The icing on the cake !
For a sports fan the weekend was one of those rare ones were it just got better and better.
I knew there were some big events on but to have several over the first big winter weekend here was a pleasant bonus indeed .
Friday night seen my spectating begin with my drinking partner insisting on watching his beloved LA Lakers . I hadnt watched a basketball game in the longest time and a Friday night home game with LeBron also playing was a great choice , with the home team overcoming a ten point deficit to win the game . Jack Nicholson was in his usual courtside seat though looking very sedate and the years showing hard . Toby McGuire was not in his usual seat but the game will be remembered by me for being twice disturbed by breaking news ticker tape .
The first announced the 3rd best tight end in the NFL had been released by his team , during the season , after a video surfaced of him pushing and kicking a woman , and his team state he subsequently lied during the internal investigation .
The leagues commissioner then announced he wasnt a free agent , he was suspended pending the leagues own investigation and could not even attend a game .
Oh for such sticklers for the rules in Scottish Football .
The other breaking news was the passing of former president Bush ( RIP ) , which will continue to be big news here of course , Its perfect filler for the media , patriotic , a hit with viewers , and easy to string something together , win win .
Saturday seen Stuart Armstrong open the scoring for the Saints against the poorest United side I have ever seen , even with all their stars and mega manager . Old Stuart scored a beauty , an absolute rocket placed low and hard that had one of the best keepers in the world shaking his head in disbelief . His team could not hold on to a two goal lead though and shared the spoils .
That evening seen my eyes return to the same Lakers venue believe it or not to watch the Gypsy King himself Tyson Fury go toe to toe with the Usa’s best heavyweight . I thought he was robbed at the time but upon sleeping on it I can see where a draw came from and will move on and look forward to the rematch . How Tyson got up from his second knockdown is beyond me and he deserves respect for that alone . Worth a google if you havent seen it .
Sunday seen several top games to choose from .
The first I watched myself was the Merseyside derby which was a high tempo affair with both teams seeking not to lose first and win second . She seemed all set for a deserved by both sides draw only for Pickford to get himself on the football bloopers youtube video . What he was thinking I will never know , but as derbies go , that was one hell of an ending . Kinda reminded me of Nayim scoring against Seaman all those years ago in Europe ,,, was just a fluke that could not be replicated should someone try . I rated the young keeper before this , hopefully it doesnt break him . Keeps the Pool in the hunt for a long awaited Prem title also that result , luvly jubbly .
Next up I took in the clash at Tynecastle . There was a lot riding on this for both teams and I was pleasantly surprised it wasnt a blood and thunder hammer throwing affair but had a bit of football.
The Jam tarts tried to break at pace with purpose and Levein actually had the gallus to start a 17 year old . I thought their left back Mitchell looked very handy .
Stevie Gee’s charges set up with purpose also and looked very much up for it . Goldson was their best player for me . Their winning goal was offside by a yard maybe but I just put it down as incompetence rather than bias .
Arfield though ,,, good Lord . That wasnt a challenge it was an assault and it looked as if he was gonna get lynched only the ref stood infront of him . A straight red carries a 3 match ban I believe and if der Hun does appeal that one it truly would be brass neck and blowtorch territory .
The celebrations at full time showed how much this game meant to the the away dugout .
We shall not be moved poured out immediately from the away support .
Look out for media headlines saying “ they dont like looking up “ and “ Stevies magic is working “ etc etc
In fairness he is doing well with what hes got but he keeps needing a helping hand.
That Morelos scored his 17th of the season , he is pure gash , would get Celtic managers the sack ,us fans would be up in arms about him. His conversion rate seems woeful ,,, somewhere between every fifth or seventh chance approximately . It would be hard to fathom him leading his team to league glory , thats for sure .
He and his team might well be at the summit , but will find it tough at the top though every dirty trick in the book will be applied to keep them there , keep a look out and be wise to them.
The north London Derby is on the to do list .
Which leads to the final . Brendan surprised me by not playing Olly and is sticking with that 3 man midfield and why not .If it aint broke dont fix it .
If I had said to you before the season began that in the first week of December der Hun would be top of the league and Scott and Olly would be on the bench you would have thought I was mad , just goes to show you eh .
The game started very open and the Dons certainly were up for it , with their screaming manager urging them on from the sidelines .
3 notables of the first half ,,, James gets shoved on the back with force by both hands , which would be a red card in most leagues , but gets a yellow himself ? Wtf was that about ?
A sickening head clash best left alone .
And Ryan creating and executing the opener . The young man is very impressive , and could well go on to be a mainstay of the team for years to come . He has been a revelation frankly .
Im delighted for him , sure Im not alone in that .
The second half seen a farcical penalty against the Dons awarded and then justly saved , but that will do Sinky little good or his confidence . I would be livid if that were against my team and once again I dont think bias just incompetence .
Aberdeen certainly tried hard and pushed for the chance to bring us to extra time , but Brendans teams quite simply dont lose cup games . Played 22 Won 22 .
How he does it I dont know , but he certainly seems to have the X Factor .
No matter how you slice it and dice , that is one hell of an impressive record indeed .
Well Done Brendan and the Bhoys !!!