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  1. John Terry

    During the second half, I had a strong feeling he'd score when things looked odd. But you made the post and I didn't, so I bow to your Meggy-abilities :p I felt detached about the whole thing, thinking it was merely an England thing. But to boo him every time he touched the ball? Seriously? The way they were acting it was as if he cheated on them.
  2. John Terry

    I have a complete lack of care on the matter. But if there's a football reason to strip him of the captaincy, you wouldn't find me criticising Capello. I don't think this is a Chelsea issue, and while I have a large soft spot for the England national team, I am firmly pro-African teams in the World Cup, so I don't have the same attachment to the issue beyond how it affects Chelsea and so far I don't think it does. Terry's Chelsea captaincy isn't in question given what I've read. If the stories that have come out before, however, are true, I wouldn't have sympathy for Terry for either the negative publicity nor should he lose the captaincy. On the former part, these footballers court the publicity for sponsorship and fame, so live by the sword... With regards to the captaincy, I am no expert in inner-dressing room politics, but if something did arise with an unhappy dressing room (and I doubt it'd be clear this early, unlike what some reports pretend to know as it's only broke so recently) then Capello would have no choice. Dropping Terry from the team, on the other hand, would be preposterous. Though one could question how effective Terry would be psychologically as a non-captain a few months after being humiliatingly demoted in the World Cup. I think he'd be able to handle it, but it's a question. While it is news, especially given Wayne Bridge is on the other side is an aspect, I do find this obsession with people's personal sex lives on both sides of the Atlantic extremely distasteful and somewhat disturbing. Surely people have their own lives to deal with to bother with having this much emotional attachment to famous people's.
  3. Movies

    Loved it and saw it years back. Saw the sequel too just this past week. Still cracks me up that one of the two main guys in that movie looks like the lead in this sitcom. In his search for true love, he kicks ass while running across rooftops in the Banlieue of Paris.
  4. Movies

    My end of year list: Movie to avoid even on pain of death: X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Absolute garbage. G.I. Joe. Sienna Miller's endless beauty can't save this to make it just bad. 'nuff said. Bad movies: Transformers 2. However, it isn't as bad as they say. Just regular, ordinary, Hollywood bad. The crap written above was far worse. Madea goes to Jail: Why do people say they like it? Knowing: It was decent for a good deal, but the rest (including the end) pushed it down. Not bad movies, and I wanted to like them, but I just ended up not liking them: Inglourious Basterds Watchmen: Really like Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan's flashback was good, the Comedian was interestingly angering me the whole time. Everyone and everything else completely boring. I had the comics for a while thanks to someone, but my life was so hectic I hadn't been able to read them and moved and didn't have them. Will give them a chance in the future, but I'll have to give the movie version time to fade in memory. However, I thought V for Vendetta had an infinitely better story in my view. Decent movies, perhaps DVD for most: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: watch if you like the series, otherwise why would you be interested. More Voldemort and less kissing for the next one, ffs. Duplicity Adventureland Taken. The International Angels and Demons: Better book than Da Vinci Code, thus better movie than Da Vinci Code. Fast and Furious: Leave your brain at the door and watch cars go vroom-vroom fast. Enjoyable I Love You Man The Hangover Funny People Favourites: State of Play: I've seen the first episode of the British version and will work my way through them one day, but I really like the American one. Star Trek: Never watched a ST movie/episode before, but enjoyed this. Go figure. 500 Days of Summer District 9 Movies I've yet to see that I hope to soon: Sherlock Holmes Up Up in the Air Most fall movies. I've fallen behind on them and will go through them as usual in the stale January-March period.
  5. Movies

    I really wanted to like Inglourious Basterds [sic] but in the end I thought it was only decent at best. It started out brilliantly in the scene in France. The actor Christoph Waltz was magnificent in the scene, and his almost academic-sounding discussion on hatred with a nonchalance I found very well written and chilling. I thought the movie was going to continue in that vein, but nope. I got along with the girl, Shoshanna?, story, but I seriously couldn't go with Brad Pitt's men. They were neither funny nor insightful, didn't gain the viewer's admiration nor anger... what was the point of them? If the movie was about a failed/successful attempt on mid-level Nazis by Shoshanna, and Christoph Waltz being given far more scenes, with no Basterds at all... it may've been a much better movie.
  6. Chelsea Finances Thread

    I'm no expert in businees or finance (believe me that's an understatement), but rather than this being simple "charity" can't it be seen as further investment from Abramovich with the hopes that the team can be self-sufficient in the future? He bought the team in 2003, it's been 6 years. Maybe he has a 10 year investment plan or 15 years. Can't it be more of a plan to make the club stronger financially by putting some money into the club?
  7. Following Chelsea's Loans

    To be fair, Mancienne looked not like a failure when he played right-back for us against Wigan and... who was the other club?... Watford I think, last season. In fact, I remember thinking he could have some use as a backup RB until he gets more time to show what he can do. I'm neither defending him nor criticising him. I just seem to recall him not doing too bad for either game. Though my memory has a funny vision of a cross coming from our right from Wigan which we were poor in dealing with resulting in a goal for them.
  8. Chelsea Finances Thread

    ^ I think that's unfair ChelC. Surely he should be able to express his frustration at what he doesn't like and still not mean he has ended attachment to the club?
  9. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Thanks, as always, Juni. For some reason this Delac fellow escapes my memory. I remember being linked with a young goalie... oh wait, wikipedia's helping me. So he's training with us? Smart, give him a bit of a feel until he comes a year or so from now (wiki says 2011). But if we delayed his contract going into effect due to the transfer ban, can we at least sign him up now (in January) since we have that ban delay, I wonder. Maybe we've already done that, I don't know. I saw a good part of the Wolves-Man City game (almost all the first half, thought I was flipping the channel to see the Chelsea-Fulham re-run just to catch the good moments) and Mancienne seemed interesting in midfield. One thing that stood out is that Mancienne does have a good long ball capability. However, I missed the second half and I don't know how he coped with attacks there.
  10. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Song is one of the oddest players in the league this season. Sometimes I watch him and am left very impressed, other times I watch him and he is utterly useless. Fabregas, who I have said in other topics as someone I despise, is nonetheless of excellent quality. If there was any chance to get him in the top of our diamond... I'll say it right now, there's no way in hell Man United aren't going to win today. I think they'll drop points sure, but not to Hull. Let's see if my rubbish predicting can keep it going on.
  11. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    I'm trying to understand what that commentator means, but I'm stumped : )
  12. Non Chelsea: Champions League

    I'll say it now, AC Milan will give United more trouble than we will get from Inter. I actually feel an upset is coming from that fixture. But it's a couple of months away and who knows what happens their their form then.
  13. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Enjoying the game. To be honest, Portsmouth was good defensively throughout, but they were quite poor attacking-wise for the first half of the first half, and the commentator was right; if they kept losing the ball, Liverpool was going to score. Suddenly midway through the half, Portsmouth got confident and pushed forward and Liverpool really seemed rather unready for pressure. Lovely goal from Belhadl. I don't think it was offside because that defender made a rubbish header right after, though I need to read a bit more on the rules because the commentators indicate it's not as clear as I think it is. The red card, though, was a straight red. I am not a Mascherano fan. He seems good only when things are going good for his team. When it isn't, he becomes a hacker and fouls to stop any attack. I came to that view at the Copa America, and my opinion hasn't changed. Going on about one of our ex-players, one impressed me alot today. No, no, not Johnson. Ben Haim. He has had a really good game today, excellent positioning and ball control when he has the ball and moved forward. My best player on the pitch.
  14. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Thing is, I'd rather he play there like that in the Championship. His challenge now is to help Twente win the Eredivisie and what a challenge it'll be as Twente won it only once in history and that was in 1926 according to wikipedia. It'll be brilliant if he can win it with them. My hope is that next season a Premiership club in need of a winger will be mighty tempted to try their hand in loaning Stoch if he keeps up the good work. But it's good he's not being rushed.
  15. Following Chelsea's Loans

    What confidence he has. A kid, on loan from another country, in a club in what appears to be a fierce fight for top spot (PSV is 2 points behind I read), grabs the ball without hesitation to take the penalty in a game where they are behind 1-0 and the pressure is on as they are unbeaten so far this season. And what does he do with the penalty? He chips/dinks the ball right into the middle. And then add the lovely second half goal... Incredible. And he says he was nervous because it was his first penalty in a "big football" match. What on earth will he do when he's confident? (Lovely one touch through ball right before the penalty he scored from)