Posts Tagged ‘paul’

Ryan Giggs Must Retire

   Before you jump straight to the comment box and accuse me of knowing nothing about football let me explain myself. Ryan Giggs will forever be one of the finest players to grace the Premier League. Excluding this current season, it is an unbelievable achievement to have scored in every Premier League season. This is something that has never been matched, nor will ever happen again (obviously). He has served United for over 20 years and has always been one of our greatest players, until recently.


The brilliance of Giggs is something known to everyone. Any football fan wouldn’t hesitate in describing how much of a fantastic player he was. The key word here is was. Giggs has unfortunately fallen into the limbo of players that are still trying to clutch to their glory years. However, the bottom line is that he no longer has anything to offer to the first team of Manchester United. Before you start screaming ‘what about experience?!’ let me stop you.

   Ferdinand, Evra, Vidic, Scholes, Carrick, Rooney, Van Persie. 7 first team players for Manchester United whom have all played in a cup final. They have all won silverware and have all been playing professional football for over 10 years. If experience is all that Giggs can bring to the table, why does he not adopt an Ole Gunner Solskjear role and aid his team from the dressing room?
The final argument you may bring up against me is, “what about Paul Scholes? They come from the same era so why should Scholes not retire?” Scholes still remains the best midfield player for United. He is still able to pull the strings in a way that Carrick, Anderson or Cleverly can not. These players are still yet to prove themselves on a weekly basis. Scholes is still keeping out other central midfielders from starting. This should be even more apparent after what happened to our midfield when he retired last year (it fell apart), and then when he came out of retirement for the second half of the season (we made a huge push for the title and only lost on goal difference). There are still many times when I think to myself, ‘I bet we would have won the title had Scholes played the whole season.’

   Compare this to Giggs who is competing against players like Nani, Young, Valencia, Kagawa and Welbeck. All of these players would offer far more on the field than Giggs who used to rely on his pace and control, both of which have faded heavily over the years.
Ferguson has a problem with axing Giggs from the squad due to their personal relationship, meaning we are all waiting for Giggs to fall on his own sword.  His career has been littered with trophies and winning medals. Although, when the time comes that he is being out-played by Tottenham’s Sandro, surely he will realise that he needs to retire. Giggs can still have a very positive impact on the club and the players from off the pitch. The longer he tries to capture the lost magic, the more his career will be tainted.

Ryan Giggs is a player that should be remembered for his 1999 FA Cup Semi-Final winning goal (click here), his lethal left foot and the chemistry he devolved with Dennis Irwin and Eric Cantona. He has been one of the top players in the past 20 years, in the whole world. I’ve just heard one too many United mans bemoan his latest performance for his career to end on a positive note.
We love you Ryan, but please, do us all a favour. I’m worried you may regret it otherwise.

NBA Big men move fastest.

With the season over, basketball fans everywhere can now only concentrate on one thing. Trades. Who do we need? Who do we want to get rid off? Who needs resigning? The last week has been filled with news mainly from the movements of 7 footers.

    Anthony Davis was the number 1 pick in the draft and he will begin next season with the New Orleans Hornets. After they lost Chris Paul, Anthony Davis may be the key to putting a smile on New Orleans fans faces. I also met Emeka Okafor’s wife a few months ago. I’m sure he is excited to have Anthony play alongside him. This is pointless information but I thought it was cool. We watched a Lakers game together in the airport. Groovy.

Blake Griffin has made public that he intends to sign a 5 year extension deal with the Clippers. It also looks like Lamar Odom will be joining him in LA again. Odom had a horrid time in Dallas. I’m sure his move is 50% Chloe Kardashian wanting to move out of Dallas though… Interestingly, Chris Paul has declined a 3 year extension offer on his current contract with the Clippers. Could Paul be on the move?

   Kevin Garnett has resigned with the Boston Celtics for a further 3 years in a deal worth $34 million. This is huge news for Rajon Rondo. Not only do the two get to keep playing together, but the chances of the Celtics Big Three staying together are now much more likely. There were heavy rumours that Ray Allen was on his way to Miami Heat as he was in search for one more championship before retirement. We know that Paul Pierce will never leave the Celtics. Maybe they can all try one last time? I know we’d all love to see it (and then see Rondo head to the Lakers…)



Pau Gasol 
is looking like cannon fodder for the Lakers as they try to shuffle their playing cards. Their salary cap is pretty much at a full now, however Gasol could bring in an established player or give them more money to offer to unsigned free agents like Jason Kidd, Deron Williams and Steve Nash. I can’t see it happening as Mitch Kupchak is eager to resign Ramon Sessions who has also stated he looks forward to a long career with the Lakers…..I hope you’re practicing that 3 right now Ramon.

   Finally, Dwight Howard has provided the most entertainment in the trade market over the last few days. He decided to sign a 1 year extension on his current contract before suddenly requesting a trade to the newly placed Brooklyn Nets (New Jersey Nets). He is property of Orlando for the next 12 months but since he now has back problems it may not be worth keeping him to then lose him for no money/players. It would be more sensible to trade Howard now whilst you can still get something worthwhile in return. This could then see Deron Williams stay with the Brooklyn Nets in what would be a newly formed and fearsome team in the Eastern Division. Furthermore, Jason Kidd is best friends with Deron and is hoping to play with him next season, maybe as a number 2 point guard for the Brooklyn Nets? Sounds juicy doesn’t it?

Either way, I’ll just be happy that there will be a new team capable of stopping Lebron and Miami. 

P.s- Steve Nash, Toronto ain’t got soccer like LA! Come live near your best friends David Beckham and Landan Donovan, Kobe will love your constant passing to him.