Month: March 2016

TBT: Il Fenomeno

TBT: Il Fenomeno

March 31, 2016 By Fabian Odhiambo

Sunday, July 12, 1998 is a night I have always longed to forget in a hurry. But then again there’s that thing with days or nights shrouded in infamy – they linger; they just don’t go away. And mind you I haven’t checked the calendar app to confirm that indeed it is the date I

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Masaibu ya Kushabikia Stars

March 29, 2016 By Fabian Odhiambo

Kwanza kabisa, ningependa kuwaomba radhi enyi wasomaji wetu tunaowaenzi na kuwathamini si haba. Kwa kawaida mitungo yote kwenye The Dug Out huwa imeandikwa kwa lugha ya Kimombo, lakini kwa vile leo twagusia masaibu ya timu yetu ya taifa, tutajaribu kuswahilisha hisia zetu, angalau kwa leo tu, pia ndiposa ujumbe upate kuwafikia wengi wa wananchi wenzetu.

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Masaibu ya Kushabikia Stars
Change, but what Change?

Change, but what Change?

March 25, 2016 By Fabian Odhiambo

The more things change, the more they remain the same. Those were the iconic words of French novelist Alphonse Karr so many years ago that still undoubtedly reverberate and echo through the ages. The events on Wednesday night at the Estadio 24 de Setembro in Guinea Bissau served as a stark reminder of the above,

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Turning the Corner

March 22, 2016 By Fabian Odhiambo

Now that we’re officially a fully-fledged gambling nation, I found it apt to explore ways of keeping up with y’all gamblers and even surpassing you. Last weekend for instance all you could hear were wails and cries about Atletico Madrid, PSG, Barcelona etc. due to them conspiring to fail to win their games yet they

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Turning the Corner

Sue Speak – GW31 Preview

March 19, 2016 By Fabian Odhiambo

Sue is at it yet again. Seems she took heed and responded to the public’s call of having her do the FPL GW previews more often. She takes it away, so read on and adjust accordingly.   With the horror of gameweek 30 behind us (blank gameweeks are a pain), we can focus on gameweek

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Fabian and Fridah’s Picks – MW31

March 19, 2016 By Fabian Odhiambo

Everton v Arsenal Last Five Meetings: W1 D1 L3      Fabian Says: Two of the league’s bona fide bottlers face off and that makes it all the more difficult to call. Arsenal are in their customary two-week slump when they crash out of every competition, now out of the FA Cup and the Champions League in

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Before I Show You the Snake

Before I Show You the Snake

March 16, 2016 By @Kinyua

By Kinyua Wa Kibiru. Were it not for pure persistence, and the extremities of the game at hand, anyone  could have easily written this one off as a two nil drubbing of the Yellow Yankers by  their fiercest rivals. The intensity was at its brim, the fans exultant and expectant.  This one was going straight in to the history books. For the second time in a row, the  Finals of the Wekaweka Cup had featured these two big teams. Bragging rights were  at stake. So the tackles were crunching in, the game getting ever more physical by the  minute. 30 minutes on the clock, the game flowed, sweat dripped, the attempts  came, and the fans chanted their hearts out. Yet, one could never really completely  describe the atmosphere without the honours, of course, to the able referee who  stood her ground, her hair clipped delicately at the back of her head. Her lips  wrapped around that whistle in an excruciatingly seductive manner. They called her  Eva Kaniori, though she simply preferred Eva, and, as thus, this writer shall stick to  calling her just that.  The Yankers pulled back one goal at the stroke of the 40th minute. A clever play from  midfield had left the Bonkers defence totally inebriated; a cool finish just near the  penalty box spared the keeper no choice. This seemed to get the Yankers right back  in to it. Their fans chanted with new breath, the Mexican wave getting a new home  here at The Stadium De Bright. But it was the Yellow’s coach that the cameras  captured, his celebration quite emotional, as he ran down the touchline and slid  down the turf, only to later on choke from the grip of his tie’s knot. You simply  couldn’t make these stuff up!   So Eva called proceedings to a halt at half time, and she strutted off the pitch eliciting  pure euphoria from the male fans. Her derriere was what attracted most fans to these  debacles, or so I always thought. So for a minute mouths remained agape, while a  few couldn’t help it but chant out, “EVA KANIORI! EVA KANIORI! SHE KNOWS  HER FOOTBALL MORE THAN SHE KNOWS HER COOKING!”   The first half couldn’t have come at a better time for one man who had been following proceedings somewhere from the VIP box. He looked quite young,  bespectacled, with a nose that bore a close resemblance to a schnoz. He seemed  bothered, fidgety, his thumb tapping unconsciously at the screen of his phone. His  hair cut short, his beard stretching out casually from under his ears. He wore a fitting  black suit, with a clear impression of a cigarette lighter showing in its breast pocket.    He glanced at his watch, before standing up and excusing his way through a couple  that was making out right next to him. He headed towards the gents, his mind deep  in thought. He might have felt the urge to micturate, not like there was much in his  bladder; it was just the anxiety that was kicking in. He took off his phone, glared at  the screen, intently, his eyes twitched. A cold stream of sweat trickled down his  armpits, his mind fazed away, as he stared at a confirmation message on his device.  He couldn’t help but think about the prospects of losing almost his entire life savings.  The two teams were just getting back for the second half just as this fellow was  making his way back to his seat. The Yellow Yankers had brought in ‘touchline  reinforcement’, an untidy chap who seemed more like a con than a juju man. He  clutched his bag tightly under him, his paraphernalia bulging outwardly and totally  distorting the bag’s shape. He got down to business right away, his antiques clearly  derived somewhere from West Africa. He shook calabashes, sang piously, calling on  his divinities to literally score goals for the Yankers. He had a dried snakeskin  hanging from his neck as if it was a chain, and for that reason, they always called him  the ‘snake man’. That coupled with the fact that his ally in business was a large  python, that he loved to carry in his bag. So when the game heated up, he bellowed,  “Give us a goal you bastards, before I show you the snake,” and he reached for his 

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Fabian and Fridah’s Picks – MW30

March 12, 2016 By Fabian Odhiambo

Norwich City v Manchester City Last Five Meetings: W0, D2, L3 Fabian Says: Needless to say this is a must-win for both sides. For City, a win would catapult them to third above Arsenal while Norwich need the three points to get their heads above the drop zone and even more importantly, to avoid losing

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FPL GW30 Preview

March 11, 2016 By Fabian Odhiambo

The Premier League resumes tomorrow albeit a severely curtailed one gameswise due to other teams’ involvement in the FA Cup Quarter Finals. But we still got you covered. Nay, Sue has got you covered. She dissects GW30 so brilliantly it’s a wonder she hasn’t been doing this before. And yes, her team is even doing

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A TBT for the Ages

March 10, 2016 By Fabian Odhiambo

It’s Thursday and apart from it being just a day to ‘Thank God It’s Friday’, there’s a phenomenon that takes over the world of social media. Yes, it is Throwback Thursday or as popularly known, TBT. Today I woke up to that and boy was it epic! My earlier tweets (about Arsenal) which in current

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A TBT for the Ages