Uwe Rosler’s Grandad Mk XXXV

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  1. alphonso: Regretably my lifetime experience of humanity, and those who pursue power and position in organisations associated with politics of any sort, not just government, leads me to believe that £6m would be considered by such as FIFA representatives as “chump change”, and mere “pump priming”.

    Alph

    Oddly coincidental Alph. I was discussing the same point on a no-footie forum only a couple of hours ago. I think that the experience that I have had as a member of a political party in the UK and in Israel has lead me to conclude the same as you, if I have read you correctly. Most professional politicians are self serving opportunists and liars by necessity. I know of very few other areas of life in which the way to win a job is to willfully lie to people by promising them something that you cannot possibly give them and then, often be rewarded for the deception with a peerage.

    Over here where a stretch in the chokey is almost mandatory for outgoing ministers, prime ministers and presidents, I pinned my colours to the mast of the guy who sold his software business 8 years ago and now has $167m dollars in the bank. Like His Trumpship, the guy forgoes the formal salary for his role and whilst he may have other personality flaws, the risk of bung-taking is minimal. Refs and Politicos are no different. The basic minimum expectation has to be trust.

    I think that the Otomendi call was a little less clear cut on review. The Basel lad tipped the ball past Nico but then appeared to move into him with hands forward rather than away from him. If the ref saw this it may have caused a sufficient corridor of uncertainty. And anyway, as the bookies CL faves, we’re the protected brand now. Feels weird dunnit?

    I remain

    Berko

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  2. OPTA Stats

    75%….Possession
    12…….Attempts
    7………On Target
    4………Goals
    868…..Passes
    90%….Passing Accuracy
    5………Fouls committed
    2……..Yellow Cards Received
    9………Fouls suffered
    2………Yellow Cards Opponents

    I personally gave high marks for the performance of Swedish Referee, Jonas Eriksson, who dealt with the little bit of rough stuff early on and let everyone know he meant business. His only real error was in not awarding a penalty against Otters, but it was nice to get the benefit of some dubious doubt for a change.

    Perhaps the fact that Jonas is a multi-millionaire who referees for fun having sold his share of a sports media business, of which he was a founder, in 2007 (age 33), for a little over £6,000,000.

    Perhaps if everyone working for FIFA, especially the referees, were given £6m up front there would be total honesty as nobody would then be tempted by a sneaky brown envelope. Regretably my lifetime experience of humanity, and those who pursue power and position in organisations associated with politics of any sort, not just government, leads me to believe that £6m would be considered by such as FIFA representatives as “chump change”, and mere “pump priming”.

    Alph

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  3. berkozboy:
    Hard to remember a less stressful CL night.

    GunDog and Bernardo are really benefiting from the game time and Delph has slotted back into the LB role asa sort of hybrid of a socially acceptable Ashley Cole and a talented version of Wayne Bridge.

    Good to learn that Robbie Savage has always been a fan of Kev and Jake Humphreys has been a lifelong admirer of our club.

    I remain
    Berko

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    I mirror your comments Berko,saves me writing ‘em!
    Thanks

    Alph

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  4. Hard to remember a less stressful CL night.

    GunDog and Bernardo are really benefiting from the game time and Delph has slotted back into the LB role as a sort of hybrid of a socially acceptable Ashley Cole and a talented version of Wayne Bridge.

    Good to learn that Robbie Savage has always been a fan of Kev and Jake Humphreys has been a lifelong admirer of our club.

    I remain

    Berko

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  5. berkozboy: I appreciate that you may wish to sidestep the inference of this question and I will assume a non-response as indicative of this.

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    I no nahtheeng – lukebeezy – OK…….

    Alph

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  6. berkozboy: In light of the astonishing recovery that we are told that Sane has made and the remarkable energy levels displayed by some of some of our player after having been scythed, hacked and shmysed all over the shop does your in-house medical expert have anything to say about the regimes that are being used by the club to ensure that our players recover from knocks and general fatigue so quickly?

    My neighbours, the Celts, have long expressed confidence in the restorative properties of flat 7-Up combined with copious pints of Guinness. This has repeatably permitted Gaelic players banjaxed with repeated blows from a hurley to make dramatic recoveries and score the point that wins the All-Ireland.

    Further, I would be mildly surprised if MCFC’s medical facilities were anything less than state-of-the-art. And positively gobsmacked if the club were forced to reveal whatever additives were mixed in with the Sloanes or Fiery Jack rub. And I’m bloody sure that if we we are doing it, so are Chelski, Manure, Pool, Arse etc also have the technology.
    If (and I’ve not heard) the finger is being pointed specifically at City it sounds like a re-run of the ‘more than the maximum wage’ scandal of the early 1900′s where we were the only ones who got fingered and found out, despite most of the other successful clubs employing the same practice. I need hardly remiond you that the ultimate beneficiary of this witch hunt was MUFC.
    If anyone is PM-ing on the topic, I’d be glad to be copied in.
    Lastly, think back, as I am doing to your own ‘balling days.In your twenties your powers of recovery are phenomenal. I’d be fearful for Merlin, though.

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  7. Anyone who can acquire a ticket (or preferably 2 – Daughter Two is a devout Blue) for the last game of the season will have the eternal thanks and also the necessary reimbursement from yours truly.

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  8. Alph, I wanted to raise an issue for discussion but am not sure that this is an appropriate forum given the sensitive subject matter; possibly better discussed by PM. On this basis I will be circumspect. In light of the astonishing recovery that we are told that Sane has made and the remarkable energy levels displayed by some of some of our player after having been scythed, hacked and shmysed all over the shop does your in-house medical expert have anything to say about the regimes that are being used by the club to ensure that our players recover from knocks and general fatigue so quickly?

    I appreciate that you may wish to sidestep the inference of this question and I will assume a non-response as indicative of this.

    I remain

    Berko

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  9. alphonso: …………………………………………

    Granit Xhaka – if he was one of ours Berko would have christened him “Rocky” already, Slasher, – mind you, it would be immaterial what he was called, he wouldn’t make our bench!

    Alph

    I think the stellar comment on this gent was by Kippo (or maybe Kammers) on Twitter who was listening to a commentary on Arsenal v Spurs on the radio and wondered why Rooney was playing. Grin. So maybe ‘Roo2′?

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  10. Myurineisblue: Xakkha – is that correct ?-

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    Granit Xhaka – if he was one of ours Berko would have christened him “Rocky” already, Slasher, – mind you, it would be immaterial what he was called, he wouldn’t make our bench!

    Alph

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  11. Khmer Bleu: n other news, D Murphy’s MOTD comment that our KDB may be the best passer the Prem has ever seen has attracted the ire and ridicule of MUTD supporters,

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    Football fans tribal and parochial Khamers !
    Whoda guessed Smile

    Mind you, during the MOTD gushfest both the Saintly Mrs Alph and moi noted how many of these paid talking heads have switched seamlessly from the snide – Pep’s ‘tippy tappy’ methodology will never work in this “man’s league” to the current ridiculously OTT hype in the blink of an eye!

    This City team are very good, the best I’ve ever seen, probably one of the best two or three PL teams anyone has seen, but if they think in terms of superlatives for this team what are they going to do next season and the following ones when we get to be REALLY good LOL

    Alph

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  12. Khmer Bleu: n other news, D Murphy’s MOTD comment that our KDB may be the best passer the Prem has ever seen has attracted the ire and ridicule of MUTD supporters, who have been pointing him in the direction of Paul Scholes Youtube compilations.

    This is further evidence that the fans of the Stockport Ladies have become scousers in all but geography; living in some nostalgic haze of past glories punctuated by eternal minutes silences and BBC Class of ’92 re-runs.

    To misquote a recent observation; if we had a 27 year old Paul Scholes in our squad now we’d have the best midfield in Europe; Merlin and Kev.

    The future looks like it’s our Khammers and those same rags that whooped at their treble whilst sneering at us for our joy at beating Gillingham can’t stand it.

    I remain

    Berko

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  13. Just keeping up with you guys.
    Incredible feeling about the lads at the moment.
    Read some “crass” comments from Warnock , and The Whinger is still at it. He should have retired last year.
    I see Leroy , Merlin and Delphinho are back in training. I only hope Leroy is given time to fully recover , ankle ligaments , no use rushing him back.
    Will be interested to see the team tomorrow – for Basel.
    I too think that the Arsenal games (LC and League) will be a test. Lately , Whinger has played more defensively and Xakkha – is that correct ?- will still target Spanish Dave – like he did in last years semi-final.
    Dave went off injured. – and the Specsavers Lino did us out of a goal,
    All Arsenal fans will be up for these 2 games – still reminding us of their “Invincibles”.
    So games at Wembley -LC Final and Spurs away in April.

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  14. Calgary Blue: I used up all my credits to get Khammers a couple.

    For which, Calgers, I am suitably grateful Smile

    In other news, D Murphy’s MOTD comment that our KDB may be the best passer the Prem has ever seen has attracted the ire and ridicule of MUTD supporters, who have been pointing him in the direction of Paul Scholes Youtube compilations. I was a bit surprised by this, as my view of Scholes was that he was more of a utility man, albeit a very good one. Granted, said Youtube videos do reveal a player who could pass the ball, but if you compare his stats to Kev’s they’re not even close. KDB already has 80% of Scholes’s assists, having played a mere 20% of the games…

    KB

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  15. Calgary Blue: Well you may need to coerce/plead with Alph to help you out with tickets Berko

    I may be okay Calgers. Family friends have 4 season tickets and both of their kids are abroad so I’m hoping me and junior will get first dibs. This could happen !!!

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  16. berkozboy: we would go into the derby knowing that we would have to lose all of our remaining 5 games and concede by a five goal margin in each not to see Vincent lifting the trophy.

    On that topic, if/once we have achieved sufficient points where we cannot lose the title do we still have to wait to be presented with the trophy and would it have to be at the end of the Southampton game or the final home game on May 5? Anyone know?

    berkozboy:
    I believe that the next PL game at Arse is the one. Win that and I’m booking a flight over to see our final home game on 5th May and finally get my gob round the business end of a PSP !!!

    Well you may need to coerce/plead with Alph to help you out with tickets Berko. I used up all my credits to get Khammers a couple. That being said, if you do make it over and we could get Slash to nip down from north Manchester and Valers to bob over, we’d have a full house. How cool would that be?

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  17. berkozboy: believe that the next PL game at Arse is the one. Win that and I’m booking a flight over to see our final home game on 5th May and finally get my gob round the business end of a PSP !!!

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    I’m going to have to miss that one then Berko, I’m determined to meet you for the first time somewhere in sunny Israel Smile

    Alph

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  18. Nor sure whether I’ve got this right so this could all be shoite but if the rags lose their next PL game to Sibneft and we win our vs The Arse that’s a 19 point gap with 10 to play. We’d be on 75 points and they’d be on 56. This means that we could get a home point vs Sibneft, beat Stoke, Brighton and Everton and we’d hit the 86 points that is all that the rags can achieve in their remaining games. Our goal difference of +27 on them means that we would go into the derby knowing that we would have to lose all of our remaining 5 games and concede by a five goal margin in each not to see Vincent lifting the trophy.

    I believe that the next PL game at Arse is the one. Win that and I’m booking a flight over to see our final home game on 5th May and finally get my gob round the business end of a PSP !!!

    See you there guys.

    I remain

    Berko

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  19. alphonso:
    Seriously Guys – did you ever even dream you’d see and read something like this?

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2758925-european-club-power-rankings-after-february-9-11-matches

    Alph

    I think the only comparable moment in 64 years of watching City was the Pauline (Saint not Roy) revelation that, given better luck, I could have been a professional footballer. It came after watching the first fifteen minutes of Ged Brannan’s debut.

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  20. berkozboy: Just after we signed Buster Phillips I had some faint hopes but they faded quite quickly.

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    My “Buster Phillips” moment came when we made Lee Badbuy our record signing nearly 20 years ago. The euphoria lasted about as long as it lasted with Franny Lee, who signed the cheque with sight (of LB) unseen; which was about five minutes after kick off in Badbuy’s first City game pour moi!

    This one came close but as poor Mathias actually failed to even start a single first team game he probably doesn’t count! I use the word ‘poor’ in association with Mathias, I hasten to add, not because we didn’t pay him oodles of cash but more as a reflection of his ability as a footballer!

    http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11679/2254460/vuoso-baffled-by-city-exclusion

    KK bought him having been shown a 7 minute video of the lad (allegedly).

    Alph

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  21. alphonso:
    Man City, ruining England’s greatest teams since ………

    http://dailycannon.com/2018/02/arsene-wenger-blames-manchester-city-failure-land-jonny-evans/

    Alph

    These spiteful little digs are irritating. If we had got this far scrapping through some jammy 1-0 results with scruffy goals, dogged defensive displays and dubious refereeing decisions you’d at least allow them a few columns of meejah bile. As it is we have played out one of the most delightful and entertaining brands of football ever seen in the PL, employing tactical innovation, imagination and dynamism. We are on course to break rafts of records and have done it all whilst being kicked from here to next Tuesday by our domestic opponents. Even our spending has been needs – based where our record signing hasn’t got within £20m of the fee for bloody Romelu Lukaku or £30m for Pogba and their team is 16 points behind us. The Arse is 27 points adrift with a goal difference inferior by +44 !!

    Perhaps if his club was more focused on winning things and less on impressing the fans with its shining fiscal propriety he may have less cause to take to the airwaves whining about his rivals. Gallic twot!

    I remain

    Berko

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  22. alphonso: I never felt more like singing the blues…….

    Alph

    “Fat Lady ” Alph….

    But seeing as it’s you, go on; belt one out !!

    I remain

    Berko

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