Posted by sean on December 13, 2004 at 11:00 pm in Football with No Comments

I’ve just watched the Fulham-Man Utd game which finished 1-1, Mr. Ferguson was not impressed – hahahaha! Alan Smith got the first goal for Manchester United and he is who I will be blogging about tonight.

Long time visitors to will know that since Smith’s move from Leeds to Man Utd, he hasn’t been my favourite player. In fact I commonly referred to him as Alan “Scum” Smith. I think for myself it is time to move on from these feelings and remember the good he did for Leeds.

Last season, I learnt that the Leeds board had set a meeting with Smith where they told him that he would be sold and had no Leeds future; this was even before the season ended. Smith left the meeting in tears – not really a player desperate to get away.

While at Leeds, Smithy always gave 110% even when the other 10 players on the pitch were simply pissing about. If all the other Leeds players over the past 3 seasons gave as much effort as Smithy did Leeds wouldn’t be in the position they are now – they would be top of the Premiership!

Smith still loves Leeds. According to many, while playing for Man Utd in last weeks Champions League game against Fenerbahce, he was asked by Man Utd fans to “kiss the badge” as he so commonly did for Leeds. Smith then shook his head and did the trademark Leeds salute!

I’d now like to wish Smithy all the best of luck in his career (although I do still want Man Utd to fail!). Also to say, if you ever get the chance to leave Man Utd please take it! I will always welcome Smith is always welcome back at Elland Road when he decides its time to come home.

I still HATE Man Utd by the way! :o)

Posted by sean on December 12, 2004 at 5:38 pm in Football with No Comments

Well, firstly I am very pleased that I can’t predict football results properly! I thought Leeds would get hammered by West Ham but the game finished at a very respectable 1-1. Leeds won a penalty in the dying seconds of the game to grab the equaliser.

Many West Ham fans were furious as they thought Leeds striker David Healy dived to get the penalty. I will admit, it wasn’t a penalty BUT if West Ham fans are honest with themselves they will know that Leeds were denied two clear penalties earlier in the game.

Even so, you could say Leeds got lucky which is just what manager Kevin Blackwell was asking for. Anyone who has listened to Blackwell’s pre-match interviews before, (see my blog about it below) he always complains that Leeds lost because they were luckless. I wonder what excuse he will use if they lose to Millwall next week, here’s a few suggestions for him…

“We need even MORE luck”
“Our players were stuffed on Mince Pies”
“It was Santa’s fault – I’ve been a very bad boy this year”
“My car broke down”
“… hmmm ….”

and finally the proper answer, but one I doubt I’ll hear…
“We didn’t play well. Millwall were the better team. I’ll change my tactics”
Hopefully he won’t need to use any of these as Super Leeds will win!

Still on the topic of football I am currently watching the Arsenal – Chelsea game. As I type it is currently 2-2 and is an absolutely fantastic game. I hope Arsenal win this game and indeed The Premiership.

I believe this year its either going to be Arsenal or Chelsea for the title (although based upon my current predictions it’ll probably be Norwich City). If Chelsea win it’ll be a sad day for football as they would have bought the league. They won’t have won it by building a super team from scratch over many years.

Finally, I went to the cinema again last night to see The Forgotten starring Julianne Moore (from Hannibal). Good film, although it was slow to start. Like The Grudge there were a lot of moments that made me jump so I was on the edge of my seat a little throughout the film.

I won’t go into the plot details here as it’ll ruin it for people who want to see the film, but I will say there were a lot of questions left unanswered at the end of the film. It seemed to have been rushed and felt unfinished.

Posted by sean on December 9, 2004 at 11:53 pm in Leeds United, Movies with No Comments

Last night I went to see Christmas with the Kranks at the cinema. I quite liked it; it was a nice, light hearted Christmas comedy. By no means a classic but still a good thing to watch this time of year. My friend who I went to watch the film with hated it. Still there’s no pleasing everybody. We’ll go and see his choice of festive film soon – Surviving Christmas (which actually looks pretty good).

Some trailers for upcoming films I saw…

Meet the Fockers – Released in the UK, 28th January 2005
The sequel to Meet the Parents, one of my favourite films of all time. Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro return alongside Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand. Looks very funny, especially when Jinx the cat flushes the tiny dog down the toilet – it comes out blue!

Team America: World Police – Released in UK, 14th January 2005
A Thunderbirds style comedy focusing on modern day politics and the war in Iraq. Looks very rude and extremely funny. From the creators of South Park, this could be very good.

Are We There Yet? – Released in UK, 25th March 2005
Ice Cube from the rap group N.W.A. and such films as Friday and Three Kings stars in a toilet humour comedy where he takes two children across America. Contains many predictable events such as vomiting, urinating and slapstick humour. I’d like to see it, probably only on the 2-4-1 Orange Wednesday though.

Valiant – Released in UK, 25th March 2005
Computer animation from the geniuses behind the Shrek series. Follows the story of carrier pigeons in WWII. Looks very funny. Stars Ewan McGregor (who’s tipped to be the next 007), John Cleese and Ricky Gervais. Looking forward to this one…

Football now, Super Leeds United are away tomorrow evening to West Ham. The game is on the telly so all of the UK can have a good old laugh at the team they love to hate lose.

Once again, based upon recent form I can not see anything but a West Ham win tomorrow (painful as it is to admit). Still you never know what you’re going to get from Leeds. My other predictions this week haven’t been too good. Last night, I strongly believed, losing 1-0 at half time, Liverpool were heading for the Uefa Cup and would not enter the knock out phase of The Champions League. How wrong I was!

Lastly a comment on the state of the Leeds United kit this season. They have the usual sponsor on the front of the shirt – ok, fair enough, every team has this. Then the other month they got sponsorship on the backs of their shirt! Now it’s appearing on the backs of their shorts! They’re like walking billboards; I know the club are “a little” short on funds but this is ridiculous.

Mind you, I hear Roy Keane of Manchester United will soon have a similar type of sponsorship on his arse. He’s set to be sponsored by BT, after all “It’s good to talk”. :o)

Good luck to Leeds tomorrow – prove me wrong lads!

Posted by sean on December 8, 2004 at 8:58 pm in Television with No Comments

Ha ha ha! There’s a new excellent John Smiths ad on the TV. Most adverts on television are just sh*t and I just skip through them on Sky+ but these John Smith’s ones are certainly worth watching! Peter Kay is a genius.

In the past you’ve been able to watch them on the official John Smiths website. Maybe it’s because the ad is so new but it’s not there at the moment. To give you all the chance to see it, I’ve uploaded it here.

Once again, please do NOT link directly to this file on your website/forums. Instead link to the main site URL. It uses up bandwidth designed for site visitors only and remember – bandwidth costs money.

Lastly, remember to buy yourself some John Smith’s this Christmas and New Year. Firstly it’s very, very nice and secondly as long as people keep drinking it, Peter Kay will keep making the ads.

Posted by sean on December 7, 2004 at 10:38 pm in Geek Stuff with No Comments

This morning a miracle occurred. I turned on my supposedly broken TV in the hope it had healed itself and low and behold it had! It is now working fine! Something must have happened overnight to bring the TV set back to life! A modern day miracle!

Of course the TV didn’t heal itself; while I do believe in miracles I don’t think they happen to solve faulty television sets! The fault was with the external cover that goes over the TV switch, it had become dislodged and when pressed in did not meet with the switch. This has now been fixed by and everything is fine.

I feel kinda silly though as I knew the switch cover was broken and never thought to look at the time! Still I’m very pleased it’s working again and I don’t have to fork out for a new TV set!

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