Early Doors

Deadline day is snow joke

Early Doors

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If you were logged on and expecting to see this blog at its
usual 'early' time, then you obviously live above your place of work or the
concept of a job is a distant memory or an abstract concept to you.

ED had to use an old pair of winklepickers to plough its way
through the snow, and it's not the only one who has been well and truly stymied
by the weather.

While the weekend's on-pitch action is all over with, many
of today's last-minute transfer dealings could be scuppered by snowfall like
something out of rubbish climate change epic The Day After Tomorrow.

There will be Belgian teenage defenders and many an obscure
South American striker whose Premier League ambitions will be halted by
cancelled flights, and the nation's motorways will be bumper to bumper with
agents stuck in their Saabs aggressively bartering contract terms down their
mobile phones.

Such biblical weather conditions only serves to highlight
the ridiculousness of the January transfer window, as bids and negotiations are
left as late as possible in order to either save or squeeze out that extra
couple of million.

In a real reversal of fortune, the Scottish Cup tie between
Inverurie Locos and Motherwell will go ahead at the fifth time of asking after
the pitch passed an inspection this morning.

The main protagonists this time around are likely to be the
usual suspects - the Tottenhams, Newcastles and Manchester Citys of this world.
Usually these clubs are looking to splash the cash in a vain bid for minor
glory, but this time around they will all be throwing money around hoping to
meet the price for survival.

Expect to hear of players jogging round training ground
pitches in their wellies as they are rushed for their medicals, and a few
unwilling parties changing hands for highly inflated prices.

And it's not just the clubs who are suffering, as reports
that Andrei Arshavin has left to return to Russia have left one embarrassed
reporter interviewing a teenage Arsenal fan who happened to be staying at the
same hotel. For what its worth, the kid reckons Arsenal should spend the money.

The irony of course is that had the deadline not been
extended by a day so that it didn't fall on a Sunday, none of this would have
been a factor.

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ED has always been rather ignorant to all things NFL, but
was convinced to give the pigskin a try by watching last night's Super Bowl.

After spending most of the evening trying to work out the
Willie Colons from the Troy Polalamus, it missed what turned out to be the
winning touchdown after being sent on a trip for Super Bocks. That, combined
with the warbled anthems and that the half-time karaoke, has left ED
unimpressed and unconvinced.

However, one phrase that did resonate was the term
'unnecessary roughness', something which Frank Lampard was erroneously sent off
for in Chelsea's 2-0 defeat at Liverpool.

Like the Arizona Cardinals losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers
in the dying seconds of 'The Big One', Chelsea's
superior 'offence' was undone by the more workmanlike pragmatism of Rafa
Benitez's side.

Cardinals coach Ben Whisenhunt reacted to their loss of
possession that cost them a touchdown right on half-time by saying
"Obviously we threw a bad pass.," in a thinly veiled barb aimed at
quarterback Kurt Warner.

boss Luiz Felipe Scolari said something similar when talking about Lampard's
red card: "We lost the middle and did not have the ball."

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Robbie Keane will be here when the transfer window shuts. He was left out
because we were considering all our good players and who we needed for this
game. It was only a decision based on this match and our requirements. I have
not seen any new offers, I don't know whether the club have had any offers,"
- Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez lies through his
teeth as news of an increased bid from Tottenham filters through.

FOREIGN VIEW: "Beckham drags Milan
up to six points from Inter" - David Beckham's unlikely success at Milan continues as the former England captain set up two goals in
their 3-0 win at Lazio.

COMING UP: LIVE updates of every panic buy and fire sale
right up until the transfer deadline as well as Team of the Week and Winners
and Losers
. There is also scoring from Bradford v Darlington, that Scottish Cup
game and Bologna
v Fiorentina, a match that bizarrely kicks off at 14:00.

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