Season 4 Game 5: Piyush V AK

The one-sided affairs are back. After two cracking weeks of interstellar football, we got a dud this week. At times it left like a table-tennis ping-pong style game with the ball just rebounding off of defenders, posts, keepers and the whole nine yards. One team waited for the misery to end and the other was busy racking up the goals!

Ratings out of 5

Piyush (5.0) Swappy (5.0) Mo (5.0) Bharat (5.0) Hussey (5.0) Chirag (5.0) Romy (4.0)

AK (3.5) Sidd (3.0) Vicky (3.5) Rajesh (3.5) Sachin (3.5) Rachit (3.0) Zia (2.0)

Flop of the Week: The system of team-selection is the big loser here. There is a flaw in our system and for the third time this season, another lop-sided game came to pass. There are fixes incoming next season but human error cannot be removed. Most will bear through the pain this season but make no mistake, if these team selection issues are not fixed we will all be losers in the end. An outcry was whispered by Rajesh and maybe there is a point here, a re-selection if things looks imbalanced – maybe, maybe not but others need to stand up and voice a solution.

Star of the Week: The Huss. What a comeback from someone who had been bashed throughout the season for being a serial fouler and then KABOOM! this performance comes along. He absolutely shielded the left side and extinguished any flames of attack from a charged-up AK who humanly could not have done anything more, Defended heroically plus supported well in attack while playing a clean game devoid of yellow cards nor did he retaliate violently – in fact he apologized when he did not have to! A star was born today and his name is THE HUSS.

Sidd’s Corner: He strolled in late and rumors are abound on social media that he stopped for a Masala Dosa with a pint of Guinness. A murky image of this is also making the rounds on Social Media. Enough of that, after he strolled in late and took his time to change he tortoise’d himself into the game by staying mostly off-side in the first half and then out of nowhere scored the first goal! My point here is that this talent is wasted in theatrics, gorging on South-Indian / Irish cuisines and it needs to focus on football. Second half, drifted everywhere and kinda gave up in the end. Still 4th in the league table and if motivated to get serious, can really surprise all and win the damn thing. But like all readers of Sidd’s corner know, life is not fun for Sidd without a bit of hell-bent buccaneering in the absurd.

 

Season 4 Game 4: Sidd v Rahul

One team left with a sensation of relief and the other rued a missed opportunity. Well that’s the definition of a draw for you. 4-4 it finished, and one looks back and thinks any side could have snatched that. Heroic marking and defending from Rahul’s team and lightning finishes from Sidd’s team. Both teams lacked the clinical finish and the sucker-punch to win the game – those bastard goal-keepers, they just ruin the fun for all don’t they?

Ratings out of 5

Sidd (4.0) Swappy (4.0) AK (4.5) Zia (3.5) Nics (4.0) Romy (3.5) Hussey (3.0)

Rahul (4.0) Rachit (3.5) Mo (4.5) Vicky (4.0) Rajesh (4.5) Bharat (3.5) Piyush (4.0)

Flop of the Week: The state of refereeing. No whistles & mass confusion ran amok today among the masses. Though we are grateful for a referee, a better solution needs to be reached. The tournament suffers in quality no fault of personnel but a better hand is needed for the game is full of hooligans who will abuse the system if not reined in.

Star of the Week: The defending quartet of Rajesh, Vicky, Zia, Nics. Absolute heroes the lot of them. Took punches to the body, intercepted, distributed the ball and hell Swappy/Rahul did not even score today ! I cannot remember the last time that happened. Hats off defenders, I don’t wear a hat but if I did ūüôā

Honourable Mention: AK. It was a bird, a plane nah those were bullets being fired by AK today, Damn that boy can hit a football, well done!

Sidd’s Corner: We all know when he is captain, something special happens and it did – our first draw of the season! The shenanigans started earlier with the younger Sudhakar cancelling, then wanting to play. Oh how we love the chaos when Sidd is captain! Played well, missed a sitter, stole a goal, showed his backside to a free-kick and subsequently scored an own-goal, tied his laces 5 times, annoyed Vicky, shouted at the ref, come to think of it Sidd had a normal game. Nothing to report here folks, move on!

Yellow Cards: Nics

Late Comer: None!

The rating are different from the points system so please do not get confused folks!

Season 4 Game 3: Mo v Rajesh

Finally we had a cracker jack game and were spared the monotony of one sided slaughters. Comeback kings, goal-keeping heroes, long range sharpshooters and a beloved South Indian, we had it all folks! At half-time things were looking gold for Rajesh’s team as they were up 6-1 (yes 6-1!) and then the second half brought the winds of change to somehow get Mo’s team to win the darn thing 6-7 despite him being red carded for five minutes! All were winners today like Rajesh said, and that my friends is a touch of class! Well done all.

Ratings out of 5

Mo (3.0) Rachit (4.0) Swappy (4.5) Sid (4.0) Abhi (3.5) Nics (4.5)

Rajesh (3.5) Vicky (3.5) Rahul (4.0) Sachin (3.5) AK (3.5) Piyush (3.5)

Flop of the Week: I really absolutely cannot bring myself to fault anyone this week. All were bloody legends today. My only moot point would be the red card for Mo which should have cost him the game but somehow inspired his team to make an enthralling comeback!

Star of the Week:¬†Swappy. I mean good Gods, how good is this lad, eh? The stamina, passing, composure, dribbling, assisting, shooting, I am still gobsmacked to how good he is! No one could catch him and finally it dawned on me to why he is single, no woman can catch him! Slippery bugger ūüôā

Honorable Mention: Nics, an absolute delight in goal. He kept quiet, went about his job and kept a clean sheet in the second half! Severely under-rated and I feel he has found his niche. I, for one would like to see him keep more. Excellence personified tonight, well done mate!

Sidd Corner: Absolute rubbish in the first half with a few decent runs but nothing really worth writing about in the first half. Second half, lets see – he kept, defended, played winger, assisted and won the game with a corking finish! A few antics on the touchline riled up the opposition defenders and then scored the winner. An enigmatic frustrating player but gotta hand it to the old chap today, even Mo gave him a hug! Special player reminding us all why he really is a top three pick. Zlatan finally scored for United this week and our Ztathakar was not going to be left behind, was he?

Red Cards: Mo

Late Comer: None!

The rating are different from the points system so please do not get confused folks!

Season 4 Seedings & Captain Musings

ATTACK

Swappy Р1 Rachit Р2 Piyush Р3 Rahul Р4 AK Р5 Sachin -6

DEFENSE

Rajesh – 1 Vicky – 2 Chirag – 3 Nics – 4

MIDFIELD, GK

Mo – 1 Bharat – 2 Sidd – 3 Hussey – 4 Abhi – 5 Romy – 6

These seedings are recommendations only based on performances, how long we have played together, current form and overall attitude they bring to team.

The above ratings are the sole view of the writer.

Recommendations:

  • A higher rated captain will now always pick second.
  • If both captains agree, a template of two teams will be given to both players.
  • Both players may then trade from given template

Season 4 Game 2: Rachit v Hussey

Another week, another massacre! There seems to be a trend here but take nothing away from the best ever performance from a 6-side footy team. Sensational passing, silky finishing and unbelievable defending were the secret recipe of this incredible team. It was a delight to all except the opposition who can just lick their wounds and come back stronger next week!

Ratings out of 5

Rachit (5) Piyush (5) Rahul (5) Rajesh (5) Abhi (4.5) Swappy (5)

Mo (3.5) AK (3.0) Vicky (2.5) Hussey (2.5) Sachin (3.5) Romy (0.5)

Flop of the Week: Romy has now conceded more goals than there are states in India, well almost. Another shocking abysmal performance and should be ready to take some abuse for this performance. Scandalous.

Star of the Week: Rachit for being a stupendous captain, Swap for quietly doing his business, Rajesh for being a colossus at the back, Abhi for some brilliant saves towards the end, Rahul for some delightful passing and scorching finishes and Piyush for breaking up opposition play, feeding passes and absolutely scoring some screamers! Take your pick for Man of the Match for me all of them were!

Sidd Corner: Admit it all, we missed him! Game was quiet without him guess now I understand why South Indians like spicy food! We all need a little Sidd in our lives don’t we ?

Yellow Cards: Vicky

Late Comer: None!

The rating are different from the points system so please do not get confused folks!

Season 4 Game 1: Nics V Vicky

Well, this was a shocker and unfortunately a thrashing the author will remember for a long time. Nics was absolutely commanding in goal and though Vicky was a valiant team captain till the end, this game was a foregone conclusion. A one sided affair which soon downgraded into hilarity as this game was over within the first 15 minutes. Juggernaut supremo performance by the new holy trinity of Swappy, AK & Rachit was just too much ammunition for Vicky’s men.

Ratings out of 5

Nics (5) Swappy (5) AK (4.5) Rachit (5) Hussey (3.5) Rajesh (5) Sidd (4)

Vicky (3) Romy (0.5) Piyush (3.5) Rahul (3.5) Mo (3.5) Bharat (3.5) Sachin (3.5)

Flop of the Week: Romy, once more for his goal keeping has slid further down. This makes it 4 losses in a row and what used to be once a top tier pick is now in the hallowed low grounds of the bottomless abyss. Disgraceful.

Star of the Week: Rachit once more establishes himself as *Da Man* with a superlative performance balancing both attack and defence. A treat to play against this man is a connoisseur of good manners and fair play with a hefty kick!

Sidd Corner: The one man controversy band-wagon had a good game and even scored a decent goal! Few shouts of Wolf! in the first half but that’s our Sidd! A fine jump on him when he was keeping by Sach, Mo & Romy capped a fine night for him! Good stuff all round.

Yellow Cards: AK , Bharat

Late Comer: Hussey!

The rating are different from the points system so please do not get confused folks!

EURO 2016: Points System

The points system we use will be from the McDonalds Official Euro 2016 game. You can go there by clicking on this: FANTASYGAM

All players will be classified into their positions using the classifications given to them by the above game.

All valid formations used will be as per above game, i.e.

3-4-3 : 4-5-1

3-5-2 : 5-2-3

4-3-3 : 5-3-2

4-4-2 : 5-4-1

Only these eight formations are valid for our game.

Remember unlike the game, you can ONLY DRAFT TWO players from any one team.

EURO 2016: Rules & Regulations

Welcome to the Euro 2016 Auctions and good luck to all participating this year! Please find below the rules that will be required for you to understand so that you many stand a chance of winning !

Players: Mo – Hussey – Romy – Abhi – Bharat – Dishin – Sidd – Swappy

Budget: 3000 units are available for all to spend with an entry fee of 500!

Team Composition: You MUST buy a minimum of 11 players and can buy a maximum of 16 players. If you buy the maximum number of 16 players you will automatically enter a draft!

Draft: Upon buying 16 players, you will enter a draft with others who have also bought 16 players. Your draft order number will be chosen randomly at the auctions and then you can pick seven free players unsold at auctions and three world cup teams.

Extra Points: For each time your chosen World Cup Team wins, you get 2 points. You will also have to answer three questions:

Winning Euro Team: correct answer awards 5 points

Runner Up Euro Team: correct answer awards 5 points

Golden Boot: correct answer 5 points [IF more than one striker is awarded the golden boot all people who had the right answer get 5 points]

Auction Time: be there at Sidd/Bharat’s residence by 6pm. We start at 6:30pm.

Google Sheets Link: EURO 2016 SpreadSheet

 

Sidd: Bob’s Messiah or Bob’s Downfall

Firstly, let us absolutely and categorically state that Sidd is a wonderful addition to the auctions. His questions in chat and his love for Google sheets is unprecedented as he has now had 7 approvals for the sheets where one would have sufficed.

Now for some stats:

  • Bob’s standing in World Cup 2014 Auctions without Sidd: Top 4
  • Bob’s standing in World Cup 2016 Auctions with Sidd: Bottom 4
  • The black and white is that this relationship is taking a little more time than most would have expected. The positives are compared to other years:

Bob has more active players in the auctions.

  • IPL 2016 is a better start than IPL 2015.
  • Bob is now more punctual.

The positives are both encouraging and spectacular. Bob is statistically 65.23% more punctual with Sidd than without!

I for one can only speak for myself and can say with great aplomb: Thumbs up Sidd!

IPL 2016: Are Vegetarians Hypo-critical?

I know, I know what you are thinking: here is another article trash talking the vegetarians and mindlessly slandering these innocent slaughterers of the plant kingdom. But one cannot refute hardcore evidence which I present below:

Veg  Team: Kohli, Gayle, Rahane, Dhawan, Watson, Russell, Pandya, Jadeja, Singh, Nehra, Bumrah

The majority of the team the veg have chose are non-veg, yes you read that right, they are non-veg! The veg team ironically have fielded a team of non-veg to try and win this competition. This is conclusive proof of the levels the veg team have now stooped to for victory, is their allegiance to the kingdom of vegetarians so flimsy that a tournament victory is more important. Or is the right thing to do for them is to concede and pay up for being hypo-critical? The cricket Gods are judging..