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(Guardian)   After the World Cup draw it's back to weekly club football. Will Arsenal be able to stay strong? will Suarez get banned again? Can Pulis save Palace or did the dead cat just bounce? Plus Bayern walking away with the title   (theguardian.com) divider line 401
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2013-12-07 08:35:04 AM
Whar fitba, thread, whar! Oh, right.
 
2013-12-07 08:38:57 AM
It is your FFPL report!

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This was a BOGOF round with a mighty 20 games and only one insurance chip, but somehow no one scored less than zero. We're a third of the way through the league programme, and out of my window I can hear the sounds of marching as Scotland shows again it is a modern up to date region with no historical hang-ups whatsoever [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairde_na_h%C3%89ireann]. Seriously, anyone wanting to pay the flute should go on a terrorist watch list.

I retain a very slim lead over wynswrld, who has increased the gap between himself and the third placed player nathanjr. That triple now have clear water between themselves and the peloton, headed up by Mr_H and Langston. This could be the week we see the first members of the 1000+ club [Kiss-of-death-warming]. I am suspicious that nathanjr, who also retains Presidency of the BB club benefitted from an auto generation of the second half of his predictions?

Cameroncrazy1984, elguepardo and CheeseheadDave - this is your final warning for zombie like behaviour - are you more alive than the USAs chances of getting out of their World Cup group? MNMarkPW and dead_for_tax_reasons are on the move amongst the zombies - The Walking Football [http://www.surreyfa.com/players/walking-football]?

Top score of the round was StRalphtheLiar with 195 - remember this was a 20 match round, so four prefects and a banker 30 accreted that without the need for fireworks. Similar methods used by Princips_Sandwich and Bolo78 to generate 185 and 165 respectively.

Lowest score of the round went to dietbubba with a measly 10. Next lowest scores were higher than the highest scores we've had in some painful rounds.

Princips_Sandwich moves up 8 slots, dfect drops 8. The_Envoy is scratching at the roof of Page 2 and dietbubba is sitting on the trap-door at the bottom of Page 1 - 'where dignity begins'.

At a macro level, the bottom sees MUFCers clustering and the top 12 is 50% Arsenal.

I am in 707th of 110,000 with an accuracy of 58%. I'm 23rd of all NUFC fans [and a NUFC fan currently has the global #1 spot]. Our median player is NobleHammer16 who is in 46604th with an accuracy of exactly 50% meaning the FFPL median is somewhat higher than the global median. FFPL is kicking the living shiate out of the TalkSport radio presenters [https://predictor.talksport.com/leaderboards/presenters.htm] and is in 339th place in the league-of-leagues - if anyone can find out how many mini-leagues there are, please advise.

In other news, I've discovered as league manager that I can see data wrt when you enter your predictions and when and how often you amend them - but not the predictions themselves. Some people enter and are done, others are little tinkerers, aren't they SachBash?
 
2013-12-07 08:44:31 AM
We'll lose today.

Unnecessary away kit alert.

How come they can fit 'Chicharito' on the back of a shirt but Van Persie has to be abbreviated to 'v. Persie'?

We'll lose today.
 
2013-12-07 08:47:59 AM
 
2013-12-07 08:50:39 AM
I don't believe I've seen a MUFC team as physically weak as this in a long time. Vidic is a beast, and Jones is pretty big and Van Persie can handle himself, but other than that - especially the midfield and forward line - it is looking pretty lightweight.

Could go either way - if NUFC score first it might get rather interesting.
 
2013-12-07 08:54:02 AM
You have to say one thing for Moyes, he's breaking all kinds of records at Man Utd...
 
2013-12-07 09:00:20 AM
Evra's hurt? G....

shiat, he got up.
 
2013-12-07 09:04:36 AM
MLS Cup Final is at 4.00 PM EST, so get your final fantasy picks in Fark Fitba players.
 
2013-12-07 09:04:49 AM
Superb goal, Newcastle!
 
2013-12-07 09:05:51 AM
See - the MUFC fullbacks are just bouncing off Sissoko and then he can make a run with MUFC scrambling.

WTL.
 
2013-12-07 09:06:36 AM
>moyes
>6 years

Don't think he's getting the sack until next year, but damn, United look like trash. As much as I like seeing United capitulate, this is embarrasing. You can't lose two at home in a row if you want to challenge for the top four.
 
2013-12-07 09:10:17 AM

ADubs86: Don't think he's getting the sack until next year, but damn, United look like trash.


I want to be fair to Moyes, he doesn't have a great squad or a lot of depth. But he doesn't seem to be willing to play the best of what he's got, which is young/fast players like Zaha, Valencia, and Buttner.

He was always going to be cut some slack in his first year, he should have used that window to sit down the old men and bring on the prospects.
 
2013-12-07 09:12:03 AM

ADubs86: >moyes
>6 years

Don't think he's getting the sack until next year, but damn, United look like trash. As much as I like seeing United capitulate, this is embarrasing. You can't lose two at home in a row if you want to challenge for the top four.


It's going to be weird to want Utd to take points from the other title contenders the rest of the way.
 
2013-12-07 09:14:42 AM

ADubs86: MLS Cup Final is at 4.00 PM EST, so get your final fantasy picks in Fark Fitba players.


That early? Damn I was hoping it was later.
 
2013-12-07 09:15:38 AM
Man U. is looking like farking crap.  Talk about a brutal group for the cup. If the usa can get a point, I hope it's better than an own goal
 
2013-12-07 09:16:05 AM
I've said it before, but it bears repeating. This Utd side reminds me so much of the decline after winning the European Cup in 1968. Giggs is Charlton, Rooney is Law, and Van Persie is Best, and the ownership is trying to slide by without investing in the team.
 
2013-12-07 09:16:09 AM
Also I slept in knowing United would be shiat.  My predo doesn't reflect that, but I was hoping that they would realize this was a must win game.  Ah well.
 
2013-12-07 09:16:25 AM
RVP denied by a correct offsides call
 
2013-12-07 09:17:09 AM

desertgeek: RVP denied by a correct offsides call


Sian Massey.
 
2013-12-07 09:17:13 AM
Sian Massey fan club reporting in.  Good call.
 
2013-12-07 09:17:22 AM
HAHAHAHAHAHAH more, more infinite sadness for Robin van Persie!! I love it so much.
 
2013-12-07 09:17:50 AM
Oh bollocks, offsides.  The last 15 minutes could have been fun.
 
2013-12-07 09:18:25 AM
Zaha is on at least.
 
2013-12-07 09:20:12 AM

czetie: , and the ownership is trying to slide by without investing in the team.


That was always going to happen to them. They spent the last decade putting off the inevitable off of unsustainable finances and the Ronaldo money.
 
2013-12-07 09:22:39 AM

zoobaby: Sian Massey fan club reporting in.  Good call.


She also led to Andy Gray being canned by Sky, which automatically put her in my good books.

I wonder if the FA will ever be brave enough to make her referee (as opposed to assistant ref) in a premier league game?
 
2013-12-07 09:25:26 AM

Stimied in a Rut: ADubs86: MLS Cup Final is at 4.00 PM EST, so get your final fantasy picks in Fark Fitba players.

That early? Damn I was hoping it was later.


Lucky for the players, anyway.  If they play it in the middle of the afternoon, it might be over 20 (F) out.  It is 4 degrees fieldside right now.
 
2013-12-07 09:26:54 AM

czetie: zoobaby: Sian Massey fan club reporting in.  Good call.

She also led to Andy Gray being canned by Sky, which automatically put her in my good books.

I wonder if the FA will ever be brave enough to make her referee (as opposed to assistant ref) in a premier league game?


Good point on Gray. Advancing from assistant to referee at the top level probably takes more work than we can imagine. But who knows? She can't be any worse than some of those idiots.
 
2013-12-07 09:27:34 AM
Are those American football yardlines on the pitch at OT?
 
2013-12-07 09:30:10 AM

StRalphTheLiar: Are those American football yardlines on the pitch at OT?


Look like rugby lines to me.
 
2013-12-07 09:31:09 AM

StRalphTheLiar: Are those American football yardlines on the pitch at OT?


Most likely rugby or for training.
 
2013-12-07 09:31:51 AM

midpoint: StRalphTheLiar: Are those American football yardlines on the pitch at OT?

Most likely rugby or for training.


Indeed, rugby league World Cup final last week.
 
2013-12-07 09:31:54 AM

StRalphTheLiar: Are those American football yardlines on the pitch at OT?


Definitely rugby.
 
2013-12-07 09:37:48 AM

czetie: zoobaby: Sian Massey fan club reporting in.  Good call.

She also led to Andy Gray being canned by Sky, which automatically put her in my good books.

I wonder if the FA will ever be brave enough to make her referee (as opposed to assistant ref) in a premier league game?


Doubt it. I would hope that they give her a shout in a Championship match though.
Best -10 of my day today.
 
2013-12-07 09:38:14 AM
So how long before Moyes gets the dreaded vote of confidence?
 
2013-12-07 09:38:29 AM
A good win for NUFC. I don't care how bad they are, anytime you can bet Utd at Old Trafford it is special.
 
2013-12-07 09:39:24 AM
First Everton, now Newcastle. Teams that just don't win at OT, now win at OT. Wow.
 
2013-12-07 09:39:26 AM
And if we'd only drawn that, we would have been disappointed. First time MUFC have lost two home league games in a row for 11 years.

NUFC 5 wins from 6, including beating Chelsea and Spurs and MUFC away. Have to be very happy with that.
 
2013-12-07 09:40:40 AM

Gosling: So how long before Moyes gets the dreaded vote of confidence?


End of this season. Even the Glazers won't try to comment on him until then, it'll look too bad on them.
 
2013-12-07 09:40:57 AM
Have United fans started chanting You Don't know What You Are Doing at Moyes yet?
 
2013-12-07 09:41:14 AM
It's a good job Ceefax is dead because soon we wouldn't even be on page 1 of p324.
 
2013-12-07 09:41:59 AM

ADubs86: First Everton, now Newcastle. Teams that just don't win at OT, now win at OT. Wow.


I will say, when it comes to Man United, I've heard quite a bit of the phrase "it's a famous result" this season.
 
2013-12-07 09:42:01 AM

StRalphTheLiar: Are those American football yardlines on the pitch at OT?


No, Rugby League marks that have been painted over. The RL World Cup was played at Old Trafford last weekend (spoiler Australia won).

czetie: She also led to Andy Gray being canned by Sky, which automatically put her in my good books.



Sky was itching to get rid of Gray (and his big wage bill) and managed to engineer the entire thing. It was an off air comment on a supposedly dead mic that was passed to a News Corp newspaper by a Sky (News Corp) employee. That the person who passed it along was not sacked says that it was sanctioned at the highest levels. Sky has known to be utterly ruthless about mistakes and making the company look bad.

Sky Sports is institutionally sexist. Soccer AM (the Saturday morning show about football) has the has a section called the Soccerette where a pretty woman in heels, short skirt and her club shirt (tight of course) walks up and down a walkway. That's all she does.
The women you will see on the channel only have two skills, looking pretty and being able to read an autocue. Most have no actual journalism skills yet are front and centre over men who have a deep knowledge of the subject and are decent journalists.

/Not that Grey isn't a sexist dinosaur
//He was a natural fit at Sky Sports
 
2013-12-07 09:45:07 AM
I couldn't have enjoyed that Magpie win much more.
 
2013-12-07 09:51:36 AM
I have literally no idea who to put my banker on this week.

Dani Osvaldo wears hipster glasses. Put the Warby Parkers down.
 
2013-12-07 09:53:25 AM

ADubs86: I have literally no idea who to put my banker on this week.

Dani Osvaldo wears hipster glasses. Put the Warby Parkers down.


x3s were unappealing so I went for Liverpool at home.
 
2013-12-07 09:54:52 AM

midpoint: midpoint: StRalphTheLiar: Are those American football yardlines on the pitch at OT?

Most likely rugby or for training.

Indeed, rugby league World Cup final last week.


Ah, thanks. I wasn't aware that they marked the field differently from rugby union.
 
2013-12-07 09:55:37 AM
Nobody put their banker on Newcastle?
 
2013-12-07 09:56:50 AM

Norfolking Chance: a pretty woman in heels, short skirt and her club shirt (tight of course) walks up and down a walkway.


When I was pubescent I appreciated that sort of thing. There comes a point in your adult life, though, where you just feel embarrassed for everybody involved.
 
2013-12-07 09:56:53 AM

689908: Nobody put their banker on Newcastle?


Hell no, I put my insurance chip on that match
 
2013-12-07 10:00:28 AM
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