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  1. Keep England Weird: Why the Premier League’s Craziness Migh...

    Mike L. Goodman

    Take a look down the English Premier League table. Chelsea -- makes sense, Jose Mourinho always pulls things together in his second season. Southampton -- hmm, but I guess they were in a similar spot at this point last year. Mancheste...

    Blog | November 21, 2014
  2. Wenger’s Fun-House Mirror: Why Arsenal Are Better Than a Ye...

    Mike L. Goodman

    Let's jump in the Fly Emirates time machine and go back to November of last year. First-place Arsenal had 25 points from its first 11 games, two points clear of Liverpool, four ahead of Chelsea, and six in front of Manchester City. Now, let&...

    Blog | November 18, 2014
  3. Star Wars: El Clásico Puts Ronaldo, Neymar, Suárez,...

    Mike L. Goodman

    We'll resume your regularly scheduled teeth gnashing over the weird state of the Premier League table at a later date (I see you, West Ham and Manchester United). Right now, it's all about El Clasico. Everybody loves El Cl&...

    Blog | October 27, 2014
  4. Gylfi Sigurdsson Is Doing Swimmingly at Swansea

    Mike L. Goodman

    Gylfi Sigurdsson has had a very good couple of months. He nearly got Iceland into the World Cup. He returned to Swansea after a stint with Spurs, and has promptly led the Swans on a great run to start the season. Swansea are currently eighth in the t...

    Blog | October 24, 2014
  5. 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
  6. Premier League Worry Index: You Should Really Get That Cough Chec...

    Mike L. Goodman

    Southampton are just showing off at this point. They sit third in the table, only one point behind Manchester City. The Saints laid an eight spot on hapless Sunderland on Saturday, powered by an absolutely mouthwatering, four-assist performance from...

    Blog | October 20, 2014
  7. Are Everton Facing a Lost Season?

    Mike L. Goodman

    The first two months of Everton's season have been an exercise in weathering the storm. Right now, they sit in 17th place, with only six points from seven games -- two points above the relegation zone. The boundless optimism that Roberto Ma...

    Blog | October 17, 2014
  8. Premier League Derby Weekend Deals Up Disappointment for (Almost)...

    Mike L. Goodman

    Saturday was derby day in the Premier League. Cross-park rivals Liverpool and Everton faced off at Anfield, and Tottenham Hotspur traveled to Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal. Derbies are weird. Sure, they're just another game, and overe...

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  9. Diagnosing Liverpool’s Early-Season Slump

    Mike L. Goodman

    After last season's unlikely, high-flying, high-scoring, high-octane season, things are looking a lot more mundane for Liverpool at the moment. Their last two Premier League results have been pedestrian losses to West Ham and Aston Villa. T...

    Blog | September 24, 2014
  10. Why Is the Premier League Table So Weird Right Now?

    Mike L. Goodman

    Only one match in the Premier League this weekend ended the way most people expected. Amusingly, that was the biggest match of all: Chelsea's cagey draw with Manchester City. Mind you, the path to that draw was about as dramatic as it gets,...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  11. 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
  12. Premier League, Week 4: Handing Out Credit and Blame for City, Un...

    Mike L. Goodman

    What a weekend. Manchester United won, 4-0! Alan Pardew personally ensured that Newcastle lost, 4-0! Arsenal's beautiful attack scored two goals! Arsenal's woeful defending gifted Manchester City two goals! Liverpool lost! So many...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  13. Previewing Arsenal-City and Chelsea-Swansea

    Mike L. Goodman

    Way back in the middle of June, when the Premier League's fixture list came out, it was pretty apparent which game this weekend would have top-of-the-table ramifications. Sure, you'd have to endure a dumb early-season internationa...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  14. The Adolescence of Soccer Stats

    Mike L. Goodman

    There is a school of thought in the baseball analytics community that the world would have been better off without the box score. The argument goes that the the box score legitimized a certain set of numbers, and that those numbers weren't...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  15. Idiot Ruins Game? Brief Interviews With Not-So-Hideous Pitch Inva...

    Aaron Gordon

    When you see someone running on the field during a sporting event, you probably think, That will never be me. Announcers shake their heads so vigorously it produces an audible rustling of their collars. The word "idiot" gets tosse...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  16. Get Familiar: Manchester City Crush Liverpool With Continuity

    Mike L. Goodman

    Big games this early are weird. Does anybody remember last year, when Jose Mourinho went into Old Trafford and turned the game into mud in Week 2? He was happy to walk away with a road point against mighty Manchester United. A month later, Uni...

    Blog | August 26, 2014