Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I was bitterly disappointed with the game last night. There are a few things that bugged me:
1. Manchester United dominated the opening 10 minutes, but could not find the net. Yet, FC Barcelona scored on their first shot at the goals after 10 minutes.
2. Perhaps the players were marked doggedly and could not find much space to move, but the players were looking tired and performed well below par. Perhaps, some of them could have benefited from playing the last league game against Hull City?
3. When Manchester United were one goal down, they were playing defensively; which would have been fine if they were protecting their own lead, and played behind the ball all the time. There was no urgency to attack.
4. Many passes were wayward and inaccurate.
5. The defensive line of Manchester United were shaky all the time. Gone were the days of rock-solid defence. The defence last night reminded me of the blip that Manchester United had when they were beaten back-to-back by Liverpool and Fulham. The two Barcelona goals were the results of defensive lapses; no body marked and challenged Messi for that headed goal.
Without taking away much of the hardwork put in by Manchester United in the 56-odd matches season, it was still a season to remember. Put as a favourite to win the league in December, then had a blip in March, giving hope to other teams to catch up, and then the final run-in that saw them lifting the English Premier League trophy for the record-equalling 18th time, Manchester United still proved that they are the dominant side in English football. With many youg players coming through and the more senior players providing guidance, the team could only get better. And get better it will. Here's for another title.
And, if I am asked to choose between a team that win the domestic league and lost in the Champions League final, and a team with a manager who is a sore and an ungraceful loser, I would still choose that the former.
And to those people who support the other teams and hurled abuse as Manchester United lost to Barcelona, please ask yourself where your team ended up at the final league table. It can't be above Manchester United, can they?
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Excess cola can cause super-sized muscle trouble
A steady, litres-per-day diet of colas can cause serious muscle problems, doctors warned in a study Tuesday.
A review of clinical cases showed that super-sized doses of soft drinks loaded with processed sugars and caffeine can cause potassium levels in the blood to plummet, giving rise to a condition known as hypokalaemia.
Small changes in potassium levels can profoundly effect the functioning of the body's cardiovascular and neuromuscular systems.
Typical symptoms of hypokalaemia are decreased muscle strength, cramping, palpitations and nausea.
In more extreme cases, potassium deficiency can lead to heart trouble and profound paralysis.
"We are consuming more soft drinks than ever before and a number of health issues have already been identified," including tooth decay, loss of bone mass, and diabetes, said Moses Elisaf, a doctor at the University of Ioannina in Greece and main architect of the study.
"Excessive cola consumption can also lead to hypokalaemia, causing an adverse effect on vital muscle functions," he said in a statement.
The study reviewed cases studies in which patients drank two to nine litres of soda beverages per day, including two pregnant women admitted to hospital with dangerously low potassium levels.
One of the women complained of fatigue, appetite loss and vomiting, while the other -- who had been drinking up to seven litres of cola per day over the previous 10 months -- suffered from muscular weakness.
Both patients made a rapid and full recovery after they stopped drinking cola and took oral or intravenous potassium, reported the study, to be published in June in the International Journal of Clinical Practice.
The study suggests that hypokalaemia can be caused by excessive consumption of three of the most common ingredients in cola-type drinks -- glucose, fructose and caffeine.
"The individual role of each of these ingredients in the pathophysiology of cola-induced hypokalaemia has not been determined and may vary in different patients," said Elisaf.
"However in most of the cases we looked at, caffeine intoxication was thought to play the most important role," he added.
In a commentary, published in the same journal, Clifford Packer from the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Centre in Ohio said doctors should take note.
"Cola drinks need to be added to the physician's checklist of drugs and substances that can cause hypokalaemia," he said.
In 2007, worldwide annual consumption of soft drinks reached 552 billion litres, the equivalent of 83 litres per person per year, according to the study. That figure is expected to climb to 95 litres per day by 2012.
In the United States, average consumption last year was 212 litres.
Read more here.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Manchester United overcame an early goal at the JJB Stadium to beat Wigan Athletic and strengthened its pole position over Liverpool. A goal from substitute Carlos tevez and a screamer from Carrick took Manchester United closer to the Barclays Premier League trophy.
With the win against Wigan Athletic, now Manchester United requires just one point from a possible six from the two remaining games of this season's campaign. That one point may come in the home game against Arsenal. If it happens, then the Barclays Premier League trophy will be presented to Manchester United at Old Trafford in front of the Red Devil faithfuls.
In the latest 'will he or won't he' saga, Carlos Tevez reminded the club that he still had a lot of things to show and contribute. His second-half introduction changed the pace of the game and it could not be more fitting that the equaliser came from him. Sir Alex Ferguson has openly admitted that he would love to keep Carlos Tevez, but remained tight-lipped about the Argentine's future. He also said it was more difficult to deal with a non-football party, as Carlos Tevez's registration was being kept by a sports management company. All we have to do is to wait and see where Carlos Tevez ends up at the start of next season's campaign.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Can you see something weird? Why was there something lodged in the engine?
Apparently a Japan Airlines was grounded at the Los Angeles airlines after a stray cargo container was sucked into the plane's engine. We normally hear birds get sucked into the engine, but a big, metal container? That was amazing!
Monday, May 11, 2009
With the Barclays Premier League just a few games away from the end, Manchester United took a huge stride towards retaining the trophy for a consecutive third time when they beat their local rivals, Manchester City 2-0 at Old Trafford. Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez sealed the three points to regain the top spot from Liverpool, who leapfrogged Manchester United after registering their own win over West Ham twenty four hours earlier. Manchester United still holds a game in hand and they will be facing Wigan Athletic on Wednesday.
With his future still remains undecided, Carlos Tevez let his football do the talking. It remains unclear if he would stay or leave the Red Devils at the end of this two-year loan period. Judging from the reception that he got from Old Trafford, he remains a favourite at the Theatre of Dreams. Ronaldo was substituted in the second-half which he was not too happy about. He pulled a strop, but it definitely was not the sign of him being unhappy at the club. Many people saw that it was a sign of him wanting to leave, but I hope that does not happen.
After the weekend's round of football, the table remains unchanged. Manchester United needs just four points, from a possible nine, to win the Premier League trophy and equalling Liverpool's record of 18 league titles.
Manchester United's remaining games are against Wigan Athletic, Arsenal and Hull City.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
And now onto a much better news..... Manchester United is in the Champions League final for the second year running. Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1, for an aggregrate score of 4-1, at the Emirates Stadium early this morning. Two early goals, each from Park Ji Sung and Ronaldo, were enough to settle the match for Manchester United. Another goal from Ronaldo basically sealed Manchester United's passage to the final. Arsenal scored a consolation goal from the penalty spot, which resulted from a Darren Fletcher challenge (which I think he was incorrectly sent off for).
Many expected that Arsenal would make it difficult for Manchester United to win. With the return of some regular players, a drama was expected, but it fell significantly short. At the end, Manchester United trumped Arsenal at their home, proving that the match was actually a match between men and boys!
The other semi-final will be played later between Barcelona and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The first leg ended with a goalless draw and Barcelona is the hot favourite to meet Manchester United in the final, following their demolition of Real Madrid last weekend.
The Champions League final will be played on Wednesday, 27 May (or early morning Thursday, 28 May) in Rome. I've marked 28 May to take my leave!