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Monday, 11 February 2013

Spanish Formation for Spurs

They seek him here; they seek him there.
Those Frenchies will be seeking Gareth everywhere
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  The Greg Meyer Column
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Sunday February 10 2013  Captain Tottenham Hotspurs Birthday.
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Spurs Spanish Armada ... Super Bowl ... Super Bale.
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This column had its genesis at 30,000 feet via a laptop somewhere above the Grand Banks returning to England. Said laptop had just spent a week in snowy downtown Newport, Rhode Island . Our visit coincided with Super Bowl Sunday.
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 Shades of Gareth Bale were on show before a viewing audience of 108 million viewers. It was a relief to see our Gareth in action on the following Wednesday and of course yesterday. American footballers have their own particular skills but Bale a la Newcastle has no American rival.
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Indeed compulsory attendance at a Super Bowl party is about the barbecued spare ribs, about meeting old friends once per year, about drinking lots of beer and occasionally checking the football score. However most important given the huge viewing audience is the premiere of a whole host of advertisements.
 Everything from cars, beers,etc etc is paraded an expectant audience.
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The most favoured party game is not voting for best player but best ad. Yes they do football differently in the States. This years Bowl was kept topical given the current plethora of match fixing allegations. Just after half time with the Ravens on a runaway high speed train with the game, 28-6, the lights went out. A blackout for 30 minutes halted the game. Upon resumption the 49ers came back in hurricane fashion(it was played in New Orleans) and lost by 2 points.

Conspiracy theories abounded. Still in the land of the free perhaps the fairy tale ended happily. We somewhat reluctantly left our US cousins to get back to proper football. No advertisements non stop throughout the game. No power outages. Just plain high speed spectacle. Gareth Bale anyone.
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The Spanish Formation.

The history buffs here at our pub have discerned the very real impact English culture has already had on Luis Andre V-Boas. Certainly the Spanish Armada did not get much of a run in Portuguese schools. However a failed attempted sacking of England by the Spanish, a successful sacking of a Portuguese by a Russian, and the successful Spanish World Cup expedition by Spain have collided at Spurs HQ.
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What do you do when in successive Transfer Windows your Chairman fails to sign a new striker. What do do when all you have left is a Millwall returnee, an African Tourist and a crocked out of form little bloke. Go Spanish of course. It helps to have an up and coming Cristiano Ronaldo of course. Portuguese as well.
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So far so good. Worked in grand fashion against Newcastle. Difficult to triple team our Welsh wonder when he does not play an orthodox left wing. Adebayour is back and fingers crossed. Jermain is currently in a spin dryer getting well quicker. Harry Kane. Hmm nothing wrong with going back to Millwall.
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England hosts France on Thursday night. Our bet is Andre gives the Spanish formation a rest. Ade to start. By the time little Jermain Defoe's blood and head stops spinning at the health clinic we will be back for our next premier game against  West Ham away. Barring further injury the Spanish experiment may be on the back burner.
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At A Kent Pub.
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Mine Host is back from Teneriffe. A damn sight warmer than Rhode Island. Given Spurs continued progress and the stuttering in part of our rivals its a great time to be Spurs.
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Second is possible but so is fifth. Fourth would do but at the Lane on Saturday you got the feeling with Andre Villas Boas all bar the title is possible.
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Watching Everton game today. Is that a first for an Assistant Referee wearing gloves? Works for an early player of the year Spurs nomination, Aaron Lennon. Bale gets the headlines deservedly but as he freely acknowledges it takes 11 plus.
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Before we go a landmark for Robert Dennis " Danny " Blanchflower born 87 years ago.
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Cheers and as they say here at our pub,
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                 " Work is the curse of the drinking class."  Oscar Wilde.
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                 coys   Greg Meyer.
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Jimmy's Video Spot.
Gareth, who else, straight from the shower by the look of him. What a lovely boy and he says all the right things. You won't like Madrid Gareth, trust me. Look at how that nice Luka Modric is struggling. And they've got the Portuguese Gareth Bale already. If he had a right foot he'd be quite dangerous.

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1 comment:

Marcus Higgins said...

yeah looking good right now and more consistency under avb. Minor niggles at the back of my brain re. lack of goals spread amongst the attacking part of the team, and defenders at set-pieces too for that matter, but who cares right now as long as points keep ammassing?
I'm sure avb is working his butt out right now on taking the goal scoring pressure off our world class player, yet I remember spurs fans taking the p-ss out of arse last season for being a one-man team, yet rvp had to be supplied by his teammates whilst Bale provides his own assists !!! Just a smidgeon of worry there for me.

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