Archive for December, 2018

Sunday 30th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 31, 2018 by bishshat

Seahawks 27 Cardinals 24

Seahawks sneak past Cardinals to sew up No. 5 NFC playoff seed, and a wild-card game at Dallas. Some way, somehow, the Cardinals always play the Seahawks close late in the season, and Sunday was no exception. But a game-winning field goal earned Seattle a 27-24 win and a playoff trip to Dallas.

The best news about the playoffs for the Seattle Seahawks, which begin with a game Saturday night in Dallas?

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But while Arizona officially was the worst team in the NFL this season, finishing 3-13 and getting the No. 1 choice in the 2019 NFL draft, you’d have never known it by how they played against the Seahawks this season in two games that each went down to the final play. That included the regular-season finale Sunday, which Seattle won 27-24 on a 33-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski as time ran out.

At Arizona in September, Janikowski hit a 52-yard field goal on the final play to lift Seattle to a 20-17 victory.

Reverse each, and Seattle could have been stuck with an 8-8 record and sitting home for the playoffs instead of heading for a date against America’s Team on Saturday night, a contest that will kick off at 5:15 p.m.

But then, this has been that kind of season for Seattle, especially in the division — five of Seattle’s six games against NFC West foes were decided in the final possession or overtime.

And if you worried that the seemingly shoddy showing Sunday portends negatively for the playoffs, the Seahawks themselves said to not stress too much.

The game ultimately didn’t matter when it came to the postseason — Seattle would have been the fifth seed in the NFC playoffs regardless of the result.

And as Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark said, reminding all that the Cardinals had won in Seattle the previous three years: “Every time we play Arizona it’s always a battle. It’s always something crazy with Arizona. We know that and understand that.’’

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They also knew that there were two big reasons for what would have been one of the most embarrassing defeats of the Pete Carroll era: three big special-teams breakdowns and the worst performance of the season by an offensive line that featured only two regular starters in their usual spots.

Both issues are fixable, the Seahawks say. And the good news is that the Seahawks expect the offensive line to be whole again for the game Saturday against the Cowboys.

“We should be back to pretty good shape next week in Dallas,’’ Carroll said of the offensive line.

That means J.R. Sweezy back at left guard, D.J. Fluker back at right guard and Germain Ifedi again at right tackle.

Sunday, Sweezy sat out with a foot injury suffered last week against Kansas City. But Carroll said after the game Sunday that Sweezy is expected back against the Cowboys. Fluker sat out with a hamstring injury. Carroll said Fluker who went through a rigorous pregame workout could have played but Seattle decided to hold him out.

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With their two starting guards out, Seattle decided to move Ifedi from tackle to guard and leave George Fant at right tackle, with Ethan Pocic playing left guard.

Seattle’s offensive line has thrived this season with Fluker and Sweezy providing a physical and veteran presence inside.

But with those two out, things were a mess, especially against a defensive front that is about the only good thing Arizona has going for it.
The result was six sacks of Russell Wilson tying season-highs set in the first two games before the Sweezy-Fluker guard combination came to fruition — and a running game that gained 182 yards, but had just 63 yards on 16 carries in the first half before Chris Carson’s 61-yard run in the third quarter got things back on track a bit.

“We had trouble with the pass protection today,’’ Carroll said. “We had some trouble with line calls, line stunts and things that they were doing. A couple pressures we didn’t identify well.’’

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That there were new players in new spots was an obvious reason, and it was why no one seemed too concerned.

Still, Ifedi said he also hopes it’s a wakeup call heading into the playoffs.

“We have to be better,’’ Ifedi said. “It’s unacceptable. We can’t give up that type of pressure versus any team, better yet a team with three wins on the year. It’s not good. We knew what they were going to throw at us. We knew what they were going to be. It was too easy a game plan for us to execute for us to put up that type of performance. We have to be better.’’

More mystifying were the special-teams breakdowns — a deflected Michael Dickson punt that led to a touchdown in the second quarter, a 45-yard punt return that led to a field goal in the second quarter, and then a blocked punt that was recovered for a touchdown that tied the game in the third quarter.

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“We could have lost the game today just because of that,’’ Carroll said of all the special-teams breakdowns.

Fortunately, the defense held Arizona to 198 yards — the second-fewest Seattle has allowed this season, the lowest being 185 by the Raiders in London — while the offense made just enough plays at the most critical times.

After falling behind 3-0 early, Seattle scored on two consecutive drives to take a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter. One score came on a Wilson touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett that was the 126th of his career setting a Seattle franchise record – and the 35th of the season, setting a Seahawks single-season record.

Then, after Arizona’s Zane Gonzalez hit a 55-yard field goal with 1:49 left to tie the game and potentially force overtime, the Seahawks drove 60 yards in eight plays to set up Janikowski’s game-winner.

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The key play was a 37-yard pass from Wilson to Lockett, with Wilson evading a rush a constant task on this day – and Lockett sneaking behind the defense on a designed post route.

It was the 27th time in Wilson’s career he led a winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime.

Wilson said he thought there was a positive in coming through at the end one more time heading into the playoffs, though, he acknowledged, “We wish the game was better. We wish that we had played better throughout the game.’’

But that doesn’t matter now, with the Seahawks one of 12 teams left, all with clean slates.

Seattle beat visiting Dallas 24-13 in Week 3, a game that sparked a streak of 10 victories in the final 14 weeks to give the Seahawks a 10-win season for the sixth time in the past seven years. But Dallas, likewise, finished strong, winning seven of its past eight to shake off a 3-5 start and win the NFC East at 10-6, bolstered by the midseason acquisition of receiver Amari Cooper from the Raiders.

“I don’t care who we are playing — you get a chance in the playoffs, that’s all you need,’’ said Seattle left tackle Duane Brown. “We have a team we are familiar with that we have played already, so that’s always good.

“I think they are a better team than the first time we played them but I think we are, as well. I think everybody in here knows the postseason is a different speed than the regular season. So it’s going to be a good one.’’

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Saturday 29th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 29, 2018 by bishshat

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Spurs 1 Wolves 3 

Stupid, Stupid, Stupid Spurs! Wolves came from behind to earn a stunning 3-1 win over Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday, dealing a hammer blow to Spurs’ title credentials.

After a slow start, Harry Kane celebrated being awarded an MBE this week with a sensational strike to break the deadlock 22 minutes in – his 13th goal of the season, taking him level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the top of the Premier League Golden Boot race.

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Spurs appeared to have overindulged across the festive period as they struggled to find any rhythm early on, but their shooting from distance was on point, with Rui Patricio brilliantly saving from Christian Eriksen before Kane went one better moments later.

The England striker carried the ball down the right flank, cut inside onto his left before arrowing an effort into the net from 25 yards, leaving Patricio with no chance.

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Son Hueng-Min then went close with another excellent from range as Spurs remained in command until the interval. After the break, Wolves stepped up the tempo but struggled to create any real chances of note, with Spurs happy to sit back and take their foot off the gas. That tactic proved foolish, as Boly climbed highest to head Joao Moutinho’s corner into the net to equalise. It got worse for Spurs late on as Jimenez picked up a pass from Ivan Cavaleiro, who span on the spot, before guiding a fine finish past Hugo Lloris to turn the match on its head.

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Costa’s 87th-minute finish, having latched on to an intricate through ball from Matt Doherty, completed the win for Wolves, as doubts over Spurs’ longevity in this Premier League title race reared their head once again.

Thursday 27th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 28, 2018 by bishshat

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Oliver was in The Field on 22nd May 2016 inside his mom. Today he was in The field for a second time but I feel it is really his first time.

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A Little Kiss

Gillian Hills

Zou kiss Kiss
Zou kiss Kiss
Zou kiss kiss, Zou kiss kiss, my God they are sweet
Zou kiss Kiss
Zou kiss Kiss
Zou kiss Kiss
Zou kiss kiss, Zou kiss kiss, the sound of kisses
In the bushes under the sky of August
Lovers slip wolf
Like birds, they have an appointment
We hear it everywhere
Zou kiss Kiss
Zou kiss Kiss,
my God they are sweet
But tell me, do you know,
what does it mean between us,
What does “Zou kiss” mean?
It means I admit it to you
But yes I do not like you
Zou kiss Kiss
Zou kiss, my God it’s sweet
But you do not need the bushes of August
When you kiss me gently in the neck
Because it’s curious you see I confess
It makes me everywhere zou kiss kiss
Zou kiss kiss little kisses!

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Wednesday 26th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 26, 2018 by bishshat

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To arms, citizens,
Form your battalions,
Let’s march, let’s march!
Let an impure blood
Water our furrows!

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La Marseillaise

Allons enfants de la Patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!
Contre nous de la tyrannie
L’étendard sanglant est levé, (bis)
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras
Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes!

Aux armes, citoyens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Marchons, marchons!
Qu’un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons!

Que veut cette horde d’esclaves,
De traîtres, de rois conjurés?
Pour qui ces ignobles entraves,
Ces fers dès longtemps préparés? (bis)
Français, pour nous, ah! quel outrage
Quels transports il doit exciter!
C’est nous qu’on ose méditer
De rendre à l’antique esclavage!

Aux armes, citoyens …

Quoi! des cohortes étrangères
Feraient la loi dans nos foyers!
Quoi! Ces phalanges mercenaires
Terrasseraient nos fiers guerriers! (bis)
Grand Dieu! Par des mains enchaînées
Nos fronts sous le joug se ploieraient
De vils despotes deviendraient
Les maîtres de nos destinées!

Aux armes, citoyens …

Tremblez, tyrans et vous perfides
L’opprobre de tous les partis,
Tremblez! vos projets parricides
Vont enfin recevoir leurs prix! (bis)
Tout est soldat pour vous combattre,
S’ils tombent, nos jeunes héros,
La terre en produit de nouveaux,
Contre vous tout prêts à se battre!

Aux armes, citoyens …

Français, en guerriers magnanimes,
Portez ou retenez vos coups!
Épargnez ces tristes victimes,
À regret s’armant contre nous. (bis)
Mais ces despotes sanguinaires,
Mais ces complices de Bouillé,
Tous ces tigres qui, sans pitié,
Déchirent le sein de leur mère!

Aux armes, citoyens …

Amour sacré de la Patrie,
Conduis, soutiens nos bras vengeurs
Liberté, Liberté chérie,
Combats avec tes défenseurs! (bis)
Sous nos drapeaux que la victoire
Accoure à tes mâles accents,
Que tes ennemis expirants
Voient ton triomphe et notre gloire!

Aux armes, citoyens …

(Couplet des enfants)[16]
Nous entrerons dans la carrière
Quand nos aînés n’y seront plus,
Nous y trouverons leur poussière
Et la trace de leurs vertus (bis)
Bien moins jaloux de leur survivre
Que de partager leur cercueil,
Nous aurons le sublime orgueil
De les venger ou de les suivre

Aux armes, citoyens …

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Spurs 5 Bournemouth 0

Spurs have moved above Manchester City into second after a second demolition job in just four days, dispatching Bournemouth 5-0 on Boxing Day.

Having left it late against Burnley in their last home game, Spurs took no chances as a brace from Heung-min Son around goals from Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane made it 11 goals in two games for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Eriksen and Son benefited from a deflection and an individual error early on, but from there Spurs never looked back.

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Lucas has had somewhat of a mixed bag so far this season, with goals against Manchester United and Barcelona dotted between indifferent performances but was on the money to snatch a well-taken goal against the Cherries. Kane looked quiet in the first half but, as is almost always the case, was never in doubt of having his moment to keep the accelerator on in the second half before Son rounded out another fine performance as Bournemouth dallied at the back.

Spurs took control of the early stages, but in a dampened Wembley atmosphere they were doing little with the ball, moving it slowly across the back as Bournemouth held their shape well.

The hosts were jolted into life not once but twice when Howe’s side went close, first through Fraser who was left unmarked as Simon Francis clipped a cross over from the touchline, though the Scotsman could only find the back of Junior Stanislas with his header. Moments later David Brooks beat the Spurs back line to latch onto a perfectly timed ball from Jefferson Lerma, though the 21-year-old could not get quite enough on the ball in order to lift it over Hugo Lloris.

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Luck, it would seem, was on Spurs side. Having escaped an early goal at one end, Lerma was involved again as, after Eriksen found space 20-yards from goal, the Dane’s seemingly innocuous effort clipped the Colombian and completely wrong-footed Asmir Begovic before nestling in the bottom right.

With such a hectic schedule, Spurs would be forgiven for easing off having taken a comfortable lead, but Pochettino’s side are in no mood to let slip any ground on the title contenders, and goal difference could well be vital come the end of the season. It was Walker-Peters, making the most of his first Premier League start of the campaign, causing trouble again as, from a wonderful looping Harry Winks ball, he crossed first time into the path of Lucas Moura, the Brazilian perfectly positioned to sweep the ball home and seal all three points before the break.

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Things got worse for Bournemouth after Francis, Howe’s only fit right-back, was stretched off with what looked a serious knee injury, receiving a standing ovation from the 45,154 here as he made his way down the tunnel.

Lloris, playing on his 32nd birthday, had seen little action but showed he’s lost no agility with another year reacting well to palm away a header from Daniels on the brink of halftime.

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Whether at White Hart Lane or Wembley, Spurs hit form this time of the year and, after the result at Everton and having been thrust into the title conversation, they fully intended to show that it was very much the case this season in the second half. With such a hectic schedule to come, many sides would be forgiven for packing up when three clear and riding the game out. Tottenham, though, stuck to it.

Having spent the first 45 minutes dropping deep and looking to feed the speedy Son and Lucas, Kane decided to get in on the act, slipping through the Bournemouth back four to finish first time following a lofted ball over the top from Eriksen.

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Pochettino’s side may have moved above Pep Guardiola’s on points, but there is a long way to go on goal difference, and they know it. The Spurs boss neglected to rest his star forwards, with Kane, Eriksen and Son all staying on well past the necessary time to take the points here, and it paid off. Kane could have had a second when he beat Nathan Ake to get in at the near post, but couldn’t keep on his balance and had to bounce back from the turf before laying it to Lucas. The forward took a touch and fired at Begovic, who palmed his effort to the feet of Son, who kept his calm, found space and made it five.

City will bounce back, that is inevitable, but as they waver and Liverpool continue to pick up points, Spurs seem more than happy to quietly impress in the background as we witness something which seemed impossible a month ago, a three horse race for the title.

Tuesday 25th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 25, 2018 by bishshat

It is Christmas Day in the workhouse,
And the cold, bare walls are bright
With garlands of green and holly,
And the place is a pleasant sight;
For with clean-washed hands and faces,
In a long and hungry line
The paupers sit at the table,
For this is the hour they dine.

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Petit Papa Noël

Tino Rossi

C’est la belle nuit de Noël
La neige étend son manteau blanc
Et les yeux levés vers le ciel, à genoux
Les petits enfants
Avant de fermer les paupières
Font une dernière prière

Petit Papa Noël
Quand tu descendras du ciel
Avec des jouets par milliers
N’oublie pas mon petit soulier

Mais, avant de partir
Il faudra bien te couvrir
Dehors, tu vas avoir si froid
C’est un peu à cause de moi

Il me tarde tant que le jour se lève
Pour voir si tu m’as apporté
Tous les beaux joujoux que je vois en rêve
Et que je t’ai commandés

Petit Papa Noël
Quand tu descendras du ciel
Avec des jouets par milliers
N’oublie pas mon petit soulier

Le marchand de sable est passé
Les enfants vont faire dodo
Et tu vas pouvoir commencer
Avec ta hotte sur le dos
Au son des cloches des églises
Ta distribution de surprises

Et quand tu seras sur ton beau nuage
Viens d’abord sur notre maison
Je n’ai pas été tous les jours très sage
Mais j’en demande pardon

Petit Papa Noël
Quand tu descendras du ciel
Avec des jouets par milliers
N’oublie pas mon petit soulier

Petit Papa Noël

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Small Santa

It’s the beautiful Christmas night
The snow is spreading its white coat
And eyes raised to the sky, kneeling
The small children
Before closing the eyelids
Make a last prayer

Small Santa
When you come down from the sky
With toys by the thousands
Do not forget my little shoe

But, before leaving
It will be necessary to cover you
Outside, you’re going to be so cold
It’s a bit because of me

I can not wait until daybreak
To see if you brought me
All the beautiful toys I see in my dreams
And that I ordered you

Small Santa
When you come down from the sky
With toys by the thousands
Do not forget my little shoe

The merchant of sand rose
The children go to sleep
And you will be able to start
With your hood on your back
At the sound of the bells of churches
Your distribution of surprises

And when you will be on your beautiful cloud
Come first on our house
I have not been very wise every day
But I ‘m sorry

Small Santa
When you come down from the sky
With toys by the thousands
Do not forget my little shoe

Small Santa

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The Marseillaise of the drinker

Let’s go children of Normandy,
The day of drinking has arrived.
It is for us that the pudding grid,
It is for us that it was prepared. (bis)
Do not we feel in the kitchen,
roast and turkey and mutton:
My faith, we would be very foolish,
If we made them look sad.

Chorus
At table, citizens! Empty all the bottles!
Drink, drink, a pure wine water your lungs!

Let’s uncouple seven bottles each,
And leave nothing on the dishes;
Love do the seven wonders
In the midst of the sweetest antics. (bis)
French for us, ah! what an outrage,
if it were necessary to stay on the way!
May Bacchus, by his divine jus,
Raise our courage again.

Chorus
At table, citizens! Empty all the bottles!
Drink, drink, a pure wine water your lungs!

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Monday 24th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 24, 2018 by bishshat

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Twas the Night before Christmas

Clement Clarke Moore 

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

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Sunday 23rd December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 23, 2018 by bishshat

Everton 2 Spurs 6

Spurs underlined their credentials as title contenders with a pulsating 6-2 victory over Everton at Goodison Park on Renault Super Sunday.

Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane both scored twice in a devastating display of finishing from Mauricio Pochettino’s side, which was capped by a stunning 20-yard volley from Christian Eriksen.

Dele Alli was also on the scoresheet as Spurs consolidated third spot by moving five points clear of Chelsea, and closed the gap to leaders Liverpool and Manchester City to six and two points respectively.

Theo Walcott had given Everton the lead on 21 minutes while Gylfi Sigurdsson momentarily threatened to spark a comeback when his second-half strike made it 4-2, but the Toffees, who remain in 11th place, conceded six in the league at home for the first time since August 2014.

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Spurs edged the opening exchanges but fell behind against the run of play as Sigurdsson capitalised on some hesitant defending and played the ball forward to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, whose ball into the near post was dispatched by Walcott from 10 yards.

Everton were harshly denied a quick-fire second as Calvert-Lewin’s brilliant header into the far corner was chalked off after he was adjudged to have pushed Davinson Sanchez.

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Heung-Min Son put Spurs 5-2 up with his second goal of the game
Things took a turn for the worse shortly after as Everton gift wrapped Spurs their equaliser. Jordan Pickford unnecessarily raced off his line to clear a ball that Kurt Zouma was dealing with, the pair collided and Son fired into the unguarded net from a tight angle.

One became two for Spurs on 35 minutes when Alli reacted quickest to convert a rebound after Pickford failed to parry a Son shot away from danger, and it was not long until Kane got in on act, stroking Tottenham’s third into the net after a Kieran Trippier free-kick came back off the post.

A sumptuous volley from Eriksen just three minutes into the second half took Spurs’ tally to four. Sigurdsson pulled one back for the Toffees with a well-taken effort on 51 minutes, but Spurs quickly extinguished any hopes of an Everton revival.

Substitute Erik Lamela threaded Son, who was borderline offside, through on goal, and the South Korean slotted his second past Pickford.

Kane scored twice against Everton for the fourth consecutive game
Having got his second, Son turned provider on 74 minutes as he crossed from the left for Kane to convert his second and confirm a miserable afternoon for Everton.

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Spurs have won nine of their 11 Premier League away games this season  only in three completed seasons in the competition have they won more (10 in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2017-18).
2018-19 is the first top-flight season to see at least three clubs amass 40+ points by Christmas (Liverpool 48, Man City 44, Spurs 42) since the 1985-86 campaign.
This was the third time Everton conceded six goals in a Premier League home game, with all of those coming against London clubs (1-6 vs Arsenal in August 2009, 3-6 vs Chelsea in August 2014).
This was the fourth time Spurs have scored 6+ goals in a Premier League away game, with three of those coming in the last three seasons, and twice against a side managed by Marco Silva.

Seahawks 38 Chief 31

Nobody took Hawks seriously three months ago. Everyone should now.
Inside the final offensive drive that secured a playoff berth for the Seahawks
“There were many people that thought we could not do this … and we did it before the season is over,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “It’s a magnificent feeling that we can go play anybody anywhere.”

Given the roster overhaul during the offseason, sewing up a playoff berth by their 15th game seemed impossible for the Seahawks. Most of the legends that defined their Super Bowl runs had departed, and in Week 4, Earl Thomas went down with a season-ending injury.

But after that 38-31 victory over the Chiefs, they don’t just look like a team that belongs in the playoffs — they look like a group that could beat any of the other 11 teams that join them there.

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Sunday, the Seahawks played what might have been their best game since beating the Patriots in Foxboro two years ago. They had their way with Kansas City on offense, contained MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes on defense.

This wasn’t a case of the Chiefs own-goaling themselves or getting robbed by the officials. This was a case of Seattle manhandling its foe in front of the whole nation.

“People thought we were going to be dead in the water, and I was like ‘No, we got a lot of young guys.’ We wanted to make a name for ourselves,” said Seahawks defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson. “That was on display tonight.”

If there was ever an ode to “Seahawks football” — which is to control the game on the ground and win the turnover battle — it took place at CenturyLink Field. Seattle racked up 210 rushing yards and recovered two fumbles while never giving the ball away.

Russell Wilson was his usually efficient self — completing 18 of 29 passes for 271 yards and throwing three touchdowns. And Doug Baldwin racked up a season-high 126 receiving yards, 29 of which came on a one-handed catch in the fourth quarter that put the Seahawks on the Chiefs’ 1.

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But Sunday was about more than the result of one game — it was the culmination of something almost nobody outside of the Seahawks’ locker room expected.

Before this season began, writers had to study the Seahawks’ roster the way players do playbooks. With Richard Sherman, Cliff Avril, Kam Chancellor and Michael Bennett all gone, the team was borderline unrecognizable.

That missing talent was particularly salient early in the season, as Seattle began 0-2 with defeats against Denver and Chicago. And after Thomas broke his leg against the Cardinals, you couldn’t blame any fans who immediately started thinking about next season.

But then something happened. A running game that was MIA in the two previous seasons blossomed into the best in the league. A secondary tasked with replacing the Legion of Boom started stifling some of the top passing attacks in the NFL.

A quarterback who Carroll said was trying too hard early in the first two weeks went on what might be the best 13-game stretch of his career.

And now they’re here. In the playoffs. Who would have thought?

“We showed people that anything is possible,” said Seahawks receiver David Moore. “We showed that anything that can happen as long as you fight and play with your brothers.”

Seattle didn’t have to beat the Chiefs to make the playoffs. A victory against the Cardinals next Sunday would have ensured a spot in the postseason.

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But the Seahawks haven’t been very kind to prognosticators this year. Expect them to do one thing, and they’ll typically do the other.

Baldwin wasn’t on that injury report, but he did take some shots from the Kansas City defense Sunday night. Asked how he was feeling after the game, he spoke the truth.

“Pretty banged up. It was a rough game,” Baldwin said.

Then came a grin.

“But we’re in the playoffs, so I’ll be good.”