While I've been to London many times and know the city pretty well, I can't understand how something like this could be allowed to escalate to the point where businesses and offices are closing early, people are locking themselves in their houses and scheduled events are being cancelled. While I am totally anti-gun, in this instance the British police force should be armed and taking control over this situation.
Obviously there are social issues that have ignited this violence, but the path chosen by these hooligans to express their outrage does not merit a dialogue. It takes real geniuses to destroy their own neighborhoods and thus make the economic troubles they already face even worse. These idiots should be dealt with using force and heavy handed policing as they have lost their right to be treated with dignity.
Of course these morons are causing the start of the football season to be affected. Several Carling Cup matches have been postponed as has England's friendly versus Holland at Wembley. No decision has been made about the opening round of fixtures in the EPL this weekend, but the fact that this is taking away from what should be an exciting week for football fans is ridiculous.
But enough about these dopes. Us Arsenal fans have other worries. While I'll always support my team and remain optimistic, this off season has pretty much been a train wreck. With three days to go before the start of the season (unless the rioters continue to wreak havoc), the Arsenal squad is looking thin and totally unsettled.
|New signing Gervinho, proud to wear the Arsenal shirt|
|The no loyalty twins, Fabregas & Nasri|
So, with three days to go, both are still on the Arsenal roster as are Nicklas Bendtner and Manuel Almunia who should both be leaving. It seems crazy to me to go in to a new season with a squad that is still not settled or complete.
The more pleasant surprise comes from the most unlikely of places...the New York Mets. Going in to the season Mets fans had very low expectations and were prepared for a miserable and embarrassing season. Since going to the NLCS in 2006 the franchise has been on a continual downward spiral. Add to that, ace pitcher Johan Santana has been out all season, Reyes is on the DL for the second time, Ike Davis is out for the year, David Wright and Angel Pagan have both missed time with injuries and now this week Daniel Murphy goes down for the rest of the year. Of course the trade of Carlos Beltran to San Francisco depleted the roster of another key player.
New manager Terry Collins deserves a ton of credit as he has had to use tons of minor league call ups and other assorted castoffs in order to field a team every night. No one expected much from the "Replace-Mets" and if they had faded in to baseball oblivion no one would have been surprised.
|The "Replace-Mets" pull out a comeback win|
Then tonight, the Mets were down 4-2 in the 8th inning and again found a way to come back and secure a 5-4 victory. Mets teams of the past few years, with better players and higher expectations rarely came through in these situations.
The Mets have been hovering at the .500 mark for weeks now, but that in itself is amazing. While trophies may be important in sports, sometimes just playing the game hard and giving your fans something to cheer for is enough. Despite the low expectations of fans at the start of the season and all the injuries that have continually gripped this team, the 2011 New York Mets have been fun, exciting and most of all likeable.