What do you get the man playing professional football and earning 200,000 punds a week for his birthday? Well, F*** all if you’re Manchester City, and it hurts. Poor old Yaya Toure is on the blub despite his extraordinary wages and privilege earning a living being a tremendous footballer, and is crying foul and his agent even threatening to leave. Like there’s someone who could pay more. Or maybe they have a better birthday programme for their staff. Maybe it’s some kind of monkey that springs out of a cake every month on the monthly anniversary of your birthday whilst being circled by a bunch of can can dancers and Benny Hill tribute troupe.
Talking about better conditions for staff, Newcastle will be glad that Nathan Tinkler won’t be their sugar daddy for much longer. With staff allegedly not getting paid and receiving threatening text messages, Newcastle are trying to catch up to English Football for eccentric owners.
Worse than the above troubles is the start of the dreaded split rounds with added origin exclusions. Why bother with 5 games with multiple players missing. The Gurgler has already supplied its thoughts – refer to our new NRL draw article.but stand alone Origin would be the best option.
FA CUP FINAL
The English complain about the FA Cup final being moved to 5pm, try 2am the next day to attempt to watch what was the biggest game of the year. So, for once this was a game worth watching and missing out on the sleep.
As a neutral who didn’t really care who won, it was the most enjoyable final that’s been seen since Steven Gerrard cost this writer several hundred dollars against West Ham.
It helped that underdogs Hull took a quick and surprise 2-0 early lead, but even though the Arsenal win looked inevitable, it was still good viewing waiting for it to happen.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
The sides are decided for the big playoffs to move up a division. The biggest one is the Championship playoff between QPR and Derby County for the game which some claim is worth 100 million pounds and more. Those team would have to get a few birthday cakes ready, but could probably still only afford one Yaya Toure.
As boldly predicted by the Gurgler in our Tipstradamus 100 challenge, Atletico held on to their surprise La Liga lead and won the title. Probably the least likely win in any major European league for a decade and more. The many, many millions spent by the big two weren’t enough this time. Although more than likely some of the good players will be sold, hats off for taking the chance whilst it’s offered.
MOTO GP WIZARDS
Marquez and Jack Miller do it again in France. Maybe by the time Jack Miller makes it to MotoGP someone has won a race/championship.
ADAM SCOTT – NUMBER 1
Not content with stealing the longed for US Masters, he becomes the world’s number 1. He’ll keep it this week if he makes the cut.
The biggest game outside Grand finals is coming. One can only hope that pre-match entertainment will be provided by a rematch of Gyngell v Packer as a taster to the big stoush. Hopefully Qld’s arrogance regarding wanting Pearce in the NSW side doesn’t bite them. We have our fair share of rubbish too. One golden rule should be that anyone who was played second string Queensland Cup this year should be an automatic non selection. Not that we don’t love the Qld Cup, but seriously if you can’t make the bench of your club side how could you be amongst the Top 17 for your state.
GAELIC FOOTBALL ON 7MATE
Yes it’s still on and two Games this week. So grab your late night sport fix with something different. For the record – this week we get Derry v Donegal and Cork v Waterford.
NRL Multi $10
NZ to beat Gold Coast
TIGERS to beat Brisbane
COWBOYS +6.5 start Canberra
SOUTHS to beat Sharks
AFL Multi $21
COLLINGWOOD -19.5 start v West Coast
HAWTHORN to beat Port Adel
GOLD COAST -26.5 start v Bulldogs
CARLTON to beat Adelaide
QRL Multi $16
PNG, TWEED, REDCLIFFE, MACKAY, SUNSHINE COAST +24.5 start.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS + CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – Multi $31
QPR v Derby +2.5 goals
LEYTON ORIENT to beat Rotherham
FLEETWOOD to beat Burton
REAL MADRID to beat Atletico Madrid
Graham Rahal ($51) or Ryan Hunter-Reay ($12) for the win.
Alex Tagliani ($34) for a podium.