That's On Point Archives for January 2010
Another weekend in the wild, wacky world of the English Premier League brought to you by Barclays.
Apparently it was the first time in the history of the division that all 20 teams scored a goal in
the same weekend.That's Entertainment:"'Arry and Woy'Arry and WoyUp on the great white
waaaaay."That off-kilter diddy is a result of watching Larry David flub his way through "The
It's Thanksgiving week. If I had more time I'd spend this space waxing poetic about guys like
Tuncay, Nihat, Arda Turan, Servet Çetin, Joe Cranberry Sauce, etc.Alas, it's been a busy week, and
who's sitting around on their computer screens the day after the best holiday this side of Arbor
Day? You should be running wind sprints around your nearest Target trying to save 14 percent on
"I don't know what to believe! You're eatin' onions, you're spottin' dimes, I don't know what the
hell's goin' on!" -- Jerry during the "Seinfeld" episode, "The Glasses."So another weekend in the
books for the 2010-11 Premier League.Or as I now like to think of it as the November 2008 Dow Jones
Industrial Average, well, without people losing their life saving after the sub-prime mortgage
"All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others." -- George Orwell, Animal
Farm.Is this the season that the dreaded "p" word -- parity -- hits the English Premier League?All
signs point to ... maybe.First-place Chelsea are still a comfortable nine points clear of teams
Nos. 5-7, all on 19 points.
My night "day job" came into collision Wednesday, so it was logistically impossible to post
immediately following the USMNT's nice, spirit-building 1-0 win over South Africa in Cape Town at
the Nelson Mandela Challenge.The reason? My "day job" as a sportswriter entailed me covering a
state playoff soccer game, which ended in penalty kicks, 8-6, with the losing keeper employing an
Edwin van der
"Who are these F--in' guys?" -- Clevelanders during an opening Spring Training Montage in 1989
cinematic gem, "Major League."Before delving into Wednesday's USMNT friendly in South Africa for
the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup, a moment's thought on FIFA.Votes for sale? Fake sting interviews?
Qatar possibly hosting the 2022 World Cup?
What's that old cliche? A professional sports season is a marathon, not a sprint?Can we make that a
double for the (English/Barclays) Premier League, which runs from August to May?Believe it or not,
the 2010-11 Premier League will be more than one-third complete after the final whistle sounds on
Liverpool v. Chelsea.Cheslea v. Liverpool.For a while there this fixture filled me personally with
the same sense of dread as a Yankees/Red Sox Sunday night game on ESPN with Jon Miller and Joe
Morgan.Repetitive.Tedious.Long.Yet Sunday morning and the days leading up to it, there was a
distinctly different vibe about this particular Chelsea/Liverpool affair.
Due to some circumstances beyond my control -- jury duty actually -- so instead of rushing out an
intro essay or some random thoughts, all you're getting today are Friday EPL picks. Sorry. Try to
live with it.Round 11 EPL Picks:Saturday:* Bolton v. Tottenham -- (Live, ESPN2, 8:45 a.m.) In the
wake of Spurs' 3-1 win over Inter Milan in the Champions League, Bolton have decided to lay down
Gareth.For me, it doesn't get more British in a first name than those six letters. This is almost
certainly due to the original, Ricky Gervais version of "The Office" with the introduction of
Werner Hogg's assistant to the regional manager, Gareth Keenan.Prior to my first introduction into
those comedy-pantheon level DVDs circa-2004, the name Gareth might as well have been Gazoo.
For all the off the field troubles and out-and-out wackiness the English Premier League presents,
at least we don't have to worry about helmet-to-helmet hits or 40-year-old quarterback sexting
sideline reporters.Wonder if Roger Goodell, the NFL commish, talked about that in his week of PR in
London to promote what turned out to be a dreadful 49ers/Broncos game at Wembley.