I hope no one buys Eastwood - he's the only chance we've got of staying up this season. The man is phenomenal, though. Southend bought him two years ago from a non-league side, when we were in Divsion 2. Since then we've won promotion two seasons running, and he's scored 60 goals for us now in about 100 games. So in two years he's gone up five leagues or so, from amateur football to the championship, and then scoring against Manchester United. Its a pretty remarkable rise. Also, as a Southend fan this is an even huger shock than anything else I have ever seen. Before this season Southend had lost in the first round of the league cup for 8 straight seasons, and this is only the seond time we've ever knocked out a top flight team in either cup, in 100 years. Hopefully we can get Chelsea or Liverpool in the next round - but we'll probably ending up losing to Wycombe instead
posted by dng at 11:11 AM on November 08
posted by dng at 09:25 PM on September 30
Also, I want to be a sports terrorist. That sounds like fun.
posted by dng at 07:55 AM on September 30
I agree with BigCalm
posted by dng at 07:54 AM on September 30
Shit... Clough was the greatest, basically. Even going mad and getting Forest relegated couldn't disguise it.
posted by dng at 01:35 PM on September 20
It isn't a sport.
posted by dng at 06:14 PM on September 15
And Bobby Robson to be the new Englang manager by monday
posted by dng at 07:43 PM on September 06
I reckon Sounness will do quite well. Certainly better than Venables would have done.
posted by dng at 08:06 AM on September 06
Federer is amazing - he blew Roddick away in the Wimbledon final, and yet never even got close to playing top form. It was frightening.
posted by dng at 06:08 PM on September 03
Britain's Marc Jenkins ended the Olympics triathlon to a hero's welcome despite finishing last in Athens. A collison midway through the cycling leg left the Welshman with a broken wheel, ending any chance he had. But the 28-year-old put the bike on his shoulder and ran two kilometres to the next wheel station, finishing the race to cheers from the British fans.
posted by dng at 06:10 PM on August 26
The best three attacking sides I've seen are the current Arsenal side, Man United in 94, and Liverpool in 88.
posted by dng at 06:05 PM on August 26
In their match today, the crowd booed the Americans the whole game. Towards the end, the Americans decided to call a timeout, even though they were 10 points up, and there was just 20 seconds left. The Spanish team really loved that...
posted by dng at 03:31 PM on August 26
Radcliffe has conducted herslef remarkably well since losing, to be honest. She's refused to blame anyone or anything else, despite almost all the British media being instantly ready to make a million escuses for her.
posted by dng at 03:32 PM on August 25
Everyone's at it now
posted by dng at 05:15 AM on August 23
You should be watching them for their athletics, their drive, their Olympic spirit- that is what is impressive. You surely can't be watching them because they're tissue-worthy. My sister is obsessed with Ian Thorpe. I'm sure that is all to do with his Olympic spirit, and nothing to do with the fact that he's one sexy fucker...
posted by dng at 06:34 PM on August 21
I really can't see how they can admit the mistake but not change the result.
posted by dng at 10:41 AM on August 21
The Olympics is excellent for an armchair pervert like myself, really. Especially the swimmers...
posted by dng at 06:08 PM on August 20
I use to be a huge athletics fan, and yet I have pretty much no interest in it at the moment. And its the fucking Olympics, too - usually I'm all excited by now.
posted by dng at 11:46 AM on July 15
I'd written a reply earlier, but it seems to have dissappeared. Basically, Marion Jones was the best in the world long before she started going out with Tim Montgomery. If she's been taking drugs, its likely she was taking them from the start, I'd have thought. Why would you start to take drugs when you're already completely dominant? (Also, Marion Jones previous husband was CJ Hunter, the American shotputter, who was also banned for steroid abuse. Him testing positive was all a conspiracy attempt to disrupt her at the Sydney Olympics, according to the pair of them at the time.)
posted by dng at 12:26 PM on July 13
Tell you what, why don't you get Bush to forbid your athletes from travelling to Greece entirely because of "concerns about security"? That couldn't happen. Could it? Mark Spitz reckons thats going to happen, at least.
posted by dng at 06:01 AM on July 12
I've never understood these rankings - Spain are 3rd?
posted by dng at 05:37 PM on July 07
I can't believe the worst game of the tournament was saved for the final... Thats usually the way with football, unfortunately.
posted by dng at 04:19 PM on July 05
Its not just Greece who have been negative this tournament - practically every team has, except for the Czech Republic and Portugal. Its a shame, because at Euro 2000, almost all the teams that did well we're very attacking, and played great football. But then, I think Euro 200 was an anomaly - usually most teams are pretty conservative at the major tournaments. too much fear, I suppose.
posted by dng at 06:40 AM on July 05
I love the tour de france. I'm so fucking pissed off about the David Millar scandal its untrue. At least the fucker has admitted it. His entire fucking team is suspect, though, if you ask me. But then again, thats the problem with cycling at them moment. (I'm very fucking drunk at the moment, so I apologise for any incoherence)
posted by dng at 06:27 PM on July 02
Actually, I think Collina is as bad as almost every other ref. And he always used to send Paul Ince off, which always annoyed me.
posted by dng at 04:07 PM on July 01
Once again, though, we go out to the first decent team we play. And as bad as we were, France were worse. Fucking hell, they couldn't even be arsed when they were 1-0 down.
posted by dng at 05:30 PM on June 26
I think this might be the beginning of the end of the Sven era. Just after the FA gave him a nice new expensive contract, too...
posted by dng at 06:12 AM on June 26
France were fucking fucking awful. Which was nice.
posted by dng at 03:45 PM on June 25
Williams: "I don't think one call makes a match. It was very confusing but sometimes I lose track of the score and at the time I just felt maybe that was what had happened so I just carried on."
posted by dng at 06:27 PM on June 24
Damn you, Miguel Cardoso! So magnanimous in victory. Can't you lord it all over us or something. Thats what you're supposed to do...
posted by dng at 05:52 PM on June 24
I see I've said exactly what AP said. Man, I really should read the links. It was all my football despair which threw me. Sorry.
posted by dng at 05:45 PM on June 24
Certianly, salmacis. I was hoping the France game would have taught us something...
posted by dng at 05:43 PM on June 24
Come on the Czechs now. Fucking I hate everyone left, pretty much
posted by dng at 05:39 PM on June 24
We lost. Fucking hell. Ricardo actually took the last Portuguese penaltiy and scored. Fucking hell. That man has some fucking nerve. FUCK
posted by dng at 04:49 PM on June 24
FUCK CUNT FUCK CUNT FUCK CUNT FUCK CUNT
posted by dng at 04:42 PM on June 24
Last year at Wimbledon, one of the male athletes became so agitated about a fan yelling "out!" during play, which did not cause the point to be replayed, that he immediately went into the tank. That was Rusedski against Roddick. Also, tonight, it was strange. The serve was a fault, Williams returned it and the other player smacked it away. The umpire called 2-2, but neither player seemed to notice. She then served again, from the same place, as a second serve, and lost the point. The umpire then called 3-2, and Williams started to serve. It was her opponent who looked more confused though, and she was pretty soon 6-3 down. Williams didn't look put off at all. And then she double faulted , missed a couple of easy volleys, and went out. It was odd.
posted by dng at 04:39 PM on June 24
It'll be shit. (I'm none too confident at the moment)
posted by dng at 01:17 PM on June 24
Coupeld with their performance at Euro 2000, this just shows what a huge aberration it was that Germany made the World Cup final two years ago.
posted by dng at 05:26 PM on June 23
At Euro 2000, I wen to see Portugal play Germany in the last group game. Germany needed to win, and Portugal were already through and playing their entire second 11. And Portugal still won 3-0. So lets hope the Czechs do the same tonight.
posted by dng at 11:58 AM on June 23
4-2. Fucking hell, I didn't expect that. I thought it'd be a tense nightmare of a game. Sometimes, surprises really are fucking great.
posted by dng at 04:07 PM on June 21
etagloh, your link doesn't go anywhere.
posted by dng at 09:39 AM on June 19
This makes me proud to be English.
posted by dng at 07:19 AM on June 14
Your only ever comments here have been in this thread, shouting at Fat Buddha for the heinous crime of being pissed off at England's negativity, johnnyboy. I don't really see what you're so fucking angry at him for. He is at least making sense.
posted by dng at 07:18 AM on June 14
Fuck. Cunt. Fuck.
posted by dng at 04:05 PM on June 13
posted by dng at 03:47 PM on June 13
Greece had never won a match in a major championship before. Yet they won this one pretty easily really. They should have been 3-0 up by half time. Also on the first day, Spain beat Russia.
posted by dng at 06:11 PM on June 12
I watched some TV show once which convinced that it was OJ's son that was the murderer, and OJ was covering for him.
posted by dng at 07:35 PM on June 11
I've never been to a no smoking football ground in England (or in Holland, although I've only been to Ajax's and Feyenoords grounds over there).
posted by dng at 02:55 PM on June 11
Then we can post a hundred articles about how we we were robbed, how its all (insert scapegoat here)'s fault, etc etc. Actually, I'm oddly confident we'll beat France on Sunday. Unfortunately, the last time I was really confident England would win an important match was against Brazil...
posted by dng at 04:21 PM on June 10
This is fucking nonsense. Having the Premier League and then Division 1 below that was stupid enough. Well, at least I can claim Southend have gone up a league.
posted by dng at 11:53 AM on June 10
I like the writing on the UK map England: Ninjas and Lasers and Gold Wales: Sheep and Dirt Ireland: Guinness and Fighting Scotland: Haggis and Scotch Eggs Well, it amused me, at least.
posted by dng at 07:41 PM on June 07
And no fucking Southend United. Bastards. Its an odd selection of teams, though - Dagenham and Redbridge?
posted by dng at 03:23 PM on June 06
I like Mourinho. Mainly for the way he wound Alex Ferguson up. Also, he seems to have the right idea - smallish squad of qwuality players, and a fair use of youth team players. I'm quite worried that Chelsea could well win the league soon.
posted by dng at 08:30 AM on June 04
I mean, it's not like we have the "100 meter backwards dash", or the "200 meters hopping on one foot" when it comes to track and field... But they do have who can throw a stick the furthest, and who can throw a plate the furthest, and who can throw a ball the furthest, and who can throw a ball attached to a chain the furthest. And they also have who can do 20km and 50km the quickest without actually running.
posted by dng at 07:23 AM on May 06
I feel so sorry for Leeds. Such a nice team. Such nice fans.
posted by dng at 05:15 AM on May 03
OK. You're probably right. Maybe I'm just getting it mixed up with other meetings. And I agree, it is a bit of a silly rule. I'm glad Thorpe's back in it - considering he hasn't been beaten at that distance for 7 years, it would have ruined the event, really. (I don't know why the Olympics doesn't allow all champions to defend their titles. Its only one extra person per event, and if they're shit they'll just get beaten early on, anyway.)
posted by dng at 06:14 PM on April 29
In the Olympics, disqualifications work like this: anyone can false start once and the race is stopped and the swimmers get out and back on the blocks. Anyone who false starts after the first "freebie," no matter who did the first one, is disqualified. This rule was put in place to stop the endless false starts that used to occur at almost every race. Thats just for athletics, as far as I know. Swimming has always had instant disqualification for false starts, I think. You rarely ever see false starts in swimming because of this.
posted by dng at 03:38 PM on April 29
The bloke's an arse. It's as simple as that. Never has a truer sentence (well, two) been spoken.
posted by dng at 05:52 PM on April 27
One last thing - I have no idea if anyones still reading down here, either - bu the amusing thing about this is that its been quite well known for about a year that the commentators half time and post game chat gets broadcast abroad - Football365 have been going on about it for a year or more. No one told ITV about it, evidently. I've been wondering when someone would say something that would get them in serious trouble. (previously Ron Atkinson described Totti as a lazy diving fat poof, I remember.) And during the last World Cup, on BBC, if you watched their matches on the interactive digital service, you could change the audio to have radio 5 or the tv commentary. Sometimes though, you could also select the studio sound feed, and here Hansen and Lineker talking and swearing, while believing they were off air. Hansen got in trouble for going on about how much he hates the fucking Germans, which amused me. I always thought the Scots would love them, for all the pain they inflict on England periodically.
posted by dng at 10:19 AM on April 23
This all reminds me of Bobby Gould, when he was Wales manager: Then came an incident involving Welsh manager Bobby Gould and one of his players, Nathan Blake, who is black. The player complained that Gould had made soft racists quips to him and had used foul racist language about an opposing black player. I watched this issue being debated on one of those sport chat shows that suddenly have proliferated on our television screens. Should Gould be sacked for his racism or not? The majority of the panel agreed that although what Gould had said was regrettable he should not be sacked. Many of the panel knew dear old Bobby and, while he may be guilty of the odd slip of the tongue, he's no racist. Why, some of his best play were... (Sorry about the odd source, it was the best I could find. 1997 is obviously pre history, for the bbc and the guardian, at least) Also, Ron Atkinson's best joke ever: "I can't understand why the Chinese have a population explosion on their hands. Already in place is the finest contraception on the planet - ugly women". Remember, no man is less of a racist than him...
posted by dng at 10:04 AM on April 23
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