In the cash-rich world of modern football, there is plenty of room for ridicule; Sport360 has it for you in abundance every Monday. This week, Off The Bar takes in the brilliantly boring Chelsea – Floyd Mayweather mix and interprets the similarities between Newcastle United and Indiana Jones.
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Time To Mix Things Up
Congratulations Chelsea! They have secured yet another Premier League title! If you feel dangerously resentful at those exclamation marks we can understand. If you feel a little bit emptier than a Newcastle trophy cabinet about it all, you won’t be alone. You would have felt the same if you watched the Floyd Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Indeed, there is something heart-breakingly brilliant about both Chelsea and Mayweather, both so untouchable that it feels infuriatingly unfair to see them prosper.
In terms of their attributes – stubborn, patient, watchful and intermittently explosive – the two parties feel like an echo of one another, different yet somehow identical, like Arnold Swarzeneggar and Danny Danny DeVito in Twins.
Shaq & Kevin Hart did a remake of Arnie & Danny Devito’s TWINS cover. Lol pic.twitter.com/hH1wETl31E
— Tha Don Dada (@tha_kid_oldwun) October 8, 2014
A neat and obvious way to freshen up two competitions that have had rather anti-climatic endings this weekend – is to make the boxer and Chelsea swap roles next season, make them break out of their comfort zones. The thought of seeing the five-division world champion line up against West Brom on the opening day of the season, whilst the entire Chelsea squad square bob and weave in unison around Amir Khan, is a remarkable thought. Somehow Terry will still contrive to score a scrappy late winner against Khan from a set-piece though, we just know it, not even a completely different set of rules can stop such a thing.
Newcastle Must Rediscover Their Inner Indie
Occasionally we like to participate in a little relegation rubber-necking, which invariably means listening to apoplectic Newcastle fans vent their spleen, pancreas and bladder on fan call-in shows. One Magpies fan – in pieces after witnessing the team’s 8th league defeat in a row – shrieked that the ‘heart had been ripped out of his club’ by controversial owner Mike Ashley. The striking imagery rung a bell for us and delivered an intriguing conclusion – Newcastle’s fall from grace is almost exactly the same as the heart-detachment scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Indie is of course the mid-90s Newcastle we all know and love – reckless, adventurous, easy-on the eye and idiotically brave in battle. And yet in the aforementioned scene, those powers have deserted him, he embodies today’s Newcastle — poisoned, confused, his hands tied and at imminent risk of having his heart fully detached by a highly distasteful power-hungry chief. That’s all before being lowered into a pit of inescapable magma bubbling doom – aka The Championship. Here’s hoping Newcastle will one day awaken their inner-Indie and fight their way out of the Sports Direct Temple of Doom.
Attack of The Colback Clones
As for John Carver, we can all agree that this chap couldn’t be more disorientated and out of his depth unless he was a chimp at the controls of a nuclear submarine. The entirety of the squad isn’t much better. Perhaps the exception is Jack Colback who has battled hard to try and drag his team to the heady heights of mediocrity in recent weeks. Indeed Carver said he would love ‘a team of Colbacks’ right now, which is perhaps the finest ethical judgment for cloning humans that society has ever heard. Yet at this rate a team of any kind of mammal would be a marked improvement – Zebras would do nicely for you know who, a chance to save money on kit.
Saying we need a team of 11 Jack Colbacks is a bit short sighted…..what happens if he gets sent off ? #nufc
— Football Human (@FootballHuman) May 4, 2015
Christian Benteke scored twice again at the weekend in Aston Villa’s 3-2 win over Everton. Just like his defibrillation of Emmanuel Adebayor at Tottenham, Tim Sherwood has brought another hugely gifted forward back to life. When it comes to rebooting damaged goods, Sherwood certainly has a way of teasing out a turnaround more inconceivable than a Neil Ruddock Cruyff turn.
With that in mind it becomes increasingly apparent that we have all missed a trick by not getting Sherwood’s name on the ballot paper for this week’s UK election. We cant help but feel Tim could ‘do a job’ with the faltering economy, massaging it’s ego and encouraging it to brush off the pressures of inflation and high interest rates and just go out there and express itself out on the stock market. The campaign for 2020 starts here.
Tim Sherwood is an absolute legend. Villa are in safe hands with Sherdog
— James Kendall (@JamesAKendall11) April 25, 2015
Crocked Carrick Cripples United
Manchester United have now lost three games in a row, including the 1-0 loss at home to West Brom at the weekend, and the common denominator in all of those defeats screams loud and clear — an injured Michael Carrick was injured for all of them.
— adrian riley (@AdrianLRiley) May 3, 2015
Jump on to a comments board or Manchester United forum and you cannot move for this fact. All hope for United and life in general seems intrinsically linked to the health of the poor man’s Pirlo. We’ve now read the ‘we can’t do anything until Carrick returns’ sentiment so often that even Off The Bar is fearful that simple day-to-day tasks may be insurmountable until Carrick is fit again. The mere thought of trying to get dressed or eat toast seems quite frankly inconceivable until the midfielder rejoins the team.
Get well soon please Michael, we haven’t left our bedroom for three weeks now.
Jose Mourinho admits he put his reputation at stake returning to Chelsea as he also hit out at criticism of the Premier League winners’ approach.
A 1-0 win over Crystal Palace yesterday gave the Blues an unassailable lead at the summit and a fourth Premier League title in 11 seasons. It was Mourinho’s third – drawing him level with Bill Shankly, Arsene Wenger and Stan Cullis.
Mourinho returned for a second spell as Chelsea boss in June 2013 and now in his second season has won the League Cup and the Premier League, taking his personal trophy tally to 22.
“When you go back to a place where you had success before you risk a little bit of your prestige, your history. I risked it,” he said. “This amazing team that was Chelsea’s team for a decade is not here any more. And a new team won again.”
Chelsea, by the Portuguese’s own admission, became “more strategic, less artistic” as the title neared, with detractors labelling the Blues “boring”.
“We do everything that the team needs,” Mourinho said. “That’s why we deserve so much to be champions. And I think everybody knows that. And the ones that have a big face to say we don’t deserve are the ones that in my country we say: the dogs bark and the caravan goes by.
“(It’s) easy to be a pundit, because as a pundit you win every game. Maybe in 10 years’ time it’s my job. And then I win every game. Now as a manager I lose sometimes and it’s a much more difficult job.”
Mourinho also made a veiled criticism of rival Pep Guardiola, whose Bayern Munich are the dominant team in Germany.
He said: “Maybe in the future I have to be smarter and choose another country, another club, where everybody’s champions. Even the kit man coaching is champion in some countries.”
Reaction after Chelsea clinch EPL title with 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.