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March 26, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 03/26/2011

The very sight of John Terry compromises the integrity of my innards. I extend my deepest sympathy to those who earn their living writing full time about football in the UK this week. The issue of the England captaincy, and indeed the England team at all, overlooks the fact that everybody stopped caring a while ago about how the spoilt prima donnas get on in their travails. Meaningless beyond belief.

March 14, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 03/14/2011

We probably all feel like Chilean miners on the day of release this week but, frankly, my nerves are still in tatters. The game I saw involved us being outplayed until Fabio scored, second best until the second goal and never in control till their lad was injured. I really should have more faith in Sir Alex Ferguson.

March 7, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 03/07/2011

The numbers, like Shakira's hips, don't lie. We just don't play as well without Rio and Vidic. Nonetheless, there have been easier weeks to be a United fan. With Liverpool’s cup final now scrubbed off the agenda we can get on with the business of trying to get to the real ones.

March 3, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 03/03/2011

Let me be the first to congratulate Chelsea on their victory. If things keep going like this for them they have a very strong chance of scraping a Champions League place for next season. Well done them. And who can begrudge them this? They are a rootin’, tootin’, student shootin’ group of gentlemen who deserves all the best that life can bring them. Watching them play you would think the sport had been invented for dodgy penalty calls and cynically holding the ball up in the corner of the pitch. What a joy it is to watch them practice their art.