Saturday, October 13, 2007

Goodbye Mourinho, Hello Sven

With Jose Mourinho departing Chelsea, I find it hard to support Chelsea much, besides Lampard, Drogba and Cech, there's nothing better than supporting "The Special One"

I doubt Chelsea would do any better without him. It seems that Mr. Abramovich neglected to read Sun Tzu's "Art of War" which admonishes the sovereign from interfering with tactics of the general.

I admire Jose because he epitomises self-confidence, discipline, always has something witty or a great quote up his sleeve, has good family relationships (he's still married to his childhood sweetheart till now, goes out with his kids), doesn't let his medals go his head (he threw them into the crowd on winning his second premiership title), and finally has a really good dress sense. (Urggghh, Avram Grant in his training jacket just looks like a tired old fogie.)

I'm switching my support to Mr. Sven Goran Eriksson now and Manchester City.

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Common Theme In All Stories

The common theme in all good stories is that it involves personal growth.

Because of that, it must involve a proactive protagonist who sacrifices something, be it his pride, his ego, his life, his ideas, etc.

Isn't that what life is all about? Facing your fears, and dying to yourself, so that you may be reborn anew.

Salsa at the Esplanade

Salsa at the Esplanade

Originally uploaded by nicodemus_chan.

Salsa dancing at the Esplanade this night. Performance by ACTFA. This kicked off Dans Festival in Singapore.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Experiment Over

After the few weeks experimentation of doing virtual betting, I've stopped.

The results are: I would have lost money. (No surprises there.)

I do not have a keen eye or nose to pick winners. Even picking a winning team isn't good enough, the betting companies know how to give low odds on big teams like Arsenal and Man Utd. You have to get a good secondary pick like actual score or number of goals scored, etc.

But the second thing is, doing soccer result predictions takes time. It may seem easy enough to pick who is the winner but there needs to be some research into it if you're "serious" into betting. You have to find out who's injured, guess the morale of the team, pick the right bet with the best odds, buy the morning paper, read pundits opinions, etc. No wonder there are 1900 numbers that charge a whopping $50/call just for you to hear an "experts" pick.

It's not just the money, it's the time. That's why I couldn't even get started on Fantasy Football. It's the same thing, checking the injury list, thinking about the tactics, guessing which player is worth buying, home and away, etc.

(The ironic thing is if you spent money on every match, blindly betting on AOS (Any Other Score, i.e. any score not listed like 9-0, 7-4, etc.) you would be just about making a profit now. A fluke nonetheless.)