Inter 2-1 Cessena

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Inter earned the W today in a 2-1 victory I’ve Cessena. Pazzini hasn’t scored in a long while, but he scored twice today, which was enough for Il Nerazzuri to collect three points.


Real Madrid 2-3 Zaragoza

Real Madrid C.F. – Official Web Site – Real Madrid 2-3 Zaragoza.

What the flip, Uncle Rico? I was hoping for a win that might boost morale for the 2nd leg of the Champions League semifinals El Clasico later this next week. Alas, it was not to be. Los Blancos lost today 2-3. Both Sergio Ramos and Benzema scored. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.

Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

Chelsea got off to a great start in this game against Tottenham. Torres even looked relaxed. Drogba took a 35 yard free kick that Gomez tapped into the crossbar. A goal was seemingly imminent. The Blues were energetic and lively, although at times a bit skittish. But the Spurs scored a goal spur of the moment. Cech was not at fault; the goal was fortuitous. Fortune abounded for both sides, for at the end of the first half, Lampard buys a lottery ticket from 40 yards out and takes a shot, but Gomez drops it and it went between his legs. As it was crossing the line, he grabbed it. The sideline referee did not at once declare it a goal. How could he? When the ball was on the line, he was not perpendicular, but, rather, he was even with the penalty spot! A few seconds later, the sideline referee declared it a goal. Replay evidence shows the referee was wrong. But the damage against Tottenham has been done. Chelsea have equalized illegitimately before the half.

Ivanovich made some hard runs in the first half, and he continued to do so in the second. Shortly after the start of the second half, he dribbled all the way to the 18 where it appeared he was fouled, but the referee didn’t call it. This game, unfortunately, was being mutilated by the officials. And it simply never got any better.

Again, Drogba took a long free kick about 40 yards out. This one looked like a knuckle ball. Gomez could only batter it away. It went straight to a blue jersey, but nothing came of it.

The Blues made their way into the box in the 68th minute, and there was surely a goal scoring opportunity that was prevented due to a foul it seemed, but, again, the referee did not see it that way.

Chances kept pouring in throughout the second half, but the Blues were unsuccessful at putting the ball into the back of the net. It was reported around the 75th minute that possession was 50-50, but it seems that Chelsea was in control and has had far more goal scoring opportunities.

Ramires made a driving run to the box in the 85th minute, also seemingly fouled, but, again, the referee did not agree.

Then came the 88th minute. The sloppiest goal you have ever seen Chelsea score came at the end of the second half. Kalou put the ball in the back of the net after Drogba and company nearly missed the opportunity to take the lead. Admittedly, Kalou was in an offside position, but the referees did not call it. Perhaps they were making up for their own previous foul-ups.

After four minutes of added time, Chelsea walked off the pitch with three points in hand, just three points behind Manchester United who don’t play until tomorrow.

In many ways, this game was beautiful. In many other ways, it was supremely frustrating. Controversial to boot, this game was fun to watch. Go Blues!

Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona

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El Clasico, Champions League 2010-2011 edition, first leg of semi finals, ended in a 2-nil defeat for Los Blancos. Lionel Messi, the bane of Christiano Ronaldo, put away two goals in the second half. Now we have to travel to Barcelona and try to score at least two goals and keep a clean sheet or at least win by 2 just to stay alive, but with a win by 3 we take the cake. I am not so hopeful we will be able to do that though. In our last 3 games against the Barca boys, we have lost 5-nil, tied nil-nil, and won 1-nil. Seems that scoring against Barcelona is not our strong suit.

The Future of the Kings and ARCO Arena

From Bleacher Report:

“The Sacramento Metro Chamber is currently working with the Mayor’s office in the ongoing effort to demonstrate that Sacramento has been and will continue to be a viable NBA market for the Sacramento Kings. The Metro Chamber’s work includes identifying existing business support, new business support and potential support for the team. The critical component of those three is identifying—immediately—new corporate suite holders and sponsors that bring new revenue to the table.”

The Maloofs have been trying to move the Kings into a new stadium for some time now. ARCO Arena, newly dubbed The Power Balance Arena, is somewhat archaic. The acoustics are terrible and it’s design is a bit dated. What they want more than anything it seems is to get the Kings an arena in downtown Sacramento. But voters have not approved. It has come to the point that the Maloofs are tired of begging, and they have resolved in their minds to relocate to a new city altogether. Anaheim is beckoning.

I say they should go. Leave. They have failed to produce during my lifetime and have been nothing but frustrating to watch. I’ve moved on from the Kings and the NBA anyway, so I really don’t care. If they go, I’ve got some ideas.

First, tear down ARCO. Get rid of it. It is old and it just simply needs to go.

Second, bring in a team from a different sports franchise. I have a few proposals, but I will save my favorite one for last.

One option would be to build an American football stadium and move the Raiders to Sacramento. They are accustomed to moving, so why not?

Another option would be to upgrade the Rivercats to the MLB and give them a new and improved stadium.

There are problems with these two options. The Raiders probably won’t want to uproot again, and who will feed the Athletics? Besides, it is an expensive thing to fund a new stadium, so there are financial problems both of these teams would have. I suppose they could do a loan, but I’m sure there would be some road blocks.

My favorite option would be to take the Sacramento Knights, the professional indoor soccer team, and put them into the MLS. If you didn’t know, the MLS is on the up and up. It’s growing. Not to mention, soccer stadiums can be built for cheap for starters. Build a cheap stadium for the Knights, allow them to build a fan base and revenue, and then in a few years they can provide sufficient funds for a stadium. I would propose a name change: Sac FC, nicknamed the Knights.

I don’t watch the NFL, MLB, or MLS, but if the MLS came to Sacramento, I would go to see a few games a year and watch the other games on TV.

In any case, let the Kings leave. Let’s get a winning franchise here. The Knights are successful, as are the Rivercats, but if they are put into the MLS or MLB, respectively, there’s no telling how well they would do. The Raiders, well, not so much, but I’m sure the Raider nation will come together nicely in Sacramento should they come here.

What do you think? Should ARCO be taken down? Who should replace the Kings if they leave?

Real Madrid 6-3 Valencia

Gonzalo Higuaín, who returned from a back problem earlier this month which had kept him out since November, scored a hat-trick (31, 42, 53) and was involved in two of the other goals as Karim Benzema (23) and Kaká (39, 62) also got in on the act. (Source: UEFA)

Los Blancos took care of La Liga business today against Valencia. Six goals, three points. Congrats to Higuain for getting a hat trick following his return from injury, and a hat tip to Kaka for getting two of his own.

Chelsea 3-0 West Ham

Live Soccer TV game stats

The Blues came out strong against the Hammers, and things looked grim for West Ham. Lampard scored at the tail end of the first half. Both sides had their opportunities to score, but only Chelsea managed to score before halftime. In the second half, Torres was subbed on for Drogba. It wasn’t long before the moment we have all been waiting for finally happened–the £50,000,000 goal–and this time it was not called off. No, it was counted, and though it took 13 games to arrive, it is a relief that Torres has finally opened up his scoring account with the Blues. But Chelsea didn’t let off the gas. In extra time, Malouda found the back of the net. To top it all off, Cech kept a clean sheet. Wonderful performance!

Chelsea 3-1 Birmingham

We beat Birmingham today 3-1, and, due to Arsenal’s performance, we are now in 2nd place with the better goal difference overall. We may still win league, but it’s a long shot! Go Blues!

Malouda got the ball into the back of the net, and Kalou once. Torres is still silent, but I don’t know if he even played. No goals from the Might One, either, but, hey, winning is winning.

Real Madrid 1-0 Barcelona

Barcelona vs Real Madrid Live – Stream, Live Scores, TV Schedules :: April 20, 2011 Spain Copa del Rey :: Football by Live Soccer TV.

In this El Clasico, Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Los Blancos claimed the 2010-2011 Copa del Rey today in a 1-nil win over Barcelona. Finally, some silverware! In the extra time after the 2nd half regulation, Ronaldo scored off of a header. ¡Hala Madrid!