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Saturday, 10 December 2011

Where have all the heroes gone?

The mother-in-law visited last night and brought with her a magazine containing an article from Jarvis Cocker. After speaking with some school children, (in a controlled and secure environment), he had drawn the conclusion that Heaven had now been replaced, in the minds of the young, by fame. Suggesting that they saw fame as the answer to all problems they may have or face. Adding the above to a post written by Gundulf, I pondered on the role models we see on the pitch today compared to those from yesteryear.
George Best was famed for his drinking and philandering as much he was for his talent and ultimately paid the price. But he was a real hero and people love/d him. What is there to love about those that are considered to be today's best players? So many are petulant, spiteful, childish and totally unworthy. Those that genuinely deserve such high accolade and praise are, so often, over looked. The one exception is Lionel Messi. To my mind, the best the world has seen and, as it should be, you hear of him only on the back pages, in yards of column inches, describing his brilliance, not where he was, who he was with, what he was doing etc.
A good example of a wonderful footballer, who was worthy of all that was bestowed upon him and more, from whom you heard nothing untoward, throughout his entire career, is Paul Scholes. A better footballing role model you would be hard pushed to find. Of course, the same can be said for Gary Speed, safe journey.

Today I shall be mostly trading, Arsenal v Everton. It's a big day for Arsenal with an anniversary and RVP's opportunity to beat Henry's record of most goals in a calendar year. Home win. There is a suggestion that Everton are lacking up front but they are averaging 1.3 goals per away game in the Prem. 2-0, 2-1, 2-2, 3-0, 3-1.
Norwich v Newcastle - Newcastle are without their top men in the back line and Norwich have only failed to score once at Home this season. The same can be said for Newcastle away. Only W. Brom and Arsenal have taken 3pts at Carrow Road. Jumped on the Over 2.5 last night at 1.86, currently 1.81, I'm tempted to leave it. 1-1, 2-1, 1-2, 2-2.

Tonight sees the X-Factor final. After greening up my lay of Marcus, I now have a very nice green book, but there is no stand out winner, as there is most years. The price for Little Mix is the only static of the three and I'm very tempted to use some green to back Amelia Lily at 4.5.

Whatever you trade, stay green. Whatever course you take, make sure it's the correct one...

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