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2012-05-13 11:58:02 PM  
That was simply awesome. What a day of football. I had to wipe a tear. Such drama.
 
2012-05-14 12:03:49 AM  
It was a crazy match, to be sure. We were actually rooting for QPR at the pub (filled with Gooners).
 
2012-05-14 12:06:09 AM  
Where are the pics of the crying Man City fans after QPR scored?
 
2012-05-14 03:10:54 AM  
Etihad sure gave Air Asia the what for!

Congrats, Etihad!
 
2012-05-14 03:38:36 AM  
I think I count 3 white players.
That's pretty high for a sports league, isn't it?
 
2012-05-14 03:54:37 AM  

God-is-a-Taco: I think I count 3 white players.
That's pretty high for a sports league, isn't it?


Hockey and baseball got a whole bunch of whities.
 
2012-05-14 06:31:03 AM  
Suck it, Ferguson!
 
2012-05-14 06:40:04 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Etihad sure gave Air Asia the what for!

Congrats, Etihad!


Etihad City is now demonstrably the best team money can buy. You have to pity mere Russian oligarch billionaires: how are Chelski supposed to compete against oil money?
 
2012-05-14 06:42:52 AM  
We also take a moment this morning to acknowledge Liverpool. Not only did they capture the Reserve Squad and Lower League Consolation Cup, they also finished in the top half of the league, barely behind Everton.

Good job, Liverpool!
 
2012-05-14 07:07:32 AM  

skinink: Suck it, Ferguson!


Yeah. Finishing behind City on goal difference on two injury time goals, despite having almost no transfer budget this season? Achieving a higher points total even than last year's title win, and 19 points more than the 3rd place team? And this despite having so many injuries that at one point you could have filled the starting line up of any team besides City from Utd's injury list? Totally sucks.

Clearly, SAF should give up on developing young players through the academy and scouting instead of writing checks for every prima donna and diva in world football. And United, like City, should install a revolving door on the manager's office. Because obviously, that's how you build long term success.
 
2012-05-14 08:00:51 AM  
Can they put Barclays on anything else?
 
2012-05-14 08:06:07 AM  
Is that like the cubs winning the world series? Can someone give me where to base this one at?
 
2012-05-14 08:17:26 AM  

thecpt: Is that like the cubs winning the world series? Can someone give me where to base this one at?


The article said 44 years, so jets winning the Super Bowl? That's my guess.
 
2012-05-14 08:51:24 AM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: thecpt: Is that like the cubs winning the world series? Can someone give me where to base this one at?

The article said 44 years, so jets winning the Super Bowl? That's my guess.


Leafs winning the Cup?
 
2012-05-14 08:58:53 AM  

czetie: skinink: Suck it, Ferguson!

Yeah. Finishing behind City on goal difference on two injury time goals, despite having almost no transfer budget this season? Achieving a higher points total even than last year's title win, and 19 points more than the 3rd place team? And this despite having so many injuries that at one point you could have filled the starting line up of any team besides City from Utd's injury list? Totally sucks.

Clearly, SAF should give up on developing young players through the academy and scouting instead of writing checks for every prima donna and diva in world football. And United, like City, should install a revolving door on the manager's office. Because obviously, that's how you build long term success.


...and Manchester City are still champions.
 
2012-05-14 09:02:37 AM  

Doran: Representative of the unwashed masses: thecpt: Is that like the cubs winning the world series? Can someone give me where to base this one at?

The article said 44 years, so jets winning the Super Bowl? That's my guess.

Leafs winning the Cup?


Right like that'll ever happen!
 
2012-05-14 09:07:35 AM  

czetie: Yeah. Finishing behind City on goal difference on two injury time goals, despite having almost no transfer budget this season? Achieving a higher points total even than last year's title win, and 19 points more than the 3rd place team? And this despite having so many injuries that at one point you could have filled the starting line up of any team besides City from Utd's injury list? Totally sucks.

Clearly, SAF should give up on developing young players through the academy and scouting instead of writing checks for every prima donna and diva in world football. And United, like City, should install a revolving door on the manager's office. Because obviously, that's how you build long term success.


Let them have their moment. You aren't doing Man U's reputation for having douchey fans any favors.
 
2012-05-14 09:08:52 AM  

czetie: skinink: Suck it, Ferguson!

Yeah. Finishing behind City on goal difference on two injury time goals, despite having almost no transfer budget this season? Achieving a higher points total even than last year's title win, and 19 points more than the 3rd place team? And this despite having so many injuries that at one point you could have filled the starting line up of any team besides City from Utd's injury list? Totally sucks.

Clearly, SAF should give up on developing young players through the academy and scouting instead of writing checks for every prima donna and diva in world football. And United, like City, should install a revolving door on the manager's office. Because obviously, that's how you build long term success.


You sound douchey.
 
2012-05-14 09:17:33 AM  

czetie: skinink: Suck it, Ferguson!

Yeah. Finishing behind City on goal difference on two injury time goals, despite having almost no transfer budget this season? Achieving a higher points total even than last year's title win, and 19 points more than the 3rd place team? And this despite having so many injuries that at one point you could have filled the starting line up of any team besides City from Utd's injury list? Totally sucks.


Very true, we pissed away an 8 point lead and the bitters got lucky, Mancini was 90 seconds away from getting fired.
 
2012-05-14 09:22:57 AM  
I would be more excited for this if it weren't City.
 
2012-05-14 09:30:56 AM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: Doran: Representative of the unwashed masses: thecpt: Is that like the cubs winning the world series? Can someone give me where to base this one at?

The article said 44 years, so jets winning the Super Bowl? That's my guess.

Leafs winning the Cup?

Right like that'll ever happen!


Exactly.
 
2012-05-14 09:48:54 AM  
None of those pics can change the fact that it's still soccer
 
2012-05-14 09:54:37 AM  

czetie: skinink: Suck it, Ferguson!

Yeah. Finishing behind City on goal difference on two injury time goals, despite having almost no transfer budget this season? Achieving a higher points total even than last year's title win, and 19 points more than the 3rd place team? And this despite having so many injuries that at one point you could have filled the starting line up of any team besides City from Utd's injury list? Totally sucks.

Clearly, SAF should give up on developing young players through the academy and scouting instead of writing checks for every prima donna and diva in world football. And United, like City, should install a revolving door on the manager's office. Because obviously, that's how you build long term success.


images.wikia.com
 
2012-05-14 09:56:57 AM  

natural316: None of those pics can change the fact that it's still soccer


Two game-turning, championship-sealing goals in two minutes and "it's still soccer" is all you can muster? They scored... twice! That's always the big beef against soccer.

czetie: Because obviously, that's how you build long term success.


If you've ever wondered how Yankees fans felt in 2004, wonder no longer. I'm so tempted to put a Facebook post on my ManU fanatic friend's page congratulating him on "Manchester" winning the Premier League.

He owes me for leaving me to coach the pee wee soccer team solo for the last three weeks.
 
2012-05-14 10:36:19 AM  
One of the most entertaining matches I've ever watched. And it wasn't just the 2 stoppage time goals, there was the Joey Barton coontorama Circus, QPR scoring twice and then defending their asses off, the looks on the fans' faces changing from despair to ecstasy (and ecstasy to despair for the United fans). A++++ would watch again.

But this is still my favorite moment of the season.
 
2012-05-14 10:38:41 AM  
As an American, it seems a little strange. It's like they won the regular season, fine, but am I wrong that there are no playoffs? Shouldn't there be some big match now between Man City and Man United? Sort of a Super-match?

As an aside, I think college (American) football should use the whole idea of teams that suck in the regular season going down a league and teams in the lower division moving up.
 
2012-05-14 10:49:42 AM  

czetie: skinink: Suck it, Ferguson!

Yeah. Finishing behind City on goal difference on two injury time goals, despite having almost no transfer budget this season? Achieving a higher points total even than last year's title win, and 19 points more than the 3rd place team? And this despite having so many injuries that at one point you could have filled the starting line up of any team besides City from Utd's injury list? Totally sucks.

Clearly, SAF should give up on developing young players through the academy and scouting instead of writing checks for every prima donna and diva in world football. And United, like City, should install a revolving door on the manager's office. Because obviously, that's how you build long term success.


I take it you've never heard of the Florida Marlins.
 
2012-05-14 10:58:37 AM  

RussianPooper: As an American, it seems a little strange. It's like they won the regular season, fine, but am I wrong that there are no playoffs? Shouldn't there be some big match now between Man City and Man United? Sort of a Super-match?

As an aside, I think college (American) football should use the whole idea of teams that suck in the regular season going down a league and teams in the lower division moving up.


No, the beauty of the premier league is that it's a marathon. It's about being the best over 38 weeks. With the playoffs, any team that does really well during the season, could have an off night, and be upset...but does that really define who is a champion and who isn't? That's why I love this format, it's a true testament of a team's strength and talent over a long period of time.
 
2012-05-14 11:19:07 AM  

dj_bigbird: Where are the pics of the crying Man City fans after QPR scored?


THIS. I wanted to make a "At first I was like this, but then I was like this..." meme.
 
2012-05-14 11:41:46 AM  
What a finish. Hats off to City. You don't win the premiership by fluke.
 
2012-05-14 11:51:48 AM  

TonnageVT: RussianPooper: As an American, it seems a little strange. It's like they won the regular season, fine, but am I wrong that there are no playoffs? Shouldn't there be some big match now between Man City and Man United? Sort of a Super-match?

As an aside, I think college (American) football should use the whole idea of teams that suck in the regular season going down a league and teams in the lower division moving up.

No, the beauty of the premier league is that it's a marathon. It's about being the best over 38 weeks. With the playoffs, any team that does really well during the season, could have an off night, and be upset...but does that really define who is a champion and who isn't? That's why I love this format, it's a true testament of a team's strength and talent over a long period of time.


I started to do a post about how this home-and-home against everyone else wouldn't work in most American sports, but really the NFL is the only one where it couldn't be made to work. For baseball you could do home-and-home 3-game series and it would come out to 174 games per team. For basketball and hockey it would come out to 58 games, unless you add a 3rd game which brings it up to 87. Obviously none of them would go for it because of the loss of playoffs, loss of revenues, and, in the case of baseball, the tradition of having the AL and NL.

I do think the way European soccer does it is the purest and most fair way to decide a champion though.
 
2012-05-14 12:00:19 PM  

RussianPooper: As an American, it seems a little strange. It's like they won the regular season, fine, but am I wrong that there are no playoffs? Shouldn't there be some big match now between Man City and Man United? Sort of a Super-match?

As an aside, I think college (American) football should use the whole idea of teams that suck in the regular season going down a league and teams in the lower division moving up.



The worst thing about American sports is they play ridiculously elongated regular seasons, and then it's all flushed down the toilet so they can decide the Champion based on small sample sizes of 7 game series or (even worse) single elimination playoff tournaments.

The New York Giants win a single elimination tournament in the NFL and they call themselves Champions, despite going on a 4 game losing streak in the regular season. I can't think of many other sports/leagues where a team can consecutively lose 25% of it's regular season games, and still be called the best team in their sport.
 
2012-05-14 12:11:57 PM  

InmanRoshi: The New York Giants win a single elimination tournament in the NFL and they call themselves Champions, despite going on a 4 game losing streak in the regular season. I can't think of many other sports/leagues where a team can consecutively lose 25% of it's regular season games, and still be called the best team in their sport


Yeah, but that one worked out in my favor so I'm ok with it.

Seriously though, there is something to be said for a team figuring it out and/or getting guys back from injury. Same thing's happening with the LA Kings right now, they underachieved during the season but now they're firing on all cylinders. But in pure terms of fairness, I agree that European soccer does it best since it rewards a complete season.

/I still don't watch it though
//Probably would if I had grown up with it
 
2012-05-14 12:13:55 PM  

FreakinB: InmanRoshi: The New York Giants win a single elimination tournament in the NFL and they call themselves Champions, despite going on a 4 game losing streak in the regular season. I can't think of many other sports/leagues where a team can consecutively lose 25% of it's regular season games, and still be called the best team in their sport

Yeah, but that one worked out in my favor so I'm ok with it.

Seriously though, there is something to be said for a team figuring it out and/or getting guys back from injury. Same thing's happening with the LA Kings right now, they underachieved during the season but now they're firing on all cylinders. But in pure terms of fairness, I agree that European soccer does it best since it rewards a complete season.

/I still don't watch it though
//Probably would if I had grown up with it


If you use the full season logic, then the Vancouver Canucks are Stanley Cup Champions. you don't want that to happen now do you?
 
2012-05-14 12:23:16 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: FreakinB: InmanRoshi: The New York Giants win a single elimination tournament in the NFL and they call themselves Champions, despite going on a 4 game losing streak in the regular season. I can't think of many other sports/leagues where a team can consecutively lose 25% of it's regular season games, and still be called the best team in their sport

Yeah, but that one worked out in my favor so I'm ok with it.

Seriously though, there is something to be said for a team figuring it out and/or getting guys back from injury. Same thing's happening with the LA Kings right now, they underachieved during the season but now they're firing on all cylinders. But in pure terms of fairness, I agree that European soccer does it best since it rewards a complete season.

/I still don't watch it though
//Probably would if I had grown up with it

If you use the full season logic, then the Vancouver Canucks are Stanley Cup Champions. you don't want that to happen now do you?


Heh. I would have been fine with it since it would've been at the expense of the Rangers. Also, I should have said "a complete season where everyone plays the same schedule." That last part's sort of key.
 
2012-05-14 12:24:13 PM  

TheKnownUniverse: One of the most entertaining matches I've ever watched. And it wasn't just the 2 stoppage time goals, there was the Joey Barton coontorama Circus, QPR scoring twice and then defending their asses off, the looks on the fans' faces changing from despair to ecstasy (and ecstasy to despair for the United fans). A++++ would watch again.

But this is still my favorite moment of the season.


Barton should be suspended for 10 games. He's just a piece of trash.
 
2012-05-14 12:31:46 PM  

FreakinB: Heh. I would have been fine with it since it would've been at the expense of the Rangers. Also, I should have said "a complete season where everyone plays the same schedule." That last part's sort of key.


That would be awesome. Can you imagine how bigger the Devils/Rangers rivalry would be if they only played twice a year? Speaking of which...7 hours....Let's go Devils.
 
2012-05-14 12:39:31 PM  

TonnageVT: FreakinB: Heh. I would have been fine with it since it would've been at the expense of the Rangers. Also, I should have said "a complete season where everyone plays the same schedule." That last part's sort of key.

That would be awesome. Can you imagine how bigger the Devils/Rangers rivalry would be if they only played twice a year? Speaking of which...7 hours....Let's go Devils.


Let's go West Team. You guys are the lesser of two evils right now though, so go you guys this series.
 
2012-05-14 12:47:15 PM  

TonnageVT: FreakinB: Heh. I would have been fine with it since it would've been at the expense of the Rangers. Also, I should have said "a complete season where everyone plays the same schedule." That last part's sort of key.

That would be awesome. Can you imagine how bigger the Devils/Rangers rivalry would be if they only played twice a year? Speaking of which...7 hours....Let's go Devils.


Heh...how about a quote about Joey Barton (IAC) from ESPN Soccernet

"Barton constantly maintains that he is led by God, which makes me even more determined to be a good atheist."

Lulz.
 
2012-05-14 12:50:50 PM  
I'm not a city fan but that was one of the greatest moments I've ever seen in my 30 years of watching sports. ESPN/Fox hit a home run throwing so much coverage at the last day this season. Cant wait for the 2 matches on Saturday.
 
2012-05-14 01:41:32 PM  

dj_bigbird: It was a crazy match, to be sure. We were actually rooting for QPR at the pub (filled with Gooners).


You're from SD, NOT England, douche bag.

farking cock sucking soccer fans here in America pretending to be from Europe. I bet your douche bag ass has a scarf and all that too.
 
2012-05-14 01:43:06 PM  
Quick, how many "Manchester" teams have won the EPL in the last 20 years? Like 14?


/worse than the NBA.
//Didnt MC spend like $500 mill to buy this cup?
 
2012-05-14 01:50:21 PM  

Dogfacedgod: dj_bigbird: It was a crazy match, to be sure. We were actually rooting for QPR at the pub (filled with Gooners).

You're from SD, NOT England, douche bag.

farking cock sucking soccer fans here in America pretending to be from Europe. I bet your douche bag ass has a scarf and all that too.


while I don't care as much as you do, I find the same thing in coverage of soccer here in Canada. I'm not sure if it's because they get ex-pat Brits to do the articles, or the author thinks they need to use the verbage to fit into the culture, but some of the writing feels fake.

I'm sure someone in Britain trying to sound like they know everything about an NFL game would sound just as out of place. So there's that.
 
2012-05-14 01:58:49 PM  

Dogfacedgod: dj_bigbird: It was a crazy match, to be sure. We were actually rooting for QPR at the pub (filled with Gooners).

You're from SD, NOT England, douche bag.

farking cock sucking soccer fans here in America pretending to be from Europe. I bet your douche bag ass has a scarf and all that too.


0/10 wouldn't read again
 
2012-05-14 02:00:20 PM  

Dogfacedgod: Quick, how many "Manchester" teams have won the EPL in the last 20 years? Like 14?


/worse than the NBA.
//Didnt MC spend like $500 mill to buy this cup?


I think we found Joey Barton's Fark handle!
 
2012-05-14 05:00:02 PM  

Dogfacedgod: Quick, how many "Manchester" teams have won the EPL in the last 20 years? Like 14?


/worse than the NBA.
//Didnt MC spend like $500 mill to buy this cup?


Only one. There's only one team from Manchester.
 
2012-05-14 05:49:49 PM  

Billy Crystal Meth Lab: I would be more excited for this if it weren't City.


Could be worse. Could be the Spuds
 
2012-05-14 06:03:41 PM  

RussianPooper: As an American, it seems a little strange. It's like they won the regular season, fine, but am I wrong that there are no playoffs? Shouldn't there be some big match now between Man City and Man United? Sort of a Super-match?


I thought the same thing at first, but it actually works well. There are up to three other knockout competitions that the teams can be simultaneously involved in (Champions League/Europa League, FA Cup, Carling Cup), so there are head-to-head matches, but as others have said, every team plays every other team twice: once at home and once away.

There's also an added element of drama at the top and bottom of the table, too. The top four teams qualify to compete in the Champions League, which is a revenue windfall. The bottom three teams face relegation to a lower league, which is a major financial hit, so teams do everything they can to avoid that, as well. And since the top three teams from the next division down are promoted, it mixes up the division a little bit every year. This year the promoted teams did very well and got some surprisingly quality wins. The last day of the season yesterday featured 10 matches that were all played at the same time. Two teams were tied to win the league, three teams were fighting for the other two lucrative Champions League spots (only one of which was guaranteed), and four teams were in a pitched battle to avoid relegation. And up until the final two minutes, the team at the bottom of the league was beating the best team in the league 2-1. Just read through Sunday's soccer thread and you can see the insanity.
 
2012-05-14 08:16:56 PM  

Langston: Billy Crystal Meth Lab: I would be more excited for this if it weren't City.

Could be worse. Could be the Spuds


Haha no it couldn't!

/HIGH FIVE
 
2012-05-15 12:28:44 AM  
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