Well I haven't written here in a long time and I've missed some big news, as some of you might have noticed...
West Ham got off to a terrible start. The opening win against Charlton was promising, but then all those losses. The loss to Chesterfield was particularly hard to swallow, not to mention going nowhere in the UEFA cup against Palermo. But for all us loyal Hammers fans, we're finally winning again! A nice 2-1 decision over Blackburn to get out of the relegation zone was a nice change in form and then beating Arsenal last weekend! Could you ask for a better way to break out of a slump? I think not.
It's looking like a good time to be a West Ham fan again and I'm glad the team stuck with the players and management that did so well last season.
In other news, I hope we don't leave Upton Park and I'm not sure how I feel about the takeover talks, but I know I want it sorted out so we can get back to winning and stop worrying.
Also, I've switched from livejournal and made a group on facebookhttp://csuchico.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2205121450
for all you Irons fans who have facebook. and if you don't have facebook, you should get an account and join our group!
Well, Nigel's had to resign from England's reserve list because of injury, which is sad since no one from West Ham is on the team now. Thats about it though... I haven't heard much about transfers yet.
That was one amazing final, it still hurts though... so close...
Alright, I'm out to watch the Pistons beat the Heat in game 6. Do you still believe? Because I do.
And the Tigers beat the Yankees in the bottom of the 9th. Thats right, Detroit baseball is back.
Well West Ham beat West Brom, which was very nice to see. Too bad about all the injuries though. It's not looking so great for the final.
The Red Wings are out. I can't believe that one. But let's not be too hard on Manny. He played well and he couldn't do anyhting on most of those goals. And without Yzerman it was always going to be harder, I guess.
I hope he stays around for at least next season as well.
I couldn't believe it after 0-0 in the first period that the Oilers got 3 in the second. I thought there might be a chance of a come back when Shanahan got one back, but we got nothing else until Zetterberg scored with seconds left in the third. All three Oilers goals were fairly weak, little deflections in front of the net. And the Wings dominated most of the game. All credit to the Edmonton defense, though, they did really well in the third.
Sat, Apr. 29th, 2006, 12:06 pm
Well, papers and school work kept me from putting up my predictions for this weekend. But, here they are for the games this week:
Manchester United 1-0 Middlesbrough
Sunderland 0-4 Arsenal
West Brom 0-2 West Ham
Blackburn 0-0 Chelsea
Bolton 3-1 Middlesbrough
Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal
Sunderland 1-2 Fulham
Well, they've done it. West Ham 1-0 Middlesbrough. I was worried when it looked like they were getting dominated in the first half, but after Schwarzer went off injured they seemed to get back in it. And it looks like I wasn't kidding about the Hammers being magical. They must have brewed up a potion or something at half time, because they came out a completely different team after the break. They were cruising and despite a few scares they seemed sure to win. It wasn't really a surprise when Harewood scored in the 77th. The real stars were the defenders though, not giving up a goal under so much pressure, and Shaka Hislop making some fine saves. Not the highest of scoring games, but certainly one to be remembered.
FA Cup fiunal to come and UEFA Cup next year. What a season.
Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2006, 06:53 pm
It was disappointing that after beating Swindon 3-1 they're still only in 3rd. I hope Swindon rebound and beat Huddersfield and that Colchester also find losing form to make the way clear for Brentford to win automatic promotion. After so many games where they had the lead and lost it in the dying minutes it's made for a frustrating recent form. Not to mention that those dropped points could be the difference between automatic promotion and a playoff spot. I agree with Martin Allen that the supporters should keep believing (I know I still do). Two games left for them to win and that will hopefully seal up promotion.
I think Allen is a terrific manager, by the way. And not just on the pitch, but also with the supporters. Promotion or not I hope to see him at Griffin Park for years to come.
Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2006, 01:08 am
"I don't like people who drain my time and energy. If you've seen the Harry Potter films, we use the term 'dementors' - people who can draw the life out of you in terms of your energy. So we eradicate the 'dementors', encourage the positive people, and that spreads around to create the team spirit we have here."
I knew something was going right for us... turns out it was magic!
Fri, Apr. 21st, 2006, 06:40 pm
I want it known that I don't like the idea of the Hammers moving into the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 olympics. It's only a small possibility, but it does cause concern if, like me, you think they should stay put. Besides it's Upton Park, they can't just leave it (although it seems weird that Arsenal are leaving Highbury, too). Perhaps the club wouldn't change at all with the move, but it just doesn't seem the right thing to do. I also think that if they were to move it should be to a football specific stadium (not that I condone a move). Call me old fashioned, but I think they should stay at Upton Park.
As for the semi-final, Ferdinand and Gabbidon are back and everyone else is rested so it should go well. Boro are going to be tired, which will be another advantage. It also looks like some of the Boro players might not be fit, although they should have the depth to cover it adequately. Despite the defeat this week I still suspect West Ham will go through; let's face it, they're a really good team and I fully expect them to show it on sunday.
Fri, Apr. 21st, 2006, 12:02 am
So I thought I'd take a crack at predicting some scores...
Mind, most of who wins will be based on which team I like better so it's not likely to be terribly accurate.
Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham
Bolton 1-0 Charlton
Everton 1-1 Birmingham
Newcastle 3-2 West Brom
Portsmouth 3-0 Sunderland
Fulham 2-2 Wigan
Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester City
FA Cup semi final:
Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea (aet)
West Ham 3-1 Middlesbrough