Random Musings . . .

  • Good showing on Saturday against Everton.  If you had told me before the game that we could go into Goodison Park and get a point, I would have taken it.  Never would I have imagined the team playing as well as they did.  The two points dropped may be crucial come the end of the season, but if the team can play the rest of the season with the kind of spirit exhibited on Saturday, we just might stay up this year.  A real measure of the performance can be had by reading the Everton fan blogs – for the most part the opposing writers were as surprised as we were.  Now whether that is an indication of their discontent with their own team or a reflection of ours is still left to be determined.
  • The Olympic Stadium announcement has been delayed.  Personally, I don’t see what the hold up could be and the delay worries me that West Ham’s bid will not win out.  I was under the impression that keeping the running track was non-negotiable issue, which would lead you to think that Tottenham’s bid would have no chance.  Why you would want to tear down a brand-new stadium to build another is beyond my comprehension, but perhaps Tottenham’s deeper pockets means that they have more say in this than I would like.  If West Ham doesn’t win out, I can see the more realistic outcome being that the Legacy Council will stick to their original plans and not have a football club move in at all.  Nowhere was it said that a team had to get the stadium, so this may be the end result after all.  Disappointing for sure, but if we don’t get it, then I don’t think any of the other bids should either.  I’m not sure what I think about the plans to move in, but if it comes down to West Ham staying at Upton Park while Tottenham moves into our territory in a larger, newer stadium, I think most Hammer fans would opt for the move ourselves, regardless of the running track.  It’s quite like the Red Queen’s Race in Through the Looking Glass: “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”
  • Needless to say it’ll be a big game today against Birmingham.  With Fredric Piquionne getting sent off, Carlton Cole still nursing an injury, and Victor Obinna still in enforced time-out for his red card, our attacking prospects may seem a little grim.  Could there be a Benni McCarthy sighting, or will the front line be more of a “the future is now” party with Zavon Hines and Frank Nouble attending?  It’s awful to think this way, but we don’t need a goal to progress, so a 0-0 scoreline might be possible.  Then again, we may not need any goals from our forwards if Johnny Specs can continue to be our beacon of hope.  Birmingham is coming off a thrashing at the hands of Manchester United, so who knows if they’ll come out roaring or broken.  I feel that if we can survive the first 15 minutes of both halves, we’ll be in the final.
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~ by ar_sage on January 25, 2011.

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