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  1. Football, punk as a way of life

    James Martin

    We all come to football for different reasons. It may be as simple as geography: You support your local club. Or perhaps your maddening devotion is passed down through generations in your family. The equation takes on a layer of complexity if you gr...

    Blog | March 12, 2014
  2. Spurs stage one of the season's most impressive comebacks

    James Martin

    For 75 minutes, Chelsea and Arsenal must have been loving what they saw. Manchester City was in cruise control, leading 1-0 over Tottenham while the sun-drenched pitch at White Hart Lane betrayed the sense of gloom among the home fans. With just one ...

    Blog | April 21, 2013
  3. Manchester City restores a bit of pride with win over United

    James Martin

    Right before kickoff between Manchester United and Manchester City, Sir Alex Ferguson said that derby games can turn out to be stinkers. He was stating the obvious, as they often do fail to live up to our expectations. But given the attacking intent ...

    Blog | April 08, 2013
  4. Trying to get stoked for Stoke and other existential questions

    James Martin

    On Saturday night, after watching a bunch of football matches, I sat down to have some beers and finally watch "Skyfall." I'd always meant to see it in the theaters, but football viewing tends to monopolize your time during the arduous nine-month sea...

    Blog | March 19, 2013
  5. Inspired Theo Walcott gives Gunners well-earned draw vs. Liverpoo...

    James Martin

    When Liverpool went up 2-0 at Arsenal, the thought crossed my mind that Brendan Rodgers might not use those infamous envelopes (you know, for the three players he will cut from Liverpool Football Club at the end of the season, realty show-style) and ...

    Blog | January 30, 2013
  6. Chelsea stay 'relevant' in London derby vs. Arsenal

    James Martin

    Chelsea versus Arsenal was billed as a battle for relevance. Not for the Premier League title race, mind you, as that's all about the two Manchester clubs, but a shot at finishing in a Champions League spot at the end of the season. Rafa Benitez ...

    Blog | January 20, 2013
  7. Manchester United win a tale of two halves

    James Martin

    When Manchester United lost the league title on goal difference last season, people criticized them for not being a "vintage" United team. This time around, from some quarters, the verbal barbs have been sharper -- to the point of saying this could b...

    Blog | January 13, 2013
  8. Manchester United win thriller over Newcastle

    James Martin

    Manchester United's 4-3 win against Newcastle at Old Trafford was a microcosm of the Red Devils' season: Shocking defending, goals galore, uncertain goalkeeping and an irate Sir Alex Ferguson. For the 11th time this season, United went behind, but fo...

    Blog | December 26, 2012
  9. Hardly getting over it

    James Martin

    In "Back to the Future," that classic '80s flick, our protagonist Marty McFly had to find a way to change the past or he'd cease to exist in the future. We knew this because poor Marty, who had time-travelled back to the 1950s, had a picture of himse...

    Blog | December 11, 2012
  10. United defeat City in a display of blood and guts

    James Martin

    If you didn't know City versus United was a big match, Tom Cruise's presence at Etihad Stadium made sure there was no mistaking the gravitas of the day. This is TOM CRUISE, on hand to shill for his new flick "Jack Reacher," which is about ... oh, who...

    Blog | December 09, 2012
  11. The moody Blues tour continues

    James Martin

    There's a reason therapy sessions are held in private. No one wants to see the angst, the melodrama, the irrationality and the constant whinging. Yet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, the home supporters were having their own very public session in which...

    Blog | November 25, 2012
  12. Chelsea's European dreams hang by a thread

    James Martin

    The bitter coincidence couldn't have been overlooked by Chelsea. The beleaguered Blues were in Turin for a critical Champions League clash against Juventus. Win, and Roberto Di Matteo's side would have been in a strong position in Group E. Lose, and ...

    Blog | November 20, 2012
  13. AVB's up-and-down ride continues in loss to Arsenal

    James Martin

    "Adebayor, what's the score?" sang Arsenal fans at the Emirates in the middle of the second half. The former Gunners striker wasn't on the pitch to respond, of course, as he went off with a straight red card in the 18th minute to turn the north Londo...

    Blog | November 17, 2012
  14. Tale of two halves for Real Madrid and Dortmund

    James Martin

    One of the favorite pastimes of football fans is blasting Roberto Mancini for his tactical tinkering. The man is a virtual pin cushion for criticism. Likewise, at the weekend, Arsene Wenger's substitutions were too long in coming against Manchester U...

    Blog | November 06, 2012
  15. Arsenal fail to show up at Old Trafford

    James Martin

    Before this morning's game, Arsenal had been trying to sell their midweek league cup win to supporters, asserting that the epic 7-5 victory over Reading was going to fire them to glory in the Premier League. In so doing, they tried to forget their pa...

    Blog | November 03, 2012
  16. Contentious call at heart of Merseyside Derby

    James Martin

    The Merseyside derby -- which ended in a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park -- generated enough talking points to fuel pub discussions for days. The first half was a crackling affair in which Liverpool got on the board twice before Everton tied the match befo...

    Blog | October 28, 2012