Reasons to smile
In a week with yet another blank Premiership fixture list, there are some things that have made me smile.
The first is that for the first time in 11 weeks I don't have to get on an airplane this week, a week that the double decker jumbo Airbus 380 arrived on the shores of the States
in a blaze of glory. Well maybe not glory but intrigue and a blaze of questions such as will this huge feat of wonder be used to make travelling a more pleasant experience by putting quiet areas, bars, coffee shops and beauty salons into the configuration of the plane layout or more likely crowbar 700 human beings on them instead. Guess what, yep get your haircut before you head to the airport.
Sorry, I was supposed to be happy this week. What else, oh what a nice surprise to listen to my favourite podcast on the way to work this morning, Timesonline
's TheGame with Danny Kelly
and they had an Israeli football reporter on there who declares his love for the Addicks. Who knew?
It's the first day of Spring today and Chicago rewarded us with bright sunshine and a lovely crisp day. In the 60's on the weekend apparently, which is good as I'm doing a charity 5k walk
on Sunday morning. I did say walk, running does not appear in my vocabularly unless I'm chasing a football or trying to beat the last bell.
I had to smile at Rafa Benitez suggestion
that the top teams reserve sides should play in the Football League, and the 'special one' chips in adding "I am not sure about them playing in League Two, either; they need really to be playing against good players, then they will learn more."
They really have no idea do they about the history and culture of the game in the country that pays them a living. What's next? Having a penalty shoot-out to decide draws? Oh, that was the Football League's idea
, well they too have no idea about the game those blithering idiots supposedly run.
And finally this Friday begins a mini-gig season for me. We have tickets for Bloc Party
, who are on a month-long tour of the States. We also have tickets for upcoming tours by Snow Patrol, John Legend and The Fray. More on Bloc Party after the weekend and probably very little on Israel v England, particularly after Darren Bent pulled out of the squad today. Even Bury fans are smiling at that!