Bucket List (One of Many)

So myself, Funky Hajia and GB were going through a document which was due for release to the public. As this was going on I didn’t know what led to Funky Hajia saying she’s used up a brand new pen (ball point pen to be precise) till the ink ran dry before and before I could even say anything GB too said same thing. I couldn’t call them anything short of evil. As in using up a pen till it could write no more has to be one of the most difficult things one can do. That’s tantamount to torture if you asked me.

I have been using pens since I was in Primary 4 and the closest I have done is use up maybe half of the ink that came with it let alone finish it. After these two evil guys (they clearly know I don’t mean it) said they had done this dastardly act I took it upon myself to ask other people if they had done same because at that moment I felt like I was the only one who had never done that magic before. As in just to confirm evidence that those were the only two people in this life that can use up a fresh pen till its ink ran dry.

To my surprise it felt like I was the only one who had never done it before. As a matter of fact it now looked like I was the evil one. Some of my other friends that had used the ink of a pen up to extinction  claimed they had to or their folks would not give them another one. I am like tapping pens were normal nah, just fap someone’s pen and move on. As in how do you keep a pen throughout its lifecycle? I mean religiously use the ink till it writes no more. I was tempted to say they will know how to keep a grudge forever (does that even relate to the matter at hand?, lol).

Having said all that using a fresh pen till the ink runs dry (as in actually using it to write and not paint) has been added to my bucket list. 

You know it is going to be harder now than it was back then because who really writes these days? We all type out stuff mostly.

So help me GOD.

I did not mean to waste your time with this post. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  

BLESS !!!

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The Rams versus The Red Devils

My nephew is the only person I know right now that thinks the title race is not over. I mean he thinks Man City will slip up. We had the chat for about 20 minutes and he is like though Manchester City has the better squad in terms of quality and even quantity they will still drop points. I just said Tobs please let’s talk about tonight’s game against Derby County instead. He asked what my take on the game was and I said Man U would beat Derby and his response was Uncle Dipo so why aren’t you as optimistic in terms of our title chase. Sigh, I give up was all I could mutter. He is going to be 12. He’s beginning to become more of a fan than I am. 

The Rams visited Old Trafford with 3 wins and 2 draws in their last 5 games which is a better run of form compared to United’s 1 loss, 1 win and 3 draws. The Red Devils however boast of a better head to head against Derby with 10 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. Tonight’s game was an FA Cup 3rd round tie which was a tricky one judging by the Red Devil’s loss to Bristol City in the Carabao Cup in December. I wasn’t expecting anything short of victory though. I mean this is the only realistic chance of silverware because I know we aint winning the Champions League, well at least not this season. Glad to have Lukaku back but I didn’t even want him near the squad just yet. He should have been given a long rest. He didn’t start but that’s no consolation.

I saw the game at a lounge and it coincided with the Liverpool versus Everton match. I was able to watch the first half though in all fairness the Liverpool game was a derby hence making it a bigger game than ours. First half ended 0-0 and I was thinking what’s happening to my beloved team. I mean we were playing Derby County for crying out loud, why should it be difficult to take them out with our multi-million pound squad. 

I didn’t catch a large part of the 2nd half. We had to watch the Liverpool game then switched channels back to the United game. The last 10 minutes of the Man U game was surely the best part of the game for me. Man United’s best player this season and our player of the month of December Jesse Lingards aka JLingz stepped up to be counted again as he put us ahead with a cracker of a goal before sub Romelu Lukaku wrapped the game up in the 1st minute of extra time to send the Red Devils into the 4th round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Thanks for your time guys. Have a lovely weekend. 

Merseyside Takeover

3 straight draws clearly spelt a dip in form for Manchester United. I won’t play the congested fixture card for this afterall this is not the first time football is played over the festive period. Everton played host to my beloved Red Devils at Merseyside and they were hoping to put the misery of losing to Bournemouth behind them. The Toffees had lost 4 – 0 to Man United earlier on in the season with Antonio Valencia scoring a potential goal of the season, Henrik Mkhitaryan was amongst the goals, Romelu Lukaku also bagged a goal against his old team and Anthony Martial wrapped up the rout with a penalty.

My team’s form was a bit of a concern for me but my football superstitions made me believe the game against Everton was winnable. I just had the itch of assured victory before kick off and I was not let down. Paul Pogba put up a lovely display to lead the Red Devils to a 2 nil victory.

Next up for the lads is the FA Cup tie against Derby County. 

Drab Draw: When the Saints came calling

Back to back draws against Leicester City and Burnley respectively ended all hopes of Man United winning the English Premier League. Mathematically there’s a chance but for Leicester City not to slip up in 2015 on their fairy tale run to the league title how can a Man City team led by Pep Guardiola lose focus. The Cityzens are even on track for an unbeaten run this season with 18 victories and just 2 draws in 20 games played so far this season. The Mourinho second season success is definitely a No-No this time around and I think our manager should focus on getting the best out of his players rather than whining about who has spent what.

Man United had already beaten Southampton 1nil in the early stages of the season and it was quite a close game as a draw would have been a fair result. The Saints visited Old Trafford on the back of a 5-2 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham where Harry Kane was able to break the record for the most Premier League goals scored in a calendar year. The record was held previously by Newcastle legend Alan Shearer who scored 36 goals in 1995. Kane equalled the record against Burnley with a hatrick and put the record out of sight with another hatrick against Southampton to make it 39 Premier League goals in 2017.

The game against Manchester United saw Manuel Pellegrino start with a different Southampton side that was annihilated by Spurs and to be honest I didn’t expect the game to be easy but I believed we would nick it even if it was by the odd goal. I obviously wasn’t expecting the Red Devils to roll over the Saints who are desperate for a win after none in the previous 7 games they have been involved in. The game was going smoothly until Wesley Hoedt collided with United striker Romelu Lukaku in the 8th minute which led to the big Belgian lad taken off and replaced by Marcus Rashford. 

Both sides almost scored but almost definitely doesn’t count in the game of football. At half time scores was 0-0.

The second half did not bear any fruit for both teams though Paul Pogba thought he had won it for Man U when he poked in what looked like a goal bound effort from Anthony Martial. 

It was ruled offside. Game ended 0-0 which meant the Red Devils have now gone 3 straight games without a win with all matches ending in draws.

Big shout out to Arsenal for DRAWING the year to a CLOSE.

Welcome to 2018 guys, may we find JOY & FAVOUR this New Year.

Bless !!!

The Clarets visit to the Theatre of Dreams

Burnley have been in their best Premier League form ever this season with 32 points from 19 games and they were 7th on the log, 2 points behind Arsenal before today’s league games. They just need 8 points more to be sure of avoiding relegation but Sean Dyche and his gang seem to be thinking of European football come end of the season. Time will tell.

So after horrible defending cost us 3 points against Leicester City on Saturday night, I was not expecting much against Burnley. If we were going to win I couldn’t boldly say but I was sure of Man Utd conceding a goal at the least. United boast of a better head to head against the Clarets with 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss in their last 6 meetings between 2009 and 2017. 

You don’t allow Burnley score before you, well unless you are Man City. I was still looking for where I could watch the game but before I could find a link to the game we had conceded. As in less than 4 minutes we were a goal down no thanks to Ashley Barnes. 

I mean this is Burnley, they have one of the most organized defenses in the Premier League. The Red Devils attacked non stop and there was hope of at least getting an equalizer. I thought wrong, Burnley scored a second through a well taken free kick in the 36th minute by Belgium born Defour. At this point I thought it was over, 3 points dropped to be precise. United piled up the pressure but Burnley weren’t budging.  Half Time scores Man U 0 Burnley 2.

The second half started with Man U bringing on Henrik Mhkitarian and Jesse Lingard for Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Yes you read that right, Lingard didn’t start. The Red Devils eventually got a goal and you need not guess much as to who scored the goal. Jesse Lingard’s 53rd minute strike gave the frustrated United team a glimmer of hope. The game wore on with United dominating possession but making nothing out of it. 5 minutes extra time added and I was about to give up at this point. I was just going to switch to the conversation the lads in the Naija Pundits group (A very interesting whatsapp group I am a member of) were having when my boy Lingard stepped up again with the goods levelling the scoreline in the first minute of extra time. Game ended 2-2. 

Man City beat Newcastle 1 nil the following night to increase their lead on the log to 15points. I told my friends we lost the hope of winning the EPL the day Manchester City beat us at Old Trafford.

Thanks for your time guys, you will see it took a while to post this. I have not been too happy with performance of the Manchester United lads. They should hold on to 2nd place though because Chelsea is just a point behind. Thanks to Lingard my Fantasy League points wasn’t a total mess.

Cheers Guys !!!

Top 17 Songs of 2017

Where did the year go? 2017 has to be the fastest year ever just ahead of 2011. Don’t mind me, its just that I wished 2011 didnt end for reasons best known to me. 2017 however was a thrilling year if you ask me and though musically  (In Nigeria) it picked up kind of late but we weren’t disappointed. The quality and quantity however balanced out as the days rolled by. It was even hard for me to pick 17 fantastic songs and yes as always a lot of people never seem to agree with my choice of songs.

I dont know how many albums were released this year but 2 stood out for me and they are Falz the bahd guy’s 27 album and Olamide’s Lagos Na Wa. Davido also gave us massive singles this year and Wizkid dropped his Songs from the other side album. Notable mention to Niniola and Simi who dropped albums this year too but I cannot have an opinion as I didn’t get to listen to them. Heard Tiwa Savage’s Sugar EP too was good.

There were also shake what your mama gave you kind of singles that killed the airwaves this year.

Find my  top 17 songs of 2017 below:

17. Popping (Show Dem Camp)

16. Gaga Shuffle (TuBaba)

15. Radio Lagos (Olamide)

14. Ma Lo (Tiwa Savage featuring Wizkid)

13. La Fete (Falz the Bahd Guy)

12. Fargin (Teni Entertainer)

11. Mama (Alhaji Tekno featuring Wizkid)

10. Ponmile  (Reminisce)

9. Eko Miami (Maleek Berry)

8. Way (Falz the Bahd Guy featuring Wande Coal)

7. Penalty (Small Doctor)

6. Fall (Davido)

5. Come Closer  (Wizkid)

4. If (Davido)

3. Yeba (Kiss Daniel)

2. FIA (Davido)

1. Wo (Olamide).

This has to be toughest list ever, phew. Olamide is back at number 1 after a year’s absence. People can argue that Small Doctor’s Penalty was 2016, yes I know it was released in December but it rocked 2017. I mean it is a party starter anyday. As usual my list is always rubbish, that’s why it is mine. Lol.

I will soon start hearing why isn’t Simi’s Owanbe on the list or the Mr. P or Rude Boy’s songs. There are songs I wish I could add like Phyno’s Augment (featuring Olamide), Joromi (Simi), Single and Searching (Yemi Alade featuring Falz), Like Dat (Davido), Easy Jeje (Reekado Banks) just to mention a few.

There you have it guys, my eagerly anticipated list (hehehehe). Hope you guys had a fabulous CHRISTMAS? May 2018 bring us favour and many good things.

Happy New Year in ADVANCE !!!

When the Foxes hosted the Red Devils

It wasn’t so hard to put the Carabao Cup quarter final loss against Bristol City behind me. We put up a good show no doubt as against what other people thought but to be honest we did not do enough. Judging by the talent in the Manchester United line up on the night there was no excuse of leaving the City of Bristol short of victory. Bristol earned their win against the biggest team in the world (yes, bite me). I have to say (though bitter to mention) they have gotten to the end of their fairy tale because there is no way they are beating Manchester City over two legs in the semi final. 

The trip to Leicester was one I called the perfect game to wrap up the week. I said this because I was so sure of victory. Yes they were in good form even though they lost their last game at home 3 nil to Crystal Palace. I won’t call their run of 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss bad and one of those wins had Tottenham in it. So good form not great and can even be said to be better than ours if you asked me. All I knew before kick off was Manchester United was going to win. Mourinho started with the usual suspects except Lindelof who took the place of the injured Antonio Valencia and yes Jesse Lingard is now a regular, lol.

The game started with the Red Devils all guns blazing but no goal. While Man U was playing tip tap Leicester was just waiting for that perfect break to punish us. The perfect break came for Leicester in 27th minute when United didn’t make good use of a sweet attack they had at the time. Riyadh Mahrez broke free, set up Jamie Vardy and bam goal, 1 nil in typical Leicester City style. 

The Red Devils pushed for an equaliser and it was looking like one of those days the lads will play well and not score. Man United however got a goal in the 40th minute through Juan Mata to level the game. Both sides had chances to take the lead before half time but didn’t. Half time score, 1-1.

The second half picked up from where both sides stopped with beautiful end to end attacking football. A neutral’s delight if I say so myself. The Red Devils then took the lead via a well taken free kick by Juan Mata who really had a good game on his 300th appearance as an English based player. 

Things went from good to bad for the Foxes (so I thought) when substitute Daniel Amartey picked up a red card to reduce them to 10 men. 2 silly challenges to be honest. The latter part of the game was intense and I was praying there wouldn’t be any late drama just like it happened on Wednesday against Bristol. 

The 3 points was not United’s for the taking as a late late equalizer by Harry Maguire handed the hosts a draw. The game ended 2-2 which means Man United are now 13 points behind league leaders Man City.

The English FA should just hand the Premier League title to Manchester City on Wednesday before the game against Newcastle while the rest of us fight for Champions League slots.

Happy holidays guys, may we find good tidings.