As football is winds down and the incredibly exciting sport of baseball winds up, tt’s time for the soccer fans to come and revel in being the best game in town….at least until March hoops madness.
» Ligue 1: Boca starts as Rennes blows up bottom dweller Grenoble, 4-0.
» Chelsea leads 1-0 versus Burnley off a textbook counter-attack. Anelka put home an easy one.
» Nigeria up 1-0 on Algeria in Cup of Nations consolation. Algeria should be applauded on having only 1 pitch ticket today and keeping a full eleven on the field.
» You think Man City would like to initiate a little Joleon Lescott-Wayne Bridge-Kolo Toure for Richard Dunne trade…Man City Mismanagement Award Winner 2009 (not to mention Toddlerho)
» Robbie Blake vs. Frank Lampard today as Burnley play Chelsea. That’s like Glass Joe v. Mike Tyson circa the 1990(s).
» Wow! Wow! WOW! Birmingham tie it on a perfect alley-oop cross in the box that is then headed back across by Cameron Jerome for an easy stab into the left pocket. Take heed USMNT at Birmingham’s composure. The Blues steal the draw at home today because of their phenomenal composure…honestly can’t say enough about the EPL newcomer. Simply…amazing.
Question: Did Ridgewell volley the initial ball and then get the goal as well? Scratch that leftback Scott Dan with the box-ball….
I might be fair-weather on Birmingham, but you have to love how this team plays as one.
» Gareth Bale…over-rated.
» Altidore goes 68 minutes and Donovan goes 75 as both Americans leave with their team on track for a draw.
» 9 goals so far in the Premiership today with 2 coming off players on the same team as the keeper who conceded them. Own goals by Hull City and Bolton in their respective contests today.
» Jermain Defoe puts Tottenham ahead 1-0 in the 69th on hockey-like one-timer off a cross that was helped on by a low Crouch header.
» If TSG agreed with commenter MichaelN’s suggestion from the Jozy Altidore Goal Watch piece of awarding Altidore a half-goal per penalty (shots) drawn than the Altidore Goal Watch would come to an end today at 147 day as Jozy drew his second foul in the area on the season leading to a Stephen Hunt goal and 2-1 lead over Wolverhampton.
» Abonlahor holds puts in another despite the protest of a fould on the Englishman by the Fulham defense. Terrific curling shot across the goal that finds the corner of the net.
» Wow! Little Abonlahor holds of Sir Alex’s new recruit Chris Smalling with an authoritative header, Villa and Big Bird take the lead, 1-0 over the Dempsey-less…
» Liverpool and Dirk Kuyt find pay dirt….cue up the chants, “Stu-art Holden!” <clap, clap, clap-clap-clap> “Stu-art Holden.” Wilshere and Weisse look bemused on the bench…kidding.
» Three American keepers on the pitch today. Two pitching a shutout (Big T and Big Bald Friedel). Hahnemann has given up the only goal in the EPL as of right now….but on a inside-out play by Jozy Altidore….the Yanks….are…coming!
(As I say that Friedel spills a deflection, but Eric Nevland is blinded by Friedel’s Big Bird suit today–you’ve got to see his git-up–and doesn’t arrive a rebound fast enough as Friedel covers.) More hideous keeper kits…
» Peter Crouch looking frisky today and actually connecting on some passes. Nice job stringbean.
» More Birmingham…love Cristian Benitez…but he’s shooting like Sacha Kljestan in the middle of the field today. Might have just hit one up-and-out of the stadium.
» Absolutely love Birmingham’s composure. My dad used to tell me “Say hello to the ball” before passing it. Blues follow this to the tee.
» Goal Hull: VofH scores. Altidore with the assist after posting up his man….and sliding a pass through….sorry Marcus…
» We’ve got a David Bentley sighting today at St. Andrew’s. Will the former England darling ever reclaim glory? (Playing well I might add.)
» Shot of Sir Alex Ferguson in the stands at the Fulham game…is he looking for more defenders to loan?
» 7am PST: ESPN 2 has off-form Fulham vs. Aston Villains in 2 minutes. FSC goes Tottenham v. Birmingham at the same time.
» Big Jeezy in the 11 at the whistle up top with Jan VofH (of all players) this morning. Hahneman in between flagpoles looking to keep Jozy out of the net as well.
» Spector starting for the Zolas. Donovan and Howard on the pitch for Lanverton. Friedel keeping the wicket for Aston Villa.
» New transfers Jack Wilshere and Vlady Weisse make the 18 for Bolton against Liverpool, Stu Holden does not.
This morning finds the following news as we settle into the couch:
• Stephen Hunt…the streaky winger for Hull City….who looks like some actor that I can’t remember….has put in a transfer request. Is this his last game in Jozy’s neighborhood?
• Is it worse than first thought for England nattie winger Aaron Lennon? A hernia problem?
• The Iceman playing wingman? Vladamir Weiss has impressed in his short time at the Reebok….now word that Jack Wilshere will be in today’s squad at Liverpool? Yikes.
• Think Wayne Rooney hasn’t either stepped up his game this season or shined in Ronaldo’s absence. Consider this as you take in tomorrow’s match against the Fabregases….Wayne Rooney is averaging .83 goals per game this season. With 15 games left, including the Emirates game Sunday, that puts Rooney on pace for 31….or exactly the same amount that Cristiano Ronaldo had during his glorious 2007-08 campaign…wow.
• The John Terry situation is bad for England…we’ve got a little too much class to post it here…but for the Brits…not the way they want to go into World Cup 2010.
On to today’s game…comment below and we’ll add to this piece as we get going….