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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

"You're just a fat Eddie Murphy...."

Well, not exactly. He may be old, he may be hard to get along with, but the fact remains: Jimmy Floyd has a cannon attached to his pelvis. His screamer against Charlton pretty much put the game away. It's clear that Boro are a much better side with Rochemback and Downing in the lineup, and somewhat better than their position in the table would indicate. Viduka is looking positively fit these days, too, or is it just the haircut? (See before and after here.)

In any event, Curbs' boys didn't take most of their early chances and were always limited to the counter afterwards. That wasn't enough for a team of somewhat inferior quality and experience. Bent seemed dangerous at times and was a bit unlucky not to score, but it would be great to see him playing with a little guile and a smile on his face. Most of the time, he just looked worried.

Now we must contemplate the remote yet inherently disturbing possiblity that Boro could take home two important trophies this year. Very entertaining match, though, if messy at times. "Un partidazo!" the locals said.

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TDH has been musing on the Magpies' chances of stealing a UEFA Cup place this year. Bolton are three points up with a game in hand, but the Toon have something close to a dream schedule in the remaining five fixtures: Sunderland, West Brom, Birmingham, Wigan and Chelsea. The last two, though obviously tougher, are at St. James's. A rational Geordie, if such a person were to exist, would pronounce anything less than 10 points a disappointment. Clearly, the Wigan match will be a six-pointer. But 10 from 15 might be enough to jump up a couple of slots, perhaps even a few.

5 Comments:

Blogger The American Geordie said...

No joke: I've just been watching the post-match wrap for El Nacional's victory over River Plate in the Copa Libertadores, and the on-pitch reporter told El Nacional's Omar de Jesus that he looked like Eddie Murphy. "I've been told that," Omar said.

And the thing is, unlike Jimmy Floyd, he actually does (a little). So thankfully, it's not just another case of "they all look the same to me."

4:01 AM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

genius! What price on Garth Crooks asking a certain Man U midfielder: 'So, Peter Kay ...'

did you see the arsenal game last night? Gravey won't thank me, but I desperately wanted portsmouth to get a second. Any team with D'Allessandro, LuaLua and Mendes needs to stay in the premiership.

And 'a canon attached to his pelvis'? Sounds like the tagline to a porn film, tdh!

7:08 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Only the FA Cup tie and the Libertadores action were on television here last night. I don't know, I always get a pang when Lua Lua scores. Maybe it's just my Sir Bob skiing injury acting up.

And here, finally, is the proof of Omar's resemblance. Not bad, eh?

1:33 PM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

it is a much better resemblance than jimmy floyd's.

btw - I saw Viduka's goal, and had to watch the replay twice before accepting that it was in fact Marko. He seems to have lost 30 pounds overnight. The Atkins diet? Bulimia? Stomach Stapling? the impending World Cup? whatever it is, its amazing.

1:48 PM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

I think one's country's first World Cup berth in 32 years, plus being in the late stages of two club competitions, plus having to compete for a spot with Benny Jacobs, will do that to a man. Lucky Steve McLaren, eh?

2:30 PM  

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