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Postby udosuk » Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:09 pm

999_Springs wrote:Now, I'm not entirely sure whether Tottenham can finish the season with more than 10 points!

Or Newcastle.
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Postby tarek » Tue Sep 30, 2008 2:28 pm

I've just watched the Arsenal v Porto game ... A great 4-0 victory for the Gunners following that shocking defeat last weekend ....

Berbetov finally is on the scoresheet for Man U .... CR7 is still below par

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Postby Glyn » Wed Oct 01, 2008 5:41 am

tarek Are you sure it was Porto and not Portsmouth?
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Postby tarek » Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:30 am

Glyn wrote:tarek Are you sure it was Porto and not Portsmouth?
Very funny .... Porto played well IMO especially in the 1st half but Arsenal's quality materialised at the end (I sounded there just like Wenger:D )

By the way As you already know .... Portsmouth won the FA cup (beating Man U on the way) .... Pompey v Porto ... who knows:D

Porto won the UEFA cup in 02/03 & the Champions league in 03/04 when THE SPECIAL ONE was there.

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Postby ttt » Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:07 am

tarek wrote:Porto won the UEFA cup in 02/03 & the Champions league in 03/04 when THE SPECIAL ONE was there.

Now, I think SPECIAL ONE becomes NORMAL in Series A (ITALY)...:D
Waiting: Chelsea & Liverpol at Champions League tonight... After Man U & the Gunner : 3 & 4 star yesterday.
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Postby udosuk » Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:30 am

So disappointing to see Chelsea being the only English side not winning in this round. And they lost Drogba too.:(

Inter didn't win either. I always prefer Inter to AC Milan so last weekend's defeat in Serie A was double disappointment. Perhaps they need to fight Man City for good old Ronaldo (the Brazilian one). On 2nd thought probably not.:)
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Postby tarek » Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:50 am

just watched how Arsenal snatched a draw in injury time ....

I thought the match had gone with Sundeland's brilliant goal in the last minutes.

Arsenal have got 1 point from 2 matches .... not good:(
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Postby udosuk » Sat Oct 04, 2008 9:51 am

The possibility of seeing Hull above Arsenal after this round has me drooling.:D However now that I said it Hull will probably choke the biggest sitter of the season against the Spurs.

Blackburn-ManU is underway and if there is any justice Blackburn should win this time.

In the MLB, both teams with the league best record are down 0-2. Surely I guessed right that 2 Chicago plus 2 LA teams (and no NY team) are into the playoffs but probably only one of them will get to the LCSs.:( I just don't understand people's passion about the Red Sox, just like I don't understand people's passion about Arsenal.
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Postby Glyn » Sat Oct 04, 2008 3:03 pm

udosuk Unexpected result with the Leeds Rhinos beating St Helens. Not the ideal way for Daniel Anderson to finish his stay in England, beaten by Brian McClennan his successor with the Kiwis. No is it Manly or Melbourne for tomorrow/ or later tonight depending on where you are.

Barcelona 6 Atletico Madrid 1 (3-0 after 9 minutes) as Messi wins the battle of the Argentinians against Maradona's future son-in-law. Hope Liverpool can take a bit of heart from that.
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Postby udosuk » Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:15 am

Glyn wrote:No is it Manly or Melbourne for tomorrow/ or later tonight depending on where you are.

Manly actually murdered Melbourne 40-0. Finally the trophy returns to NSW.:)

Turns out there is no justice with ManU beating the Rovers again. I won't be surprised if both Chelsea and Hull both lose today.:(
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Postby tarek » Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:25 am

udosuk wrote:... just like I don't understand people's passion about Arsenal.
Arsenal have produced some of most remarkable football in the past few years ....

Some matches I've watched (was it a season or 2 ago ... They were hitting a string of bad results then all of a sudden a comprehensive win over FULHAM the a win over REAL MADRID in the same week) convinced me that these guys can beat ANYBODY.

Part of the charm .... is the challenge of conquering everything with such a young squad that has shown vulnerability at cruicial moments.

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Postby Glyn » Sun Oct 05, 2008 8:00 am

udosuk I should've known that Manly would win, they had to beat New Zealand Warriors to get to the final. (Spookily Leeds Rhinos beat Wigan Warriors to get to their final).
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Postby udosuk » Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:20 am

Needless to say, I'm over the moon to see my 2 favourite teams at the moment occupying #1 & #3 on the ladder.:D The "Incredible Hull", with a goal difference of -1, is above the likes of Arsenal (+8) & ManU (+4). What a scene!:D

And poor ManC just can't get a break, losing after a 2-0 lead, having a player sent off. Perhaps they really should spend more and get Ronaldo.

tarek, I believe nowadays anybody can beat anybody on any given day. Perhaps it's more worrying that this Arsenal team is more vulnerable to lose to ANYBODY. Of course, it must be less boring to watch than teams like Chelsea who draws 50% of their games (and winning the rest).
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Postby tarek » Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:27 am

udosuk wrote:tarek, I believe nowadays anybody can beat anybody on any given day. Perhaps it's more worrying that this Arsenal team is more vulnerable to lose to ANYBODY. Of course, it must be less boring to watch than teams like Chelsea who draws 50% of their games (and winning the rest).
I guess your blackhorse (Hull) is jumping higher than Arsenal at the moment.

For somebody like me living currently in the Midlands .... There is only one team that should be nicknamed "Tigers" ... So consider me NOT a fan ...

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Postby udosuk » Sun Oct 05, 2008 11:57 pm

You have to pardon me for getting carried away at the moment. Hull's next 4 games are West Ham, WBA, Chelsea, ManU, and I'd say they'd be happy if they can snatch 3 or 4 points out of the 12 possible. So I think all their supporters should enjoy the glory while it's there (in the short while).

Bear in mind that Hull is not only a "blackhorse", it's the designated cellar dweller for many of you guys. Just take a look at the predictions a few pages back and see how many of you did not place them at the bottom?

And for such a team to be placed so high on the ladder (theoretically they're just one game out of the top position), above so many quality teams who's payrolls are multiple times of theirs, even though it's still less than 1/5 of the season it's not a bad feat for a team who hasn't been in the top tier ever and was still swimming in division 3 four years ago, ha? I bet at the start of the season they'd be happy if they can just hang on to #17 or above at the end.

Of course you can say they have lucked out on an easy schedule (although they still had to beat Arsenal last week) but still it's an amazing thing to witness. I still remember the feeling of surprising delight following the Rockets' 22-0 streak earlier this year, as well as the Rockies' 21-1 stretch to win the NL pennant last year, I'm starting to have a similar feeling for these blokes. Of course, when the Devil Rays were leading the East in June this year everybody thought they were a fluke, and look at where they are now.

As for Arsenal, I'm sure they'll get back to their usual form very soon. I guess in a sense they're like the Phoenix Suns of the past few years and I have been used to enjoy seeing them underachieve as a half-serious rooting rivalry with my mate Hud in the NBA thread. I really should stop this mean streak to cut down on the bad karma of jinxing my own supported teams.:(

tarek wrote:For somebody like me living currently in the Midlands .... There is only one team that should be nicknamed "Tigers" ... So consider me NOT a fan ...

These Tigers, or
these Tigers:?:

Wow, there are so many "Tigers" in the sports world I'm surprised you claim that "there is only one team that should be nicknamed Tigers".:!: Just in Australia we have at least 4 different Tigers: Melbourne (basketball), Richmond (AFL), Tasmania (cricket), Wests (NRL). I'm sure Cec would have something to say about your claim. As a matter of fact, my favourite Chinese basketball team, the Guangdong Southern Tigers, was just one of 3 different "Tigers" in that league. Just to show how popular this name really is.:idea:
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