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(ESPN)   England's Premier League has been in existence for 21 seasons. Manchester United's Ryan Giggs has now scored in every single one of them, and his latest may have just secured this year's title for the Red Devils   (soccernet.espn.go.com) divider line 65
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2013-02-11 01:55:53 PM  
That's just Giggsy being Giggsy.

He's just a big kid out there.  He's just drawin' up plays in the grass.  He's the world's biggest kid out there.  He's just having fun.  He'd play for free if they'd let 'im.  He's just a gunslinger.  He's just havin' fun out there.  Hell, half the time, even he doesn't know where the ball is goin'.  He's just a free spirit out there.
 
2013-02-11 01:57:47 PM  
Glory, Glory Manchester United! That team and my fellow fans are going to miss Giggs terribly. Been a great season this year, however!
 
2013-02-11 02:10:07 PM  
"may have just secured" actually is the opposite of "secured"
 
2013-02-11 02:24:03 PM  
MLS is only one year younger, yet the level of play is so much lower.  Why is that?
 
2013-02-11 02:25:35 PM  

Raging Whore Moans: MLS is only one year younger, yet the level of play is so much lower.  Why is that?


money
 
2013-02-11 02:26:15 PM  
i.ytimg.com
 
2013-02-11 02:27:57 PM  
Mancini's house of cards always seemed like they'd fall; the fact that it took this long for it to happen is pretty miraculous.

I wonder if Citeh will try to win the Europa League or keep their team fresh to push United the rest of the way.
 
2013-02-11 02:31:10 PM  
If Giggs had played for England, David Beckham would have been an insignificant player, long forgotten about.
 
2013-02-11 02:40:40 PM  
So with 2 months left, the championship is already decided.

Sounds like a blast
 
2013-02-11 02:43:54 PM  

Rwa2play: Mancini's house of cards always seemed like they'd fall; the fact that it took this long for it to happen is pretty miraculous.

I wonder if Citeh will try to win the Europa League or keep their team fresh to push United the rest of the way.


They didn't even qualify for the Europa League... it's FA Cup or bust barring something even more miraculous than last year's run-in.
 
2013-02-11 02:45:14 PM  

MugzyBrown: So with 2 months left, the championship is already decided.

Sounds like a blast


Yeah, two months of meaningless games is WAY worse than six months.
 
2013-02-11 02:47:05 PM  

Lost Thought 00: Raging Whore Moans: MLS is only one year younger, yet the level of play is so much lower.  Why is that?

money


That, and the fact that "Premier League" was essentially just a rebranding of a much older, well established league for TV rights purposes.
 
2013-02-11 02:47:31 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: MugzyBrown: So with 2 months left, the championship is already decided.

Sounds like a blast

Yeah, two months of meaningless games is WAY worse than six months.


Not sure how competing for playoff qualification is meaningless.
 
2013-02-11 02:48:14 PM  

MugzyBrown: So with 2 months left, the championship is already decided.

Sounds like a blast


Still better than getting to the last week of the season and throwing out every other game that's already been played.
 
2013-02-11 02:49:20 PM  

MugzyBrown: Not sure how competing for playoff qualification is meaningless.


In leagues where more than 50% of teams make the playoffs, it is.

For the record, every team in the Premier League still has something to play for (qualification to the Champions League and other European competitions, avoiding relegation, etc.)
 
2013-02-11 02:49:50 PM  
Liverpool v West Brom game thread? Maybe?

/Congrats to That Boy Giggsy
 
2013-02-11 02:51:25 PM  

rickythepenguin: That's just Giggsy being Giggsy.

He's just a big kid out there.  He's just drawin' up plays in the grass.  He's the world's biggest kid out there.  He's just having fun.  He'd play for free if they'd let 'im.  He's just a gunslinger.  He's just havin' fun out there.  Hell, half the time, even he doesn't know where the ball is goin'.  He's just a free spirit out there.


Doesn't he also like to sleep around?
 
2013-02-11 02:51:28 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: MugzyBrown: Not sure how competing for playoff qualification is meaningless.

In leagues where more than 50% of teams make the playoffs, it is.

For the record, every team in the Premier League still has something to play for (qualification to the Champions League and other European competitions, avoiding relegation, etc.)


stop messing with the narrative.
 
2013-02-11 02:52:03 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: For the record, every team in the Premier League still has something to play for (qualification to the Champions League and other European competitions, avoiding relegation, etc.)


Woo qualifying for a tourney next year is thrilling.  Especially for the players who may qualify for a tourney they will never play in.
 
2013-02-11 02:54:04 PM  

MugzyBrown: Yanks_RSJ: For the record, every team in the Premier League still has something to play for (qualification to the Champions League and other European competitions, avoiding relegation, etc.)

Woo qualifying for a tourney next year is thrilling.  Especially for the players who may qualify for a tourney they will never play in.


Your complaint has been noted.
 
2013-02-11 02:54:05 PM  
Do Man U fans still get excited or emotional when they win a title? How is it meaningful when at worst they are in 2nd place for a year or two before being back on top. People bug Yankee fans, but this is on another level. You have to feel bad for the Man U fans, especially the younger ones. All that money and success has robbed them of the true sports fan experience. All highs and no significant lows.
 
2013-02-11 02:55:23 PM  
First of all, nice headline, 689908.

Second, PaddyPower.com paid out all bets on united to win the EPL this weekend. That's sick.
 
2013-02-11 02:56:10 PM  

farkeruk: If Giggs had played for England, David Beckham would have been an insignificant player, long forgotten about.


How the hell has Wales produced world class left wingers in two separate generations. If Egland had Giggs in the "golden generation" we might of made the finals and if we had Bale then Hodgeson would be doing much better.

/I've heard his longevity is down to yoga
//and sleeping with maried women
 
2013-02-11 02:57:39 PM  
Literally a man-whore for all seasons.  Top shagger.
 
2013-02-11 02:58:50 PM  

Decillion: Do Man U fans still get excited or emotional when they win a title?


Eh, I think it's the camaraderie of being a fan of such a global brand with such a network more than simply cheering Ws and Ls. If you follow any of the big EPL clubs, you have no problem finding a bar in any major city where you can plop down on a stool wearing the appropriate colors and make some friends for a couple hours.
 
2013-02-11 03:03:21 PM  

HaywoodJablonski: First of all, nice headline, 689908.

Second, PaddyPower.com paid out all bets on united to win the EPL this weekend. That's sick.


Excuse my ignorance, but does that mean they paid winnings to everyone that bet ManU would win the EPL this season? If so, WHY?!?!
 
2013-02-11 03:05:06 PM  

Hilarity_N_Sues: Rwa2play: Mancini's house of cards always seemed like they'd fall; the fact that it took this long for it to happen is pretty miraculous.

I wonder if Citeh will try to win the Europa League or keep their team fresh to push United the rest of the way.

They didn't even qualify for the Europa League... it's FA Cup or bust barring something even more miraculous than last year's run-in.


Oh yeah, forgot they didn't even qualify for the EL.
 
2013-02-11 03:08:45 PM  

MugzyBrown: Yanks_RSJ: For the record, every team in the Premier League still has something to play for (qualification to the Champions League and other European competitions, avoiding relegation, etc.)

Woo qualifying for a tourney next year is thrilling.  Especially for the players who may qualify for a tourney they will never play in.


Oh yes, let's be excited that our owner's dumb as a rock but he won't care since he'll still get the sweet sweet TV money next year.
 
2013-02-11 03:09:22 PM  

digistil: HaywoodJablonski: First of all, nice headline, 689908.

Second, PaddyPower.com paid out all bets on united to win the EPL this weekend. That's sick.

Excuse my ignorance, but does that mean they paid winnings to everyone that bet ManU would win the EPL this season? If so, WHY?!?!


That's exactly what I'm saying.

A) it's a publicity stunt/marketing gimmick.

B) They are that confident that Man Utd will win it and/or they want to free up people's capital to bet on other stuff so they can take in that sweet, sweet vig
 
2013-02-11 03:09:44 PM  

Decillion: Do Man U fans still get excited or emotional when they win a title? How is it meaningful when at worst they are in 2nd place for a year or two before being back on top. People bug Yankee fans, but this is on another level. You have to feel bad for the Man U fans, especially the younger ones. All that money and success has robbed them of the true sports fan experience. All highs and no significant lows.


Could be worse; they could all be Real Madrid fans.
 
2013-02-11 03:10:05 PM  

Norfolking Chance: farkeruk: If Giggs had played for England, David Beckham would have been an insignificant player, long forgotten about.

How the hell has Wales produced world class left wingers in two separate generations. If Egland had Giggs in the "golden generation" we might of made the finals and if we had Bale then Hodgeson would be doing much better.

/I've heard his longevity is down to yoga
//a

nd sleeping with married women his sister-in-law for close to a decade.

FIXED
/// Just a reminder, Wales is the Kentucky of the United Kingdom
 
2013-02-11 03:11:35 PM  

Norfolking Chance: farkeruk: If Giggs had played for England, David Beckham would have been an insignificant player, long forgotten about.

How the hell has Wales produced world class left wingers in two separate generations. If Egland had Giggs in the "golden generation" we might of made the finals and if we had Bale then Hodgeson would be doing much better.

/I've heard his longevity is down to yoga
//and sleeping with maried women


IIRC, when Giggs first broke in with Wales they still had Mark Hughes and Ian Rush on the team.
 
2013-02-11 03:15:52 PM  

MugzyBrown: Yanks_RSJ: For the record, every team in the Premier League still has something to play for (qualification to the Champions League and other European competitions, avoiding relegation, etc.)

Woo qualifying for a tourney next year is thrilling.  Especially for the players who may qualify for a tourney they will never play in.


I know.  It would be stupid for them to want to increase their market value by being a member of a team that qualifies for tournaments.
 
2013-02-11 03:39:38 PM  

Rwa2play: MugzyBrown: Yanks_RSJ: For the record, every team in the Premier League still has something to play for (qualification to the Champions League and other European competitions, avoiding relegation, etc.)

Woo qualifying for a tourney next year is thrilling.  Especially for the players who may qualify for a tourney they will never play in.

Oh yes, let's be excited that our owner's dumb as a rock but he won't care since he'll still get the sweet sweet TV money next year.


And then ask for the city to build him a new stadium.
 
2013-02-11 04:07:53 PM  

Lost Thought 00: Raging Whore Moans: MLS is only one year younger, yet the level of play is so much lower.  Why is that?

money


strictly speaking what is now the Premier League was founded in 1888
 
2013-02-11 04:10:16 PM  
Liverpool is gonna make me regret putting the banker on them today, aren't they?

/I had more hair before I started playing FFPL
 
2013-02-11 04:11:00 PM  

HaywoodJablonski: First of all, nice headline, 689908.


It's not mine. (1) I can't buy a greenlight these days. (2) After the scars of last season, I wouldn't be so arrogant to write a headline like that. Before last season, I would :-)

Decillion: Do Man U fans still get excited or emotional when they win a title? How is it meaningful when at worst they are in 2nd place for a year or two before being back on top. People bug Yankee fans, but this is on another level. You have to feel bad for the Man U fans, especially the younger ones. All that money and success has robbed them of the true sports fan experience. All highs and no significant lows.


I think we have different hopes and expectations for our club than fans of Fulham or Newcastle, for example. You are very much mistaken if you think losing the Premier League title to that lot and being battered by Barcelona in the Champions League final doesn't hurt.
 
2013-02-11 04:34:43 PM  
Wow, Suarez dive got the penalty, but Gerrard couldn't get it in.
 
2013-02-11 04:36:18 PM  

HaywoodJablonski: First of all, nice headline, 689908.


Nope. Mine.

Raging Whore Moans: MLS is only one year younger, yet the level of play is so much lower.  Why is that?


sloughtown4ever: strictly speaking what is now the Premier League was founded in 1888


Quick history: The Football League was founded in 1888. They expanded to a second division in fairly short order, with promotion and relegation between the two. Next came a third division, and later, a second third division, with the two third divisions split by geography into north and south. Eventually this gave way to a single third division and a single fourth division.

In the early '90s, the top clubs decided that to remain competitive with other top European leagues, more TV money should be allocated to the top division at the expense of the lesser divisions. The Football League balked at this, so the top clubs voted to break away from the league and form the Premier League. They then came to agreement with the FA to continue allowing for promotion and relegation between the Premier League and what was now Division One of the Football League (which had been Division Two, and which is now known as the Championship).

The Premier League had its first season in 1992-93. Giggs actually scored in league play in the two seasons preceding the start of the Premier League, and thus has now scored in 23 consecutive league seasons playing in the top tier.
 
2013-02-11 04:38:51 PM  
Aaaaand West Brom might have pulled off a rope-a-dope.
 
2013-02-11 04:40:25 PM  

Raging Whore Moans: MLS is only one year younger, yet the level of play is so much lower.  Why is that?


The Premier League is a TV-based rebranding of the English top flight. Prior to then, the top flight was known as the Football League First Division. The league overall dates back to 1888-89, with Preston North End taking the inaugural title.
 
2013-02-11 04:42:31 PM  
Liverpool fan leaving in the 84th minute.

Never leave a soccer game early. That only tempts fate.
 
2013-02-11 04:43:57 PM  
Thanks, everyone.  I wondered if it had something more to do than simply "Americans grow out of soccer" or something.
 
2013-02-11 04:44:58 PM  
WBA is in the top half. Liverpool has a streak to maintain.
 
2013-02-11 04:45:24 PM  

digistil: Wow, Suarez dive got the penalty, but Gerrard couldn't get it in.


i.imgur.com

And now West Brom are up 1-0.
 
2013-02-11 04:48:01 PM  

carnifex2005: digistil: Wow, Suarez dive got the penalty, but Gerrard couldn't get it in.

[i.imgur.com image 672x420]

And now West Brom are up 2-0.


FTFY
 
2013-02-11 04:48:19 PM  
Okay, NOW you can leave the game early.
 
2013-02-11 04:48:21 PM  
Great goal by Lukaku. 2-0 West Brom. He's going to look good when he goes back to Chelsea next year.
 
2013-02-11 05:01:52 PM  

rickythepenguin: That's just Giggsy being Giggsy.

He's just a big kid out there.  He's just drawin' up plays in the grass.  He's the world's biggest kid out there.  He's just having fun.  He'd play for free if they'd let 'im.  He's just a gunslinger.  He's just havin' fun out there.  Hell, half the time, even he doesn't know where the ball is goin'.  He's just a free spirit out there.


When did Brett Favre start playing soccer?
 
2013-02-11 05:24:52 PM  

buckeyebrain: When did Brett Favre start playing soccer?


If Brett Favre were a soccer player, he'd be in the UAE league right now, or maybe Reunion or Indonesia. That's where you go when you want a paycheck but you're too banged up to run in high-impact MLS.
 
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