Not even Championship clubs care about the Carling Cup, Adel Taarabt is a lunatic and Pumpkin Penalties

The League Cup is a joke

While Premier League sides have for a while now been putting out reserve teams in this competition, it was interesting to see Swansea, Burnley and Ipswich follow suit.

Revamp it or get rid of it.

Taarabt announces his international retirement (aged 21)

Within weeks of passionately pledging his commitment to Morocco, QPR’s temperamental attacking midfielder has announced that, at the age of 21, his international career is over. That is his carefully reasoned response to being kept on the bench for one game against Tanzania.

This is only of interest because it proves that one of QPR’s key players is a mad man. QPR are majorly reliant on Neil Warnock to show some impressive man-management skills to nurture this very fragile ego.

Utter madness (brought to you by Npower)

I was alarmed, perplexed and then finally amused by this news from the Derby website.

“Those wishing to kick a Pumpkin Penalty should make sure their Halloween costumes stand out from the crowd on the terraces.

A specially recruited team of highly trained ghost hunters will be disguised as groundstaff for the day, looking for the winner.

Those found to be using magical powers will be disqualified, but anyone who scores against the Wasteful Energy Witch will win a Wallace and Gromit themed energy pack for their school from npower, to keep away the demons of energy inefficiency, and bumper pack of goodies from Derby, including meeting the players.”

Sounds like fans are in for some serious sponsor-instigated fun at Pride Park this weekend. . .

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