Chelsea 1-1 Bayern Munich

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You just can’t make this stuff up

Unbelievable is an understatement. All odds against them, Chelsea found the will not only to survive but to overcome strong adversity, first in Barcelona and second, and most importantly, in Bayern Munich.

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Stunning stuff. In the 83rd minute or thereabouts, Bayern send one into the net. A few minutes later, Drogba sends in the equalizer. In extra time, beginning of the first extra half, Drogba gives a penalty to Robben, but the former Chelsea man could not withstand the resolute Cech. The game went to penalties, where Mata followed Lahm only to be blocked by Neuer, giving Bayern a 1-nil advantage. David Luiz followed up Gomez’s strike with a cool one of his own, making it 2-1 Bayern. Neuer, yes, the Bayern keeper, calmly put in his strike only to be followed by Lampard. 3-2 Bayern. But then, as fate would have it, Bayern’s Olic gets blocked by Cech; Cole nets to make it 3-3. Schweinsteiger, the man who put the nail in the coffin against Real Madrid in the semifinals, stutter stepped on Cech only to be denied by the upright. In comes Drogba, the African Messiah as it were, to net the victory penalty and secure the European Cup for Chelsea.

It’s an amazing story of adversity, and it’s one for the history books. I’ll be buying whatever historical material I can on this 2011-2012 season. Unbelievable. Astonishing.

Time to celebrate!

Goals:

Bosingwa: 2
Cahill: 2
David Luiz: 3
Drogba: 13
Ivanovich: 5
Kalou: 5
Lampard: 16
Malouda: 3
Mata: 11
Meireles: 5
Sturridge: 13
Ramires: 12
Terry: 7
Torres: 11
Goals for: 110
Goals against: 66

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If you haven’t seen The Avengers, you need to. It is, in a word, fantastic. It is action packed, it is funny, and it is dramatic. The story was reminiscent of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, but it was so much better. This movie kicks off summer the right way, so enjoy it in theaters while you still can.

Inter Milan 4-2 AC Milan

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Inter match report

El Principe and company simply owned Milan today, and not just today, but this season, as they won both league encounters with a 5-2 aggregate. Awesome work today by the Nerazzurri; they were very impressive, very organized, very strong, and very energetic. Milito scored first to give Inter the 1-nil lead. Lucio scored second from an offside position, so it was disallowed. Cambiaso scored next, but the referee didn’t see it, so it wasn’t awarded. The ref then handed Milan a goal on a silver platter by awarding a PK for a Cesar tackle that wasn’t even a foul. The half ended 1-1. Milan scored within seconds of starting the second half, but the resolute Inter, lead by Milito, earned two more PKs to take the lead, giving Milito his hat trick along the way. Maicon later put the nail in the coffin with a sweet strike–a missile is a more appropriate description–to the far post upper left V.

The city of Milan continues to be painted in black and blue as Inter dominate Milan in both encounters! Inter reigns supreme in Milan!

Forza Inter!

Goals:

Alvarez: 3
Cambiasso: 5
Castaignos: 1
Coutinho: 1
Faraoni: 1
Forlan: 2
Lucio: 2
Maicon: 3
Milito: 25
Motta: 3
Nagatomo: 2
Obi: 1
Pazzini: 8
Poli: 1
Ranocchia: 1
Samuel: 3
Sneijder: 5
Zarate: 3
Goals for: 70
Goals Against: 66

Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

Don’t forget to look at the Chelsea Offside Rantbox covering this game.

Di Mateo started the following:

“Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, . . . , Cole, . . . , Lampard, Mikel, Ramires, Mata,
Kalou, Drogba” (shyam, Chelsea Offside comments)

Using a 4-2-3-1, the first 5 minutes were flat-footed with Liverpool being in control but non-threatening. And then we finally touched the ball and the balance started to shift in our favor. Much like Liverpool, we were still non-threatening.

And then the counter-attack through Mata to Ramires and beats Reina on the near post driven nice and low. Chelsea up 1-nil, 11′.

In the 13′ minute, Liverpool nearly earned an equalizer, but Ivanovich proves his worth and keeps them out.

Apart from a loose Suarez half-field shot and a Ramires dipping skyrocket that posed little threat to Reina, the next 7 minutes were relatively quiet.

The next 10 minutes, semi-quiet. Blues looking dominant, but Reds still pressing.

The next 10 minutes, no goals, but plenty of activity for both sides.

Liverpool picking up momentum in the last 5 minutes of the first half.

Halftime ends 1-nil Chelsea.

No changes to either team to start the second half.

First five minutes laden with fouls.

Lampard feeds Drogba on the left of the 18 who puts it low to far post for the second goal of the game. 2-nil Chelsea, 51′.

Liverpool scored via an Andy Carroll sub, in large part due to Bosingwa’s costly mistake in the back. 2-1, 64′.

No Chelsea productivity over the next five minutes. Liverpool are on the rise thanks to Carroll’s invention.

The next 5 minutes have seen lots of Liverpool pressure on Cech’s goal.

Meireles off for Ramires. Questionable sub–should have come on for Kalou.

Liverpool found the back door into the box in the 80th minute, but they couldn’t do anything with it. Blues need to raise the bar.

Carroll hit the ball well with his head, but Cech stopped it over the line; replay shows it nearly went over the line, but in fact it did not thanks to Cech.

Five minutes left of regulation. Liverpool very much in charge, but Chelsea still have the lead.

Essien for Mata? Torres for Drogba? Nope.

Free kick on edge of 18 for Liverpool. Unbelievable. Looks like Mikel was fouled, but referee says Mikel made the offense. The Blues wall does its job and prevents Gerrard’s strike from being effective.

Liverpool relentless with 2 minutes left of regulation.

Malouda on for Mata at the 90th minute; 5 minutes added time.

Two minutes left of added time. Liverpool still pressing, and Chelsea have no response, looking very trapped.

Drogba earns a free quick about 25 yards out. Lampard’s ensuing free quick was difficult for Reina but still no production.

Time runs out, Chelsea wins 4th FA Cup in 6 years, 7th total. Drogba becomes the first player to score 4 goals in 4 different FA Cup Finals. Terry becomes first captain to win 4 FA Cup titles with the same team.

Well done, Blues! Keep that Blue flag flying high! Silverware, baby!

Goals:

Bosingwa: 2
Cahill: 2
David Luiz: 3
Drogba: 12
Ivanovich: 5
Kalou: 5
Lampard: 16
Malouda: 3
Mata: 11
Meireles: 4
Sturridge: 13
Ramires: 11
Terry: 6
Torres: 11
Goals for: 106
Goals against: 60

Chelsea 0-2 Newcastle

Boo. I thought for sure we would get 3 points. Instead, we walked away empty handed. Funny how we beat them 3-0 away but lose 2-0 at home. Cisse. Wow.

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Goals:

Bosingwa: 2
Cahill: 2
David Luiz: 3
Drogba: 11
Ivanovich: 5
Kalou: 5
Lampard: 16
Malouda: 3
Mata: 11
Meireles: 4
Sturridge: 13
Ramires: 10
Terry: 6
Torres: 11
Goals for: 104
Goals against: 59

Chelsea 4-1 Napoli

Chelsea beat Napoli 4-1 today at The Bridge, bringing the aggregate to 5-4 in favor of the Blues. Well done! Can we build upon this game and carry some momentum into the league this weekend? Drogba opened the scoring, Terry found the second, Lampard converted a penalty for a third, and Ivanovich kicked home the valuable overtime goal. KTBFFH!

Goals:

Bosingwa: 2
David Luiz: 3
Drogba: 9
Ivanovich: 2
Kalou: 3
Lampard: 13
Malouda: 1
Mata: 9
Meireles: 3
Sturridge: 11
Ramires: 8
Terry: 5
Torres: 4
Goals for: 74
Goals against: 44

Top Gear Muscle Cars Episode, Released Feb 21, 2012

Last week, Top Gear returned on the History Channel in the USA with Rutledge Wood, Adam Ferrara, and Tanner Foust. It was entertaining as they drove big rigs. But it paled in comparison to tonight’s Muscle Cars episode in which Rutledge drove a 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8, Adam drove a 2012 Mustang GT, and Tanner drove a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS (automatic). Competing in three competitions, they set out to see which retro revision is the best of the lot.

The first competition was to do a drag race in the LA river. But they each drove their 1970 counterparts for half the race. And those cars were really cool, too. Unfortunately, my favorite is the Mustang, and this race did not bode well for Adam. I Tweeted him about it, and he fessed up to his f’up. That’s okay. He really did look good driving it. And he made up for it in the next round. Oh, the Camaro won that round with Tanner driving it.

The second competition was to do a slalom in a drive-in theater. But there was a catch. The driver had to wear an electrical stimulus device at the mercy of the other two bystander contestants. Adam went first in the Mustang, and each other contestant found that they could not beat his time, even though, to paraphrase Tanner, the Mustang has inferior and out-dated live axle technology.

The third and final competition was to drive the car around a NASCAR oval track and try and get as close to The Stig’s top speed in the respective car. Adam went first, again, and tried to match Stig’s 153mph, but came up short at 141. Before Adam went, Tanner set the rule that once out of pit road, the lap started. Tanner went after Adam. Now, Tanner had added a spoiler to his Camaro to try and make it more aerodynamically sound to try and best The Stig. As he left pit road, the spoiler ripped off. He stopped, turned around, and went back to pit road to fix it. However, he disqualified himself based on his own rule agreed upon by all the contestants. Fail. Victory belonged not to Adam but to Rutledge who got 153mph in the SRT8.

There we have it, a 3 way tie. But, as Tanner said, muscle cars are all about the 1/4 mile. I would have to say he is right and the edge really is the Camaro’s in this episode. Not that I am a fan of the Camaro, since clearly I am a Mustang fan. This episode was highly entertaining, yet it didn’t stop with this Camaro-Mustang-Challenger competition.

Rutledge and Tanner took a Roush Stage 3 Mustang and Boss 302 out to the desert to race two horses. Thrilling stuff–at least with Tanner behind the wheel of the 302. Rutledge didn’t even press the Stage 3. In any case, Tanner had some really good things to say about the 302. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. Numbers don’t lie, and The Stig gives us the perspective that we need. The Boss 302 was faster–that’s right, faster–than the Roush Stage 3, even though the Roush has more power and a heftier price tag. The Boss 302 was equally as fast as the Aston Martin Vantage V12. Astonishing, right? Equally astonishing: The Roush Stage 3 barely, and I mean barely, beat the Evo. I know what you are thinking: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? That speaks to the high quality of the Mitsubishi favorite and the poor balance of the Roush. Haven’t I said in the past not to get a Roush? Well, if I didn’t, I was thinking it, because they have no objective resale value, but now the proof is in the pudding. Just kidding. It’s not like the track could utilize the Roush’s strengths. It all depends on your desired application, but I digress.

The show was great, and I hope you all got to see it.

Hot laps:
1:19.5 – Ford Fiesta Rallycross (Tanner’s)
1:22.0 – Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR
1:22.4 – Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
1:22.8 – Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
1:23.3 – Ferrari 458 Italia
1:23.4 – Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce
1:25.3 – Porsche Panamera Turbo
1:26.9 – Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Balboni
1:27.2 – Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon
1:27.4 – Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
1:27.6 – Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
1:28.2 – Aston Martin V12 Vantage
1:28.2 – Ford Mustang Boss 302
1:28.4 – Lotus Evora (wet)
1:28.5 – Ferrari California
1:28.9 – Roush Mustang Stage 3
1:29.2 – Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR
1:30.0 – Subaru Impreza WRX STI
1:30.0 – BMW X6 M
1:39.0 – Hennessey F-150 VelociRaptor 600

Featured Car List

  1. Aston Martin V12 Vantage
  2. Aston Martin V8 Vantage
  3. Audi R8 GT
  4. Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
  5. Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon
  6. Chevrolet Camaro SS
  7. Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
  8. Dodge Challenger SRT-8
  9. Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR
  10. Ferrari 458 Italia
  11. Ferrari California
  12. Ford Fiesta Rallycross (Tanner’s)
  13. Ford Mustang Boss 302
  14. Ford Mustang Boss 302
  15. Ford Mustang GT
  16. Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Balboni
  17. Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
  18. Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce
  19. Lexus LFA
  20. Lotus Evora
  21. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
  22. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR
  23. Morgan Aero SuperSports
  24. Porsche 911 GT2RS
  25. Porsche Panamera Turbo
  26. Roush Mustang Stage 3
  27. Subaru Impreza WRX STI Wagon

Chelsea 1-1 Swansea

Swansea enjoyed most of the game in the lead due to a well improvised goal from former Chelsea player Sinclair. However, Bosingwa’s late cross deflected off of Swansea’s Taylor and past Vorm. Game ends tied. Cole got sent off with a double yellow, so he won’t be available against Manchester United this weekend.

Glad we got a point. It is better than no points. Sad we didn’t have Ramires. His presence was sorely missed. Torres has been here for 12 months. Is he washed up? Maybe not, but I doubt he will ever live up to his £50 million price tag investment from Abramovich. He was certainly ineffective today. Terry was missed. Without his leadership we nearly gave up a few goals. What of Cahill? Would he have helped at all today?

Goals:

Bosingwa: 2
David Luiz: 1
Drogba: 6
Ivanovich: 1
Kalou: 3
Lampard: 11
Malouda: 1
Mata: 6
Meireles: 2
Sturridge: 10
Ramires: 8
Terry: 4
Torres: 4
Goals for: 59
Goals against: 33