The Paul Rogers blog: Football and comedy (which can be the same thing at times granted) (From Hereford Times)
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The Paul Rogers blog: Football and comedy (which can be the same thing at times granted)
FOOTBALL is a simple game played in just 90 minutes.
But anyone who follows the sport religiously will know that is not true.
Saturday is D-Day for Hereford United.
Win on Saturday against Torquay and the Bulls will stay up if Barnet fail to get three points in their match at Burton.
Anything less and it will be hello to the Blue Square Bet Premier.
I admit that, prior to Saturday's unbelievable win at Crawley, I thought that the Bulls would fall foul in their mission to stay up.
But that 3-0 win has given everyone such a lift that may be the Great Escape can be pulled off.
A lot will depend obviously on how Barnet do and they too go into the their game with momentum after beating AFC Wimbledon 4-0 on Saturday.
I still remember the agony felt after Hereford got relegated 15 years and I don't want to feel the same thing come 5pm on Saturday.
If we do go down, then it will be because over the course of the season we have not been good enough and have let slip too many leads.
But football is a funny game and rest assure, there will be plenty of twists and turns during the 90 minutes.
I will be there as a fan and will be posting updates for the Hereford Times' Twitter account @HTNewsroom live from the cauldron that will be the Meadow End.
I just hope that come full-time, I will be tweeting about wild celebrations and not heartbroken faces.
As well as Hereford's amazing win on Saturday, I also saw Michael McIntyre perform at The Courtyard.
To see the popular comedian come to Hereford was a really proud moment as a Herefordian and the audience lapped it all up.
And it was nice of him to mention the Hereford Times at the start of the gig.
One of the funniest moments was when he talked about meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace and did not know how to address her.
He was told you say "ma'am" like "jam", but when it came to the moment of actually meeting her, he accidentally blurted out "jam".
He said he didn't think she noticed :-)
The Courtyard have had some big comedians come through their doors in recent months, such as Lee Evans, Alan Carr and Jack Dee, just to name a few, and now they can add Michael McIntyre to the list.
I love comedy and think in this day and age, when all you hear about is doom and gloom, it is essential that people can have a giggle when they can.
The Courtyard are running a comedy festival at the end of the month called CourtLaughing, featuring acts such as Jon Richardson, Andy Hamilton and John Challis. In my opinion, it is a great thing to have in the city so get along if you can.
It runs from May 25-27, with details at courtyard.org.uk
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