That's On Point Archives for January 2011

Mixed emotions

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Before we dig into our leftover stuffing and cranberry sauce this Monday morning, a moment of digital silence for Gary Speed, who apparently hung himself Sunday ending his life at 42.Simply a sad development and almost unfathomable that an active manager of a national team would do this while he was employed.

Gobbling

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Hey, it's Thanksgiving week in the States ... meaning the comings-and-goings of the Premier League take a backseat to turkey and gravy, that is unless you're Frank Lampard! (See, get it, he's allegedly 'fat'.)Wait, let's get a take two on punchline.Unless you're ... Ronaldo?Ronaldinho?Eh, let's just move on.

Back in business

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The Premier League in England returned after the international break and it's like nothing changed. More specifically, through the nine fixtures played Saturday and Sunday, we didn't gain any huge revelations.Instead, there was confirmation of what we already thought we knew about the league this season.

Power picks

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We're back after the (welcome) international break, so let's take a couple quick hits around the world before settling back in for the long haul leading up to Christmas.* This topic will be explored at length at a future date, but if you were starting a Premier League team from scratch tomorrow, who would be your first pick?

European Vacationed

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U.S. at Slovenia (today, noon, ESPN2) ... inquiring minds wants to know where will Koman Coulibaly be watching this match? And what's the over/under on amount of times ESPN replays Maurice Edu's goal that wasn't a goal at the 2010 World Cup?Since this is probably the final match from the U.S. in 2011, let's at least cobble together a couple quick thoughts, considering time is at a premium these

French vanilla

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"I guess I'll to have, I guess I'll have to wait and seeeeee." -- Holy Ghost!, "Wait & See."Kind of a weird time for the U.S. National Soccer Team, isn't it?We're still about seven months before the team plays a game that "matters," although back-to-back friendlies with former World Cup champion France, along with Slovenia -- both on hallowed European soil -- are a nice diversion.

Excuses are like ...

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"I was punched in the face. What's your excuse?" -- Max FischerIn the many years since I've started clattering away in this corner of the World Wide Web, I'd like to think we've established a solid rapport. Me, the crackpot blogger, you the patient, much appreciated reader. So with that said, it doesn't seem necessary to attribute that quote any further.

Picks, picks, picks

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***One of those weeks, folks, the stars didn't quite align, the genius didn't filter down through my fingers. No sense lying about it, right?Instead, threw up a couple videos from the best Premier League goals from earlier in the year. Figure that's basically just as good as whatever rambling I come up with.