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Saying goodbye to James Milner and hello to Stephen Ireland

Posted by bdowd625 on August 17, 2010

(So long, James Milner. I hardly knew ye.)

A tulmutuous start to the 2010-11 English Premier League season continued on Tuesday for Aston Villa, as it sent James Milner to Manchester City for Stephen Ireland. The swap was long-anticipated, and Villa fans were eager to see Milner go based on their tepid reaction during player introductions in a season-opening 3-0 win over West Ham on Saturday. Milner ended up scoring a goal in that game – turning the fans in his favor for the time being – but all that doesn’t matter now. He’s out and Ireland is in.

Ireland, a 23-year-old midfielder, leaves the only Premier League team he’s ever known to come to Villa. In 138 career appearances with Manchester City, Ireland had 23 goals. He’s originally from – surprise! – Ireland, and has made seven appearances for the national team, scoring four goals in that span. Want another fun fact about him?  Ireland suffered from Osgood-Schlatter disease during his teenage years, a rupture of the growth plate at the tibial tuberosity. I’m no doctor, but I think that means the guy has crazy legs. CRAZY LEGS! Sounds like a sweet nickname to me.

P.S. – I can’t believe I’m actually enjoying this whole soccer thing. There’s just so much crazy shit that happens every day that it’s impossible not to love it. On top of all that, reading all the English writers and listening to all the crazy sayings during highlights is hysterical. You really should try it sometime. What’s that? You actually have a social life? Damn it.


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Diego Maradona? I’ll pass.

Posted by bdowd625 on August 16, 2010

I’m about as green as one can be when it comes to the world of English Premier League soccer, but even I know that Diego Maradona would be an absolute disaster as manager of Aston Villa. Apparently Maradona is interested in the coaching vacancy, though, which is currently being filled by caretaker Kevin MacDonald. Former manager Martin O’Neill resigned just days before the start of the EPL season, but Villa’s players put the distraction behind them and pulled off a convincing 3-0 win over West Ham on Saturday.

Back to Maradona, who left his position as head coach of the Argentinian national team after a quarterfinal loss in the 2010 World Cup. The guy is a total slob, and I don’t know how anyone in or around the EPL would be able to root for him after the “Hand of God Goal” he scored against England in the 1986 World Cup. For those of you that don’t remember Maradona’s controversial goal, it’s posted below:

You’re supposed to use your feet, porkchop.

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Getting off on the right foot

Posted by bdowd625 on August 15, 2010

I’ve been pretty busy this weekend, so I haven’t had much time to dedicate to the blog. Don’t think for a second, though, that Aston Villa’s 3-0 victory over West Ham on Saturday went unnoticed. Do I know how to pick ’em or do I know how to pick ’em? Caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald, who urged the Villa fans to cheer for their team even if things started out poorly, didn’t have to worry about such things. Stewart Downing’s early goal got the ball rolling, and West Ham was helpless the rest of the way. So far, I couldn’t be happier with my selection.

In other news, did everyone see how Dustin Johnson was eliminated from the PGA Championship tonight? It doesn’t get much worse than that as a competitor. I don’t care if the PGA explained the rules 150 times – I completely understand how Johnson got confused. The fans were STANDING ON THE “BUNKER” for God’s sake. Rules are rules – I get that. But man that was tough to watch.

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Welcoming the EPL into my life

Posted by bdowd625 on August 13, 2010

(You and I are about to become real good friends, Emile Heskey.)

After becoming quite smitten with the 2010 World Cup earlier this summer, I’ve decided to continue my soccer binge by selecting an English Premier League team to follow this season. If this idea sounds familiar, it’s because Bill Simmons jumped into the world of soccer the same way in one of his ESPN columns a few years back. He, too, selected a random team, choosing Tottenham Hotspur, mainly because he thought they had a cool name. Looks like it worked out just fine for you, Billy Boy.

Instead of picking my team based on its name, though, I’ve decided to find a middle-of-the-pack squad that’s not exactly a serious contender this year. I won’t look like a frontrunner that way. With that in mind, I have chosen – drumroll, please – Aston Villa. Do I know anything about this team? Absolutely not. Can I name a single player other than Heskey? Nope. But I plan on doing my due diligence this year and becoming a Villa aficionado. Here’s hoping for a good season, men. Now let’s take down West Ham!

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