August 24th - To Champions League or Not...

I'm toying with the idea of running a Champions League predictions league when the European competitions start off again in September. I'd like to see if people are interested in taking part to get an idea of what the numbers might be like.

Also want to test the water and see if the numbers were a bit smaller for this one would people be willing to pay €20 to take part. As usual, all the fees, less PayPal's commission, will go into the prize fund.

Let me know what you think by casting your vote over there =====>

 

August 21st - The first silverware of the season...

The draw has taken place for our League Cup competition. Ably assisted by my daughter Mai-Ly, the draw has thrown up a few interesting ties as Eamon Fox will be looking to retain one of the two trophies he won last season...

Mai-Ly managed to draw her godfather Richard Johnston in one match. There'll be tension in the offices of Prendergast Maguire over the next few days as Paul and Brendan will go head to head in another game. Paddy Power have just published the odds for the competition with Gerry Draper and Niall Carroll joint-favourites at 7/2 to win the first trophy of the season...

You don't have to do anything other than send in your predictions as normal to take part. If your predictions earn more points than your opponent then you progress to the next round. Points earned by your bonus choices and use of Joker don't count in this competition - it's purely down to your predictions. Good luck to you all....

 


August 12th - That was the week that was on Block 102...

Interesting start to the season with Man United's win over Chelsea being the standout result. Are United better than anticipated or will Frank Lampard struggle at the Bridge having lost Hazard and facing a transfer ban? We'll know more after next weekend when Solskjaer and Co visit Wolves in what will be a big test for them.

Good to see a few old faces towards the top of the first week's leaderboard - Brendan Maguire leading the way after week one. A slow start for the reigning champion Eamon Fox though - 34 points and 45th so far. Early days yet though.

Spurs 3-1 win at home to Aston Villa was the highest scoring game on week one - 365 points were earned from the predictions on that one along with some bonus points for those that picked Harry Kane. Liverpool's win over Norwich saw 305 points awarded, closely followed by Arsenal's win at Newcastle. One-nil to the Arsenal still seems to be a crowd favourite!!

Next weekend's games are on the fixtures page now. Man City versus Tottenham is the big game next weekend - Pochettino and co will be hoping to pick up something from their third visit of 2019 to the Etihad Stadium. Liverpool's trip to St Marys will be worth watching too with the Saints under pressure following their 3-0 defeat at Burnley on Saturday.
 



August 10th - Welcome to the new season on Block 102. What started out as a spreadsheet in my former employer, CIT, in the early noughties went live as block102.com in early 2006. From the Celtic Tiger days where we had around 150 one season, we've settled on around 60 people a season taking part in recent years.

I'm always interested to read the selections of the different managers ahead of the new season and this year has proven no exception. Mo Salah was the dominant choice in the Goalscorer #1 category with 22 picking him. Harry Kane got 15 and Sergio Aguero got 10.

Raheem Sterling was the overwhelming choice in Goalscorer #2 category with 43 people picking him (and no doubt delighted with his hat trick at West Ham to open with). The curse of Block 102 was imposed on Alisson Becker in the Golden Gloves category - 37 people picked him before he duly went off injured against Norwich last night. The ten people who picked Ederson will be hoping to accrue extra points while his fellow Brazilian is out injured.

Always a bone of contention, the Sack Race choices are always mixed. We had to introduce the Pulis Rule a few seasons back when Tony Pulis threw the whole competition into confusion by resigning on the eve of the new season. Since then this category has specified the season must actually start before a winner can be chosen. This year's favourite is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with 9 votes. Whether that's actual opinion or Liverpool and Man City fans on a wind-up only time will tell. Dean Smith and Block 102 favourite Roy Hodgson both have 8 votes. Despite being the most recent managerial appointment, 7 people still think Steve Bruce could depart Newcastle and end up packing bags in Sports Direct before any else leaves....

Eamon Fox will be looking to defend the title he won at a canter last year. I'm not saying that him and son Jonathan take this competition seriously but the pictorial evidence is there for all to see....

All that's left for me now is to wish everyone the best of luck for the new season (even the Man United fans, God bless em...).
 


Cheers lads....



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