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Football / Roy Keane breaks his slience!
« on: February 21, 2009, 11:19:12 AM »

Keane explains Black Cats exit
Ex-boss blames American investor for change of dynamics
Last updated: 21st February 2009

Keane: Speaks out

Players had been taking the piss out of the club for years. If they wanted them smiling all the time they should have employed Roy Chubby Brown.
Keane on Quinn
Quotes of the week

Former Sunderland boss Roy Keane has blamed American investor Ellis Short and a change of attitude from chairman Niall Quinn for his decision to quit the club.

Keane performed miracles at The Stadium of Light after winning promotion to the Premier League at the first attempt before going on to retain their top-flight status in the 2007/08 season with a fine 15th-placed finish.

However, Keane dramatically resigned from his Black Cats post in December after 28 months in charge and the Manchester United legend has now spoken for the first time about the reasons behind his departure.

The former Republic of Ireland international believes the arrival of Short left him questioning his future due to his unusual requests.

Changing dynamics
"We had sat down with him a couple of times, Niall and I," Keane told the Irish Times. "I went down to London to meet him twice. I thought, hmm, the dynamics are changing here.

"He said he had read my book. I felt he was thinking from the start that I wasn't for him. He sort of knew this wasn't going to be a long-term relationship.

"It started with a demand to know where I had been the previous day, that he wanted me available at all times. It was a disappointment. Then there were accusations about how often I came in, about moving my family up. And it was the tone."

Keane also revealed a change in attitude from Quinn concerned him deeply after the club's supremo revealed his desire for the manager to put a smile back on the players' faces.

Major concern
"He was talking to me about the players needing to come into work with a smile on their face. That really concerned me," he continued.

"The day I walked into Sunderland, putting a smile on the faces of well-paid players was the last thing anybody wanted me to do.

"Players had been taking the piss out of the club for years. If they wanted them smiling all the time they should have employed Roy Chubby Brown.

"My question to Niall was, who are you listening to here? It wasn't Niall. It was the undercurrent. Where it was coming from. Smiles on players' faces? It's my job to get them training well.

"There was good spirit. That's what had kept us in the Premiership last year. Our spirit. That got the alarm bells ringing.

Other Sports / NFL - Taylor get traded..a good move
« on: July 21, 2008, 11:40:21 AM »
Jason Talyor traded to de Redskins is de best thing for both parties.† Taylor can now play for a playoff bound team and Miami can continue with its rebuilding process with their picks in 2009.† However, the redskins are in the same division with Cowboys and Philly so I don't think they (Redskins) will go very far if all remains status quo.† I wonder if he (Taylor) will play for more than one season in DC?

Elton Brand and Baron Davis are unrestricted free agents.  A nice move would be to have them both play for LA Clippers but Davis may swing back with GS.  Agent Zero and Jamison are almost 100% to be back in Washington (and with heafty pockets).  And with all of that going on, LeBron was quoted as saying that Brooklyn is his favourite city (his hometown was 5th on the list I think) and everyone is buzzing that he will move to NY in 2010 but it maybe New Jersey and not New York (even though the plans for moving the Nets to Brooklyn is under legal limbo).

Let de games begin.

General Discussion / Crime in the Caribbean
« on: February 19, 2008, 10:57:12 AM »
In light of what has occured in the past few weeks with reference to Trinidad and Guyana, this article presents a perception of what outsiders may think.  Please take note this was printed 4/2/08 - before the shootings in Independent Square, police shooting in south and Guyana's trama.

The Caribbean's crime woes
The Economist says the Caribbean has become a world leader in violent crime
An unflattering portrait of crime in the Caribbean is painted by the Economist magazine in its latest edition.
The Economistís article pulled no punches.
It says the Caribbean, better known for its blue skies, cricket and rum punch, was the world leader in violent crime.

It quoted a joint United Nations-World Bank study last year, as saying the region had a murder rate of 30 per 100,000 inhabitants - four times the North American figure and 15 times the West and Central European average.

Jamaica, according to the Economist, is the world's most murderous country. But it notes that the rest of the Caribbean was catching up fast, irrespective of size or wealth.

Prosperous Bahamas, it points out, was far more dangerous than impoverished Guyana. In Trinidad and Tobago, the murder rate has quadrupled over the past decade, despite a fall in unemployment to five percent last year.

The Economist paints an unflattering portrait of crime in the Caribbean 

The respected international publication says the illegal drugs trade was largely to blame but it added out that since the 1990s, cocaine shipments in the Caribbean have stabilised while murder rates have soared - pointing to a complex picture.

Tourism has largely escaped the violence but last May's UN-world bank report cited by the magazine, had warned that crime had the potential to curb the region's economic growth.

The report also acknowledged that murder statistics in small countries were often problematic because a relatively small number of incidents can result in high rates.

But what is clear is that homicides are a growing problem in the Caribbean.


Other Sports / NFL - Michael Vick and Dogfighting
« on: July 19, 2007, 06:38:42 AM »
Michael Vick was indicted on approximately 5 counts in relation to dog fighting!!!  He has been plastered in every news network...including The Daily Show!!  Why would you even put yourself in that situation?  Whether he is guilty or innocent, he has already been ripped in the media.  One comment compared him to Kobe in terms of losing endorsements and missing team games beacuse of court hearings.  The difference, to me, is that Kobe was the poster child of the NBA, real squeezie clean image contrary to Mr. Vick.  And you know what, at the beginning of last season, it was his brother, Marcus who was the bad boy coming out of Virgina Tech and ppl thought he would not see a NFL field - my how the tides have turn.

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