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The Drunk’s Back With Winners



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You can bet your balls that the Drunk's got picks.

You can bet your balls that the Drunk's got picks.

So you may be wondering where I’ve been, and the answer is a little place called none-of-your-g*d-damn-business. Actually after giving you so many winners last year, I decided to take a rest from being the best handicapper on the web Natural Hat Trick. So instead of giving you just three money picks, I’m going to give you the result of all eight of today’s matches. Bold I know, but then again I am The Drunk. Let’s hit it. Read the full story

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What Was Javier Aguirre Thinking?



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He may not have been on the job very long, but Mexican national team coach Javier Aguirre is already making headlines—for all the wrong reasons. The former Atletico Madrid boss received a three match ban and a $25,000 fine from CONCACAF for kicking Panama midfielder Ricardo Phillips during a Gold Cup group match. He will miss Mexico’s final Gold Cup match, and more importantly, could miss TWO of Mexico’s World Cup qualifying matches. That’s not a smart move considering ‘El Tri’ sit fourth out of six in their qualifying group. I’m sure former national team coach Paco Ramirez knows how Aguirre is feeling.

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Weekend Of Cheats



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While über-actor Cristiano Ronaldo was hoisting the Premiership trophy at the Theatre of Dreams, in Scotland and Spain there were some theatrics the Portuguese pouter would approve of. Rangers midfielder Kyle Lafferty did his best WWE impersonation as he went down upon minimal contact with Aberdeen’s Charlie Mulgrew. His actions got Mulgrew sent off and helped Rangers secure a valuable three points in the Scottish League race. At least Rangers fined Lafferty and made him issue an apology. Read the full story

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The Ups And Downs Of Football



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One day you’re riding high, and the next you’re back to being a bum. Such is life in the world of football. Just ask Rafa Benitez and Jurgen Klinsmann. Leading up to the match, the ‘Fact Man’ was busy telling the press how terrified other teams were of his juggernaut Reds, and then they went out and got embarrassed at home by Chelsea. Meanwhile, Klinsy’s job status—never the most secure in Europe—took as serious hit as they played the Washington Generals to Barcelona’s Globetrotters. Football is a fickle game indeed.

Not only did Chelsea exercise their demons last night at Anfield, according to Frank Lampard, they’re now the team to beat. Not one to get carried away, is he? If you ask John Terry, Liverpool were getting carried away with the dirty tricks they were using to try and get him booked. Fortunately for the Blues, they have ‘supernatural’ Branislav Ivanovic on their side.

I’m not sure exactly what Ivanovic’s powers may be, but I wonder if he had anything to do with bringing Adriano back from the dead.

Spanish relegation battlers Osasuna don’t need help from the dark side, all they need is a little pork. Two weeks ago a local pig breeder offered twelve suckling pigs if they beat fellow bottom feeders Espanyol, which they did 1-0. Then they followed that up with a 4-2 demolishing of Atlético Madrid at the Vicente Calderón—which earned them twelve more delicious piggies. Good news for everyone but Osasuna’s two Muslim players.

In case you really want to know, Kaka doesn’t want to go to England and wishes to stay at AC Milan. Maybe he’ll change his mind when he hears Craig Bellamy’s offer to clean his boots. No word on what other services the Welshman has offered.

Boot cleaning might not be enough to lure Kaka, but it might convince Zenit St. Petersburg striker Pavel Pogrebnyak to move to City. The Russian is keen on a move to England, as long as it’s not Blackburn. Can you really blame him?

It seems Lukas Podolski’s love slap isn’t going completely unpunished. The German police are now involved and investigating the incident. Good to see the German police have nothing better to do. I guess I better get my ‘Free Lukas’ t-shirt ready.

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The Drunk’s ‘Special’ Picks



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After another week of winners takes my overall record to seven and two, I hope that everyone knows by now that The Drunk is no fluke. In fact, I am the Special One of picks. And since this is the first leg of the knockout stage of the Champions League, I hope that those of you not on the bandwagon get over yourselves and realize I’m putting money in your pocket. I am a one man bailout. Now excuse me while I look for a black coat and scarf to complete my Special ensemble.

Let’s just get it out of the way–Atlético Madrid vs. FC Porto. You don’t care, I don’t care. Neither one is winning this competition. But there will be some talent on the pitch and neither plays great defense, so there should at least be some goals.
The pick: The Other Madrid 2 – Portuguese Punters 1

In the easiest match to pick, Barcelona is going to beat Lyon. Both are top of their respective leagues by a good margin and both have been resting players. The difference is that one squad is among the best in the world, while the other is the best in France. And Barca shouldn’t be too happy after losing to their bottom-feeding rivals Espanyol this weekend.
The pick: Pep’s Powerhouse 3 – The Best Team in France (woo-hoo) 0

Arsenal hosts Roma in a battle of teams whose seasons haven’t gone as planned. And just like their seasons, this game is a case of good news/bad news. For the Gunners, the good news is that they’re unbeaten in their last 25 European home games; the bad news is that all of their good players are injured. Totti returns for i Giallorossi, which is always good news for Roma, the bad is that they have lost their last five visits to England.
The pick: Nil, nil to the Arsenal

In case you been in a coma and haven’t noticed, Inter Milan is hosting Manchester United. Every news media outlet has played and replayed every quote, stat and nugget of ‘useful’ expert analysis so many times that I don’t have to bore you with them. Look, it’s really the only game anyone is going to really watch today.
The pick:  Men from Manchester 1 – The Milan Team Beckham Doesn’t Play For 0

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It’s About Time



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There’s only one thing on my mind today. Champions League. After waiting what seemed nine years for the knockout stage, it’s finally back. And what fun it brings. Italy vs. England. Sir Alex vs. The Special One. Arsene’s young boys vs. the aging non-wonders of Roma. Oh, and Lyon get to lose to Barcelona. And on some obscure network, Atlético Madrid take on Porto. Without further ado, let’s get to the rundown.

Darren Fletcher’s European trip isn’t off to the greatest of starts. Shortly after departing for Milan, his girlfriend and her mother were robbed at knifepoint by burglars who broke into his home. I guess that all the Liverpool players were at home that night.

While that may be an unfortunate incident, it isn’t getting in the way of the war of words between the managers. In yesterday’s well attended press conference, Jose Mourinho claimed that United’s tactics aren’t up to par with the Italian league. He then reiterated his desire to return to England so that his tactic of relying on a Drogba dive for a penalty can be successful again.

Arsenal’s trophy cabinet hasn’t been added to in some time, but top man Arsene Wenger fully believes that glory isn’t that far off. Of course, he seems only to be saying it to convince Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie to stay. Now seriously, what will it take to get you in this Hyundai today Mr. Fabregas?

But Arsene shouldn’t worry if he loses all of his best players before they can shave. Natural Hat Trick has found a replacement player that should fit in his budget. And now, there’s just that matter of our finder’s fee Mr. Wenger.

And what would delusional visions of grandeur be without an update from Anfield? This time, it’s Dirk Kuyt turn to serve up the Liverpool Kool-Aid. The Dutch anti-hitman believes that a win over Real Madrid can jumpstart the Reds dying BPL title hopes. And he still leaves teeth under his pillow.

Of course, some hallucinations can be both weird and comical. In a recent tell-all interview, Paul Gascoigne admitted to talking to and going out for drinks with fake parrots. He didn’t say if he met them at a Jimmy Buffet concert.

For what it’s worth: Gary Lineker thinks his ears stick out.

For what it’s worth, part two: David Beckham thinks his move to Milan is close to being completed.

For what it’s worth, part three: Both of these things are of little interest to me.

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The Drunk’s Jackpot Winners



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These picks are money in the bank.

These picks are money in the bank.

Another week of picks and another week of winners. As one who loves to toot his own horn, The Drunk is proud to announce that he is now five for six with his picks. And for those who pay attention to this sort of thing, I also correctly predicted the goal differential of each match. Not one to rest on my laurels though, I put my sterling reputation on the line as I give you three more winners. Don’t thank me, just buy me a whiskey.

Down in south-west Germany, Stuttgart has long been the dominant club of the region, but new boys Hoffenheim are looking to change that. Leaders at the winter break, Hoffenheim have lost leading scorer Vedad Ibisevic for the season due to injury and now sit in second place. Stuttgart started the season slowly, but has come on strong since the appointment of new coach Markus Babbel, going unbeaten since November. This will be a barn-burner, and we know Jens Lehmann will be fired up.
The pick: The Hoffs 2 – Mercedes Men 1

The heat will be on both teams when Sevilla host Atletico Madrid. Sevilla may sit in third place, but the fans and the press haven’t been too happy as they’ve lost three out of their last four. Meanwhile, new coach Abel Resino has seemed to revitalize los colchoneros. Atletico has drawn and won since his arrival, putting them back in contention for a Champions League spot. Only five points separate these two, with the loser staring at a long, question-filled week.    The pick: Anxious Andalucían’s 3 – The Capital’s Other Team 2

We end the weekend with a battle of two teams who find themselves in unfamiliar positions. Aston Villa is flying high, sitting in third place, and are within touching distance of the Champions League. Chelsea is fourth and slipping. New coach Guus Hiddink hopes to work some of his Dutch black magic on a squad that seems a shell of its former self. A win for Villa will put them five points in front of Chelsea, while a loss in Hiddink’s debut could be the final nail in the Blues’ coffin.
The pick: Chelski 3 – Everyone’s New Favorite Team 1

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Atletico Win In Style



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Forland and Resino lead Atletico's resurgence.

Forlan and Resino lead Atletico's resurgence.

The Abel Resino era began with a bang. Kun Aguerro scored just three minutes into their match against Recreativo Huelva and Diego Forlan added two goals as Atletico romped to a 3-0 road victory. Recreativo, who had been unbeaten in their first five games of the New Year, seemed to be a tough test for an Atletico side that hadn’t won in seven games and had lost 2-1 at home to Valladolid the previous weekend. That result led to the dismissal of manager Javier Aguirre and the appointment of former goalkeeper and fan favorite Resino. In danger of falling out of contention for the Champions League, this victory puts los colchoneros just two points behind Valencia and Villareal for the final spot. It’s a fantastic start for Resino and a much needed victory for Atletico.

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