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La Liga Jornada 29 Review: Real Madrid Continues Atlético Madrid’s Nightmare in El Derbi Madrileño

A gigantic banner covered one end of the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu before the match.  On this banner, the Grim Reaper and other scary creatures from movies and stories past sprawled across, and there was a message for their Madrid neighbors to the south, “Noche de Derby.  Vuestra Peor Pesadilla.” In […]

Mallorca Loses Its Home Invincibility to Sevilla FC

A half-empty stadium.  A running track surrounding the pitch that places the fans further away from the action.  Supporters that create less noise and din than those at the Vancouver Olympic Centre, where the Olympic Curling competition is contested.  The ONO Estadi hardly constitutes as an intimidating atmosphere, but RCD […]

Real Madrid 1-4 Alcorcón: The Five Stages of Grief Through the Players’ and the Supporters’ Eyes

Denial Although Real Madrid needed five goals to overturn their Round of 32 tie with Alcorcón, a certain sense of denial was important in this particular situation so that they could believe that their task was not impossible.  Kaká stated, “For the pride and for the history of Real Madrid, […]

Getafe Fails to Capitalize Against a Ten Man Real Madrid

The fashionable district.  The working-class south.  The established.  The disrespected.  Commerce.  Industry.  A comparison between the two top Madrid clubs.  Getafe just wants to be in the conversation.  They are in the city too, they say.  Real Madrid does not disrespect them because they are not in Real’s radar.  With […]

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American Shmundits. Argh!

I play much more soccer than basketball.  But when it comes to the end of televised seasons, I watch much more basketball than soccer.  Maybe it has something to do with the excitement of a top quality league that actually has playoffs combined with the speed and high scoring of […]

Fantasy Premier League Tips: Gameweek 3

I’m back again — this time with tips for the Fantasy Premier League instead of ESPN’s Premier Fantasy — with some potential transfer targets that should be watched for Gameweek 3 and beyond. Michel Vorm (£4.0 million) When trying to buy quality players to lead your team to glory, you […]

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 8: TV times and open thread

Here’s today’s TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States (as well as listings of commentators): Everton vs. Liverpool, 8:30am, NBCSN; Steve Bower & Kevin Kilbane Arsenal vs. Manchester United, 11am, NBCSN; Arlo White & Lee Dixon Swansea vs. Spurs, 11am, Premier League Extra Time and NBC Sports Live Extra; […]