Blithering Idiocy

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 11:13 am
caddyman: (footie)
I don’t really care for Sir Alex Ferguson, but really.

I see the FA have decided to try and discipline him for insulting a referee by damning him with the phrase, “definitely the best referee in the country”. This is clearly a calumny, a smear against the referee, Howard Webb’s good name. How dare the most successful manager of the most successful football team in England say such a thing about any referee, much less this one?

I understand from the press that the FA are somewhat bewildered by Ferguson’s response to their charge. He has ignored it. Manchester United acknowledged receipt of the papers and he had until 4pm yesterday to respond, saying he would either contest or accept their judgement. Apparently he did neither.

It’s assumed that he thought it must be a joke.

As I say, I don’t like the chap, but really. The slavering idiots of Soho Square really need to stop (or start) taking the pills.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/13387966.stm

Blithering Idiocy

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 11:13 am
caddyman: (footie)
I don’t really care for Sir Alex Ferguson, but really.

I see the FA have decided to try and discipline him for insulting a referee by damning him with the phrase, “definitely the best referee in the country”. This is clearly a calumny, a smear against the referee, Howard Webb’s good name. How dare the most successful manager of the most successful football team in England say such a thing about any referee, much less this one?

I understand from the press that the FA are somewhat bewildered by Ferguson’s response to their charge. He has ignored it. Manchester United acknowledged receipt of the papers and he had until 4pm yesterday to respond, saying he would either contest or accept their judgement. Apparently he did neither.

It’s assumed that he thought it must be a joke.

As I say, I don’t like the chap, but really. The slavering idiots of Soho Square really need to stop (or start) taking the pills.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/13387966.stm
caddyman: (footie)
Yes, it should have been a goal. Yes, England should have been credited with scoring 2 goals, not one.

However, a 4-1 defeat was a rather kind result (albeit a record tournament defeat for England); if everyone had taken their chances and been accredited with goals, I suspect the final score would have been Germany 10-3 England. So, after four games in which the team barely raised themselves above mediocre, let's blame Capello only insofar as he slavishly used the 4-4-2 formation, and the England players, with the possible exception of Calamity James, for turning in displays that would embarrass a pub team the morning after a bender.

That was the Golden Generation, that was.

I am almost glad the goal was disallowed. Can you imagine the fantasies the media could have dreamt up if we had lost 2-1?

On the basis that I drew them in the sweep at work, I now transfer my allegiance to Ghana and Japan in that order, though I suspect that the trophy may have Argentina's name on it this year.
caddyman: (footie)
Yes, it should have been a goal. Yes, England should have been credited with scoring 2 goals, not one.

However, a 4-1 defeat was a rather kind result (albeit a record tournament defeat for England); if everyone had taken their chances and been accredited with goals, I suspect the final score would have been Germany 10-3 England. So, after four games in which the team barely raised themselves above mediocre, let's blame Capello only insofar as he slavishly used the 4-4-2 formation, and the England players, with the possible exception of Calamity James, for turning in displays that would embarrass a pub team the morning after a bender.

That was the Golden Generation, that was.

I am almost glad the goal was disallowed. Can you imagine the fantasies the media could have dreamt up if we had lost 2-1?

On the basis that I drew them in the sweep at work, I now transfer my allegiance to Ghana and Japan in that order, though I suspect that the trophy may have Argentina's name on it this year.
caddyman: (footie)
And with the exception of the Championship Playoff Final tomorrow between Burnley and Sheffield United, plus the FA Cup Final and the European Cup Final, that's the end of the football season for another year.

Wolves wave a cheerful farewell to the Championship and prepare for a much harder time next season in the Premier League. On the way up we pass Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion sliding in the other direction. I would take the mickey, but I've been on the receiving end of it in the past and may well be again this time next season, so I shall say nowt, other than to speculate on the future employment of the likes of Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Nicky Butt and er that's it. I couldn't name a Baggy or a Boro player if you asked me. They've made that much impact.

Presumably next season Newcastle will try to keep their number of managers for the season down to a reasonable two or three instead of chopping and changing every eight games like this year. Will Shearer stay? Who cares? He was over-rated as a player and wisely stayed out of management right up until it was too late for him to influence anything.

Still, what do I know? My first ever dabble with Sky Super 6 in which you try to forecast the results and scores for six named games and the time of the first goal yielded zero points. I shan't be having a share of the £100,000 on offer then. Oh well, there's always next season.
caddyman: (footie)
And with the exception of the Championship Playoff Final tomorrow between Burnley and Sheffield United, plus the FA Cup Final and the European Cup Final, that's the end of the football season for another year.

Wolves wave a cheerful farewell to the Championship and prepare for a much harder time next season in the Premier League. On the way up we pass Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion sliding in the other direction. I would take the mickey, but I've been on the receiving end of it in the past and may well be again this time next season, so I shall say nowt, other than to speculate on the future employment of the likes of Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Nicky Butt and er that's it. I couldn't name a Baggy or a Boro player if you asked me. They've made that much impact.

Presumably next season Newcastle will try to keep their number of managers for the season down to a reasonable two or three instead of chopping and changing every eight games like this year. Will Shearer stay? Who cares? He was over-rated as a player and wisely stayed out of management right up until it was too late for him to influence anything.

Still, what do I know? My first ever dabble with Sky Super 6 in which you try to forecast the results and scores for six named games and the time of the first goal yielded zero points. I shan't be having a share of the £100,000 on offer then. Oh well, there's always next season.

New Kit

Saturday, May 9th, 2009 02:36 pm
caddyman: (Wolves)
While I was on holiday, Wolves unveiled the strip they will be playing in next season in the Premiership:



I am hoping that they do a replica in a suitably lardy boy size for me (and most typical fans). The shirt has a slight retro feel to it and the advertising isn't too intrusive - I am old-fashioned enough to wish there were no such thing as a 'shirt sponsors' but that bird has flown, sadly. Anyway, when I consider what the strip looked like when 'Doritos' sponsored the club, well...

New Kit

Saturday, May 9th, 2009 02:36 pm
caddyman: (Wolves)
While I was on holiday, Wolves unveiled the strip they will be playing in next season in the Premiership:



I am hoping that they do a replica in a suitably lardy boy size for me (and most typical fans). The shirt has a slight retro feel to it and the advertising isn't too intrusive - I am old-fashioned enough to wish there were no such thing as a 'shirt sponsors' but that bird has flown, sadly. Anyway, when I consider what the strip looked like when 'Doritos' sponsored the club, well...
caddyman: (Wolves)
Last time I posted about the Wolves and how good the season was going, the team promptly imploded. They have since recovered and at the risk of prodding the Karma Pixies into action, I am recording the league table here for my own benefit and enjoyment!

With Wolves beating Burnley 2-0 and the Blues only managing a 1-1 draw away to Forest, the gap opens to 6 points. The team to keep an eye on though, is Reading, closing the gap on the Blues to 1 point after a 3-0 thumping of Derby. Reading are the team that started our mini slump a few weeks ago and they are scoring freely. We don't play them again until the end of January, so hopefully there's time for us to build up a bigger gap, Karma Pixies allowing.



Ah well. Best not count the chickens yet. There's still over half the season to go and we've had many, many false dawns over the years, but right now at this moment it's looking good.
caddyman: (Wolves)
Last time I posted about the Wolves and how good the season was going, the team promptly imploded. They have since recovered and at the risk of prodding the Karma Pixies into action, I am recording the league table here for my own benefit and enjoyment!

With Wolves beating Burnley 2-0 and the Blues only managing a 1-1 draw away to Forest, the gap opens to 6 points. The team to keep an eye on though, is Reading, closing the gap on the Blues to 1 point after a 3-0 thumping of Derby. Reading are the team that started our mini slump a few weeks ago and they are scoring freely. We don't play them again until the end of January, so hopefully there's time for us to build up a bigger gap, Karma Pixies allowing.



Ah well. Best not count the chickens yet. There's still over half the season to go and we've had many, many false dawns over the years, but right now at this moment it's looking good.

Ouch!

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 12:00 pm
caddyman: (Wolves)
I should have known better than posting up an entry a few days ago about how well Wolves are doing at the front end of this season. The Karma Pixies promptly nipped across to the Molineux and hamstringed both of our wingers in the knowledge that our most prolific forward was already suspended for the game. That’s the first choice attack decimated at a stroke, then.

Still, a 3-0 defeat at home is still a touch embarrassing, especially as the opening goal was scored by our own goalkeeper who seems to have started the game with butter on his gloves.

Ho hum.

It could be worse: Reading are a good team, so I expected a tough game from them and frankly, we had to expect a setback at some point. The Blues only managed a draw, so we are still two pints clear at the top with a far superior goal difference. It’s a bit early to panic yet, but then, that’s what we Wolves fans do: look on the dark side of things even when it’s all going reasonably well.

Ouch!

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 12:00 pm
caddyman: (Wolves)
I should have known better than posting up an entry a few days ago about how well Wolves are doing at the front end of this season. The Karma Pixies promptly nipped across to the Molineux and hamstringed both of our wingers in the knowledge that our most prolific forward was already suspended for the game. That’s the first choice attack decimated at a stroke, then.

Still, a 3-0 defeat at home is still a touch embarrassing, especially as the opening goal was scored by our own goalkeeper who seems to have started the game with butter on his gloves.

Ho hum.

It could be worse: Reading are a good team, so I expected a tough game from them and frankly, we had to expect a setback at some point. The Blues only managed a draw, so we are still two pints clear at the top with a far superior goal difference. It’s a bit early to panic yet, but then, that’s what we Wolves fans do: look on the dark side of things even when it’s all going reasonably well.

Footie

Monday, September 29th, 2008 12:07 pm
caddyman: (Wolves)
I rarely blather on about sport here, unless there’s something funny to comment on, but I have to say that I am impressed by Wolves’ start to the season.

As a supporter of the team for over 30 years, I am used to being disappointed by them; since I have been taking an active interest, they have spent their longest period outside the top flight in their history, made Europe but once and only won one major trophy (and a minor one). They have picked up a number of promotions following the disastrous period in the 80s that saw the club go bankrupt twice, followed by relegation, promotion and then three successive relegations at the end of which they briefly sat at the bottom of 92 professional clubs, 5 minutes from going bankrupt a third time and disappearing into history.

Narrowly missing out on promotion after an impressive turn around under Graham Turner, they achieved two successive promotions and then stalled in the second tier, where they remain, despite a brief and unsuccessful flirtation with the Premiership on 2003.

Most seasons they manage enough of a run at some point in the season to flood me with what tends to prove to be unfounded hope and we settle down for another season of dog fighting in what is now the Championship.

This season, however, after eight games they have won seven and dropped only two points, remaining unbeaten in the league. The team’s best start in 60 years has got me all hopeful again and for once I don’t find myself apologising for being a Wolves supporter. It’s great.

There are a lot of Spurs fans in the office and for once, I am not the really glum person on a Monday morning.

Footie

Monday, September 29th, 2008 12:07 pm
caddyman: (Wolves)
I rarely blather on about sport here, unless there’s something funny to comment on, but I have to say that I am impressed by Wolves’ start to the season.

As a supporter of the team for over 30 years, I am used to being disappointed by them; since I have been taking an active interest, they have spent their longest period outside the top flight in their history, made Europe but once and only won one major trophy (and a minor one). They have picked up a number of promotions following the disastrous period in the 80s that saw the club go bankrupt twice, followed by relegation, promotion and then three successive relegations at the end of which they briefly sat at the bottom of 92 professional clubs, 5 minutes from going bankrupt a third time and disappearing into history.

Narrowly missing out on promotion after an impressive turn around under Graham Turner, they achieved two successive promotions and then stalled in the second tier, where they remain, despite a brief and unsuccessful flirtation with the Premiership on 2003.

Most seasons they manage enough of a run at some point in the season to flood me with what tends to prove to be unfounded hope and we settle down for another season of dog fighting in what is now the Championship.

This season, however, after eight games they have won seven and dropped only two points, remaining unbeaten in the league. The team’s best start in 60 years has got me all hopeful again and for once I don’t find myself apologising for being a Wolves supporter. It’s great.

There are a lot of Spurs fans in the office and for once, I am not the really glum person on a Monday morning.

Football

Saturday, October 29th, 2005 11:33 pm
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I had promised myself that I should do some writing this weekend. Well, it will have to be tomorrow then, if I am not to hold myself in breach of promise.

This morning largely did not happen. I woke up at regular intervals during the night (I wish I knew why I can't get a night of unbroken sleep recently), which meant that this morning was interspersed with naps while I was ostensibly listening to the radio. Then DT suggested that we go to Underhill to watch the mighty Barnet FC play the equally splendid Rushden & Diamonds in the undoubted glamour tie of the footballing weekend.

Those of you who do not follow football through choice, or through isolation - ie you live on a different continent - or both ([livejournal.com profile] telemeister) there is a large element of irony present in that description. There are four professional football leagues in England, containing a total of 92 clubs. Barnet and Rushden & Diamonds rank somewhere lower than the mid 80s in a system where all aim to be as close to number 1 as possible.

Barnet play with little confidence, no width and little penetration. Their defence is appalling. They won 2-1.

I doubt that I shall be making regular trips to Underhill Stadium; though is nice to be able to get back from there in time to see the football results on TV; it is 26 years since I lived that close to a football ground. Plus it did remind me of one of the things I like about live football in small, local stadiums: the crowd banter.

We spent a goodly portion of the game wondering precisely why the crowd kept chanting we've got the best turban in the league, until we realised they were probably saying German. There was a short, black Down's Syndrome chap a few rows in front of us. Whenever the crowd started singing, he would step forward, turn around and begin conducting at which point the chant would change to Little Man, Little Man, Little Man. Then he would bow, be cheered and events would move on. On one occasion, as a Rushden player broke away from his marker, someone shouted, "Foul him! No. Don't foul him!" at which point another voice in best commentator fashion observed "contradictory advice from the crowd, there."

A chap just in front of me made the very basic error of investigating the contents of the steak and gravy pie he'd just bought from the refreshments cabin. We didn't see him for much of the game after that. But he looked young. He'll learn. If you buy 'em, eat 'em. But don't enquire into the contents too closely. They won't harm you, but appearances can be deceiving. It is wisdom one can only gain with experience.

Football

Saturday, October 29th, 2005 11:33 pm
caddyman: (Default)
I had promised myself that I should do some writing this weekend. Well, it will have to be tomorrow then, if I am not to hold myself in breach of promise.

This morning largely did not happen. I woke up at regular intervals during the night (I wish I knew why I can't get a night of unbroken sleep recently), which meant that this morning was interspersed with naps while I was ostensibly listening to the radio. Then DT suggested that we go to Underhill to watch the mighty Barnet FC play the equally splendid Rushden & Diamonds in the undoubted glamour tie of the footballing weekend.

Those of you who do not follow football through choice, or through isolation - ie you live on a different continent - or both ([livejournal.com profile] telemeister) there is a large element of irony present in that description. There are four professional football leagues in England, containing a total of 92 clubs. Barnet and Rushden & Diamonds rank somewhere lower than the mid 80s in a system where all aim to be as close to number 1 as possible.

Barnet play with little confidence, no width and little penetration. Their defence is appalling. They won 2-1.

I doubt that I shall be making regular trips to Underhill Stadium; though is nice to be able to get back from there in time to see the football results on TV; it is 26 years since I lived that close to a football ground. Plus it did remind me of one of the things I like about live football in small, local stadiums: the crowd banter.

We spent a goodly portion of the game wondering precisely why the crowd kept chanting we've got the best turban in the league, until we realised they were probably saying German. There was a short, black Down's Syndrome chap a few rows in front of us. Whenever the crowd started singing, he would step forward, turn around and begin conducting at which point the chant would change to Little Man, Little Man, Little Man. Then he would bow, be cheered and events would move on. On one occasion, as a Rushden player broke away from his marker, someone shouted, "Foul him! No. Don't foul him!" at which point another voice in best commentator fashion observed "contradictory advice from the crowd, there."

A chap just in front of me made the very basic error of investigating the contents of the steak and gravy pie he'd just bought from the refreshments cabin. We didn't see him for much of the game after that. But he looked young. He'll learn. If you buy 'em, eat 'em. But don't enquire into the contents too closely. They won't harm you, but appearances can be deceiving. It is wisdom one can only gain with experience.

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