That's On Point Archives for January 2010
In the parlance of Sweet Dee from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," Round 9 of the Barclay's
English Premier League didn't quite "pop" for me. Yet it was an eventful weekend, where a little
more normalcy took place, as Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool all won making it
feel like 2008(*) all over again.
Let's cut right to the chase: has the 2010-11 Premier League season -- RooBron madness this week
notwithstanding -- been boring?Or more specifically, has the increased NFL-styled parity made the
league more balanced but less exciting?Perhaps nothing outlines the League better though eight
matches than the rousing starts of West Brom and Blackpool, who we all just assumed would be
"Just be a man, put cha name on it." -- Herm EdwardsLate Monday, part-time T.O.P. contributor Jared
Dunn put forth the suggestion in the comments section of my EPL Monday post:"I think this whole
Rooney saga is a conspiracy between the league, press, and Fergie/Roons to generate some fake drama
to help mask the fact that the product on the pitch so far this season has been stone cold
"Rooney, Rooney, Rooney." -- set to the tune of Kaiser Chiefs, "Ruby," ... hey it's fun to sing.To
being our weekly Monday jaunt through the Premier League grounds of England, a semi-misleading
photo collage.Let's face it, part of the charm about Wayne Rooney -- global soccer star -- is the
simple fact he doesn't exactly look like a world class, elite level athlete, what with the receding
Hey hey, kids.We're back from the international break, an international break which might have been
the dullest, least eventful in recent memory, scissor-wielding Serbian hooligans notwithstanding.A
couple odds-and-ends before EPL Picks, does that do anything for you?Second guessing -- I'm
guessing, like most of the planet, you've tuned out "The Simpsons" .
Anyone else feel like they need a few minutes in the S.P.I.N.X. memory-eraser capsule?Good thing my
personal lord and savior(*) -- Ian Darke -- avoided the trans-Atlantic flight and stayed in England
to prep for the Manchester United/West Brom game this Saturday, since there wasn't a whole lot to
see or talk about during the U.
So ... the U.S. National Team is playing Colombia tonight.Suppose that's fortunate timing, since
yesterday was Columbus Day, which -- whether you retroactively loathe Columbus as a genocidal mass
murderer or not -- we all can agree spawned the worst episode during "The Sopranos" run, the
ill-conceived fourth-season oeuvre, "Christopher.
The U.S. Men's National Team ... world tested, hipster approved.Okay, there's little if any chance
the forward-thinking folks at the USSF are going to adopt that as the new slogan for the team, but
it came to mind during Saturday night's 2-2 draw with Poland at Chicago's Soldier Field, which at
times felt like Little Krakow mixed with Williamsburg, New York.
So ... let's take stock of things.We're ankle deep in the Major League Baseball playoffs.College
football is chugging along towards its awful BCS-fueled climax.For those that care, the NHL season
just began.If you've walked in front of a television airing ESPN you've no doubt been hammered over
the head and force-fed the Miami Heat training camp.
This Monday's jaunt around the world of the English Premier League is going to take a slightly
different format since it turned out to be a fairly momentous weekend across the Atlantic, one we
have to marinate on for two weeks with the international break.Also, it's a practical decision.
Usually I write up these over Sunday, which was a bit of a physical and mental impossibility in the
Interesting debate going on in the world of Major League Baseball these days, on the topic of the
American League Cy Young award. The new-wave of number-crunching, "Moneyball"-reading, Bill James
loving, analytically minded writers/bloggers/pontificaters want to hand the award to Seattle hurler
Felix Hernandez, who's only finish with a 13-12 win-loss record, yet leads the bigs in strikeouts,