(Picture: Harry looks dejected as he contemplates his poor prediction record. What's that you called the referee Harry?)
Atom Retro’s black and white cat Harry has taken it upon himself to be the World’s foremost feline football predictor and statistician…. And as he’s quick to point out, he’s got a 33.3% chance of being right!
Harry Cat, who takes his name from Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry woke up one morning this week and asked himself one question: Do I feel lucky?
He decided the only reasonable way to find this out would be to predict the scores during the World Cup in Brazil. You can find out just how lucky Harry is by keeping tabs on his video diary.
Harry predicted a draw in the first game (Brazil v Croatia), but was left feeling dismayed by a poor refereeing decision and has vowed to carry on testing his luck. As Alister Poulton, a leading proponent of Harry Cat’s premonition skills says, “He was left devastated after Thursday's result, he went out and didn’t come back until the next morning. He was feeling a bit sorry for himself. He feels the penalty changed the whole complexion of the game and he was also a little disappointed at the disallowed Croatia goal. He says that goal would have stood in the Sunday League.”
So, how did Harry predict Thursday's scoreline for the tournament opener?
As Alister says, "He basically used his hungry belly as a mathematical instrument to weigh up the odds. He initially went for Brazil, which in itself was actually correct, but I think the nerves and his little tummy got the better of him and he went and devoured the Croatia treats as well. Unfortunately, because of his slightly greedy actions the independent adjudicator stepped in and called it a draw... and we also ran out of time to film the whole thing again, so the prediction stuck!”
With hindsight, Harry has come to realise using food as a barometer and predictive tool is not the best option. He’s got something else up his furry sleeve for his next foray into foretelling football results.
Stay tuned for the next chapter of Harry predicts, where he will use his mystical powers to predict the scoreline of Saturdays match between England and Italy.