“Clint Dempsey wants some respect”

With a headline like that, what year is this again?

Regardless of having proved himself invaluable time and again, Dempsey was initially relegated to reserve status by all four managers that he’s played under at Fulham…This time [under Hughes], Dempsey came off the bench in three of the team’s first four Premier League games before again becoming a regular the rest of the way.

That’s not true. He came off the bench on the season opener at Bolton when Hughes played the same 4-2-3-1 lineup that worked well for us in Europe, and then away at Blackpool two matches later mainly because Dembele had more than a few days with the team and Hughes wanted to pair him with Zamora up top in a 4-4-2. After that he started every match. At no point did Hughes not rate Dempsey. Just ask Zoltan Gera.

I experienced that connection with Stevie Nicol and Bob Bradley. They believe in me, and they know I’ll run through a brick wall for them, and I do miss that. I haven’t felt that way in Europe; I haven’t felt that connection with a manager that when the chips are down and you’re going into battle that I’m a guy they look to try to make things happen.

Yikes. I really can’t tell if Clint is talking nonsense or has a point.

The time for Dempsey is ripe for him to make the jump to a bigger club. Such a move seems natural now — Liverpool was allegedly interested — but has never come close to materializing.

No it’s not. Sorry, I love Clint, but I don’t see where he could go and fit in as well as he does here. Manchester United have enough players like him, he’s not sexy enough for Chelsea Roman Abramovich nor Manchester City; doesn’t fit Wengers’ mold (and would probably be too expensive anyway); Liverpool could work but it would be a serious struggle to get in front on Rodriguez, Gerrard, Meireles, Kuyt, and whoever else they sign this summer; Everton and Spurs are what’s left but, in all honesty, how much of an upgrade would they be? (Like switching a Honda for a Saab. Sure, it’s a better car, but might as well get the BMW, no?) And besides Germany, where in the continent could he go?

He walks off. Fans stop him to sign more autographs, and he poses with more children. Then he slips into a room to have lunch and prepare with the one team that truly loves and appreciates him.

Um, WHAT?!?

Suppose you gave a football match, and nobody came

I once asked a statistician friend what the odds were of nobody turning up to a  Premier League football match.

Think about it like this: most season ticket holders go to all games. Until Stanley came along I wouldn’t miss a game for the world, but things do happen and sometimes you can’t make it.  I assume most people who have bought a ticket also then attend.  Away fans are probably less likely to travel.  So if you take 25,000 people and factor in the associated odds, what would be the probability of nobody turning up at the ground on a Saturday afternoon?

Massive, I assume, but it could happen.  Wouldn’t it be hilarious if it did?

Anyway, QPR may be the first to experience this.  Here’s a breakdown and discussion of their ticket prices for next season.  Hilarious!