Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Bootroom: Bolding Boldly Going Where No Man Has Gone Before

This will be a bit of an abbreviated effort today because last night I went with Bigus to see the Star Trek movie. My verdict is a solid B+. Bigus got hung up on some of the large plot holes and is closer to a B/B-. (Headline fixed... I told you it was an abbreviated effort!)

So, turning to footy, Sunday is the Manchester derby as well as the London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal. Oh, and on Saturday some team called Liverpool plays West Ham. Not that it matters, because Man U has already won the title. Full fixture list after the jump, along with your comments.

All times EST....

Premier League (suck it, Barclays)

Saturday
10:00 Blackburn v Portsmouth
10:00 Bolton v Sunderland
10:00 Everton v Tottenham (FSC)
10:00 Fulham v Aston Villa (Setanta)
10:00 Hull v Stoke
10:00 West Brom v Wigan
12:30 West Ham v Liverpool (FSC)

Sunday
8:30 Man Utd v Man City (Setanta)
11:00 Arsenal v Chelsea (FSC)


Other games...

Saturday
12:20 Burnley v Reading
2:30 Lazio v Udinese (FSC)
4:00 Valencia v Real Madrid (Gol)
7:00 Columbus v Kansas City (FSC)
9:00 Houston v Dallas (ESPN2)

Sunday
9:00 Chievo v Inter (FSC)
11:00 Werder Bremen v Hamburger (Gol)
1:00 Barcelona v Villareal (Gol)
2:30 AC Milan v Juve (FSC)
3:00 Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol (Gol)
6:00 Chicago Red Stars vs Sky Blue FC (FSC)

108 comments:

ü75 said...

Rangers up 1-0 in 56th. WGS not happy.

ü75 said...

And btw, "bolding"? Did Abrams screw that up?

ü75 said...

Rangers really showing no ill effects from their captain's and keeper's drinking escapades. Absorbing all the pressure that Celtic put on them. Part of that can be put down to Edu. He has really come from nowhere as far as Walter Smith is concerned.

Precious Roy said...

Do all the Old Firm derbies kick at 10 am local time? Are they trying to curb the drinking related violence and doesn't this just encourage them to stay up all night?

ü75 said...

Also on the docket today, Germany-England in the Euro U-17 championships.

ü75 said...

12.30, in fact. Probably to curb all day drinking, and to accomodate pan-UK TV. 3.00 kickoffs would, of course, run up against EPL.

ü75 said...

Question of the day--
Beyond Rangers and Celtic, how would MLS teams fare in the SPL? Consider Andy Dorman, who went from New England to St Mirren and has done well enough to attract attention from Rangers (I think) for a possible summer sale. Is it fair to say his transition was rather easy because of the equal level of play between the two leagues?

ü75 said...

Rangers down to milking the clock after hard tackles. Under 2 minutes of regular time.

Precious Roy said...

Yeah, after Rangers and Celtic... the MLS might even be able to put a 3rd place team in the SPL. From what I've seen (which is not much) the two leagues seem on par.

A little more athleticism and better work rates from MLS players, but more skill (better first touch) in the SPL.

ü75 said...

Last chance for Celtic.

ü75 said...

There it is. Rangers are in the driver's seat for the SPL championship.

Precious Roy said...

Jesus, Celtic and Rangers with GD of +46 and +45 respectively after this morning. The next best is +4.

Goat said...

If anyone's in the DC area, I'll be at Fado tomorrow for Arse-Chelsea. If you were already going there, there's still time to make alternate plans.

Goat said...

u75--how did Edu do? That sounds funny if you say it out loud.

EbullientFatalist said...

All sorts of relegation zone match-ups today in Le Prem. I'm holding out hope that both Stoke and Hull survive.

ü75 said...

To be honest, I turned the game on late and then didn't even focus on him. Once I realized he was in the game (full 90 played) I started to look out for him. He looks to be the lynchpin that rangers funnel the ball through. Very involved in everything going forward, though Rangers were mostly in defending mode.

jjf3 said...

Good thing I hadn't planned on heading off to the bar today - a bunch of dejected/angry drunk Celtic fans would not have been the best company in the world...

The Fan's Attic said...

I guess the world has a way of balancing things out. For every good thing like naked pictures of Rihanna, a bad thing like Chuck Daly dying has to happen.

jjf3 said...

Jesus, West Brom refuses to die, and Hull refuses to live...

EbullientFatalist said...

Baggies making a strong drive towards safety. And what the hell is happening at Villa? Fulham isn't a bad team by an stretch of the imagination, but for Villa to be losing to them 3-1 is kinda shocking.

Spectator said...

Zaki injured after only 8 minutes as a sub. Looks very bad too.

Spectator said...

@TFA: Really sucks about Chuck Daly.

Mike Georger said...

Who wants to text me updates for the second half of the Pool game.

The Fan's Attic said...

@Spectator: Yeah. Can't say I was ever a Pistons fan, but Daly was a good coach. Well respected.

ü75 said...

Crap. That is sad about Daly. Though I don't like the NBA now precisely of the defense-first attitude that Daly instituted as coach of the Pistons, I loved it when they were winning with said defense. For better or worse, he changed the game.

ü75 said...

I can't say that I've been paying attention, but the Turkish league has a team kind of like Hoffenheim vying for the title. Sivasspor have never won the Turkish title, and have only been in the Super League for 4 season. With four rounds leaft, they lead the league by a point over Besiktas, who lost earlier today. However, Sivasspor hiccupped last week and are down early this week against a relegation threatened club. Nervy times for the club.

ü75 said...

And while I was writing that, Sivasspor went 0-2 down in the 19th.

ü75 said...

Speaking of Hoffenheim, they got their first win since January (maybe?). 2-0 versus Cologne.

ü75 said...

Last Hoffenheim win--Jan. 31. Frontrunners Wolfsburg lost 4-1 to Stuttgart to fall into a tie on points with Bayern. Mario Gomez hit all four for Stuttgart.

ü75 said...

78 seconds. Wow.

ü75 said...

Hey Georger, what did you choose today?

Mike Georger said...

HOLY SHIT

Mike Georger said...

I'm going at halftime.

Goat said...

I don't think you'll miss much.

ü75 said...

Strike what I said about Besiktas earlier, that was from last week. Besiktas are up against Ankaraspor and would leapfrog Sivasspor with a win.

Teeknuts said...

Wow, I go pee and Liverpool's 1 up already. Pretty good start I'd say.

ü75 said...

I think you're safe to leave already.

EbullientFatalist said...

Georger: I should be able to update via text.

ü75 said...

Is it bad that I think these two colors are more confusing than if Liverpool wore their red shirts today?

Mike Georger said...

I love these kits, love them.

Mike Georger said...

Andrew, thanks.

ü75 said...

Apparently Arbeloa thought they were wearing red today, if you go by his undershirt.

Mike Georger said...

Jesus where was this ruthlessness during the holiday season?

Teeknuts said...

Stevie used it up when he wanted to listen to his Phil Collins

ü75 said...

Sivasspor just got lucky with a desperate, last man back tackle. Got just enough of the ball before the man, I guess.

Mike Georger said...

Is it just me or is Upton Park very narrow?

EbullientFatalist said...

I got a text at 4am today from my Man U supporting buddy bragging about their CL win. Such a twat.

EbullientFatalist said...

Yeah, Upton Park is a short and narrow field. From my view, one of the smallest in the Prem.

ü75 said...

You haven't dropped him as a friend?

EbullientFatalist said...

110 x 70 yards; Anfield is only 110 x 75.

Mike Georger said...

Got a feeling West Ham are definitely gonna score at least one.

EbullientFatalist said...

@Umlaut: Naw, he's good people, when he's not drinking. Alas, he may be an alcoholic, so . . . yeah.

Mike Georger said...

Albert Riera in goal apparently ...

EbullientFatalist said...

Doesn't 'Pool operate better, tactically, when going through the middle?

ü75 said...

Sivasspor can't catch a break. Free kick hit the underside of the bar, bounced out to one of their players who was then saved on the immediate shot from a keeper who knew nothing about it.

Gotta say, I like this Turkish presentation. highlights from other games get Picture-in-picture treatment. Goal flashes are run along the bottom of the screen.

EbullientFatalist said...

Where are you watching the Turks?

Mike Georger said...

With no Alonso it's not shocking they're focusing a bit more on the flanks.

EbullientFatalist said...

When did Sky start using sideline reporters?

ü75 said...

Online, natch. If you go to our friends at ONTD, their matchday thread has links to various sites which DO NOT HOST their own content for streams. Anyway, I like using the first one, it has lots of options, usually.

ü75 said...

That's now the second time I've heard a "sideline" reporter in the EPL.

Mike Georger said...

Grunga Lunga?

ü75 said...

Field Goal!

ü75 said...

Oh, Pepe. You are super fucking lucky.

EbullientFatalist said...

We've entered the doldrums here at Upton Park.

ü75 said...

Alright, Turkey's back from HT.

EbullientFatalist said...

How long before Noble is in a ManU/Chelsea kit?

ü75 said...

How was that not a foul on Masch? And then a penno? This guy was inspired by Ovrebo.

EbullientFatalist said...

Yeah, dubious call.

Mike Georger said...

Both were fouls.

Why did Yossi cut his hair, that's the bigger question.

ü75 said...

Sampdoria is slaughtering Reggina 5-0 in the 53nd.

EbullientFatalist said...

Good job by Green at the initial stop.

ü75 said...

Not saying that the penalty wasn't one, but the ball never should have been down there.

ü75 said...

Um, 52nd, I meant above.

Mike Georger said...

Yeah, you're right.

Boa Morte is definitely getting sent off in this game.

ü75 said...

Hey buddy, no marking is 100% secure. Otherwise the game would be very boring.

Mike Georger said...

If Skrtel puts on fifteen pounds of muscle he could be one of the best central defenders in the world.

ü75 said...

What a fuck up.

ü75 said...

Di Michele, that was embarrassing.

EbullientFatalist said...

Zola needs to think about taking Boa Morte off at the half.

Di Michele - Fail!

Mike Georger said...

Lol these announcers are killing on West Ham's discipline. That was clearly a foul on BM.


WOW that fuck up.

Mike Georger said...

Im out, Andrew do me well.

ü75 said...

Fight! IstanbulBB keeper fumbled a ball and Sivasspor player went after it. Keeper got on top of the ball and got kicked. Retribution ensued. Waiting on any cards.

EbullientFatalist said...

No homo, right Georger? Congrats on the graduation.

ü75 said...

Keeper still down, but not for the first time. To be fair, he got spiked on the knee. But, he has had various owies in the second half, so who knows how hurt he actually is?

ü75 said...

Only a single yellow from the fracas. Ankaraspor have tied up Besiktas, as I can see from the PIP.

At the same time, two Sivasspor players try to slide in a ball from 2 yards out, it goes over the bar.

IBB keeper is on the ground again. Sivasspor players do not like it and are surrounding him. This is great.

ü75 said...

IBB keeper stretchered off and subbed. Yelled at the whole way by the home side's players.

BentPav said...

Question, are Arsenal going another season without a trophy? Anyone help?

ü75 said...

70th minute and I think the last IBB foray was in the 50th. Sivasspor have to score at some point, but don't seem to be allowing themselves to do so.

ü75 said...

Nope. Arsenal already won the (women's) FA Cup.

ü75 said...

Besiktas back on top against Ankaraspor. This PIP thing is great. Really wish EPL could steal this, especially for the last day.

ü75 said...

Alright, Sivasspor are never going to score. Intercepted a backpass, but stonewalled on the one on one.

ü75 said...

PIP now to show me that Besiktas was offside on their last goal, though not called.

ü75 said...

There it is. The breakthrough. Sivasspor beat the offside trap and power one home 1-2. Game on, for real.

The Fan's Attic said...

those pics of UPson changing his shorts are going to be ONTD in about two hours.

ü75 said...

Or not. IBB have pretty much stopped Sivasspor's ability to do anything on the ball. 5 minutes left.

EbullientFatalist said...

Thank God!

EbullientFatalist said...

With just a touch of speed, Kuyt would be very very dangerous

The Fan's Attic said...

ha...Drogba disgrace rap.

ü75 said...

Besiktas have iced their match, while Sivasspor just blew another good chance.

ü75 said...

Another Sivasspor shot cleared off the line. Gonna be second after today.

ü75 said...

Six minutes of added time in Sivas. Besiktas have scored again.

ü75 said...

Fun (?) fact: Yellow card in Turkish is "Sari Kart" or, as I read it, a "sorry card".

EbullientFatalist said...

Di Michele is such shit.

ü75 said...

Final 1-2 IBB. That was fun. I'll have to pay more attention to this league. Now there's another fight on the pitch between the teams, players and coaches. Mostly shoving, pulling and finger-pointing. For most, at least, some guys really want to mix it up for real, but aren't being allowed to by their own teammates. There's something funny about three guys in the same shirt holding back one of their own.

EbullientFatalist said...

I've heard the Turkish league is very active, with lots of attacking.

Teeknuts said...

Burnley take the lead, 1-0 over Reading

Steve said...

anyone see the Valenica - Madrid score? 3-0 to Valencia. Yippee!

Sarah said...

Yeah Steve, was a good game.