Sunday 2nd December 2018

I Feel Like a Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford)

Elton John

Like a corn in a field I cut you down
I threw the last punch too hard
After years of going steady, well I thought that it was time
To throw in my hand for a new set of cards
And I can’t take you dancing out on the weekend
I figured we’d painted too much of this town
And I tried not to look as I walked to my wagon
And I knew then I had lost what should have been found
I knew then I had lost what should have been found
And I feel like a bullet in the gun of Robert Ford
I’m low as a paid assassin is
You know I’m cold as a hired sword
I’m so ashamed can’t we patch it up
You know I can’t think straight no more
You make me feel like a bullet honey in the gun of Robert Ford
Like a child when his toys have been stepped on
That’s how it all seemed to me
I burst the bubble that both of us lived in
And I’m damned if I’ll ever get rid of this guilt that I feel
And if looks could kill then I’d be a dead man
Your friends and mine don’t call no more
Hell, I thought it was best but now I feel branded
Breaking up’s sometimes like breaking the law
Breaking up’s sometimes like breaking the law


Arsenal 4 Spurs 2

The derby at the Emirates had a bit of everything, but two goals in three minutes a quarter-of-an-hour from time decided it in Arsenal’s favour on Sunday afternoon.

In a pulsating first half, we recovered from the Gunners’ bright start to lead 2-1 thanks to an excellent header from Eric Dier and Harry Kane’s penalty – the passion clear for all to see, especially after Dier’s equaliser. But following a well-taken leveller from in-form Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 11 minutes after the restart – his second goal of the game following his earlier penalty, converted after a hand-ball by Jan Vertonghen – the momentum swung back in the hosts’ favour and shortly after substitute Alexandre Lacazette’s deflected effort squirmed beyond the fingertips of Hugo Lloris, Lucas Torreira wrapped up a 4-2 win for the home side before Vertonghen’s misery on his first Premier League start since September was compounded with a second booking and subsequent dismissal late on.
Arsenal flew out of the traps and were rewarded for their high-pressing start when Vertonghen climbed to meet Granit Xhaka’s free-kick, was adjudged to have handled and Aubameyang scored from the spot with under 10 minutes gone. The Gunners were going all out and it took us a while to settle but, when we did, we looked a real threat.


Heung-Min Son tested former Bayer Leverkusen team-mate Bernd Leno from either side of his goal, but Arsenal still had their moments in between, Hugo Lloris denying Alex Iwobi on his line and Ben Davies sliding in with a great block to thwart Hector Bellerin as he arrived at the far post.

Then the game exploded. The dangerous Son was tripped wide on the left, Christian Eriksen delivered the free-kick and Dier stooped to beat Leno with a near-post header on the half-hour mark. The passion was palpable as Dier wheeled away and both squads let everything out on the touchline in the aftermath. And shortly after the game got back underway, the ante was upped again as Son was clipped in the box by the sliding Rob Holding and Kane held his nerve to score yet another north London derby goal with a penalty of our own with just over 10 minutes to go until the break. We still looked vulnerable to long balls over the top and were caught napping by a quickly-taken free-kick – Lloris saved brilliantly with his legs from Aubameyang but the flag was up anyway, with our captain then clawing away Shkodran Mustafi’s header on the stroke of half-time.


Kane forced Leno to tip over with a free-kick, but Arsenal’s double change at half-time, which saw the introduction of Aaron Ramsey in midfield and Lacazette as an additional striker, paid off as Ramsey touched Bellerin’s forward pass on to Aubameyang and he left Lloris rooted to the spot with a first-time strike from just outside the area. Dele Alli then had to clear off the line from Mustafi as our rivals regained the upper hand.


The lead changed hands for the third time in the game on 75 minutes as Ramsey shrugged off Foyth, who had stepped up from the back, and worked the ball to Lacazette, whose speculative shot from range spun off Dier’s shin and crept low past the diving Lloris into the bottom corner. And two minutes later, another blow as Torreira spun away from Dier onto Aubameyang’s through pass and slotted home from the right angle. Insult to injury followed five minutes from time as Vertonghen slid the ball out to substitute left-back Danny Rose but was involved in a collision with Lacazette as he did so, which resulted in the Belgian international picking up a second yellow card. The result means we slip to fifth in the table, behind our rivals on goal difference.


Seahawks 43  SF49s 16

Richard Sherman was back in Seattle.
But with Sherman (and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith) returning to CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks turned in a vintage performance, demolishing the 49ers 43-16 Sunday.

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They did so with four touchdown passes from Russell Wilson — all punctuated by gleeful receiver celebrations, the first replicating Sherman’s famous tip that beat the 49ers in the 2013 NFC title game. Wilson had only 17 pass attempts but he completed 11 of them for 185 yards.

That included three touchdown passes on just six attempts in the first half.


So was the otherworldly performance of linebacker Bobby Wagner, who capped one of the best defensive games in team history with a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown with 4:04 left, breaking the return record of 94 yards by Brandon Browner against the Giants in 2011.

The interception came when 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens tried to hit Jeff Wilson Jr. over the middle at the goal line and Wagner stepped in front of the receiver and sprinted down the sideline in front of the 49ers’ bench, where Sherman had no choice but to sit and take it all in.


Mullens made a futile attempt to try to get to Wagner, but at about midfield it became clear Wagner was going to score. Once he got into the end zone, he pulled out the ball and used it as a pillow to feign going to sleep.

“It was a crazy run,’’ Wagner said. “I was super tired and I was trying to figure out which celebration I can catch my breath on. I figured what better celebration than to go to sleep.’’

It could also have been viewed as a fitting metaphor for the Seahawks as a team that can no longer be slept on.

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Seattle now is 7-5, a season-high two games over .500, and has won three in a row, five of seven and seven of 10 to move into prime playoff position after an 0-2 start.

The victory, coupled with Minnesota’s defeat against New England, assured Seattle it will hold the fifth spot in the NFC playoff picture at the end of the weekend.

“It doesn’t mean anything,’’ Carroll insisted. “We haven’t done anything.’’

A few players, though, couldn’t help but concede they know things are going pretty well right now.

“For us to get this win at home, knowing that we’re continuously keeping our playoff hopes alive and that we’re in the driver’s seat is a good feeling to have going toward the postseason,’’ receiver Doug Baldwin said.

Much was made before the game of the return of Sherman, a member of the Seahawks from 2011-17 and a founding member of the famed Legion of Boom.

But Sherman wasn’t involved in much early on as none of Wilson’s six first-half passes went to his side of the field.

Sherman then was beaten for a short pass on a curl route to Baldwin in the third quarter with Baldwin breaking a tackle and going for 21 yards to convert a second-and-21.


Later in the fourth quarter, Wilson’s fourth touchdown pass, an 18-yarder to Jaron Brown, came in zone coverage in front of Sherman.

Otherwise, the return of one of Seattle’s most famous players felt like a minor subplot by the time the game was over. Sherman didn’t record an official stat of any kind.

The Seahawks were favored by 10 points, the biggest point spread in their favor this season, and pretty quickly quashed any fears of a letdown or of overlooking the 49ers (though given the return of Sherman, that seemed a misplaced fear all along).

After going three-and-out on its first drive with three running plays against a 49ers team that loaded the box to stop the run, Seattle used the pass to score on its next two possessions and take a 13-0 lead.

The first touchdown came on a 7-yard pass from Wilson to Brown that was set up by a Wilson’s 45-yard pass to Brown.

The Seahawks receivers celebrated with their re-creation of Sherman’s tip.

On the next possession, Wilson hit Lockett for a 52-yard touchdown. Lockett was in man coverage on the play with Smith, which Lockett later said was the “perfect’’ call against that defense.

“I just kind of pumped it, stepped up, and then here goes Tyler behind the defense,’’ Wilson said.

San Francisco responded with its one decent drive of the half. But Wagner, kicking off one of his most memorable performances as a Seahawk, then stole the ball from 49ers running back Wilson Jr. on a fourth down run to the 5-yard-line, returning it to the 14.

“He’s playing as good as you can play the game,’’ marveled Carroll of Wagner, who also had a sack on the 49ers first drive of the game and a team-high 12 tackles.

Later in the half, San Francisco’s Richie James Jr. fumbled a punt and Seattle’s Neiko Thorpe recovered at the 33.

That led to a 1-yard Wilson-to-Baldwin pass five plays later and a 20-0 lead and yet another celebration by the receivers (this one from the movie “Life”).

Lockett returned the opening kickoff of the second half 84 yards. That set up Rashaad Penny’s 20-yard touchdown run on the next play, making it 27-3, and the rout was on.

The rest of the game meandered a bit, with 49ers rookie Dante Pettis — a former University of Washington star — scoring two touchdowns in the second half, the latter on a 75-yard catch-and-run. That’s the longest play allowed this year by the Seattle defense.

The 49ers were threatening to add another score when Wagner picked off Mullens’ pass and turned the game into an official laugher. Seattle’s 43 points were the most since the Seahawks’ 46-18 victory at CenturyLink against the Colts last October.


Seattle next is home against Minnesota on Monday Night Football on Dec. 10 in what looms as another game key for the Seahawks’ postseason hopes.

The victory over the 49ers, meanwhile, was Seattle’s ninth in a row in the regular season and 10th straight overall against the team that was once their most-hated rival — a streak that began with the NFC title game and Sherman’s tip.

“Feeling good,’’ Carroll said noting Seattle’s offensive efficiency in rushing for 168 yards while throwing for four touchdowns without committing a turnover.

Meanwhile, the defense forced two turnovers in what was the first of a stretch of four out of five games at home to finish the season.


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