As we dip our toes into the crowded holiday slate of games in the English Premier League, it's
fairly clear the powers running the league figure that the players have the same super-human,
tireless, work ethic as the elves in Santa's workshop.The slight irony here, is that in the early
days of football in England the players were drawn from the working class.
"America, fuck yeah." -- "Team America: World Police" as co-opted by fans (ironically or not) of
the U.S. National Team.In the year 2010 -- particularly during Christmas Holiday Season -- it's
pretty easy to take some cynical, snooty shots at the good ol' red, white and blue and all things
American. About 35 seconds in a Wal-Mart confirm this.
Plutonium? Check.DeLorean? Check.Orange vest? Check.Yep, let's put the peddle to the metal and dial
it back to July 1989 when an irate 9-year-old version of myself was nothing short of apoplectic, no
not because Andreas Papandreou stepped down as prime minister of Greece, but because Terry
Steinbach(*) was voted to start the 1989 MLB All-Star game over slugging Orioles backstop Mickey
By most accounts, a fun weekend in England's Premier League over the weekend. Best part about it,
it's not over yet with Manchester United and Arsenal clashing later Monday afternoon. The two
longtime rivals enter the match on 31 and 32 points respectively, even with Chelsea and Manchester
City.It all means, by about 5 o'clock on the East Coast we'll have a new league leader regardless
Ball don't lie.George Washington don't lie.Table don't lie.Forty-two percent of the 2010-11 Premier
League season is in the books and we're still at the stage where one win is enough to rocket teams
up from sweating out relegation to thinking about a Europa League spot. It's a fluid, amoebae-like
blob of 20 teams that ebbs and flows every weekend.
In the wake of a unexpectedly jam-packed week of soccer, some odds-and-ends to digest before
everyone spends the weekend beating up each other at TJ Maxx for cheap iPads.Qatar it Out:Hey, did
you know that Qatar is barely the size of my home state, Connecticut? Bet you heard that
regurgitated, say, 15 times on Thursday after Sepp and the Cronies awarded the 2022 World Cup to
the tiny Arab
Russia and Qatar.Could it be any other way for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups when they were
announced Thursday in Zurich?On the one hand it's fine to feign outrage that FIFA was essentially
"bought out" by these two countries blessed with massive natural gas resources, while the earnest,
honest bids from England and the United States were left to wonder about 2026.