Public Enemy: Public Enemy No. 1
Long Island stand up!
Kevin Mario, too old, Miami. My ardor for Aubrey Plaza, Cheryl Burke, and Katheryn Winnick is voraciously voyeuristic.
Love this lot. They do a job and have some wee fun in between. Their analysis is spot on and they keep it tidy. I do not miss Fox Soccer’s BPL coverage one bit. And that Rebecca Lowe, she could read corn-ethanol legislation to me and I would pay attention.
Got this in the post today. Pretty chuffed about it. The new signings will restore United to the top four and this man here is the demigod who will take them there.
What a home debut from this chap earlier Sunday. Granted QPR are so bad that they will have a fight on their hands for 20th in the table, still, United and their supporters needed a cathartic result and luckily QPR were the right team at the right time for the new boys and the manager. Finally someone worthy of the regaled seven shirt at Old Trafford after it accidentally fell onto the backs of Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia.
Did anyone else suffer club football withdrawals like I did over this barren two-week period filled with mundane international play? The NFL opening weekend hardly filled the gaping void in my sporting life (watching the Prem long replaced the NFL for my time anyways). Since my last transmission the transfer window has expired and there are significant changes in the makeup of several clubs. The deadline day’s most notable deals were made by Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal. United swept in for arguably the world’s most clinical striker when fit (Radamel Falcao) and finalized a deal for a defending utilityman who featured for World Cup 3rd place finishers Holland (Daley Blind). Chelsea inked underrated French international Loic Remy on a permanent from QPR. What a difference a year makes. One year ago the Pensioners had Eto’o, Fernando Torres, and Demba Ba in their striker stable. Guys who literally played like Pensioners at times. Now they can roll out Diego Costa, Loic Remy, and old trusted hand and terrace hero Didier Drogba. Beware the Chelsea. Arsenal left it late and may not have done a deal for a defensive midfielder but they did bring in a striker who features for the England national team in Danny Welbeck formerly of Manchester United to help offset the loss of the overworked Olivier Giroud who is crocked until probably January 2015. Welbeck fired in a brace leading his side in a 2-0 key Euro 2016 qualifier ice breaker against their main rivals in the group in Switzerland. A forward line of Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez, and Theo Walcott is surely the world’s fastest.
Match of the weekend is the curtain raiser Saturday morning from Emirates. Both sides are coming off of disappointing results in the last round with the champions suffering a rare league home loss to Stoke and Arsenal sharing the points away to Leicester City. Gunners’ new boy Danny Welbeck will hope to show his past employer what they could have had and to put one over on his former cross-city rivals (Welbeck was raised and brought up through Manchester United). I had read that manager Arsene Wenger was not guaranteeing Welbeck his place yet. Really? A full English international coming off of a stellar international break has to fight for his place with Yaya “Sir No Goal” Sanogo who still has yet to break his league goal duck after some 10+ appearances? Anything Welbeck can put into the back of the net will be bonus for Arsenal because it will surely have been a chance that Sir No Goal would have wasted. Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey picked up an ankle knock on Wales duty but expects to be fit for the match but the same cannot yet be said for Manchester City striker Stefan Jovetic who did his hamstring on duty for Montenegro and is a doubt. Gunners’ left back Kieron Gibbs has been passed fit and is expected to make the XI. Arsenal will want something from this match as a loss could put them seven points off the pace at the top. Arsenal tend to fare well against City at Emirates. How they contain the darting runs between the lines of Samr Nasri and David Silva will be instrumental in any success achieved.
Immediately following that match will be a battle between sides harboring perfect records in three wins from three at Stamford Bridge when Swansea come calling. Talismanic striker Diego Costa did tweaked his hammy again on duty for Spain during the break but is expected to make the first team for Chelsea. He is in form and already at his brazen best (or worst just ask Everton’s Tim Howard and Seamus Coleman). Costa has four goals in three starts and will look to add to that. His duo with Swans’ center back Ashley Williams should offer plenty of tempestuous moments for both men as neither are one to back down. In midfield, Swans’ Ki, Jonjo Shelvey, and Gylfi Sigurdsson will have their hands full with Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic, Francesc Fabregas, and Ramires (probably picked). Shelvey and Ki will want to harass Fabregas in an effort to prevent him from pulling the strings that operate forward men, Costa and Eden Hazard, preventing them from receiving service in danger areas to Swansea’s defense. Swansea will hope to use their speedy wingers, Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge, to attack Chelsea on the counter and link up with lone forward Wilfried Bony.
5th placed Liverpool host 3rd place Aston Villa for the Saturday lunchtime match. The Villains have been stellar defensively thus far allowing one goal in the first three game weeks. Liverpool are coming off of another tanning of their new favorite whipping boys, Tottenham Hotspur, 3-0 and will probably have to ask questions of that Villa defense without striker Danny Sturridge who suffered a knock on England duty and could be out for a few weeks. Lucky for Liverpool they can turn to any of Rickie Lambert or Mario Balotelli in his absence. In addition to this fixture, Villa will play Arsenal (H), Chelsea (A), Manchester City (H), Everton (A), and Spurs (H) in six of the next seven game weeks. Villa supporters should not get used to that lofty perch that they reside in on the table at the moment or cherish it while it shortly lasts.
Sunday we will see if Manchester United’s British record transfer-window signings can mesh immediately home to Queens Park Rangers. It will be a rapid homecoming for former defender and club legend Rio Ferdinand who left the club this summer. His return will be marked by having to mark two of either Falcao, Wayne Rooney, and Robin Van Persie. Welcome back, Rio! Several pundits have mentioned in the post-Ferguson era while the side is struggling that six or seven new players are needed to freshen up the squad. Though left a little late compared to Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester City’s summer dealings, the Reds did eventually bring in six new bodies in midfielder Ander Herrera, left back Luke Shaw, center back Marcus Rojo, midfielder/left back Daley Blind, midfielder/winger Angel di Maria, and striker Radamel Falcao all of which should feature Sunday. Now is when United’s season starts. With more bodies fit for selection, it will be interesting to see if the manager, Louis Van Gaal, persists with the three man backline which makes it difficult to accommodate most of the attacking players in the camp now or if he will take off a center half, go four at the back (two fullbacks and two center backs), and bring on another attack-minded player. He did after all say over the summer that the system in place now is being utilized to the personnel on hand at the time. Given the unbalanced composition of the squad (heavy on forwards and attacking midfielders/wingers, light on quality center backs) the manager could have a selection and tactical headache on his hands.
Everton play twice this week in league and midweek Europa Cup action. The Toffees are still seeking their first win in the league and have ceded ten goals through the first three rounds. They were the flight’s 3rd best defense last season in goals allowed but early on center backs Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin have looked off the pace struggling to contain opposing teams’ forwards. Distin is 36 years old now. It may be time for the manager to consider running out young John Stones in favor of one of the incumbents. Everton will be desperate for a win away to West Brom. It is a manageable trip that should yield a result for Everton so long as they address their issues at the back.
Saturday, September 13:
Arsenal vs Manchester City, 7:45am, NBCSN and mun2 and NBC Sports Live Extra
Chelsea vs Swansea, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Crystal Palace vs Burnley, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Southampton vs Newcastle, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Stoke vs Leicester, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Sunderland vs Spurs, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
West Brom vs Everton, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Liverpool vs Aston Villa, 12:30pm, NBC and mun2 and NBC Sports Live Extra
Sunday, September 14:
Manchester United vs QPR, 11am, NBCSN and Telemundo and NBC Sports Live Extra
Monday, September 15:
Hull vs West Ham, 3pm, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Thursday, September 18:
Everton vs TBD (Europa League), time TBD
Schedule courtesy of our friends at EPLTalk
Ha’a Keaulana runs across the ocean floor with a 50 pound boulder. They do this as training to survive the massive surf waves of winter. She learned her amazing skills from her dad, legendary waterman #briankeaulana and her Grandpa, #Buffalo. I was very humbled to learn from the Hawaiians who have salt water running through their veins. Mahalo Nui Loa. Please stay tuned for our upcoming story on the Hawaiian surfing culture.
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