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Points
THIS WEEK'S POINTS

Lewis
A FLIBBLE TOO VAR

Yusef
MALLAH'S GUERILLAS

Dave
SWEETHOME CHICAGO

Tom+Simon
KEBABERDEEN

Elliot
VERTI KONG STRONG

Adam
BATSH-UYAI CRAZY

Gary
KRUL AND THE GANG

Frank
TRINITY RANGERS

Lorraine
NO WAY PEDRO

Christy
PROPER JOB!

Rich&Will
BALLS OF STEEL

Mike
HAMLET ACADEMICAL

RichHawk
MoLOExpress

Pool
PLAYER POOL

Reffin
REFFIN' HELL

Heroes&Villains
HEROES+VILLAINS

Cartwright
CARTWRIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

JCCup
JOHN CHARLES CUP

Rules
THE RULES

Sched
SCHEDULE

A GRAND KRU

Table


Gary's Kruel boys come storming back, Schmeichel's defiance of the Arse being topped by goals from Pulisic (again), Barnes, Ings and Mane, a tally that makes them the top goalscorers in the league.  With arfa Chelsea midfield points and no negative scores, they're comfortably this week's top Shih Tzus.  Coulda been even better, too, although he doesn't blow off enough points to attract Glenn, he could have selected Chelsea's Emerson and Newkie Almiron for an extra 8, enough to get past Christy and home in on Elliot's tail.

In fact it's only Christy's second banana that keeps her boys in 4th spot.  Just the one goal, from the irrepressible 7 point Vardy, but clean sheets from Zouma and Tomori from Chelsea, and Soyuncu from Leicester.  McTominay, Kovacic and Pickford chip in the extra tenner, and it's just enough to keep the Krul Gang at bay.

Sharing the banana with Christy are Rich and William, whose Balls of Steel also pull out a 33 pointer.  Salah, Abraham and Ings are all on goalscoring form, with Emerson's clean sheet and 7 more from Manks De Gea and McTominay, they snatch a half a banana. 

WEEK 12 REPORT

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BO' SELECTA

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Not quite the return to form I was hoping for, but I do derive great pleasure from ticketing Frank, for some reason.  Don't get me wrong, he's an awfully nice chap, generous to a fault and very good company down the pub.  But I can never quite dislodge the thought that he's always rather fancied Leyton Orient.  Nor that he set fire to Enfield Town Football Club's new mower.  But most of all, I think, is that he's a fully qualified referee, and therefore part of the massive whistle-tootling conspiracy that is slowly wrecking the beautiful game.  See Reffin' Hell for the details of this week's bathos, but meanwhile if Frank had picked Baldock, Harry Wilson, Ndidi and Egan instead of Ake, King Josh, Sergeant Wilson and newboy Lundstram, he would have grabbed an extra 14 points and been right in the scuffle with Gary and Christy.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK


 Watford's Gerard Deulofeu hasn't had much to smile about recently, what with lurking at the bottom of the PL table and having his mate Deeney permanently in the treatment room, but the match against Norwich has changed all that.  With a brilliant solo goal and an assist for the second, he bags a niner and becomes this week's Hero.  Who said he was mad to leave Barcelona? 

REFFIN' HELL

Collina Odd how the worst refereeing seems to occur in the biggest games innit? The top of the table clash between Liverpool and Man City was officiated by Michael Oliver, on the whistle, with Linos  Burt and Bennett, fourth official Mike Dean and VAR Paul Tierney.  You'd think with that amount of experience in the officiating ranks, they'd be able to get it right, wouldn't you?  Yeah, you'd be quite wrong.  The refusal by all of them to award a penalty for Alex-Arnold's handball is inexplicable. Without going into a forensic analysis, none of the potentially exculpating conditions were met, and a penalty should have been given.  This would remove Fabinho's goal from the tally, as it was scored immediately after the non-decision, and would give City a 1-0 lead. No problems with the goals from Salah (not offside), Mane and Bernardo Silva, which would have made the score 2 - 2, but the clincher was the failure to penalise Mane for a quite clear shove in the back on Raheem Sterling.  Sterling went down, of course, and I assume VAR looked at it and somehow reached the conclusion that although Mane had obviously shoved him, it wasn't hard enough to cause him to fall.  Just how they determine what is a 'hard enough' shove in the back, is another mystery.  Anyway, it now seems that merely 'attempting to trip' an opponent in the box will attract a penalty, but actually shoving them in the back may not.  How much further up their own arses can the FA get? They can already taste the Brylcreem.

Elsewhere, there was wide disbelief and scorn heaped on the VAR decision to penalise Sheff Utd's Lundstram for offside in the build up to a McGoldrick 'goal' against Spuds.  If you didn't see it, Lundstram was out on the right wing when he received the ball, he crossed it and it was headed away by Dier, but straight to Sheffield's Fleck.  Fleck then laid the ball off to Stevens, who provided a terrific cross for McGoldrick to tap in.  The fact that it was only Lundstram's toe that was ruled offside, and that the technology is not accurate enough to make decisions with that degree of precision, AND that after the 'offside' the ball was headed clear by a defender (new 'phase' rule) all suggest that the ruling was erroneous.  Sheff thereby robbed of the win.  Burnley's opening goal came directly from a corner which should have been a goal kick - didn't change the result, but it's the type of officiating error that is never corrected.  And Guendouzi grabbed Soyuncu's shoulder as he ran towards a cross into the Arsenal box, but was absolved of wrongdoing by VAR, although EVERYBODY else knew it should have been a penalty.

By the way, just heard Neil Swarbrick, the FA man responsible for implementing VAR, claiming that it's working very well and he wouldn't change anything about it, presumably not even the decision that earned Brighton a penalty and all three points against Everton when Keane supposedly fouled Connolly, and for which the FA have apologised and admitted VAR was wrong.

Only one diver clearly spotted this week, and it's Private Fraser, who tried to deceive Son of Ron at Newcastle, but unfortunately did it when SoR was actually looking at him.

SECRET SQUIRREL'S DIARY

squirrel I see my hope that decency would prevail at Spurs in the matter of Son's red card was forlorn.  With Gomes barely recovered from the anaesthetic, the Spuddy suits were badgering the FA to rescind the red card.  It's true that the 'tackle' itself may not have constituted dangerous play, but the intention behind it most certainly did.  It happened mere seconds after Son believed he'd been elbowed in the face by Gomes, and there wasn't the slightest possibility that Son could win the ball.  It therefore clearly falls into the category of deliberate foul play.  In other words there was nothing accidental about the tackle, it wasn't simply mistimed, or a slip on a greasy surface, it was made with the intention of stopping Gomes' run by tripping him.  In any situation, within football or not, the consequences of a deliberate act are the responsibility of the perpetrator, and it may be that Son did not intend Gomes' injury, but nevertheless he caused it.  The fact that he is clear to continue playing while his victim is facing a year of painful rehabilitation is a farce.

 CARTWRIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP


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Game 8, and it's Kong's week off, which enables the Jobbies to go to number 1 with a 33 - 7 over MoLOExpress.  Kong stay second, but Trinity take down the Guerillas 25 - 21 to jump over SweetHome into third. Krul and the Gang rise above Kebaberdeen into 5th by beating Chicago 35 - 24, while the Kebabers go down 25 - 28 to the Batsh-uyai boys, and are leapfrogged by Balls of Steel, 33 - 1 mashers of Hamlet. Flibble double their points tally by squeaking past Pedro 31 - 26.

Follow the picture link of Ben Cartwright, from 'Bonanza' for the full details of the Cartwright Championship.

PREDICT A £MILLION


Week 12, and I'm delighted to report that SweetHome Chicago are £2mill better off, thanks to my 16 point predictions.  Lew gets the runner-up £1mill with 14, and all I've got to do now is come up with the other 14 points I need for the full £real250K.
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