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Musical Ups and Sporting Downs

This past weekend has given me two sporting disappointments, but I’ll go into them later on in the blog, first I’ll talk about something that didn’t disappoint, the Thin Lizzy gig on Saturday night. On Friday I was told by my brother Ben that he would have to work and wouldn’t be able to go (although he’d already booked the night off), so on the day of the gig I was trying desperately to find someone to come with me and take the spare ticket. Thankfully my other brother Stephen came through and helped me out. I had heard a fairly poor review of a Lizzy gig a few weeks prior from a mate, and was hoping that it would be better than that! After two pretty impressive support acts (Supersuckers and FM), the repackaged Thin Lizzy took to the stage. They stuck to the classics, and on the main stuck to how the songs originally sounded. However their rendition of Whiskey In The Jar sounded like a mix of the old Lizzy version and the Metallica cover. Now obviously this line-up would sound diffe…

A Contrast In Fortunes

The past couple of weeks have seen a lot of newspaper coverage focused on West Ham United, and more specifically the gaffer Avram Grant. After a great Xmas period, the club suffered a humiliating loss to Newcastle, but then two cup games followed. First up was Barnsley in the FA Cup, which the Hammers struggled through 2-0, and following that was the first leg of the Carling Cup semi final against Birmingham. This truly was a game of two halves, as the first half saw West Ham dominate and rule the game, although only going in at half time 1-0 up. The second half saw a different Hammers team come out, they were diabolical, and allowed the Brum to equalise with ease. It looked as though Birmingham would carry on and tear us apart, but thankfully a huge slice of luck allowed West Ham to score and win 2-1. The second leg is next week, so there is still a long way to go. This past weekend a news story “broke” saying that Avram Grant would be sacked no matter what after the game against Ars…

A Time To Take Away

As you all know, Christmas is a time of giving, and a time of generosity. You give presents to your loved ones, you eat until your about to burst, it’s basically a time of excess. And the period of time that follows, mainly January, is a time for taking away. You take away your food by going on a diet, you take away your treats by cutting down your costs, and additionally West Ham took away their fans hopes in the space of 90 minutes. I mentioned it in my last blog, but West Ham had a pretty good festive period, going unbeaten with 2 wins and 2 draws, eventually taking them out of the relegation zone. Well Wednesday night all that hard work was wasted and thrown down the toilet in a very short space of time. Before the first half of the game had even finished, West Ham were 3-0 down to Newcastle, who hadn’t even put out a first choice 11! There was no desire in the Hammers squad, no effort, and it looked as though they had given up before they’d even begun. The final result was 5-0, a…

Negotiating Another Number

Welcome to 2011, and my first blog of the New Year! Not an amazing experience for you I’m sure, but it’ll keep you occupied for a little while at least! Again this will be mainly sports orientated, with the playoffs and CBA being big topics in the NFL. It’s also been a good festive period for the Hammers as well, and the busiest month in the football season has just begun.
So, this past weekend saw the end of the regular NFL season, 4 pre-season weeks and 17 regular season weeks have seen some interesting results leaving us with 12 teams ready to fight for a place in the Superbowl. In the AFC the Jets and Ravens were wild cards, along with the division winning Chiefs, Patriots, Steelers and Colts. Over in the NFC the Saints and Packers made it through as wild cards, whereas the Bears, Eagles, Seahawks and Falcons all won their divisions. The two division winners with the best records in each conference get the first weekend off, and face the winners of the Wild Card games. The most imp…