Thursday, 25 October 2012

Dougie Freedman joins Bolton Wanderers.

Dougie Freedman joins Bolton Wanderers

So, Dougie Freedman has become our new manager. This worries me. Freedman is a young up-and-coming manager who has had one good season. The last time we had one of those it was Owen Coyle and look how that bloody turned out. At this stage Bolton need consistency and there were other more tried and tested managers available who could have provided that. Then again, the good thing about having a young and exciting manager is that it can sometimes provide an immediate boost to a team who need something fresh. This happened when Coyle first came into charge. The problem is, as seen with Coyle, that this can often fade away fairly quickly and you are left with the same old problems.

Freedman has a big task on his shoulders. Bolton are not playing well at the moment (applause for captain obvious). I think the main problem is our defence. When you have a central defender like Zat Knight regularly making it into the first team you know you have serious problems. In fact, a way that Freedman could make an immediate positive impact would be to keep that complete liability on the subs bench for as long as possible. Simple as that. However, even with knight on the bench he still needs to improve a defence who are about as good at keeping a solid formation as a trifle strapped to the back of an angry Donkey. There is also the fact that Kevin Davies (as much as I love the guy) needs to start being replaced by Sordell or even Ngog at the helm of attack more regularly. I won't criticise Davies because he still works his battered old legs off in almost every match. They are old legs though.  

Also, why do I keep seeing neutral fans criticise us for getting rid of Coyle and treating him badly? He wasn't a very good manager, no but's or if's, he just wasn't very good. Furthermore, he had more time and support than most managers I see struggling nowadays.  

If you're wondering why I support Bolton Wanderers, it's because I come from a small town so don't have a local team. All the kids at my school supported Manchester United or Liverpool so when my Mum bought me the 1998 Premier League sticker album I decided to pick a team nobody else I knew supported. Maybe it's a shit reason but at least I didn't just pick the same team as the other kids, right?

Where the magic started people!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

3 Signs You're Too Addicted to Video Games.

3 Signs You're Too Addicted to Video Games

#1 - You're Facebook page contains more status updates and pictures about video games than it does about real life. 

Most of us (including me) have done the odd status update to apologise for the humiliating defeat we had on Fifa or uploaded a picture of whatever game we are currently playing. However, for some people these gaming updates and screen shots seem to be the only semblance of life you get from their Facebook page. Obviously, Facebook isn't the be all and end all but when someone has uploaded 50 pictures from Call of Duty yet there isn't a single picture of them in a social setting you can't help but think 'this guy doesn't get out much'. Furthermore, you also get people who will never put a status update mentioning something they have done in the real world but will continually give you oddly specific updates about what they have been doing in a game such as 'currently playing the 360 version of Skyrim after clocking up 300 hours on the PS3 version, has anyone noticed the grass is a slightly different shade of green?'. The answer to that is, no, I hadn't.   

#2 - Your thumbs are the most exercised part of your body. 

Is the rise in popularity of gaming contributing to the rise in childhood obesity? Yeah, probably, but then again so is a load of other stuff. Most people I know that I would consider too addicted to gaming have the skin tone of a Twilight-esque vampire and a body similar to something that goes gooey when you toast it over a bonfire. However, I don't doubt for a second that they would completely kick my arse in a thumb war. This has probably been the case since the N64 came out where to work one of their controllers you needed three thumbs that were each about six inches long and contained bones made out of steel. Unless you own a Nintendo Wii in which case you probably just have a good old-fashioned case of tennis elbow. 

#3 - Your virtual aspirations have overtaken your real aspirations.

You know that South Park episode where the boys are desperately trying to defeat that player on World of Warcraft to the point they basically dedicate their entire lives to the cause? This was the guy they were trying so hard to defeat. 

As usual, South Park was making a pretty good point.