Archives – 2004 – March  

Ronaldinho
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Until this season I’ve always thought of him as an underachiever, silky skills wrapped in a sulky attitude. But he’s playing the football of his life. Loads of goals, and not simple tap-ins either. Barcelona need Ronaldinho just as much a[…]

Lazio vs Roma on Eurosport
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Lazio vs Roma on Eurosport
The website that brings you the news as it happens: tonight’s big Serie A derby, Lazio-Roma, has been stopped for around 20 minutes now. The fans insisted by chanting, so the players stopped two minutes into the secon[…]

my brain is injured
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my brain is injured
(sort of inspired by Tim’s entry below about back passes)
It originated in a sensible idea. To speed up play and cut out long stoppages, players would be carried off the field of play to be treated, unless there was some ris[…]

Once upon a time in the mid-’90s
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Once upon a time in the mid-’90s, I was cruising towards winning a very nice 100/1 fixed odds bet on 4 draws. It would have worked, too, if it hadn’t been for some dumb ref who awarded Tottenham a last-minute, edge-of-the-area free kick w[…]

Wrestlemania 20
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Wrestlemania 20
This year’s mega-event from World Wrestling Entertainment had the tagline “Where it all begins…again”, of which I can make no sense, but there were hints towards one interesting development. Larger men, brawler[…]

This is a frustrating thread
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This is a frustrating thread. Mostly because the person who started it doesn’t seem to be listening to the people replying to him, but it’s also interesting how much “lady if you have to ask you’ll never know” stuff come[…]

I was watching Man Utd vs Porto
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I was watching Man Utd vs Porto last week. Benni McCarthy got 2 goals for Porto, but what I’ll remember from that game is the number on his shirt – 77.
Permit me first a curmudgeonly statement of my true feelings – what in the name […]

Losing a match,
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Losing a match, despite scoring what seemed to be a perfectly good equaliser, is always unfortunate. However Mr Flack (scroll down, penultimate line), there’s no need to resort to stereotyping, although with babycham being PERRY after all, it&[…]

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