Of New Beginnings: Fernando Torres, Luis Suárez & Andy Carroll

Here’s my quick two cents on the recent happenings in the English Premier League.

Chelsea

After many seasons of waiting “The Special one” has finally arrived at Stamford Bridge.  Fernando Torres finally made the move to London to join Chelsea. He cost the club a massive 50 million pounds and will proudly wear the number 9 jersey; if I were you I’d stop reading this right now and go place an order for this epic jersey. So it seems the management has finally realized the need to bring in some new blood and also went for the young Brazilian defender Luiz. As for Mr. Torres, he has signed a five and a half year deal that will see him take home every week a cool £175,000 a week! It is hoped that he deliver the goal-scoring punch that the club urgently needs. It still remains to be seen how Carlo Anceloti will play these forwards: Will he go for a 4-3-3 with Torres, Drogba and Anelka? or will he opt for the 4-3-2-1 formation?

Verdict: A good investment by Roman Abramovich to boost the weary legs of Drogba and Anelka. The million Pound question is whether FT will deliver or is he also Drogba’s successor at the Bridge?

Liverpool


After losing Torres to Chelsea, there is still light at the end of the tunnel for Liverpool. They have secured the services of Andy Carol for £ 35 million as well as the young talented Luis Suarez of Uruguay. It makes no point to keep an unhappy player, the decision to let him seems a wise one now that they have some extra money to spend on new players.

Verdict: Daglish has brought in two good players; let’s see how they will adjust at Liverpool. Currently placed 7th a top 5 finish would be a realistic goal. 

That’s it for me. Your thoughts? comments?

Is Chelsea Back On Track?

Drogba Celebrates the 1st of 4 Chelsea Goals against Bolton

After Ray Wilkins got unexpectedly booted from being the cornerstone and unofficial mascot for The Pride of London, the club’s performance dwindled dramatically. The 3 strikers all seemed to gain 10 years in age and 10 tons in weight, the midfield was a lethargic mess and the boys in the back were just flat out depressing. The Blues had lost their steam.

They spent close to a month and a half drawing and losing – mostly losing – and after being reamed royally by their fellow Londoners and then bested by the relatively useless Wolves, they finally woke up.

The Ipswich Town 7-0 thrashing seemed a little wanting for celebration. It began to gain validity after the same little team from a littler town beat Arsenal in their Carling Cup fixture. Then they went and hammered 2 goals, conceding none, against the Rovers and the skeptics still maintained smug indifference and arched eyebrows. I admit, I too was uncertain – in my super-fandom and all.

But this changed after seeing the whipping the Wanderers received tonight.

Four nil, with a few very near additions(including that last minute thump by Anelka), it almost feels like they’ve gotten back into their lane. Continue reading

Just Skip Your Bridal Shower

Sometime last year, someone had the regrettable idea of inviting me to a Bridal Shower -my first since a midwife slapped my little brown ass. Of course now it’s grown bigger…, and from the looks of things…, darker .., ok.., mutation story for another day.

But yes, someone was crazy enough to invite me for a bridal shower. I say crazy because even the whole idea of weddings doesn’t in the least appeal to me. However, I was interested to know what happens in this all-girl affair. I knew for a fact there wouldn’t be any booze or, how I hoped, male-strippers hen-night style because the bride-to-be was a recently deflowered, staunch Catholic who lived by the book.

So it was that I set off for said Bridal Shower, not forgetting of course to buy a little gift for the bride-to-be. I get there,  introduce myself, pour a cup of tea with some cookies and settle into the arrangement of seats.

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Premier League Teams – Hit or Miss?

Now that we’ve had some time to digest this past week’s action-packed EPL encounters, I figured this is a good time to share my thoughts with you on some of the key teams:

Manchester City:

After many months of speculation as to whether he would join Chelsea, Madrid, Juventus or Manchester United, City finally have landed their man Edin Dzeko who they have been pursuing for quite some time.

Initially expected to cost £50m he came quite fairly priced at £27m, he now joins Carlos Tevez and Super Mario in sharpening City’s forward line. After watching City rely too much on Tevez the whole season, it is hoped that he will be the major determinant whether or not City can win the EPL and Qualify for the Champions league. His arrival clearly hastens the departures of Adebayor, Santa Cruz and Jo. This is a very good purchase made by Mancini if not the best that we have seen since his arrival.

Verdict: Hit or Miss? Big if not super hit.

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Who Will Replace Tevez at Manchester City?

In the past few weeks, we have been treated to entertaining drama coming out of Manchester City, starring none other than current skipper Carols Tevez who’s either beefing with coach Mancini, whinning about home sickness, separation from his wife and daughters and the overall management of the Club.  We were all stunned when we saw him threatening to quit football and to make us believe that his threats were real, he had the guts to hand in a transfer request stating that he wants to leave in January 2011.

The question on many people’s minds is what on earth is up with Tevez and Argentinians generally these days? If they’re not busy trying to have you sent to the Hague, they’re busy threatening to leave lucrative football clubs?!
I mean, Tevez is one of the best paid players in England for goodness sake! All in all, it would be sad to see him leave but we all know that no single player is greater than a Club. If he were to leave City, Mancini would be forced to look around for a suitable replacement and with that in mind here are some players that the Eastland’s billionaires would be looking to fill in the void:

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I Am Not Wife Material

For those that might recall, the first topic in Form 1 Home Science is “Good Grooming.” So it was that our teacher walked into the class room one hot afternoon and asked “What is Good Grooming?” My hand shot up in the air, eager to make a statement that I was the brightest kid that side of the bunduz. Because I was seated at the front, a shortsighted Mrs. Karimi had no choice but to pick my hand to which I answered “It is the art of choosing a good husband.”

So maybe I wasn’t the sharpest tool in the yard and my mom would probably have abandoned me if she had heard my answer that day. And as the class went ahead to discuss matters hygiene, I pondered on how “grooming” and “groom” had no relation whatsoever. Moving on…

I Am Not Wife Material.

Which is what I told a guy who thought we could settle down, produce a few midgets and grow old together (#marriage: so overrated). The only way to continue reading this post is if you first agree that marriage is Continue reading