Archive for April, 2007

The 14th Edition

The mouth-watering Champion’s League semi-final tie of Chelsea versus Liverpool is now only a day away. I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but Liverpool, Chelsea, and their respective gaffers have had something of a history recently. But, as the British papers wet their pants with excitement over the chance to recycle the same ‘mindgame’ storylines, the talk exchanged between the two camps leading up to Wednesday’s game has been rather tame.

Predictably, Mr. Mourinho did play his part by reminiscing about Luis Garcia’s 2005 CL semi-final goal. Stevie G laughed it off; saying it was done and dusted, a joke at this point and The Special One needed to get over it. Rafa spoke about his relationship, or lack thereof, with Jose and how they don’t (but could) share a drink after the game (in the Boot Room!) like he does with every other manager. Exchange the words ‘share a drink’ with ‘shake hands’ and change the date on the story; we’ve heard this all before. I do, however, get a kick out imagining Rafa and Mourinho sharing a glass of wine. Surely, it would be reminiscent of ‘The Princess Bride’.

One can only imagine Jose musing:

“All I have to do is divine from what I know of you: are you the sort of man who would put the poison into his own goblet or his enemy’s? Now, a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet, because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me.”

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Point-Counterpoint : Gun Control

Following the recent shooting deaths at Virginia Tech, should Congress answer a renewed call for stricter gun control laws and enact tougher legislation?

Arguing the opposing viewpoints for Point-Counterpoint are Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.

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You spin me right round, baby…

After the uninspiring, goalless draw at the City of Manchester Stadium this past weekend, the opening quarter-hour of the Liverpool – ‘Boro match conjured up that same humdrum feeling. With Arsenal having gone a point clear in the ‘race’ for third, anything less than three points against a poor road team like Middlesbrough would be unacceptable. Luckily, Captain Fantastic flipped the script by scoring two, one a well-taken have from outside the 18 and the other a Crouchie-earned penalty.

But, as I watched the game, there were a few familiar scenes and themes. I hate to sound like a broken record, but let me quote my father when I say, “Never be afraid to repeat yourself!” Spoken like a true attorney.

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Helping Less Fortunate Foreigners

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The Drinker’s Remorse

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Almost a perfect Saturday…

It was almost a perfect Saturday in the Premiership.

It didn’t start off that way, mind you. In the day’s first game, Ricardo Carvalho helped Chelsea scrape by Spurs to move three points closer to United. I suppose the only bright spot of having my least favorite Chelsea player (and that’s saying something) score is that it gives Mourinho one less thing to whine about.

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Surviving the Gym: A Beginner’s Guide

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