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The Special 1 | 11:57 UK time, Friday, 29 October 2010

Due to the untimely passing of Paul the Octopus this week, the S1TV blog will be much shorter.

His last words are reported to have been: "I'm willing to bet my life that Liverpool won't win on Sunday".

RIP Paul. We'll miss you.

The Special 1.

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  • 1. At 12:27pm on 29 Oct 2010, Peter wrote:

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  • 2. At 12:28pm on 29 Oct 2010, RubberNutz wrote:

    At least it's short.

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  • 3. At 12:29pm on 29 Oct 2010, The United Way wrote:

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  • 4. At 12:34pm on 29 Oct 2010, Principal Skinner wrote:

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  • 5. At 12:35pm on 29 Oct 2010, Brownslimy wrote:

    Yep much better in the shorter format. Even shorter would be great

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  • 6. At 12:38pm on 29 Oct 2010, akaTommySmith wrote:

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  • 7. At 12:39pm on 29 Oct 2010, wehateowls wrote:

    why do you (posts 2-5) come on this blog every week to bad mouth it. cos it is simple if you dont like it dont read it

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  • 8. At 12:42pm on 29 Oct 2010, smellslikesalmon wrote:

    Is this just a plug for a BBC3 show? Isn't the IPlayer available for that?

    Still miss Quotes of the Week.

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  • 9. At 12:44pm on 29 Oct 2010, Dave the hedgehog- Doitchampions wrote:

    Short sweet & amusing - Nice episode too.
    Alot of people will be stoked to see Dave from newcastle back. & GIVE US A ROY KEANE PUPPET
    (I have faith that you will one day Mr's Rosenstock & Farrel)

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  • 10. At 12:45pm on 29 Oct 2010, sammyj2kwf wrote:


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  • 11. At 12:46pm on 29 Oct 2010, TheSportsDirector wrote:

    The programme is amazing!

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  • 12. At 12:46pm on 29 Oct 2010, bowlhead1984 wrote:

    I love this show! remember watching on Setanta and on the net...

    Much better and more interesting than Robbo, however, I do miss Chris Charles' blog...

    Be Champion....

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  • 13. At 12:46pm on 29 Oct 2010, Brownslimy wrote:

    Because we have the right as licence payers to do so. As you do to give an opposite opinion

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  • 14. At 12:48pm on 29 Oct 2010, omarguma wrote:


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  • 15. At 12:49pm on 29 Oct 2010, northernsuperspur wrote:

    #7 - Perhaps because the TV sketch is actually funny and people cling to some vain hope that the blog might be as well.

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  • 16. At 12:51pm on 29 Oct 2010, chief_chirpa wrote:

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  • 17. At 12:53pm on 29 Oct 2010, chief_chirpa wrote:

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  • 18. At 12:54pm on 29 Oct 2010, bsideaddick wrote:

    Not too much of a tribute to be fair. More about Ameobi LOL.

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  • 19. At 12:55pm on 29 Oct 2010, bowlhead1984 wrote:

    #14. omarguma,

    agree with bringing back Quotes of the Week, but Robbo? nah....

    #9 Dave the Hedgehog-Doitchampion

    agree with making a Roy Keane puppet!
    Dave from newcastle well funny... "Shola Ameobi like" - quality

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  • 20. At 12:57pm on 29 Oct 2010, Milo wrote:

    Amazing show keep it up bbc way better than the robbo blog it has replaced

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  • 21. At 12:57pm on 29 Oct 2010, Ciderman88 wrote:

    Go away and bring something proper to the BBC

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  • 22. At 12:58pm on 29 Oct 2010, chief_chirpa wrote:

    For anyone finding this somewhat dire, please send your feedback to

    Time to raise your game, Jose. I give it another week.

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  • 23. At 1:01pm on 29 Oct 2010, chief_chirpa wrote:

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  • 24. At 1:02pm on 29 Oct 2010, 'If they play football in heaven, this is how it would be done' wrote:


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  • 25. At 1:08pm on 29 Oct 2010, Geordie2004 wrote:

    Seriously, is there even a point to this 'blog'? I like the TV sketches and all, but this sort of thing is just stupid.

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  • 26. At 1:09pm on 29 Oct 2010, Principal Skinner wrote:

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  • 27. At 1:12pm on 29 Oct 2010, The left peg of Marko Marin wrote:

    This is absolutely woeful. Please bring back the blogs.

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  • 28. At 1:15pm on 29 Oct 2010, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Now then(to coin a phrase)as a groupie of Robbo and Chris Charles I'd like to offer a suggestion.

    Robbo and Chris are still available elsewhere.Robbo on blogspot,CC through the football league website.

    Now whilst this isn't my cup of tea there are obviously plenty of people that enjoy it.When Robbo was visited by people complaining we had the standard response of "if you don't like it,don't read it"

    So how about we leave the bring back Robbo stuff and leave the Special 1(!)to those that enjoy it.

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  • 29. At 1:22pm on 29 Oct 2010, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    As a half Tractor Boy/half Geordie I'd love to repeat calls for a Roy Keane character and Dave from Newcastle is spot on too!

    Now if only some sporting animal could die every week then this blog might be ok.

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  • 30. At 1:26pm on 29 Oct 2010, SS11 wrote:

    Cool. Keep all your blogs short, so that we dont get to criticize much.

    RIP Paul, the Octopus.

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  • 31. At 1:26pm on 29 Oct 2010, smellslikesalmon wrote:

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  • 32. At 1:32pm on 29 Oct 2010, SS11 wrote:

    Hello E-Dubz!

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  • 33. At 1:40pm on 29 Oct 2010, StoivenAkimbo wrote:

    Paul.... Thats a person's name!

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  • 34. At 1:42pm on 29 Oct 2010, Jackovasaurus wrote:

    I actually enjoyed that.

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  • 35. At 1:42pm on 29 Oct 2010, Riggadon wrote:

    Hopefully this purile rubbish will die off quicker than paul the octopuss did. This stuff really does belong on CBeebies.

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  • 36. At 1:49pm on 29 Oct 2010, Dave the hedgehog- Doitchampions wrote:

    The Blog is GREAT & last weeks answerphone skit was inspired. & to those who support my call for a Roy Keane Puppet, SAY IT LOUD & PROUD & KEEP SAYING IT ... I have been trying to persuade Mario & Damian (the writer & Director) to include Roy as a full time pundit in puppet caricature form for the last 2 years, Just Imagine the possibilities with Keano's short fuse & history of conflict.

    Note to moderators...Good work please keep it up so that this comments section remains about the BLOG & SPECIAL1 TV & not the politics regarding the Beeb & it's decisions regarding removal of previous blogger.(that's the complaint departments job & not for this page people !)

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  • 37. At 1:58pm on 29 Oct 2010, chief_chirpa wrote:

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  • 38. At 2:11pm on 29 Oct 2010, CONMEBalls wrote:

    Very funny again. I'm just disappointed it's once a fortnight but if there is going to be genuis like that answerphone on the blog every week I suppose it's worth it.

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  • 39. At 2:13pm on 29 Oct 2010, Yasin wrote:

    this was an ok video.some of the things said were funny.
    what is unfair is all the negative comments are moderated.

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  • 40. At 2:15pm on 29 Oct 2010, Chuffty wrote:

    I’m the guy at BBC Comedy who commissioned Special1 TV for this season and I thought I’d just give a bit of background.

    We always really loved Special 1 TV, it made us laugh and we jumped at the opportunity to bring it to the BBC for the World Cup. It got a great response and we wanted to continue for the new season.

    Having spoken to our colleagues at BBC Sport, who liked the show too, it seemed that it would make sense to make a home for it in their website, closer to football fans and we hoped new fans of Special1 TV.

    We will be putting out a show every two weeks throughout the season with it being exclusively available online on the Friday and then showing it on the channel on the Saturday. So you see it here first.

    As we are only doing it every two weeks we think that a blog post in the intervening weeks is a good idea and hope that we may get some exclusive audio from the Special 1 too. It is not a traditional blog, we are just trying something new.

    The show has a really strong online following and the producers pour over the comments, tweets and messages and this helps make the show what it is so please keep them coming. However the show is never going to be something that it is not and there are after all some great blogs on the site for general football debate.

    Comedy is a tricky business and you can never please all the people all the time nor should you try. All we hope is that you can take the show for what it is and that hopefully it will make you laugh.



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  • 41. At 2:18pm on 29 Oct 2010, Billy Pilgrim wrote:

    Good stuff, certainly better than last week. Keep it up.

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  • 42. At 2:25pm on 29 Oct 2010, SS11 wrote:

    The followers of Special 1's blog only have 2 things to say
    1) the episode was good
    2) find some other place if you want to talk about Robbo & CC

    Apart from that there's nothing to discuss. And in some cases the same person quotes the same things again and again. For instance check out Dave the hedgehog- Doitchampions's post #9 and #36.

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  • 43. At 2:34pm on 29 Oct 2010, SS11 wrote:

    The mods have gone to zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • 44. At 2:44pm on 29 Oct 2010, ChocolateBoxKid wrote:


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  • 45. At 2:58pm on 29 Oct 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    I totally agree with Jacks that this isn't the place to call for the return of other blogs but is a place to discuss the Special 1 blog. I am on the side of those who do not find it funny but I do like the fact that the person responsible has had the guts to post defending the decision to have this on the BBC website (Post 40). Well done Martin. if only some of the other bloggers on the BBC would answer criticisms in the same way (no name's mentioned of course but the Chief Sports Writer springs to mind).
    I personally won't be reading the blog again or watching the TV show but it seems that it does appeal to some of the people who post on here. And as Martin rightly says "you can never please all the people......"

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  • 46. At 3:14pm on 29 Oct 2010, Egulle wrote:

    @ Chuffty/Martin

    i think the point is that not many people appreciate this blog.
    old ones way better

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  • 47. At 3:16pm on 29 Oct 2010, smellslikesalmon wrote:

    Martin: Thanks for coming on here to explain the decision. I will probably watch it in future. I agree that this is not the place to discuss 'Robbo' etc (if the Sports Editor ever does another blog I guess he'll get it there), but I don't understand why only positive feedback is allowed. The moderation has been exceptionally Stalinist, and I doubt this comment will make it either.

    I think this sort of moderation is unacceptable in a publicly-funded organisation.

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  • 48. At 3:18pm on 29 Oct 2010, smellslikesalmon wrote:

    OK, now most of the moderated comments have been brought back so I retract the 'Stalinist' accusation but not sure what has been going on with the moderation here. Earlier on 95% of the posts had been removed.

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  • 49. At 3:34pm on 29 Oct 2010, CoalitionOfTheWilting wrote:

    "Comedy is a tricky business and you can never please all the people all the time"

    Fair enough, but when you're pleasing an absolutely minuscule amount of people all the time with this rubbish, sometimes you have to just decide that something isn't funny.

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  • 50. At 3:39pm on 29 Oct 2010, Rob wrote:

    Wow... I have been away on leave for a few weeks, and I don't regularly check the bbc website when I'm not in work, so I seem to be behind the times, but surely I must be mis-reading this blog? This tripe has replaced the Robbo Robson blog? Is this some kind of joke? The irony is it's funnier than the blog itself. I haven't seen the tv show, but based on this article (and I read the older "cows staying in the field" blog aswell) I won't be rushing to watch it.

    Bring Robbo back. At least that was a football discussion, and he always made me laugh. This is jsut shocking.

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  • 51. At 3:47pm on 29 Oct 2010, mac_knife wrote:

    It wasn't that bad to be honest and I'm sure it appeals to many. However, I don't think it needs a comments section as it's hardly a blog and doesn't encourage any sort of debate.

    As for the cancelled blogs... I still read Robbo regularly as I always enjoy them, but I do understand why it was pulled. Simple reason is, a select few of his fans took it over to chat about 'whatever', and the topic of the blog was lost. It simply couldn't continue. They blame the BBC for taking him away but ultimately it was their own fault for ruining any/all discussion/debate for everyone else.

    Chris Charles however is a different matter, it should never have been stopped and was a definate highlight of the BBC website every week.

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  • 52. At 3:52pm on 29 Oct 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I watched the whole backlog of clips last week, I thought they were good, had some real laughes in them. As did this weeks episode. I'll be looking forward to the next one.

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  • 53. At 4:18pm on 29 Oct 2010, Legends-of-Football wrote:

    I'm sorry but if I dont like milk, or a field, or a cow, then i dont try it once a fortnight then moan about how much I dont like it.. I either dont try it again or I get on with it. People have far too much hate and time to be moaning about bringing back someone/something that was equally as pointless...

    Lots of love

    Willie Ekerslike

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  • 54. At 4:22pm on 29 Oct 2010, Closealdo wrote:

    Brilliant stuff. Keep up the good work Special1 AND BBC.

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  • 55. At 4:25pm on 29 Oct 2010, ClaretTee wrote:

    Agree with a lot of people about missing the Quotes of The Week section. I'd told loads of people about earlier in the year and then it disappeared. OK with Robbo packing his bags even though he had occasional gems in his ramblings.

    Not sure that this is the best thing to replace what's gone though. I will bear with it to see if it improves but surely it wouldn't be a big stretch to bring back the Quotes. Any chance of this happening?

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  • 56. At 4:33pm on 29 Oct 2010, EbbsfleetFC wrote:

    Its incredible that people waste their own precious time complaining on here about this, that and the other being withdrawn.

    I, for one. have followed this programme since the days of I'm on setanta sports. Ok, it doesnt quite hit the mark every week, but for the majority of the time its funny and very entertaining. The phone in section is especially funny, digging at Sven (pimping himself), Wenger (voyeur)/Fergie & Benitez wind ups are/were funny, roy keane - fair play to...., big mick, didier drogba and roman all calling in too. Thats without the afore mentioned Dave 'shola ameobi like' from Newcastle and becks/tom cruise.

    So to all you haters.....


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  • 57. At 4:41pm on 29 Oct 2010, Lork wrote:

    the video was hilarious
    the moaners are boring and should be doing something better with their minutes.

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  • 58. At 5:29pm on 29 Oct 2010, rastafairy wrote:

    Chuffty (OFFS), could you please explain exactly what it is that the producers POUR over the comments?

    Or maybe you meant that they PORE over them? (meaning "examine closely").

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  • 59. At 5:41pm on 29 Oct 2010, chrisdeyerd wrote:

    those puppets are rubbish - is that meant to be Wayne Rooney?!!! Bo Selecta's Michael Jackson looks more like Wayne Rooney than that - bring back Spitting Image. sigh.......

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  • 60. At 5:43pm on 29 Oct 2010, The Understudy - Makoun the Passmaster wrote:

    Do you reckon he had to choose between two octopus-shaped coffins?

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  • 61. At 5:46pm on 29 Oct 2010, EnglandBeckham7 wrote:

    I don't understand all the negativity about this 'blog'. I really loved Special 1 TV on Setanta, and was THRILLED to see that BBC brought it back for the world cup! I did really like Robbo Robson's blog, and was sad to see it go, but his twitter feed is just as funny as his blog was, so we're not missing too much. Kudos to the BBC for trying something new this season. It is never a good thing when your regular site (for me it is BBC Sport Football) becomes incredibly predictable. "Blog on Monday, Live updates on Saturday, Lawro's Predictions on Friday etc. etc."

    So thank you BBC for bringing a bit of humour back to the serious world of football ;)

    Be Champions!

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  • 62. At 5:52pm on 29 Oct 2010, Virtuet wrote:

    I thought it was OK quite clever untill I heard the Holloway impersonation who has a broad Bristol accent, but he was made to sound more like an American.

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  • 63. At 5:54pm on 29 Oct 2010, chrisdeyerd wrote:

    .... but quite funny - Wayne Rooney expounding on rapprochement works -
    but why are they wearing gloves?!!

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  • 64. At 6:03pm on 29 Oct 2010, Im_partial wrote:

    Ha, good to see the return of Wayne's Word and Dave's love for Ameobi, Like.

    Good stuff, but the Holloway voice needs some major work.

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  • 65. At 6:04pm on 29 Oct 2010, waldovski wrote:

    Yes! More video and less blog please. Much less.

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  • 66. At 6:40pm on 29 Oct 2010, mccollio09 wrote:

    Great episode. Personally I think some people who just come on here to criticise really need a sense of humour transplant. I personally find it hilarious and love watching these episodes.

    My only gripe is that I was also a big fan of Robbo's blog - is it too much to ask of the bbc to have them both or am I just being greedy there?

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  • 67. At 7:04pm on 29 Oct 2010, Jedd - Can Man United Score They Always Score wrote:

    I love it! More please.

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  • 68. At 7:09pm on 29 Oct 2010, salmanbhamra4eva-MUN wrote:

    bring back the cartoon one lines of andy i forget his full name th chap was always a riot ...

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  • 69. At 7:11pm on 29 Oct 2010, Gareth wrote:

    Im glad robbo's gone, it was rubbish, about time their was some decent sports parody.

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  • 70. At 7:16pm on 29 Oct 2010, Bannedforanopinion wrote:

    Think its pretty good. The comedy is well laid out.
    Might boost it even more if you ship loads of 'errrrms' onto the Wayne character and add a few W's for R's for Woy Hwodgson.
    A few people on here may need to sharpen up a bit. It's no wonder the aussies call us 'whinging poms'!
    Its definately very british to have such a positively negative mental attitude..

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  • 71. At 7:27pm on 29 Oct 2010, wehateowls wrote:

    @40 - thank god chuffy for that

    and if you want to reminse about a robbo and cc then make a message board and talk to heart content. stop bad mouthing special 1 tv and trying make the BBC think again about the commison of special 1 tv

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  • 72. At 7:32pm on 29 Oct 2010, freddawlanen wrote:

    Another quality video from the Special 1, it's a pity it's only fortnightly as there is more genuine comedy here than the average night on BBC3 and more football "debate" than most other blogs.

    Please bring back Quotes Of The Week though and to those who comment that they don't like the Special 1. SHUT UP

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  • 73. At 9:11pm on 29 Oct 2010, Nat_Grosheva wrote:

    Fantastic as usual!!!!

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  • 74. At 9:42pm on 29 Oct 2010, FoxesofNuneaton wrote:

    The Special 1 was on Setanta wasnt it?
    And look what happened to Setanta....not long until this goes the same way!

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  • 75. At 9:45pm on 29 Oct 2010, Miskey wrote:

    For those of you new to Special 1 TV, I urge you to give it a chance. Mario Rosenstock, the brains behind it, has been coming up with genius football comedy for years, often with some excellent insight. Some comments can only be made under the guise of comedy.

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  • 76. At 10:44pm on 29 Oct 2010, Dave the hedgehog- Doitchampions wrote:

    To the guy that tried to chastise me for repeating myself,,,I have done so a couple of times because i was practically flying the flag for Jose with a few others on our own - & i stated that as the weeks go by & the fans of the show gradually arrive that the Robbo & co lovers would melt away Because of their apparent inability to accept something a bit new & fresh compared to the same old blogs by the same old people writing the same old tosh about tribal warfare blah blah blah - & the fans ARE gradually joining us week by week & the sooner the humorless robbo & co fans disapear to the same place their heroes went to then the sooner we will get down to true debate & constructive adult (not insulting)criticism (something that has happened on a weekly basis on the special1 TV fanchannel that i happen to operate) & Martin it was good of you to take time out to write the message above for some proper explanation.
    (thanks for the email - i just replied & glad you are well again))

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  • 77. At 10:44pm on 29 Oct 2010, Wachaza wrote:

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  • 78. At 10:52pm on 29 Oct 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    All I can say is childish, puerile nonsense.

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  • 79. At 10:54pm on 29 Oct 2010, Chris wrote:

    I normally wouldn't feel the need to comment but this is a great program and I don't understand all these bitter little people that feel the need to trash talk it. It's funny and the guy has talent, get over it and stop trying to get it cancelled.

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  • 80. At 11:09pm on 29 Oct 2010, hippo on toast - mufc wrote:

    Absolutely brilliant to have the Special One back and especially great to have him here. I can't believe that anyone could not enjoy that, for football fans it is the funniest show around.

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  • 81. At 11:12pm on 29 Oct 2010, jetteroo59 wrote:

    the "thing" is jose going to Man U

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  • 82. At 11:43pm on 29 Oct 2010, LéProf wrote:

    they got rid of QOTV for THIS?


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  • 83. At 11:45pm on 29 Oct 2010, patma2003 wrote:

    THE THING!!!

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  • 84. At 11:53pm on 29 Oct 2010, James_Toneys_gut wrote:

    Fantastic stuff, loved it, was so good that seeing the real Mourinho will be a disappointment that he isnt more like his puppet.

    Svens video on the blower to Becks being the highlight

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  • 85. At 11:59pm on 29 Oct 2010, captainchocho wrote:

    Come on, this is a brilliant show! I enjoy every bit of it, I love Jose, vouyer, Dave etc. What a comic relief. Thanks BBC for bringing back this wonderful programme, I don't care what these haters post here.

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  • 86. At 00:50am on 30 Oct 2010, SportsFan wrote:

    This is so funny! We should have more funny videos like this more often, e.g. every week

    Most of us expect Mourinho to be next manager for Manchester United once Sir Alex Fergusons leaves
    Mourinho fits all Manchester United's manager requirements

    We would all like to see Mourinho back as manager in England soon

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  • 87. At 00:57am on 30 Oct 2010, parkerbird wrote:

    Brilliant !!!
    To the morons who knows everything about football and nothing about humour.
    Find a different sport and try to understand there are things you cannot understand if thought you don’t know this.

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  • 88. At 01:17am on 30 Oct 2010, nigelnisbet wrote:

    Free and very funny - what's not to like?

    Keep them coming! Love it.

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  • 89. At 01:58am on 30 Oct 2010, Geordie2004 wrote:

    Since a bunch of people now seem to be throwing mud in the direction of 'haters', which I guess includes myself, I'd just like to point out that, as previously stated by several others including myself, we like the videos, we just find the usage of a 'blog' post (when it clearly isn't one) to promote it to be a bit, well, stupid, irritating and just plain not funny.

    Also, I echo the sentiments of post #47 which stated that the kind of moderation applied earlier to this 'blog' (my original intention on coming back to this discussion was to focus on pointing out how wrong that is after my first post here was initially deleted, though I see it has now been restored, along with many others) and last week's edition is just not appropiate for a publicly funded organisation like the BBC. To try and basically eliminate your negative feedback in such a way under the pretence of censorship is nothing short of pathetic, morally wrong and quite possibly illegal. For shame.

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  • 90. At 02:36am on 30 Oct 2010, ArsenalF1 wrote:

    The Thing is Jose taking over at United after Fergie retires right..?

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  • 91. At 03:15am on 30 Oct 2010, what a shot wrote:

    Firstly i have to say that i love the show and thought this weeks episode was great again. I think this type of blog needs to be given time and then the majority of people will start liking it. People need to give it a chance, if you definitely don't like it then don't comment on it. It's only once a fortnight anyway.

    I was never a fan of the Robbo Robson blog, it was dull at best. This is far better than that. However, i think the majority of users on this website would love to see 'Quotes of the Week' back, it was always an amusing read, especially when Wenger or Rafa were in full flow. Although to be fair, it virtually would have been a blog about Ian Holloway had you done it this year!

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  • 92. At 06:52am on 30 Oct 2010, northernsuperspur wrote:

    For anyone that still doesnt understand, let me make the complaint quite clear. As a blog, this just doesnt work. The television sketch works perfectly well, and I personally find it funny. What I and I suspect most others object to is the attempt to turn it into a humorous blog, with no actual humour involved.

    If you want to give us a link to the programme on the sports website, then fine, but don't pretend its some sort of blog that suggests either insight or entertainment. The fact that the blog has been reduced little more than a link after only a couple of entries tends to suggest that someone at the BBC is actually taking notice of the feedback, at any rate.

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  • 93. At 06:52am on 30 Oct 2010, 4now wrote:

    so good to see this back.

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  • 94. At 07:38am on 30 Oct 2010, jonahmona wrote:

    mmmmmmm octopussssssssss

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  • 95. At 08:02am on 30 Oct 2010, Michael Sandiford wrote:

    Absolutely brilliant and as far as I'm concerned it should be shown just before Match of the Day. Amazed at how narky some people are acting. Don't like it, don't watch it.

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  • 96. At 09:18am on 30 Oct 2010, Dave the hedgehog- Doitchampions wrote:

    @geordie2004 I would just like to point out that liking the show & disliking the blog is fine - but the amount of folk whinging (not once but many times) re- the removal/replacement of previous blogs is plainly pointless & causing unnecessary conflict & that is not what the show or blog is about.& i will repeat for those who have not read the previous posts that the previous moderation was because the situation was plainly getting out of hand & as i have also said before THIS BLOG SUPPORTS THE SHOW & IS PRIMARILY AIMED AT FANS OLD & NEW. & IMHO @Geordie2004, i think it is pretty crass for anyone to state what a blog should or shouldn't be - blogs come in all forms shapes & sizes & there isn't a rule book (nor should there be).
    I have no qualms with people not liking the blog or the show but PLEASE complain to the correct department & stop trying to continue to make this an issue in THIS comments section as it is spoiling & deflecting from what the true purpose is. & that is for fans to leave questions & even CONSTRUCTIVE criticism of Special1 TV - " This show sucks" & other such comments are definitely not in that category.
    This blog has been running for a short few weeks & quite frankly folk have slated it due to the disappearance of what they are used to, also most of them have not even given it a fair chance to develop.
    Last weeks phone messages skit was new & inspired.
    So judge the blog on the show & content & try not to hate/complain here JUST BECAUSE "IM A LICENSE PAYER" (yawn) which is something that has been said ad nauseum since the blog began & got heavily moderated.
    I am NOT glad that the previously deleted posts were re-instated as it shows indecision by the mods (who i previously praised for doing it).
    As Martin (the big boss) has stated (comment 40) - it is not possible to keep every license payer happy (especially where comedy is concerned)
    Lets just all be champions PLEASE.....
    Can't we all just get along ????

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  • 97. At 09:25am on 30 Oct 2010, KirkstallOwl wrote:

    This is embarrassingly woeful, it baffles me that the BBC even considered airing this

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  • 98. At 09:39am on 30 Oct 2010, Dave the hedgehog- Doitchampions wrote:

    Cheers Martin (chuffty

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  • 99. At 09:40am on 30 Oct 2010, Fonzerella wrote:

    It's not funny. At all. In the slightest.
    Not only that but as a media junkie I can remember when Loaded magazine did a similar (but very low budget) video slot on the internet called `Football Bumbaclart` must have been about seven, eight, ten years ago now. They used teddy bears and soft toys with exactly the same format!! this the same people?
    There was one when Patrick Viera was getting sent off all the time and believed he was Bruce Lee reincarnated I can was also very rude/outrageous, but at least it was funny!

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  • 100. At 10:05am on 30 Oct 2010, Captain Cook wrote:

    The show is amusing. It remains to be seen if it can be consistently funny. But then the items it 'replaced' had weak weeks. I can think of other items at the BBC that might have been cut other than RoW etc. But S1TV is a laugh and The takes on recent events are spot on.

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  • 101. At 10:28am on 30 Oct 2010, Dan wrote:

    "Comedy is a tricky business and you can never please all the people all the time"

    Fair enough, but when you're pleasing an absolutely minuscule amount of people all the time with this rubbish, sometimes you have to just decide that something isn't funny.


    And yet the large number of posts in support of the show suggests otherwise.

    If I (or many other people, I should imagine) wrote messages about every single tv show / film that I didn't find funny, I wouldn't get much else done in life. Just don't bother.

    Either enjoy the show, or appreciate that many others do and move on..

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  • 102. At 11:09am on 30 Oct 2010, Kyle Hedgley wrote:

    How dull, we need the quotes back please.

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  • 103. At 11:11am on 30 Oct 2010, ancelottiforprimeminister wrote:

    Most out here need to improve their sense of humour-this is side splitting stuff.Yet on the other hand,can we have QOTW back?
    Many critical cooments haven't been modded.Seems like our zealous mods are on strike!;)

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  • 104. At 11:56am on 30 Oct 2010, TopGooner wrote:

    The Beeb arer wasting their money on utter rubbish. I didn't follow CC or Robbo myself but I always read quotes of the week. All of the blogs that were ousted for this thunder-birds style blog should be brought back! LISTEN TO YOUR AUDIENCE BBC!!!

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  • 105. At 8:50pm on 30 Oct 2010, Benz-19 wrote:

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  • 106. At 06:56am on 31 Oct 2010, Riggadon wrote:

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  • 107. At 07:08am on 31 Oct 2010, Riggadon wrote:

    Bottom line is this: I stopped watching the television to get away from cack like this. Now it's turning up on the one website I rely on to give me straight facts with no cack involved. Looks like I'll be wading through a tsunami of brain mush before long.

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  • 108. At 11:48am on 31 Oct 2010, wehateowls wrote:

    that was a was great episode i loved "the thing" between sir alex and jose and sven/it saying "please david for the love of god i need some quality players at this shthole

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  • 109. At 1:04pm on 31 Oct 2010, JohnTerrysHardTackle - JA606 is the future wrote:

    Really enjoyed the show, good to have a bit of light hearted banter about football, too much of it on 606 and elsewhere is too heavy.

    As the guy said, you cant please everyone with comedy, senes of humour are so diverse, but I wouldnt make the mistake of thinking you are in the majority by saying you dont enjoy the show. Most people who enjoy it wont bother posting anything because they like it as it is, they dont want anything changed so why post? Negativity will always have the stronger voice on anything like this.

    Quite simply, if this isnt your cup of tea, you dont have to watch it. There are plenty of other show/videos for your amusement. Let us enjoy it in peace!

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  • 110. At 1:36pm on 31 Oct 2010, xbriberx wrote:

    1st time watching this and it is not that funny. Bring back quotes of the week!

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  • 111. At 2:28pm on 31 Oct 2010, Appo2531 wrote:

    This show is brilliant, i can't praise it enough, those who don't like it should spend their time commenting elsewhere

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  • 112. At 2:37pm on 31 Oct 2010, rozsmith wrote:

    I love this show having watched it from the start. I do sometimes think though that some of the jokes may be lost on some people who didn't see the old shows. They just won't appreciate how funny the statement 'Ameobi Like' is, because to them it has no context, or referring to Wenger as Voyeur. How can a joke be funny if you don't know what it is. I on the other hand think its - fantastic. Be Champions.

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  • 113. At 7:16pm on 31 Oct 2010, Dave the hedgehog- Doitchampions wrote:

    Comment 112 (rozsmith) Makes very valid points & I would like to suggest that those who wish to see the shows entire archive from it's beginnings as "I'm on setanta sports" up until it's name change to Special1 TV & then onto the promised land of mainstream TV with the BBC.

    You can access this back catalogue of shows by visiting the website for the Special1 TV production company (Blue elf - caboom) at
    where you can find a link to the archive on youtube.

    If some of the naysayers take some time to watch the show from the 1at episode ever (& particularly the 1st season of "I'm on setanta sports" then i feel that many attitudes will be changed as many of the shows IN JOKES originated from those early days.
    For example... Wenger is "voyeur" because of the controversy over his apparent spying on Chelsea training sessions when Jose was Chelsea manager. & Dave from Newcastle is one of the 1st(spoof) persons to phone in with his obsession about Shola Ameobi & he has been showing up from time to time ever since. Dave is the only non celeb or footy based personality to ever phone Jose on the show.
    If however you still don't like it then please leave it to us fans & long term devotees.

    FOOTNOTE: Many comments have mentioned the Quotes of the week & although i have never seen this section, I would ask that the BBC at least re- consider bringing it back as it seems from the many many comments here that it was extremely well thought of & supported. & the majority have made the point in a decent manner & not in the immature manner that most of the other complainers have tended to use.

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  • 114. At 07:02am on 02 Nov 2010, eggie wrote:

    Lots of in-jokes, the bickering, the topical gags, all great stuff...

    re the comments regarding the quality of the puppets, surely it would make zero difference if they had Mission Impossible style face masks on or it was a cartoon - the jokes would be exactly the same.

    I'm shocked that so many football fans (presumably) don't find this funny or at least amusing - everyone I've ever pointed at it over the last 2 years has liked it - but each to their own. I can only think that those comments all posted anonymously by the Cuckoo...

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  • 115. At 2:43pm on 06 Nov 2010, Ross Quinn wrote:

    All those complaining. You do realise you are as bad as those Daly Mail mentalists who complain about everything that's not Songs Of Praise. As is oft repeated the other two bloggers, neither of which I found funny, are found elsewhere. It's not as if Martin took them out back to be shot.

    Special 1 TV is good, there's not been much football comedy on TV since Fantasy Football. I am starting the campaign to get rid of Rooney and Eriksson, get in Holloway and someone else. There's so much scope with a Holloway more than with the job-whore Sven (Shut up Sven!).

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  • 116. At 04:35am on 15 Mar 2011, ashley wrote:

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