04 September, 2013

Friendly: Mexico v USWNT Highlights

Sure we like to keep the rivalry close, and sure, Mexico has done a great job catching up the US in quality of play on the women's side.

But that wasn't apparent last night.

Wow, 7-0.  Wasn't even close.  Just one of those matches you hope you can make someone forget about.  Good thing whatever you post on the internet stays there and this is going to be a punch line for years to come.

Siete a Cero.

Video: MSN

01 September, 2013

EPL 2013/14: Liverpool v Manchester United Highlights

Well, well... What do we have here?  Looks like a 4' goal by Sturridge stands up and Liverpool start the season 3-0.  Rooney-less Man U couldn't unlock the goal and we now have Man U sitting 7th, Stoke in 5th and Liverpool leading them all... someone tell me it's April Fools.

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Bale Out

It's all coming fast and furious today.

With Spurs signing Erik Lamela and Romanian center back Chiriches, it might be lost on you that Bale just sold for £80m plus incentives.

 Let me state that again... £80m.

Well, we all know that this won't be paid all up front. Hell, Real still owe Spurs for Luka Modric ffs...

What is not lost is that Spurs have managed to pull a complete coup. Cristiano Ronaldo sold to Real for £80m in 2009. Now Real has gone and avoided breaking that record by tossing in player incentive clauses for Spurs that would conceivably avoid upsetting the delicate ego of C. Ronaldo.. I'm quite sure that Merc7 will not be happy about having that overpaid title usurped, but as a Spurs fan, I gotta say, Levy outdid himself. No one was going to pay remotely that price, but the underlying fact remains, one player cannot a team make.

With £80 million in hand, Spurs can have remade their entire lineup. They've already offloaded some dead weight in Gallas (too old) and Bentley (crap) in the offseason on outright releases. They've sold Huddlestone and they have a completely rebuild mid. With their two new signings come through, you won't need last year's Player of the Year to score goals. Spurs have the poor mans Bale in Chadli and if the can convince Lennon to not be so mercurial, they have the other wing covered. French NT goalkeeper Lloris at the back... Really, they could shore up a new back line and still have about £15mil left from the deal to go buy themselves a happy meal. That's a nearly complete rebuild of a team that finishes in the top 5 consistently.

But let's look at this realistically from Levy's point of view.  Sure, Bale is a great player.  Hell, just 4 short seasons ago, Bale was considered a blight on the team by many fans as whenever he was in the starting lineup, they failed to win.  Funny how time changes all things.  Also consider this, when do you usually prices for marginal players heavily inflated?  Right after you sell someone for an obscene amount.  If anything, Levy has gone about this the right way.  Bring in the replacements and players you want first, then sell the player that will pay for all those improvements.  Probably saved Spurs nearly £40mil in price inflation alone.

With just the purchases this offseason alone, Spurs have passed the £110mil mark spent all by themselves (about 1/5 of the total transfer price of all moves this summer by all English teams according to Sky Sports). So between the Huddlestone, Parker and Dempsey sales, and the Bale bomb, I'd say Spurs improved and made money...  Tough to see that happen.

Is it sad to see Bale go? Sure. But for that price, "see ya, and don't call us, we'll call you" seems pretty apt to say.

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EPL 2013/14: Arsenal v Tottenham Highlights

A lot is going to be made of this match.  Arsenal will claim dominance again as Spurs fail to win with a rebuilt lineup and Arsene will state he doesn't need to make any purchases (although, rumor has it he's eyeing Ozil with Real Madrid and the Spurs know this and have held up the Bale sale hoping that Arsenal can't get the move done in time).  Either way, Spurs dominated and tried, but in the end, a goal is a goal, and Arsenal saw Giroud score for them.  1-0 Gunners.  Next time, it may not be so favorable.


EPL 2013/14: Hull City v Manchester City Highlights

Coming off a Cardiff loss, Man City was looking to get back on track lest Pellegrini gets shown the door.  Lucky for him, Manchester turned it on late in the second half and saved them the embarrassment of a draw.  Manchester City wins, 2-0.

Video: footytube

EPL 2013/14: Fulham v Newcastle Highlights

You'd think that a team with the former Spur duo, Bent and Berbatov, and another Spur, new signing Scott Parker, would be able to get off more than 3 shots all game.  You'd also think wrong.  This was completely lopsided everywhere but on the scoreboard.  Let's hope Newcastle can find the net more, but in the mean time, they'll settle on the 1-0 win and the 3pts.

Video: Footytube

EPL 2013/14: Crystal Palace v Sunderland Highlights

Looks like my boy, the persecuted Ian Holloway, got his first win of the season. Altidore was out injured as well in this one. Tight affair with lot of sloppy passing to start, but the Eagles scored early and rode that to the win.  An O'Shea trip in the box cost Sunderland the points on a pk, and O'Keefe finished it in Fergie time with the 3rd goal.  Final, 3-1 Crystal Palace.

Video: Footytube

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