SUP-Ah?! Slowmo Review – 12 (Who’s The BOSS? – Edition)

Chelsea v Man United: Ferguson and Benitez

A fleeting moment that probably escaped the attention of many in the aftermath of Chelsea’s win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.  Manchester United had just been dumped out of the FA Cup, ending their hopes of a domestic League & Cup Double, while Chelsea’s Double Cup ambitions continued to runneth over.  Chelsea, having knocked United out of the League Cup under Di Matteo , had once again proved to be a blot on United’s ambitions, BUT this time under Gaffer Rafa. It was a fleeting moment, BUT it conveyed a whole lot.  It was a fleeting moment BUT one in which Rafa will likely find a measure of vindication.  There was no post match pouting or Rafa Ranting, because of that one fleeting moment.  Sir Alex may not like his Chelsea interim counterpart, BUT in the fleeting moment captured in the picture above he extended, not only his hand.  BUT with it, the one thing that Rafa will cherish, even if he cannot display it in any trophy cabinet,….that fleeting moment conveyed…. R-E-S-P-E-C-T!  Some may feel that I am stretching this a bit, BUT the FACT (as Rafa will cheerfully point out) is that since his interim return to the EPL Rafa is yet to lose to the Dark Knight that most see as a benchmark for football managers.  So in that fleeting moment, what some may have seen as a mere post-match handshake, others will gladly read between the stress lines and conclude that Sir Alex may also have been saying, even if begrudgingly,… “….hey Rafa You’re The BOSS…. ”  Let’s see who else put their hand up to be included as possible answers to the question….. Who’s THE BOSS?

SUP-Ah?! – PUNt

Sunderland -v- Manchester United  = my PUNt was a  UNITED WIN

The eventual 1-Nil WIN FOR UNITED mimicked the corresponding reverse fixture’s result from Old Trafford BUT the result of this latest result cost the Black Cats more than just 3 points.  Martin O’Neill was relieved of his duties as The BOSS of Sunderland as his charges failed to close the gap on the 40-point mark & put a comfortable distance between themselves and the drop zone.

Wazza Rooney played no part in the match, and thus could not exact any revenge for the “abuse” (which I highlighted in my corresponding PUN-ting Ahead preview blog) they got at The Stadium Of Light  last season.  Robin van Persie also extended his goal drought, even if he might be credited with a dodgy goal assist for his direct contribution to Titus Bramble’s decisive own goal.  The match was far from a classic close war of attrition.  Sunderland managed only one shot on target from 9 attempts, and United complemented that profligacy with a blunt finishing act that wasted the 8 shots they got on target from the 14 they created.  Cause for concern indeed, BUT as any BOSS will concur…. it’s the 3 points that count as the ultimate stat.


  • Manchester City -v- Newcastle (EPL):- = VICTORY FOR MANCHESTER CITY! was my bold PUNt for this tie and courtesy of 4 different goal scorers Citeh ROMPED TO A 4-NIL VICTORY.  I am tempted to offer The Magpies’ Europa League involvement as a reason for their pathetic showing, BUT there surely must have been something else at play as they allowed The Citizens to BOSS them around.  How else can one justify their pathetic solo shot on target, from 5 total attempts ?
  •  Inter Milan -v- Juventus (Serie A):- = The final score of 2-1 IN FAVOUR OF JUVENTUS not only fulfilled my NARROW WIN FOR JUVENTUS PUNt, it also confirmed that the recent hoodoo that was over Juve at the San Siro was now loosening its grip.  The Bianconeri improved their recent San Siro record of 1 win in 5 games to a more acceptable 2 in 6 as they strengthened their role as Serie A BOSSES …… or should that be DONS?

SUP-Aaaargh!? QUICK-PUNts

  1. Southampton -v- Chelsea (EPL):- my PUNt  = SCORE DRAW!  Actual result 2-1 SAINTS WIN! The previous encounter between these teams saw Southampton claw their way back to a  2-ALL draw, BUT even that was not enough to save Nigel Adkins from losing his job as The Saints’ BOSS.  The higher-ups who call the shots at St Mary’s had a tough time convincing most self-professed footy fundis that a lesser known Argentine was a better BOSS for the team going forward, BUT this last result would have reduced the list of detractors by quite a bit.  It’s a pity I was still on the fence about the whole thing, otherwise the PUNt would have placed more faith in The Saints.
  2. Stormers -v- Crusaders (SupeRugby):- The irony here is that PUN-ting rugby matches should be easier than other sports, seeing as punting is part of the fabric of the sport with odd-shaped balls.  So when I PUN-ted a STORMERS WIN I was not expecting that PUNt to go straight into touch on the full, via a 14-19 WIN FOR THE CRUSADERS!  BUT that is exactly how it panned out as the Crusaders took full advantage of the hospitality of their loyal Cape Fans to record a now customary “home” win in the

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HEZV-Oh!! Moment from the Blindside!

  • Sir Alex Ferguson shook Rafa Benitez’s hand!  Nuff said!

PUNk(s) of the Week!!

  • Sebastian Vettel’s act of insubordination during the Malaysian Grand Prix was a HUGE sign of disrespect that left Red Bull team BOSS Christian Horner, with a whole lot of egg on his face (not sure if the spray from the celebratory champagne will ever be enough to wash it off).  Granted, the actual incident did NOT occur during the period under review BUT Vettel’s post incident remarks were uttered in the period that qualifies him in pole position for the PUNk of the week!  I am NOT a fan of the whole team orders strategy BUT once they are in play surely the drivers should follow them, right?  And even if they do not do so due to their aggressive killer instinct driven, win-at-all-costs mentality, then they should at least be classy enough to maintain the false remorse they displayed on the podium and in the post race conference.  Perhaps they should never have called him Baby Schumi because if he lives up to the reputation of his compatriot, this will NOT be his last recognition as a PUNk!

PUNisher of the Week!!

  • Slim pickings from world of sport this week.  This is NOT an accolade we hand out lightly so if people play within themselves then the right to call a no contest will be exercised.  Come on people WOW somebody!

Mark-Oh-Row-Coat-Oh! / Congratulations! to those who BOSSED their way to recognition.  Hopefully this review has helped to sort out Who The BOSS really is, BUT if my assertions have been off the mark, then please don’t give me the sack.  I would much rather you exercised some leniency, even extended my probation, all in the hope that you eventually pardonthePUN-dit.

Until the next PUNt, be blessed and be GR8!!…….and NOT too BOSSY!!

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