|photo by ~Brenda-Starr~
So, we learned one thing yesterday: England can't handle snow. When I read earlier this week about the impending "blizzard" poised to strike the British Isles I had visions of 12 to 24 inches of snow with blowing drifts. What I actually saw was what we here in the States would describe as a light dusting. In fact, in Minnesota, Michigan and other northern parts of this country, the same weather would be described as "Pleasant, with a chance of afternoon sunshine." I mean, c'mon: two inches of snow and the entire league is paralyzed? We call off games for Sunday, including the big one pitting Manchester United against Chelsea, more than 24 hours in advance? Even here in South Florida there's a shot (slight, I'll admit) that we could have put on a better show than the EPL did today.
I guess there's nothing left to do but break out the firewood, turn up the volume on the Dean Martin holiday album, and turn the channel to GOLTV to watch La Liga. Herewith, in honor of the not-very-tough men who called off this weekend's EPL action, a classic Christmas song celebrating the cold weather:
The snowstorm also played havoc with my fantasy football team.
Six games in all were cancelled, with only Sunderland - Bolton and Blackburn - West Ham actually managing to play Saturday, and Machester City and Everton scheduled to square off today. It wasn't a complete wipeout, though, as Danny Welbeck -- one of my three fantasy strikers -- managed to get his name on the score sheet for Sunderland. It was another fine goal by the on-loan Manchester United man, bravely sliding down low, laying out like Superman to head the ball into the back of the net. Welbeck oozes class, and looked a step quicker all day than the Bolton defenders. Sign him up, Fergie! Oh, you already did....
So as we said, the day wasn't a complete wipeout. I also managed to find this video, which is just plain old hilarious. The linesman loses both his feet and his hair on the same play -- quite a feat!:
This is farlieonfootie for December 20, NOT cancelled by a snowstorm, and still on my feet.