Monday, October 29, 2012

Great Games, Ref Racism?, NYTimes Terry, EPL on TV in the USA to NBC, Superclásico

Happy Monday, folks. The New York Times has a long piece on John Terry. It a pretty solid summation of the clown. Have a go, if you'd like.

As if all the racism insanity isn't enough, we get to cruise out of the weekend on the wings of the accusation that Mark Clattenburg used racist language toward some Chelsea players. We're at a loss for words. What the hell is going on? Here's a piece on the accusation, and Phil McNulty's view.

Now he has to respond to that accusation AND the fact that he made some terrible decisions that enabled Manchester United to take the match 2-3 against a Chelsea side that finished with nine men. Exactly why Manchester United get everything gifted to them is something we've yet to understand. Yet there is was again at Stamford Bridge. With momentum swinging Chelsea's way, the ref and his assistants intervened to make sure the Reds ran out winners. Henry Winter was there, and as he put it, the match was "sublime, grubby, and surreal." Yes, Ivanovic had to go. Torres did not. And The Little Pea got the winner from an offside position. All that said, it was a blast to view, and all of us at SSN Headquarters thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle. Daniel Taylor was there. And Richard Williams. As was my buddy Ryan. Wanker. His photo from The Bridge is above.

Normally we'd be satisfied with one epic encounter on the weekend but we were treated to two. It was a hell of a Sunday. The Merseyside Derby rocked. Is it just us or has this match been dull of late? No matter, this one had everything, including another glaring mistake from a linesman, this one on Suarez's last-minute winner that was incorrectly called off for offside. This match even had Phil Neville booked for diving. Phil Neville! It was hilarious, is has to be said. Suarez did have a goal that stood and his celebration of a mock dive in front of the Liverpool faithful was funny. It really was. Andy Hunter was there. As was Richard JollyIt ended in a draw.

Here are 10 Talking Points (we do not agree with Rob Smyth). And Daniel Taylor on Arsenal's issues, if you care to read about things about which you've already read...

Hey! NBC. Yes, NBC will be broadcasting the Premier League in the U.S. beginning in 2013/14. No more FOX or ESPN. Things are getting interesting...

Major League Soccer. Our league. The regular season if over. The playoffs await. Here's The Breakdown. 

Spain: Barca, Atl. Madrid, Real Madrid win. Messi, Ronaldo (yawn) score. That's a wrap.
Italy: Juve, Napoli, Inter, AC Milan win but there was more ref controversy. That's a wrap.

The Superclásico in Buenos Aires took place this weekend as well. Sam Kelly had a nice preview. And here's a post view. Apparently pigs flew at Estadio Monumental. We'll get Tim Vickery's view tomorrow.

Sid Lowe has a lovely column on Málaga. Thanks, Sid!

Right! That's your lot for Monday.



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