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Bob The Badger

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  1. I agree that we're at the stage of the season where performance and the trend of things may be more important than the result. I'd not take Huddlestone out though. Yes, you need energy, but energy won't take you through the entire 90-minutes, it always ebbs and flows. I think I'm in the minority in thinking that Huddlestone is actually playing okay overall, and we don't really have anybody else that can do what he does and with his level of experience and poise on the ball. But yeh, I'll be looking for signs that the team is starting to knit. I'm also keen to see if Bielik can consolidate on a good start in midfield.
  2. Move on? You haven't moved on from Don Revie's time when you squandered possibly the most gifted team of the 70's because Revie prefered to win by cheating than putting anything to chance. In the late 1970's Marston's brewery decided that the good people of England should never forget what a bunch of entitled whiners Leeds fans were by brewing a beer named after them. They called it Bitter. Little did they know that it wasn't a one-off occurrence, but part of the Leeds DNA and would force itself to the surface whenever they couldn't get their own way. Cheers.
  3. Thanks. I think sometimes people don't realize I'm joking as often as I am as my humour isn't always obvious and I rarely use emojis. When you don't have intonation and body language to help, it makes understanding what people mean tricky at best. Anyway, don't worry, I brought him back and promise not to get him again. He was a crap lay anyway.
  4. You're right, history would back you up on that. However, I genuinely think that Mel has matured as an owner over the last couple of years. I think he probably realises that his knee-jerk approach and coming it as a fan instead of an owner wasn't acquiring the desired results. As a successful businessman I think he's taken stock and changed accordingly. The way he dealt with the Leeds issue, Frank's shenanigans, having Boro threaten us and bringing in Coco was not the Mel of 2015. In 2015 he's have nutted Frank on live TV, gone and peed over the Leeds statue of Billy Bremner, hired a band of South American mercenaries to take out Gibson and rehired McClaren on an 18-year contract...probably. Now, whether this new cool, calm ,and sophisticated approach will stand firm if Cocu has us in the bottom 3 at Christmas, only time will tell.
  5. I dunno, it was pretty incredible. I'm just surprised that more people didn't quote it twice and maybe a couple of people 3 times. But I guess that's just a reflection on how far modern Society has slipped since Mary Whitehouse sadly passed away. God bless 'er soul.
  6. Underrated band, National poo Day is a total classic and an a masterclass in brilliant songwriting.
  7. I'm guessing you also support the New York Yankees and have a strange urge to check Man Utd results too. Am I right?
  8. @SaintRam- after having another look last night I really think you guys can win with Bridgewater - at least for a few games. He hasn't had any meaningful play in 4-years and considering that, he did a sound job imho. I realise it's impossible to know how his injury affect him (especially his running ability), but he was a pro-bowler prior to that. Off the top of my head and without looking it up, I cannot think of a backup QB who's better. He must surely know the system by now and it's interesting that he turned down a starting job in Miami. I wonder if that means he thinks Brees will retire sooner rather than later and he'll have a shot in New Orleans at starting on a far better team? Brees is an all-time great and I hope he bounces back as strong, but this will test Sean Payton and if he can pull a rabbit out of the hat and stay in contention is what is not a strong division - then he deserves that 5-year extension. Will it hurt your seeding in the playoffs? Quite possibly. But the playoffs are the playoffs and it's getting there that matters. I think, and genuinely hope, you will still do.
  9. Remind me again who you support as I need to remember to give you grief when you lose!
  10. Kamara was getting stuffed prior to Brees getting injured, although it was early days. And your O line's issues wasn't being beaten up - we are playing two effectively, rookies, and the another came in when Blythe got injured - it was penalties. It wasn't like we were pouring through your line or flying off the edges. I thought Bridgewater did fine considering he'll have had almost no reps and his Oline were so antsy. I'm not saying he's the answer after Brees, but I am saying he wasn't anything like the only reason you lost today.
  11. I don't see the Saints enough to dispute that. But even if it's the case that relies on getting the ball out quickly , pin point accuracy and the receivers being on the same page as the QB. My point was that Bridgewater is a solid back up, but of course he's not going to seamlessly step in for a hall of famer. I'd be concerned of course, but I'd not be in blind panic mode just yet.
  12. He's no Drew Brees but the Saints WRs are simply not getting in space. The Rams secondary have played surprisingly well.
  13. It was a joke, albeit a tad subtle/crap. You had to know I was aware of Nick and then to know I worked in the music scene and then to know there was a music producer called Mick Pickering who did indeed form M People around that time. I'll shut up now.
  14. Stoked for tomorrow @SaintRam? I see you get the game on Sky - it's pretty much broadcast in every market that doesn't have a team playing over here. TBH, I was super surprised they didn't pick a different early game last week on MNF, so they could have the rematch this week. I was happy with the win over the Panthers - until I saw them play the Bucs. That was a facepalm moment after the Bucs were so bad against the 9ers. Cam is a spent force I think. I'm not at all confident, but hopefully it will be a good game with zero controversy.
  15. I think there are a lot more overrated players to pull on a Rams shirt. Lest we forget Mick Pickering who had an England appearance A good job he had had a side hustle in M People. If you look at our highest transfer fees paid it's a veritable who's who of overrated players. He's better than Butterfield and cost the same and if you'd take Earnshaw over him I'd be idly pondering the cruelty of early onset dementia. Now, if you'd said the most frustrating player, then yeh, I can see that. He's clearly got a lot of skill - just look at the goals at Huddersfield and plenty other really good goals he scored - but he doesn't seem to be able to put consistent performances together.
  16. Sorry mate, as compensation I have mailed you some new boots. I've added some panties for the missus too.
  17. Totally agree. @Eatonram was freaking out after the 2nd game about the teams 'above us' all winning. We all want to beat Forest badly as well as finish 23 positions above them, but I can't be arsed to give them head space unless they want to pay rent this early on.
  18. I know a lot of people are down on the Rams and the job Cocu has done, but I’m not one of them. I think it’s really important to understand and accept the steep learning curve he and his staff were, and still are, going through. He’d never played, nor managed in English football, and he was walking into a dressing room full of players I doubt he’d ever seen play live before the speculation started - I’m presuming he watched a lot of film when it looked like he was coming - but that’s not the same. I’ll not get into the Frank leaving debacle and who is, or isn’t, to blame, but that surely didn’t help matters. Neither did having players like Shinnie imposed on him. I got shot down for saying I thought we were lucky against Huddersfield and that I thought the defense were exposed down the flanks way too often. If their strikers hadn’t been so profligate we could have lost that game after two world-class goals from Lawrence. I think that win was a blessing and a curse because of what it did to supporters expectations. but, it is what it is and I’d rather have the 3-points. Since then we have played some dreadful football, but other than at Brentford (and those games happen, think Villa last year and Sunderland at home 2 or 3 yard ago) - we have also played some nice free-flowing football. At times you can clearly see what Cocu is building even if at other times you want to scream, ‘get it forward’. It’s light years ahead of Rowettball irrespective of the results. Similarly, we got result under the poison dwarf, but jeez it was uglier than a warthog licking urine off a nettle at times. I asked a few times before he broke through, what the deal with Max Lowe was, but nobody seemed to know. It seemed like Derby wanted him away. For that reason and that reason only, we could see the Bogle injury as a bonus in months to come because it pushed Lowe into the fray. He’s young and raw and he’s playing on the wrong side, but the signs are promising. Wednesday was the first time I was happy with Cocu’s team selection. Sure Malone was in, but he is a threat going forward and I thought he had one of his better games. Dowell has bothered me a LOT. I’ve a good friend who’s an Everton diehard and he raves over him. I’ve seen nothing. NOTHING. I know Tomori and Wilson took time to settle in, but there were signs before they started to play with consistency. As I say, I liked the team. Clarke isn’t the Mark Wright-lite that I thought may be the case and his inability to use his right leg concerns me at times, but when he bothers to, he can bring the ball out with pace and threat. You’d not describe either him or Keogh as quick, but they are bothy long striders and can ghost past players that may seem faster with surprising ease at time - the Leeds goal was a classic example of that. And Biliek, I mean come on? I posted in the game thread that I think we can put to bed any talk of where his best position is. Without playing brilliantly he showed touches and moments where you can clearly see the potential to be a stand out player - at least in this division. I’m going to repeat something that I posted after the game - I think this team is close to being good. We absolutely need Bogle back and Lowe on his natural - but those two alone will terrorize a lot of championship defenses. Bogle could be that Igor spark that somebody mentioned last night Unlike many, I also think Huddlestone is playing well. The problem is that he hits a lot of balls that many players on’t attempt and when they go awry it looks awful. I do think he’s a calming influence and that moment he brought the ball out when we were under intense pressure last night was pure class. Roos otoh, is anything but a calming influence and worries me more than any other player. He’s punching way too often and that is either because he lacks confidence in his handling, or he’s learned bad technique. There was one cross last night that I with me with my dodgy achilles and girl sized hands could have caught while simultaneously scratching my nut sack. I’ll not dwell on that though because I see us as becoming more and more attack minded and the opposition can’t score from their own half. Unless that is, you have Wayne Rooney in your team (see the goal he scored against Orlando City this season). I’m not a wrist-slasher and I’m not a happy clapper - I try to be objective when I can. But, I rarely have this level of confidence. I could look like a fool come next May and be gently retreating from the board hoping nobody will notice, but I think we could be on the cusp of something pretty exciting. If that is, Cocu can stick to the plan, find his best team and get everybody fit. And the supporters let him breath. And on that note and a final note. I thought the fans were brilliant last night. You all deserve a pat on the back because nobody would have complained if PP had been like an undertakers office on their day off. Come on you Rams, to Leeds and beyond! PS. Don't be confused that there was no Part 1 and 2, it was just an Ian Dury hat tip for those of you old enough to remember.
  19. I know, right? Carson had a shaky patch before he got injured and that can happen to any player, but supporters are less forgiving with keepers because they can't just disappear like a player such as Lawrence can. And that's not a dig at Lawrence, merely an observation. Roos has never performed even remotely close to the level Carson was week after week, month after month. He's our single biggest weak link imho.
  20. Roos was awful. I think @Woodley Ram only gave him a 5 because his 1,2, 3 and 4 buttons were broken. Unsure coming out, shaky hands and punches when he should be catching. Not only does he punch too often, but he either doesn't do it cleanly or he's got the power of Monty Burns before his afternoon nap. I've seen his 6 pack, so I'm guessing it's either the former or he's playing with an undiagnosed broken and bicep tear.
  21. I think Rood has injured a wrist. He made a rash catch then when a groin high punch was the safest option.
  22. Cunning sliding pass by Roos there. Few keepers would have thought to have done that.
  23. I don't think we need any more surveys on where Bielik's best position is, and it aint in a back 3.
  24. Warnocks nose is so red and bulbous I think he must be snorting lines of Scotch rather than drinking it.
  25. I really do think Derby are a kippers dick away from clicking. Get Bogle back in and a few more games and Im convinced we have the ability to go on a run.
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