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  1. Borussia Dortmund’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad S...

    Mike L. Goodman

    Shit happens. As much as you scheme and plan, measure and predict, train and prepare, the games still have to be played -- and balls will bounce the wrong way, key players will get hurt, and opposing keepers will make incredible saves. Th...

    Blog | January 27, 2015
  2. Messrs. Brightside: The Superstar Promise of Tottenham’s Ha...

    Mike L. Goodman

    What happens when you combine an expensively average roster with two budding stars and an outstanding goalkeeper? You get a midtable team that lurks around -- but never particularly challenges for -- the Champions League places. In...

    Blog | January 20, 2015
  3. Novelty Mayhem: Why This Week’s Champions League Matches Ar...

    Mike L. Goodman

    The boring truth about the Champions League group stages is that the big teams pretty much always move through. It's briefly exciting when Champions League play starts up every September, but games don't really get that tense unti...

    Blog | December 09, 2014
  4. The Rise and Fall of Southampton

    Mike L. Goodman

    Just a week ago, Southampton sat in second place, comfy on 26 points, six goals conceded, and a seven-point cushion from the non-Champions League wasteland of fifth place. Then they played Manchester City and Arsenal, and now they...

    Blog | December 05, 2014
  5. Patience, Panic, or Liverpool: Sorting Through the Premier League...

    Mike L. Goodman

    How to fix a broken team? With the Premier League keeping things weird for another weekend, that's the question lingering above many clubs. As it stands, Manchester United and Newcastle are tied for fourth place on 19 points, narrow leaders...

    Blog | November 24, 2014
  6. Ranking the Champions League Blowouts

    Spike Friedman

    After a round of Champions League fixtures that saw 40 goals scored in a single day, let's take a moment to highlight a series of blowouts that have reestablished this year's league hierarchy. Breaking these down from least enligh...

    Blog | October 23, 2014
  7. Roma Holiday: How the Italian Club Became a Champions League Cont...

    Mike L. Goodman

    Roma are a really good soccer team. This shouldn't be surprising. They are, after all, the biggest team in the biggest city in Italy. It's easy to shrug and say, "Of course Roma are the second-best team in Serie A. They are Roma.&quo...

    Blog | October 21, 2014
  8. Champions League Roundup: United Castoffs Make Good, and the Fire...

    Spike Friedman

    The second round of UEFA Champions League group-stage matches provided a great deal of narrative confirmation. Liverpool haven't figured out how to attack without Luis Suarez or Daniel Sturridge in the lineup. Despite an influx of ex...

    Blog | October 02, 2014
  9. The Biggest Surprises From the First Champions League Group-Stage...

    Spike Friedman

    The first matchday of the Champions League is in the books, and, pleasantly, there were some surprises. Let's have a look at the biggest. Schalke 04 have looked like they were in total disarray in domestic play. They crashed out of the DFB-Poka...

    Blog | September 18, 2014
  10. Meet Your Continental European Champions League Contenders

    Mike L. Goodman

    It's Champions League time. To help you get set up, we're going to go on a brief tour around Europe, to get you up to date on all the major non-Premier League teams. Our tour will take us through Germany, Spain, and Ital...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  11. Your Champions League Cinderellas Guide

    Spike Friedman

    Are you looking for a Cinderella team to follow through this year's Champions League? You feel burned-out on previous darlings Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid, after their respective transformations from underdogs to perennial...

    Blog | August 28, 2014
  12. How Will Liverpool Compensate for the Loss of Luis Suárez?...

    Spike Friedman

    Luis Suarez was and is a nutmegging, penalty-drawing, goal-scoring menace. Last season, he was the consensus best player in the Premier League, the catalyst for Liverpool's return to Champions League football as well as thei...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  13. About Last Weekend: L.A.-N.Y.'s Collision Course

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy solemnly resetting the "Days Since Last Pitcher Blew Out His Elbow" counter back to zero, here are the top seven stories you missed in sports last weekend: Both NHL conference finals now sit at 3-1 after t...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  14. About Last Night: Rangers Ground Flyers

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were out shellfishly getting yourself suspended from the team, here are the top six stories you missed in sports on Wednesday: Henrik Lundqvist did Henrik Lundqvist things as the Rangers advanced to the second round of the NHL playoffs...

    Blog | May 01, 2014
  15. Is John Terry Wolverine? Can You Prove He Isn’t?

    Andrew Lewellen

    You can say a lot about John Terry. It's important to point out the good and the bad. He allegedly had an affair with a teammate's wife. He has captained Chelsea for 10 years and wore the armband for England for five. He racially...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  16. Real Madrid Slam the Door on Bayern Munich

    Mike L. Goodman

    Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition. It's chief weapon is speed. ...;and set piece headers. It's two chief weapons are speed and set piece headers. And Cristiano Ronaldo free kicks&...

    Blog | April 30, 2014