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(Daily Mail)   Moyes is already whining like SAF, Wenger has spent £80 on a wheelie bin and stale chips, and the Special One is already stirring the pot. Colour me chuffed, it's the start of the 2013/14 English Premier League season   ( divider line
    More: Spiffy, English Premier League, David Moyes, Second Amendment Foundation, Jamie Carragher, Special One, Arsene Wenger, Carlo Ancelotti, Mourinho  
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493 clicks; posted to Sports » on 19 Aug 2013 at 2:17 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-08-19 03:26:10 PM  
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Norfolking Chance: As an outsider to the Arsenal issue the problem is not the results on the days, its that Arsenal has been left behind. Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea have pushed on and have got better and better leaving Arsenal behind to make up the best of the rest. Arsenal are now not competing against Man U/C and Chelsea for the title they are competing against Spurs and Liverpool for the last Champions League place. If Man Utd managed to push on without a billionaire sugar daddy then why can't Arsenal?

Arsenal can and should. Arsenal spent £390 million to build a much larger, newer stadium and spend several years trying (and succeeding) to compete on a shoestring budget. Arsenal didn't challenge for first, but the financial boon of achieving the Champions League every year was built into the calculations.

In fact, it was a pretty good plan. Uncover and develop some impressive youth talent, groom it, and spend some money wisely on good talent to stay competitive and an eye for the future when the debt burden wasn't so harsh. But while that was happening, Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003, Sheikh Mansour bought Manchester City in 2008, and they bid top dollar to capture the best players on the market. Just to those two teams Arsenal lost Ashley Cole, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy, Adebayor and Samir Nasri. A good, solid nucleus gone, and that doesn't include team destabilization and some of the other players who's decisions were influenced by that.

That happens, but Arsenal didn't act to prevent it, and it always felt like as we lost our A players, they were replaced by B players. The fans understood that Arsenal was in a financial bind, though, and were patient. Then this summer, our financials revealed that for the first time, we were coming into the transfer season with nobody leaving and £70 million to spend. Gazidis made this big proclamation that for the first time in many years, Arsenal actually had a comfortable transfer kitty. Like all the other fans, I got my hopes up. Arsenal were linked with player after player after player in the media, and nothing happened. Nothing.

So the answer is that Arsenal can be competitive, but with a full team of quality players. They don't have that at the moment, and nobody really understands why.
2013-08-18 01:16:59 PM  
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Gosling: Stimied in a Rut: Well that second half was super boring.  At least spurs won this morning and we still have one more match tomorrow.

I have to say, I could get used to a constant firehose of soccer. Though I'd really like it if FIFA made their own channel, like MLB Network and NFL Network, and then they could air any random game from any random league they couldn't otherwise sell to an international audience. Stick a Russian league match on there one day, air a Nigerian game the next day, a Malaysian game the next, a Paraguayan game the next, you get the idea.

I can say that I've watch some of every single match this weekend. Sure, I watched maybe 5 minutes West Brom-Southhampton; but it's still more than I would've been able to see of it in the past. It is awesome that we're getting this much of the EPL now.

Yes, NBC has had hiccups (which are to be expected on opening weekend). And yes, Arlo White may be trying a bit too hard at times. But generally speaking, the coverage has been superb. There's no criticism that I have that isn't fixable without sacking someone. It's not often that you can say that about US sports TV.
2013-08-18 11:06:20 AM  
1 vote:
I wouldn't give a foul for punching Torres in the head, but that's just me.

Nice save!
2013-08-18 08:30:53 AM  
1 vote:

dietbubba: So far, I am really liking Rebecca Lowe as the host.  She lets silence work and is very understated.  No need to talk talk talk

Agreed, I liked her when she was co-chairing ESPN's coverage of the Women's World Cup.
Also, she's quite easy on the eyes.
2013-08-17 12:14:54 PM  
1 vote:
Greg Howard at Deadspin said it best:

A couple of months ago, I was in my apartment and had to take a shiat. So I did; it was wet. As soon as I started, though, I realized there was no toilet paper. I'd recently bought a huge pack, but I have two roommates, and one has a girlfriend who's over a lot, so we run through the paper pretty quickly. I looked in the closet, and of course there was no toilet paper there, either. That's because my other roommate is passive-aggressive, and doesn't like me that much, and so even though he's a neat freak, he fights through his borderline OCD to make life harder for me in the apartment. Washes only his dishes even though everyone washes his, doesn't take out the trash much even though he cooks every night, and so on. You know him, even if you don't know him. So I waddled down to the bodega on the corner, to buy some toilet paper. My ass was clenched, but I was still petrified. I've got a sensitive bum, so I bought the good toilet paper. Charmin. One roll, because now I'm feeling passive-aggressive. It was like three bucks.

I spent more money on that roll of toilet paper than Arsenal have in the transfer market all summer.

Arsenal fans could live with that if the team was great. But Arsenal aren't a great team. They finished fourth last year, after a historic unbeaten streak, to overtake their hated rivals Tottenham and qualify for the Champions League. This summer, manager Arsène Wenger and Arsenal's front office claimed to have over £70 million in the bank to spend on strengthening the squad. They've offloaded no less than 22 players, and so far, have only signed one, Yaya Sanogo. He was free. He wasn't even supposed to see much time this year, but he likely will.

Gunners have a dangerously thin, dangerously mediocre team. They have for years, but we think this year is finally the breaking point, when they'll be passed over for a Champions League spot and heads will roll. They've been linked with farking everyone, and haven't been able to sign a single great player yet. If they don't add real quality in the next two weeks, Arsenal are done. That said, look for winger Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud to both score 15 or more goals this season. It still won't be enough.
2013-08-17 11:34:03 AM  
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ADubs86: midpoint: So, any practice Banker chips on a home win for Arsenal?

*sheepishly raises hand*

Dammit Gunners.

WAIT! I must have drunkenly switched my banker from Arsenal to a Liverpool home win last night! SUCCESS!
2013-08-17 11:17:29 AM  
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LucklessWonder: Seeing as POST is the unsung hero of the EPL, I guess he should be the name on the FFPL kit I'm working on, but what number does he wear?

2013-08-17 11:17:07 AM  
1 vote:

LucklessWonder: Seeing as POST is the unsung hero of the EPL, I guess he should be the name on the FFPL kit I'm working on, but what number does he wear?

0, obviously.
2013-08-17 11:16:20 AM  
1 vote:
Seeing as POST is the unsung hero of the EPL, I guess he should be the name on the FFPL kit I'm working on, but what number does he wear?
2013-08-17 09:49:22 AM  
1 vote:

Stimied in a Rut: NBC already better than Fox for actually showing manager interviews.

NBC is already blowing away Fox and Espn with their coverage. They're not disappointing at all.
2013-08-17 09:47:32 AM  
1 vote:
NBC already better than Fox for actually showing manager interviews.
2013-08-17 09:37:01 AM  
1 vote:
2013-08-17 09:36:16 AM  
1 vote:
'pool top of the table
2013-08-17 07:56:09 AM  
1 vote:

dietbubba: When did Liverpool sign POST?

not sure, but it's about time.
2013-08-17 07:54:34 AM  
1 vote:
Just when you thought we were going to be LIVERPOOLED, post comes in to save us. This year is going to be different I tell you.
2013-08-17 07:50:53 AM  
1 vote:
Fark Fitba Prediction League.

This season sees the second annual Eff-Eff-Pee-'Ell mini-League within the main Talksport EPL predictions game. All welcome, no knowledge or experience required.

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I won't repeat much of the Talksport help/instruction pages here, but these comments and notes should get you started.

Go to:

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Search for our private mini-league: FCB76-PVA

See the Talksports pages for help on making predictions. It is pretty simple. Predict scores for each match. There will be a variable number of matches in a round, but typically it will be 9-11 games. Occasionally, a team might appear twice [e.g. Saturday/Wednesday] or not at all.

After making your predictions, you may assign your Banker chip and your insurance chip. The Insurance protects you from negative points for that game, and the Banker chip multiplies the points from that game - whether positive or negative!

Click submit and you are good to go. You can adjust your predictions at any time up until kick-off at which point they are locked in, but games kicking off later/next day are still changeable.

We'll take scores from the 2nd round of games commencing 24th August. If you miss this deadline don't worry, you won't be far behind the leaders. If you enter predictions for round 1 - no problem, the mini-leagues differentiate between scores from global and mini-league performance so you will neither have an advantage nor be penalised.

Your scores for each round are automatically calculated sometime after each set of games - we've seen anything from 10 minutes to 8 hours. Those scores will be added [or subtracted] to your running total by the system and thereby used to calculate your global [everyone in the world] and mini-league rankings.

Be advised that when a round is in progress, you will have some access to the predictions of others in the mini-league and complete access to their performance after the round is over.

Banter occurs. You will encounter triumph and disaster and must treat those two imposters just the same. There will be a short report each week.

Tactical notes:

1.1.Make your predictions! This is the single most important thing. If you don't, the system may very well make automatic predictions for you. The system allows you to make predictions WAY ahead of schedule - so if you think you might miss a week, or it's a period when there are multiple rounds in a short space of time [e.g. Christmas, Easter] then you can enter scores weeks and even months in advance. If you think you will only be popping by occasionally, you could enter a few weeks at a time.

2.2.Always place your Insurance chip! It can't harm you points wise and may save a significant negative score.

3.3.Relative scores matter more than absolute scores! Some weeks you'll score 200 and be average, others you'll score 20 and beat everyone else. The scoring system makes low and negative scores very easy to achieve.

4.4.It is very possible to have runs of good and bad form. If the latter happens to you in the first couple of weeks and you are way behind, don't worry - this is a marathon and not a sprint. You'll learn and improve quickly.

5.5.Be careful with your Banker chip! It doubles or triples the points for that game, meaning you could score +90 [30x3] plus any Banker Bonus for a perfect prediction down to -30 [-10x3]. That is quite a swing. Opinions differ on optimum Banker chip strategy. A certain proportion of the cohort sometimes like to cover the same game with the Banker and Insurance chip simultaneously, meaning that the big penalty is avoided [min=0] and a potential big [eg a x3 rather than a x2] score can be selected with some security. I do not agree with this strategy. I have two reasons:

a.The bonus for consecutive accurate predictions [up to +20] is ALSO being risked when the Banker chip is in play, even if the Insurance is covering. The potential value of that cumulative bonus can be quite considerable. But more importantly;

b.A Gentleman doesn't play that way.

6.    6.If the above made your eyes glaze over, here is my strategy. Place your Banker only on a result you are the most sure of in a set or not at all.

Good luck!
2013-08-17 07:03:04 AM  
1 vote:
I'm already drunk.
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