Roo the Psychic Bulldog’s World Cup Predictions
Roy Hodgson and his team have thrown the world of animal psychics into disarray with their early departure from the World Cup. Roo the psychic bulldog, the latest non-human prognosticator to capture the imagination of the public, had predicted that England would win both of their first two games in the tournament.
Previously Correct Predictions
Prior to meeting his Waterloo with the World Cup, Roo had successfully tipped Manchester City as the winners of this year’s Premier League.
He also used his powers to identify the winner of this year’s Grand National, 25-1 outsider Pineau De Re.
Owner, Debbie White, told the Metro, “I couldn’t believe it when the horse came first.”
The World Cup Blunder
The method that Roo used to deliver his, sadly mistaken, World Cup predictions involved three bowls of dog biscuits. One of these was marked with an England flag, one with their opponent’s flag and the final one with the word “Draw”.
With these comestibles laid out before him, the gathered observers would then wait in hushed anticipation for Roo to deliver his verdict. For both of England’s first two matches the bulldog confidently snaffled the English biscuits, raising hopes that would ultimately be dashed.
Roo follows in the footsteps of the world famous German animal psychic, Paul the Octopus. Paul successfully predicted most matches in both Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.
Even the legendarily powerful Paul occasionally wrongly predicted the result of a match. Most famously he predicted a German win in the 2008 Euro final, when Spain ran out as winners. It is possible that he allowed patriotism to cloud his judgement.
Perhaps Roo too has allowed his natural feelings of national pride to get in the way of his gift for foretelling major sporting results.