That's On Point Archives for January 2007
Everyone loves lists this time of year. They're easy and fun. Plus they create debate. Fun times
for all. Maybe cake is served. In lieu of a list, I decided to go through the entire year's worth
of posts from 2007 and cook up a year in review that should be enjoyable. Hell, I could easily
figure out when 'Halo 3' came up and the decline of posts.
Like Chris Partlow on the streets of West Baltimore, I'll keep it quick. Let's start with a
pleasant thought. There are a lot of parallels you can make between Arsenal's dominance over
Tottenham. The one that springs to mind is the relationship between Schillinger and Beecher in the
first season of HBO's 'Oz.
Santa Claus, Pier Noel, Saint Nicholas, Sinterklaas... Annual Gift Man, etc. It's that time of
year. The year when the English soccer/football fixture lifts go cuckold bananas as they cram as
much holiday cheer as they possibly can for the blokes on Boxing Day. (Possibly my favorite
commonwealth holiday aside from Picnic Day in Australia's Northern Territory.
Funny how things work. In the winter MLS news is as hard to come by as a pro-Republican stand up
comic. Yesterday a couple relatively significant items moved across news wires. Admittedly, in the
post-12 hours since they moved these items have probably been eaten, digested and processed by the
Ugh. Before I start taking bows for guessing, stress guessing the correct scoreline in the
Manchester United/Liverpool game and noting that William Gallas might score for Arsenal against
Chelsea, let's examine an astounding 1-7 performance from the Saturday Premier League Picks. One
and seven. Egads.
Got your Plinko chips? Have any spare gigantic wheels lying around? Perhaps you've got Bob Barker
on ice. ... Ok, enough references to daytime televised game shows. For fans across the globe of the
Premier League, this is a ginormous weekend. Hell, this is the weekend. Sunday gives us Liverpool
Well, that was easy. The only question, how in the world do all those Scousers get the money to
take a quick jaunts to the South of France? Oh, right. Drug mules. Just like Steven Gerrard, it's
always the simplest answer. In closing, looks like Torres paid for himself today.
Let's go around the globe in under two minutes, shall we? ** There are brain farts and then there
are brain farts. Whatever the French equivalent for brain fart is, that's what Arsene Wenger's boys
did in a stunning 2-1 away loss at Middlesbrough, ending Arsenal's 15-game unbeaten run to start
As the calendar creeps toward 2008, a thought occurred to me: which soccer team is the best in the
world right now? Who was the best in 2007? The answer: sort of like the 2007 NCAA football season,
nobody. Whereas it was easy to identify the year's top players: Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel
Messi, finding the team of 2007 isn't as simple.
Memo to the programmers at Fox Soccer Channel -- put Tottenham on each weekend. It's that simple.
Every game Spurs play turns into an absolute thrill ride. Sunday we all saw it again in their
shocking 3-2 loss at home to Birmingham City, the first game mind you under Alex McLeish for the