Wednesday, 29 December 2010

D'oh!

The 11:40am switch of doom...

Balotelli to Dorrans = -23

Robinson to Carson = -12

It's funny to think that had I not woken up on time & had that five spare minutes before going out for lunch with Sarah's parents today, I'd be sitting here 35 points better off! Actually, that's not really funny at all.

Unfortunately I saw that morning headline about Balotelli wanting to leave & assumed he'd be benched again & I assumed Blackburn were in freefall after Allardyce's departure, leading to two poor results which would only get worse at West Brom.

Two simple, sensible changes made...oh man, did I get it badly wrong! I'm on 34.5 points with Lampard, Gerrard, Walcott & Torres to go tomorrow, but this was a huge swing & could be the week that destroys my hopes of a Top 100 finish this year. Bad luck? Maybe slightly with Balotelli, but it's too late now, dropping from 280th to 420th in a day 'aint pretty & I'm probably out of The Blog Cup too...ouch!

Good things about today? Well... Spurs won again, Bale scored & I'm really pleased about the way we're playing. And as I type this I've just watched England retain the Ashes in Australia for the first time since I was 6 years old. That's fun, isn't it? Oh, and I got engaged last 3 days ago... and... erm... clutching ...at ...straws ...?

Anyway, hope you had a better day than I did... thanks lads!

Cheers,
Nik

p.s. If the comments section continues to get as bitchy as it has in the past three days then I will need to moderate everything & that would seriously suck. Please clean it up lads, we've got a very good thing here - don't spoil it :)

67 comments:

Freddie M said...

Congrats on your engagement AM... So far I got 30 points with 6 players to go.. No Bale & Balo..

Mèo con said...

Got only 13points with Drog, Lam, Torres & Kos left to go. Awful week

Anonymous said...

week 20 is blog cup week? i was away so didn't change any player which is same as week 19. 42.50 so far with mario,luckily.

gkinz

Donut said...

Ashes retained! Biggest Australian defeat by England ever, YFF takes a back seat!!

Similar decision to yours AM, "upgraded" Balotelli to spend all my cash, but not quite so bad as Henderson somehow chipped in with 19.5...

Wish I had spent the extra 3 or so upgrading Carson but that's life!

Even with Carson and Jara negatives ended up so far on 57.5 which I expect is around par with lamps gerrard rvp to come...

Right all the cricket excitement over it's time for bed!!

NaD4132 said...

Congratz AM..
26.5 currently and with Carson burned me as well. hopefully later Kos, Nasri, Gerrard, Elmander and Cham can do miracle and turn the table around.
Regarding the bitchy comments in malay, you really need to do something..it's starting to get into everybody's nerve I guess..

Anonymous said...

I got 78 with 4 players to go...

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your engagement!

TJ

Anonymous said...

@NaD4132:Totally agree with you regarding to the bitchy comments even though i'm malay.

TJ

Anonymous said...

I had 4 players played last night.
Ballo
Bale
VDV
and...Carson..

I made the right choice of not dropping Ballo but Carson was bad..and I regret dropping Andrew Johnson at 4.7x. I thought Dembele would be back but nope....ends up Andrew had another great game with 11 pts. If only I kept him and used the extra funds for a better goalie, i would have about 80 pts. Now i have 6 players left to go tonight. Nasri, Lampard, RvP, Holden, Koceinley and Torres to go..Hope i made it into the next round of blog cup!

ArsenalSLK

Owen_Williams said...

Congrats on the engagement!
Ashes were fantastic to watch! For once they were on a decent time for me in Vancouver.
Terrrrrible fantasy week can ONLY make up with ANOTHER Spurs win on Sat. Real life footy over fantasy footy right?!

DJ PIGG said...

Cricket news on the radio is like white noise in my ears but then I am Scottish!

Many congratulations on your engagement.

I'm on 37.5 with RvP, Nasri, Koscielny and (hopefully) Skrtel still to go. My season is going terribly... I'm almost 600 points behind last year's Week 20 score (but that's not including the 'reschedulled points" still to come) (not that they'll amount to much).

AdmiraLord Nelson said...

I am in the same boat as you Nik...I even got so mad i dropped Nani when i found out he wasn't starting.

chico said...

Lucky I have Balotelli, I am now at 87 points and I still have 5 players to play.Squilaci,Koncielny, Lampard, Gerrad & Holden to paly.
Should be score big for this week after a few weeks bad scoring.

Big hope Lampard & Gerrad.

Anyway, I am currently rank 342 overall.Looking for break in top 200 after today match.

Anonymous said...

AM, I think we are at the same boat. I dropped balotelli for Gyan thinking that he will play a decent game at home. I bought the idea from one of the blogger here which I read 3 minutes from the deadline...yellow cards, bad attitude, home sick thing, rift with mancini..etc. Then I sold ballotelli...
Have 5 players from WBA and only Dorrans scored better pts. Carson and Jara on negatives, below par Tchoyi and Odem..D'oh!!!!...44.5 with nasri and Maxi to go.....My colleague which were third in our private league did not change his players...and he has coleman and balo...he almost overtake me......

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS Nik on your engagement!

Currently with 59.5 point. Six players to go (one zero - kolarov).. Here's to hoping that Gerard, Nani, Nasri, Chamwow and Reina will do really really good and let me beat the sh*t of the guy leading our private group :)

Note : I don't think you should moderate. Let those jokers/ attention seekers be. They'll leave if no one pays attention to them..

Jebat siAlgojo Derhaka

Anonymous said...

and..oh yeah.....Kolarov wasn't playing last night. Was that been expected? Am I missing any news about him getting rested? Oh man...I really want to shout that F word........

Anonymous said...

This weak 63.5 i have SUPER MARIO, i dont have bale. Today lampard, nasri to go

Anonymous said...

Have 83.5 even with 3 zeros with only Lampard to go.

Dens.

lipantata said...

different story from me...upgrade benjani to balotelli give me high momentum...now i feel worth keeping bale and lucky to me that i add vdv to my team previous week...;)

lipantata said...

to all my fellow malaysian ..please dont use bitchy words....i'm feel sorry yesterday i had reply anon comment and use that bitchy word too...i'm sorry AM and AM follower...

Shiv Morjaria said...

Congrats Nik on the engagement! I was really disappointed that you didn't put up a player picks post this week but I understand that you were busy so its cool. I ended up going with stupid players that did NOTHING! Gyan was such a bad pick. Wish I'd just stuck with Balotelli. And I was debating dropping Nani but ended up sticking with him just because I'm a Man U supporter and I like the idea of being 'doubly happy' (Nani scores and Man U wins = FF and real life success :D) so I picked him over Torres.

Have a Happy New Year man. Here's hoping your busy schedule allows you to put up a player picks post for the weekend

Shiv

Anonymous said...

d'oh (to borrow your phrase Nik)..

didn't notice Nani went AWOL. FAK! So, that's 2 zeros (Kolarov too). Oh well, at least, i still have 5 players to go. Hopefully no negatives!! COME ON gerard, nasri, bosingwa, chamwow and reina!!!!!

lipantata, i find it rather amusing looking at the Malay words being used in an 'international' blog.. LAWAK siut..

peace,
Jebat siAlgojo Derhaka

Anonymous said...

So kita boleh berbahasa melayu dalam ni. Ha ha ha cool.

Birty said...

had such a bad couple of game weeks i've undone all the good work i put in over the previous ten. they were so bad i'm thinking of just giving up.

as for the blog comments, you could try disqus or intense debate. sure one of them must force a login although i'm not sure that'd stop all the tolls

DeviLxDeviL said...

Congrats on your engagement Nik, er 14 points (VDV,Jara,Kola,Welbeck,Gyan) at the moment with 7 Reina,Gerrard,Lampard,Nasri,Arshavin,Kosc) to go, er got a feeling maybe i'm probably out of Blog Cup too.. er why not we celebrate your engagement day by postponing this week of Blog Cup :p

Btw i'm already dead on CL. My opponent have Balo + Bale :D

Madayzhe Infinity A.K.A Madir said...

What??Bahasa Melayu says LAWAK siut?Sembang bahasa melayu sudaa..

Ballo to Odem..

Rugi!!

Anonymous said...

Mamat Nik ni akhirnya akan mula belajar berbahasa Melayu. Haaa....

Indonesia 1(0)-(3)2 Malaysia

Anonymous said...

Leave the malaysians alone, you probably don't know what it's for low lives to actually be on the internet, besides we can't read their nonsense so it's harmless.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that i kept Balotelli in my team... :) But i'm really annoyed with these Malaysian people here. I don't hate Malaysia, but please have respect to the blog-owner and others... This is an English-based blog, so please use one or at least try it (since i know my English is not good..)

Anyway congrats Nik! :)

Thanks,
-Cuy

Anonymous said...

Fellow Malaysians, unless you guys want to be mentioned for the right reasons, so better stop talking in local language now. I do not have problems with the Malaysian language but let gives respect to the blog owners and fellow bloggers here. There are so many useful info in this blog and let just focus on football and communicates in one language where everybody can understands and shares ideas.

Rawad said...

Worst possible scenario ever, Kola doesn't play, carson scores -9, Jara scores -3, Sunderland loses at home for the first time since EVER and Gyan scores 1 point, VDV doesn't score for the first time since, again, EVER and i bought him for 12 but still gets me 10 points...
Total? -0.5 points!!!
Ranking? -5000 places!!!
What's next? Konchesky, Lampard, Gerrard, Maxi, Torres and Van persie to play...
I really need these guys to outscore their form in order to at leat retain these lost places!!!

BAD BAD BAD

Anonymous said...

Rawad,

you are just having one bad day...don't worry man...others are even worst. I'm sure you will doing fine soon......

south of europe said...

Nice job Nick for blog and happy holidays to everyone.

I hope that this blog will stay friendly and with good atmosphere without any insults and deliberetly wrong information.

I have felt only good vibration on this blog, dont let some angry or bad people spoil it.

Thanks AM to you, and everyone with good information and good manners.

Good luck to you all from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Anonymous said...

34.5 points with Nasri, Lampard, Gerrard, Torres and Konchesky to go. Great points from Balotelli and VDV, but Carson did really poor. Took 3 zeros from Nani, Ben-Haim and Kolarov :(

DeviLxDeviL said...

Well i know some Malaysian language eventho i'm from Iceland, nah just kidding. Well in this latest post by AM, i can tell that they did not say anything bad. At least in this latest post.

I don't know why some people keep spoiling this comment section, blaming AM, bitching others. Well enjoy this game and the community.Its great.. especially when u chat with others managers in chatroll, very helpful and friendly eventho we chat once in a week. Chill !

aBLOy said...

i got 104 points with meireles and lampard to go...kolarov no show and jara -ve 3 was d only downside of a very lucky week for me...nt enough fun to trade balotelli to gyan, decided to keep both he and Andy johnson....lady luck was smiling at me eh.....

for my malaysian frens, der, xyh sebok cni la, kaco org nk heppi je...diam2 sudey....

AM, u r a class, thanks 4 all d hardworks and effort in making a great community here..just ignore those sore losers blaming u for their lack of capacity of choosing players...

CaptainAwesome said...

Having a good week so far with Reina Koscielny Gerrard Nasri Kalou and 81pts. Got lucky with Mario and few others but it was all thanks to that player picks post and the chatroom. Lets hope we can have another [AM.Blog] in the top50 very soon.

Ian Sanderson said...

9.5 points...poor,poor,poor.

Have Kos, Kryg, Lamps and RVP to go.

Dropped over 1000 places.

:(

Anonymous said...

-1.5 with only Lamps, Davies, Torres and Nasri to play. I had Tevez Yday :( ... worst ever.

Cut the crap lads. Nik does a fantastic job here, don't add to the mans workload.

BTW: congratulations on your engagement Nik

Anonymous said...

Me, Capt Awesome, Hans and couple of other had a little discussion last nite.

My opinion is that if you follow PL deeply, the only sensible choice was to get rid of Balotelli. His stats (fantasy wise), the way he have been playing (real football), Tevez two goals last week and rumours in the newspapers says this to me: Do NOT pick Balotelli for this week. I think no one of the top 10 before this week had him in their teams, and no one of top 10 in my priv league had him... Because... It didn`t make any sense choosing him...

But know i can see that i was wrong, and congrats to everyone who had him. Good hunch if you chose to keep him :) But I am not angry of not having him.

As for Carson... One should have known it would turn out badly with Nik pulling him in right before deadline :) Had him as gk right until deadline until I realised Reina was at 6.24! Got a 0 from Ben Haim instead...

Me... 41 pts 4 players to go.

And sorry for the loooooong post, just had to give some support to all of us he dumped Balo :)

The Jackal

gman26 said...

In 4 weeks, Balotelli's ownership went from 15% to 6%. 3% jumped off last week. That includes me. Oh well. S happens.

TARHEELS said...

1. As regards to the bitchy department, this guy said it best:
Note : I don't think you should moderate. Let those jokers/ attention seekers be. They'll leave if no one pays attention to them.

-- Jebat siAlgojo Derhaka

2. I can type in Malaysian, too. It happens every time I put my hands in the wrong place on the keyboard and it comes out like this:
O vsm yu[r om <s;sudosm. ypp/
See, it's easy!

3. And you guys with your sorry scores this week... Life is a box of chocolates, sometimes it tastes great, sometimes it gives you the sheets.
F.i., I'm standing at 80 points with three Ars. players left, but I'm sure a bunch of people (even AM?) will pass me today because they've picked a lot of high-scoring possibilities.
Besides, I totaled 30 points last week, with VdV.
What goes up must go down and eat a box of chocolates while the spilt milk flows under the burning bridge. (Old Malaysian proverb.)

4. Why do they call it the Ashes? Did somebody burn the trophy or something?

Anonymous said...

Another strange week that sees the "Must" win teams losing at home... really really disappointing

-NG

Kendo said...

dropped chamakh who i had at discount and also had henderson :(

Left me with carroll gyan and c cole up front they amassed 5 whole points between them all I need is for chamakh to play and perform tonite :(

Anonymous said...

http://twitter.com/rioferdy5/status/20118311979196417

Anonymous said...

Great week, 14pts Nasri also benched, so topsy-turvy .

MuKaHaNTu said...

@ AM & all Balotelli's NON-takers, if you look at the stats pointed by Gman26 about the percentage of people owning Mario, it might reduce the pain of not having him.

@ Malaysians currently following this blog, please don't tarnish our reputation because of your urge to post in Malay. Don't let one rotten apple ruin the entire barrel. Yes, I also know you are proud to tell the whole world that our small country existed because of the AFF Suzuki win, but please do it on your own blog, FB page. AM, has & still help all of us in getting the best player for our YFF needs, so, please spare some respect for him & the other followers. Leave your emails, YMs if you ever feel the need to discuss or chat amongst managers. Then speak@chat talk Malay all you want. Don't do it here, I feel it's kind of rude to converse in foreign language when majority of us can respect the rules in using English as a medium. Ok?

(DIRECT TRANSLATIONS)
@ Orang Malaysia yang mengikuti blog ni, tolong jangan cemarkan nama baik negara kita atas keinginan anda untuk mengulas dalam Bahasa Melayu. Jangan disebabkan nila setitik, rosak susu sebelanga. Ya, Aku tau kita semua tengah bangga sebab menang AFF Suzuki tapi tak perlu nak mencarut kat sini, kat blog sendiri & FB sendiri pun cukup. AM dah tolong kita semua banyak dah, jadi tolong hormat dia & pengikut yang lama dah kat sini. Kalau rasa tergerak nak bincang sesama kita, tinggal emel, YM. Pastu kita boleh bincang sesama kita. Jangan buat camni tolong la, aku rasa agak biadab. Ok?

BTW, if it ever occur again or you see anymore Malay words being use without reason BELOW MY POST,
FEEL FREE TO BAN MALAYSIAN I.P.
Again, I must mention I'm a Malaysian too & ashamed of these kids "vandalising" the comment section.

Salute to AM, Arsenal Bergkamp, Pauly & all veterans of this blog. I apologize on behalf of our childish comrades.

Cap said...

Congrats on your engagement. You spend so much time working on this blog that I can only advise you to include her in the program. How about Sarah's Super Subs ? ( I don't know her name but you get the idea). It might bring in more women blog followers.
What a difficult week to pick players who actually play, especially when you live time zones away from England. I went crazy this holiday and bought Fab. Gerrard, Lamps to go with Nasri; then RVP and Bolatelli(only forward I could afford but what a bonus) to go with Rooney. Now I find RVP not playing and Fab sidelined so that was when I bought Gerrard - just in time but gutted the defense. May live to regret this... not scoringing well I'm afraid but I thought all the big names would play.

Cap said...

Drogba just had a shot that beat Jussi of Bolton and hit the inside of the post to bounce back into play. Does this earn a fantasy point? If not then surely there is a strong case for all shots hitting the 'woodwork' to count as a shot on goal because if it wasn't on goal it would have been a dead ball, followed by a goalkick.

Anonymous said...

What is most annoying about not having Balotelli is having Tevez who's pts he has snared. Nasri, Cole and Kolarov also rested.

I thought it must be a disaster for my Cup hopes, until I noticed I had actually shot up the league, thanks mostly to my keeper keeper Hart and inspired hunch Aaron Lennon. 75 pts (with Nasri and Kosc come).

Motty.

Anonymous said...

unbelieveable!!!! i have reina,kons,nasri,lampard,gerard and torres and they give me 5 pts in total...balotelli is my saviour...

Anonymous said...

Well said MukaHantu. Thank you for posting the comment about not posting language that majority dont understand. Please respect others as you want others to respect you.

Sweeeet...I've got Balotelli. And not so sweet Nasri didnt start...no wonder they draw with 10- man Wigan. what an idiot arsene

The Muppets said...

Aussies first loose the Ashes and I too dropped Balotelli.

Horror week with 36.5 points and down by 1300 places.

Hurting back in Melbourne now.

Anonymous said...

To all the malay losers,

I'm spjdkjng in Mkliy.

Go bkmb yidrsjlf in tho shrthwlo.

SK said...

Congrats to your engagement AM.

Contrary to most other managers here, I added Balotelli again even though he burned me a few weeks back because I thought it was the intuitive choice. Mancini likes to rotate his squad for midweek games, and this week in particular with games 2 days apart. Players can't play twice a week all season long, nor will bench players will ever have enough playing time. It's gameweeks like this where every team will likely undergo rotation if given the option. So my suggestion is to avoid expensive players who may even have a slight chance of not starting in midweek games he's the only guy on the team who can perform his position.

And about the comments about Balotelli requesting a transfer request: 90% of rumors or reports made by the media are either made up, over-exaggerated, blown up or just plain irrelevant. Just look at Tevez transfer saga and his fantasy production.

I highly recommend regularly checking team news at FFS. They predicted eleven is not always accurate, but if you read what all the text they will tell you who will be competing with who for starting spots. The link is below: http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/team-news/

Anonymous said...

Is Matang Gerdu FC @Malaysia here? Pls give us advice for upcoming weeks!

Anonymous said...

AM,

what is the cut-off point for Blog Cup? just thinking dat 53pts still not enough to go through. But, i got u by my side. hehe..

Last_Minute FC

Anonymous said...

I have 4 zeros this week in Korovov, Tervez, Van persie and Torres.

Two Negative in Reina and Jara.

Total 39 points. Worst week ever.

DJ

DeviLxDeviL said...

Sad week, 40 pts.. anyone got lower than me? :D

Oh.. i hope the cut off pts is 35 or postponed it next match :D


Kocs,Reina,Jara give me -ve pts..

rwlwhite said...

35 points! Rubbish!

Congrats on the engagement though AM!

Anonymous said...

safee sali can give better points than gerrard,torres and reina combine....damn liverfool!!!

Adski said...

125.50 Points

P. Robinson
G. Bale
S. Coleman
S. Squillaci
F. Malouda
F. Lampard
N. Reo-Coker
D. Silva
D. Drogba
M. Balotelli
R. Pavlyuchenko

Dan said...

Congrats on your engagement AM!!

Scored 78 points this week to bring me within 1500 position =)

Anonymous said...

Erm ....7 points!!
Did anyone do worse than me?!
Can we have the blog cup next week please AM?! ;)
Pauly

ebi s. said...

Pauly i think you're King for this week, was crying at my 24 pts but .... If it's this difficult being a fantasy manager, i can only imagine what real managers go through weekly.

Tayo said...

@ Ebi,
That's exactly the point.
You have to feel sorry for a guy like Roy Hugson; how on earth would he have expected his team to get beaten at Anfield by Wolves!?!
Should one hate Balotelli or what??? I had him in my team throughout his rubbish patch but got really pissed after he came off the bench for that -4. Of course, he then scored a hat-trick right after I dropped him in annoyance...
D'oh!
I still love the game to pieces though. The uncertainty this season is both intriguing and challenging.
I CAN'T WAIT TO HAVE DERBY COUNTY BACK IN THE EPL.....................

Anonymous said...

72.50 for gameweek 20. (same team as gameweek 19 because of away). what surprise me is i moving up from 1000+ to 745 overall. quite happy for this. need to get more hard to enter top 500.

Black Organization

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