Special Thanks

I never realised how many people missed my Chelsea blather.  Thanks for all of your emails and messages on Facebook.  I really appreciate it 🙂  I’ll whip up something about Avram Grant later on when I have a bit more time at work.

On a separate note, congrats to the New York Giants and the Pats for making the Superbowl.  Of course, I want to see the Pats lose (because I don’t like Tom Brady, but that’s a personal dislike and has nothing to do with his talent).  One note: he was seen four or five days ago with a walking boot on his right foot, and the chatter around the sports sites have been rather inconclusive.   Ashley and I think he has a pulled muscle he’s trying to rest before the 3rd, but some other people have been talking about a hairline fracture, etc.  People are blowing this way out of proportion.  Unless he’s visibly dying, or visibly in pain, he’ll play on the 3rd.  Most NFL coaches have a “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy regarding injuries to their star players, and if they’re functioning under their own power and don’t believe the injury will be exacerbated by play, then they’ll be put in.  The Pats need Brady playing, because he’s pretty much the entire team. (That’s my opinion, anyways).

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Oregon State – Fight Fight Fight!

The battle for [American] football supremacy is a long-belaboured tradition in Oregon.  The Civil War – the ‘battle’ so to speak of north vs. south, or rather Oregon State (the north, non-commies) vs. Oregon (southern, dirty commie bastards).  Don’t let my opinions get in the way of your appreciation of an inferior university (Oregon, not Oregon State).  No matter!  This weekend was the 111th Civil War game – the 7th oldest meeting in the country.  (Another example would be the Big Game of Stanford vs. Cal… my family are Cardinals, so of course we root for Stanford… and they won [which was a fluke – like England losing to Croatia.]).

Okay, so we won.  This is a very, very big deal.  Not only were they a ranked team (17th when we started… unranked when we finished), but it was at Autzen Stadium, and not at Reser (our home turf).  No away team has won in 20 years or so (don’t quote me on that), so it was exciting.  We were tied in the final minutes, and went into first OT.  Still no score, I believe.  Then we went into second OT, and they got a field goal (for 3 pts).  We scored a touchdown, and the extra point.  OMFG Ashley and I went ballistic!! We were yelling and pumping our arms in the air and high-fiving.  2nd best feeling in the world to OSU winning the College World Series (twice).

We were robbed of a touchdown in the middle of the game, but I’ll let that slide since we won.  But, if the retarded call was made by the SAME retarded ref from a few weeks ago when we butchered the huskies, I’m going to have some anger issues.  A flaming baggy of doggy doo may end up on the Pac-10’s porch.

The Special One is ‘apparently still special’

I love The Special One. If I could, I would bear his children. Better yet, if I had my own multi-billion dollar football team, I’d let him manage it, no strings attached. The FA are running about like chickens without their heads trying to find a manager. According to the not-so-reliable Sun, “FA chief Brian Barwick is believed to have now put together a £24million four-year deal to lure their No1 target Jose.” That’s not a whole lot of money compared to some of the players, you know. Now, if he got £24million every year, I would be satisfied. He needs to be bribed heavily to want to manage a team like England. (Yes, all of you potential haters, I still love my country, thankyouverymuch.)

From the number of discussion boards I’ve read in the last few days (like BBC’s ‘606 your say’ and such things), there’s a mixed reaction to the FA’s infatuation with Mourinho. (Yes, it is an infatuation.) Some really, really want him. Those are usually rabid Chelsea fans, like me. I love Mourinho (for supporting evidence, please see opening statement). He’s a brilliant manager who focuses on results rather than how pretty the football is. Now, Abramovich wants pretty footy, and apparently wants no results (because he hired Grant, who had a fluke with the Man City win of 6-0, so don’t bring that up as proof). England may not see the players they want playing, but Mourinho would get the job done. He would seriously go to the ends of the earth to have the starting eleven be who he wants, regardless of what club they play for. Hell, if England’s best striker plays for Cheltenham Town (they suck, but hold a special place in my heart because of boarding school), then he would get that player. My point is, he would spare no expense to have the players he wanted. Unfortunately, this is for England, and not for Chelsea. No foreign players for England.

I’d rather Abramovich suck it up and apologise to The Special One so we can have our manager back, but that really has nothing to do with England. At least Chelsea won (albeit a rather embarrassing win… except for Joe Cole’s score in the 74th min or something like that – it was nice).

Poor England not going to Euro 2008. I’m still irked about that.

Fie on Russian Footballers

England lost 2-1 to the Russians.  How embarrassing.Rooney did well with the first goal. It was absolutely beautiful.  But, that all went away when a poor call was made against him in the penalty box, and they got their goal. Then they got another.If  we don’t win against Croatia next weekend, we’re not going to the Euros.