And folks, we’re back in full swing.
A full slate of….
…wait. A pesky players strike in La Liga. Probably best giving the bruhaha–again–between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Don’t know about you guys, but I kind of feel like this is one of those “Ow! Quit It” things.
A whole host of excellent fair still this weekend including:
» Saturday: EPL: Chelsea vs. West Brom: Peter Odemwingie re-inking shows Fernando Torres that it’s never too late to have a career revival and get paid. Blues fans are, uh, waiting on that revival Nando.
» Friday: Primera: Tecos vs. Pachuca: We almost need a fake prizefight poster for this one with Herculez Gomez on one side and The New Jose Torres (welcome back buddy) going for Pachuca.
» Saturday: EPL: Sunderland vs. Newcastle: Enough with the Joey Barton baloney, this is the biggest and fiercest derby out there….to the Old Firm that is.
» Saturday: EPL: Arsenal vs Liverpool: Both teams somewhat flush with cash here in the short term, Liverpool spent like Real Madrid on acid in 2011 while the Emirates are seemingly smoking the profits behind closed doors.
» Saturday: EPL: Swansea vs. Wigan: The media-dubbed “Swanselona” look to bring their ticky-tac up to the Prem against a team not named Man City with a Spaniard carrying a semi-automatic. Don’t put a ton of stock in this one, it’s not going to be on Wigan’s awful pitch.
» Saturday: MLS: New England vs. New York: Not exactly the Red Sox-Yankees here. The battle for midtable mediocrity….in Thierry Henry’s team. If you told me at the beginning of the year that the Red Bulls would: sign Teemu Taino, keep Tim Ream and Rafa Marquez relatively healthy and have Henry golden-booting it and that they would suck at this time of year, I would tell you to go to ThinkTaylor.org. (Great work by Twellman on ThinkTaylor.org by the way.)
» Saturday: MLS: Los Angeles vs. San Jose: The Robbie Keane debuted for the Galaxy. You know who benefits? Everyone, but especially Mike Magee, the guy will get even more chances on a platter but once again he’ll help out the opponents keeper.
» Saturday: MLS: Portland Perlazas vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Solid move there by the Timbers today in getting creative Eric Alexander into the fold. With the dazzling Perlaza surrounded by Nagbe, Zizzo and now Alexander for Timbers that’s good for the future.
Oh and Hasli won’t stand out with those tattoos in Portland. He’s easily out tattooed probably by 80% of the fans.
» Sunday: Ligue1: PSG vs. Valenciennes: Pastore, that is all.
» Sunday: EPL: Bolton vs. Manchester City: No way Aguero goes for more than 3 in this one. Actually, Bolton vs. Manchester City (both fast starters last year) headline the top of the table with identical goal difference. This one is an early test for just who Manchester City. Will the Citizens be pumped up at the Reebok?
» Sunday: EPL: Manchester United vs. Tottenham Spurs: We’ll eventually get to this one on Monday, but….DeGea or Gomes…odds on who has a complete meltdown first this year?
(There are plenty more…you guys write them in the commentary and I’ll add them up here.)