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Art Vandelay

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    Fat beats for my rhymes. Mad clips for my nine.

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  1. The horseshoe is a problem with player ability as well as system, I reckon. We’ve no quality on the ball when we’re trying to transition from the back four into anyone further forward than that. Football has moved on from your shielder collecting the ball to feet in his own third and picking a pass from there as although we’re secure we leave ourselves short in midfield. There’s no flexibility in possession either and this team is crying out for the Pep tactic of that kind of half-mid full back hybrid when we have the ball. Honestly, Ben White would quietly transform this starting XI if he got a crack.
  2. The Netherland in the 2010 final as an example was one of the most disgraceful performances I've ever seen to be honest. If Howard Webb was competent the game would've been called it was that bad.
  3. I feel bad for Wales as realistically they have to play Ramsey and Bale, but at this stage it is a bit like when Mike Bassett accidentally calls up the two middle-aged semi-pros called Benson & Hedges.
  4. If the word "absorbing" or any mentions of chess are trotted out you're more than likely watching a stinker.
  5. The untapped resource is decentralising the TV rights and rinsing the streaming market. It's what makes me think the Super League isn't dead at all as there's enough owners that want it, and also FIFA are definitely looking for a prestige club tournament to call their own as really all they have is the World Cup and they would love to wrestle control away from UEFA. That an enormous £200bn purpose built football hub has just been built to host such a thing is lovely old timing too.
  6. The way they're banging on is ridiculous. An upset yeah, but a decent Japanese outfit beating an indifferent Germany isn't really a shock. Just shows how little actual knowledge some of these pundits have outside of the small bubble of Premier League football.
  7. The Japanese blueprint of riding your luck all game and then going full court attack like madmen in the last quarter is one I can get behind.
  8. I'd agree with that. I think he was doomed by association with The Premiership as that was just an awful show. From memory Match of the Day was very highlights focussed then – didn't they even just crank through the last few games one after the next with a brief summation at the end? – and ITV by comparison filled every inch of it with anything but just showing the matches. He still gets work though which is decent longevity in his field.
  9. I bumped into Tony Pulis once when his West Brom team were stopping at the same hotel we were. He was a really nice bloke which kind of makes me hope he didn't hear what I'd shouted at him whenever he bought whatever team of cloggers he was currently managing to the Arsenal. Anyway, I'll always defend Towsend when he gets bought up as I think he has a really unique ability to judge the way the metronome of a game is swinging. Sure, he's got his stock phrases but I think he's a fine co-commentator and am always pleased when he pops up on the radio or some dodgy stream.
  10. The BBC comms on the radio have been good I will say. Pat Nevin is a safe pair of hands and despite myself I do really like Clinton Morrison.
  11. It'll be interesting to see if Mbappe and Neymar turn up like Messi has as farting about for PSG is terrible prep for playing top-level football.
  12. When The KLF did a similar thing that was genuinely pointless as it was just for art’s sake, and as a piece of art it was completely derivative even 30 years ago.
  13. Acosta should be expelled from professional football for denying us the chance to see Bale swinging at that one.
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