Wednesday, October 29, 2008
An incredible night at the Emirates saw Aaron Lennon score in the 95th minute to give Tottenham Hotspur a draw, when few would have thought it possible, as Spurs came from two goals down to earn a 4-4 draw against their bitter rivals Arsenal.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
So Harry Redknapp worked his magic on his first outing as new Tottenham Hotspur manager. Spurs were victorious against a poor Bolton team on Sunday, but Wednesday's 143rd North London Derby against Arsenal is another thing completely...
Monday, October 27, 2008
Well Cyber Sunday has come and gone for another year. And while none of the bouts were five* bouts the show was pretty solid. Batista got his title back after a couple of attempts, and while I feel he was always the right choice to be the next champion, I think it was too soon to take the strap from Chris Jericho.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Records are made to be broken. Chelsea's proud home record of 86 games unbeaten at Stamford Bridge was always going to fall one day. That it was Liverpool who ended this run is significant, as Rafael Benitez's charges have finally confirmed they are ready to challenge the elite of English football.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
A night of long knives at White Hart Lane saw Juande Ramos, Gus Poyet, Marcos Alvarez, and Damien Comolli all sacked.
The move came as a surprise late Saturday night, as Spurs face Bolton tomorrow in what was already a crunch game for the club. Spurs have had their worst start to a season since 1912 and are rock bottom with two points from eight games. Ramos was expected to have at least one more game to turn it around, but the move on Saturday comes as a shock.
Early contenders to the White Hart Lane hot seat are Harry Redknapp, Sam Allardyce, Graeme Souness, and, surprisingly, Roy Keane. The move to remove Ramos on Saturday night would suggest the Spurs chairman Daniel Levy already has someone lined up. And that would turn out to be Redknapp.
Cyber Sunday is a strange WWE PPV. There's much to ponder: Are the bouts already decided? Do we actually need to vote? Is it just a money-making gimmick? Does the WWE actually read the tallies and adjust their future programming accordingly?
Everybody knows the stars of the English Premier League: Ronaldo, Gerrard, Terry, Lampard, Fabregas...The list just drips with class. But behind every star player is a player who puts the team first, every time. A player who is priceless to the manager and does just enough to avoid media praise and just enough to be one of the first names on the team sheet every time.
But who are these masked men? Who are the true heroes of our Premiership age? Let's take a look at some of the current crop.
The two biggest matches of EPL Week Nine take place on Sunday. And while one features teams on top of the league, the other features teams at the bottom.
And with the news that late last night Juande Ramos was sacked only to be replaced by Harry Redknapp, most Spurs fans will head into this game with renewed optimism. Harry still has it all to do to motivate this team, but he's performed miracles before...
The two biggest matches of the weekend take place on Sunday. And both are of the upmost importance for completely different reasons. Liverpool take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, as the only unbeaten sides in the Premiership lock horns in what should be a fascinating encounter.
Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur entertain Bolton in what is now a must-win match for under-pressure boss Juande Ramos. Spurs have had the worst start to a season in their history, and after only accumulating two points from eight games, they look like being involved in the relegation dogfight for the rest of the season.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
What do you get if you cross a German Footballer and a Brazilian Footballer? You get Arthur Friedenreich, the greatest goalscorer the world has ever seen. He scored more goals than Pele, furthered civil rights, had a 26 year career and got his teeth kicked in.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Hulk Hogan's "Celebrity Wrestling" debuts on CMT tonight. No it's not the Hulkster trying to make money from his son's prison stay. Hogan's son is currently serving time after he left his friend in a vegetative state after a "drink driving accident" and after Hogan was caught on tape saying he was looking for a reality TV program for his son, some felt that this effort may be it.
Hogan is one of the biggest stars pro-wrestling has ever produced. He is largely responsible for the massive rise in popularity of the sport in the 80's. Numerous factors at the time came together in perfect cohesion to propel wrestling into the main stream. And Hogan was at the epi-centre of it all...
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
IL Trap's first home match as Ireland manager was against Cyprus, a side who 12 months earlier had brought the curtain down on Steve Staunton's short career as Ireland manager. The last time the two sides met was a 1-1 draw at Croke Park where Cyprus had played a disjointed Ireland side off the park.
With the media focusing their attention on Trappatoni's decision to start with Manchester United reserve Darron Gibson in the centre of midfield ahead of Sunderland duo Andy Reid and Liam Miller, this was always going to be a decisive night for Giovani Trappatoni...
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
On Tuesday the "Leaders of Football" met to discuss the financial state of the English Premier League in Stamford Bridge of all places. During the meeting FA Chief Lord Triesman and EPL supremo Richard Scudamore contradicted each other, and were polar opposites when it came to the finances of the EPL.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
For those of you who don't know, James McCarthy is the hottest midfield prospect plying his trade in Britain today. At the tender of 17 he has affirmed himself as one of the best midfielders playing in Scotland, for Hamilton Academicals in the Scottish Premier League. But the Scottish Football Association and Football Association of Ireland are at loggerheads over James, why?
The 90 Minute Rule is an FA rule which states that academy players must live within a 90 minute commute of their team.
This rule is designed to protect smaller clubs who constantly produce talent only to see them move to a bigger Premiership side with the club re-couping a fraction of the players potential value. Every team in the English Premier League is guilty of abusing this rule but the top-4 are perhaps the most blatant abusers.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Things at Tottenham Hotspur have gone from bad to worse. Not content with their worst start in 53 years, the team conspired to lose against Hull City at White Hart Lane and begin the season with just two pts from their opening seven games, the clubs worst start since 1912...
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Arsenal's slim title aspirations all but disappeared at the Stadium of Light this afternoon. After losing twice in the opening six games, Arsenal had placed un-wanted pressure on their young shoulders.
After grasping a draw from the jaws of defeat Arsenal come away from Sunderland with a point, but the ramifications of the result mean that to win the league the Gunners will have to go the rest of the season only dropping six points if they are to be realistic title challengers...
Friday, October 3, 2008
The new season might only be seven weeks old but the fixture list is as intriguing as ever. Here is a definitive preview guide to the key games this weekend...