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Revealed: why Alex Ferguson really quit Manchester United

alex ferguson  Revealed: why Alex Ferguson really quit Manchester United

SO. Why did Sir Alex Ferguson quit as manager of Manchester United? The Mirror was scooped by pretty much every other news organ on Earth – the paper claimed Fergie was looking for a number two as the Telegraph was announcing the manager’s retirement. Today the Mirror will restore it sense of pride by revealing why Ferguson really quit.

The Wife

The Mirror leads “Married for 47 years, Sir Alex finally quits for the sake of his wife”.

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Posted: 9th, May 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Alex Ferguson quits Manchester United – Hull’s Steve Bruce thinks ‘long and hard’ about filling the ‘hole’

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SIR Alex Ferguson has quite as Manchester United’s manager. One of his former players, Steve Bruce, now manger of Hull City, gives his views on the great manager’s retirement:

“I think we’re shocked because nobody has seen it coming… He must have thought long and hard… It’s going to be a big hole to fill.”

Old Mr Anorak’s adolescent son can’t stop sniggering. Can’t think why…

Photo: New Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who will be in charge of the team for the first time at Oxford tomorrow. Date: 07/11/1986

Posted: 8th, May 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Alex Ferguson quits Manchester United: The Telegraph’s Mark Ogden trounces the Mirror’s Alan Marshall

PA 16464582 Alex Ferguson quits Manchester United: The Telegraphs Mark Ogden trounces the Mirrors Alan Marshall

HOW did the papers report the news that Sir Alex Ferguson is quitting Manchester United?

The Sun (back page): “Fergie in quit frenzy”

Daily Mail (back page): “Ferguson to quit rumour rocks United”

The Times (Page 60 of 64): “United plan statement as doubts grow about future of Ferguson – Health issues fuel speculation of Moyes role”

The scoop was with The Telegraph’s Mark Ogden, whose paper led with:

“Fergie Time? Sir Alex considering calling time on United career”

Ferguson’s United future was shrouded in doubt on Tuesday night with the Scot understood to be giving serious consideration to ending his 26-year reign as manager.

And the Daily Mirror?

Alan Marshall wrote:

It has been reported that Fergie is ready to make an SOS call for a new No.2 as he prepares for life after his hip op.

Still, Fergie might be back for a few minutes yet…

Posted: 8th, May 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hats off to Sir Alex Ferguson – his best Manchester United caps (photos)

SO. Sir Alex Ferguson is no longer manager of Manchester United. Chances are David Moyes soon will be. The current Everton boss has the accent and the drive. But does he have the head for it?

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Posted: 8th, May 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ronnie O’Sullivan match interrupted by farting fan

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HATS off to Ronnie O’Sullivan for winning his fifth World snooker title. On his way to victory over Barry Hawkins, O’Sullivan defeated Judd TRUMP. Listen out for the blast:

Posted: 7th, May 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Championship finale in photos: Hull gain, Barnsley survive, Wolves sink and Leicester’s last gasp glory

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FOOTBALL. Bloody hell. Hull City have been promoted to the Barclays Premier League. It wasn’t easy. It was nerve-shredding tension. Unless you were a Cardiff city fan.

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When Nicky Maynard converted a penalty for already promoted Cardiff City, they were drawing with Hull 2-2. Watford’s match became all-important. Radios were tuned in.

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A win for Watford would see them occupy the second automatic promotion spot. Could they beat Leeds United?  Hull City players gathered around a television to watch the Watford game. It’s kick of had been delayed  because of an injury to Watford’s goalkeeper, Jonathan Bond. For sixteen minutes Hull waited and Watford toiled. Then Ross McCormack scored in the 90th minute. Leeds were 2-1 up. Watford were gutted. Watford’s manager Gianfranco Zola summed it up.

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Hull went nuts.

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Meanwhile, at the foot of the table, Wolverhampton Wanderers lost to Brighton & Hove Albion. That meant back-to-back relegation.

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But it’s Peterborough who were crushed. They were drawing 2-2 away to Crystal Palace when disaster struck.  Mile Jedinak scored in the 89th minute.

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Barnsley, who only managed a 2-2 draw with Huddersfield, would be up if they hung on for the point. They did.

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Nottingham Forest are also gutted at the last.  They will not be in the play-off places because Leicester City scored in the 90th minute.

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And for Crystal Palace fans, it might soon be goodbye from him. What price Manchester United-bound Wilfried Zaha taking Palace to the Primer League via the play-offs?

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Posted: 4th, May 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How much is promotion really worth to Hull City?

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HULL City are up into the Premier League. How much is that worth, then?

£150m – The Independent
£130m – Japan Times
£120m – The Times
£100m – This Is Hull
£90m – Bloomberg
£80m – Malky Mackay (Cardiff City manager)
£60m – Vital Football

Who’s right? Adam Bull, a senior consultant in Deloitte’s Sports Business Group, came up with £120m

“The three Championship clubs which are promoted this season can expect a revenue increase of more than £60m in 2013-14… Based on existing distribution methods, even if a club is relegated after one season in the Premier League, it will be entitled to parachute payments over the following four seasons of around £60m.”

Kerching! Now, is Harry Redknapp available to help spend some of that cash..?

Posted: 4th, May 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


God is a Wolves fan, Darth Vader loves Brighton and the Lord of all creation hates Peterborough

prayer for wolves God is a Wolves fan, Darth Vader loves Brighton and the Lord of all creation hates Peterborough

IS GOD a Wolves fan?  Wolves are second bottom of the Championship. To remain in football’s second tier they need a win away at Brighton and for results elsewhere to go their way. All being well with them, Peterborough will go down and Wolves will stay up and get to play mighty Bournemouth in 2013-2014.  But in case skill and luck are not enough, the The Right Reverend Clive Gregory had written a prayer for Wolves.

Sadly for Clive, the game is being played on May the Fourth, aka Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you) and Darth Vader has decreed that his beloved Brighton will murder Wolves:

Posted: 3rd, May 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Luis Suarez’s showreel – the alternative angle

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SOME ONE took the time to produce this showreel of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez at work. The video does not included the bite on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic or vebals:

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This is the same guy who was recently banned for 10 games for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. If you ask me this asshole should never step foot on a soccer field again.

Posted: 3rd, May 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tottenham’s Gareth Bale needs to ‘clean up his act’ if he want to be like Liverpool’s Luis Suarez

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IS John Aldridge, formerly of Liverpool FC, biased? His latest article for the Liverpool Post tells readers:

LIVERPOOL FC’S thrashing of Newcastle United has to be the result of the season across the Premier League.

In terms of goals, the thrashing would have to be Chelsea’s 8-0 win over Aston Villa. It terms of catharsis, we’d go for Tottenham’s 2-3 win away at Manchester United,the Londoners first win at Old Trafford for 23 years.

What does Aldridge say about the decios to award the player of the year gong to Spurs’ Gareth Bale?

“It was no surprise that Suarez didn’t win the PFA award after what’s gone on but he would have been my pick ahead of Gareth Bale. Some will say I’m biased, but over the course of the season I believe Suarez has been the best player. Bale is a brilliant talent and I’d love to have him at Liverpool but he’s also one of the biggest cheats. Suarez stopped diving and now the PFA Player of the Year needs to do the same and clean up his act.”

Some might say….

Posted: 3rd, May 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Reginald D Hunter lampoons the PFA after the ‘nigger’ race row (the photos)

HOW did Reginald D Hunter react to the overblown race row about his appearance at the PFA awards? He mocked it. He called his Facebook gallery “The PFA Awards – the horrible aftermath”. Pictures of the race riot to follow:

Reginald D Hunter showing off his son at the PFA after show party.

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Posted: 1st, May 2013 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Reginald D Hunter’s ‘nigga’ show upset ‘the Manchester United of people’

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THE Professional Footballers’ Association (|PFA) booked American-born Royal Academy of Dramatic Art alumnus Reginald D Hunter to entertain footballers at their AGM. His performance was peppered with the word nigger. He called Liverpool’s Luise Suarez a nigger. Although is most newspaper that is written as “n******”. That’s to avoid being offensive. The Telegraph says he made potentially offensive jokes about Jews and women.” Isn’t everything potentially offensive? The dread buzzword is “inappropriate“. Was Hunter being inappropriate?

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Posted: 1st, May 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Professional football team takes on 22 amateurs (Norwegian Premier League outfit Valerenga, that is)

 Professional football team takes on 22 amateurs (Norwegian Premier League outfit Valerenga, that is)

FOOTBALL can be pretty ridiculous at times and a recent match in Norway took the biscuit, with a professional team playing against a team made up of 22 amateurs.

Norwegian Premier League outfit Valerenga (mid-table nothingness, if you’re wondering) took on a side twice their size for a television series called Golden Goal.

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Posted: 30th, April 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Connected Jason Collins has a big future in the macho world of politics

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JASON Collins is gay. He’s played in the NBA for 12 years. Says the Washington Wizards center:

“I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport.”

Good. Because you’re not. There was Andrew Goldstein, goalkeeper for Major League Lacrosse’s Long Island Lizards.

And what about the women? Because – yep – women plays sports and can be gay, too.

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Posted: 30th, April 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Modern football cliches: ten imports we DON’T want in our game

FOOTBALL phrases: Ten imports we DON’T want in our game

Spitting, biting, diving, shirt-pulling, feigning injury, waving imaginary cards… All of them rightly condemned, and all at various times accused of being ‘foreign’ practices that are creeping into ‘our game’. Now add to the list the insidious importing of heinous phrases, some from other sports and some, heaven forfend, from another country – namely the US of A.

OFFense and DEE-fense

Just plain wrong – and to add to the ignominy, there’s the ridiculous American emphasis on the first syllable. What’s wrong with good old attack and defence?

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Posted: 30th, April 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nil points: Can QPR become football’s Team Caterham?

QPR1 Nil points: Can QPR become footballs Team Caterham?

DON’T panic Super Hoops, QPR chairman Tony Fernandes, says things are on track. Fernandes, who owns the Caterham Formula One team, tweeted the faithful following Premier League relegation:

“Sorry to all QPR fans. But the plan goes on. Now more than ever. We owe it to you. Took 3 years to get Caterham right. No quitting.”

How right is that going, then?

QPR panic 1 Nil points: Can QPR become footballs Team Caterham?

QPR panic Nil points: Can QPR become footballs Team Caterham?

Photo: Caterham driver Heikki Kovalainen of Finland sits on a barrier after spinning off the circuit during the qualifying session for the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. 

Posted: 29th, April 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


QPR: Happy Harry Redknapp translates Jose Bosingwa’s ‘foreign’ smirk for a biased media

QPR QPR: Happy Harry Redknapp translates Jose Bosingwas foreign smirk for a biased media

WHEN we saw the pictures of QPR’s Jose Bosingwa smiling in the aftermath of QPR’s demotion to the Championship, we also noticed Harry Redknapp, his manager, smiling, too. Fair enough. It’s a game. Alsays look on the bright side, and all that. Lose with good grace. Tomorrow is another day. Chin up. And so on. But the Mail wants more. The paper leads its sports coverage with “YOU’RE A JOKE”, a story of “fury” at “laughing Boswinga“. We read on:

Queens Park Rangers are furious with Jose Bosingwa after he was caught laughing just moments after the club’s relegation was confirmed…

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Posted: 29th, April 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Epic tweets: the Columbus Crew scoreboard is on fire

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TWEET of the day is made by the Columbus Crew, who assure us that they are “aware of the issues with our scoreboard”. To those of at the game but not on twitter we commend your gaze to the scoreboard, which is on fire.

Columbus Crew fire Epic tweets: the Columbus Crew scoreboard is on fire

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Posted: 29th, April 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Fabulous Frisbee 1977: A model shows us the Basic Catching Postions

fab frisbee Fabulous Frisbee 1977: A model shows us the Basic Catching Postions

SO. Summer’s coming and you’re wondering who to throw a frisbee like the dudes in Hard Ticket to Hawaii. Well, in 1978, Fabulous Frisbee told us how:

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Posted: 28th, April 2013 | In: Books, Flashback, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal v Manchester United: the penalty and Robin Van Persie’s changing room gaffe

SO. ARSENAL hosted their former captain Robin Van Persie and his Manchester United, the Premier League Champions. How did it go?

The local hero heads for the home changing room:

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Posted: 28th, April 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


QPR are relegated: Harry Redknapp & Bosingwa smile through the heartbreak

QPR are relegated from the Premier League. The club’s manager Harry Redknapp player Jose Bosingwa leave the pitch…smiling. Redknapp might be putting a brave face on his fallen stock. Boswinga looks far from crushed. QPR ha-ha-ha…

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Posted: 28th, April 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘romp’ with the runner up in a beauty contest

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REAL Madrid’s winker Cristiano Ronaldo is alleged to have cheated on his girlfriend with Andressa Urach, a Brazilian model nicknamed ‘Miss BumBum’. She claims to have shagged the Portguuese winger two days before Real were thrashed 4-1 by Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semi-final. She says:

“I have always thought Cristiano is one of the most gorgeous men in the world, so I couldn’t believe it when he got in touch with me.”

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Posted: 28th, April 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Made In Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews might deserve each other

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THAT Made In Chelsea’s Spencer Mathews is bit of knob is a surprise to only those of you who think Katie Price sleeps on her front. Speaking to OK!, Matthews is talking about “dumping his girlfriend Louise Thompson” on the TV show. Before doing to, he cheated on her and behaved, by his own admittance, horribly. OK! asks him:

“Did you lose respect for her after she took you back after you cheated?”

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Posted: 26th, April 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0