The BBC is reporting that Newcastle and Real Madrid have agreed upon terms for the transfer of England striker Michael Owen, a move somewhat complicated by Owen’s refusal to commit to more than one season at St. James Park and stated preference to return to Liverpool.

The Guardian’s Sean Ingle weighed in last week about the idiocy of today’s football supporters. Predictably, he got a fair number of responses. Not all of them took exception to his comments, however :

“Football fans are stupid. Consider the army of Newcastle fans who still buy bonds to guarantee themselves a season ticket and/or buy the new range of leisurewear even after their own chairman was recorded saying that all their women were dogs, and that they will pay for anything. What was their answer to this outrage? Buy the new away strip for the wife of course!” – Lee Calvert.