Football, T&T Current Affairs

TGFPR Part One

So a couple of my friends were talking about attending the T&T v Guyana match today in the stadium. There is a lot wrong with even talking about attending the match, which I will summarize briefly as:

  1. Guyana is resting 6 players to play us… yes, 6. The word that can be used to aptly describe this is “disrespect”
  2. Their disrespect isn’t unfounded at all because cricket-loving Guyana beat football-loving Trinidad in Guyana, 2-1. Sure we can match their Chanderpaul to one Brian Charles Lara, but they never had Yorke. If you want to further lament our predicament (but agree fully with the points), take a read of this http://www.socawarriors.net/mens-senior-team/9986-getting-just-desserts.html
  3. Would you believe that there are tickets?! This should be free. When Arsenal lost 8-2 (hurts my heart every time I think of it), the club gave the travelling fans free tickets to a future away game. One only wonders what the PR guys at the TTFF are being paid to do. Or maybe they’re ignored. Who knows.
  4. GUYANA BEAT US IN FOOTBALL. This is like Greece winning Euro 04. Or Emile Heskey scoring goals. These things are unsettling.
  5. Oh, their coach is Trini.
  6. Oh, and our WC14 campaign is dead in the water. Though, Coach  Pfister said the Time of Death was actually back when we lost to Bermuda. Moral of the story: it’s not pessimistic to point out the coup de grâce when you see it… in Bermuda.
As I write this, the (pointless) return leg must have finished at the HC Stadium. I’m not interested in the result. At all.
This leads me to our one solace, Thank God For Project Runway.
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Music, Random

Rumour Has It Today is Friday

Today, productivity is at an all time low in work. Not much to do, and a decent internet connection. You know what I’ve been doing… that’s right, YouTube videos galore!

Came across this gem today, Glee’s Rumour Has It/ Someone Like You performance. Golden.

This is so good, you almost think Adele should have done this song herself.

Happy Friday =)

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Hearts, Random

Pause

So you ever had a conversation and when you look back you realize that:

1. you cannot take back the words you said (not that you ever can, obviously)

2. you really really wish you could swap what you said with pretty much anything else, namely silence

3. you were not even in the frame of mind to have a conversation at the moment in question

4. oops… you broke it (“it” being the friendship)

Yes, this happened to me.

Mind you, the opening line of this doomed discourse was “is everything ok?” One would think that is the precursor to a nice, heart-felt conversation. Not so much. I was having a bad few weeks/ month, and was under the distinct impression we were not even talking anymore (can you tell this story is more complicated than I’m letting on? Yea.) So my good ole default kicked in with a “what does it matter if I am or am not?”

In case you didn’t know, this is not the way to handle an outstretched hand on a bad day, and definitely not on a good one. It doesn’t matter if you’d rather harp on their lack of communication or change in behavior. In the long run, you will realize reconnecting over the fact you share concern for each other will probably go a long way to sort out any static.

And now there is the deafening “nothing” that I can’t decipher.
Is this the new and permanent state of affairs because people got hurt?
Is this the new and permanent state of affairs because people got indifferent?
Or is this what a friendship on pause sounds like?

I hope it’s a pause… I miss my friend.

a simple truth

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Places

Buttercream and a Friend

“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.”

A couple Saturdays ago (back in August, to be honest), I had the pleasure of spending the latter half of the day with a very good friend. We had lunch in Rituals, Price Plaza (that Java Chocolate Chip chiller is still good stuff), waited till the Hurricane-Irene-thunderstorm ebbed, then made our way over to Buttercream.

Sandwiched between Woodford Cafe (noisy and ok-ish food) and Haagen Daz (Chocolate Midnight Cookies!!), it’s easy to get distracted and not take notice. I assure you, you want to step inside here.

I only had a berry smoothie (it was great), but after seeing and smelling the pasta dishes the couple-in-love next to me had, I will be back. New favourite place: Buttercream.

smoothie heaven

I’ve been back more recently (late September-ish) with my mom, and somehow ended up having dessert again rather than a meal. I have no idea where all my good intentions disappeared to. The must have melted on my tongue the way the cheesecake did… The sugar will not best next time! Hopefully.

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Football

Arsène-isms… witty, sarcastic and wise

What do you do when you play for one of the best football clubs in the world, and your coach’s birthday rolls around? Why, you win matches in honor of him. And that’s exactly what Arsenal has been doing. Knock on wood, but I think we are approaching something akin to form.

What do you do when you are a supporter of one of the best football clubs in the world, and the coach’s birthday rolls around? You compile a list of your favorite Arsène Wenger quotes! If you’re an Gunner, we know you enjoy the post-match interviews with the coach almost as much as the match themselves. Especially when there is controversy afoot. Wit, sarcasm and nuggets of truth, all with a French accent.

il est 60 ans

Undoubtedly one of the wisest men in the game, here’s to Monsieur Wenger…

About Sir Alex Ferguson

Everyone thinks they have the prettiest wife at home.” — In response to SAF’s jibe that his team weren’t deserving league and cup champions — “They are scrappers who rely on belligerence – we are the better team”, (May 2002)

I’m ready to take the blame for all the problems of English football if that is what he wants.” — Interview in reaction to comments made by Sir Alex Ferguson who highlighted the lack of homegrown players at Arsenal, (November 2007)

Any man who concentrates his energies totally on one passion is, by definition, someone who hurts the people close to him.” (February 2007)

About José Mourinho

He’s out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent.” — in the Ashley Cole transfer fiasco (November 2005)

Coining the term Financial Doping

They [Chelsea] are a financially doped club. They have enhancement of performances through financial resources which are unlimited. It puts pressure on the market that is not very healthy. They can go to Steven Gerrard or Rio Ferdinand and say ‘how much do you earn? We’ll give you twice as much’. I don’t know if there is anything we can do to stop it.” (May 2005)

About Nani

Everybody has a different opinion in this league and nobody is a prophet. I personally don’t know who will win the league. I managed 1,600 games so, if Nani knows, he must be 1,600 times more intelligent than I am.” — in response to Nani writing off Arsenal who were 2 pts from the top at the time (December 2010)

About everything else

You ask 100 people, 99 will say it’s very bad and the 100th will be Mark Hughes.” — after Hughes defended Adebayor’s stamp on van Persie (September 2009)

The penalty decision was Old Traffordish.” — I don’t know what game he was referring to, but you know exactly what he means (August 2009)

If you eat caviar every day it’s difficult to return to sausages.” — Arsenal 1-1 Middlesbrough (29 November 1998)

We do not buy superstars. We make them.” — (September 2007)

When you’re dealing with someone who only has a pair of underpants on, if you take his underpants off, he has nothing left – he’s naked. You’re better off trying to find him a pair of trousers to complement him rather than change him.” — interesting philosophy (February 2007)

If I give you a good wine, you will see how it tastes and after you ask where it comes from.” — his way of saying stop asking why he doesn’t buy lots of Brits (February 2007)

The way this season is shaping up, I bet there will many more Arsène-isms to come.

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