Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday Morning Keeper – EPL Week 1

No longer will you have to fill your Saturday and Sunday mornings with family time and trips to church, respectively. No longer will Fox Soccer and Fox Soccer Plus be showing replays of nPower League matches from last April against teams we didn't know still existed. No longer will you have to listen to recordings of Ian Darke match calls from last season, just to calm your cravings. No, no my friends, the season is upon us, English Premier League has risen!

If you are new to "The Scoring Third" then you are also new to "Monday Morning Keeper" which is our version of the round-up of highs and lows from the weekend matches. We will try to pick up on the important stuff that you need to know, but in the spirit of this blog we will likely veer off the predicable road and into an amusing ditch from time to time as well. Anytime you miss out on reading one of our re-caps it will be available at the top of our homepage under the "Monday Morning Keeper" tab. We are also going to try and work in Twitter links to the teams and names we include in our recaps to give you a better chance of following the things that are important to you, that being soccer. Now, it's time for the show.

The first red card of the season was hand-out before the first match even started when officials decided to postpone the Tottenham (@SpursOfficial) v Everton (@YourEverton) match due to a week's worth of rioting around White Hart Lane. I had assumed it was all from Tottenham fans upset they missed Champions League this season, but apparently it was just everyday hooliganism. ESPN2 was left scrambling to find another match for Darke (@IanDarkeESPN) and Macca (Sadly not on Twitter) to cover, which ended up being organized naptime with Fulham (@FulhamFC) 0:0 Villa (@AVFCofficial). I have to give credit to ESPN for pushing to get coverage of another match and having their squad call the match on such short notice. Prepping for the match from Noon on Thursday until first thing Saturday afternoon is not a lot of time, but the team pulled it off without a hitch. Let's just make sure that Macca knows that "City" doesn't begin with an "S-H" before he's on the mic for today's Manchester City (@MCFC) v Swansea City (@SwanseaCityFC1) match. Missed the slip up, check out the audio from our friends at EPLtalk.

The weekend on a whole was a bit of a bore with only 3 teams winning, none of which were the home team. Bolton (@OfficialBWFC) decided to pick-up goals when they could against a QPR (@OfficialQPR) squad which won the Championship League last season, finishing the match with a 4-0 victory. The only other action was from Manchester United (@MUFootballClub) winning a fairly boring match against WBA (@WBAFCofficial) 2-1. I guess there is a little bit of rust on all of the teams for this season, but with the transfer window still open for another two weeks there's no reason to get use to your teammates just yet.

Speaking of the transfer window, what is going on with the fire sale that Arsenal (@Arsenal) has been having this summer? The last news came out over the weekend that the on-again-off-again dealing of Cesc Fabregas (@cesc4official) is now officially on with a move to Barca. The Samir Nasri (@Nanas08) deal to Man City appears to be on as well with official word coming out this week. That coupled with all of the other moves this season and people are calling for the coach's head on a stick and wondering what they have left to cheer for this season. Our advice, if you are planning on buying a Gunners jersey soon, make sure not to have a player's name or number put on the back.

As you could guess, the table is looking a little odd based on the fact that 4 teams have yet to play and most of the games were draws. All season we will list the top 4 and bottom 4 teams so you can have a quick reference to who is living the high-life and who is moving to relegation-ville.

1. Bolton – 3 pts, +4 GD (1-0-0)
2. Manchester United – 3 pts, +1 GD (1-0-0)
3. Wolverhampton – 3 pts, +1 GD (1-0-0)
4. Norwich – 1 pts, 0 GD (0-1-0)
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17. Everton – 0 pts, 0 GD (0-0-0)
18. West Brom – 0 pts, -1 GD (0-0-1)
19. Blackburn – 0 pts, -1 GD (0-0-1)
20. Queens Park – 0 pts, -4 GD (0-0-1)

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