And so all those dark utterings are accurate. Sir Alex Ferguson of all people has been forced to hold a press conference today to confirm that Wayne Rooney won’t be signing a new contract and wants to leave the club. Inside two seasons Man U will have lost the services of Ronaldo, Tevez and Rooney – that’s a lot of fire power which will have gone to rival clubs and not been replaced following relationship breakdowns with SAF. Could any club survive that? Once upon a time Man U would have been big enough to ride it through and possibly even prosper by bringing through new talent and buying world class replacements. After all they thrived after jettisoning players of the calibre of Ince, Staam, van Nistelrooy, Beckham, Keene etc But not now. And that’s the bigger story today I fear, not that player greed is now seemingly unquenchable but that Man U are just not the force they were even two years ago.
Well it’s been a bumper week on the box. First off the incredible story of the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners. I don’t know about you but they would have had to stuff me full of morphine to get me into that little capsule for a journey through 620 metres of rocky darkness. I loved the Chilean President – he actually looked like he was passionately concerned and delighted about the miner’s welfare. Or am I just a fool as Norman would have said? Anyway of all the miners’ re-appearances I think top bravado marks should go to the guy who was welcomed by and heartily and openly embraced his mistress rather than his poor wife. Eh hola chuck! What’s the chances of that marriage lasting as long as he was underground? I’d say about as slim as getting some first night out sex tonight (from the missus).
I wrote a post about Norman Wisdom back on 18 Jan 2008 after watching aTV programme about how his family was being affected by his creeping dementia. It was funny, sad and poignant…. and the programme wasn’t bad too. Only joking Mr Grimsdale. Upon hearing the news this morning that Norman had passed away after a series of strokes I had another read of the posting and I think it stands up OK. I always found old Norm to be more annoying than amusing but compared to some members of his family he was grace personified. Check on the search facility on the home page if you fancy another read.
Ah the moment when the Molinaris pulled a hole back on the 18th to square the match against the Americans to ensure that the European Ryder Cup team took 5 and a half points today to set up a 3 point lead going into tomorrow’s final day. And they were 2 points down at the start of today. Marvellous stuff. And if that wasn’t enough, homely Blackpool only went to Anfield this afternoon to play the mighty Liverpool and beat them deservedly 2-1 to confirm Liverpool’s status as a bottom 3 side. Who’d a thunk it eh? What can I say, it’s a fantastic day to be a sports fan if you’re a Europoolphile. Joy is tangerine coloured…..
Here’s a question for you, especially if you are English; which country/nation/people do you most, well, dislike? Put it another way, which national team would you most enjoy seeing beaten by England in the World Cup final? I’m guessing that the vast majority of us will instinctively say Germany. Am I right?
I’ve been watching Man C v Juventus tonight in the Europa League. It was a dull affair and I’m not just saying that as a Man U fan. It wasn’t the 1-1 result either; I’ve seen some fantastic drawn games over the years. The problem was that they were playing a style of football that can only be described as basketball. It’s what happens when you buy a team of superstars or when you happen to be managed by Arsene Wenger or like watching Spain play in their occasional laboured performances.