Archive for February, 2009

Recession? What Recession?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2009 by Steve

Redskins sign Haynesworth for $100 million.

Nobody knows where Washington have found the salary-cap room from (they still make an obscene amount of money overall), but they’ve re-structured several contracts, re-signed defensive back DeAngelo Hall and are looking to bring back free agent offensive guard Derrick Dockery.

There’s been outcry; the ‘Skins were the 4th ranked defence last year and their offense was terrible, so why re-tool the defence? Their downfall last year was the complete lack of pressure on the opposing quarterback. Haynesworth will command two or three blockers, every play. Fit again fellow defensive tackle Cornielius Griffin will benefit, as will defensive ends Andre Carter and Jason Taylor, two speed rushers who struggled against big blockers last year. Haynesworth’s size means he can play nose tackle in a three man line, with Taylor possibly dropping back to strong-side linebacker. This may even happen in the regular 4-3 set, if defensive end Philip Daniels has recovered from his injury (Taylor was signed last year to replace him). That is probably the best defensive line outside of Pittsburgh (and they won it all last month). 90,000 screaming fans make trying to snap the ball a nightmare and will help even more in the home games.

Washington’s defensive leader London Fletcher (middle linebacker) is the best player never to be selected to a Pro Bowl that I can remember. Behind Haynesworth, he’ll waltz in next year, with probably half the effort. The defensive backs are as good as last year and should benefit from more rushed passes by opposing quarterbacks.

Haynesworth seems to have sorted his fitness and discipline issues, he was infamous for this horrific stamp (metal studs!) but, bear in mind, it was against the C*wb*ys…

Once again, the Redskins prove themselves champions of the transfer season, of nothing else. I expect them to use their measly four draft picks on an offensive tackle, a linebacker, a defensive end and possible a smaller, speedy running back to return kick-offs and give Clinton Portis a rest.

Washington for the Superbowl! (ahem…)


Ian Bell on Jack Straw

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2009 by Steve

Ian Bell’s Saturday Essay.

An easy target, but vaild, nonetheless.

15 years…

Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2009 by Steve

Tomorrow (26th February) is the fifteenth anniversary of the passing of William Melvin Hicks. My hero.

If you’re one of those twitter perverts, go here.

Can’t believe it’s been so long. I can remember raising a glass to him on the tenth anniversary, like it was yesterday. Then again, that probably says more about me than anything else.

I need to get a life sharpish, or the Hicks-led, Hendrix-piloted mothership won’t bother coming back for me…

Ian Bell on Royal Mail

Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2009 by Steve

A subject close to my heart!

Ian Bell’s Saturday Essay

Posted in Uncategorized on February 21, 2009 by Steve

Bell on Brown’s tax-evasion hypocrisy.

Here are the Mark Thomas podcasts, on a similar theme.

Time for armed revolution, methinks…

As if further proof were needed…

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2009 by Steve

FC Copenhagen 2-2 Manchester City

The richest club in the history of association football failed to beat the side from the Danish capital tonight. No shame in that, Copenhagen are regulars in Europe, usually in the Champions League. Indeed they beat the current World and European Champions Manchester United, not so long ago.

Besides, it’s not like anyone’s been able to cuff them, right?

Oh, hold on a second…

By my calculations, from the evidence presented, that makes the Mighty Dons the greatest team on the planet. Ever.

But we all knew that already, didn’t we?

Ian Bell

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18, 2009 by Steve

Bell on the smug-faced Satan-lite.