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Silas last won the day on April 19 2014

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  1. Premier League Stuff

    Yeah, super bowl is dragged out twice as long as a regular season game. It's all about the dollars. They probably make as much money in rights on that one game as they do in about half of the season. It's rubbish but i put up with it cos it's the showpiece event. A lot of people will only watch that one game a year and think all NFL matches are like that. When they're really not.
  2. Premier League Stuff

    Give it 10 to 20 years and our rugby lot will be wearing all that I reckon. And our footballers will be wearing some sort of helmet or not heading the ball. But that's a different discussion.
  3. Premier League Stuff

    I'll grant you NBA, baseball and ice hockey are garbage. But NFL can be a great spectator sport. The playoffs have been great this year, one match where the lead changed 3 times in the last 3 minutes with one team winning it with about 3 seconds left.
  4. Early leavers

    Well I'll fess up and take the pelters. The earliest I've ever left a Rovers game is about the 65th min. 6-0 down at Old Trafford in one of Sam' last games. Tbf I was on a lads weekend with a mix of neutrals - Villa fan, Spurs fan, and a Utd - and it was them that suggested going. I think they didn't fancy spending another half hour watching a no contest, and there was pubs to be found and beers to be drunk - a plan I certainly wasn't averse to considering the circumstances. We were in the home end and my "pals" took great joy in announcing I was a Rovers fan as we walked out. Much to the amusement of the people around us. We were in the car heading away by time I heard Samba's consolation goal go in on radio.
  5. Premier League Stuff

    You make some fair points. And examples. So we can agree that in both leagues the bottom clubs can, on their day, beat the top boys. Probably not as much as we'd like to happen in general. Hey, I'm not saying Spanish league is way above English, I don't think there's much in at all. It's just more when folk sneer at la liga bottom half like they're conference level. There's some great little clubs down there, that play attractive football and do it on a pittance of a budget. And I just don't see our rich basement clubs as all that. All fur coat, no knickers.
  6. Premier League Stuff

    Do you watch the lower la liga teams much? Not a dig, just genuinely interested. Of their supposed crap bottom 8 teams, in the last month Leganes hav beat Real Madrid, Espanyol hav beat Barcelona, and Alavez hav beat Sevilla with 10 men for most of 2nd half. Can u see our lower teams doing that regular? Everyone wet themselves the other night over Swansea cos it's so rare. If the likes of Real Betis, Girona, and Getafe were to do a mini league with Stoke, West Ham, and Watford I know who my money would be on. The teams that look way more comfortable on the ball and show more inventiveness with attacking options.
  7. Premier League Stuff

    Thomas Graveson to Real Madrid. Still scratching my head over that one some 10 years later. Don't know what they were thinking, other than maybe they needed a bit of bite in midfield to contrast all their flair players. Anyway, he only lasted a season before heading to a joke league with Celtic.
  8. Premier League Stuff

    People always say football is a results business. Last 10 years Champions League = 6 Spanish winners, 2 English. Last 10 years Europa League = 4 Spanish winners. 2 English. They totally dominate us, and until that changes, I don't see how we can ever claim The Prem can match them in quality and skill.
  9. VAR

    It's comments like these that are making people look stupid. Yes, they really can say it was onside (was clear for us all to see with the lined replay), and no, they are not guessing. Have listened for decades to managers moaning about wrong decisions costing their team results, and we get the first ever official goal awarded through VAR with a 100% correct decision, and guess what - a manager is moaning and questioning it. Just because the goal was against his team. https://talksport.com/football/average-ball-play-time-each-premier-league-side-201718-season-171127263506 It's exactly because of the time already lost that I don't understand why people are moaning about a few minutes here and there for the odd VAR decision. The link above shows the ball is in play for less than 60 mins of a Premier League match. That's almost half an hour of inactive time in a 90 mins match. So, to me, VAR is going to have minimal impact in relation to that dead time. There are tons of things authorities could do to try and reduce this wasted time - speed up throw ins, stop goalkeepers taking forever, stop players surrounding refs for ages complaining etc, etc. I would prefer to concentrate on cleaning up some of those areas of the game, and increase time that way, and leave a few minutes here and there to use VAR to make sure match determining decisions are made as accurately as possible.
  10. Bowyer's Linkedin Profile

    Didn't know where to put this but it kind of fits here. http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-united-biggest-wage-bill-11489819 THE CHAMPIONSHIP’S BIGGEST EVER WAGE BILLS – AND HOW NEWCASTLE’S £70million PLUS TOTAL WILL SMASH THAT 1, QPR: £66.4million (2013/14 2, Norwich: £51million (2014/15) 3, Newcastle United: £45million (2009/10) 4 = Cardiff City: £42million (2014/15); West Ham £42million (2011/12) 6, Bolton Wanderers: £37.4million (2012/13) 7, Fulham: £37million (2014/15) 8, Blackburn Rovers: £36.6million (2012/13) Interesting that the top 4 (West Ham , not Cardiff), all secured promotion using their massive wage bills, but the bottom 4 all failed. Don't know what that tells us - maybe if you're going to chuck money at it, might as well chuck a little bit more. We're a 100 million in debt, how much worse would 110 really have been, and it might just have pushed us over the line, secured promotion and resolved the debt issue within a few years. Oh well, if only.
  11. Bowyer's Linkedin Profile

    Whilst all this is true regarding Venky's as the ultimate culprits responsible for the demise of the club, I don't think it should undermine the validity of criticising or critiquing other personnel at the club. We all know Venky's are prize plums, but should that exempt GB from criticism for being a good player recruiter but limited coach and tactician? Should it stop us calling out Steele for all his howlers, Lowe for being distinctly average, or Best and Duffy for basically just being dicks? The one thing that has happened at Rovers over the last half a decade is the players have got off scott free because of the Venky situation. The managers still seem to have copped a fair bit of flak, but many players have got away with murder. Even this season, regardless of having a chump like Coyle in charge, we have still managed to go down to League 1 with a wages budget in the top 10 of the league I think. So we have made a few more millionaires to achieve another heartbreaking relegation. A LOT of players have let this club down massively over the last few years, and largely gone under the radar whilst doing it. Venky's have been a great shield for many to hide behind. It all still angers me.
  12. Bowyer's Linkedin Profile

    Dave Jones, had forgotten about him. Got a shock when he came on for Wednesday other night in playoff. Hardly recognized him now he has hair. Yeah, slipped through our fingers and then went on to be pivotal in getting burnley promoted didn't he. On the same note, am also pretty sick seeing the Michael Keane hype at the moment and thinking about what could have been. Although to be fair, I think he saw the shambles of our club at the time and figured I want no part of that, and who can blame him.
  13. Bowyer's Linkedin Profile

    I'm afraid I have to disagree with your disagree. I think Bowyer's tenure is looking worse as the years go on and you have the benefit of hindsight. Such a massive opportunity lost, and looking at our current predicament could really be seen as a massive turning point IMO, that set us down the wrong path. For example, the 2014/15 season he had a squad of: Tom Cairney- Champ team of the year 2017. 20 million price tag. Josh King- 16 Prem goals 2017. 15 million price tag. Shane Duffy- Just been promoted to Prem 2017. Rude Gestede- 20 Champ goals that season. Jordan Rhodes- 21 Champ goals that season. Paul Robinson- Still played a few Prem matches in 2017. Marcus Olsson- Played a full season 2017 in a top 10 Champ team. Ben Marshall- Still scoring goals and getting assists in the Champ. Craig Conway- Playing way better back then, with a yard extra pace. Alex Baptiste- Played half a Champ season 2017 in team that finished 11th Grant Hanley- Errrrrrr, failed at Newcastle, but International regular. And with that squad at his disposal, Bowyer failed to "compete", and I mean compete at any time over the course of the season to even get in the Top 6 let alone think about the top of the table. That is an absolute travesty when you look at some of the squads that have competed at the top of the table this season, i.e. Reading, who may still yet go up. And to blame it on Willowe as an excuse to get him off the hook is weak. If anything, that highlights his deficiencies to me. We had a very competent squad that was strong enough in most areas - defence, wings, strikers - and yet it was let down week after week by the middle of the field. And was not addressed despite the supporters screaming about it game after game. FWIW, I like GB,wish him all the best, and hope he has a great day out at Wembley and comes back successful. He also did a lot of good at Rovers, and helped steady a massively listing ship during stormy times. But I also won't ever have it that he did anything other than fail in the grand scheme of things when you think of the opportunity we had back then, and realistically how far away we were from achieving success in the form of promotion.
  14. The Relegation Thread

    Yeah, yeah i know SG, (edit and Jh)we're crap, still feels a bit like the gods conspire against us sometimes. Although, was just saying to a mate before, on Sat there were 11 championship fixtures. Only one home team failed to score a goal. Says it all about our quality i suppose.
  15. The Relegation Thread

    That's 2 late spawny wins in a week for wigan. I know everyone will say you make your own luck, but cmon. Where the hell is our slice?! Norwich and PNE spring to mind. Everyone else is stealing last min points, we get them robbed off us. Gutting.