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Good Week/Bad Week: Sports Round-Up

Posted on 23rd October 2009. 2 Comments

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Tom Brown looks at the winners and losers of the last seven days of sport…

Winners

jensen_button• Jenson Button – after weeks of questions, criticism and frustration, Button finally stumbled over the line to become the new F1 World Champion. The Englishman very nearly didn’t have a drive at all this year, but Ross Brawn stepped in at the last minute, Button won six out of the first seven races, and he hasn’t looked back from there. Whether you’ve been reading about F1 on the front or back pages, this season has undoubtedly been hugely entertaining.

• Alex Ferguson – his United side returned to the top of the league last weekend after defeats to title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool. Then in mid-week, the team made it a record-equally 14 games since their last defeat away from home in the Champions League. This time it was CSKA Moscow who failed to deal with United at home. The Red Devils lie at the top of their group, five points ahead of second-placed Wolfsburg.

• Internet jokers – that goal in the Sunderland vs Liverpool match has led to a whole host of amusing beach ball related jokes/pictures/videos making it on to the internet. This one gives us a clue as to who gave the ball to that kid in the first place… http://i37.tinypic.com/2njg5tl.gif

• Chris Hughton – after one of the longest caretaker spells in history, Chrisjensen_button Hughton finally looks set to be offered the manager’s position at Newcastle on a permanent basis. Whilst it will do Newcastle good to finally have a bit of stability, it doesn’t look as though any takeover is particularly immanent, and if it is, offering Hughton the job now means Newcastle fans won’t get the completely fresh start they might have been hoping for.

• Women! – there have been some strong rumours circulating that the England women coach Hope Powell is in line to become the new manager of Grimsby. No, seriously. Not sure where this come from though considering she apparently hasn’t applied for it and the club isn’t considering her. Maybe it was a dull week in Humberside press circles.

• Durham’s women’s lacrosse team – the team got off to a great start to the season, beating national champions Loughborough 9-8. Well done women’s lacrosse!

Losers

jensen_button Rafa Benitez – four defeats in a row for Liverpool, their worst run of form since 1987, and the Kop is beginning to turn on him. Seven points off the top of the Premier League, six points off the top of their Champions League qualifying group, and injuries to both Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres; Rafa really needs to turn things around fast. Up next though they’ve got Man United. Looks like next week might not be so great either…

• Gareth Southgate – despite winning on Tuesday night to move to within one point of the top of the Championship, Middlesborough chairman Steve Gibson decided this wasn’t good enough and Southgate was sacked. Even worse for Gareth, Boro look set for the immanent appointment of Gordon Strachan; it’s like when an ex starts dating someone else just days after you’ve broken up. Middlesborough have moved on, let’s hope Southgate can too.

• The fight against illegal betting in sport – tennis player Caroline Wozniacki’s decision to withdraw from her match despite being just one game away from victory has caused plenty of head-scratching in tennis circles this week. What made matters worse though is that her father and coach told her to withdraw with one game to go; this conversation was picked up by a nearby microphone and internet gamblers around the world reaped in the rewards of betting on Wozniacki’s 40-1 rated opponent.  Wozniacki herself has professed her innocence and she may well be right. That doesn’t, however, excuse the fact that it was basically a really stupid thing to do.

• Real’s galacticos – £200 million spent but it’s still not enough to getjensen_button Madrid to the top of La Liga or their Champions League group. Wednesday night’s defeat to AC Milan also showed £200 million clearly isn’t enough to buy some decent defenders either.

• Lewis Hamilton – this time last year the entire country loved him. People were debating just how many titles he’d eventually win. Now, he’s been dethroned by Button and no one seems to care. 2008: Sir Lewis. 2009: Lewis who?

Tom Brown

2 Comments »

  • Calum said:

    I hope Ronaldo is regretting his fluffy fame/money driven decision to go to Real Madrid. I really do.

  • Calum said:

    We didn’t even like him at Manchester United…..