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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MidnightFlyer, 9 Apr 2011.

  1. 507021

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    It was nice to finally get a win again tonight, with a 2-0 victory over Derby County.
     
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    In the process sending my side another big step closer to the Promised Land! I'm on very happy Wolf typing this in Hallam's Library!
     
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    And for info (even though it's been public for 4 hours): the Premier League Rights Auction has seen:

    Sky win 128 matches (+2 games per season) from 4 Packages
    BT win 32 matches (-10 games per season) from 1 Package

    2 Packages still be sold - of which Amazon are firmly in the running for 40 games which are 4 sets of all 10 fixtures being shown live: 3 Midweek and 1 during a Bank Holiday, with the 5 packages so far being sold for a shade just under £4.5 Billion: a massive fall from the £5.136 Billion got 3 years ago.
     
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    Isn't it £4.5 Billion after 5 out of 7 compared to £5.1 after all the packages? So depending how much the remaining two go for could make the difference.

    I can see some football fans not being happy if they need to sign up for another provider to get all the games
     
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    It was rather agonising being in the stand, I thought that final whistle was never coming
     
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    As long as Radio 5 continue to hold the radio rights there is no need to sign up to anything ;)
     
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    I'm pleased, a proven track record at this level and not a complete tactical dunderhead like McCall.

    But then I said the same about Peter Taylor...
     
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    ha ha I bet it was torture. Got a call off me dad just after he left the ground and he was out of breath lol
     
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    But that means listening to Alan Green. I would rather stick pins in my ears
     
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    He doesn't seem to be on as often these days. He was very good in the past but now seems to think it is about him. BBC are better than Sky Radio
     
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    I heard him a few weeks ago and had to turn off. Constant moaning about this and that. Drove me mad. Sky radio is, I am presuming you mean TalkSport, absolute rubbish in pretty much every aspect
     
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    indeed - however he doesn't drive me as mad as Steve Claridge. Knows nowt, and I mean absolutely nowt, about football despite having being a bang average player at the top level for many years.
     
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    Ex small heath. What do you expect. See also Gobby Cabbage aka Robbie Savage
     
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    I don't actively dislike Robbie Savage. He seems to be confused as to how and knows he was lucky that he did have a career as a footballer and behaves on the radio as if, at any moment, someone will come along and accuse him of being an imposer and drag him off the air! He is also honest, expect where his Welsh mate Hughesie is concerned.
     
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    Who would have expected Liverpool to have won 5-0 away to Porto last night?

    Certainly deserving of a bravo, now don't collapse in the 2nd leg
     
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    Claridge is an absolute tool. Doesn't have a good word to say about us. Which is just as well, as he's the worst striker I've ever seen in Claret and Amber. And I saw John McGinlay
     
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    I have to turn the radio off when he appears. I am filled with rage otherwise. Ruins a Sunday afternoon that does.
     
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    I have two words:
    Crooks.
    Lawrenson.
     
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    Plus BBC retain rights to screen Match of the Day - who needs Sky or BT Sport :smile:
     
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    Crooks - absolutely. His way of.speaking is. completely wrong and.really. quite annoying in its compl. etely messed up way

    Lawrenson i don't mind - i think he has quite a sense of humour - and a cupboard full of medals.
     
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    How can they lose to Swansea and West Brom then turn in a performance like that ?

    Not to mention outclassing the Champions Elect City !!
     
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    The Premier League is dreadful garbage. I’ve not watched MOTD regularly for about ten years.
     
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    I was in full agreement with this... but then last May happened!
     
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    Each to their own, at least you get the highlights (assuming there are any) of each match and don't have to sit through a "snore draw" live.
     
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    The PL has declined so far in quality and entertainment value. 1995-2002 was probably the absolute height of the PL, when it was the best league in the world.

    Now, like most football, it’s emasculated and desperate for relevance. There are literally hundreds of things wrong with the game these days which make it less watchable than it used to be. Here are a few:

    Diving
    Video refereeing
    Statisticians and scientists
    No stanchions in the goal any more
    Too much money
    Too few home-grown players
    Pitches like snooker tables
    All-seater stadia
    Overall quality of play
    Ticket prices
    SKY!
    Inanimate crowds
    Badge kissers
    The current offside law
    Too much protection for goalkeepers
    Laws regarding dangerous play are too soft
    Lack of player respect for referees
    Player power
    Foreign money
    FA Cup semis at Wembley
    Lack of hard tackling
    Disgusting chants and social media trolling
    A complete lack of appreciation of artistry
    Too many minute’s silences
    Minute’s applauses
    Black armbands worn too often
    Poppies on shirts
    Socks worn above the knee
    No mud
    Chequered “custom” goal nets
    Desperate PR stunts for social relevance
     
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    Of all the above, by the way, the first thing I’d change is to rip out all the identical goals in every pitch and make every club install the apparatus they had in 1992. A time where you could tell which ground was on telly just from looking at the net and stanchions. I’d happily take a quiz!
     
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    I agree with most of what you've said, but with a few qualms...

    The period outlined was largely dominated by one team. In recent years the title race has usually been competitive (this season notwithstanding) with at least 2 sides having the possibility of claiming top spot at the start of April. Compared with most European leagues where you have just one or two teams that are a different class to the rest.

    The whole "Best League In The World" label is pointless anyway: I don't care how entertaining the Serbian (or wherever) Premier League is because the team I support isn't involved.
     
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    In my view this is due to an overall decline in quality, especially at the top.

    Leicester City winning the league was wonderful, and a Good Thing, but it did serve to illustrate how weak the league as a whole has become.
     
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    Crooks, yes, though with two FA Cups he has some calibre. Lawrenson has won everything under the sun, he's earned the right.

    Claridge? A League Cup? Haway.
     
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    I don't think the drop in quality is at the top, it's in the middle and at the bottom. Burnley, in 7th, are almost as close to the relegation places (10 points) as they are to Arsenal in 6th (9 points).

    The consequence is that the battle at the top gets duller, because any dropped points are disastrous as they're so unlikely to get dropped. Man City have 5 more points after 27 games than the Arsenal Invincible side. Its because there is so much dross to steamroller.
     

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