I've been trying to work out where I will be at kick-off time tomorrow. I know 15 minutes will please some and annoy others but frankly it doesn't do anything for me here. I think I may be if I am lucky in a hotel room, if not I will probably be in a meeting, or if I am really flippin' unlucky I will be stuck on a plane.
I have a close-ish affinity for Stoke due to ex-wifes and stuff, although my son's godfather is a Stokie and still a very good friend. Stoke make me nervous ever since I fell into this sort of Staffordshire harmony. They are also big old bruisers, the like of whom we have blatently struggled against in the fizzies this season.
Andy Gray I assume will start tomorrow after over a week of getting to know his new teammates. I would like to see Varney up front with him but would not be surprised if our very own bruised bruiser Big Chris get's the nod. Of course we are the only team in the world that picks a striker because they can defend and is one of the only compatabilities that Pardew has with Curbishley. The team otherwise may pick itself with Thomas being the only question mark.
With only a few days to go until the end of the transfer window, it does appear that we are going to stick with what we've got. Bullshit websites are touting Reid to Sunderland, and less bullshit ones are suggesting us moving for a Portugese youngster. I will be disappointed if we can't bring a loanee in from the Premiership, some whipper-snapper that we can fall in love with. Oh well.
I did read that Izale McLeod
turned down a loan move to Dirty Leeds, to stay and fight for his place. By the way, do you think Newcastle fans are busy having King Dennis
tatooed on their chests. Really, it's the funniest thing I have heard for ages.
Oh, and Palace's run came to an end tonight at the Crisp Bowl
. Old Colin wasn't bitter at all: "The officials were the worst team out there. Leicester almost committed manslaughter on Scowcroft and every throw-in was given the wrong way. And it's the worst pitch I've seen this year."