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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Early season thoughts

Before I get to blogging on things academic, by popular-ish demand here are some football thoughts. More specifically Man United thoughts.

It is a good and very necessary start to the season. It has been especially important as Rooney was wrongly banned and Scholes was banned too. Giggs is looking particularly sharp and I couldn't quite believe that his Player of the Month award was his first ever. I thought it was surprising enough that he never won Euro player of the year or one of the English player of the year awards. Carrick will be a good signing. He can play in the holding role and his range of passing already looks good. Neville is loking solid in defence and going forward. My one major concern is that when the injuries come and they already are (e.g. Park and Giggs) some of the back up players might not be up to standard.

Of course, it would be unfair not to discuss other teams. So here's my fair and balanced look at the others. Good to see Chelsea get beat after their previous starts. Also hilarious to see Liverpool (most likely challenge Chelsea!...Bellamy) to get beat by Everton. Notice they keep reverting to that boring defensive formation when they bored their way to the final not so long ago. It was just a pity Arsenal only drew at the weekend because if they lost they would have been bottom of the league. Ah, well, you can't have everything.


Blogger J. B. Hood said...

Great point on Giggs--the best ever, and sorely underrated on this side of the Atlantic because of ManU superstars and his intl career.

The start to the season is great, but I'll wait to see how it unfolds--the first big test is this wknd.

And I can't wait to see Heinze again...dang he is golden.

Loads of American players as well this season in the EPL, the most ever. Including two US players scoring for the same side in the same game (Fulham 2 Newcastle 1). McBride probably won't see double digits again, and Reyna is old; but some young guys like Bobby Convey look solid.

September 14, 2006

Blogger J. B. Hood said...


Maybe you could do a sociological study on sports fans who support particular teams: conversion viz. integration...

September 15, 2006

Blogger James Crossley said...

Tim Howard now on loan at Everton...

I suspect that the reasons for supporting teams is not too far away from other models (religion, politics etc.). I mean I must admit that I wasn't converted through argument and some kind of religious experience but simply because of family. Yep, you've hit the nail on the head!!!

September 15, 2006

Blogger J. B. Hood said...

Yep, loads of non-conversion examples out there (Dallas Cowboys for me).

But would conversion wrought by watching Giggs run at full pace straight at some poor right back count as a religious experience?

September 15, 2006

Blogger James Crossley said...

Yes, but only for th converted or one who appreciates another religion!

September 15, 2006


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