Monday, September 17, 2012

May Day: Week 4 in the BPL

photo by SliceofNYCvia PhotoRee

o Chelsea and QPR may have drawn 1-1 this weekend, but the least surprising development of the day was Ranger's left back Fabio limping off the Loftus Road pitch after less than 18 minutes. You didn't think switching teams would somehow make him sturdier, did you?

o We may already have had a soft spot in our heart for Ji-Sung Park, but our respect for QPR's South Korean Captain grew by leaps and bounds when he refused to shake John Terry's hand prior to the game against Chelsea this Saturday. Taking a stand for principled people everywhere, Parky reminded us all of what's important in life: respect, a word the Chelsea Captain likely can't even spell.

o Two goals by Dimitar Berbatov in his first 90 minutes for Fulham, and let's see.....  Maybe someone could tell me what he was doing on the bench for the last year and a half...?!  And just because we can, we're handing Dimitar our Player of the Week honors to pay homage to his brace.

o Arsenal may have cruised to a 6-1 victory over Southampton on Saturday, but for us the most touching part of the entire afternoon was Wojciech Sczcesny's loving tribute to teammate Lukasz Flappyhandski, in which the younger Pole managed singlehandedly to end the Gunners' shutout streak at more than 300 minutes, all in a style all too familiar to Arsenal fans. It's nice to know that while Fabianksi may be gone, he's definitely not forgotten.

o It may only be the fourth game of the season, but all of Manchester United's pre-season signings have found the net as of Saturday -- are you reading this, Olivier Giroud? -- with both Alexander Buttner and Nick Powell adding their names to the scorer's sheet. They've joined Shinji Kagawa and Robin Van Persie, which leaves us with only one question: when will Angelo Henriquez get his first start..?

o By the way, do you think there may have been any celebrating going on in gypsy caravan party camp when Alexander Buttner scored his goal...?  Just askin'....

o While Steven N'Zonzi may have been announced as the Man of the Match at the end of 90 minutes at the Brittania on Saturday, there can be no denying that Ryan Shawcross' last gasp, off-the-line clearance of Edin Dzeko's lob was the play of the game.  The 1-1 draw was a nice result for the Potters, who proved once again that Stoke at home is a fairly formidable opponent.

o Liverpool may have drawn another game, but the worst thing we can think of to say about their performance is that there is very little to discuss concerning their 1-1 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. There's nothing worse than being irrelevant.

o And while we may still have almost 90% of the season left to play, the League table is already beginning to take on a very familiar look, with Chelsea, United, Arsenal and City occupying the top four spots.  Wonder where we've heard that before?

This is farlieonfootie for September 17.

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