Rob Hobson

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  1. You are, of course, operating under a number of assumptions here. Firstly, that there is a god, but that's a decision everyone should make for themselves. More to the point, if you take it as read that there is one, and that man was created in aforementioned god's image, then Mr Lawson has a spark of the divine in him. And that's as good an argument as I can think of for the "God is dead" camp. All hail Satan, by the way.
  2. Perhaps we should instigate a CFCnet training regimen to make sure we all fit into the new tight look for next season.
  3. "In the nicest possible way" means that, on this forum of all forums, I make a cursory attempt to be polite. I've been very lucky to be associated with this site for a long time and I admire the vast majority of people who post on it for the way they can talk to each other like grown-ups. It's not an insult. It's an expression. However, in your particular case, you did interpret it correctly. Because it's abundantly clear that simple manners and the ability to debate without invective are, to you, written in a foreign language under lock and key on a distant planet. Plus you're wrong.
  4. "1. Yes we have - Jose went to 442 diamond in the later half of the 05/06 season and stayed there till Grant took over about 75 games later. Indeed had Kezman or Mutu not turned out so dreadful, Jose might have stuck to the 442 he began with. 2. Myth. The fullbacks always went forward - unless we were sitting on a lead (which admittedly was sometimes most of the game)." Well, I don't think it's unfair to say that the fullbacks get forward more now. Not sure I suggested that they never attacked under the previous manager. As for your latter point, you're saying that Mourinho played 4-4-2 from the beginning of 06 until his departure? So not once using, say, Wright-Phillips and Kalou on either side of Drogba? I realise that attempts were made to shunt SWP back into midfield and to accommodate Lampard and Ballack in a diamond on occasion but, in the nicest possible way, I think memory is dealing you a dog turd, young man.
  5. Well, far be it for me to say, but I didn't realise my Chelsea allegiance was under question because I didn't have a grand to spend to go to Moscow with.
  6. Talking about 2 up front, McCarra wrote a good piece about it this morning. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2008/...-Drogba-scolari His main claim, for those that can't be bothered, is that 2 up front is a throwback that hardly anyone uses any more. Personally, that seems a bit of an exaggeration to me but certainly Liverpool and United, as well as Chelsea, usually play with one main striker and a pair of wide / deeper men in support. Barcelona, as I remember it, use a similar system. Whether that's referred to as "4-3-3" (if the press like you) or "4-5-1 (if you're Allardyce's Bolton) is almost by the by. We haven't really altered the formation since Robben and Duff. And the only main difference now is that the fullbacks attack more and the midfield is slightly narrower.
  7. So presumably you're happy to have him at the club no matter how many times he says "Chelsea is broken", "My heart is elsewhere" and "the fans are fools"? Actually, I made the last one up.
  8. Perhaps I didn't phrase that very well. What I guess I really mean is that he makes me annoy myself. Because from the moment Joe Cole flicked the ball into his path, I expected him to do exactly what he did... bring it down with a flick and slide it straight under the keeper. And I thought... you b*st*rd, you swan straight back into the team, you score the winning goal with all the aplomb of Henry in his pomp, and you nearly make me forget what a monumental pain in the arse you are. Just me? We obviously need him. Anelka was at his worst last night... waiting for things to happen, never ran into space, and can't cope physically with aggressive defending. It took Drog... what... 8 minutes? Or should I just shut it and be grateful?
  9. I'd never read any Mailer until a year ago, Droy. Now I'm obsessively going through his back catalogue. Good stuff. Not all instantly accessible but always has something worth hearing. Try "Tough Guys Don't Dance", maybe. It's not genius but it's a damn good story. Updike... now him I struggled with. I know the Rabbit novels are supposed to be Americana at its finest, but I got halfway through the first one and committed the cardinal sin of giving up. Just. Not. Bothered.
  10. Oscar and Lucinda is a stone-cold modern classic. If you enjoy it, look for "Illywhacker"... another one of Carey's. He's got a sly, amiable style that I really enjoy. Other Bookers off the top of the noggin... Haddon's "Curious Incident" and - I think it won but don't shoot me if I err - McEwan's "Saturday". In fact, most of McEwan's stuff is pretty enjoyable. Read some crackers on holiday recently. Michael Chabon's "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" is fantastically readable and very moving. Norman Mailer's "The Naked and the Dead" is probably the best war novel I've ever staggered through, and all the more awe-inspiring coming from the pen of a then 23-year-old. Precocious, brilliant bastard that he is. To be honest, nearly all the writers I'm into at the moment are Yanks. God help me. Mailer, Roth, Chabon, Garrison Keillor.
  11. Sigh. I'm sorry to burst your bubble, young man, but I fail to see why my personal opinion needs to be justified to every popinjay on the site. It's my opinion. You have a different opinion. Enjoy it. Having said that, I don't see why the proof needs to be "English-speaking". As a Francophone, I find it not the slightest bit surprising that he'd open up more to an interviewer if he was expressing himself in his mother tongue.
  12. "'not giving enough of a toss to change his personality or image in order to fit in with what the fans want from him, because it's not really important, winning is.'" Well, ok, there is that. Some suggest it was gently put to him that he might try staying on his feet a little more often, particularly after his first year, and I seem to remember several people saying that they'd seen a marked improvement. I'm not sure where the personality comes into it if we're talking about whether the chap dives or doesn't dive. But for me that doesn't really matter. I quite agree with everyone who's saying that he's just about the most potent weapon we've had in a long long time, and I still think he should go. Everyone has the right to love, or not love, or not care about, or just want the cash, or whatever, the company they work for or the club they play for. That's fine and surely makes sense to even the slowest members of the monkey tree. What I find unacceptable is not the fact that Didier has passed through all of the above emotional states, and more, during his time here. It's the fact that he's chosen to do it in glorious technicolour and via a magazine / newspaper journalist. Simple as that. Crespo didn't want to play here. Said so. Left. Is happier elsewhere. Good for him. But I find the public dithering contemptible in a male over the age of 21. If that makes me fickle, or not a true fan, or racist, then I'll hold my hands up with the faint feeling of weariness that accompanies knowing that a 250-line post rebutting my personal feelings in nauseating detail is, at this very moment, appearing over the horizon. He doesn't have to bleed Blue when you cut him. He just, like the vast majority of us, has to have a little class and decency about how he expresses himself.
  13. This would certainly make sense if Drogba hadn't been quoted, a number of times, as saying that his relationship with the fans was oh so important to him.
  14. I've finally realised why it is that Harry gets so much credence on this forum. No one can ever be bothered to swim through the ordure to find out what he's actually saying. Still, as this has come up again, will do me best. "Do Chelsea fans love him? As a generalisation, no". Whatever influence SSN has on your system of values, I'm fairly clear on mine. And I'm sure it's possible for a player to play the game one way rather than another. In fact, I'm sure we once had a player with a fraction of Drogba's physique, and more sportsmanship than the big fella has in one of those bulging biceps. Wore number 25. "grow some backbone" Harry - as I said - I find the continued reminder that he's playing for Chelsea on sufferance insulting. I appreciate that you've found your matinee idol and you're willing to ignore a constant hot-and-cold in return for 30 goals a season. Which, almost irresistibly, reminds me of the sort of comments you hear from battered spouses. "Plenty more fish in the sea? No doubt. But we haven't settled on who the fish is, nor have we acquired him." I'd love to think that collective irritation could force the hierarchy into snap-selling him mid-season but, as you've insightfully spotted, that was never going to happen. "and unless I'm sorely mistaken he won't be earning more in Milan either." Well, you know no better than I do, neither of us being a lawyer or agent affiliated to Drogba or Milan. I don't think it's unfair to say that a man looking for a final big move before retirement might be interested in providing for the future of him and his, but I'm willing to be proved wrong. "When he's fouled he exaggerates, which is another matter entirely as it has nothing to do with 'diving'. For diving, see the Gerrards and Torres's and Ronaldos and whoever else - people who go down without any contact, which is what diving is. Drogba's never even been booked for that for the simple reason it's rarely happened and nowhere in a key part of the pitch, in a world where Chelsea players get booked for not doing anything much at all as a rule (ask Mikel)." Good Christ. I've finally heard the sound of a hair being split. Drogba doesn't dive, he 'exaggerates contact'. To compare Drogba's attitude when playing for the Ivory Coast to his attitude when playing for Chelsea... well, see any news report about civil strife in the Cote d'Ivoire to see what I'm talking about. The man is a remarkable humanitarian, and has done unprecedented things to bring about dialogue between government and rebels in his horrifically war-torn and economically-raped country. He's a demigod at home. He's the club captain. Whatever the reason for his stupid, pointless sending-off in the CL final, you're no comparing like for like. Unless SW6 is even more war-torn and economically disadvantaged than I thought. "Drogba just likes to join a party and it was the others who gave him a party worth joining." For someone who usually chooses his words pretty carefully, that's a poor excuse for an excuse. Yawn. I'm exhausted. I don't know where you find the energy to do all this typing, Harry.
  15. Well, this is the way your Chelsea career ends... and you hardly mustered a whimper, let alone a bang. Pathetic. Laughable.