Thursday, November 22, 2007

Long time no see, McLaren's stuffed, and Pro Evo rules.

Yo.'s been a while my friends. Do to my ill-advised continuing pursuit of a literary stardom, I have been neglecting my (very povo) blog. So, a heartfealt apology for the paucity of posts goes out to L'Alex (who I'm pretty sure is the only person in the world who raeds this thing, and probably even he has given up on it at this point).

SO...Steve McLaren is stuffed. I got up for work and chucked on Englands qualifier with Croatia on Sopcast as I got ready, and imagin my (mild) surprise when I saw that Ingerland were already 2-0 down after 15 minutes. By the time I got to work however, they had tied the game with about 25 minutes to go, from what sounds like a pretty sweet Crouch goal (on ya Crouchy!!!). I could only laugh however when I checked the final score to find out they had been knocked out with a 75th minute 30-yard screamer. How England has never one a major tournament since '66 is puzzling enough, but not even qualifying for Euro is downright hilarious. A team that boasts Gerrard, Lampard, Hargreaves, J. Cole., A. Cole, Crouch, SWP, Owen, Rooney, Terry, Ferdinand, etc., and can't beat Russia, Croatia, Israel or (er...) Andorra is...well...I dunno what. I know Owen, Ferdinand, Rooney, and Terry were out for this Croatia game, but still. I'm guessing McLaren will be giving his "i've-just-been-sacked" press conference any second now. For some reason I like cheering for the English boys, some I'm a bit sad they won't be participating in a tournament that will boast the might of Austria (the lowest ranked host team EVER for a major tournament). It's all too weird for words.

Okay...on to more fun things. Being unable to afford an XBOX 360, and seeing how the kind folks at all things XBOX have decided not to realease this years FIFA game on plain old XBOX, i needed to fill this years new soccer game fix some how. So I bought Pro Evolution Soccer 5 for ten bucks (the last incarnation to come out on XBOX). And what can I say, accept that I think I've wasted years on the FIFA games when I could have been playing Pro Evo. (Alex will chuckle at this no doubt as he's been a fan since it's days as ISS on Nintendo 64). Yes, I was a poor sap that fell for FIFA's better licensing and graphics. What a fool I have been. PES5 is the best soccer game i've played, ever. It's f$%kin' hard for one thing. And after years of constant video-soccering, lord knows I needed a challenge. The ball physics really are as good as the all the fanboys say (while messing their pants). It's been a long time since I scored a goal in a soccer video game to win a game 1-0 and actually danced around my living room for the sheer joy of it. Alex, if you don't have it, you should get it. You can get it for practically nothing now, and it is quite simply pure bliss for a soccer nerd.

Peace out.


alex_ygd said...

wow, it has been a while, but I'm slacking too. I'm now a (temporary) mover at work, so I have little time to do such things.

I do remember ISS and how it got rave reviews, but I've never been into soccer games since I played for Sega Genesis. I don't even play hockey games. I tried playing the latest EA games version and the controls are so messed, I don't think I could ever get into it again. But maybe it's like you say, a challenge makes it more worthwhile.

England blows, kind of funny, kind of sad. But I do know this. The RIDERS RULE!

Hamblore said...

fuckin eh on the riders!