For some reason in football they feel they have to be poetic and every sentence has to be word play or Shakespearean. No other sport seems to have commentators that do this.
I just watched the England vs Hungary highlights. Just bizarre the stuff he was coming out with. If you watch this and pretend its your mate talking with the game on silent in a pub, you or someone else would certainly have told him to shut up within 5 mins.
''For Hungary it becomes a special night indeed... FOR HIM it becomes a MORE than special night''
''They are 20 minutes just more, away from a victory of historic note''.
''He has thumped that in gloriously, and a glorious night it surely is for Hungary now, who have ripped up England on their own turf. What a hit... what a problem''.
''For England, horror upon Hungarian horror, for Hungary... the night of their fantasies''
Klopp wins LMA manager of the year (best manager in all 4 divisions) although singled out Steve Cooper for praise in his acceptance speech describing what he has done at Forest as “crazy”.
After picking up midlands manager of the year there was speculation he was in line for the ultimate accolade, however Liverpool’s run to the Champions League Final looks to have secured it for the German.
She was very fortunate to navigate past 184 rank Linda Noskova in the first round, who was a set and a break up before choking completely… she today gets obliterated by Aliaksandra Sasnovich in round 2 who is only just in the top 50.
Losing 6-1 6-1 after winning the first 6-3. Wasn’t even a contest after Sasnovich settled.
She was also knocked out of the first round of Rome in the last tournament.
I wonder if there is anyone left still claiming she is the second coming of Serena…
I’ll take a wild guess looking at the odds today…. Ukraine.
On a serious note, does anyone actually agree with things like this type of pandering? There was something not so long ago with the narrative that Wales should step aside and allow Ukraine free pass into the World Cup.
Not that I care about the Eurovision or even watch it, but it’s the principal behind it which I disagree with that can cross into various areas that I actually do care about.
Do you ever envisage a time where Russell Martin says:-
“Right, time to judge me now. This is what I’ve built…”.
The criticism I levelled at him early on is that he tends to use these “building”, “process”, “judge me in the future” phrases as a way of blocking out criticism to his style that doesn’t appear to work.
I think he does that because he has no technical answers for the questions being asked - I don’t think he has the footballing nous or intelligence to answer them, or even the knowledge how to correct his ‘style’.
In the meantime he uses phrases like “dominate” over and over again like some sort of mantra to set a stage and trick those people listening into thinking we “should” be winning or that his style is working, without truly looking at it and understanding why.
It’s a facade, a millimetre thin layer of nonsense that falls at the merest scratch of scrutiny - but also thick enough for people to have the option to ignore it and pretend all is well.
At MK, for two seasons running refused to accept responsibility, said his way is the right way and they are building something and not to judge now….
He left that job before ever being in a position to be criticised, then suggested it was down to him when the new manager came in and turned it around and that they were then miraculously “ready”.
So here we are again, we have written off a whole season essentially at his request - as per his pattern. Does anyone truly think we will be going into next season where his ideas can finally be questioned, or will he still be saying “judge us in the future, not now” and “this is still a process, we are building”?
If so, that will be his FOURTH season out of four where he has said people shouldn’t judge his performance. How much time does this guy need?!
I will make a bold prediction that Martin will be gone before he puts himself in a position to be criticised without having the retort that we shouldn’t judge him now.
If the new manager comes in and turns his mess around, he will then claim credit.
Feel free to bookmark for those inclined to do those things.
No money, heap of players out of contract, court cases worth millions hanging over their heads, loan players due to go back, no doubt an even emptier echoing stadium next season and a manager that doesn’t seem to inspire anyone.
They are a bit cockroach like so not sure it will come to fruition, but they seem primed to be the best free fall club.
Following on a few F1 threads recently, it got me thinking.
As many of you may know, I’m as far away from a modern day feminist as you can get. Which thankfully also means I have at least a modicum of sense in social issues.
So my question is why isn’t there any F1 women drivers? And does anyone who knows more about the sport think there will be?
I’m a big advocate of equal opportunities if the talent is deserving. Really enjoy it when they get one up on the men in darts and snooker etc
For me, F1 feels like a sport where there wouldn’t be too much (if any) physical advantages to being male? I know there needs to be a certain amount of strength and fitness to withstand and fight the G forces, but no more than a woman can train to achieve, and of course many are already there in their various sports.
I was surprised how many women were at the F1, seemed a pretty even split. So if the interest is there, what are the barriers to entry currently and what team is most likely to be the first to employ a female in the modern era?
I think it would be a stroke of genius personally, would instantly get my support as someone who doesn’t really have a team as it were.
What I find incredible is he was able to then go and sit back down and even get up to collect an award later on in the night.
There was security and police at the event that just witnessed an assault and did nothing.
Why are these people above the law? Why does the fact they are in a movie mean they are allowed to behave this way without consequence, and often with understanding and even praise.
These things hosted by comedians will pick on a random celebrity in the audience and tell a joke at their expense. If you don’t think you will react well to those jokes and be compelled to attack the comedian, just don’t go.
Let’s try to not have a Republican v Democrat thing on this topic. Let’s try and view this without any bias.
The White House have had to walk back a statement he made about removing Putin from power. These are extremely dangerous words that can start wars and kill thousands of people.
These aren’t thought out, meaningful and considered words, he clearly has no idea what he’s saying. To me, it appears to be extremely dangerous to allow him to talk in public about matters regarding the war, it’s far too complex and sensitive to have someone like that talk on behalf of a superpower nation.
Macron felt he had to distance himself from Biden’s comments today, there appears to be a pretty large backlash and White House PR scrambled to diffuse the situation pretending he meant “he can’t continue exercising power over Ukraine”.
So ideologies, political allegiances and world views to one side - this is becoming a situation where congress may have to act and his own party may have to step in and make a decision, it cannot continue, right? It’s dangerous.
Big debate on here a while back regarding her ability as one of the games best female players, a suggestion that staggered me.
Today she goes out in the first round of Miami losing to Siniakova, a decent but all in all pretty average Czech player who won’t be pulling up any trees any time soon.
This after last week losing in her second round to Petra Martic at Indian Wells, again another decent but pretty average player.
Since the US Open:-
Indian Wells - First round exit Transylvania Open - Third round exit Linz Open - First round exit Sydney International - First round exit Australian Open - Second round exit Guadalajara- First round exit Indian Wells - Second round exit Miami - First round exit
Going to dominate the game like Serena is what some said.
I maintain she will never get to another Grand Slam final in her career, let alone win dozens. Bookmark it.
A freak week, but it has set her up for life and afforded her the best of the best when it comes to being able to put a team together and develop physically.
I do expect improvement over the coming years as a result, but nothing dramatic. Late this year and next year her ranking should tumble as she won’t be able to defend the points she has earned, and I suspect she will stay around the top 25-40 for years to come.
A nice career for herself but not even in the conversation when we are talking about the best players, and I’m talking present day… let alone of all time.