I’m going to put on my hackneyed newspaper columnist hat and write a whole bunch of random, non-sequiter drivel. Enjoy!
- Say, yesterday’s gutless display in a must-win situation by Birmingham City reminded me of this particular match three years ago.
- West Ham are down. Huzzah. Should have happened four years ago.
- Anybody else pining for a Swansea/Cardiff City Playoff Final? The thought of two Welsh teams playing in the English Second Division at the English national stadium for the right to ascend to the English Premier League makes me smile.
- Congratulations to storied Ajax in winning the Eredivisie for the first time since the 2003-04 season. Crazy to think it’s been that long.
- Poor Sampdoria. Nine months ago they were a whisker away from qualifying for the Champions League Group Stage. Now they will travel to the mighty Associazione Sportiva Cittadella, F.C. Crotone, and A.S. Gubbio 1910. Let this be a warning sign to any owner as to what can happen if you choose to not let the inmates run the asylum. You need the egomaniacal players more than the egomaniacal players need you.
- Need another indictment of the SPL’s imbalance? No, it has nothing to do with Celtic and Rangers. After losing to Dundee United yesterday, Hearts completed their season by winning once since March 19 and just three times since February 12 (equaling three wins in 14). Yet they still managed to finish in third place.
- For all their talk about the winning the treble back in February, Arsenal will drop to fourth if City beat Stoke tomorrow. If City win at Bolton on Sunday, then no CL AQ for the Gunners. For a club that is notorious for “collapsing”, this year has to rank up there. Sunday’s match at Fulham is pivotal.
- Speaking of us, a win over Arsenal and a Everton loss to Chelsea means Mark Hughes will have tied Roy Hodgson’s 7th place finish (our best ever) two years ago. Not only were we in the relegation zone (18th) after that 3-1 Boxing Day disaster to West Ham, we were a point off bottom. On Boxing Day 2008, we sat 8th. Shouldn’t Hughes be considered an honorable mention for Manager of the Year then?