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Jun 072012
 

Hi guys.

I play fantasy football regularly on a site called Picklive.

It has been known as ‘fantasy football on crack’ with their ‘live games’ where you pick five players from the teamsheets in a particular televised matchand those players accumulate points in real time based on what they do during the 90 minute game.

OPTA, the statistics company are involved in tracking that activity and logging it for the purpose of converting it to points which can win prizes.

Picklive cover premier league, champions league, europa league and international tournaments like this one.

There are great cash prizes up for grabs using stakes ranging from FREE [no cash prize there] to upwards of a few grand…

But as it’s kind of an ‘off-season’ at the moment and there’s an international event on, Picklive are just holding the normal kind this time. The £2,500 prize pool is one where you pay £15 to make a team of 11 players across ALL TEAMS. But here’s the difference – NO TRANSFER BUDGET LIMIT! 

You heard it right, there isn’t a set budget like the others. So if you want Van Persie, Ronaldo, Nani, Terry and Klose in the same team, you can have them! The only restraint is that you can’t have more than three players from the same country.

PLUS – The prize-pools are only a MINIMUM. If the number of entrants exceeds a certain number in any cash tournament, the prize-pool increases. Prizes are paid out to the top-three places.

In a £1000 Fantasy Football tournament for the final day of the season (£10 Stake).

1st Place – £600
2nd Place – £200
3rd Place – £100

(Picklive took a rake of 10% from the total prize pool)
If you can’t spare £15, which many of u can’t, you can play in a £10 tournament, join mine (£5) , or even create your own and invite others! Choose the stake and the phase in the tournament, pick your team, invite a few mates/office colleagues and away you go.

You can even have a tournament ‘for fun’ and just compete for bragging rights. No cash required.

However, if you sign up using my link – https://www.picklive.com/r/YJNHHRNTZFDADXSJAEZD and deposit some cash into your Picklive account, you can get an extra £3 on top. Sounds meager but that is enough for one cash entry where the prize pool is a minimum of £30.

Go to the homepage and scroll down to see the many free, low stake and stupid stakes tournaments available.

Tournaments I’ve set up:

GROUP D:

https://www.picklive.com/weeklyff/remote_games/446

Euro2012 Phase  - Group D
Stake – £5
Prize Pool – £10 (increases if more people join)

BUDGET EURO2012 TOURNAMENT FF:

https://www.picklive.com/weeklyff/remote_games/490

Euro2012 Phase – ENTIRE TOURNAMENT
Stake – £5
Prize Pool – £10 (increases if more people join)

Email support@picklive.com and ask anything you like about how it fully works and
what’s what :)

Have fun if you join up!

Good luck!

Jun 052012
 

You will all know the type of disaster I am talking about, the one that involves Spurs and self-destruct.

Sitting pretty in 3rd with a 10pt gap and suddenly it evaporated faster than a puddle of piss in the Sahara. Why did it go wrong? well clearly it was when Harry was linked with the England job that the uncertainty on his future saw bad team performances. It was clear the players all play for Harry and many of them have openly said that he’s the only reason they stay at Spurs.

Harry has today said he wants his future sorted out and it seems as though Daniel Levy is having the last laugh after watching Harry for months flirt with the England job and before that period Harry could have pretty much demanded any contract he wanted but after our demise it seems as though it’s not as clear-cut as that.

Fair enough Daniel make the man sweat a bit but know when to draw the line. There is no better manager out there who we could afford or who would want to come, we tried for nearly 20 years to break into the top 4 and Harry has done this twice in 3 full seasons. The players love him and play for him and if Harry doesn’t have a new deal before the start of the season then we could see the mother of all de ja vu disasters as the uncertainty around Harry will filter into the players performances. You can’t let Harry go into the season with 1 year on his contract and tell him to earn a new one, he has done better than any other Spurs manager in the Premier League, a league that is hard to compete in at the moment because of the foreign billionaire owners so take nothing away from Harry’s achievements and back him.

Learn from previous mistakes let’s for once get everything sorted by mid July, so many times have we let things drag in the past like the Berbatov incident which damaged our start to the season and we can’t afford to go into the new season with uncertainties hanging over our heads, we saw the damage it can cause last season. We also can’t hold it against Harry that he wanted the England job, for many it is the ultimate dream and Harry is of that era where he regards the England job as the pinnacle of management.

 

 Posted by at 20:19
Jun 042012
 

On Many blogs and forums over the past couple of weeks I have seen many comments left about getting rid of Harry Redknapp. Many of the fans criticize some of Harry’s tactics during games but that’s something we’ve always done and always will especially when we lose no matter who the manager is.

There’s been many articles on who can replace Harry as if he has already gone but let’s put things into perspective. 3 full seasons at the club have seen 4th,5th and 4th place finishes and now some of the fans are getting a bit to big for their boots believing we have some divined right to be challenging for the title but the truth is that unless we get a sugar daddy chairman or get our bigger stadium we will always be limited by our current means. If Chelsea hadn’t won the Champions League would we even be discussing the matter?

We did sit 3rd for a long time and yes we did press the self destruct button but let’s not forget the aim was always to claim a top 4 place and we did that, our problem was that we started to believe that we were better than we were just because we sat 3rd for so long but we have to be realistic and say that Harry has done a great job, he has done what no other Tottenham manager could in the Premier League and finish us in a Champions League place 2 out of 3 seasons. We are not better than Man Utd, City and as it turned out Arsenal so maybe 4th is what we deserved and by the looks of it Chelsea will be back in the game next season, all of these clubs have more money than us.

Harry has had to make do, we had a chance to push on but it seems as though Levy wants to put all the spare cash into the new stadium. If you go through the players sold to the money spent you will find that Redknapp hasn’t spent half as much as previous Spurs managers. He took over after Berbatov and Keane were sold for over £50m he brought back Crouch Defoe and Keane eventually all of which served a purpose at the time but he has never really been given a massive transfer kitty and the trust to spend at will. Van der Vaart was his last real bit of spending and even Levy gets the credit for that. Since then he has lived of bargain buys and free transfers and we all know that if Harry had money to spend then he would do so.

There’s not many out there who are guaranteed to do a better job than Harry, he knows the Premier League as much as anyone and what it takes to build a team, yes he frustrates us at times but tell me a Spurs manager or any manager that doesn’t frustrate their fans when they get it wrong? Mourinho is one of the few who you could pretty much have a bet on that would do a better job but all the others that we were linked to like Brendan Rodgers a few weeks ago maybe “could” do a better job but equally could be out of their depth and fail miserably.

Aston Villa were flying high 2 or 3 years ago under Martin O’neill but after letting him leave the club look what happened to them? Benitez had a bad patch with Liverpool and he left the club and they haven’t been in the Champions League since. So my advice to you is be careful what you wish for, remember the days of our season being over at Christmas because if we get rid of Harry there is every possibility that them days could soon return. Under Harry at least we know next season we will be challenging for the top 4 again and for many years we could only dream of that. So let’s remember where we have come from and where we are and cast your mind back to the dark days because there is no guarantee that if Redknapp goes that we would push on. I see one guy ranting about getting Capello, Benitez or AVB in  to replace Harry, a statement of which scared me to death that we really do have fans that think any of them 3 guy could take us forward, maybe they could for a while but personally I’d rather stick with Harry.

Many fans haven’t taken to Redknapp and claim he isn’t loyal but for a man with no previous ties to the club why would he be loyal? he’s not like Hoddle when he took over who had Tottenham flowing through his blood. I don’t care about loyal, Harry is paid to do a job and as long as he does a good job when he can be as loyal as Sol Campbell for all I care but mark my words if Harry was to spend another few years at Tottenham then as time goes by his love for the club would slowly start to grow but as I just stated why would he be loyal now? he had no previous ties with the club but I think some people think that because he took over the reigns that he is instantly supposed to love the club in the way that we do. How many of you love your day jobs and would turn down the chance of bettering yourself just to stay loyal to your current employer?

My advice is let’s not get greedy, if Harry is given some money to spend for the first time in a couple of years then he will make the right signings for the club, that’s what he is good at. Maybe Harry isn’t as good as some managers tactically but he makes up for it with other attributes and let’s face it if he had everything as a manager then he would not be at Tottenham. Be careful what you wish for, don’t force Harry out, we might live to regret it. Remember when we were 3rd and the England job was up for grabs, the banners and chants that sounded around the Lane for Harry to stay and because we went on a poor run and dropped down ONE place in the league suddenly we turn on the guy? a bit fickle don’t you think? If we were offered top 4 at the start of last season we would have snapped it up, we got it in the end up an unlucky roll of the footballing dice broke our hearts but that always seems to be the Spurs way. We are the unluckiest club in England’s top division.

Keep your feet on the ground don’t expect us to suddenly dominate world football because we finished 4th and played Champions League. The trouble is that when a club stays at a certain level  for 2 or 3 years the fans expect them to push on but don’t forget that up is not the only way you can go, there is always a way called down. Charlton were taken to a mid table Prem club under Curbishly and the fans started to expect more but Curbs knew he couldn’t take them higher and he let somebody else try and they plummeted all the way down to league 1. Leicester with Martin O’Neill was a similar situation. Newcastle under Boddy Robson. Every club Harry has managed has always been at their peak with him running the club. Rarely does a club who is at their current peak actually push on after a change of manager and we are at our current peak in Premier League terms. We have to also remember that a lot of the players love Harry, the players that are willing to stay at the club now may not be so willing if we were to sack Harry.

 Posted by at 17:15
Jun 042012
 

Yet another degrading company-sponsored cup...yay...

Old news I know, but it’s once again annoyed me that the Football League Cup is changing sponsor from Carling to Capital One, a Credit Card company.

The Football League Cup has gone through a tonne of names since its inception:

Period                 Sponsor                                          Name

1960–1982 No main sponsor                Football League Cup
1982–1986 Dairy Crest                                         Milk Cup
1986–1990 Littlewoods                        Littlewoods Challenge Cup
1990–1992 Rumbelows                                 Rumbelows Cup
1992–1998 Coca-Cola                                      Coca-Cola Cup
1998–2003 Worthington’s                         Worthington Cup
2003–2012 Molson Coors                               Carling Cup
                                                                          Mickey Mouse Cup*
                                                                                 Tin Pot Cup*
2012–2016  Capital One                               Capital One Cup

*2008 – Present: Informally known to fans by either of those two names. Both widely accepted names
amongst Premier League fanbases. Rumoured to be re-named ‘Crapital One Cup’,
‘Capital Fuck-Cup’, ‘Two Teams One Cup’ or even the ‘Ballina Cup’.

What kind of sales increase are Capital One expecting to achieve by acting like another faceless corporation – desperate for customers who, if they bothered to realise, are trying to pay off their LAST credit card anyway – plastering their logo all over a trophy, which five of the top six premiership teams don’t care about anymore (unless of course they get knocked out of the FA Cup and Premier League title race where all of a sudden it’s worth-winning again) and in truth, was only established as an excuse to test new floodlights in football stadia??

The name ‘[Insert company] Cup’ doesn’t roll off the tongue properly (say each one out loud without cringing and I’ll buy you a pint) and yet those companies’ ideals behind it remain just as cynical as they’ve always been about customers suddenly dropping everything else to buy their products/services. I even got annoyed when presenters of FA Cup coverage had to say ‘The FA Cup…’ and then add on ‘sponsored by E-ON’ and then later ‘with Budweiser’ (which isn’t that good anyway, so no wonder they were desperate to plaster it over anything and everything they could!).

What sponsors of sports events think we think:
WOW, COOL, SUPER, SMASHIN’, GREAT – Capital One are sponsoring the cup now. I’m going to cancel ALL my other credit cards with MasterCard and Visa just so I can sign up to Capital One. They really do connect to me and speak to me now that they’ve plastered their name all over this cup in football, the sport I love so much and watch so often while drinking my Carling Lager and betting on the score at ESPN‘s sponsor Bet365 [as William Hill's odds didn't come on until about 45 seconds before kick-off and by then it would have been too late!] with the money stored in my Barclays bank account, which I maintain at the bank I drive to using the Ford car sponsoring Sky Sports’ live coverage which will be reported in scoreline form on Sky Sports News, by which time I’ll be back at home, sitting in my armchair watching it while sniffing my armpits which have been sprayed with Sure For Men deodorant!

What we REALLY think:
What an absolute fookin joke this trophy is. Bloody corporate advertising vehicle is all it is now. Go buy advertising space in the paper, on the god-awful banners stuck around the edges of our stadiums or on TV like everyone else. Stop ramming it in our faces when we’re trying to escape into the world of watching the footy, drinking and celebrating in a homoerotic fashion when our team scores. Sod off, sports sponsors and sod off, Capital One! Leave these once credible trophies alone. Invest money in another form of advertising. Or better still, form a company football team and WIN the damn thing. You can then have your company name engraved on it for nothing!

BTW, One isn’t even a capital! It’s a number not a letter. Jeez.

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