I must admit since Gorgon went missing and his trolls thankfully disappeared off our screens life has been pleasanter. However it has made blogging on political issues more difficult. I personally think that we have to give the coalition time and I do like how they have begun to dismantle the New Labour Project even though some of it cannot begin soon enough.
So...let me talk about my favourite subject...Derby County. We fans begin yet another season full of hope. Even the television people seen to think that we may be interesting this year because we have two live matches in August. I believe that the Rams have one of the strongest squads in the Championship when they are all fit. Last year the injury list became a nightmare but this year key players have volunteered for extra training so that they will be fit for the start of the season.
Players like Kris Commons, Steve Davies and Dean Leacock are already training. Our mainstay centre back Sean Barker and Scottish international Stephen Pearson have had summer operations so... manager Nigel Clough is starting with almost a full squad and cover in every position. this is a really strong squad when they are all fit but Kris Commons is crucial. He is the player who makes them tick, Commons has that bit extra at Championship level as he proved when we beat Man Utd last year in the Carling Cup first leg. This year however if he limps off then we have a young Polish lad called Cwvka who plays a bit.
Once again Nigel, like his dad, has raided the lower leagues for talent. It is always a risk but I like the ambition of youth. Just remember currently Derby are 25-1 to win the championship. My fiver will be going to Mark Jarvis ... but will he keep it?