Romance of the Cup
For years now, the pundits and experts have been banging on about how the FA Cup has lost its romance, becoming far too predictable and dominated by the big four. This season’s competition has certainly been very different with some outstanding performances from lower league teams. And now we know that the final on 17th May will be between Portsmouth and Cardiff. Well that should keep them happy. Tons of romance there. And, with apologies to Pompey and Barnsley fans, about as much glamour as Wayne Rooney dancing Swan Lake in the all together.
Too much Gray
Do you think Sky Sports are trying too hard to get the best out of Andy Gray? The other day on ‘The Last Word’ Gray spent nearly 5 minutes explaining how Liverpool scored their goal in the Merseyside derby against Everton. As well as giving us the benefit of his views on the subject, Gray illustrated his lecture (for that is what is was) with computer graphics, arrows, circles, slow motion, super slow motion, cuddly toys, the lot. Now, here’s my 10 second version of the above;
Richard Keys: So Andy, how did Liverpool score?
Andy Kay: Well Richard, Yakubu had the ball on the edge of his own area and instead of laying it off down the left, he turned back in side, got robbed, and Kuyt fed Torres who scored. Er, that’s it. Fancy a cuppa?
After seeing some of the outfits on display at Aintree last week, isn’t about time that the Premier League followed the lead of some of this country’s great race tracks and introduced a Ladies Day during the season. All the girls could get dressed up in highly inappropriate gear, drink a bit of bubbly before kick off and spout forth about that bloke’s ‘lovely legs’ whilst the players, single ones we assume, although these days you never know, could have a good old gander to see which ones have got WAG potential. Not sure it would improve the football on offer but if it’s a dull game, at least we fans will have other stuff to look at.
David DIY Bentley
Congratulations should go to Blackburn and England midfielder David Bentley who, according to the Daily Mail, bucks the trend of the modern day player when it comes to working round the house. Bentley, it appears, is something of a DIY enthusiast and told the paper “I’ve been taking up tiles and knocking down walls, mending the potholes on my drive. I’ve got a strict DIY 24-hour ban before a match because it tires you out.” Perhaps the Mail should enquire as to whether Derby manager Paul Jewell has a squad of DIY’ers at Pride Park. It might explain a great deal.