Fan Power

April 23, 2012

With a weekend of high profile games (now completed) that saw Real Madrid beat Barca and practically seal the league title, Man Utd chuck away a 4-2 lead, and Man City steal two vital points off Utd by beating lowly Wolves, you might be forgiven for not noticing the shenanigans going on in the game on Sunday between Genoa and Siena.

Genoa Ultras, disgusted by their team’s performance, called a timeout and halted the game and then demanded that the team players surrender their jerseys as, in their eyes, they weren’t fit to wear them.  And like scolded children, one by one the players gave up their shirts –  all bar Giuseppe Sculli and the goalkeeper Sebastien Frey.

The fans’ no nonsense reaction to their team’s current performance – trailing 0-4 early on in the second half – began with the lighting of flares and other pyrotechnics and hurling them on the pitch.  As the game came to an abrupt halt the Ultras lay siege to the tunnel preventing the players from leaving the pitch and then the message was sent to Genoa’s captain Marco Rossi that they must hand over their shirts.

Rossi went round collecting the shirts but two of his players, Sculli and Frey, stood their ground and argued it out with representatives of the pissed off hooligans.  It may be the fact that Giuseppe Sculli (who is reported to be the grandson of a former Mafia boss whose wiki page can be found here ), got away with his actions because of who he is.

Eventually after almost a 45 minute delay Sculli’s negotiations appeared to bear fruit and the jerseys were returned to the players who played out the rest of the match without further incident.  Notably Siena only scored one more goal throughout the remainder of the game – in their own net.  Final score 1-4.  Check out video footage of the incident at 101 Great Goals .


I Told You So

April 4, 2012

This is a very short post to follow up from the last post I made where I discussed the Toronto FC v Santos Laguna game and how the return leg would be a different kettle of fish.  Seems I was right.  It pleases me greatly to say two things came out of tonight’s match in Mexico – the Mexicans crushed the life out of the Canadians after winning by 6 goals to 2 as I said they would (crush them, that is).  And I told you Plata was a decent player – he bagged both of TO’s goals tonight and I really wouldn’t be surprised to see him leave MLS and move on to bigger and better things.

I have to admit I was pretty well stunned to see Toronto open the scoring and even more stunned to see them retake the lead towards the end of the first half but Santos had all the answers tonight, drawing level again before the break and seeing them off in the second half in the manner I had expected them to.

For me there really wasn’t much to turn me on price wise.  I really wanted to back Any Unquoted but the prohibitive price saw to it that I looked elsewhere.  I opted to lay the 0-0 HT score and was waiting for my 3.35 lay to be matched when the first goal went in.  As soon as the suspended sign cleared I jumped back in for a lay of the 0-1 HT but had to wait for what seemed like an age (15 minutes) for the bet to land.  I did consider going in yet again and laying the 1-1 HT score but I decided against it only to see not one but two more goals before the half was finished.  All in all though a very pleasing result as I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that tonight was the proverbial mortgage job.

That’s pretty much it for now.  The flat racing has now started so I can at last begin to flesh out my neural network application and hopefully reveal it to the masses for their approval but knowing how fickle gamblers are I’ll be standing by for the expected torrent of abuse just as soon as it gets a couple wrong.  See ya next time.

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