Fan Man: A new breed of superhero

The Blades were brilliant last night in the gale force wind at Beautiful Downtown Bramall Lane.
1-0 up halfway through the first half thanks to a wholly legitimate penalty, it was all going so well until Gary Madine had a rush of blood to the studs ten minutes later and scythed down one of their midfielders for a wholly legitimate straight red card.

What followed was a masterclass in prolonged, committed, uncompromising defending as wave upon wave of Brentford attack bore down upon the United goal. Sure, we rode our luck a couple of times, but these stats don’t tell any lies. It was an absolute siege, and we survived.

As you can see, the final score was 2-0, but there was a particularly squeaky bum patch just before we got that all-important second goal, where there seemed no way out for United. Every clearance came straight back, and every attack seemed certain to end with an equaliser.
So, picture the scene after 67 minutes, when the ball was cleared out for a Brentford throw-in and one fan on John Street decided that he was going to be a hero and waste a bit of time as the Brentford player asked him to pass the ball…

Oof. Still, at least it hasn’t made it onto computer screens all around the world, thanks to the power of social media and South Africa’s favourite blog.

That would be awful.

The highlights package isn’t out yet, and generally, they don’t put this sort of thing in anyway, but I’ll link to it when I see it. Just in case.
And also to remember one of the great Sheffield United performances of recent years.

COYRAWW!

Quotes of the weekend

Sometimes your weekend contains more than one bloggable quote.

This was one of those weekends.

There was this one from the Tall Accountant on his changing dietary habits in middle age:

I’m hovering at the apex point of chips.

For the record, fast food burgers have already gone over the edge, but a decent thin crust pizza is still well within the safety zone.

And then from Friday evening, while descending the back of Table Mountain on a Cub sunset hike, a little voice (7 or 8 years old) piped up from just behind us:

My Dad’s nickname for my Mum is ‘Sparklepuss’.

Ok then. Out of the mouths of babes, eh?

MINDHORN looks fun

Some funny British people. And a Manx connection

Not sure if this one will make it to SA, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.
And having seen the trailer, there’s certainly a will here.

Funny Link

Not much here from me today. I’ve been doing things and being busy generally.

I did enjoy this link from the NewYorker though – it’s the politically correct version of Lord of the Flies, and it is brilliant.

“Look, everyone,” Ralph said. “The sun is going down. We need to organize a party to go out in search of food.”

“We should hunt!” Jack said. “Kill the pig! Cut her throat! Spill her blood!”

They looked at him.

“It’s not necessarily sexist if the pig represents oligarchical capitalism,” Jack added.

“It’s certainly insensitive to vegans.”

As a commentary on modern society’s requirement to tread the tightrope of avoiding giving offence, it’s absolutely perfect.

Irish jockey

A week too late for the Grand National, here’s the wonderful Irish Jockey sketch from ITV’s The Sketch Show:

I must say that I’d forgotten all about The Sketch Show – I never really even gave it much attention when I was in the UK. But looking back now – what a line-up:

The original cast was Lee Mack, Jim Tavare, Tim Vine, Karen Taylor and Ronni Ancona.

And writers included Ricky Gervais and Aussie Matthew Hardy. It’s impressive stuff, and this skit with Lee Mack just shows why he’s still so popular on shows like Would I Lie To You.

And if you’re mood for more laughs, can I please remind you of this guy?