End of term report!

So it’s the end of the season for Championship clubs and Plymouth Argyle signed off a dismal season notching up their 11th home loss of the season. Plymouth lost the game 2 – 1 after initially taking the lead early in the first half, I can’t help that feel that the Argyle players really weren’t up for the game, much like the rest of the season in my opinion. Barnsley had their back to the wall needing a win to guarantee their Championship survival! This loss gives Argyle a final finishing position of 21st in the league, our survival was guaranteed by Norwich losing to Reading last Monday at Carrow Road. To sum up this season, disgraceful, especially the home form, only winning seven out of 23 home games. Highlight of the season was beating league champions Wolves at Molineux, downsides were being beaten 3 – 0 by Doncaster and Derby at Home Park. It’s no point in harping on about Sturrock out like many on the 606 forums, Sturrock is here to stay; all we can hope is that we don’t have a repeat of last years closed season. Sturrock says he has big plans and changes for next season, a bit part of that has to be a controlled cull of players and hopefully no-more expensive sick-note signings like Mpenza!

Liverpool have kept pressure on Manchester United for the Premiership title beating Newcastle 3 – 0  at Anfield. The Reds humbled the visitors but injuries to Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso  soured the victory especially with Fernando Torres already out injured but it was good to see Steven Gerrard back orchestrating things in the middle of the park. Newcastle on the other hand are not in such good shape sitting in 18th place three points off safety. It will be the first time Newcastle will have been in the second tier since the 1992/93 season should they get relegated. The Toon will have to duke it out with West Brom, Middlesbrough, Hull City and Sunderland with three games remaining this season and Hull also have a game in hand over the Magpies. Liverpool may still have a mathematical chance of winning the Premiership title but it’s unlikely with three games remaining and Manchester United having a game in hand, unless Hull can do the Reds a favour and beat United in the final game of the season, fingers X’ed!

The saga of the Recording Industry Ass of America suing families for downloading and/or sharing commercial music files continues. The Santangelo family have settled their long running dispute with the RIAA agreeing to pay $7000 in compensation. It’s all well and good going after the companies that provide the websites and networks but families that really can’t afford to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines. The RIAA are attacking easy targets rather than fixing the cause of the problem, the bottom line is the high cost of pre-recorded music and the bullshit DRM on downloads. This action will only make people more determined to fuck over the music industry even more, thankfully the RIAA doesn’t have any jurisdiction over Europe!

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