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Monday, March 29, 2010

Weekend wrap

Chelsea went off for seven goals in a 7-1 thumping of Aston Villa, previously the English Premier League's best defensive side. Manchester United maintained their hold on top spot with a 4-0 win at Bolton, while Arsenal suffered a serious blow to their championship hopes with a 1-1 draw at Birmingham. Chelsea visits Man U next Saturday morning in a match that could well decide the champion. Frequent reader and poster Norway/Kristian passed on this slight alteration to the Villa logo. Hint: one part at the bottom normally reads "prepared".

Butler, Michigan State, Duke and West Virginia are the Final Four in a wildly unpredictable NCAA tourney. If you caught the Duke game, they benefited greatly from a terrible charging call and an equally dubious technical foul call that were largely the difference in a seven point win over Baylor. Lovely. I'd be thrilled to see any of the other three cut the nets ahead of that squad.

Toronto FC
didn't exactly impress for a lot of their opening 2-0 loss at Columbus, but they weren't quite a disaster as feared heading into it. That said, Ty Harden and Nick Garcia in the heart of the defence doesn't inspire, and big signing Julian de Guzman was invincible for the most part. O'Brien White was impressive up front, and Martin Saric looks like he could be decent in the midfield.

Are CSKA Sofia the most dysfunctional club in Europe? Whether you're a soccer fan or not, be sure to take a read of this look at the club. What a freakin shit show they are.

Georges St. Pierre defended his UFC middleweight title with a dull decision over Dan Hardy. Shane Carwin made it 12-0 with all his wins by first round knockout in stopping Frank Mir to set up a July showdown with Brock Lesnar for the heavyweight title. That's gonna be the most hyped UFC bout, perhaps ever.

Word is that next year's NHL Winter Classic will be at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, with the Washington Capitals visiting. If that don't do a monster rating in the U.S., the NHL is officially dead in Uncle Sam's land.

Memo to the Buffalo Bills: if you're going to use Jim Kelly as someone to guage the personality and willingness to come to Buffalo of a player, especially one as high profile as Tim Tebow, be sure he tells his wife not to Tweet about it.

How serious is the Ben Roethlesberger case? Serious enough that Peter King at says the Steelers would be wise to plan for a 2010 season minus Big Ben.

It almost seems too good to not be scripted, but the Phoenix Coyotes have clinched a playoff spot for the first time in eight seasons. This could well mark the first time a playoff team in the NHL draws under 10,000 fans to a game.

Check out the coach of the American Hockey League's Abbotsford Heat Jim Playfair going Hulk Hogan on a ref.


B. Kennedy said...

Jim Playfair (ironic family name, no?) also told Jamie Koharski that he'd better take his vitamins and say his prayers, or he'd break another stick.

Kristian said...

Looking forward to MLS season and will try to follow a bit from over here. Perkins went back to DC after a good stint and Soler in charge of Red Bulls. Soler got a good football mind and great eye for talent (he snapped up Carl didn't he) and should do well in that league.

WLU is 27-0 when opposition scoring less than 70. Duke will find that scoring that much on one of the best defences in the league is no easy task.

Kristian said...

Damn, mixing up the schools, WVU of course...