Episode 44: Interview With Love Thy Soccer Author Sean Reid

Episode 44 of the Two Daft Yanks podcast is here and boy are we excited to bring it to you. We had the chance to chat with Sean Reid author of the forthcoming book Love Thy Soccer. If you are interested in finding out more about this book or Read more

Episode 43: FA Cup Semifinal Review

Hello there soccer enthusiast, are you looking for top notch FA Cup analysis? Well look no further because the FA Cup semifinal review edition of the Two Daft Yanks podcast is here! On this week's episode: - Arsenal 1 - Wigan 1, with the Gunners advancing 4-2 on penalty kicks - Read more

Episode 42: This Episode's Name Is Pinto

We are in the heart of the business end of the season and the Two Daft Yanks are back to conduct their business. We hope you enjoy the podcast. On this week's Episode: - USMNT 2 Mexico 2, does this game change anything going forward? Is the 4-4-2 diamond here Read more

Go Home, Mourinho, You’re Drunk (I Hope)

Posted on by Corey in Controversy, Daftness, England | Leave a comment

Well, well, well, once again the newest king of complaints was at it again following Chelsea’s nil-nil draw with Atlético Madrid. The manager who once dubbed himself “The Special One” has apparently become as pedestrian and average as any other manager with a ridiculously rich owner, a squad of internationals that go two deep at every position and still contrive to play some of the most boring* football in the modern game.

Forgive me for actually thinking someone who has won numerous titles before and has gone through numerous Champions’ League campaigns, would understand the rigors and the potential pitfalls that going deep into the competition would bring. But nope, ol’ Jose, is complaining about having to face Liverpool prior to his team’s next CL match. The complaint goes that in Spain (as they do in many other countries as well) they reschedule clubs’ fixtures to help their sides potential progress in continental competitions. Well, Moaninho, maybe if you hadn’t worn out your welcome in Madrid then you could’ve taken advantage of that Spanish FA entitlement. I’m pretty sure it was you that chose to accept the Chelsea job and you weren’t forced into the role under the terms of some indentured servitude.

To quote the Moaning One:

“I think that’s a decision I have to listen the club. I’m just a piece, I’m just the manager and no more than that.

“I have to listen to the club. I think the fact that the match is on Sunday I think puts the problem not in my hands.

“We represent English football and we are the only English team that is European competition. Spain has four and gave them all the conditions to try to have success.

“I know what I would do, but I’m not the club. I have to speak with the club.

“I would play with the players that are not going to play Wednesday.”

Now, I’m biased. I don’t like Chelsea. I don’t like Mourinho. I think on the whole they’re both pretty classless and they tend to act like nouveau riche punks. They may have class in ability but class of character, no way. I’m sure if you’re a Chelsea fan, you’ll argue against that but then again you were probably one of the ones singing through the moment of silence the weekend of the Hillsborough remembrances.

Anyway, to make a short story long, since Mourinho isn’t man enough to admit he’s thrown in the towel for the league title openly, this is what these comments are supposed to mean- “I’ve given up the league and only concentrating on the Champions’ League.” He wants to have an out for when the possibility of Chelsea not getting a result versus Liverpool may occur. He wants to have an excuse handy because this what people like Mourinho, who are highly successful and are quite narcissistic, do when they either don’t accomplish their goals and when people begin to become fed up with their asinine antics. They can’t just hold their hands up and say “yep, I just didn’t accomplish what I set out to do, fair play and congratulaitons to (whomever).” Instead they line up excuses, tend to talk in trite coach speak and behind behind these contrived grievances such as the scheduling (because, you know, he didn’t know about this before in his prior stint at Chelsea, amirite?).

So, go home, Jose, you’re drunk. Or at least I hope you are because if not, then you’re just becoming a completely whiny, sniveling, tedious, little man. You have numerous trophies but you’re class and character wouldn’t even fill an ant-sized thimble halfway. Perhaps Abramovich should bring back The Di Matteo One? All he did was win a cup double and got sacked for it. Surely a second year without a trophy at one of the largest clubs in Europe would signal perhaps the beginning of an era of “specialty in failure,” no?

* – Seriously, Chelsea fans, you lot could save a whole bunch of money and still win with Mourinho’s “counterattacking” style. At this point you’re just an overpriced, albeit highly successful, version of West Ham. Booooooooooorrrrrrrrring!

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Episode 44: Interview With Love Thy Soccer Author Sean Reid

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Episode 44 of the Two Daft Yanks podcast is here and boy are we excited to bring it to you. We had the chance to chat with Sean Reid author of the forthcoming book Love Thy Soccer. If you are interested in finding out more about this book or perhaps pre-ordering so you can also get that awesome scarf please visit the Love Thy Soccer Website. We hope you enjoy the interview as much as we enjoyed talking to Sean. Other items on this week’s episode include:

- Jose Mourinho’s sour-puss routine after another Chelsea defeat.

- Everton do the double over Manchester United, will it be Moyes’ last game in charge?

-The relegation battle is becoming unpredictable

- Burnley promoted!

Listen to or download the podcast below, or listen on your mobile device via Stitcher, TuneIn or iTunes

Two Daft Yanks Episode 44

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Manchester United Targeting The Europa League?

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With just a few fixture dates left in this 2013/2014 Premier league season Manchester United is chasing a spot in Europe for next season. It just happens to be the “other” continental competition now known as the Europa League (get those Thursday night, Channel 5 chants ready). When Manchester United miss out on the Champions League it will be the first time ever they missed out on the competition since it’s reorganization and rebranding in 1992. Don’t worry though the Red Devils still want a piece of that continental pie even though the only option left is sitting at the kid’s table of the Europa League. Goalkeeper David de Gea has backed his squad to keep going in order to qualify saying:

…we want to finish as high as we can in the league, ensure we’re playing in a European competition next season and show we are still around and that we will never give in.

The question now is, will Manchester United feel they are below playing in the Europa League? Will their supporters and more importantly their players take the competition seriously if they are to qualify? These are questions that need to be answered but may not need answering unless United can improve their league position over the final few matches.

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Episode 43: FA Cup Semifinal Review

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Hello there soccer enthusiast, are you looking for top notch FA Cup analysis? Well look no further because the FA Cup semifinal review edition of the Two Daft Yanks podcast is here! On this week’s episode:

- Arsenal 1 – Wigan 1, with the Gunners advancing 4-2 on penalty kicks

- Adventures with Fox Sports ( featuring FS2 and Piers Morgan)

- Hull 5 – Sheffield United 3, the Tigers come back from two one goal deficits.

- Chelsea v Swansea on same time as Hull and Sheffield United, what’s going on?

- Wembley Semi-Final, yea or nay?

Listen to or download the podcast below, or listen on your mobile device via Stitcher, TuneIn or iTunes

Two Daft Yanks Episode 43 

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FA Cup 2014 Semifinal Nuggetz!

Posted on by Corey in Daftness, England, FA Cup | Leave a comment

Here we are kiddos, nuggeteerz & twodaftyankophiles; one step away from the most glorious FA Cup style nugget of them all. Tomorrow resumes the formerly-hallowed-but-currently-seemingly-losing-prominence-because-of-Champions-League-worshipers competition of the FA Cup. Chad and I love it. You should love it. It’s like March Madness. Except better.

Anyway, we have one match on Saturday and one on Sunday with most of the attention of the FA Cup 2014 chase being centered on the former match. The holders, mighty Wigan Athletic take on collapsing Arsenal. The latter has made a habit of recently turning losing matches into a Wurld Class! ™ impression of a late season Sp*rs collapse. Diabolically poor defending? Check. Heartless performances? Check. Cracking under the slightest bit of pressure? Check. Dodgy pans of lasagna from Food Poison Catering?…. Erm, the last one, I’m not sure.

Meanwhile, Wigan have turned the FA Cup into their own personal giant killing fields. Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun beware! Wigan of the Night’s Watch is also on quite the tear of late in the Championship as well, winning something like eleventy million games in a row last month. Or something. They’re led by one of the new hot managerial commodities of the lower leagues, former German international, Uwe Rosler. Wigan’s roster is littered with former bannermen and sellswords who once plied their tried in the Premier League Kingdom and indeed were only relegated and stripped of EPL lands and titles only last year. However, their cup form and recent campaigning under Uwe of House Rosler may see them return to gentrified air of the EPLK next season.

An Arsenal loss may even see stalwart and long-reigning lord, Arsène of House Wenger, (proverbially) lose his head or at the very least, banished across the narrow sea to possibly land in places like Paris of the Lights or Royal Madrid of the Lands of Places That Actually Get Sun.

What say you, green boys and girls, smallfolk, and craven bastards? Treachery abounds everywhere, will it unseat Arsenal once again?

Wigan of the Night’s Watch 3, Sp*rs 2.0 2 

Sunday’s match pits the Fat Leno masked army of the Hull City AFC / Hull Tigers / Fat Leno Mask FC against the Sheffield United, they of the clever-or-not-actually-clever-nickname-which-I-couldn’t-now-just-come-up-with. I mean really, I know little to nothing about Sheffield United except that they were started in 2010, following Gary Sheffield’s retirement from Major League Baseball. The man needed something to do and was listening to Pink Floyd’s “Money” one late evening and took the line about “I think I’ll buy me a football team,” literally and did just that. Okay, none of that is actually true. But I bet Sheffield United could beat the Mets, Sheffield’s last team, either in baseball, rounders or football/soccer. Because, you know… the Mets are pants.

So, for this match I’m thinking Fat Leno Mask FC over Gary Sheffield United simply because the Tigers are currently EPL and Gary Sheffield isn’t.

Fat Leno Mask FC 2, Sheffield United 0

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