By Richard Nash
Tottenham’s victory over Everton last week left them level on points with Manchester United and three points off league leaders Man City, confirming their position as genuine title rivals to the Manchester clubs. Much has been made of the additions of Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor as a reason for the club’s success, but the biggest change since last season has been the use of their wingers, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon.
Since the arrival of Rafael Van der Vaart, manager Harry Redknapp has favoured a 4-4-1-1 formation, playing the Dutchman behind a lone striker and a flat midfield four. Bale and Lennon stayed wide as traditional wingers, running at the opposing full backs and looking to deliver crosses from the byline rather than attack the penalty box. As a result, Tottenham relied heavily on Van der Vaart to support the lone striker.
Fortunately for Spurs, Van der Vaart had an excellent season, scoring 13 goals and made 9 assists, compared to just 10 goals and 3 assists between Bale and Lennon. However, his importance can be demonstrated by the statistic that Spurs averaged 1.75 points-per-game in 2010/11 with Van der Vaart in the side compared to just 1.30 without him. Redknapp seems to have identified this reliance as a weakness and has given his wide players the freedom to roam across the pitch and provide greater support to his lone frontman in central areas.
This news is devastating.
Please consider this Tumblr post my suicide note.
In the Wild, Wild West-era of digital media, there is no cowboy quite like Kim Dotcom. Part Sean Parker, part Kevin Mitnick, with a whiff of Notorious B.I.G., Dotcom embodies the most savage age of online piracy, having made a fortune on the edges of Internet freedom.
Dotcom, the megamind behind Megaupload, was arrested yesterday in New Zealand, his panic-room door busted down by officials, who found the hacker clinging to a sawed-off shotgun. Dotcom faces up to 55 years in prison if extradited to the U.S. and convicted on charges of racketeering, copyright infringement, and money laundering. The hacker-turned-multimillionaire businessman has been accused of costing the entertainment industry $500 million through pirated content uploaded to his popular file-sharing site, which boasted 180 million registered users and celebrity endorsements from Kanye West to Kim Kardashian.
“Looking at our payroll, we thought, hey, why not put only eight men on the field. I mean, how many hits a game really do go to the shortstop? That many? Oh, shoot.” - Red Sox GM Ben Cherington after trading Marco Scutaro to the Rockies for groundballer Clayton Mortensen*.
It’s a position the…
Because I live in a tropical country, every chance I get to layer, I layer! :) Aside from the sights, food and shopping, the prospect of dressing up in my cold-weather-clothes is another reason why I love traveling.
Cold weather or not, I’m still playing with color. I love how the…
PostWarden is a relatively new app that makes managing multiple Tumblr sites, and Tumblr accounts, a breeze, with the added bonus of having a local backup. Because of this, it can be used offline and one can save drafts of their work before posting. It’s nice and simple, executed well, and gives the added comfort of having a local copy of all of this stuff. As someone who manages multiple Tumblr sites and accounts and never met a backup he was not thankful for, this is a welcome and needed addition to my hard drive.
The developer, Gabriel, was kind enough to throw some promo codes my way to give to readers (though the price is more than right in my opinion). Here they are, first come, first serve:
Also, here are two Actual Little Gray Books that John Hodgman gave out at a few of the Little Gray Book Lectures. Come to my house and I’ll let you see the inside!