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Robbo Robson | 12:43 UK time, Monday, 8 February 2010

It's been an emotionally draining week for me and John Terry - he got very emotional and I drained the Blue Bell dry.

But a love-in at the Bridge and what looks like a charm offensive (that's an oxymoron if ever there was one) shouldn't kid him into believing the rest of us are back in love with the errant lad.

Still, at least it distracts the average football fan from the annual ritual of ducking and diving to avoid that festival of egg-chasing, the Six Nations.

I have to say the Beeb do their very best with the little trailers - tub-thumping patriotism trumpeted by all and sundry, fans of all nations tossing around inflatable hearts like lads and ladettes in love's first flush - and I think to myself that I must be missing summat here.
James Haskell and Andy PowellJames Haskell hands off Andy Powell
I'm beginning to get past the idea of union being nothing more than public schoolboy stockbrokers at play. When I were growing up you'd frequently watch a post-match Twickers interview with a man who had a face like a film noir heavy and a voice like Sebastian Flyte telling you how the guys had to 'dig for victory'.

In fact when I listened to James Haskell's nice-but-dim on-pitch chat, the memories came flooding back. (Yes, my daff-waving friends, I know it's never been like that in Wales).
But while the prole-ish chips on me shoulders are getting worn away, I'm still left with the feeling that rugby union makes Robbo feel a very dull boy. I just don't get it.

First, there's the scrums. In rugby league, they're a joke (it's like watching two ferrets in a birdcage kicking each other). But I thought in union there were rules - like the 'crooked feed' (there's a phrase straight out of Dickens). You're not allowed to toss the ball straight at your hooker's feet. But that's exactly what happens every time.

Then there's the lottery of penalising front rows (or Six Men in Search of a Neck). One gets punished for pulling his man down, another gets punished for pushing his man up. It looks arbitrary. If Brian Moore has no idea why a free-kick gets given then what the hell chance do I have?

I have to say Mooro is good value. I'm not saying I like the fella, but he's a vital ingredient. I mean I don't like cloves but show me a decent apple crumble without them.
The rule-makers have their work cut out too, 'cos from what I saw this weekend the game all too easily gets reduced to a brainless version of the Chuckle Brothers - to me, to you, to me, to you - as two gangling full-backs kick it back and forth for an epoch or two.

The only saving grace to the England-Wales game was the wondrous try by the lad Hook. That sidestep and sway was reminiscent of rugby union before every player on earth got shackled to the local gymnasium.

The one thing rugger always had going for it was that it was a game for all shapes and sizes. It worked like this:

Fat = prop.
Tall = lock.
Small = scrum-half.
Fast = winger.
Borderline psychopath = flanker.
Good at football = stand-off.
Handsome, fast but a little bit fey = full-back (everyone looked forward to clattering him).
Mathieu Bastareaud-shape = anywhere you damn well please.

Nowadays, everyone looks as wide as they are high. The creatures that strode out on to Murrayfield looked like the result of some horrible experiment in genetic engineering. Like 30 Dr David Banners on the cusp of turning green and angry.

Plus, there were times when the game was so static you'd have thought they were waiting for David Flaming Hockney to finish a Twickers water-colour before moving on.
I mean the blokes I used to enjoy watching - David Duckham, Gerald Davies, Phil Bennett, Andy Irvine, Serge '40 Gaulois a Day' Blanco - would snap like like KitKat fingers in the modern game.
Pierre Garcon (Colts) and Usama Young (Saints) tussle in the SuperBowl Pierre Garcon (Colts) and Usama Young (Saints) tussle in the Super Bowl
Much has been learnt from the gargantuans that take the field across the pond, if you ask me. I swore this year I'd stay up and watch the Super Bowl - especially with the New Orleans Saints in the final - but sure enough come the first commercial break the chin hit the chest and before I knew it the wife was downstairs gently rousing me from my sleep with the point of her elbow.

Besides which, even the crashing together of the men mountains of Gridiron would've been as nothing when compared to the pit-bulls at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime. It was a match that used to be called 'highly competitive' but nowadays gets the moniker 'X-rated'.

Not since the halcyon days of Tommy Smith has such shameless clogging been witnessed. Carragher started it off with a classic man-and-ball challenge. Pienaar's assault on Mascherano was worthy of three red cards. Kyrgiakos deserved to go but the master of mayhem was that marauding stick of candyfloss Marouane Fellaini.

Clearly, if he was at the Boro the lad would've earned the same cult status as he has amongst the Toffees. There's the drive, the commitment, the mane - but there's also the spite, the elbows, the really horrible challenges. Suffice to say, if the lad played rugby he'd be in the utter flanker category.

Nevertheless, the likes of Kuyt and Moyes couldn't quite keep a surly smile off their chops when asked if the game was a bit physical - and to be honest it was nice to see none of the participants have a post-match tizzy-fit about the challenges or the result.

Like, say, Arsene Wenger's men, who continue to show all the resilience of seeding dandelion-heads. Pretty, predictable, powder-puffy. Watching Drogba confront them was like watching a hungry bear gorging his way through a finger buffet.
Expect Arsenal to rejoin the race very soon. The race for fourth place that is.

Comments

  • 1. At 1:47pm on 08 Feb 2010, kestrel62 wrote:

    first ! sorry

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  • 2. At 1:49pm on 08 Feb 2010, kestrel62 wrote:

    Terry - wrapped in cotton wool at the Bridge or what

    get into the real world man

    until Capello goes he will not be captain again or ever

    Accy Stanley fan here

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  • 3. At 1:50pm on 08 Feb 2010, kestrel62 wrote:

    trouble loggin in it kept directing me to 404 !!
    problems with the account Robbo after drinking the Blue Bell dry ?

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  • 4. At 1:51pm on 08 Feb 2010, kestrel62 wrote:

    Anyone remember The Fridge ?

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  • 5. At 1:52pm on 08 Feb 2010, kestrel62 wrote:

    Helloooooooooooooooooooooo
    anyone here ????

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  • 6. At 1:52pm on 08 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    'Utter Flanker' I've got to write that one down ...

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  • 7. At 1:53pm on 08 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

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

  • 8. At 1:54pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    4. At 1:51pm on 08 Feb 2010, kestrel62 wrote:
    Anyone remember The Fridge ?
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    Yeah, it used to be a night club in Brixton.

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  • 9. At 1:54pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    As there is a new blog up i though i would post my final comments from the last up here! So here they are:

    Outside chance of making the SA squad XI:
    Kirkland
    Richards Dawson Shawcross Warnock
    Bentley Hargreaves Huddlestone Johnson
    C.Cole Walcott

    Definately wont make the SA squad XI:
    Almunia
    Hibbert Bramble Campbell Higginbotham
    Eagles Bullard Jenas Etherington
    Zamora Bent

    I will eat my hat and shoes and coat if any of those make it to SA in the England Squad (i made sure i used the word "england" as if there is a goal keeper crisis in spain Almunia MAY get the 3rd choice keeper spot).

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  • 10. At 1:55pm on 08 Feb 2010, kestrel62 wrote:

    Brixton is a long way from Washington Redskin land !! (think thats who he played for)

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  • 11. At 1:56pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Graet minds again star - we both put new blog is up at the same time on the other blog mate!

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  • 12. At 1:56pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Graet = Great!!!!!

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  • 13. At 1:58pm on 08 Feb 2010, LetsTalkAboutCesc wrote:

    good reading- never been much of a fan of rugby, but agree it was more exciting before they all turned into the missing link in the evolutionary chain. Can you imagine one of the Underwood against the current crop. Wouldn't last 5 minutes.

    Anyway back to the real issue. And yes arsenal are out of the title race (again!!). Can't help with agree with arshavin who was quoted saying we'll never win anything with him playing striker. Why we didnt replave RVP in jan is beyond me. And with cesc likely to go in summer looks like the wait for big trophies will go on for another year or 2. I agree with Wengers principles in the transfer market, and happy we are a financially stable club. But surely at some point you have to speculate to accumulate. If we'd had a proper striker yesterday reckon we could have won.

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  • 14. At 1:59pm on 08 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    lol Ngog you're scaring me now ... you're even making the same spelling typos that I make.

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  • 15. At 2:01pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    Robbo does not like John Terry
    Robbo does not like Rugby Union
    Robbo does not like Rugby League
    Robbo does not like American Football
    Robbo watched the Merseyside derby
    Robbo watched Chelsea v Arsenal

    Is that what you are trying to say?

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  • 16. At 2:03pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    nice one delboy. i too have a strong weakness for oxymoron. i also gave the superbowl a try but was sick in it. kickandstopball. i cant stand rugby players either because theyre posh and hard. as for the chucklebrothers i understand theyve been surgically separated in the worlds first toyoutometoyoutomy operation. very risky.

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  • 17. At 2:03pm on 08 Feb 2010, SS11 wrote:

    How Arsenal are going to join the race for 4th is beyond me... I guess we are safe in 3rd position and will secure it next 6-7 games.

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  • 18. At 2:05pm on 08 Feb 2010, Eewires wrote:

    I know that Arsenal have been soundly whipped by both Man U and Chelsea, but I don't think they can be written off until the other 2 stop throwing points away against the likes of Hull and Burnley. If they beat Liverpool on Wednesday then they are still in the hunt.

    As for the rugby, spot on about the crooked put in (when I played - same time as the players listed - it was an offence not to put the ball in straight and quite a skill for the scrum half and hooker to get the advantage anyway) and the loopy way that the rules have tried to turn the game into tennis, but they do get how to finish the game. Full time (independantly measured and stopping the clock in certain circumstances) goes then you keep playing until the ball goes dead, apart from a foul on the team in posession, makes for some great tension when the team in posession is less than one score behind, and eliminates Fergy time.

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  • 19. At 2:06pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    If it's good enough for N'gog....
    1070. At 1:59pm on 08 Feb 2010, you wrote:

    Missed the defender chat.I like Higginbottom,Kathryn's favourite player.Over and out...
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    In my salad days I used to play full back.Fast?tick Little bit fey?I own several pink shirts and a pink pair of shoes.tick.Handsome....no

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  • 20. At 2:07pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    17. GFV.

    If you lose to Liverpool then they will only be two points behind you! I would call that pretty close - hence a race for fourth (and third)!

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  • 21. At 2:08pm on 08 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    15. At 2:01pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:
    Robbo does not like John Terry
    Robbo does not like Rugby Union
    Robbo does not like Rugby League
    Robbo does not like American Football
    Robbo watched the Merseyside derby
    Robbo watched Chelsea v Arsenal

    Is that what you are trying to say?
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    Doesn't like much really does he?

    But what he does like he loves passionately

    (Hopfully not mrs JDR though)

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  • 22. At 2:10pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    He's ok Jacks, but wont make England Squad - well i hope not otherwise its coat, shoes and fedora for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

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  • 23. At 2:10pm on 08 Feb 2010, SS11 wrote:

    RE: @20 - Arshavin's gets in form against Liverpool. And it's to be played at Emirates. Arshavin has been heavily criticised for his performance in last two games.. so 'Pool's get ready for some Arshavin Redemption!!!
    I predict Arsenal 3 - 0 Liverpool

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  • 24. At 2:11pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Glad to see you add comments to both Jacks - as yes i suppose it's good enough for me! ha!

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  • 25. At 2:12pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    21. At 2:08pm on 08 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:
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    Just trying to clarify the point of the blog (if any).

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  • 26. At 2:12pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    I hope your right GFV - i hate L****pool!

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  • 27. At 2:13pm on 08 Feb 2010, YellowBadger wrote:

    I am predominately a football fan but i have to disagree with Robbo. Rugby union is a great sport and it has the thrill of the physical aspect that football used to have in years gone by. Can you imagine some of the former football greats even contemplating showing that they had been hurt by an opponent. Let alone rolling around like they have been shot at the merest touch.

    If football had mantained some of its more manly attributes perhaps i'd be more inclined to agree that football is far superior. However there is something profoundly entertaining about watching that level of physical brutality for 80 minutes. The men who play rugby now are not that different to how they used to be its just the consequences of the sport being professional now.

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  • 28. At 2:13pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    But i hope L****pool finish above Citeh!!!!

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  • 29. At 2:15pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Gunning For Victory - [in pantomime stylee] We're behind you!!! Watch out kidderbean la!

    jacks - in answer to your question about Carra on the previous blog... yes. His first bad run of form in about 10 years had everyone writing him off. I was pretty relaxed about it though, knew he'd come good.

    American footy - Grrrr! Wallop! Bridgestone? Kool aid? Cash for gold? Grrr! Wallop! Repeat.

    GenesisRed - how about Mike Phelan for centre back at the WC? We all know he's clearly better than that incorrigible rogue JT AND he spends all day with our new, glorious, soon-to-be-deified-if-there's-any-justice-in-this-sad-unappreciative-world skipper, who has never missed an appointment in his life, King Rio the Benevolent.

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  • 30. At 2:16pm on 08 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    Expect Arsenal to rejoin the race very soon. The race for fourth place that is.

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    I hope Wenger regrets not trying to win the FA cup as he was clearly deluded to think he could win the league.

    Now if this comment doesn't start a debate I don't know what will.

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  • 31. At 2:16pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Neither do i SF!

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  • 32. At 2:16pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Go Chelsea

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  • 33. At 2:17pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    joe that would be the twitter version
    casper, The Fridge is in my kitchen and contains The Beer

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  • 34. At 2:17pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Okay, okay, I didn't want to do this but here goes.

    Losing against Utd and Chelsea is no big deal and not the end of the world, or the end of our PL hopes. Not so long ago we were in the same position and after an unbeaten run of ten games we were on top of the league. After our game against L'pool this comming Wednesday we have a run in of games that (on paper) look a lot easier then those of our rivals.

    We do struggle against Chelsea and Man U, but we easily beat most of the other teams in the league. The league is not decided by who wins the most games between the top 4 teams, otherwise L'pool would of been champs last year.

    Optimistic, NL.

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  • 35. At 2:20pm on 08 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:

    32. At 2:16pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Go Chelsea

    lmao!!

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  • 36. At 2:21pm on 08 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    I would have more respect for American Football ( which I think should be called American Rugby) if they weren't allowed to wear any helmets or padding...

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  • 37. At 2:23pm on 08 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    It's alright Joe I was just paraphrasing an interview with Chris Lowe some years ago on Entertainment Tonight in which he stated ( a la Robbo)

    I don't like Country & Western.
    I don't like rock music.
    Ehm, I don't like, I don't like Rockabilly.
    - Rock'n'roll particularly -
    I don't like much, really, do I? [laugh]
    But what I do like, I love passionately

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  • 38. At 2:23pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    They should change the name of the Superbowl to the Hyperbole. Far too much North American over-exuberance, macho celebratory zealotry and exaggerated gesturing.

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  • 39. At 2:24pm on 08 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    Arsenal should have played Bendtner not Walcott and put Arshavin out on the wing - could have eally done with that match nbeing an Arsenal win or a draw

    Dissappointed
    Old Trafford

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  • 40. At 2:25pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Well, what about the "World Series" which involves only America! (Maybe Japan too - but still thats not the WORLD)

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  • 41. At 2:25pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    H2 . Nice try, me old mucker.

    Go Chelsea!

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  • 42. At 2:25pm on 08 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    38. At 2:23pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:
    They should change the name of the Superbowl to the Hyperbole. Far too much North American over-exuberance, macho celebratory zealotry and exaggerated gesturing.
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    Still quality entertainment though - at least they are proud fo their country while our politicians are always trying to make us ashamed of ours

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  • 43. At 2:26pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Robbo, this is your second blog called 'Oval and Out'. I hope Joe doesn't notice.

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  • 44. At 2:27pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    I'm ashamed of their country too, Ads, me ole mucka. Just a shame they don't have the decency to save me the effort.

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  • 45. At 2:28pm on 08 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    40. At 2:25pm on 08 Feb 2010, Ngog And Kiss It wrote:
    Well, what about the "World Series" which involves only America! (Maybe Japan too - but still thats not the WORLD)
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    don't forget canada - they get to play too

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  • 46. At 2:28pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Yanks! It is NOT a WORLD series! The FA Vase Trophy is NOT THE WORLD TROPHY IS IT???????

    Rant over, Thanks!

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  • 47. At 2:28pm on 08 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    38. At 2:23pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    They should change the name of the Superbowl to the Hyperbole. Far too much North American over-exuberance, macho celebratory zealotry and exaggerated gesturing.

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    Translation: it was B******s

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  • 48. At 2:29pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I watched the Super Bowl last nigjht and thought it was pretty good entertainment, didn't even mind all the stopping and starting because it gave a chance for the pundits to explain to the lay mens (me) what exactly was going on. Thought the BBC did a good job.

    Anyone who thinks that the padding can stop you getting badly hurt is seriously deluded. You think they´re pansies? Then I dare you to go try it and feel what it is to be hit by a truck of a man who´s also wearing a helmet.

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  • 49. At 2:29pm on 08 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    46. At 2:28pm on 08 Feb 2010, Ngog And Kiss It wrote:
    Yanks! It is NOT a WORLD series! The FA Vase Trophy is NOT THE WORLD TROPHY IS IT???????

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    If you ask Whitley he may claim it is (certainly builds it up that way)

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  • 50. At 2:30pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Star - Bananas? Nope, one too many *'s. Hmmmm...

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  • 51. At 2:30pm on 08 Feb 2010, Lokacious wrote:

    Holloway2Holland

    You have got to be the most optimistic gunner around... your lot might have some 'easy' games to come but do you see Chelsea or Manu lose three games for your lot to catch up (assuming, of course, that Arsenal win ALL their games)

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  • 52. At 2:30pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Didnt realise the canadian's played too adam.

    Here is my revised rant then:

    Well, what about the "World Series" which involves only America! (Maybe Japan and Canada too - but still thats not the WORLD)
    Yanks! It is NOT a WORLD series! The FA Vase Trophy is NOT THE WORLD TROPHY IS IT???????

    Rant over, Thanks!


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  • 53. At 2:31pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Star and Ngog - were you two seperated at birth????

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  • 54. At 2:31pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    H2 - I've heard that they have higher rates of Alztheimers and other degenerative brain diseases than any other profession. I will only believe it if Stephen Fry confirms the fact, however.

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  • 55. At 2:31pm on 08 Feb 2010, SS11 wrote:

    RE: @30 SF
    Expect Arsenal to rejoin the race very soon. The race for fourth place that is.

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    I hope Wenger regrets not trying to win the FA cup as he was clearly deluded to think he could win the league.

    Now if this comment doesn't start a debate I don't know what will.
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    Wenger still thinks he can win the league. How much percent is Wenger at fault if players didnt turn up at Stoke in FA Cup? Fabregas played in starting 11, Arshavin joined at 77'.. we had much hyped debut of Campbell.. what else makes you think Wenger was delusional about FA Cup prospects??

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  • 56. At 2:31pm on 08 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    What amazes me about American Rugby is how they drag a 1 hour game out for 3 hours. Even Sir Alex hasn't managed that and he controls time...

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  • 57. At 2:32pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    41 Bloggy.

    It's a dirty job but someone had to do it...*calls foriegn maid*

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  • 58. At 2:33pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    As long as Star is Danny Devito fbh, then i will go along with that and my character!

    (only joking star, not suggesting for a second that you are 5 foot tall with a bald head and a beer belly!)

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  • 59. At 2:34pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    43. At 2:26pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:
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    I did notice - though I believe the last one was more to do with cricket. I may be wrong as the blog was utterly forgettable.

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  • 60. At 2:34pm on 08 Feb 2010, JackRVA1 wrote:

    JoeDavisRoach does not like Robbo.
    JoeDavisRoach always makes the same point.
    JoeDavisRoach will never shut up.

    Is that what YOU were trying to say?

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  • 61. At 2:34pm on 08 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    What is it with footballers being arrested today? Gazza's in for drink driving, Roy Carrol's been done for something or other and now Ricardo Fuller's been done for doing omething untoward in a night club.

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  • 62. At 2:35pm on 08 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    55. At 2:31pm on 08 Feb 2010, Gunning For Victory wrote:

    ...what else makes you think Wenger was delusional about FA Cup prospects??

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    Thats not what I said. Please try again...

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  • 63. At 2:35pm on 08 Feb 2010, kbmcdowell wrote:

    "The Fridge" was William Perry's nickname when he played defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears between 1985 and 1993. Short for refrigerator, he was 6 foot 2 inches high and weighed around 380 pounds at his heaviest. He also played for the London Monarchs in 1996 as part of the European NFL.

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  • 64. At 2:36pm on 08 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    If we really are spearated at bith Ngog then I'm assuming you're just shy of 6 foot, slim and in possesion of a full and somewhat unruly mop of hair.

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  • 65. At 2:37pm on 08 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

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

  • 66. At 2:37pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    superbole - you cant deny the power and the skill particularly of those 2 lil' guys who throw that titchy rugby ball. but it reminded me of cricket for cavemen - a few seconds of hyper action stitched together by longeurs overspoken by impenetrable alien lore.

    but how can you let tv ad breaks dictate to the pace of a game. how degenerate is that? pride, adam, they should disband the nation in shame. quarterback (geddit) to mexico, from wich it was originally stolen, quarterback to canada, more trustworthy, quarterback to the injuns and quarterback back to us as original parents.

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  • 67. At 2:37pm on 08 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    48. At 2:29pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Anyone who thinks that the padding can stop you getting badly hurt is seriously deluded. You think they´re pansies? Then I dare you to go try it and feel what it is to be hit by a truck of a man who´s also wearing a helmet.

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    If they weren't wearing pads and helmets it would be like a game of American Touch Rugby...

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  • 68. At 2:38pm on 08 Feb 2010, SS11 wrote:

    SF - you did say Wenger would regret about FA Cup... which means you thought he tried to play a weak team...

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  • 69. At 2:38pm on 08 Feb 2010, richwebb101 wrote:

    JoeDavisRoach, surley the point of a blog is to pick out points and alaborate on them, which this blog does.

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  • 70. At 2:39pm on 08 Feb 2010, pilch666 wrote:

    JDR's usual whinging - utterly predictable, utterly pointless and utterly forgettable.

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  • 71. At 2:39pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Star, i think they want as much publicity as JT so are trying to out do him! Mark my words, a footballer will come out of the closet soon!
    No names of course, he playes for arsenal, is on the bench and shares the same surname as Kevin. Thats all i can say!
    Or a footballer will go on record a say he beats his wife!! Something like one of those two events will happen soon!!!

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  • 72. At 2:39pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Rugby Union is just wrong on so many levels... As a sport it is dreadful, a mish mash of over-sized public school twits chasing an oval shaped ball in what is all just an eliborate excuse to goose each other up, and what are the rules? No one knows, not a soul... And when you find a good way of winning, like that lad who made england good for abit but has been injured since, it gets criticised... "oh that johnny whats his face has made it too much of a kicking game?" So what? It won mtaches didn't it... Now if only we could train someone else to kick a ball through the MASSIVE H??? Come on, instead of picking some 8 foot gargantuan monster with coliflour ears and latent homosexual thoughts, pick a regular lad who can kick the ball properly! But i can forgive a game for having stupid confusing rules which mean nothing to anybody, i do like cricket after all...

    But the fans... my god the fans... what a bunch of chuckling middle-upper class berks, thiers only one thing worse than posh people, and thats drunk posh people, and the only thing worse than that is drunk posh people who are over excited as they just watched a bunch of jugernaut uber-toffs getting personal for 80 minutes...

    Sorry this is abit of a rant, but i lived in Richmond for 2 years and that is like ugby Unions mekha... i used to get the train back from being in the Shot of a weekend and if thier was a games at twickers (another reason i detest this stupid sport) it was full of these charmless drunken twits...

    GO CHELSEA!

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  • 73. At 2:40pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    54. At 2:31pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:
    H2 - I've heard that they have higher rates of Alztheimers and other degenerative brain diseases than any other profession.
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    how on earth would anyone know, tommy?

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  • 74. At 2:40pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    51. At 2:30pm on 08 Feb 2010, Lokacious wrote:
    Holloway2Holland

    You have got to be the most optimistic gunner around... your lot might have some 'easy' games to come but do you see Chelsea or Manu lose three games for your lot to catch up (assuming, of course, that Arsenal win ALL their games)
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    If I am indeed the "most optimistic gunner around", then that's a redundant question.

    But seriously (well almost) Why not, it COULD happen, a couple of injuries here and there could change everything.

    Do I think it WILL happen?

    Probably not, but what's the point of being a football supporter if you can't induldge in a little blind optimism now and again?

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  • 75. At 2:41pm on 08 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    68. At 2:38pm on 08 Feb 2010, Gunning For Victory wrote:

    SF - you did say Wenger would regret about FA Cup... which means you thought he tried to play a weak team...

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    Which he did. If he took the FA cup seriously he wouldn't have played Silvestre let alone sign him...

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  • 76. At 2:41pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    #60.Jack.
    It's a broad church on here.Joe is entitled to air his thoughts as much as the rest.Ask him a sensible question,a sensible reply returns.
    Kind regards,another Jack

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  • 77. At 2:42pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    69. At 2:38pm on 08 Feb 2010, richwebb101 wrote:
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    Im not sure Robbos summation of American Football and Rugby Union really qualifies as elaboration.

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  • 78. At 2:42pm on 08 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    56. At 2:31pm on 08 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:
    What amazes me about American Rugby is how they drag a 1 hour game out for 3 hours. Even Sir Alex hasn't managed that and he controls time
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    becasue they stop the clock at out of bounds and at 2 minutes to go, have timeouts and otehr ways of stretching it out.

    Sir Alex is working on a Tardis invention for goal line clearances, final touches and stoppage time

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  • 79. At 2:42pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    65. At 2:37pm on 08 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    # 7. At 1:53pm on 08 Feb 2010, you wrote:

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

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    Well Forkem then ...

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    Stop.Stop.Stop.Please Stop baiting the mods.

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  • 80. At 2:44pm on 08 Feb 2010, JackRVA1 wrote:

    Football (our version) is a great game in theory: dynamic, violent acrobatic and athletic. In practice, however, it's abysmal to watch. I'll take two 45s of uninterrupted (sort of) play over three and a half hour commercial any day.

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  • 81. At 2:44pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    RBA - didn't know you were a fan?

    blog - they get them to fill out an application form for the drugs and the comfy armchair by the window where they are asked to state their profession. My Nan put "American Footballer" down as it meant she got a bigger chair and more red meat.

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  • 82. At 2:44pm on 08 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    I'm not teasing them Jack ...for a start, I can't be bothered to get yet another hotmail account to get on here .... Mind who's giving out odds that #61 will get pulled for defamation?

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  • 83. At 2:45pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

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

  • 84. At 2:45pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    24. At 2:11pm on 08 Feb 2010, Ngog And Kiss It wrote:

    Glad to see you add comments to both Jacks - as yes i suppose it's good enough for me! ha!

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    Popped out to leave another for you N'gog...

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  • 85. At 2:45pm on 08 Feb 2010, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:

    Well, where to begin on such a vapid excursion into sheer banality? First of all by questioning whether this blog actually contains any new material or if "robbo" just copy and pasted a few bits together from previous entries. Why on earth are we subjected to the same stereotypes about rugby players every time there's a game on? Maybe it was funny the first time (note: it actually wasn't) but it's certainly not funny when you repeat it again and again and agai... Surely there's something else to say about rugby other than "lol it's complicated and only rich people play it don't we all hate rich people guys???" I'd be disappointed if I met a twelve year old who held opinions like these, never mind someone who's supposed to be writing, in some sense, for the UK as a whole.

    Perhaps concentrating on the football would be for the best then Niall? Certainly I don't need to hear that you tried to watch the Super Bowl (which was an excellent game and actually worth talking about) but fell asleep instead. How is this even worth mentioning? "There was a sporting event on but I didn't watch it." Yeah, er, thanks for the update?

    What about the football then? Well the Merseyside derby involved two teams kicking each other for 90 minutes and no football being played. I guess if you didn't watch the game, didn't read a match report online or in a newspaper and basically didn't know much about premier league football this might comes as news to you. Fairly decent throwaway comment to finish off about Arsenal though. If by 'fairly decent' I meant predictable, trite, unenlightening, repetitive and painfully unfunny. Well, it's probably an improvement on the rest of the blog in fairness.

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  • 86. At 2:46pm on 08 Feb 2010, kestrel62 wrote:

    63. At 2:35pm on 08 Feb 2010, kbmcdowell wrote:
    "The Fridge" was William Perry's nickname when he played defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears between 1985 and 1993. Short for refrigerator, he was 6 foot 2 inches high and weighed around 380 pounds at his heaviest. He also played for the London Monarchs in 1996 as part of the European NFL.

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    top man ta

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  • 87. At 2:46pm on 08 Feb 2010, eezy_squeezy wrote:

    Reading this and McNulty's blog, it strikes me that Arsenal fans & Arsene Wenger are a little like a chap who owns what once was a top of the line Ferrari, but is now a bit rough around the edges. The wheels have fallen off, there's only one furry dice of the pair left etc etc. The Ferrari was once effective, dazzling even. It won races and brought joy and glory in equal measure. Now, however, it's just a bit pony. The gooners cannot see that though, busy as they are staring at old photos of past glories.

    The Ferrari can be fixed. But it's owner must first realise it is broken for that to happen.

    And what's really alarming is that, whilst the dogs in the street can see what is needed to fix the Ferrari (a class ball winner in midfield and a centre forward who isn't a midget), the owner is determined that he knows better.

    Which is a bit of a shame because I always thought it was a nice Ferrari that added a lot to the overall garage that is the premier league...

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  • 88. At 2:47pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    On another less ranty note, how is everyone? All good...

    So Arsenal are now chelseas whipping boy? Thats what drogba was saying at lunch, and he well meant it n'all...

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  • 89. At 2:47pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Yeah i noticed Jacks, its a little busier here mate!

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  • 90. At 2:48pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    88. At 2:47pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    On another less ranty note, how is everyone? All good...

    So Arsenal are now chelseas whipping boy? Thats what drogba was saying at lunch, and he well meant it n'all...

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    2 questions RBA...
    1. Where did you meet him for lunch?
    2. What flavour was the pie?

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  • 91. At 2:49pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Chuckle! It's been so long! Are you annoyed Robbo's defamatory remarks about you and Barry? Or are you Barry? I can never remember.

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  • 92. At 2:49pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Hi Chuckle Brother2, long time no see... how have you been.

    LMAO by the way your post was hilllllllllllarious, ROFLMAO, hehe...

    Robbo should change his name to err... Gobbo, and he smells!

    Go Chelsea!

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  • 93. At 2:49pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    89. At 2:47pm on 08 Feb 2010, Ngog And Kiss It wrote:

    Yeah i noticed Jacks, its a little busier here mate!

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    It'll calm down soon.Then we can move back to the serious issues of life,such as how to get a rise out of Adam?Maybe we could have a go at his music taste?

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  • 94. At 2:50pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    webb ellis has picked up the ball! webb ellis is running with the ball! webb ellis has invented a new game! only at public school, we oiks'd have been beaten up by a neanderthal in shorts.

    wot i find offensive about rugby players is the tradition of defecating in each others pints and then voting conservative, although theres a certain consistency in that i suppose.

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  • 95. At 2:52pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    15. At 2:01pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:
    Robbo does not like John Terry
    Robbo does not like Rugby Union
    Robbo does not like Rugby League
    Robbo does not like American Football
    Robbo watched the Merseyside derby
    Robbo watched Chelsea v Arsenal

    Is that what you are trying to say?

    JDR - thats better - didnt take me long to read it - and where is the Gazutd post to follow straight on from it.

    Rugby League is the worst sport ever - I would rather watch Cricket or Tennis - or fishing!!! But RUgby Union is far better - more flwo and more skillful. And tho there are a lot of rules its usually for the good of the game. Even letting sponge bob on during the game (or is that League - may be digging a hole for meself here)

    GO Ancients - thats Norton & Stockton Ancietns who are in FA Vase thingy 1/4s - with the current holders who are ...

    Hang on how come Mr Africa comes on here once or twice and now is a legend

    Go Africa!!!

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  • 96. At 2:52pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Just the mention of PSB and it is flagged up on adams pc!

    Wait for it Jacks...........................

    He is on his way?..........

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  • 97. At 2:53pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Jacks, Drogba like the rest of the chelsea boys stopped off for his monday pie, at my pie shaped house... They like em personalised...

    Drogba, has a Alaskan salmon pie, as they bravely dive up stream in order to continue thier life cycle...

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  • 98. At 2:53pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    blog...
    "wot i find offensive about rugby players is the tradition of defecating in each others pints and then voting conservative, although theres a certain consistency in that i suppose."

    Go Chelsea?

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  • 99. At 2:54pm on 08 Feb 2010, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:

    69. At 2:38pm on 08 Feb 2010, richwebb101 wrote:

    JoeDavisRoach, surley the point of a blog is to pick out points and alaborate on them, which this blog does.

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    In what possible sense of the word does this blog "elaborate" on anything? It is, quite literally, a pastiche of brief observations on a few sporting events that happened this weekend. The worst thing is that they aren't even interesting observations due to the fact they've been churned out so many, many times before. God help me but this blog would probably have been improved with a few more references to "robbo's" fictional life. At least then it would have some slight level of novelty value (assuming that the jokes were actually new as well, not exactly a safe assumption on here).

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  • 100. At 2:55pm on 08 Feb 2010, chris brennan wrote:

    all work and no play makes jack a dull boy.
    all work and no play makes jack a dull boy.
    all work and no play makes jack a dull boy.
    all
    work and
    no play makes
    jack a dull boy.
    all work and no
    play makesjack
    a dull
    boy.
    all work and no play makes jack all work and no play makes jack
    a dull boy. a dull boy.

    acctual transcript of Rafa Bnitez coaching notes found by Christain olsen
    and Turner and Hooch (hicks and gillett),


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  • 101. At 2:56pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Tommy, your right about the high alsheimerthingy rate.

    If they weren't wearing pads and helmets it would be like a game of American Touch Rugby...
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    That's just so wrong that I think I'll just leave it at that.

    72 RBA.

    Not a rant at all, and spot on in my humble opinion mate.


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  • 102. At 2:56pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Chucklebrother2 - is JDR Chucklebrother1?

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  • 103. At 2:56pm on 08 Feb 2010, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:

    91. At 2:49pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Chuckle! It's been so long! Are you annoyed Robbo's defamatory remarks about you and Barry? Or are you Barry? I can never remember.

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    I have zero idea who you are, who barry is, where robbo made defamatory remarks about me, or barry, whoever he is, and, somewhat more succintly, what the point of your reply was. "Hi" I guess.

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  • 104. At 2:58pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    btw chucklebrother3 is the one with a sense of humour.

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  • 105. At 2:58pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Get out of the wrong side of the bed Chuckle2?

    Maybe you should learn how to "chuckle"?

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  • 106. At 2:59pm on 08 Feb 2010, JackRVA1 wrote:

    All the blogs on here have their resident cranks. The same guys show up every week with the same complaints. Normally I don't say anything or even read too far down into the comments (except for this blog, which I like). But, JDR...? Man, he really bakes my brain bits into corn flakes. I even search for his posts in anticipation of his crankery. You know what I mean? I wish he would stop, but him banging on Robbo, and then everyone else banging on him, and then other serial posters coming to his defense are just part of the charade at this point. I even think Robbo should bring back the color orange and we should reintroduce the fantasy of him being a poorly-thought out caricature.

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  • 107. At 3:01pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Chuckle.
    1) I am a conscientious objector to the war that's in your mind.
    2) Barry is one of the Chuckle Brothers. The other is Paul.
    3) "The rule-makers have their work cut out too, 'cos from what I saw this weekend the game all too easily gets reduced to a brainless version of the Chuckle Brothers - to me, to you, to me, to you - as two gangling full-backs kick it back and forth for an epoch or two."
    4) It wasn't a reply, more of a jovial swat.

    Go Chuckles!

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  • 108. At 3:01pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    74. At 2:40pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:
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    The main problem I have with Wenger (amidst a pretty symathetic outlook on him) is that the failings of the squad are so obvious.

    Goalkeeper - no need to discuss. Simply not good enough.

    Striker - Arsharvin not suitable for this role. Yes unlucky with injuries here but Wenger knew long ago that Feb would see a series of massive games. Surely some sort of cover could be obtained. Guys like Toni, Huntelaar, Van Nisterlooy (ok maybe not), Pandev im sure would have all been available in some shape or form even short term. Cover was definately needed anyway.

    Song - I like this guy as a footballer but does anyone (including him) seem to fully understand his role. Im guessing Wenger wants him to be the new Vieira like figure but the guy just doesnt seem to relish rolling up his sleeves and doing the dirty work. He is much happier on the ball engaging in playmaking and going deep into opposition half. Thats fine if that was his job but with Nasri, Diaby, Rosicky, Denilson, Fabregas etc all in the team at various times its just not needed.

    Denilson - classic anonymous "link" player designed to be the medium between holding midfielder (Song) and attacking players like Nasri or Rosicky and Arshavin when in natural role. Its not very effective as he offers little defensively and Song seems to want to do all the linking himself. In the end your left with a midfield full of players all wanting to do the same thing. This in my view view is what contributes to the "disorganised" criticisms popularly aimed at Arsenal now. It reminds me a bit of Barcelona in Rijkaards time when Deco, Iniesta, Xavi, Ronaldinho and Messi were all being accomodated and while they were all top players, the unbalanced nature of the team meant tht they began to overplay and become a bit rudderless.

    The team is full of good footballers but theres not quite the fluency to play this way when you have no striker to spearhead the line. You have a team that can pass the ball around superbly even away from home against the likes of Chelsea but its all a bit directionless at times.

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  • 109. At 3:02pm on 08 Feb 2010, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:

    104. At 2:58pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    btw chucklebrother3 is the one with a sense of humour.

    105. At 2:58pm on 08 Feb 2010, Ngog And Kiss It wrote:

    Get out of the wrong side of the bed Chuckle2?

    Maybe you should learn how to "chuckle"?

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    With jokes like this maybe you two should apply for jobs with the BBC.

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  • 110. At 3:02pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Oh, and hi!

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  • 111. At 3:02pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    54. At 2:31pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:
    H2 - I've heard that they have higher rates of Alztheimers and other degenerative brain diseases than any other profession. I will only believe it if Stephen Fry confirms the fact, however.

    Tommy - give yerself 10 poitns - thats quite interesting :)

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  • 112. At 3:04pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Jack (not jacks, you go back to your adam-baiting)... JDR makes good points about football, it's just his weekly review that's bananas. Though I do like that he's changed the format this week. Novel and fresh.

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  • 113. At 3:05pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    61. At 2:34pm on 08 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:
    What is it with footballers being arrested today? Gazza's in for drink driving, Roy Carrol's been done for something or other and now Ricardo Fuller's been done for doing omething untoward in a night club.

    Star - twas ever thus - and well done by not mentioning JT

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  • 114. At 3:05pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    109. At 3:02pm on 08 Feb 2010, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:
    104. At 2:58pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    btw chucklebrother3 is the one with a sense of humour.

    105. At 2:58pm on 08 Feb 2010, Ngog And Kiss It wrote:

    Get out of the wrong side of the bed Chuckle2?

    Maybe you should learn how to "chuckle"?

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    With jokes like this maybe you two should apply for jobs with the BBC.

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    Not getting any off Paul?

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  • 115. At 3:05pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Hey leave old chucklers alone... he is a good guy!

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  • 116. At 3:06pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Chucklers, your just too cool for these lame brains and bozos... I bet if you had a blog it would be aces!

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  • 117. At 3:07pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    RBA, so is George Bush deep down!

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  • 118. At 3:07pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    aaaargh! savaged by a chucklebrother! i'll never play the violin again!

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  • 119. At 3:07pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Cheers, fbh! Woo! Though I have to say your rugby league assessment is only true of this country, where big Dumpy Lardbottom from Castleford throws his pint of mild over Jack Ramsbottom and everyone has a bit of a rumble. In Australia it's a bit different. They're well 'ard, quick, and incredibly skillful.

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  • 120. At 3:09pm on 08 Feb 2010, leemosuk wrote:

    Peanut Hugging is not my cup of tea and I still have nightmares about PE lessons in the Rugby season- sliding around a frosty field whilst being battered by the lads who already had stubble, horrible! But football could learn a thing or two from Rugby Union: no cheating or feining injuries, only the captain speaks to the referee, you can still get a pint during the game and they do the national anthems and pre-match stuff so much better.

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  • 121. At 3:09pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Star, it's got 0-0 written all over it!!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/8504283.stm

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  • 122. At 3:10pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    blog - I play the violin in French. At least that's what I told Gaz when I met him. He thought a Scouser would be more suited to the Germanic, sultry melodies of the oboe. Ha! That'll teach him.

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  • 123. At 3:13pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    leemosuk - no feigning injuries? Are you sure?

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  • 124. At 3:13pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    FBH,I hyper linked (Jan)Leeming Bar for you...
    TommyB.Wind up Adam?Moi???
    Jack.Fair point my friend.
    Am I alone in enjoying the Chuckle Brothers on CBBC?Probably....still as long as the girls enjoy it.(That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it)

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  • 125. At 3:14pm on 08 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    121. At 3:09pm on 08 Feb 2010, Ngog And Kiss It wrote:

    Star, it's got 0-0 written all over it!!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/8504283.stm

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    great ... watch us wazz at least 2 more points down the pan ...

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  • 126. At 3:15pm on 08 Feb 2010, JackRVA1 wrote:

    Another thing that sucks about the NFL: "God" always seems to back the winners. Damned are the vanquished! Sorry, just watching some post-game interviews from last night.

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  • 127. At 3:16pm on 08 Feb 2010, leemosuk wrote:

    You mean the blood. I should have thought a bit harder on that point! But let's be honest, they don't roll around and play for bookings and red cards like their football counter parts. Don't get me wrong though; I'd rather watch women's football than Rugby.

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  • 128. At 3:16pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I hope all the Chuckle bashing has died down now, as they are playing aldershots priness hall next week (the town is a buzz of excitement!)

    http://www.ents24.com/web/event/1864838/The_Chuckle_Brothers.html

    They always seem really noce on telly, not sure why he's so grumpy on this blog... well its like they say, never meet your heroes!

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  • 129. At 3:16pm on 08 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    120. At 3:09pm on 08 Feb 2010, leemosuk wrote:

    ...But football could learn a thing or two from Rugby Union: no cheating or feining injuries...

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    Did you hear about the Blood-gate scandal?

    As any football fan knows gaining a foul is part of the game, hiding fake blood in your sock isn't.

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  • 130. At 3:17pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    127. At 3:16pm on 08 Feb 2010, leemosuk wrote:
    You mean the blood. I should have thought a bit harder on that point! But let's be honest, they don't roll around and play for bookings and red cards like their football counter parts. Don't get me wrong though; I'd rather watch women's football than Rugby.

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    Who wouldn't mate?

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  • 131. At 3:18pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    122. At 3:10pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:
    blog - I play the violin in French.

    Tommy - prove it.

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  • 132. At 3:19pm on 08 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    130. At 3:17pm on 08 Feb 2010, Ngog And Kiss It wrote:

    127. At 3:16pm on 08 Feb 2010, leemosuk wrote:
    ...Don't get me wrong though; I'd rather watch women's football than Rugby.

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    Who wouldn't mate?

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    Stephen Fry?

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  • 133. At 3:19pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    RBA,I hope the Chuckle Brothers go down a storm.As long as they are careful.anything can happen in Aldershot...

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  • 134. At 3:19pm on 08 Feb 2010, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:

    I don't think the problems with Arsenal are that hard to detect.

    1) They're a club who don't spend money. Because of this they're financially secure (without needing a random billionaire to bankroll them and then convert his loans to the club into equity). I mean it's great for chelsea and all but I doubt it's a business plan which can be easily converted for everyone to use.

    2) They're missing their main striker. Before getting injured Van Persie had scored 7 goals in 11 games in the league and the only games they'd lost were away against a Utd team they deserved to beat and away to a man city team who have also beaten Chelsea and Utd at home this year. I mean can anyone seriously claim that Chelsea without Drogba would have been even remotely the same team that they were yesterday?

    3) Their goalkeeper is shocking. And I mean shocking. Wenger, for all his accomplishments and unquestionable intelligence, sticks to players who can be long past their sell-by date. In Almunia's case he's probably lapped his sell-by date by a couple of years at this stage (yes I'm implying he was always dreadful).

    That said it's worth noting that the criticism of Arsenal used to be that they came unstuck against the lesser teams. Now that they're beating those teams but losing to the big teams we're still using the same reasons we used to explain the first problem to explain the second.

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  • 135. At 3:19pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    *Shudder* Rugger or Monkey Tennis??? Not sure which i'd rather watch, can i have a third option where i have accupncture performed directly in to my retinas???

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  • 136. At 3:21pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Cheers Jack - I did notice it on previous - I was impressed by the names reference to the one Pizza shop - in years to come people will gather from miles around (why am I doin g this in a Wrick accent form the Young Ones) to worship the site of the great one's tragic downfall. Girls will .... whatever finsih it yourselves :)

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  • 137. At 3:22pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Ok SF, good call.

    I'll re-phrase:

    Who wouldn't mate on this blog?

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  • 138. At 3:23pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    85. At 2:45pm on 08 Feb 2010, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Similar sentiments to my own in many ways. The sheer rigid desperation to present the charicatured "Robbo" approach to sport to drive the blog leads to a really stale and predictable piece of writing.

    As ever, its left to the readers to provide some modicum of debate as in this instance Robbo has left us with nothing but a weak and somewhat cynical round up of the weekends sport, punctuated as ever with his unique brand of "Robboisms".

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  • 139. At 3:23pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    I had a look for a monkey tennis link.Along with the Alan Partridge wasthisStrange,but it would help the viewing figures I suppose...

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  • 140. At 3:24pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    108. At 3:01pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote
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    Joe, unfortuanatly (for us) your analysis is pretty much spot on, Arshavin is being played out of position and only Wenger and the good lord above knows why Almunia is anywhere near that team, the guys confidence is clearly shot and he's frankly become a liability.

    Denhilson is hit and miss, but I think Song has been a revalation this year and one of our most consistant performers.

    The biggest problem as I see it is that almost every Arsenal fan, and many others, can pin point exactly where our problems lie and what or who may be needed to fix them, yet AW failed to sign anyone, even though he said he had targets.

    This for me raises the question, is there really money available to him or is that just a smokescreen to hide the clubs lack of funds?

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  • 141. At 3:26pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    H2,how many decent keepers are available?Would James on loan do in the short term?Sorensen from Stoke?Any decent players in the NL?

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  • 142. At 3:27pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    FBH,I left something in the previous blog at the end about Leeming Bar,found it quite interesting.

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  • 143. At 3:30pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Star, did you count how many mods you had on other blog?

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  • 144. At 3:31pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Poor old bolton, i see Cahills out for a bit, Bloodclot, which is weird as Gary Nevilles played for years despite being a ras clart???

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  • 145. At 3:33pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Go Chelsea....

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  • 146. At 3:33pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    141 Jacks.

    It had been reported on various sites that we were close(?) to signing Sorenson.

    What that exactly means I don't know, maybe they forgot to bring a pen?

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  • 147. At 3:34pm on 08 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    I got up to 67 Ngog before they blocked me but I did have another 5 things taken down after being banned.

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  • 148. At 3:36pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    144 RBA.

    That was exactly what I thought when I read that article. A'shot must be the new Holloway, because that used to be yardie paradise.

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  • 149. At 3:37pm on 08 Feb 2010, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:

    140. At 3:24pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    The biggest problem as I see it is that almost every Arsenal fan, and many others, can pin point exactly where our problems lie and what or who may be needed to fix them, yet AW failed to sign anyone, even though he said he had targets.

    This for me raises the question, is there really money available to him or is that just a smokescreen to hide the clubs lack of funds?

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


    I don't think Wenger, or Arsenal as a whole, are actually going to come out and lie about whether or not they have money to spend. I certainly can't imagine what Wenger has to gain from it. Personally I'd trust this article http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jan/08/arsenal-arsene-wenger-transfers

    As for why he's not spending I'd guess it's partially due to a personal reluctance (he's never really been a massive spender), partially due to club philosophy (don't mortage the club to the hilt to win a championship) and partially due to not being able to get the targets he really wants and not wanting to settle for less. This, in itself, can be seen as a fault though. Perfectionism in a football manager to this extent isn't exactly realistic.

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  • 150. At 3:39pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Star, did you check the very end of the blog in case there was more than 5? As you are on 72, surely you want to reach 75?

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  • 151. At 3:44pm on 08 Feb 2010, mickemmo wrote:

    I have to agree regarding the rugby, well we used to call it forcing back at school, where you just kick it back and forwards.
    I somehow forget from 6 Nations to 6 Nations what a shocking spectacle it is.
    Now i want us to beat the Welsh as much as anyone but watching it was like sticking pins in my eyes.

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  • 152. At 3:46pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    FBH, ever been for a night out in Yarm?

    I'm going there next tuesday night - apparently its a great night?

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  • 153. At 3:48pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    140. At 3:24pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:
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    Personally I would be surprised if there was no money to spend. If Arsenal were in this position then I think it would have come out by now in some shape or form.

    With that in mind though - its bizzare that he continues to neglect obvious weak areas. His sacrificing of the FA Cup was to an extent an admission that he realises he doesnt have a team that can compete over even 3 competitions (although I think he genuinly expected to beat Stoke with the weakened side). Given the position he was in in the League at the time and the games he had coming up - 2 good results would have seen them remain as strong contenders - I think his decision is understandable although tradtionalists will obviously disagree.

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  • 154. At 3:48pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Got my current car on the Yarm Road N'gog.Yarm is to M'boro as Wilmslow/Prestbury is to Manchester.But without the Corrie "stars"...

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  • 155. At 3:50pm on 08 Feb 2010, bill40 wrote:

    The Americans certainly don't understand the rules. I can't believe how many forward passes the scrum halves of both sides got away with. they also can't score correctly it's more than one point for a conversion.

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  • 156. At 3:50pm on 08 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    No need Ngog ... every thing I had removed was emailed back to me. Simples :)

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  • 157. At 3:51pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    149. At 3:37pm on 08 Feb 2010, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:
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    There's more then meets the eye when it comes to the whole finance issue.
    That article only talks about the loan to build the stadium and the Highbury Hills project. But there is also the Queensland Road project which still needs to be funded.

    The board is building the club in a way to secure it's long time financial future but it maybe to the detriment of our trophy winning chances in the present, Seeing all the recent troubles at rival clubs I know I prefer a club with a future then a random day in the sun with a trophy and then financial meltdown. (Pompey)

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  • 158. At 3:51pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    N'gog,did you put that pie joke in the last blog?I'm sure RBA would find it funny...

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  • 159. At 3:51pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Yeah thats what i thought! I've been out there on Friday and Saturday nights but never Tuesdays!

    Very good ratio of women to men, i would say 3:1.

    Apparently Juninho still lives in that area?

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  • 160. At 3:52pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Yeah Jacks i did! I think it was the very last comment?

    RBA if your listening.........

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  • 161. At 3:53pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Star,did you see the one N'gog put in the previous blog just after this one went up?Have a look at the Spurs link about Lennon(1080ish I think)

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  • 162. At 3:54pm on 08 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #154 - so you are saying Yarm is not a good place to go out then Jacks?

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  • 163. At 3:54pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Star, i think you will find one has been referred but not removed......

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  • 164. At 3:55pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Yarm's a great night out.FBH put up a great story on the last blog...

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  • 165. At 3:56pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Star,
    Havealookonthelastblogmategate....

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  • 166. At 3:56pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Jacks...... Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 167. At 3:57pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    ngog, i do love a good pie joke, infact i even love rubbish pie jokes, but you'll have to re-post, i'm a forward thinker, i never look back on an old blog... keep it fresh thats my motto! Go on re-post here fella so loads of new people can read and behold its pie-ly goodness!

    Go Chelsea

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  • 168. At 4:03pm on 08 Feb 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    Blog not really interesting to me with the simple fact that it touched on rugby and American Football which I do not like, a bunch of skimpily clad men all jumping on top each.

    Needed more emphasis on the Merseyside derby and the Chelsea-Arsenal drubbing.

    Damn, I am feeling like JDR NOW

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  • 169. At 4:04pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    RBA,
    A man walks into a bar with a pork pie on his head. He orders a drink and the barman asks, ''Why are you wearing a pork pie on your head?''
    The man replies, ''It's a long-running family tradition. We always wear pork pies on our heads on Tuesday.''
    To which the barman remarks, ''Then I have some bad news for you - it's Wednesday.''
    Sheepishly, the man says, ''Oh dear, I must look atthe other blog next time!''

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  • 170. At 4:05pm on 08 Feb 2010, bluehellsbells wrote:

    Robbo wrote

    (Yes, my daff-waving friends

    Quickly reading this, I thought it actually said my DWARF-waving friends and wondered if Robbo had gone from writing about big ugly men throwing oval shaped objects about to throwing little people-shaped objects about. (I do believe the correct name for this sport is Dwarf Tossing but this may just bring out some childish humour from the regulars).
    RBA do you have a special pie for them, either the large ugly men or the little (mis-treated) ones?

    Also wondered the other day whether it is a good thing or not that Avram Grant is no longer Chelsea manager as maybe they could just change Cobham training ground into a brothel and save a lot of time and travel for all those involved - just employ a French (yo-yo) knicker model who sems to be on first name terms with most of the players already.

    GO PORTSMOUTH

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  • 171. At 4:05pm on 08 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #168 - you mean like JDR you read the blog?

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  • 172. At 4:06pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Bit slow on here this afternoon, you know why that is, because this is a blog primarily about rugger and all the rugger boys are too busy drinking dirty pints, whilst slapping each other on the back and giving people stupid nicknames usually just by taking the persons surname and adding "ers" on the end or something else highly imaginative... Yes i am quite convinced that rugby is a complete shower of shyte!

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  • 173. At 4:06pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    RBA.

    I remember a rubbish pie joke.

    You have to use the word "pycost" a few times randomly in a conversation until a confused person will no doubt ask; What's a "pycost"?

    To which you answer "about 2 quid at the local chippy".

    Well at least I warned ya.

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  • 174. At 4:06pm on 08 Feb 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    Hello To All.

    thank heavens for that Robbo's Blog appeared in the nick of time as I was plodding my way through Phil's article and all the replies most of which again have been covered to Death!

    I would like to confess that I happen to like Rugby Union indeed it is the only sport akin to england that I will bother to support the national team and please do remember why the footy fans bunny on about 66 and wining the WC the Union lads have lifted a modern day cup and indeed nearly became the 1st side to retain it. Admittingly the rules keep changing season on season alas it seems any Rubgy Ref from Ireland
    seems to have not attended a refresher course. The Irish ref was to say the least a complete halfwit but I have seen this before with irish refs
    officiating at Englands games.

    anyways onwards.

    Oh the pain of it all. Four times now i have to sit and watch Arsenal fail to win. I would say the performance ( apart from the defending ) was far far better than that witnessed at the Emirates against man choo.
    I like quite a few Gooners have optimism I am not that concerned (yet) by events the past weeks. the chavs scored, arsenal did not plain and simple. I also founf myself in agreement with graham souness's views about arsenal and in particular the procurment of a few better players in key positions the team will be unstopable!

    I dont watch American footy so cant comment i like ice hockey though thats a contact sport and half.

    thats it from me for now i am now going back over the blog and the other comments before making any further statements for and against whoever it is we are against or for this week.

    shine on for now you Crazy Diamonds.

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  • 175. At 4:07pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    H2H - thats really funny!!!!

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  • 176. At 4:09pm on 08 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    DG3 - you don't need a new manager mate - just a Scottish coach.

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  • 177. At 4:11pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Right i'm off fellas - i hope you enjoyed the joke - especially the punch line (RBA,fbh, H2H and Star in particular)!!

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  • 178. At 4:11pm on 08 Feb 2010, cpeskett wrote:

    Just a comment about the comparisons between sport: I have played football and rugby in England and Canada, and Canadian Football (a slightly different take on American Football) in Canada. I have also watched my fair share of each and have learned to appreciate each separately. I have also learned to make no comparisons because while all 3 have the same root game as their origins, all are completely different sports.

    I do think that American/Canadian Football goes a little overboard in padding (I wore the minimum required by the rules...most of the time, anyway), but at least they play in pretty much any weather (including almost blizzard conditions and -56 degree temps). The only games I have seen postponed in years are the once that were scheduled in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, and only then because the city was devastated, and people were living in the SuperDome. They did eventually play their games in a different stadium.

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  • 179. At 4:11pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Hello DG3.Division Bell has arrived,I've played it a couple of times.If you go to the last blog,http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2010/02/just_imagine_that_its_the.html?page=3#comments,you can read my review....

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  • 180. At 4:14pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    176. At 4:09pm on 08 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    DG3 - you don't need a new manager mate - just a Scottish coach.

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    Why do they make luxury coaches in Scotland?I thought the motor industry left Scotland years ago.

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  • 181. At 4:15pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    138. At 3:23pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:
    85. At 2:45pm on 08 Feb 2010, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:

    Similar sentiments to my own in many ways.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    as i said, chucklebrother 1 and chucklebrother 2

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  • 182. At 4:15pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    DG3.

    Was the ref a complete half wit or a half complete wit, I can never tell the difference.

    Ngog

    Really, you'll not like this one then;

    A pie walks into a bar and says "can I have a pint of lager please?"
    The barman takes a quick look at him and says "no way".

    "Why not?" asked the pie.

    To which the barman replied;

    "Sorry mate, we don't serve food in this bar".

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  • 183. At 4:17pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Ngog, i'm 19th generation pie man, you really think someone wearing a pie on thier head is a joke... Its a mockery of the guild of piemen, i can safely say if you were to say that at the pie makers AGM you would be spat on and pastry dusted (an old piemans torture method where you get cracked in the nuts with a rolling pin)...

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  • 184. At 4:19pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Man walks in to a pie... yum

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  • 185. At 4:19pm on 08 Feb 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    back:

    140. At 3:24pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

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

    I concur, I am very perplexed by the mixed messages comming from Arsenal in terms of transfer funds. it was not along i think Hill-Wood said there was 70mil available to AW for players. I have considerd the prospect that AW is being used as the fall guy in all this.

    However I am certainly not advocating the spending of vast sums on players to buy the trophys. Arsene said at the start of this campaign he wanted 2 more years for the surporters to see the benifits of both youth and Prudence.

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  • 186. At 4:20pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    My Pies got no nose.
    how does it smell?
    Delicious, and it is made from the finest cuts of meat.

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  • 187. At 4:20pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    brave bloglanders rally to the cause, this is my Tilbury speech btw, we are under attack by two large slow spanish galleons leading a giagantic armada; let us use our light manouvreable skiffs to set fire and confusion amongst them! they are lumbering and heavy and we are swift! let us fight for blogland! but dont expect H2H to help, he'll be blockading dunkirk with the dutch the swine!

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  • 188. At 4:23pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    oh the chucklebrothers have gone

    should have refreshed sooner. F5 you let us down.

    feel a bit embarrassed about the speech now.

    stand down, brave bloglanders.

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  • 189. At 4:23pm on 08 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    15. At 2:01pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:
    Robbo does not like John Terry
    Robbo does not like Rugby Union
    Robbo does not like Rugby League
    Robbo does not like American Football
    Robbo watched the Merseyside derby
    Robbo watched Chelsea v Arsenal

    Is that what you are trying to say?

    _________________________________________________________________________

    The penny's dropping! Although I do quite like rugby league as it goes.

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  • 190. At 4:25pm on 08 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "Why do they make luxury coaches in Scotland?I thought the motor industry left Scotland years ago."

    Jacks I have no comeback to this except where did I refer to luxury coaches?

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  • 191. At 4:25pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Robbo, why?

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  • 192. At 4:25pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Was I the only one to read Blogidy's Clarion call with the sound of Pomp and Circumstance ringing in my ears?
    I am,however,in a slight pickle(to go with RBA's pie).I don't object to JDR in the singular,but if he's going to team up with a new anti-hero and cross streams where do I stand?Only one way to solve it....

    FIGHT

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  • 193. At 4:26pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    176. At 4:09pm on 08 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    DG3 - you don't need a new manager mate - just a Scottish coach.

    ---------------------------------
    A weak pun on the above...

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  • 194. At 4:27pm on 08 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    show them Gaz's Robbo Gang Hitler video or the South Park one as they were hilarious

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  • 195. At 4:27pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hesperian wrote:

    Funny that Haskell's interview is called 'dim' coming from someone who's solely a fan of football.

    Must have been a real step down from the heady intellects seen in hte Premier League every week.

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  • 196. At 4:29pm on 08 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #193 a weaker comeback on my part Jacks - I got it, but meant to emphasise "luxury". Couldn't be bothered to clarify as it was so rubbish (on my part) but I now see the pain will need to be extended. #head in hands#

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  • 197. At 4:31pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    is yu calling footballed fans fick hesperian, i am sik of peeple making sterotips about footballed fans being stewpid and vylent, if yu say that agen i will smash your face off...

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  • 198. At 4:32pm on 08 Feb 2010, Rovers Return - HKR AWAY DAYS wrote:

    "First, there's the scrums. In rugby league, they're a joke (it's like watching two ferrets in a birdcage kicking each other)." Robbo

    Clearly they are not, no. The scrums are not contested in Rugby League.

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  • 199. At 4:33pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    196. At 4:29pm on 08 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #193 a weaker comeback on my part Jacks - I got it, but meant to emphasise "luxury". Couldn't be bothered to clarify as it was so rubbish (on my part) but I now see the pain will need to be extended. #head in hands#

    --------------------------
    "The Scottish coach is indeed luxury,just feel the trophies..."
    something like that?

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  • 200. At 4:34pm on 08 Feb 2010, Hesperian wrote:

    RedBlueArmy92 - If it hadn't been for the fact that the only word you spelled right was my username there are some people that might have thought you were being serious! ;)

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  • 201. At 4:34pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    187. At 4:20pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:
    brave bloglanders rally to the cause, this is my Tilbury speech btw, we are under attack by two large slow spanish galleons leading a giagantic armada; let us use our light manouvreable skiffs to set fire and confusion amongst them! they are lumbering and heavy and we are swift! let us fight for blogland! but dont expect H2H to help, he'll be blockading dunkirk with the dutch the swine!
    ---------

    Would that make me Blockadingnag?

    Forget Dunkirk, (I prefer beer to spirits) I'll be waiting at Schevingen for ya.

    And the rule over here is if you can't pronounce it, you can't come in.



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  • 202. At 4:35pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    200, know wurries mayte!

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  • 203. At 4:35pm on 08 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    138. At 3:23pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:
    85. At 2:45pm on 08 Feb 2010, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Similar sentiments to my own in many ways. The sheer rigid desperation to present the charicatured "Robbo" approach to sport to drive the blog leads to a really stale and predictable piece of writing.

    As ever, its left to the readers to provide some modicum of debate as in this instance Robbo has left us with nothing but a weak and somewhat cynical round up of the weekends sport, punctuated as ever with his unique brand of "Robboisms".

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Ay up, Butch has found his Sundance... Robboisms, eh? You mean to say this blog is so successful I've got a new entry into the OED under my name. Cracking. Chuffed to bits...

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  • 204. At 4:37pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    191. At 4:25pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    Robbo, why?
    ------------------
    RBA - When?

    Jacks - What?

    By which i mean - what pickle exactly - that pickle you're in - is it lime pickle, egg, onion or gerkhin. that idiom has always baffled me. youre in a pickle but what kind of pickle? because what is actually pickled, the picklee, makes all the difference. have you ever eaten a 3 year out of date pickled egg, its like the grey corpse of an egg - you dont want to be in that pickle. but a touch of lime pickle on a popadom, now thats the pickle for me.

    but i know the question "what pickle" is an imponderable like what was god doing with himself before the creation of football or why does the devil like rugby players?

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  • 205. At 4:39pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Re 201, dam typo, that's supposed to be Scheveningen. (for those who want to google it)

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  • 206. At 4:39pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    And the rule over here is if you can't pronounce it, you can't come in.
    ---------------------
    OK,here goes "it".Can I come in now...
    ----------------------------
    By which i mean - what pickle exactly - that pickle you're in - is it lime pickle, egg, onion or gerkhin. that idiom has always baffled me. youre in a pickle but what kind of pickle? because what is actually pickled, the picklee, makes all the difference. have you ever eaten a 3 year out of date pickled egg, its like the grey corpse of an egg - you dont want to be in that pickle. but a touch of lime pickle on a popadom, now thats the pickle for me.
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    Caramelised onion blogidy.I am starting to question my belief that JDR has the right etc.I may have to be penitent on this...

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  • 207. At 4:42pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    h2 - Would that make me Blockadingnag?

    Forget Dunkirk, (I prefer beer to spirits) I'll be waiting at Schevingen for ya.

    And the rule over here is if you can't pronounce it, you can't come in.
    -----------------------

    Schveningen? i can pronounce that shibboleth, H, so i can get in, but if you cant spell it they wont let you leave.

    ive often sat there and scoffed pancakes washed down with a gallon of lager. happy days.

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  • 208. At 4:42pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    204 Blogs.

    Is that why a sticky situation is called being in a jam?

    I feel a bit silly asking now, but wtf is rugby?

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  • 209. At 4:43pm on 08 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Sometimes I like to think if football is the poppadom, this blog is the pickle.

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  • 210. At 4:44pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    203. At 4:35pm on 08 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Robboism:

    a weak pun or gag, usually charictarised by its repetitive nature, which is delivered in a colloquial northern English accent.

    As ever, just my own interpretation, no doubt you disagree.

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  • 211. At 4:44pm on 08 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #205 Scheveningen - that takes me back. Still so long as you can pronounce it eh?

    #199 Your killing me!

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  • 212. At 4:45pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    top of the poppadums.

    please refer to 2 blogs ago for my entire repertoire of curry-house related jokes.

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  • 213. At 4:46pm on 08 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "208. At 4:42pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:
    204 Blogs.

    Is that why a sticky situation is called being in a jam?

    I feel a bit silly asking now, but wtf is rugby?
    "

    Ah I can answer that. Its a delay between Manchester and London for anyone stupid enough to take the train.

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  • 214. At 4:46pm on 08 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Joe, take out the word weak and I'll agree with the rest. Besides which, we are the experts when it comes to repetition.

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  • 215. At 4:46pm on 08 Feb 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    Hello Jacks:

    hey hows it going. I read your reply and glad you liked it mellow is
    the right word. I also think you will also like A Momentary Lapse of
    Reason and also i would suggest you add Wish You Were Here to your
    collection thats if you have not already done so.

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    about my comments regarding the irish ref england vs wales I am not having a pop at the irish in general its just that whenever one seems
    to officiate an England game the decision making is bizzare, they seem
    to tollerate a lot of nonsence etc from other sides but when it comes to
    England they are very picky in whats allowed and what is not.

    The refs from the southern hemisphere are mainly spot on! with no favour given to either side and they dont stand for any nonsence from any team.
    They are always on the ball and do not shirk the big decisions either.

    In appreciation this is not infact a RU Blog I would like to add as usual
    the Welsh won the singing Englands performance just about merited the win and please please when are they going to dispense with that dam Anthem God Save the Queen should be replaced by Jeruselum at all major sports england take part in with immediate effect.



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  • 216. At 4:47pm on 08 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    we are the experts when it comes to repetition

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  • 217. At 4:47pm on 08 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    we are the experts when it comes to repetition

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  • 218. At 4:47pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    You can pronounce Scheveningen and you scoff pancakes and beer?

    If you tell me you're now wearing an orange T-shirt then I'm changing you're name to Blogschdignag

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  • 219. At 4:50pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Hello DG3(again.)I'll give them a try.Bo also suggested "Wish you were here" so they will be next...

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  • 220. At 4:51pm on 08 Feb 2010, redforever wrote:

    40. At 2:25pm on 08 Feb 2010, Ngog And Kiss It wrote:
    Well, what about the "World Series" which involves only America! (Maybe Japan too - but still thats not the WORLD)

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    Do a little research before making a fool of yourself. The name "world" series came form the fact that in the early days of the championship the sponsor was a newspaper called the "world". The name stuck long after the newspaper vanished.
    Having said that, (by the way Japanese teams are not involved), the best players in the world, almost without exception play in this league. There is not a team in a another country that could compete with any of the MLB teams, so in truth the winner of the Champioship really is the best team in the world.

    Why has the blog come to be dominated by a handful of members, whose comments add little or nothing to the discourse (not even humour), and are instead seem to be a "to you, to me" playground chat?

    Moderators should block as much of this stuff as possible...you know who you are.

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  • 221. At 4:52pm on 08 Feb 2010, Rob K wrote:

    If there's one thing football should take wholesale from rugby, it's the communication between referee and players. Would love to see a ref just take it on themselves to be as forthcoming as Nigel Owens is. Would prevent a whole host of problems with the current game IMO. And that's aside from the technology.

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  • 222. At 4:52pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Why has the blog come to be dominated by a handful of members, whose comments add little or nothing to the discourse (not even humour), and are instead seem to be a "to you, to me" playground chat?
    ------------------------------
    Chuckle Brother time......
    ===================
    Robbo,happy with a point from Fortress(!) Portman Road?

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  • 223. At 4:55pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    H2 - gave mijn fiets terug

    210 - SHOCK! JDR cracked a joke. not a bad one either. a bit samuel johnsons dictionary, perhaps, the joke of a harmless drudge, maybe, but a joke.

    Joe - you will be assimilated!

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  • 224. At 4:57pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    oh H - orange pants, not Tshirt

    my job requires me to have a 3 yearly medical. i went for it last week and the doc asked me for a stool and urine sample. i left him with my pants and went home.

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  • 225. At 4:58pm on 08 Feb 2010, PaulyBoy wrote:

    Don't know if it's been mentioned above (shedload of posts...) but the World Series is named after the newspaper that sponsored the original tournament (Something like the Boston World.. Can't be bothered to look up the details..). The name just stuck.

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  • 226. At 5:01pm on 08 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I'm out...

    bye everyone!

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  • 227. At 5:02pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    220. At 4:51pm on 08 Feb 2010, torontored wrote

    There is not a team in a another country that could compete with any of the MLB teams, so in truth the winner of the Champioship really is the best team in the world.
    ----------------------
    Gotta agree with that. Not many other countries really care that much about that silly game. Even in the U.S. it's popularity has diminished, or did all those strikes and allegations of drug use help the sport?
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    Moderators should block as much of this stuff as possible...you know who you are.
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    Ofcourse the mods would know who they are, unless they've got amnesia.

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  • 228. At 5:02pm on 08 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    But given the fact that he can be annoying we will block his distinctiveness instead

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  • 229. At 5:03pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Torontored - if the newspaper The World doesnt exist ie the referrent, then the word "world", ie the signifier, in saussaurean terms, must ipso facto signify the conventional "signified" of that term, ie the concept of global totality, which we all suspect the USA of confusing itself with.

    so youre the fool pal and dont be so rude in future.

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  • 230. At 5:03pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    I'm off too,but leave with a serious point...
    Joe,why don't you write a blog?(This is meant seriously as well).Take one of Robbo's hibernating blogs from below and do one in the style you would like to see.I mean this as a genuine suggestion.Do a blog,put up the link and see how we go...

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  • 231. At 5:04pm on 08 Feb 2010, Didier Drogba- just another Cameron Jerome wannabe wrote:

    Kevin Phillips for England!!

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  • 232. At 5:08pm on 08 Feb 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    blogdignag

    chuckles.:)

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  • 233. At 5:10pm on 08 Feb 2010, GazUtd wrote:


    Hello and welcome to my new BBC blog. I am Gaz and here is the first edition...


    Rugby is awful. So are middle class people.
    Thank you, your comments are welcome.


    COMMENTS SECTION

    1. At 12:00 JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    Do you call this a blog? What are you trying to say? Who are you anyway, do you really exist? Could you not have elaborated on these points instead of just using one line?

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  • 234. At 5:14pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    2. Good blog Gaz, although a bit on the long side.

    Ps agree rugby is cr@p

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  • 235. At 5:15pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Gaz -great blog old son.

    I enjoyed and agreed with every minimalist word. Your succinctness is a genuine relief from the pervasive verbosity of BBC blogs. Let's have more!

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  • 236. At 5:16pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    216. At 4:47pm on 08 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Well what do you expect! Even the blogs title has been used before. I mean I understand you are bound to this character but surely there is room for some originality in there.

    Perhaps you felt injecting American Football and Rugby into the blog would count as variety but the summation of the two sports was so weak even from the predicted Robbo approach that it failed to acheive this on even a fundemental level. Anyone who read the blog and was hopeful of a football debate will have been disappointed with the afterthough at the end and any Rugby or American football fans will have just been completely put off at the pointless inclusion of the sports for reasons just to dismiss. End result is almost everyone loses out.

    I thought your last blog on Terry was at least reasonable as it carried something of a topical point/opinion even if it came along about a week too late and had already been discussed to the death (which incidentally I know was not really your fault due to the BBC policy before you accuse me).

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  • 237. At 5:17pm on 08 Feb 2010, GazUtd wrote:


    Now on to serious matters. I have the flu, so any reason to get angry and go on a rant is welcome.

    So rugby then....

    I would gladly spend a month at JDRs house being educated on the finer points of prose if it meant that rugby and the people who think it is in any way a sport were forever banished from the earth.

    To say I detest it would be akin to saying that Joe and Chuckle were just a little annoying.

    The sport itself I just find laughable but I can give it a little lee-way as I have a South African mate and he likes it for what it is and not for where it can take you, ie to the pub with a bunch of other in-bred simpletons who wouldn't know what a ball was if you kicked them in their own pair.

    You see no matter what they do with the actual sport it will always have the 'rugby fan'.

    Can there be a lower form of life? In fact I don't know why those creationist people don't just use your average rugby fan to prove that evolution is a myth. Even a dung beetle is more evolved than your average 'Timothy'.

    (Apologies to any Timothys out there but I'm sure that unless you are an actual rugby fan you've long since shortened your name to Tim)

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  • 238. At 5:18pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Ha ha ha! This blog is a circus!

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  • 239. At 5:19pm on 08 Feb 2010, GazUtd wrote:


    DAMMIT!! (In best Jack Bauer voice)

    How am I managing to come after him every time FFS!

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  • 240. At 5:19pm on 08 Feb 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    221. At 4:52pm on 08 Feb 2010, Rob K wrote:

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    Very Much agree there it would not take to much effort to make some basic
    improvements to the decision making process in Football.

    i would aslo like to see the introduction of the " sin bin " though if you happened to have been watching liverpool vs everton at some stage it would have been like watching the RU Sevens. But if that what it takes to bring some much needed disipline into the game then so be it. The Players will soon learn. Well some would.

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  • 241. At 5:20pm on 08 Feb 2010, darrel spence wrote:

    already 200+ comments in, no one has talked about the birmingham v wolves game - much more important than rugby n super bowl. why isnt it in the original blog?. if phil mcnulty can do a boot licking article on anelka, why is noone noticing that kevin phillips is one of the most underrated strikers from england, and in the prem. up there with robbie fowler, michael owen as a finisher - yet no mention anywhere. unless news is about the top 4, it is not mentioned and is forgotten about.

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  • 242. At 5:22pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

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

  • 243. At 5:22pm on 08 Feb 2010, Didier Drogba- just another Cameron Jerome wannabe wrote:

    does JDR read this every week just to pick it apart and find faults with it?
    because there are plenty of other bloggers for those of you who want a more serious look at the weeks football.

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  • 244. At 5:25pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    darrel - no offense, but maybe noone mentioned it because noone gives a toss? except for perhaps a dull sense of satisfaction that Mickey McManager lost again and looks doomed.

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  • 245. At 5:26pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    152. At 3:46pm on 08 Feb 2010, Ngog And Kiss It wrote:
    FBH, ever been for a night out in Yarm?

    I'm going there next tuesday night - apparently its a great night

    Ngog - Hey I live in Yarm - its a nice place and the High Street was voted the best in England a couple of years ago. I used to be a regular on a Tuesday - it has the polite sobriquet of "singles night" or less polite nickname of "snog a dog". If Rooney is in Town it would be "Grab a Granny". Try the Geroge & Dragon if you wanna wantch footy or the Black Bull if you want to meet a gold digger and spend the night posing - then onto the Cross Keys. Could meet up if ya fancy a pint - not sure what Im up to next week but possibly around. Enjoy it whatever.

    Cathcing up wiht the rest f the blog.

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  • 246. At 5:26pm on 08 Feb 2010, GazUtd wrote:


    BlueCity91 I take it you are new here.

    You are making the rookie mistake of trying to use reason with JDR. It just doesn't work.

    Imagine trying to tell Garry Cooke to stop talking tripe, he just won't listen.


    (I'm assuming you're the blue city of Manchester type and not the Birmingham one.)

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  • 247. At 5:28pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    241 Darrel.

    B'ham are going great guns and are managing to stay under the rader which, believe me, is a blessing in disguise. Thet've done really well this season, but with all due respect beating Wolves at home is not really a big deal. Good luck to Brum and I honestly hope they can keep it up just to prove all the so called experts wrong.

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  • 248. At 5:28pm on 08 Feb 2010, GazUtd wrote:


    bloggidy #244

    I was going to mention that Mick McPersonalitybypass had lost again but I was afraid it would bring Irn Bru back to defend him. And as Chuckle has made an appearance again I didn't want to tempt fate.

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  • 249. At 5:29pm on 08 Feb 2010, Didier Drogba- just another Cameron Jerome wannabe wrote:

    GazUtd: nope im from birmingham

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  • 250. At 5:32pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    thats my "write drivel" quota met for the day

    BOOOIIINNNGG!!

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  • 251. At 5:33pm on 08 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    241. At 5:20pm on 08 Feb 2010, darrel spence wrote:
    already 200+ comments in, no one has talked about the birmingham v wolves game - much more important than rugby n super bowl. why isnt it in the original blog?. if phil mcnulty can do a boot licking article on anelka, why is noone noticing that kevin phillips is one of the most underrated strikers from england, and in the prem. up there with robbie fowler, michael owen as a finisher - yet no mention anywhere. unless news is about the top 4, it is not mentioned and is forgotten about.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    No one has mentioned Kevin Philips cos he scored two goals as a sub and otherwise has not been seen or heard of for months. Agreed he's a cracking goalscorer but I'd be loth to write a 'Didn't I always tell you what a genius Kev Phillips was having not mentioned it for four years!

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  • 252. At 5:34pm on 08 Feb 2010, Gwiggs wrote:

    robbo said : I swore this year I'd stay up and watch the SuperBowl - especially with the New Orleans Saints in the final - but sure enough come the first commercial break the chin hit the chest
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    Commercial break? But the BBC dont have any, Has Robbo tryed to watch the game on a rival broadcaster perhaps !

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  • 253. At 5:35pm on 08 Feb 2010, James Glaysher wrote:

    I hate listening to footballers thinking they know things about rugby; but it's worse when such people are paid to write the same rubbish for the BBC under the banner of an expert's blog.

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  • 254. At 5:36pm on 08 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    245. At 5:26pm on 08 Feb 2010, followingborohurts wrote:
    152. At 3:46pm on 08 Feb 2010, Ngog And Kiss It wrote:
    FBH, ever been for a night out in Yarm?

    I'm going there next tuesday night - apparently its a great night

    Ngog - Hey I live in Yarm - its a nice place and the High Street was voted the best in England a couple of years ago. I used to be a regular on a Tuesday - it has the polite sobriquet of "singles night" or less polite nickname of "snog a dog". If Rooney is in Town it would be "Grab a Granny". Try the Geroge & Dragon if you wanna wantch footy or the Black Bull if you want to meet a gold digger and spend the night posing - then onto the Cross Keys. Could meet up if ya fancy a pint - not sure what Im up to next week but possibly around. Enjoy it whatever.

    Cathcing up wiht the rest f the blog.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    It's a bit hoyty-toyty I reckon, is Yarm. Still not a bad class of boozer. The last time I went to the Ketton Ox - it's got a picture of a fat cow on the pub sign. You can get a decent pub crawl in while you marvel at the wide cobbled high street n all. Just don't wear trainers.

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  • 255. At 5:37pm on 08 Feb 2010, Didier Drogba- just another Cameron Jerome wannabe wrote:

    "Agreed he's a cracking goalscorer but I'd be loth to write a 'Didn't I always tell you what a genius Kev Phillips was having not mentioned it for four years!"
    oh go on. just stick some jokes in and no one will mind, except for JDR, but he seems rather hard to please anyway

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  • 256. At 5:37pm on 08 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    252. At 5:34pm on 08 Feb 2010, Gwiggs wrote:
    robbo said : I swore this year I'd stay up and watch the SuperBowl - especially with the New Orleans Saints in the final - but sure enough come the first commercial break the chin hit the chest
    ------------------------------------------------------------

    Commercial break? But the BBC dont have any, Has Robbo tryed to watch the game on a rival broadcaster perhaps !

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    They have em on the US networks and then ion the Beeb we get the inane waffle brigade doing lots of padding. That's what tipped me into the arms of Morpheus.

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  • 257. At 5:38pm on 08 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    Gayel Clichy (fists clenching).... the lad has absolutely NO BUSINESS in the starting 11 at the moment. when did he turn into one of the worst defenders in history? he couldn't cut in in the Blue Square right now!
    that's 2 games he's almost single-handedly cost us since his return... and he's only played in 3! W...T...F?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!uck?

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  • 258. At 5:39pm on 08 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    255. At 5:37pm on 08 Feb 2010, bluecity91 wrote:
    "Agreed he's a cracking goalscorer but I'd be loth to write a 'Didn't I always tell you what a genius Kev Phillips was having not mentioned it for four years!"
    oh go on. just stick some jokes in and no one will mind, except for JDR, but he seems rather hard to please anyway

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    Mate, he's a pussycat that JDR - he'd be nothing without me, comprende? NOTHING.

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  • 259. At 5:40pm on 08 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Just realised them block capitals make me look like an utter nutter... shan't be doing that. AGAIN. SEE WHAT I MEAN?

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  • 260. At 5:44pm on 08 Feb 2010, Didier Drogba- just another Cameron Jerome wannabe wrote:

    i think you scared everyone away robbo

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  • 261. At 5:50pm on 08 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    i've just had my post framed by 2 of Robbo's... is that the blog equivalent of being nutmegged?

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  • 262. At 5:51pm on 08 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    or subbed-on, only to be subbed-off 10 minutes later?

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  • 263. At 5:52pm on 08 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    i was subbed-off whilst driving one time...

    i should go.

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  • 264. At 5:56pm on 08 Feb 2010, Thatwasfunny wrote:

    Robbo it appears that your comments have achieved their desired goal! While I'm here I'll have a go as well. Rugby is not perfect and I do enjoy a good game of football but your comments are confirmation of the fact that football has lost it when it comes to sporting respect.

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  • 265. At 6:00pm on 08 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Provocative blog Robbo, never dull eh.

    I understand there's another reason the NFL footballers wear the helmets; to protect their diamond ear studs.

    More seriously, it's the single most violent sport on earth. The big difference being that the hits come from all angles and often several at a time whether the player has the ball, is waiting for the ball or might never even see the ball!

    It's a fantastic sport for a party too! In a typical game there's about 11 minutes when the ball is actually in play (from the snap to the end of play). This allows ample time for trips to the bathroom, the fridge, the buffet or wherever else life might take one.

    Those 11 minutes of viewing are really good, not as good as the full 80 minutes of a full throttle Rugby League match though but the parties, oh the parties!

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  • 266. At 6:02pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Scheveningen is pronounced Scheveningen??? Was I correct.

    Kevin Phillips - well said. Darrel do it!!!

    Jack - still using the Aldershot pic hey - and still makin me laff. How many times. And how many times wioll I click on it to see what it is.

    DGR3rd - something about Led Zeppelin - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qfzbw

    Only Radio 4 could have:
    Today's Topical Subjects & People
    Nelson Mandela Astronomy MPs' Expenses Mathematics Beer Nick Clegg Antony Gormley Euthanasia Afghanistan Climate Change

    And no footy!!

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  • 267. At 6:05pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    253. At 5:35pm on 08 Feb 2010, James Glaysher wrote:
    I hate listening to footballers thinking they know things about rugby; but it's worse when such people are paid to write the same rubbish for the BBC under the banner of an expert's blog.

    ANd quite right to Jim, sorry James.

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  • 268. At 6:07pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Hey Trott,

    I actually thought that quite a lot happened in last nights game.

    Was you rooting for the saints or was only there watching for the beer. aka The British way.

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  • 269. At 6:10pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Robbo - I know u said Yarm is Hoyty etc - but in order to maintain my working class credentials I should like to point out that I was born in Whinney Bronx and brought up in Boot Hill - thats fighting talk where I come from - but its ok Ive moved now.

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  • 270. At 6:12pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    266 FBH,

    No it's not.

    Scheveningen is pronounced Skray fee ning ehr. (phonetically)

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  • 271. At 6:13pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    H2H - not round here its not - I refer you to my working class credentials :)

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  • 272. At 6:15pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Bedankt?

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  • 273. At 6:17pm on 08 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #251 - Robbo - given that #241 compared Phillips to other long retired finishers Fowler and Owen (I might have to eat my words on this one but its looking a safe bet for the moment), its clear that this was either a post started four years ago or said poster has just emerged from Guantanamo bay.

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  • 274. At 6:18pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    That was for the benefit of the working class mate, the snobs wouldn't even have the slightest of chances of getting that name out with all the hot potatos in their gobs.

    The Bronx and Boot Hill, sounds like the Wild West's burial ground for rappers.

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  • 275. At 6:22pm on 08 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    H2H - I understood the sch bit of Scheveningen to be pronounced with s followed by a phlegm inducing clearing of the throat. No?

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  • 276. At 6:23pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    re272. Graag gedaan.

    Dutch must look realy wierd if your not used to it.

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  • 277. At 6:23pm on 08 Feb 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    FBH.

    I cant listen to it as I have some other Music Software running on my comp to do with work. Thanks anyways.

    I am not sure why the image either scares or causes him any agnst but then I am not him.

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  • 278. At 6:25pm on 08 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    H2, I was hosting! I backed the Colts in a modest manner but had the half time box score in the pool which covered my losses! Happy enough that the Saints won. I'd have been happier if the real Saints; St. Helens, had won (and Bolton of course).

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  • 279. At 6:28pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Colch - not sure you will get this before the match as think you may be still in Scotland - but enjoy the match and up the Colchers or whatever they are!!!

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  • 280. At 6:29pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    275 UD,

    More like a sckray sound, phlegm is optional, although in Belgium they speak avery similar language to Dutch which is called Vlaams (aka Flemish)

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  • 281. At 6:32pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Dang - me footy is cancelled tonight - oh well can dine out on the three I scored last week for a while longer (and one a left foot volley if I remember)

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  • 282. At 6:33pm on 08 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #280 Vlaams (aka Flemish)

    Aaah phlegmish. Good one.

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  • 283. At 6:37pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    DUTCH FOR BEGINNERS
    Lesson 1
    what is that in your hand = vot is dot in uw handt?

    Lesson 2
    help does anyone speak english = help! spreekt hier iemand engels?

    End of course.

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  • 284. At 6:38pm on 08 Feb 2010, Kickingforglory wrote:

    If James Haskell is 'nice but dim' then the last 3 encumbents of the England football captaincy are intellectually on a par with single cell organisms. The combined IQ's of Ferdinand, Terry & Beckham might equal that of one of their overseas footballing counterparts or the average union player.

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  • 285. At 6:38pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Well caught U.D.

    Trott, Bad news about Cahill, that's a wierd injury. (this coming from an Arsenal fan.)

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  • 286. At 6:43pm on 08 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Yes indeed H2, very bad news, hope they get it all sorted out and he makes a full recovery. We'll have to ask for young Connolly back from loan, we aren't exactly lucky enough to have "deep defensive cover." Perhaps your young Jack Wilshere can play center back?

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  • 287. At 6:45pm on 08 Feb 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    to both like and understand Rugby you have to have played it.

    we did not do Football at my school it was Rugby and Cricket and Athletics and Swimming.

    as for the rules and changes etc they have been of benifit particulary
    in preventing some of the more life threatning tackles that used to take place. Also the improvements in officiating has in the main ensured any
    afters takes place away from the public eye normally after a few beers
    not that i took part i such events being a scrum half my attributes were
    pure pace and the abilty to out manouvere guys nearly twice my weight and size. when having the post match booze up I was never seen so to speak which had considerable advantages not least of which was i did not have to buy a round.

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  • 288. At 6:48pm on 08 Feb 2010, CartmanEazyE wrote:

    This blog is like a particularly dim version of the Jeremy Kyle show. My licence fee goes on the bandwidth.

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  • 289. At 6:49pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    283 Bloggs

    Excellent lesson if not a little unnecessary (overbodig)

    Most Dutch speak better English than Stevie Mac

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZnoP4sUV90

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  • 290. At 6:50pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    283. At 6:37pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:
    DUTCH FOR BEGINNERS
    Lesson 1
    what is that in your hand = vot is dot in uw handt?

    Lesson 2
    help does anyone speak english = help! spreekt hier iemand engels?

    End of course.

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    Then again,there is the usual British alternative....

    DO ANY OF YOU SPEAK ENGLISH.ENGLISH MATEcan't understand a dicky bird can they.ENGLISH,YEAH ENGLISH.2 PINTS O' LAGER AND AN ENGLISH BREAKFAST

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  • 291. At 6:51pm on 08 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "284. At 6:38pm on 08 Feb 2010, Kickingforglory wrote:
    If James Haskell is 'nice but dim' then the last 3 encumbents of the England football captaincy are intellectually on a par with single cell organisms. The combined IQ's of Ferdinand, Terry & Beckham might equal that of one of their overseas footballing counterparts or the average union player."

    Intelligence you don't use is worse that intelligence you never had...

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  • 292. At 6:54pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    286. Trott.

    If he could there would of been murders if we had loaned him out, we need all the defenders we can get...........

    And strikers.......

    And a keeper, in fact you're lucky he's a midfielder because that's the only position we really have players in.

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  • 293. At 6:57pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    H2,kidnap Jasskelainen(spelling?)for a good start to next season...

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  • 294. At 6:58pm on 08 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    H2H - your defence is fine apart from the left back with Clichy lacking match fitness, you just need a decent keeper. Plus you need a big striker for variety - I thought you would be going in for Dzeko in the transfer window to be honest.

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  • 295. At 6:59pm on 08 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    288. At 6:48pm on 08 Feb 2010, CartmanEazyE wrote:
    This blog is like a particularly dim version of the Jeremy Kyle show.
    _________________________________________________________________________

    In what sense? Are you saying that I'm not the father of my own kids?

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  • 296. At 7:00pm on 08 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Still at least you never had to play Diaby and Denilson in the centre of defence which we effectively had to for a couple of matches.

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  • 297. At 7:04pm on 08 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    284. At 6:38pm on 08 Feb 2010, Kickingforglory wrote:
    If James Haskell is 'nice but dim' then the last 3 encumbents of the England football captaincy are intellectually on a par with single cell organisms. The combined IQ's of Ferdinand, Terry & Beckham might equal that of one of their overseas footballing counterparts or the average union player.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Who said it requires a degree or a public school education (one inevitably follows the other or it wouldn't be worth the fees) to become a football captain? Rugby players these days are just as capable of the banal and meaningless post-match blather as any other sportsman regardless of number of brain cells. Having said that it was refreshing to hear Gatland say what a numpty Mr Wynn Jones was rather than trying to brush it away as one of them things.

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  • 298. At 7:08pm on 08 Feb 2010, GazUtd wrote:

    295. At 6:59pm on 08 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:
    288. At 6:48pm on 08 Feb 2010, CartmanEazyE wrote:
    This blog is like a particularly dim version of the Jeremy Kyle show.
    _________________________________________________________________________

    In what sense? Are you saying that I'm not the father of my own kids?


    _______________________________________________


    No. But you are JDRs father, so that probably qualifies.

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  • 299. At 7:08pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Jacks Good plan.

    Definatly wouldn't bother with a ransom note:

    *Written in cutout letters from a newspaper*

    To The boLToN boARd

    wE haVe GoT jUsssssKi, JasSgI, JeSki. YoU'rE GOaliE.

    U.D.

    Not really, we're two injuries away from having a CB pairing of Silvestre and Campbell, how scary is that? The LB spot has been troublesome with the injuries to Clichy, Gibbs and Traore, Clichy is clearly struggling.
    My views on the GK situation are well documented on this blog, as are those of our failure to secure a striker in this transfer window.

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  • 300. At 7:11pm on 08 Feb 2010, Roger Birds wrote:

    Is there any transparency at the bbc? If so, I'd like to know exactly how much is paid to the person who writes this "sport" blog. Given this is published on the bbc sport website, a globally respected new organisation, what in the names of hades is the point of an article whereby the author states he is not interested in a specific sport/sports? Who cares what he thinks? Could this space not be given to something insightful/informative/relevant/pointful?

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  • 301. At 7:12pm on 08 Feb 2010, GazUtd wrote:

    300. At 7:11pm on 08 Feb 2010, Roger Birds wrote:

    a globally respected new organisation

    _________________________


    I thought they'd been around for years

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  • 302. At 7:22pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    300. At 7:11pm on 08 Feb 2010, Roger Birds wrote:
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Apparently its all justifiable because its not supposed to be taken seriously.

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  • 303. At 7:23pm on 08 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Gaz, haha, perfect mis-use of the typo.

    Rog, Robbo earns millions of pounds a year. The Beeb might not pay him millions but he certainly earns it!

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  • 304. At 7:25pm on 08 Feb 2010, Roger Birds wrote:

    Apologies, that should have read "news". You're quite right, the bbc is far from new. Tired, dated, possibly, not new.

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  • 305. At 7:27pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Roger - and so shall a man be judged on the money he earneth. Have you been here? If not, you'll be well peeved, like. If so, don't you have better places to be? Don't you have someone to kill?

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  • 306. At 7:28pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    I feel dirty. I intentionally went to the Sun's website for the first time in my life. They'll excommunicate me if they find out. Shhhhhh....

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  • 307. At 7:30pm on 08 Feb 2010, GazUtd wrote:

    302. At 7:22pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:
    300. At 7:11pm on 08 Feb 2010, Roger Birds wrote:
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Apparently its all justifiable because its not supposed to be taken seriously.

    __________________________________________________


    And lo a new friendship was born

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  • 308. At 7:36pm on 08 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    307. At 7:30pm on 08 Feb 2010, GazUtd wrote:
    302. At 7:22pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:
    300. At 7:11pm on 08 Feb 2010, Roger Birds wrote:
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Apparently its all justifiable because its not supposed to be taken seriously.

    __________________________________________________


    And lo a new friendship was born

    ================================
    I see you both decided to change thing around with Joe posting directly after you this time,Gaz.
    Joe made a friend earlier too...
    138. At 3:23pm on 08 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:
    85. At 2:45pm on 08 Feb 2010, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Similar sentiments to my own in many ways.

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  • 309. At 7:36pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Tommy

    I just clicked on it.....
    It was kind of like watching a car accident, I knew it was going to be horific but I still felt compelled to watch.

    Not that much unlike watching Arsenal the last week. I can't wait until Wednesday, if your lads beat us then at least I can give up hope for this season, if we win then it'll be back to blind optimism again.

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  • 310. At 7:37pm on 08 Feb 2010, Roger Birds wrote:

    I don't buy the sun, I do pay for the beeb, unfortunately.

    Not sure if this is meant to be taken seriously:

    http://www.thisisntexeter.co.uk/site/sports/146

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  • 311. At 7:42pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Roger, he's wrong. It's twice a week. And I bet noone (Exeter City) wrote that expecting it to be posted here. Never mind, eh. Can't be everyone's cup of tea. I don't like Songs of Praise, but still....

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  • 312. At 7:43pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Jack- Easter Pint would be great mategate

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  • 313. At 7:46pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    H2, we're playing tomorrow mate, wouldn't want you to miss it! As for the match, I'm cautiously optimistic at the moment, which is nice as it's been a while.

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  • 314. At 7:47pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Oh, we're playing Wednesday. Where did I get that silly idea from?

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  • 315. At 7:52pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    SSN Colch 1 up!!!!! Appraently a comical goal!!! Just watched it - it was !

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  • 316. At 7:56pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Roger.

    I can't believe that this site is solely funded by the license fee.

    I'm logging in from abroad and don't pay a license fee (ha ha) but, there are many ads on this site, and every video link I click on I first get a 30 second ad before the clip starts.

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  • 317. At 7:56pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Roger - the article aint that funny but the replenished headlines at the top are :)

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  • 318. At 7:57pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    You had me worried for a moment there Tommy.

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  • 319. At 8:02pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    JT wants to thanks "every single fan" - eh how does he know that "every fan" was supportive. I bet some of them are a right puritanical lot and are
    Disgusted of Chelsea

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  • 320. At 8:04pm on 08 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    Just managed to bak on, trouble with the comp over the weekend

    1 Yarm was crowned the best High St in England a couple of years ago
    2. If you go to the george and Dragon or Black Bull at the weekend, get there early, otherwise you'll need to queue

    3 The Chuckle Bros are honaray presidents of the Millers

    4. The Fridge makes RU forwards look athletic

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  • 321. At 8:04pm on 08 Feb 2010, GazUtd wrote:


    FBH maybe said fans were chanting "DON'T GO CHELSEA!"

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  • 322. At 8:05pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    I would like to personally thank every Chelsea fan for not supporting Liverpool.

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  • 323. At 8:06pm on 08 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Unfortunately they are quick to anger and only speak in grunts and snorts, much akin to pidgin

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  • 324. At 8:11pm on 08 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    You pay for everything one way or another H2, especially when you roger birds!

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  • 325. At 8:12pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    H2H - its ok mate - Ive paid for you - its about the price of a pint per week - mind you its the price of a northern pint.

    WHats a Blue Bamboo?

    Apparently its where the jordy player was when he had a rumble.

    Tommy - u mae me clikc on the Scum!!??!!?? I must go and bathe

    Robbo - Radio Tees tonight??? WInk wink????

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  • 326. At 8:16pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Trott - nice one - I see what you did there
    I would liek to thank every chelsea fan for keeping the telly savalas look in fashion and confirming the value of a good eduction in having their tatoos spelled/spelt (help me) correctly - except Mr Blue Burns who is a good chap.

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  • 327. At 8:17pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    310. At 7:37pm on 08 Feb 2010, Roger Birds wrote:
    I don't buy the sun, I do pay for the beeb, unfortunately.
    ---------------
    what is wrong with these grouchy killjoys? theyre out in force today. lighten up. i wouldnt post jokes on your trainspotting/ accountancy/ undertaking forums so what possesses you to post your peevish pedantic humourlessness on a comedy blog, i just dont understand.

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  • 328. At 8:19pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Right uni challenge - laters (I can watch it from the beginiing whilst taping the end - I didnt even know that such a facility was missing from my life until I got it - a bit like crabs I suppose)

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  • 329. At 8:20pm on 08 Feb 2010, Kickingforglory wrote:

    297. At 7:04pm on 08 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:
    284. At 6:38pm on 08 Feb 2010, Kickingforglory wrote:
    If James Haskell is 'nice but dim' then the last 3 encumbents of the England football captaincy are intellectually on a par with single cell organisms. The combined IQ's of Ferdinand, Terry & Beckham might equal that of one of their overseas footballing counterparts or the average union player.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Who said it requires a degree or a public school education (one inevitably follows the other or it wouldn't be worth the fees) to become a football captain? Rugby players these days are just as capable of the banal and meaningless post-match blather as any other sportsman regardless of number of brain cells. Having said that it was refreshing to hear Gatland say what a numpty Mr Wynn Jones was rather than trying to brush it away as one of them things.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Wasn't implying you need an education of any sort to be England captain, just suprised at the description of a young sportsman not as accustomed to interviews as his older, more (supposedly) media savvy, round ball counterparts, especially since a large proportion of football fans & popular press journalists seem to hang on every word a high profile footballer utters (as if they are expecting some profound statement to utter from their lips).

    Everytime David Beckham speaks on TV we try to guess how many times he's going to say 'ya know' or 'erm'. Makes it almost worth watching him!



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  • 330. At 8:22pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Trotter, Chuckle!

    Fbh, Nice one mate, decent of ya, but keep ya money or have that pint yourself, I like having the status of *non license payer.

    *Has a flashback about those old ad with the vans with the dodgy discs on 'em, the one's that were scaning your neighbourhood for non license payers*

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  • 331. At 8:28pm on 08 Feb 2010, JJB wrote:

    I don't know why you write as if you're dim, when you're clearly not. Is it to relate to a certain demographic?

    Also; I don't know why you pretend to know nothing about the rules of rugby when you clearly know enough to have a pop. Does it make it easier to bash the sport with a nonchalant superiorority if you act like you're above it?

    I'd say you were carting around an entire sack of potatoes on your shoulder, not just a chip.

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  • 332. At 8:31pm on 08 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    42. At 2:25pm on 08 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    Still quality entertainment though - at least they are proud fo their country while our politicians are always trying to make us ashamed of ours
    =============================

    I guess you could call it being proud Adam... myself, I see it more as being brain-washed into believing they are the greatest nation on earth, that God is going to send down his son again in order to raise them to a higher plain. Then again that is only my slant on it.

    G'day all, apologies to any genuine Americans here... but all that flag waving patriotism scares me more than suicide bombers.

    Catching up and don't see me making it before I have to leave this morning.

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  • 333. At 8:32pm on 08 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Bloga @ 327, speaking of which, aren't we overdue a trainspotting blog? Perhaps after the World Cup?

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  • 334. At 8:34pm on 08 Feb 2010, dyrewolfe wrote:

    Hey Robbo - good blog as usual but I have to disagree on the rugby. It (like most sports) can be a great spectacle when played well. Its just that when England play it tends to look scrappy and amateurish. We just don't have the flair and technical ability of the Southern Hemisphere teams...the odd flash of brilliance aside.

    From a technical point of view the England v Wales match was a bit of an eyesore. As a sporting contest though, with the way we almost snatched defeat from the jaws of certain victory, it was pretty enthralling, I thought.

    Whether you follow cricket, football or rugby, England tend to put the fans through the mill, whatever the eventual result. It seems to be our lot to suffer.

    As for John Terry, I'm fed up with hearing about him and really couldn't care less. I'm sure England won't be any worse off, now he won't be wearing the captain's armband. I really have no interest in his personal life, but since he was indiscreet enough to get caught and since he seems to have a fairly lengthy rap sheet, I would say his top priority should be to sort his home life out.

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  • 335. At 8:34pm on 08 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Bo, what happened? Did you get left at the altar by Linda Lovelace?

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  • 336. At 8:41pm on 08 Feb 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    Ive caught up but as ever remain non the wiser.

    I would like to just say that Robbos Blog should be given status as an
    SSSI.

    sorted.

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  • 337. At 8:41pm on 08 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    78. At 2:42pm on 08 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    56. At 2:31pm on 08 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:
    What amazes me about American Rugby is how they drag a 1 hour game out for 3 hours. Even Sir Alex hasn't managed that and he controls time
    -------------------
    becasue they stop the clock at out of bounds and at 2 minutes to go, have timeouts and otehr ways of stretching it out.
    =========================================

    Not forgetting the time-outs for TV advertising.

    I know it seems like I am picking on adam... not really, it's just he just happens to be pushing all the right buttons for me this morning.

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  • 338. At 8:50pm on 08 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    ......charged timeouts, non-charged timeouts, injury time outs, TV timeouts, 2 minute warnings, coaches review flags, measurement stoppages, referee reviews, booth reviews and smoke breaks!

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  • 339. At 8:57pm on 08 Feb 2010, Paul Murphy wrote:

    Don,t really agree with much of what you said about rugby union but i have to say i did like your description of the players shapes and sizes. couldn,t agree more about the flankers. They're all crazy

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  • 340. At 9:04pm on 08 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    338. At 8:50pm on 08 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    ...... coaches review flags,
    Arent these coaches challenges to refs decisions and are usually sorted within 30sec sucessful appeal keep your challenges, fail you lose a life.
    Imagine SAF with the power to challenge. He'd lose his 3 lives within the first 10 mins

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  • 341. At 9:14pm on 08 Feb 2010, persius wrote:

    Robbo - how could you mock the sport I love!! I frequently enjoy reading your witty, good humoured, thought provoking and inciteful tongue in cheek blog that even makes the boring old game of football seem entertaining and then you go and do that! Shame on you, Sir. I'll boycott you in future!?

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  • 342. At 9:20pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    no dnt do that persius, just read it in a mirror and youre heart wont turn to stone

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  • 343. At 9:21pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Blog - what did you study???? :)

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  • 344. At 9:21pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    i like how most of the pro-rugby windup biters are here in their real names and blazers

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  • 345. At 9:25pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Watching the Super Bowl last night, one thing became clear. If football is to move forward then video evidence needs to be employed.
    Last night a game changing decision was made after reviewing video evidence. (Moore´s catch)

    This was almost the equivilant of the ball crossing the goal line, not being given, then, being allowed to be reviewed and then allowing the goal to stand. It didn´t take that long to review and assured that justice was done.

    How much longer can FIFA keep us in the dark ages when the technology is there to insure important decisions are made corectly. I´m not advocating that we turn our footy into the stop-start-stop-start version that the Americans have, but surely there is a happy medium to be found.

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  • 346. At 9:26pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Blog I noticed that - and no abbreviations for first names unless its in reference to the Classics

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  • 347. At 9:27pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    343. At 9:21pm on 08 Feb 2010, followingborohurts wrote:
    Blog - what did you study???? :)
    -------------
    I think he has a degree in Blogology.

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  • 348. At 9:30pm on 08 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    h2h
    exactly my thoughts
    the game does have its good points

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  • 349. At 9:30pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    fbh - languages, linguistics, mainly. fat lot of use that was. several attempts at self-exile faltered, my soul sprang back on the end of its elastic and ive gone off on a bit of a tangent in the emergency services now, hence the odd hours i sometimes keep on here.

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  • 350. At 9:33pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hey Blog Ive had a few careers already. And another one to come soon I hope. I did engineering (yawn) then management (ok) then law (QI) and worked in manufacturing, then the public sector then a charidy - I do a lot of work for charidy!!!

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  • 351. At 9:42pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    im thinking of dedicating my life to blogging on here full time, FBH. And to get out of teh house more - small children flipping well wreck your social life dont they - i might take up, inspired by trotts suggestion, not that im really suggestible or anything, the new sport of trainspotting :

    Choose a station. Choose a platform. Choose a train. Choose a colour. Choose a shape. Choose diesels, carriages, multiple units and electrical locomotives. Choose trainspotting.

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  • 352. At 9:43pm on 08 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    G'day all, apologies to any genuine Americans here... but all that flag waving patriotism scares me more than suicide bombers.

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

    em, did you want rephrase that a bit? flag-waving is scarier than killing scores of innocent civilians?! say it ain't so, Bo...

    and yes, i'm annoyed that none of you Gooners had anything to say re: my Clichy rant... maybe you're all past caring? (can't really blame ya then)

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  • 353. At 9:44pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Choose a station. Choose a platform. Choose a train. Choose a colour. Choose a shape. Choose diesels, carriages, multiple units and electrical locomotives. Choose trainspotting.

    Only blog could say that ... and it make sense. Hail to theblog!!!

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  • 354. At 9:46pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Anyway - nightchaps - be good and follow the Boro - and if you cant follow the Boro follow your local team and if you cant do that follow a top four team - and if you cant do that - Go Sleep

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  • 355. At 9:47pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    denis - i opined earlier on that you cant expect manly defending from someone called gail. noone read that one either. noones reading this one either.
    im not past caring because i never arrived at caring in the first place. is it in hampshire?
    is that sufficient moral support/solidarity for you?

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  • 356. At 9:50pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    night fbh, - if you cant go to sleep, replay teh superbowl, but without the 11 minutes of actual play. that will send you off to morpheus' boudoir.

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  • 357. At 9:52pm on 08 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    "there, there" would've sufficed, blog ']

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  • 358. At 9:53pm on 08 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I chose not to chose life, I chose something different.

    Very good Bloggy.

    Denis, no gooner in their right mind could defend Clichy after the last two games, so your rant was justified.

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  • 359. At 9:54pm on 08 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    i chose a "choose your own adventure" book.

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  • 360. At 9:54pm on 08 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    tone1947 - what happens is they all carry on as if the ruling will stand, take their time getting to the line of scrimmage while the coach's upstairs people have a look at the replay. If they want to review it they'll radio down to him. He'll then catch the attention of the sideline referee and throw out his red flag. Then they'll stop the play on the field before it starts while the ref goes under the hood.

    At this time the TV audience will be treated to a commercial break. Depending on the play, he might review it from 6 angles and review it and review it and review it as necessary. He'll then pop back out and declare his decision but only after the TV people have finished the commercial they were playing at the time, ie. he'll announce his decision when the TV people are good and ready. There has to be clear evidence to overturn the play and if that happens the team challenging the play is not charged with a time out. If the play stands as called on the field, then the team challenging the play loses a time out and a challenge. So, all this can take between a minute and five minutes, longer in the big games as the TV people will want to squeeze more adverts in, then they want to show the audience the replays that the ref is using. Now, while this is going on in the grip of winter, the players are getting wrapped in thermal blankets and sitting in heated seats with propane burners blazing away. Whether we want that or not, most stadiums don't have the space for it. Remember that NFL teams have over 60 players, coaches and water monitors on the touchline when the game is going on.

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  • 361. At 9:56pm on 08 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    108 & 134... JDR and Chuckles seem to have Arsenal's woes figured out... but nothing new to add to what Arsenal supporters have been saying on here the past couple of weeks... at least their comments were consrtructive and not given in their usual rant.

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  • 362. At 9:56pm on 08 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    did y'all have them thar books grown'up? (yeehaw!)

    (waves flag, then shoots something)

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  • 363. At 9:56pm on 08 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Blog, do they have red flags in trainspotting too?

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  • 364. At 9:59pm on 08 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    anytime you're ready, Bo.

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  • 365. At 10:00pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    denis - my intentions were good; can you explain that disturbing emoticon to me? '] - you dont have one eye and a glasgow grin i hope!!!

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  • 366. At 10:03pm on 08 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    no, never... it's an ear & a sideburn!
    (think the Luca Toni/Dio Kamara goal celebration)

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  • 367. At 10:08pm on 08 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    take your time, Bo...i'll just keep working on my 4th pint here at the
    Ear & Sideburn, where it's always always in one ear...

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  • 368. At 10:08pm on 08 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    Trott

    So is the time getting to the line of scrimmage, before an appeal is thrown, is that part of the 30 secs to the next play or does the 30 secs start again.
    What was strange earlier in the season in one game, one coaches appealed then the other coach appealed against the first appeal and won, but the overall time was less than a minute for the decision.
    But yes there are the adverts, but then thats what pays for the game like it or not

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  • 369. At 10:10pm on 08 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    What is the position with Jagielka, is there any chance of him coming into the reckoning instead of Brown/Lescott/King/Upson?

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  • 370. At 10:13pm on 08 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    237. At 5:17pm on 08 Feb 2010, GazUtd wrote:
    ====================

    Gaz, would I be right in assuming you are not a rubgy fan?

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  • 371. At 10:14pm on 08 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    and FBH
    thanks for adding Rotherham to your list of watch out teams

    Purely from a Yorkist pov, mine are obviously the Millers with soft spots for Boro, York and Hull. I just wish the Blades, Owls Donny Barnsley,Leeds and the Spirites(well yes almost Yorks) would lose every week

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  • 372. At 10:15pm on 08 Feb 2010, sportsport wrote:

    New to blogs but would say:-

    Arsenal- what the great Jonah Barrington would call "pretty losers"

    Rugby union- too many rules to be a good game ( I speak as one whose son has played at Twickenham).

    Watched Super bowl for 1st time last night- great entertainment. Don't know if anybody has pointed this out yet but the World series refers to baseball and it is called that after its first sponsor, the world newspaper not because it is supposed to be the world championship.

    Video reviews of decisions will never suit football which is too fast moving and does not have the same natural breaks as other games

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  • 373. At 10:15pm on 08 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    tone1947. Depends, if the clock is running, yes. Question becomes; did the play result in a dead ball or was it a play on the field. ie. a touchdown pass called as a touchdown would stop the clock. A touchdown pass called on the field as incomplete would have the offense ambling back to the line of scrimmage to play the next down waiting for their coach to decide whether or not to throw his red flag and when they get their he might even call a time out to give them more time to review it. If the pass was caught in the middle of the field but its validity as a clean catch is questionable, the offense would be rushing to make the next play and hoping that the defense doesn't have time to review and challenge! Clock management and time-out strategy is a huge part of the coaching job and teams lose games sometimes because of mistakes in that area.

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  • 374. At 10:16pm on 08 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    and I bid you goodnight, hopefully the refresh button is still working at speed in the morning

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  • 375. At 10:21pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:


    trott- 363. you got me there.

    there are worrying similarities between football fans and trainspotters at times though, dont you think? stats, sedentary, voyeuristic; morbid interest in details; panini stickers colect them all; but with added beer, gangs and fights.

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  • 376. At 10:22pm on 08 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    do trainspotters ever throw themselves under the bus?

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  • 377. At 10:24pm on 08 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    Trott

    Clock management and time-out strategy

    ----------------
    Thats what its all about, how much time out ot 60 mins is lost at the line of scrimmage? how many times do you see the QB let the clock run down to within the last 5 secs. Are there any stats that indicate the length of time the ball is actually in play, given that each play normally lasts less than 10 secs.

    I'll catch up tomorrow

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  • 378. At 10:25pm on 08 Feb 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    " Video reviews of decisions will never suit football which is too fast moving and does not have the same natural breaks as other games "

    they dont have to be used for every decision only the ones where the ref does not have a good enough view of the action to be 100% sure.

    One of the main problems in Football is the obvious failure by those working the line/s to actually comnunicate with the guy in the middle.
    adequate and effective communication itself would put a stop to many of the ball incidents.

    In rugby this is used to great effect. The use of the video is mainly used for the awarding of the try which is understandable and very usefull.

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  • 379. At 10:25pm on 08 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    tone, yes, I mentioned this earlier today...the ball is in play about 11 minutes for a 60 minute game that takes 3 - 3 1/2 hours!

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  • 380. At 10:34pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    sportsport - the world series is a bit less innocent than you and a couple of other posters are making out. "The World" is defunct , nad the name has stuck becuae it chimes with the american view of them selves - manifest destiny, new rome all that malarkey. but it just highlights teh sport's parochialism now. noone cares about teh "true" origin of the title "World" series.

    just like noone cares that the tour de france was set up by an anti-semitic car manufacturer who wanted to use the race to prove that Dreyfus was guilty.

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  • 381. At 10:36pm on 08 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    alrighty then, Bo - you can continue think about it(352) and i'll check back with ya next time... good talking with you!

    toodles

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  • 382. At 10:40pm on 08 Feb 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    Whats with all the sudden interest in all those Michelin Men in the States with the hannibal lecture masks on, however i do find the cheerleaders rather interesting but even here i must take slight issue
    as bedding a gymnast or ballet dancer would be far more interesting.

    roll on when I win the Lottery.

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  • 383. At 10:43pm on 08 Feb 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    " as bedding a gymnast or ballet dancer would be far more interesting "

    I forgot to add positional wise.

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  • 384. At 11:06pm on 08 Feb 2010, Jinglewizz wrote:

    You admit that you're understanding of rugby is limited, but yet you still feel it prudent to offer your opinion in the public sphere. I have very little knowledge of quantum physics. Will I be publishing any articles about it any time soon? No. Stick to what you know and keep your ignorant opinions to yourself.

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  • 385. At 11:07pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    371. At 10:14pm on 08 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:
    and FBH
    thanks for adding Rotherham to your list of watch out teams

    Purely from a Yorkist pov, mine are obviously the Millers with soft spots for Boro, York and Hull. I just wish the Blades, Owls Donny Barnsley,Leeds and the Spirites(well yes almost Yorks) would lose every week

    Especially tomorrow re Barnsley (apols Barns fans)

    Dennis - let it be.

    DGR3rd - you have given me a nice image to go to sleep on - gymnast or ballet dancer?.




    Nope - still awake - too skinny and their elbows kept digging in me back!!!

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  • 386. At 11:10pm on 08 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Jinglewizz - in the words of Stephen K Amos - "its a joke"...

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  • 387. At 11:56pm on 08 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Did everyone go to sleep already?

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  • 388. At 00:01am on 09 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    387. At 11:56pm on 08 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:
    Did everyone go to sleep already?

    Spit you Jewish already? Shalom :)

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  • 389. At 00:05am on 09 Feb 2010, WhitleyBayWonTheVase wrote:

    Like Robbo, I too promised to stay up and watch Superbowl XVVXVCVXII.

    Unlike Robbo, I did.

    From the first kick to the Saints coach being lifted shoulder high at 2.50am, I stuck in there and watched every bit of it. Like H2H I was mightily impressed with the BBC's attempts to make it a little more entertaining than watching paint dry and I think they succeeded.

    It was clear that Wimbledon Jake, who then morphed into Olympic Jake, who then morphed into Formula 1 Jake had been told his latest transition was to become Superbowl Jake and he did it with sufficient aplomb. He mentioned a bloke called Tom Brady and cracked what I think was a joke about him being unknown - and it was quite convincing. The two Americans in the studio were bearable too (annoyingly bearable actually).

    The fella with the English dwarf in Miami was less endearing, or rather his taste in suits was, but he did call it perfectly and the fairytale ending was typically naff by even American standards when they cut to a scene in downtown New Orleans and we saw millions of folk celebrating in the streets. Actually, own goal time by the camera crew...cos there was about 20 of them celebrating.

    I still don't understand the game though. However, I was strangely entertained. I didn't know who Peyton Manning was before kick off but now I realise he can throw a ball like Ronaldo can kick one. He did get his show stolen by a bloke called Drew though and that was quite funny (in my evil opinion cos I thought Peyton was a bit loud in the pre-match media coverage and I took an instant dislike to him).

    I don't know of any sport with more interruptions or where the finishing touch to the festivities is the pouring of a barrel of Gatorade over the head coach. Nor do I know of any other country that could get away with Queen Latifah singing some gratutiously nationalist song before the national anthem sang by an X Factor winner prior to military jets doing a fly past and the camera cutting to crewman onboard USS UltraPowerful in full battle dress stood before the american flag....and for the whole stadium to stand up and 'whoop whooooop' them.

    Ah, god bless America.

    I don't know what I saw, but I enjoyed it because I was able to totter off to bed afterwards and slip into a coma in the knowledge I would still wake up an Englishman and still be sniggering at the fact 'they' think it's a real sport.

    A world series in fact.

    Holy cow.

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  • 390. At 00:08am on 09 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Holy Cow Whitley - you put my one-liner at 388 to shame!!

    Hey 4 northern league teams in the 1/4s of the Vase?

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  • 391. At 00:10am on 09 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    fbh,

    and assalaum u alaykum to you my friend.

    Just found some time and have to say, quite an uninteresting blog by Robbo.
    making do with the comments.


    Are you heading to game tomorrow? I feel you guy have to start beating clubs immediately around you to keep the dream alive. Although, as an Arsenal fan, I am in no position ....

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  • 392. At 00:19am on 09 Feb 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Hi there Spit and everyone else still awake. Question for you, are you in the habit of using aposiopeses?

    I hope I didn't cause any real concern last night and I thank both you and H2H for your understanding.

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  • 393. At 00:27am on 09 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hi Spit and Preach

    Preach - you could never cause anyone concern or upset - dont worry. Keep it real. Booyakasha - can I say that to a vicar???

    Spit - dont think I will have time to go - not certain yet - but you are dead right - 76 points is usually enough for the POs - so we need 2 points agame on average - which really means we need t owin tomorrow and v Peterborough at our place on Saturday. My hope is for a Boro Baggies Wembley final.

    Its possible if we get at least 4 - no actually 6 points - if we cant beat Barnsley and Posh then we have two hopes - and one of them is Bob.

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  • 394. At 00:34am on 09 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    re 392:

    Evening Preach,

    aposiopeses? Whats that?
    I dont know what you are accusing me of but I didnt do it.

    On a serious note, if I am indeed in the habit of using aposiopeses, its purely accidental. A man of my limited intellect is glad to . . .


    And concerning your health, you have mentioned it earlier that it is not what we take for granted and are sometimes rather restricted in your commitments. All we which that you pleasure us with your insightful comments for many years to come and have a jolly good time.

    Forrest are attracting a lot of media attention. Are you feeling confident of a solid end to the season?

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  • 395. At 00:34am on 09 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Whitley.

    Briliant write up, but I´m afraid the World series pertails to that other most irratating of yanky pass times baseball.

    But why would it be called the Super Bowl? Is there an Average Bowl?

    I know there´s an Orange Bowl, not sure if it comes in other colours though, or should that be colors?

    Then there´s the Rose Bowl, and like I said before not a rame for pansies.

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  • 396. At 00:35am on 09 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Some chap said to Jenny Murray (Radio 4 radical feminsit - to be read in a Paul Calf accent):

    "Lets have a bit of banter"

    Jenny stuffily responded "Oh Banter, its such a macho term"

    "What would you use?" Came the reply from Paul Calf.

    Jenny said "I would say 'Conversation'"

    Paul - "Ahhh, conversation. The earliest form of banter."

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  • 397. At 00:37am on 09 Feb 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Hi FBH, definition 4 in the urban dictionary is certainly acceptable. Good luck tomorrow night, you're starting to close the gap nicely.

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  • 398. At 00:38am on 09 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    And hope you are feeling better Preach - you made me google "acute angina" or sumat...

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  • 399. At 00:39am on 09 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Preach -and you made me goolge this
    Aposiopesis is a rhetorical device wherein a sentence is deliberately broken off and left unfinished,

    Night all

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  • 400. At 00:45am on 09 Feb 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Spit, given that you have done it again I suspect you know that its a technical word which describes leaving a sentence unfinished.

    I'm currently studying Hebrew and found the word in a commentary on Genesis based on the original Hebrew. Seemingly it caused raised eyebrows in the scholarly world because the Jews very, very rarely used an unfinished sentence to create the effect they wanted.

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  • 401. At 00:47am on 09 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Who on earth would ever want to post an unfinished sent

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  • 402. At 00:52am on 09 Feb 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Greetings H2H, I decided it was marginally more interesting than the subject matter of the blog. But, thinking about it I guess we all do it.

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  • 403. At 00:58am on 09 Feb 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Spit, I'm still worried that we might end up losing out because the squad is small. We only have 21 players and injuries can soon make large inroads into that. At least we have the quality but I would have felt happier had we been able to bring two or three more players in during the January window.

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  • 404. At 00:58am on 09 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    re 400 Preach,

    in fairness, I wasn't doing it on purpose (apart from the last post).

    Your explanation of the term reminds me of when I was trying to learn some Arabic. During translation from Arabic to English, most of my sentences would end up incomplete, either because of one word or the other that I could not translate or would fail to put something together that would embody the real meaning instead of a literal word to word translation that most online translation servers deliver.

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  • 405. At 00:59am on 09 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Hey Preach, Good to see you´re back.

    As@Spit said earlier Forrest are going great. Is promotion on the cards you think?

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  • 406. At 01:02am on 09 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I see you´ve already answered.

    If you do get promoted there´s always the chance you could "do a Derby".
    I think that Davies would be pretty wary of that.

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  • 407. At 01:06am on 09 Feb 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Looking at the gap between Forest and 6th place it has to be a consideration but see my 403.

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  • 408. At 01:08am on 09 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    wasnt 403 about Arsenal?

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  • 409. At 01:15am on 09 Feb 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    I reckon we've got the basis for a good comedy script here.

    Spit, my 403 could apply to both Forest and Arsenal without a doubt. We both need a left back, you're already decimated by injuries to key players, nor did you buy apart from a youngster who has been loaned straight back out again.

    And, before you ask you can't have Lee Camp!

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  • 410. At 01:22am on 09 Feb 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Gentlemen the time has come and as FBH said,

    Shalom

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  • 411. At 01:47am on 09 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    319. At 8:02pm on 08 Feb 2010, followingborohurts wrote:
    JT wants to thanks "every single fan"
    ____________________________________________________

    No need to thank to the single fans for their support.
    Its the ones in relationships that seem to have "concerns"

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  • 412. At 04:57am on 09 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Bo, what happened? Did you get left at the altar by Linda Lovelace?
    =========================

    Sorry Trott... I'm just a love child of the 60's that never grew up.

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  • 413. At 05:03am on 09 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    352. At 9:43pm on 08 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    em, did you want rephrase that a bit? flag-waving is scarier than killing scores of innocent civilians?! say it ain't so, Bo...

    =========================================

    Denis it is what it all stands for more than the act of waving a flag... just ask the people of viet-nam, Cambodia, Iraq....

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  • 414. At 05:06am on 09 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    364. At 9:59pm on 08 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    anytime you're ready, Bo.
    ===================================

    Denis I haven't been trying to avoid you, I have not been here... just made some comments as I was reading through the blog.

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  • 415. At 06:36am on 09 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    378. At 10:25pm on 08 Feb 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    " Video reviews of decisions will never suit football which is too fast moving and does not have the same natural breaks as other games "

    Only 2 situations it could be useful.
    1. Goal Line, did the ball go over or not, quite easy and quick to review
    2. Coach/ trainer appeal(similar to tennis, limited to 3 appeals)and review, eg Terry Henry handball

    FBH
    Good luck tonight(again like sou apols to Barns fans). But remember, Barnsley spawned McCarthy

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  • 416. At 06:48am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Morning tone.This is just a brief appearance.(I was checking the roads to Buxton were still open.A little snow fall in the night).So Darlington have the grand total of 14 points,of which the Mighty Millers have donated 6.Must be a touch annoying..
    Barnsley is an awful place.Michael "professional Yorkshireman" Parkinson.

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  • 417. At 07:02am on 09 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    Morning Jacks
    Donation is the right word, trouble is when I get back Thurs(hoping no interruprions due to weather)it will be the first thing my darlo friends will say.

    Ah well, work beckons, I will catch up later
    and come away with 3 points against QPR tonight

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  • 418. At 08:40am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Morning again tone(at work now)3 points from QPR would be very welcome,especially as we are now only a point clear of the relegation zone.I've been quiet on the sack K**ne front,despite still hoping every day for it to occur,but he's got to go.A lot of grumbling has been getting louder about him...

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  • 419. At 09:02am on 09 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    341. At 9:14pm on 08 Feb 2010, persius wrote:
    Robbo - how could you mock the sport I love!! I frequently enjoy reading your witty, good humoured, thought provoking and inciteful tongue in cheek blog that even makes the boring old game of football seem entertaining and then you go and do that! Shame on you, Sir. I'll boycott you in future!?

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Double standards there, son. You don't mind me mocking the sport I love, but take exception when it's the one you adore. Everything's fair game - and you can't say that Rugby Union isn't pretty absurd at times.

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  • 420. At 09:09am on 09 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    By the way, Jacks. More than happy with a point at your place. Especially after losing the early goal. Should be beating yous though if we want to make the play-offs

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  • 421. At 09:12am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    420. At 09:09am on 09 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    By the way, Jacks. More than happy with a point at your place. Especially after losing the early goal. Should be beating yous though if we want to make the play-offs
    -------------------------
    True,and it would have helped to get rid of our manager.Grrrrr....
    Still,at least neither you,FBH or myself could get snotty with each other...

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  • 422. At 09:17am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    For Robbo and FBH,a review...http://www.becclesandbungayjournal.co.uk/content/bbjournal/sport/story.aspx?brand=BBJOnline&category=SPORT&tBrand=bbjonline&tCategory=sport&itemid=NOED08%20Feb%202010%2009%3A53%3A45%3A360

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  • 423. At 09:17am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    And from the Northern Echo...http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/football/4994146.Strachan_seeking_quick_end_to_injury_problems/?ref=rss

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  • 424. At 09:25am on 09 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    Hmm Lawro's predicted 0-0 for Wolves/Spurs ...that'll be wrong.

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  • 425. At 09:41am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Also from the Northern Echo,this made me giggle...http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/1897982.Mistake_is_tattoo_much_to_stomach/?ref=mr

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  • 426. At 09:48am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Lawro has some interesting predictions.Fulham superb at home,Burnley rubbish away.Prediction?draw.West Ham struggling,Birmingham the form team.prediction?West Ham win.Sunderland can't buy a point.Prediction?away win for them.

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  • 427. At 10:10am on 09 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Morning all!

    How are we all this fine morning?

    I have just been to the serenity of peace - jacks, you were there early this morning!

    FBH, yeah i heard it was singles night, so the missus aint to happy about that! Last time i was there i was in the cross keys - the dance floor is cool, its like a 70's disco floor with the white light tiles (saturday night fever)!

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  • 428. At 10:15am on 09 Feb 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    Morning All.

    Having spent a lil time catching up I decided to write a decent piece

    On spending over an hour compiling my article I then read through it
    to check for grammatical and spelling errors etc and also wether it
    was of any use to man or beast.

    I was mortified! it was full of utter sheeeet so I hit " Complain about this comment " as a result I spared you all considerable pain.

    however, its not all good news!

    I then switched on the box to catch up on the adverts, up popped my
    fav, the Meerkat one and to my amazement I see the Two individual Meerkats are in fact both Males! yes Males and having been forced from
    Kalahari due to drought and lack of Grubs set out in a lil boat to found
    a new colony in RUSSIA! this led me to carry out further investigations
    which concluded that male Meerkats are not, unlike Seahorses, able to give birth. this means the new Meerkat Colony was " doomed " before it
    even took off. In my view this is misleading the public at large and I am
    considering bringing it to the attention of the Advertising Standards Agency.

    whilst on the subject of adverts does anyone know where that fat bloke with the tash lives, who pops out of cars, wardrobes and pervs through
    peoples letter boxes singing GOCOMPARE, the reason I ask is............
    I would like to shoot him.

    To FBH : I would take the gymnast

    Pred: Arsenal 6 liverpool 1 no thats not fowls conceeded or corners
    its goals scored. and thats despite Arsenal playing most of the
    game with 9 men.

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  • 429. At 10:22am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    428. At 10:15am on 09 Feb 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    whilst on the subject of adverts does anyone know where that fat bloke with the tash lives, who pops out of cars, wardrobes and pervs through
    peoples letter boxes singing GOCOMPARE, the reason I ask is............
    I would like to shoot him.
    -------------------------
    Morning DG3,there is a very long queue for that one,in fact it would be a waste of a bullet.Tie him up in the heat of the Kalahari and allow the meerkats a feast...

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  • 430. At 10:25am on 09 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

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

  • 431. At 10:29am on 09 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Is this who you mean DG3?

    http://www.partypackage.co.uk/ekmps/shops/robinsonl/images/scouse-wig-tash-set-334-p.jpg

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  • 432. At 10:32am on 09 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    and that was referred because...

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  • 433. At 10:35am on 09 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

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

  • 434. At 10:38am on 09 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    I read your post Gen, didnt deserve a modding! But then again, you did give grief to the golden boys of english football (SteveG and JT - although Rooney is in that group you didnt grief him).

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  • 435. At 10:42am on 09 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

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

  • 436. At 10:44am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Gen,I don't wish to go over old ground with Forgetmenand.I'm happy to state I don't think he's a drug cheat,but I still think he got off lightly.WADA rules suggest a two year ban for what he did.All sports,bar football,have to let the drug testers know where they are 1 hour every day.It may be draconian,but it all helps to stop drug use in sport.

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  • 437. At 10:49am on 09 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    I meant rooney as a golden boys of FA not as a candidate for captaincy. Future captain yes, but not now.

    Without trying to sound biased Jacks, Ferdinand missed the test and got a 8 month ban, http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/3333091.stm
    and Mutu got a seven month ban (month less) for taking drugs http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/chelsea/3973219.stm
    I personally feel thats a bit of double standards and unfair. But thats old stories and who cares now!

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  • 438. At 10:54am on 09 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    seriously who the hell is referring that to the mods?

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  • 439. At 10:56am on 09 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    so, basically mods, what you're saying is that bloggers and news writers on your site can mention allegations, but no one else can?

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  • 440. At 10:59am on 09 Feb 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    Ngog And Kiss It: No thats Feliani is it not or is it Robbo a few years
    ago. Dam he looks familiar.


    Jacks : I somehow thought there might be, it seems he lives a charmed
    life. in the BMW one i honestly think they are trying to
    string him up but fail. Not sure if Meerkats eat carrion.

    " Pred: Arsenal 6 liverpool 1 no thats not fowls conceeded or corners
    its goals scored. and thats despite Arsenal playing most of the
    game with 9 men. "

    just in case anyone thinks my above prediction is a tad fancifull I would like to respectfully remind you

    I also predicted;

    Arsenal would beat stoke 4-0
    Arsenal would beat villa 3-1
    Arsenal would beat man choo 3-0
    Arsenal would beat chelsea 5-1

    I think a pattern is emerging somewhere and shows if nothing else I am far from being a wishfull thinker and that I defo know what I am talking about when it comes reading the game and studying the strengths and weakness's of most clubs in the PL.

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  • 441. At 11:01am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    N'gog.I don't disagree.A little consistency wouldn't go amiss.Mutu should be thrown out for good having failed 2 tests.First ban should have been 2 years.I know Ferdinand was daft rather than an idiot like Mutu but the law should be applied consistently.

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  • 442. At 11:03am on 09 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

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

  • 443. At 11:03am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    439. At 10:56am on 09 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    so, basically mods, what you're saying is that bloggers and news writers on your site can mention allegations, but no one else can?

    -----------------------
    We wnt through this with the Terry(not you FBH) allegations.I know you aren't trying to bait the mods,but they are a little predatory at the mo.And I don't blame them..

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  • 444. At 11:06am on 09 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    They could be touchy, but stating facts isn't against house rules.

    The allegations are fact (as in, it's a fact that these things have been aleged, and mentioned by the BBC themselves).

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  • 445. At 11:06am on 09 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    220. At 4:51pm on 08 Feb 2010, torontored wrote:

    ...The name "world" series came form the fact that in the early days of the championship the sponsor was a newspaper called the "world"...

    ...There is not a team in a another country that could compete with any of the MLB teams, so in truth the winner of the Champioship really is the best team in the world.

    ---

    I not so sure, my Nephew is pretty good at rounders and he's only two.

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  • 446. At 11:07am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Maybe they object to you suggesting Eagles for SA....

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  • 447. At 11:07am on 09 Feb 2010, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    Lawro's predictions are about as reliable as the 7.28 from Paddington..

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  • 448. At 11:11am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    G'day redwill.They do make me laugh.About the only thing he does that makes me laugh to be honest...

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  • 449. At 11:18am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Gazza at it again...http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tees/8505636.stm
    Such a waste.

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  • 450. At 11:21am on 09 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Just been reading through a few comments and came across this! Thanks Blogdignag! If you hadn't said it then i would've! Torontored - leave!

    229. At 5:03pm on 08 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:
    Torontored - if the newspaper The World doesnt exist ie the referrent, then the word "world", ie the signifier, in saussaurean terms, must ipso facto signify the conventional "signified" of that term, ie the concept of global totality, which we all suspect the USA of confusing itself with.

    so youre the fool pal and dont be so rude in future.

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  • 451. At 11:21am on 09 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    449. At 11:18am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Gazza at it again...http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tees/8505636.stm
    Such a waste.

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

    Yup, he was wasted all right ...

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  • 452. At 11:22am on 09 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    well, whatever it is, at least they're consistently wrong, since they've deleted it again, even without the scouse baiting. So it's simply the stating of factual public domain information.

    They should apply for a job with the FA or train as a referee.

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  • 453. At 11:27am on 09 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Want a free season ticket? This is what you do!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/8505269.stm

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  • 454. At 11:30am on 09 Feb 2010, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    Morning Jacks,

    Yes he's a laff a week that bloke, esp the lpool ones.

    I agree that mutu's ban was way too short, rio's probably about right so the comparison appears unfair.

    Was at the Sydney fc v Perth game on sunday, Syd got up 3-2 after a rather indecisive linesman couldn't see that the ball crossed the line for the third goal with the game at 2-2. Perth were a bit unlkucky not to get something out of the game.

    Robbie Fowler was also on tv here giving some insight on the ensuing Mersey bloodbath. There were 26 fouls in the fisrst 30 mins, so nearly 1 a minute - plenty of talking point for tommyB I'm sure!

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  • 455. At 11:30am on 09 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    423. At 09:17am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:
    And from the Northern Echo...http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/football/4994146.Strachan_seeking_quick_end_to_injury_problems/?ref=rss

    _________________________________________________________________________

    I was more interested in the comments by Capello on Adam Johnson warming his backside on the comfy cushions at Eastlands rather than getting as many games under his belt as he could. It's a little further down on the article. That Fabio talks more sense than the Green Cross Code Man.

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  • 456. At 11:31am on 09 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Name the player who has played in the Manchester Derby, the Liverpool Derby and the Glasgow derby?

    Or another: Which player played for Everton and Liverpool in the same season?

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  • 457. At 11:32am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    They got a win,so TommyB was chuffed.Robbie Fowler now moves into TV land?Do the media only employ former Liverpool players?That's all we seem to have here...

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  • 458. At 11:32am on 09 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    Ngog, Torontored should do some reading themselves:
    http://www.snopes.com/business/names/worldseries.asp

    http://roadsidephotos.sabr.org/baseball/name.htm
    "One baseball myth that just won't die is that the "World Series" was named for the New York World newspaper, which supposedly sponsored the earliest contests. It didn't, and it wasn't.

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  • 459. At 11:33am on 09 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Genesis - I'm amazed, usually you lot get special privileges to talk utter codswallop while the rest of us have to make do. How dare they! Report the mods to Sir Alex the Infallible immediately. You'll find him on Mount Olympus, or possibly in his winter home in Jannah. The cheek! ;)

    Ngog - Kanchelskis and possibly Xavier?

    redwill - loved every minute, mate! Though Fellaini needs castrating for the good of humanity.

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  • 460. At 11:34am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Kanchelskis for top one.Not sure about the second one,may have to google it,back in a sec...

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  • 461. At 11:34am on 09 Feb 2010, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    Gazza's looking more like a 52 year old than his true age. Such a shame for a terrific footballer.

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  • 462. At 11:34am on 09 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    Oh, the irony TommyB, but like the Americans, I suspect you just don't get it

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  • 463. At 11:35am on 09 Feb 2010, city_boy wrote:

    Ngog - Jeffers for the second one?

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  • 464. At 11:35am on 09 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    447. At 11:07am on 09 Feb 2010, redwillhunted7 wrote:
    Lawro's predictions are about as reliable as the 7.28 from Paddington..

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Haway man do your own predictions rather than slagging off poor old Lawro. Correction - Old Lawro.

    Fulham 1 Burnley 0
    Man City 4 Bolton 0
    Portsmouth 1 Blunderland 1
    Wigan 2 Stoke 2
    Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1
    Villa 0 Man U 2
    Everton 1 Chelsea 1
    West Ham 1 Birmingham 2
    Wolves 1 Spurs 3

    Robbo's predictions - about as reliable as the rhythm method.

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  • 465. At 11:35am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Nope,give up N'gog.Unless it's the Merseyside brass band at the cup final...

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  • 466. At 11:36am on 09 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Good call Gen!

    Tommy, Correct on both answers!

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  • 467. At 11:38am on 09 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Jacks it was abel xavier!

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  • 468. At 11:38am on 09 Feb 2010, city_boy wrote:

    OK, which Englishman has scored the most Premier League goals but never played for England? (senior team)

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  • 469. At 11:38am on 09 Feb 2010, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    G'day Ngog, and they say the FA Cup isn't exciting any more!

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  • 470. At 11:38am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Haway man do your own predictions rather than slagging off poor old Lawro. Correction - Old Lawro.
    -----------------------------
    No punchline required,although he could do with the first part of that comment...(that's a gag by the way,not a threat of violence upon his soul)
    ======================
    mine in brackets to Robbo's efforts
    Fulham 1 Burnley 0(2-0)
    Man City 4 Bolton 0(2-0)
    Portsmouth 1 Blunderland 1(1-0)
    Wigan 2 Stoke 2(0-1)
    Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1(2-1)
    Villa 0 Man U 2(0-0)
    Everton 1 Chelsea 1(0-2)
    West Ham 1 Birmingham 2(0-1)
    Wolves 1 Spurs 3(0-2)

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  • 471. At 11:39am on 09 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    City_boy, same as 467!

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  • 472. At 11:41am on 09 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Thats not the answer to your question City! I was referring to my answer to my question from earlier when i asked the question? Follow?

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  • 473. At 11:44am on 09 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    My guess it Chris Sutton?

    Or did Kevin Phillips ever play for England - don't know about that one?

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  • 474. At 11:44am on 09 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    468. At 11:38am on 09 Feb 2010, city_boy wrote:
    OK, which Englishman has scored the most Premier League goals but never played for England? (senior team)

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Andy Cole - all right I know he put on an England shirt once in a while but can't remember him ever really playing for England.

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  • 475. At 11:45am on 09 Feb 2010, Andy wrote:

    Robbo's predictions - about as reliable as the rhythm method.

    Come again?

    For the uninitiated the annual baseball competition known as the World Series was originally sponsored by The New York World, a newspaper in that city. Over the years the name became shortened to World Series. A bit like saying that Sky Sports doesn't cover sports in the sky (Stoke City matches excepted)

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  • 476. At 11:46am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    I'd go with Kevin Phillips.

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  • 477. At 11:47am on 09 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Here goes my predictions then:
    Fulham 2 Burnley 1
    Man City 2 Bolton 0
    Portsmouth Sunderland 1
    Wigan 0 Stoke 2
    Arsenal 2 Liverpool 2
    Villa 1 Man U 2
    Everton 1 Chelsea 1
    West Ham 1 Birmingham 1
    Wolves 1 Spurs 3

    You heard it here 3rd!

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  • 478. At 11:48am on 09 Feb 2010, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    The cumulative knowledge of the Fellas on here have steered me much closer to the winning post than Lotto Lawro, He is persistent tho, makes for entertaining reading!

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  • 479. At 11:48am on 09 Feb 2010, city_boy wrote:

    Ngog - guessed it wasn't your answer, think i almost follow...

    All wrong, although nice logic Robbo!

    Anymore?

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  • 480. At 11:49am on 09 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    I know this explanation of the World Series is disappointingly true but given that something like 80% of Americans don't own a passport I would suggest that they do view the world as being limited to pretty mch one country.

    Here's another stateside stat - courtesy of Arthur Smith - 1 in every 3 Americans weighs the same as the other two.

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  • 481. At 11:49am on 09 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    475. At 11:45am on 09 Feb 2010, tripefc wrote:
    "For the uninitiated the annual baseball competition known as the World Series was originally sponsored by The New York World, a newspaper in that city. Over the years the name became shortened to World Series."


    http://roadsidephotos.sabr.org/baseball/name.htm
    "One baseball myth that just won't die is that the "World Series" was named for the New York World newspaper, which supposedly sponsored the earliest contests. It didn't, and it wasn't.

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  • 482. At 11:50am on 09 Feb 2010, city_boy wrote:

    Oh, and it's not Ryan Giggs either!!!

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  • 483. At 11:50am on 09 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Phillips played for England... ermm not someone daft like Kevin Davies? Nahhh...?

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  • 484. At 11:51am on 09 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    City_boy, is it Giggs? Or maybe Darren Bent?

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  • 485. At 11:51am on 09 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    damn it

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  • 486. At 11:55am on 09 Feb 2010, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    Neck on Guillotine time:

    Fulham 2 Burnley 0
    Man City 2 Bolton 0
    Portsmouth 0 Blunderland 0
    Wigan 1 Stoke 1
    Arsenal 2 Liverpool 1
    Villa 1 Man U 2
    Everton 1 Chelsea 1
    West Ham 1 Birmingham 1
    Wolves 0 Spurs 2

    I'll be betting in Old Lira...

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  • 487. At 11:55am on 09 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Lee Bowyer?

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  • 488. At 11:56am on 09 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Steve Bruce??

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  • 489. At 11:57am on 09 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    456. At 11:31am on 09 Feb 2010, Ngog And Kiss It wrote:

    Name the player who has played in the Manchester Derby, the Liverpool Derby and the Glasgow derby?

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    Craig Bellamy

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  • 490. At 11:58am on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Dion Dublin.

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  • 491. At 11:59am on 09 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Kevin Campbell??
    Surely there cant be many more, i'm running out of guesses?

    Poalo Di Canio??
    He never played for Italy and was classed as british citizen i think?

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  • 492. At 12:00pm on 09 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Who scored the very first premier league goal?
    Who is the only manager to lose in the final of the uefa cup,cup winners cup,and european cup?
    which Inter manager bought Robbie Keane?

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  • 493. At 12:00pm on 09 Feb 2010, city_boy wrote:

    He's a striker, and has played for Everton

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  • 494. At 12:01pm on 09 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    SF, Did bellamy play for celtic? If he did, i didnt realise - well done sir (if he did)!

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  • 495. At 12:01pm on 09 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    Chris Sutton is the goalscorer answer

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  • 496. At 12:01pm on 09 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Graham Stuart?

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  • 497. At 12:01pm on 09 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Alan Shearer has scored the most PL goals

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  • 498. At 12:02pm on 09 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Jacks, i know it was brian deane because it was for Sheff United against Man Utd!

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  • 499. At 12:03pm on 09 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    City_Boy, i guessed Campbell earlier - is it right (post 491).

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  • 500. At 12:04pm on 09 Feb 2010, city_boy wrote:

    yes Ngog it's Campbell!

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