November 18, 2002

English Premier League (EPL) Week 14 Report

Arsenal returns to the top, with a 3-0 win in the London derby against Tottenham. The Gunners nudged out my favorite team Liverpool, who contrived a scoreless home draw with Sunderland after peppering the goal with more shots than a band of drunken duck hunters. Meanwhile, Manchester United nearly lost to second-from-bottom West Ham.

Meanwhile, check out Soccernet's cute iconic Team of the Week, which reuses graphics from their Fantasy League.

Other EPL links you may find useful:

  1. My stupendous live EPL Internet radio page (on SpoFi): A list o' links to live radio commentary (some have archived commentary, too) hosted by each of the teams. Most are free, but the greedy pay ones are noted, too.
  2. ESPN's Soccernet is my top soccer read for results, reports, the occasional live text commentary, and stats (top scorers, attendance, fair play, discipline).
  3. The London Times Online's soccer page: Erudite renderings of games, often crossing over into epic poetry, I think. Also has a daily "The Premiership Today" feature that contains snippets on each team.
  4. The Guardian's soccer site is the center of snark soccer, with hilarious, biting sportswriting wit, in the form of ... well, just about all the articles. And live, text commentary of mid-week games (incl. Euro cup games) -- low tech fun that includes emails to the commentators. And, of course, there's Ormondroyd's Virtual Match Report, a smorgasbord of stick figure soccer sass (see also: Ormondroyd's own site).
  5. The venerable BBC's soccer section has news, live scores and game commentary (although the commentary seems to be written by robots, with canned descriptions of gameplay).
  6.'s EPL Injury Table: Counts and lists all reported injured players and their injuries (and estimates of how long they'll be out) from each team. This week's injury leader is Man City, with 10 injured players.

Please feel free to add your favorite EPL links and comments.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 12:48 PM - 14 comments

What happened to those superb pixel illustrations of the Goal of the Week that Soccernet used to do? They've mysteriously vanished and I've Googled them without success. Advance thanks for anyone who has a pointer.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:02 PM on November 18, 2002

I use Soccer TV to find out which games will be on Fox Sports World.

posted by emoeby at 01:14 PM on November 18, 2002

Worldcup, oliver: I've already posted a comment in the lockerroom, so I guess discussion belongs there, but... can we keep these shorter, please, so that we can have more than one story on the front page at a time? :)

posted by tieguy at 01:18 PM on November 18, 2002

Great post! That physioroom is awesmome! Emoeby, why not use FOXSPORTSWORLD's shedule?

posted by StarFucker at 02:07 PM on November 18, 2002

Yeah, SF, now you know my secret. Which is why you've been kicking my ass all over the fantasy league these past 14 weeks. ;-) Thanks for the good word.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:19 PM on November 18, 2002

StarFucker...I suppose I could do that. For some reason, during the World Cup, I used and have never looked elsewhere.

posted by emoeby at 04:52 PM on November 18, 2002

Excellent excellent post!

posted by elsoltano at 09:21 PM on November 18, 2002

I feel almost embarassed - a yank knowing more places to find stuff about the premier league than me. *blush*

posted by BigCalm at 02:56 AM on November 19, 2002

I wish we had our own Sportsfilter where we only talk about football...all this talk about basketball, and helmet football is just a distraction on an otherwise great website.

posted by StarFucker at 08:00 AM on November 19, 2002

Thanks, elsoltano and BigC. btw, I'm not a Yank, tho I do live in this beautiful country. I've been a fan of English soccer from the days before the Premiership, back when I would watch week-delayed "Big League Soccer," when Liverpool still had Dalglish, Rush, Souness ... good times, good times. And it was FB who turned me on to the Guardian, and you, BC, who turned me on to the Ormondroyd. Hahaha! StarFucker, you crack me up. Again. I don't think you'll get any argument from people on this thread. Guess I won't delete those three weeks from your fantasy points. ;-)

posted by worldcup2002 at 10:49 AM on November 19, 2002

Hey, StarFucker will get some argument from me. I am large, I contain multitudes, I can simultaneously discuss more than one sport at a time! That said, great work wc2002; I really am enjoying the discussion in these football posts though, even though I am guilty of enjoying baseball too.

posted by trox at 11:10 AM on November 19, 2002

Thanks, trox. btw, here's that cool Goal of the Week from Soccernet. This week's features Arsenal's Thierry Henry, who took a loose ball in his own half past three Spurs players, into the box, and then curled the ball past the keeper. Enjoy the goal in all its pixelated glory.

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:56 PM on November 19, 2002

StarFucker, you could always just visit this page. Of course, we would love your starfucking voice in other threads, so please don't neglect the other measly conversations (um, I mean, distractions).

posted by jacknose at 08:40 AM on November 20, 2002

Thanks Jacknose... I knew about that but just added it to my favorites so i can go straight there... So i make you guys laugh? I crack you up? Am I like...a clown to you?

posted by StarFucker at 10:52 AM on November 20, 2002

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