What next for a Nation out of options?

Given England’s recent political suicide, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is yet another exasperating Brexit column. Instead I want to take a look at the equally desolate horizon of the England national football team. How Did We Get Here? In all sincerity it seems that England’s true downward spiral began with Glen…

Euros Reborn

  We are not half way through Euro 2016 and yet the new format of the competition has already had an immediately noticeable positive impact in terms of entertainment. It’s staggering to think that 5 goals have been scored between the 87th and 89th minutes of games and yet an additional 7 goals have been…

NBA Round 1 Playoff Round Up – Part Two

  Eastern Conference Whilst the West offered four series that were effectively blowouts, the East took far longer to resolve with two game seven deciders being required. Once again, let’s review the first round of the East and make some predictions for the Eastern conference divisional final.   Cleveland Cavaliers (4) vs. Detroit Pistons (0)…

NBA Round 1 Playoff Round Up – Part One

Whilst there were no real surprises in Round 1 of the playoffs, there were nevertheless, numerous on and off court talking points – lets take a look back at pen in a few predictions for the second round. Western Conference   Golden State Warriors (4) vs. Houston Rockets (1) This series generated a host of…

The Birth of a Rival

Football rivalries are born every day and the cause for such venom can often be very trivial, in my 25 plus years as a West Ham I have come to develop truly irrational hatred for the following 5 teams. 2006-2007 Sheffield United From a West Ham perspective, this season is dubbed ‘the great escape’, made…

NHL Playoff Round Up – Eastern Conference

  Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders NYI 4-2, will face TBL in Round 2 The New York Islanders finally shook the first round playoff monkey off their backs and will proceed to the second round for the first time in 23 years. On paper many expected this young Florida side to transition their form…

NHL Playoff Round Up – Western Conference

  With the first round of the 2015-16 Playoffs in the books, lets take a look back at what happened  in the Western Conference and what this means for round 2 and the subsequent divisional final. The last four years have seen the Chicago Blackhawks and LA Kings share the Stanley the trophy twice each,…

Champions League Semi Final Preview

  The general consensus is that Pep Guardiola is the most iconic manager within European football and his recent Barcelona and current Bayern sides play the most expansive and dynamic blend of football. Indeed, this is best illustrated by the recent round of 16 comeback by Bayern against, what has now been proved to be,…

Karma,the Divine God of Sport

So much of a team’s success in the best of 7 game format of the NBA Playoffs is heavily dependant on the attritional make up of the Franchise. Whilst many critics unjustly undermined last Season’s Golden State Warriors due to their lack of adversity in the form of opponents and injuries, the same most certainly…

Champions League Semi Final Preview

  In the first of this season’s Champions League Semi Finals 10 time winners and European pedigrees Real Madrid travel to the Etihad arena to take on comparatively novice opponents Manchester City. Heading into this fixture the hosts have struck a rich vein of form, primarily due to the return of midfield maestro Kevin De…

Trip Down Memory Lane

Flicking through some previous notes, I came across the below article written whilst watching Liverpool vs Tottenham back on 10th February 2015. It is interesting to note what has happened to the key characters about whom this article was written over 12 months ago. Raheem Stirling   What made him, being a product of a…