Premier League Prospects, Rooney and Technology

 It’s hard to envision a Premier League side capable of deposing Chelsea’s momentum at present… Tom Sunderland, bleacher report

The expected leaders and some dark horses

By Dave Daniel

Chelses week 6The English Premier League is approaching the 7th weekend of games and the usual suspects are vying for top positions together with, to use a horse racing term, a couple of roughies. Chelsea are clear and I still expect them to have a long battle with Manchester City for the title. At this stage of the season there are always one or two teams that have unexpectedly bolted out of the blocks and we have both Southampton and Swansea in the leading pack.

Swansea and Southampton: can they maintain the momentum?

SwanseaI am pleased for them as both sides play an attractive game with fluid movement and passing with a style that is pleasing on the eye. They will, of course, gradually fall back into mid table positions due to injuries, lack of squad depth and maybe a bit of battle fatigue as the season rumbles on. A sad fact of life is that if you have a stadium that holds around 30,000 and limited spending power then it is a hard road in professional football.

In spite of all this, what joy they must be giving to their loyal supporters right now, even though they know what will eventually happen.

As a supporter you remember the good days, you only have to ask a Leicester City fan if they were there when Leicester came back from 3-1 down to beat Manchester United 5-3.

As the saying goes, “It’ll be talked about in the pubs for years to come” .

Red for Rooney

Rooney offThere were some great goals last weekend but the big talking point was the sending off of Wayne Rooney. Amazingly it was his first red card for 5 years but I am sure that all United and for that case, England supporters as well, had hoped that Rooney’s red mist days were a thing of the past.

It was a reckless challenge, one that wasn’t required at all in the circumstances but no, he just couldn’t help himself. All control and self discipline had left him a split second earlier and if you were watching, as I was, I could see it coming.

The look on his face, his opponent had slipped by him and I was thinking . . . . no Wayne . . . . . . . don’t do it . . . . . . please . . . . . . please . . . . but of course he wasn’t listening, not to me or anybody, it was too late, the red mist had descended. I would like to have been a fly on the wall in the changing room to hear what Louis Van Gaal had to say to him.

Is grand-dad sick?

Dave DanielAnyway, how do I know what happened ? It was Sunday morning and I was lying on the sofa with my iPad watching the game courtesy of Premier League Pass which I mentioned a few weeks back. I have made the commitment, justifying it as equivalent to, at $5 a week, one cup of hot chocolate at a local cafe.

My grand-daughters saw me lying on the sofa and wanted to know if I was sick and I said, sort of. When I started shouting at the iPad after Rooney got sent off it undoubtedly confirmed their suspicions.

The technological minefield for watching Premier League

I haven’t tried attaching the iPad to the TV set yet because of the cost involved, Apple TV box being $149 or an adapter and cable for around $85 so I am happy to lounge on the sofa with my headphones on, very personal it is. The system works well and my internet router must be all of 6 years old but I suspect that it would be found out when attached to the big screen.

One black mark for PL Pass is that they still haven’t updated their software for IOS 8 so some people may have updated the operating system and then found out they couldn’t watch the football. Everybody knew that Apple were upgrading, it was signposted months ago so they should have been ready with an upgraded app.

Fortunately I didn’t get caught out and was still able to watch the red mist descend, shout at the iPad and momentarily alarm my grandchildren. Perhaps they will tell their teacher about their sick grandfather?

See you next time.