Friday, December 08, 2006
While a throbbing, passionate, vociferous Fratton Park was willing Pompey to victory - which ultimately did not come - a full Serie B programme, minus Genoa and Juventus plus another couple who will contest the Monday night football match, was going on in half-empty stadia, with an almost non-existent atmosphere.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Did anyone watch the Porto/Arsenal match? These announcers that have been covering the Arsenal matches are terrible! I thought they were awful during the Hamburg match but last night was pretty poor. They’re quite negative and seem to enjoy focusing on everything that is wrong with the game they are viewing. Every weak cross is greeted with an audible groan or sigh. It gets really annoying after a while.
From the outset last night it was obvious that both teams would play for a draw yet the commentators thought that to be insane. They were criticizing both teams for not attacking enough. Hello!? A draw gets both through to the next stage! If you want to criticize something, criticize the bloody system that UEFA has put in place, not the players! They’re just doing their job, and if that means a boring draw with little offensive output, so be it. That’s the way it’s been set up! The players are only doing what is necessary to ensure safe passage and more money for their club. At one point the play-by-play guy described the match as “torture.” Well, apologies to you sir. Sorry you had to fly to
The Red Devils joined Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Celtic in the knockout stages after a 3-1 victory over Benfica at Old Trafford in their final group match.
An alleged true story from an Arsenal season-ticket holder: his position last year was an absolute plum, halfway up Highbury's main stand, close to halfway. After the first few games of the season it became apparent that despite all home games being sell-outs, the two seats on his left were always empty. This continued until just after Christmas, when a guy and his young son appeared. Asked if he knew why the seats had been empty, he said: "Tell me about it. It was a lovely present. The wife bought me and my son season tickets - and gave them to us for Christmas."
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Another solid week as I got five correct and four incorrect, with two perfect scores.
The perfect scores were easy enough, with Villa and Pompey in the mix and Sheffield United winning 2-1 at home versus an anemic Charlton. I’m most pleased with my call on the Everton/West Ham clash – barring the late goal that would have been another perfect score.
Sadly, Wigan let me down when I thought they had the goods to hold
And I came close to calling the draw at the
Finally, Arsenal proved me wrong with authority, or was it Spurs that did the same with an authoritative collapse? They were spineless and disorganized – a true Tottenham showing.
This weekend sees the Manchester Derby and Chelsea vs. Arsenal
Yet it is the red of Benfica and not the crimson of Liverpool that he is currently excelling and Manchester United may be regretting as much after Wednesday's crucial Champions League showdown at Old Trafford.
Tottenham v Middlesbrough: Preview
Monday, December 04, 2006
FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW
• Blackpool v Aldershot/Basingstoke
• Barnet v Colchester
• Sheff Utd v Swansea
• Reading v Burnley
• Portsmouth v Wigan
• Mansfield/Doncaster v Bolton
• West Ham v Brighton
• Leicester v Fulham
• Derby v Wrexham
• Wolves v Oldham
• Bury/Chester v Ipswich
• Man Utd v Aston Villa
• Sheff Wed v Man City
• Tamworth v Norwich
• Salisbury/Nottm For v Charlton
• Cardiff v Tottenham
• Preston v Sunderland
• Liverpool v Arsenal
• Bristol Rovers/Bournemouth v Hereford
• Watford v Stockport
• Crystal Palace v Swindon
• Bristol City v Coventry
• Peterborough v Plymouth
• QPR v Luton
• Southend v Barnsley
• West Brom v Leeds
• Hull v Middlesbrough
• Birmingham v Newcastle
• Torquay/Leyton Orient v Southampton
• Everton v Blackburn
• Chelsea v Macclesfield
• Stoke v Bradford/Millwall