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  1. CrystalCastles

    Football 2020/21

    Elite football isn't really based on what the average fan pays out anymore. Extremely wealthy owners, sponsorship deals and official partners and massive TV contracts far outweigh revenue generated directly from fans. I don't agree with the Salaries, but our whole culture is based on capitalism, and this is a natural consequence of it. Yes the council bought Reals training ground for an overly inflated Fee wiping out there debt. Hope Barca go under - shocking that they can be in this situation but seems to have conveniently slipped out of UEFA's radar. Guarantee UEFA will turn a blind eye to it as well. People do have it in for footballers, people seem to turn a blind eye to the fact in most cases football clubs are owned by even richer people.
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    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    I think the idea was that it should increase competition, but the reality is that it's just allowed more platforms to provide content in ever limited numbers, whilst also allowing them to charge whatever they want, and make ever larger bids for the content packages that are now available. Sadly I think gone are the days of having subscriptions with one service provider (platform) are now gone. I think we really are at the point where we need a lot more interference with regulation, because the reality is that despite being annoyed enough people still will pay for it. It's not, i think i'd rather as many people have the ability to watch sport as possible. Sport being picked up by Satellite TV & business that have diversified has probably ruined the traditional widescale audiences for sport. I think PPV has always been overpriced for Sports personally & now with the way content is sold it's probably far worse. I don't think subscribing to Sport stacks up very well against paying for a subscription with Netflix or Amazon Prime, if you simply want to watch Films & TV Series.
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    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Pleased to get the Win, SL collapsed, good for Bess & Leach to get overs and wickets. It made it a fascinating final day, Sibley dug in with a bit of luck and got a score, And Bairstow & Buttler had the opportunity to just come out and try and score runs, which enabled to chase down the total relatively easily. The way sport is going generally it will continue to be spread across more channels and more exclusive big money contracts. I don't really have a problem with the idea of Subscription services. I just don't think the balance is quite right. Lots of sports subscriptions are probably not that unreasonable on a individual basis - particularly if you love any sport. The problem is that it becomes a significant amount of money if you want to pay for everything, and at the same time you look at a subscription service with Amazon Prime or Netflix for example if you like TV Series/Films the amount of money to consume Sports on TV doesn't always seem reasonable.
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    Football 2020/21

    I think it is undoubtedly become more difficult to break the dominance of English Football because of Money, but it's not the only problem. Attitude is also major problem. The difference in Money between the top 8 clubs and the rest is significant, and helps to keep maintaining the "Top Club" Status quo. However Money is also a problem because the desire to survive in the PL and managers mean that that is prioritized, very few Managers from mid table or below want to try and win the League or FA Cup. And very few players at Mid table clubs seem to have the desire any moore, We are far more likely to hear players saying they are tired, or that playing a game a week is a lot. Many also know that they only need to play well for about 33-40% of a season now Lots of clubs come up and do well in the PL now, which probably is a reflection of the improvement in the Championship in the last decade. This year we are also seeing a very competitive PL season and teams are beatable.
  5. CrystalCastles

    Football 2020/21

    None i would assume without checking. I agree they are bottom 8 managers. But my point was more that at the same time i think it is now very hard to achieve more than that.
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    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Especially as Wood will only bat one way, i don't think they will have said go out and knuckle down see it through to close of play. I think the message will have been play your natural game. Wood doesn't really hang around that long, but if he gets his eye in, he can play some big shots and score quickly. But i guess he is the type of player you just hope if he plays that he stays in for 5 overs and scores a quick 15-20. Broad had lost all his confidence with batting and had really only retained the ability to attack, afraid of getting hit and his defensive game had gone out the window. Last year Broad batted with some confidence that reminded us all that he started out as a bowling all rounder and arguably he could have moved back up the order, but i think he probably is quite happy batting where he is now - and focusing on being the best bowler he can be. I think it really depends on how SL bat tomorrow.
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    Football 2020/21

    True i would agree with you, i think as an organisation the BBC has tried to hard to change things, simply because it is perceived as the right thing. I don't really agree with any Positive discrimination, i think that people should be employed based on their abilities to do the job. However i would also say that rather idealistically i hope that we would get a natural representation of how diverse our society as a whole is - but sadly that is not always the case.
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    Football 2020/21

    In Cup competitions, 12/13 Swansea won the league cup and Wigan the FA Cup. The last 5 seasons despite some brilliant performances and shocks, The last few years has seen more PL dominance, despite teams not fielding there strongest sides. Man City winning 4 League Cups, Man United 1 , Arsenal winning 2, Man United, Man City, Chelsea 1 each From a League perspective - in my lifetime we have also gone from a top 2, to the Big 4, to a Top 6, and now arguably a Top 8 (Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Leicester, Liverpool, Man City, Man United, Tottenham). Personally i would say any manager of a team outside of that top 8, that breaks into the top 8 in the league now has over achieved. Realistically they can finish anywhere between 9th and 20th most seasons Finishing mid table doing as expected, finishing lower mid table or getting relegation battle quite often leads to these type of managers being branded terrible and sacked - but at the same time i don't get what they are actually expected to achieve in the PL.
  9. CrystalCastles

    Football 2020/21

    In fairness it is probably no worse than some of the things Michael Owen has said for example, In general I would say far to many ex footballers now get offered the chance to work in the media to become pundits, commentators, analysts etc and don't actually have any of the skills for it Many just say the first thing that comes into their head.
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    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    I don't really see the point in rushing him back in as soon as he is fit, if he isn't 100% and he doesn't have the confidence in his shoulder yet.
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    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Predictable change, albeit a sensible step to start rotating Broad & Anderson. Pretty unsurprising selection for the India tour. Had my doubts about Pope being ready,struggled with coming back from injury previously, I think his confidence after getting injured again must be really low and he has not played for a while.
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    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Brilliant chase and performance from India. Only played badly in one test in the series. Winning missing Kohli, Bumrah & Ashwin this test shows the depth in Indian cricket now. Australia sticking with Starc after the last test was a mistake. Starc was ineffective and expensive in the last test and got whacked even more at the Gabba especially in the 2nd innings. Combined with selecting Green but not really bowling him. Left them light as a bowling attack.
  13. CrystalCastles

    Football 2020/21

    Decent point for United & Liverpool City have a very good run of Fixtures in January.
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    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Least they got through this morning relatively easily. Glad Bairstow got some runs in both innings as like Buttler was completely out of form last year. Sometimes you need to stick with players in a tough period, other times they need a break and to come back in at a different time. Meanwhile Australia v India will be an exciting final day. They looked to have sorted out a consistent team following the Ashes, but all the problems that they had when Langer came in seem to be returning. Openers, weak middle order, batting collapses, and a world class bowling attack not delivering when in strong positions.
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    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Not the best day today, hopefully tomorrow they will bowl better and seal the win.
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    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    He rightly gets criticised because his conversion rate is so poor from 50 to 100, his form has suffered and this was only his 5th Test ton in his last 40 matches. Kohli/Smith/Williamson have all raised the bar in the last 5-10 years. Albeit his conversion rate from 100 to 150 is much better. And he's got 3 double centuries in Tests which is decent. Root has a great opportunity to get another Test double ton and aim for a career PB. This is a big year for him. I think it's likely he will just be in the side for the 2 matches.
  17. CrystalCastles

    Covid-19 Are we being told the truth ?

    All the best, I hope that you are taking every day as it comes and that you are getting a little better each day.
  18. CrystalCastles

    Football 2020/21

    Another opportunity to get to a final and win something and we flop. Quite simply we have not got enough top quality players in the squad and have absolutely no winning mentality. Frankly coasted to another Semi FInal loss. I wouldn't have played a diamond against City, in my opinion it's probably one of the worst games to use it. Yes in theory i think it suits the players we have, especially if we can impose ourselves against the opposition. However against a team that is the best team at keeping the ball in the league, who always play 4-2-3-1 it probably entirely suits them. Whilst i have been happy with our recent League form, this performance and defeat for me is completely unsurprising and a real wake up call. I can see this denting confidence and wouldn't be surprised to see us follow up with bad performances over the next few games to compound it and slip back into the mix in the PL.
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    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Amazing performance from Pakistan to take it to the last day. Huge effort from Wagner. Great century from Alam as well, worked so hard on getting back into the test team and for him to get a century probably justifies the decision to give him another chance. I don't really get what they try to achieve, every time they prepare wickets that do something it seems to backfire. Australia went through an awful phase with the bat and collapsing. The fragility and batting collapses have returned. Not many Indian teams have won in Australia, so it is amusing that they did it minus Kohli. Other players stepped up in his absence.
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    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Australian batting collapses back to happening frequently, shows that they are reliant on key players scoring runs. India get a great win, after impressive performances from the bowlers. A wonderful innings by Rahane, contributions from Jadeja and Gill with the bat also vital. Australia bringing in Pucovski could make a huge difference to the 3rd and 4th tests. Suspect they will also now have to consider preparing slightly different wickets for the Ashes
  21. CrystalCastles

    Football 2020/21

    West Brom put too much into getting a point at Anfield. Playing against Leeds you simply have to take advantage of how open they play - But Big Sam would never set a team up to score lots of goals. Very happy to have got 4 points in two key games, great to take 3 points against Wolves. Taken the pressure of now. Especially with league games against Villa & Liverpool next. Hopefully we progress in the Cups - our main aim (Which is also OGS) has to be to win a competition this year From a football perspective, i think we have improved every year, and are much closer to the way SAF United teams played than under Moyes/LVG/Jose and that's shown in the amount of goals scored by United. However at the same time, those humiliating defeats have been awful, we have conceded goals that professional clubs shouldn't concede. I think Ole needs to show that his team is capable of winning a Trophy, playing positive football- the players and the club need it. United made hard work of beating Wolves. Tactically United played exactly into the hands of Nuno. Playing 1 up front against 5 at the back was always going to make Wolves good. However absolutely nothing wrong with Wolves defending and try and get a point, especially missing key players. All things considered as a team losing Jota in the summer and Jimenez to injury you have done relatively well. However at the same time i think Nuno has gone backwards. Wolves came up with a very clear philosophy and have in fairness done very well, but Nuno now seems to be going away from that philosophy probably out of necessity, and i don't think you have played as well this year. Other teams in the 1st half of the season have improved and overtaken you - it remains to be seen whether they will all finish above Wolves.
  22. CrystalCastles

    Football 2020/21

    Definitely, i just can't work out whether it's through improvement, through luck, better fixtures. A combination of all of them. The next couple of games will probably give us a better gauge of where we are. OGS has never really been a problem for me. The route cause of our problem has been players & performance. At a big club, you can lose games, i think most reasonable fans will accept that we are no longer the best in England, and on a road to try to get back to that. However we have had plenty of abject performances, conceded poor goals on a regular basis and seem to lack mental strength, so can easily fold over and give up, as a result they have put OGS a few games away from the sack on several occasions. This is by no means the greatest United squad, but there is tremendous talent in it. For whatever reason they at times they struggle. I think that we don't have a team that always pulls in the same direction, specific players seem to rock the boat regularly and i think when we play badly -nobody really stands up to be counted. However they seem to come through for OGS when he has been under pressure. Lots of statistics actually support the fact that OGS has improved the team, and i think if you actually compare his performance to other young managers it stands up. Agree with your comments about Martial - he tends to be good in bursts, Cavani will need to be brought in every now and then to have a big impact. Still remain a few players short, hopefully a few out the door in January and a player or two that comes in. Yep, i think it's abundantly clear that even though OT at times is supposed to be a Library - that a home crowd makes a huge difference to United.
  23. CrystalCastles

    Football 2020/21

    I think if United get through the next 2 league games and take points then they could be the best of the rest. However it's likely that we will drop points. Been amazing away and shambolic at home. Get of to sloppy starts and can't defend. United just need to focus on outscoring the opposition as it's more than likely that we concede. Really hope Ole tries to win something this year as the team more than anything need to believe that they can win competitions. Hopefully January will see a number of players leave as well.
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    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    All to easy for the Aussies, who could afford to bat appallingly in the 1st innings with the exception of Paine & Labuschagne.
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    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Think Bairstow will play, wouldn't be surprised at 3. Hope that if he does play he bats well and gets the confidence he has lost back. Hope that Lawrence gets a chance though. I think that they'll go with 2 spinners.
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