The “Fog on the Tyne” Has Cleared

5 04 2010

Almost a year ago the fog rolled in around Newcastle upon Tyne, Long Beach CA, and in my heart. Getting sent down to the Championship League was like getting kicked in the face by a steel-toed work boot and bloodied and bashed and left for dead. But today, April 5th, 2010 Newcastle United, after completing 41 matches, have secured promotion back into the Premier League {where we belong}. Nottingham Forest drew with Cardiff City today which officially delcared us promoted and with a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United and a continued unbeaten home record, the Fog On The Tyne has in fact cleared!!!!! WE ARE BACK LADS!!!!!

On a personal note: I am honored to be apart of this club. Seeing these guys grind out wins at times, destroy clubs, and deal with all the off the field drama is part of the journey. Im proud to call myself part of the Toon Army. Im proud of the lads who call themselves NEWCASTLE UNITED!!! NUFC FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!

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Doing The Math

15 02 2010

In looking at the remaining matches for Newcastle United and their campaign for returning to the Premier League…..it looks really really good! Here is the break down:

-NUFC currently sits on top with 60 points
-16 matches left
-8 are at home where we are currently undefeated
-5 of our 8 home matches are against clubs we have already beaten
-3 of our away matches are against the 3 clubs currently at the bottom of the table
-1 of our away matches is against a club with a loosing home record
-currently 5 points from 3rd place with a game in hand

Looking back at the past 5 seasons in the Championship League the average amount of points that the 1st place club had was around 86 points. The average amount of points the 2nd place team had was around 82 points.

So if we just play the historical card we only need to win 50% of the rest of our matches to return to the EPL {where we belong}. But who wants to slip back up into the land of top form? Not me. I want to blast back up! SO COME ON LADS!! NO MERCY!! NUFC FOR LIFE!!





Theres A New Sheriff In Nottingham

8 02 2010

For all of you out there who could give two craps about the Championship League and the latest news on Newcastle United, I just wanted to give a little update:

Newcastle is still at the top of the table with a record of 17-8-3 and 59 points. We are still undefeated at home. Based on previous promoted clubs scores, Newcastle will need to win around 10 out of the next 18 matches for promotion back to the EPL.

WBA is currently in second place with 56 points. They have been on Newcaslte United’s heals all season long. WBA looks to be making a very strong case for promotion along side the Magpies.

Now up until this point I personally have had no problem with bouncing back and forth between 1st and 2nd with WBA. The distance from 2nd to the playoff positions have had a wonderful fluffy cushion. But now a club has emerged and I’m starting to get that same old nervous feeling every weekend. This club has now put the pressure on NUFC and WBA to play at top form for every time they step out onto the pitch. Say hello to Nottingham Forest. They have blasted their way as far as 2nd place and are only down 1 point to WBA and sit very comfortably in 3rd place {10 points between 3rd and 4th place}.

The last thing I want to see is our promotion desided on a playoff. Thanks to Nottingham the rest of the season is going to be very interesting. I’m sure we will see many positions shift from week to week. Lets get ready! The road to May should be fun!!!





Championship League Relegated

18 12 2009

Seriously… the new Fox Soccer website absolutely blows.  Not only has Microsoft ruined everything, as usual, but they launched it with a shite load of bugs so that it didn’t even work properly for a few days.  In fact all the fixtures were all in Spanish until earlier today.

Also, poor Jake & Shawn are going to have to find news elsewhere since FSC could care less about the Championship League as they have no content or links for it anymore.  Not that I blame them.

Fail





OHHH Happy Day!!

27 09 2009

happydays

What a great day Sep. 26 is! First off Newcastle United reclaimed the number one spot in the Championship League by destroying Ipswich Town 4 to nil. Kevin Nolan recorded his first career hat trick and the forth nail in the coffin was Ryan Taylor delivering by means of a free kick. With West Brom droping thier first loss to Crystal Palace [Newcastle beat Crystal Palace 2 to nil], Newcastle is now 2 points clear and sitting right where they belong.

Secondly I watched both my kids pick up wins in their own football matches. My son was able to punch a goal in to add to the 6 to 1 win for his team “The Black Knights” [he is 9]. My daughter was a defensive wall as she stopped a massive offensive attack to help her team “The Silver Bullets”[she is 11]  to their first win.

And to top off a wonderful day…CHELSEA GETS HUMILITATED BY WIGAN 3 TO 1 AND DROPS OUT OF FIRST PLACE!!!! WHAMY!!!!!

 Ohh what a Happy Day……





On Becoming A Chelsea FC Fan

24 09 2009

Re-posted from Criticism As Inspiration by guest writer, Mark.

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I love sports.  But in my life I have typically never had teams that I followed specifically and of whom I would call myself a fan.  I have loved football (American) for as long as I can remember and just last year decided to follow the Houston Texans after a lifetime of having no team allegiance.  My reasoning for the Texans was simple… I had followed many of their players in my fantasy football league (I’m a nerd) and got used to wishing they would win, and finally decided to make it official.

After that however, I didn’t have anyone else.  Baseball – don’t watch it (if I wanted a steroidal freak-show I would go back and watch Pumping Iron).  Hockey – huh?  Basketball – love it, but again, don’t have a team I follow.  Golf – are you even allowed to root for anyone besides Tiger? (I think Nike would hunt you down and kill you).  How about soccer, or “football” as the rest of the world properly calls it?  Well, I played in AYSO when I was a youth but that was it, and besides who watches soccer in America?  You need to have special cable connections that unscramble signals from a pirated satellite in space to see a match.  And even then, Americans like sports with high scores, which is why your average baseball fan wants to see a ton of homers, not a pitchers duel.  It is near impossible to get excited about a 0-0 draw.  But I’ve found that a bunch of my hooligan friends do get excited over just such a world, and so they have dragged me kicking and screaming into the vortex of a sporting world full of passionate fans, large amounts of Russian money, gorgeous wives and girlfriends of players (WAGS), and of course drunken and violent thugs.

Shhhh, I'm about to make a sale!

Shhhh, I'm about to make a sale!

My introduction to this world was appropriately not by watching an actual football match, but in viewing a movie about violent football fans called Green Street Hooligans with my friend Jacob – who is a Newcastle United FC fan and therefore the butt of all jokes because his team was relegated from the Premiership to the Championship league, and also because his team sports jerseys reminiscent of Footlocker salesman.  In addition to the fighting I learned that there are other things fans can do such as drink lots of beer, curse, smoke, and wake up at the crack of dawn to watch a match all the while ruthlessly making fun of each other… things that I do enjoy immensely.  So I decided to join in the fun and choose a team, and thanks to the world of blogging I happened to get some advice from a Brit who rooted for Chelsea FC.

I have no idea who these players are

I have no idea who these players are

Immediately upon arbitrarily choosing Chelsea as my team I learned that I was now the most hated member of this band of friends – Chelsea being the New York Yankees of football apparently.  And while I don’t relish being hated, I do love the attention it draws, and also conveniently the fact that the team is awesome – just like the Yankees!!  So needing to fit in I have bought a jersey, since all these chaps wear their teams “kit” whenever football is being talked about, or being viewed, or being thought about, or when just going to the store for more diapers.  And so now I root for Chelsea FC, a team with a splendid and storied history, and try to remember who they are playing each week, and learn the names of at least three players (Lampard, Cole, Drogba… I think?), and know our record (6-0 beeyatches!).  It has been nothing short of fun in my brief stint as a football fan; I have an outstanding team to root for, a stellar coach (£9 million worth of stellarness), cool looking jersey’s, possession of the Community Shield, and the sweet, sweet knowledge that my team plays in the world’s best football league, The Premier League.  Only dopes follow teams in The Championship.