Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Crystal Clear: Round 32 in the BPL

photo by annia316via PhotoRee

o Papiss Cisse grows more impressive by the week.  Audacious is the only word I can think of to describe the Senegalese striker's second goal on Friday, the one that sealed the points in the Magpies' comprehensive 2-nil victory over Swansea -- a result very few teams have achieved in Wales this season. The only person in a Newcastle uniform that wasn't clearly overjoyed when Cisse struck was his fellow countryman, who used to be a pretty key player for the Toon Army.

o Spurs and the early Saturday game just don't seem to mix, as Tottenham played its part in a dour nil-nil draw for the second time in three weeks.  Granted, Stamford Bridge and the Stadium of Light are difficult places to emerge from with points, but Spurs lacked any sense of a cutting edge this weekend, and it's becoming clear that Tottenham's away form -- unsuccessful in their last six in the road -- could cost them a Champions League berth.

o Mike Jones may as well have worn blue, so many questionable decisions did the Referee make in favor of the home side on Saturday.  Every single member of Wigan -- as well as all of the watching public, I suspect -- seemed to know that Branislav Ivanovic was offside for Chelsea's first goal on Saturday. Too bad neither Linesman Dave Bryan nor his boss Jones saw the play, although the correct call should have been clear as day.  The upshot was that Chelsea got another woefully offside goal at home -- the type of call the Blues always seem to get.

o Mind you, the team that Chelsea undeservedly beat is the same Wigan side that the Blues destroyed 8-0 at home on the last game of the 2010 season -- a result that shows you clearly just how far this Chelsea side has fallen.  And this team is in the semi-finals of the Champions League...?  I can't wait to see Barca play these guys....

o I've got to hand it to Referee Michael Oliver -- again. The youngest Ref in the Big Leagues had a clear view when he booked renowned Liverpool cheat Luis Suarez for simulation on Saturday. The yellow card was further proof that the League has had enough of the Uruguayan's diving antics, and I wouldn't be surprised to find out at the end of the season that New England Sports Ventures -- the owners of Liverpool -- have, as well -- this, despite Suarez's late goal which handed the home side (another) home draw against a team from the bottom half of the table.

o If you don't believe Manchester United get all the calls, all you needed to do was see Mario Balotelli's studs up challenge on Alex Song's knee that didn't even draw a yellow card -- let alone the red it so clearly deserved. Oh, wait -- Balotelli plays for the other team from Manchester, the one that never gets any calls in their favor.

o Clearest Chant of the Weekend, all the way from The Emirates: "He Plays When He Wants, He Plays When He Wants, Carlos Tevez, He Plays When He Wants."

o I lost track of how many games Super Mario should be suspended for: is it 6?  The Italian has finally managed to wear his Manager's patience thin -- but what in the world was Roberto Mancini doing leaving him on the pitch when it was crystal clear to anyone watching that the Balotelli was about to spontaneously combust....?

o Could there be a more clear cut choice for Player of the Week than the ageless Paul Scholes?  Easily the best signing of the year, the Ginger Prince's second half strike on Sunday killed off a stubborn QPR and put his team in pole position to win another title -- their fifth in six seasons....

This is farlieonfootie for April 10.

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