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Billy on the Box: It’s snow joke as MOTD shoots blanks

The snow has a lot to answer for, with poor Gabby Logan deputising for Gary Lineker on Match of the Day and stranded with just two games to show.

It was like being back in 1983, with just two sets of highlights although minus another of Leicester’s favourite sons, David Icke, telling us the other scores and then off to Scotland to hear Archie McPherson’s dulcet tones enlightening us on the joys of Partick Thistle v St Mirren, patron saint of Wii Fit.

There was one common link though with former Jag, Alan Hansen, doing his best to make the best of a bad lot, while the introduction of West Ham goalie Ruud Boffin (pictured) had us all thinking that Christmas had come early and Santa had granted my Carol Vorderman wish.

The numbers game that is relegation created a conundrum for Hansen and the brains of the operation, Alan Shearer, who confirmed that the match with Blackburn was ‘the worst game I’ve ever seen in my life, we were praying for snow.’

And it certainly arrived in Ipswich as they took on Leicester City, minus Icke and Lineker, but with manager Sven-Goran Eriksson who has now given up on signing David Beckham.

There’s more chance of reptilian warlords dressed in turquoise shellsuits coming to rule the earth than that.

Still, always nice to see the orange ball, a half-time substitute for the yellow one, with some lovely blue lines taking on board the advice of Grandmaster and Melle Mel to steer well away from the white ones.

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