o I hate Liverpool, but I have to say I like their new away kits. Kind of makes them look like the former bad boys of the NFL, the Oakland Raiders, no? o If Marouane Chamakh can't crack Saturday's starting lineup, or even get a runout in the game for that matter -- when virtually everyone on Arsenal is hurt, traded, or red carded -- what does it say about where he ranks in Le Professor's long-term plans? Au revoir, my friend. o On a more serious note: Andre Arshavin is a mere shadow of his former self. Do you think it's women, booze or drugs to blame? Just asking.... o Memo to ESPN2: You've now televised180+ minutes of Saturday morning EPL action, and have only a comedic own goal and a garbage time score to show for it. Is this how we're going to get the US audience interested in football?
o Under "The More Things Change The More They Stay the Same" file, please put Everton's 2011 home debut. After another slow start for the Toffees, I can't wait for the "David Moyes has resigned" Twitter rumors to begin. o The best Everton can do on their home electronic advertising board is Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer? Seriously? That's pretty lowbrow for an EPL team.... But then again, Everton's performance against QPR on Saturday was pretty lowbrow, too. o I would love to see Everton in last season's pink away kits play QPR is this season's peach away kits. They could donate the proceeds to Breast Cancer Awareness. And I would watch the game on a black and white televsion.
o Malouda on for Kalou after 30 minutes. Drogba on for Torres after 60 minutes. Late Chelsea equalizer. Is it time for Andre Villas-Boas to go back to the drawing board and rethink his starting lineup...?
o And speaking of coaches, how'd you like to be Roy Hodgson? West Brom play tough for 80-plus minutes against both the champs at home and Chelsea at the Bridge -- and have exactly zero points and a minus two goal difference to show for it.
o If there's one team you'd think Chelsea should have figured out easily, it'd be West Bromwich Albion. After all, wasn't Chelsea Assistant Coach Roberto Di Matteo in charge of the Baggies about six months ago?
o Once again, referee Lee Mason has made a mockery of the EPL rulebook, allowing John Terry to run up and grab Peter Odemwingie and lead him around the pitch by the shirt. Mason graciously showed Captain Terry only a Yellow Card, apparently applying the FA rule that only Chelsea players are allowed to commit bodily assault without getting sent off.
This is a surprised-by-nothing farlieonfootie on August 21.