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Down, Down, Deeper & Down…

Third league game of the season and Plymouth have the complete set; one win, one draw and one loss. Plymouth lost 2 – 1 away at the Bescot Stadium to Walsall despite scoring first. Joe Mason found the back of the Wallsall net from just outside the penalty area from Kari Arnason’s pass just before the half hour mark. Walsall brought on Paul Marshall just before half time and after the interval that decision was decisive as Marshall’s headed goal in the 53rd minute brought the home team level. Marshall was instrumental in the Walsall second goal as well, providing the pass for former Argyle player Reuben Reid to put the Saddlers in the lead in the 69th minute. Plymouth had a few opportunities to equalise but the Walsall keeper for more than equal to the shots. Kari Arnason was shown a straight red four minutes into added time which is inconsequential for this game. Yet again Plymouth were beaten despite going a goal up and even more frustrating was the fact that the winning goal was scored by a former Pilgrim. How many great players have Plymouth let slip through their fingers over the last five years? Maybe if Argyle held onto these players instead of selling them on for a profit; they would be playing Championship football or even Premiership football. Argyle are down to 12th in the league from 7th after today’s defeat, Peter Reid really needs to find some players that can find the back of the net and needs to tighten up the defence if Argyle are to have any hope of an immediate return to the Championship.

In the Premiership; Liverpool play Manchester City on Monday and Manchester United play Fulham on Sunday. United certainly have an easier game than my team Liverpool, so I expect the Manc’s to claim another three points. It’s vital for Liverpool to beat City on Monday as the Red’s first game of the season ended in a disappointing draw. Chelsea have cemented their position at the head of the Premiership table with a 0 – 6 win over Wigan, that’s 12 goals in two games for the Londoners. Ian Holloway and Blackpool got their belated welcome to the Premiership being hammered 6 – 0 by Arsenal, seven days ago Holloway’s men beat Wigan 4 – 0, what a difference a week makes!

England lost the third test against Pakistan by four wickets. England didn’t look the team they were in the previous tests. I don’t believe Pakistan played better, it was England playing sub par in my opinion. England’s batsmen were poor in their first innings, the top six scored a total of 61 runs. The only shining lights of the innings were Matt Prior and Stuart Broad who scored 84 and 48 respectively bringing the English first innings total to 233. The tourists posted a total of 308 with Azhar top scoring with 92 runs giving Pakistan a 75 run lead. England’s second innings was even worse; scoring 222 runs all out, Alistair Cook was the only shining light of the whole innings, hitting 110 runs from 173 balls, Jonathan Trott was the next highest scoring with 36. Pakistan only had 148 runs to chase and they made that target with four wickets to spare on day four. Let’s hope England can seal the deal and win the final test to claim a 3 – 1 win over Pakistan next week.

Back in Wichita; Conner has just completed his first week of 1st Grade and that went reasonably well, Conner’s teacher Miss Sander seems very nice and supportive of Conner and his autism. Again, my big issue is with the parking and access to the school. Unless you arrive 5 – 10 minutes early there is no chance of getting a parking space near the school building, which is highly annoying when you have a 9 month old baby and a autistic six year old to get to the door. And to make matters worse there are police cars hovering everywhere around the school primed to ticket anyone that parks in one of the multiple no parking zones, which are poorly sign posted. I tried walking to the school as we don’t live far away but that its next to impossible as the sidewalk to the school is so broken up that it’s very difficult to push a stroller to the school. The infrastructure in this city sucks big time, unless you happen to live in a ‘richer’ area of town, maintenance of sidewalks and roads is piss poor, which would be unacceptable back home!

Oh yes, I totally forgot all about this; my father shipped over all of my 130 DVDs, which of course… I can not play on US DVD players (stupid region encoding). It’s nice to have my DVD’s but I can only play them on my laptop and frankly the upscaling capabilities of the laptop’s HDMI port is laughable. So I have just ordered an upscaling region free DVD player from eBay to play my DVD’s on, which hopefully will arrive by the end of next week. Also I ordered a 15ft HDMI cable to use with my laptop to connect to the living room TV as the cable I already have is only 1.2 metres long which means my laptop teeters on the edge of the TV cabinet to hook it up, which is not ideal!

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