Sunday, September 22, 2013

Super Sunday For Arsenal and the Mets and even the Red Bulls and Jets

It was a super Sunday in my sports world this weekend. In fact it was near perfect. The only blemishes on my perfect sports weekend were wins by Chelsea and Tottenham. But, who cares. Arsenal are top of the table, Manchester United and RVP were humiliated by the oil barons of Man City, the Mets won, the Red Bulls Won, the Jets won (yes it's true the Jets and Mets actually won on the same day!) Adding to the feel good factor is that the Yankees lost and their playoff hopes are almost all but gone.

Sunday, September 22, 2013 8:30AM EST Arsenal vs. Stoke

Things are looking good these days for Arsenal and the mood heading in to this match with the cavemen of Stoke was extremely positive. With Aaron Ramsey having a great start to the season, many Gooners were hoping that Ramsey would be able to have a bit of revenge at the expense of Ryan Shawcross and his cave mates. Despite the fact that Shawcross could have ended Ramsey's career with his horrific leg breaking tackle, Ramsey is still the object of hate from fans of the cavemen. Here are some pre-match tweets:

Well what do you know, Ramsey opened the scoring for Arsenal and after a bit of a let up, the Gunners walked away with a 3-1 victory. Despite not playing at their best, Arsenal were comfortable winners. Mesut Ozil was the provider of three assists from set pieces resulting in Ramsey's goal as well as headers from defenders Mertesacker and Sagna.

While he did not play, Mikel Arteta was part of the bench for the match and it looks as if he's almost back from injury.

Once Cazorla and Podolski are back in the fold, this Arsenal squad will be solid up front and in midfield. Questions still remain about the Gunners' defense but hopefully these shortcomings will be addressed in January and the team's solid midfield will help ease the pressure on the defense.

With Liverpool's loss to Southampton, Arsenal are now at the top of the EPL table ahead of Spuds on goal differential. As one Gooner on Twitter put it, even when Tottenham get off to a great start, they are still looking up at Arsenal.

Twitter was buzzing with happy Gooners and the immensely annoying Arsenal supporter and CNN mouthpiece, Piers  Morgan, rightly received a ton of abuse. For ages he had been shouting for Aaron Ramsey to be dumped and earlier this season he was blatantly demanding that Arsene Wenger be relieved of his duties.

Another highlight of this Super Sunday took place in the North of England. It seems that most fans of the EPL were enjoying Manchester United's embarrassing loss at the hands of Manchester City. With Judas van Persie on the bench due to injury, all he could do was watch on as his team were made to look like crap. Adding to the humor was the way RVP was dressed. To me it looked like he was wearing a Catholic School uniform. Perhaps that "little boy" he had been speaking of last season, really does live inside of him.

A month ago Arsenal were in "crisis" and now they are top of the table. I think that David Moyes and Manchester United can now take the "crisis club" tag and run with it.

While the Mets' season has pretty much been over since July, it was nice to see the youngsters and David Wright sweep the Phillies. The once arrogant and cocky Phillies, led by the big mouth Jimmy Rollins, now have the same identical record as the Mets, 71-84. All that's left to play for now is finishing the season above them.

On the positive side, the future is looking bright for the Mets with a slew of young players getting valuable Major League experience this season.

On the other side of town, it was wonderful to see the Yankees pretty much end their season with a whimper. On Mariano Rivera day, there was no fairy tale ending for Yankee fans. It was pretty funny to see the Yankees play like the Mets. With runners on second and third with no outs in the eighth, the Yankees somehow failed to score a run. Terrible base running was the cause and the Giants walked away 2-1 winners. It seems that the Evil Empire is finally crumbling.

The Red Bulls won at home and are now in first place in their division. Even the Jets won. Yes, you read that right, the Jets won. Granted they were playing the Buffalo Bills, but they all count. I have no dislike for the Giants, but for once it's nice to see the Jets doing better than Eli and the Giants. In fact, the Giants are 0-3 and got slaughtered by the Panthers today.

The stars don't often align like this in sports, so today is definitely a Super Sunday.

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