Gonna be brief today, just time for a couple quick observations from Sunderland's poor home loss to Liverpool on Sunday. In case you feel like complaining, talk to the hand, and take a look at the beer review I also put out today.
Anyone else wonder what Andy Carroll was doing to Martin Skrtel when he put his hands on the defender's hips for a corner kick in the Sunderland 18 yard box (see picture below)? It looked like either the pair were rehearsing the police frisk that typically ends Carroll's Saturday nights out, or were reliving their activities at a "boy's weekend" that went horribly awry. Either way, I'm not sure I want to know the intimate details of the duo's corner kick "training regime."
Add Kevin Friend to the growing list of EPL referees who can't do their job properly. For the second year in a row, the Sunderland - Liverpool match had a controversial goal as Friend incorrectly pointed to the spot after consulting with his assistant referee. After initially indicating -- correctly, in my opinion -- a free kick outside the box, Friend appeared to have his mind changed by his linesman. If I were a visitor from outer space this season, my understanding of the assistant referee's main responsibilities would be that it's his crucial -- and often only -- duty to get offside and penalty calls wrong. Full stop.