Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What We Learned This Past Weekend in the BPL

Columnist Randy Lecturing on the BPL to a Class of Highly Interested Students
photo by Shaylorvia PhotoRee

Columnist Randy appears to like the beer he's receiving:

With my first payment from Farlie on Footie in hand (Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA), I decided to chronicle a few interesting things we learned in the BPL this week.

1.  Landon Who?

While the American press heaps loads of praise on Landon Donovan, the best American in the BPL, by far, is Clint Dempsey. Dempsey, Fulham’s all-time leading scorer, this weekend became the first American to register a Premier League hat trick with his stellar performance against Newcastle (he also had a hat trick in his last outing against Charlton in the FA Cup). Dempsey is in the League's top five goal scorers this season, and is now the top goal-scoring midfielder (he was previously tied with Farlie on Footie favorite Frank Lampard).  Dempsey’s all around play has greatly improved this year and hopefully will translate into transfer interest from one of the League's top teams so he can get a chance to play in the Champions League next year. Now, let's just hope USA Soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann uses Dempsey to his full potential leading up the 2014 World Cup.

2. Wolves are absolute rubbish

Coming off an embarrassing mid-week loss to Championship side Birmingham City, Wolves followed up with a home defeat to Aston Villa. To add insult to injury, former Wolves' star Robbie Keane scored the leveling and winning goals, the last on a beautiful strike from 20 yards that went in off the underside of the crossbar. Wolves haven’t kept a clean sheet at home in 10 games this season, and are winless in their last eight fixtures. The only thing keeping them off the bottom of the table is a more inept Wigan squad, but at this point they seem destined for relegation. The only question that seems remaining is when manager Mick McCarthy will get the sack.

3. Tottenham Had The Chance

Spurs had a golden opportunity to gain valuable ground on table-leading Manchester City this weekend. With Vincent Kompany still suspended from his red card against Man United, Gareth Bale and company should have exploited the City defense. The first half offered some fairly pedestrian play by both sides, with perhaps the exception of a bit of spirited play by Sergio Aguero and David Silva. Spurs were able to capitalize on an error by Kompany’s replacement Stefan Savic for a goal by Jermaine Defoe and had a spectacular equalizer from Bale. However it was apparent that Spurs missed Emanuel Adebayor, who was unable to play due to loan conditions, as they had problems generating chances. While it was questionable whether mario Balotelli deserved a red card for his stomp (I’ll leave the full lamenting to Columnist James), it was not questionable as to the foul and resulting penalty the sealed the match for City. Now down 8 points in the table, it will take a lot of luck for Tottenham to catch City.

And I’ll leave you with one last observation: Anyone who appears in one of the “Man Up” Miller Light commercials needs to go into hiding and stay out of public view for fear of embarrassment.

This is farlieonfootie for January 25.

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