Monthly Archives: May 2009

The British & Irish Lions

Tomorrow sees the first game of the Lion’s tour of South Africa.  The Lion’s has always been a big part of my sporting life ever since 1997 when the Lion’s beat the Boks (then world champions) 2-1. Lions matches are the best of 3 tests for those that don’t know.  Yes, I come from a rugby family – so I suppose you could say I’m predisposed to like the sport – but there’s something very special about the British & Irish Lions.  Every four years, four nations (England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and the best rugby players in our land come together under one cause – winning against the best that the soputhern hemisphere has to offer. Rivalries are temporarily put to one side and four nations become one – all singing each others national anthems along the way.

The Lions unites four nations in a way unlike any other sport.  The Lions fans are the best in the world – I have no doubt about that. They simply outnumber, outsing and outdrink any of the three nations they tour every four years – South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.  It was an amazing site to see the Lions dominate (in sheer numbers) the stadium back in the 1st test of the Australian tour in 2001.  The Aussies even had to place scarves, hats and yellow t-shirts on seats before the 2nd test – trying to stem the tide, passion and extremely loud noise generated by the red army. “Lions, Lions, Lions”. We’re similar in many ways to our cousins in the southern hemisphere – but different in many others.  We tour better than they do, that’s for sure.

The tackle that rocked the world

Scott Gibbs sets the tone in 1997 - Ouch!

There are some iconic memories from years gone by. The Gibbs tackle (above) that ‘rocked the world’, the same man sitting 22 stone Os Du Randt on his arse, Waltzing O’Driscoll in 2001, Dawson’s dummy, the Bentley try in 97, Jason Robinson sidestepping Chris Latham in what was no more than 1 metre of space…the list goes on.  This is why I love the Lions – oh yeah, it’s always nice to get one over the Boks too, it is there No.1 sport after all.

Sky Sports really provides a great build up for the tour and I genuinely believe that their involvement has taken the tour onto a new level.  Fingers crossed we produce the magic and passion of 1997.  Can’t wait…

RR

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So What Are People Saying About QPR?

In my job I have tools available to me that can track the levels of buzz/chatter on the web – especially looking at social media (blogs, social networks, forums and video/image sharing sites).  Using these tools, I was interested to see what the general feeling was about QPR amongst football fans. I decided to dig around, pull a few charts and see how the ‘buzz’ surrounding QPR has changed over the last month – looking at managers, owners and whether people associated ‘relegation’ or ‘promotion’ with my team.  The results are interesting…(I think)

This first chart shows the levels of buzz/chatter surrounding the various managers we’ve been linked to in recent weeks. It’s interesting (but unsuprising) to see that recent buzz has focused on Blackwell, Boothroyd and Magilton (who’s hanging about like a bad smell).  Buzz surrounding Jim Magilton has remained pretty consistent over the last couple of weeks – especially when it ’emerged’ that Magilton and Calderwood were favourites for the job around May 14th.

Potential Managers

Rather dissapointingly, the buzz surrounding Curbishley has tailed off (he would be my choice anyway) and Gigi Di Canio is non-existent in comparison.  The most interesting thing about the chart above is that Blackwell was associated with QPR way back in April/start of May  – not sure why – and then this buzz went quiet during the busy play-off period with Sheffield United.

The next chart shows the share of this buzz. It looks like Jim Magilton is a consistent force.  Interesting to see Boothroyd, Calderwood and Blackwell sharing an equal(ish) share – 20%.  Niether would be my choice – but they seem to be the focus of the chatter online.

Managers Pie

How are the owners of QPR fairing in this debate? They are the ones responsible for our managerial appointment.  They are the ones making the decisions.  It seems as though Falvio is domiting the buzz relating to Rangers in this time. Interesting to see that both Gianni Paladini and Amit Bhatia are not being mentioned – yet they are the guys ‘on the gound’ making the decisions and interviewing potential managers.

The Big Guns

Many Rangers fans would expect that our club is mainly associated with promotion, NOT relegation. However, it’s interesting to see that 40% of the social media discussion – in relation to ‘QPR’ – surrounds the word/term ‘relegation’. I’m quite suprised by that to be honest. Are you?

Promotion or Relegation

I would be interested to see whether any of this suprises you? So, please feel free to comment/interpret this information. Who is to blame for dragging our clubs name consistently in/out of the mire – constantly being associated with what I consider ‘tier 2’ managers? Who do you think should be appointed? Interesting times lie ahead, that’s for sure.

RR

Ryan Giggs and Thierry Henry Viral

Reebok viral featuring Ryan Giggs and Thierry Henry in conjunction with tonight’s Champions League Final.  Incredibly cheesy – but I still like it.

RR

Aidy Boothroyd. Please Flav NO!

The next rangers manager? Praying he's not!

Rumours coming out of W12 suggest that Aidy Boothroyd is well-placed to be the next QPR manager. Personally, I think this would be a disastrous appointment.  I’m very confused about the direction in which Flavio, Bernie and especially Gianni want to take my club.  The managerial merry-go-round is making our club a joke and lets be honest, I can’t see where we are going. It’s a ship without a rudder.

I understand why Dowie was sacked. His brand of football (if you can call it a brand) was shockingly bad and I thought Sousa would improve this – but that never really happened. Only Gigi Di Canio delivered the type of football I want to see down Loftus Road but he had to leave in unfortunate circumstances.

Anyway, those days are gone and now we turn our attentions to Boothroyd.  The ball will certainly get more air-time than grass-time if the rumours turn out to be true. Yes, I want success (and Boothroyd delivered this at Watford) but I want to be entertained doing so. I’m not one of those “get me results whatever the style of play” type of supporters. If I’m to pay £600 for a season ticket this season I want to be entertained. If Boothroyd is appointed then I wont get that. Why would I buy into a product/brand that I know wont deliver what I liked about the brand in the first place – even if I am extremely loyal?  Aidy Boothroyd will be a BIG BIG mistake.  I’ll still love QPR, as the club are bigger than any one individual (player, coach, manager or chairman) but they wont be seeing my £600 if he’s appointed. I’m sure I’m not the only Rangers fan concerned by these rumours.

RR

United Face Barca. The Ultimate Test – Or is it?

The hype surrounding Barcelona (this season) has been a bit OTT in my opinion. Yes, they’ve blitzed La Liga with 86 points in 37 league games, 104 goals and a difference of +70.  On the face of it those stats look pretty immense. So should United be fearful? In my opinion, no. Respectful, yes. Fearful, no.

Sir Alex Ferguson

La Liga has really dissapointed me this year. Barca have scored in all but 2 of their home fixtures this season – the home game against Osasuna at the weekend (when Barca rested everyone!) and Chelscum in the Champions League Semi Final. So, putting the Osasuna game aside, the only opposition that has stopped the “Harlem Globetrotters of Football” is English (well, if you can count Chelscum as English that is).  The Premiership is where it’s at.  If Barca had to play in the Prem next season – for some freaky reason –  I predict that they would finish outside of the top 4 and they would be a long way off 104 goals.  The Premiership IS the better league and this is why United WILL win comfortably.  3-1 in my opinion.  For one night only I’ll be a united fan. Forza United!

RR

Office Wanker is Caught (Busted!)

This clip show’s some wanker being secretly filmed and caught tossing and simultaneously sticking his finger up his arse whilst on a nightshift.  Unsure whether to laugh or feel sorry for the fella. He’s quite obviously distressed when he discovers what’s happened. In another version of this video you hear him say “I have kids!”.  Well, if you kept your manhood tucked away my good friend you probably wouldn’t have kids growing up and discovering their dad is a wanker.

RR

Hugs From Strangers

I’m a hugger.  I really like giving and receiving hugs – there’s something warm, comforting and reassuring about hugs – don’t you? Anyway, stumbled across this article and thought it was a cracking idea. Wouldn’t want some 33 stone fat bastard on the other side though, would you? Who would be your ideal hugger – if you could choose?

You can check out the full article here (more pics too)

Hugs with strangers

RR