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Robbo Robson | 10:20 UK time, Tuesday, 22 December 2009

It's that time of year when we all look forward to a portly man in a white beard showering us with gifts and goodwill. But sadly Ken Bates can only own one football club at a time.

It's the time of year when that red-nosed old dear usually comes into his own - however it looks like Fergie'll struggle this year.

It's the time of year when we think of nuts roasting on an open fire and thank the Lord we're not Tiger Woods.

Christmas is for giving. And as I've spent 2009 not giving a monkey's, it's time I changed my tune.
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To Fabio Capello:
Yards and yards of cotton wool - enough to wrap around Wayne Rooney 'til June.

To Dean Ashton:
He'll be badly missed by all of us who reckoned on him being a cracking international number nine. So I give him a crash course at the Andy Townsend School of Post-Match Punditry...

Day 1 - holding a computer pen.
Day 2 - cliche awareness (obviously at the end of the day it's a tough one to call but this day is all about giving 200% and it could be make-or-break for many - it's a big step-up from Day 1, that's for sure.)
Day 3 - articulating the obvious.
Day 4 - never curbing your enthusiasm.
Day 5 - personal testimonies from Robbie's Earle and Savage...

To Michael Owen:
A summer fishing holiday. That way he might be able to get at least something in the back of the net come July.

To Roberto Mancini:
The new Man City boss will probably need a stab-proof vest, with extra protective layers in the back.

To Mark Hughes:
Well I'm tempted to tell Santa not to bring him anything, given that he won't be expecting the sack.

To Paul Hart:
Some Polyfilla... so he can keep filling those gaps.

To Rafa Benitez:
A new bench. With a few scatter cushions maybe. He's going to need a comfy spot for a long lie-down before very long.

To Everton FC:
A grant to build a new stadium somewhere - and more urgently a grant to turn half the area of the club's training facilities into a new centre for physiotherapy.

To Dean Richards:
A box-set of the TV series 'True Blood'

To Chris Hollins:
Well, a long rest. I know it's called Strictly Come Dancing, but that Ola was a flaming slave driver. On the other hand if you have to pick someone to whip you into shape then hellfire you could do a lot worse.

To Sir Alex Fergsuon:
A visit from the three Wise Men - Messrs Pallister, Stam and Irwin - and their return to the first team pdq. What a horrendous injury list. (Just to reassure you all, that last sentence was not typed with anything approaching a straight face.)

To Arsene Wenger I give:
Wine, wine, wine, wine and more wine.

To Mick McCarthy:
After his team's righteous victory over Burnley, what can I give him? Well I might just remind him how comprehensively Fulham thrashed United, but apart from that I'll reward him by keeping my gob shut.

To Thierry Henry:
Some knitting needles and some wool, anything to keep his hands occupied.

To Diego Maradona:
A dinner for two with that !#?*er Gordon !#@?! Ramsay. What a lovely conversation that'll be.

To Gareth Thomas:
Well a lot of respect - and the hope that certain members of the press aren't going to start digging around for a load of old cobblers about the bloke. I've read various comments by the uninformed that he should've come out earlier or never got married when he knew he was gay but if you think it's that easy then you clearly don't know owt about professional sport. Good on you, son.

To Andy Murray:
Another British man capable of holding the right end of a tennis racquet so he doesn't have to haul Team GB through another hapless David Cup tie.
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To Jenson Button:
A really dazzling driving outfit so we might still be able to see him in Lewis Hamilton's shadow. Or maybe vice versa.

To Mike Ashley:
Peace on earth. And in Tyneside too. Oh, and a buyer.

To Uefa:
Some Ikea vouchers. What's the betting they'll use 'em to buy a vast quantity of unnecessary tables that take all year to finish and then they'll use what's left over to pay for an almost entirely meaningless Cup.

To David Beckham:
A trip to the local hairdressers. All that money and he still cuts his own hair.

To all the WAGs:
A gag. Hell, we could call it a wag-gag. Anything to keep them out the papers while our lads are in them for the best of reasons in South Africa.

To Ian Bell:
A ruler so he can practise drawing straight lines - and then get his bat in the way if a ball is rolled along it.

To Wayne Rooney:
A first happy Christmas for Colleen and Kai. And a first nappy Christmas for you, lad. It's time you got your hands dirty, Wazza. All right, carrying and fetching and nursing along a helpless little thing is an onerous burden for anyone, but if you can do it for Man United you can do it for Kai.

And a Merry Christmas to dozy bloggers everywhere!!!


Comments

  • 1. At 11:40am on 22 Dec 2009, Paul wrote:

    Well done Robbo - keeping me well entertained whilst I skive the week off, loving it.

    Merry Xmas to you and yours and also to the rest of my fellow bloggers!

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  • 2. At 11:51am on 22 Dec 2009, Muzammil Whosane wrote:

    Class as usual...
    Happy Holidays to you all...and very looking forward to the transfer window opening... Arsene...please please buy someone!!! Oh and let them be above the age of twenty as well..

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  • 3. At 11:53am on 22 Dec 2009, raszobbo wrote:

    Well done Rob,
    Merry Xmas and a happy new year to you and all your readers...

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  • 4. At 11:55am on 22 Dec 2009, MrBlueBurns wrote:

    Disappointing Robbo. Usually I'm very entertained. The only laugh I found was about Ian Bell.

    On the subject of Wags, let's all agree to not talk about them.

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  • 5. At 11:56am on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Look Bo,You've taught Robbo how to do bold
    To Roy Hodgson
    The respect he deserves
    To Theo Walcott and Joe Cole
    Injury free season
    To Roy Keane
    P45
    To Andrew Strauss
    Somebody else to score runs instead of leaving it all to him
    To Mark Cavendish
    Le maillot vert
    To Bradley Wiggins
    A podium finish in paris
    To Phil Taylor
    A 15th world title
    To Simon Whitlock
    A run to the final
    To Roger Federer
    A grand slam
    To Tyson Gay
    A motorbike,it's the only chance you've got
    To Martin Johnson
    14 other players to help out Johnny

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  • 6. At 11:58am on 22 Dec 2009, absitomen wrote:

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

  • 7. At 11:59am on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    To Kevin Pietersen... A walking frame until he learns how to run.

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  • 8. At 12:00pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

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

  • 9. At 12:01pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    To Diego Maradona:
    A dinner for two with that !#?*er Gordon !#@?! Ramsay. What a lovely conversation that'll be.
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    It would be like a tourettes convention with two of the most repulsive (physically and personality wise) people on the planet. Boy would it be duller without them though.

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  • 10. At 12:02pm on 22 Dec 2009, MrBlueBurns wrote:

    #6 absitomen

    Maybe I'm just biting here, but why should homosexuality and hetrosexuality be promoted (or not promoted) any differently, and to people of any ages?

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  • 11. At 12:03pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    6... well i've read this blog for along time, and i just want to say thank you for postingthe single most ridiculous thing i have ever seen... Thats my narrow minded friend, is genious...

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  • 12. At 12:03pm on 22 Dec 2009, Craig wrote:

    Glad to read you are finishing the year as you started it, i.e.

    (a) same old repetitive cliche's that McNulty has thrown out a few hours before
    (b) hatred of Man United
    (c) made up stories of the blue bell where all your "friends" are

    My wish is that the BBC ditch the god awful robbo, mcnulty and garth crooks' team of the week and provide us with some informative new articles from up and coming journalists with an opinion of their own!

    No chance though!

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  • 13. At 12:04pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Sorry,customer came in....
    To RBA,Colch,Preach,Bo,FBH and blogidy
    Promotion
    To Tommyo,ElCapitano etc.
    new owners
    To H2H,Bo(again)and the rest of the gunners
    A trophy
    To Adam
    Some musical taste
    To all the Man Utd lads.
    A centre half to replace dozy Rio
    To everyone
    A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year

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  • 14. At 12:04pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    To Gareth Thomas:
    Well a lot of respect - and the hope that certain members of the press aren't going to start digging around for a load of old cobblers about the bloke. I've read various comments by the uninformed that he should've come out earlier or never got married when he knew he was gay but if you think it's that easy then you clearly don't know owt about professional sport. Good on you, son.
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    Brave to come out at any time in the national press.

    Cowardly and decietful to get married, then put your family through that afterwards.

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  • 15. At 12:06pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Maybe I'm the last one left with any sense...but I don't agree that anyone should be shown "respect" for using their status as a sporting role model to advocate and promote homosexuality - especially to young people.
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    It needs to be established if you have any sense before it can be agreed tha you are the last one with any... I would not exactly call a football manager a role model... but that is open for debate... where does Hodgson advocate and promote homosexuality, to young people or otherwise?

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  • 16. At 12:06pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    To Mick McCarthy:
    After his team's righteous victory over Burnley, what can I give him? Well I might just remind him how comprehensively Fulham thrashed United, but apart from that I'll reward him by keeping my gob shut.

    NICE: Finally, someone works out who the manager of Wolves is.

    6. At 11:58am on 22 Dec 2009, absitomen wrote:
    Maybe I'm the last one left with any sense...but I don't agree that anyone should be shown "respect" for using their status as a sporting role model to advocate and promote homosexuality - especially to young people.


    you're just the last stage of evolution, the missing link. don't worry, no-one will take you seriously.

    To Gareth Thomas:
    Well a lot of respect - and the hope that certain members of the press aren't going to start digging around for a load of old cobblers about the bloke. I've read various comments by the uninformed that he should've come out earlier or never got married when he knew he was gay but if you think it's that easy then you clearly don't know owt about professional sport. Good on you, son.

    also, for stereotype-busting. the angriest player of his generation, and the most masculine, even in pink. a violent, but hugely talented player. sadly though, he will now be known as gay-gareth for ever.



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  • 17. At 12:07pm on 22 Dec 2009, MrBlueBurns wrote:

    #12 Craig

    I usually find Robbo quite funny actually, so he can stay. The Garth Crooks team of the week is a complete waste of time though.

    As for McNulty, I'm afraid that many of his pieces are quite tired and are often incorrect. Also, the fact that he can't open his mind to idea's other than those cliches which are expressed by many of the 'press corps' does make it something of a missed opportunity. (And don't get me started on the moderation!)

    I think someone else should have a go with a sort of review of the weekend type blog on Monday's and a preview of the weekend on Thursdays.

    The subjects he picks are usually the same old, same old and are too narrow.

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  • 18. At 12:07pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Anyway, enough of the hatred lets bring in the love... Robbo lad, was thinking you'd bunked off for chrimble early... good read as ever sir... well done...

    Anyway in reaspect to Absitomen, lets stear the whole blog away from anything which could be considred to promote homosexual thoughts (you never know we could all catch it!). And after all its christmas, the time to spread love amongst all men on earth and empty your sack.

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  • 19. At 12:07pm on 22 Dec 2009, NijaGooner wrote:

    Owen for England...Trust the British press to call for things that are unlikely to happen. The guy is well past his prime. Great scoring ratio, but give me a Defoe or Agbonlahor on current form. Owen was lost at sea at Craven Cottage....might as well have been on a fishing trip at a barren lake.

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  • 20. At 12:08pm on 22 Dec 2009, you wrote:

    A home win at riverside? Anyone?

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  • 21. At 12:11pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    To Jack
    A new manager at Ipswitch

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  • 22. At 12:12pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    12. At 12:03pm on 22 Dec 2009, Craig wrote:
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    No one makes you read it Craig, so if you don't like it spare us your borish opinions and go somewhere else.

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  • 23. At 12:12pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Jacks, thanks for promotion mate... very kind of you sir, i haven't got you anything... sorry lad.

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  • 24. At 12:13pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    At least Craig can admit that Robbo is consistent...

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  • 25. At 12:16pm on 22 Dec 2009, Craig wrote:

    12. At 12:03pm on 22 Dec 2009, Craig wrote:
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    No one makes you read it Craig, so if you don't like it spare us your borish opinions and go somewhere else.

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    well seeing how i pay my licence fee i am entitled to comment on something on a BBC site - it's called an opinion and it's mine

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  • 26. At 12:17pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    16. At 12:06pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    To Mick McCarthy:
    After his team's righteous victory over Burnley, what can I give him? Well I might just remind him how comprehensively Fulham thrashed United, but apart from that I'll reward him by keeping my gob shut.
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    NICE: Finally, someone works out who the manager of Wolves is.
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    Doesn;t make iour opinions any less valid though....he thought he did the right thing, we thought he threw the game and let down ALL the travelling fans. Simple CLT, different opinions mate.

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  • 27. At 12:18pm on 22 Dec 2009, richwebb101 wrote:

    number 12.....get over yourself. If you don't like the blogs, stop reading them.

    Another class blog Robbo! Keep them coming in the new year!

    The only thing that was missing was a pun on the spurs "chirstmas party"...any takers?

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  • 28. At 12:21pm on 22 Dec 2009, Ian Parry wrote:

    @ #18. Brilliant, couldn't of been put better

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  • 29. At 12:22pm on 22 Dec 2009, In moderation wrote:

    Robbo

    You forgot- To Boro fans: a crate of Coca Cola as you'll be supping a load more next year and beyond...

    Merry Christmas (from a Tooner)

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  • 30. At 12:22pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    12. At 12:03pm on 22 Dec 2009, Craig wrote:

    i wonder who Craig supports. I've never seen anyone but Trafford United fans express this.

    EGGSY
    Cowardly and decietful to get married, then put your family through that afterwards.

    provided he entered into the marriage knowing he was gay, i agree. surely this time of year it should be 'party-eggs rule'

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  • 31. At 12:23pm on 22 Dec 2009, absitomen wrote:

    Mr Blue Burns,

    My point isn't about the rights or wrongs of homosexuality. I am not homophobic in the slightest. I just don't think it is an appropriate arena to be making a stand.

    The wonderful thing about sport (especially at a younger age) is that it transcends all boundaries, races, colours and creeds. It's one of the few areas in young people's lives that promotes inclusivity and teaches that we're all the same. Sport achieves these things without actually preaching, teaching or hammering home any points. It does so simply by bringing a group together to have fun. On the sports field the only differentiator is the respective levels of skill of the participants.

    At the professional level, I feel there is quite enough politics without adding sexual politics to the chaos.




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  • 32. At 12:24pm on 22 Dec 2009, DennyCraneWHU wrote:

    Thank you Robbo for a wonderful year’s reading.

    You haven’t told us what you want. Your lot promoted? If it were in my power…

    For Robert Green and for referee Mike Dean, that Robert saved Frank Lampard’s third penalty take last Sunday. Then Mike Dean could have ordered the penalty taken a fourth time because of the half dozen West Ham players who’d charged into the box. I reckon Dean would have taken some pleasure in doing it too, and good on him.

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  • 33. At 12:26pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    When you get it wrong, Robbo, at least you're consistent that you get nearly all of it wrong.

    My pick are...

    "To Jenson Button:
    A really dazzling driving outfit so we might still be able to see him in Lewis Hamilton's shadow. Or maybe vice versa."

    Your preferred little Lewis only won because he had an I-WIN button. Let's see how it goes next season. Button has always been a class driver, but has been forced to drive bad cars since he was mucked over by Williams. First good car he gets, he wins. Coincidence?

    Michael Owen. Scores three against the German league winners, but apparently still has to prove himself. (Do you pass the same ridicule to all the other strikers who occasionally miss-hit the ball well wide?) No. And yet, though its a shame that he had to retire, you tout a player who never did anything in Dean Ashton. And would doubtless still take Crouch over Owen... anyway, I'm not going to get back into that one again.

    As far as coming out in the national press, why should anyone give a flying Benitez about that? Whether you think it right or wrong to promote something that you think right and natural or wrong and unnatural it is immaterial. This subject has no place in the press.

    Who cares whether he likes brown or pink? No one cares, except the media makes it so. Just the same with the Christmas number one. You're all just sheep, happy to listen to any new shepherd.

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  • 34. At 12:26pm on 22 Dec 2009, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    greetings to All.

    Happy Xmas to Robbo

    Seasons greetings to the " usual suspects " who throughout the year have made Robbos blogs very amuseing to read and take part in. They will know who they are so I wont list them.

    Seasons Wishes go to Arsene Wenger and all the lads at Arsenal, oh and the Arsenal Ladies as well.

    I'd also like to wish Avram Grant all the best at Pompey and hope he keeps them up. Same goes for West Ham and Zola.

    as for gagging the " Wags " ive something that should fit very well.

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  • 35. At 12:27pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I don't understand you Craig... you are spoiled for choice for blogs on the Internet, yet you keep returning to a blog you don't like, that contains... in your own words.

    (a) same old repetitive cliche's that McNulty has thrown out a few hours before
    (b) hatred of Man United
    (c) made up stories of the blue bell where all your "friends" are

    If I don't like a blog I go find a different one, I am not a masochist mate. Of course, you are entitled to come here and whinge about it as much as you want... I just don't see the point of it.

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  • 36. At 12:31pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    Doesn;t make iour opinions any less valid though....he thought he did the right thing, we thought he threw the game and let down ALL the travelling fans. Simple CLT, different opinions mate.

    sorry, lads, but i'm getting off the 'agree to disagree' wagon. Mick was justified, no different from the way Man U and others drop players for cup games, and he played Mancienne and Doyle, argably his two best players, at OT. and he got 9 points from 12.

    Your preferred little Lewis only won because he had an I-WIN button. Let's see how it goes next season. Button has always been a class driver, but has been forced to drive bad cars since he was mucked over by Williams. First good car he gets, he wins. Coincidence?

    Gen - LH is a better driver. you inly need to watch one race. JB is good, but it should have been the diffusor on the podium.

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  • 37. At 12:31pm on 22 Dec 2009, MrBlueBurns wrote:

    #31 absitomen

    Fair comment. However, if my experience of being young a few years ago is anything to go by, then youngsters who don't join in (for example through lack of interest or maybe ability) are often tarred with negative stereotypes of lacking a required masculinity or by simply being referred to as a jessie or a p o o f and thus there is already an imbalance that needs addressing.

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  • 38. At 12:32pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    33... Red, the Russian isn't in port is he?... your last few posts have been a tad PMS mate.

    Anyway, have a merry Christmas.

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  • 39. At 12:32pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    "19. At 12:07pm on 22 Dec 2009, NijaGooner wrote:
    Owen for England...Trust the British press to call for things that are unlikely to happen. The guy is well past his prime. Great scoring ratio, but give me a Defoe or Agbonlahor on current form. Owen was lost at sea at Craven Cottage....might as well have been on a fishing trip at a barren lake."

    *** i must not bite, i must not bite ***

    Without biting, let me just remind you that our defence comprised of three players, two who are midfielders and one youth player. One if not both of the midfielders have been sorely missing from midfield. If you can't work out how this might affect our cohesion and out strikers, then say no more.

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  • 40. At 12:33pm on 22 Dec 2009, absitomen wrote:

    Captainlazytim,

    Amen to "it should have been the diffuser on the podium."

    And you're right, Lewis is *by far* the better driver.

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  • 41. At 12:33pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    So I give him a crash course at the Andy Townsend School of Post-Match Punditry...

    Day 1 - holding a computer pen.
    Day 2 - cliche awareness (obviously at the end of the day it's a tough one to call but this day is all about giving 200% and it could be make-or-break for many - it's a big step-up from Day 1, that's for sure.)
    Day 3 - articulating the obvious.
    Day 4 - never curbing your enthusiasm.
    Day 5 - personal testimonies from Robbie's Earle and Savage...

    best of the year

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  • 42. At 12:33pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    25. At 12:16pm on 22 Dec 2009, Craig wrote:
    12. At 12:03pm on 22 Dec 2009, Craig wrote:
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    No one makes you read it Craig, so if you don't like it spare us your borish opinions and go somewhere else.

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    well seeing how i pay my licence fee i am entitled to comment on something on a BBC site - it's called an opinion and it's mine
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    Yes you are entitled to and yes I am sure you pay your licence fee. But if you don't like it, why read it, why comment? Say's more about you as a person than anything Robbo has written. I hate salmon, but you don't catch me eating it then bitching moaning about it to anyone with an internet connection do you? That would be stupid and pointless. if you don;t like something email the bbc, go to speakers corner, stand on an orange box, whatever just don't make us read your pedantic drivel. The empowerment the internet has given to many who shouldn't really have that option is frightening and sad.

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  • 43. At 12:34pm on 22 Dec 2009, collie21 wrote:

    8. At 12:00pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:
    To all the WAGs:
    A gag. Hell, we could call it a wag-gag. Anything to keep them out the papers while our lads are in them for the best of reasons in South Africa.
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    In all fairness the amount of money these gold diggers blag from mug punter footballers, you'd think they often have "something" in their mouths top pay for that Gucci handbag........

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    Oh they do have something in their mouths alright, that's what seduces the lads in the first place I reckon, certainly not the art of conversation...
    Nice one robbo thanks for an interesting year even if you do get paid for your job, it brightens up mine where there is no xmas decorations, no bonus and nothing to signal the time of year at all. Just like Uniteds old back four, this year however they are more than generous but Chelski are stumbling....

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  • 44. At 12:35pm on 22 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Nothing for Boro Robbo? Are you admitting that they are that far beyond saving now you won't give them anything?

    Happy crimbo and thanks for the laughs.

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  • 45. At 12:36pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    30. At 12:22pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    EGGSY
    Cowardly and decietful to get married, then put your family through that afterwards.
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    That is very true mate.
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    provided he entered into the marriage knowing he was gay, i agree. surely this time of year it should be 'party-eggs rule'
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    Nooooooooooooooooo little mini scotheggs filled with mayonaise!!!! As if they aren't artery hardening enough already they dump mayo in them, a travesty for sure!
    Anyway, at this time of year I thought it was "sex, drugs and sausage rolls"? :O)

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  • 46. At 12:36pm on 22 Dec 2009, absitomen wrote:

    @#37,

    That's a separate issue altogether. But you're right, it (also) does need to be addressed.

    Have a great Christmas and a happy New Year!

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  • 47. At 12:37pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    Captain: "Gen - LH is a better driver. you inly need to watch one race. JB is good, but it should have been the diffusor on the podium."

    In F1 its hard to differentiate between driver and their car. One cannot win without the other though (Barachello didn't win did he). You could say the same about LH and his I win button in previous seasons, more so in many ways.

    They're both exceptional drivers, LH is more aggressive while Button is classic style. Looking forward to seeing them in the same cars next season, and I hope team politics don't get in the way.

    After all, McLaren will want the best two racers, and they picked Button to join Lewis. No way we can say more till the pudding is eaten, or they both get in the car at Top Gear

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  • 48. At 12:37pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    Gen - your whole post on LH, and Gareth Thomas, suggests you need a break. It's phuking mad.

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  • 49. At 12:38pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    33. At 12:26pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:
    Who cares whether he likes brown or pink? No one cares, except the media makes it so. Just the same with the Christmas number one. You're all just sheep, happy to listen to any new shepherd.
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    Easy sunshine, you'll have a coronary!

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  • 50. At 12:39pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    36. At 12:31pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    sorry, lads, but i'm getting off the 'agree to disagree' wagon. Mick was justified, no different from the way Man U and others drop players for cup games, and he played Mancienne and Doyle, argably his two best players, at OT. and he got 9 points from 12.
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    he could of got more....

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  • 51. At 12:40pm on 22 Dec 2009, absitomen wrote:

    @#47,

    Actually, McLaren wanted Kimi, but after much negotiation (and due to losing Mercedes financial muscle) chose not to meet his wage demands. Kimi is also a *far better* driver than Button.

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  • 52. At 12:43pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    Why is it mad? Who gives a flying kcuf whether he prefers brown over pink? Why is that something the national media should be interested in, let alone the general public.

    Oohhh congratulations on finally admitting the truth about yourself. Let the whole world know. Get a grip. Saw something yesterday about Jordan saying her PR people want her to change back to blond because it makes her look softer, but she is staying brown because the guy she cheated on prefers it.

    WHO KCUFing cares, you deranged self-obsessed freaks? Everyone that cares should be put on a small boat in the middle of the atlantic and sunk.

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  • 53. At 12:44pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    lol thanks Eggs - too late I think.

    Anyway, Merry Christmas everybody!!

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  • 54. At 12:44pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    I forgot one
    To Bo,
    Victory in the grand final for West Coast Eagles.

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  • 55. At 12:45pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    "51. At 12:40pm on 22 Dec 2009, absitomen wrote:
    @#47,

    Actually, McLaren wanted Kimi, but after much negotiation (and due to losing Mercedes financial muscle) chose not to meet his wage demands. Kimi is also a *far better* driver than Button."

    I guess he clearly showed that last year.

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  • 56. At 12:45pm on 22 Dec 2009, Tori_torres8 wrote:

    To liverpool..
    manchester united every week in and out.
    To man city
    Chelsea
    To boro
    someplayers to borrow. What u think of El voro?
    To chelsea
    ManCity without the Billion dollar Man in it.
    To portsmouth
    A portal mouth to teleport them around the arabians.
    To robo
    i don't know.

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  • 57. At 12:45pm on 22 Dec 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    For Christmas I'd like to give Robbo a virtual plaque that acknowledges him as the funniest, most entertaining blogger on the beeb and his regulars, one and all, for all the laughs and their ability to see or find humour in almost any situation (except when it concerns the threat of relegation looming over the Reebok). Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah etc. etc. etc. Now, where's that bloody bottle of egg nog?

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  • 58. At 12:45pm on 22 Dec 2009, Tori_torres8 wrote:

    To liverpool..
    manchester united every week in and out.
    To man city
    Chelsea
    To boro
    someplayers to borrow. What u think of El voro?
    To chelsea
    ManCity without the Billion dollar Man in it.
    To portsmouth
    A portal mouth to teleport them around the arabians.
    To robo
    'i don't know'.

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  • 59. At 12:45pm on 22 Dec 2009, collie21 wrote:

    Formula 1 is not a sport, it's a rich boys club that change the rules every year.
    Gareth Thomas is a human being first and foremost, and a great servant of Rugby, I couldn't care less if he is gay, homo, bent, likes men, or is even bisexual which he must be if he has kids... I am not sure why he came out, or even had to come out but he did and should be respected.
    You can talk about sport being a level playing field but in no way shape or form is it, from Finance to drugs, to race and sexuality there are different laws, views and opnions applied.
    Right got that off my chest..
    Ipswich will make the playoffs this year.
    Man City will collapse, possibly saving Liverpool from the ignomy of finishing outside the top 10.

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  • 60. At 12:46pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    In F1 its hard to differentiate between driver and their car. One cannot win without the other though (Barachello didn't win did he). You could say the same about LH and his I win button in previous seasons, more so in many ways.

    no, you can't. RB was very high up the grid, and the diffuser that he and JB had when no-one else did allowed him to win the races at the beginning of the year. as soon as the more talented drivers had cars to match (Vettel, Hamilton etc) he didn't win a race. he isn't bad, but last year was very fortunate for him.

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  • 61. At 12:47pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    39. At 12:32pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:
    Without biting, let me just remind you that our defence comprised of three players, two who are midfielders and one youth player. One if not both of the midfielders have been sorely missing from midfield. If you can't work out how this might affect our cohesion and out strikers, then say no more.
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    Sounds like excuse making to me mate. We have had our fairshare of injuries as well, losing at on stage RVP, Walcott, Eduardo, Bendtner and Rosicky, we managed to put out an attack worthy of the name and manageed to score afew goals as well, what does it say about squad depth?

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  • 62. At 12:48pm on 22 Dec 2009, Tori_torres8 wrote:

    Hmmm!Seems robbo gave me what i needed.Double post of same comment.

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  • 63. At 12:48pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    collie21.no they won't.

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  • 64. At 12:48pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    8. At 12:00pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:
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    Ok, who's the sad sack who moaned about my WAGS and Mouths comment?

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  • 65. At 12:49pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    Eggs, are you having a laugh? It wasn't the lack of an attack, it was the complete lack of a defence worth the name. I challenge you to tell me that if you had to play Fabregas and Denilson as a three at the back with Hoyte, that you wouldn't lose anything going forwards.

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  • 66. At 12:50pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Mick was justified, no different from the way Man U and others drop players for cup games
    ==================

    There is one slight difference there Captain.. Un**ed, Arsenal, Chelsea etc generally rest players against weaker teams. I am not saying MM is wrong in resting players if they needed resting (and I am certain MM doesn't have to justify his decision to do so to me anyway.) To me the thing he did wrong was say he didn't think his team was good enough to compete with Un**ed.

    Are all the lower clubs going to start putting in their second 11 against the top 3 or 4 teams simply because they feel they cant compete against them.

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  • 67. At 12:51pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    57. At 12:45pm on 22 Dec 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:
    Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah etc. etc. etc. Now, where's that bloody bottle of egg nog?
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    Scotch Egg Nog? :o/

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  • 68. At 12:52pm on 22 Dec 2009, Andi wrote:

    I was heartened by your comments about Gareth Thomas. Truly, anyone who hasn't been there can possibly comment. He deserves respect and support, not ridicule, for such a brave action.

    I was very moved by his story.

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  • 69. At 12:52pm on 22 Dec 2009, Tori_torres8 wrote:

    To wags
    Why aren't they satisfied with their tags?
    Ya,i'd also give them gags
    and unlike before
    no loads of condom
    in costly gucci bags.

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  • 70. At 12:52pm on 22 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    To be fair, GR does have a point. Yes Arsenal have a long list of injuries too but they're spread about the pitch a bit more rather than one specific area.

    UTD's missing 7 or 8 defenders right now.

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  • 71. At 12:53pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    52. At 12:43pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:
    Why is it mad? Who gives a flying kcuf whether he prefers brown over pink? Why is that something the national media should be interested in, let alone the general public.

    Maybe because in professional sport this is (sadly) still an issue? Justin Fashanu was the first to highlight it and since nothing has changed. Barca fans racially abuse players, despite them being the socialist team, and it’s acceptable for Man U fans (and others, Spurs) to sing horrific things at players.

    This is news, and you can’t compare it to Jordan’s hair colour. I’d love to live in a world where being a gay sportsman wasn’t an issue, but to say we do is blindness.

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  • 72. At 12:53pm on 22 Dec 2009, TheTomTyke wrote:

    Merry Christmas Robbo.

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  • 73. At 12:53pm on 22 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    To Gareth Thomas:
    Well a lot of respect - and the hope that certain members of the press aren't going to start digging around for a load of old cobblers about the bloke. I've read various comments by the uninformed that he should've come out earlier or never got married when he knew he was gay but if you think it's that easy then you clearly don't know owt about professional sport. Good on you, son.
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    what has being a professional sportsman got to do with it.

    If he knew he was gay then their is a valid argument that either he gets married suppresses it for the rest of his life or he doesn't get married at all. While it is hard for him think about how his wife must have felt finding out that while they had been married he had been cheating on her with gay men he picked up in bars.

    Nothing brave about that at all. What would have taken guts would have been not cheating on his wife, telling her about his suppressed urges, divorcing her quietly with no public hint of why and then doing what he wants discreetly.

    How do you think his children feel reading about this in the press?

    On another notre please, please, please do not let Dean ashton become a pundit as Townsend is bad enough but Ashton, Robbie Earle & Townsend together - disaster

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  • 74. At 12:53pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    captain, I understand what you're saying, but aside from the diffuser, the Brawn was hardly a wonder car was it. When other better cars got their acts together, they caught up. Brawn couldn't spend the money on extra testing and improvements, while the others did.

    Until two drivers drive the same car, how can you really tell who is better?

    F1 is so reliant on technological wizardry, thorough testing and reliability. Maybe Button isn't as good, but you can't say that on the basis that Lewis Hamilton has had the best car for years, and when he didn't and Button had the advantage, Button won. He held out with a car which lost it's advantage. Are you going to tell me that LH or Vettel would have done better in the Brawn? because you've got nothing to base that on if you do

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  • 75. At 12:56pm on 22 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Until two drivers drive the same car, how can you really tell who is better?

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    Stick them all in Ford Capri and race them and see who wins

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  • 76. At 12:56pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    65. At 12:49pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    why did AF play 3 at the back if he was lacking defenders? another example of his tactical ineptitude.

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  • 77. At 12:57pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    "Maybe because in professional sport this is (sadly) still an issue?" It is only an issue because the media make it so.

    No one would give a damn about the z list celebrities, about the Wags, about the secret cellulite of any person in the public eye, without the media and its sleazy evangelist in Heat magazine.

    I cannot understand why it has to be an issue. As Adam said, he could have come out the right way. How was this beneficial to anyone? People didn't care about x factor winning the Christmas chart until some Christmas Humbug told them they should. It makes me sick to watch people being sheep, but i;ll shut my mouth about it and go for a stiff drink instead now.

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  • 78. At 12:57pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    75. At 12:56pm on 22 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Until two drivers drive the same car, how can you really tell who is better?

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    Stick them all in Ford Capri and race them and see who wins
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    Gene Hunt

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  • 79. At 12:58pm on 22 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    probably because he felt that packing the midfield would give them more protection against Fulham's and he didn't have anuy other midfielders comfortable with playing at the back and De Laat is a LB so Evra needed to be pushed on to Left Wing to get forward

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  • 80. At 12:58pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    65. At 12:49pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:
    Eggs, are you having a laugh? It wasn't the lack of an attack, it was the complete lack of a defence worth the name. I challenge you to tell me that if you had to play Fabregas and Denilson as a three at the back with Hoyte, that you wouldn't lose anything going forwards.
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    Ah behave mate I'm pulling your leg! I thought after you calming down after the "coronary" thing your blood pressure should go back up again, trying to see if we can make you go into cardiac arrest just through the power of the internet, nmearly worked as well!! ;o) We don't have anything at the back anyway! Our whole game is going forwards and Fab wouldn't be the one sacrififced to play at the back. Anyway you don't have a play maker in your back four, so Fabregas isn't a viable comparison, maybe Song (who can play both positions anyway) and (yes) Denilson, who covers at full back when we lose one during the game through injury. The fact is Man Utd have got away with some abysmal performances this season (as have Arsenal) and your squad is getting found out a little this season. That's what I have seen anyway mate. How's the blood pressure?

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  • 81. At 12:59pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    what has being a professional sportsman got to do with it.

    see 71 adam, and hows tricks?

    Until two drivers drive the same car, how can you really tell who is better?

    true. I'd say the Ferrari is at least as good as the McLaren has been, and JB has 7 years on Lewis. I reckon he'll regret leaving Brawn when the M-M boys are asking him to hold up someone so Lewis can win the Championship.

    but if i'm wrong, i will admit it.

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  • 82. At 12:59pm on 22 Dec 2009, Coweslepe wrote:

    Happy Christmas, Robbo, and despite the differences (public schoolboy comments noted time and again), many sincere thanks for giving us the opportunity to laugh when the days are otherwise filled with rain and grey. You bring a smile to the working week, and for many of us, that means more than you might realise. All best wishes for the New Year.

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  • 83. At 1:00pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Hey Jack... The off topic prediction was way out.. but the Un**ed/Liverpool thing was pretty damned close mate.

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  • 84. At 1:02pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    77. At 12:57pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:
    "Maybe because in professional sport this is (sadly) still an issue?" It is only an issue because the media make it so.

    wrong, where do you look? how can you say this? seriously now, jokes aside, do you not understand this?

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  • 85. At 1:03pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

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

  • 86. At 1:04pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    70. At 12:52pm on 22 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:
    To be fair, GR does have a point. Yes Arsenal have a long list of injuries too but they're spread about the pitch a bit more rather than one specific area.
    UTD's missing 7 or 8 defenders right now.
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    I was just pulling his leg. Although w were missing 6 or 7 attackers from our front line and when your budget is half of what Man Utd's is we fought our way through and could call ion a pool of ultra talented youngsters to step in whenever we need them.

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  • 87. At 1:04pm on 22 Dec 2009, Tori_torres8 wrote:

    To wenger
    a short lesson
    to know how to learn a lesson.

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  • 88. At 1:05pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    73. At 12:53pm on 22 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:
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    Agree totally mate!

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  • 89. At 1:06pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    83. At 1:00pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Hey Jack... The off topic prediction was way out.. but the Un**ed/Liverpool thing was pretty damned close mate.

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    A wise and gentle soul you are Bo

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  • 90. At 1:06pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    I'm doing better. the thought of a lunchtime beer is easing it down nicely.

    was thinking more of the loss to the midfield suffered by losing Fabregas like we have lost Fletcher. I'm happy enough to say that Fulham took good advantage, and fair play.

    I can't believe the state of the sick bay at OT at the moment.

    F1, we'll see. I'm just glad Button has his title. He's a great driver and a nice guy. Shame he doesn't get the credit he's due, but maybe next season...

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  • 91. At 1:06pm on 22 Dec 2009, Tori_torres8 wrote:

    Is there any difference between christmas and xmas? My gf frowns when i say xmas..Must be related to some gene?The x-factor. etc.

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  • 92. At 1:08pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    78. At 12:57pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:
    75. At 12:56pm on 22 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:
    Until two drivers drive the same car, how can you really tell who is better?
    --------------------
    Stick them all in Ford Capri and race them and see who wins
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    Easy, DI regan off the Sweeney!
    Jack Regan "Jumpin the jam jar Carter"
    george Carter "we'll catch that s l a g guvna!"

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  • 93. At 1:08pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

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

  • 94. At 1:08pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

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  • 95. At 1:10pm on 22 Dec 2009, Pindge wrote:

    his is my first time commenting, normally I am happy reading the blogs and comments, but, seriously, #6, are you mad?

    Surely you don't think that 'coming out' is promoting homosexuality?

    Maybe some of our overpaid footballers should stop 'promoting' promiscuity and lewd behaviour such as the countless roasting scandals we hear of?

    Anyway, rant over, Merry Christmas, one and all.

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  • 96. At 1:10pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

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  • 97. At 1:11pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    "84. At 1:02pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    77. At 12:57pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:
    "Maybe because in professional sport this is (sadly) still an issue?" It is only an issue because the media make it so.

    wrong, where do you look? how can you say this? seriously now, jokes aside, do you not understand this?"

    Simply, what does it matter whether someone is heterosexual or homosexual? If it doesn't matter, then why make an issue of it? If it does matter, why does it matter?

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  • 98. At 1:11pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Well ranted Pindge... and a merry christmas to you too.

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  • 99. At 1:12pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    90. At 1:06pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:
    I can't believe the state of the sick bay at OT at the moment.
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    It seems to be a reoccuring theme thorughout the premier league. Teams like Man Utd, Everton and Arsenal are suffering heanous amounts of injuries, even Liverpool with their two injured players struggled..... ;o)

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  • 100. At 1:13pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    93. At 1:08pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:
    What is worse than finding a worm in your apple?
    9/11
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    What is 9/11... personally I think a worm in an apple is far worse.
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    Nine elevenths of a worm? If so, which bits?

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  • 101. At 1:14pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    97... Red... I totally agree with you, it makes absolutely no difference whether someone is heterosexual or homosexual. All it does is sell papers to the feeble minded readers who seems to revel in that sort of stuff.

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  • 102. At 1:15pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Bo - 11/9 better?
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    Much better thanks Jack.

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  • 103. At 1:15pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    Simply, what does it matter whether someone is heterosexual or homosexual? If it doesn't matter, then why make an issue of it? If it does matter, why does it matter?

    it matters because of the bigotry directed at people like Sol, Le Saux and the rest. It matters because it is a product of the childish atmosphere in professional changing rooms has led to this.

    it shouldn't matter, but if more people who come out and are open are accepted then it will make the issue unimportant, and not news. until we get there you should open your eyes and realise that stats prove there are thousand of gay sportsmen currently not living openly because they don't trust the game to treat them equally. Mauresmo lost millions, and that was 5 years ago. Please, this is a real issue, one of the few left in sport. Don't pretend it isn't.

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  • 104. At 1:16pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

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  • 105. At 1:17pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    102... OOOOps sorry Captain...

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  • 106. At 1:17pm on 22 Dec 2009, Tori_torres8 wrote:

    Worm in an apple? A digital worm in digital apple? Or natural worm in natural apple? 9/11?September 11 or november 9th?

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  • 107. At 1:18pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    101. At 1:14pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:
    97... Red... I totally agree with you, it makes absolutely no difference whether someone is heterosexual or homosexual. All it does is sell papers to the feeble minded readers who seems to revel in that sort of stuff.

    i cant be bothered to repeat myself, but i've already shot this down when Gen said it. Head in sand?

    102. At 1:15pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:
    Bo - 11/9 better?

    Buxton - taking credit for my jokes!

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  • 108. At 1:20pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    104. At 1:16pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    thanks - that is positive feedback.

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  • 109. At 1:21pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    Coming out doesn't make it accepted. In some ways it makes it all the worse, because they shouldn't have hidden it in the first place.

    Now, i get what you're saying. But I don't think coming out in anyway helps the process of acceptance into the public psyche. And tbh, everyone is entitled to their own views an opinions, however misguided.

    Sexuality has no place in sport, or politics. It is what it is, a private matter.

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  • 110. At 1:21pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    anyway, i'm off.

    i love the array of opinions here, what makes it great.

    STOP THE VIOLENCE, Y-O

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  • 111. At 1:23pm on 22 Dec 2009, YIman-1892 wrote:

    Top draw Robbo,entertaining read.B4 I write anything else,you smoggies made life difficult for us on Sunday-but we got the 3 points!Would also wish for a buyer for The Toon!!Fatshley has long overstayed his welcome.Loved the Owen fishing trip!!Anyway "Cherry Mrismash and a Yappy Hew Near" from Sweden.And keep on blogging 2010.Cheers Robbo

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  • 112. At 1:24pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    109. At 1:21pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:
    Coming out doesn't make it accepted. In some ways it makes it all the worse, because they shouldn't have hidden it in the first place.

    Goddamn, this is thick. Does it ever occur they may be coming out because they haven't always known?

    I can't be assed to argue this. Spent months writing about it for my degree, and then someone says, well, rubbish, and i waste time trying to point out that grass is green.

    i am an idiot.

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  • 113. At 1:24pm on 22 Dec 2009, Richyburger wrote:

    To Arsene Wenger:
    A better pair of glasses so that he can see Arsenal players foul right in front of him as well as the opposition fouls with 4 players blocking his view.

    To Alex Ferguson:
    "Bumper book of 100 greatest excuses for why we lost", except of course 99 of those come from Ferguson himself!

    To Rafa Benitez:
    A calculator, so that he can work out that spending £220 million and having bought one world class player (and to be fair one very good goalkeeper) is not value for money.

    To Jaime Carragher:
    A pair of Goalkeeper gloves, after all he uses his hands so much in the area.

    To Carlo Ancellotti:
    A calendar, to predict when he will get fired for not winning the Champion's League.

    To the Chelsea fans:
    A knockout from the Champion's League, because if you ever did win it Abrahmovich would have no more reason to keep chucking money at his toy.

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  • 114. At 1:27pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Captain... not to bothered whether you want to repeat yourself or not... I was simply agreeing with red... you feel you have shot the argument down, I disagree... It is unimportant whether a person is homosexual or heterosexual in sport, it makes about as much sense as labeling someone a catholic or protestant. And the media's only interest is in the sensationalising of it.

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  • 115. At 1:27pm on 22 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    84. At 1:02pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    77. At 12:57pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:
    "Maybe because in professional sport this is (sadly) still an issue?" It is only an issue because the media make it so.

    wrong, where do you look? how can you say this? seriously now, jokes aside, do you not understand this?
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    It doesn't help that the gay "community" make such a big thing about their differences. Half of teh problem with derssing room cultures is that differences like that make people uncomfortable. By all means if you are homosexual then that is your choice and you have the right to be left alone but people (both straight and gay) should stop parading their sex lives in public and just be discreet.

    I'm sure Gareth's wife & children would have preferred some discretion rather than a big public statement about how he cheated on her with men he met in gay bars while they were married.

    Suppression or discretion would have been the better part of valour

    - note to mods he admitted teh bahavour in a bbc interview so it is no way libellous, defamatory or in any other way a breach of rules

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  • 116. At 1:30pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    108. At 1:20pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    104. At 1:16pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:
    thanks - that is positive feedback.
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    Two fish in a tank, one turns to the other and say's "here, how do you drive this thing?"

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  • 117. At 1:30pm on 22 Dec 2009, Greenst wrote:

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  • 118. At 1:31pm on 22 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    As this is going to descend into a longr version of Tim's social sciences dissertaion (never liked that subject although I did get a 1st in teh only module of it I took at university about the use of branding and visual imagery (used 2 examples of WW2 propaganda for influencing the public and Pet Shop Boys videos for image projection and brand management)- see knew they were useful.)) - I'm off

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  • 119. At 1:33pm on 22 Dec 2009, YIman-1892 wrote:

    I should really write Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Swedish instead of Gibberish so to you fellow bloggers:
    GOD JUL och GOTT NYTT ÅR

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  • 120. At 1:33pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Your lunch break over adam?

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  • 121. At 1:36pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    "112. At 1:24pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    109. At 1:21pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:
    Coming out doesn't make it accepted. In some ways it makes it all the worse, because they shouldn't have hidden it in the first place.

    Goddamn, this is thick. Does it ever occur they may be coming out because they haven't always known?

    I can't be assed to argue this. Spent months writing about it for my degree, and then someone says, well, rubbish, and i waste time trying to point out that grass is green. i am an idiot."

    I'm sorry... they haven't always known? Now come on... if you can't tell what you prefer by the age of 16, I think there are bigger questions.

    Maybe you suppress it, but that's denial not lack of awareness. If you say you don't know and then suddenly it hits you, and yet proclaim that its natural, something in that cannot be true.

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  • 122. At 1:39pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

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

  • 123. At 1:39pm on 22 Dec 2009, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    Anyone else hoping that when blog turns up he'll be "BlogEggyNog"?

    For Jacks (and myself) I would like to give him as a present Roy Keane's head in a box.

    And to throw a crass joke in with the rest, Tiger Woods got his Xmas pressies early, "Ho ho ho!"

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  • 124. At 1:42pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Evil-Weazel,I anoint thee president of the club...

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  • 125. At 1:42pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    115. At 1:27pm on 22 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:
    note to mods he admitted teh bahavour in a bbc interview so it is no way libellous, defamatory or in any other way a breach of rules
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    Like that ever has bothered the Mods, stazi troopers that they are.

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  • 126. At 1:42pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    119. At 1:33pm on 22 Dec 2009, YIman-1892 wrote:
    I should really write Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Swedish instead of Gibberish so to you fellow bloggers:
    GOD JUL och GOTT NYTT ÅR
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    LOL We were practicing Swedish the other day, Help me out here guys, who was the knowledgable one?

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  • 127. At 1:43pm on 22 Dec 2009, finch_the_rover wrote:

    Another brilliant and funny blog Robbo, keep up the good work, look forward to reading your blogs next year.

    There does seem to be a lot of hostility on here today.....

    25. At 12:16pm on 22 Dec 2009, Craig wrote:

    well seeing how i pay my licence fee i am entitled to comment on something on a BBC site - it's called an opinion and it's mine

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    Thats not what were getting at Craig, it's the fact that you moan that you never like reading Robbo's blogs and then come back with a response of it's your right as a TV license payer to read them.

    Well guess what, it's my right as a person to go out running but doesn't mean I do it because I hate it, so if you hate these blogs stop reading them....it's called common sense

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  • 128. At 1:44pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    122. At 1:39pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:
    120. At 1:33pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:
    Your lunch break over adam?
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    More a case of not many computers at the special school Bo....
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    Jacks, what flavour are the windows on your bus mate? ;o)

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  • 129. At 1:44pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Eggynoggy,I think it was blogiddy

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  • 130. At 1:45pm on 22 Dec 2009, Tori_torres8 wrote:

    #120. Very much in topic

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  • 131. At 1:45pm on 22 Dec 2009, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    Jacks, thanks! But can I be something better?

    Like Vice president? OOOOHHH NO WAIT!

    JUNIOR Vice president! :D

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  • 132. At 1:46pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    128. At 1:44pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    122. At 1:39pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:
    120. At 1:33pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:
    Your lunch break over adam?
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    More a case of not many computers at the special school Bo....
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    Jacks, what flavour are the windows on your bus mate? ;o)

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    Blackcurrant and vinegar....

    Speaking of vinegar,great Victoria Wood gag about how her new,dyslexic boyfriend was obsessed with her vinegar....

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  • 133. At 1:47pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    I'd be happy for you to be manager,Evil-weazel...

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  • 134. At 1:48pm on 22 Dec 2009, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    Oh well thats christmas over with.

    Happy Easter everyone.

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  • 135. At 1:48pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Bo,to get back on topic(see 130) is it Christmas or Xmas....

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  • 136. At 1:53pm on 22 Dec 2009, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    It's Kwanzah. /discussion

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  • 137. At 1:58pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    So using Adam's favourite tool....
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwanzaa

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  • 138. At 2:00pm on 22 Dec 2009, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    Well you learn something new everyday. And here was me thinking it was just a made up holiday cos TV types needed 3 holidays to list and couldnt think of anything past Christmas and Hanukhah!

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  • 139. At 2:00pm on 22 Dec 2009, Richard wrote:


    To Alan "What I do in my spare time is my business" Green: a P45
    To Sepp Blatter & David Beckham: a room
    To Notts County: a time machine so they can go back 5 years to when they were a football club instead of a music-hall turn
    To Man C: see Notts County
    To my team, Port Vale:

    1. A proper manager
    2. A proper team
    3. A proper board
    4. A proper millionaire supporter instead of the squashed raisin-faced squirt who says he supports us when it suits him to do so

    And finally, to Derek "Robbo" Robson, the Fabrizio Ravanelli "Just for men" award for reminding us that Shankly bloke was talking out of his bottom and that all sport [and especially football] is just a good laugh when all's said and done.
    Messy Xmas, one and all! [I would do the whole "ho ho ho" bit, but, y'know, Port Vale fan...doesn't come easy...]

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  • 140. At 2:01pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    136. At 1:53pm on 22 Dec 2009, Evil-Weazel wrote:
    It's Kwanzah. /discussion
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    On a football forum? The odd blackadder gag or comment on jokes is ok but a discussion on american celebrations? Hmmmmmm

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  • 141. At 2:08pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Afternoon Gents.
    Nice read Robbo mate, worth the wait.

    I too was just doing a spot of Xmas shopping, got all the latest My Little Pet Shop, Wii & DSi games, tomorrow I'll be looking for stuff for the kids.

    Now to catch up.

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  • 142. At 2:09pm on 22 Dec 2009, ControlledMagic wrote:

    To all the WAGs:
    A gag. Hell, we could call it a wag-gag. Anything to keep them out the papers while our lads are in them for the best of reasons in South Africa.


    Robbio's turned into Finbarr Saunders....or is that me?

    I thought the idea of banning the WAGs from the world cup camp was so that our lads couldn't be in them....? I'll get me coat.

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  • 143. At 2:11pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    142. At 2:09pm on 22 Dec 2009, ControlledMagic wrote:
    I thought the idea of banning the WAGs from the world cup camp was so that our lads couldn't be in them....? I'll get me coat.
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    it's Rooney's birthday that month and Capello (the spoil sport) didn't want them playing pass the parcel with one of the WAGS.

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  • 144. At 2:12pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Hey guys... Phil McNultys Q and A blog is up... Yeah the big man himself answering questions in a predictable uninformed way with the utmost pro-united bias... it should be a blinder!

    BRILLIANT!

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  • 145. At 2:13pm on 22 Dec 2009, HonestIago wrote:

    adampsb said

    "It doesn't help that the gay "community" make such a big thing about their differences. Half of teh problem with derssing room cultures is that differences like that make people uncomfortable. By all means if you are homosexual then that is your choice and you have the right to be left alone but people (both straight and gay) should stop parading their sex lives in public and just be discreet."

    First of all, it's not a choice. No-one would choose to suffer the sort of grief gay people do day in, day out. GT tried to force himself to be straight but he couldn't, sexuality doesn't work like that.

    And it's interesting that you lay the blame for prejudice on the person receiving the abuse, not the person giving it. So a black person getting racist abuse is at fault for being different? Is that really the world you're living in?

    "Suppression or discretion would have been the better part of valour"

    Would you? Imagine the situation was reversed and straight people were the victims of abuse and discrimination: would you suppress yourself in the name of valour? Live with another man and deny your heterosexuality, lie to the people you loved?

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    Cheers Robbo for a cracking blog, though I fear Everton need a Christmas miracle more than a pressie from Santa. Nicely said about Gareth Thomas too.

    Have a good Chrimbo and New Year.

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  • 146. At 2:15pm on 22 Dec 2009, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    140. At 2:01pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:
    On a football forum? The odd blackadder gag or comment on jokes is ok but a discussion on american celebrations? Hmmmmmm
    ________

    I have one word for you sir: Flibble.

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  • 147. At 2:18pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    144. At 2:12pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Hey guys... Phil McNultys Q and A blog is up... Yeah the big man himself answering questions in a predictable uninformed way with the utmost pro-united bias... it should be a blinder!

    BRILLIANT!
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    It's a barrel of laughs RBA.Just a shame he missed out on my question which was,is James Wade unlucky to have been born in the era of greatness....:-)

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  • 148. At 2:19pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    25 Craig
    I've never paid a licence fee. (live abroad ha ha) But my opinions are usually rubish, does that make it fair?
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    85. At 1:03pm on 22 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    Joke:

    What is worse than finding a worm in your apple?
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    Having to trust in Rafa?

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  • 149. At 2:24pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    145. At 2:13pm on 22 Dec 2009, HonestIago. SIWOTI syndrome sufferer.
    "Suppression or discretion would have been the better part of valour"

    Would you? Imagine the situation was reversed and straight people were the victims of abuse and discrimination: would you suppress yourself in the name of valour? Live with another man and deny your heterosexuality, lie to the people you loved?
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    That's exactly what GT did and that is what Adam was saying. Maybe he should of thought about his family and been a little more discreet instead of shagging his way round the valleys in an act no better than what is currently getting Tiger Woods castiagted fro all quarters. His reasons are no better othe rthan he couldn't jkeep it in his trousers and embarressed and humiliated his family by doing this so publicly and so blatently. I don;t have a problem with him being gay, I have a problem with his pathetic conduct and self indulgent whining.

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  • 150. At 2:25pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    146. At 2:15pm on 22 Dec 2009, Evil-Weazel wrote:
    140. At 2:01pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:
    On a football forum? The odd blackadder gag or comment on jokes is ok but a discussion on american celebrations? Hmmmmmm
    ________
    I have one word for you sir: Flibble.
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    Pull the pencils out of your nose I can't understand you properly and while your at it, remove those pants from your head! :o)

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  • 151. At 2:26pm on 22 Dec 2009, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    Jacks, he didn't answer my question either, don't take it too bad :)

    "Have you (McNumptie) ever seen Marcus Evans?"

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  • 152. At 2:27pm on 22 Dec 2009, WordsofWisdom wrote:

    Bloddy hell Robbo! I'm in Australia and thought, for once, I got to your Blog early....so as I could comment before the 'girls club' arrived.

    But guess what?......they beat me too it....so all I have to say is have a great Christmas Robbo and more of the same in the New Year please.


    If only you'd do something to get rid of 'the girls club'..................

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  • 153. At 2:29pm on 22 Dec 2009, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    Who you calling a girl Words?

    Oh crap, I've got a ladder in me tights.

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  • 154. At 2:29pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    "145. At 2:13pm on 22 Dec 2009, HonestIago. SIWOTI syndrome sufferer. wrote:
    adampsb said

    "It doesn't help that the gay "community" make such a big thing about their differences. Half of teh problem with derssing room cultures is that differences like that make people uncomfortable. By all means if you are homosexual then that is your choice and you have the right to be left alone but people (both straight and gay) should stop parading their sex lives in public and just be discreet."

    First of all, it's not a choice. No-one would choose to suffer the sort of grief gay people do day in, day out. GT tried to force himself to be straight but he couldn't, sexuality doesn't work like that."

    The point is about parading difference like it is a badge of honour. It is fine to be different in whatever way, be that sexuality, skin colour or something far more chosen. But if you parade it in public, you can expect public to share their opinion and views.

    If you act as though you're ashamed of those differences, then just like in the playground, the bullies will find that soft spot and dig into it. Yes, there are bigots, and many people will think that sexuality and skin colour are such different things that they cannot possibly be considered in the same way.

    I have my own views, my own prejudices, and so do most people. For example, I don't necessarily automatically dislike someone unless they start saying how its their year for the title this year. If they kept it to themselves, as befits a private thing, then people wouldn't pass comment or in the example case, laugh.

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  • 155. At 2:32pm on 22 Dec 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    And a merry Christmas to you, Robbo, and to all my fellow bloggers. Thanks for the laughs, the controversy, and the occasional insightful comment into footy when we lose our way.

    I am, however, Robbo, rather concerned about your final wish, for Wayne Rooney: "... an onerous burden for anyone, but if you can do it for Man United you can do it for Kai".

    Are you drawing a direct comparison between Mancherster United players and pampered ar*eholes?

    I think we should be told.

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  • 156. At 2:34pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    154. At 2:29pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:
    I don't necessarily automatically dislike someone unless they start saying how its their year for the title this year. If they kept it to themselves, as befits a private thing, then people wouldn't pass comment or in the example case, laugh.
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    This year's our year, I heard Arsene say it the other day so it must be true......honest!

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  • 157. At 2:35pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    153. At 2:29pm on 22 Dec 2009, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    Who you calling a girl Words?

    Oh crap, I've got a ladder in me tights.

    -----------------
    Steady on.WordsofWisdom demonstrated such when he very forensically took apart Roy Keane.Now,where's my lippy....

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  • 158. At 2:39pm on 22 Dec 2009, iomblue wrote:

    How can you write That united have "a horrendous injury list"? It's a disgrace. My 11 year old daughter knows that it's "an horrendous injury list"
    mind you - it's still funny , either way!

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  • 159. At 2:45pm on 22 Dec 2009, YIman-1892 wrote:

    126-ScotchEggsRule.
    I am a Geordie exile living in the Gothenburg area,have been for 40 years!
    skål

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  • 160. At 2:46pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I do agree about the "girls club"... they ruin this blog with thier off topic gibberish!

    I certainy dont pay the licence fee to be bombarded by this nonsensical bufoonery...

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  • 161. At 2:47pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    159.. Gothenburg... have you ever met Batman?

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  • 162. At 2:48pm on 22 Dec 2009, WordsofWisdom wrote:

    See how tetchy the 'girls club' gets when called out Robbo?

    That's my 2 comments for this Blog but don't worry.....these cyber b*tches will still be verbally caressing each other right through Christmas....and beyond!

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  • 163. At 2:48pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Sorry, YI-man... bad joke...

    Med vänlig hälsning

    RedBlueArmski92.

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  • 164. At 2:52pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Yeah Robbo... everyone should only be allowed 2 comments, and nothing resembling amusing or interesting... Thanks for setting an example WordsOfunWinsome. Nothin gof interest or amusement thier... just needless bile and hatred married with frustration and distain for your fellow man...

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  • 165. At 2:53pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Also on the Xmas shopping list;

    R Benitez. A Filofakt

    E Adebayor. An album for his stamp colection.

    Giggsy. A "Worlds Greatest Lover" T shirt to go with his other "rightly deserved" awards.

    'Arry . An invite to a Christmas Party, poor guy got left out last time.

    J terry. A megaphone, so that all the punters can hear him during their guided tours.

    Drogba/Gerard/Rooney/Ronaldo. Private Swimming Pools, so they can dive around as much as they want without us having to see it.

    J Lehmann, A pot to p in.

    A certain razor company, Some new spokesmen.





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  • 166. At 2:54pm on 22 Dec 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    i'd like to wish all a joyous Christmas, even those who feel the need to refer to it in fairytale speak as Chrimbo, or Crimble, or Crimble Wimble Wangle Dangle... even those unrepentant Man lovers adamp, GenRed, the artist formerly known as GazUtd... even DG3, who at some point will surely realize it is actually Roger Waters who is the avid Gooner... even the mods, who couldn't find a blind cat's... i've lost my train of thought!

    cheers, even to you, Robbo ;]

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  • 167. At 2:54pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Just to clarify, my my reworking of WOWs name is Words-of-Un-Winsome... It looks like Words'O-fun-winsome... which sounds like a rather charming and good spririted Irishman...

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  • 168. At 2:57pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    "spririted" sorry lads i've been on the spririts all day!

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  • 169. At 2:59pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    H2... i like it mate. Better than Robbos.

    As for lehmans pot, Craig Levein is about to get a poisoned challice, prehaps he'll let him borrow that?

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  • 170. At 3:00pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I'm the only one left... everyones at Phil McNulty's blog, getting informed...

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  • 171. At 3:02pm on 22 Dec 2009, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    I'm still here RBA, doing my nails....

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  • 172. At 3:03pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Oooh, get you! Well it is party season...

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  • 173. At 3:04pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    RBA, maybe WoW scared them all away.

    Maybe we can get him a blog of his very own were no one else is allowed to post untill he's finished with it.

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  • 174. At 3:06pm on 22 Dec 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    WordsofWisdom

    "As you get older, three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can't remember the other two."

    Why anyone would want to quote the words of Norman Wisdom is beyond me.

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  • 175. At 3:07pm on 22 Dec 2009, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    DTG,

    " even DG3, who at some point will surely realize it is actually Roger Waters who is the avid Gooner... "


    Is that true? I didnt really think any of the Floyd were that interested in Footy, specially R Waters i will have to confirm for myself wether this be true, after iv'e finished studying Donovan Lietch's biography.

    merry xmas to ya anyways.

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  • 176. At 3:08pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    getting informed? there's no need to take the pith is there.

    I think someone broke Words' toy train or something.

    And btw, that's a good bit of cheating there Robbo. Made sure you covered as many different subjects as possible to ensure there's a bit of biting to tide us over.

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  • 177. At 3:10pm on 22 Dec 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Donovan Leitch's legacy, and what he had to say about waters:

    "If it's yellow, let it mellow.
    If it's brown, flush it down."

    If you catch my wind.

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  • 178. At 3:10pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Well Zoots it appears that in a long and distinguished career that is the only funny quote that Norman Wisdom ever made... And i know that for a fact as i googled it!

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  • 179. At 3:10pm on 22 Dec 2009, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    Biting, what biting?

    Liverpool VS Man U! Who's the most rubbish!

    /runs away from lit firework....

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  • 180. At 3:10pm on 22 Dec 2009, Gerrardswhiskers-bring back 606 wrote:

    That Dean Richards comment is a bit harsh but at the risk of opening up this blog to an awful lot of comments:

    To RYAN GIGGS:
    Nothing. He has won enough this year that he really really really didn't deserve.

    To Chris Hughton:
    A sainthood. He managed to get Marlon Harewood scoring goals and he will probably still be replaced at the end of the season

    To Tiger Woods:
    an ice bucket with ice in it. He will need it after the nut roasting!

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  • 181. At 3:18pm on 22 Dec 2009, MUFCTrini wrote:

    180. At 3:10pm on 22 Dec 2009, Gerrardswhiskers wrote:


    To RYAN GIGGS:
    Nothing. He has won enough this year that he really really really didn't deserve.

    Come on mate. Did you really have to take a crack at Giggsy??

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  • 182. At 3:26pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    Tbf he's right. They should make a lifetime achievement award really, rather than handing over legit awards for the wrong reason.

    To Steven Gerrard:
    A self-defence class... oh, wait, never mind.

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  • 183. At 3:27pm on 22 Dec 2009, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    The biting has commenced!

    Hark the herald angels sing, glory to Marlon King.
    Peace on earth and silver glistens,
    Unless you are clubbing women.

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  • 184. At 3:31pm on 22 Dec 2009, SeanElliott wrote:

    haha very funny!

    and to all those other people "disgusted" at this comment

    a) why on earth are you reading then?
    b) why on earth are you commenting
    c) for god sake its someones opinion, or are BBC not allowed to have opinions and blogs, theres around 100 informative articles each day, read them and get a life, its like me goin to your house and saying "I hate your christmas lights" none of my business and your own decision

    so if you dont like it on here, why are you here exactly?
    sounds to me your just moaners with nothing better to do than complain,

    read up and you will see plenty like this article!

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  • 185. At 3:32pm on 22 Dec 2009, mantooth wrote:

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

  • 186. At 3:33pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Anyone else think that Stan Kroenke looks a bit like Donald Sutherland?

    http://images.eonline.com/eol_images/Articles/20081203/Donald_Sutherland_wff.jpg

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  • 187. At 3:34pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    184, Well said that Wigan fan.

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  • 188. At 3:34pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    185.. Dorothy Mantooth is a saint so i hear... any relation?

    And nice gag...

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  • 189. At 3:35pm on 22 Dec 2009, mantooth wrote:

    To genesis red: The ability to make people laugh and not make jokes that are blatently repeated.

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  • 190. At 3:36pm on 22 Dec 2009, SeanElliott wrote:

    holloway to holland im a true latic fan - oldham not wigan lol

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  • 191. At 3:37pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out making any signings in January to ease Manchester United's defensive injury crisis.
    Full story: The Guardian

    They are absolutely broke aren't they... i said didn't i, beginning of the end... Mark my words... Keep off the moores!

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  • 192. At 3:37pm on 22 Dec 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    'tis true DG3, he's been spotted regularly at Arsenal home games, as has the great Ray Davies.
    Donovan, though, i'm pretty sure is opposed to the harsh treatment of footballs, and has probably opened a sanctuary somewhere...maybe the Riverside?

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  • 193. At 3:38pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    186, RBA, good call, but he reminds me of;

    http://upload.moldova.org/movie/actors/w/william_macy/thumbnails/tn2_william_h_%20macy_4.jpg

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  • 194. At 3:38pm on 22 Dec 2009, MUFCTrini wrote:

    Finally a Wigan fan!! Few and far in between. What do you think your team will achieve this year mate? You think the second half of the season they can be more consistant? And do you think they will keep Rodellaga and Figeroa?

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  • 195. At 3:40pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    190 thelaticsfan, I beg your pardon sir.

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  • 196. At 3:41pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    H2... if someone spliced together William H macy and Donald Sutherland we'd have our man!

    Actually yours is a lot better, i never seen Macy with that tash before, good work sir!

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  • 197. At 3:44pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    196 RBA, If you spliced Kroenke, Macy and Sutherland, you'd probably end up with;

    http://christthetruth.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/ned-flanders.jpg

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  • 198. At 3:44pm on 22 Dec 2009, MUFCTrini wrote:

    191. At 3:37pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out making any signings in January to ease Manchester United's defensive injury crisis.
    Full story: The Guardian

    They are absolutely broke aren't they... i said didn't i, beginning of the end... Mark my words... Keep off the moores!

    SMH, you guys never learn. I dont think the Guardian is a reliable source and Fergie is a windup merchant. For a team with one first team defender, second spot in the league is not too bad before Christmas!!

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  • 199. At 3:45pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    Mantooth, oohh getting personal now are we? Loverly

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  • 200. At 3:47pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    198 Trini,
    To quote the words of many a Man ioU supporter "let´s see where they are come May"

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  • 201. At 3:48pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    "191. At 3:37pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out making any signings in January to ease Manchester United's defensive injury crisis.
    Full story: The Guardian

    They are absolutely broke aren't they... i said didn't i, beginning of the end... Mark my words... Keep off the moores! "

    Oh RBA, you don't just replace a load of players for a couple of months, because what do you do with them when the big guns come back? No but seriously, I thought the same thing. I think we'll still be in for that Russian fella at the end of the season.

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  • 202. At 3:50pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Trini... Yeah, but now teams have seen how easy Fulham turned you lot over, its gonna happen more and more... (See chelsea last year december till feb for an example of how this works, and to be fair you dont even have thier squad).

    As H2 has nobly put above, lets see where you are come may? (personally i think you'll fair well, and MAYBE you could win it this year, but it is the beginning of the end, soon you'll be in te rafa boat, and have to sell to buy... the question you have to ask Fergy is who? And what what would you get for them...)

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  • 203. At 3:54pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Genesis, as your being un-unitedly reasonable... i'll not wind you up... heres what i honestly think... United are not going to be the power house they have been over the next 10 years, and given the league so far this season, i think its a grand thing... But i will say this, old fergy is as sly as they come, and he will be the best bloke to lead you through what could be tricky times, you'll do well with him... But when he leaves, and its cant be that many years... You could (though i doubt it would be on a simialr scale) "do a leeds"... (In honesty i think you'll do "a liverpool")

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  • 204. At 3:59pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    Nah, we'll not end up poor, but maybe not be able to splash so much cash. But we've got a good solid base, have made our hay while the sun has shone, and aside from a few quiet years in the transfer market, we'll be top or there abouts for the rest of all our lives...

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  • 205. At 3:59pm on 22 Dec 2009, MUFCTrini wrote:

    RBA well said. Even though I have to agree with Genesis Red, the Russian fella will soon be stolen.

    I hardly fear for our position because even though we have lost more than last season, everyone around us is doing the same. At the end of the day, our guys are injured temporarily and this means come January, everyone should be back playing in their proper positions. And after Christmas is usually our better period so that I am not really too concerned

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  • 206. At 4:02pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    160. At 2:46pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    I certainy dont pay the licence fee to be bombarded by this nonsensical bufoonery...
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    Who you calling a non....non.....nonme.....nonmesensimacal buffon?

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  • 207. At 4:04pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Unfortunatly, ;p Utd will probably be OK for a good while yet, as GRed posted they have indeed invest wisely over the years and their turnover is second to none.(But nothing lasts forever)
    I do think the days of the 30mil player are over for them for a while.

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  • 208. At 4:04pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Trini, Gen... i admire your devaotion to your club... I think were all just about right, though our perspectives are slightly tarnihed by our wishes... You "99 treble winning comemerative mug" is half full, where as mine is half empty...

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  • 209. At 4:05pm on 22 Dec 2009, MUFCTrini wrote:

    RBA, Man U do a Leeds? LMAO!! With the structure, youth system and name of the club, do you really believe that can happen because of a slight BLIP in the season. When Fergie retires, it will probably be among Mourinho, Moyes, Hodgson or Oneil that will take over and the success of the club will simply continue.

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  • 210. At 4:07pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    206, stop getting ronnie barker in Open all hours to write your posts!

    its dis... di..dis..disgra... disg... di..di.di.....wrong!

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  • 211. At 4:09pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    I went to my doctor's the other day he said "I've got two lots of bad news for you, the first is you've got cancer." "Ok" I said what's the other?" He said "you've got Alzheimer’s!" "Ahwell, I said, atleast I don't have cancer"

    Amazing how pub lunches improve your sense of humour? What's that you say? I'm sacked? Ok. I'll get me coat.

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  • 212. At 4:11pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Trini, of course not I even left a subnote in brackets saying so... A newcastle though, very possible!

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  • 213. At 4:13pm on 22 Dec 2009, SeanElliott wrote:

    Holloway to holland you heard me correctly! im an oldham fan, the true latics! not these latter day wigan latics! "oh we like that nickname, we shall use that one from now on!"

    as for us here in oldham, tis bleak days with injuries galore and teams like leeds charlton norwich and southampton paying 10k a week to players,

    when all we can afford is a paacket of crisp and a meat pie between the squad!

    but were surviving till we get our new ground!

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  • 214. At 4:15pm on 22 Dec 2009, Gino Magnacio wrote:

    I'm gonna do the unthinkable and defend the Europa League, not the format.I agree you should make it a knock out competition all the way through.

    Is European competition only for the big guns? Let them in a European wide league together.
    The best 20 teams of the last 10 years.
    Every year there's a Champions Cup of old and finalists get promoted to this league. Its all about money anyway.


    Fulham are probably enjoying their run very much and I wonder how much confidence they got from it this season? Everton trashed by Benfica, I wonder how much confidence was drained from them from that tie. Celtic not qualifying
    There's some tasty ties for the next rounds as well.
    Ajax v Juventus, 32R, L1, 18:00
    Athletic Bilbao v Anderlecht, 32R, L1, 20:05
    Atletico Madrid v Galatasaray, 32R, L1, 20:05
    Club Brugge v Valencia, 32R, L1, 18:00
    FC Copenhagen v Marseille, 32R, L1, 20:05
    FC Twente v Werder Bremen, 32R, L1, 18:00
    Fulham v Shakhtar Donetsk, 32R, L1, 20:05
    Hamburg v PSV, 32R, L1, 20:05
    Hertha Berlin v Benfica, 32R, L1, 20:05
    Lille v Fenerbahce, 32R, L1, 18:00
    Liverpool v Unirea Urziceni, 32R, L1, 20:05
    Panathinaikos v Roma, 32R, L1, 20:05
    Rubin Kazan v Hapoel Tel-Aviv, 32R, L1, 18:00
    Standard Liege v SV Red Bull Salzburg, 32R, L1, 18:00
    Villarreal v Wolfsburg, 32R, L1, 18:00

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    Apart from Liverpool vs Unirrrrafagaetrra all the other ties look pretty tasty

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  • 215. At 4:21pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Trini, I´m not saying it will happen, but look at Leeds, Newcastle etc, their fans never thought it would happen to them either.
    How about Glasgow Rangers, they´ve been winning the title for years too.
    When I was a kid L´pool ALWAYS won the league, when was the last time that happened? (Retorical question)
    You really should consider the possibility that your beloved team may not always be the all conquering, table topping team that they have undisputably been over the last few years.

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  • 216. At 4:22pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    210. At 4:07pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    206, stop getting ronnie barker in Open all hours to write your posts!
    its dis... di..dis..disgra... disg... di..di.di.....wrong!
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    I do beg your pard...pa...par....par.....par...par....excuse me.

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  • 217. At 4:23pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    213 thelaticsfan, I did indeed "hear you", with "I beg your pardon", I meant forgive me.

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  • 218. At 4:25pm on 22 Dec 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    14. At 12:04pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:
    To Gareth Thomas:
    Well a lot of respect - and the hope that certain members of the press aren't going to start digging around for a load of old cobblers about the bloke. I've read various comments by the uninformed that he should've come out earlier or never got married when he knew he was gay but if you think it's that easy then you clearly don't know owt about professional sport. Good on you, son.
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    Brave to come out at any time in the national press.

    Cowardly and decietful to get married, then put your family through that afterwards.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    To be fair his ex-Missus hasn't given as much grief as all the people who take umbrage on her behalf. If she can find it within her to empathise and understand then so should you.

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  • 219. At 4:25pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    216. At 4:22pm on 22 Dec 2009, you wrote:
    210. At 4:07pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    206, stop getting ronnie barker in Open all hours to write your posts!
    its dis... di..dis..disgra... disg... di..di.di.....wrong!
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    I do beg your pard...pa...par....par.....par...par....excuse me.

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    217. At 4:23pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:
    213 thelaticsfan, I did indeed "hear you", with "I beg your pardon", I meant forgive me.
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    There's a lot of grovelling going on at the minute?

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  • 220. At 4:27pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    218. At 4:25pm on 22 Dec 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:
    To be fair his ex-Missus hasn't given as much grief as all the people who take umbrage on her behalf. If she can find it within her to empathise and understand then so should you.
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    In all fairness it isn't my place to forgive or forget his numerous transgressions, just offering my opinion on his behaviour. My (now) drunk opinion on his behaviour......(hic) Damn pub lunches getting in the way of me doing my office duties......

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  • 221. At 4:27pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    219. At 4:25pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    There's a lot of grovelling going on at the minute?
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    It's the least I could do Eggy.
    How would you feel if I called you a Wigan fan?

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  • 222. At 4:30pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    220 Eggy, Prioritize.
    It's the damn office duties that are getting in the way of your pub lunches.

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  • 223. At 4:31pm on 22 Dec 2009, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    H2H don't be mean, even if it was a Figueroa of speech.

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  • 224. At 4:32pm on 22 Dec 2009, leeds_n_proud (PLC) wrote:

    All I want for christmas is Ken Bates to not own Leeds United (maybe he doesn't already - FSF?)

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  • 225. At 4:32pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    H2H: I´m not saying it will happen, but look at Leeds, Newcastle etc, their fans never thought it would happen to them either.

    Yeah, but their fans deserved it...

    Nah, i pity Leeds, sort of. They didn't deserve a Chairman like that. Again, fit and proper person's checks please, and they brought some useful players through for the rest of us (Woodgate, Lennon, Robinson, Kewell, Carson... er, Bowyer, Smith, er...)

    Newcastle always had this confused idea of their place in the great scheme of things. It was nice when they were plucky creative good guys, with the likes of Ginola and Asprilla. But when they started getting rational with their purchases is when it all fell down.

    Neither of them were run properly - now, we may have some "rascals" in charge of us, but we're pretty stable even with that. I'd fear more for Liverpool really, and in all seriousness, as they didn't have the secure financial platform to begin with, and have themselves some right charlies in charge.

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  • 226. At 4:33pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    223. At 4:31pm on 22 Dec 2009, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    H2H don't be mean, even if it was a Figueroa of speech.

    ---------------
    In fairness to H2,he's just Whelan and dealing...

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  • 227. At 4:39pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    223. Evil-Weazel.

    OK mate I'll knock it on the Edman, put a Holt to my rudeness.
    Just hope all the Boyce and girls can forgive me.

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  • 228. At 4:41pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Wigan puns.... Ohh, it must be Christmas!

    Can i just say to all of you, AWESOME!

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  • 229. At 4:43pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    To all Wigan fans I wish you a Merry Koumas.

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  • 230. At 4:44pm on 22 Dec 2009, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    Last minute stocking stuffer for the missus....Bramble Jelly anyone? :D

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  • 231. At 4:44pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Thanks H2,I Scharner forget that.

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  • 232. At 4:45pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Evil,I bought Mrs Jack some scouse shampoo,wash n'gog

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  • 233. At 4:46pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    i dont really like the puns, i was just being Pollitt!

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  • 234. At 4:47pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Apparently,Wigan are renaming the stadium "The Enterprise"and making their goalkeeper captain.The fans can then sing about walking in a captain kirkland...

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  • 235. At 4:50pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Good for Cho RBA,
    Its cold here, time for a Kupisz Kapo chino.
    If you have a bald head maybe you should consider putting a Wigan.

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  • 236. At 4:51pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    235. At 4:50pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    If you have a bald head maybe you should consider putting a Wigan.
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    That option has been claimed by Barnet...

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  • 237. At 4:53pm on 22 Dec 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    can you guys quit talking Shittu now?!

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  • 238. At 4:54pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    236. At 4:51pm on 22 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:
    235. At 4:50pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    If you have a bald head maybe you should consider putting a Wigan.
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    That option has been claimed by Barnet...
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    But shall soon be taken over by the Man City/QPR managers....
    Hair today, gone tomorrow.

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  • 239. At 4:54pm on 22 Dec 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    on 2nd thought, that's asking a bit much.

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  • 240. At 4:55pm on 22 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    237. At 4:53pm on 22 Dec 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:
    can you guys quit talking Shittu now?!
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    Here, here, I cannot take it anymore! lol Jacks must of tripped over a discarded book entitled "Puns on the Wigan team sheet" on his way home from the pub! ;o)

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  • 241. At 5:00pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    141. At 2:08pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I too was just doing a spot of Xmas shopping, got all the latest My Little Pet Shop, Wii & DSi games, tomorrow I'll be looking for stuff for the kids.
    __________________________________________________

    H2H, you know whats commen in video games and T1T5 ?







    Both originally intended for kids but grown men have much more fun with em.

    Merry Christmas one and all.

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  • 242. At 5:04pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Spits i honestly thought for a minute that a "T1T5" was some sort of computer jargon... but its really just B00b5!

    I type 55378008 in to my calculator and turn it upside down nearly everyday...

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  • 243. At 5:11pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Jesus, the on day i work past 5 and not a bu66ger to talk to!

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  • 244. At 5:11pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Teach me wont it...

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  • 245. At 5:12pm on 22 Dec 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    i'd like to wish all a joyous Christmas, even those who feel the need to refer to it in fairytale speak as Chrimbo, or Crimble, or Crimble Wimble Wangle Dangle... even those unrepentant Man lovers adamp, GenRed, the artist formerly known as GazUtd... even DG3, who at some point will surely realize it is actually Roger Waters who is the avid Gooner... even the mods, who couldn't find a blind cat's... i've lost my train of thought!

    cheers, even to you, Robbo ;]

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  • 246. At 5:13pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    anyone else got dejavu?

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  • 247. At 5:14pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I knew i was gonna say that!

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  • 248. At 5:14pm on 22 Dec 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    it's so dead in here, they're posting reruns now!

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  • 249. At 5:14pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    anyone else got dejavu?

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  • 250. At 5:16pm on 22 Dec 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    no, but i've got a de la soul album you can borrow.
    coat...door...i'll just...

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  • 251. At 5:16pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Den, are you inpplying your post that GenRed and GAz are the same person...i think your commenting on his passsing, but i'm not sure?

    Please clarify.

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  • 252. At 5:16pm on 22 Dec 2009, MUFCTrini wrote:

    Really dead here, haven't seen JDR lately

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  • 253. At 5:17pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Den... what one? (actually i own them all but i can never turn away a good de la soul discussion!)

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  • 254. At 5:19pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Yeah, where is JDR? Every movie needs its viallain... and no offence to Robbo, but this is the sort of blog that jow would salivate over, before tearing shreds off it and devouring...

    (personally i like this style you gone for robbo,reminds of the St James blogs or yore...)

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  • 255. At 5:21pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    So, who'd you reckon kills Archie? My moneys on Peggy!

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  • 256. At 5:24pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Welll fo rno other reason than i never work this late, i'm posting more nonsensical bufoonery...

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  • 257. At 5:25pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I drink too much. The last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it.

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  • 258. At 5:26pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I had plenty of pimples as a kid. One day I fell asleep in the library. When I woke up, a blind man was reading my face.

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  • 259. At 5:26pm on 22 Dec 2009, MUFCTrini wrote:

    Damn, boredom is a hell of a thing, aint it...lol

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  • 260. At 5:26pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I have good looking kids. Thank goodness my wife cheats on me.

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  • 261. At 5:26pm on 22 Dec 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    3 feet high, though i haven't spun it in awhile... i'm no afficionado, but i do appreciate much of that old school hip-hop - you know, the stuff with ACTUAL musicality and not just cell phone beeps & tones (hey, that's a dope rhyme right there, yo!)

    and i wasn't implying that... GenRed isn't even occasionally funny like the Irishman of yore.

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  • 262. At 5:27pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    it is, try stealing Rodney Dangerfield jokes, killing the time nicely...

    I haven't spoken to my wife in years. I didn't want to interrupt her.

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  • 263. At 5:28pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Spit/RBA, I actually googled T1 T5 and came to a site selling 2nd hand Volkswagons.

    RBA, your on here late today mate.

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  • 264. At 5:28pm on 22 Dec 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    RBA, is that the longest conversation you've ever had with yourself, or period?

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  • 265. At 5:29pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    261... Good choice sir, in my top 5 albums of all time... And you are right, none of that fiddy cents and kanye west and P-Doddy!

    Oh P-Doddy, how tickled he was!

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  • 266. At 5:30pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    263... yeah i'm local so staying late to let other leave early due to the CHAOS!

    264... Nope, i have much longer conversations with myself, though this one was the most cival...

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  • 267. At 5:32pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    264... I have never spoken to a period! I tried but it was bloody awful, so i said to put a sock in it...

    Dont worry, i'm reporting this one to the mods myself...

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  • 268. At 5:33pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    and to waish you all a good night and safe journey home...

    I'm taking Viagra and drinking prune juice - I don't know if I'm coming or going.

    rodney dangerfield... what a legend!

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  • 269. At 5:34pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    265, Kenny D was dope.

    Or at least he talked liked he was on it.

    Oh no he didn´t,
    Oh yes he diddy

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  • 270. At 5:35pm on 22 Dec 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    re 267 - as you should!

    hey Wang - it's just a parking lot!

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  • 271. At 5:38pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    267. At 5:32pm on 22 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    "I have never spoken to a period! I tried but it was bloody awful, so i said to put a sock in it..."
    -------
    Always works!!?

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  • 272. At 5:39pm on 22 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    Charming, insulted by an idiot. I don't try to be the comedian around here; I prefer to talk about football. No wonder you don't understand.

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  • 273. At 5:53pm on 22 Dec 2009, Didier Drogba- just another Cameron Jerome wannabe wrote:

    thanks robbo for a year of excellent wit and insights into the sporting world. only bad thing is not enough mentions of my team!!

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  • 274. At 5:58pm on 22 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Afternoon RBA how's things? Loved the Gothenburg/Batman comment earlier. Actually laughed out loud at that one. Happy Christmas to everyone out there especially all the regular contributors out there.

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  • 275. At 6:26pm on 22 Dec 2009, rastafairy wrote:

    To all the WAGs:
    A gag. Hell, we could call it a wag-gag. Anything to keep them out the papers while our lads are in them for the best of reasons in South Africa.

    Quick question Robbo - the "them" that the lads are in refers to the WAGS or the papers?

    BTW - Merry Christmas


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  • 276. At 6:30pm on 22 Dec 2009, 59th_street wrote:

    So to summarise...

    Mick McCarthy was right...or wrong, we'll have to wait and see.

    GThomas was right to come out, but should have done it when no-one was lookin...

    Norman Wisdom wasn't actually funny...(does Mr.Grimsdale know this?)

    ...and Batman actually lived in Gothenburg!

    Well, i have to say, it's a bleeding education in 'ere...now if someone could hold the revolving door open for me......

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  • 277. At 6:35pm on 22 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/sunderland/8423124.stm

    Well this is fornicating bullpoo (you can guess what two words I'd rather use there)

    I've seen this incident for myself and Brucie was right, it was never a red card offence. What really steams me is the fact they've arbitrarily added a game for and I quote 'Wasting their time.'

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  • 278. At 6:41pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Star.

    I agree mate, doesn´t the player have the right to appeal?

    And you´re right, that was never a foul.

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  • 279. At 6:57pm on 22 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    278. At 6:41pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Star.

    I agree mate, doesn´t the player have the right to appeal?

    -------------------------------

    He did, against the red card and got the forth match added to the ban for his trouble.

    It's kinda like being told you'll be executed if you dared appeal against a wrongful conviction for burglary really.

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  • 280. At 6:58pm on 22 Dec 2009, trythisthen wrote:

    To the Man City board:
    A front seat on Santa's sleigh right behind Blitzen's rear end.

    To Blitzen:
    Five pints of Guinness and four packets of peanuts.

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  • 281. At 6:58pm on 22 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @277 Did anyone see the Torres challenge at the weekend? Wasn't that much different to the Turner challenge but nothing's been said about it.

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  • 282. At 7:11pm on 22 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    And they wonder why refs get it in the neck from one gaffer or another for stuffing things up royally.
    They're too inconsistent and we need video technology, and the FA need to man up and admit their pinstriped goons get things wrong sometimes rather than clobbering the innocent.

    For all his trouble Turner might as well have smashed the ref in the face with an elbow or two.

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  • 283. At 7:13pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    281 CFC,

    You see those kind of challenges every week, it was a 50-50 challenge.

    Bruce was spot on, of course he would expect his centre half to go in for the chaallenge.

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  • 284. At 7:20pm on 22 Dec 2009, ToledoTrumpton wrote:

    Best WAGs joke ever!

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  • 285. At 7:20pm on 22 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Evening H2H. I didn't mean that Torres should've been sent off I don't think either of them were fouls. They were just one of those things that happens occasionally in football. Looking at the peplays neither player took their eye off the ball as they went for it. Sometimes you see a player have a glance to check where the opponent is but neither Turner nor Torres did that.

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  • 286. At 7:20pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    re 263:

    thats odd. This is what i found when i googled T1T5.

    http://www.alwaysdrinking.com/srb_gallery/pictures/Motivations/massive_tits.jpg

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  • 287. At 7:22pm on 22 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    I'll give that 5 minutes before it's removed Spit but at least I got to see it before it goes.

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  • 288. At 7:26pm on 22 Dec 2009, 59th_street wrote:

    Having seen the challenge by Turner (and as a geordie) I have to say that decision is a disgrace...
    Do we know exactly who gives out the ban, which individuals i mean?

    Also, if people insist on giving their team of the year, or lists of world class players, could they add a note at the bottom to explain how the 'flip' John Terry ever made it onto their list...this mystery confounds me more than the following...

    -why can't women put on mascara with their mouths closed?
    -why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
    -can illiterate people taste alphabet soup?
    -why is phonetically spelt with a 'ph' ?
    -who thought of putting an 's' in the word lisp?
    -if a schizophrenic threatens suicide is it a hostage situation?

    ayy thang yewww

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  • 289. At 7:28pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    285, CFC, agreed, I was trying to make the same point.

    Spit, well found mate.

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  • 290. At 7:28pm on 22 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @288 As you're going off topic I'll have to give you a stern talking to and a warning as to your future posts on this blog. I think you'll find that here on Robbo's blog we keep things strictly on topic every time. But as you started it....

    Why don't you ever see baby pigeons?

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  • 291. At 7:29pm on 22 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @289 Well we'll have to agree to agree on that one then H2H

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  • 292. At 7:35pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    59th/CFC.

    Don´t forget the age old question;

    If ghosts can walk through walls, why don´t they fall through the floor?

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  • 293. At 7:37pm on 22 Dec 2009, 59th_street wrote:

    ..and for the economists out there...

    -why is there only one Monopolies Commission?

    ugh

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  • 294. At 7:41pm on 22 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Why does mineral water that has trickled through mountains for centuries have a use by date?

    If a cat always lands on its feet, and buttered bread always lands butter side down, what would happen if you tied buttered bread on top of a cat?

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  • 295. At 7:44pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    292. At 7:35pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    If ghosts can walk through walls, why don´t they fall through the floor?
    ___________________________________________


    Being weightless, gravity does not affect them.

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  • 296. At 7:44pm on 22 Dec 2009, 59th_street wrote:

    I'd now like to apologise for starting the questions thing...

    back on topic - surely Rafa, having compiled a team of 4 decent players (Reina, Carragher, Gerrard, Torres) faces the sack.
    if not, could someone please explain in a rational & intelligent way why not? (no? oh ok then, any way will do...)

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  • 297. At 7:47pm on 22 Dec 2009, trythisthen wrote:

    If it fell on the stove, it would be toast.

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  • 298. At 7:49pm on 22 Dec 2009, 59th_street wrote:

    but it would still land on its feet, burning them i guess.

    therefore becoming . . . . drumrollllll Cinder Claws

    no..?

    dunno why I bother, really...

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  • 299. At 7:50pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    296 59th,
    I don´t think they can afford to sack him due to his new 5 year contract.

    295 Spit.
    Why don´t they just float away then.

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  • 300. At 7:50pm on 22 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @296 I think the general consensus is that they can't afford to sack him which seems a bit strange considering the money they'll lose if they don't qualify for the Champions League next year. Unless they have a cunning plan to raise extra funds by starting their season early next year by playing in the Intertoto cup. Does that even still exist?

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  • 301. At 7:52pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    CFC, the Intertoto cup is gone.

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  • 302. At 8:03pm on 22 Dec 2009, chicagomag wrote:

    You disappoint me Robbo - what are you going to give to your beloved Boro and Steve Gibson? Three points? Gareth Soutgate so that you can win some games? Sorry, can't resist having a pop after enduring your anti-Toon rants from earlier this year - Haway The Lads!

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  • 303. At 8:04pm on 22 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @301 That's bad news H2H. How are Liverpool going to qualify for the Europa League now?

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  • 304. At 8:05pm on 22 Dec 2009, Blue_Steel_Billingham wrote:

    To all the WAGs:
    A gag. Hell, we could call it a wag-gag. Anything to keep them out the papers while our lads are in them for the best of reasons in South Africa.
    _________________________________________________________________________

    Our lads are in what Robbo? South Africa or the Wags?
    Sorry.... just another Wag-gag :)

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  • 305. At 8:19pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    303 CFC.

    It almost seems unimaginable that L´pool will fail to qualify for one of the European competitions next year.
    If their poor league form continues then I suppose they´ll just have to go for broke ih the F.a cup and the Your´opeless league this year to qualify for next year.
    If not, then they could be in pretty dire straits.

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  • 306. At 8:20pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    re 299:
    Why don´t they just float away then.
    _________________________________________

    Its because they also have no mass, hence rendering it impossible for air to have any effect on them. I am surprised you of all people dont know that.



    Also, another reason they go through walls is, they are lame video game players and use cheats.

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  • 307. At 8:28pm on 22 Dec 2009, Manos_de_Piedra wrote:

    252. At 5:16pm on 22 Dec 2009, MUFCTrini wrote:
    Really dead here, haven't seen JDR lately
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    He is venting his wrath on McNulty this week. Just seen hes posted a scorcher there now.

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  • 308. At 8:30pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Thanks Spit.

    BTW are you one of these guys?

    http://iconsoffright.com/news/Ghostbusters.jpeg

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  • 309. At 8:49pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    re 308:
    Thanks Spit.

    BTW are you one of these guys?

    http://iconsoffright.com/news/Ghostbusters.jpeg
    ______________________________________________________

    I sure am.
    from left to right

    its Tortt, Blog, I and Zoot.

    He needs them glasses.

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  • 310. At 8:53pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    But what I really admire about them ghosts is that some of them are damn good writers

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  • 311. At 8:53pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    309 Spit.
    BLOGBUSTERS

    I aint ´fraid of no posts!!!

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  • 312. At 9:14pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Most enjoyable read guys... a load of BS but enjoyable just the same.

    -------------------------
    and they brought some useful players through for the rest of us (Woodgate, Lennon, Robinson, Kewell, Carson... er, Bowyer, Smith, er...)
    =================

    Looks like the reason they went down to me.... but they were a young team.

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  • 313. At 9:28pm on 22 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    A joke from my 8 yr old daughter:

    Emily: Dad, how do you make antifreeze?
    FBH (aka Dad): I don't know Emily, how do you make antifreeze?
    Emily: Send her to the North Pole!!!

    Seasons greetings to each and everyone, and here's hoping for 6th place in the Championship for the mighty reds!!!

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  • 314. At 9:31pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    You are not asking for much FBH... I hope they achieve at least that too.

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  • 315. At 9:35pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    According to the British Medical Journal... Santa Claus is not a healthy role model.

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  • 316. At 9:38pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    315. At 9:35pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    According to the British Medical Journal... Santa Claus is not a healthy role model.
    _________________________________________________________________________

    is it because he is responsible for the physical and emotional abuse of elves and reindeer?

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  • 317. At 9:45pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/a/arsenal/8427471.stm

    It seems that Wenger will have an eye on the January transfer list trying to find a striker... he says van Persie will virtually miss the rest of the season which, as the article suggests, also puts him in doubt for WC selection for the Netherlands.

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  • 318. At 9:47pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Well I knew he abused the elves but he surely isn't into bestiality too is he Spit?

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  • 319. At 9:50pm on 22 Dec 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Spit @ 309, no, I don't mean scroll up and spit on your screens at post 309, I mean Spit, what you wrote at post #309...who is this Tortt?

    I've been chuckling intermittently at all your one liners. Thanks lads, I'd love to remember them but never will! Thanks also are due to the mods for leaving 'em up!

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  • 320. At 9:52pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    Bo, worrying as it may be, but He is a Northerner and a loner. who knows what he is up to all year round.

    I mean, seasonal workers do have it hard.

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  • 321. At 9:53pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Not as hard as Santa by the sound of things.

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  • 322. At 9:54pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    319:

    Tortter, that is how I assume you look like.

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  • 323. At 9:54pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Hi Trot,

    Glad to see you were back this afternoon, you seemed to go missing after post 1000 on the last blog, I thought you might of been hit by the curse of ´dignag.

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  • 324. At 9:55pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Spit @ 309, no, I don't mean scroll up and spit on your screens at post 309
    =====================

    Why not!.. seems a reasonable thing to do.

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  • 325. At 9:57pm on 22 Dec 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    H2, no, I popped in and had a look now and then but it was too much on-topic for me to interfere. It did occur to me after 1,000 posts that we were collectively flogging a dead horse and then I realised that might be just what MM is!

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  • 326. At 9:58pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    Bo, another reason why Santa is not a good role moodel is his behaviour such as this

    http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/uncyclopedia/images/9/93/Crazy-Santa.jpg

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  • 327. At 9:59pm on 22 Dec 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    (the picture with Fergie gave it away, I think Fergie must have backed him once at short odds).

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  • 328. At 9:59pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Sure is an attention seeker mate.

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  • 329. At 10:01pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Sorry Trott, this ones on topic.

    More Christmas gifts;

    N Bendtner. A belt, or a decent pair of braces

    The Liverpool Squad. A giant GPS to help them find a bit of form.

    J Beattie, a crash helmet to be worn during team talks.

    P Brown, a new sunbed, his old one seems to be broken.

    M Turner. Not sure what he wants, but I´ll make sure there´s no card with it.

    Portsmouth FC, A happy meal,with a burger, fries and a decent sheihk.

    S Gerrard. A dj set with a selection of cd´s (no hits though)

    The F.A.I. A replay.

    Scottish Teams. A three goal head start to give them a sporting chance in next years European competitions.











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  • 330. At 10:05pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    Another little known fact about Santa is that he is a regular poster on this very blog. I may not be at liberty to reveal his blog name but I am in position to confirm he is following the proceedings closely

    http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/uncyclopedia/images/e/e5/Pieeater.jpg

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  • 331. At 10:06pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    That must have been taken before I shaved off my beard.

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  • 332. At 10:08pm on 22 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @330 Thanks for that Spit. Just what I needed to see while eating my dinner. Nearly saw it all again in reverse.

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  • 333. At 10:12pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    CFC, you are lucky he is facing the other way in 326.

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  • 334. At 10:24pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    On a serious note, H2H, which striker would you like to see at Arsenal if Wenger were to buy one?

    I personally hope he gets one.

    I guess he would be out for someone with a price range of around 15 million. Chamakh seems to be the obvious choice but having been to plenty of games in the Bundesliga this year and followed them on TV as well, I think Edin Dzeko of wolfsburg or Lukas Podolski of 1.FC Köln would fit well with the style of play.

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  • 335. At 10:27pm on 22 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Dzeko's being linked with Chelsea in the papers over here Spit. Apparently they want him if they can't get Aguero

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  • 336. At 10:27pm on 22 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    Bo -
    "he says van Persie will virtually miss the rest of the season "

    This blogg has a lot to answer for ..

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  • 337. At 10:29pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Well, another day another dollar... yeah I know I'm overpaid but the mob I work for seem to think I'm worth that much so who am I to argue.. see ya later.

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  • 338. At 10:30pm on 22 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:


    http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/uncyclopedia/images/e/e5/Pieeater.jpg

    Spit - isnt he the bloke currently on trial in The Haige for war crimes in the former Yugoslavia???

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  • 339. At 10:31pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    We might well be priced out if both Chelsea and united are there to out bid us.

    What I admire in Dzeko is his aerial dominance. Couple that with fact that he started out as a midfielder you have exactly what we need right now.
    Someone to link play with likes of Fabregas, Walcott, Arshavin and nasri and win balls in air as well.

    He is 6 ft 3+1⁄2 in.

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  • 340. At 10:35pm on 22 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    ANd as Robbos blogg started with

    "It's that time of year when we all look forward to a portly man in a white beard showering us with gifts and goodwill."

    then the pic is still on topic ... not bad for the time of night

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  • 341. At 10:35pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    334 Spit
    Dzeko is the one everyone is talking about at the mo, so his price will probably rocket. Chamakh has been touted left, right and centre, but I think he´ll be available for free at the end of the season. I haven´t seen much of Podolski lately, but I remember he was a decent player and definetly the kind of striker that would fit our system. (Has he got any pace?)

    The one thing you can count on with AW in the transfer market, is that you can´t really count on anything. He always does what he thinks is best for the entire squad and unless he finds the player that he wants, on his terms, then I can´t see him buying anyone.

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  • 342. At 10:38pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    Podolski has plenty of pace. He is like Theo, on the left but with added benefit of much better finishing.

    I had high hopes of Eduardo filling the void left by RVP, but i think he still needs some time to get to his best.

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  • 343. At 10:40pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Re 341,

    I know we joked about it in the past, but Pavlychenko(sp?) from Spurs might just fit the bill.

    Can you imagine how Spurs would feel if we actually got him playing well?

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  • 344. At 10:44pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    Another little know Santa fun fact is that he has the biggest sack known to mankind.

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  • 345. At 10:44pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Eddy will come good, but he can´t replace RvP pyhisically.

    A lot of the Arsenal blogs are bigging up JET, but I don´t think he´s ready yet, although he has been on the bench lately.

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  • 346. At 10:46pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    343:
    i dont know if it will happen. Spurs have been at times quiet positive in giving it a go. Their problem might be in the mid-field that lets the strike pair down with poor service.

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  • 347. At 10:49pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    re 343:

    http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/wenger-i-d-buy-striker-who-is-euro-cup-tied

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  • 348. At 10:53pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I´ve been quite impressed with Spurs this season,(that hurt) the midfield hasn´t looked too bad, I just can´t understand what they see in Robbie Keane although I hope he stays with them. Better for us.

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  • 349. At 10:55pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    347, I read that, but it just sounds like typical AW maybe I will, ]maybe I won´t tactics.

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  • 350. At 11:02pm on 22 Dec 2009, 59th_street wrote:

    isn't it amazing how many players are currently injured, particularly for the top few teams.

    in the good old days teams would go a whole season using 12/13 players...so why the huge number of injuries?
    surely medical and training technology has helped prevention?

    it can't all be down to the paper thin boots...

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  • 351. At 11:07pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    re 350:

    a couple of reasons come to mind

    number of games.
    pace of the game.

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  • 352. At 11:11pm on 22 Dec 2009, 59th_street wrote:

    Spit..

    ...but haven't modern training methods cancelled that out?

    as a toon fan...that'd be a 'no' then...

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  • 353. At 11:20pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    re 352:

    . .. . but in the olden days, most serious injuries would end careers.

    Now, most of the time, its just some weeks off.

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  • 354. At 11:21pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    351 Spit,
    I remember the 1979/80 season when the team played around 70 games. Most of the players played in a lot of the games, and I think that Brian Talbot (?) played the lot.

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  • 355. At 11:27pm on 22 Dec 2009, 59th_street wrote:

    leaving aside serious injuries, don't players today pick up far more pulls/strains etc. ?

    not to mention impact injuries from landing when they've just dived close to the long-jump record to win a penalty...

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  • 356. At 11:34pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    359 59th,
    I agree, the players these days do seem to be a little delicate.

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  • 357. At 00:57am on 23 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    59th St ... hate to say it but your lot arte looking good for promao ... or is it parmo ... if a bit dull
    unlike my lot!!
    Actually I was surprised you didnt kick on when you had that lucky win against us in may .. up the boro and up the too ... to .. soory mate cant say it :-)
    Up the footy!!

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  • 358. At 08:17am on 23 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    343. At 10:40pm on 22 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Re 341,

    I know we joked about it in the past, but Pavlychenko(sp?) from Spurs might just fit the bill.

    Can you imagine how Spurs would feel if we actually got him playing well?

    ------------------------------------------

    I'd refer to Wenger as God if he achieved that, mind I doubt he will because I can't see Wenger paying the sort of money Spurs are trying to hold out for him for some reason.

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  • 359. At 08:18am on 23 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    re358.

    Meant to say Midas not God, the former being renowned for being able to turn any old tat he touched into gold.

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  • 360. At 08:24am on 23 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Speaking of strikers,Liverpool are apparently looking to sign Emile Heskey.

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  • 361. At 08:40am on 23 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Maybe they should enquire about Harry Redknapp's missus. She's more potent than Darren Bent and could easily be bought on their budget ;)

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  • 362. At 08:50am on 23 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    "I have to admit I was puzzled that Denilson took the free-kick. But I was even more puzzled that he put it in the net!

    The players know who takes the free-kicks. Van Persie is No 1, Fabregas No 2 and Vermaelen goes for long distance or maybe Nasri.

    Perhaps Nasri was going to take it this time but he had a problem. Sometimes you have to accept that when someone doesn't feel right they give it to someone else."

    Seems Wenger was surprised at Denilson taken the free kick and scoring

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  • 363. At 09:07am on 23 Dec 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    355. At 11:27pm on 22 Dec 2009, 59th_street wrote:
    leaving aside serious injuries, don't players today pick up far more pulls/strains etc. ?

    not to mention impact injuries from landing when they've just dived close to the long-jump record to win a penalty...

    _________________________________________________________________________

    most of'em have never heard of playing through the pain, have they? It's only a matter of time before someone backs out cos they have a cracked fingernail.

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  • 364. At 09:16am on 23 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Wenger wants to bring in a striker and West Ham's Carlton Cole, Andre-Pierre Gignac of Toulouse and Bordeaux's Marouane Chamakh have all been linked with the Gunners.
    =========================

    I like Carlton Cole but I am not sure if he will suit Arsenal's style... I don't know a lot of the other two... not keen on Chamakh's goals to game ratio though, if I remember correctly it is around 1 in 5, not good enough for an out and out striker.

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  • 365. At 09:27am on 23 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Well glad to see i left the blog with a rich vein of nonsense and it carried on through the night... Rafas, feeling the pinch a bit aint he... but a faint glimmer of light, it looks like Glenn Hoddle is off to Reading, so Kopites can at least take satisfaction that Hoddle wont be thier new man... Although i will say this for Hoddle, his theory that Gary Nevilles moustache are for the wrongs of a former life does hold water... The only other story of any intrest at all is that my mate James Wade snubbed JT in a chemist... Glad to see the lads not forgotten where he comes from and is keeping up good old fashioned Aldershot rudeness... No heirs and graces on that lad!

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  • 366. At 09:32am on 23 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I must say, i dont know if its Heirs and Graces, hairs and graces, airs and graces... Zoot, if you are out there please correct me... (oh and anyone else more educated than me, thats a lot of you, well all of you).

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  • 367. At 09:40am on 23 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I do believe it is airs and graces RBA

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  • 368. At 09:41am on 23 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    G'day Bo.You're on the money with the above post

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  • 369. At 09:44am on 23 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Do they have wheelchairs in the ground at reading... may need to keep Hoddle away from them.

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  • 370. At 09:44am on 23 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Cheers Bo... Truth is, i never learned to read so i have alot of problems with this sort of thing... (i just guess what you say, including your last post)...

    Quiet in here, people leaving for the xmas holiday already??? Do they know thiers a recesion!

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  • 371. At 09:47am on 23 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    G'day to you Jack and RBA.

    You spell remarkably well for a non reader RBH

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  • 372. At 09:49am on 23 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    RBA,is Wadey playing at Ally Pally tonight?

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  • 373. At 09:50am on 23 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I remember going to Aldershot to see Orient play RBA... must have been around 55-56... in the mid fifties anyway. Can't tell you much about it though... come to think of it, I don't know why I mentioned it.

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  • 374. At 09:52am on 23 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Better than some booksmart types... (pssst, Bo, you spealt the A on your second RBA with a H... easy mistake any one could make... Especialy given the educational system in Hustrhlih!)

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  • 375. At 09:54am on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    "The FA said Turner's appeal over the red card had had "no prospect of success" - hence its decision to add a game to the normal three-match suspension."

    Not that they'd want to prejudge the decision or anything... that is a disgrace of a decision, to the extent that it brings the game into disrepute. How can you possibly trust officialdom in it's current state?


    294. At 7:41pm on 22 Dec 2009, ColchesterFC wrote: "If a cat always lands on its feet, and buttered bread always lands butter side down, what would happen if you tied buttered bread on top of a cat?"

    You'd have invented an antigrativty device.


    On Carlton Cole, I can see him heading to Liverpool, but he'd become a legend at Arsenal, perfect kind of player for them and would turn them into a proper contender as its only a classic striker they lack to my mind.

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  • 376. At 09:54am on 23 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Just testing you RBK... checking on your reading ability... lol

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  • 377. At 09:56am on 23 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    But i'm glad you did Bo... i was -27 at the time so i don't have any memory of Ashot in that period... But its still really cool that you went. I'm off to find the result of the match and either gloat or mourn retrospectively.

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  • 378. At 09:57am on 23 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    You're pushing it calling it a system RBA... more a sort of free for all.

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  • 379. At 09:59am on 23 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Red... I think he is too english to fit in at arsenal.

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  • 380. At 10:05am on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    Incidentally, is it interesting that the old Milan rivals (Mancini vs Ancelotti) are now in charge of the new rich clubs? Probably not, but I can't believe the opportunity for Mancini to put one over on Ancelotti didn't play some part in his acceptance of the most poisoned chalice in football.

    all the money in the world, none of the glamour to attract the best players.

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  • 381. At 10:05am on 23 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Well Bo, i have found the 4 results for 55 and 56 seasons... and they are intersting... We both have some corkers...

    55 season:
    The Os 1 - 5 The Shots
    The Shots 0 - 1 The Os

    56 Season:
    The Os 8 - 3 The Shots (wow)
    The Shots 1 - 1 The Os

    Isn't history awesome...

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  • 382. At 10:13am on 23 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

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

  • 383. At 10:17am on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    i'd rule out Fulham too. And on the basis of likelihood, United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

    Lescott sold for a few didn't he?

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  • 384. At 10:19am on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    but Colchester, I think most Prem league teams will be paying their players 10s of thousands a week, including Bolton (was always big wages and low fees wasn't it, there?). Portsmouth liked an expensive player too.

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  • 385. At 10:21am on 23 Dec 2009, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    Festive Greetings again One and All.

    Ive been busy.

    I offer to the blog the Gooners Christmas Carol

    All Verses are to be sung to the tune " while shepherds watched thier flocks by night "

    While Arsene watched his crocks by night
    all fall about the ground
    a voice is heard across the void
    he's a steel for just a pound

    Digging deep, the price though steep
    but Arsene finds the wedge
    this guy is good and fleet of foot
    will give the team an edge.

    The big day comes for the new young gun
    expectations running high
    his first free kick he tamely slips
    and Gallas starts to cry

    Fear thee not the angels said
    this lad is made of steel
    thirty weeks should do the trick
    the injury will then heel

    Another one has hit the ground
    and with some force he hit
    the Lord looked down and Arsene frowned
    again we're in the S***

    Squad depletion who gives a fig
    our lads the' ve got some balls
    the Premier Crown and Champions League Cup
    adorn the Emirates Hall

    All the Goons throughout the world
    rejoice the fan base grew
    we proved them wrong in deeds and song
    but then thats nothing new

    King Arsene takes his rightfull place
    within the worlds elite
    a squad threadbare with style and flair
    has man u chelsea beat.

    AT LAST.



    Christmas Number One ? Votes Please.

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  • 386. At 10:22am on 23 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    And you can probably rule out Burnely. So if we're right we're left with Everton, Chelsea, Wigan, Spurs, Sunderland, Man City, West Ham, Blackburn, Birmingha and Villa.

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  • 387. At 10:26am on 23 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

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

  • 388. At 10:27am on 23 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Colch,here's a thought.I wonder why The Sun(owner Rupert Murdoch)doesn't name him.They aren't usually shy.Maybe they don't want to upset those teams that play,and are interviewed on Sky(owner Rupert Murdoch)

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  • 389. At 10:27am on 23 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Harry Redknapp!




























    Is a decent enough manager.

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  • 390. At 10:31am on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    too late Col

    but write off Sunderland - i don't see it. and put at least Bolton back in the mixer

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  • 391. At 10:32am on 23 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    "And looking at that list I can't really see it being Ancelotti, Martinez, Mancini or Zola"

    Italian men are famed for thier loyalty to thier wives... Just look at the example set by thier PM.

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  • 392. At 10:33am on 23 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    382 and 387 got modded but they left 386. That doesn't make sense.

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  • 393. At 10:36am on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    maybe they know the truth, and can only mod when you're wrong?

    I was thinking the same RBA, particularly those who are succeeding better than expected and might like to celebrate. Ancelotti doesn't look the type to me.

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  • 394. At 10:37am on 23 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    They've sent me the reason for Modding me. It's not because it was libellous but.....

    "Dear BBC Blog contributor, Thank you for contributing to a BBC Blog. Unfortunately we've had to remove your content below Your posting appears to be off-topic, in that it does not appear to relate to the subject of this blog. You may be able to repost your message on one of the other BBC blogs or message boards, in a more relevant topic area."

    I can't believe that I got done for going off topic after some of the posts earlier about cats and buttered bread. At least this one was about football.

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  • 395. At 10:38am on 23 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    393. At 10:36am on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    maybe they know the truth, and can only mod when you're wrong?

    --------------------------------

    If that's the case let's accuse each and every one of them and see which one remains left un-modded. Think of it as a Robbo 'Guess Who' ;)

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  • 396. At 10:38am on 23 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    DG3,not bad.I thought after "On An Island" you'd gone for shorter songs...

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  • 397. At 10:40am on 23 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Gen, do agree about Ancelloti, from all i have read about the guy, he's seems far too nice... and not the sleazy kind. But Franks uncle, it could well be...

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  • 398. At 10:42am on 23 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Ah screw it ... I'll pick Redknapp, on the basis the team's antics are starting to rub off on him :P

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  • 399. At 10:44am on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    Col, there is never rhyme nor reason to it.

    DG3, very nice

    Martinez has done really well this season, and has good reason to celebrate in my view.

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  • 400. At 10:45am on 23 Dec 2009, democracythreat wrote:

    re WAGS:

    "Anything to keep them out the papers while our lads are in them for the best of reasons in South Africa."

    I had thought the prevailing wisdom was that athletes were encouraged to be out of them before big games. Still, if you feel that there are the best of reasons to be in them throughout the south african campaign, I defer to your superior knowledge of sporting conduct.

    Stuff 'em in there then, lads. Robbo says its the way to glory!

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  • 401. At 10:46am on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    seconds after frank's uncle :/ doesn't bear thinking about does it.

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  • 402. At 10:46am on 23 Dec 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    I've just gone off topic. I think I'll have a Mars bar instead.

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  • 403. At 10:47am on 23 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Rafa is a posibility, drowning his sorrows... And he seems to encourage his players to go down easily... he's getting that from somewhere! And if any one has any frustration to work out... its that guy.




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  • 404. At 10:55am on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    385. At 10:21am on 23 Dec 2009, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    wow. time on hands


    also - man u bidding 9 + Nani for A De Maria? part-exchange suggests a lack of funds.

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  • 405. At 10:57am on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    394. At 10:37am on 23 Dec 2009, ColchesterFC wrote:

    they took off two of my jokes, which is understandable, and a perfectly reasonable comment about Messi.

    But i have left several messages in support of white supremacy, none of which have fallen foul of el Modulation.

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  • 406. At 10:57am on 23 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Possibly Tim, mind Nani's worth about 18p in the grand sheme of things and Fergie just wants rid one way or another.

    Anyway, if Fergie's hands are being tied regarding funds he doesn't strike me as the sort to keep quiet if he's being hampered.

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  • 407. At 11:06am on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    317. At 9:45pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:
    It seems that Wenger will have an eye on the January transfer list trying to find a striker... he says van Persie will virtually miss the rest of the season which, as the article suggests, also puts him in doubt for WC selection for the Netherlands.
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    Good morning All,
    No offence, but the Netherlands can go forth and multiply themselves with a cheese grater for all Arsenal fans care. Their incompetence cost us our best player this season, for the whole season when his injury could have been just a couple of months instead. I hope Holland crash and burn at the world cup....what am I talking about? They always do.

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  • 408. At 11:08am on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    While persuing through last nights posts and noticing RBA's obvious boredom the questions that were being posed really did make me laugh, when someone tells you there is no such thing as a silly question, i'd direct them to this week's blog! :o)

    By the way......

    When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?

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  • 409. At 11:08am on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    Star - no, but he will lie to protect his baby (MUFC) without a second's thought. Just seems odd, but if he had identified Berba and Nani in the 1st place, maybe the beards don't trust him with their dollars anymore, not to splash, anyway.

    Scotland will allow cyclist David Millar to compete for his nation at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India after he won an appeal against his life ban.

    Commonwealth Games Scotland has lifted a ban that was enforced after Millar, 32, was suspended from cycling for two years in 2004 for using drug EPO.

    "David has become a campaigner and educator about doping since returning," said CGS chief executive Jon Doig.

    SO, PROVIDING THEY ARE WILLING TO ADMIT THEY WERE WRONG, WHY SHOULD MURDERERS STAY IN JAIL?
    This is a joke, a disgrace to sport. this man is an EPO cheat.

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  • 410. At 11:10am on 23 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Morning chaps.

    DG3. Good stuff.

    CFC. Modded for being off topic? On here?
    How much of an insult is that?
    402 Zoot, This blog is not a sprint, it´s a Marathon.

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  • 411. At 11:10am on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    324. At 9:55pm on 22 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:
    Spit @ 309, no, I don't mean scroll up and spit on your screens at post 309
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    Why not!.. seems a reasonable thing to do.
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    At an internet cafe? :o)

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  • 412. At 11:10am on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    No offence, but the Netherlands can go forth and multiply themselves with a cheese grater for all Arsenal fans care. Their incompetence cost us our best player this season, for the whole season when his injury could have been just a couple of months instead. I hope Holland crash and burn at the world cup....what am I talking about? They always do.

    Arsenal win more games without him, oddly.

    When cheese....it say you've got too much time. Maybe get together with DG3 to create a dairy calender?

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  • 413. At 11:11am on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    At an internet cafe?

    yeah, you're my chinese Lois

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  • 414. At 11:12am on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    MotoGP engines will increase in size from 800cc to 1000cc in 2012 after an agreement between the sport's governing body and rights holders on Friday.

    THIS IS THE BEST REASON NOT TO WATCH F1 NEXT YEAR. MOTOGP WAS ALREADY BETTER, AND NOW THE CRAZY BARSTEWARDS ARE GETTING BIGGER ENGINES.

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  • 415. At 11:13am on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    344. At 10:44pm on 22 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:
    Another little know Santa fun fact is that he has the biggest sack known to mankind.
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    Does he have a seem running along the bottom of it?

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  • 416. At 11:18am on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    FROM McNulty - which is where JDR went, i'm assuming in tears and crying about bullies.

    126. At 10:46am on 23 Dec 2009, R777 wrote:
    Why is there all this discussion about Liverpool? They were never part of the big four anyway. How many Premiership titles have they won? Last season's fluke aside, when have they come close to winning a title?

    some people will say anything for a reaction.

    SAVE GARY NEVILLE

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  • 417. At 11:19am on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    375. At 09:54am on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:
    On Carlton Cole, I can see him heading to Liverpool, but he'd become a legend at Arsenal, perfect kind of player for them and would turn them into a proper contender as its only a classic striker they lack to my mind.
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    Someon like him or Eden Dzeko would be perfect, good call GR.

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  • 418. At 11:19am on 23 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    I've always been more of a touring car man myself ... I love seeing all those bog standard rep mobiles smack 7 bells out of each other under the loose pretence they're actually racing and not just having a 40 lap demolition derby around Donnington.

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  • 419. At 11:20am on 23 Dec 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    RBA

    The UK porno take on "Are You Being Served?" certainly used "Hairs and Graces" in their promotional literature. I think all that changed when the Hollywood version came out.

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  • 420. At 11:21am on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    385. At 10:21am on 23 Dec 2009, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:
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    Top banana mate!

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  • 421. At 11:23am on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    Star, I agree - that and MotoGP are the best entertainment in racing. I especially like that guy who used to drive Renault, who loves to have a good smack at people, and then complains. F1 is just to machine like.

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  • 422. At 11:23am on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    417. At 11:19am on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:
    375. At 09:54am on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:
    On Carlton Cole, I can see him heading to Liverpool, but he'd become a legend at Arsenal, perfect kind of player for them and would turn them into a proper contender as its only a classic striker they lack to my mind.

    how can you ignore the quality of Bendtner...sorry, choking a bit.

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  • 423. At 11:26am on 23 Dec 2009, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    thank you everyone.

    In case there are doubts relateing to it being " off Topic " or Snickers
    I wish to point out the relevance/s

    " balls " : as in Ballballs that dangle from Xmas Trees and other places

    " angels " : seen at this time of year specially when drunk or on drugs

    " figs " : xmas food freely available in most Supermarkets all year round

    " lord " : a word in frequent use not just at xmas eg: House of Lords



    JOB : " not bad.I thought after "On An Island" you'd gone for shorter songs... "

    if you think that was bad you wait till you see my other songs:......

    Good King Arsene sent his scouts on a secret mission
    a strikers needed theres no doubt now RVP's in traction
    brightly shone the boots he wore hanging in the cloakroom
    Edu tries them on for size problem solved no gloooooooooom.

    Note the continueing xmas theme.

    hehe

    Shine On

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  • 424. At 11:26am on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    412. At 11:10am on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    No offence, but the Netherlands can go forth and multiply themselves with a cheese grater for all Arsenal fans care. Their incompetence cost us our best player this season, for the whole season when his injury could have been just a couple of months instead. I hope Holland crash and burn at the world cup....what am I talking about? They always do.
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    Arsenal win more games without him, oddly.
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    Are you sure about that mate? He was by far and away the form player in the country when he got nobbled on international duty? or do you mean over his career at Arsenal?

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  • 425. At 11:29am on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    413. At 11:11am on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    At an internet cafe?
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    yeah, you're my chinese Lois
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    That's a brilliant episode, just got series 8 to watch now!

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  • 426. At 11:31am on 23 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Zoots... thanks mate.. i nwe icould rely on you (though your swapping the nutty goodness of a Topic for a Mars does befuddle me!)

    And well done for referecncing are being served and porn at the same time without mentioning Mrs Slocombe's pussy.

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  • 427. At 11:33am on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    422. At 11:23am on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    how can you ignore the quality of Bendtner...sorry, choking a bit.
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    LOL that's harsh.
    Now this lad is truly an enigma, one week he can be brilliant, the next "heskey-like" in his finishing. 15 goals and 8 assists last season from a 21 (?) year old striker is no bad stat, I'll also say this he has arguably the best leap of ANY player in the EPL and is our hardest working player. His time will come i'm sure, but just now we need the finished article and if bendtner's good enough to dislodge the new guy, then he'll get in the team, if he isn't well we can always sell him for a fat fee and sell on percentage.

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  • 428. At 11:37am on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    Another serious quetsion.......................

    I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks so I wondered what do mothers from Asian countries use?




    Toothpicks?

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  • 429. At 11:43am on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    Tough crowd.....

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  • 430. At 11:46am on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    F1 is just to machine like.

    mechanical?

    rally would be no. 1 if the coverage was better. you and me agreeing again, GR. MOTOGP is the best.

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  • 431. At 11:50am on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    Eggsy - yes, and when very drunk a few weeks ago attempted to recreate that moment in an internet cafe, suffice to say was thrown out before i could get me kecks off.

    RVP stat came from sky, and was a career % i think. with regard to your toothpick question, no, they use a pair of healess matches.

    i've recently acquired a 'Cuppy-cup', for babies. Impossible to tip over, with a lid, it is the perfect Christmas drinking tool.

    "Christmas rapist...Is nothing sacred?"

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  • 432. At 11:54am on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    anyone else think Mancini is massively over-rated considering what he managed in Europe with Inter? I know he won 3 scudetto titles, but Milan and Juve were in trouble at the time.

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  • 433. At 11:54am on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    431. At 11:50am on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    i've recently acquired a 'Cuppy-cup', for babies. Impossible to tip over, with a lid, it is the perfect Christmas drinking tool.
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    A cuppy-cup? Sounds cool and it minimizes beer spillage and other alcohol related wastery!
    Do you have a link? My Google-bay-fox thing isn't finding any results!!!

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  • 434. At 11:55am on 23 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    MOTOGP? F1? Booooo!

    Motorsports are all about the cars, they should abandon the cars and run around the track if they want to know whose best! Then see if any one would bother watching?!

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  • 435. At 11:56am on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    432. At 11:54am on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    anyone else think Mancini is massively over-rated considering what he managed in Europe with Inter? I know he won 3 scudetto titles, but Milan and Juve were in trouble at the time.
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    it could possibly be that he wa sin the right place at the right time, now we get the chance to see if it was a massive fluke or not at first hand. Although glad the Gooners don't have to go to Eastlands again this year, been a bit of a bogey ground for us recently as well as getting some terrible luck there.

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  • 436. At 11:58am on 23 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    http://www.playtexbaby.com/about/how_spillproofcups.aspx

    There you go Eggs, just bought one for the little one... And they work well...

    Can i just say guys, you are geniouseses, i never even thought of this application!

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  • 437. At 11:59am on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    ooh, got modded. can't work out why, maybe the word i used to describe my trousers?

    sorry, can't post links. try sippy-cup. i find for beer it lacks the volume, but in terms of rum it is perfect.

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  • 438. At 12:00pm on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    436. At 11:58am on 23 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    http://www.playtexbaby.com/about/how_spillproofcups.aspx

    There you go Eggs, just bought one for the little one... And they work well...
    Can i just say guys, you are geniouseses, i never even thought of this application!
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    Cheers for the link. Tim's the man with the master plan.....
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    437. At 11:59am on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    sorry, can't post links. try sippy-cup. i find for beer it lacks the volume, but in terms of rum it is perfect.
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    Do they make one for wild turkey/JD? ;o)

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  • 439. At 12:01pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    Can i just say guys, you are geniouseses, i never even thought of this application!

    the cup? i have a history of spillage, seemed a natural progression.

    RBA - do you feel similarly about jockeys?

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  • 440. At 12:01pm on 23 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Apparently talking about football managers is "off topic" but talking about non-spill baby cups is ok. Work that one out.

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  • 441. At 12:02pm on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    439. At 12:01pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    the cup? i have a history of spillage, seemed a natural progression.
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    yes, but what about your drinks?

    Wa wa waaaaaaaaaa!

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  • 442. At 12:10pm on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    Can you get cavities in your dentures from using too much artificial sweetner?

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  • 443. At 12:10pm on 23 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Let's see if I can stay on topic. As this blog is about Xmas presents.......

    To the manager caught out by The Sun - a forgiving wife or a good divorce lawyer

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  • 444. At 12:14pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    To the manager caught out by The Sun - a forgiving wife or a good divorce lawyer

    who?

    what is tiger woods wife getting for Xmas?

    half of everything

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  • 445. At 12:14pm on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    rally, of course - its been so long since I watched any. That is the ultimate in skilled driving. There is the right line for F1 and anything other than that you're wasting time, so everyone takes much the same line, coming down to strategy and pit stops etc

    MotoGP and touring cars are so competitive though - i love watching them and their godlike driving.

    Bentner is a good player, but he's not an outright striker really - he doesn't have the awareness. He's quite a lot like Bentley really, both can cross really well, both can score great goals, and both work really har... wait, that's not right.

    I agree, Mancini is overrated, and Ancelotti will put one over on him even with his spending power.

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  • 446. At 12:15pm on 23 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    444. At 12:14pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    To the manager caught out by The Sun - a forgiving wife or a good divorce lawyer

    who?
    -------------------------------------------

    We tried speculating about who it was earlier Tim but got modded

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  • 447. At 12:18pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    Pardew has a history of cheating an racism, which isn't libel, there is proof available.

    Or is it a PL man?

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  • 448. At 12:19pm on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    445. At 12:14pm on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:
    Bentner is a good player, but he's not an outright striker really - he doesn't have the awareness. He's quite a lot like Bentley really, both can cross really well, both can score great goals, and both work really har... wait, that's not right.
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    Wash your mouth out with soap and water mate, mentioning that £15 million donkey to our NickyB! lol

    Bendtner is an out and out target man who run's himself into the ground in nearly every game.

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  • 449. At 12:19pm on 23 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Try googling "sun newspaper premier league manager" and you'll get the story

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  • 450. At 12:21pm on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    446. At 12:15pm on 23 Dec 2009, ColchesterFC wrote:
    444. At 12:14pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    To the manager caught out by The Sun - a forgiving wife or a good divorce lawyer
    who?
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    We tried speculating about who it was earlier Tim but got modded
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    Well it wouldn't be Franks uncle as someone mentioned earlier, unless the aforementioned slapper wanted her partner to look like a butchers dustbin.......

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  • 451. At 12:22pm on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    who's the current wigan manager?

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  • 452. At 12:23pm on 23 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    I don't think looks are important to the "ladies" in question Eggs. As long as the price is right

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  • 453. At 12:26pm on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    452. At 12:23pm on 23 Dec 2009, ColchesterFC wrote:
    I don't think looks are important to the "ladies" in question Eggs. As long as the price is right
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    Ah come on, even brass must have standards no?

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  • 454. At 12:27pm on 23 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Not in my experience Eggs. Er...I mean not from what I've been told

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  • 455. At 12:28pm on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    449. At 12:19pm on 23 Dec 2009, ColchesterFC wrote:
    Try googling "sun newspaper premier league manager" and you'll get the story
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    I love the last part, "when our reporter tried to leave early...." YEAH RIGHTY-OH!

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  • 456. At 12:28pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    448. At 12:19pm on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    certainly some division between how the Gooners view Bendy to everyone else.

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  • 457. At 12:33pm on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    "Creeping privacy laws in the UK, based on the Human Rights Act, mean we are barred from naming him."

    I love that quote. "creeping privacy laws" stopping us intruding on people's private behaviour. How dare they! The public has a right to know!

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  • 458. At 12:33pm on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    456. At 12:28pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    certainly some division between how the Gooners view Bendy to everyone else.
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    People don't rate bendtner and from many of his performances I can understand that view point totally, but when a player has ability AND a massive work ethic we should always give him a chance unless he is a complete moron like Emmanual Greedypaymemore then he should be jeered and booed at every opportunity lol I suppose also that other fans from other teams don't analyse his performances as he is n't an eye catching type of player, we probably watch him a lot more closely, obviously.

    Question: If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest drown too?

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  • 459. At 12:34pm on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    "The Sun asked him why he was in a brothel, but he refused to answer - and got into the back of the car."

    Maybe he was looking for his players? Or his missus?

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  • 460. At 12:35pm on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    "Behaving like this leaves him and the club wide open to the threat of blackmail by criminals."

    Well, at least they're admitting what they are.

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  • 461. At 12:35pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    wears a tracksuit, industrial estate, thai women.

    Roy Hodgson?

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  • 462. At 12:36pm on 23 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @461 That won't last long Tim

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  • 463. At 12:37pm on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    457. At 12:33pm on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:
    "Creeping privacy laws in the UK, based on the Human Rights Act, mean we are barred from naming him."
    I love that quote. "creeping privacy laws" stopping us intruding on people's private behaviour. How dare they! The public has a right to know!
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    GR I think if your in the public spotlight (willingly) earning millions of pounds when in fact you are anaughty boy why shouldn't that be on the front pages? Don't get me wrong, the media are generally a bunch of scumbags with no morals or talent but we as a people have aright to know what the self promoting

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  • 464. At 12:37pm on 23 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Eggs... reading through the posts, you sound more like a Un**ed supporter than an Arsenal supporter... lol... Arsenal do make mistakes too you know.

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  • 465. At 12:37pm on 23 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    56 Season:
    The Os 8 - 3 The Shots (wow)

    Them were the days ... 2 in defence and 5 in attack!!!

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  • 466. At 12:37pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    i really don't understand the modding at all. some of the stuff left up is 100x worse than what is removed.

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  • 467. At 12:38pm on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    Obi-wan? Could it be?

    It is assumed its a current Premier League manager, but what about our man in the East?

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  • 468. At 12:40pm on 23 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Some great results there RBA... i don't think I was there for the 8-3... sure I would have remembered that.

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  • 469. At 12:40pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

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

  • 470. At 12:40pm on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    Eggs, i know what you mean, but lets face it - the only reason the media care is because they make money from the dirt they dig.

    It doesn't work on the continent and they're far worse there. because people don't care. For some reason, people here have an unhealthy obsession with knocking others down to make themselves feel better.

    "Our man said he was nervous, regretted going there and wanted to leave."

    Yeah, when it turned out to be a lady boy maybe.

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  • 471. At 12:40pm on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    464. At 12:37pm on 23 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:
    Eggs... reading through the posts, you sound more like a Un**ed supporter than an Arsenal supporter... lol... Arsenal do make mistakes too you know.
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    Eh? I slate my team constantly mate, (i'm a cynical gooner) any postings in particular?

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  • 472. At 12:47pm on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    470. At 12:40pm on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:
    Eggs, i know what you mean, but lets face it - the only reason the media care is because they make money from the dirt they dig.
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    The irony being that if it wasn't for these "certain people" who make the media so morally outraged, the media wouldn't exist...

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  • 473. At 12:50pm on 23 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    As it's Xmas let he who makes the 500th post suffer a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year

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  • 474. At 12:51pm on 23 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Little xmas cheer from the Modly Ones today I see.

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  • 475. At 12:54pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    The irony being that if it wasn't for these "certain people" who make the media so morally outraged, the media wouldn't exist...

    sorry?

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  • 476. At 12:56pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    "He cannot kick with his left foot, he cannot head a ball, he cannot tackle and he doesn't score many goals. Apart from that he's all right."
    George Best's verdict on David Beckham.

    His most lucid moment ever.

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  • 477. At 1:00pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    "At home they have a few drinks and probably the prawn sandwiches, and they don't realise what's going on out on the pitch. I don't think some of the people who come to Old Trafford can spell football, never mind understand it."
    Manchester United skipper Roy Keane and the legendary prawn sandwich comment

    and some polar opposition. SHUT UP ROY, and GO AWAY. FOR EVER.

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  • 478. At 1:01pm on 23 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    Captian, RBA and Eggs dont know which one said the following

    "Can i just say guys, you are geniouseses, "

    But surely its Genieye (sp) .... especially in panto season

    TIm - interesting to see how Mancini does at Citeh as you are correct - he had no real competition as werent Juve et al relegated due to dodgy dealings that we would never see in the prem

    I noticed a debate earlier about the Prem along the lines of you can rule Burnley out and Sunderland ... not sure about Sunderland etc etc ... giz a clue???

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  • 479. At 1:01pm on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    475. At 12:54pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    The irony being that if it wasn't for these "certain people" who make the media so morally outraged, the media wouldn't exist...
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    sorry?
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    The media get their knickers in a twist over a "celebrity" misbehaving yet it is the celebraties misbehaviour that keeps the rags in business.

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  • 480. At 1:04pm on 23 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @478 FBH I refer you to post 449

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  • 481. At 1:05pm on 23 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    440. At 12:01pm on 23 Dec 2009, ColchesterFC wrote:
    Apparently talking about football managers is "off topic" but talking about non-spill baby cups is ok. Work that one out.

    Colch - I think you suffered the insult of all insults from the Mods - a default mod - i.e. they couldnt even be bothererd finding a proper reason so gave the default "not on topic" - amazing really - but keep your pecker up and your blogging

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  • 482. At 1:07pm on 23 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    Aha - some prem manager has played away ... im up to speed now

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  • 483. At 1:07pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    The media get their knickers in a twist over a "celebrity" misbehaving yet it is the celebraties misbehaviour that keeps the rags in business.

    Heat maybe, but i'm not sure this is true of the Sun. Or almost any other paper (exception being the Hysterical Mail).

    fbh - yes, and silvio stopped pouring money into milan as well. i prefer geniarse.

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  • 484. At 1:09pm on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    481. At 1:05pm on 23 Dec 2009, followingborohurts wrote:
    but keep your pecker up and your blogging
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    You have a depressed woodpecker?

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  • 485. At 1:12pm on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    483. At 1:07pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    Heat maybe, but i'm not sure this is true of the Sun. Or almost any other paper (exception being the Hysterical Mail).
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    It's on every other page of every other newspaper.....? How can you say it doesn't when we/I see it every day? Newspapers prey on the lowly and the morally bankrupt.

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  • 486. At 1:16pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    485. At 1:12pm on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    1st - every other, tabloids are full of this rubbish, yes. but that is an issue of supply and demand. if people only wanted news then Murdoch would be on the streets.

    2nd - agree that celeb behaviour does appear in papers, but i wouldn't say it supports them. as above, certain pubs. would suffer if the public got some sense, but it is a niche.

    3rd - i don't read papers that i don't like.

    PARTY EGGS CAN ALSO BE A NICE ADDITION TO A PICNIC/MEAL

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  • 487. At 1:18pm on 23 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    Why do we never read about a journalist or tabloid editor or owner playing away .... hypocrites or angels??? You decide.

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  • 488. At 1:21pm on 23 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    486. At 1:16pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    I read the Times sports section and that is about it for me. But I am aware that newspapers print othe rthings as well, I think that is a little bit of hair splitting to be honest mate. Without gossip and scandal the newspapers wouldn't go under but they wouldn't exactly be sold out every day either. Is that more acceptable?

    PARTY EGGS CAN ALSO BE A NICE ADDITION TO A PICNIC/MEAL
    Nooooooooooooooooo even with that extra mayonaisey(SP?) goodness the original is still the best to me. Although if in a pinch i'd take a party egg, just don't tell anyone!
    Does partyegg sound like some sort of ravers drug? lol

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  • 489. At 1:23pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    487. At 1:18pm on 23 Dec 2009, followingborohurts wrote:
    Why do we never read about a journalist or tabloid editor or owner playing away .... hypocrites or angels??? You decide.

    we heard about conrad black, and the Sun editor who hit her boyfriend. we heard about the tappers, and the fella who went to jail for the royal affair.

    just isn't the same level of interest in the stories.

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  • 490. At 1:23pm on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    not as simple as that captain. the media creates the need as well.

    They tell people what they want people to want, and then they give it to them. In England, people love to see others failing, so it makes them feel better. It is the only way to account for X-factor trials being shown, and all soaps especially Eastenders.

    People are encouraged to keep up with the latest gossip, so then they supply it. As soon as one person reads something, they gossip about it, causing others to feel a need to find out. And then it has begun.

    Just like in James Bond, soon you'll have someone like NOTW creating the stories as well as recording them... oh wait.

    Incidentally, Best on Beckham - it may have been his most lucid moment, but he was dead wrong. He's a midfielder (not a striker or wing forward), he can (and does) cross better with his left than Besty ever could, when needed. But apart from that, he was right.

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  • 491. At 1:25pm on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    Yeah i was also going to add that the moral outrage aspect is painfully delicious - being that most of these scumbags have less morals than you find on the back of a postage stamp

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  • 492. At 1:28pm on 23 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Speaking of tabloids ...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/m/man_city/8427372.stm

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  • 493. At 1:31pm on 23 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Thank frag for small favours ... Cameroon have omitted Bassong from their squad. Cheers mates, I'd much rather keep him at home with Spurs :)

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  • 494. At 1:31pm on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    Editor: a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.
    Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)

    The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

    Advertisements... contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

    A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not.
    Henry Fielding (1707 - 1754)

    Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
    Ben Hecht (1893 - 1964)

    Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers.
    Jimmy Breslin

    To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.
    Aleister Crowley (1875 - 1947)

    last but not least:

    All successful newspapers are ceaselessly querulous and bellicose. They never defend anyone or anything if they can help it; if the job is forced on them, they tackle it by denouncing someone or something else.
    H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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  • 495. At 1:32pm on 23 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    And I ask for the 903rd time, why is f e c k programmed into the filter? It's not even a real word, never mind a curse word.

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  • 496. At 1:32pm on 23 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    489. At 1:23pm on 23 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    487. At 1:18pm on 23 Dec 2009, followingborohurts wrote:
    Why do we never read about a journalist or tabloid editor or owner playing away .... hypocrites or angels??? You decide.

    we heard about conrad black, and the Sun editor who hit her boyfriend. we heard about the tappers, and the fella who went to jail for the royal affair.

    just isn't the same level of interest in the stories.

    -----------------------------------
    Or the same level of Journalistic endeavour mate???

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  • 497. At 1:33pm on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    try frack, star

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  • 498. At 1:33pm on 23 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Did the journo from said article just happen to be there coincidently?

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  • 499. At 1:34pm on 23 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    I prefer frag ... it reminds me of many a late hour of my youth whiled away blowing up monsters on Doom Red

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  • 500. At 1:35pm on 23 Dec 2009, GenesisRed wrote:

    no, they followed him there, greeted him, he greeted them openly, and then they waited for the hour or so he was there, till he left... waited another hour (hmmm i wonder why?) and then he came back having probably forgotten his wedding ring or something.

    I can't imagine why they waited, can you?

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