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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Janus Team Redux

Hoity-toity title, yes, but TDH couldn't think of a better way to put it. This team has two faces: one it shows to Europe, the other to England. And we've seen it before with Souey. Is this a dynamic that transcends coaches and players? How can we take down a thoroughly decent team like Fener and then collapse at the feet of Boro? Or are those teams closer in quality than TDH would like to admit?

Has TDH been overoptimistic by predicting even a mid-table finish? Will we be stuck in a relegation fight with the likes of Curbs-less Charlton and increasingly Psychotic Psity? Should TDH just start supporting Reading, aka Yanks Abroad? Are Jermain Defoe's Mike Tyson moments the best hope for entertainment? (See the similarity of approach, by the way?) Does Javier Mascherano taste anything like Argentine grass-fed beef? And has Masche's form suffered because Black Angus just doesn't measure up?

And how the hell did the Mets manage to lose Game 7?

Too many questions, loyal readers, too many questions. TDH is exhausted. Please, O Great Sir Bobby, send us a sign....


Blogger The American Geordie said...

Here's one to make you cringe, Mara: a bit of commentary on ESPN Asia from an Australian commentator, on Bresciano's goal against Milan.

"Look at Nesta! I mean, you've seen oil tankers turn quicker than that!"

6:16 PM  
Anonymous jonathan said...

Well we've always been a cup team, haven't we, and the Portsmouth result gives further proof- if my grandad is to be believed in the 1950s we would win the cup every single year and not really even bother with the league, we considered it below us. Yes, that's it- Glen Roeder's Newcastle believes itself to be below the Premiership, and wants nothing whatsoever to do with it. Well, it's better than admitting we've just been outclassed by Middlesbrough.

And I am glad to note you are a Mets man, TDH, as the only other American Newcastle fan I know is also a Mets man (and also happens to be married to my sister, which is why he is a Newcastle fan). Actually, are you my brother-in-law?

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Palms said...

I would be happy with a carling cup win (or UEFA , which is probably easier to win...) and a 17th place finish. Am I alone?

8:19 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

You are most certainly not alone. First silverware since the Inter-City Fairs Cup? I'd take 17th place after a nail-biting playoff with Watford. And speaking of Watford....

Good to see Dyer back on the pitch for his annual outing. Goodness knows where he'll play, though. I've always thought he was most effective starting in the middle and slicing diagonally across the pitch.

Too bad the Vermouth partnership didn't pay more dividends. Now Roeder will be thinking of using Duff with Rossi again. I suppose this means we could see Zog-Duff-Rossi-Dyer across the attack line, which is sort of like sending an army of fleas to eat an elephant. It could work, but I think it's important to bring Martins along as much as possible. Am I wrong to think of him as the strong target in tandem with Amoeba? Could the Nigerian connection ultimately be more successful? I do think it would be a shame to start Amoeba when there are more talented players to choose from, but sometimes a better fit takes priority.

9:22 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Kieron, mate, I was being SARCASTIC!

Soccernet: "Newcastle midfielder Kieron Dyer's injury jinx has struck once again after a freak training ground accident ruled him out for at least two weeks. The 27-year-old, who returned to action as a substitute in Wednesday's 3-0 Carling Cup victory over Portsmouth after six months on the sidelines, damaged his left eye in training this morning."

UGH! And you wonder why we're losing 6 million quid?

6:54 PM  

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