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Weekend Warm-up: Is Alphonso Davies really on shaky footing at Bayern Munich?; Bundesliga predictions; Throwing it back to the Beastie Boys; Talking Fargo and Marvel; + MORE!

Here we go! Bayern Munich vs. Hoffenheim!

FC Basel v FC Bayern München - Friendly Match Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

In his most recent “Fact Files” column for CaughtOffside, Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk painted a somewhat bleak picture of what might be going on with Alphonso Davies and his potential future at Bayern Munich.

The Canadian star has appeared to plateau in the eyes of some observers, but still has the tantalizing potential to think he might be able to one day fine tune the areas of his game which need to be improved.

When he is on, Davies is one of the world’s best left-backs, however, too often he has struggled with positioning and with turnovers for stretches of time. Bayern Munich must decipher what those up-and-down performances amount to in terms of a potential salary.

As for what might be happening with his contract situation, Falk says that things are at a bit of a stalemate. While nothing is definite, it does appear that the opening for Davies to leave Bayern Munich could be getting wider:

“The talks with Alphonso Davies are not very far along at the moment. I’ve mentioned before that at the beginning of the prior summer window there was an agreement in place for €12m-a-year – but then the man behind it, Hasan Salihamidžić, was fired,” the Bundesliga reporter wrote in his latest Fact Files column for CaughtOffside. “Now, there is an open window because of the new sporting director, Christoph Freund, and the player’s camp is using this to get more time.”

“David Alaba and Davies are obviously good friends and the former is of course speaking of how great Real Madrid is. Don’t forget that Madrid can also pay a big salary! I think there’s a big chance for Real Madrid at the moment.

“Also, Davies is not doing so well at Bayern Munich, so they won’t pay any crazy money for him because they’re not confident in his performance levels at the moment. There may be a goodbye for Davies this summer but he’s not signed anything yet with either party, so we have to wait.”

There is still plenty of time for Davies and his camp to come to an accord with Bayern Munich. This whole situation could still result in a contract extension that works for both parties. However, with Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Liverpool all said to be admirers of the 23-year-old, he will have good options this summer if he decides to leave the club.

What do you think? What will happen with Davies this summer?

Poll

What will the final outcome for Bayern Munich and Alphonso Davies be?

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    Extension - Davies will sign a new deal before the season ends.
    (57 votes)
  • 25%
    Extension - The situation will drag out for most of the summer, but Davies will eventually re-up.
    (99 votes)
  • 9%
    Nothing - Bayern will enter into the final year of Davies’ contract with the possibility of him leaving for free in 2025.
    (38 votes)
  • 45%
    Transfer - He’s going to Real Madrid.
    (176 votes)
  • 0%
    Transfer - He’s going to Manchester City.
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    Transfer - He’s going to Liverpool.
    (4 votes)
  • 1%
    Transfer - He’s going to another club that is not listed.
    (6 votes)
383 votes total Vote Now

Bavarian Podcast Works — Weekend Warm-up: Podcast Season 3, Episode 27 (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich gets back to action on the pitch this weekend, but the rumor mill is providing much of the electricity surrounding the team this week.

Given all of that, we have a lot of topics to cover, so let’s get to it:

  • Grass bedamned, the NFL is coming back to the Allianz Arena.
  • Eric Dier is in Germany...now what?
  • A move for João Palhinha is off the table...for now.
  • Alphonso Davies and Real Madrid just seems like it is going to happen.
  • Joshua Kimmich to Paris Saint-Germain? That probably will not happen, but let’s explore those rumors and what they could ultimately mean for the Germany’s international’s future in Bavaria.
  • Arijon Ibrahimović could be leaving, while Joshua Zirkzee could come back?
  • A look at the latest episode of Fargo, along with where things are in the great “Marvel Odyssey.”

Song of the Week: “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys

Released in 1994, this one takes me back. The Beasties were doing a little more experimentation with a harder sound at this time and they produced this gem of a song, with an all-time great video.

The “Check Your Head” album had a few tremendous songs on it with “Gratitude” and “Sureshot” as two of the other headliners, but the video for “Sabotage” definitely helps its legacy. Enjoy:


Entertainment Rundown

Fargo

Fargo Season 5, Episode 9 — The Useless Hand

It was always going to end up here, wasn’t it? A standoff between government agencies and a militia in the rural hinterlands of Mid-America. Given the timing of when this season was placed and the political climate of everything going on in the United States at the time, you could see however everything was going to end up exactly where we are. Let’s get to it:

  • Roy Tillman’s father-in-law, Odin Little, while having a smaller role, certainly became a bigger part of the plot in this episode. Pushing Roy along to get more extreme helped escalate things.
  • As Dot tries to escape the ranch, the desperation and cunningness of her character really starts to shine through. What a freakin’ ride her season has been for her.
  • The character turn of Loretta Lyon actually having somewhat of a heart — granted, it is showing after her daughter-in-law was kidnapped and her confidant (Danish Graves) was killed — was interesting to see. She sort of went from a character bordering on the evil side of this Fargo world to the somewhat good side.
  • I am very eager to see how this plays out now that we are in a “this can’t end in anyway, but a shoot out” stage of the season. Jon Hamm’s portrayal of Roy Tillman is just off-the-charts good. I actually don’t see anyway this ends without the Sheriff being strangled by Dot.
  • Ole Munch’s medieval ways of plucking out Gator Tillman’s eyeballs was certainly something. Munch is just crazy....everything about him is the exact kind of weirdness that makes Fargo such a special show.
  • Overall, it was just a great episode once again. What a season!

Rating: 4.50/5.00

The Marvel Odyssey

Ant-Man — 3.50/5.00

  • Another really solid flick. I was not sure what I would make of this or how Marvel would pull it off (especially using Scott Lang over Hank Pym), but it really worked.
  • Making Pym part of the “Howard Stark Generation” of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a nice touch and a way to really tie everything in together nicely.
  • I liked Paul Rudd in the role. Honestly, I didn’t care too much for Evangeline Lilly as Hope Pym.
  • It was fun and Corey Stoll played the main villain role of Darren Cross so well.

Captain America: Civil War — 3.25/5.00

  • I understand what Marvel was thinking here — and the plot made sense (more on this below) — I just did not like how it played out with everyone knowing that there is a greater galactic force out there, who could strike at any moment. Our planet is under imminent threat, but let’s waste time fighting each other!
  • The movie felt forced in a lot of ways and the conflict certainly escalated way more quickly than I would have liked.
  • All-in-all, I felt like the plot was the weakest of the Marvel movies. It was a logical way to have conflict and progress part of the story, I just was not a major fan of it.
  • I will say that I went back to Captain America: The Winter Soldier and bumped it to a 3.75. I might have been a little too harsh on The Winter Soldier (especially after seeing Civil War).

Black Panther — 4.00/5.00

  • The movie itself was very entertaining, but what my brain could not overcome was the “hidden city.” Even in superhero universe, that seemed like too big of a stretch. I know it was based on source material from the comics, but the difference between now and when those original comics were written is a massive gap. Enough of the “me” problems...
  • The villain, Killmonger, was expertly played, as was the majority of the cast. It is still amazing to think about how spot on Marvel nailed its casting across the board.
  • Seeing the rituals in Wakanda was a unique mix of this new “tech world” and ancient traditions.
  • I did like getting to see how they addressed the origin of the Black Panther.
  • Danai Gurira, of fame from The Walking Dead, was awesome.
  • While I did like the movie a lot, I did not ever once think “Oscar material” when watching. That said, it was a great ride of entertainment with an excellent plot to follow.

Spider-Man Homecoming — 4.00/5.00

  • I think I came in expecting the normal “origin story” and almost felt like I was missing something as I watched, but Marvel just sort of slammed Spider-Man into the middle of this universe.
  • I also had trouble — even with watching in timeline order — of figuring out exactly where this fit in and when Spider-Man “became a thing” in this universe.
  • All that said, I got over my hang-ups quickly and just enjoyed the flick. Tom Holland captured the character extremely well and the storyline (while even more of a stretch with “The Vulture” as the main villain) was fun.
  • Michael Keaton was great (as always).
  • Overall, this was a different view of how to present a Spider-Man movie and it worked...it was just different (which I could imagine took some old heads like me a bit to get used to).

Black Widow — 4.75/5.00

  • So...I loved this one. I did not expect to be such a fan, but maybe I am a sucker for spy stuff (I did love The Americans).
  • I know the timing of this being released (a story that really needed to be told before Endgame — and with COVID being an issue for theatres) caused this to not be as financially successful as some other Marvel flicks, but this was awesome.
  • The story was great, the cast was great. David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov (aka The Red Guardian) was awesome. The real scene-stealer was Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, who was really terrific.
  • I was totally into seeing how the Black Widow’s backstory was told on-screen and I thought the cast was fantastic.

Round 3 Summary

  • In retrospect, part of me wonders if Marvel/Disney wished it had released the movies in a true chronological order. It would have made everything so much easier to follow.
  • One of the things I had been thinking through each movie was just how on-point Marvel/Disney was with its soundtracks. When I heard “Save It For Later” by English Beat in Spider-Man Homecoming, I knew my instinct was dead-on. Spider-Man also “Space Age Love Song” by Flock of Seagulls. I love that a whole new generation of kids got exposed to some of this music through these Marvel movies.
  • Overall, this set of movies was very enjoyable. Each had their own individual flaws, but each film served its purpose — they provided entertainment and played a decent role in developing and progressing the greater storyline.

If you want to see Part #1 thoughts and ratings, you can get them here.

If you want to see Part #2 thoughts and ratings, you can get them here.

Other Notes

If you are looking for things to watch yourself, well, HBO’s is unveiling a new season of True Detective on Sunday and Curb Your Enthusiasm is back in February for its final season.


Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Hoffenheim

Ah...back to action.

Are you ready?

Let’s hope that Bayern Munich will be as it will play host to Hoffenheim this weekend in a Bundesliga tilt that will have a lot of focus on it, especially after the Bavarians turned in a -less-than-stellar effort last weekend in a friendly vs. FC Basel.

Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this Preview Show:

  • A look at the Bundesliga table and where Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim fall into the mix.
  • Checking out how Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim finished off the first half of the season — and where things might be headed for each squad.
  • A guess at what lineup Thomas Tuchel will use for the match.
  • A prediction for the match.

Predictions

Bayern Munich did not look sharp against FC Basel last weekend. The roster is in a state of flux because of transfer rumors. There does not appear to be a set lineup that the coach can designate as a “Champagne XI.” Some key players are battling injuries or are away on international duty.

Yes, there are reasons to think that Bayern Munich could face a slip up. Simply put, there are also a lot of potential distractions. However, all of that combined, will still be enough for the Bavarians to overcome.

Bayern Munich needs to get off to a good start for the second half of the season and Hoffenheim will not make things easy. TSG1899 is much, much better than many had thought the team would be this season.

It will not be easy, but Bayern Munich will pull out the victory.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 3-1 Hoffenheim

Other Bundesliga predictions include:

  • FC Augsburg 1-3 Bayer Leverkusen
  • FC Köln 2-1 Heidenheim
  • SC Freiburg 1-1 Union Berlin
  • Mainz 05 1-2 VfL Wolfsburg
  • RB Leipzig 2-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
  • SV Darmstadt 98 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
  • VfL Bochum 2-2 Werder Bremen
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-2 VfB Stuttgart

Prediction Records

  • Bundesliga Last Active Week: 5-4
  • Bundesliga Total: 72-71
  • DFB-Pokal Total: 1-1
  • Champions League Total: 5-1
  • DFL-Supercup: 0-1
  • Total: 78-74

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