Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Don't I feel stupid?

Well yes I do. All brought on by a test. A minor competancy test. Yet it left me drowning in my own stupidity.

Leven make the final!

OK another sort of blast from the past. In 2009, I spent many hungover Sunday morning's watching my friend's kids football team. After I watched the game I used to write up a match report for him for publication in the grassroots football section of the local paper, the Evening Gazette.
Now, last Sunday, Danny invited me over to watch them 2 years on in the semi-final of the TJFA Challenge Cup. A good game of football, so I reverted back to type and wrote him a match report. As it will be cut to shreds by the Gazette I feel I should post it on here in all its glory. However as its kids names in the piece I have decided to change the names to 90's footballers for my own amusement.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Its time to bounce!

Excitement is in the air, I have been waiting for it since September. Yes thats right, this week is the start of the Aussie Rules season!
Now this season is going to be a special one for me, as it will be my first full season following the game. But as it looms over me, will I stick with it? There is a lot more that goes into 'getting into' a new sport especially one that is played in a different time zone, let alone a different country.


Everyone has a story about sifting their way for beaurocratic boundries and meeting jobs worths at every corner. I have a particular story today which has appalled me.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Something a bit different: Why I hate bands!

OK now this has become a sports blog, I know that, you know that. It didn't intend it to be that way, honest. I am a more well rounded person, I have other interests. One particular interest is music. You may be surprised to learn I play the wonderfully undervalued instrument that is the bass. You may find even more intriguing is that I used to be in bands. 2 to be exact, possibly soon to be 3.
However, you may also learn that I, most of the time, don't enjoy being in bands. So basically, this is why I hate in bands!

Spirit of Steaua!

Every British team in the UEFA Europa league was dumped out last night! Rangers, a team with a storied past and one of the 2 best teams in Scotland, were knocked out by PSV Eindhoven 1-0 on aggregate, by far not the worst one of the night. Multi-billion pound Abu Dhabi juggernaut, with their Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli (who struggled to put a bib on) were knocked out 2-1 on aggregate to Dinamo Kiev, and Liverpool, one of this countries most successful teams, complete with £35 million striker Andy Carroll up front, were beat 1-0 on aggregate by Braga!
Now this got me all nostalgic, thinking back to 2006 when my beloved Middlesbrough embarked on their second season in what was then known as the UEFA Cup.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Gravel Cow Match Reports: A tribute!

As some of you my have read in a previous post, that I used to be in the all dominating 7-a-side team, Gravel Cows.
Now as the team strutted its stuff in the Teesside University Intermural 7-a-side football league in their trademark black shirts (or fluorescent bibs). A young wide eyed player/journalist decided to cover the matches, and place the match reports on Facebook.
I felt that these were put to waste on the social network site and felt that it should be tucked away in the safety of my blog.
So take them in and enjoy the real life (and occasionally made up) exploits of everyone's (and by that I mean about 9 people's) favourite 7-a-side dynasty.

Friday, 11 March 2011

London? No, thanks NFL!

Now today, on the day that the NFL's players decide whether they are going to strike because they are not getting paid more millions by their billionnairre employers, like its the worst thing in the world, all the while there is high unemployment, political uprisings in the Middle East and a Tsunami has hit Japan!
So I have decided not to give an opinion on that, given that it is all childish, and I feel I don't know enough to comment. I have decided to get down from my moral high horse and talk about a subject equally frivilous and NFL related. The age old London franchise debate.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Deadline Day!

Now as many of you might know, (and by many I mean predominently anyone American or Canadian reading this) that yesterday was the NHL's trade deadline. Much like the magic and mystery that is the January transfer deadline in football, this is the last chance for the 30 hockey teams to get in those missing pieces to the puzzle that is making the Stanley Cup play-offs!
Now this got me thinking about the differences between transfers and trades, whats the better system? Does everyone get value or not?
But first of all my thoughts on the trades that went down.