Happy Holidays!

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As time marches forward, and I inevitably age, one thing that strikes me as brutally apparent: time moves fast. At 40 years of age, it seems God shifts it into 5th gear, and off we all go.

By the time we blink, it'll be Christmas. And that got me thinking...

From November 30th, just on the cusp of the happy part of the year, and just after our American Thanksgiving, through the New Year, our schedule is absolute hell. Leicester, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal, and Man City are 6 of our 8 league games in that time. I think it might be more fun sticking your face in a fan, than circumnavigating that set of fixtures!

I'm very, very fearful of a repeat of last season. A Holiday malaise must be avoided. Somehow, we need to grab points during this spell of horror games, and I pray the team is up for it.

We also simply must maximize points NOW. I was very critical of the draw at Palace. I'm not a negative fellow, I just realize the start of the season is relatively easy for us, and with the Holiday Season fixture list, I'd argue we have to be Top 4 going into it. We will, inevitably, slide back a bit. We need to make hay while the sun is shining. It's critical, in my opinion, that we grab maximum points now.

I realize you need to take it one game at a time. That cliche has its merits. But taking it one game at a time should be thought as, winning 3 points at a time. At least for Everton at this snapshot in time. Or else we may be in for a really rough season, and a sub-par 8th to 9th place finish.

Negativity be damned, but caution for the future, and a reality check for what we must accomplish in the here and now.

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Dave Williams
1 Posted 22/08/2019 at 09:54:48
Fair point, Jamie, but don't forget the horror fixtures at the start of 2019 where, against all expectations, we beat Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd and drew with Liverpool. This team is capable of beating that lot again.
Billy Roberts
2 Posted 22/08/2019 at 18:44:30
Who knows what type of Everton we will have come Xmas time?? I really hope Kean and his fellow new arrivals will have settled in and we will be spanking all comers! If we are just like last season, them teams should hold no fears.

Traditionally, though, we are crap over Xmas but I'm going to predict this will change spectacularly this season!! I base this on pure deluded optimism.

Leicester?? I will never consider them anything to fear.

Billy Roberts
3 Posted 23/08/2019 at 22:59:09
Cmon Jamie, get off the glue and pay attention to your Xmas thread!! Haha
Fuck me Everton never let you down when there is an opportunity to lift you up.
Jamie Crowley
4 Posted 26/08/2019 at 15:14:55
Billy -

I actually forgot I posted something. So pissed at the Villa game it ruined my attention to my own submission!

If we don't beat Wolves, the whole damn Christmas season will loom like a hangman's noose.

My only comfort is that presently 5th through 14 are all on 4 points. One good game against the bigger boys nullifies our garbage from Friday night.

Still isn't good enough, that display on Friday! Absolute crap.

Billy Roberts
5 Posted 27/08/2019 at 21:00:35
The best way to get rid of these pre Xmas blues Jamie is to win the cup game on Wednesday,
It will instantly put the Villa game out of our minds, I like you Jamie believe we have to take this competition seriously as the rewards for team and fans morale are massive.
Our record in this competition is seriously underwhelming, it's time it changed

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