Archive for February, 2011
Arghhhhh. Angry Blez. Angry, angry Blez.
Regular followers may have noticed that it was rather unusual for me to go an entire week without posting something on the site – particularly on a weekend where there was a full coupon of action.
Well there is a good reason for that. I DID post an update to the site. At around 12 noon on Saturday. Using my WordPress iPhone app.
Which, for want of a better word, is crap.
I don’t like to be slagging off WordPress. It is a marvellous piece of software, and without it I may never even have created BOTW. So for that I am very grateful, particularly given that, unlike Uncle Steve and Father Bill, I am not charged for the privilege of using it.
But in the last twelve months I written and “posted” around 10 articles using their iPhone application. And, at last count, seven of them have disappeared into the ether to never be seen again (even in draft form) once I press the magic “publish” button.
Which as a writer, trying to find the time to publish free content and maintain a P&L whilst living a normal life is very,very annoying.
Hands up who got Cardiff at 2.7 yesterday? Oh yes, that would be me!
Sorry gang, that ship has sailed now. This has been an odd market that has been moving around a lot.
Leicester are really messing with peoples minds it seems.
Are they actually the best team in the league with a world class manager and Champions League quality centre forward?
Or are they a band of misfits led by the most over rated manager of our time?
A fine fellow on Twitter set me upon a cracking bet for the late game today.
Bet365 are offering 4/5 on United to score three or more goals today – when the rest of the market are in the 1.57 – 1.67 bracket!
This is a price that really should be taken.
Morning ladies and gents.
FA Cup day again today, which whilst fun, results in reduced action for us to get out incisors into.
The Championship coupon is an absolute cracker today, with a number of huge games including two top of the table clashes in Nottm Forest (4th) v Cardiff (2nd) and Leeds (6th) hosting Norwich (3rd) at Elland Road.
Reading (12th) also host Watford (11th) with both teams needing a win to reignite their hopes of making the playoffs.
So, a single Mongoose kick later and Wayne Rooney is once again the Prince of Salford.
Contract? What contract. Scandal? What scandal.
Although it now seems unthinkable, Rooney’s form had been such that there was more than a murmuring (amongst United fans and media commentators alike) that he no longer warranted an automatic starting place.
His somewhat lethargic performances, combined with the resurgence of Dimitar Berbatov and the ever increasing contribution of young Mexican sensation Javier Hernández, had many suggesting that the more exotic partnership may actually represent Sir Alex Ferguson’s most potent strike force.
Berbatov’s contribution this campaign this season has been such that I read numerous media previews in the days leading up to the game that listed the mercurial Bulgarian as one of the fixtures “key players”.
From a tactical perspective, there was great intrigue as to whether Sir Alex would stick with a traditional 4-4-2 (which he strongly favours at Old Trafford) or whether he would opt for his “big game” 4-5-1 formation.
One thing that the majority of the media didn’t foresee was Sir Alex Ferguson opting for the robust 4-5-1 setup, but leaving Berbatov out of the side and using Rooney as the focal point of the attack.
After all, one player is in the form of his life, while the other is supposedly having the worst campaign of his career. Right?