More football, nothing on the radio & sunshine

23 August 07

Hello.

It’s been a short while since I wrote on here so thought I’d do something to break up my day of cutting things out of photographs. Also, I never put the result of the last darts match of the season down and I like to keep track (I hope I can remember it, we’ll see!).

First things first, the footy season’s well and truly underway now with 3 games down (2 for some inc. Liverpool & Arsenal) in the Prem. The top 4 is dominated by clubs in the North West but the two biggest aren’t in it yet. Manchester United have had a wretched time so far in front of goal despite dominating large spells of all three of their matches so far. Tottenham on Sunday, buoyed by their 4-0 win last weekend, aren’t exactly going to be a walkover either.

I’ve already been to one game this season. I watched the Mighty Mossley play the slightly mightier Curzon Ashton in the Unibond Division One North. It finished 2-1 which I suppose is a fair reflection on a game where Ashton had the ball 2/3rds to Mossley’s 1/3rd.

However, the best football I’ve seen this season can be seen here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EljSEzdBL3c
Classic stuff. I’m not childish you know! “Phil Babb’s injured! Get the torch and the ice cream scoop!”.

One last thing about football.. England v Germany. What I reckon is… ah, actually sod it 😉

Nothing much has happened with me, personally to be honest. Still doing the same old stuff. Football Manager, darts, watching telly, listening to radio etc. TalkSport’s not working and it’s giving me the hump though. I’m having to listen to some complete shit. The best thing I can find is some Aussie station but it keeps buffering.

It’s sunny today. It wont last.

Huddersfield v Carlisle on Sunday. Looking forward to that one. Always a good laugh in with the Carlisle fans.

Well, I’ll write next time I have something to say because this time I didn’t!!!

Darts Update:
I think I lost 3-2, 3-1 or 3-0. Team lost 3-2. We didn’t get relegated. Team knockout semis and final (if we get through) in 2½ weeks. Practice, practice, practice!!!

Summary:
Position: 3
My Result: Some kind of defeat, I can’t remember but it was annoying!
Team Result: 3-2 loss
Season 180 Count: 1

Keep well,

Scott


The Hamilton – Alonso Thing & The Community Shield

8 August 07
Formula One has broken out of the minority sporting world and into the public conciousness this week after Hamilton pissed off Alonso so Alonso did it back. Hamilton, as I’m sure regular readers of my notes know by now, is the media darling or British sport at the moment. He can do no wrong, winning against competitors who’ve been involved in the sport for years. He’s been moulded and managed and walked into the car, taken on all-comers, and won. His team-mate is the current double world champion and he’s beating him in the world driver’s championship. At face value, this seems to be fantastic, and to an extent it is. However, things are beginning to turn sour.

Fernando Alonso
It all started in Monaco earlier in the season. Alonso was leading comfortably in a race on a track where it is notoriously difficult and dangerous to overtake. With McLaren having both of their cars in 1st and 2nd places, the sensible decision was to tell Hamilton not to challenge Alonso, leaving both cars free to drive steadily towards a glorious 1-2 finish. This is what happened. However, Hamilton came out after the race and said “It is something I have to live with. I’ve number two on my car and I am the number two driver”. Team orders are banned in F1 after the controversy involving Ferrari a few years back so it caused a bit of a stir. For a driver so media savvy through years of training, he was daft to say something like this. If he made the decision himself, as he should have done for the good of the team, there would have been no problem.

Lewis Hamilton
More recently, the tension has been growing as Hamilton has had more luck than Alonso. Things took a turn for the farcical in qualifying for the race last Sunday when Hamilton, instructed by his team to let his team-mate through (bear in mind this is not a race situation, Alonso had less fuel so was able to go quicker) told his team boss to “go f**king swivel”. Now, you DO NOT SAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO YOUR BOSS. Even less so when you’re a higly paid sportsman in a job scrutinised heavily by media and the sponsors that pay you. Alonso, in a petty (but I must admit, entertaining and amusing) retaliation, just sat there while Hamilton was waiting for tyres to go out and do one final qualifying lap. This allowed Alonso just enough time to get round and do his lap. Hamilton didn’t make it round in time so couldn’t complete a final planned lap. Alonso then went quickest leaving Hamilton in 2nd position.

The team boss of McLaren, who’d already been sworn at by a driver he’s been nurturing since 1999, was then angry with his other driver who’d deliberately held up his team-‘mate’, apparently due to a disagreement over tyres. To cut a long story short, Hamilton drove a faultless race and won. Alonso was demoted 5 places on the grid for “(an) attitude… prejudicial to the interests of competition and motor racing”. The team were also not allowed to score any points in the constructors championship (currently being appealed by McLaren).

I can only imagine the goings on at the McLaren factory so far this week. Hamilton claims that Alonso’s not talking to him. Would you talk to him if you were Alonso? Someone who disobeys team orders to the detriment of yourself and swears at the CEO of the company you work for? I think you’d want to distance yourself from that person, especially if you’ve got a huge contract that is paid by the company. I know who I’d align myself with in that situation.

Hamilton has to grow up and fast. Alonso’s not without blame either. The McLaren team have an awkward situation that could spiral out of control very quickly if it’s not nipped in the bud. Ron Dennis is a strong character (not that I like him very much) who has the ability to sort this out. However, for us lot it’s far more interesting if nothing gets sorted! Long may it continue 😉

On another F1 subject, Nigel Mansell’s come out and said that 27 year old Jenson Button is more or less finished as a racing driver. He says he’ll never win the drivers championship and he’s with a team going nowhere. Now, lets look at what Nigel was up to when he was 27. Nigel drove 3 grands prix that season in a Lotus. He would not challenge for the world championship seriously for another 6 years at the age of 33. At 39 he won the world drivers championship. I like Nigel Mansell, we was a gutsy pure racing driver. Now he’s old and done it all, he feels he has the right to go about slating current drivers. He had a go at Button’s attitude. Remember, this is a man who in 1995 was offered a contract with McLaren but wouldn’t slim down enough to fit in the car. Jenson Button was a bit of a playboy when he first broke into the sport, not unlike many of his contemporaries. He left that lifestyle behind years ago now. He’s still got time. He’s got an ambitious (though, at the moment, crap) team around him. There is promise there but it will take time. Keep your misguided opinions to yourself, Nige (not that I’m doing the same, all you need to do is read this note to see that!!)

Well, a lot of F1 talk there. Just time to say well done Edwin for the Charity (sorry, community) Shield, 3 out of 3 penalties saved, can’t do better than that. Great goal from Giggs after a team move, good goal from Malouda (despite Rio’s kitten-like weakness!) who looks pretty useful. Only 3 days ’til the proper season starts now. Get in!

Darts Update:
The news that my pairs partner had decided to jack in darts didn’t come as a shock to anyone on my team so unfortunately I didn’t get to play in the knockout this year. Ah well!

Right, I’ve written lots here, I’d better get back to work!!

Scott.