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Author Archives: Richard Whittall

Eat My Snow, English Football

Posted on by Richard Whittall

 The FA Cup tie that could have been. Twenty-five football matches scheduled for today have been canceled due to…snow?  What?  Some puffy white water falling majestically from the sky?  This is particularly ironic considering the prognosticators of climate change doom … Continue reading

Aston Villa’s Premier League Success Makes No Sense Whatsoever

Posted on by Richard Whittall

 I have no idea how this keeps happening! Now, before you start calling me charlie and suggest I place various things in my nether regions, I should begin by mentioning I am in fact an Aston Villa supporter, so much … Continue reading

Just What the Hell is Wrong with Arsenal?

Posted on by Richard Whittall

 Sorry Mum.  Uh, I mean, sorry Arsene. Okay, this is getting ridiculous, and I don’t even support Arsenal. Sure, publicly we talk about the Gunners’s depressingly sub-par performance this season as a victory for parity in the Premier League.  Privately … Continue reading

Manchester City Considering Twenty Million Pound Bid for Non-Existent Forward Masal Bugduv

Posted on by Richard Whittall

   Masal!  Willifred the Destroyer is open! Manchester (AP) Manchester City, after failing to acquire AC Milan and Brazil midfielder Kaka for the proposed sum of a Gajillion pounds [Bajillion American dollars], are considering making a bid for former Arsenal … Continue reading

Aston Villa In the Top Four: Be Careful What You Wish For

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Back When it Was All So Simple Imagine for a moment you’re walking through the streets of Manhattan on a lovely June day.  You pass by a Nike store and notice a display stand decked out in a familiar claret … Continue reading

Would You Honestly Pay More to Watch UEFA's Europa League?

Posted on by Richard Whittall

Say what you will about Maradona — he never put on a suit.  Michel Platini on the other hand is on one hell of a roll at the moment. Earlier this week, he went off Arsene Wenger as if the … Continue reading

Freddie Mac, Merrill Lynch and Mike Ashley

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A while ago, an SNL skit featured an ad for a book that could get you out of debt and save your life.  It was called “Don’t Buy Stuff You Cannot Afford.”  It’s a book that the CEOs and owners … Continue reading

Is Manchester City Really Better Off with New Owners?

Posted on by Richard Whittall

So, the shortish reign of Thaksin Shinawatra has finally come to an end. None too soon perhaps for Man City fans settling down to some Pepto Bismol after that ridiculous and probably unnecessary roller-coaster ride.    While stern looking Premier League … Continue reading

Do Early Results Spell Hope for Parity in Premier League?

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Lovely Craven Cottage. The name conjures images of a county hamlet where you might retire after an afternoon of fox hunting and lawn bowling. Hardly the Gates of Hell for a club like Arsenal who have only conceded defeat to … Continue reading

Nine Football Announcing Cliches We Could Do Without

Posted on by Richard Whittall

With the 1.24 billion league matches on offer at Sky, Setanta, and the Other Ones, you can’t really blame professional football announcers for over-relying on their trusty grab bag of football clichés.  But now that John ‘Motty’ Motson has left … Continue reading