cold.
Łukasz Skorupski: You don't even want to leave the house. Do you understand how it all changes?
You said yourself you'd rather invite your friends over to your house than spend the night at a party.
Łukasz Skorupski: The family is there, the kid is here. Everything worked out well. And I really prefer the way we sat down yesterday - we talked, watched the match, drank a glass of wine. Why the fuck would I go somewhere. Everyone knows each other in Bologna, right.
I think even if they didn't know you, you wouldn't go out.
Łukasz Skorupski: Well, I don't want to anymore. I guess it's age, huh?
I already told you. We are getting older.
Łukasz Skorupski: When I think about what I did in Górnik… Parties until eight in the morning, and training at nine. The body has changed too. If I did that now, I'd be walking backwards for three days. No discos at all. I will go out with my wife to a restaurant for dinner, sit, talk and go home. Where should I go? Of course, I can afford more during the holidays, then you can make something.
I like the custom in Italian teams that you and your teammates go out for dinner every week.
Łukasz Skorupski: They have, We have such a custom in Italy.
In Empoli you went out on Wednesdays.
Łukasz Skorupski: And today Stefan Posch was punished for being late for training. We were already training and he came in after ten minutes. The day before we came back late from the match, he couldn't sleep, and in the morning he overslept. The punishment was to buy dinner for everyone. He paid today. It might have cost him a bit.
At least the team is connecting.
Lukasz Skorupski: Yes, yes. There's a punishment or something and a supper.
Did you pay fines in Bologna?
Łukasz Skorupski: It wasn't a punishment, but after signing a new contract with Bologna, I bought dinner for the whole team. I'm not getting fines now. I'm not late, never happened to me. Sorry, I came too late at Nawałka's (former Polish NT coach and Skorupski's coach in Górnik) once.
In Górnik or in the national team?
Łukasz Skorupski: In Górnik. Imagine that we went to a party after practically every game. Once we lost to Polonia Warszawa 0:4. I don't know if you remember this game.
Łukasz Skorupski: We lost and I say: "Fuck it, I'm not going anywhere". I didn't go and… I overslept. Dropping in for briefing, man... 10,000 fine from the coach.
He probably thought about Katowice at night.
Łukasz Skorupski: I didn't even say anything to him, I didn't explain myself. He wouldn't have believed it anyway. And that's the only time I haven't gone anywhere and I've missed my check-in. Jesus. That's how it stuck in my head that I've been vigilant ever since. Coach Nawałka used to look deep into your eyes. He greeted us, passed his hand and approached within five centimeters. Do you know why?
Did he want to emphasize his sincerity?
Łukasz Skorupski: He was getting closer like this, give me your hand, the left one, because my right one hurts. He brought his nose close to your face and sniffed. He knew some people were drinking.
Łukasz Skorupski: Well, I promise you.
I was told by the players of Świt Krzeszowice, the first club where Nawałka started as a coach, how he checked them to see if they had drunk anything. During the camps he visited them in their rooms. "What's up gentlemen?" How do you feel? - He was asking. "All right, coach," they replied. - Oh, I found some lint - he picked up a crumb from the carpet and carried it to the bin. He looked for beer caps.
Lukasz Skorupski: You see. With us, he would look at you and say, "Okay? Are you okay? Are you ready?" He knew that when there was a match, there could also be a party. He is sly. He wanted to introduce professionalism to Górnik. Because in order to achieve something with the team he had, he had to do it.
If you hadn't met Nawałka, would we be talking in Italy now?
Lukasz Skorupski: I don't think so. I'm afraid that I would not play in Italy and I would stay in Poland and play in Ekstraklasa. I had talent, but without the discipline and working us to the ground he unleashed in me, I wouldn't have excelled.
The perfect coach at that moment for someone as defiant as you?
Łukasz Skorupski: I was tough, I had it in me, because it's family with us. We don't cry, we don't feel sorry for ourselves. Something really serious had to happen to go to the doctor. If you cut something, it's no big deal. For them, it was such a shame to cry at the doctor's office because something hurt. We grit our teeth and say hello. That's my whole family. What, I also did not go to coach Nawałka with such trifles. It was so with him that if there was a foul in training and someone was lying down, he would approach with a clear message: "You get up or it's time to leave training". Really. He was still asking. "What, an ambulance?! An ambulance?! Are we calling an ambulance or are you getting up?" And suddenly everyone got up. "And yet it doesn't hurt," he triumphed.
Did he end pretending?
Łukasz Skorupski: Everyone in the team finished. You know, when there was a perfidious tackle, then the coach would get angry and admonish: "Too much." But some kind of slide, a sharp entry, without crying. And man, at one point, no one cried anymore. Everyone got up immediately and developed a character on it. We were fucking going and we rode this rhythm. We walked like soldiers. I really appreciate it. Thiago Motta in Bologna also has such a character. It's like, "Something hurts? Okay, then get off the field." He doesn't care if it's me or someone else. For him, the most important thing is who works in training.
Once I talked to the referees, they said that Górnik was the easiest to ref. Because the players did not pretend, they did not argue with the referees. There was a ban from the coach.
Łukasz Skorupski: The coach threatened that if we get a yellow card for talking, we will be punished immediately. I'll tell you he was right about that. He showed how important details and discipline are. He gave me my debut in Ekstraklasa in Wrocław with Śląsk together with Milik and Olkowski. I owe him a lot, he developed my character, he taught me discipline.
And hard work in training.
Łukasz Skorupski: He was famous for working hard.
Only four workouts a day.
Łukasz Skorupski: Just so you know that we really at the camps practiced three or four times a day. I remember the camp in Grodzisk Wielkopolski, where we started at six in the morning - oxygen, i.e. running. Honestly? I'll tell you, we complained, complained, and now I appreciate it. I'm in Italy and I'm not at all scared of their work here.
Thanks to working with Nawałka, was it easier for you to find yourself in Serie A?
Łukasz Skorupski: The approach I got to know thanks to him in Górnik, I met after coming to Italy. In my opinion, it has been abroad for a long time, but not yet in Poland at that time.
You said that you and Nawałka keep in touch and write text messages.
Łukasz Skorupski: Sometimes the coach will talk after the match. At the World Cup, he wrote to me in his style: "Congratulations, we keep fighting." When I defended against the Netherlands or Chile, he texted me that it was a good match.
You sent back longer responses to show him you'd changed. No "Thank you", but a few lines.
Łukasz Skorupski: I have to let him know that this is another Łukasz Skorupski. Because you know, I changed with him, I was a bit of a boor. I grew up with Górnik fans, we were all the same in Zaborze.
Were you rude?
Łukasz Skorupski: You know that, well... When I met Nawałka in Górnik, man, he also started teaching me such kindnesses. "Thank you, please, why don't you talk like that?" he pointed out. And so to all players, not just me. Thank the lady at the laundry. Thank the lady in the kitchen.
"Good morning" must be said.
Łukasz Skorupski: I didn't always say before. I will remember coach Nawałka well. In national team we talk about him a lot. And what are you talking about?
Łukasz Skorupski: That "Nawala" was fucking awesome. Everyone knows that we worked hard and everything was arranged like in the army. But man... There was no money in Górnik, but he was able to arrange everything in such a way, to wind up the president of Zabrze that she paid us salaries every month. Because earlier in Górnik they paid once every six months. The coach came and we came to him to help with these payouts. He met with the president and they started paying monthly. We didn't have rarities, but some fruits appeared after training.
The fields had to be even.
Łukasz Skorupski: Bartek Spałek, our masseur, I remember that he took creatine, some other supplements, conditioners. Everything was coming in.
Was it Nawałka who introduced it?
Lukasz Skorupski: Yes! Earlier, come on, and he introduced such a greater professionalism - breakfasts in the club, dinners in the club. He was trying to put it all together. Although I remember, honestly, that sometimes we complained about it.
You called him Fidel.
Łukasz Skorupski: It was like that, we were exercising at the gym. He was looking one way and you did eight reps instead of ten. Right away he would be angry with you: "How much have you done?! Eight! Two more!". I don't know how he saw it, but he didn't miss a thing man, he saw it all. At one point, the team thought, "Well, there's no resisting and there's a ride. We're going this way." We didn't have any outstanding players, and we were standing well in the table, even in sixth place.
And many got promoted: you, Paweł Olkowski, Arek Milik.
Łukasz Skorupski: Each of us has gone abroad. It was so that when Nawałka started, I did not believe in such things at all. He brought Remek Rzepka to the club, I think he studied in America. And he introduced what the entire Ekstraklasa is doing now. And yet we are talking about what happened ten years ago in Poland. They were the first to introduce rollovers.
How did you react?
Łukasz Skorupski: I did it, but with the thought - what the fuck is this? Shall I roll some muscles? Some rubber, extra work? Give me the ball and the games. And they began to notice that motor skills are improving, that injuries are prevented. In Górnik, everyone had to be at the gym half an hour before training.
And you are doing it in Bologna now.
Łukasz Skorupski: It's normal abroad. In Poland, it came with coach Nawałka. You know how it was in Ekstraklasa. Earlier, probably with coach Wieczorek... Although I don't remember. Okay, never mind. I was already playing in the first team, and I would arrive at the club at 10:50. Five minutes to get changed and at 11 I left for training. End of training, bath and departure.
This would not work for Nawałka.
Łukasz Skorupski: You had to be in his locker room 45 minutes before training. Let me tell you, I really appreciate it now. The best coach I had in Poland. I always talked when I was playing for Górnik that coach Nawałka should join the national team. He's gonna make all these rules, damn it. And you see - he did some result.
Quarterfinals of the European Championship.
Łukasz Skorupski: Damn, well... But let me tell you that at the national team it was a bit different. Lighter.
At the first team training camp in Grodzisk Wielkopolski there was also a similar drill, only the players told him to let it go.
Łukasz Skorupski: I wasn't there yet. He was so much more laid back after that. And you can't go like that during training sessions with the national team, because you play two matches a week. You come prepared from the club, you work on tactics without great strength and so on, because the match is coming soon. This is what it looks like in the national team. More could be done when it was EURO, where we had two weeks of preparation. Now at the World Cup, we didn't live in training either. All the time tactics and matches. But, you know, you've been in form because you're coming mid-season.
I always remember Coach Nawałka well. I don't know how he did it, because there was poverty in Górnik, but at some point we had everything I said - nutrients, some fruit after training. We were paid our salaries every month. We went to Zakopane for the camp. Oh Jesus. We stayed in one of the best hotels. And what the fuck, how much we ran. But let me tell you - I have respect for the fact that he developed such a character for me.
A lot of coaches could kick you out of the club for "Lorneta and Medusa", where you fought with other customers and trashed the place.
Łukasz Skorupski: Well fuck, that's why I'm telling you. He gave me a second chance, he did a great job. After it happened, I had a meeting with him at the club. I entered the coach room without knocking. I sat down on the sofa right away, I remember that. The coach looked at me strangely: "What are you doing?! Get up, leave and come back like a normal person." So I went out, this time I knocked. I sat down and told him everything how it was.
How did he react?
Łukasz Skorupski: Nice, because he said that he also did stupid things in his youth. It happens to young people, you know you have to go crazy. The most important thing for him was not to do it again. And I didn't repeat it. I didn't play in the first match after this action, but in the next round I was again in the lineup. I had a good season, my best in Ekstraklasa. Because you know, damn, I wanted to repay him a little.
Well, but he gave up on your brother.
Łukasz Skorupski: Not him, but club's board.
Michał was after a serious injury and trained as a guest with the first team of Górnik. He had a chance to stay.
Lukasz Skorupski: Exactly. He was injured, he did not have a contract with Górnik, but he could train with us. We just did this action in "Lorneta and Meduza" and they thanked him right away.
As the first.
Łukasz Skorupski: Earlier there was an idea to offer him a contract. I got a penalty, Olo Kwiek got a penalty, Adam Danch got a penalty.
How did the 20-year-old, promising player in Ekstraklasa felt arrested?
Łukasz Skorupski: Four of us were in arrest - me, Adam Danch, Olek Kwiek and my brother. Each in a different cell. And man, what's going on down there? You sit and sleep with a break for food.
Łukasz Skorupski: A piece of bread and tea in a metal mug. Jesus. The worst days of my life. I promise you. The worst three days of my life! I had everything ruffled, you're lying in the same clothes. Nor bathe, only pee somewhere next to people.
Who were you sitting with?
Łukasz Skorupski: With a guy who sold drugs to someone else who died. You understand?
With a dealer.
Lukasz Skorupski: Yes. Life is like that. I don't know how in Italy they will read it and ask: what the...? Even though it was ten years ago, write that it was ten years ago.
You had a black eye then.
Łukasz Skorupski: We sat in the same clothes and waited for them to take us out. We left after three days. We were pulled out by the late Krzysiu Maj with Bartek Laburda. Before that, there was also a sobering-up room. You go, you strip down to your panties and you sleep like that. Just so you know, because there are some psychos... They take their belts off, everything. You are lying on a mattress on the ground, and the worst thing is that there are twenty people in the room and there is no toilet.
How did Matilde react to all this when you told her what you were like?
Łukasz Skorupski: Well, she was in shock. But she also knows that I have changed. Also thanks to her. She appreciates that I was able to leave Zaborze and take care of myself, and you know what a difference it makes.
Łukasz Skorupski: Man, no... Compared to my life in Poland, it's a gulf. She appreciates that I was able to adapt to another. This in Italy. You know how they live here, you've seen it - coffee, cappuccino. Although there is also crime in Italy.
You, for example, were robbed in Bologna.
Łukasz Skorupski: Sometimes when I think about it, it still makes me furious. We lived on the ground floor in an apartment with a garden. I was playing at home against Napoli, Matilde left the house half an hour after kick-off. They had to watch her. After the match with my young and "Zielu" we still kicked the ball in the gym at the stadium. Leo knows his uncle, likes him. Everything's fine, we go home, and there's like a bomb went off. Everything is broken, lying on the ground. I felt fucking bad.
Matylda was in Zaborze?
Lukasz Skorupski: She was.
Did she like it?
Łukasz Skorupski: These were our beginnings, and you know how it is in a relationship - deeply in love, you won't say anything bad. Today, as she recalls that visit, she admits that she was shocked.
What shocked her the most?
Łukasz Skorupski: That Silesia is still so gray. And she's from Sardinia. For her, the strangest thing was that every block in Zaborze is the same. Only the number changes. She shook her head: "All the blocks are the same. Only the hospitals are different, and there is no difference." And what, well, I took her to Auschwitz, I remember. She insisted on going there. For Italians, this is a moving story, they take the history of the concentration camps seriously. She wanted to see, so we went. Today, when Matilde is in Poland, we mainly visit my family in the countryside. We will also go there this June.
Łukasz Skorupski: To my mother. It's a village, 50 kilometers from Brodnica. It takes an hour and a half to get to Toruń. Lakes, we have a boat, fish, bonfires in the evenings. It's fucking great there. Matilde likes it too, she loves nature. Boy, we're walking somewhere in the fields, and she raves about the cows. She's in love with animals, right. Cows, chickens, it doesn't matter.
The whole family from mother and father - cousins, aunts - lives there. They all live 15 kilometers next to each other. One family from mom, the other from dad. Here is one village, here is another, and there was a disco between them. My parents met there. Later, my father went to Silesia to work in a mine, and my mother with him.
Your dad wasn't interested in football.
Łukasz Skorupski: He was from the countryside, he had nothing to do with football. He didn't play it at all. The old man was a boxer. You know, he trained himself and boxed himself.
Did he go to your games?
Lukasz Skorupski: No. Rarely. I don't blame him. I never wanted to be daddy's boy. When I was young, he used to come to a game.
And when have you already played in Ekstraklasa?
Łukasz Skorupski: I don't think he came to Ekstraklasa even once. My old man wasn't a Górnik. He watched on TV.
When I started training in Zaborze when I was young, I jumped over the fence and was already on the pitch. Nobody had to see me off. When I was ten years old, times were different, I would get on a tram and drive an hour to training. Two transfers from Zaborze and you had to walk there too.
You were ten years old and you were already driving alone?
Łukasz Skorupski: We traveled from Zaborze in two or three. We had a training group where parents of other coaches licked ass, and I was always alone. I don't blame the old man for not coming. I know he worked hard and had to rest after the mine. Those who had more money, some business of their own, could come to their son whenever they wanted. They were sucking up to the coaches, giving gifts so that only the kid would play. I was the only one who didn't care about it. I was fucking great keeper in the youngsters and the coach loved me. His name is Jerzy Urban. Write it, write it, he will be happy. Sometimes we text each other. He treated me fairly even though I came without my parents and I didn't suck up to anyone. I was good and that was it, and he let me play. Other parents were furious: "Why doesn't my son play, I bought shirts for the team." The coach liked me so much that he would take me home after training and drink tea with the old ones.
Two years older brother, Michał, also played football.
Łukasz Skorupski: I think that as a goalkeeper I feel so good and agile because I had a different childhood. I would go outside with the boys and jump from tree to tree, doing some flips in the bushes. And train to add to that. Mom would let us out at nine o'clock in the morning, we would come back at 11 pm, when she was screaming from the window: "Come home!". That's how I grew up, huh.
I would never trade my childhood for anything. I went crazy. Jesus, you went to the lake, no matter if the water was warm or cold. When I was young, I spent my summers in the countryside. We drove tractors, I went to work to pick strawberries or potatoes.
Did they pay well?
Łukasz Skorupski: Tenner in an hour. We earned about 50pln a day. In the evening we met at the fire station and played a match, and at the end a shop and ice cream. The next day the same. Oh, I slept in the barn too.
Łukasz Skorupski: Like in the countryside. It was a little different in the city. Although I played football everywhere - in the countryside and in the city.