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The Crippler

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  1. Hard to see anyone other than Spain or Brazil to win the tournament. They might be the two obvious choices but really, its hard to see beyond either. They seem to be that far ahead of the rest. I'm not sure I've seen a 'tougher' Brazil side in the last 20 years. Maybe the 1994 team - this team is certainly built in that spirit. For top scorer I'd probably go with David Villa. If he was getting enough match time then I would suggest Gonzalo Higuain as a very big candidate but Maradona has shown a reluctance to play him despite his form for Real Madrid so I'm not convinced he'll play a lot.
  2. Always enjoy the press hysteria around England when they put in a decidedly ropey performance. They are a big country and so this behaviour from the press is not a problem unique to England - still amusing nonetheless. The score was clearly better last night than the performance. I thought Mexico looked decent in possession and comfortable on the ball but seemed another team quite 'soft'. Little backbone to them and were found out badly for the first two goals. England's main problem seems to be an inability to retain the ball and against a better side than Mexico then they'll maybe be punished. Having said that, they (England) are clearly a very decent football team with quality throughout so could maybe still get by without being particularly wonderful in terms of ball retention. There is still something about them that doesn't say 'team' though. Maybe quite harsh given the players they had missing last night but still, theres something that doesn't gel with them any time I watch them. England should approach this World Cup with cautious optimism I think. They clearly have the players to win the thing, or at least go very close and they have the coach to win it so it's just whether they can sort themselves into some sort of cohesive unit in time for the tournament. I only see Spain and Brazil as being significantly ahead of England. England are more than capable of beating the other big countries but that should be tempered with the knowledge that the other big countries are more than capable of turning England over.
  3. Always enjoy the press hysteria around England when they put in a decidedly ropey performance. They are a big country and so this behaviour from the press is not a problem unique to England - still amusing nonetheless. The score was clearly better last night than the performance. I thought Mexico looked decent in possession and comfortable on the ball but seemed another team quite 'soft'. Little backbone to them and were found out badly for the first two goals. England's main problem seems to be an inability to retain the ball and against a better side than Mexico then they'll maybe be punished. Having said that, they (England) are clearly a very decent football team with quality throughout so could maybe still get by without being particularly wonderful in terms of ball retention. There is still something about them that doesn't say 'team' though. Maybe quite harsh given the players they had missing last night but still, theres something that doesn't gel with them any time I watch them. England should approach this World Cup with cautious optimism I think. They clearly have the players to win the thing, or at least go very close and they have the coach to win it so it's just whether they can sort themselves into some sort of cohesive unit in time for the tournament. I only see Spain and Brazil as being significantly ahead of England. England are more than capable of beating the other big countries but that should be tempered with the knowledge that the other big countries are more than capable of turning England over.
  4. Seen Kele live last Monday and really enjoyed the show. Wasn't particularly sure what it'd be like as I'd heard Tenderoni and wasn't too fussed on it (actually enjoying it the more I hear it now) but it was a great, fun show. At the minute I'm more than a little addicted to High Violet by The National. Can't stop listening to the album.
  5. The last film I watched was Annie Hall and I loved it. It's a film I'd been meaning to get round to for a long time.
  6. My girlfriend has those exact trainers Nic! I dunno what I'd like for christmas. Maybe a new tv. The one I have is a bit small and it'd be cool to play my 360 on it. Or an mp3/ipod would be good seeing as my beloved Sony Mp3 Player decided to die on me. :(
  7. The last things I bought were tickets for Ghost Town at the cinema last night and the accompanying popcorn, coke etc. On Friday I bought Lego Batman for the Xbox 360. I'm quite excited about this but I want to try and complete GTA IV first. I never complete games and haven't played GTA IV in a while so I've made a bit of an effort this weekend to play it in the hope I can put that one to bed and get stuck into Lego Batman.
  8. I feel a bit out of sync today what with the clocks going back an hour. I fancied a full blown lunch at 11am this morning and felt like a weirdo.
  9. I can't say I'm totally bowled over by the new Pro Evo. I still find it better than Fifa but it hasn't made the strides that you would have hoped for. The Legend mode, I'm not sure of. I like the idea of it but it kind of gets frustrating not being involved all the time. I suppose it is realistic in that a player may not touch the ball for a number of minutes but I dunno, it gets a bit frustrating when playing. With online play, it doesn't seem to be as jumpy as it was in last year's but it is still prone to jump on occasion. I think it is a good game but not sensational.
  10. It's pretty hard to avoid Alex Ferguson when you talk about this. Manchester United were going nowhere when he took over at them. They were going nowhere for a few years after he took over but if there is proof you should be patient with a manager then it is Manchester United and Alex Ferguson. The job he did at Aberdeen was exceptional. Whilst the Old Firm at the time weren't great, he did a fantastic job and their performances in Europe at that time speak for themselves. I think more and more people now are starting to say Ferguson over the likes of Paisley and Shankly and I'd be inclined to say that if Ferguson wins another Champions League then he'd without question get my vote.
  11. Bit of a drab showing by Rangers yesterday. Second half was a big improvement. Boyd's second goal was terrific, even if he looked offside. We seem to have played a ton of away matches at the start of the season so we should hopefully have a decent run of home games coming up at some point.
  12. Fat Sam will certainly be interested in that one. Avram Grant is an interesting shout. Was it Manderic that Grant was close with at Pompey or the current guy?
  13. Sad news. Seemed like a genuinely good guy. He didn't win an awful lot for Celtic when he was the manager in the 90s but I think it was him that got them back on track following the disasters of the early 90s. He had Celtic playing some terrific football and if it wasn't for a formidable Rangers team, he would have won a lot more than what he did. Very sad news.
  14. As for the game - I thought the better team won. I don't think Zenit troubled Rangers in the way that some other teams have done up until the final but a few moments of neat, incisive play cut Rangers open. Again, Carlos Cuellar was fantastic. I can't believe he didn't win the Scottish Players Player of the Year. He is outstanding. It was a great occasion to be a part of - I thought the Zenit fans were very loud for the relatively small number of them there were. It's disappointing that we lost but we've helped the co-efficient for Scotland and helped our own co-efficient. I'm still confident that we'll win the league too, despite Celtic's recent good form.
  15. Hi everyone, hows it going? I've not really popped on here in a while - not sure why because I enjoyed posting my footballing ramblings. Sort of take offense at Burakio blaming "the jocks" for last nights carry on and also Inno then saying "the Bluenoses". I think scumbags covers it more. I don't think these people had any interest in Rangers Football Club really - they were just neds looking for a fight. I was at the game last night and was in Manchester from noon so I will give my account of what happened. We arrived at Piccadilly station at lunch time and it was a really tremendous sight - the streets were just totally covered in Rangers fans and it was a carnival atmopshere. It stayed like that all afternoon - sure a lot of drinking was happening but everyone was in good spirits. Myself and my dad left the Piccadilly area at around 6ish and headed towards the City of Manchester Stadium. The atmosphere around the ground was superb. Inside the ground and during the match the Rangers fans were outstanding and could not be criticised in any way, shape or form. No sectarian singing whatsoever, they backed the team to the hilt, did not react to the Zenit fans coming on to the field of play after the game and also they gave Zenit a standing ovation. We then walked from the City of Manchester Stadium back to the Piccadilly area where our hotel was situated. It soon became apparent that there would be no pubs opened at all so we quickly went to an off license and got a few tins before retiring up to our hotel room. We were watching telly and my dad went downstairs for a smoke and when he came back up, I could tell by the expression on his face that something was wrong. I don't know the ins and outs of the big screen failing. I imagine that gearing up for the biggest game your club has played in nearly 40 years and then the screen going off is pretty galling but it is absolutely no excuse to behave like that. I only seen the extent of what happened earlier today when I seen Sky Sports News. It was truely horrific. I felt terrible for that policeman who was savaged, there is no other way to describe it really. He was savaged. It was an absolute disgrace and the people involved should probably strongly consider running in front of the nearest bus. At the same time, it troubles me greatly that there was an insane amount of Rangers fans down there (the press are not exageratting about the numbers there) and less than 0.1% are making the headlines and tarring well over 100,000 with the same brush. The night should have been remembered for the game, regardless of the result. It should have been remembered as near enough the biggest gathering ever for a football game and instead it will be remembered for the shameful antics of a number of scumbags.
  16. Haven't been to any gigs yet this year but will post my reviews when I do. At the moment, I'm going to: Queens of the Stoneage, 7th February 2008 - Kings Hall, Belfast The Smashing Pumpkins, 10th February 2008 - Kings Hall, Belfast Editors, 22nd February 2008 - Mandela Hall, Belfast Radiohead, 6th June 2008 - Malahide Castle, Ireland Radiohead, 7th June 2008 - Malahide Castle, Ireland Radiohead, 29th June 2008 - Glasgow Green, Glasgow Looking forward to them all. Hopefully will be able to get to a few more as well. That'd be good.
  17. Here's the most recent one of me from the other week at a work do in Dublin http://www2.italliancegroup.com/10yeareventphotos/images/dsc01616.jpg That's me there third from the right with the black tie. Also, check out the size of big Andy on the far right. Considering I'm over 6ft, he's a monster!
  18. Hey everyone. Cheers for the birthday wishes. Muchly appreciated! I feel like I've neglected TWO entirely of late. I've hardly been on at all this month. I've a lot of catching up to do! Cheers again. :)
  19. From BBC, but also various places reporting it:
  20. Good win today and we're now top of the league. If we can win on Tuesday night then we'll be 4 clear. 2-0 flatters Dundee United today as Rangers had umpteen chances in the second half to win but I'm happy with the result.
  21. Sky Sports News are now saying he is asking for time to think over the move. Hmmm.
  22. Mon the Hutton! I think he'll be staying at Rangers now. If he rejected Spurs then he's hardly likely to go to Newcastle although it's obviously a lot closer to home for him. He'd be better staying at Rangers anyway, for the meantime at least. He hasn't achieved everything he wants to achieve at Rangers and he's still young. Rangers are also a bigger football club than Tottenham. He'll probably move on eventually but I'm hoping it won't be for a while. He still has areas to improve in and if he improves those areas then we could get even more money for him than what has been talked about.
  23. I'd be disappointed if he left - he's the best right back in Britain at the moment but in the current climate for clubs outwith the three main leagues, £8 million is good business. I'd hope the vast majority, if not all of a potential £8 million would go straight into the transfer coffers.
  24. The Old Firm game on Wednesday has now been postponed which is understandable.
  25. Really sad news this. Phil O'Donnell seems like he has been around forever. Very shocking news.
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