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Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Episode 72 – Last Sting Of A Dying Wasp… Or Was It A Bee?

Written by on May 8, 2012 | 19 Comments »
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We’re no entomologists, but that’s not gonna stop us from sorting out our dying bees from our dying wasps.  This week, Chelsea add another cup to the trophy cabinet, while Liverpool’s dream of a ‘double’ dies. Roberto Mancini makes one counter-intuitive substitution and suddenly Yaya Toure and Co. are cruising toward the Premier League title. Over in Italy, the ‘Shroud of Calciopoli’ is lifted as the Turin giants recapture Scudetto glory.  

BTW: Eoin is away next week (working holiday), so if you’ve got any suggestions on how we should fill the pod, drop us some suggestions in the comments section below!

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19 responses to “Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Episode 72 – Last Sting Of A Dying Wasp… Or Was It A Bee?”

  1. Gilian says:

    Since the FA Cup final was one of the few matches I’ve gotten to see live, I feel compelled to point out that Andy Carroll had his ponytail up (in a mini-bun to be precise) during the match 🙂

    Great pod as always!

  2. Roberto Senyera says:

    Eoin’s clutching at straws with his wishful thinking that ManU can still win the league. Let’s do the math together, shall we:

    ManC has the best home record in the league.

    QPR, if I’m not mistaken, has the worst away record in the league.

    The last match for both: ManC v QPR.

    The league was effectively decided last round: NUFC 0-2 ManC.

    Man Utd had an eight point lead not long ago = massive implosion.

    Q) What happened Fergie?

    A) Aye, fitbal, bloody hell.

    Good podcast gentlemen, as usual.

  3. Roberto Senyera says:

    Last night’s result: Blackburn 0-1 Wigan

    Blackburn is officially relegated. The chickens have come home to roost.

  4. Sarati says:

    Do you have a co-host yet? Is DT busy that day? Looking forward to Champions League Final analysis. And I’m still hoping to hear the Under-rated XI at the end of the season!

  5. Sarati says:

    ROBERTO SENYERA: “The chickens have come home to roost”. Is that a Sports Night reference? If so, I approve!

  6. Astronomer says:

    Everybody is assuming that the title is now Man City’s to lose. I am not sure.

    Just keep in mind that their coach is a certain Roberto Mancini — a person who does not inspire much confidence in his during-the-game tactical abilities. If in the QPR game, things start going against City in the early stages, don’t be surprised about this guy precipitating a City implosion with his adjustments (or lack thereof).

    I still think that City are in pole position, but in terms of probability I would put it about 70% maximum.

    Alejandro might still have the last laugh.

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  7. Astronomer says:

    This is an addition to my previous post: Another factor that cannot (and should not) be ruled out is the referee factor.

    Who are the referees going to be in those two pivotal matches? I have serious doubts about the supposed impartiality of some of the referees in the EPL. Howard Webb of course is at the top of the suspects’ list, but there are others.

    I would not be surprised if some of them are closet Man Ure fans. In addition, I think some of the referees might have a “native son” bias. Many people across the pond are not too pleased with the EPL being invaded and taken over in the last decade by a bunch of foreigners (owners and managers).

    Man Ure is owned the Glazers, who are Americans. But in the British psyche, Americans are less foreign (and thus more acceptable) than, say, Arabs or Russians.

    And, yes, Alejandro is not English — he is Scottish, but that still makes him British. And this makes him a “native son” who (when it comes to the issue of which manager wins the league) is preferable to that scarf-wearing, smooth-talking Italian.

    So Man City fans, given the tight situation, …… beware.

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  8. Arseshaven says:

    @ASTRO

    The flip side to your conspiracy coin is that the FA knows it will be both positive and refreshing for the league if new blood wins the title as opposed to La Liga and even Serie A, not to mention Scotland!

    re: Blackburn vs Wigan
    A “fowl” in the penalty area and the whistle once again is not blown… we want video technology! 🙂

  9. John Bladen says:

    Roberto: Man City is certainly in the proverbial driver’s seat. But let’s not forget that they lost to Swansea not that long ago… On any day, any upset is possible.

  10. John Bladen says:

    Bobby:

    Things not looking good in the Rangers sweepstakes… Miller has just bailed, officially because “the fans don’t like him” and “the financial situation is worse than he’d known” (in that order).

    Well, knock me over with a feather…

  11. Roberto Senyera says:

    John — True enough. But everyone is also assuming that those dastardly red Mancs will win at Sunderland. I know that the Black Cats have nothing to play for and are already on a mental vacation but that match is less of a slam dunk than ManC v QPR in my books.

    Bobby — Along the lines of John’s post, why not do an article on Rangers, the SPL, Division 3, sporting integrity v commercial interests, etc.? After all, you’re Scottish, write about football, and write for Forbes. It’s a perfect football/business current issue and is a rather compelling topic.

  12. Roberto Senyera says:

    Astronomer — I never viewed Mancini as “smooth talking”. I would say he’s the antithesis of such a personality trait.

    He does wear a scarf well however.

  13. Roberto Senyera says:

    If Mrs. Doubtfire (aka Steve Bruce) was still the Sunderland manager then I would admit that the Sund v ManU match was a forgone conclusion as she would carry out Old Red Nose’s instructions dutifully.

    I’m not sure Martin O’Neil wants to do any favours for Fergie.

    As a tribute to Blackburn’s recent relegation, I think I’m going to buy a bucket of KFC tonight.

  14. Carmelo Gabriele says:

    Co-host: my vote goes for Christopher Sullivan 1, Mr. Wynalda 2 … just not Barton… pleaseee…. IDEALLY the one & only Max Bretos! Michelle Lissel would probably be awesome… CIAO!

  15. Al Harris says:

    I agree with Carmelo about no Barton under any circumstances, and I’m not all that wild about Eric either. Sullivan would be OK, but my first choice would be Michelle followed by Derek Taylor if he hasn’t gone into the witness protection program. Being from south of the border, once a Canadian leaves FSR they might as well become a “non person” so far as our ability to find them is concerned. Hopefully DT is alive and well and living in a warm climate though. As always, Bobby, you are the hope of the rational soccer fan in North America.

  16. rdm says:

    Well we did have a pretty warm spring this year here in Winnipeg… so maybe?

  17. John Bladen says:

    Cohosts???

    DT or Michelle would be my best suggestions.

    JSL or TLeigh still kicking around town, Bobby? They might be willing to pinch hit???

    PS: Got to find a way to get FSR back on the Bell sat lineup. Would you guys consider offering the rights to the Score or somebody like that? Inquiring minds would like to know…

  18. Ed Gomes says:

    Why have Barton, Wynalda or any other excruciating pundit cohost. Bobby will either be rendered speechless due to the stupidity being spewed or have to continually correct them.

    Frankly, I think I would be the perfect cohost.

  19. Sarati says:

    I agree with John Bladen:

    Michelle or Terri would be great!

    And yes, we need to get FSR back on the air in Canada. I say this on Twitter all the time but I would like to reinforce it here. Big game days like Survival Sunday are not as much fun when you don’t have FSR to cap it off. I want a wind-down commentary from my favourite soccer analysts to put the whole day into perspective. It’s like the perfect dessert to a great meal – it needs to be there to make the whole thing enjoyable.

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