May 20, 2007

Chelsea Win Play Off For Third Place.: In Europe. They won some other trophy, too.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 01:00 AM - 16 comments

It was a pretty dull match, enlivened only by the goal that wasn't a goal - or was it a penalty - or was it a free kick for a foul on the keeper? That one will run and run, unlike Arjen Robben. Or Rio Ferdinand. Rio is football's Princess Margaret. That is, he's associated with royalty, represents England, has lots of privileges, but primarily gets heaps of money for doing basically nothing.

posted by owlhouse at 01:04 AM on May 20, 2007

I missed an evening up the pub (local time) to endure this, and if it hadn't been free-to-air I'd be wanting my money back. Thought the boy Rooney did well without much support and even though I'm no fan of Chelsea, you can't help but admire Drogba; plenty of heart, running and the skill to go with. I thought the small errors United were making, poor first touch etc., were exactly the thing that got them found out by ACMilan, but Chelsea are obviously lesser opponents. My main impression of the goal that wasn't was thinking how much Petr Cech's head looks like the Buddha's hairdo in that helmet thing.

posted by Abiezer at 02:27 AM on May 20, 2007

That can't be a goal. It's going to be fun being a keeper from now on if pushing them into the net while they're holding the ball becomes a goal. Carlos Squirrels managed to talk for three minutes after the game without claiming the Ref had made a mistake there, (although he did say United were denied a clear penalty on another incident, of course), and it's not like United to be backwards about coming forwards.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:14 AM on May 20, 2007

Abiezer - do you normally go down the Red House in Sanlitun to watch the EPL? I've been there a couple of times when passing through.

posted by owlhouse at 05:19 AM on May 20, 2007

Not usually, just at home or down a local. Thinking, not been to the Red House for a good year or more. Might be a plan for the Euro final! We do make the effort for big games or if it's an international with the prospect of banter with opposition fans. Do say when you next pass through - we can have a SpoFi meet-up there.

posted by Abiezer at 05:49 AM on May 20, 2007

I remember Thierry Henry once had a goal disallowed when he sneaked in as the goalkeeper was bouncing the ball before kicking it. The ruling was it was still in the keeper's control even though he wasn't touching it. Two hands on the ball would have to mean under the keeper's control, in that case.

posted by Boggis at 05:54 AM on May 20, 2007

Just a quick reminder for us (we?) fans on this side of the pond the UEFA Champions League - AC Milan vs. Liverpool FC will be on ESPN2 starting at 12:30 pm central time. Is anyone interested in live gametime chat?

posted by Folkways at 07:38 AM on May 20, 2007

I don't see it in my ESPN2 listings.

posted by yerfatma at 08:18 AM on May 20, 2007

Not on my ESPN2 listing. Not on FSC either. Missed the FA Cup as well because of no TV airplay here. But Sevilla v. Espanyol is on for the 10th time this week on FSC. whoopie.

posted by scully at 08:49 AM on May 20, 2007

Just watched a promo for the match on ESPN2, 2pm east coast start. Also on ESPN Deportes(sp). Crap.....tried to link to the ESPN schedual but on preview it gets a fucking 404 error.

posted by Folkways at 10:23 AM on May 20, 2007

For what it's worth, the Liverpool v Milan game kicks off at 20:45 Central European Time on Wednesday. That's 2:45pm on the US east coast, so 1:45pm central.

posted by blarp at 12:15 PM on May 20, 2007

Or 4.45 am where I am. At least I'll be up to start work.

posted by owlhouse at 05:37 PM on May 20, 2007

I'm still up for hosting a Bay Area lunch/viewing at my apt in Mountain View for any SpoFites who want to join me. Drogba is underappreciated, me thinks. Go Reds!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:26 AM on May 21, 2007

I'm gonna miss the FA final as well, because of this job thing I can't shake. Go Reds indeed!

posted by chicobangs at 11:23 AM on May 21, 2007

Yeah, I've got the same case of the job, chico. It's kinda hard to explain a 3-hour lunch break, even if it's my team playing. Dammit!

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:38 PM on May 21, 2007

Don't fret wc2002, your lot are going to lose anyway.

posted by squealy at 04:48 AM on May 22, 2007

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