Tagged: football

champions league fun and nonsense

i was a surprised to see photos from chelsea v. barcelona on sf gate last night and this morning. does this mean the champions league has gone mainstream in america now? i also thought it was a bit weird that #ucl was a trending topic on twitter yesterday. i couldn’t figure out if this was a good thing or the same sort of nonsense that gave us “epl” for the premiership.

anyhow… yesterday’s match was interesting. more so than arsenal and man utd. the other day. i do feel for my friends who are chelsea fans, but… not that much. i think barcelona v. man utd. will be more interesting that a rematch of last year. that game was terribly dull. it was also good because a friend came over to watch. dr j supports and indulges my desire to watch as many football matches as possible, but very rarely does he watch them with me. i can respect that, but it’s nice to talk to somebody about what’s going on and it really helps calm my nerves. (i tend to make myself physically ill otherwise.) it was also fun because this friend is a barca supporter, so it was somehow better to root against chelsea. i did sort of want chelsea to win so that they would be tired for the fa cup final, but… not that much.

oh and a flag about snoop drog was pretty funny.

after 95 years, owls win the double

there’s tommy spur scoring the owl’s first goal in the first minute of the match.
today was the derby between sheffield united and sheffield wednesday at brammal lane. the owls won. as any casual reader may be able to guess, i’m absolutely delighted by this. did you know that it’s been 95 years since wednesday won the double against the blades? for those of you familiar with moneyball, united’s payroll is one of the largest in the championship, but the owls still won.
you can read more about it here.

it’s funny. i feel happy, yet i didn’t even watch the match. i need to sort this out. it’s hard following a small club nobody else seems to like, but well… i guess that’s the point. i, like many other sport fans, like being miserable. wednesday often make me miserable, like last week, but this week i’m on air.

both my clubs, wednesday and everton, won their derbies this week. i feel lucky.

the real american hero

yesterday the u.s. men’s national team held argentina to a 0-0 draw. who was the man of the day? not landon donovan, who earned his 100th cap in the match. tim howard. who? the u.s. goal keeper who also plays for everton. of course i’m biased, but he’s my favourite player on the american team. of course it’s annoying that donovan’s mere act of showing up to play is making more news than howard’s performance, but it shouldn’t surprise anybody. oh well.

always in love with the big four

AJ calls it!
i’m not talking about that big four, but rather this big four. this morning on espn first take they had america’s leading football commentator, tommy smyth, on to discuss the premier league and how it’s different than american sports. first of all- smyth is an idiot and despised by most football/soccer fans. the segment only discussed the big four since they all met up this weekend. the only highlights they showed where from this weekends match ups between arsenal and chelsea and manchester utd. and liverpool. (it’s always nice to liverpool play terribly.) then they just showed the standing of the top four teams without points, which makes it look like liverpool’s hanging with the other three. of course, being a pseudo-toffee, i was miffed because looking at the standings, the kopshite are 8 points behind arsenal and only 2 points ahead everton- their place at fourth is less than assured. (it’s also remarkable how arsenal has tumbled.) did smyth say anything about that? no. he made it seem like liverpool were on par with chelsea and arsenal and that manchester utd. was just like the yankees- better than god and no pitch outside of old trafford is worthy of them. it’s crap, really.

he also tried to explain the concept of promotion and relegation, which mystified jay crawford. if american sports had that system, the kansas city royals would be gone, and probably the knicks as well. relegation is nasty- just look at sheffield wednesday.

moral of the story- tommy smyth is an big fat moron, and everton are better than liverpool.

[tags]english premiers league, tommy smyth, espn first take, liverpool, everton[/tags]

more stuff about sheffield derbies of yore

this is the highlight reel from this weekend’s derby, so you can see just how brilliant wednesday were. and by “you”, i mean the 4 of you who might care about such matters. (i’m sorry, but this is pretty major.)

it made me think of steel city derbies of yore and wednesday’s biggest moment: the boxing day massacre.

26 december, 1979- wednesday won 4-0 at hillsborough. this youtube clip shows a bit about the match, including police preparations for the predicted riots and you can see the terraces packed to the brim.

the question now is, should i get up at 5:30 to watch eveton at the jjb? something tells me no, but i’m very tempted.

[tags]sheffield wednesday, sheffield united, hillsborough, steel city derby[/tags]

lots of stripes

Blue & White Wizards, originally uploaded by mardy1.

i can’t stop thinking about the derby. how the hell did wednesday win it? i know, sodje and tudgay, but seriously. i’m not entirely biased, neil said they looked fantastic. this picture shows all the stripes at hillsborough today. doesn’t tudgay (bottom left) look ready to strike? he’s aces.

[tags]sheffield wednesday[/tags]

owls win the derby!!!

getting up at 4:30 was totally worth it because sheffield wednesday beat sheffield united 2-0 at hillsborough bog.

i’ll admit, i was worried in the second half because united looked energized and ready fight back, but tudgay’s goal sealed it for wednesday. it’s hard to not scream/chant at 5:30 in the morning, but i didn’t want to wake everybody in the building.

now i’m watching ufc 80 from newcastle, england. too many geordies!
[tags]sheffield wednesday, sheffield united, ufc 80[/tags]

win it for the world!

[warning for all the haters – football content!]

from an article about today’s carling cup draw between everton and chelsea:

David Moyes believes the majority of the country will be behind Everton this evening as they aim to take a significant step towards a first final in 13 years.

The Goodison Park outfit are at Stamford Bridge for the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final against holders Chelsea.

And Moyes reckons most neutrals want to see that stranglehold loosened this season.

“I think so, I hope so,” said the Goodison manager. “I think a lot of people like to see other sides break into it and Tottenham have a chance against Arsenal as well.

after this weekend’s poor, poor loss to oldham, everton need to redeem themselves. taking down chelsea tonight would do that. but seriously, people all around the world hate the club (because john terry looks like a dog, frank lampard’s a slow chav, and nobody likes michael ballack). everton winning today will make perhaps a billion (more like millions) of people happy. i’m rooting for them!

[tags]football, everton, chelsea, david moyes[/tags]

england are rubbish.

he’s probably thinking: “shit.”
fucking england, indeed. there’s too many people to blame, but one person i will not blame is joleon lescott. (if you want to get me an overpriced shirt, a lescott top would fit the bill.)

hopefully england will reorganize and maybe start caring. gah.

i really should start supporting the us.

[tags]england, football[/tags]

fergie, fergie shut your mouth.

i know this is old news, but this story has been making me cackle.

A DRUNKEN thug who punched Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in the groin has been jailed for 15 months.

Homeless Kevin Reynolds, 44, branded by the judge a ‘significant risk to the public’, staggered up to Sir Alex and hit him.

His `stunned’ victim doubled up in agony and gasped: “What the hell are you doing?”

The beggar – whose criminal record includes 146 convictions, many for violence – said: “I’m sorry Fergie, I didn’t realise it was you.” But then he held out his arms and started shouting: “Fergie, Fergie, shut your mouth.”

so mr. reynolds was just going about, randomly punching men in the nuts? there had to be some reason that fergie stuck out. i do like the idea of reynolds immediately breaking into an antagonistic chant as soon as he realised who he punched. if only the cctv footage was on youtube.

oh well.. i must get back to reading about indexing images and the norman conquest. my next guinea pig (don’t worry, maude’s still alive) will have an anglo-saxon name.

marathon weekend of computers, thinking, and football.

this morning i woke up at 4:15 am, took a bath, ripped off a toe nail, and watch sheffield wednesdsay play well, but still lose to bristol city. it was terrible. the only thing i can say is that esajas looked quite good and gives me hope that the team won’t continue to lose. oh and setanta totally teased me- they cut to promos just as “hi ho silver lining” was starting up at hillsborough and came back just as the crowd finished singing it. did i need to learn about the liverpool match later? no.

i also watched the sprus give up what could have been an easy win against fulham. (sorry, larry.) you’d think a lead of 3-0 would be secure, but apparently not. kamara’s bicycle kick goal at the end was pretty amazing. overall that match was more entertaining than the liverpool thrashing of derby. the only good thing about that match was that i added torres to my fantasy team yesterday. he scored a brace today, which helped me shoot to second place in my fantasy leage. (well, second place of the moyles world folk.)

the best result, for me, was everton beating bolton. lescott’s ace! i wish i could have watched it, but alas… setanta was showing the red scum and fsc was hooked on london with the fulham match. everton’s still playing well and i’m excited about that.

am i going to get up tomorrow to watch more football? probably. actually, i need to figure out where i can watch the next round of the carling cup whilst on my road trip. the problem? who did sheffield wednesday draw in the next round? everton. i’m naturally rooting for the owls, but i’m not hoping for much. robojoe said i should be happy either way, but i know it won’t be like that. it’ll go horribly wrong- everton will win, but there will be some freak accident and johnson, arteta, yakubu, and lescott will all be out for most of the season, and there goes europe. who knows, maybe the owls will learn some defense and win? ha! sorry, i got carried away. so yeah, i’ll be in vegas and it’ll be a rematch of the 1966 fa cup final.

enough football. i just turned in a 10 page paper about computer networking. it was epic crap. no more work tonight. i’m going to go have hot flashes and plan out tomorrow’s morning of football and homework.
[tags]english football, premiership, championship, sheffield wednesday, everton, spurs, carling cup[/tags]