garrylengthorn

25-Jun-12

In Blog, Euro 2012, Technology on June 25, 2012 at 6:21 am

Another disappointing England performance ended with the tragic penalty kicks last night and although we got slated for our lack of technical ability, we have to be disappointed at squandering the chances we got and I also think we have to question the management decisions around the substitutes?

Was Wellback having that bad a game? The obvious choices for me at that time were Young being replaced with either Walcott or Oxlade-Chamberlain. Young has not had a good tournament and was certainly not having a great game giving the ball away on too many occasions. I wonder what impact that might have had later on in the penalty shoot out when Young’s penalty was key!

Up till now, I’ve been very critical of Milner, but I thought he was having more of an impact than Young. Bringing on Carroll almost made England look for the long ball all the time, which was never really going to work against an Italian defence. I know all these decisions can be looked at in hindsight, but we blew two subsitutions and then had to use Henderson to replace Parker, which was never really going to make a huge difference!

My only joyful moment of the evening was related to this picture that was posted on Twitter by Alan Dunne, one of Millwall’s defenders.

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If you recall, I set a poser on Friday, which was what happened for the first time in a major football tournament when Greece and Portugal met in the 2004 final? It was the first time that the teams that met in the opening game also met in the final game. On both occasions, the result was 1-0 to Greece! Strangely enough, the same could happen this time with Spain and Italy!

At the weekend, we had our family and friends annual baseball. Unfortunately this year, the weather had a huge impact not only on the number attending, but also on the event. In between rain showers, we managed to play a very small game between the valiant 13 who showed up, had a quick picnic and then we decided enough was enough and retired to the pub.

I’d like to thank everyone again for making the effort. It was a real shame that this year’s event was disrupted by the weather, but it was still great to catch up with everyone and this picture is a great keepstake of the day with a rare piece of blue sky in the background.

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Not much to report on the technology front today, although it’s interesting to see that Google have joined the smart TV battle. In this Guardian article, the move comes amid predictions that Apple will also move in to this market.

I’m not convinced this particular solution will sell well, but can see why Google are now trying to develop this market, as clearly the Internet television market needs to evolve.

The other interesting piece of news came from Nokia. In this article, it was good news for those who already have Lumia devices with Windows Phone 7.5 (basically me), as you’ll be able to update your phones with some of the new Windows Phone 8 features when it is released.

When is it being released though?

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