Monday, April 24, 2006
Firstly then, the bad. Patricia Hewitt's frankly ridiculous suggestion that the NHS had seen its best year so far:
Wonderfully satirized by the magnificent Beau Bo D'Or.
The ugly? Try this photo of a young Tone unearthed by Backing Blair
It's not Chris Waddle, honest.
Friday, April 21, 2006
There should be a picture on the way to confirm this.
How very reassuring...
UPDATE: Picture now received.
Monday, April 17, 2006
2006 PFA Player of the Year contenders:
Joe Cole (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), John Terry (Chelsea).
2006 PFA Young Player of the Year contenders:
Darren Bent (Charlton), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Anton Ferdinand (West Ham), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).
You will note that with three exceptions, the twelve players listed represent the big four (Chelsea, Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal), that's 75% of the shortlist picked from four teams. Laughably, Rooney has been included in both categories; surely if he is good enough to be Player of the Year then he must be the Young Player of the Year also? Anyway, let's have a look at the nominations for last season:
2005 PFA Player of the Year contenders:
Petr Cech (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Andrew Johnson (Crystal Palace), Frank Lampard (Chelsea) and John Terry (Chelsea).
So we have Terry, Lampard, Gerrard and Henry again and we've switched Cech for Cole (both four letter names beginning with C, hmm). Sure these are good players but let's not kid ourselves that they've had exceptional seasons. Rooney didn't score once in any competition from December 29th until February 26th and his performances whilst sporadically brilliant or also still erratic. By their own standards, Henry, Gerrard, Terry and Lampard haven't had outstanding seasons and quite why Joe Cole has been included, I know not. His show pony tendencies have been cut down but he's far from a complete midfielder, I would argue that there are numerous players in Cole's position that have had better seasons - Malbranque and Gamst-Pedersen for example.
It seems that similar to the selection of the England team, the PFA Awards depend largely on what team you play for not how well you play for them.
I suppose after all that, I have to list an alternative selection. My choices then:
- Shay Given (Newcastle)
- Kolo Toure (Arsenal)
- Kevin Nolan (Bolton)
- Craig Bellamy (Blackburn)
- Michael Carrick (Tottenham)
- Claude Makelele (Chelsea)
Ach, just give it to Jonothan Stead, he's come good now hasn't he?
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Monday, April 10, 2006
"He didn't incite the crowd - we plan to report the 4,500 people who called him a fat b******."
Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock defends goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, who celebrated the Blades' winner against Hull by raising his arms to the opposition fans.
"We conceded two quick goals over there, and we're capable of doing the same at home."
Middlesbrough's Steve McClaren ahead of the Uefa Cup quarter-final second leg.
"And the score is nil-nil just as it was at the beginning of the game."
Mike Ingham about 10 mins from time, second leg Juventus v Arsenal.
"By the time you read this we'll have had a scan on Fabregas. His foot blew up after the game and that's not the best sign."
Arsene Wenger on Fabregas's 'explosive' foot.
"He had it on a plate, he had the sausage, bacon and eggs on it as well, but he couldn't take it."
Chris Kamara gets a bit excited summing up a missed chance during the Fulham - Portsmouth game.
Saturday, April 08, 2006
1894 - The Manchester Ship Canal, England, was officially opened to traffic.
1958 - The European Community is established.
1985 - The first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise to Vodafone.
1863 - Pierre de Coubertin, French initiator of the modern Olympic Games (d. 1937)
1958 - Grandmaster Flash, Barbados-born musician
1997 - Townes Van Zandt, American musician (b. 1944)
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
File under 'FT' (for failed transfer) alongside Johnny Vaughan and Graham Norton. I wonder if that nice Mr Parkinson would come back?
Bush Was Right!
Of course, that's not really Green Day, it's the Right Brothers. Debate rages on as to whether this is a glorious parody or a genuine music video, all that we can be sure of is that Steve Earle is distinctly unimpressed.
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Fern is not impressed with Philip Schofield's idea of an April Fools joke.