Monday, February 18, 2013

Pennant Fever

We haven't reported much on the English Premier League, because there's not a whole lot to say.  You will recall that last year, Manchester United (winner of 12 of the last 20 EPL titles) was edged at the final possible moment by their ancient rivals from Manchester City.  Well, United has wasted no time making sure that this year, no such miracle will occur.  The Red Devils have been red-hot, and they have left the rest of the league far behind:

1.  Man Utd:  21-3-2 (65 points)
2.  Man City:  15-3-8 (53 points)
3.  Chelsea:  14-5-7 (49 points)
4.  Spurs:  14-6-6 (48 points)
5.  Arsenal:  12-6-8 (44 points)
6.  Everton:  10-4-12 (42 points)
7.  Liverpool:  10-8-9 (39 points)

So the only real drama left this year is which four teams will qualify for next year's Champions' League.

Meanwhile, there is even less drama in Scotland, as the ancient rivalry between Celtic and Rangers was shattered by the fact that Rangers went bankrupt last year.  The club re-organized under new ownership, but was punished by being sent all the way down to the fourth level of Scottish football.  With no one in Scotland capable of challenging them, Celtic are cruising along at the head of the Scottish Premier League -- 18 points ahead of the second-place club.

But it's not all sweetness and light for Celtic -- the powers that be in Europe are angry with the Scots for their complaints about the officiating in their Champions' League match against Juventus (from Turin, Italy).

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