Saturday, December 31
Friday, December 30
"Eye of newt, and toe of frog"
1) Premiership Top 4 (you need to get all four exactly right to get a point here):
Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal
2) FA Cup:
3) Carling Cup:
4) Champions League winners:
5) World Cup Winners:
6) World Cup Golden boot winner:
7) First premiership manager to be fired/resign in 2005:
8) Number of points Sunderland will end up with in the 05/06 season (closest wins..point split if tied):
9) Next Ireland manager:
Kevin Keegan (shoot me now)
10) UEFA Cup Winners:
Thursday, December 29
Weekend Review: Games I cared about.
GOONERS: Didn’t see the Arse but sounds like they’re getting back to form. 4-0 is a drubbing and they’ll be looking to get some momentum prior to yernited. Spuds loosing must also be a tonic for them, both in terms of local rivalry and league position
CHAV$KI: Another 3 points, but they found it hard going. They’ve stumbled to victory (fortuitously) for the last 2 games. I wonder if they had someone better in front of them if they’d have profited. They’re still shiote to watch, mind.
YERNITED: For most teams a point away is a result, but not for Manchester. Still not convinced by their midfield – although I thought Richardson (at left back?) has come on loads. Is it their destiny to be good wide and up top but to have a soft center?
LIVERPOOL: Always happy with a derby win and some nice goals, but based on form a bit disappointed we didn’t get a cricket score and a clean sheet. Funny how my expectations have moved, eh? Newcastle and the derby behind us with 6 points feels good. And I think we are begining to frustrate teams – looks at the red cards…
Wednesday, December 28
England Squad for June
- Keepers -- Paul Robinson has made this spot his own. You'd have to say that he is miles ahead of anyone else. But after him, who? Robert Green's not made enough progress and has been shelled for the better part of two seasons at Norwich. Chris Kirkland has been freakishly unlucky with his injuries and doesn't seem to figure. I'm not sure that Scott Carson is even playing in the Prem. It all seems to lead to the horrible and inevitable conclusion that once again, David James might get the nod as second choice. Cue the nightmares and refill the Ambien scripts.
- Defenders -- Spoilt for choice in the center. Rio and John Terry seem to be first choice, but Sol Campbell and Ledley King will both probably be in the final 22. Luke Young seems very composed at right back, hopefully demoting Gary Neville to the bench. It remains to be seen whether Ashley Cole will return from after a long layoff through injury. But if he does, seemingly that place is his. Hopefully, there's room for Carrigher. After that, England's a bit thin on the flanks. Don't reckon Glenn Johnson has made enough progress or played enough games. And with any luck, Everton is so crap that Phil Neville is finally recognized as the liability that he is. Hopefully somebody will make an impression in one of the upcoming friendlies.
- Midfielders -- Sorted, mostly. Though Becks is not in as rich form as Stevie G, Joe Cole, or Frank Lampard, he'll play and it won't probably matter much. Scott Parker, Alan Smith, Michael Carrick and Jermaine Jenas will be considered. From what I've seen, Darren Ambrose should also be considered. Owen Hargreaves should not.
- Forwards -- Tricky. Rooney of course, Owen because despite everything, he scores for England, and Defoe because he's in thrilling form. It would have been nice if Crouch had gone on a scoring tear this year and he may still, but either way, he'll probably make the trip because of how awkward his style is to deal with. After that, it's a steep drop off.
Have I missed anybody?