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Gareth Simpson

  • joined Jul 05, 2010
  • last login Aug 22, 2014
  • posts 99
  • comments 232

Everything I think about sports is wrong.

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  • MLB Seattle Mariners
  • NHL Vancouver Canucks
  • NFL Dallas Cowboys
  • EPL Aston Villa
  • MLS Vancouver Whitecaps
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23 - Aston Villa have dropped more points from winning positions than any other team & with those...

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23 - Aston Villa have dropped more points from winning positions than any other team & with those points they would be 3rd. Costly.

The invaluable OptaJoe, with a telling statistic.

Would it be poor form to adapt this for Camilo? CAMILO LALA-LALALA DA SILVA SANVEZZO...

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Would it be poor form to adapt this for Camilo? CAMILO LALA-LALALA DA SILVA SANVEZZO LALA-LALALA I think it might work.

Why I'm Still Team Houllier

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The Aston Villa faithful have been calling for Gerard Houllier's head. A look at why they're wrong to fall victim to modern football's short-term mentality.

Recommended Reading: Jamie Cutteridge on Aston Villa's 1998-99 season

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For those of us who haven't been following the club for a long time, erstwhile Villa supporter Jamie Cutteridge has written a heartfelt tribute to the Aston Villa of 1998. Featuring such luminaries as Stan Collymore and Dion Dublin, this is a must-read.

Unspeakable: Should Villa Be Talking About Relegation?

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Gabriel Agbonlahor claims that relegation is the last thing on the mind of Aston Villa's players. Is ignorance really bliss, or is Villa's squad tempting fate?

Ashley Young thinks Lionel Messi is "the best player in the world."

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The OS posted a few glowing quotes from our star forward on the day after Barcelona ousted Arsenal (who are, incidentally, Ash's boyhood club) from the Champions League. A personal favourite: "He plays just off the front man like me and he's a player definitely to look up to. I've been doing that for many a year." As it turns out, Messi and Ash have a bit of a mutual admiration society going, as Messi tweeted about Young's performance in our season opener against West Ham. For all Messi and Young have in common, I don't think I'd mind too much if we could swap them for a season. Get on it, Lerner.

A Very Important List of the Most Annoying Managers in the Premiership

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This weekend, I noticed that I took a surprising amount of pleasure in seeing Blackpool and Sunderland lose their games. The reason I was surprised by this was because, earlier in the season, I...

Six-Pointers and the Relegation Battle

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With a disappointing draw last weekend against Blackpool, are Aston Villa doomed for the drop? Gareth Simpson looks at Villa, Blackpool, and six other teams hovering around the relegation zone.

John Carew's Language Problem

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We can add this little mistranslation to the list of Things That Have Gone Horribly Wrong For John Carew, alongside "Playing For Stoke City" and "Being A Pretty Terrible Striker." (via @karlsentk)

Picking Favourites: No, I'm Not Putting Anyone In My Pocket

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Everyone on 7500 to Holte has chosen favourite players. Finally, Gareth Simpson has found one of his own.

Measuring Up

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How does Aston VIlla compare to the best team in the Premiership? Gareth Simpson looks at Villa's 3-1 loss at Manchester United in search of what the team still needs after a busy transfer window.

Restrained Hubris, and a Note on Loyalty

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Are Aston Villa finally out of their slump? A look at whether or not the Villans are out of the woods, or still lost in the bushes.

18 Million! No, 20 Million! No, 24 Million!

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Is Aston Villa going to have to break the bank to get Darren Bent? More importantly, is he worth it?

Transfer Talk!

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Gareth Simpson writes a fantastical column about Premier League transfer rumours. But then again, is there any other kind of column about Premier League transfer rumours?

"'It's not easy. I'm on the bench and I cannot help the team because I do not play. I have no...

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"'It's not easy. I'm on the bench and I cannot help the team because I do not play. I have no confidence in Gerard Houllier,' the 37 year old midfielder told RMC. 'I do not understand and I think I will talk to him. For now, I continue to work. I'm not going to give up, I will still try hard. Although I am a little disappointed because I want to play and help my friends. It's frustrating.'"

Robert Pires, unlike everyone who's seen him this year, thinks he should be playing more and is VERY UPSET WITH GERARD HOULLIER ABOUT IT.

Aston Villa's Snow Day

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England spent the weekend under cover of snow. What did Aston Villa do to while away their time?

Streams of Consciousness: DRAMA!!!

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Instead of basking in their slump-busting win against West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa has been a hotbed of dissension and frayed nerves. Gareth Simpson looks at Richard Dunne's feud with Gerard...

Stewart Downing plays down Aston Villa relegation worries

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Thanks Stewie! I feel a lot better now. "Downing added: 'The manager didn't have to say a lot to us. As players we knew it wasn't good enough. We didn't really start well and when the second goal went in we had a mountain to climb.'" Mmm. Sounds malaise-y.

Streams of Consciousness: Fifteen Minutes and Fifty-Five Seconds

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Villa lost 3-0 to Liverpool. Does anything even matter anymore?

Streams of Consciousness: Call It A Comeback

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Gareth Simpson makes his not-so-triumphant return to 7500 to Holte. He briefly basks in blaugrana glory, before casting an eye over Aston Villa's recent match against Arsenal and looking towards...

Streams of Consciousness: Adjusting Expectations

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Is it already a case of "wait 'til next year" for Aston Villa? Gareth Simpson has a thought on the past quarter-season.

Streams of Consciousness: A Tale of Two Derbies

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Newcastle United ended the 2008-09 season as a punchline. So how have they eclipsed Aston Villa?

Hacks Being Hacks

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As it turns out, Guardian-sponsored tosser Stuart James has a massive hard-on for the Scum. That's why he's written three separate stories about how much he wants them to beat Aston Villa.

7500List: 10 Creative Solutions for Aston Villa's Scoring Drought

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Does Aston Villa have a chance of scoring another goal this season? Only if they take these suggestions.

Drowning in Sanctimony: The Rooney Reaction

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Gareth Simpson is really sick of what you think about Wayne Rooney. He's even more sick of what he thinks about what you think about Wayne Rooney, which is why he dumped it all into this post.

Streams of Consciousness: Crossed Cultures

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Is Gareth Simpson a tea-sipping Anglophile when it comes to soccer? He performs a moderately rigorous self-examination in his latest column.

Streams of Consciousness: Abbreviated for Canadian Thanksgiving

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Gareth Simpson is still sweating turkey out of his system. Please accept this mini-review of FIFA 11 as a form of penance.

Streams of Consciousness: Star Power

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Gareth Simpson takes a look at Aston Villa's undoing on the weekend by a star player. He then casts a wistful look back to a time when Aston Villa could boast of such a player.

Streams of Consciousness: The Curse

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When people talk about curses in sports, I have a tendency to believe that they're crazy. However, there is one curse that I have yet to figure out.

Streams of Consciousness: Things That Are Bothering Me At The Moment

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Streams of Consciousness is a weekly feature at 7500 to Holte wherein Gareth Simpson writes about pretty much whatever comes to him. This week, he prattles on about things that have been bothering...

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