Road Trip: Part 4

Woke up bright and early and packed the bag from hell and got ready to have a wander round London one last time. Continue reading “Road Trip: Part 4”

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Old Firm Tweetathon

So, Sunday was the big Old Firm derby. As is usual, I tweeted every so often *ahem* about what was going on. Someone mentioned I’d “done a Kevin Smith” so… here’s my version of his famous collections of tweets, or SMonologues.

So, Sunday was the big Old Firm derby. As is usual, I watched while having Tweetdeck open and tweeted every so often *ahem* about what was going on. Someone mentioned I’d “done a Kevin Smith” so… here’s my version of his famous collections of tweets, or SMonologues. If you don’t follow football, this won’t mean a lot. So… um… sorry!

Oh, and be warned… very sweary. VERY very sweary. Again, sorry. Continue reading “Old Firm Tweetathon”

Richard Sinclair: Football Hero

Football – or soccer, if you’re reading this in the non-believing countries “across the pond” – is a professional game, played by money hungry mercenaries, just out for what they can get.

Football – or soccer, if you’re reading this in the non-believing countries “across the pond” – is a professional game, played by money hungry mercenaries, just out for what they can get.

That’s the common perception of most modern day footballers, but at least one man is bucking the trend. Richard Sinclair plays for Queens Park in the lower reaches of the Scottish Football League; has done for his entire career. Queens Park are somewhat unique within football, not just Scotland, in that they own the national stadium of Scotland, Hampden Park – yet remain staunchly amateur.
Continue reading “Richard Sinclair: Football Hero”

Deadlines, dead ends and dust

Jim White: Deadline Day hero

Yes folks, it’s a football post, so ready your good throwing rocks now, as football seems to be the third biggest fight starter after religion and salt n’ vinegar crisps in green packets.

It’s DEADLINE DAY which in football terms is when all the shouting starts, stops and carries on into the night. All the clubs have until tonight to finalise their squads, which means desperate managers throw cash at any old donkey. Well, that’s what usually happens. This year, with the world being in a recession, there’s more loan deal than permanent deals.

For me, the fun is watching Sky Sports News on the run up to the transfer window closing, because that’s generally when Jim White gets wheeled on to dispense his own brand of hyperbole.

Whoa there, put a halt on that transfer pony!” exclaims the understated Jim at one point, just before 5pm; this mere minutes after declaring he was “getting emotional, but not too emotional, we don’t have time for that on deadline day!” and having a near heart attack as Harry Redknapp phones his mobile while live on air.

What was getting Jim so exciteable? Not much until about 4.45pm, when Manchester City rushed through a last minute deal for Middlesbrough’s Adam Johnson… but that was just the starter. No, the main course was that phone call from ‘Arry – news of Robbie Keane being allowed to go to Glasgow to sign for Celtic on loan, truly a stunning deal, with no less impact to Jim, given his “alleged leanings” of course.

Despite all that, it has to be said – Jim White on Deadline Day is a football tradition now. I can’t imagine watching anything else when he’s in one of his insane moods. He may not be the best presenter out there, but the man is passionate about his football, and he has the habit of being damned funny.

Jim, if you’re reading this, I forgive you for asking Brian Laudrup “Why are you so good?”

Weirdness abounds!

It’s Monday, and already it’s bizarro-land in the wacky world of sports… here’s my take on today’s events so far:

Well, hello.

It’s Monday, and already it’s bizarro-land in the wacky world of sports… here’s my take on today’s events so far:

AP McCoy
AP McCoy

THE GOOD

AP McCoy, National Hunt Jockey supreme. What more can be said about this incredibly determined human being? Already the owner of the record for more jumps victories than anyone else, he took that record a step farther today by claiming his 3,000th victory. Simply incredible. If I was wearing a cap, I would doff it to this genius… but I’m not, so I won’t. So there.

THE BAD

Chelsea sack Big Phil Scolari. Kinda bizarre, but when you think about it, not really. The Special One, Jose Mourinho was fired for less. He had a better record, but played dull football, so had to go. Scolari seems to make it his mission to play boring footy and try and scrape a 1 goal victory. Not good enough for well known football expert, Roman Abramovich, so off he goes into the sunset. Alas poor Phil, we hardly knew ye…

THE UGLY

Tony Adams. Heh. Take that aaaaany way you want, but the facts are simple: He’s not a very good manager. Portsmouth have been shocking recently, and his jacket was always on a shoogly nail – today that nail fell out, and off he toddles. Amazingly, rumours suggest he may walk into a job at Feyenoord! I have a lot of time for Big Tone, but managing is not his career, it seems.

—  Tony