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Barack to the future

Robbo Robson | 13:58 UK time, Thursday, 6 November 2008

So America has proved itself to be, on the whole, not quite so stoopid as we thought it was. Barack Obama is president.

Those of us who suspected that a ticket with the message 'Obama n Biden' might have convinced the rednecks that the Godfather of Islamic Terrorism was the Democratic candidate have been proved wrong. Apparently there was a heavy turn-out, but let's face it in America it doesn't matter how many people come out and vote, the turn-out is always going to be heavy, very heavy.

Has owt else happened in the world in the last few days? Nah. Even Chelsea's defeat to Roma, in which Christian Panucci broke the world record for Space Offered to an Attacker Inside the Penalty Box, raised barely a murmur.

Even Liverpool's late equaliser, which once again confirmed that whatever other skills Stevie Gerrard has mastered, tumbling over like he's on the poster for Platoon is one of his finest.

The Blue Bell's Arsene Wenger sweepstake for how soon it would take for Le Professeur to start bleating about the fact that his team get kicked more often than Jonny Wilkinson's practice ball was won by Tony Thompson (I had October). But nothing could stop the world from talking about the new man in the White House.
Barack Obama
Personally, I'd like to see him straight in there now - why beat around the bush? Actually he could do both, get in there and beat the Bush around, do us all a favour.

But the question on every right-thinking man's lips right now is this: What does Obama's victory in the US mean to British sport? It may seem a naive question, but think about it.

The campaign theme is Change. People want Change. In Luton Town's case, any sort of loose change will do. As Harry Redknapp and Joe Kinnear have proved, change can have immediate effects.

I don't know about you but even if it lasts for a few days, it's nice to hear a bloke like Obama being positive and intelligent. I like this 'yes we can' thing. It's summat we can all use.

Can we inspire England's cricketers to wrench back the little urn off the Aussies? - especially in the light of India crashing their paper-thin attack to all parts for the last month and a bit? Yes we can.

Can we get behind Capello as he shakes them pampered prima donnas into a team worth its shirt? Yes we can!

Can we stop Wenger having a go at everyone when his team's form dips by not turning up and listening to his snippy little press conferences? Yes we can.

Can we find a way to defend ourselves from the hell that is a Delap throw-in? Yes we can.

Can we encourage clubs to flog their kits at a price that doesn't require a high-interest loan from the shifty bloke who knocks on your door after nightfall? Yes we can.

Can we use video evidence to give retrospective yellow cards to dirty diving diddlers? Yes we can.

Can we ban drugs cheats from competing on a running track anywhere ever again? Yes we can.

Can we, Middlesbrough FC, rise from out of the smog and cynicism and, through the contributions of the many, from the piggy-banks of Portrack Lane to the grand front gates of Guisborough, from the careworn Nannas of Nunthorpe to the hopeful urchins of Hartburn, (or at least get a man with more disposable income than King Midas).

Can we, the Boro, ascend the Premier League as though it were a ladder to heaven, and reign supreme over the big corporations that for so long have ruled our world and put wealth, greed and self-interest above those that would watch it?


Can we rouse the rugby league teams to pick the pockets of the kangaroos? No we can't.

Can we expect Iain Dowie to hold down a job for more than a couple of weeks? No.

Get the offside law sorted out? No.

Crikey, that's the Obama effect over... I'm going to drown me sorrows over a pint or two of local ale and cheer meself up by watching re-runs of JT's penalty last May.


  • 1. At 3:19pm on 06 Nov 2008, EuroPaddy wrote:

    Can we post a comment complaining about the cr4pness of this blog? Yes we can.

    Get off the band-wagon Robbo and stick to what you're (usually) better at.

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  • 2. At 3:27pm on 06 Nov 2008, stuExeterCity wrote:

    I wish i hadn't bothered reading that!

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  • 3. At 3:28pm on 06 Nov 2008, fernando999 wrote:

    "Even Liverpool's late equaliser, which once again confirmed that whatever other skills Stevie Gerrard has mastered, tumbling over like he's on the poster for Platoon is one of his finest"

    Robbo you've embarrased yourself on this one mate!

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  • 4. At 3:29pm on 06 Nov 2008, nepovede wrote:

    rubbish. stick to what you know robbo. it's much better than this.

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  • 5. At 3:30pm on 06 Nov 2008, Footblogger wrote:

    Wise up EuroPaddy and lighten up you humourless cretin. Not every single blog has to be deadpan serious about its handling sport. This blog is obviously just a bit of harmless topical jousting and a chance for a few gags. I bet you're really fun at parties...


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  • 6. At 3:33pm on 06 Nov 2008, Brian Renshaw wrote:


    Ignore fernando999 who is an embarrassment, you got it spot on with Gerrad and his diving. We've seen it before from him this season and at this rate he'll be in our 2012 diving team without a doubt.

    Even the referee had had to admit now that it was never a penalty,anyone who thought it was including Ref-a Benitez needs sectioning for 28 days

    Liverpool have had more luck this season than the last 10 lottery winners put together.

    Last night's spot kick was such a joke it will be in the next football xmas video.

    Well done Robbo, keep telling the truth


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  • 7. At 3:35pm on 06 Nov 2008, mattgeordiecat wrote:

    utter tripe robbo mate

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  • 8. At 3:35pm on 06 Nov 2008, Brian Renshaw wrote:

    One assumes that the rubbish speaking (seen his previous posts?)"Igor" above is Mrs Benitez!


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  • 9. At 3:36pm on 06 Nov 2008, Footblogger wrote:

    It was never a penalty. And Gerrard, aside from being the finest central midfielder in the Premiership, IS a bit of a thespian in the 18 yard box. Sorry Fernando.

    I dont understand why people get so irate about these things as if we've insulted your mother and not some celebrity sports icon. The Gerrards and Ronaldos of this world get paid £100k+ a week so THANK GOD they have some negative traits we can feel better about.

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  • 10. At 3:37pm on 06 Nov 2008, barnes wrote:

    normally a fan robbo but that was dreadful

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  • 11. At 3:37pm on 06 Nov 2008, BCChris wrote:

    Again, interesting and amusing blog, but you just know your going to have a lot of bad press, so to speak, about this blog.

    I personaly am a fan of your blogs Robbo. I am a very keen football fan and enjoy reading and hearing about the ins and outs of the game, players, matches and the sort, but sometimes it is nice to read about them in a lighter tone, with a little bit of light hearted humour thrown in.

    Keep up the good work mate

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  • 12. At 3:39pm on 06 Nov 2008, lightother wrote:

    listen to the 'mr liverpool' apologists bleating!!! sort yourselves out and take it on the chin ! your embarrassing yourselves

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  • 13. At 3:40pm on 06 Nov 2008, Ramilas1 wrote:

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  • 14. At 3:40pm on 06 Nov 2008, joshbowlslegspin wrote:

    America-better than you since 1776.

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  • 15. At 3:42pm on 06 Nov 2008, fernando999 wrote:

    "Last night's spot kick was such a joke it will be in the next football xmas video"

    mate the match was on tuesday

    and it wasn't just luck that got us up to where we are, it was good performances and the ability to win ugly which all top teams do

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  • 16. At 3:43pm on 06 Nov 2008, EuroPaddy wrote:

    1776 - that would be the beer then?

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  • 17. At 3:46pm on 06 Nov 2008, Footblogger wrote:

    Guys flaming hell, give Robbo a break. There must be only one thing harder than consistently writing interesting and thought provoking blogs on a site like week-in, week-out, and thats writing them for a shower of ungrateful ******** who don't see the fantastic irony in the ease at which they dismiss contributions as "rubbish" and "tripe" even though they've not paid a penny, probably enjoyed hundreds of his past blogs and offered no constructive criticsm.

    Its hardly the most intelligent blog ever, not does it tell me anything I didnt know, but I assumed from the outset it was just a novelty topical piece which was written to coincide with one of the biggest news items of our generation.

    What has the president of america actually got to do with UK sport? Nothing. Absolutely nothing - obviously! so take it with a pinch of salt ffs, its just a bit of harmless topical fun.

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  • 18. At 3:46pm on 06 Nov 2008, LFC_Hokie wrote:


    I normally enjoy your blog but as an American who's had to hear about the election for the past two years, all I can say is thank God its over. I'm so sick of listening to politicians on both sides pander and make promises that they obviously have no intention of keeping and I'm already getting regaled with reports on who's doing what for the next election. Please focus on the sport instead!

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  • 19. At 3:48pm on 06 Nov 2008, Richard wrote:

    A fine little piece, Senor Robson, but some perspective is required:

    Can Jeremy Clarkson's vocal chords be surgically removed without his say so?
    No they can't.

    Can anyone stop refs using POTLS* at Anfield?
    No they can't.

    Can the media ever shut up about Princess Diana?
    No they can't.

    Can anyone stop Rory D tossing his orb?
    No they can't.

    Can blue men sing the whites?
    No they can't.

    Can anyone convince me that other bloke didn't let Hamilton through on the last lap?
    No they can't.

    Can any Boro staff keep Mido off the pies?
    No they can't.

    Can Ken Bates' human rights be withdrawn?
    No they can't.

    Can Beyonce's most favourable attributes be made available to me on a regular basis?
    No they can't.

    Can anyone stop Alan Green moaning?
    No they can't.

    Can anyone lend me £10 till next week?
    No they can't.

    Can tennis and golf be banned?
    No they can't.

    Can the BNP be legally gassed?
    No they can't.

    Can our cricketing trillionaires beat the convicts?
    No they can't...

    ...and, more to the point...

    Can Port Vale win away?
    No they can't.

    *P(lay) O(n) T(ill) L(iverpool) S(core)

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  • 20. At 3:48pm on 06 Nov 2008, abitdodgy wrote:

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  • 21. At 3:49pm on 06 Nov 2008, nepovede wrote:

    congratulations Baztheace, you've looked at my previous posts and decided i'm a Spanish woman called Montse. your deduction skills are second to none.

    Incidentally, i normally enjoy Robbo's blogs, and i wholeheartedly agree that Gerrard has a tendency to collapse like a pack of cards on occasion, but this blog had the air of desperately jumping on the bandwagon in trying to create political to sporting analogies that aren't really there.

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  • 22. At 3:51pm on 06 Nov 2008, fernando999 wrote:

    "Can anyone stop refs using POTLS* at Anfield?
    No they can't."

    *P(lay) O(n) T(ill) L(iverpool) S(core)

    I give up on you lot!

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  • 23. At 3:51pm on 06 Nov 2008, abitdodgy wrote:

    I'm tired of this blog because it is an anti-Arsenal blog without and valid criticism leveled and the team or the manager. Robbo, if you have a bone to pick with Arsenal, say out load. It is well know we as a team get picked on because we play the beautiful game. Your blogs absolutely infuriate me.

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  • 24. At 3:52pm on 06 Nov 2008, BCChris wrote:


    Well bloody said mate!

    Makes me laugh that people seem to get so.. abusive about this blog.

    I can imagine these same people tuning into Have i got News for you and being shocked and apauled that the weeks news is accompanied by a bit of humour and ridicule.

    Get over it and lighten up, or even better, go and see if your strong hearted opinions can buy you a sense of humour.. oh wait.. non constructive criticism isnt worth much is it? We are in a credit crunch after all. Ah well then, just lighten up, get urself down the pub and convince some complete stranger that your views on the world are more important than anyone elses

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  • 25. At 3:54pm on 06 Nov 2008, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Footblogger ta mate.
    I was going to have another go at Wenger for his pityful and lame attempts to enforce an exclusion zone around each and every one of his players but you know what? I could do that every bleeding week whereas the lad Obama isn't made king of the world every day. Oh and by the way, I know his election has absolutely f-all to do with British sport... but it is the sort of crap question that gets thrown up by people, much like the way 9-11 was introduced into everything from the Iraq war to the price of raisins... so I thought it might be mildly ironic. I'll know better next time.

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  • 26. At 3:54pm on 06 Nov 2008, beardash wrote:

    Christ that was boring. Not as bad as the last one about Delap's throw ins though! Why do I continue to read such tripe in the vague hope that I'll be entertained?

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  • 27. At 3:54pm on 06 Nov 2008, BigShifty wrote:

    There was nothing wrong with that blog.
    Especially not the bit about stevie diving.

    It was even 'weighted' by keeping its feet on the ground and rounding up nicely.

    I personally couldnt give a toss about weighted but people seem to mention it mid-moan all the time.

    Shut up and read a book if you dont like it

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  • 28. At 3:56pm on 06 Nov 2008, pooliecraig wrote:

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  • 29. At 3:56pm on 06 Nov 2008, Badgie wrote:

    all the people here moaning, you wanna have a go at doing it?

    Didn't think so..

    Stop whining like babies.

    It may not have been his best, chelsea didnt give their best on tuesday but no chelsea fans are moaning are they? Don;t think so they just know there's gonna be better stuff coming along soon same with robbo so shut your mouth and be grateful that he's tryna give us all a smile.

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  • 30. At 3:58pm on 06 Nov 2008, Clarence Cash wrote:

    haha,it makes me laff all the people that come on here and have at go at these blogs. I'm sure it gives this robbo character sleepless nights reading all the criticism!!

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  • 31. At 3:58pm on 06 Nov 2008, Stapothered wrote:

    Everyone get a grip, go read McNulty's tripe if you want useless factual information about football. Get of Robbo's back it is a blog to make ab few jokes and make you laugh if it didn't then fair enough. Get on with life

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  • 32. At 3:58pm on 06 Nov 2008, kingrgs78 wrote:

    Robbo mate your blog pieces are cool, but this one's a bit here n' there. S'pose we can draw certain parallels. Once, the honeymoon is over - Obama changing "corporate" America is as likely as Millwall winnin' the FA Cup :-)

    Yes we can? Erm...No we wont! Some things will never change, for instance....... Sir Alex Ferguson taking the referees to the cleaners.

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  • 33. At 4:02pm on 06 Nov 2008, markadoi84 wrote:

    It really says something about the readers of this blog, and the other BBC blogs, when every week, on almost every blog, there is a barrage of criticism from arrogant, critical vultures ready to pounce on any percieved weakness.

    So you don't like the blog, so you don't like the style - DON'T READ IT THEN! This is a light-hearted blog, it's supposed to be funny, but if you don't find it funny just carry on with your life (if indeed you have one) and let Robbo entertain the rest of us. If you think you can do better, write some articles and hand in a portfolio to the BBC or another company and get your own blog. Otherwise, leave the writer of this well-read, discussion-provoking blog to do the job that many of us feel he does very well.

    Ignore the idiots Robbo, keep up the good job you're doing. I may not agree with every opinion or interpretation you have, but what a boring blog, and indeed world, it would be if I did.

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  • 34. At 4:02pm on 06 Nov 2008, aredeegee wrote:

    10/10. well done you.

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  • 35. At 4:04pm on 06 Nov 2008, cjn102 wrote:

    Don't normally comment on your blog, Robbo, but seeing the amount of vitriol on here I thought I might.

    As ever an amusing piece. Not a work of genius, but that's not what I'm looking for. All I want is a light-hearted look at the sports news to give me a chuckle on an otherwise boring day at work, and you've managed it yet again!

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  • 36. At 4:04pm on 06 Nov 2008, Clarence Cash wrote:

    this blog was poor to be fair but he is one of the better ones on this website. mihir bose bores the pants off me, mcnulty states the bleeding obvious all the time and as for that chick young. He's about as funny as watching a large swimming pool slowly being filled up to the top.anyone agree?

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  • 37. At 4:09pm on 06 Nov 2008, dontgetmeimasnowman wrote:

    well said 33...

    i find the abuse just as funny as the blog to be honest.
    there really are some very petty, sad people out there.

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  • 38. At 4:20pm on 06 Nov 2008, Richard wrote:

    abitdodgy, I agree with you 1000000000%; this is a totally anti-Arsenal blog, just like all the others. You're not paranoid; everyone is out to get you. How dare that mean, rude, crude Northerner scythe you down from the back with his awful blog. Shouldn't he just shut up and let you post the beautiful blog?
    No he shouldn't. Oh, and fernando999; if only you would give up. Can we rely on it? No we can't, unfortunately...

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  • 39. At 4:20pm on 06 Nov 2008, TheChosenOne1989 wrote:

    Can you link the US elections to British sport?

    No you cant!

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  • 40. At 4:24pm on 06 Nov 2008, Robbo Robson wrote:

    'abitdodgy' 16...

    Now I have on occasions praised the little pants of the Arsenal under Wenger's delightfully purist principles so i'm not anti-them in the slightest... But you know, cos we all know, that Arsenal aren't goo at handling it if there's a bit of strongarming going on. I didn't have much time for the challenges on Adebayor or Walcott either but Wenger's been here long enough to know what goes on. It must be bloody annoying but I don't think teams go out to hurt Arsenal players, just to stop them. Since Eduardo's horrible injury it might be difficult for Arsene, perhaps understandably, to spot the difference. But he doesn't half whinge on... even Gooners know that.

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  • 41. At 4:25pm on 06 Nov 2008, Richard wrote:

    Sorry, Fernando999, you're right: POTLS doesn't exist.
    It should be POTTHGDYA*....

    *P(lay) O(n) T(ill) T(hat) H(ypocrite G(errard) D(ives) Y(et) A(gain)

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  • 42. At 4:25pm on 06 Nov 2008, dyrewolfe wrote:

    Well said markadoi84!

    You saved me from having to say pretty much the same thing.

    You do have to wonder, though, why people who don't like Robbo's blogs, keep coming back to read...and criticise them.

    They should know what they're going to get by now...its not like he's going to change his style (much).

    The same goes for the people who keep complaining about Top Gear and Jeremy Clarkson (though his recent comments about truckers were probably pushing it a bit).

    An amusing and varied article, though I'm not sure even the" Obama Effect" could help our cricketers win back the Ashes, the Aussies lightweight bowling attack notwithstanding.

    By the way, how did the Stanford final turn out? Did our boys get rich?

    As for Boro, the only way I can see them ascending the Premiership to Champions League Land is with the help of an oil tycoon and a top-notch foreign coach. After being critical of teams like Chelsea, I think I'd prefer us to remain in honest, mid-table mediocrity.

    The alternative might be to get a coach in the Wenger mould...just imagine a bunch of Boro academy lads playing Arsenal-style football!

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  • 43. At 4:27pm on 06 Nov 2008, bluemoonSi wrote:

    I personally look forward to a Robbo blog while I'm at work (good or bad) - it's like being in the pub away from home!

    There's always someone offering their opinion over a pint and Robbo gives us the opportunity to enjoy the pub atmosphere at work - now if he could only sort us out with that pint......

    Incidently I heard somewhere that Obama is a West Ham fan anyway (just to make the link to British Sport) so watch out on January 20th when he moves into the 'Claret and Blue' House in Washington!

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  • 44. At 4:28pm on 06 Nov 2008, WokinghamGas wrote:

    Your Blogs are normally the hi-light of my week. I have a feeling MR Bose has pleaded with you to take some of the Flack away from him.

    Back to what you are great at please Robbo!

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  • 45. At 4:30pm on 06 Nov 2008, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Obama an Iron? I thought the only iron at work in the Presidential election was the one that has unfeasibly smoothed out the crinkle-cuts from old man McCain's mug.

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  • 46. At 4:31pm on 06 Nov 2008, ArgieWizard wrote:

    Agree with 39.

    There isn't one smile-inducing remark inside the first seven paragraphs. And the rest of it, that doesn't try too hard to be funny and fail, doesn't make any sense in trying to make some connection between Barack and British sport.

    The Obama Bin Laden joke is just dreadful as well.

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  • 47. At 4:34pm on 06 Nov 2008, Robbo Robson wrote:

    39, 46

    I refer you to #25.

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  • 48. At 4:35pm on 06 Nov 2008, highthief wrote:

    Standards are slipping around here ...

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  • 49. At 4:35pm on 06 Nov 2008, Rovers Return - HKR AWAY DAYS wrote:

    From this article, I've taken the stance that Obama's catchphrase can be conveyed to sport in this country. Can British sport take encouragment from Obama's rambles? Nar, not really. But it did fill a page.

    Nice try though Robbo, but I'm afraid nutty American politics and British sport must be kept apart, or it won't just be Obama who has a tag on his head!

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  • 50. At 4:35pm on 06 Nov 2008, ArgieWizard wrote:

    Fair enough. I don't think Americans understand irony though.

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  • 51. At 4:40pm on 06 Nov 2008, 606Sid wrote:

    Yes you can link sports to politics - we should send a petition to President Elect Obama demanding that they stop using the word "Football" incorrectly and rename their NFL, "Rugby With Pads"!
    If you even hint that they are using the wrong word here in the former colony, you are asking for a fight, like they found the word football first and we stole it (usually they say to me "Oh, you are talking about soccer").
    On the "heavy voting", being honest though, when you watch the Premierships on the TV and you see some of the fans on the terraces .... do not think a vote in the UK could be called "lightweight"........?

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  • 52. At 4:44pm on 06 Nov 2008, Nada wrote:

    I'm glad to see people defend Robbo so well this week... I especially can't deal with the ones who say "I read this every week, and it's terrible each time" and the ones who take every mention of their players/team as a terrible personal attack and a sure sign of the blogger's neverending hatred of them and their team.
    Good blog Robbo.

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  • 53. At 4:44pm on 06 Nov 2008, westy84 wrote:

    Usually Don't like robbo but this was ok

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  • 54. At 4:45pm on 06 Nov 2008, karlgbrown wrote:

    If you're going to have a dig at Wenger for moaning, at least have a go at old red nose Fergie as well. He ran on to the pitch to have a go at the ref after the Hull game and its not the first time he's publicly remonstrated with refs or insulted them in post match interviews. Didn't he call a ref a 'disgrace' earlier this year. Pot and kettle springs to mind.

    Maybe if Fergie set a better example some of his players, like the big kid Rooney for example, may behave with a bit more dignity and a bit less arrogance.

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  • 55. At 4:46pm on 06 Nov 2008, BlueNuke wrote:

    What a great blog! I'm an American. And I do understand irony, thank you. What it looks like from here is that most of you don't understand wit. Thanks to the ones who do, such as Mr Robson. Go Obama is far more important than Go ManUtd or Go ARSEnal or Luvpool or Chel...or whatever.This is needed distraction, but distraction all the same. Give Mr Brown some help as I intend to give Mr Obama some help and the world may turn out a better place than when you entered it!

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  • 56. At 4:48pm on 06 Nov 2008, Drogba is better than Anelka wrote:

    I normally don't read many sports blogs on bbc and stick to using 606 but this particular blog, its interesting yet pretty random.....

    Got some good ideas and humour but I see why people are saying its "tripe."

    And the last bit bout JT's penalty pissed me off since I'm a chelsea fan and that aint funny that made me think of several words than aim them at the pc screen and robbos blog. That was off.

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  • 57. At 4:49pm on 06 Nov 2008, boomshakalak wrote:

    rubbish - can't be bothered to comment

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  • 58. At 4:50pm on 06 Nov 2008, Johnzoid wrote:

    Robbo, I dont usually read your blog and probably won't in future. Was wondering are you trying to branch out into the world of Politics or are you just feasting at the BBC's latest banquet of self-gratifying gloating.

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  • 59. At 4:51pm on 06 Nov 2008, gunner_spain wrote:

    Keep it coming Robbo ! Ignore the naysayers and moaners.

    Regarding Arsene the Prof - I think Silvestre has slipped a potion into his Bovril. Sounding like Ol' Blue Nose - they're all out to get us. Don't think for a minute that trying to create a siege mentality will work though. Just get on and deal with it. And SHOOT eff it SHOOT !

    By the way did you notice that even Torres was embarrased by the Gerard shooting.

    I also see His Fergieness has maintained his renowned composure and Utmost Respect for referees - once again. Maybe Calderon was right.

    Anyway let's see what happens on Saturday...pizzas at the ready!!!

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  • 60. At 4:53pm on 06 Nov 2008, jay842 wrote:

    I'm a Chelsea fan and even had to laught at the final soundbite!

    I was there it hurt, but I can see the funny side!

    Another good article Robbo!

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  • 61. At 4:56pm on 06 Nov 2008, Clarence Cash wrote:

    scorali is harder then fergie!! yeah rite,ronald mcdonald is harder then scolari.

    And how sad that five months down the line you still can't take a joke about john terry bottling it in russia. HAHAHAHA

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  • 62. At 4:58pm on 06 Nov 2008, tomhegs wrote:

    I wouldn't normally write on this blog but having read that complete tripe I feel obliged.

    This isn't a thought provoking article. It isn't vaguely interesting. It's complete garbage. The only slightly valid point you raised was that Steven gerrard took a tumble in the box..... yet everyone knew that.

    I can't believe we pay you to write this stuff. Are you extremely hungover or have you just run out of (interesting) chat?

    You don't even raise a valid point. Obama being elected is great news for the world as a whole, but what has that got to do with how rubbish Middleborough are? Yes we can/ no we can't... that can be applied to any situation.... surely?

    Get some decent material seriously

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  • 63. At 4:58pm on 06 Nov 2008, Crowlithian wrote:


    Good article mate!
    Most amusing!

    I am a Liverpool fan and it was never a penalty to everyone who thinks it was!

    Absolutely no way!

    Am so glad it was given though and taken expertly if i might add!

    Liverpool deserved at least a draw!

    Benitez however needs to be shot for his poor decisions!
    Honestly, the bloke is so one dimensional.

    1 - 0 down and we got lucky!

    We need a more positive manager.


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  • 64. At 4:59pm on 06 Nov 2008, manustobe wrote:

    Sorry Robbo, But the last bit about going for a couple of pints was the most interesting piece of the article. Mind you that's not bad, I usually get a few chuckles.
    And to the know nothing who said that St Louis has not been fixed since Katrina. That's because St.Louis wasn't hit New Orleans was!!

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  • 65. At 4:59pm on 06 Nov 2008, Rovers Return - HKR AWAY DAYS wrote:

    Boomshakalak, but you did comment, you said it was rubbish.....

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  • 66. At 4:59pm on 06 Nov 2008, Carlth wrote:

    The thing with Gerrard's diving is that he seems to get the decisions even though he's patently rubbish at it. Still, practice makes perfect.

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  • 67. At 5:00pm on 06 Nov 2008, smond1104 wrote:

    Gerrard a fantastic player but a right hypocrite! I seem to remember a piece in the paper about how he tells the foreign lads that diving is totally unacceptable at Liverpool cos the fans won't respect it, and then he throws himself down like a kid having a hissy fit! Should have had a penalty before that tho.

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  • 68. At 5:02pm on 06 Nov 2008, NEARPOSTHEADER wrote:

    What has Obama got to do with British sport? Well, he supports the Not So Happy Hammers - surely he could divert a little of that $700 billion rescue package to the Boleyn Ground.
    Stevie Gerrard a diver? Surely no true Scally would stoop to something so low, especially as the guy that 'hit' him was about half his size. For those not convinced that Stevie G likes the odd tumble, have a slow-mo peek at the 'penalty' he won for the Reds in the Champs League final.
    Not one of your best Robbo, but ignore those out there who seem to think every one of your blogs should give them lockjaw from laughing so much.

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  • 69. At 5:04pm on 06 Nov 2008, Coweslepe wrote:

    I'm afraid this is one of the saddest things I've ever read. Somehow I expected more from someone who usually has a backbone. This is neither funny nor intelligent. As an Englishman who spends more time abroad than not, your columns have always been like a glimpse of home. I haven't always respected those opinions of yours that stray from football (your over-generalisation of public schoolboys in particular), but I've almost always appreciated the way in which they're expressed. But this just simply isn't the place for such blatant manipulation of a media thread. That's more McNulty's line of thought than yours. All of your originality, honesty and wit has been undone by this one childish, foolish attempt to jump on a bandwagon that's passing on another street entirely. I feel embarrassed on your behalf. Not everyone is banging the drum for this particular politician, but that shouldn't be the point in a blog about football, now should it?

    When Holloway left Plymouth, for many of us, everything he had ever said, all that he had stood for, seemed false and insincere. At the time I said to him that no one would believe anything he said ever again; and trust in this man's integrity was really all he had. What does he have now? My thought is that you will soon fall into the same category. You may pick up a few turncoats along the way, but people such as myself, from this point forth, will simply turn a deaf ear to anything you have to say. And it's a shame, because at your best, you were a step apart from any of your peers.

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  • 70. At 5:04pm on 06 Nov 2008, jamminben13 wrote:

    Fantastic blog and hilarious the criticism it provoked.
    I can't believe, having read it, that people didn't understand that the premise was tongue in cheek.

    I'm sure the people who didn't get it are just the sort of people who would ask the pointless question that Robbo is taking the mick out of.

    All those people who got on their high horse because they thought he was serious -
    Please don't ever go into a pub I'm in.
    Also, are you all ironyless Americans by any chance?

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  • 71. At 5:05pm on 06 Nov 2008, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    stick with it robbo,lad.ignore the moaners and groaners.these are the sort of people that have to find something to moan about.give 'em a grand and they would moan about it being intenners and not twenties.look forward to monday's for fernando999,gerrard went down in instalments.

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  • 72. At 5:08pm on 06 Nov 2008, jamminben13 wrote:

    # 69

    You are exactly the sort of man I was talking about in #68.

    HE WAS JOKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 73. At 5:10pm on 06 Nov 2008, footballandethics wrote:

    the WORST blog i have EVER seen.

    so, so sad.

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  • 74. At 5:14pm on 06 Nov 2008, xPoppySwirlx wrote:

    Can Robbo write his worst article to date?
    Yes he can (and has).

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  • 75. At 5:15pm on 06 Nov 2008, tomhegs wrote:

    jamminben13 - I am one of the critical people of this blog. I understand that this is supposed to be tongue in cheek, trust me.... I get it!!

    That's not my problem. My problem is that it is complete rubbish!!! Anyone could have written this article. His blogs are cheap & unintelligent. Can't believe this is the best the BBC can come up with

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  • 76. At 5:23pm on 06 Nov 2008, frwatty wrote:

    Great blog as always Robbo

    Amazes me how many people set out to grumble about everything - been watching Mr Wenger too much obviously!

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  • 77. At 5:24pm on 06 Nov 2008, Robbo Robson wrote:

    There's a reason for that #75.... I am cheap. As for unintelligent, well they asked Stephen Bleeding Fry but he was a mite pricey. Never mind I'll mention Dostey-bloody-evsky in me next effort and see if it perks you up.

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  • 78. At 5:28pm on 06 Nov 2008, spensaurLFC wrote:

    As an American, and an avid reader of every section of the BBC website, I must admit that this blog does everything short of disgust me. It is blatant prodding and immature poking at a slogan that has meant a lot to Americans: "Yes we can."

    Stick to football.

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  • 79. At 5:30pm on 06 Nov 2008, tomhegs wrote:

    I would hope you are cheap. I'd rather the BBC spend my license fee on Jonathan Ross that this any day. At least he gets a laugh...

    Sound a little tetchy there Robbo? What's up? Can't take a little negative feeback? must try harder next time....

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  • 80. At 5:32pm on 06 Nov 2008, lykastar wrote:

    Not your best article, but okay nonetheless.

    At least until the last paragraph. I can understand that getting beat 5-0 at home by Chelsea won't make you overly fond of us, but please stop bringing up Terry's penalty miss at every available opportunity - it's getting quite tiring.

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  • 81. At 5:36pm on 06 Nov 2008, Coweslepe wrote:


    No, you're wrong on both accounts. I get it; it's really not that complex, but it's not much of a joke. And I don't expect to be tickled by hilarity every single time I read Robbo: a simple smile or two is usually more than enough, and more than anyone else here (with the single exception of Chris Charles) can provide. I've always defended Robbo and in a positive way, but all the wafer-thin jokes aside, this just isn't the place for politics. The BBC already has Bose eeking out an entire career on political inversions: surely one manipulator is quite enough?

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  • 82. At 5:47pm on 06 Nov 2008, RefereeSoccerDude wrote:

    Robbo I think you have stumbled on what England needs to succeed. You were looking for experience when it comes to coaching. You need to select someone who has less than four years of coaching experience and has spent two of those years campaigning for the national team job! Maybe Sammy Lee or Gareth Southgate are just what England needs.

    I hope that our President elect succeeds. We and the rest of the world can't afford another trainee presidential failure (Bush II).

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  • 83. At 5:50pm on 06 Nov 2008, Zulu Warrior wrote:

    Hey Robbo
    Take no notice of the negatives. It was NOT your worst blog, I am a regular reader of yours and so, I can say with some authority it was your fifth worst.
    Sometimes some of the replies are as good/better than the blog. Sorry Robbo but this is one of those times.
    Keep them coming your 'cheap' blogs are still better than Mihir's expensive ones.

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  • 84. At 6:03pm on 06 Nov 2008, Zulu Warrior wrote:

    My sentiments eggsakly.

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  • 85. At 6:29pm on 06 Nov 2008, MaghullRed wrote:

    The pen was not a pen i will admit that but to moan about gerrards diving when other people (ronaldo and co for instance) are far worse.
    Also it was a waste of time reading that the blog had no point.
    absolutely useless

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  • 86. At 6:57pm on 06 Nov 2008, Robbo Robson wrote:


    You know when you meant to use the word feedback - it reads 'feeback' - Freudian slip or what? (Ee, listen to ol' thicko with his father of psychoanalysis references).

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  • 87. At 7:32pm on 06 Nov 2008, WTF is going on? wrote:

    Nice 2 c u standin up 4 ursel.
    Keep it up.
    its not ur best.
    But its raised a smile nevrtheless.
    Thanks again.
    Look forwrad 2 next weeks.

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  • 88. At 7:41pm on 06 Nov 2008, Mack wrote:

    Say Robbo:

    If you think that the relationship between President and Prime Minister will become more cooperative, dream on. He will come looking for exactly what he wants and will make you nostalgic for Reagan-Thatcher

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  • 89. At 8:00pm on 06 Nov 2008, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Ta #88. I don't think it's me best either but it's hard to get what I'd like to say about Bernie Ecclestone past the censors...

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  • 90. At 8:01pm on 06 Nov 2008, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Sorry I meant ta #87!

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  • 91. At 8:05pm on 06 Nov 2008, WTF is going on? wrote:

    Now thers what i'd call an "interesting" story.
    If you did manage it past the censors though it may well cost you your job haha.

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  • 92. At 8:27pm on 06 Nov 2008, tarquin wrote:

    lots of haters and lots of apologists today

    for the record I sometimes laugh my head off at Robbo's comments, and sometimes I find them bland and trite - usually when there isn't much to write about, personally I would've loved a bigger dig at Arsenal (yes everyone is out to get you, abitdodgy) - tho satirizing obama seems appropriate right now, just this once

    Personally I would like to see a wider range of blogs like this - it's not like it's a limited resource, but we only get one bloke from middlesboro to basically have the view of the common football fan - everybody else is confined to 606

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  • 93. At 8:30pm on 06 Nov 2008, tarquin wrote:

    #78. spensaurLFC

    now that's good satire

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  • 94. At 8:51pm on 06 Nov 2008, randalthor1812 wrote:

    A good blog from Robbo as usual and you can add can Liverpool keep their players houses safe er No they can't.Still no stereotyping from me about scousers.....

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  • 95. At 9:17pm on 06 Nov 2008, NeilG42 wrote:

    Thank you Robbo for this quote :-

    Even Liverpool's late equaliser, which once again confirmed that whatever other skills Stevie Gerrard has mastered, tumbling over like he's on the poster for Platoon is one of his finest.

    at least I am not the only one that thought that if that was penalty then a certain part of my anatomy is a carrot.

    I actually like Liverpool, but that was not a penalty.

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  • 96. At 10:01pm on 06 Nov 2008, engftypakcrktwoeisme wrote:

    Loved it Robbo - like it was said before not your greatest but it had its moments. Chin up matey - some of these guys think stevie me is the greatest genius of our time and if a word is said against him - well you know the old saying -

    Hell hath no fury as that of a scouser bathed ;)

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  • 97. At 10:04pm on 06 Nov 2008, the future mr obolensky wrote:

    Otherwise, leave the writer of this well-read, discussion-provoking blog to do the job that many of us feel he does very well.

    Not exactly discussion provoking...unless you count:
    'I don't like this, sack Robbo'
    'If you don't like it don't read it'
    as meaningful discussion.

    Still, I like it, so I'll read it.

    One serious point though, why has Barack Obama copied the catchphrase of Bob the Builder?

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  • 98. At 10:26pm on 06 Nov 2008, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Good point re Bob the builder. I guess Obama's busy right now appointing Scoop Muck and Dizzy right now. Unless they're the ones who are vacating the White House in January.

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  • 99. At 11:36pm on 06 Nov 2008, Medieval-Evil wrote:

    In defence of Arsene Wenger, and football managers in general, they wouldn't talk near so much nonsense if the journos would ask a sensible question once in a blue moon.

    And to all Robbo's naysayers, in my opinion his is the only football blog worth reading. If I want serious opinions on football I've got my dad and everyone down the pub to fill my ear; they may not often be as well informed, but they usually talk more sense.

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  • 100. At 05:50am on 07 Nov 2008, DennyCraneWHU wrote:

    Good onya, Robba. Don't take any notice of the whining of the wanna be Times literary critics.

    What is important is that I (capital I, there) enjoy reading you.

    Mind you, shame on you (I think I kept a straight face there), shame on you for not mentioning Barack is a West Ham saddo - sorry, supporter.

    Of course, it could turn out that in fact Barack is a Man You supporter instead. You know, one of those supporters who hurriedly tell you, I haven't just started supporting Man You - I've supported them since the turn of the seventeenth century. Like there's shame in being a late supporter or something.

    I too have a sneaking admiration for old Beetroot Face's boys. Not the least because Carlos Tevez is at the moment doing a fine impersonation of when he was at (my) West Ham and couldn't get a game then, either.

    All the best, Robbo.

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  • 101. At 11:07am on 07 Nov 2008, American Sport Fan wrote:

    Robbo, Like Blue Nuke I too am An American, who reads you're blogs and finds them funny. I must say that I find this constant complaining about unfortunate. I have a question to those people who say they read this blog and always say that it's horrible all the time. If you think it's always bad, why are you continuing to read this blogg? Don't click your mouse on this blog if you don't think it's a good blog.

    On a more serious note, 1776 is the Year we told King George we wanted a Divorce. It's not a beer. Sam Adams is the Name of a Beer.

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  • 102. At 11:53am on 07 Nov 2008, DennyCraneWHU wrote:

    Listen, AmericanSortItOutFan,

    Your General Washington got a lucky home win with some diabolical refereeing decisions, plus some help from the French who stabbed us in the back and stopped us putting a few substitutes onto the field.

    I can't think where the French got the idea to stab us in the back - we were always very kind to them.

    Apart from that, good luck, lol.

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  • 103. At 12:27pm on 07 Nov 2008, EuroPaddy wrote:


    I beg to differ. Aberdeen1776 is an American beer made in Indiana. Beer is much more important than King George blah blah blah...

    By the way, I started the responses here with a criticism of this blog. I always read it and usually find it entertaining, but this time I thought it was completely unnecessary, and merely stated as much. Doesn't make me a Robbo basher. Normally I'm with you, in so much as nasty criticism by people hiding behind internet annonymity kind of pi$$es me off, but this time... I don't know - maybe it's the menopause or something...

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  • 104. At 12:29pm on 07 Nov 2008, EuroPaddy wrote:

    Oh, and I thought Sam Adams was some guy from Boston who made tea?

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  • 105. At 12:46pm on 07 Nov 2008, American Sport Fan wrote:

    No we stopped drinking tea because of a little thing called Taxation with out Representation. AS for getting "lucky breaks" I don't think so, we simply wanted it more than you guys. The only real help we got from the French was at York Town.

    I must confess, having lived in the North East nearly ALL my life, that I've never heard of 1776 Beer. And yes Sam Adams was that guy from Boston who led the Boston Tea Party. They disguised themselves as Mohawks Indians and physically when on to British Ships, confiscated the shipments of tea and dumped them into Boston Harbor. Ever since then America has been drinking coffee.

    On a more serious Note, I'm willing to make a cultural exchange. Since the NFL seems so determined to hold the SuperBowl in Wembley, I suggest the FA allow for it to happen, in exchange the NFL must allow for one of its teams to host the FA Cup final. Now some of you may laugh at this suggestion but if you held it in either Giants Stadium or Soldier Field, the event would sell out. Here in the States we're into EVENTS. This is the Bigest Events I can think of. I think it would actuall work. If you don't believe me, there were about 100000 people at the Rose Bowl who Brazil Beat Italy in the Final Back in 1994. Not all of them were from either Brazil or Italy. Most of the Fans were Americans who hailed from SoCal

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  • 106. At 12:58pm on 07 Nov 2008, bdurbano wrote:

    As a liverpool fan I admit the dive and penalty was an embarrasment and generally felt bad for Athletico (as even though we should have had a pen for a blatent hand-ball earlier on, so should they so a fair rersult would have been 2-1 Athletico).

    For those saying how lucky Liverpool have been, wake up eh, we had games at the beginning of the season we didn't deserve to win and nicked and lately have had 3 games we did deserve to win and ended up drawing 2 and losing one, what goes around comes around and you don't get to the top and stay there through luck.

    Generally good post

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  • 107. At 1:55pm on 07 Nov 2008, Spur-tastic wrote:

    Aye, 606Sid at #51, what are you going to do about the Australians and their Australian Rules Football? And Gaelic Football? And announcers on the radio who say 'soccer', as I have heard a few time? You got a busy day ahead of fixin'

    'Soccer' is a British word for the beautiful game, pinhead.

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  • 108. At 3:09pm on 07 Nov 2008, BorofaninUSA wrote:

    Churchillian Robbo..."from the piggy-banks of Portrack Lane to the grand front gates of Guisborough, from the careworn Nannas of Nunthorpe to the hopeful urchins of Hartburn"...brilliant.

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  • 109. At 3:11pm on 07 Nov 2008, Parish87 wrote:

    Robbo, you're a legend. Don't listen to these planks (although I guess you probably don't!).

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  • 110. At 3:45pm on 07 Nov 2008, Rovers Return - HKR AWAY DAYS wrote:

    What do people want from this article. Robbo's style is very unconventional when compared with Paul Fletcher or Chris Charles. Is unconvential wrong? Of course not, if anything it is better, it is different and variety is always good as a reader.

    Robbo, I enjoyed the article and thought it was a good attempt, I didn't agree with some parts but so what? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that is mine.

    Keep up the good work, I look forward to your articles now work have sorted the t'internet fingy-ma-jiggy out. Hey, I'll write an article for you ha!


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  • 111. At 4:09pm on 07 Nov 2008, Barry151 wrote:

    Europaddy - that was classic!

    That was one of the worst blogs I've ever read and didn't see the point!

    Lets sort it out Robbo

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  • 112. At 4:12pm on 07 Nov 2008, Paul bain wrote:

    what are you talking about?...pointless blog!

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  • 113. At 6:14pm on 07 Nov 2008, U13295682 wrote:

    What is the guy who has written first comment on about? Robbo's a legend. Admittedly he's not been great of late but still.

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  • 114. At 7:06pm on 07 Nov 2008, Si in NI wrote:

    Hate to jump on the bandwagon. I was always taught that if you've nothing positive to say its often best not to say anything at all. With that in mind -

    Great title!

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  • 115. At 7:44pm on 07 Nov 2008, Mentalborofan4eva wrote:

    F-uc-king brilliant Robbo! keep it up. Up the Boro

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  • 116. At 8:17pm on 07 Nov 2008, D_OFloinn wrote:

    For those Liverpool fans outraged at the suggestion that Gerrard would dive, I suggest they watch this short video:

    It always makes me laugh

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  • 117. At 8:49pm on 07 Nov 2008, wurzelgooner wrote:

    Nice blog, but what a missed opportunity!!!
    When you told your boss you would this week be writing about Obama, didn't anyone mention to you he's supposedly a West Ham fan? Didn't you know that? It was on this very website before you posted this!
    Think of all the jokes you could've used... thinking of them? Nope, sorry it's too late. You've filed this now. You missed it because you're a numpty!

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  • 118. At 9:28pm on 07 Nov 2008, sonnenhof wrote:

    Like many, I find it hard to read a blog that is so sensationalised for cheap controversy rather than in some way inspirational,and I have always looked to the Beeb to avoid that kind of disappointment.

    This blog seems to me to be as flat and journalistic (that is an insult) as it comes. Other readers uphold Robbo as a writer who can do better. I don't know, I am relatively new to this blog - but not to BBC - which has a good reputation worldwide.

    This article certainly doesn't enhance such a reputation, but if so many defend Robbo, then I suppose it was a forgivable lapse.

    My joy: D_OFloinn's contribution: no. 116 I think, and the excellent video. No disrespect to StevieG; the same montage could be provided for most of the documented and most vocal players in the Premiere League.

    But English football is still a world-wide joke, isn't it? Who remembers 1966 apart from a few pathetic English nostalgists?

    What English football IS, (for expats and all foreignors)) is almost no young talent and Capello, Benitez, Wenger, Scolari, Ronaldo, Tevez, ... yawn... the rest of the world propping it up.

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  • 119. At 10:05pm on 07 Nov 2008, Maddog wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 120. At 11:03pm on 07 Nov 2008, Ozman wrote:

    Can we use video evidence to give retrospective yellow cards to dirty diving diddlers?

    This is a horrendously bad idea that will stop football from being the brilliant global game it is, as easy to play in a dusty village in Malawi as it is at Wembley. Instead two games will develop and we will be left with the least attractive of these, an over-technologized niche western sport that has more in common with American Football than with the beautiful game.

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  • 121. At 11:06pm on 07 Nov 2008, Petrone wrote:

    who would listen to a sports editor for political opinions ? waste of time.

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  • 122. At 11:08pm on 07 Nov 2008, SuperStrikerShivam wrote:

    Barack Obama shall be a good president for USA. Bye.

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  • 123. At 00:11am on 08 Nov 2008, American Sport Fan wrote:

    I thought it was funny. Please understand that poking fun of politicians is a long standing tradition in western culture. I thought this was no exception.

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  • 124. At 01:18am on 08 Nov 2008, Zolasgood wrote:

    One day, I'll read this blog and you'll tell us your quitting...

    One day...

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  • 125. At 02:04am on 08 Nov 2008, aconlon wrote:

    America - better than the rest of the western countries since it didnt get involved in WW1 and forced allies to repay war debts and decided to let france and britain fight WW2 pretty much by themselves for 5 years before getting invloved

    ...then taking credit for the victory for the rest of eternity

    ...even though Russia was the reason the allies won

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  • 126. At 03:49am on 08 Nov 2008, FergiesSoldier wrote:

    Bleeding Robbo... You've had me in stiches... again!!!

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  • 127. At 04:16am on 08 Nov 2008, Mr-LFC wrote:

    Some people are very thick. Gerrard did not dive, he won the ball and was brought down by the defender. If this happened in the middle of the pitch, it would've been a free kick. Also, besides this Liverpool had 2 clear as daylight penalties rules out. I laugh at the people who say we're riding on luck!

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  • 128. At 04:19am on 08 Nov 2008, americanMANUgirl wrote:

    I am sincerely embarrassed for the writer of this article... However, I suspect he is far too stupid to be ashamed.

    Beyond that, I cannot belive this is in the football section - I seriously couldn't see how one could connect our election with football, and suspected it must take a real stretch of the crappiest imagination to do so... and I was right.

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  • 129. At 04:52am on 08 Nov 2008, quickquip wrote:

    Well, it's unclear just how "stoopid" this "we" thought Amerika was but, on the whole the sham election proved it's still pretty stuuped - and so is "we". Barack Obama is president-elect, elected largely on empty cliches about non-existent "hope" and "change". A typical machine politician of Amerika's fradulent two-party system that keeps power concentrated in the hands of a tiny wealthy elite who control both major parties and pull the strings of puppet candidates like Obama who - like Tony Blair - feign "change" but represent the status quo repackaged to deceive not only stoopid American voters but equally stoopid outside observers. The chances of Obama instigating any real changes in American domestic or foreign policy contrary to the designs of his corporate patrons is about as likely as the chances of West Ham winning the Prem. Which is why, actually there was not such a heavy turnout in the nominal election between the two corporate-sponsored candidates - and that does matter a great deal. In fact, in most elections in America, about half the electorate usually doesn't bother to vote at all since there's effectively so little difference between the major parties and their candidates other than their personal style or appearance. So those non-voters, ironically may actually be the ones that prove America is "not quite so stoopid as we thought it was."

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  • 130. At 05:30am on 08 Nov 2008, Geraldo Supremo wrote:

    Robbo, i read yo blogs all the time. I find them very funny and entertaining. I usually dont comment but i thought the criticism was so unfair. Some even go as far as insulting you, which is uncalled for and very unfortunate.
    What really surprises me is that i have found all your blogs to be funny. I bet your's and Vickery's are the most read. Am sure the web admin guys will show that the link to your blog gets many hits. Looking forward to your next one Robbo. I feel sorry for you, you are funny and very good. To all the h8rs FO.

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  • 131. At 07:47am on 08 Nov 2008, americanMANUgirl wrote:

    "Some even go as far as insulting you, which is uncalled for and very unfortunate."

    Oh come on... He mindlessly insults an entire nation of people and you are upset that anyone is giving it back a bit??? Grow up!

    This whole article is pathetic.

    Married to one of the finest men your country has ever produced, and a man who really knows his football, I can say that we both found this article embarrassing both from a football point of view and as a representation of the people of England.

    The BBC has worldwide readership. This Robbo creep needs to crawl back under the little, bitter rock he lives under and not embarass his nation. It says more about you , Robbo, than your country, and your comments are more embarrassing to the English than insulting to the Americans. It makes you seem bitter, hateful, jealous and pathetic... you substantiate your insults with nothing, just as you substantiate your football commentary.

    Stick to the barely literate drivel that seems to amuse so many and don't wander off to where you may be noticed by using the names of world leaders.

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  • 132. At 10:10am on 08 Nov 2008, Parish87 wrote:

    131. At 07:47am on 08 Nov 2008, americanMANUgirl wrote:

    "Some even go as far as insulting you, which is uncalled for and very unfortunate."

    Oh come on... He mindlessly insults an entire nation of people and you are upset that anyone is giving it back a bit??? Grow up!

    This whole article is pathetic.

    Married to one of the finest men your country has ever produced, and a man who really knows his football, I can say that we both found this article embarrassing both from a football point of view and as a representation of the people of England.

    The BBC has worldwide readership. This Robbo creep needs to crawl back under the little, bitter rock he lives under and not embarass his nation. It says more about you , Robbo, than your country, and your comments are more embarrassing to the English than insulting to the Americans. It makes you seem bitter, hateful, jealous and pathetic... you substantiate your insults with nothing, just as you substantiate your football commentary.

    Stick to the barely literate drivel that seems to amuse so many and don't wander off to where you may be noticed by using the names of world leaders.


    Prime example of a prat that takes things too seriously.

    Get a life.

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  • 133. At 10:16am on 08 Nov 2008, American Sport Fan wrote:

    Yak a few clarifications. WE did not let Britian and France fight the war for five years and then take credit. That is far far the truth. Our President at the time, Franklin D Roosevelt recognized early on the treat that Germany posed. Even though there was no support in congress at the time for fighting Germany, he was able to persuade Congress to give aid to Britian in the form of the Lend Lease ACT. He was also able to persuaded them to pass the Selective Service Act so that we'd be ready in the eventuality that we did get involved it the War. And for the record, We got involved in the war two years after you guys when Pearl Harbor Was Attacked. Once that Happened, We declared war on the Japenese, The Germany and Italy declared War on Us and Congress responded by declaring war on Germany and Italy.

    Btw Roosevelt and Churchill (his mother was an American) were cousins and are largely responsible for the good relations that our two countries enjoy today.

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  • 134. At 11:00am on 08 Nov 2008, Robbo Robson wrote:

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  • 135. At 11:19am on 08 Nov 2008, Parish87 wrote:

    Robbo! Robbo! Robbo! Robbo! Robbo! Robbo! Robbo! Robbo!

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  • 136. At 11:56am on 08 Nov 2008, TotalFootball91 wrote:

    Comment 118, that was the most biased and unfounded analogy of the Premier League. I have never met you yet I can already tell your deluded knowledge of football.
    Premier League is nothing without the foreigners? Try telling that to John Terry, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs etc.
    Cristiano Ronaldo may the current star but does that mean that the Premiership relies on exports from abroad? Do me a favour and catch yourself on.

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  • 137. At 12:26pm on 08 Nov 2008, angry_beaver wrote:

    Can we please start a petition to get the BBC to stop featuring this clown's rantings. Absolutely pathetic article.

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  • 138. At 12:34pm on 08 Nov 2008, Last minute ad break wrote:

    Can Boro finish in the top 10? Yes we can!

    Nice to see my home town Guisborough mentioned on the BBC, but... "grand front gates"??? There aren't any.... don't you mean Yarm - footballer's favourite, home of playboy millionaires such as Steve Mcclaren and place where Prince Harry (allegedly) went out on the beers when doing his army training, (allegedly) telling mates he wanted to "pull a slapper"... true story!

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  • 139. At 1:23pm on 08 Nov 2008, urbanbushmonkey wrote:

    When the chips were down McCain just couldn't (crinkle) cut it.

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  • 140. At 1:43pm on 08 Nov 2008, Missmaffia wrote:

    Seriously, I can't remember last time I read such a pile of garbage like this.
    Dear Robbo, if you claim that Gerrard is such a diver lacking in talent, I wonder if you've ever watched him all.

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  • 141. At 2:19pm on 08 Nov 2008, King-Dion wrote:

    Clearly many readers of this blog cannot understand or appreciate Robbo's wit if it's not 100% focused on football. This was a very good sideways look at the game with an interesting new spin involving the President Elect. Great to read the clever way Robbo has incorporated Obama into a football blog. If only he could have said something about Diver Gerrard getting a huge turnout of support, only at Liverpool of course, it would be perfect. Can we expect more of the same from the always entertaining Robbo? Yes, we can!

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  • 142. At 3:06pm on 08 Nov 2008, Leachay wrote:


    Yeah, your flyboys joined in, then upped and left with our spitfires!

    robbin' sods.

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  • 143. At 3:25pm on 08 Nov 2008, American Sport Fan wrote:

    I wasn't just our "flyboys" as you put it. We sent over the Army, the Navy, Marines, as well as the Air Force. Heck it was Churchill who handed over command of the war effort to IKE. If it had been up to Field Marshall Mongomery, DDay would have been a disaster.

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  • 144. At 3:31pm on 08 Nov 2008, American Sport Fan wrote:

    I all seriousness though, I must say I was very much impressed with the BBC's coverage of this Election. In fact, I must confess I watched BBC1's coverage via similcast on BBC America. Having said that, I would have much preferred BBC New interviewed either DeMarcus Beasley of Rangers or Tim Howard of Everton over Lewis Hamilton. Both are African Americans playing proffessionally in the UK. I would have loved to have heard their thoughts on Obama's election. If either of them voted it would have been by absentee balot. At least I hope they mailed their ballots in.

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  • 145. At 3:40pm on 08 Nov 2008, King-Dion wrote:

    Hey guys - stop fighting. The U.S. and the U.K. are allies and are only each others real friends in this mad world.

    The Americans may be a bit one dimensional in this argument, but they have every right to an opinion. The Brits are just full of sour grapes. We all know which one is the wealthy Superpower here. And we all know which is the only other country in the world that gives them support.

    If push comes to shove, I'd rather trust an American than any other national I can think of. None of us is perfect, but America is a truly democratic nation and its leaders are accountable to its electorate. The complete opposite is true of the European Union, where leaders are unaccountable and unelected. As for the third world, I wouldn't trust any of them with my bus fare home.

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  • 146. At 3:45pm on 08 Nov 2008, King-Dion wrote:

    Tim Howard an Afro American? If that's the case I had never noticed before.

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  • 147. At 4:14pm on 08 Nov 2008, American Sport Fan wrote:

    King Dion, there is a third partner in this entire relationship, known as Canada.

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  • 148. At 4:36pm on 08 Nov 2008, toomuchcaffiene wrote:

    good stuff robbo, im not a fan of in depth articles about how the collapse of itv digital has effected luton town in the long term, this however feels friendly an humerous, keep blogging, dont let the ******** grind ya down xxx

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  • 149. At 5:12pm on 08 Nov 2008, SemperEadem wrote:

    Pathetic and probably libellous comments on US affairs, Robbo. Surprised the BBC allowed you to print such drivel. Stick to football -- oh, and perhaps a few grammar lessons would help as well.

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  • 150. At 5:18pm on 08 Nov 2008, King-Dion wrote:

    AmericanSportsFan. Canada? Not the same Canada that Bailed out on the U.S. over Iraq?

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  • 151. At 6:01pm on 08 Nov 2008, John wrote:

    Never been on this before, looking at the 'Robbo' comments who ever he is dont think I will bother again.

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  • 152. At 8:44pm on 08 Nov 2008, Joe Ballard wrote:

    Well, Robbo, I've been a regular reader of yours for quite a while and I normally enjoy your blogs but I must say, I as an American don't appreciate the jokes you used against our great country. Call me oversensitive but with this article you have lost yourself at least one American reader.

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  • 153. At 9:15pm on 08 Nov 2008, American Sport Fan wrote:

    Yes that Canada, the Same Canada where a couple of MP tried to push a bill through Parliament trying to garner settlement money for lands siezed from Loyalist during the Revolution. Even though We'd settled that issue back in 1802 where we ended up paying 3.75 million dollars (which was half of the federal budget back then).

    In all seriousness, Canada is OUR Biggest Trading Partner, economically Britian is number two. Canada's two biggest trading partners our the US and Great Britian.

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  • 154. At 02:04am on 09 Nov 2008, King-Dion wrote:

    Hi American Sports Fan. I have no doubt that Canada is your biggest trading partner. All I'm saying is that Britain is America's number one ally in the war on terror. I recall American disgust when Canada, and many others of course, surprisingly bailed out on that one, leaving just our two countries to deal with the problem.

    Aphasia17 - when did you get your Sense of Humor bypass? You will grow up when you can laugh at yourself a little bit. Meanwhile, you won't be missed.

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  • 155. At 02:47am on 09 Nov 2008, American Sport Fan wrote:

    The whole problem with the War on Terror is that it hasn't really fought terror at all. We left the job half finished in Afganistan because Bush wanted to go after Saddam. Afganistan was simply a distraction.

    I've been following Tony Blairs carreer for the past ten years and understand why he had to resign. He lost popularity in part because he became to chummy with President Bush.

    Economic problems America is suffering from is in part because the War on Terror. The entire premise of Reaganomics, as it was dubded back in the eighties, was increase military spending and cut taxes. That is a resipy for Bankruptcy and at the time it was the cause of huge deficiets. And yet because they ran on a pledge of tax cuts the Republicans were percieved as fiscal conservatives. Explain to me how running up a massive budget deficiet can be considered fiscally conservative. Its going to take a lot to get us out of this mess, and many things will be unpopular. Taxes will have to be increases and spending will have to be cut. The Republicans have for years tried to portray the Democratic Party as Tax end Spend Liberals. Well it seems to me that Tax and Spend is much more fiscally responsible that the Borrow and Spend Policies the Republicans have tried to foist on the American People for the last thirty years.

    What has made matters worse is that Republicans have tried to portray themselves as Strong on Foreign Policy when in fact their idea of foriegn Policy is to shoot first and ask questions later which later has only served to alienate us in the eyes of the World. And yet with their military spending they were able to convince the people that they were strong on foriegn policy. The greatest Foriegn Policy achievements were attained under Democratic Presidents. FDR in World War II, Jimmy Carters ability to broker peace between Eygpt and Isreal as well as Clintons ability to bring Peace between Jordan and Isreal.

    The GOP's rogue foreign policy has affect Americans of All Stripes and all occupations who work overseas or participate in international affairs such as the Athletes at the Olympics. The Bush Doctrine has hurt American Sports as Well.

    At the 2006 World Cup in Germany the US team had to travel to and from games in an un marked bus so that "terrorists" wouldn't target them. My favorite Sport, Baseball, was dropped from the Olympics in part because of Anti American sentiment over its heavy handed approach to foriegn Policy. Hopefully, the election of Barak Obama will change things.

    Tonight, I read an article on the International Baseball Federation's website where officials from Major League Baseball where hopeful that Obama's election will help the Sports efforts to get back on the Olympic Calender.

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  • 156. At 06:28am on 09 Nov 2008, truechampswintitles wrote:

    12. At 3:39pm on 06 Nov 2008, lightother wrote:

    listen to the 'mr liverpool' apologists bleating!!! sort yourselves out and take it on the chin ! your embarrassing yourselves

    Couldn't agree with you more mate.

    As if the dives are not embarrassing enough, Rafa's defence of his prince's 'dolphin dives' are so insipid I would rather believe Blair on Iraq's WMD programme than an ounce of such trite.

    By the way, same goes with my favourite player 'Ronaldo the winker' who dazzles me with his ball skills but nauseates me with his almighty dives.

    Any footie supporter who condones such choreography from their players should be embarrassed of themselves.

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  • 157. At 09:00am on 09 Nov 2008, BestSpam1979 wrote:

    Can't understand how anyone could take Robbo's columns seriously enough to be offended by them. And I'm normally a pretty sensitive guy!!

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  • 158. At 09:03am on 09 Nov 2008, BestSpam1979 wrote:

    PS Robbo, since you've brought up the US election in this column, you forgot to mention that Obama once came to Upton Park to support West Ham. Not saying that makes him a lifelong Hammer or anything, but it's worth pointing out in this particular thread.

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  • 159. At 10:00am on 09 Nov 2008, KENHENSLEY wrote:

    Reading this load of crap was a complete waste of time

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  • 160. At 12:25pm on 09 Nov 2008, Last minute ad break wrote:

    Don't quite see how a humourous article about football turned into a debate of American foriegn policy, well done lads, classic pub conversation. Robbo, you're a genius.

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  • 161. At 3:33pm on 09 Nov 2008, King-Dion wrote:

    American Sports Fan - thank you for your erudite take on U.S. politics. There are a number of points there that I hadn't really considered. As no. 160 says, it took a lot to turn the original article into a foreign policy discussion. I think Robbo has succeeded where he never thought he would.

    I don't think most of Robbo's readers will have the intelligence or the patience to read your last entry (no. 155) but if they did they will have learned something. As a Brit who lives a few months a year in the States, I long ago realised that Americans are generally very bright individuals indeed. It's the average Brit who is rather simple - as you can tell by lots of these posts.

    Good to have you with us my friend.

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  • 162. At 4:11pm on 09 Nov 2008, gstonesunited wrote:

    Lucky i figured out it was dreadful early on

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  • 163. At 5:44pm on 09 Nov 2008, American Sport Fan wrote:

    King Dion thank you for you kind comments. As an American, I have always held a kind spot in my heart for Great Britian. Maybe its the fact that My paternal grandmother was born there over a hundred years ago. Even though she came to America in the 20's she never really lost her scotish accent. Her Brother, who lived in Philadelphia was a big time football fan in a time when Football wasn't all that popular here in the States. He participated in the game mainly as an official. I have no proof as to what team he rooted for, but if i had to guess it would probably have been Rangers. Just a guess based on my limited Knowledge of Scottish Football. They were members of the Salvation Army.

    I have English Roots from my mothers side of the family. Her family came over in the 17th Century. Having said that, I've always wanted to go back to Britian some day. There is something Romantic about the place.

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  • 164. At 6:36pm on 09 Nov 2008, red-dingo wrote:

    I dont know why pple are slating Robbo...I think this article is hilarious as always, especially the No anti-climax starting with Boro..on the other hand i think Robbo is being unfair to Stevie G. He had a mid-air collision with the defender and there's no way he could have landed on his feet. It isnt his fault the ref gave a pen and i'd have taken it too if i was in his place, as i'm sure you would Robbo!!

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  • 165. At 7:17pm on 09 Nov 2008, King-Dion wrote:

    Hi again American Sports Fan - I think we've got our own conversation going on around the rest of Robbo's correspondents. The BBC is being very kind to us.

    My wife was born in Scotland, although I'm a Londoner, and I too support Rangers as "my" Scottish team, although I have never actually visited Scotland. I hope you do get to visit Britain at some time. However you will find it very different to the States.

    For a start, almost everything is unreasonably expensive and it's very difficult to get a decent meal. In fact pub grub is the best bet for casual dining. Service is rarely as cheerful and outgoing as is customary in the States. However, London is a great metropolis and, like New York, is a city that never sleeps. I take my American friends around town to see the sights and they love the combination of energy, diversity and history.

    Best wishes and it's good to hear your views.

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  • 166. At 7:55pm on 09 Nov 2008, Mctuff wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 167. At 8:06pm on 09 Nov 2008, American Sport Fan wrote:

    Tell me about things being expensive. Around here we get up in arms when the price of gas hits Four Dollars a gallon, as it did this past summer. REcently it's started to take a plunge and is now below Two dollars in some states. Locally it's a bout $2.37 a gallon. Which I know is not anywhere near as expensive as it is in Europe.

    Having said that, I've taken a bit of an interest in Football, or Soccer as it's called over here, i generally root for the clubs which have Americans on their Rosters. Or teams who have tried to Market themselves here in America. I guess I first got interested in the game back around 1990, after the US first qualified for the World Cup. I remember the upset over Columbia at the RoseBowl. My next exposure was probably when Man U announced their Marketing agreement with the Yankees and started telecasting their games on the YES Network. I've kind of had a soft spot in my heart for them eversince. Although I realize a lthis will draw the eire of some fans over here.

    I've actually had the opertunity to watch highlights of cricket on both Sky and BBC America. I can't really say that I completely understand it, but I recognize the similarities to baseball. I've seen enough to realize that the two sports would benifit from more cooperation with one another.

    On a personal standpoint, as a fan of the Yankees, I think Obama's election will be good for my team. We seem to do better when Democrats are in charge than when Republicans are in office.

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  • 168. At 11:10pm on 09 Nov 2008, King-Dion wrote:

    Hi ASF, interesting you should mention Manchester United. I'm a neutral, but without doubt they have been the most prominent football (Brits do not like the term soccer) team in England for over 50 years. Lots of supporters of other successful clubs don't like them simply because of their success. At the moment, as you probably know, Chelsea and Arsenal are their main rivals and Liverpool have come back to prominence recently and have a very good team again. But Man Utd, despite just losing at Arsenal yesterday, are one of the best teams in Europe, let alone England, and have some great players.

    I was very impressed with the US football team during the World Cup in 2004. They actually beat Portugal, a good footballing nation, during that tournament.

    I honestly cannot agree that there are many similarities with baseball and cricket that I can see. Baseball, or Rounders as it's called in England, is a schoolboy game that certainly was played at the schools I attended in the 1960's. Cricket is quite complicated, although it looks fairly simple. It has been modernized tremendously during the last ten years. But the bowling and fielding, as well as batting of course, is very skillful and specialized. I don't think Test Cricket, the top end of the game, could ever catch on in the States. After all, it's a game that can go on for four days and still not have a winner by the end. Also a heavy, solid leather ball is hurled at the batsman at 100mph and he only has a narrow bat as an offensive weapon! Far too dangerous!

    Good luck with the Yankees. I'm rather ignorant regarding American Football. It's never really caught on in England for a number of reasons. It seems very slow and they keep stopping play all the time. We tend to prefer an all action game of Rugby. But I'll start watching out for the Yankees.

    Lastly, gas prices are a bit lower again now, but a few months ago they were equivalent to $10 a gallon. Now they're $9 a gallon and that's probably as good as it's going to get. Cheers.....

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  • 169. At 00:09am on 10 Nov 2008, American Sport Fan wrote:

    Nine bucks a gallon? Wow suddenly I don't feel so upset about anything.

    I am quite aware of Man U's rivals, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. Interesting thing about Liverpool though, they are co=owned by Tom Hicks who is a rich Business man who made his money in the Communications Media Business. He was the founder Clear Channel Communications who are one of the biggest owners of Television and Radio Stations in the United States. In my town alone he owns something like 7 or 8 radio stations and one television station. But he knows absolutely nothing about how to run a proffessional sports teams. Absolutely Nothing. He bought the Texas Rangers from President Bush and then signed Alex Rodregieuez to a 10 year $252 million dollar a year contract. This was a contract took up a bulk of the team's budget for players saleries and they couldn't afford to sign any Pitching. He ended up having to trade Alex to the Yankees but he still hade to pay most of Arod's wages. Until Arod opted out of the last 3 years of his contract, Hicks had to pay $ 16 million a year. I have followed his tenure in Liverpool, and am Amused. I could have told the Liverpool Fans it was going to be a disaster the day he took over.

    Actually Baseball is a bit differant from rounders. Although it was invented in England. In fact a lot of the games early development here in the States was thanks to Englishmen who emigrated to the States. One of the Books I really want to read is Ed Smith's PLAYING HARD BALL, which compares the games of cricket and Baseball. From what I understand, it's a good book.

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  • 170. At 02:15am on 10 Nov 2008, American Sport Fan wrote:

    Robbo, I think you should come overhere to the State for a couple of months and write a few columns about what you see in American Sports. You could do a few interviews with players and fans. I think it would be enlightening. It might do more to break down Cultural barries than anything our two governments can negotiate at the bargaining table.

    PS Keep up the Good work.

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  • 171. At 02:45am on 10 Nov 2008, King-Dion wrote:

    I think there's an Ed Smith stadium in Sarasota where I have a second home. I'll have to check out the Playing Hard Ball book if I can find it - sounds interesting.

    Tom Hicks's co-owner at Liverpool is an American too I believe. If media stories are to be believed they are not good friends and fall out over almost everything. It is possible they want to sell Liverpool and they will probably make a good profit. I don't think the Liverpool fans like the partners much.

    By contrast Randy Lerner, owner of Aston Villa, is greatly admired for his support of the club and the fans think he's great. But he does have a genuine understanding of things.

    $252m a year wages for Arod! That is incredible. And I thought England's footballers were overpaid. Who on earth is worth that kind of money - unless they can guarantee to win every single game.

    I think Robbo is a bit too parochial to contemplate crossing the Atlantic to learn about American sports. He's a hometown lad from the somewhat out of the way North East of England. They have their own identity and dialect up there. I doubt if Americans would be able to understand him when he spoke. It's probably best to leave him where he is to entertain, or irritate, us with his blogs. Half the time they think I'm Australian and I have a normal London accent!

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  • 172. At 07:26am on 10 Nov 2008, alexrobb wrote:

    Hello ASF and King Dillon.
    I thought that A-rod's contract was $252 million over the 10 years, working out at a still outrageous $25.2 mill a year?

    As for the Ed Smith book i have read it and it's worth it, it basically compares the psychologies of the players in each game (having played cricket for Kent and England and spent a summer training with the Mets Ed Smith tries to compare the two but also discusses baseball with players who are actually talented in that sport)
    There are other links between the two sports with regards to the fans as well, there is a lot of geeky statistic work by both sets of fans working out ave runs per innings and strike rate for batsmen and bowling averages (in cricket) and also bating averages, slugging percentages and ERAs etc in baseball.

    I hope you both find interest in a new sport, both of which i like.

    As Liverpool fan i would also have to agree with Stevie G going down too easily on a few occasions but then he's not the only one (that still doesn't really make it right but until something is done about it by the lawmakers/enforcers then we can only really expect more of the same)

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  • 173. At 07:38am on 10 Nov 2008, Mctuff wrote:

    Not sure what the mods found offensive in my last post.
    How has this become an American chat room?

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  • 174. At 07:58am on 10 Nov 2008, alexrobb wrote:

    well what did you write about?

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  • 175. At 10:28am on 10 Nov 2008, American Sport Fan wrote:

    Alex Robb, there are more links between the two Sports that I can count. And they go all the way back to the 1840's. The first cricket international was played not in England, nor Australia but in Hoboken, New Jersey on the Elysian Fields. One Year later, on the same ground the first baseball game under modern rules was played. At the Sametime the St. Georges Cricket Club of New York City hired a professional cricketer from Sheffield, England to be their headgrounds keeper. His son's also played cricket before switching to baseball and forming the first all professional team know as the Cincinati RedStockings. That team is still in operation, they are now known as the Atlanta Braves.

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  • 176. At 10:45am on 10 Nov 2008, Goonerview wrote:

    I am a big fan of Robbo's blogs (they are usually very funny!), but I have to agree with the critics on this one!!, this blog was awful.

    Trying to draw parralells with football and Obama was overly ambitous!! merely jumping on this media bandwagon and trying to "connect with the people" ... and resulted in a crap blog!

    I'm still a fan of Robbo and look forward to his next blog, preferably about football!!

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  • 177. At 11:08am on 10 Nov 2008, American Sport Fan wrote:

    I don't think the blog was that bad. I admire people who try to inject a little bit of humor into their writing. That's what Robbo was trying to do. For the most part, he succeeded.

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  • 178. At 12:03pm on 10 Nov 2008, blakksugar wrote:

    Hey! even my ten year old son here in Ghana shouted" he dived" So all you blind supporters of Liverpool where are your morals? I used to respect Gerrard a lot.............Oh! the "yes we can" thing is even in vogue here in is used to address the removal of all kinds of obstacles......and even used in hilarious ways like you Robbo did.........I enjoyed the ones I could relate to!

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  • 179. At 12:31pm on 10 Nov 2008, Mac wrote:

    Nice work as ever Robbo, looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the 'Arry phenomena... How can a geezer like Redknapp get through to a bunch of (mostly) foreigners when Ramos couldn't?!

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  • 180. At 2:14pm on 10 Nov 2008, King-Dion wrote:

    See everyone - Robbo is a very smart guy. It's tough to be entertaining all the time but Robbo always succeeds. The nature of humour is that it will always offend somebody. So all those poor souls who were so easily offended should perhaps stick to reading factual reports rather than the entertaining blogs.

    Mctuff asks how this blog became an American chat room. Well there was some Brit bashing and US bashing going on before we got involved, due to some people misinterpreting an aspect of the blog. The American Sports Fan and I found some common ground and opened a dialogue. I'm not sure that is what Robbo was aiming for, but stuff like that happens - get used to it.

    Mac2309 suggests the next blog could be about Harry. Great idea - providing Harry gets the respect he deserves for what he's accomplished. (Please, no jokes about brown envelopes).

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  • 181. At 4:06pm on 10 Nov 2008, American Sport Fan wrote:

    I'm not sure Robbo was looking for a translantic debate on US foriegn policy, but sometimes that's what happens. Still it's great to talk to people from across the pond. It is very informitive.

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  • 182. At 8:36pm on 10 Nov 2008, Last minute ad break wrote:


    Notes on Robbo: "He's a hometown lad from the somewhat out of the way North East of England."

    Im from the same some what out of the way area. note that to people there, its not out of the way, its the centre of the universe!

    "They have their own identity and dialect up there."

    Everyone does every where!

    "I doubt if Americans would be able to understand him when he spoke."

    Granted. Ive been round the US and no one had a clue what I was on about. especially out of the cities.

    "It's probably best to leave him where he is to entertain, or irritate, us with his blogs. Half the time they think I'm Australian and I have a normal London accent!"

    I was mistaken for an Aussie when I was first in the US. Stupid thing was - they were on holiday from Sunderland. True!!

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