Podcast Ep 7: FA Cup, UFC on Fox, La Liga, Six Nations Rugby

Show Notes for Season Ticket Episode 7

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FA Cup 4th Round and Other Football

Liverpool and West Ham will meet again after a dull scoreless draw. Liverpool’s depleted squad is being worked to the bone with 9 games in 29 days under their belts. We have a chat about the goalkeeper situation for the Ireland team heading into the European Championships with three ‘keepers who don’t see regular action.

In Italy, Juventus have marched on to the 12th straight win in Serie A, but still sit two points behind Napoli at the top.

This weekend’s La Liga action saw Barcelona see off an ill-disciplined Atletico side at the Camp Nou, albeit they failed to score against nine men for more than 30 minutes while only leading 2-1. They’ve now opened up a bit of a gap on the competition.

Gary Neville’s Valencia lost to Sporting Gijon at home, and surely the natives are getting restless now. Neville is without a win in 8 league games since taking over at the Mestalla.

UFC on Fox 18

Carl previewed this one for us last week and he got a couple right, including method of victory. Johnson defeated Bader in the first round as predicted but in a shock result Sage Northcutt was beaten by ‘Man Without Wikipedia Page (II)’, via a less than perfect choke, which some suggested was an early tap.

We also chat a little bit about the pervasiveness of drugs in MMA and what lengths the UFC will go to in order to keep the sport clean.

Six Nations Rugby Tournament

Rugby seems to be a sport in transition at the moment in the Northern Hemisphere. All of the 6 Nations teamed underperformed at the recent World Cup, and there’s some serious soul-searching going on. Ireland and Wales have no teams left in the Champions Cup; England are under new management, and no one knows what to expect from France. Eddie Butler of the Guardian thinks it’ll be between Wales and Ireland, but rugby fans in both countries are unlikely to share his confidence.

The tournament this year needs to win over the fans again. After years of ugly rugby, we want to see the same type of flair that the Southern Hemisphere used to humiliate us at the World Cup.