Friday, October 24, 2014


It was funny reading all the criticism that has been placed on the live coverage of the MOBO Awards.

The ceremony to recognise 'Music of Black Origin' was in its 19th year and aired on ITV2. I switched it on, noticed lip-synching immediately and turned it over as soon as I could.

It could have been a hell of a lot worse, too.

I was asked to review the show for a survey. I was offered the equivalent of £1 to sit there and write about my experience as a viewer watching the event for the first seventy minutes and didn't bother agreeing.

There wouldn't have been a problem if I was doing something I knew I would enjoy. The reaction to the event has more or less reassured my trepidation.

I would have hated it.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Manning's Record

I know I'm a few days late with this, but I have to dedicate a post to Peyton Manning beating Brett Favre's passing touchdown record in the NFL the other night.

Manning had 506 passing touchdowns going in to Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers and was two shy of equalling Favre's record.

The Denver Broncos quarterback tied it.

Then beat it.

And added another.

The scary thing - as has been noted by commentators and fans alike - is the fact that Peyton Manning isn't done.

I would obviously like to see him go on and on, but the day will one day come when he hangs up the boots.

It'll be interesting to see what the number will be when he calls it a day. Furthermore, I'm intrigued to see how long it will take for his record to be toppled.

It's going to be a long wait. I hope.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Walkers Crisps Winner 2014

The new Walkers crisps Do Us A Flavour competition winning flavour has been announced and it was the Pulled Pork in a Sticky Barbecue Sauce that ended up being the people's vote.

I reviewed each flavour in August and here's what I wrote about the idea:

Congratulations to 'Paul' for coming up with something that nearly every restaurant and supermarket appears to be going out of their way to promote. I'm unsure how long the pulled pork craze is going to last, but it was a wise choice to come up with this as a competition entry. As for the taste of the crisp, I wasn't sold on it only because I have eaten so many barbecue-based crisps in the past that were so much better.

And I still stand by that. The entry was clever and Paul deserves the win for that alone.

I preferred Beans on Toast from taste, but Pulled Pork certainly was the winner from an idea standpoint.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Aguero Fights Back

Sergio Aguero might be in my bad books come May.

The Manchester City player is now tied in the top Premier League goalscorer market along with Chelsea's Diego Costa - who I have a bet on.

Aguero's four goals against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday sent him to nine for the season. Costa - on the other hand - is sidelined with a hamstring injury with Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, unsure when the player will resume.

I sure hope it's soon. I need more goals, which will ultimately give me some free bets.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Planning What To Do For Halloween 2014

It's just a few more weeks until Halloween and I'm undecided on what to do for the October 31st blog post.

In recent years, I have watched a horror film and written about them on here.

Last year saw me dedicate an entire week to the A Nightmare on Elm Street series. I enjoyed doing that, but I cannot commit to doing another theme week this time even though I have an idea for further down the road.

I have a few ideas floating about. One thought I have might not even involve a horror film but will be about a movie with grotesque looking characters.

That's all I'm going to write about it for now.

Here's a link to last year's Elm Street Special

Sunday, October 19, 2014

What I'll Be Watching Tonight : Week 7 2014

Here are the NFL games that I'll be watching tonight.

6pm Sky Sports: Cincinnati @ Indianapolis
6pm Gamepass: Carolina @ Green Bay

9:05pm Gamepass : Kansas City @ San Diego
9:25pm Sky Sports : NY Giants @ Dallas

I'm also planning to stay up and watch the late game between San Francisco and Denver because I want to see Peyton Manning break history by throwing his 509th touchdown passes. He's already on 506, so tomorrow - or rather early Monday - could be the night (or morning!).

Saturday, October 18, 2014

An Odd Occurrence On Spreadsheet Day

It was Spreadsheet Day yesterday and I had a peculiar experience when working on one.

I left it late to start predicting how many goals some football matches will have over the weekend. It's usually done on Wednesday or Thursday but things got in the way, so I made a decision to do them yesterday evening.

I had the iPad beside me with Home & Away on and spent a good while putting data into the cells to work out which games to bet on.

Then - all of a sudden - the program shut itself down.

I had saved the page, but there was just too much missing. I worked out that I must have lost around fifteen minutes work and couldn't find any excuse to go through the effort of starting again.

Lazy? Probably.

Superstitious? Definitely.

I'm calling what happened yesterday - on Spreadsheet Day, nonetheless - a sign telling me to leave the goal markets alone this weekend.

So I have.