Welcoming Back Lesser Footy WITHOUT Claudio Ranieri

King Hippo

King Hippo

Reclusive, vulgar Broncos fan.Also a proud fookin’ Evertonian.Likely dropped on my head repeatedly as a small child.[Insert George Carlin quote followed by thoughtful nod.]
King Hippo

Yes, footy will definitely be way less foxy without his grinning face on the sidelines.  Leicester remain alive in the Champions League (despite a dreadful performance on Wednesday, a 1-nil win at home would see them advance into the quarterfinals), but the Board pulled the plug nonetheless, a mere 9+ months after he pulled off the greatest miracle in 21st century sport.

We shall see if this drastic, heart-wrenching move earns them survival or not.  Their first game under some interim fucker is at home Monday night against the Redshite (3:00, NBCSN).

First, though, the weekend fixtures.  Nothing until the crowded 10:00 window, because when you take two weeks off, you want to make sure you show as little action to starved fans as possible.  And the featured match is Chelsea hosting Swans (NBCSN).  Wheeeee!!  If you’d rather see a fair fight, CBNC has Palace/Middlesbrough, or you can join me in watching former Everton manager David Moyes bring his relegation fodder Sunderland squad back to Goodison, and hopefully get smashed (Extra Time).

NBC’s matinee is Watford hosting West Ham.  Watford have slid down to 13th, but still seem relegation-safe.  I was surprised to see the Hammers all the way up in 10th.  Good for them, I suppose.  Will probably watch basketball instead.

Sunday only brings one match, with the Manchester Derby postponed due to United playing Soton in the League Cup final (BeIn, 11:25).  3rd position Spurs host 9th position Stoke (8:30, NBCSN), in what could be somewhat interesting, given Spurs predilection for fucking things up when they get too close to coming good.

 

King Hippo
King Hippo
Reclusive, vulgar Broncos fan. Also a proud fookin' Evertonian. Likely dropped on my head repeatedly as a small child. [Insert George Carlin quote followed by thoughtful nod.]
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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Unsurprised
Unsurprised

The DNC chair right now means nothing. After precincts, wards, counties, and states elect their respective officers and delegates and possibly reduce the antidemocratic rules in the party in the next 18 months we’ll probably have very different leadership in the DNC. Or we won’t, which will mean the party is doomed. DOOOOOOMED.

Wakezilla

How we doing, gang?

Drinking our misery with Trump unofficially winning the 2020 election after today’s DNC announcement?

http://i.imgur.com/07fysiI.gif

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

Why so pessimistic?

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

Democrats are going to win in spite of themselves next year. If they don’t immediately impeach Trump and Pence, they will be destroyed forever in 2020.

BTW, I know some people have defended the party towards the Berniecrats by saying that he and his delegates were responsible for the most progressive platform ever (which I think is bullshit). But here’s the thing: No one gives a fuck about the platform. No one has read the platform because the platform committee is comprised of the most unbearable people alive – people who are so awful that being stuck in a room with them would cause you to kill yourself within an hour. And I’ve only been so far as a state committee meeting. the DNC platform committee members are the Apex Loons. Bob Dole famously admitted in 1996 that he never read the RNC platform because who cares? The presidential nominee’s platform is the platform. Barring that, the chair’s platform is the platform. And now that the DNC has chosen to stay the course (unsurprisingly, as the only people allowed to vote for the chair are the fucking people who were already invested in the party and elected as delegates to the party that gave us the fucking Clinton nomination), they’re going to, in the words of Obama, “lead from behind.”

laserguru

Could we actually see Leicester relegated the year after winning the championship?

That might be kind of fucking awesome.

Wakezilla

I have a feeling the ball might start magically bouncing Leicester’s way in the upcoming weeks.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Hippo at the bar?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
JustStopDude
JustStopDude
Fronkenshteen

“Way to use your turn signals, asshole!”

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
JustStopDude
JustStopDude

What movie is that from? I recognize the scene but I cannot remember the name.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
JustStopDude
JustStopDude

Man I want some Carlsberg. I drank so much of that shit in the UAE.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Fronkenshteen

How much extra dough do you think he had to pay the bagmen to go through “enemy territory”?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

An exaggeration to jack up the price?

Now it is called “Shipping and handling.” which people pay sometimes in excess of the item itself. Thanks Amazon!

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

Fucker was lucky that it wasn’t Genghis Khan sending that message.

Supposedly, it was a very similar message from the Khan in regards to the treatment of his dignitaries that had him release his “Dog of War” Subutai onto the Middle East. Subutai directed more than twenty campaigns in which he conquered thirty-two nations and won sixty-five pitched battles, during which he conquered or overran more territory than any other commander in history.

Back when the West was trying to relearn how to make indoor plumbing, this dude mastered complex warfare on a level not understood until Napoleon. He was arguably the first ever general to understand that siege engines could be used in field battles. He was a master of espionage. And unlike the leaders of the time, he didn’t bother to lead from the front. He would sit on a hill side, on a blanket, while flagmen would deliver his orders in real time, while he sipped tea. He also did this because he was old as fuck while he was slapping around Europe.

On his orders, an entire river was redirected to correct the insult against the Khan. He had destroyed the Khwarizm empire with a vastly inferior army, but Muhammad II of Khwarezm had fled. So Subutai ordered the capital city leveled, every single man, woman, child, and animal killed, and a river directed over the ruins so he could never visit it again. Konye-Urgench took about 100 years to be rebuilt…kind of just in time for Timur to do his thing.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

My point was a customer service complaint from 1750 B.C. was intended to be humorous. Most people here have likely read about Genghis Khan… at least I would hope they have.

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

I reserve the right to shoehorn Subutai in any conversation, either online or in person.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

This shoehorn would also need a time machine.

Wakezilla

Is that real?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Fronkenshteen

I don’t want to work tonight. I want to stay home with my family, drink beer, and eat Chinese food. Work is an assault on the mind and (old) body with people I don’t care for, for an embarrassingly low rate of pay. Also, the shift was added to my schedule this week without warning or explanation. But I’m going to go to work. Because of some horseshit in my upbringing and/or genetic makeup, I’m going to choose downright unpleasantness over family time. A mental health day, as it were. All because I can’t bring myself to tell a semi-creative lie and risk being considered unreliable by a bunch of ham-and-eggers. What’s wrong with me? Is there something wrong with me?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Nope.

*Says someone with the same mentality.

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

Work is evil

(This thinking may be why I’ve had such trouble finding a job)

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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theeWeeBabySeamus

King Hippo’s namesake might eat our almost ex-coach before the day is over.

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

Fucking Kante. God I love that dude. He missed that shot on goal, but notice he immediately forced the turnover and helped set up that last score by Chelsea.

Fucking total package that one!

Horatio Cornblower

Wait, so Swansea hasn’t just given up?

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

Fuck LC. Seriously…fucking morons.

Someone please explain to me their thinking in this move? They let go of their best player because they can’t afford shit. Even with Kante, it was fucking AMAZING how far Claudio got these scrubs.

And while their performance in the domestic league has been disappointing, they are still in the fucking Euro Cup. They have been doing a lot better than they should, especially considering that the team has ZERO FUCKING DEPTH.

What manager is going to come and take over this team?

“Okay…so I get one of the smallest budgets in the league to work with. I have nothing to work with in the way of depth or even developing players…and you just shitcanned the previous guy that made global sports history and cost bookies millions of pounds because you idiots think you should be in the Top 4 every year because reasons?”

If Claudio had not won it all, and just did what the team goals were, which consisted of not getting relegated, he would still have a fucking job. This is the problem with the EPL…it rewards the status quo and mediocrity. You win big, you are expected to win big all the time.

This just feeds into how the English National Team is a hilarious fucking embarrassment to football every time they play. The same level of out of touch with reality stupidity displayed by LC management exists throughout the FA and the fans.

Horatio Cornblower

That’s good rantin’!

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

I am seriously about to just stop with the EPL and follow the Bundesiliga. Most of the people I like at work are Polish and they end up following that league. Fox Sports 1 coverage is just as annoying as NBCsports so no change in that department.

I don’t like following a league where I am confident I could run a team better than half the teams in it. I end up hate watching matches more often then caring about the teams.

ballsofsteelandfury

In that case, why are you still watching the NFL? 🙂

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

Aside from San Fran, Cleveland, Jags, and Rams, I don’t think I would be a better GM than the current stock.

ballsofsteelandfury
ballsofsteelandfury

I really don’t think it was that expectations got high. I think it was that Leicester is run by Donald Sterling types. Very content to take the money given to them just by being in the league and make a profit by not spending money. Becoming a success involves investing and spending money and they just were not ever interested in that. Last year was a fluke that the Board regretted ever happened.

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

LC is not an EPL level club. Even with the EPL TV deal, they don’t pull in enough cash to fund a proper EPL level team.

When Claudio took the team to the Euro cup, they basically doubled their work load. They could either say “fuck the Euro Cup” or say “fuck the EPL this year”…they could not do both.

No one should put any single league’s regular season over performance in the Euro Cup. Its the fucking post season.

This is akin to firing an NFL coach, late in the post season, because in the next regular season, being played concurrently, they are 4-8.

LC is terrified of getting relegated and losing out of the EPL TV deal. BUt the thing is, they are getting relegated no matter what. They are too small of a fucking team, and they just derailed any fucking attempted at getting amazing results in the Euro Cup because whoever is dumb enough to take the job is going to poach the Euro squad to fill up the EPL squad…and they are still going to fucking get relegated.