English Premier League – Prepping for Week 24

Week 23 proved to be a boon for Chelsea and Manchester City, while Liverpool and Newcastle encountered trouble offensively.  Chelsea saw a solid offense, thanks to Salomon Kalou’s second-half double which kept the team’s title hopes alive.

Unfortunately, Liverpool wasn’t as successful.  Posting their 7th draw in their last ten games has put them in a bit of bind, giving Chelsea the go-ahead for the second spot in the standings.   Liverpool’s offense lacked in almost every regard again last week, allowing Wigan Athletic to score on a penalty Kick by Mido.  With Aston Villa trailing Liverpool by one point, and Manchester two points ahead, it is going to be an exciting race to see who makes the top spot.

Make sure to catch the Chelsea/Liverpool game at your favorite brewpub this Sunday, it’s gonna be a good one.  If you are in Austin, Texas, you can catch the game over at Bagpipes Pub at 183 and Burnet.  The game starts at 10:00 AM CST (live), so you will need to head over to Soccer Post to watch the first half (it’s in the same complex as Bagpipes), then you can flip over to Bagpipes when they open at 11 and ask them to change the channel to Setanta Sports or Fox Soccer Channel for the game.  There will be a delayed re-cast of the game on Setanta at 5:45 PM, so you better be prepared to watch it at home, because the Super Bowl is generally regarded as the more favorable program in the U.S.  You will get laughed at if you try to ask your local bartender to change the channel from the Super Bowl to Liverpool/Chelsea.  Hey, it’s the U.S.A., what can you do?

Stadium : Anfield
Time: 16:00 GMT

Here are the stats for both teams:

Chelsea Stats
Ranking 2 : Won 14 Draw 6 Defeat 3
Last 5 Matches

  • 26 Dec 08 Chelsea 2 – 0 West Bromwich
  • 28 Dec 08 Fulham 2 – 2 Chelsea
  • 11 Jan 09 Man Utd 3 – 0 Chelsea
  • 17 Jan 09 Chelsea 2 – 1 Stoke City
  • 28 Jan 09 Chelsea 2 – 0 Middlesbrough

Liverpool Stats
Ranking 3 : Won 13 Draws 9 Defeats 1
Last 5 Matches

  • 26 Dec 08 Liverpool 3 – 0 Bolton
  • 28 Dec 08 Newcastle Utd 1 – 5 Liverpool
  • 10 Jan 09 Stoke City 0 – 0 Liverpool
  • 19 Jan 09 Liverpool 1 – 1 Everton
  • 28 Jan 09 Wigan Athletic 1 – 1 Liverpool

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The NFL Draft House: Bradford, Moreno and the Class of 2009

The buzz is all about who’s going to The Show, and I’ve compiled the latest on who’s gonna commit to the 2009 NFL Draft.  The NFL draft is a trying time for many college teams, as great offensive and defensive players may decide to leave school early for the shot of making it big in the pro leagues.  However, this is a boon for NFL fans, as they get to watch their favorite college players move on up and keep doing what they do best – play real good football.   I learned today that OU QB Sam Bradford will declare his candidacy “barring an injury in Thursday night’s BCS National Championship game.”  Other notable draft hopefuls include:

Knowshon Moreno – RB – Georgia
Matthew Stafford – QB – Georgia
Vontae Davis – CB – Illinois
Everette Brown – DE – FSU
Darrius Heyward-Bey – WR – Maryland
Jerraud Powers – DB – Auburn
Eben Britton – OL – Arizona
Hakeem Nicks – WR – UNC
Kevin Ogletree – WR – Virginia
James Casey – UB – Rice
Gerald McRath – LB – Southern Miss
Andre Smith – OT – Alabama

This is just the short list for now, I will be updating as more and more players commit.

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The Origins of Football

Do you ever wonder how American Football evolved to become the sport we watch on television today?  You might be surprised to know that football, in one form or another, existed centuries before the modern variant with helmets and shoulder pads.  In fact, modern football can be traced back to ancient sports that were played with with the foot, and – you guessed it – a ball.

There are a number of similar team sports today that can be grouped under the generic name of “football.”  These sports, which vary from region to region, are all alike in that  they typically involve kicking a ball with the foot to score a goal.  The most popular of these sports worldwide is known as association football, or soccer.  Several other variants enjoy popularity in different countries around the world: gridiron football in the U.S.A. and Canada, Australian football, rugby football and Gaelic football.

These “football” games typically involve between 11 and 18 players, a clearly demarcated field or playing area, scoring points by moving the ball to opposite ends of the field, the goal or line being defended by the opposing team, players required to move the ball and goals as the result of putting the ball between two goal posts.

Early variants of the sport were developed by the Romans and Chinese.  The Chinese played a game known as cuju (“kick ball”), which initially involved kicking a leather ball through a small hole in a piece of silk cloth affixed to a tree or branch.  By the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), air-filled balls replaced feather balls, and cuju became a professionalized game.  Many Chinese players made a living playing cuju.

In medieval and early modern Europe, football is believed to have arrived in England as a result of the Norman Conquest.    The earliest reference of a sport in which the ball was kicked solely with the foot was chronicled in England in 1280.

Many rule establishments and convergences led to the formation of rugby football.  It has been said that the first ever rugby football game was played in Canada in 1865, when British Army officers played local civilians.  The first occurrence of rugby football in the United States occurred during a game between Princeton and Rutgers in 1869.  It is widely known that North American football evolved from rugby, not football.  American football evolved when the forward pass was officially suggested as a rule change in 1908.

To this day, there is still debate over the actual meaning of the term “football.”  Football refers to different sports, so the meaning of the word differs depending on which country it is spoken.  The name “soccer” was originally derived as a slang abbreviation of the word “association” from “association football.”  Currently, only the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand use the term “soccer,” since these countries play their own version of “football.”