Flashback: The Hillsborough Disaster and the Fall of Steven Cohen
Flashback: The Hillsborough Disaster and the Fall of Steven Cohen

On April 13, 2009, two days before the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough stadium disaster, Steven Cohen said something stupid. “In this weekend’s Sunday papers in England, where they’re all doing big commemorations about the 96, and why we should never forget, nobody discusses the six to eight thousand who […]

It’s a Do or Die Season for Sunderland Manager Paolo Di Canio
It’s a Do or Die Season for Sunderland Manager Paolo Di Canio

In August, Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio begins his first full season at Sunderland, a club which has finished in the bottom half of the Premier League table four times in the last five years (in 2011, the club finished tenth). This consistency is pretty remarkable. Since securing promotion in […]

Mark Hughes Wants to Bring “Good Football” to Stoke City
Mark Hughes Wants to Bring “Good Football” to Stoke City

In the 1990′s, Mark Hughes, who in May replaced Tony Pulis as Stoke City manager, wore his hair long, played for several European powerhouses, and routinely scored incredible volleys. He was a sexy center forward, the kind of player who these days appears on billboards and negotiates image rights. Presumably, […]

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweeks 36 and 37
Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweeks 36 and 37

Frank Lampard breaks Bobby Tambling’s goal record: Frank Lampard (8.4) is easy to mock. He’s English and therefore lacks the sparkle of players like Mata (10.2), Oscar (8.0) and Hazard (9.6); he’s pathologically incapable of playing alongside Steven Gerrard (9.2), though Gerrard’s tactical indiscipline hasn’t helped matters; and he once […]

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 35
Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 35

United is taking things seriously: Manchester United has won the Premier League title, but Sir Alex Ferguson is still chewing gum, still yelling at officials, and still twisting his face into new and exciting expressions of disgust. United isn’t taking it easy. On Sunday, Robin van Persie (13.8) scored his […]

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 34
Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 34

Defoe scores, Tottenham wins: Before Sunday’s match, Jermain Defoe (7.9) hadn’t scored a Premier League goal in 2013, which is pretty embarrassing — for someone whose sole function is goal-scoring, who regularly spends 90 minutes just toddling around the penalty area. But when Defoe’s in form, boy, can he finish. […]

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 33
Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 33

We’re inching closer to the end of the Premier League season with so much still to play for in the league and Fantasy Premier League. Here are my observations from my adventures from gameweek 33 of the Fantasy Premier League: Theo Walcott returns from injury: On Saturday, Arsenal produced one […]

Adventures in Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 32
Adventures in Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 32

With just six matches to go in the 2012-13 Premier League season, it’s going to be over before you know it. But before we call the season a day, here’s a recap of my adventures in Fantasy Premier League from last weekend.  Kevin Mirallas and the rest of Everton’s forward […]

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 31
Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 31

Before we dive into gameweek 32 tomorrow, here are my adventures in Fantasy Premier League, gameweek 31 from last weekend. Ricardo Lambert (pronounced Lam-bear): My father sometimes “Europeanizes” Rickie Lambert’s (7.1) name, probably in an effort to sound funny. After all, Lambert has spent most of his career in the […]

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 30
Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 30

Before we dive into all of the international matches tomorrow, here are my adventures in Fantasy Premier League, gameweek 30 from last weekend. Fat but effective: Despite the post-Real Madrid transfer rumors, despite Robin van Persie’s (13.7) arrival from Arsenal, and despite Gus Johnson’s harebrained insistence that Danny Welbeck (7.8) […]

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 29
Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 29

Gabriel Agbonlahor and the sad decline of Aston Villa Football Club: There’s something awfully depressing about Aston Villa’s recent slump – something that has everything to do with Gerard Houllier, Darren Bent (7.8) and even Emile “Really big in Australia ” Heskey. A few seasons ago, Villa challenged for a […]

Are Tottenham Hotspur Too Fragile to Remain in Third Place?
Are Tottenham Hotspur Too Fragile to Remain in Third Place?

I see a lot of promise in Tottenham Hotspur. I see a club inching its way to the top of the Premier League on the backs of four or five exciting young players, a club that is doing everything to prepare for the long term, short of recruiting an Abramovich-esque […]

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 28
Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 28

While we’re still recovering from England’s best hope of winning a Champions League trophy getting knocked out of the tournament yesterday, here are my notes and observations from gameweek 28 in the Fantasy Premier League: Kagawa scores his first Manchester United hat trick: At the beginning of the season, Shinji […]

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 27
Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 27

A little late this week, but here are my notes and observations from gameweek 27 in the Fantasy Premier League: Americans! In the Premier League! Brek Shea (5.0) made his Stoke debut in a game that I imagine most of you didn’t bother getting up for. There are, after all, […]

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 26
Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 26

Gareth Bale is too good for the Premier League: I don’t know which is the greater tragedy: that Bale has played only one season of Champions League football, or that he’s Welsh, and therefore will never play in a World Cup or European Championship. Michu scores twice: What’s interesting about […]

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweeks 24 and 25
Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweeks 24 and 25

Samba’s return: Whenever I watch Christopher Samba (5.0) – which isn’t often; it’s not like I’ve been getting up early to see Anzhi Mackhachkala games – I always cast my mind back to his amazing career in the north of England. Like how, for a while, he was both Blackburn’s […]

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 23
Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 23

Harry Redknapp signed a player: Loic Remy (6.0) has scored his first Premier League goal, and QPR is undefeated in five games, which is exciting but also kind of disorienting in the way that Redknapp teams — with their cavalier disregard for things like debt, taxes and deadline-day honesty — […]