Birthdays of note: English legend Teddy Sheringham turns 46 today.
Big Important Stories of the Day: Manchester City and Manchester United are locked in a death struggle at the top of England’s Premiership. Only things seem to be coming unmoored at City, where stories are emerging that Yaya Toure and Mario “Why Always Me”Balotelli had to be separated at halftime of their weekend match. Let’s see where this one goes.
What we should all be watching on TV: While things unravel at City, Sir Alex Ferguson’s United hope to take care of business against Blackburn. (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Logan Pause
Ahead on the blog today*: MLS Player of the Week and Team of the Week, plus our weekly “Meh” List, a quick compilation of slightly overrated people, places and things and soccer.
PST background noise while blogging today: Replaying the Galaxy’s weekend loss to New England, just to see what else we can pick upabout Bruce Arena’s wayward side.
We’ll leave you with this: When it comes to referees in MLS, obvious fouls that go uncalled remain the biggest problem, alongside overall game management. Watch the 39th minute of Sporting Kansas City’s win Sunday over Chivas USA, and ask yourself what referee Edvin Jurisevic could possibly have been thinking? Chivas defender Rauwshan McKenzie bulldozed C.J. Sapong out of the way in a manner that would make an NFL lineman proud. No call.
*Always subject to change; you know how it is